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Cranky Ladies of History

Cranky Ladies logoSo other than my new job, the project keeping me most busy over the past month has been Cranky Ladies of History. This book began last year, when Liz Barr posted a fantastic piece on Tsaritsa Sophia Alekseyevna of Russia, terming her a “cranky lady” – this completely tickled my fancy, and I immediately thought of a bunch of brilliant writers I would love to see write about other cranky ladies of history – and the book was born. With Tansy Rayner Roberts as my co-editor, we have had stories pitched at us from all over the world, and we invited many wonderful writers to be part of the project. We decided we wanted to pay pro rates to the contributors, and to that end, we decided to try a crowd-funding campaign.

Over the course of the process, we realised that March, when we plan to run the campaign, is Women’s History Month, which is just marvellous! During the month we hope to see loads of people talking about THEIR favourite cranky ladies of history, which we will link to over on the FableCroft Blog Tour page. Everyone is welcome to join in the fun! I can’t wait to see the cranky ladies people write about – it’s going to be great!

If you would like to host, post or guest blog about one (or more!) of YOUR favourite Cranky Ladies as part of the official blog tour, please let me know! We want to plaster the internet with cranky women, and the more the merrier!


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2014 Book Cull

The rules are:

1. Every book is $2 plus postage.

2. Books will be posted in Australia Post prepaid satchels (within Australia only, sorry): up to 500g = $8; up to 3kg = $13; up to 5kg = $16

3. First to email me at that they want a title gets it – I will strike them out here as they are spoken for, but my apologies in advance if you miss out on any you want because of timing.

4. Once you email me your list, I will figure out the weight and give you the total including postage.

5. Payment to be made by Paypal to within 24 hours or the books will be relisted.

6. I need to get these out of the house ASAP, so looking for super quick sales!

7. Books range from ex-library to well-read to good to excellent condition to completely unread, and are a mixture of paperbacks, trades and hardcovers. All are perfectly readable, no pages missing or the like. Most were collected to sate a completist urge I’m trying to get rid of… :)

And, GO!


The Bad Place

From the corner of his eye

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Dragon Tears




The Mask

Cold Fire

Winter Moon

The Door to December

The Voice of the Night

The Key to Midnight

Life Expectancy


Seize the Night

The Taking 

Odd Thomas

False Memory

One Door Away from Heaven

By the Light of the Moon

Dark Rivers of the Heart

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The Vision

The Funhouse

Forever Odd

Night Chills

Darkness Comes

Twilight Eyes



Sole Survivor

Strange Highways




The Eyes of Darkness


Demon Seed

Mr Murder

Fear Nothing


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The Dean Koontz Companion

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The Dead Zone

Pet Sematary

Omnibus: The Shining, Carrie, Misery

Bag of Bones

Nightmares and Dreamscapes

Everything’s Eventual

Night Shift

Gerald’s Game

The Green Mile (set of six – original publication method)

‘Salem’s Lot

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Shadow of a Dark Queen (The Serpentwar Saga 1)

Rise of a Merchant Prince (The Serpentwar Saga 2)

Rage of a Demon King (The Serpentwar Saga 3)

Shards of a Broken Crown (The Serpentwar Saga 4)

A Kingdom Besieged 


A Girl Like You by Maureen Lindley

Isaac Asimov’s Camelot

Isaac Asimov’s Vampires

Dogtales! edited by Jack Dann & Gardner Dozois

Bestiary! edited by Jack Dann & Gardner Dozois

Unicorns! edited by Jack Dann & Gardner Dozois

Robots!  edited by Jack Dann & Gardner Dozois

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Death of an Empire by MK Hume

The short second life of Bree Tanner by Stephanie Meyer

The Lord of Lies by Sam Bowring

The Child of Hope by Gary Stowe

The Outcast Blade by Jon Courtenay Grimwood

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White Cat by Holly Black

A hunger like no other by Kresley Cole

Prom Nights from Hell

Hotter than Hell by Jackie Kessler

Dead in the Family by Charlaine Harris

Definitely Dead by Charlaine Harris

Dead and Gone by Charlaine Harris

A touch of dead by Charlaine Harris

Club Dead by Charlaine Harris

Om Shanti Babe by Helen Limon

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Hags, Sirens and Other Bad Girls of Fantasy edited by Denise Little

