Sunday, 12 April 2015

#Awethors Takeover - Rachel Cotterill


Welcome to the 10am post in the twelve-hour #Awethors Takeover!

Don't miss out on the giveaway of Rachel Cotterill's "Rebellion", "Revolution", and "Watersmeet" at the bottom of the post!

Celebrating The Get Down With The ‪#‎Awethors‬ event!  Go to the Facebook group page to discover prizes, challenges, your favourite new authors and more!


Strange Charm Top 10 Reads!


This is Rachel Cotterill, taking over Kelly's blog for an hour! Along with my friend Joanna, I founded Strange Charm (http://strangecharmbooks.co.uk) last year to showcase the very best of speculative fiction by women.

Just the process of setting up such a blog has been hugely educational, as well as entertaining, for both of us. Looking for books to feature has set me on a course to read more widely and more diversely, which can only ever be a good thing.

Since we started the site last November, we've discovered loads of great books we might not otherwise have read. (We're actually giving away four of our favourite recent releases at the moment, including my latest, so do take a look: http://strangecharmbooks.co.uk/free-ebooks/)

In no particular order, here are my top 10 picks from our first six months, all from authors I hadn't read before we started Strange Charm:

Fortune's Pawn by Rachel Bach
Lively, fast-paced space opera with a strong romantic subplot.

Signal to Noise by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
Mexican fantasy examining the consequences of giving unsupervised teens access to dangerous magic.

Sunbolt by Intisar Khanani
Pacy fantasy adventure starring a wonderful, optimistic heroine who must learn to use her forbidden magic.

Zero Sum Game by S. L. Huang
A mathematical genius like you've never seen before: Cas uses her number-crunching powers to achieve ninja-level fighting skills.

The Girl at Midnight by Melissa Grey
A human girl adopted into a magical race must leave the only family she's known, if she's has a chance of saving them.

Station Eleven by Emily St John Mandel
A post-apocalyptic vision with a difference, featuring a nomadic theatre troupe, and a complex web of human and artistic connections which spans time and space.

Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie
An enjoyable and engaging story of space, conquest, and Empire... and also a detailed exploration of the philosophy of identity.

Chasing Ravens by Jessica E. Paige
A young woman runs away from an arranged marriage and stumbles into an idyllic settlement, but a magical curse threatens to destroy her new home.

The Just City by Jo Walton
What if the gods Apollo and Athene decided to construct a city, outside of the normal flow of time, to test Plato's ideals and examine the truths of human nature? This book presents an answer.

The Galaxy Game by Karen Lord
A poetic jigsaw of scenes spanning several years, following a group of friends from their teenage years into adulthood, and the galactic politics that sucks them in.


Rachel Cotterill

Rachel Cotterill is professionally and perpetually indecisive, splitting her time somewhat haphazardly between writing, computing, linguistics, recipe development, and travel. She's half of the feminist SF book blog Strange Charm and her third novel, Watersmeet, is a romantic and optimistic fantasy published earlier this year.

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1 comment:

  1. What a great list of books--and so honored to see Sunbolt on up there! :) Thanks for a bunch of new reads to look up!

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