Friday, February 29, 2008

Thursday, February 28, 2008

Thursday genre link round-up.

Because Buddy is squeezed in between me and the draft from the window, and life at this particular moment is warm and fuzzy, you get early morning links. It's just too cold to do anything else.

And in other news, not genre, but funny as hell.
I've been neglecting Fantasybookspot lately, which is not very nice. Lots of worthwhile stuff here including reviews of Breath and Bone by Carol Berg, Last Dragon by J.M McDermott, Dead to Me by Anton Strout, and interviews with Michael Cisco and Charles Stross.

The Bodhisattva reviews Crooked Little Vein by Warren Ellis.

The Book Swede reviews Sharp Teeth by Toby Barlow (which just has the most fantastic cover art) and Wrath of a Mad God by Raymond Feist.

Agony Column reviews Iain M Banks' Matter.

Green Man Review on Brave New Words: The Oxford Dictionary of Science Fiction and Marie Philips' Gods Behaving Badly.

Of Blog on speculative fiction writers of color, a great round-up of titles! Also a great discussion of one of my own favorite writers, China Mieville.

New reviews at SFFWorld include Snake Agent by Liz Williams and Helix by Eric Brown.

Strange Horizons reviews Rome Burning by Sophia McDougall, Swiftly by Adam Roberts, Ragamuffin by Tobias Buckell, Precious Dragon and Bloodmind by Liz Williams, and has a new inteview with Greg Bear.

Pat's Fantasy Hotlist also reviews the new Raymond Feist.

Grasping for the Wind reviews E.E. Knight's Dragon Outcast.

Love Vampires reviews The Outlaw Demon Wails by Kim Harrison and Poltergeist by Kat Richardson.

Milady Insanity interviews Ann Aguirre, author of Grimspace.

NextRead reviews Jack of Ravens by Mark Chadbourn.

Fantasy & Sci Fi Lovin' Book Reviews on Happy Hour of the Damned by Mark Henry, and an interview with the author. (And can I please make a public plea here for you guys to fix your blog so that folks who don't have enormous monitors don't have to scroll sideways to read the reviews? Pretty please?)

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Tuesday night link round-up.

Okay, keeping the format simple these days so I can keep doing the genre link round-ups. They take a lot of time but I do enjoy sharing them with you. So forgive me if there isn't as much commentary going forward:
The Publishing Spot interviews Janice Erlbaum, author of Girlbomb. Not genre but good stuff about making a living as a writer.

At Omnivoracious, Jeff likes The Somnambulist by Jonathan Barnes.

Austin American-Statesman profiles Elizabeth Moon.

The Ditmars shortlist has been announced.

Kansas City Star
on George R.R. Martin's Inside Straight, Carrie Vaughn's Kitty and the Silver Bullet, S.L. Farrell's A Magic of Twilight, and Wastelands, edited by John Joseph Adams. on fanfic. Also, a review of Jo Graham's debut novel Black Ships.

The Telegraph UK on Rick Moody's The Omega Force.

January Magazine on Shadowbridge by Gregory Frost.

Darque Reviews on Whitechapel Gods by S.M (Shawn) Peters. (Peters just sold a new book to editor Jessica Wade at Roc, by the way. And if you haven't read this book, and you love steampunk, then what in heaven's name are you waiting for?) Also, an interview with urban fantasy author Karen MacInerney, as well as a review of her forthcoming book Howling at the Moon.

::: and oh God! taking a quick break to scoop out the litterbox which has suddenly become a health hazard - and we're back! :::

ActuSF has interviews with Michael Moorcock and L.E Modesitt en anglais.

The Aqueduct Press blog interviews Vandana Singh, author of Love and Other Monsters.

Fantasy Book Critic on Heart of Light by Sarah Hoyt, Bone Song by John Meaney, as well as an interview with Jonathan Barnes.

