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’round the webisphere

Posted on: September 30, 2012

I’m in the middle of a bunch of things right now (mostly anthologies and getting over a nasty cold), so no review for you! Instead, here’s some neat stuff happenin’ all over the place, maybe yous wants to check some of it out.


Fantasy Faction has started announcing the shortlisted stories for their anthology. Cover art is coming soon. the editors read over 1700 entries, that’s a lotta slush reading!

I know i’ve mentioned this before, but Catherynne Valente is doing a massive booktour for The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland.  Plenty of stops from Colorado, to Texas, to the Chicago area to New England. Tor has the schedule, as does her website (with a few corrections and updates).

Cory Doctorow is also touring, promoting his newest YA book Pirate Cinema. i’m sure he’d also be willing to answer questions about The Rapture of the Nerds, written with Charles Stross. Are you a librarian, school teacher, or involved with public schools at all? Learn how your institution can get a free copy of Pirate Cinema.

52 Book Reviews has a very in depth interview with Stina Leicht, who I adore, so you should go read more about her.

Remember Choose Your Own Adventure books? I miss them. I guess they grew up to be visual novel computer games?

Epically awesome Adam Savage is doing an AMA on Reddit, like right now.  I love this man.

are you going to read the new J.K. Rowling book, The Casual Vacancy?  Reviews are mixed, and I’ve heard Amazon is having trouble keeping it in stock. maybe she should go back to writing Harry Potter.

A super cool interview with Liu Cixin, a scifi writer from China. Internation scifi? I want more of it! Apex Books to the rescue!

Gail Carriger (of Soulless fame) has a bucket of ARCs  of Etiquette and Espionage, the first book in her new series, to give away.  She’s got a good thing going, that’s for sure!

Will this keep ya’ll busy for a little while, until i can get a review written of Brandon Sanderson’s new novella The Emperor’s Soul?  Also, in personal news, a friend lent me her Kindle, as a suprise.  I’ve figured out how to recharge the battery and nagivate the menus. Other than that, I’ve been rather apprehensive towards it,like it’s going to give me an electric shock or something. yes, i’m being pathetic.


5 Responses to "’round the webisphere"

Thanks for the round of links! I know I should be doing something farm related…. or reading….. But sometimes one needs to websurf for a while.


it’s therapeutic sometimes, isn’t it?


I’ve got a copy of Casual Vacancy and plan to read it. I’m curious to see what Rowling will do outside of the world of Potter. I have a feeling this book will be very polarizing to her fans–some will love it, some will loath it And there won’t be much, if any middle ground.

I am intrigued to see what Carringer comes up with for this new series. I read Soulless and while I found the idea intriguing, the book itself couldn’t figure out if it was a bodice-ripper romance or a steam punk fantasy novel. It kind of abruptly jumped back and forth between the two and that left me not exactly eager to read the rest of the series. I’ve heard that the next couple of books don’t go as much for the bodice-ripping as the first one and I may give them a try at some point. Or just dive in with her new series and see what happens.


polarizing definitely seems to be the response. I’m curious to hear what you think of it. I’m sure it’s a fine novel, it just doesn’t sound like something I’m interested in. She probably feels trapped with HP, but that seems to be what most of her fans want.

I felt the same way about Carriger’s Soulless, and the romance bits were a turn off for me. I think I’m more curious about the Soulless graphic novel than her new series. Who woulda thought that it’s all about presentation? Romance in paperbacks doesn’t thrill me. but romance in comic books? maybe it’s the artwork, but I’ll all over that stuff.


I’m currently reading the new Rowling and while it’s quite enjoyable, it’s as far from Harry Potter as it could be. It’s definitely a book for adults (no graphic sex or anything so far, but still) and more of a cynical society study than an adventure.
Rowling can really write though, so I’m enjoying it, even though much more slowly than I did Harry Potter. 🙂


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