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HA! I haven't been paying too much attention to the covers, and, although I like that this one is slickly done, it isn't totally my personal taste. Elric is definitely a nice spot. I am personally indoctrinated to think that all white-haired cover-heroes are Drizzt. For what it is worth, Asho is very clearly *not* an Elric knockoff. (Nor Drizzt.)
A crowd-pleasing romp that contains all the stuff we love to love, and hidden depths besides. Read it, fantasy fans. And rejoice. Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Pornokitsch
Senlin Ascends is set up as an iridescent New Wave weirdscape, complete with Central Biblical Metaphor™. It doesn't disappoint. Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Pornokitsch
An all-Hermione Hogwarts, with a thousand valedictorians all competing to be the best of the best. Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Pornokitsch
Very good historical fiction that just so happens to be in a secondary world. Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Pornokitsch
"I met Mal the day he tried to kill my boyfriend." Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Pornokitsch
What prompts someone to give up their freedom - what price is worth it? Luxury? Revenge? Love? Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Pornokitsch
Over the next few months (with more to be added): Friday, 15 July - Aleriel at the Royal Astronomical Society's Courtyard Late. Marek Kukula will be giving a talk about Mars in literature, and we'll be manning a wee Martian table, with copies of Aleriel and The Brick Moon for... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2016 at Jurassic London
Posted Jun 14, 2016 at Pornokitsch
"if it ceased to be a parasite, how would it walk erect?" Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2016 at Pornokitsch
Posted Jun 10, 2016 at Pornokitsch
"Time is regular, this is the crux of the problem, and when travelling the seas, time is lost." Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2016 at Jurassic London
Thanks for the kind words! I have to say, I agree - the Travis books are always interesting, but they're nowhere as good as JDM's non-McGee books. I mean, there are a zillion, so the quality varies, but when they're good, they're amazing. Now I want to reread... well... everything.
Excellent! I hope you enjoy it! I have to say, getting the LoA edition brought me to three total LoA books in the house, which is a collection, right? So now I have to buy more and oh god
Toggle Commented Jun 6, 2016 on The 4 Best American Short Stories at Pornokitsch
The only Anderson I had read before this was Winesburg, Ohio which was... rather sweet and forlorn and such. I like interconnected small town drama, so I remember it fondly, even if I can't recall a single detail. Probably need to try that again... Off the back of Parker's rec, I found Death in the Woods, and would definitely recommend it. I picked it up to find "Another Wife" and really liked the whole collection. I'm not going to lie: every single story is incredibly depressing. But also very, very good! I picked up the Library of America edition of Anderson's work and it contains that and 3 other collections.
Toggle Commented Jun 6, 2016 on The 4 Best American Short Stories at Pornokitsch
And have we ever before spent as much time discussing the rendering of various characters’ junk? Continue reading
Posted Jun 4, 2016 at Pornokitsch
"I suspect that may result in a sensible scaling-down of expectations..." Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2016 at Pornokitsch
13 new (and newish) stories of horror and the fantastic, selected for the British Fantasy Society. Continue reading
Posted May 28, 2016 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 May 25, 2016 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 May 23, 2016 on SPFBO2: The First 24 Reviews! at Pornokitsch
24 (very short!) reviews from SPFBO reading. Continue reading
Posted May 23, 2016 at Pornokitsch
"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