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May Interviews

5/5 Lynn Calhoon, Murder 101
5/12 Annette Dashofy, Death By Equine
5/19 Krista Davis, The Diva Serves Forbidden Fruit
5/25 Debra Goldstein, Four Cuts Too Many

Saturday WWK Bloggers

5/1 V. M. Burns
5/8 Jennifer Chow
5/22 Kait Carson

Guest Blogs

5/15 M. K. Scott


E. B. Davis's "The Pearl Necklace" will appear in the new SinC Guppy anthology The Fish That Got Away to be released in July by Wildside Press. The anthology was edited by Linda Rodriguez.

Paula Gail Benson's monologue "Beloved Husband," from the perspective of Norton Baskin the second husband of Marjorie Kinan Rawlings (who wrote The Yearling and Cross Creek), appears in the Red Penguin Collection's An Empty Stage (released March 28, 2021).

Martha Reed's "Death by GPS" will appear in the Spring 2021 issue of Suspense Magazine, which will be released in the second week of April. Congratulations, Martha!

Susan Van Kirk has a new audiobook, A Death at Tippitt Pond, that will be released this month. Marry in Haste will be released in May by Harlequin Worldwide Mystery, as will Death Takes No Bribes in September. Congratulations, Susan.

Congratulations to Martha Reed. Her short story, "The Honor Thief" was chosen for the 2021 Bouchercon Anthology, This Time For Sure. Hank Phillippi Ryan will edit the volume, which will be released in August at the time of the convention.

Margaret S. Hamilton's short story, "Killer Weeds," appears in the January 20 edition of Texas Gardener's Seeds: From Our Garden to Yours. Congratulations, Margaret, who, if you follow Facebook know, is a superb gardener herself!

Congratulations to Jennifer J. Chow for garnering a 2021 Lefty Nomination for Best Humorous Mystery Novel. We're crossing our fingers for Jennifer!

Congratulations to Paula Gail Benson whose "Reputation or Soul" has been chosen for Malice Domestic 16: Mystery Most Diabolical anthology to be released this spring.

KM Rockwood's "Stay Safe--Very Safe" appears in this year's 2020 BOULD anthology. Congratulations, KM!

Annette Dashofy signed with agent Dawn Dowdle of the Blue Ridge Literary Agency. Congratulations, Annette!


Friday, April 10, 2020

Six Wakes by Mur Lafferty: A Review by Warren Bull

Six Wakes by Mur Lafferty: A Review by Warren Bull

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Six Wakes was a finalist for the Hugo and Nebula Awards (Science Fiction Awards) in 2018.

Imagine Agatha Christie writing Science Fiction.  Six clones wake up in a mixture of blood and bodily fluids. Unlike every other time they have been resurrected, they have no memory of what proceeded their murders. They are the only crew members on a spaceship headed to a new planet. One of them is the murderer. Which one? And why?
Mur Lafferty has taken an old idea into a new setting and environment. In this story cloning has changed the world. While religions argue about what happens to the soul when a person dies, past misuse of the cloning process has led to strict laws about what is permitted and what is not, especially in regard to cloning and in regard to altering the “mind map” integrated into new bodies. It is illegal to clone yourself for any reason except to extend your life.  People can live hundreds of years passing from body to body along the way. Suicide is illegal, but assassination is an accepted part of society, if not exactly allowed by law.
The task of the six crew members is to search for the killer and the reason for the killing through the lifespans of each of them. The author explores the question of — what makes a person human? Each member of the crew is a criminal who has taken part in the lengthy journey to earn a new start with a clean record on the new planet. Everyone has secrets and reasons to avoid sharing them.
I enjoyed this very much and recommend it highly.


Margaret S. Hamilton said...

Compelling and provocative, though I'm not a sci fi fan.

Susan said...

That is quite an amazing set-up for a story, Warren.

KM Rockwood said...

A great review of an interesting book. Sounds fascinating!

Paula Gail Benson said...

I loved Mur Lafferty's Shambling Guide to New York and Ghost Train to New Orleans. They were engaging, inventive, and lots of fun to read. On your recommendation, Warren, I'm downloading Six Wakes. Many thanks!