New Series Alerts…

God, these Mondays seem to roll around more quickly all the time, and for today’s post there are two new series to take a look at. The first is the new one from Jacquelyn Frank, Cursed by Fire. It is the start of her new Immortal Brothers series.

cursed by fireSynopsis…

For centuries, Dethan has suffered eternal punishment in a fiery inferno for defying the gods and snatching the power of immortality. Condemned to have his battle-hardened body licked by flames only to regenerate and be consumed all over again, Dethan has lost all hope—until the Goddess of Conflict appears. She will release him from torment—if he’ll use his power and strength as a warrior to raise an army and defeat a fierce enemy faction of gods.

Free to live as a man once again, Dethan meets Selinda—heir to the throne of Hexis—and his thoughts quickly turn from the conquest of cities to the conquest of this headstrong beauty. Betrothed to a cruel, calculating powermonger, Selinda needs a champion, and so Dethan enters another bargain: if she will share her bed—and her body—with him, Dethan will save her city from destructive forces within and without. As the lovers ignite a searing passion, Dethan will risk all—even the Goddess of Conflict’s wrath—for a chance to make Selinda his forever.

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And the second is a new young adult release from Victoria Schwab. A Darker Shade of Magic is the first book of the series of the same name.

A Darker Shade final for IreneSynopsis…

Kell is one of the last Travelers—magicians with a rare, coveted ability to travel between parallel universes—as such, he can choose where he lands.

There’s Grey London, dirty and boring, without any magic, ruled by a mad King George. Then there’s Red London, where life and magic are revered, and the Maresh Dynasty presides over a flourishing empire. White London, ruled by whoever has murdered their way to the throne—a place where people fight to control magic, and the magic fights back, draining the city to its very bones. And once upon a time, there was Black London…but no one speaks of that now.

Officially, Kell is the Red Traveler, personal ambassador and adopted Prince of Red London, carrying the monthly correspondences between the royals of each London. Unofficially, Kell is a smuggler, servicing people willing to pay for even the smallest glimpses of a world they’ll never see—a dangerous hobby, and one that has set him up for accidental treason. Fleeing into Grey London, Kell runs afoul of Delilah Bard, a cut-purse with lofty aspirations, who first robs him, then saves him from a dangerous enemy, and then forces him to spirit her to another world for a proper adventure.

But perilous magic is afoot, and treachery lurks at every turn. To save all of the worlds, Kell and Lila will first need to stay alive—and that is proving trickier than they hoped.

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So, that wraps it up for this week. Are either of these on your radar? I used to be a Jacquelyn Frank fan back in the Nightwalker days, but my interest in her later series took a big hit and I haven’t even picked up the last five or six books at all. Looks like another quiet week for me – letting me get ready for the biggies of March 3rd. But I do have to admit that A Darker Shade of Magic does sound interesting…

Cover Lover – 14 Titles

These new covers have been trickling out for the last few days, but I waited until I had enough to do up a decent post. Let’s start with the redesign for the Dark Metropolis series from Jaclyn Dolamore. The paperback re-release of the first book, Dark Metropolis, will be available on May 12th.

dark metropolisPurchase at Amazon.com

And book two, Glittering Shadows, will follow in hardcover on June 16th.

glittering shadowsPurchase at Amazon.com

Leigh Bardugo‘s new The Dregs series starts up on October 6th with the release of the first book, Six of Crows.

six of crowsPurchase at Amazon.com

Even Vampires Get the Blues is the 6th book in the Deadly Angels series from Sandra Hill, and it is due out on August 25th.

even vampires get the bluesPurchase at Amazon.com

I was surprised to see that the paperback re-release of Dark Skye from Kresley Cole was undergoing a design change for its release on April 21st.

dark skyePurchase at Amazon.com

And speaking of paperback re-releases, it looks like the complete Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare is also being redone. I really don’t get it, since the original covers are absolutely beautiful, but what do I know. City of Bones should be available with the new design on September 1st.

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The 11th book in the Katherine “Kitty” Katt series from Gini Koch, Alien Separation, will be released on May 5th.

