Wednesday, 16 April 2014

WE HAVE MOVED!

3/18/14: WE HAVE MOVED!

After an awe-inspiring post-St. Patrick’s Eeyore Day Parade (photo gallery link to come shortly) we have settled in our new Manhattan offices.

Effective immediately, our new contact details are:

JABberwocky Literary Agency, Inc.
49 W. 45th St., #12th Floor
New York, NY 10036-4603
Phone: 917-388-3010
Fax: 917-388-2998

2/28/14: Construction on JABberwocky’s new office is moving right along, and we thought that you (oh great and powerful internet) would like to see a few images showing its progress. Ceiling fans are starting to be hung, most of the paint is on the walls, and the light switches are in place.

All in all, Joshua is very pleased with the progress and he is expecting that our move will likely take place during the week of March 17th. Don’t quote him on that but, barring an Act of Eeyore, everything should be up and running in our new home on 45th Street in Manhattan within the next three weeks!

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A first glimpse of the soon-to-be new office of JABberwocky Literary Agency, steps from Times Square, steps from Grand Central Station, steps from Bryant Park, right in the heart of it all.

If it seems like it’s only yesterday that we moved, it kind of is; it’s not even two years since we first left Joshua’s apartment for office space in Long Island City, Queens.   Just in time for practically every lot in the neighborhood to become a development site for luxury rental apartments, and our current office building is one of the next buildings planned for either redevelopment or replacement.

But we’ve just signed a lease for new office space in Manhattan, we’ve selected our color palette, our conference room door, the ceiling fans, everything the proper Manhattan office needs.  The contractors will soon be at work, and if all goes well, which as anyone who’s ever moved or had a contractor knows is kind of a big “if,” sometime in March we’ll be packing our bags and heading across the East River.

We’ll be using our website and Twitter to keep people up to date on the progress of the building out of the space and the other preparations for our move.  It promises to be an interesting next few weeks!


THE RITHMATIST Nabs An AML!

The awards keep rolling in for Brandon Sanderson’s THE RITHMATIST! The latest trophy this NYT Bestselling young adult book has taken home is the AML for a YA Novel – Speculative Award. The AML (Association of Mormon Letters) promotes the production and study of Mormon literature, film, and drama, and their enjoyment by all. Brandon is incredibly honored to win the award. This is his second AML, having won in 2005 for ELANTRIS. He has also received honorable mentions in 2006 and 2007 for MISTBORN and THE WELL OF ASCENSION, respectively.

But Brandon isn’t the only AML winner for JABberwocky! Last year, Bryce Moore took home the YA award for his debut novel VODNIK.

Congratulations Brandon!


Audible Daily Deal: DOWN HOME MURDER

Cozy mystery and audiobook fans, rejoice!

Audible has selected DOWN HOME MURDER by New York Times bestseller Toni L. P. Kelner as today’s Daily Deal! It’s the first in Toni’s sharp, witty mystery series featuring amateur sleuth Laura Fleming and her large — and extremely Southern — family. And what family gathering isn’t complete without get-rich-quick schemes, love plots, money-grabbing cousins, and homicide?

The whole 8-book series is available from Audible, so you don’t have to wait to find out what happens next! DOWN HOME MURDER is Whispersync-enabled, so you can switch back and forth between the audiobook and the ebook version, too. And if you’re more of an ebook-only kind of reader, we’ve got you covered, too.


WORDS OF RADIANCE: A #1 New York Times Bestseller

We have some amazing news to share this morning: WORDS OF RADIANCE debuted at #1 on the New York Times bestseller list! And we don’t just mean the hardcover list: it’s also #1 on the e-book bestseller list and the combined print and e-book bestseller list. Across the pond, it also debuted at #2 on the Sunday Times list in the UK!

All the way across the globe, the e-book has made a huge splash in Australia, hitting #2 overall in their Apple and Kobo stores, and #1 in the sci-fi/fantasy category. It was also the #1 sci-fi/fantasy title in the Australian Kindle store.

We’re overjoyed by this news, but not surprised, as WORDS OF RADIANCE is Brandon’s best work to date, and readers all over the world are taking notice. Library Journal already gave it a starred review, declaring it a “must-read for all fantasy fans” and Booklist followed suit, calling it “an impressive continuation.”

This makes two #1 New York Times bestsellers in a row for Brandon, and we expect the trend will only continue!


Lord Darcy now coming to the UK!

We mentioned late last year when the ebooks became available in the US that Randall Garrett’s LORD DARCY would soon be available in the UK, but we didn’t know exactly when that would be.

