Ekaterina Sedia Meme

It’s spreading, the Ekaterina Sedia interview meme. Ekaterina Sedia, editor of Paper Cities, and author of The Secret History of Moscow, will be releasing her second novel, Alchemy of Stone at the end of the month. To help spread the word, several people have been asking her five questions. Then they tag someone, and s/he has to ask Ekaterina five more. If this keeps up, we may soon know the answers to all things. (About Ekaterina, at least).

So far the meme has entered the consciousness of:

Matt Stags

Paul Jessup

Johnathan Wood

Mark Teppo

and Mary Robinette Kowal

Who will the meme target next? It could be YOU.

Free Copy of Paper Cities If You Review Sybil’s Garage No. 5

That’s right. You read the title correctly. I will mail you a free copy of Paper Cities, An Anthology of Urban Fantasy, edited by Ekaterina Sedia, if you post on your blog or website a review of Sybil’s Garage No. 5.*

Alternatively, if you mention Sybil’s Garage No. 5 on your site and link back to us (http://www.sensesfive.com/sg5.php) I’ll send you a coupon code worth 50% off everything Senses Five Press sells.

Please spread the word!

* Due to the high cost of postage overseas, I have to limit the free copy of Paper Cities to the US and Canada only. If you are overseas and still want to write a review, please contact me and we can work something out. The review should be thorough and not necessarily positive. I will send a free copy to the first five individuals who do this.

Sybil's Garage No. 5

OF Blog of the Fallen reviews Paper Cities

OF Blog of the Fallen reviews Paper Cities. Among praises of Forrest Aguirre’s, Hal Duncan’s, Catherynne Valente’s, Ben Peek’s, and other stories, they say:

“Paper Cities is an excellent anthology whose stories ought to appeal to a wide range of readers, especially those curious about “urban fantasy” but who may be uncertain if any of the authors who write in this amorphous field might be worth reading. Like real cities, each city presented has its own facets, its own charms, and its own dangers that the characters come to experience. Highly recommended.”

Read the full review here »

The Funeral, Ruined by Ben Peek

Fantasybookspot.com just posted Ben Peek’s story from PAPER CITIES, “The Funeral, Ruined,” on their website.

It was the weight that woke Linette. Her weight. The weight of herself.

The flat red sky above Issuer was waiting when she opened her eyes. Five hours before, when she had closed her eyes, it had been a dark, ugly brown-red: the middle of the night. Now it was the clear early morning red, and a thick, muggy warmth was seeping through her open window with the new light. There would be no rain today. Just the heat. Just the sweat. Just that uncomfortable, hot awareness of herself that both brought. The worse was Linette’s short, dark hair, dirty with sweat and ash. The ash that had come through the open window during the night. It had streaked her face and settled in her mouth and she could taste it, dry, burnt and unappealing in her gums. Her left arm, with its thick, straight scars across the forearm, felt heavy and ached; but it always ached. It was a dull, lazy ache in the heat, and a sharp, pointed pain in the cold, as if, with the latter, the brittle weather was digging into her fractured bone to snap it. Her feet, tangled at the bottom of her coarse, ash stained brown sheets, sweated uncomfortably, and her long, straight back could feel the sweaty outline of the bronze frame beneath the thin mattress that she lay on. There was no end to herself, Linette thought, and she would never be able to sleep again, so aware of it was she.

You can read the full story here.

Another Paper Cities Review

Trinalor reviews Paper Cities over at FantasyBookspot.com.

Tinalor says:

“Although they all share a common theme, the diversity of the stories and imaginations of the authors make this collection an interesting and compelling read. In Paper Cities, the city is not a mere background against which authors prop their characters to tell a story. The city is a character: an incredibly viable, evolving, and influential one at that.”

Read the review here.