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In celebration of Pride, Tor.com Publishing presents four critically acclaimed novellas featuring LGBTQ+ characters. With Miranda in Milan, debut author Katharine Duckett reimagines the consequences of Shakespeare’s The Tempest, casting Miranda into a Milanese pit of vipers and building a queer love story that lifts off the page in whirlwinds of feeling. After the tempest, In celebration of Pride, Tor.com Publishing presents four critically acclaimed novellas featuring LGBTQ+ characters. With Miranda in Milan, debut author Katharine Duckett reimagines the consequences of Shakespeare’s The Tempest, casting Miranda into a Milanese pit of vipers and building a queer love story that lifts off the page in whirlwinds of feeling. After the tempest, after the reunion, after her father drowned his books, Miranda was meant to enter a brave new world. Naples awaited her, and Ferdinand, and a throne. Instead she finds herself in Milan, in her father’s castle, surrounded by hostile servants who treat her like a ghost. Whispers cling to her like spiderwebs, whispers that carry her dead mother’s name. And though he promised to give away his power, Milan is once again contorting around Prospero’s dark arts. With only Dorothea, her sole companion and confidant to aid her, Miranda must cut through the mystery and find the truth about her father, her mother, and herself. NPR calls Every Heart a Doorway "a mini-masterpiece of portal fantasy — a jewel of a book that deserves to be shelved with Lewis Carroll's and C. S. Lewis' classics". Hugo, Nebula, Locus, and Alex AWARD winner, World Fantasy and British Fantasy Award finalist, and Tiptree Honor List title. Eleanor West's Home for Wayward Children No Solicitations No Visitors No Quests Children have always disappeared under the right conditions; slipping through the shadows under a bed or at the back of a wardrobe, tumbling down rabbit holes and into old wells, and emerging somewhere... else. But magical lands have little need for used-up miracle children. Nancy tumbled once, but now she's back. The things she's experienced... they change a person. The children under Miss West's care understand all too well. And each of them is seeking a way back to their own fantasy world. But Nancy's arrival marks a change at the Home. There's a darkness just around each corner, and when tragedy strikes, it's up to Nancy and her new-found schoolmates to get to the heart of things. No matter the cost. The sisters of the Order of Saint Rita captain their living ship into the reaches of space in Lina Rather's debut novella, Sisters of the Vast Black. Years ago, Old Earth sent forth sisters and brothers into the vast dark of the prodigal colonies armed only with crucifixes and iron faith. Now, the sisters of the Order of Saint Rita are on an interstellar mission of mercy aboard Our Lady of Impossible Constellations, a living, breathing ship which seems determined to develop a will of its own. When the order receives a distress call from a newly-formed colony, the sisters discover that the bodies and souls in their care—and that of the galactic diaspora—are in danger. And not from void beyond, but from the nascent Central Governance and the Church itself. Sorcerer of the Wildeeps is the Crawford Award-winning novella that Wired listed as one of their twenty-five all-time favorite books. Critically acclaimed author Kai Ashante Wilson makes his commercial debut with this striking, wondrous tale of gods and mortals, magic and steel, and life and death that will reshape how you look at sword and sorcery. Since leaving his homeland, the earthbound demigod Demane has been labeled a sorcerer. With his ancestors' artifacts in hand, the Sorcerer follows the Captain, a beautiful man with song for a voice and hair that drinks the sunlight. The two of them are the descendants of the gods who abandoned the Earth for Heaven, and they will need all the gifts those divine ancestors left to them to keep their caravan brothers alive. The one safe road between the northern oasis and southern kingdom is stalked by a necromantic terror. Demane may have to master his wild powers and trade humanity for godhood if he is to keep his brothers and his beloved captain alive. At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.


