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Jared
London
Book loon.
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13 new (and newish) stories of horror and the fantastic, selected for the British Fantasy Society. Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Jurassic London
I am a little surprised it went in. Obviously, I don't blame the author - lean in, yo! But I didn't discover until I was writing up the review - I was looking on Goodreads to get a character name and spotted two versions of the book. But, yup. I've not read the Tor version, but this was... not one of the books I was in two minds about. For what it is worth, two of the other authors in this batch have had book deals from major publishers (although not with these particular books). And both of them fit into the unfortunate 'pretty good... but not for me' slot. Which, if anything, this just showcases the overall subjectivity - and frankly luck involved - in any reviewing/judging/commissioning process: three authors that have all been independently judged by major publishers as 'damn good' aren't passing the test of a single, random blogger.
Toggle Commented 4 days ago on SPFBO2: The First 24 Reviews! at Pornokitsch
Thanks Rafael! And I wouldn't call your project small - it is huge! Best of luck with it, and thanks for sending it my way!
Toggle Commented 6 days ago on SPFBO2: The First 24 Reviews! at Pornokitsch
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24 (very short!) reviews from SPFBO reading. Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Pornokitsch
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"Jon came in and kissed her in her special place" Continue reading
Posted May 19, 2016 at Pornokitsch
I'm kind of sad that we don't have a proper juried epic fantasy award. It has been a brilliant decade for epic fantasy. I don't know if an award is the best mechanism, but it feels like we're not quite capturing it for posterity the way we should. And that's not a slight on the DGLA, as it is doing more than any other award in this space (which is to say, 'something'). And if I were doing the 'Why this decade was so great for epic fantasy' list, a lot of the DGLA picks would be on it. But still... yeah.
Toggle Commented May 16, 2016 on DGLA Nominations & Predictions at Pornokitsch
I think popularity is definitely the best predictor (for this award, at least)! So my Novik pick seems a good one - thanks! I do wonder if the DGLA skews more UK, in which case, I'm not sure Uprooted was quite as big of a deal here. But even so, with 38k, golly!
Toggle Commented May 16, 2016 on DGLA Nominations & Predictions at Pornokitsch
'Should' is one thing - I'm definitely not doubting the quality (I really like Kate Elliott's work). But it has 6 UK Amazon reviews (did it actually get released here? Or is that just a global Orbit thing?) and 19 US ones. 534 GR reviews is impressive, but not on the scale of the others. Which is, of course, the whole proposition of the DGLA - it is about celebrating those books that have already succeeded in finding large readerships, not bringing more attention to the titles that might need/deserve it. Whether you see that as a flaw or a feature is up to you. (I know where I stand.)
Toggle Commented May 16, 2016 on DGLA Nominations & Predictions at Pornokitsch
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Step right up! Place your bets! Who will be on this year's shortlists? Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2016 at Pornokitsch
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"after many years of living in a big city, one gradually develops a sense of wonder" Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2016 at Pornokitsch
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Bloggering, writering and other things that spend way too much time looking at themselves. Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2016 at Pornokitsch
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On Wednesdays we kill kings. Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2016 at Pornokitsch
Posted May 5, 2016 at Jurassic London
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Three fantasy novels reviewed - from Greg James, Alex Marshall and Marion Zimmer Bradley. Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2016 at Pornokitsch
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Grab Irregularity and six others for a price that YOU choose! Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2016 at Pornokitsch
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Pick up Irregularity and six others in this month's Storybundle! Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2016 at Jurassic London
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We Watched All The Marvel Movies And The Results May Surprise You Definitive Ranking No Way Clickbait Click Here Now Now Now Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2016 at Pornokitsch
Maybe not equally bad. But they're all at-or-under the BVS threshold. Some are truly at the bottom of the pile. X-3, for example, is demonstrably worse than the Punisher films. Or even sitting in a dark room, having hornets sting your eyelids.
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So bring it on, SPFBO, let's find some books worth talking about. Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2016 at Pornokitsch
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It is almost like Zack Snyder isn't actually very good for the comic book industry. Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2016 at Pornokitsch
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This October, we're publishing The Extinction Event - our fifth anniversary, and final, anthology. Jurassic London has been a lot of fun, and we've all really, really enjoyed bringing you some of the best and weirdest of fiction and non-fiction, as well as the occasional chili recipe. There's nothing sinister... Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2016 at Jurassic London
Posted Apr 11, 2016 at Pornokitsch
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A very new anthology. Hurtling towards Earth and its unsuspecting dinosaur residents... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2016 at Jurassic London
Wow, how did I miss Sin City? Good spot!
Howard the Duck isn't from the last 20 years, but I think we can all probably agree it is the ACTUAL worst superhero movie, ever. Right?