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A few appearances, for those following along at home (especially if your home is in, say, Bradford): Saturday, 26 May: London Comic Con. Two panels have been given into my care: one on Grimdark, one on Urban Fantasy. They are both big panels, with folks like Scott Lynch, Claire North,... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Jurassic London
Who knew awards season could be so much fun?! The Djinn Falls in Love is a finalist for both the Locus Awards (Best Anthology) and the Shirley Jackson Awards (Best Edited Anthology). We're very proud to see Djinn contributors Nnedi Okorafor and JY Yang recognised elsewhere on the Locus shortlist... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2018 at Jurassic London
Posted Apr 23, 2018 at Jurassic London
Bitter and angry is right! But, by this point in the series, he (McGee and JDM alike) seemed so done with the whole thing. I've never seen the adaptations. I know there were rumours a decade ago that the series might happen again - I wonder if the Amazon/Netflix content hounds will pick it up. (Especially since Lansdale's Hap & Leonard seems to be doing well...)
Thank you very much! I clearly need to read No One Here Gets Out Alive, to complete the trifecta. Totally agree with your take on Trevanian - Shibumi as parody makes it a much more enjoyable book, although when I've read some of his other work, it seems to lose that sense of (slightly snarky) joy. JDM still remains my all-time favourite, and my go-to read for... pretty much any occasion. With recent re-re-re-re-reads, I'm starting to think that even the author didn't like McGee that much. Or, more accurately, JDM wrote to character to have a real sense of self-loathing. He's very hard on himself (rightfully so, honestly), and increasingly despairing about his role in the world. The way he questions his own impact, the way he doubts he does good, the way he 'sells himself' on his behaviour with women. The more I read McGee as a flawed, insecure character, the more I like him. He's still a dick (most of the time), but he's not pretending to be (or presented as?) perfect. I think. I may just be talking myself around in an attempt to convince myself that my favourite series is still my favourite for rational, not emotional, reasons!!!
Rose of the Prophet is totally mediocre. We need more like it. Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2018 at Pornokitsch
The year's most progressive, intelligent and entertaining fiction... looking pretty damn good. Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2018 at Pornokitsch
Fire Will Freeze, Dodgers, The Secret History of the Pink Carnation and First Watch! Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2018 at Pornokitsch
Posted Mar 21, 2018 at Pornokitsch
The characters are warmly ensconced in an upper crust so thick that murder itself couldn't penetrate it. Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2018 at Pornokitsch
Military science fiction, four-colour superheroes, colonialist espionage action, and some grimdark splatterfantasy! Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2018 at Pornokitsch
Steel yourself for angst, anxiety, young women finding their agency, and some floppy-haired love interests. Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2018 at Pornokitsch
I loved dragons so much I took my favourite plastic dragon toy on a two-week family hiking trip when I was five. Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2018 at Pornokitsch
Although definite conclusions are tidy, appealing, heart-warming fairytales - and have their place in the genre - I'm always interested in stories that don't take success for granted. Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2018 at Pornokitsch
Posted Mar 5, 2018 at Jurassic London
As #snowmageddon ravages Britain, we're looking forward to the weekend. We have firm plans to camp out - pressed against... Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2018 at Pornokitsch
As with all lists on the internet, this is WHOLLY OBJECTIVE. Continue reading
Posted Feb 21, 2018 at Pornokitsch
Updated in 2018 - obviously this was pre-WW, which goes ... third, above the Legos movie. And apparently there was a Justice League movie, but it came and went so quickly that I can't be bothered.
All forty glorious books, with purchase links. Plus, a discussion... of purchase links! META. Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2018 at Pornokitsch
Time travel, WWII School Stories, Regency rom-coms, and many more. Six books reviewed! Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2018 at Pornokitsch
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!
“bewildering status changes”, “breathless peregrinations”, and "staggering accomplishments" Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2018 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.
Scoring the final ten runners in the internet's biggest fantasy gauntlet. Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2018 at Pornokitsch