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In celebration of Pride, Tor.com Publishing presents four critically acclaimed novellas featuring LGBTQ+ characters. With Miranda in Milan, debut author Katharine Duckett reimagines the consequences of Shakespeare’s The Tempest, casting Miranda into a Milanese pit of vipers and building a queer love story that lifts off the page in whirlwinds of feeling. After the tempest, In celebration of Pride, Tor.com Publishing presents four critically acclaimed novellas featuring LGBTQ+ characters. With Miranda in Milan, debut author Katharine Duckett reimagines the consequences of Shakespeare’s The Tempest, casting Miranda into a Milanese pit of vipers and building a queer love story that lifts off the page in whirlwinds of feeling. After the tempest, after the reunion, after her father drowned his books, Miranda was meant to enter a brave new world. Naples awaited her, and Ferdinand, and a throne. Instead she finds herself in Milan, in her father’s castle, surrounded by hostile servants who treat her like a ghost. Whispers cling to her like spiderwebs, whispers that carry her dead mother’s name. And though he promised to give away his power, Milan is once again contorting around Prospero’s dark arts. With only Dorothea, her sole companion and confidant to aid her, Miranda must cut through the mystery and find the truth about her father, her mother, and herself. NPR calls Every Heart a Doorway "a mini-masterpiece of portal fantasy — a jewel of a book that deserves to be shelved with Lewis Carroll's and C. S. Lewis' classics". Hugo, Nebula, Locus, and Alex AWARD winner, World Fantasy and British Fantasy Award finalist, and Tiptree Honor List title. Eleanor West's Home for Wayward Children No Solicitations No Visitors No Quests Children have always disappeared under the right conditions; slipping through the shadows under a bed or at the back of a wardrobe, tumbling down rabbit holes and into old wells, and emerging somewhere... else. But magical lands have little need for used-up miracle children. Nancy tumbled once, but now she's back. The things she's experienced... they change a person. The children under Miss West's care understand all too well. And each of them is seeking a way back to their own fantasy world. But Nancy's arrival marks a change at the Home. There's a darkness just around each corner, and when tragedy strikes, it's up to Nancy and her new-found schoolmates to get to the heart of things. No matter the cost. The sisters of the Order of Saint Rita captain their living ship into the reaches of space in Lina Rather's debut novella, Sisters of the Vast Black. Years ago, Old Earth sent forth sisters and brothers into the vast dark of the prodigal colonies armed only with crucifixes and iron faith. Now, the sisters of the Order of Saint Rita are on an interstellar mission of mercy aboard Our Lady of Impossible Constellations, a living, breathing ship which seems determined to develop a will of its own. When the order receives a distress call from a newly-formed colony, the sisters discover that the bodies and souls in their care—and that of the galactic diaspora—are in danger. And not from void beyond, but from the nascent Central Governance and the Church itself. Sorcerer of the Wildeeps is the Crawford Award-winning novella that Wired listed as one of their twenty-five all-time favorite books. Critically acclaimed author Kai Ashante Wilson makes his commercial debut with this striking, wondrous tale of gods and mortals, magic and steel, and life and death that will reshape how you look at sword and sorcery. Since leaving his homeland, the earthbound demigod Demane has been labeled a sorcerer. With his ancestors' artifacts in hand, the Sorcerer follows the Captain, a beautiful man with song for a voice and hair that drinks the sunlight. The two of them are the descendants of the gods who abandoned the Earth for Heaven, and they will need all the gifts those divine ancestors left to them to keep their caravan brothers alive. The one safe road between the northern oasis and southern kingdom is stalked by a necromantic terror. Demane may have to master his wild powers and trade humanity for godhood if he is to keep his brothers and his beloved captain alive. At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.