Fabulous new blog discovery Urban Fantasy Land has a review of Anton Strout's debut urban-fantasy-starring-a-boy Dead To Me. (What? No hot chick in leather with a tramp stamp on the cover??? Horrors! What's a dyke to do?!)

Andy Wheeler also discusses Dead to Me.

SF Signal reviews Deep Inside, a collection of fun erotic SF stories by Polly Frost. There's also a review of Hunter's Run by George R.R. Martin, Gardner Dozois and Daniel Abraham.

Sunday, February 24, 2008

Cat toy of choice this week:

Old Chinese coin tied to several ratty pieces of rafia. Buddy has been flinging this thing all over hell and back for the past five days. The weird thing is: I have no idea where it came from or how it got into the apartment.

Hang on another year, little iBook!

Wow, you know your laptop is old and cranky when it literally spits its battery out at you in a fit of pique. I've never actually seen a battery become animated like that before. So either my iBook is pissed off at me, or I have a poltergeist living inside my computer.

(I expect I'll see a query letter about that soon enough.)

Saturday, February 23, 2008

Friday, February 22, 2008

Campaign funds: where do they come from?

You know you've always wanted to know where those campaign fund were coming from, right? Now you can find out. The Huffington Post has a nifty little gadget that lets you type in pretty much anyone's name in the universe and find out not only to which campaign they contributed, but how much.

A few examples:
  • Hugh Hefner = $2,300 to Barack Obama
  • Dean Koontz = $4,600 to Mitt Romney and $2,300 to Fred Thompson
  • Bill Gates = $2,300 to Hillary Clinton and $2,300 to Barack Obama
  • Susan Sarandon = $2,500 to John Edwards, $1,000 to Barack Obama, and $250 to Bill Richardson

Thursday, February 21, 2008

GOP Jesus? Jesus wept!

Brilliant! "Jesus loved the little raptors...all the raptors in the world!"
Daily Kos)

Possibly the funniest thing I have seen in months.

Stuff white people like. No, really. I nearly wet myself laughing at posts like this one:
Music is very important to white people. It truly is the soundtrack to their lives, meaning that white people are constantly thinking about what songs would be on the soundtrack for the biopic. The problem is that most of the music that white people like isn’t really dance-friendly. More often the songs are about pain, or love, or breaking up with someone, or not being able to date someone, or death.

So when white people go to concerts at smaller venues, what to do they do? They stand still! This is an important part of white concert going as it enables you to focus on the music, and it will prevent drawing excess attention to you. Remember, at a concert everyone is watching you just waiting for you to try to start dancing. Then they will make fun of you.

The result is Belle and Sebastian concerts that essentially looks more like a disorganized line of people than a music event.

If you find yourself invited to a concert with a white person, do NOT expect to dance. Prepare yourself for three hours of standing reasonably still. It is also advised to get a beer or (if legal) a cigarette so you have something to do with your hands. Although it is acceptable to occasionally raise one hand and point just above the stage.
You must go read the rest!

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Wednesday genre link round-up.

Well, hell's bells, I've been slipping in my linkity obligations! So sorry! At this point there's probably no catching up so we'll just pretend the past week and half didn't happen. Anyway, I just got home from this shindig, where I consumed far too many little pieces of teriyaki beef on skewers. This is quite possibly because the cater-waiter in charge of the teriyaki beef skewers was stalking me.

He was also stalking actor Robert Vaughan, who was there to promote a memoir. And, geek that I am, all I could think of was "OMG! You were in the classic Roger Corman movie Teenage Caveman in 1958! And you were a total hottie! I bow before you, oh celluloid God of nerdliness!" (Okay, no, of course I didn't say that to him. I restrained myself admirably. But I was thinking it. Because I am a dork.) It is also important to note that everyone at aforementioned shindig was much cuter than I was, but in the end, I had the best Windsor knot.

