Why Do People Read Bad Books?

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Recently I’ve been reading What Makes This Book So Great, by Hugo and Nebula Award winning author Jo Walton.  In it, she takes various essays regarding the science fiction/fantasy genre originally blogged on Tor.com, and incorporates them under a single cover.  It’s a fascinating read from a well versed and extremely well read woman who [….]

LitStack Recs: The Death of the Heart & God’s War

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The Death of the Heart, by Elizabeth Bowen Even though it’s spring, there may be snow and frigid temperatures outside your window, and in Elizabeth Bowen’s 1938 novel, there’s likewise cold temperatures, of the emotional sort: “That morning’s ice, no more than a brittle film, had cracked and was now floating in segments. These tapped [….]

LitStack Review: The Stars Are Legion by Kameron Hurley

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The Stars Are Legion Kameron Hurley Saga Press Release Date:  February 7, 2017 ISBN 978-1-4814-4793-5 Kameron Hurley does not write pretty stories. But they are pretty darned amazing. Her newest work, the space opera The Stars Are Legion, is somewhat easy to summarize: in a system of decaying worldships known as the Legion, a struggle [….]

Gimbling in the Wabe – Tangible Authors

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I am an extremely lucky person.  At times when I am feeling particularly magnanimous, I would even say that I am blessed. I live in an existence where I am surrounded by books.  I own books, I can download books electronically, I have a library nearby where I can not only check out books but [….]

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, [….]

Angry Robot Signs Kameron Hurley to Two Book Deal

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Great news from our friends at Angry Robot books: they have recently signed Kameron Hurley –  the award-winning author of God’s War – for at least two books in the Worldbreaker Saga. Book 1, The Mirror Empire, will be published worldwide in September this year, with the sequel to follow a year later. The worldwide [….]