Today, we are pleased to announce, is that day! As part of their Fantasy Masterworks series, Gollancz UK has gorgeously repackaged two of Garrett’s short story collections Murder & Magic and Lord Darcy Investigates, and his novel Lord Darcy Investigates, into this beautiful omnibus edition! We’re very excited that our UK readers will be able to pick up their very own copy of Randall Garrett’s influential works.

If you are a US resident and haven’t had a chance to pick up any of these great works as ebooks yet, you can head this way.


Tor Books notices Robert Brockway!

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It's almost kismet, right?

Good news everyone!

Tor Books has bought, at auction for six-figures, THE UNNOTICEABLES and its two sequels by Robert Brockway!

As you can see from the photo, this deal was destined from the beginning. After being out on submission for only eight days, there was an offer. That first offer alone would have netted Brockway the single largest advance by a debut author for JABberwocky. But then other publishers got interested, we took it to auction, and at the end Brockway was sitting very pretty! Brockway, a Senior Editor for Cracked.com, is latest author to land a major book deal from the world’s largest comedy website that is churning out big time authors like it’s their job. It’s also not too shabby for Sam either. This was his first book deal and there are now multiple offers in for audio rights!

A message from Brockway: “I wrote a very strange little book about ominous angels who refine human souls for fuel, and the drunken punk rockers who fight them. I did not expect to sell it – I half-expected to be institutionalized just for suggesting the thing – but Sam Morgan and the fine folks at JABberwocky sold the whole trilogy! Now I get to stay lost in this bizarre world I’ve made for years to come, and I could not be more excited about it.”

A message from Sam: “I knew from the first sentence that THE UNNOTICEABLES was something special. It’s urban fantasy but philosophizes like science fiction. There are sprinkles of horror, but it makes you laugh out loud. It’s a punk rock ethos with a middle finger straight in the air but undercut with a real sense of love and family.”

THE UNNOTICEABLES is slated for a July 2015 release and we can’t wait for you to rock out with Brockway!

For foreign rights inquiries, please contact Krystyna Lopez (krystyna [at] awfulagent [dot] com).


Two Sequel Tuesday: Words of Radiance and Tropic of Serpents On Sale Today

Two long-awaited sequels hit the shelves today: Brandon Sanderson’s WORDS OF RADIANCE and Marie Brennan’s TROPIC OF SERPENTS.

Both of these titles were listed on several most-anticipated lists at the end of 2013 and, more recently, featured on Kirkus’ “Best Bets for Speculative Fiction” for March 2014.

In addition, both authors are embarking on book tours for their new releases, with Brandon’s kicking off today in Provo, Utah. Marie will depart on her eight city tour with Mary Robinette Kowal in early May, which will include appearances by both authors in period dress.

TROPIC OF SERPENTS has already received a starred review from Kirkus, which calls the book as “uncompromisingly honest and forthright as the first, narrated in Brennan’s usual crisp, vivid style, with a heroine at once admirable, formidable and captivating.”

Library Journal said WORDS OF RADIANCE “exceeds expectations” and “is a must-read for all fantasy fans.” Keep your eye on the New York Times list, as we’re sure Brandon’s latest release is going straight to the top!

We also have good news to share about Brandon’s Young Adult novels. First, STEELHEART has been nominated for the Georgia Peach Award for Young Readers. The nominees for this award are selected by school and public librarians around the country, with young adults reading and rating the books to select the winners. Second, THE RITHMATIST, has been named a finalist for the Audio Publishers Association’s 2014 Audie Award, with the winners to be announced at a gala this May.


JABberwocky Welcomes Several New Faces!

Though 2014 is barely out of its infancy, the pace of business at JABberwocky is far from crawling. Over the past few weeks the agency has been busy finalizing the details of its upcoming move from Long Island City into Manhattan, and we somehow found the time to add three new authors to our incredibly talented clientele!

Today we are excited to officially announce that JABberwocky is now representing the works of the Nebula Award-winning author Walter Jon Williams, as well as Eric Moore and Christopher Husberg: two new talents that we are proud to be introducing to the SFF publishing world.

Nebula Award-winning author Walter Jon Williams

Walter Jon Williams began writing science fiction in the early 1980s and he quickly made a name for himself in the genre, writing everything from far-flung space opera to cyberpunk to alternative history and military science fiction. Walter has a decorated career writing short fiction and his novelettes “Daddy’s World” and “The Green Leopard Plague” won the Nebula Award in 2000 and 2004, respectively. His works (both long and short) are repeatedly nominated for the Hugo, the Nebula, the Sidewise, and the Philip K. Dick awards, almost to the point where we have trouble keeping up with all of them!

