LitStack Recs: Books About Actors and Film & Ancillary Justice

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As the summer film season approaches, here are three books—a memoir, a novel, and a book-length interview—that offer a look behind the camera. Spielberg, Truffaut and Me: An Actor’s Diary, by Bob Balaban Spielberg, Truffaut and Me: An Actor’s Diary was published in 2002, and it’s a fascinating look behind the curtain of how the [….]

Gimbling in the Wabe – In Praise of Difficult Genre Fiction

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Recently, I was fortunate to read, in close succession, three masterful works in the science fiction/fantasy genre that I would deem “difficult”. Now, before I go any further, please realize that in this application, I do not associate difficult with anything negative.  Rather, I see difficult as an exciting challenge to be met rather than [….]

Gimbling in the Wabe – A Baker’s Dozen of My Favorite Books of 2014

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If tasked with assembling a single shelf of books from 2014 that I most wanted to keep close by, these would be the books that made the cut. They aren’t necessarily the “best” books of 2014 – they aren’t all award winning or critically acclaimed or best sellers.  What they are, though, are the books [….]

The Rise in Women Authors in the Sci-Fi/Fantasy Genre?

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Recently, the Boston based magazine The Atlantic ran an interesting article entitled Women Rise in Sci Fi (Again) with the tag line, “This year’s major science-fiction awards had strong female representation, but don’t call it a feminist victory for the genre just yet.”  In it, they interviewed writers Ann Leckie (author of the Hugo, Nebula, Locus, [….]