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C S E Cooney

Claire Suzanne Elizabeth Cooney is an American writer of fantasy literature. She is best known for her fantasy poetry and short stories and has won the Rhysling Award for her poem “The Sea King’s Second Bride” in 2011 and the World Fantasy Award—Collection for her collection Bone Swans in 2016.

Genres: Fantasy
   Bone Swans (2015)
   How to Flirt in Faerieland (poems) (2016)
   A Sinister Quartet (2020) (with Mike Allen, Amanda J McGee and Jessica P Wick)
   The Witch in the Almond Tree : and other stories (2020)
   Dark Breakers (2022)
   Rogue Artists (2022) (with E D E Bell, Marie Bilodeau, Donald J Bingle, Jennifer Brozek, Sarah Hans, Carlos Hernandez, Chris A Jackson, Addie J King, R L King, Daniel Myer, Cat Rambo, Aaron Rosenberg, Tracy R Ross, Jason Sanford, Michael R Underwood and Gregory A Wilson)
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The Robots of Gotham (2018)
Todd McAulty
"If Johnny 5 had a baby with the Terminator, the result would be The Robots of Gotham a book that explores the consequences of world domination by our Robot Overlords. (And, lest we forget the badassiest of them, our Robot Overladies.) Drones, dinosaurs, and doggies--with a plague thrown in for good measure!--the barter is banter, and death is cheap. With man against machine, machine against machine, man against man, unlikely alliances must be forged across all species, rational or otherwise. For all its breakneck world-building, constant questing, and relentless wheeling and dealing, The Robots of Gotham is deceptively deep-hearted: a novel about, of all things, friendship."
For the Killing of Kings (2018)
(Ring-Sworn Trilogy, book 1)
Howard Andrew Jones
"Honor pushed out of fashion by fanaticism, honest talent diverted by tyranny, monsters at every border, deceit guiding all: For the Killing of Kings is a fantasy for our times, with a sword at its backbone but humans at its heart. World-building shines out of every ritual, in fragments of poetry and lines of plays. There are strong women on practically every page, strong friendships, plenty of warriors and mages, fight scenes galore, and a sense of playfulness to parry each stroke of solemnity. Reading Howard Andrew Jones is like opening a present from a friend who keeps promising, with a cheeky grin: 'This is my best one yet.' And it's always true."
Snow White Learns Witchcraft (2019)
Theodora Goss
"What will you find in these pages, dear reader? Why, the encyclopedia of everything (as written by an owl), what the mirror really knows, rubies red with wolf’s blood-and, surprise!—the secret of who actually spun that straw into gold. Ice, iron, apples, birds, bones, subversion: Theodora Goss’s new collection of stories and poems Snow White Learns Witchcraft is woven of the finest spider silk, a funnel-web of faerie tales that will catch you fast and not let you go."
The King of Next Week (2020)
E C Ambrose
"In the wake of the Civil War, ship’s captain Matthew Perry and his best friend and best mate William Johnson—veteran soldier and escaped slave—must all sort out love in a time of racism, friendship in a time of division, and magic in a time of skepticism."
Flyaway (2020)
Kathleen Jennings
"I feel as if a very new voice has whispered a very old secret in my ear, and I'll never be able to un-hear it. Nor will I ever want to."
The Four Profound Weaves (2020)
(Birdverse, book 1)
R B Lemberg
"Over the years, R. B. Lemberg, in their prose and poetry alike, has built a world of serpents, deserts, stars, and bones, where transformation is omnipresent and restlessness rewarded. The Four Profound Weaves is a jewel-bright tile in their ongoing mosaic. To read it is to experience apotheosis: but instead of toward heaven, we ascend toward a more total humanity. Weaves is a patient work, at times compellingly kind, at other times merciless. Always, subtly woven. Like the Nameless One in its pages, this book does not - perhaps cannot?pretend to be anything other than what it proclaims for itself: the four profound weaves - change, wanderlust, hope, death. But these aren’t chronological; they’re a pattern, a randomized one?and death is only the middle."
All the Murmuring Bones (2021)
A G Slatter
"Two uncanny houses, Hob’s Hallow and Blackwater, bookend Angela Slatter’s new novel like grim sentinels. Whether they are cursed or enchanted, majestic or moldering, refuge or prison, only reading to the end will tell. Meanwhile, the landscape stretching between these gothic structures abounds with corpsewights, kelpies, ghosts, rusalki, werewolves, clockwork mechanicals, and—most alarmingly—actors. And across this treacherous terrain walks Miren O’Malley, scarred, furious, and growing in power. All the Murmuring Bones is brutal and beautiful throughout, with moments of tenderness hard-won and harder-kept, and, pervading all, an atmosphere of inescapable threat like the taste of salt wind and the sound of silver bells ringing in the deep."
Firebreak (2021)
Nicole Kornher-Stace
"Firebreak is a klaxon sounding at midnight. It is a howl and a wake-up call. It is a fire that does what literary fires do best: spits rage, radiates the warmth of compassion, and fans the flame of revolution."
Nothing But Blackened Teeth (2021)
Cassandra Khaw
"What with poisonous relationships, parasite houses, and ghost brides, Nothing But Blackened Teeth is a really bad idea for a wedding, and a really great idea for a nightmare-on-the-page. This book is so magnificently rotten it writhes with literary maggots, and deserves a place of honor among its peers in horror."

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