Well, considering that it was a long holiday weekend in which I accomplished nothing, I kind of expected the rest of the world to be lolling around on their Mom’s couches too. But they weren’t. The first news is that the GoodReads Choice awards have been announced, with almost 2 million votes. The Ocean at the End of the Lane won the fantasy category, which is fun because people keep trying to label it as a “kid’s” book. Even more entertainingly, Atwood won the science fiction category with MaddAddam. This is awesome because she’s been very vocal about how nobody should call Her Great Literature “science f... Read More
There wasn't a ton of action this week on the prize and list-making front, possibly because the entire commercial world is sliding into that pit of shame and horror that we call Black Thursday. That said, the British Science Fiction Award is now open for nominations, and I recently found the monthly book drop at Geek Exchange, which helpfully lists the important speculative fiction releases for the month. Oh, and here’s an all-time list of the best horror stories ever.
But there were about a bajillion (that’s a metric gazillion) interesting and awesome articles about the books we all love so much. First up, in honor of the release of the very well-received Catch... Read More
On this, my inaugural Websday address, I’m pleased to say that the interwebs have risen to the occasion and provided me with a veritable sea of links for you all. First, in prize-giving news, we’re now in the final round of Goodreads Reader’s Choice Award, which is primarily useful as a book-recommending tool. The SFWA is now accepting nominations for the Nebula Award, although it’s a members-only affair, and Analog’s Award Ballot is also up. Finally, Tor.com offers some thoughts on the Women’s Prize for Fiction, and why the SFF community rarely gets within spitting distance of it.
My favorite of the... Read More
November means that it’s already the time of year when “year’s best books” lists start getting published. Publishers Weekly is the first out of the gate, with suggestions in many categories. Amazon has its lists out, too (including this list of the best Kindle books of the year). And so does Romantic Times, with many categories that deal with fantasy literature (scroll down. . . keep scrolling. . . there you are!). And various Read More
Here’s a cool Kickstarter: a Joe R. Lansdale novella with illustrations by Santiago Caruso. Lots of nice goodies for supporters, and a gorgeous project. The Kickstarter is in its last few days, and doesn’t have far to go to get over the top, so go see what you can do!
The winners of the World Fantasy Awards have been announced.
The winners of the British Fantasy Awards have been announced.
If you’re looking for something spooky to read for Halloween, John DeNardo has some suggestions. The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror 24, edited by Stephen Jones, just landed in this house last week, so I’m all set.
It’s good news for Americans that Jo Fletcher Books is moving into the American market; I’ve been drooling over books put out by this publisher for some time now, and being able to get my hands on great British fiction makes me one happy reader. Jo Fletcher explains the publishing house’s decision in a great intervie... Read More
The Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Association has named its 2013 Aurora Award winners. Top honors for best novel go to Tanya Huff for The Silvered.
Neil Gaiman’s novel Neverwhere has been banned by a New Mexico school after a single complaint about its alleged “sexual innuendos and harsh language.” I’ve read the novel, and had no such reaction to it at all. In fact, I’d think that Read More
For your daily dose of pretty: Many of you probably remember the series of painting of Disney princesses in historically accurate clothing. Well, the same talented artist, Claire Hummel has started doing the Disney villains, and look at her first offering. Maleficient. Gorgeous. Click through for a bigger image and to see the rest of the series.
Coulson lives. Coulson lives!! I'm pretty sure that this is the equivalent of the Marvel fandom pulling an "I believe in fairies!" moment. Also, here's the full trailer for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Which authors write the best action sequences?
The nominees for this year's ... Read More
The very polarizing THOMAS COVENANT series by Stephen R. Donaldson is getting its final installment. Check out the recently released cover art (I think that's a John Jude Palencar cover, though it isn't credited) and read a chapter here.
If you haven't signed up for the Orbital Drop newsletter, you should. They send out an email once a month with their e-book of the month for sale. This month is Daniel Abraham's The Dragon's Path Read More
Free YA audio books to listen to this summer including The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater, Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers, and Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll.
A great video discussing the controversy surrounding Orson Scott Card and the reaction to him writing Superman comics. Basically, does it matter if the artist creating something you like is "a dick"?
Rachel Rostad's slam poem "To JK Rowling, from Cho Chang," disc... Read More
The new teaser trailer for Catching Fire is out. I am loving that they don't show the arena at all. People who haven't read the books are going to be surprised!
Also, the final trailer for Star Trek: Into Darkness is out. MMMmmmm, such a pretty movie.
Are you behind on your reading? Well, here's something else to make you fall even further behind: A serialized novel where each chapter is a different fairy tale! "Tickling Butterflies is an epic fantasy made out of 128 separate fairy tales that can be read independently (supposedly) but together weave one epic fairy tale about its main character, from his birth to his (perhaps) death," according to Guy Hasson. You can dive in here.
Tor.uk is offering up the first few chapters of Read More
Smeagol sings Mad World.
Neil Gaiman is more influential than Kim Jong Un.
What happened to the third acorn? Warwick Davis on Willow.
A beautiful fantasy short illustrated film. Dragons and wizards and true love.
Portrait of the Book As Golem, a poem by Jane Yolen, in honor of National Poetry Month.
Science fiction and fantasy books kids should be reading in school, Read More
Whaaaat? It's April already?
One more reason why libraries are awesome.
Rithmatist Sweepstakes. So looking forward to this book.
You can vote for the manliest of man covers over at Baen. Though one of the choices appears to be a feline. I think I'm opting for the Space BeeGee, myself.
An interview with Lady Trent, famed dragon naturalist.
Flying in Place is on sale as an e-book for $2.99. Our Terry says, "I have to give this one... Read More
io9 is hosting a March Madness tournament to decide which TV science-fiction franchise is the greatest.
Middle Earth is having their own March Madness. Will Frodo upset Sauron?
And if you have no idea what March Madness is all about, here's a video that explains it using Star Wars.
io9 also tells up about a project that generated reading lists based on your Hogwarts house, complete with photos of the bookshelves.
The women over at The Book Smugglers posted the results for their Read More