Untitled-10Purchase at Amazon.com

Next up is the cover for Ice Like Fire, the second book in the Snow Like Ashes series from Sara Raasch, which is due out on October 13th.

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Gail Carriger‘s follow up to Prudence is called Imprudence, and it is the second book of The Custard Protocol. Look for it sometime in 2016.

imprudenceCrap, I didn’t realize how many covers I had to upload. This next one is The Immortal Heights from Sherry Thomas. It is the third book in her Elemental Trilogy, and it is due out on October 13th.

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Author Rae Carson starts up a new series called The Gold Seer Trilogy on September 22nd, and the first book is called Walk on Earth a Stranger.

walk on earth a strangerPurchase at Amazon.com

Vengeance of the Demon is the seventh book from the Kara Gillian series by Diana Rowland, and it will be out on April 7th.

vengeance of the demonPurchase at Amazon.com

Let’s wrap this up with the two Deceptions. The first Deception is from D.B. Reynolds and the Vampires in America series, and it is due out on March 31st.

deceptionPurchase at Amazon.com

I was a bit bummed to see that the Cainsville series from Kelley Armstrong had gotten a design change for the third book, Deceptions. But it turns out that the Canadian version is keeping its design, which is great. I will be able to get my matching cover on August 7th.

deceptionsWhich one of these is your biggie? Mine is Deceptions, which I can’t wait for.

Updating…

Just a couple of quick notes for today. All of the new release pages have been updated to reflect current release dates, and as always there has been a bit of shifting around (and some have disappeared all together). If there was anything you had your heart set on, take a peek and see if things are still on schedule. Oh, and I finally got quite a few new titles added, as well, which was long overdue.

I also got the author pages updated during my last storm day, and there were a couple of little things that popped up…

  • Hidden Legacy #2 from Ilona Andrews now has a title! White Hot will be released on October 27th.
  • Kerrelyn Sparks has a new series in the works. Absolutely no clue about it, but details should follow soonish.
  • I had really thought that there would be another Vampire Academy/Bloodlines world series focused on Jill and Eddie, but it looks like I was wrong. Richelle Mead has said that The Ruby Circle was the end, which was a big surprise for me. But, she does have a third Age of X book in the works called The Eye of Andromeda, along with a YA fantasy stand-alone called Soundless which is due out on November 15th.
  • Not sure if I mentioned this before or not, but the next Mercy Thompson book by Patricia Briggs will be called Fire Touched. The downside? It is due out next March.

Pick of the Week…

I think this is the first time I have actually chosen an e-format novella as my pick of the week, so maybe I am becoming less of a print book snob. Anyways, the Chloe Neill Chicagoland Vampires short story Lucky Break is released today, and who can’t use another Merit and Ethan story?

lucky breakSynopsis…

In this thrilling new novella from the New York Times bestselling author of Blood Games, vampire Merit bites off more than she bargained for when a romantic trip to a secluded Colorado town turns deadly.

Merit and Ethan are in desperate need of some alone time, far from the worries of Cadogan House, but trouble tends to follow wherever they go. Their attempt at a romantic getaway is quickly interrupted when one of Ethan’s vampire friends shows up at their door–covered in blood and accused of killing her shifter husband.

Merit and her Master soon discover their vacation spot is far less idyllic than it appears. A centuries old quarrel between local vampires and shifters has made the town a perpetual supernatural battle zone, and this fresh blood has stirred the already volatile pot. Now, Merit and Ethan must put their passion on pause to figure out who’s really responsible for the murder before all hell breaks loose…

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What is your choice for pick of the week? There isn’t a ton of new stuff coming out, so it looks like a good chance to hit the TBR pile again.

Vision in Silver Review…

I am still waiting to find out if I have been approved on NetGalley for a copy an early copy of Anne Bishop‘s Vision in Silver (along with a couple of others), but Doug Meeks has already done up his review. I am looking forward to getting back into the world of The Others, but this is one that I am going to have to go back and skim over the previous books to be up to speed before I dive in. It will be available in hardcover format on March 3rd.

vision in silverWhat Doug said…

What do you say about the third book in possibly one of the most original, addictive and exceptionally written series being published?