Eric Moore

Joshua is pleased to announce that he has recently sold a book for author Eric Moore to Kensington Publishing. Called DEATH BY COFFEE, Moore’s book is the first in a new trilogy of cozy mysteries that combine humor, coffee, cats, and strong love of the written word. He previously authored the five book Kat Redding urban fantasy series, also published by Kensington.

Last, but certainly not least, is a new client being represented by Sam Morgan. Fresh off his first sale for another debut client that set an agency-record, Sam recently offered to represent Christopher Husberg after reading his debut novel (under the working title Duskfall). Husberg is a brilliant new writer that Sam met at the LoneStarCon last year and who Joshua expects will soon be giving Brandon Sanderson and Peter V. Brett a run for their money on the bestseller lists.

Be sure to stay tuned for additional updates, as 2014 is shaping up to be another great year for JABberwocky and its ever expanding roster of talented writers!


Librarians recommend A NATURAL HISTORY OF DRAGONS

We are excited to share this great news: Marie Brennan’s A NATURAL HISTORY OF DRAGONS has been short-listed by the RUSA, a division of the American Library Association, for their 2014 Reading List. RUSA, the Reference and User Services Association, is made up of librarians and library staff in various fields and genres. This list highlights the top picks of by libraries around the country, aiming to recognize the most outstanding genre fiction books.

We are thrilled to see that a year after its debut, A NATURAL HISTORY OF DRAGONS is still being recognized! This book has been highlighted many times over the past year and, in recent weeks, it has been featured on several best-of-the year lists as well! A NATURAL HISTORY OF DRAGONS has also recently been nominated for a Readers Choice Award by the Salt Lake County Library! This is perfect timing, as as readers can catch up before the second Lady Trent memoir, THE TROPIC OF SERPENTS, comes out on March 4th.

Also recognized on this list is Brandon Sanderson’s STEELHEART, which was picked as a Read-Alike choice for the Fantasy pick of the year, Vicious by V.E. Schwab. We are confident that this list will bring even more readership to these great books!

 


CEMETERY GIRL: #1 New York Times Bestseller

CEMETERY GIRL: THE PRETENDERS, the new graphic novel by Charlaine Harris and Christopher Golden, illustrated by Don Kramer, is #1 on the New York Times Graphic Novel Bestseller’s List this week! CEMETERY GIRL, which was just published by InkLit on January 7th, is the first foray into original graphic novels for Harris. She originally envisioned CEMETERY GIRL as a novel, until Christopher Golden suggested they collaborate to tell this story through a different  and exciting medium. THE PRETENDERS is the first installment of a new dark, mystery/suspense trilogy about identity, secrets, and murder. This did not come as a surprise, since her books have hit #1 on the New York Times List so many times in the past! We’re sure this won’t be the last #1 NYT placement of the year, as MIDNIGHT CROSSROAD will hit the shelves this May!


Let the Recognition Roll

We’re two weeks into the new year, but the Best-of-2013 lists haven’t stopped! Our authors have earned even more recognition:

Only the Best Science Fiction & Fantasy featured more than one of our authors in their “Top Ten New Releases of 2013,” with Myke Cole‘s SHADOW OPS: FORTRESS FRONTIER at #5 and Peter V. Brett‘s DAYLIGHT WAR at #3. Brandon Sanderson‘s THE RITHMATIST also earned an honorable mention! The Ranting Dragon also picked Myke Cole’s FORTRESS FRONTIER as #4 on the list of “Editor’s Gems of 2013,” calling it “one of the most fantastically crafted contemporary fantasy novels I’ve ever read.”

Marie Brennan‘s A NATURAL HISTORY OF DRAGONS was selected by Mary Robinette Kowal, author of Shades of Milk and Honey and Glamour in Glass, as her favorite book of the year in SF Signal’s “MIND MELD: Our Favorite SF/F/H Consumed in 2013.” Kowal says it “felt like it was written specifically for me. It’s got a swashbuckling adventure, a young lady of quality as the main character, with dresses and tea and dragons.”

We’re sure this is not the last of the recognition for these authors and titles, so be sure to check in for more updates!


STEELHEART on NYT Bestseller List for 13th Week

We are thrilled to announce that STEELHEART is on the New York Times YA Bestsellers list for the 13th week! Not only is STEELHEART tremendously successful in the U.S., it has also been our fastest selling title in foreign markets. It has been sold in Brazil, Bulgaria, Croatia, Denmark, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Israel, Spain, Slovakia, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, and the UK.

