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Jared
London
Book loon.
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That's really interesting! I have to say, I'm surprised that - across 2 years - only 4 bloggers have picked their book as their favourite. 4 out of 20? If you assumed all books have equal potential, that's still evidence of preference - but much less than I would've gathered. I definitely figure confirmation bias plays a role here.:I mean, 'my' book (that is, Alex Perry's) is something that I've pinned my colours to. I worked through 30 books to get there, it is as much an expression of my taste as it is anything else. With 30 books to choose from, I chose the one that was most 'what *I* like'. Whereas the other bloggers all, presumably, did the same. So, all things considered, I'd be surprised if bloggers didn't have a skew for their own picks. (Interestingly, enough I wonder if the 4 finalists that were all backed by their original blogger were all from individual, not group blogs? I could see a group blog being less open to that kind of preferential bias.) Personal data to throw in - Last year's interesting, the winner was also my second favourite, so there was quite a bit of taste overlap going on there between at least a few of the judges. I wasn't a judge two years ago, but I was a fan of the 2nd place book, and the winning book would probably have been around 5th-ish. I'm very interested how it works out this year, as it felt like the 10 books covered a wider stylistic range than last year's finalists? Maybe more bloggers will wind up backing their initial picks. And/or we'll wind up with a total shotgun spread of scoring! Which would be really fun. I think if there is substantial evidence of preference, e.g. say, 8 judges all pick their own books this year... maybe the process is juggled? The judges in the final round could be different from the judges in the initial round? Have 20 blogs involved, and they could alternate years. You don't want to lose the diversity and range of the finalists, but you also don't want it to be a 10 way tie!
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“bewildering status changes”, “breathless peregrinations”, and "staggering accomplishments" Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Pornokitsch
'blogger headache' is definitely the right term! I'll definitely be checking those two out. But after SPFBO ends! The most awkward part of last year's blogger headache was people second-guessing Senlin vs Path of Flames while Path of Flames was still in the finalist discussions. I think it was uncomfortable for both authors, and I don't want to do that to anyone else.
Oops - thanks! Updated! I've been avoiding what the other judges have had to say until now - not because I'm a snob, but because I wanted to approach all the books with a completely fresh pair of eyes. So now I get to catch up on all the reading and reviews that everyone else has been enjoying for months. And do some shopping as part of it! I'll probably wait until SPFBO is over before reviewing anything though. I don't want it to look like I'm second-guessing the other judges' decisions, and how they reached their finalists.
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Scoring the final ten runners in the internet's biggest fantasy gauntlet. Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Pornokitsch
Hi Jessica - go wild! And send us a copy, if you get a chance! (Jared Shurin - editor@pornokitsch.com)
Sadly, no! I couldn't find the byline either - but the interviewer clearly had a great time doing it!
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"poised, smart, highly educated young women who drove fast cars and knew how to fight their corner" Continue reading
Posted Dec 21, 2017 at Pornokitsch
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Tolkien built a world to tell a story, and got a great story out of it. Barker told a story to introduce the world - and, unquestionably, the world is jaw-dropping. Continue reading
Posted Dec 7, 2017 at Pornokitsch
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“You are a very certain man, aren't you, Mr. Cutter?” Continue reading
Posted Dec 7, 2017 at Pornokitsch
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Everyone in this show knows that they have no future; they are doomed. Continue reading
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"a former head of conservation at the British Museum told her about a visitor who came into the Egyptian sculpture gallery and left tins of cat food as an offering for the lion-headed goddess Sekhmet" Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2017 at Pornokitsch
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"And Daddy was no dummy / Did outrageous things with a mummy" Continue reading
Posted Nov 8, 2017 at Pornokitsch
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Fur is not avocados. Why are Millennials making wearing bunnies cool again? Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2017 at Pornokitsch
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Shopping malls aren't dead. We're just using them wrong. Also: burgers. Continue reading
Posted Oct 23, 2017 at Pornokitsch
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"Do you take me for a man of steel? Or not as a man at all? Don’t you realize what it means to see you every day, to be constantly with you, knowing that you are promised to my uncle and that I can never possess you?” Continue reading
Posted Sep 14, 2017 at Pornokitsch
So for a peek at a long lost story, and a chance to play cultist, check out Cultist Simulator. Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2017 at Jurassic London
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When worlds end. Plus, television. Plus, sneakers. Continue reading
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I dunno what that makes Ticketmaster. That big spider that lives in the woods, maybe? Continue reading
Posted Aug 21, 2017 at Pornokitsch
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Fifty different perspectives on the city - from Hans Ulrich Obrist to Gossip Girl. Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2017 at Pornokitsch
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Having your neighbours go zombie isn't quite the same thing as getting the owl from Hogwarts, but it is still a universal call to arms. Continue reading
Posted Aug 17, 2017 at Pornokitsch
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"George Lucas had to convince Michael Eisner that it was too scary for Disney" Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2017 at Pornokitsch