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Schedule for Baen author signings at Dragon Con this coming weekend at The Missing Volume, booths 328, 329, and 330, level 2 AmericasMart Yellow section (see map):

Friday
6pm: David Weber and Timothy Zahn

Saturday
Noon: Michael Z. Williamson

1pm: John Ringo

Sunday
1pm: Jody Lynn Nye

4pm: Charles E. Gannon

5pm: Les Johnson

6pm: Mark L. Van Name

Map where you can find us at Dragoncon

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Our booth location this year at Dragoncon. 

Dragoncon Booth Signing Schedule

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Author signings at The Missing Volume       Booth 328, 329 &330  level 2 AmericasMart Yellow section

Friday
3 PM                                      Laura Anne Gilman

Saturday
11 AM                                   John Picacio Signs Limited Edition Loteria Posters & A Song of Ice and Fire Prints
Noon                                     Lou Anders  and Justin Gerard
2 PM                                      Cherie Priest
4 PM                                      Lev Grossman
5 PM                                      Chelsea Quinn Yarbro

Sunday
1 PM                                     Christie Golden
2 PM                                      Faith Hunter and Kat Richardson
4 PM                                      Jonathan Maberry
6 PM                                      Cinda Williams Chima

Monday
1 PM                                      John Picacio Signs Limited Edition Loteria Posters & A Song of Ice and Fire Prints



                              FAQ

1.       Do you have to buy a book to get something signed? No, but it sure would be nice if you did.

2.       How many can I get signed? Limit 3 items and then back in line please so everyone has a chance.

3.       How long will they sign? About an hour

#80 Flight from Hell by Yasmine Galenorn

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I admit I am several books behind on this series but I read this because it was a crossover introduction to a new series the writer is starting based in the same universe. There are some spoilers to the Otherworld series but nothing that I thought would stop me from reading the ones I am missing. The main plot here is to do a rescue of one of the new characters and introduce the sisters and the reader to the new characters of the spin off. Everything works out in the end and groundwork is laid down for the new series but no new ground is really worked on for the sisters. A fun quick read with more of a novella or novelette length.

Digital review copy provided by the publisher through NetGalley

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The plot is a bastard child of cyberpunk and console video games. PerfectQuestion is fighting in the virtual world for ad space for a soda company while his personal life is in the dumps. Low on cash, behind on the rent and a girlfriend that walks out of the story never to be heard from again he decides to play a Black game for extra money. Black games are highly illegal with every depraved want catered to. But he gets lucky with the random character he gets and plays a samurai and plays it honorably. Turns out this is not what people want. Seems people are coming out of the woodwork to offer him almost anything if he will throw the war in the advertising battles and if he will stop playing the samurai Wu. A fast paced read but surprisingly light on details of almost anything except the game or what is happening directly with PerfectQuestion.


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Dragoncon heads up

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Just a reminder that I should have the Dragoncon signing schedule done next week. Have some new writers signing with us this year. Also we will be running the Baen author autographing sessions at the booth next to ours. Also if there is a certain book from our store you want us to bring please let us know so we can pack it and have it on hold for you. We can't bring all our collectible books but we do try and have a good selection of them. You can find us on the second floor at Booth # 328, 329 & 330.

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#78 The Clockwork Dagger by Beth Cato

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A sheltered healer is on her own traveling to a village that needs her talents. Turns out that Octavia is more than a healer, it seems that she is the most gifted one there has been in a very long time and both sides of the war are after her even if she doesn't know her own value. This does have some steampunk elements but they fit in without overwhelming the story or drive the plot. The reader is left wanting the next book to see what will happen with the threads that are unfinished. The reader doesn't know which side of the war is better than the other and our heroine is left hating both since they want to either control her or destroy her Now to wait for the the sequel.


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#77 Slave to Sensation by Nalini Singh

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I've read her Archangels series but not this one. I picked it up because a friend said I would like them. I liked the world building and the characters were interesting. There are now three types of humans, normal humans, changelings [shifters of several animal types] and Psy [ mental powers] . I'll be reading more of these because I want to see what happens with this culture of no emotions when people are realizing what it is doing to them.


#76 Hellblazer: Rare Cuts by Jamie Delano

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I read this going off the advice of a list on the net since it seems the Hellblazer collections are not in sequential order. This is more of a series of stories that show Constantine in different flashbacks to earlier parts of his life. It is a good read and you could almost read this before the Original Sin collection but reading it right after it does give the events in Original Sin a new light. I enjoyed the book and I'll pick up more of them but probably not at the rate I was first reading Fables or Hellboy.

#75 Valour and Vanity by Mary Robinette Kowal

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I had a hard time getting into this book but not for the usual reasons. This time I knew something bad was going to happen to Jane and Vincent and I didn't want to see it happen. It isn't a giveaway to the plot that they are taken by pirates and left without any resources in Murano.  Eventually I settled into the story and it folds out wonderfully. Jane and Vincent uses their talents to keep their heads above water as they wait to hear back from Jane's family to send money. While they are doing this Vincent is also trying to find the con man that led them to this situation. The plot is a caper story in the end and things do work out. Can't wait for the next book


#74 A Shiver of Light by Laurell K. Hamilton

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The book starts out with Merry expecting twins and then surprise the doctors tell her it is triplets and she goes into labor and delivers them. I was surprised for babies that were 2 months early they came home from the hospital immediately but I guess that is Fey magic Most of the book deals with everyone bonding to the kids and the Queen of Air and Darkness admitting she has pretty much lost it but now wants to see the babies and will try and keep it together. There is some talk about feeling bad that they are being supported by Maeve Reed and possible reality TV series but that gets nixed. King Taranis is trying to state he is the father of the babies by the rape and now comes after Merry in her dreams. All the action really happens in the last chapter and it is has the usual epilogue feel to it. This book suffers from more than the usual amount of repetitive phrasing that LKH's books have. There are hints that the next book would involve Ash and Holly but who knows if that will happen or if there will be more any time soon.