It is impressive to make it onto the YA bestsellers list, but it’s even more impressive to stay there for this long, as the competition for a spot is extremely fierce. STEELHEART is at #4 this week, even higher than last week’s spot, and its success shows no sign of stopping!


Starting Strong in 2014

As JABberwocky greets the New Year, many of our clients are still being met with end-of-2013 acclaim! Here is yet another summary of all of the wonderful things that people have been saying about our clients:

Tanya Huff‘s THE SILVERED garnered a Top 5 spot on Fantasy Book Cafe‘s “Best of” list and also received a rave review from Fantasy Book Review, calling it “one of the best books I have read in 2013.”

In addition to hitting the New York Times bestseller list twice this year (at #1 and #6 respectively), Brandon Sanderson‘s STEELHEART and THE RITHMATIST both nabbed top spots on SciFiChick’s “Best of 2013″ list. STEELHEART was also The Founding Fields‘s seventh favorite novel from last year as well.

Joining Brandon near the top of The Founding Field’s “The Top 25 Books of 2013″ is THE DAYLIGHT WAR by Peter V. Brett, the third book in his international-bestselling Demon Cycle series. The anticipation surrounding last year’s release was huge and Brett did not disappoint his fans, including those at Fantasy Book Critic who named THE  DAYLIGHT WAR their #2 novel of 2013!

Another book that garnered tons of attention in 2013 was CODEX BORN by Jim Hines, and we are happy to see that it was still on the minds of reviewers this December. Lytherus was particularly smitten, naming it one of “The Best Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy Novels of 2013.

Elizabeth Moon, one of Joshua’s very first clients, continues to leave her mark in the hearts and minds of fantasy readers. In 2013 she released LIMITS OF POWER, a continuing novel in her classic Deed of Paksenarrion series, which also nabbed a spot on Lytherus‘s best of the year list. Not content with having just a single novel recognized, Moon also had two of her older Vatta’s War novels (TRADING IN DANGER and  MARQUE AND REPRISAL) praised by The Book Smugglers in their top ten “Most Excellent Oldies.”

All in all, 2013 was a great year for JABberwocky thanks to our amazing clients and it is always nice to hear that there are legions of readers who agree with us!


The Internet Agrees: Myke Cole is the Best for 2013!

It has been quite the year for Myke Cole! Earlier this year, he won the Compton Crook Award, and now that the year is ending, he has received even more recognition.

His latest book and the second title in his Shadow Ops Trilogy, FORTRESS FRONTIER is #11 on Fantasy Faction‘s Best Fantasy Books of 2013, #4 on SFF World’s “Top Horror and Fantasy Books of 2013,” #2 on Over the Effing Rainbow‘s Best of 2013 list, #10 on 52 Book Review‘s “Best of 2013 “list, and is listed on The Favorites of 2013 by Stuff and/or Junk. Throughout the past year, FORTRESS FRONTIER has been named a “Best SF/F Book of January” 2013 by Amazon.com, one of the Top 10 Anticipated Fantasy Books for 2013 by Fantasy Faction, a Fantasy & Sci-Fi Novels to Look Forward to in 2013 by The Ranting Dragon, one of the Top 10 Must-Read Titles of 2013 by My Bookish Ways, and one of the “Year’s Best of 2013″ by Fantastical Imaginations.

As we get closer to 2014, the release of BREACH ZONE is quickly becoming one of the most anticipated of the coming year! Buzzfeed has listed it as one of the 12 Science Fiction And Fantasy Books To Look Forward To For January 2014. It also made Best Fantasy Book‘s Most Anticipated Books of 2014.

Also on this list are two upcoming Brandon Sanderson books, WORDS OF RADIANCE and FIREFIGHT! Brandon’s STEELHEART has been on the New York Times YA Bestsellers list for 12 weeks and was also listed on Fantasy Faction‘s Best Fantasy Books of 2013, which also included Marie Brennan‘s A NATURAL HISTORY OF DRAGONS and THE DAYLIGHT WAR by Peter V. Brett. THE DAYLIGHT WAR was also included in FanLit‘s Favorite Books of 2013 along with THE RITHMATIST by Brandon Sanderson. DAYLIGHT WAR and FORTRESS FRONTIER were also chosen by author Mark Lawrence for Fantastical Imagination‘s Author’s Choice of 2013 list!

This should be our last update on our clients in 2013, so have a happy New Year and we will be back in 2014 with the latest news about all of our amazing clients!

