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Book loon. Occasional llama.
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Prince of Fools has a really strong moral compass, the question is whether or not its hero has the fortitude to follow it. Continue reading
Posted 4 hours ago at Pornokitsch
Amazon in gas stations, measuring the value of culture, luxury, social commerce and Emma Stone. Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Pornokitsch
We're at Nine Worlds! Come do sex games with us! And talk about marketing! Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Pornokitsch
>I could see how that could take the fun out of the style of his story. I completely agree. I think it was the right decision as well. You bond with the characters immediately (and start laughing at their jokes shortly after) - I think we would've lost that if they were all talking in a faux-authentic way. It just made the whole thing more fun! (I did do a double-take when Dug referred to something as 'problematic', but that then made me laugh as well.) (Good review, by the way! - Here it is for anyone else that might wander along -
Toggle Commented 5 days ago on Age of Iron by Angus Watson at Pornokitsch
There's a long tradition of Tolkienesque, quasi-literary fantasy books with transcendental aspirations and minute attention to detail. But Age of Iron ain't one of them. Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Pornokitsch
Yes! Finding SMH on Sequential was pretty amazing - I'm now moseying back and picking up some of the older titles and adaptations. The thing that's sitting there, staring at me, is Love & Rockets. I've never read it and, boy, it is... there. Waiting for me. Waiting.
We're looking for artists! Please spread the word. Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Pornokitsch
A new report on piracy provides a lot of expected and unexpected figures. Plus, winning arguments, homesickness and the resurgence of D&D. Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2015 at Pornokitsch
"It would be easy to fool myself into thinking this book was stealthily awesome. But that's not the book I read." Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2015 at Pornokitsch
My knowledge of Westerns in the US is pretty hazy - but when I was working in a Barnes & Noble as a teen, the Western section was about two (hidden) shelves, and entirely Louis L'Amour and Zane Grey. I've not read more than, like, two L'Amour novels. And they were pretty... traditional. That said, maybe he had, like, an Ed McBain thing going on, where his books shifted over time to reflect the trends in the genre? Or something? What do you think?
Toggle Commented Jul 22, 2015 on The Western isn't dead... at Pornokitsch
Ok, so one thing that always amazes me about the Western is how it has evolved genre. But this is a genre that started as sort of... contemporary adventure fiction. Went through a revisionist phase. Then went back to traditional (Old Man). Then went revisionist again (say, Edge) and then post-revisionist (say, I dunno, Nunslinger). And, at the same time, diffused throughout every other genre - as Stark notes, Western themes and tropes all got picked up by everything from lit-fic to romance to SF to fantasy to horror to... whatever. That's just such a complicated evolution for a genre. By the time Tolkien was writing LotR, the Western was already about sixteen steps into its life cycle. I think that's amazing. I feel we should study the Western because it is a type of commercial genre fiction that, like the romance, is old and we should be able to learn from its changes. It is something that started a genre, became an aesthetic style and currently exists as a theme. Or something like that. Kind of amazing. (Plus, the Western as an object became a thing at some point - I mean, if you see someone reading a Western in a book or a film, you immediately know that character, the good and the bad. For a genre that barely exists as a 'pure' genre, it has immense cultural presence.)
Toggle Commented Jul 21, 2015 on The Western isn't dead... at Pornokitsch
I may have made that! Maybe. Possibly? That sounds more coherent than any point I've ever made.
Toggle Commented Jul 21, 2015 on The Western isn't dead... at Pornokitsch
Blogging, Bullying, Becky, Bex and, uh, Kim Kardashian. Continue reading
Posted Jul 18, 2015 at Pornokitsch
If Stephen King and Stanley Kubrick agree, it is probably a damn good movie. Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2015 at Pornokitsch
The Emperor's Blades is built on the long-standing traditions of the fantasy genre. This is what makes it so much fun and so incredibly successful. It tells us a story that we already know and love. And it does so excellently. Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2015 at Pornokitsch
Diversity in publishing, piracy, Heavy Metal and other clickbaity topics. Plus, Pornokitsch people are everywhere! Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2015 at Pornokitsch
They already got a shout out a few months ago - I'm afraid Rat Queens has the unfortunate problem of being not Red Sonja. A good title that has the misfortunate of existing alongside a brilliant one.
Jared picks five comics that may be 'breathtaking works of sequential genius'. Or not. But they're all still very good. Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2015 at Pornokitsch
The importance of brands. #PicturesMeanBusiness. And lots and lots of stuff from our contributors! Continue reading
Posted Jul 4, 2015 at Pornokitsch
I'm with you both - Half the World was rather spectacular and definitely more... YA-y and grimdark-y both. I also think Half the World is really good YA - it is issues-driven, has a pair of really strong characters, and uncompromising in all the right ways. I wonder what would happen if someone read the books in reverse order - Half a King being the 'prequel' to Half the World. And if that would change their perception... I'm very excited about Half a War. I can't wait to read it.
Toggle Commented Jun 30, 2015 on Half a King by Joe Abercrombie at Pornokitsch
Chester can enjoy his £50 gift certificate to Red Lobster secure in the knowledge that the rest of the prize fund is out there working to flog his books. Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2015 at Pornokitsch
Submissions deadline has been extended to 19 July - get writing! Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2015 at Jurassic London
"Even if it isn't the best Abercrombie - it ain't half bad." Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2015 at Pornokitsch
Westerns and high fantasy and YA SF, oh my! Get your week #smythed. Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2015 at Pornokitsch
Newspapers are going the way of the dinosaurs. Except dinosaurs are doing really, really well... Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2015 at Pornokitsch