Setting the Stakes in Storytelling


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Everyone turns up for a car chase at the end of the world, and the cars won’t start.

Alfonso Cuarón’s Children of Men is a movie of exquisite direction, and I’m madly in love with the action scenes. Violence in Cuarón’s movie is sudden and unemphasized: the camera doesn’t flinch, the sound mixing doesn’t dwell, and that gives the action a terrible power. Children of Men knows a subtle secret.

Clive Owen’s in a paramilitary compound with the last pregnant woman on Earth. He needs to sneak her away. In the early morning he creeps out, sabotages the other cars, bundles his friends into the last working automobile, and gets it rolling. But the car won’t start! Alarms start ringing. Gunmen converge.

So Clive and buddies have to get out and start pushing.

And it’s thrilling. It had me keyed up in a way car chases never do—even though it’s ...

How to Run an Evil Empire, and Other Advice from Baru Cormorant


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Baru Cormorant, the brilliant protagonist of Seth Dickinson’s Masquerade series—The Traitor Baru Cormorant and its sequel, The Monster Baru Cormorant—returns to give your favorite characters advice! Unfortunately following the events of the first book, she is depressed, drunk, and deeply uncertain of her methods and purpose. Her advice will therefore be even more callous, repressed, and possibly disastrous than last time

 

Dear Baru,

I am an orphan who has recently come into possession of a device which can answer any question. I am quite certain that mysterious authorities are kidnapping other children for unknown purposes, and I want to rescue my friend Roger from just such a kidnapping. How should I go about it?

—Lyra

Lyra I don’t know why you even need to ask me. The answer seems very obvious and certainly would have been to myself at your age. You have a (very convenient) ...

Need Advice on Overthrowing a Galactic Empire, Fighting a Xenomorph, or Infiltrating Mordor? Ask Baru!


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Please enjoy some helpful advice for some of the best-known heroes and heroines of science fiction and fantasy, courtesy of Baru Cormorant, the brilliant protagonist of Seth Dickinson’s Masquerade series—The Traitor Baru Cormorant and its upcoming sequel, The Monster Baru Cormorant. No stranger to sinister villainy and evil empires, Baru is more than capable of helping out everyone from humble hobbits to vengeance-driven superheroes with her unique brand of no-nonsense pragmatism…

 

Dear Baru:

I’m tired of farm life. I want to join the rebellion against the Galactic Empire. What can I do?

–Luke

Dear Luke,

I hate tyranny as much as you. But we need to be pragmatic. Most revolutions fail.

I suggest you fix up your uncle’s finances, study hard, and apply to the Academy. Don’t waste time trying to become a star pilot—much too risky. Get a job as an interrogator. (Do you have weird intuition ...

Need Advice on Overthrowing a Galactic Empire, Fighting a Xenomorph, or Infiltrating Mordor? Ask Baru!


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Please enjoy some helpful advice for some of the best-known heroes and heroines of science fiction and fantasy, courtesy of Baru Cormorant, the brilliant protagonist of Seth Dickinson’s Masquerade series—The Traitor Baru Cormorant and its upcoming sequel, The Monster Baru Cormorant. No stranger to sinister villainy and evil empires, Baru is more than capable of helping out everyone from humble hobbits to vengeance-driven superheroes with her unique brand of no-nonsense pragmatism…

 

Dear Baru:

I’m tired of farm life. I want to join the rebellion against the Galactic Empire. What can I do?

–Luke

Dear Luke,

I hate tyranny as much as you. But we need to be pragmatic. Most revolutions fail.

I suggest you fix up your uncle’s finances, study hard, and apply to the Academy. Don’t waste time trying to become a star pilot—much too risky. Get a job as an interrogator. (Do you have weird intuition ...

What You Need to Know Before Reading Seth Dickinson’s The Monster Baru Cormorant


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It’s been three years since we met Baru Cormorant, the brilliant, ruthless, compelling protagonist of Seth Dickinson’s debut novel The Traitor Baru Cormorant. Not unlike Baru’s tenure in Aurdwynn, it has been a long, hard wait for the sequel. Don’t remember what happened in Aurdwynn? Unclear on when the star Imperial Accountant went from savant to Queen to traitor to The Monster Baru Cormorant? Author Seth Dickinson has provided a handy refresher for everything from the fates of Aurdwynn’s rebel dukes to Cairdine Farrier’s meta-game to a helpful list of dramatis personae for Baru’s next heartbreaking adventure!

Holy crap! The Traitor Baru Cormorant came out three years ago, and you expect me to remember anything for the sequel?

Evil Overlord List, Cellblock A, item 109: “I shall see to it that plucky young lads/lasses in strange clothes and with the accent of an outlander shall REGULARLY climb some monument ...

What You Need to Know Before Reading Seth Dickinson’s The Monster Baru Cormorant


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It’s been three years since we met Baru Cormorant, the brilliant, ruthless, compelling protagonist of Seth Dickinson’s debut novel The Traitor Baru Cormorant. Not unlike Baru’s tenure in Aurdwynn, it has been a long, hard wait for the sequel. Don’t remember what happened in Aurdwynn? Unclear on when the star Imperial Accountant went from savant to Queen to traitor to The Monster Baru Cormorant? Author Seth Dickinson has provided a handy refresher for everything from the fates of Aurdwynn’s rebel dukes to Cairdine Farrier’s meta-game to a helpful list of dramatis personae for Baru’s next heartbreaking adventure!