UPDATE (1/9/14): And the praise continues to roll in for Myke Cole and FORTRESS FRONTIER! SFFWorld recently posted their end of year list and named Cole’s second Shadow Ops novel their fourth favorite fantasy novel 0f 2013, putting him ahead of some other fellow named Stephen King. The Founding Fields also loved FORTRESS FRONTIER and listed it as the #10 on their “Top 25 Books of 2013” list. While Fantasy Book Critic thought that Myke Cole deserved the #3 spot on their Top Ten Novels of 2013, going so far as to say that FORTRESS FRONTIER “managed to blast open the urban fantasy subgenre in the same way Tolkien did to epic fantasy decades ago.”

 


Our eBook Program is Growing! Part 4

The JABberwocky eBook Program has grown by leaps and bounds over the last year! We’ve been featuring some of the titles newly available, just in time for your last-minute Christmas shopping.

With our final installment, we have a number of horror novels and dark fantasies for those who always preferred Krampus to Santa Claus.

For something a bit different, check out horror anthology DARK DELICACIES II: FEAR, by Del Howison and Jeff Gelb. It’s part of the Bram Stoker Award-winning Dark Delicacies series, and features stories by notables such Joe R. Lansdale, Max Brooks, and Caitlin Kiernan.

If you have a werewolf problem, WHEN WEREWOLVES ATTACK by Del Howison is sure to have the answer!

Horror novels BLOOD ROAD, MARTYRS, and SCREAM QUEEN by the Aurora Award-winning horror author Edo van Belkom are perfectly frightful, and excellent stocking stuffers.

Michael Schiefelbein takes vampires in a very non-sparkly direction: former Roman centurion with a taste for mass slaughter terrorizes the world across four novels, VAMPIRE VOW, VAMPIRE THRALL, VAMPIRE TRANSGRESSION, and VAMPIRE MAKER. Schiefelbein also explores the meaning of revenge and faith in his (entirely vampireless) novel BLOOD BROTHERS. All five novels feature LGBT characters and scorching intimate encounters.

Click here to see all of the ebooks we have available! We’re sure to have something up your alley.


Our eBook Program is Growing! Part 2

The JABberwocky eBook Program has grown by leaps and bounds over the last year! Between now and December 24th, we’ll be featuring some of the new content, just in time for your last-minute Christmas shopping.
For today’s installment, we have a number of fantasy books for you magic-wielding fans.


1. Zeno Agency client Sarah Ash joins us with three novels: Songspinner, The Lost Child, and Moths to a Flame. Her other novels include The Tears of Artamon trilogy, TRACING THE SHADOW, and FLIGHT INTO DARKNESS.

2. Julie Dean Smith’s high fantasy series, A Caithan Crusade beginning with CALL OF MADNESS, is available in its 4-book entirety.

3. We’re also excited to include another Zeno Agency client, Ian McDonald, with his well-received science fiction novels CHAGA and KIRINYA. CHAGA was published in the United States as EVOLUTION’S SHORE. Keep an out as we add more novels by McDonald in 2014!

4. On a more light-hearted note, John Zakour’s clever and zany BAXTER MOON: GALACTIC SCOUT takes readers on a romp around the galaxy, saving princesses and defeating evil technological aliens.

 

Click here to see all of the ebooks we have available! We’re sure to have something up your alley.


End of Year Update: Jabberwocky Clients Still the Best!

As the year comes to a close, we have even more exciting news to share! THE DAYLIGHT WAR by Peter V. Brett is on the ibooks Best of 2013 list in the UK! After recently being named a finalist for the 2013 German Leserpreis, this is even more great recognition for Brett to finish out the year. On the homefront, THE RITHMATIST by Brandon Sanderson has been named the iBooks Best Teen Book of 2013!

THE RITHMATIST also made the list of Best Teen Books of 2013 by Audible and Brandon’s latest book, STEELHEART, is currently #7 on the New York Times bestseller list, marking its 10th week on the list. With STEELHEART being named Audible’s Best Audiobook of 2013 and one of the AV Club’s Favorite Books of the Year, and THE RITHMATIST being picked for best of the year lists by Kirkus and Hudson Booksellers, this has definitely been an exciting year for Brandon as he makes his way into the YA scene!

In other exciting news, British magazine SciFi Now has called Myke Cole‘s FORTRESS FRONTIER one of the best books of 2013: “The characters are memorable and vivid, the plotting fast-paced, and the action razor-sharp. It’s the kind of thing you get to the end of and want to immediately start over again.”