30 review for In Our Own Worlds #2: Four LGBTQ+ Tor.com Novellas

  1. 5 out of 5

    Nataliya

    Free from Tor.com book club until June 5 midnight: https://ebookclub.tor.com/ It has 4 fantasy novellas: - Miranda in Milan by Katharine Duckett - Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire - Sisters of the Vast Black by Lina Rather - The Sorcerer of the Wildeeps by Kai Ashante Wilson. Go download them! Free from Tor.com book club until June 5 midnight: https://ebookclub.tor.com/ It has 4 fantasy novellas: - Miranda in Milan by Katharine Duckett - Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire - Sisters of the Vast Black by Lina Rather - The Sorcerer of the Wildeeps by Kai Ashante Wilson. Go download them!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽

    Four fantasy novellas, including Every Heart a Doorway, available for free through Tor's ebook of the month club. Download before midnight, June 5, at https://ebookclub.tor.com/ Four fantasy novellas, including Every Heart a Doorway, available for free through Tor's ebook of the month club. Download before midnight, June 5, at https://ebookclub.tor.com/

  3. 4 out of 5

    Victoria

    Miranda in Milan - Well, I’m uncultured and have never read The Tempest, so. I am definitely missing stuff here. I really enjoyed this story despite missing the foundational information, and the author explains the word well enough that I stopped feeling after the first chapter or so. Miranda remembers nothing before her life on the island and is new to being in the world, so following her perspective allows the narration to smoothly reveal the events after Prospero’s return. The mystery surroun Miranda in Milan - Well, I’m uncultured and have never read The Tempest, so. I am definitely missing stuff here. I really enjoyed this story despite missing the foundational information, and the author explains the word well enough that I stopped feeling after the first chapter or so. Miranda remembers nothing before her life on the island and is new to being in the world, so following her perspective allows the narration to smoothly reveal the events after Prospero’s return. The mystery surrounding Miranda, her finally acknowledging the true nature of Prospero, learning her own privilege, and finally (view spoiler)[ agreeing to make up for her past transgressions (to LISTEN!!) and seek happiness and love with Duriya. (hide spoiler)] Every Heart a Doorway - I actually read Down Among the Sticks and Bones before this, somehow. I enjoyed Every Heart much more than Down Among, although that may be because Every Heart has a lot of the exposition in it that would have been useful when reading Down Among… Every Heart has a compelling cast of characters, and even if I didn’t like some of them on a personal level, they were all very distinct and had their own unique voice. I think it can be difficult to strike a balance between making the story feel full of people and maintaining recognizable individuals, and Every Heart has managed to nail it. Plot-wise (view spoiler)[ WELL I GUESS I NEED TO READ Come Tumbling Down NOW. THANKS. Also, I loved Nancy. I empathized so much with her feelings that people were just too much, too loud, too fast. The sensory overload is absolutely exhausting. I’m so glad she got to go back through her door (and I was also very upset about Loriel’s chance being cut short. The fact that her door existed and that little description of it hurt me). (hide spoiler)] Sisters of the Vast Black - I’ve had this on my wishlist for a while, so I’m glad to finally be able to read it. I loved the style that this novella was written in, where the worldbuilding, character defining information, and plot were so tightly interwoven that I felt as though I was witnessing some sort of magic trick to fit so much into so little text. Despite this, I found myself only moderately invested in the characters. I’m not exactly sure if it’s that the narrative voice switched between characters or something else. The greatest drives I felt to continue reading were from my curiosity about the universe and (view spoiler)[ my desire to see the outcome of the Reverend Mother’s past coming back to haunt the present. (hide spoiler)] If the author writes more in this universe, I’d read it in a heartbeat. Sorcerer of the Wildeeps - A lot of this story felt very slice of life (until the last quarter or so), but for me, I never felt that it dragged in pacing. The tidbits of worldbuilding and slow reveal of biographical details of both Demane and the Captain kept me hooked. The prose was dense and parts were about as close to poetry as it could get without turning into verse. I really, really enjoyed the experience itself of reading this story. The story was also good, at least a 4 out of 5, but the lyricallity of the writing and the science-fiction-masquerading-as-fantasy bit that the author pulled off made it a solid 5 out of 5. The ending is perhaps ambiguous, of which I know some readers are not fond. However, I think that the unanswered questions have led me to reflect over every facet of the story with more scrutiny than I would have otherwise. And wow. They are glorious facets.

