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A great bookish, bloggish weekend

Posted on: August 11, 2013

It’s been a pretty awesome weekend so far.

Friday evening I got to be all loquacious as victim number one in Larry’s “interview other bloggers” series at the OF Blog. He asked some interesting questions, beyond the usual “what books do you like?” easies.  We talked about the Hugo Awards, William Shatner, geeky suddenly being cool, and beating dead horses while in a room crammed with white elephants. I can’t believe he let prattle on that long, I swear I never talk that much! It was a good time, and I hope Larry has many more bloggers lined up for this project.

and then on Saturday? On Saturday I got to see Jim Hines at a booksigning for his newest novel, Codex Born! Squeeee!   He talked a bit about the series, where it’s going, that due to some other projects he’s got going on we’ll have to wait at least a year and a half for the 3rd book, and that he promises not to kill off Smudge, everyone’s favorite pyro-spider.  There was talk of autistic cats, and the proper care and feeding of scowling preteens, and snowstorms. it was wonderfully casual.

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Instead of reading from Codex Born, he read a short story instead, one he wrote for the upcoming Unidentified Funny Objects 2 anthology. I wish I could remember the name of the short story, titled Stranger vs. the Malevolent Malignancy (thanks Jim!) it was fucking brilliant.  Inspired by the real-time writings of author friend Jay Lake as he fights stage four cancer, Hines wrote a story story about exactly that: A superhero who has cancer.  It wasn’t an easy story to listen to.  No one knew what to say afterwards.  Cancer is a total fucking buzzkill.  but the story?  damnit, but it was funny. like, laugh out loud oh-god-I-shouldn’t-be-laughing-but-it’s-so-funny Funny.   so we laughed. and then we clapped.  and then many books were autographed and photos were taken.

Isn't that cover art gorgeous? shhhh!  don't tell anyone I grabbed extra bookmarks.

Isn’t that cover art gorgeous? shhhh! don’t tell anyone I grabbed extra bookmarks.

And I psyched myself up to ask Jim Hines if I could do a special littly bloggy project with Libriomancer, and he said it sounded cool, So now i gotta psych myself up to actually do it.

So when I have more details, I’ll let ya know!

Along with a signed copy of Codex Born, I bought The Melancholy of Mechagirl by Catherynne M. Valente and Bitter Seeds by Ian Tregillis. You know I loves me some Valente short fiction, and the Tregillis has been on my radar for ages.


And then Saturday night i went on a dinner date with the hubby.  the food was just so-so, but my date was adorable.


19 Responses to "A great bookish, bloggish weekend"

I want to read the super hero cancer story! Hats off that the author used a buzz kill topic and made it humorous and digestable. 🙂


Stacy, next time there’s a cool author event at Kazoo, I’m taking you! We both of us need to keep an eye out for that anthology, I heard the first Unidentified Funny Objects volume was pretty awesome.


I look forward to doing that. Thanks!


I look forward to going to an author event with you! Love that kind of stuff, and you pay attention more to what is out there. Thanks! 🙂


So glad you could make it yesterday! And as you saw, I have trouble remembering the title of the story sometimes myself 🙂

It’s “Stranger vs. the Malevolent Malignancy.”


thanks!! I knew “Stranger” was in the title, and the rest is a total tongue twister.


I can’t wait to see what you think of Ian Tregillis’ stuff. I LOVED his series….


this morning the book choice was between Privilege of the Sword by Ellen Kushner, or Bitter Seeds. I couldn’t resist the Kushner, but may still end up read the Tregillis this week alongside.

How many books are in the series?


Finished Codex Born over three days (fast for me). Jim is such a fun writer.


i can’t wait to start reading it!


Oooooooooooh! A new Cat Valente novel! Totally saw your post then immediately impulse-bought it off Amazon. 🙂


I didn’t realize tho, it’s got reprints of Silently and Very Fast and Fade to White. Stories I’ve read from other collections. but on the plus side, Melancholy of Mecha-Girl is just a regular print (not a special edition) so it’s affordable!


What a fun weekend! Very happy for you, it sounds like a special one. I was thinking of you the other day when I bought a copy of The Melancholy of Mecha-girl. It is on my bedside table right now and I’ve cracked into it a bit. Hope to get back to it this week.


How are you liking the Valente?

I’m a very lucky girl. Lots of indie bookstores around here, so lots of bookish events that are an easy drive.


Loved your interview. The perspective from someone even deeper in The Community is fascinating.


it’s great when authors talk about their books, but it’s even better when they talk about their friendships with other authors, and their experiences in the publishing world and the scifi/fantasy community. LOVE it!!


This sounds amazing. And, I would say that I’m really looking forward to your bloggy piece with Hines – but, I won’t be able to as I’m striking you off my blogs! You keep adding to my TBR and this weekend it toppled over and the butterfly effect caused a small earthquake on the opposite side of the world. So that’s, it. I can’t stand the guilt of all these books. I’m packing my spotted hanky and going to live on a small island with all my remaining unread books. I’ll speak to you again in about 20 years.
Lynn 😀
Actually I still have to read Libriomancer! And another stack topples to the ground…..


i heart you!!!

so um, this totally awesome review I finally finished the other night for a book I’m not supposed to talk about yet? (nope, not *that* one, a different one!) I won’t post it for a little while, because I care.


Always thinking, that’s you!! And now I’m super intrigued and nosey!! What is this book you speak of? I’ll be your slave for a day!! I’ll send you cake (or beer!) Just tell me!! I hate suspense…. drums fingers.


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