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Book loon. Occasional llama.
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Black Widow (Richard Morgan) Red Sonja (Gail Simone) Silver Sable (she was so awesome - at least, when I was 12. No idea what happened since then. Do I want to know?) Elektra? (eh. meh. boring pick.) SABRINA THE TEENAGE WITCH Bonus: Satana (Avengers Alliance version only) (I think Catwoman really is probably the #1 pick of all time in this particular category. And Emma Frost probably has #2 nailed down as well.)
He must also bear in mind the fact that this may be the only thing of his that some reader will ever read. Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Pornokitsch
Something to tide you over until the release of TAMARUQ. Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Pornokitsch
Thanks Mike! Corrected - much appreciated. Weirdly I knew the McCaffrey win too, as I was interested that she won for Weyr Search, but then not for Dragonrider. (Relatedly, the 1968 novellas are a cracking list of books. Glad the category came about for it.)
Hi John! I think SF Signal's 2012 win was really definitely some sort of key moment. That said, I think SF Signal is to other blogs like, say, Locus is to 'semi-prozines'. It is vast, it has a huge team, and it is a major news source... as well as all the bloggy stuff. Damn straight that SF Signal deserved to win, but that could've been written off as an anomaly because of SF Signal being, well, SF Signal. To some degree, Elitest Book Reviews and their nominations might be more emblematic of a long term shift in voter thinking, as they're more like a traditional fanzine (or blog) in size and scale. Similarly, I think we could argue last year - with 4 blogs and 1 traditional fanzine - was 'the year', but last year was a UK year, and for better or for worse, those are often outliers. Still, it is all very much building in one particular direction, and I suspect this year is the year that the trend is firmly established. If blogs dominate the fanzine (and fan writer and fan art and semi-prozine) ballots in a WorldCon in Spokane, I assume that means the norm has 'switched'. (Although theoretically all the LonCon voters are still involved, but, eh. I can't drag out the victory conditions forever.) Until the inevitable rules change. (For the record, I'm for a rules change, as I'd like to see fanzines and blogs separated and both categories continued.)
The not-so-secret history of the Hugo and Nebula Awards. Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Pornokitsch
A collection of eleven literary shorts from the creator of the 87th Precinct. Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Pornokitsch
We're back! And the Force is with us! Continue reading
Posted Jan 18, 2015 at Pornokitsch
Posted Jan 18, 2015 at Pornokitsch
Hi Sean - the long list is still there at - - I just moved the link from the top to the side of the page. (I was convinced I was the only one using it!) I'll figure out a way to get it back in the topnav shortly. Thanks!
Douglas Hulick's Sworn in Steel and Christopher Kellen's The Elements of Sorcery - two of last year's tales of wizardry and derring-do. Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2015 at Pornokitsch
Corrected, thank you!
"machinegun tempo, tight writing and unexaggerated hardness" Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2015 at Pornokitsch
29 January at the Betsey Trotwood! Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2015 at Pornokitsch
Please join us for the unwrapping of this terrific new thriller by Robert Sharp. Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2015 at Jurassic London
An impressive early collection from one of the 20th century's best genre writers. Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2015 at Pornokitsch
We're delighted to announce that the award-winning Speculative Fiction series will be published by Book Smugglers Publishing from 2015 and beyond. Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2015 at Jurassic London
Posted Jan 7, 2015 at Pornokitsch
I feel similarly. In my mind, Shibumi is the pinnacle of action novels, smart and subversive and super-fun. But I haven't read it since, like, 2000. And I was weird in 2000. (Weirder, even.) So who knows?! Maybe it is best left in my mind.
A collection as free-ranging as it is... decent. Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2015 at Pornokitsch
The only criteria here is that these books are my favourites. (Oh - and published in 2014.) Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2015 at Pornokitsch
Our annual look into the mirror. Not that this is any way about narcissism. No. This is about the historical... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2014 at Pornokitsch
Nine free books to help you start 2015 with a bang - but move quickly! Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2014 at Pornokitsch
Nine free eBooks - pounce now! Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2014 at Jurassic London
Dahl had a profound understanding of children’s minds, and I believe that is why his fiction remains enduringly popular. Continue reading
Posted Dec 30, 2014 at Pornokitsch