Holy crap! The Traitor Baru Cormorant came out three years ago, and you expect me to remember anything for the sequel?

Evil Overlord List, Cellblock A, item 109: “I shall see to it that plucky young lads/lasses in strange clothes and with the accent of an outlander shall REGULARLY climb some monument ...

Read an Excerpt from The Monster Baru Cormorant


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Her world was shattered by the Empire of Masks. For the power to shatter the Masquerade, she betrayed everyone she loved…

The traitor Baru Cormorant is now the cryptarch Agonist—a secret lord of the empire she’s vowed to destroy.

Hunted by a mutinous admiral, haunted by the wound which has split her mind in two, Baru leads her dearest foes on an expedition for the secret of immortality. It’s her chance to trigger a war that will consume the Masquerade.

But Baru’s heart is broken, and she fears she can no longer tell justice from revenge… or her own desires from the will of the man who remade her.

The second book in Seth Dickinson’s Masquerade series, The Monster Baru Cormorant is available October 30th from Tor Books.

 

 

Prelude

As the firestorm took his ships, as a monsoon rain of greasy incendiaries burnt his people like screaming human ...

I Tell Lies About Last Song Before Night


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Stories about truth begin with a lie.

Let me tell you a lie: Last Song Before Night is an epic fantasy about a band of young poets on a quest to uncover an ancient secret and save the world from absolute evil.

The archvillain of Last Song is a censor (and he could be nothing else). His trade is the mutilation of truth. I like to think he’d appreciate this lie I’ve told you, just there. It’s a very good lie, because Last Song is about all those things, they’re in the story, it’s true!

But that is not the true shape of Last Song Before Night.

When I started reading this novel I thought I saw the shape of it, mind. Among the towers of beautiful Tamryllin, roguish young poet Darien fights to win his aristocratic love Rianna away from her arranged marriage to nebbish, coddled Ned. His best ...

My Kinda Scene: The Car “Chase” in Children of Men


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Children of Men car scene

Everyone turns up for a car chase at the end of the world, and the cars won’t start.

Alfonso Cuarón’s Children of Men is a movie of exquisite direction, and I’m madly in love with the action scenes. Violence in Cuarón’s movie is sudden and unemphasized: the camera doesn’t flinch, the sound mixing doesn’t dwell, and that gives the action a terrible power. Children of Men knows a subtle secret.

Clive Owen’s in a paramilitary compound with the last pregnant woman on Earth. He needs to sneak her away. In the early morning he creeps out, sabotages the other cars, bundles his friends into the last working automobile, and gets it rolling. But the car won’t start! Alarms start ringing. Gunmen converge.

So Clive and buddies have to get out and start pushing.

And it’s thrilling. It had me keyed up in a way car chases never do—even though ...

Please Undo This Hurt


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Ever feel like you care too much? After a breakup, after the funeral…it feels like the way to win at life is to care the least. That’s not an option for Dominga, an EMT who cares too much, or her drinking buddy Nico, who just lost his poor cat. Life hurts. They drink. They talk: Nico’s tired of hurting people. He wants out. Not suicide, not that — he’d just hurt everyone who loves him. But what if he could erase his whole life? Undo the fact of his birth? Wouldn’t Dominga be having a better night, right now, if she didn’t have to take care of him? And when Dominga finds a way to do just that, when she is gifted or armed with a terrible cosmic mercy, she still cares enough to say: I am not letting him have this. I am not letting Nico go without a ...

How Baru Cormorant Would Overthrow Emperor Palpatine, Kill Voldemort, and Stop Sauron


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Please enjoy some helpful advice for some of the best-known heroes and heroines of science fiction and fantasy, courtesy of Baru Cormorant, the brilliant protagonist of one of September’s most hotly anticipated titles. No stranger to sinister villainy and evil empires, Baru is more than capable of helping out everyone from humble hobbits to vengeance-driven superheroes…

 

Dear Baru:

I’m tired of farm life. I want to join the rebellion against the Galactic Empire. What can I do?

–Luke

Dear Luke,

I hate tyranny as much as you. But we need to be pragmatic. Most revolutions fail.

I suggest you fix up your uncle’s finances, study hard, and apply to the Academy. Don’t waste time trying to become a star pilot—much too risky. Get a job as an interrogator. (Do you have weird intuition or influence on the weak-minded? Could help.)

Once you’re established as Chief Rebel-hunter, try to ...

The Traitor Baru Cormorant, Chapter 2


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Baru Cormorant believes any price is worth paying to liberate her people-even her soul. When the Empire of Masks conquers her island home, overwrites her culture, criminalizes her customs, and murders one of her fathers, Baru vows to swallow her hate, join the Empire’s civil service, and claw her way high enough to set her people free.

Sent as an Imperial agent to distant Aurdwynn, another conquered country, Baru discovers it’s on the brink of rebellion. Drawn by the intriguing duchess Tain Hu into a circle of seditious dukes, Baru may be able to use her position to help. As she pursues a precarious balance between the rebels and a shadowy cabal within the Empire, she orchestrates a do-or-die gambit with freedom as the prize. But the cost of winning the long game of saving her people may be far greater than Baru imagines.

Seth Dickinson’s highly anticipated debut novel, ...

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