And here we go:
First off, Del Rey Manga has a blog! You may not have known this as there is no link to the blog on the Del Rey Manga homepage navigation bar. Anywhere. However, if you scroll down and look at the news column, there is a wee little purple link in amidst the text. I actually found the blog quite by accident looking for something else that was not at all manga-related. Hopefully someone will fix that soon and add a HUGE link to the navigation bar because it's a very good blog and it's apparently been up since November sometime.

A Slight Apocalypse looks at The Red Wolf Conspiracy by Robert V.S. Redick.

Warren Ellis and Paul Duffield have teamed up to launch a freaky-wonderful new web comic called Freakangels. It's free!

Fantasy Book Critic reviews Whitechapel Gods by S.M. Peters and The Blue War by Jeffrey Thomas.

Fantasy Debut looks at Debatable Space by Philip Palmer.

VanderMeer has been busy over at Omnivoracious: an interview with skiffy artist extraordinaire John Picacio and editor extraordinaire Ellen Datlow. He also interviews debut novelist J.M. McDermott, author of Last Dragon.

And speaking of John Picacio, Revolution SF is hosting a contest to win one of three signed copies of the eagerly-awaited new Picacio-illustrated Elric: Stealer of Souls by Michael Moorcock. The books are signed by both Picacio and Moorcock. And if you haven't seen the brilliant artwork that Picacio put together for the cover as well as the interior, click the link above for the full set. Just gorgeous stuff!

Love Vampires reviews Raven Hart's The Vampire's Kiss, Midnight Rising by Lara Adrian, and Biting the Bullet by Jennifer Rardin.

Dear Author reviews Iron Kissed by Patricia Briggs.
And now I am too tired to add any more but I promise I will start posting regular link round-ups again!

Pimpin' a former colleague's new book: Audrey, Wait!

Long ago, in the annals of time and space, when Ballantine Books still had their fabulous and much mourned West Coast publicity department, there was a young woman named Robin Benway who worked there. And she was beloved. And then she left to work at Book Soup. And she was beloved there, too. Then she went out and wrote a KICK-ASS young adult novel that made agents and publishers squeeeee with unbridled delight! And now it's getting published! And you need to buy it! COS I SAID SO! [OH MY GOD, WHY AM I WRITING IN ALL CAPS???]

Anyway, here's some jacket copy from Robin's forthcoming future international bestseller, Audrey, Wait!
California high school student Audrey Cuttler dumps self-involved Evan, the lead singer of a little band called The Do-Gooders. Evan writes, “Audrey, Wait!,” a break-up song that’s so good it rockets up the billboard charts. And Audrey is suddenly famous! Now rabid fans are invading her school. People is running articles about her arm-warmers. The lead singer of the Lolitas wants her as his muse. (And the Internet is documenting her every move!) Audrey can’t hang out with her best friend or get with her new crush without being mobbed by fans and paparazzi. Take a wild ride with Audrey as she makes headlines, has outrageous amounts of fun, confronts her ex on MTV, and gets the chance to show the world who she really is.
Audrey, Wait! will be published by Razorbill on April 10th, but you can pre-order yours now. (Or else! Just remember, I outweigh you.)

Sunday, February 17, 2008

At least she wasn't arrested for turnstile jumping.

Georgia - the seven-month old NYC kitten who escaped from her cat carrier at the 59th & Lex station one month ago only to go galloping merrily into the subway tunnel - has finally been rescued! And, apparently it took the combined forces of the MTA, Con-Ed and the NYPD to retrieve the four-pound troublemaker. [Do be sure to read the comment thread. Hilarious!]

"I'm totally gay for America!"

I cannot stop laughing at this. (Via Matt Cheney and Rick Bowes)

Work email fixed. Again.

(Carry on.)

Saturday, February 16, 2008

Email still down. Grrr.

If you sent me any queries or requested partials yesterday between 5:00 PM and, oh, NOW, Eastern Standard Time, please resend to the alternate Gmail account.

I love technology!

Friday, February 15, 2008

Blog housekeeping post.

