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Archived Since:April 27, 2010

Blog Post Archive

Non-"core SF" recs for a hypothetical Hugo Awards nomination ballot, or rather, a Best of 2014 in non-"core" speculative fiction

I am unlikely to ever pay any money to be any sort of WorldCon member, but for those who are more interested in such things and who might be curious to see what sorts of works I would nominate for the fiction categories, below is a list...Show More Summary

Five October and December releases by women reviewed

2014 has seen the release of some outstanding works by women writers. Over 40% (granted, this is lower than the percentage published this year) of the 2014 releases I've read this year have been by women and by far, the majority of those releases have been at least well-written and entertaining. Show More Summary

Rabbits, Elk, War Hogs, and Battle Rams, Oh My!: Some thoughts on The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

I believe I have said before that I am far from the target audience for action/adventure movies. I am generally not impressed with CGI "special effects" and explosions and large, crashing sounds tend to bore me with their redundant repetition. Show More Summary

Leopoldo Brizuela, Una misma noche

Si me hubieran llamado a declarar, pienso. Pero eso es imposible. Quizá, por eso, escribo. Declararía, por ejemplo, que en la noche del sábado al domingo 30 de marzo de 2010 llegué a casa entre las tres y tres y media de la madrugada:...Show More Summary

Santiago Roncagliolo, Abril rojo/Red April

Con fecha miércoles 8 de marzo de 2000, en circunstancias en que transitaba por las inmediaciones de su domicilio en la localidad de Quinua, Justino Mayta Carazo (31) encontró un cadáver. Según ha manifestado ante las autoridades competentes,...Show More Summary

Mid-December reviewing plans

It's nine days until Christmas, my usual drop-dead date when it comes to writing reviews for a year. I have 27 2014 releases left to cover, most, if not all, in 1-2 paragraph length mini-review round-ups. Starting after work late tonight/morning,...Show More Summary

Interesting article on the "clomping foot of nerdism" and the latest Hobbit movie

This weekend, The Telegraph ran an article that discussed how the over-emphasis on "realism" in fantasy (or to be more precise, the seeming near-elimination of "imaginative gaps"), especially in relation to adaptations/responses to J.R.R. Show More Summary

Folio Prize longlist announced

There are 80 titles on this list. I have read 27 of them (bolded). Based on the 1/3 that I've read, this is a good list of what was memorable in lit publishing in 2014, at least in the UK (some US-only releases I liked better, but that almost goes without saying). Show More Summary

Tomás Eloy Martínez, El vuelo de la Reina

A eso de las once, como toas las noches, Camargo abre las cortinas de su cuarto en la calle Reconquista, dispone el sillón a un metro de distancia de la ventana para que la penumbra lo proteja, y espera a que la mujer entre en su ángulo de mira. Show More Summary

A fine quote for a Friday in December

However the topic is considered, the problem of language has never been simply one problem among others. But never as much as at present has it invaded, as such, the global horizon of the most diverse researches and the most heterogeneous discourses, diverse and heterogeneous in their intention, method, and ideology. Show More Summary

Elena Poniatowska, La piel del cielo

– Mamá, ¿allá atrás se acaba el mundo? – No, no se acaba. – Demuéstramelo. – Te voy a llevar más lejos de lo que se ve a simple vista. Lorenzo miraba el horizonte enrojecido al atardecer mientras escuchaba a su madre. Florencia era su cómplice, su amiga, se entendían con sólo mirarse. Show More Summary

Interesting article on the need to replace Lovecraft as a "figurehead" for SF/F

Daniel José Older penned this piece earlier this week for The Guardian that touches upon the still-raw nerve of having H.P. Lovecraft (who, among other things, was known for his virulent racism, a prejudice that went beyond even the now-awful standards of the early 20th century US). Show More Summary

2014 Premio Ignotus winners announced

Missed seeing this yesterday, but over the weekend, the 2014 Premio Ignotus (Spain's most prestigious SF/F awards) winners were announced. Here are the winners:Cuento extranjero: El hombre que acabó con la historia. Documental de Ken...Show More Summary

A few things I'd like to review this week

I'm rushing these days trying to achieve as many of my 2014 reading/reviewing goals as possible. While I'm uncertain how many of the 50x4 languages/books I'll manage to achieve (Spanish and French are likely, Italian is possible, while...Show More Summary

Five September releases reviewed

The five books discussed below offer a nice diversity of narrative styles, themes, and characterization choices. There are historical novels butting up against psychological portraits, with war being a catalyst for some surprising changes. Show More Summary

So my parents are getting into the true Christmas spirit, I see

Yes, they have come to realize that a Christmas tree just really isn't a Christmas tree unless it has a squirrel in it. And if you don't believe me, watch this:

The limitations of group discussions involving exemplary writers

This evening, I was scrolling through my links page when I saw a day-old post on A Dribble of Ink entitled "Let's talk about science fiction books by women." Before reading the article in question, I knew that I would have some issues with the group discussion, despite liking and respecting many of the participants in this discussion. Show More Summary

Three short story collections, an anthology, and a review essay collection

Confession: I have read a lot of wonderful short fiction collections this year. I have also read some that did not appeal to me. Chances are, if it's a recent SF/F anthology/collection, I did not enjoy it as much as I did those not marketed...Show More Summary

2015 IMPAC Dublin Literary Award longlist released

Last week, the longlist for the 2015 IMPAC Dublin Literary Award was released. Comprised of nominations made by libraries from across the globe, there are 142 titles listed on this year's longlist. Sometime in the Spring of 2015, this will be whittled down to a shortlist of 10, with the winner being named in early June. Show More Summary

November 2014 Reads

A bit better this month, with 37 books completed. Slow but steady progress on most, if not all, of my reading goals.300 Jacqueline Woodson, Brown Girl Dreaming (YA, poetry, 2014 National Book Award winner, already reviewed)301 Will Self, Shark (already reviewed)302 Ismail Kadare, Twilight of the Eastern Gods (already reviewed)303 Paul Theroux, Mr. Show More Summary

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