  4. 5 out of 5

    J.F.R. Coates

    A really interesting mix of stories in here, some I liked more than others. The first was interesting, though I did struggle with it at first. Given I am largely unfamiliar with The Tempest, I imagine this was a significant part of my troubles with it. The second story was easily my favourite of the four. I adored the characters, the premise, and the world(s) that were touched upon. Really good story, and would be interested to know more. The third started slow, but gradually increased my interest A really interesting mix of stories in here, some I liked more than others. The first was interesting, though I did struggle with it at first. Given I am largely unfamiliar with The Tempest, I imagine this was a significant part of my troubles with it. The second story was easily my favourite of the four. I adored the characters, the premise, and the world(s) that were touched upon. Really good story, and would be interested to know more. The third started slow, but gradually increased my interest as it went on. This was clearly just a drop in the ocean of stories that could be told in this setting. The fourth unfortunately was the weakest. I just couldn't get a good grasp on what was going on. Every time I thought I understood it, something got me lost again. There were some interesting ideas in here, but I just couldn't link them together.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Isabelle | Nine Tale Vixen

    1. Miranda in Milan | [my review] 2. Every Heart a Doorway | [my review] 3. Sisters of the Vast Black | [my review] 4. The Sorcerer of the Wildeeps | [my DNF review] 1. Miranda in Milan | [my review] 2. Every Heart a Doorway | [my review] 3. Sisters of the Vast Black | [my review] 4. The Sorcerer of the Wildeeps | [my DNF review]

  6. 4 out of 5

    Keith

    For Pride Month, I thought I would read Tor.com’s second LGBTQ+ collection of novellas which feature LGBTQ+ characters and authors. I think this year’s offering is even better than last years! First, this is part of what McMillan’s website has to say about the offerings: “With Miranda in Milan, debut author Katharine Duckett reimagines the consequences of Shakespeare’s The Tempest, casting Miranda into a Milanese pit of vipers and building a queer love story that lifts off the page in whirlwinds For Pride Month, I thought I would read Tor.com’s second LGBTQ+ collection of novellas which feature LGBTQ+ characters and authors. I think this year’s offering is even better than last years! First, this is part of what McMillan’s website has to say about the offerings: “With Miranda in Milan, debut author Katharine Duckett reimagines the consequences of Shakespeare’s The Tempest, casting Miranda into a Milanese pit of vipers and building a queer love story that lifts off the page in whirlwinds of feeling.” “NPR calls Every Heart a Doorway "a mini-masterpiece of portal fantasy — a jewel of a book that deserves to be shelved with Lewis Carroll's and C. S. Lewis' classics". Hugo, Nebula, Locus, and Alex Award winner, World Fantasy and British Fantasy Award finalist, and Tiptree Honor List title.” “The sisters of the Order of Saint Rita captain their living ship into the reaches of space in Lina Rather's debut novella, Sisters of the Vast Black.” “Sorcerer of the Wildeeps is the Crawford Award-winning novella that Wired listed as one of their twenty-five all-time favorite books.” Each of these novellas really was surprisingly good. My two favorites were Every Heart a Doorway and Sorcerer of the Wildeeps, but all four were very impressive, and quite memorable. Every Heart a Doorway is a seriously deep portal fantasy, involving a home for young people who disappeared through doorways to other worlds, then returned. It’s also a murder mystery... In Sorcerer of the Wildeeps, Kai Ashante Wilson returns to the world of his novella A Taste of Honey where the “gods” had visited the world and interbred with humans, leaving the descendants with special talents. This world has a decidedly different flavor from most fantasy settings. I’d like to read some more stories set in this realm. So, individually, or as a bundle, I recomend these novellas. Particularly if one wishes to see LGBTQ+ characters in your stories.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Sadie Forsythe

