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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

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

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