Waiting on Wednesday [143] – VERMILION by Molly Tanzer

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Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Breaking the Spine, and is a fun way to share upcoming books that you’re excited about with other bloggers and readers. This week I’m doing something a little different. I heard about this book from The Book Smugglers, and upon closer inspection, I realized that a) it’s being released in a couple of weeks and b) I’ve never heard of this publisher before. I don’t usually highlight books from publishers I’m not familiar with, but I have to make an exception, because this book looks freakin’ AMAZING!


Vermilion by Molly Tanzer. Releases April 15 2015 from Word Horde. Just look at this amazing cover! Seriously, it looks like a graphic novel, but I don’t think it is. I have two words to say about this book: Steampunk. Western. That’s all you need to know:-D Oh, you want the Goodreads description? OK:

Gunslinging, chain smoking, Stetson-wearing Taoist psychopomp, Elouise “Lou” Merriwether might not be a normal 19-year-old, but she’s too busy keeping San Francisco safe from ghosts, shades, and geung si to care much about that. It’s an important job, though most folks consider it downright spooky. Some have even accused Lou of being more comfortable with the dead than the living, and, well… they’re not wrong.

When Lou hears that a bunch of Chinatown boys have gone missing somewhere deep in the Colorado Rockies she decides to saddle up and head into the wilderness to investigate. Lou fears her particular talents make her better suited to help placate their spirits than ensure they get home alive, but it’s the right thing to do, and she’s the only one willing to do it.

On the road to a mysterious sanatorium known as Fountain of Youth, Lou will encounter bears, desperate men, a very undead villain, and even stranger challenges. Lou will need every one of her talents and a whole lot of luck to make it home alive…

From British Fantasy Award nominee Molly Tanzer comes debut novel Vermilion, a spirited weird Western adventure that puts the punk back into steampunk.


Tell me you don’t want to read this! I am so excited about this book I just pre-ordered a copy from the publisher. Let me know what you’re waiting on:-D

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Posted April 1, 2015 by Tammy in Waiting on Wednesday / 16 Comments


16 responses to “Waiting on Wednesday [143] – VERMILION by Molly Tanzer

    • Tammy

      I agree, the story does have a lot to live up to! One of my favorite covers of the year so far:-D

    • Tammy

      I agree, I do love taking chances on small publishers, especially when the package looks this good:-)

    • Tammy

      I’ve read several westerns with either fantasy or science fiction elements, and they are pretty awesome:-)

    • Tammy

      I am so excited to get my copy:-) I don’t preorder a lot of things, but I’m trying this new publisher and the preordered book is signed by the author, so how can I say no to that?