I am no longer allowing anonymous commenting on the blog. I've been being hit with a lot of spam in the comments field. While I've managed to catch most of it before it gets out of hand, I don't have time to spend my day doing this. I also want the blog to be an enjoyable experience for everyone.

However, those of you with an Open ID can leave comments. Open ID is easy to set up and encompasses pretty much anyone with an LJ, AIM, WordPress, or TypePad ID. Or, of course, anyone with a Gmail account.

Sorry for the inconvenience!

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Quick housekeeping note re yesterday's submissions:

Hey there!

Just a heads up to let you know that if you received a bounce-back yesterday when you tried to submit, you should definitely re-submit today.

However, if you didn't receive a bounce-back, your email was probably sitting on the server and was forwarded to me this morning. I received quite a few delayed queries this morning; I assume they were sitting on the server waiting for that ginormous contract file to move out of their way.

That being said, if you submitted yesterday and haven't heard back from me by tomorrow evening at the latest (let's say 11:00 PM EST, for arguments sake), please feel free to re-query. (Just in case Google ate your email. Hey, it happens!)

Email all fixed. Submit away!

I knew Peter would be up in the wee hours tinkering with computer things. Heh.

Saturday, February 9, 2008

Send La Gringa a Valentine! Or, ya know, hate mail.

Yes, this is a ridiculous holiday completely co-opted by Halllmark and American Greetings, but that doesn't mean you can't have some fun with it. So, if you want to send me a secret message - good or evil - that will only be revealed to me on Valentine's Day, knock yourself out!

My Valentinr - lagringa
Get your own valentinr

Saturday genre link round-up.

My cat Stinkyboy is perched beneath the television set watching birds flitting around the screen on some nature program. He's making that "ack-ack-ack" sound and occasionally leaps up at the screen to attack the pixelated flying things. It's really hilarious!
At the New York Times blog Papercuts, Idjit David Itzkoff strikes again. Did you know that Philip K. Dick wrote a YA novel?

Iain Banks (aka Iain M. Banks) interviewed in the Guardian. There's also a review of his new book Matter.

The Telegraph reviews Matter by Iain Banks.

The Financial Times reviews Miracles of Life: Shanghai to Shepperton, J.G. Ballard's autobiography.

The Times of London has two reviews of the Ballard autobiography: here and here.

The Daily Mail interviews Ballard.

UK SF Book News interviews James Lovegrove on his forthcoming novel Age of Ra.

Agent Andrew Zack explains how publishers make money when their advances don't earn out.

The San Francisco Chronicle reviews Stephen King's Duma Key.

McNally Robinson Books interviews Robert J. Sawyer.

The Los Angeles Times reviews the final volume of the graphic novel Y: The Last Man by Brian K. Vaughan, Pia Guerra and Joshua Marzin Jr.

The Denver Post reviews Pump Six and Other Stories by Paolo Bacigalupi, The Dragons of Babel by Michale Swanwick, and The Unnatural Inquirer by Simon R. Green.

SFFWorld reviews Shadowbridge by Gregory Frost and The Red World Conspiracy by Robert V.S. Redick.

A Slight Apocalypse, a fun new blog I just discovered, reviews Before They Are Hanged and The Blade Itself, both by Joe Abercrombie.

At Omnivoracious, Jeff VanderMeer talks to Joe Nigg about how to raise and keep a dragon. Fer reals, yo.

Smart Bitches reviews The Bleeding Dusk by Colleen Gleason.

At Clarkesworld, Tobias Buckell interviews Cat Valente.

Fantasy Book Critic interviews Felix Gilman, author of Thunderer. There's also a review of The Monsters of Templeton by Laura Groff.

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Wednesday genre link round-up.

Links sans fanfare and snark today.
Tobias Buckell interviews Paul Melko, author of Singularity Ring.

Tim Pratt also interviews Paul Melko.

H/Al Duncan has been drinking a lot of caffeine again, resulting in a couple of excellent (and long) essays: On Narrative, On Genre and Sub-Genre, and A Brief History of Genre.

