Steampunk September

Well September has come and gone and along with it my month long dip into to the realms of steampunk fiction.  It was interesting ride with some fantastic fiction featuring various flavors of steampunk; proving once again that even even amongst its sub-genres speculative fiction can be an amazingly diverse field.  Now that we are just about a week into October I’ll be starting on some horror fiction and should have my first review, for The World More Full of Weeping, up tomorrow sometime.  Be warned that this month’s titles are, by and large, going to be small(er) press titles that may be difficult to acquire or, in some cases, outright impossible outside of used vendors (I’m looking at you Zen in the Art of Slaying Vampires).  I also plan on watching the Phantasm series in its entirety.  I seriously enjoyed the off-the-wall crazyness of the original film and think it’s about time I experienced the sequels.  Anyhoo,  here is a quick list of my September reviews:

Keeping It Real by Justina Robson

Whiteout by Greg Rucka and Steve Lieber

Whitchapel Gods by S. M. Peters

Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld

Soulless by Gail Carriger

Boneshaker by Cherie Priest

Of course if you didn’t get enough steampunk from me you might want to head over to Tor.com who are currently in the midst of their own little steampunk event.  For those keeping track, I’ll be taking on epic fantasy for November and I’ll be returning to the stars for some space opera in December; I’ll be returning to my more eclectic and scattered selections come the new year.

Back! (Updated)

Update:

Apparently The Magicians has a significant amount of ancillary and promotional material available online so if you’re interested in the book you might want to check out the following websites:

You can explore Fillory here: www.emberstomb.com

· Read excerpts from author Christopher Plover’s Fillory series here: www.christopherplover.com.

· Explore Brakebills College for Magical Pedagogy’s secret website here: www.brakebills.com

· And make sure to visit www.themagiciansbook.com!

Well I’m back from vacation and while gaming provided a significant distraction from reading (I’m contemplating a playtest report regarding the Psion for 4e D&D) I did manage to get through the indepentantly published Blood Red Sphere and Lev Grossman’s The Magicians so expect reviews this week.  I was also extraordinarily excited to find this on my desk when I got in this morning:

Boneshaker by Cherie PriestWhile I won’t be reviewing it until late September I am damned excited to dig into this book.  August will, hopefully, be a better book for my reading than July was.  The fact that there is an Erikson novel this month should help.   Anyway, I’m rested, refreshed

Vacation Week!

For the next week I’ll be vacationing with friends in Maine so, obviously, there will be no new posts.  I plan on getting through several books from my backlog including Zafon’s The Angel’s Game and Lev Grossman’s The Magicians; that is of course assuming the distractions of booze, outdoor fun, and gaming of polyhedral variety don’t distract me from my intense reading schedule.  In the mean time you might check out some of the blogs over in my blogroll to assuage your sense of loss over my abscense.  See y’all when I get back.

-Mike

Fantastic Acacia Review @ Torque Control

The editors of Vector, Niall Harrison in particular, has posted an excellent review (in terms of quality of content though the review is positive) of David Anthony Durham’s fantasy novel Acacia over on their blog: Torque Control.  It does an a wonderful job of examining many of the aspects that set this novel apart from other fantasy novels and made me genuinely depressed about the sorry state of my own reviews.  There are some spoilers in there so beware but it really is a splendid examination of novel and certainly got me a bit jazzed for the forthcoming sequel, The Other Lands, due in September.  If you’ve thought about reading this series and don’t mind a few spoilers I’d check the review out HERE.

Lovecraftian Props

that book
I discovered a new blog the other day, appropriately called Propnomicon.   I was actually trying to track down a Lovecraftesque short-film a co-worker had mentioned to me some time ago about an arctic expedition that slowly goes mad and, as the people slowly slip towards insanity, the film stock degrades as well until it essentially disintegrates completely.

Or something along those lines.