Finally, A NATURAL HISTORY OF DRAGONS by Marie Brennan was chosen as one of the Best of 2013 for Tor.com’s 2013 Reviewers’ Choice Roundup, after having made Best of 2013 lists from Slate and NPR. And just in time for January’s post-holiday gift card shopping frenzy, A NATURAL HISTORY OF DRAGONS will be in its fifth hardcover printing!


Our eBook Program is Growing! Part 1

The JABberwocky eBook Program has been growing by leaps and bounds over the last year! Between now and December 24th, we’ll be featuring some of the new content, just in time for your last-minute Christmas shopping.


For today’s installment, we have a selection of new books by Simon R. Green, James P. Blaylock, and Tanya Huff.

1. A new short story collection by Tanya Huff, HE SAID, SIDHE SAID. 7 previously-published short stories, now collected into one place!


2. Books 4-6 in Simon R. Green’s Hawk & Fisher sword & sorcery adventure: WOLF IN THE FOLD, GUARD AGAINST DISHONOR, and THE BONES OF HAVEN.


3. Three short story collections by James P. Blaylock. THIRTEEN PHANTASMS, with Tim Powers, collects 16 short stories and includes his brilliant World Fantasy Award-winning short story of the same name. The stories in METAMORPHOSIS are co-written with three students who attended a class taught by TIm Powers. In For a Penny offers 7 short stories, including the acclaimed novella “The Trismegistus Club.”

Click here to see all of the ebooks we have available! We’re sure to have something up your alley.


Tis the Season: Best of Lists and More Awards

Just when you thought award season was over, we’re excited to announce that Brandon Sanderson‘s STEELHEART was chosen by Audible’s listeners as the Best Audiobook of 2013! A Memory of Light, the final Wheel of Time book that Brandon completed for Robert Jordan, was the first runner up. Audible had only lovely things to say about Brandon: “Brandon Sanderson is a rising star whose books draw in listeners across all genres looking for heart-felt, action-packed, and well-told stories. Luckily, Steelheart is just the beginning and we have the full Reckoners series to look forward to.”

In international award news, Ben Aaronovitch (a client of our sister agency, Zeno) won the second place 2013 Leserpreis, a German Readers Choice Award, for his novel WHISPERS UNDER GROUND – he even beat George R. R. Martin! Finalists for the Leserpreis included THE DAYLIGHT WAR by Peter V. Brett, THE SOOKIE STACKHOUSE COMPANION by Charlaine Harris, and OSAMA by Zeno client Lavie Tidhar.

We’re also pleased to share that Daniel Jose Older was awarded the 2013 Gulliver Travel Grant by the Speculative Literature Foundation. Always hard at work on a new project, Daniel will use the grant to visit Cuban prisons that used to house political prisoners as research for his novel-in-progress, THE BOOK OF LOST SAINTS.

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On to the Best Ofs: Marie Brennan‘s A NATURAL HISTORY OF DRAGONS is one of NPR’s Best of 2013. Annalee Newitz gave it a glowing recommendation: “Though a fantasy, this novel is truly a homage to the history of science – and its brave, no-nonsense heroine will win you over with her passionate love for field research (and her love for a bookish young man, too).” Brennan’s novel was also selected as one of Slate’s Favorite Books of the Year, and Dan Kois raved: “Brennan fuses an ear for Victorian language with a spiky feminist sensibility and produces a novel that delighted me more often than any other book this year.

We’ve mentioned it before, but it bears repeating: THE RITHMATIST is a New York Times Notable Children’s Book of 2013 and one of Kirkus’ Best of 2013 in the Childrens’ Category. It also made Hudson Booksellers’ Best of 2013 list in the YA category. STEELHEART is one of  the AV Club’s Favorite Books of the Year, giving it high praise: “The veteran fantasy author’s world-building expertise is on full display here, making his horrifying vision of Chicago all the more chilling and exciting for readers of all ages to explore.”

Each month on Tor.com, influential Barnes & Noble buyer Jim Killen curates a list of science fiction & fantasy titles, and both ANDROMEDA’S CHOICE by William C. Dietz and DARKWALKER by E. L. Tettensor are Barnes & Noble’s’ Picks for December 2013. DARKWALKER was also mentioned over at My Bookish Ways as one of their Top 10 Must Reads in December 2013 (SF/F Horror).

Finally, for those considering what to get friends and family for Christmas, Blastr has compiled a list of SF/F novels that would make great gifts, and both STEELHEART and DEAD EVER AFTER are featured!


Paksenarrion Marches On to New Audiences!

