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Hello everybody, happy Sunday to us all! Let’s get down to business, shall we?

Giveaway Winners:

We have two giveaway winners to announce today.

The winner of the Tom Pollock giveaway (The City’s Son + ARC of The Glass Republic) is:

Glass Republic

Breanne Tennant

The 5 winners of the What We Saw at Night giveaway is:

What We Saw at Night




Sue Rokos

Mary Preston

Congratulations! You know the drill – send us an email (contact AT thebooksmugglers DOT com) with your snail mail address, and we’ll get your winnings out to you as soon as possible!

Assorted News:


Sarah from Smart Bitches and Jane from Dear Author are collaborating to organize a one-day conference for book bloggers, on Tuesday 30 April, the day before RT 2013 begins.

Here’s the full profile of the one-day conference from the RT site:

Book bloggers from around the country are invited to a day-long symposium to discuss issues affecting our community, from reviews to interaction with authors and publishers to maximizing software and time management and other topics of interest to the book blogging and reviewing community. Organized by Sarah Wendell (Smart Bitches, Trashy Books) and Jane Litte (Dear Author).

If you are interested in attending you can help out with suggestions on topics, etc by filling out this form.

Although we’d love to go, we won’t be able to make it this year but we can’t wait to see/hear how it goes – and how it compares to the BEA Book Bloggers Con.



The Kitschies’ Shortlists has been revealed!

The Kitschies is the prize for “novels containing elements of the speculative and fantastic” have revealed their shortlists for the most “progressive, intelligent and entertaining” books of 2012.

This year’s shortlisted books are narrowed down from 211 submissions and are:

Face Like Glass Seraphina

The Red Tentacle (Novel):

-Jesse Bullington, The Folly of the World (Orbit)
-Nick Harkaway, Angelmaker (William Heinemann)
-Frances Hardinge, A Face Like Glass (Macmillan Children’s)
-Adam Roberts, Jack Glass (Gollancz)
-Julie Zeh (translated by Sally-Ann Spencer), The Method (Harvill Secker)

The Golden Tentacle (Debut):

-Madeline Ashby, vN (Angry Robot)
-Jenni Fagan, The Panopticon (William Heinemann)
-Rachel Hartman, Seraphina (Doubleday)
-Karen Lord, Redemption in Indigo (Jo Fletcher Books)
-Tom Pollock, The City’s Son (Jo Fletcher Books)

From the press release: The winners will be announced in a ceremony at the Free Word Centre on 26 February. Winners will receive a total of £2,000 in prize money, as well as one of the prize’s iconic Tentacle trophies and bottles of The Kraken Rum.

The prize, sponsored by The Kraken Rum, is now in its fourth year, with previous winners including Lauren Beukes, China Miéville, Donald Westlake and Patrick Ness.

This Week on The Book Smugglers::

Ana kick-starts the week with a review of Middle Grade novel Indigo’s Star by Hilary McKay, second in the Casson Family series. Will it be as good as Saffy’s Angel? (spoiler: YES).

Indigo's Star

On Tuesday, Thea reviews Cinders and Sapphires by Leila Rasheed and we later post our chat with the author

Cinders & Sapphires

On Wednesday, Thea is back with her review of Doomed by Tracy Deebs, followed by a guest post from the author


Then on Thursday, Ana reviews Stray by Andrea K Host, first in the Touchstone Trilogy


Finally on Friday we close the week with two joint reviews of highly anticipated books of 2013. First up here, The Best of All Possible World by Karen Lord. Then over at Kirkus, we talk The Six-Gun Tarot by R.S. Belcher

The Best Of All Possible Worlds The Six Gun Tarot

And that’s it from us today. See you around and as usual we remain…


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~ Your Friendly Neighborhood Book Smugglers

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  • AnimeJune
    January 20, 2013 at 10:13 am

    I’ll be at the RT Blogger Con, so I’ll make sure to take copious notes!

    Are you guys going to BEA again this year?

  • Estara
    January 20, 2013 at 12:07 pm

    Wohoooooooo, it’s the AKH effect ^^. Are you reading a paper copy, then, Ana? Because she changed the ebook covers to reflect the Touchstone Trilogy edition – although I have to say I think the Lab Rat One original cover is pretty evocative and I was able to imagine the Crutzach much better because of the Caszandra cover.

    I just this week finished my fourth reread of the series, it has become a clear comfort read for me and took me out of a depressed phase. I always read the bonus epilogue, too. *happy sigh*

    I really need to take a closer look at those Casson Family books, I’ve heard good things all over.

  • Estara
    January 20, 2013 at 12:09 pm

    Oh and looking forward to the Karen Lord review, that books sounds really good.

  • Jared
    January 20, 2013 at 3:09 pm

    Aww. I’m a KC native, and always sad when fun stuff happens in my home town…

  • Lisa (starmetal oak)
    January 20, 2013 at 5:51 pm

    I love The Kitschies! I think they may be my favourite SF/F award.

  • Linda W
    January 20, 2013 at 6:18 pm

    Hooray for The Kitschies!

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