George R.R. Martin on the Superbowl.

Excellent piece by Charles McGrath in the New York Times on the recent (and ridiculous) distinction between highbrow and lowbrow literature.

M.J. Rose talks about how customer relationship marketing applies to authors.

At Sci Fi Weekly, Paul Witcover reviews Last Dragon by J.M McDermott.

OF Blog also reviews Last Dragon.

Romance Vagabonds has an interview with assistant literary agent Beth Miller of Writers House.

Bookgasm reviews The Somnambulist by Jonathan Barnes.

Book Fetish reviews Dawn's Awakening by Lora Leigh.

In the Spanish village of Nobeljas, the village council is paying children to read books.

Anne of Green Gables turns 100!

New York Magazine reviews Sharp Teeth by Toby Barlow.

New episode of Dykes To Watch Out For!

Episode #520 just posted at Alison Bechdel's blog.

Send an email to your future self!

This is kind of cool. You can read some other people's public future emails here.

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Scientists create sperm from female stem cells.

From the Department of Turkey Basters, this story:
Sperm cells have been created from a female human embryo in a remarkable breakthrough that suggests it may be possible for lesbian couples to have their own biological children.

British scientists who had already coaxed male bone marrow cells to develop into primitive sperm cells have now repeated the feat with female embryonic stem cells.
Read the rest of the article at the Telegraph here.

State appellate court says New York must recognize valid out-of-state same-sex marriages.

Some of you may have missed this New York Times story over the weekend:
A New York appellate court ruled Friday that valid out-of-state marriages of same-sex couples must be legally recognized in New York, just as the law recognizes those of heterosexual couples solemnized elsewhere. Lawyers for both sides said the ruling applied to all public and private employers in the state.

Even though gay couples may not legally marry in New York, the appellate court in Rochester held that a gay couple’s 2004 marriage in Canada must be respected under the state’s longstanding “marriage recognition rule,” and that an employer’s denial of health benefits had discriminated against the couple on the basis of their sexual orientation.
Read the rest of the article here.

Tuesday night genre link round-up.

So, today is:
  1. Pancake Day
  2. Shrove Tuesday
  3. Mardi Gras
  4. Super Tuesday
  5. The day I stubbed my left big toe twice.
  6. The morning after I had a really twisted dream wherein Barack Obama and Hilary Clinton were co-judging a drag contest at the Duplex, a contest that started immediately after the polls closed. If only!
That's a lot of responsibility to pin on one solitary day, doncha think? Yes, I voted. No, I did not make pancakes. However, I made French toast last night for dinner, so I think that counts. Onward to links:
Yesterday's PW featured reviews of On Stranger Tides by Tim Powers (starred review), The Baum Plan for Financial Independence and Other Stories by John Kessel, The Dreaming Void by Peter F. Hamilton, The Lost Ones: Book Three of the Veil by Christopher Golden, Shadow Gate: Book Two of the Crossroads by Kate Elliott, Poison Sleep by T.A (Tim) Pratt, and The Magician and The Fool by Barth Anderson.

Wands and Words reviews Incarceron by Catherine Fisher.

An article from the Guardian from a couple of weeks back that I neglected to post: The new world of the New Weird. (Okay, really, guys? Not so new anymore.)

The Toasted Scimitar takes a very early look at Armed & Magical by Lisa Shearin. (A note to those online reviewers who get copies of ARCs from publishers: Posting a review three months before the pub date isn't really a good idea. There is no book for a consumer to buy should he/she really dig your review. Two or three weeks ahead of pub date might be okay, but the publisher is really hoping that the galley copies they hand out will be reviewed right around the time of publication. Some publishers will take a reviewer out of their database if they continuously post reviews too early. Just something to think about.)

The Genre Files reviews The Red Wolf Conspiracy by Robert V.S. Redick (which Betsy Mitchell at Del Rey just picked up for publication in the U.S. market for six figures, by the way) and Black Magic Woman by Justin Gustainis. Darren also reviews White Night by Jim Butcher and The Last Argument of Kings by Joe Abercrombie.