    I'll add reviews as I finish each book. Miranda in Milan: Every Heart a Doorway: Sisters of the Vast Black: Sorcerer of the Wildeeps: 2 Oh wow, I did not expect to not like this book. I loved A Taste of Honey and expected to love this too. It just wasn't to be! First off, the writing is beautiful. It's very poetic. But, BUT all that poetry is at the cost of clarity. So many times I read passages and didn't know what they meant or what was actually happening. I was constantly confused about the timelin I'll add reviews as I finish each book. Miranda in Milan: Every Heart a Doorway: Sisters of the Vast Black: Sorcerer of the Wildeeps: 2 Oh wow, I did not expect to not like this book. I loved A Taste of Honey and expected to love this too. It just wasn't to be! First off, the writing is beautiful. It's very poetic. But, BUT all that poetry is at the cost of clarity. So many times I read passages and didn't know what they meant or what was actually happening. I was constantly confused about the timeline, unsure if what I was reading was a flashback or something happening in the future or where I might be in between. Second, there are the dialects the characters use. Now, I read an article by Wilson in which he talked about how important it is to him to include certain speech patterns in his writing. He talked about cultural and linguistic hierarchies and such. And in general, I don't have a problem with this, applaud it even. But some of what was used in this book worked and some just felt painfully anachronistic, worse it's a fantasy setting that might not even be on Earth. So some of the language just didn't fit at all, even if I saw what the author was trying to do. And then there was the ending; the did he or didn't he, obscure, unsatisfying, probably tragic ending. Nope. That was the last straw for me. I appreciated the diverse characterization, the lovely cover, and am open to more of Wilson's writing, but this book was not a winner.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Pat

    Read half. Miranda in Milan was a 2-star; Sisters of the Vast Black rated higher; both already reviewed. I'm not McGuire's audience, though I tried with Every Heart a Doorway and didn't make it past the hideously unhuman dialog in the first couple of scenes. Yes: your mindset is different because you've spent time in a strange world that may or may not match up with the way your brain works, but nobody actually talks the way those characters do, and it didn't look as if it would be improving. Didn Read half. Miranda in Milan was a 2-star; Sisters of the Vast Black rated higher; both already reviewed. I'm not McGuire's audience, though I tried with Every Heart a Doorway and didn't make it past the hideously unhuman dialog in the first couple of scenes. Yes: your mindset is different because you've spent time in a strange world that may or may not match up with the way your brain works, but nobody actually talks the way those characters do, and it didn't look as if it would be improving. Didn't finish Sorcerer of the Wildeeps, either, once I realized that I (a) had to reread sentences more than once just to almost untangle what was going on and (b) was skimming ahead as a result, hoping that something would actually happen that I would want to try to untangle. I've read a lot of prose produced by students attempting academic writing, and Sorcerer read like someone trying to sound literary. Good grief, just tell me what's going on in the scene! Big disappointment, because the setup was intriguing.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Dogdaysinaz

    Since this is a collection of four novellas I got from Tor (500 pages--it's a book!), I've averaged the rating to 4 stars. I loved Every Heart a Doorway and will be looking for everything written by Seanan McGuire. I really liked Sisters of the Vast Black, too. It took me a while to get into Miranda in Milan. I liked some aspects of Sorcerer of the Wildeeps but that was definitely my least favorite story.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Jen

  11. 5 out of 5

    James

  12. 4 out of 5

    Lej

  13. 4 out of 5

    Susan Welch

  14. 4 out of 5

    Steve

  15. 5 out of 5

    Anthony Brown

  16. 5 out of 5

    Michelle Tran

  17. 4 out of 5

    Hannah

  18. 4 out of 5

    Brook

  19. 4 out of 5

    Katie

  20. 4 out of 5

    Adam Sweeny

  21. 4 out of 5

    Tim

  22. 5 out of 5

    Kate

  23. 5 out of 5

    Katie

  24. 5 out of 5

    Philip

  25. 5 out of 5

    Wendy

  26. 4 out of 5

    Gevera Bert

  27. 5 out of 5

    Mary Hopkins

  28. 5 out of 5

    Sheila

  29. 4 out of 5

    Eileen

  30. 4 out of 5

    Simona

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