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Jared
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Book loon. Occasional llama.
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The importance of brands. #PicturesMeanBusiness. And lots and lots of stuff from our contributors! Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago 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 7 days ago on Half a King by Joe Abercrombie at Pornokitsch
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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 7 days ago at Pornokitsch
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Submissions deadline has been extended to 19 July - get writing! Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2015 at Jurassic London
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"Even if it isn't the best Abercrombie - it ain't half bad." Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2015 at Pornokitsch
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Westerns and high fantasy and YA SF, oh my! Get your week #smythed. Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2015 at Pornokitsch
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Newspapers are going the way of the dinosaurs. Except dinosaurs are doing really, really well... Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2015 at Pornokitsch
Hi Janine! Yes it is! Staying open indefinitely... I've also added a submissions link to the footer here for all the stuff we're looking for (stories and otherwise): http://www.pornokitsch.com/submissions.html
Toggle Commented Jun 24, 2015 on Weekly Fiction: Open for Submissions at Pornokitsch
Those are all really good points about Lilia. I think she was slightly undermined by a few of the narrative decisions. First, the reader already knew she was from a parallel world from, well, the opening pages. So we're in a position where, for most of the book, we're seeing really obvious things that she can't. Second, we're told a lot about how she's super-duper smart, great at strategy games, plays them all the time, and, by the time she's travelling with Taigan, the errant knight is blown away by Lilia's tactical genius. Which is, I suppose, the danger of telling not showing, as it is a lot of work to stand up to that kind of billing. Similarly, a lot of Lila's plot seemed to be her escaping from places she shouldn't be running from, looking for something we know isn't there. She consistently sneaks off from allies in search of answers, but knowing that her allies have the answers she needs. (I have to say, the whole 'wandering through the wilderness but not talking to one another' shtick is becoming a bugbear. If people are stuck/travelling together for 3 weeks, they're probably going to talk, and if they're got a whole mission/history/exposition/explanation thing to do, that'll probably be part of the conversation. Shrug.) That small rant aside, I completely understand your point - she's had a tough life, and has done well to survive it, and her relentless focus is a completely legitimate way of taking the character.
Toggle Commented Jun 23, 2015 on The Mirror Empire by Kameron Hurley at Pornokitsch
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"You can stop and puzzle over the meaning of every pronoun and try to impose your own system upon it,... or accept the relative, individual viewpoint and move forward." Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2015 at Pornokitsch
That's brilliant!
"The upper stories of the Golden Pavilion glow in the morning sunshine, like, well, gold, and the pond glistens silver. It's a perfect reproduction - except for the stupid fountain, and the stupid deer that watches him (stupidly)." Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2015 at Jurassic London
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Features: crowd-funding, freemium, product placement and messiness. Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2015 at Pornokitsch
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Five of my favourite books from one of my favourite authors, all from different genres... Well. Mostly. Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2015 at Pornokitsch
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From streaming to libraries to midlists to Kanye West - this isn't really an attempt to come up with THE answer. But the question is pretty fascinating. Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2015 at Pornokitsch
Very well put. I agree - a book that deserves more attention (and should be thought about).
Toggle Commented Jun 16, 2015 on The Godless by Ben Peek at Pornokitsch
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The problem is, The Godless is only one book. Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2015 at Pornokitsch
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Over the next few months, we'll be presenting readers with the following terrific stories... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2015 at Pornokitsch
Thanks Karl! I have a fun time hunting them down!
Toggle Commented Jun 14, 2015 on Weirdness Rodeo at Pornokitsch
A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing is rather spectacular. I'll admit it isn't to my particular taste, but I very much respect it and see why it was so acclaimed. And The Weightless World, although I've barely started, is also impressive. I'm tempted by some of the digital shorts myself, but haven't read any...
Toggle Commented Jun 14, 2015 on Weirdness Rodeo at Pornokitsch
"We’re all a mix. We screw up. But we also learn, do better." Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2015 at Pornokitsch
"I spent most of this book waiting (well, hoping really) for Corban to be killed off and for Cywen to be declared the true "bright star"." That would've been awesome. Alternatively, Nathair actually is. I mean, maybe snoozy Elyon really is the bad guy - he did nuke part of the world, after all. Whereas, aided by Asroth, Naithair has: united the kingdoms, overthrown some embedded dictatorships (e.g. the giants' monarch, who had reigned for 2,000 years...), brought in innovative thinkers (including the shield wall and Uthas), and brought a (bloody) peace to some warring kingdoms. Hell, the shield wall alone brings in this idea of 'total war' that is a step up from the quasi-Viking warrior system that they're using now. It means that individual champions take a back seat to a trained (and possibly civilian army) - this is the Agincourt, longbow moment, where the feudal order has to rethink itself... Elyon, on the other hand, is all for the status quo. But... alas.
Toggle Commented Jun 11, 2015 on Valour by John Gwynne at Pornokitsch
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I'm not the right audience for this book, and, in other circumstances, would have no business reviewing it. Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2015 at Pornokitsch
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"Pretend, just for a moment, that you have attained your most deep-seated desire." Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2015 at Pornokitsch
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DGLA data, fun facts about Millennials and the pros and cons of 'discoverability'. Plus, what we do when we aren't here... Continue reading
Posted Jun 7, 2015 at Pornokitsch