Monday, January 02, 2017

Reviewing the Mail: Week of 12/31

Welcome to 2017! Here's hoping it will be less eventful and tumultuous than the year we just made it through.

But one good way to avoid events and tumults is by sitting in a room quietly reading -- I recommend it highly as a way to keep the world at bay. And I happen to get books in the mail pretty regularly, which I write about every Monday in hopes they will spark someone's interest.

This week was quiet, most likely because it was the end of the year and the aftermath of the biggest holiday in the Western world. But I still did get one book, which you might be interested to know about.

That book is Recluce Tales, a collection of short fiction by L.E. Modesitt, Jr. set in his most popular and long-running fantasy world. (It's called "Recluce," for those of you who need a slightly larger cluestick.) There are four reprints and seventeen new stories, so even the most fanatic Modesitt fans will find it's almost entirely new stuff. This Tor hardcover is available officially on January 3rd (tomorrow), but you might be able to shake a copy free today if you try hard.

(I'll also note there was an interesting interview with Modesitt -- conducted by his publisher, Tom Doherty, one of the Not-At-All-Secret Masters of SF -- from 2012 that brought back just before Christmas. Definitely worth a read for his fans, people interested in the inner workings of publishing, nosy parkers, and anyone looking for something to fill some time until the next bowl game.)

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