First: I've neglected to post this because apparently I am a bad friend to all and sundry; indeed, an all-around shitty human being (or so I've been told an awful lot lately). So, here (belatedly) is a link to Rampant Biblioholism, a new blog kept by Peggy Hailey, confirmed book geek, book editor for Revolution SF and book buyer for indie bookstore BookPeople in Austin, Texas.
It's confirmed: The newly-svelte and spectacle-free Peter Jackson will be directing the film adaptation of The Hobbit for New Line Features; nerds everywhere have a new-found purpose to their lives. (Unfortunately, there will also be a sequel to The Hobbit, something the world does not need. Ever.) Anyway, here's the official Hobbit Movie Blog.
Publishers Weekly has a great Q&A with Ben Peek, author of Black Sheep.
At Omnivoracious, Jeff VanderMeer interviews Michael Boatman, author of the short story collection God Laughs When You Die. (He also laughs when you get turned down for a job, but that's not in the book.) VanderMeer also ambushes La Gringa's good pal Dave Keck, author of In the Eye of Heaven.
Writer Unboxed discusses whether you should query an agent during the holidays.
Phillip Pullman is writing a new novel set in the world of His Dark Materials.
Book Fetish reviews The Terror by Dan Simmons.
At Sci Fi Weekly, Paul Di Filippo reviews Metal Swarm by Kevin J. Anderson.
At SF Signal, a new Mind Meld column asks how the internet has impacted bookselling. Participants include Andrew Wheeler; authors Tobias Buckell, David Louis Edelman and Matthew Jarpe; and publisher Lou Anders.
SFX has reviews of The Escapement by K.J. Parker and The Family Trade by Charles Stross. (Via SF Signal)
French SF/F website ActuSF has an interview with Richard Paul Russo en anglais.
Neth Space reviews Shadowbridge by Gregory Frost. Ken also profiles his top eleven reads for 2007, an eclectic list. Check it out!
Fantasy Book Critic looks at Dust by Elizabeth Bear and Thunderer by Felix Gilman.
Legal podcast site Concurring Opinions interviews George R. R. Martin about the idea of law in fantasy novels. Fascinating!
Non-Ephemera reviews The Mirador by Sarah Monette.
Sarah Reese Brennan (aka The Woman Who Will Be The Next J.K. Rowling - you heard it here first!) reviews Un Lun Dun by China Mieville and Dragonhaven by Robin McKinley.
Justine Musk has posted the opening chapter for her forthcoming novel Lord of Bones, the sequel to Blood Angel (one of La Gringa's favorite reads of last year). About damned time, lady!
Pat's Fantasy Hotlist reviews Inside Straight, edited by George R.R. Martin.
The Genre Files recommends Dusk and Dawn by Tim Lebbon.
At Fantasy Magazine, Paula Guran rounds up her favorite reads of the past year, including Acacia by David Anthony Durham, Mainspring by Jay Lake, Un Lun Dun by China Mieville, Generation Loss by Liz Hand, and more.
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
I am surrounded by snoring felines, and can't escape, so I may as well do a link round-up. (Really, Buddy-cat has a prodigious snore.)