Release Week: Miles Cameron’s The Red Knight, two from Iambik, and Scalzi’s The Human Division continues with “Walk the Plank”

Another fairly quiet week in terms of highly-anticipated concurrent releases, though a new 30-hour epic fantasy audiobook from Hachette Audio certainly raises some interest, and two Iambik Audio productions of recent small press releases are certainly quite intriguing. And, of course, Scalzi’s The Human Division continues. (And! At the bottom, again some “Whispersync for Voice” price quirks I stumbled across this week.)

The Red Knight By Miles Cameron, Narrated By Matthew Wolf for Hachette Audio — Length: 30 hrs and 31 mins —out concurrent with the print/ebook from Orbit, this is the first book of the Traitor Sun Cycle — “Twenty-eight florins a month is a huge price to pay for a man to stand between you and the Wild. Twenty-eight florins a month is nowhere near enough when a wyvern’s jaws snap shut on your helmet in the hot stink of battle, and the beast starts to rip the head from your shoulders. But if standing and fighting is hard, leading a company of men – or worse, a company of mercenaries – against the smart, deadly creatures of the Wild is even harder. It takes all the advantages of birth, training, and the luck of the devil to do it. The Red Knight has all three, he has youth on his side, and he’s determined to turn a profit. So when he hires his company out to protect an Abbess and her nunnery, it’s just another job. The abbey is rich, the nuns are pretty, and the monster preying on them is nothing he can’t deal with.”

The Red Knight | [Miles Cameron] Machine | [Jennifer Pelland]

Machine (2012) By Jennifer Pelland, Narrated By Bev J. Stevens for Iambik Audio — Length: 11 hrs and 26 mins. Out last January in print/ebook from Apex, Machine is a story of bioandroid self-awareness and self-image: “Celia’s body is not her own, but even her conscious mind can barely tell the difference. Living on the cutting edge of biomechanical science was supposed to allow her to lead a normal life in a near-perfect copy of her physical self while awaiting a cure for a rare and deadly genetic disorder. But a bioiandroid isn’t a real person. Not according to the protesters outside Celia’s house, her coworkers, or even her wife. Not according to her own evolving view of herself. As she begins to strip away the human affectations and inhibitions programmed into her new body, the chasm between the warm pains of flesh-and-blood life and the chilly comfort of the machine begins to deepen. Love, passion, reality, and memory war within Celia’s body until she must decide whether to betray old friends or new ones in the choice between human and machine.”

Monstrous Affections (2009) By David Nickle, Narrated By Robert Keiper for Iambik Audio — Length: 9 hrs and 37 mins — Published in print/ebook by ChiZine in 2009: “Bleak, stark and creepy, Stoker-winner Nickle’s first collection will delight the literary horror reader . . . 13 terrifying tales of rural settings, complex and reticent characters and unexpected twists that question the fundamentals of reality. All are delivered with a certain grace, creating a sparse yet poetic tour of the horrors that exist just out of sight . . . This ambitious collection firmly establishes Nickle as a writer to watch.” (Publishers Weekly).

Monstrous Affections | [David Nickle] Walk the Plank: The Human Division, Episode 2 | [John Scalzi]

John Scalzi’s The Human Division continues with Walk the Plank: The Human Division, Episode 2. Narrated of course by William Dufris, the episode comes in at a trim 39 mins this week, taking the format of a transcript of an interview with a seriously injured merchant marine deckhand who turns up in a remote and biologically hostile colony: “Wildcat colonies are illegal, unauthorized, and secret – so when an injured stranger shows up at the wildcat colony New Seattle, the colony leaders are understandably suspicious of who he is and what he represents. His story of how he’s come to their colony is shocking, surprising, and might have bigger consequences than anyone could have expected.” Don’t forget! Dave will be hosting part two of our Listen-a-Long of The Human Division on Friday! (Part one is here if you’re looking to catch up.)

ALSO OUT THIS WEEK:

SEEN BUT NOT HEARD:

Monster Earth The Six-Gun Tarot

COMING SOON:

Kalimpura (Green Universe, #3) A Natural History of Dragons: A Memoir by Lady Trent

The Best of All Possible Worlds Six-Gun Snow White

MARCH:

APRIL:

MAY and LATER:

WHISPERSYNC FOR VOICE PRICE QUIRKS:

Scar Tissue | [Anthony Kiedis, Larry Sloman] The Scar | [Sergey Dyachenko, Marina Dyachenko, Elinor Huntington (translator)]

There’s too many of these this week to give complete run-downs; suffice it to say that as usual it’s a “buy the Kindle edition at some cheap price, get the Audible audiobook edition at a low enough price that it’s cheaper than buying the audiobook alone.” Details and links to each Kindle edition, etc. are on each audiobook page. The best deals I ran across this week:

Pretty good deals:

Just barely a deal:

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