Nathan Barnhart lives in Colorado and writes self-indulgent reviews. He reads, gives as much time as he can to his family, and occasionally can be found chucking up bricks on the basketball court. Be warned, he will find a way to turn any conversation into one about Terry Pratchett. You may or may not remember him from his days at Fantasy Review Barn. He can be found on twitter @reviewbarn
While Tor.com has a very full and impressive lineup of novellas coming out in the near future the one that stood out the most to me was Buffalo Soldier by Maurice Broaddus. A secret agent escorting a mysterious young boy through a North America completely different from our own? What is not to want? After reading the tale, and enjoying it very much, I asked if the author would be willing to answer a few questions. Thankfully he agreed! But first, some information on the upcoming tale!
Having stumbled onto a plot within his homeland of Jamaica, former espionage agent, Desmond Coke, finds himself caught between warring religious and political factions, all vying for control of a mysterious boy named Lij Tafari.
Wanting the boy to have a chance to live a free life, Desmond assumes responsibility for him and they flee. But a dogged enemy agent remains ever on their heels, desperate to obtain the secrets held within Lij for her employer alone.
Assassins, intrigue, and steammen stand between Desmond and Lij as they search for a place to call home in a North America that could have been.
Publication Date: April 25 - Available for pre-order NOW
First of all, thank you so much for agreeing to a Q & A. I loved Buffalo Soldier and have a major fascination with GOOD alternative history and just had to ask a few questions.
“Leaves are falling all around, It's time I was on my way. Thanks to you I'm much obliged, such a pleasant stay.”
Humor is tough to pull off. Inside jokes can fail if they are too deeply buried to be noticed or so obvious they are less a joke and more a reference (hello Scary Movie and all of its knockoffs). Running gags can fall flat if used too often; or worse if they were not even funny in the first place (look up a Nakumara). So when an author proves within pages to be a deft hand with the dealing of jokes I already know I hold a book worth reading.
Earlier this week I raved about Amberlough, the amazing debut from Lara Elena Donnelly. I was not even halfway through the book before I realized I absolutely had to ask the author for a chance to do a Q & A session. Graciously she agreed! No further ado needed; I present to you you good readers... Lara Elena Donnelly.