Now that you have my itinerary for the whole day. . .
First off, La Gringa would like to wish a very happy birthday to my dear pal China Mieville. I hope you had a splendid Buffy marathon surrounded by friends and loved ones. Chin up, my friend. Okay, then, onward. . .
Ellen Datlow has a new blog!
Jeff VanderMeer looks forward to the day when Margaret Atwood is just a brain in a jar. (And, really, who doesn't?)
Timmi Duchamp interviews Cat Rambo.
At UK SF Book News, Ariel interviews Gollancz editor Simon Spanton.
At the Washington Post, Joel Garreau profiles William Gibson.
SF Signal reviews A Betrayal in Winter by Daniel Abraham, and Shift by Chris Dolley.
Cherie M. Priest shares some wonderful "Things I've Learned Since My First Book Got Published" - well worth a click!
Fantasy Book Critic has an interview with Mark J. Ferrari, author of The Book of Joby.
And some Publishers Weekly reviews from their September 3rd issue:
- The River Horses by Allen Steele: "Steele's intimate stand-alone novella of the frontier planet of Coyote chronicles the redemptive journey of two colony exiles, adding a brilliant brushstroke to the already vast and vivid canvas of the Coyote saga (Coyote, etc.). . . ith a sophistication reminiscent of some of the genre's greatest visionaries, Steele has created a must-read for anyone who enjoys thought-provoking SF; those new to the series, however, may not fully appreciate this memorable story, which relies heavily on the context of the other books. (Nov.)"
- Gentlemen of the Road by Michael Chabon : * Starred Review * "Pulitzer Prize winner Chabon recreates 10th-century Khazaria, “the fabled kingdom of wild red-haired Jews on the western shore of the Caspian Sea,” in this sprightly historical adventure. . . Gary Gianni's elegant illustrations, a cross between Vierge's art for Don Quixote and Brundage's Weird Tales covers, perfectly complement the historical adventure. A significant change from Chabon's weightier novels, this dazzling trifle is simply terrific fun. (Oct.)"
- When All Seems Lost by William C. Dietz: "The seventh Legion of the Damned novel (after 2004's For Those Who Fell) continues the unapologetically brutal military SF saga with a pedal-to-the-metal plot jam-packed with intrigue, deep space adventure and futuristic combat. . . Blending hardcore military fiction with elements of sociological science fiction à la Alan Dean Foster's Commonwealth saga, this adrenaline-fueled Clancyesque adventure is Dietz in top form. (Oct.)"
- Ha'penny by Jo Walton: "This provocative sequel to acclaimed alternate history Farthing (2006) delves deeper into the intrigue and paranoia of 1940s fascist Great Britain. . . World Fantasy Award–winner Walton masterfully illustrates how fear can overwhelm common sense, while leaving hope for a resurgence of popular bravery and an end to dictatorial rule. (Oct.)"
- Devices and Desires: The Engineer Trilogy, Book One by K.J. Parker: "Parker (the Scavenger trilogy) raises the bar for realistic fantasy war craft with this series opener. . . It takes some hard slogging to get through assiduously researched technical descriptions of everything from dressing a duke to hunting a boar, and a few too many coincidences and expository speeches mar Parker's otherwise exquisite feat of literary engineering. (Oct.)"
- The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror 2007, edited by Ellen Datlow, Kelly Link and Gavin Grant: *Starred Review* "In the two decades since this venerable series was inaugurated, so many venues have begun to welcome horror and fantasy stories that these dedicated editors play a crucial role in bringing the best new works to fans who don't always read far afield. . . As the line between fantasy and horror blurs, this combined presentation of their exemplars will give readers of both genres much to enjoy, and may even broaden a few horizons. (Oct.)"
- 1634: The Bavarian Crisis by Eric Flint: "The intricacies of Habsburg family relations make surprisingly fascinating reading in the latest episode in Flint's saga of a 20th-century West Virginia town transported mysteriously to 17th-century Europe. . . It is especially refreshing to read an alternate history that doesn't depend upon the clash of anachronistic arms, but rather on how modern ideas of human rights, education, sanitation and law might have affected the Europe of the 30 Years War. (Oct.)"