WWW: October 19, 2011

I’ve gathered a few interesting tidbits from around the web. Be sure to let me know if you find something interesting you think everyone should read, by dropping me a line via the contact form, or just post it below. Let’s get started:

fantasy book reviews science fiction book reviews1) Books-A-Million snubs DC Comics: Not sure how I feel about this one. I can certainly see where these big stores are coming from, but something about it feels kind of icky. Exclusive deals is something B&N and BAM do all the time. Seems like sour grapes to pitch a fit when Amazon does it.

2) 10 Words that Came from Science Fiction, Not Science.: Io9 always has fun articles like this.

3) Atwood Pilots New Reading Technology: Margaret Atwood‘s new book is made of 36% straw plus 64% recycled paper which makes it 100% nifty.

4) British Fantasy Award Chair Steps Down: There is definitely some controversy around the BFA this year. Hopefully this will put an end to a lot of it, and they can move on.

5) A Drible of Ink Features King of Thorns Cover Art: I’m with Aidan on this one. Something about this cover makes me really want to read this book. Though I’m not a huge fan of books revealing major plot advances in their title.

6) Gone Reading: A charity that focuses on providing books to those that do not have access to them. It’s difficult to imagine that illiteracy and general access to books is still a big issue, but it is. Here’s how you can help.

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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. Justin- the Prince of Thorns isn’t revealing as far as I can figure. “thorns” is really more symbolic than anything else. That is a most awesome cover For King of Thorns though. Almost makes me regret buying the first book in Kindle edition instead of a physical book.

  2. I like the Prince of Thorns cover, though!

  3. In regards to Books-A-Millions snubbing DC; Remember Macmillan demanding Amazon charge more for the Kindle versions of their books. Amazon tried to snub them too, but they make just too many books for that to last. But I’ve read what some authors have said about that and I kinda understand both sides of that argument.

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