The Book Swede also looks at The Red Wolf Conspiracy as well as Once Bitten, Twice Shy by Jennifer Rardin.

Andy Wheeler reviews 9Tail Fox by Jon Courtenay Grimwood.

The February issue of Bookslut is online, with reviews of You Must Be This Happy To Enter by Elizabeth Crane as well as an interview with the author, and Apollo's Song by Osamu Tezuka, among others. There's also a new Science Fiction Skeptic column by Paul Kincaid.

Book Fetish reviews Demon Night by Meljean Brook.

Love Vampires reviews Saint City Sinners by Lilith Saint Crow, Half the Blood of Brooklyn by Charlie Huston, and Kitty and the Silver Bullet by Carrie Vaughn.

Baby Crumpet feeds the cats. Hilarity ensues.

Baby Crumpet just loves cats.

Cheeseburger in a can.

Yeah, you read that right.


The origin of blue eyes.

Scientists have discovered that all blue-eyed human beings share a common ancestor. Whoa!

Monday, February 4, 2008

Monday genre link round-up.

Romany is still packing. And singing Christmas carols. And tormenting Stinkyboy with bizarrely accurate cat sounds, sounds that have him following her around the apartment in a state of furry confusion. It seems safer for me to hide in the living room and provide you with links.
Much to catch up on at SF Signal: Reviews of Rollback by Robert Sawyer, The Dreaming Void by Peter F. Hamilton, Hurricane Moon by Alexis Glynn Latner, Wastelands: Stories of the Apocalypse edited by John Joseph Adams, Killswitch by Joel Shephard, Half the Blood of Brooklyn by Charlie Huston, and Debatable Space by Philip Palmer.

Fantasy Book Critic looks at The Somnambulist by Jonathan Barnes and there's a very thorough round-up of forthcoming titles for February.

Fantasy Debut looks at Auralia's Colors by Jeffrey Overstreet as well as an interview with the author, The Legend of the Firefish by George Bryan Polivka, God's Demon by Wayne Barlowe, A Rush of Wings by Adrian Phoenix and an interview with the author, and Across the Face of the World by Russell Kirkpatrick.

Graeme's Fantasy Book Review looks at Whispering Nickel Idols by Glen Cook and Bright of the Sky by Kay Kenyon.

Pat's Fantasy Hotlist also reviews Bright of Sky.

Neth Space discusses The Inferior by Peadar Ó Guilín.

NextRead reviews The Hounds of Avalon by Mark Chadbourne.

At Sci Fi Weekly, Paul Di Filippo reviews Singularity's Ring by Paul Melko. Also, John Joseph Adams has an extended interview with Tim Pratt.

NYC Polling Sites: Let me shows you them.

For those of you living in New York City who - like me - rarely if ever get a piece of paper in the mail telling you where the hell you are supposed to go to vote, this handy website.

You're welcome.

Sunday, February 3, 2008

Sunday night genre link round-up. Abbreviated edition.

I have thirty minutes before I need to boogie on outa here, so a short list of links today:
At Omnivoracious, Jeff VanderMeer interviews Gregory Frost about his new book Shadowbridge. (And Frost has a lot to say about John Clute's bizarre and scathing review of Shadowbridge.)

The New York Times talks about why it takes so long for a manuscript to become a finished book. Good stuff!

Also at the New York Times, Dave Itzkoff reviews China Mieville's Un Lun Dun and InterWorld, co-authored by Michael Reaves and Neil Gaiman. Itzkoff also manages to insult every single YA author in the universe. Idjit.

At the Contra Costa Times, Clay Kallam reviews In the Cities of Coin and Spice by Cat Valente, Thunderer by Felix Gilman, The Merchant's War by Charles Stross, and Linnea Sinclair's Games of Command.