Familiars edited by Denise Little

Merlin’s Bones by Fred Saberhagen

Maiden, Matron, Crone edited by Kerrie Hughes & Martin H Greenberg

Crime Spells edited by Martin H Greenberg & Loren L Coleman

Other Earths edited by Nick Gevers & Jay Lake

Children of Magic edited by Martin H Greenberg & Kerrie Hughes

Dragon’s Eye edited by Christopher Stasheff

Swordplay edited by Denise Little

Ages of Wonder edited by Julie Czerneda & Rob St Martin

Hotel Andromeda edited by Jack L Chalker

Novel Ideas: Fantasy edited by Brian M Thomson

Magic Tales edited by Martin H Greenberg & Janet Pack

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The Orbit Science Fiction Yearbook 2 edited by David S. Garnett

The Mammoth Book of Comic Fantasy edited by Mike Ashley

Dragons of Light edited by Orson Scott Card

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Tehani’s top books of 2013


Image courtesy of Flikr user Starzyia, licensed under CC BY-ND 2.0

With the disclaimer that I can’t include any of the Australian YA or children’s books I have read as part of the CBCA Book of the Year Awards judging in this list (which means several hundred books are NOT considered, and also that I didn’t read nearly as many OTHER books as I usually would!), AND that I’ve not included FableCroft publications here, which of COURSE are five star (!), here are my favourite books of 2013! (in basically reverse reading order, thanks to Goodreads).

Night of Cake and Puppets by Laini Taylor

Thankless in Death by JD Robb

Once Upon a Time: new fairytales edited by Paula Guran

The Wild Girl by Kate Forsyth

Enchanted by Alethea Kontis

How green this land, how blue this sea by Mira Grant

Cracklescape by Margo Lanagan

Friday Brown by Vikki Wakefield

Chicks Dig Comics edited by Lynne M Thomas & Sigrid Ellis

Parasite by Mira Grant

We are all completely beside ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein

Perfections by Kirstyn McDermott

Caution: contains small parts by Kirstyn McDermott

Asymmetry by Thoraiya Dyer

Glamour in Glass by Mary Robinette Kowal

The Madness Underneath by Maureen Johnson

When We Wake by Karen Healey

Frost Burned by Patricia Briggs

Archie: Married Life (1, 2 & 3) by Paul Kupperberg et al

Hawkeye vol. 1, My life as a weapon by Matt Fraction et al

Blood of Dragons by Robin Hobb

Queen Victoria’s Book of Spells edited by Ellen Datlow & Terri Windling

Let it Snow by John Green, Maureen Johnson & Lauren Myracle

A Trifle Dead by Livia Day

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Written in Red by Anne Bishop

Fables vol. 18, Cubs in Toyland by Bill Willingham et al

Batwoman vol. 2, To drown the world by JH Williams III et al

She Hulk, vol. 1, Single Green Female by Dan Slott et al

Captain Marvel, vol. 1, In pursuit of flight by Kelly Sue DeConnick et al

Girl Genius 1-11 by Phil & Kaja Foglio

Etiquette and Espionage by Gail Carriger

Batgirl vol. 1, The darkest reflection by Gail Simone et al

The Mad Scientist’s Daughter by Cassandra Rose Clarke

Soulless the manga vol. 2 by Gail Carriger et al

The Voyage of the Unquiet Ice by Andrew McGahan

Saga vol. 1 by Brian K Vaughan et al

A Corner of White by Jaclyn Moriarty

Beauty’s Sister by Bradley James

Wow. Imagine if I hadn’t been CBCA reading! There are so many brilliant books! And if you really want to know EVERYTHING I’ve read (if not what I think of them), you can see my 2013 Year of Reading (368, apparently…) here!


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Great Book Purge 2013

Here’s the first batch of books looking for new homes. First in first served – books are free but you’ll need to pay for postage. I use Australia Post satchels which are approx $8 for 500g, $13 for 3kg and $16 for 5kg. Many are unread, some read once, a few more worn. Email me at editormum75 at gmail dot com if you want some. I’ll strikeout what gets taken as they go!