I will try to limit my use of superlatives but my first thought was that Written in Red was one of the best books in many years, Murder of Crows while being a 5 Star reading experience was missing that elusive “I can’t put this book down” quality.  Vision in Silver has recaptured that feeling that I had while reading Written in Red.

Seldom do many books live up to their own hype; this one did and surpassed it.  You may notice I am not giving a lot of examples because almost anything I can say about this book could be a spoiler other than Meg becomes more a part of the Lakeside Courtyard and is considered by them to be more than human and almost terra indigene.  The fact is that any action against Meg would be considered an attack on The Others which is another comforting thought in this world.  We do get to know more about the world in general and it is amazing just to consider the things that are fact in this world that would be mythology in almost any other novel you ever read.

Good things happen, bad things happen and you find out more about what The Others consider important and you keep wondering how the humans on this planet get so stupid at times.  You should never forget that The Others still are the predominate predators not to mention pretty much the owners of this world, the humans keep forgetting that bit of intelligence.

Bottom Line:  This is going to be one of the Top 5 Urban Fantasy novels of 2015, it is just too good for me to describe without sounding like a slobbering fan and not a reviewer.  To use an old cliché, if you only get one book this year, this is that book!

How excited are you to get your next The Others fix?

New Series Alerts…

There are only two new series starting up this week, and the first one is from author Carrie Ann Ryan. Tattered Loyalties is the first book of her new Talon Pack series.

tattered loyaltiesSynopsis…

When the great war between the Redwoods and the Centrals occurred three decades ago, the Talon Pack risked their lives for the side of good. After tragedy struck, Gideon Brentwood became the Alpha of the Talons. But the Pack’s stability is threatened, and he’s forced to take mate—only the one fate puts in his path is the woman he shouldn’t want.

Though the daughter of the Redwood Pack’s Beta, Brie Jamenson has known peace for most of her life. When she finds the man who could be her mate, she’s shocked to discover Gideon is the Alpha wolf of the Talon Pack. As a submissive, her strength lies in her heart, not her claws. But if her new Pack disagrees or disapproves of fate’s choice, the consequences could be fatal.

As the worlds Brie and Gideon have always known begin to shift, they must face their challenges together in order to help their Pack and seal their bond. But when the Pack is threatened from the inside, Gideon doesn’t know who he can trust and Brie’s life could be forfeit in the crossfire. It will take the strength of an Alpha and the courage of his mate to realize where true loyalties lie.

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The second start-up is actually the first e-format installment of the next Cassandra Clare book, Tales From the Shadowhunter Academy, which is a compilation of short stories that will focus on new Shadowhunter Simon Lewis. The first release is called Welcome to the Shadowhunter Academy.

welcome to shadowhunter academySynopsis…

Simon Lewis never thought he’d become a Shadowhunter…and now he has the chance. One of ten adventures in Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy.

After living as a Mundane and a Vampire, Simon never thought he would become a Shadowhunter, but today he begins his training at Shadowhunter Academy.

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I know for sure I will be adding Cassandra Clare’s book to the collection, but I wait for them to be released in print format first. Are you checking out either of these?

J.R. Ward New Series News…

Thanks to Pheonix, who sent over news that J.R. Ward has released some info about her long rumored new series. Well, this sounds interesting. It seems that the new series will actually be an off-shoot of the Black Dagger Brotherhood book, but be a throwback to the original PNR style stories like Dark Lover.  The new series will be called Black Dagger Legacy, and the first book will be called Blood Kiss (due out this December). That is the short version…long version in J.R.’s own words…

