Saturday, October 31, 2009
Friday, October 30, 2009
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
One of the titles that caught my attention through the positive reviews received is Alex Bledsoe’s “The Sword-edged Blonde”. This week I ordered a copy of the novel and I should give it a try by the end of the year, but until then I have to admit that, besides the novel reviews, seeing the blurb and the blend of fantasy and detective story I am very curious about “The Sword-edged Blonde”. By the end of the year a second novel in the series will be published, “Burn Me Deadly” and on the Alex Bledsoe’s blog I found an interesting trailer for his book. And here is also a blurb for “Burn Me Deadly” from the publisher’s website:
Above Angelina’s Tavern in down-and-dirty Neceda you’ll find the office of Eddie LaCrosse, a freelance sword jockey who, for twenty-five gold pieces a day, will take on any task short of murder for hire. Eddie’s on his way back from a routine investigation when his horse almost runs down a half-naked blonde in serious trouble. Against his better judgment, he promises to protect the frightened young woman, only to find himself waylaid by unknown assailants and left for dead beside her mutilated body.
Eddie isn’t the kind of guy to just let something like this pass. But who killed Laura Lesperitt? Eddie’s quest for payback leads him to a tangled mystery involving a notorious crime lord, a backwoods dragon cult, royal scandals, and a duplicitous femme fatale who has trouble keeping her clothes on. As bodies pile up, attracting the unwelcome attention of the king’s guards, Eddie must use all his wits if he hopes to survive . . .
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Monday, October 26, 2009
Friday, October 23, 2009
- "Introduction: Check Your Dark Lord at the Door" by Lou Anders & Jonathan Strahan
- "Goats of Glory" by Steven Erikson
- "Tides Elba: A Tale of the Black Company" by Glen Cook
- "Bloodsport" by Gene Wolfe
- "The Singing Spear" by James Enge
- "A Wizard of Wiscezan" by C.J. Cherryh
- "A Rich Full Week" by K. J. Parker
- "A Suitable Present for a Sorcerous Puppet" by Garth Nix
- "Red Pearls: An Elric Story" by Michael Moorcock
- "The Deification of Dal Bamore" by Tim Lebbon
- "Dark Times at the Midnight Market" by Robert Silverberg
- "The Undefiled" by Greg Keyes
- "Hew the Tint Master" by Michael Shea
- "In the Stacks" by Scott Lynch
- "Two Lions, A Witch, and the War-Robe" by Tanith Lee
- "The Sea Troll's Daughter" by Caitlin R Kiernan
- "Thieves of Daring" by Bill Willingham
- "The Fool Jobs" by Joe Abercrombie
Thursday, October 22, 2009
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
What I’m Keeping
- Writer Wednesday. This proved to be a popular feature, so I will continue it here.
- Discovery Showcases. Now open to any genre, and posted sometime on Sunday.
What I’m Changing
- Debut Showcases. These will be posted weekly, and will be more round-ups than full-fledged showcases. I hope to cover a wide variety of genres, not only speculative fiction.
- Debut-focused reviews. I will now review any novel that fits in my areas of interest. I still expect to read a lot of debuts, since I will learn of them through the debut round-ups. As ever, I prefer to be queried, rather than sent unsolicited copies.
What I’m Eliminating
- Can’t think of anything.
What I’m Adding
- More genres. I have my favorites, but I’m not going to limit myself.
- More personality. Expect me to go off-topic more frequently. I enjoy lots of things, not just reading.
Monday, October 19, 2009
Saturday, October 17, 2009
- "Where There's a Will" by Richard Matheson & Richard Christian Matheson
- "For the Good of All" by Yvonne Navarro
- "The Things He Said" by Michael Marshall Smith
- "The Last Resort" by Mark Samuels
- "Bobby Conroy Comes Back From the Dead" by Joe Hill
- "The Crossing of Aldo Ray" by Weston Ochse
- "Obsequy" by David J. Schow
- "Zombonia" by Nancy Holder
- "Cool Air" by H.P. Lovecraft
- "Call First" by Ramsey Campbell
- "Joe and Abel in the Field of Rest" by Lisa Morton
- "Midnight at the Body Farm" by Brian Keene
- "Dead to the World" by Gary McMahon
- "The Long Dead Day" by Joe. R. Lansdale
- "A Call to Temple" by Kelly Dunn
- "Haeckel's Tale" by Clive Barker
- "The Rulebook" by Christopher Fowler
- "Black Canaan" by Robert E. Howard
- "The Silent Majority" by Stephen Woodworth
- "Sensible City" by Harlan Ellison®
- "Granny's Grinning" by Robert Shearman
- "Amerikanski Dead at the Moscow Morgue or: Children of Marx and Coca Cola" by Kim Newman
- "Tell Me Like You Done Before" by Scott Edelman
- "Home Delivery" by Stephen King
Friday, October 16, 2009
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Publisher: David Fickling Books
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Tephe knows from that the start that his mission will be a test of his skill as a leader of men and as a devout follower of his god. It’s what he doesn’t know that matters: to what ends his faith and his ship will ultimately be put -- and that the tests he will face will come not only from his god and the Bishopry Militant, but from another, more malevolent source entirely...
Author John Scalzi has ascended to the top ranks of modern science fiction with the best-selling, Hugo-nominated novels Old Man’s War and Zoe’s Tale. Now he tries his hand at fantasy, with a dark and different novella that takes your expectations of what fantasy is and does, and sends them tumbling.
Say your prayers... and behold The God Engines.
Monday, October 12, 2009
SE: All of my early schooling in creative writing was in the short forms of fiction, so I'm comfortable enough with those forms. There are some differences to be sure: in novels you can wander from the path; in the shorter stuff you can't. But in terms of discipline, I probably do an unwise thing, in that I seek to apply the rigour of short fiction writing to my novels. By that I mean I pack in as much as I can, line by line (the way you do writing a short story), and I do it across a thousand pages or more. Makes for challenging reading, and I do hear often how the second or third re-reads reveal so much more to the reader, and accordingly, the novels survive well repeated readings.
SE: No, as you might infer from all of the above. I need to reach that end and I'm almost there. And with the other shorter stuff, I can always switch gears and screw around with other voices and styles.
SE: Not sure. I'd probably try and find a cave no one knows and just hide there till the end of my days.