The Guardian UK reviews Halting State by Charles Stross, Debatable Space by Philip Palmer, and Off Armageddon Reef by David Weber.

The Telegraph also reviews Halting State as well as The Margarets by Sheri S. Tepper.

On the importance of naming the editors.

Locus Magazine has just posted their list of recommended reading for 2007. It would be really sweet if they would also list the names of the editors for said books, because if the Hugos are going to continue to award for Long Form Editorial, it might be nice to remind people out there who those editors actually are.

Tor lists the names of the editors in their books; no other publisher does this. In some publishing houses it is even considered bad form to do so. So how exactly will people know who the editors of all those great books are?

How many of you out there know that Anne Groell edited Elizabeth Bear's amazing novel Undertow? Or that Fleetwood Robbins edited the powerful gender-bendy fantasy Maledicte? That Juliet Ulman edited Chris Barzak's lovely debut novel One for Sorrow? That Betsy Mitchell edited Brian Aldiss's paranoid thriller Harm? That Alison Callahan edited Matt Ruff's critically acclaimed Bad Monkeys? That Ginjer Buchanan edited the equally acclaimed Halting State by Charles Stross? That Eloise Flood edited Justine Larbalestier's gorgeous Magic's Child? Note how many Night Shade Book titles are on this list, and now think about the fact that all of these extraordinary books are acquired, edited and published by a two-man operation: Jason Williams and Jeremy Lassen.

Last year Tor editor Patrick Nielsen Hayden won this award. Certainly I mean no disrespect to Patrick by this, but I strongly suspect that he won primarily because most of folks eligible to vote for this Hugo award simply didn't know the names of any of the other fine science fiction and fantasy editors out there.

So this year, let's put a public name to the editors for all these books, shall we? Give them a fighting chance for the Long Form Editorial Award? I can put editor names to some of these books, but not all of them. If anyone out there can, please email me your list and I'll post it here.

Oh, by the way: The Swivet has a real domain name now.

Yup. Because nobody can ever remember the "blogspot" bit.
(You're welcome)

Saturday, February 2, 2008

Saturday afternoon genre links.
The under-caffeinated version.

Still catching up on the things I've got bookmarked from this past month. More links for you!
Strange Horizons reviews Dangerous Offspring by Steph Swainston, Mindscape by Andrea Hairston, Bad Blood by Rhiannon Lassiter, Blood Engines by T.A. Pratt, One for Sorrow by Chris Barzak, Ink by H/Al Duncan and In the Cities of Coin and Spice by Cat Valente (a joint review), The Awakened Mage by Karen Miller, Stealing Light by Gary Gibson, Till Human Voices Wake Us by Mark Budz, and The Red Men by Matthew de Abaitua.

SF Site has new reviews of Queen of Candesce by Karl Schroeder, A Companion to Wolves by Elizabeth Bear and Sarah Monette, First Among Sequels by Jasper Fforde, Ice, Iron & Gold by S.M. Stirling, The Wannoshay Cycle by Michael Jasper, Thief With No Shadow by Emily Gee and many more.

The February issue of SFRevu is up, with new reviews of Whitechapel Gods by S.M. Peters (I read this as a manuscript last year; it's really amazing for a debut novel and an extraordinary work of steampunk), Ysabel by Guy Gavriel Kay, Dust by Elizabeth Bear, A Rush of Wings by Adrian Phoenix, Bone Song by John Meaney, Now You're One of Us by Asa Nonami, Seekers of the Chalice by Brian Cullen, The Execution Channel by Ken Macleod, Victory Conditions by Elizabeth Moon, The Red Wolf Conspiracy by Robert V.S. Redick and many more.

I missed the January issue of SF Revu, but there were some good reviews up, among them: Best American Fantasy edited by Ann & Jeff VanderMeer and Matt Cheney, Troy: Shield of Thunder by the late David Gemmell, The Princes of the Golden Cage by Nathalie Mallet, Iron Kissed by Patricia Briggs, Gentleman of the Road by Michael Chabon, Dragon Outcast by E.E. Knight, Firstborn by Stephen Baxter and Arthur C. Clarke, Airman by Eoin Colfer, and lots more!

