WWW: April 20, 2011

World Wide Wednesday has returned. Sorry for the hiatus, being a secret agent makes my schedule a little hectic. There is only so many exploding shoes and smoking hot lady ninjas a guy can fit in a day. It’s been a busy news week so I won’t keep you any longer. In the coming weeks, if you find something interesting you think everyone should read, drop me a line via the contact form and let me know, or just post it below. Let’s get started:

fantasy book reviews science fiction book reviews1) American Gods series in the works?: I know many will wish my face to melt when I say this, but American Gods is way over rated. I liked it, don’t get me wrong. The level of adoration this book has doesn’t seem justified. Gaiman has much better stuff than this.I do admit it will make a great TV show or movie.

1) A horrible NewYorker article about George R.R. Martin and his horrible impatient scumbag fans: Legions of impatient Martin fans find happiness in ruining their favorite author’s day/life.fantasy book reviews science fiction book reviews

2) An articulate well reasoned response to the above article, written by a impatient scumbag fan: Well, the nerve of this fan. He’s a fan and he sounds so reasonable and…. and… nice? But what about the New Yorker article? I’m so confused.

3) Pern goes to Hollywood: This will be terrible.

fantasy book reviews science fiction book reviews4) Win a Steam-punk Kindle from Angry Robot: OK they got me… this is pretty nifty.I’m looking forward to seeing the entries.

5) Here there be dragons: Oh boy…

6) Jeff VanderMeer compiles a list of quality international Fantasy and Science Fiction: Jeff has compiled a nice list of his favorite international speculative fiction.

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JUSTIN BLAZIER (on FanLit's staff September 2009 – September 2012) Like many fantasy enthusiasts, Justin cut his teeth on Tolkien. Due to lack of space, his small public library would often give him their donated SFF books. Justin lives in a small home near the river with his wife, their baby daughter, and Norman, a mildly smelly dog. He doesn't have much time for reviewing anymore, but he still shows up here occasionally to let us know how he feels about stuff.

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  1. I’m of mixed emotions on American Gods. It’s not my favorite of Gaiman’s work by a long shot, and it left me in kind of a gray mood, but I do like the snippets of Americana in it. In one scene I can tell he must have, while researching it, driven about 3 miles from my hometown, because I recognized what he was describing. :D

  2. No denying Gaiman is a great writer, but I just didn’t dig American Gods all that much either.

  3. What annoyed me about American Gods is that it had so much potential to be brilliant. Then it wasn’t.

  4. I didn’t get all the American Gods love either. He has much better books.

  5. Anansi Boys, which is in the same universe was a better read.

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