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Book loon. Occasional llama.
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From THIS WOMAN IS DEATH (1948) to ZAIBATSU (1989) - 40 years of thoroughly mediocre fiction. Features J.T. Edson, George Mair, Stephen Frances, Richard Graves and Lewis Perdue. Continue reading
Posted 10 hours ago at pornokitsch
What's been happening with the site outages - plus, a new mailing list for free fiction! Continue reading
Posted yesterday at pornokitsch
"Buoyed up by their peculiar garments, the female population instantly ascended to the surface." Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at pornokitsch
First, there are only six weeks between now and the close of voting. I am going to try my damndest to read and review all ten books, as well as come to some sort of meaningful conclusion before the voting closes. Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at pornokitsch
Definitely! Oh, also, Richard Russo's Carlucci trilogy - nice cyberpunk noir...
Why do we even have that lever? Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at pornokitsch
I've been trying to pick my own five since this post came in, and am really struggling! I think, for now: Dare Me - Megan Abbott (cheerleader noir!) The Hunger and the Hate - H. Vernor Dixon (lettuce noir!) The Glass Key - Dashiell Hammett (politics noir!) Osama - Lavie Tidhar (SF noir!) Memory - Donald Westlake (noir noir!)
Tonight! Blackwells! Two of the crime-writin' greats! Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at pornokitsch
So I wasn't reading Secret Wars when it came out (that would've been precocious of me), but I do remember that when I did get into comics, that weird... jump to the future thing. Didn't heroes wander into mysterious baseball stadium thingers? That baffled the hell out of me, especially since I couldn't figure it out for ages. (Until I read the Beyonder entry in the Marvel encyclopedia, in fact.) Also, when it comes down to it, don't fuck with Doom. And doesn't the Molecule Man come across as a figure of villain pathos? Not in a particularly interesting way.
Toggle Commented Apr 16, 2014 on Crossing Over: Secret Wars at pornokitsch
Patrick Ness speaks and writes about this all the time, and it boils down to two key points: a) teens that act like teens and b) not underestimating the (young) reader. Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2014 at pornokitsch
I approve of Tim Burton for both his Batman films + Ed Wood. Everything else though, a tough argument... Dark Knight Rises doesn't get enough hate. I can't believe what a neocon wankfest that is: "How Mitt Romney saved the Superbowl from Al Qaeda Occupy Protesters". That movie is appalling. I disagree with you about Breakfast at Tiffany's - Audrey Hepburn being gorgeous is actually enough. I'd make a crack about how every Zack Snyder film is overrated, but no one actually rates him.
Toggle Commented Apr 11, 2014 on Friday Five: Overrated Films at pornokitsch
A few recent purchases, and a review of the March reading - including the best and worst of the month. Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2014 at pornokitsch
Harry August will break your heart fifteen times, and you'll thank him for it. Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2014 at pornokitsch
"The Kim Scott Walwyn Prize recognises the professional achievements and promise of women in publishing." Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2014 at pornokitsch
Have done some sort of Freaky Friday thing where you're the optimist and I'm the skeptic? I AM NOT COMFORTABLE WITH THIS, MARTIN. - A fair, transparent process that creates the shortlist and winner - A shortlist and winner that achieves the aim - A sustainable future which means the aim can be achieved again I think these are brilliant (and succinct) guidelines for how the award should be run. But I think our approaches differ at that point - you're creating a good award because that's its own reward. I think a good award doesn't mean anything unless it has a (measurable?) influence outside of itself. Nice tree metaphor, btw.
I think that came up on the audience post to - the idea of an award's audience being 'posterity'. Making decisions not on what is deemed 'best' now, but what will be seen as 'best' later. (and/or a high-falutin' way of saying that the judges' picks may be terribly unpopular)
I wonder if there was the indirect impact? I mean, it would be impossible to measure, but if you imagine what sales of Adrift's sequels would be like without the BSFA win, for example? We've not won a BSFA award, but that pretty much reflects our experience with BSFA & BFS nominations. It is very, very cool, but more an affirmation or appreciation than a 'drive to purchase'.
That's a really interesting point (in a 'good' interesting not a 'I politely disagree with you' interesting) - if an award stimulates discussion of the art and industry of books then that is more of a success if it sells a lot of copies of the shortlist ... is something I wholly agree with, and in my weird funnel-vision, I think it fits in the categories of awareness and consideration. But has nothing to do with purchase (especially in the short-term). And I think those two Clarke years were successful in generating conversation about science fiction and gender and the industry (possibly less so when it came to generating conversation about the actual shortlisted books). But the Clarke is a really interesting one - I think the brand of the ACCA is so strongly connected to our identification of SF that conversations about the former become conversations about the latter. I don't see that with any other award (does anyone think the World Fantasy Award defines how we see fantasy? Nyah.) Your primary success measure is actually the process (the voting or judging) and the output (the shortlist and the winner) rather than outcome (discussion or sales) I kind of agree, but this begs the question 'why?' (and also 'for whom?'). It feels like a tree falling in the forest / no one hearing it sort of situation. If an award selects the perfect book but no one knows it, what's the point? I think my bias here is that I see awards as 'recommendation engines' (a term I'm way too fond of). We all have opinions, but awards have opinions that are supposed to change our behaviour. [That may be overselling it!]
Another look at awards. This particular blog post speaks about two things - what success looks like and how we can measure it. Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2014 at pornokitsch
(Much) more on measuring success coming later this week, but I think sales are a tricky objective: both in terms of identifying results and in terms of decoupling the award's impact from stuff like price promotions. Certainly it happens (as you've shown), but I think judging an award's success in terms of 'direct sales caused' is tough to do. In both senses of the word.
Help us out with a guest post, willya? Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2014 at pornokitsch
Katherine Rundell's Rooftoppers, Holly Smale's Geek Girl and Julie Berry's All the Truth That's In Me. Two Care Bears and a grizzly. Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2014 at pornokitsch
Maggie Stiefvater's The Raven Boys, David Almond's Skellig, Warren Ellis' Endless Wartime, Katie Coyle's Vivian Versus the Apocalypse and Rachel Howzell Hall's upcoming The Land of Shadows. Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2014 at pornokitsch
New (old) acquisitions. Including a rare Algernon Blackwood... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2014 at pornokitsch
That's awesome! Thanks!