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I've seen the movie Constantine that was sorta based on Hellblazer and now with the TV series coming out I thought I would give it a try. This collects the first 9 issues and I warn you that you do need to read the introduction or the last few pages really don't make much sense. The nice thing is the discussion of the last few panels in the book doesn't ruin the story arc in this collection at all.
Constantine is  man of of magic that gets around solving problems that crop around him by way of people he knows or just being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Now that I've started reading these I'll be picking up more of them. I don't think I can power through them since they are dark but don't have the humor of Hellboy to lighten them up.


#72 Honor's Knight by Rachel Bach

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This is a direct sequel with no waiting from the events at the end of the first book.  It does explain why Caldswell does what he is doing and why. The action is nonstop and Devi is on the run or fighting the entire time. She does get one brief respite in the plot when she thinks she has found the perfect solution but as a reader you know it isn't going to work out but as a plan it is consistent with how we know Devi is. That the book  stays true to characters are presented and allows them to be flawed in their thinking makes for a better story. I can't wait to read the third book in this series. Good thing it is all ready out.


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A new series that with the series title being One Dozen Daughters" proves to be a long series but if the rest of the books are as fun as the first one then it should be a nice stack of reading fun.  Clarice is the eldest princess of this very tiny kingdom that has had a not so normal upbringing. Knowing she will never inherit And with lots of sisters to all marry off they are each encouraged to learn skills that are not in the normal royal heiress dept. Wanting to a sword mistress, Clarice takes to traveling disguised as a young man to see the world and build a reputation. Booking passage on a ship to sail to newly discovered lands. Things don't go as planned as there is a mutiny on the ship and sailing into a magic hidden pirate island.  This book had a bit of a feeling of her Five Hundred Kingdom books in the love dept but there are no fairy godmothers to help rescue our heroine. I'll be looking for the next book in the series.


Digital review copy provided by the publisher through NetGalley

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This collection has to do with the aftermath of taking down Mr Dark for the hopefully final time and Rose Red taking up the mantle of Hope of Second Chances. Rose is going for a Camelot theme to her knights of second chances and of course with this being Fables and the power of stories she is just asking for trouble. A good read as always and along with Rose you get more of Snow and the new North Wind. The action in the city has the 13th floor witches trying to rebuild Bigby's glass body. And the one issue that has Bibgy in the afterworld is good for a few sniffles.


Digital review copy provided by the publisher through Edelweiss

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In 2014 New York cops are all teenagers in this alternate reality. Dayoung Johansson is an officer who goes back in time to try and get to the bottom of a potential crime. But what we find out is the company she is investigating wanted her to go back in the first place. This covers the first five issues of the comic and the art is really good but there isn't enough story for me to want to continue to pick it up after this collection. The story does follow both time streams as things progress but the reader never finds out just how things got changed so much in the future.

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#68 Blood Red by Mercedes Lackey

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Another Elemental Masters book but for a change it isn't set in England. The setting starts in Germany but moves further East in a hunt on werewolves. The opening chapter is a reprint of a short story from the collection Elemental Masters and that is really the only part that follows Little Red Riding Hood. The adult Rosamund does wear a red cape to honor her teacher that was killed by a werewolf and she doesn't trust werewolves when she is introduced to one from a family that has been cursed for generations. There is the usual light romance feel to the story as with most of the Elemental Master books. A nice light read and a good change of pace from England.


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I know these books are formulaic but they are silly fun. Stephanie for once helps out Ranger almost as much as he helps her out in the books. A cute entertaining read and yes I'll read the next one and more than likely the one after that.



 

#66 Spellbound by Larry Correia

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The second book in this trilogy has our heroes fighting a shadowy government agency that wants to enslave the Actives like so much of the world has done. Of course they do this by using a very powerful active and some magic to boost his power in order to try and defeat the Grimnoir by framing them for an assassination attempt on the president. At the same time this is going on it turns out that Faye is different from other Travelers for a reason and it isn't a good one. This is a middle of series book and not all the plot lines are resolved in this book but there is a good ending and the reader is not left completely hanging.


#65 The Rhesus Chart by Charles Stross

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The fifth book in the series has Bob handing investment banker vampires [which don't exist] and dealing with the personal fallout of getting one of his and Mo's few non Laundry friends involved with the Laundry [from the previous book]. His take on vampires fits great with the overall universe he has set up. I do have to say that as amusing as bits of these books are there is the overwhelming dread that the end is coming as it does get referenced by most of the regular characters at some point in the story. The story ends with the main story arc going forward instead of just being hinted at. But with how things ended in this one I'm not sure if I'm ready to grab the next one as soon as it comes out. I think I'll have to make sure I'm ready for the grim story line.


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