As much as I LOVE the BDB series where it is now, and as much as I’m psyched to keep writing it and will continue to do so, I miss the good ol’ days.
The issue is that the nature of a series is that it must continue to grow, and change, or it dies. The Black Dagger Brotherhood books started off with the original Brothers, but after their meet-and-greets with their shellans were told, by definition, they had to background it in subsequent books: With a world as big as the BDB one, you have to train your “camera lens” in a controlled manner, or you run the risk of a given story bleeding out for too much extraneous stuff.
(Something I’ve been tagged with doing from time to time, and it’s certainly a fair point.)
So when my boss (my editor) and I were chewing on things last spring, I told her… hey, I got this idea.
I have a lot of ideas. She’s used to this.
I described to her a new series, where the BDB training center is reopened to a new cast of recruits, and THE ORIGINAL BROTHERS teach these FNUGs wassup. In the process of the new recruits falling in love and getting into a sh*t ton of trouble, THE ORIGINAL BROTHERS could be shown with their shellans, their Brothers, their people in the mansion, in a more prominent way than I’m able to do in the BDB books.
Paperback, yo. Not hardcover. Traditional PNR, just like DARK LOVER was in the old days.
Sex. Lot of sex.
As in, you might need your BBQ tongs. Maybe a flame retardant suit.
Maybe a fire truck on standby out in your front yard.
My boss, who’s brilliant, was like, wow, that really doesn’t suck. (Okay, that’s paraphrasing.)
So… we have the first of the Black Dagger Legacy books, BLOOD KISS, coming out this December.
Now, let me say this: the ORIGINAL BROTHERS are still going to show up in the BDB books. Hell, yeah! And from time to time, a BDB book is going to be about them and their mate if there’s a big thing going on in their lives (think THE KING.) I am NOT taking a step away from the Brothers at all- if anything, I’m bringing them further to the forefront with the Black Dagger Legacy books.
But I miss my boys :( I want to show you where they’re at. I want to take you back to them- in their new roles as… well, role models and teachers.
Before you ask, yes, they will still be colossal a&&holes- I mean, let’s be clear. Things haven’t changed THAT much. (As an aside, Doc Jess and I were talking the other day, and she was like, I’m so impressed with your ability to be offensive with your heroes. LOLOLOLOL)
This is not to say that the Black Dagger Legacy books will solely be about the Brothers, however. The book will have a lot of the Brothers in them, but the Legacy books will feature a main romance between a couple, and the Brothers will help that along.
eHarmony the BDB way.
Jeez, I gotta be insane for signing up for this. Can you imagine V offering dating advice? “Well, sh*t, just get her some black candles and dog collar, true? Then order her to pop up her ***** **** * * ******* * * * ************** At that point, you’re going to want to inform her, that you’ll tell her when she can beg.”
Great. Really looking forward to this.
*sigh*
Anywho, the first Brother who’s up?
A certain cop. From Boston. Who’s going to have his hands full with the new recruits- two of whom you’ll meet in THE SHADOWS.
A cover reveal is coming soon- but I couldn’t sit on BLOOD KISS any longer!!!!
Gahd, I suck at keeping secrets. But come on now, don’t lie. You’ve missed those leathers, those sh*tkickers… that golf cart… the Pit.
V nakey in the shower.
Don’t lie.
I know I have!
Happy Reading, and thank you for all your support, J.R.
This is interesting, and really smart. I have heard of many who found the early PNR-style books were among their favorite stories, but the switch to a more Urban Fantasy style lost them along the way. Hopefully, this will bring the best of both worlds together and recapture the earlier magic.
Personally, I enjoyed both the earlier and later books, but I read them differently. When the change in focus from one main couple to a huge, multi-arc story started, it threw me a bit, but I quickly picked up the rhythm of the new books. I did miss the romance angle, but I enjoyed a return to the BDB world enough to make up for it. With this new series, we get both.
My only complaint, of course, is that it is back to paperback. Ugh – I just repurchased the original books in hardcover when they were re-released, and now it is back to paperback. Feel my pain! What do you think? Will this draw back some of the readers who dropped the series along the way? Were you hoping for something completely different, a new world and new set of characters, or does more Black Dagger appeal?

