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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


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

A couple of early Best of 2014 lists

Although it's only November, some publications are already starting to list their Best of 2014 selections. Below are a couple of such lists:Amazon's Editors' Top 100Kirkus Reviews Best of 2014I've read/own about a quarter of the books on each list of 100. Several selections I agree with, a few I don't, but that's par for the course.

2014 National Book Award winners

The 2014 National Book Award winners have just been announced. Pleased to see that I've already read/reviewed three out of the four winners. Each of the ones read were excellent.Fiction: Phil Klay, RedeployedNon-Fiction: Evan Osnos,Show More Summary

Exercise and Reading

It's interesting how (re)starting one thing can affect something seemingly unrelated. I haven't read as much this year as in previous years (only at 319 books read so far this year, my lowest number for this date since 2008), but until recently, I was even below the average of a book a day that I had maintained since 2008's 385 books read. Show More Summary

Ali Smith wins 2014 Goldsmiths Prize

Ali Smith won the 2014 Goldsmiths Prize, a new but high-paying UK literary award, for her latest novel, How to be Both. Below is a list of the finalists, with links to those I've already reviewed:Rachel Cusk, OutlineWill Eaves, The Absent TherapistHoward Jacobson, JPaul Kingsnorth, The Wake Zia Haider Rahman, In the Light of What We KnowAli Smith, How to be Both

2014 World Fantasy Awards winners

Neglected to post this on Sunday, but here are the winners of the 2014 World Fantasy Awards:Novel:Sofia Samatar, A Stranger in Olondria (link to her comments on her speech) Novella:Andy Duncan & Ellen Klages "Wakulla Springs"Short Story:Caitlín R. Show More Summary

Blake Butler, 300,000,000

He who brought me brightest in the image of the human toward god was a series of shapes I knew as Darrel, though quickly I would come to see that's not his name. His name had squirmed as any word, appearing burned into the pages of the...Show More Summary

David Cronenberg, Consumed

Naomi sat on the floor, her back against the foot of the bed. "Are you taking your clothes off?" she asked. "Yes," said Hervé. "You want me to shoot pictures of you naked?" "Yes." "I'm not going to have sex with you. Really. I'm not."...Show More Summary

Ismail Kadare, Twilight of the Eastern Gods

We played table-tennis outdoors, not far from the beach, until after midnight because even though the white lights had passed it still didn't get very dark. Those with the best eyes played last; the rest of us lounged against the wooden railing watching the game and correcting the score. Show More Summary

Robert Darnton, Censors at Work: How States Shaped Literature

What is censorship? Like pornography, it seems to be a field that is hard to define, yet people feel confident that they can identify examples of it without worrying overmuch about the precision of their definition of the term. If anything,...Show More Summary

Weekend plans

Not much time to post today, so here's a tentative plan for the weekend. Much of this depends on how I feel after my ureteroscopy Friday morning to remove an 8 mm kidney stone, but I do hope to have several more reviews online by Monday morning. Show More Summary

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