Tag: Mur Lafferty

The Shambling Guide to New York City cover

by on Jan.14, 2013, under Art, Books, Entertainment, Novels

Mur Lafferty, one of my favorite podcasters (I Should Be Writing) and author, has a new book coming out and it just got a cover!

Cover art by Jamie McKelvie

Cover art by Jamie McKelvie

It looks awesome! Here’s the blurb for the actual book:

“Because of the disaster that was her last job, Zoe is searching for a fresh start as a travel book editor in the tourist-centric New York City. After stumbling across a seemingly perfect position though, Zoe is blocked at every turn because of the one thing she can’t take off her resume — human. Not to be put off by anything — especially not her blood drinking boss or death goddess coworker — Zoe delves deep into the monster world. But her job turns deadly when the careful balance between human and monsters starts to crumble — with Zoe right in the middle.”

Author Source (Murverse.com)
Artist Source 1 (Website)
Artist Source 2 (Tumblr)


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Mur Lafferty is offering up her eBooks for free!

by on May.07, 2012, under Articles, Books, News

As SF Signal is reporting, author Mur Lafferty is offering up all her current eBooks for free for the months of May and June of 2012.

This includes awesome novels like Playing For Keeps, Marco and the Red Granny, and the Afterlife series. I particularly suggest Playing For Keeps and the novella Marco and the Red Granny. You can download the books here.

If you still would like more info about the series, you can read SF Signal’s book descriptions or all the books. Here are the descriptions for Playing For Keeps and Marco and the Red Granny:

Playing For Keeps

The shining metropolis of Seventh City is the birthplace of super powers. The First Wave heroes are jerks, but they have the best gifts: flight, super strength, telepathy, genius, fire. The Third Wavers are stuck with the leftovers: the ability to instantly make someone sober, the power to smell the past, the grace to carry a tray and never drop its contents, the power to produce high-powered excrement blasts, absolute control. over elevators. Bar owner Keepsie Branson is a Third Waver with a power that prevents anything in her possession from being stolen. Keepsie and her friends just aren’t powerful enough to make a difference. at least that’s what they’ve always been told. But when the villain Doodad slips Keepsie a mysterious metal sphere, the Third Wavers become caught in the middle of a battle between the egotistical heroes and the manipulative villains. As Seventh City begins to melt down, it’s hard to tell the good guys from the bad, and even harder to tell who may become the true heroes.

Marco and the Red Granny

By bringing back the patronage system, a new alien species has transformed the moon into the new artistic center of the universe, and Sally Ride Lunar Base soon gains the nickname “Mollywood.” These aliens can do amazing things with art and the senses, allowing a painting, for example, to stimulate other senses than simply sight. When someone asks a starlet, “Who are you wearing?” she could as easily say “J.K. Rowling” as she could “Gucci.”

Every creative person in the world wishes for a patronage. It’s quite competitive.

Marco wanted one, once. But then his girlfriend got one and shuttled off to Mollywood for fame and fortune, and Marco stayed home, waiting for his own patron. After several years, he gave up entirely. His career faltered. His agent dumped him. And then, one morning, he gets a call. At last he has a patron, at last the aliens want him. But he’s about to find out that an artistic patronage isn’t what it was in the good old days, and that the only friend he’s made, a tiny old woman who’s the star of a blood sports reality series called The Most Dangerous Game, has secrets of her own.

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Writing: Being Classy: Dealing with Publishing Woes

by on Apr.10, 2012, under Articles, Books, Writing

On occasion we hear about when an author goes ballistic. Usually about reviews or sometimes about how a publisher treats them. We rarely hear about when an author stays classy in the face of obvious annoyance. Well unless you’re reading this article right now.

Let me introduce you to Mary Robinette Kowal. I am not one of her readers, although that might change in the future, but I am one of her listeners, as she recently joined one of my favorite writing podcasts Writing Excuses where she has proven herself very capable of offering advice and knowledge regarding writing.

Unsurprisingly she is an author of several books of which the most recent one, Glamour in Glass, had a printing error. The printer somehow omitted the first line of the novel. Does she rant and rave to the net? No. She takes the problem, stays classy, and turns it into something even better: A way to advertise her new book and interact with her fans.

Bookmark by Mary Robinette KowalHer blog post regarding the subject discusses the first lines of books in general, offers an interactive pop quiz, and then proceeds to enumerate a list of ways readers can correct their novels including asking her to pen the initial line herself if one attends a signing of the book. How awesome is that? The list also includes digital stickers, a digital book mark, a free signed bookmark with a self-addressed & stamped envelope (SASE), a temporary tatoo with a SASE, and the best part, she is selling a t-shirt with the missing first line. And of course you could read the first line on the webpage itself, if you wanted, or just start with the second line!

Despite Glamour in Glass being the second in a series, I’m tempted to purchase it. For those of you who don’t know, book collectors often see more value in a book that has a miss printing than perfectly bound books. I make no assumptions or assertions regarding Mary Robinette Kowel’s bibliography’s future worth but it does add some appealing value, aside from the story within.

So aspiring authors out there, take notes. This is how you handle someone else’s mistake of your work and turn it around into something awesome. Don’t believe me? Mur Lafferty, author and creator of my other favorite writing podcast, I Should Be Writing, agrees with me.

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How to Write

by on Mar.31, 2011, under Articles, Books, Writing

Mighty Mur Lafferty on writing [Magical Words]

A basic primer on how to get your career as a writer started. Regular readers know I listen to I Should Be Writing near religiously and consider it one of the primary reasons why I’ve gotten into the habit of writing regularly. The above article lays out some of the most basic topics she presents in her podcast in a distinctly non-audio like format.

She also invents a new genre of fantasy fiction that sounds really really cool. Or really funny. Or both.

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Kickstarter: The Afterlife Series: Heaven, Hell, Earth, Wasteland, War Project by Mur Lafferty

by on Mar.12, 2011, under Articles, Books, Entertainment, Podcasts

So actually I can’t really talk about this one because it’s already been spoken for. Jennifer Hudock of Goblin Market fame wrote an excellent post regarding the above kickstarter that you should read.

I’ll only add that even though I know the Kickstarter is already funded and was already funded within two hours of launch, dropping money to get copies of the books that will be printed will be worth your time. Don’t believe me? Go listen to the podcast yourself.

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The Power of Words: Stephen Fry says “Language”

by on Oct.21, 2010, under Articles, The Power of Words, Videos, Visual Media, Writing

Originally found at I Should Be Writing by Mur Lafferty.

Below is a small video  you should watch. It talks about language in a very interesting and amusing manner.

I admit to being guilty of this sometimes. The copy editor in me does like to come out, every once and awhile, and correct the grammar of the written word around me. I’m also happy to say that am very much a fan of evolving English. I don’t find nom to be rather funny, although there are some verbings of nouns that I am not a fan of. Language creation is something that has always interested me, despite my lack of talent in picking up any language other than English.

I think though, if you are not a grammar vigilante, something you should take away from this is that it is important to learn grammar and to understand what is correct and what is not, so you can understand how things are changing. And so you can “dress up” every once and awhile. Also everybody should take away from this that the use of words, or your choice of diction, and the elevation of speech, should not be mocked or thought of as pretentious but celebrated and appreciated, when used expertly.

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