Rock Hard Review-Type Thing…

rock hardNalini Singh‘s newsletter came out today (er, yesterday?), and in it she mentioned that Rock Hard was up for review at Netgalley. Yes, that Rock Hard, as in Charlie and T-Rex and one of my must-have-now books for this year (ok, there are a few of those, but I have a dull life). I don’t Netgalley, but for Nalini I am willing to try anything once. Surprisingly, I was approved, and it was mine. The only thing is that you are encouraged to review, of course, so here is what I wrote…

I have to preface this by making two points. First, I am not a huge contemporary romance fan. My reading of them is sparse, and the few times I break down and try one I am usually not all that impressed. The second point? I love Nalini Singh’s writing, and would read pretty much anything she wrote. Maybe the two points balance each other enough to give a fair review.

Simply put, this was a hell of a book. I, as have many others, have waited for Charlie and T-Rex’s story since they completely stole the show in Rock Addiction, and there was no disappointment at all. It was at times sweet, sad, funny, and sexy. T-Rex is Nalini’s special brand of alpha hero, but Charlotte more than held her own. As shy as she was, and as afraid as she could be, it was wonderful to watch her fight her way back to living a whole life. It wasn’t easy, but it was realistic.

We knew going into Rock Hard that Charlie had had a traumatic event in her past, and I sort of had an inkling as to what it was from bits and pieces we already knew. For that matter, Gabriel himself didn’t always have the easiest time of things, either. I think what I liked was that they don’t heal each other – they help each other heal themselves. And both are a work in progress.

So, in summary…great story, loved the characters, and can’t wait for the re-read. This was one of my most anticipated reads for the first half of the year, and it didn’t let me down.

I can’t call what I write reviews. I used to do these big, involved write ups that I spent a ton of time on, trying not to ramble too much or give too much away while still hitting the high points. They were actually stressing me out. So, instead I now just try to say whether I liked it or not, basically. I was so happy with this one. Sometimes I got frustrated when Charlotte would have a set back, but I was frustrated FOR her, not AT her or the story. And I want a T-Rex of my own. Just saying.

If you can, head over to Netgalley for your copy. If not, you only have a month to go before Rock Hard can be yours.

Cover Lover – 6 New Titles

I was going to post this last night, but I thought I would hold off for Nalini Singh‘s cover reveal for Rock Hard, the second book in her Rock Kiss series which is due out on March 10th. While I liked the first book, T-Rex and Charlie stole the show, and to say I am excited for their turn would be an understatement.

rock hardWealthy businessman Gabriel Bishop rules the boardroom with the same determination and ruthlessness that made him a rock star on the rugby field. He knows what he wants, and he’ll go after it no-holds-barred.

And what he wants is Charlotte Baird.

Charlotte knows she’s a mouse. Emotionally scarred and painfully shy, she just wants to do her job and remain as invisible as possible. But the new CEO—a brilliant, broad-shouldered T-Rex of a man who growls and storms through the office, leaving carnage in his wake—clearly has other plans. Plans that may be equal parts business and bedroom.

If Charlotte intends to survive this battle of wits and hearts, the mouse will have to learn to wrangle the T-Rex. Game on.

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The rest of the batch is all young adult releases. First up is the somewhat unexpected fourth book from the Sweet trilogy from Wendy Higgins, Sweet Temptation. It is due out on September 8th.

sweet temptationBad boy Kaidan Rowe has never wanted for anything—money, popularity, musical talent…hot girls—but seducing them is part of his duty as a Nephilim, slave to the demon Dukes. As the son of the Duke of Lust, Kaidan has learned his father’s ways, becoming a master of passion, a manipulator of chemistry. Disobeying his father would mean certain death. Thankfully for Kaidan, he’s good at his job. And he enjoys it.

Until he meets Anna Whitt—sweet, smart, feisty, and inexplicably good—the one girl seemingly immune to his charms. The daughter of a guardian angel and a fallen one, she has a certain power over him, one that makes him wish for more than he could ever deserve.

Determined to save all the Neph from their dark lives as the influencers of sin, Anna joins forces with Kaidan to overcome the demons’ oppressive ways. In the light of her affections, Kaidan must undergo his toughest test of all, a battle of the heart.

Sensual and swoon worthy, this companion volume to the acclaimed Sweet Evil series from New York Times bestselling author Wendy Higgins, told from the perspective of the irresistibly sexy and mysterious Kaidan Rowe, gives readers revealing insights into his struggle, his intense connection to Anna, and most of all, the true emotions that drive him.

