WWW: January 19, 2011

Today I’ve got robot heads, zombies, and no less than two Pat Rothfuss links. That’s right the bearded one is twice linked below, go ahead and count ’em. Hope you all enjoy, and don’t hesitate to leave a comment or two. 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 as a comment below. Let’s get started:

1) Walking Dead tops Graphic Novel Charts: We’re living in the Zombie era at the moment. The groaning shamblers are everywhere, and they are making millions.

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2) Phillip K. Dick’s Robotic Head: I have only one question… Does it dream of electric sheep?

3) Best SFF of the Decade: Well at least according to the Tor readers. Some really good ones on that list. My TBR list just grew some more.

4) Hard to Love: James Knapp wrote an interesting blog on the relationships between characters and their readers. Personally I need a character to be emotionally engaging. It’s ok if I hate them and want them to die, but I need to feel something for them. Morally obtuse or “grey” characters will often lose my interest quickly.

5) Rewritten after publication?: A selection of books that were re-released after being re-written. Some of these were kind of surprising.

fantasy book reviews science fiction book reviews6) Signed copies of Wise Man’s Fear: Where, when and how to get one… and for charity.

7) Publisher to decide Borders fate: This is a topic near and dear to me. You see I have serious love for Borders Books. I do not have any independent book sellers remotely close to my locale, so Borders is where I go. Borders also has kick-ass coupons. I’m not kidding. Barnes and Nobles will send me these laughable 10% off a selection of books they choose. Borders on the other hand regularly sends 33%-50% off any item in the store. I am cheap, and when you read as much as I do, it can become a real expense. Coupons aside, this is a major retailer that is on the verge of biting the dust. If Borders were to sink I would essentially have B&N as a my only brick and mortar book store, and they suck (at least my local one does). I hope Borders convinces the publishers to cut them some slack and they can restructure their business model successfully.

8) Hey, if you like us, we’re up for Preditors & Editors Best Review Site. Won’t you please click the link and vote for Fantasy Literature?

Author Chum

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In this section I’ll post bits and pieces of news from various fantasy authors:

That wraps it up for this week. Thank you for joining me! Feel free to post your own news links in the comments below, or submit them to me for next week via the contact form.


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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. Haha, I feel the same way about Borders vs. B&N. Their coupons are too good and you don’t have to pay for membership to get them. Although I have found that on the whole B&N has a bit better SFF section than Borders, but not enough to convince me to buy anything there.

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