Book Magnet Entry #1: Deviations: Covenant by Elissa Malcohn

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The second entry for my Book Magnet Project is in! The magnet is on the left and is for the book Deviations: Covenant by Elissa Malcohn. The book was originally published by Aisling Press, which, unfortunately, is no longer in business. However, Ms. Malcohn informs me that Covenant and the rest of the books in the Deviations series can still be purchased through her website (or found at ManyBooks). There is a bit more about Ms. Malcohn, including her publishing history, at the end of this post.

Now, to the image and information about Ms. Malcohn’s books:
About the Deviations Series:
Long ago the Masari and the Yata hunted together in peace, until the species they drove to extinction included those possessing nutrients necessary to Masari survival. The Yata then became the only source of those nutrients. Deviations tells how these peoples cope with the reality of being sentient creatures forced to play the roles of predator and prey, and how several of them try to thwart long-established conventions in the hope of overcoming their biological imperative. In Deviations love triumphs in the midst of death. The series focuses on the social, ethical, and spiritual dilemmas surrounding both the literal cannibalism of the societies involved and the many ways in which their different communities feed off each other.

About Covenant:
TripStone hates to kill her gods, but she must feed her people. An accomplished hunter in the Masari village of Crossroads, she is charged with the ritual slaying of the sacred Yata.

Her comrade Ghost tries to end Masari dependence on Yata meat by performing experiments punishable by death. His jeopardy increases when he shelters a teenage runaway sickened by fasting.

Their worldview shatters when they harbor a Yata woman raised to be livestock instead of a god. But Crossroads itself is imperiled. Hidden in the far woods, a secret Yata militia is preparing to alter the balance of power.

About Elissa Malcohn:
Ms. Malcohn was a John W. Campbell Award finalist in 1985 and her story “Moments of Clarity” (Full Spectrum, Bantam, 1988) reached preliminary ballot for a Nebula. More recently, three of her stories have appeared in publications that won awards in 2009: “Arachne” in IPPY Silver Medalist Riffing on Strings: Creative Writing Inspired by String Theory (Scriblerus Press); “Memento Mori” in Bram Stoker Award-winner Unspeakable Horror: From the Shadows of the Closet (Dark Scribe Press); and “Hermit Crabs” in Hugo Award-winner Electric Velocipede. “Hermit Crabs” is also on the recommended reading list in The Year’s Best Science Fiction, 26th Annual Edition. Ms. Malcohn also has fiction and poetry in the Oct./Nov. 2009 issue of Asimov’s.

Aisling Press (small, indie) published the first edition of Covenant and was contracted to publish Appetite before it folded–all rights reverted back to Ms. Malcohn.


There you have it. If you have a promotional magnet for your sf/f (or related) book and want to take part in this project, send an email to arconna[at]yahoo[dot]com with the subject “Book Magnet Project.” Help me cover my fridge!

About the Author:

Shaun Duke is an aspiring writer, a reviewer, and an academic. He is currently a graduate student at the University of Florida studying science fiction, postcolonialism, posthumanism, and fantasy.

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