January 27th, 2016

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Interesting Links for 27-01-2016

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Sorcerer to the Crown, by Zen Cho

A book set in a magical nineteenth-century England, with strong shades of Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell and also Mary Robinette Kowal, and of course pastiche of Jane Austen if she had been interested in scientific magic; but by bringing in the rest of the world, and making her central character an African orphan who unexpectedly becomes Sorcerer Royal, to the dismay of Society, Zen Cho turns a lot of those tropes sideways, and then injects a dose of Faerie and smart young woman with dragons as well. I really liked this and will be considering it seriously for my Hugo nominations and BSFA second round vote (due on Sunday).