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Filed Under:Genres / Fantasy
Posts on Regator:1573
Posts / Week:6.3
Archived Since:April 27, 2010

Blog Post Archive

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

Five more books mini-reviewed: two lit award-longlisted titles and three novels

As we enter the final month of 2014, I still have nearly four dozen reviews left to write if I am going to meet my goal of writing something about every 2014 US release that I read. There are some quality works in this set of five mini-reviews, works that perhaps deserve more space. Show More Summary

Four literary awards-nominated novels reviewed

Below are four mini-reviews of books that were either longlisted or shortlisted for the 2014 Premio Strega (Italian) or 2014 Prix Médicis (French). Due to time constraints, these will be one paragraph summary reviews. Most, if not all,...Show More Summary

Weekend review plans (or rather, Sunday plans)

Been battling a severe cold these past couple of days (thus the short posts), but I hope to have the time Sunday afternoon/evening to write at least one mini-review roundup and maybe two. I certainly will write one-paragraph reviewsShow More Summary

New poll now up

This one deals with perceptions involving post-apocalyptic/dystopic stories, whether they be cinema, TV, or books. Thought I'd post one sooner than five months after the previous one expired...

Steven Erikson, Willful Child

"SPACE... it's fucking big. "These are the voyages of the starship Willful Child. It's ongoing mission: to seek out strange new worlds on which to plant the Terran flag, to subjugate and if necessary obliterate new life-forms, to boldly blow the –" "Captain?" Hadrian spun in his chair. Show More Summary

David Soares and André Coelho, Sepulturas dos Pais

For the past four years now, I have championed Portuguese writer David Soares as one of the most talented writers in the Lusophone literary/SF/horror worlds who has not yet been translated into English. His novels demonstrate an author...Show More Summary

Planning out my Best of 2014 lists

Although it'll be another four weeks or so before I begin posting my Best of 2014 articles, I've already had to begin laying out some of the parameters for this year's edition. I have made my job easier and harder by deciding to review virtually every 2014 release that I have read. Show More Summary

Burnout

I came to the realization this weekend, while finishing (three months after beginning it) the Upgraded anthology, that I'm just burned out on SF/F and SF/F short fiction in particular. Although I don't read much "core" SF/F these days, I still feel rather disinterested and rather wearied when I finish reading a SF/F book. Show More Summary

Johanna Sinisalo, The Blood of Angels

The queen is dead. She's lying in the entrance hole, delicate, fragile, her limbs curled up against her body. I would recognize it as the queen just by the elongated lower body and clearly larger size compared to the worker bees, but...Show More Summary

Short reviews of five books

Below are short, paragraph-length reviews of 2014 releases that I've read but for one reason or another did not have the time nor the desire to pad it out to 600-1000 word-length full reviews. Many of these books are anthologies or short story collections, and most, if not all, I would recommend with some reservations to readers. Show More Summary

Things to do (maybe) this weekend

This month has been a complete trainwreck when it comes to completing any reviewing goals, as I've reviewed only 10 books so far this month. Much of the blame goes to the kidney stone pain and surgery prep/recovery, as there were several days where I didn't have the energy to do anything other than make short blog posts like this one. Show More Summary

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