At the Agony Column, Rick Kleffel also talks about Whitechapel Gods. (And I am really serious, kids - this is the book I am going to keep pestering you to buy, like I did with Shadowbridge by Greg Frost. Whitechapel Gods is special and I think S.M Peters is going to go places. You heard it here first.)
That's all you get for today. I'm heading off to the Met, and then a comedy show with House Guest and somewhere in there I need to remember to pick up cat food.

Friday, February 1, 2008

And more Friday genre links. Because I can.

Because it's raining and there is nothing good on television, you get an extra set of links today.
CA Reviews looks at The Vampire of New York by Lee Hunt.

At Clarkesworld, Richard Bowes discusses why he likes writing but hates being a writer.

SFF World reviews The Dragons of Babel by Michael Swanwick, War Machine by Andy Remic, Blood Rites by Jim Butcher, Matter by Iain M. Banks, and Killswitch by Joel Shepherd. There are also new interviews with Gary Wassner, J.V. Jones, Patrick Rothfuss, and a round-robin interview with George R.R. Martin and the rest of the Wild Card authors.

At the Independent, ten writers discuss novels written that never made it into print.

At the Green Man Review, some of our favorite skiffy folks share their favorite music. Check out what Kage Baker, Ellen Datlow, Andy Wheeler, Elizabeth Bear and Liz Hand have been listening to.

At Omnivoracious, Jeff VanderMeer talks to Brandon Sanderson about how he is preparing himself to finish Robert Jordan's beloved Wheel of Time series.

John Klima reviews The Somnambulist by Jonathan Barnes.

Sci Fi Chick also reviews The Somnambulist. She also reviews The Blue-Haired Bombshell by John Zakour.

Graeme's Fantasy Book Review interviews Jeffrey Overstreet, author of Auralia's Colors. There's also a new review of the first Terry Brooks graphic novel, Dark Wraith of Shannara.

Grasping for the Wind reviews Poison Study by Maria Snyder.

Pat's Fantasy Hotlist has a new interview with James Barclay, author of Shout for the Dead.

Sci Fi Weekly reviews Prime Time by David Memmott.

Friday morning genre link round-up.

Is it wrong that I would rather nap with the cats than put my clean laundry away? While I ponder this, I shall point you toward links.
A year after his death, The Wall Street Journal profiles British fantasy writer David Gemmell. (David was one of the nicest men that I ever had the pleasure to work with; if you like evocative, muscular fantasy writing and complex, sympathetic characters you should go out right now and buy a copy of Sword in the Storm.)

CA Reviews
looks at Darkling by Yasmine Galenorn and The Unnnatural Inquirer by Simon R. Green.

Discover Magazine lists 20 things you didn't know about sci-fi (but I'm guessing more than half of you actually did).

UK SF Book News interviews Sarah Ash about her new book Tracing the Shadow.

In the New York Times, actor Bill Hayder recommends some books he loves: Nine Hundred Grandmothers by R.A. Lafferty, Heart Shaped Box by Joe Hill, Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham, and Books of Blood by Clive Barker.

The Times of London reviews A Science Fiction Omnibus, edited by Brian Aldiss.

Fantasy Book Critic reviews The Dragon's Nine Sons by Chris Roberson.

At the Austin Chronicle, Rick Klaw reviews The Somnambulist by William Barnes.

NextRead looks at Debatable Space by Philip Palmer.

The Truth About Books reviews Bad Monkeys by Matt Ruff, and interviews the author.

VOYA gives Margo Lanagan's Red Spikes a rave review.

Future Perfect Publishing discusses the dark mystery of Amazon sales rankings. There's also a great post about how to do a blog tour for your book. (You really should be reading this blog on a regular basis.)