SF Signal has just featured a beautiful new review of Elizabeth Moon‘s classic epic fantasy trilogy, The Deed of Paksenarrion. For long-time fans and those just discovering Elizabeth Moon, this feature provides a great overview of what makes this trilogy so enduring and captivating. Here’s a small sample of the extensive review:

“For my reading sensibilities, the omnibus / trilogy that is The Deed of Paksenarrion just simply worked on every level a story should work: believable characters, consistency in the world shown in the story, and strong narrative pull, among others. It stands out not just because it is a Military Fantasy written by a woman about a woman protagonist, but mainly because it is a terrific and engaging story.”

Twenty-five years after the release of The Sheepfarmer’s Daughter (the first book in the trilogy and a Compton Crook Award-winning debut), Moon’s classic series continues to delight new readers. The trilogy is available in beautiful omnibus editions from Baen in the US and Orbit in the UK, so if you haven’t yet picked up The Deed of Paksenarrion, now is the perfect time!


Lord Darcy Now Available as eBooks

We’re very excited to be able to make Randall Garrett’s collection Murder and Magic, the novel Too Many Magicians, and the collection Lord Darcy Investigates available as ebooks! The JABerwocky editions are currently available to readers in the United States and Canada; the SF Gateway editions will soon be available to those in the UK. Joshua has fond memories of discovering the Lord Darcy series in a Science Fiction Book Club omnibus edition when he was in high school.

The Lord Darcy stories are a mixture of rule-based magic systems and fair play whodunnits that have heavily influence many of the cross-genre novels published today. Simon R. Green explains why from an author’s perspective:

A few words on Randall Garrett’s Lord Darcy Stories.

In Lord Darcy, Randall Garrett created one of the great mystery sleuths, not least because the crimes, murders and treacheries that Lord Darcy Investigated took place in a world where magic worked. In Lord Darcy’s world, magic followed rules as strict as any science, and both the cases and their detection involved much thought on that nature of magic, as well as highly detailed characters and motivations.

And most important of all, Randall Garrett always played fair.

In his one Lord Darcy novel, Too Many Magicians, and his many short stories, Garrett wrote well-plotted, wonderfully styled stories that were maddeningly intricate, well reasoned and great fun. His magical alternate history world was as utterly real as his characters, and his mysteries were of the first calibre. Death took Randall Garrett from us far too soon, but we still have work. Fine stories, and magic words.

Simon R. Green isn’t the only author to take note of Randall Garrett’s seminal work.

  • Marion Zimmer Bradley: “He has combined the best of the fantasy and detective genres — and made them work as science fiction.”
  • Andre Norton: “I cannot count the number of times I have read TOO MANY MAGICIANS — each time with the same pleasure.”
  • Robert Silverberg: “Randall Garrett’s most satisfying and enduring literary accomplishment is the Lord Darcy series.”

The National Review also waxed rhapsodic:

Garrett’s writing style is as elegant and charming as his setting, and his mastery of atmosphere is admirable … Garrett’s series is in fact one of the best of the genre-benders, which have proliferated so madly since these tales were first published. The stories deftly combine elements of mystery, espionage, suspense, Tolkienesque fantasy, science fiction, the techno-thriller, CSI-style forensic mystery, and swashbuckling historical romance.

In 1999, Randall Garrett received the Sidewise Award for Alternate History, Special Achievement, for his Lord Darcy stories. The Special Achievement has only been awarded to two other authors since 1995. Pick up a copy today and step into a world of magical mystery.


Notable Rithmatist Found in NYC


The New York Times has just announced their list of notable children’s books of 2013, and we are thrilled that THE RITHMATIST by Brandon Sanderson is on their handful of top YA titles for the past year. THE RITHMATIST has also just been picked for the Kirkus Best of 2013 List! These titles are selected from the books that have received starred reviews from Kirkus in 2013, so this list is truly the cream of the crop.

Reviewed in May by another notable children’s author, Patrick Ness, the Times said “The Rithmatist contains some good surprises on the way to a pleasingly nifty conclusion,” and the book has been a NY Times bestseller, a GoodReads Best of 2013 Finalist, and it has been listed on state reading lists such as the Texas Lone Star Reading List.

With Brandon’s Steelheart becoming a #1 YA bestseller for the NY Times, getting great reviews, and also contending for awards and honors, 2013 is establishing itself as a significant year for Brandon Sanderson’s emergence as a major new voice in YA literature.

 

 


JAB Award Season Roundup

UPDATE: Brandon Sanderson‘s STEELHEART is one of the ten select titles to make the final round of the Goodreads Choice Awards in the Young Adult Fantasy & Science Fiction category. Voting ends November 25th, so be sure to head over to Goodreads and cast your vote now!

