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Jared
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Book loon. Occasional llama.
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Another round-up of the links that caught our eye (plus, where some of the Pornokitsch contributors have been hanging out away from here). "I get off on taking money for making up daft analogues of existing characters, like 'Spore' instead... Continue reading
Posted 2 hours ago at Pornokitsch
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New reviews for Irregularity and The Book of the Dead. Plus the Stocking Stuffer is out! Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Jurassic London
Our 2014 publications and artwork. Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Jurassic London
Posted 5 days ago at Pornokitsch
"A clever, vicious snake of a book" - Mahvesh on Monica Byrne's The Girl in the Road 10 books that Gail Carriger recommends for a good cry. The High Court has ruled that the ban on books for prisoners was... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Pornokitsch
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New podcasts, signed books, poop and pizza. Continue reading
Posted Dec 6, 2014 at Pornokitsch
Isn't it horrible?! Wrong on so many levels. Even if I do like imagining the "flashy allurements of the 'literary slums and grog-shops'". 'ello sailor, interested in some really dark YA?
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Not quite cabbages and kings - more... lettuces and duchesses. Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2014 at Pornokitsch
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We asked you for feedback about short fiction, our short fiction and what we could do better. You answered! We answer your answers! Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2014 at Pornokitsch
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A new survey of classic video games, and a new adaptation of a classic fantasy. Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2014 at Pornokitsch
"I found the bit of this post about historical anachronism a little confusing because posing sexual equality & agency isn't necessarily anachronistic, and Jared even says it isn't by referencing 'We Have Always Fought'. " Sorry - that was unclear of me! Absolutely agency isn't anachronistic, and the points you make are terrific - thank you! My note was more that "anachronism" (note the sarcasm quotes) is often the excuse given in epic fantasy as the reason that women get kidnapped whilst men ride to war. Perhaps "anachronism" isn't the right term - more "selective realism"? The misguided belief you can't have women with agency (unrealistic) in a world with dragons (REAL). Etc. etc.
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Rumors include: a new Miéville collection, Waterstones (almost) making money, a new podcast. Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2014 at Pornokitsch
Crazy, right? I think that goes back to the Profiler's weird 'relative difference' thing. Presumably 'reading' is compared to other 'hobbies and interests' and must overindex towards the 60+ crowd. Although I like the alternative - there's this massive overlooked genre (lit fic? erotica?!) that's read exclusively by centenarians.
Duly noted! I think the RH thing is going to keep on 'giving' for a while. RH was genuinely awful - either in passing or as a dedicated 'person of interest' - to a huge swathe of people, regardless of age, race, gender, sexuality, profession, interest, etc. And even with the extensive cataloguing that's been taking place recently, it still seems to me that the vast majority of those people are sitting this out. Either through choice (and who could blame them?) or because they're no longer involved in or paying attention to the SF/F community (and who could blame them for that, either?). I think the Wikipedia talk page is interesting purely because it highlights that SF/F's 'news' comes from sources that 'even' Wikipedia deems unreliable. And that goes to show both our own faulty 'sources' and our relative insignificance in the great scheme of things. CHEERING. Re: Medium and Sinclair (and good quote, fallible memory or not). I remember someone once explaining to me that there was even a group of ultra-conservative businessfolk that believed in global warming but also wanted to encourage it. Not because they wanted to cackle evilly and control the world's supply of water, but, worse yet, because as devout Christians (of a sort), they thought it was their duty to trigger the last days. That is, just for the record, the weirdest conspiracy theory I may have ever heard. But it makes a sort of sense - as in, the 'other side' isn't disgreeing with the facts of global warming - they're just using them to their own nefarious (and bonkers) end. Very odd.
Toggle Commented Nov 25, 2014 on Everywhere Else at Pornokitsch
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Links that caught our eye... "Dementia is real horror. I see The Case of Charles Dexter Ward as a story about a man losing his son; a father losing his son in his own lifetime, long before his own death."... Continue reading
Posted Nov 22, 2014 at Pornokitsch
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Fantasy fans spend a lot of time keeping their birds away from their cake. Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2014 at Pornokitsch
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Five films featuring space-faring women, courtesy of Club Des Femmes' Selina Robertson and Sophie Mayer, and the "Ada and After" festival. Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2014 at Pornokitsch
Oooh, good question. I think I'd suggest Tessa Dare's Romancing the Duke (hilarious, self-aware, goofy, great heroine) and Eloisa James' Desperate Duchesses (straighter - but still pleasantly silly; also a really good example of how a romance series balances plot & meta-plot)? I actually picked up the 'Seven Wicked Nights' sampler off Amazon - for 99p it contains 7 novelettes by different authors. That's how I stumbled on both of the above. The novelettes aren't their best work (I suspect they aren't anyone's best work), but they're at least a decent signpost.
For those moderating, hosting, attending or just thinking about conventions. Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2014 at Pornokitsch
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Six brand new stories of space adventure! Coming soon for your holiday pleasure. Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2014 at Jurassic London
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A slightly belated wrap-up of October's highs and lows. Features: Joe Abercrombie, Dia Reeves, Lloyd Alexander and (shudder) Nick and Norah. Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2014 at Pornokitsch
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The winners of this year's SSDA competition include Diane Awerbuck, Sylvia Schlettwein, Kerstin Hall and Sese Yane! Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2014 at Pornokitsch
I think you've got a really good point about reader expectations. Happy sex is just not something we're trained to 'expect' in fantasy. But a lot of the stuff that is now 'routine' in fantasy (violence, war, torture, even sexual violence) takes some getting used to as well. It is weird what upsets reader expectations, and maybe we could reverse it? And I count myself among this group. When I started reading epic fantasy in my teens, I was definitely more surprised by, say, fantasy books containing detailed consensual sex than graphic violence. And that's actually a little sad, when I think about it. As to your second point... I'm going to gracefully decline to comment. My opinions on Patrick Rothfuss' second book are here - http://www.pornokitsch.com/2011/06/new-releases-the-wise-mans-fear-by-patrick-rothfuss.html (I'm sad that we're not considered prominent though.)
That's completely true - and I'm really glad you pointed that out. This is a very small sample set, with examples chosen deliberately to reinforce my point - certainly not meant to be exhaustive, but also no excuse for falling into a (largely) single-sex pattern. I would also add NK Jemisin and Gail Carriger (as discussed on Twitter) as examples of authors writing brilliant fantasy that does many of the things above. (Also Daniel Abraham, just so my good examples don't, again, fall into the same single-sex trap.)