Thraxas and The Sorcerers

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There are very few fantasy novels that mix so gleefully influences from the Ancient world, from noir detective stories and from pulp fiction while never failing to deliver straight-to-the-point entertainment. TheThraxas series, originally published by Orbit, written by Martin Scott (penname of Scottish writer Martin Millar), is among them.

24.06.19

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Leafing through the Who’s Who in Gay and Lesbian History is an exciting experience: Edward II of England, Benvenuto Cellini, Pope Julius II, Michel de Montaigne, Constantine Cavafy, Marguerite Yourcenar, etc. It’s like a revelation: suddenly, gays and lesbians are made visible. History ceases to be heterosexual. We were there all along. Everywhere.

The House of Binding Thorns

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Aliette de Bodard is an exophonic writer (a writer whose mother tongue is not the language she uses to write her stories in). Even though she was born in the United States, she was brought up mainly in France in a Franco-Vietnamese family. She spent a few years in London when she was a teenager (she studied at the Lycée Français) before crossing back over the Channel to study and work in Paris, where she currently lives.

UK cover – Gollancz

The House of Binding Thorns is the second book of her Dominion of the Fallen series, published in 2017 by Gollancz (in the UK). It follows The House of Shattered Wings (2015), which won the BSFA Award for Best Novel of 2015 and was a finalist of the Locus Award for Best Fantasy Novel of 2016.

01.04.19 – 07.04.19

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My decision to write in English over the weekend might have been rushed. As soon as I come up with a new idea or a new project, I’m overwhelmed with doubts. I spend my life in this permanent state of mind.

To be honest, I can’t deny I feel like I’m being unfaithful to my mother tongue. French and I, we go way back… and I still have deep feelings for my mother tongue (quite an understatement).