UPDATE 2: E.L Tettensor‘s debut novel, DARKWALKER, and William C. Dietz‘s latest novel, ANDROMEDA’S CHOICE, are both Barnes & Noble Bookseller’s Picks for December!

It’s that time of year again: awards season is upon us!

First up: voting in the Semifinal Round of the Goodreads Choice Awards is happening right now. Twenty categories, twenty books each, and we’re thrilled to announce that five JABberwocky clients (with a total of six titles) are semifinalists! Voting in this round ends on November 16, so cast your vote now, then return on November 18th for the final round.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

JABberwocky proudly presents its semifinalists for the 2013 Goodreads Choice Awards in the following categories:

Best Fantasy:

THE DAYLIGHT WAR by Peter V. Brett

A NATURAL HISTORY OF DRAGONS by Marie Brennan

Paranormal Fantasy:

DEAD EVER AFTER by Charlaine Harris

Best Science Fiction:

THE LOST FLEET: BEYOND THE FRONTIER: GUARDIAN by Jack Campbell

Young Adult Fantasy & Science Fiction:

THE RITHMATIST by Brandon Sanderson

STEELHEART by Brandon Sanderson

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Next: National Public Radio has chosen A NATURAL HISTORY OF DRAGONS by Marie Brennan as one of the Best Books of 2013!

Also: Jeri Westerson is a finalist for an RT Reviewers Choice Award! SHADOW OF THE ALCHEMIST is featured in the Mystery Suspense & Thriller category. Out of the 3000+ books they review each year, RT Books has hand-selected only the best titles to highlight, and we’re excited that they’ve recognized Jeri’s work as the cream of the crop.

Finally: It’s not online yet, but the Texas Library Association has selected both of Brandon Sanderson’s Young Adult novels for their recommended reading lists! THE RITHMATIST is featured on the 2014 Lone Star Reading List, which is used to encourage students in grades 6-8 to read a variety of current books. The TLA’s list for grades 9-12, the Tayshas Reading List, features STEELHEART. It’s great to see that not only are these titles NYT bestsellers, they’ve also been approved by librarians as great choices for turning students into lifelong readers!

 


See Brandon Sanderson in NYC this weekend!

Brandon Sanderson fans in the New York area, the 92nd Street Y is the place to be this Saturday, November 16!

Brandon will be there, along with fellow YA authors Christopher Paolini and James Dashner, to discuss the fantasy genre. The event begins at 3 PM and copies of STEELHEART will be available for purchase and signing after the event. As of this posting, tickets are still available, so be sure to grab one before they sell out.

We’re excited to share all the wonderful press Brandon’s YA titles have received recently! THE RITHMATIST and STEELHEART are both nominees for YALSA’s Best Fiction for Young Adults. THE RITHMATIST will also be featured in the ABC Best Books for Children Catalog, which is distributed to over 1000 independent bookstores nationwide, and STEELHEART is one of Locus Magazine’s New and Notable books for November. Additionally, STEELHEART and THE RITHMATIST are both semi-finalists for Goodreads.com’s “Best Books of 2013 Award” in the young adult fantasy category. This award is decided by popularity, so if you haven’t voted for your favorite (Sanderson) book be sure to do so here!

In international news, THE RITHMATIST is now a bestseller on two continents: it debuted at #8 on the bestseller list in Taiwan and has climbed to #3 this week! Not surprisingly, THE RITHMATIST is a hit in translation as well.


After Dead – a #2 New York Times Bestseller!

A joyous announcement from us here at JABberwocky: Charlaine Harris‘s Sookie Stackhouse coda, AFTER DEAD, debuted at #2 on the New York Times bestseller list!

We’re pleased but not surprised: even though the series has concluded, the passion for Sookie Stackhouse and the world Charlaine has created continues on – and so do the New York Times bestseller placements! USA Today also featured it as a New and Noteworthy pick.

This fully illustrated book has all the answers to how life turned out for the residents of Bon Temps after the final page of Dead Ever After, so it’s a must read for fans of Charlaine and Sookie! As for what to expect, Charlaine told Sci Fi Now magazine, “this isn’t all about death, they’ve had a happy life and death is the end of that, inevitably.”

As AFTER DEAD puts the beloved residents of Bon Temps to rest, Midnight Crossroad will introduce a brand new cast of characters to fall in love with, this time in a dried-up Texas town. After you savor this gorgeous Sookie Stackhouse coda, look for Charlaine’s new series on shelves in 2014!