Angel: the Casefiles Vol. 1 (Nancy Holder, Jeff Mariotte and Maryelizabeth Hart)

Buffy the Vampire Slayer: the Watcher’s Guide (Christopher Golden & Nancy Holder)

Buffy the Vampire Slayer: the Watcher’s Guide Vol. 2 (Nancy Holder with Jeff Mariotte and Maryelizabeth Hart)

A conspiracy of Kings (Megan Whalen Turner)

The Accidental Sorcerer – Rogue Agent 1 (KE Mills)

Wizard Squared – Rogue Agent 3 (KE Mills)

The Undivided – Rift Runners Book One (Jennifer Fallon)

Medalon – The Demon Child trilogy book one (Jennifer Fallon)

Wolf Blade – The Hythrun Chronicles book one (Jennifer Fallon)

The Demon’s Lexicon – book one (Sarah Rees Brennan)


Fateful (Claudia Gray)

Lady of the Shades (Darren Shan)

The Return Man (VM Zito)

The Outcast Blade – Act Two of The Assassini (Jon Courtenay Grimwood)

The Lord of Lies – Strange Threads book 2 (Sam Bowring)

Brave New Love, 15 dystopian tales of desire (Paula Guran, ed)

The short second life of Bree Tanner – an Eclipse novella) – Stephenie Meyer

Akata Witch – Nnedi Okorafor

Gates of Paradise – a Blue Bloods novel (Melissa de la Cruz)

Wolf Pact (Melissa de la Cruz)

The Twilight Saga: the official illustrated guide (published by Atom)

Forever Free (Joe Haldeman)


Son of the Shadows –book 2 of the Sevenwaters trilogy (Juliet Marillier)

Child of Prophecy – book 3 of the Sevenwaters trilogy (Juliet Marillier)

The Dark Mirror – book 1 of the Bridei Chronicles (Juliet Marillier)

Daughter of the Forest – book 1 of the Sevenwaters trilogy (Juliet Marillier)

Wolfskin (Juliet Marillier)

Foxmask (Juliet Marillier)

Heir to Sevenwaters (Juliet Marillier)


Death of an Empire – Prophecy II (MK Hume)

Red Country (Joe Abercrombie)

Tangle of Need – Psy-Changeling series (Nalini Singh) x 2 copies

The Red Knight (Miles Cameron)

The Child of Hope – book one of The Masteries (Gary Stowe)

The Dragon and the Crow – Magickless: book one (TB McKenzie)

Wolfsbane (Andrea Cremer)

The Fate of the Dwarves (Markus Heitz)

Trinity Rising (Elspeth Cooper)


The Watcher’s Guide Vol. 3 (Paul Ruditis)

Queen of the Slayers – Buffy original novel (Nancy Holder)

Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Lost Slayer (books 1-4) (Christopher Golden)

The Seventh Wave – Helix Prophecy book 1 (Paul Garrety)

Archangel’s Storm – a Guild Hunter novel (Nalini Singh)

Slave of Sondelle – the Eleven Kingdoms book one (Bevan McGuiness)

Pilgrims – Pendulum book one (Will Elliott)

Shadow – Pendulum book two (Will Elliott)

Transcension (Damien Broderick)

Warrior – The Hythrun Chronicles book two (Jennifer Fallon)

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FableCroft News

A quick post about FableCroft’s new books, two of which are being launched at Conflux in ONE MONTH but already here and ready to be posted out!

OneSmallStepCoverdraft1. Publishers Weekly reviewed both The Bone Chime Song and Other Stories by Joanne Anderton and One Small Step, edited by me. FableCroft’s first reviews at PW, which is very exciting!

2. Pre-orders are available at the FableCroft website, and all orders placed now will be posted over the next week – that’s right, before the launch!

3. You can also try your luck to win a copy at Goodreads – details at the FableCroft website.

4. We re-released Tansy Rayner Roberts’ first novel, Splashdance Silver, in ebook a few weeks ago – it’s a fantastically fun read, and super cheap! The sequel novel, Liquid Gold, will also be out soon.

5. Not, strictly speaking, a FableCroft announcement, but I’m off to Hobart on Thursday to help launch Tansy’s newest book, A Trifle Dead (by Livia Day, Tansy’s alter ego). Join us if you can at the Hobart Bookshop, 5.30pm Thursday 28 March, 2013!

6. And I’m merrily working on a couple of other projects that I will be announcing soon – fun!


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