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Ten Thousand Skies Above You is the second book from Claudia Gray‘s Firebird series, and it is due out on November 3rd.

ten thousand skies above youMarguerite Caine has done the impossible, traveling to alternate dimensions with the Firebird—the brilliant invention of her parents, her boyfriend, Paul, and their friend Theo. But she has also caught the attention of enemies willing to kidnap, blackmail, and even kill to use the Firebird for themselves.

When Paul’s soul is splintered into four pieces—pieces that are trapped within Pauls in other dimensions—Marguerite will do anything, and travel anywhere, to save him. But the price of his safe return is steep. If she doesn’t sabotage her parents in multiple universes, Paul will be lost forever.

Unwilling to sacrifice her family, Marguerite enlists the brilliant Theo to help. The two forge a plan to save Paul and the Firebird, but succeeding means outsmarting a genius and risking not only their lives but also the lives of their counterparts in every other dimension.

Their mission takes them to the most dangerous universes yet: a war-torn San Francisco, the criminal underworld of New York City, and a glittering Paris where another Marguerite hides a shocking secret. Each leap brings Marguerite closer to saving Paul—but her journey reveals dark truths that lead her to doubt the one constant she’s found between the worlds: their love for each other.

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The third book of Amanda Sun‘s Paper Gods trilogy, Storm, is due out on June 30th.

stormAfter almost a year in Japan, Katie Greene has finally unearthed the terrible secret behind her boyfriend Tomohiro’s deadly ability to bring drawings to life—not only is he descended from Kami, the ancient Japanese gods, but he is the heir to a tragedy that occurred long ago, a tragedy that is about to repeat.

Even as the blood of a vengeful god rages inside Tomo, Katie is determined to put his dark powers to sleep. In order to do so, she and Tomo must journey to find the three Imperial Treasures of Japan. Gifts from the goddess Amaterasu herself, these treasures could unlock all of the secrets about Tomo’s volatile ancestry and quell the ink’s lust for destruction. But in order to complete their quest, Tomo and Katie must confront out-of-control Kami and former friend Jun, who has begun his own quest of revenge against those he believes have wronged him. To save the world, and themselves, Katie and Tomo will be up against one of the darkest Kami creations they’ve ever encountered—and they may not make it out alive.

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Next up is Gabriel, the second book in Nikki Kelly‘s Styclar Saga, which is due out on October 27th.

gabrielThe handsome Angel from Lailah gets center stage in this continuation of Wattpad sensation Nikki Kelly’s romantic and action-packed series about mortals, vampires, and angels.

Gabriel is an Angel Descendant. He’s also an ally to a generation of vampires who want to break away from the demon who controls them. His faith in the power of good over evil wavers, however, when he discovers that Lailah, the woman he considers his only true love, may be both angel and demon. Is their love enough to overcome the dark forces who are ready to go to war with Gabriel, the vampire Jonah, and the angel and vampire forces? And can Gabriel compete with Jonah, who is also in love with Lailah?

Once again, Nikki Kelly looks deeply into the heart and soul of good and evil to create a romantic, action-packed reading adventure.

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Originally, the Penryn and the End of Days series was rumored to be six books, but it looks like it will be ending at three. Susan Ee‘s End of Days will be released on May 12th.

end of daysAfter a daring escape from the angels, Penryn and Raffe are on the run. They’re both desperate to find a doctor who can reverse the twisted changes inflicted by the angels on Raffe and Penryn’s sister. As they set off in search of answers, a startling revelation about Raffe’s past unleashes dark forces that threaten them all.

When the angels release an apocalyptic nightmare onto humans, both sides are set on a path toward war. As unlikely alliances form and strategies shift, who will emerge victorious? Forced to pick sides in the fight for control of the earthly realm, Raffe and Penryn must choose: Their own kind, or each other?

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There are a few good ones in this batch, but my biggie is of course Rock Hard. There is a couple chapter long excerpt that went up yesterday, and it looks like it will be a fun read.