It was a conversation from years ago and every once and a while it pops up into my mind to take a look on the interwebs. Still haven’t found anything yet though. This time I was looking to see if any short film interpretations of “At the Mountains of Madness” were made; since that story was the genesis of the aforementioned ancient conversation. Anyhoo, Propnomicon is a really cool blog with some absolutely stunning work on it and you should definatley go check it out.

Book Review Link Meme

Apparently I missed this post over at Grasping at the Wind.  Check out the below list of Book Review blogs, now with 100% more sites beginning with the letter K.

7 Foot Shelves
The Accidental Bard
A Boy Goes on a Journey
A Dribble Of Ink
A Hoyden’s Look at Literature
Adventures in Reading
The Agony Column
Andromeda Spaceways
The Antick Musings of G.B.H. Hornswoggler, Gent.
Ask Daphne
aurealisXpress
Australia Specfic in Focus
Author 2 Author
Barbara Martin
Bees (and Books) on the Knob
Bibliophile Stalker
Bibliosnark
BillWardWriter.com
The Billion Light-Year Bookshelf
Bitten by Books
The Black Library Blog
Blog, Jvstin Style
Blood of the Muse
The Book Bind
Bookgeeks
Bookslut
The Book Smugglers
Bookspotcentral
The Book Swede
Bookrastination
Breeni Books
Cheaper Ironies [pro columnist]
Cheryl’s Musings
Critical Mass
The Crotchety Old Fan
Damien G. Walter
Danger Gal
Dark Wolf Fantasy Reviews
Darque Reviews
Dave Brendon’s Fantasy and Sci-Fi Weblog
Dear Author
The Deckled Edge
Dragons, Heroes and Wizards
The Discriminating Fangirl
Dusk Before the Dawn
Enter the Octopus
Eve’s Alexandria
Fantastic Reviews
Fantastic Reviews Blog
Fantasy Book Critic
Fantasy Cafe
Fantasy Debut
Fantasy Book Reviews and News
Fantasy and Sci-fi Lovin’ Blog
Feminist SF – The Blog!
The Fix
The Foghorn Review
Frances Writes
From a Sci-Fi Standpoint
Fruitless Recursion
The Galaxy Express
Galleycat
The Gamer Rat
Genre Reviews
Graeme’s Fantasy Book Review
Grasping for the Wind
The Green Man Review
Hasenpfeffer
Highlander’s Book Reviews
Horrorscope
The Hub Magazine
Hyperpat’s Hyper Day
Ink and Keys
io9
Jumpdrives and Cantrips

King of the Nerds

Lair of the Undead Rat
League of Reluctant Adults
The Lensman’s Children
Literary Escapism
Michele Lee’s Book Love
The Mistress of Ancient Revelry
MIT Science Fiction Society
Monster Librarian
More Words, Deeper Hole
Mostly Harmless Books
My Favourite Books
Neth Space
The New Book Review
NextRead
OF Blog of the Fallen
The Old Bat’s Belfry
Outside of a Dog
Paranormality
Pat’s Fantasy Hotlist
Piaw’s Blog
Post-Weird Thoughts
Publisher’s Weekly
Reading the Leaves
Realms of Speculative Fiction
Reviewer X
The Road Not Taken
Rob’s Blog o’ Stuff
Robots and Vamps
Sandstorm Reviews
ScifiChick
Sci Fi Wire
SciFiGuy
Sci-Fi Fan Letter
Sci-Fi Songs [Musical Reviews]
The Sequential Rat
Severian’s Fantastic Worlds
SF Diplomat
SF Gospel
SFReader.com
SF Reviews.net
SF Revu
SF Signal
SF Site
SFF World’s Book Reviews
Silver Reviews
The Specusphere
Spinebreakers
Smart Bitches, Trashy Books
Speculative Fiction
Speculative Fiction Junkie
Speculative Horizons
Spiral Galaxy Reviews
Spontaneous Derivation
Sporadic Book Reviews
Stella Matutina
The Sudden Curve
The Sword Review
Tangent Online
Tehani Wessely
Temple Library Reviews
Tor.com [also a publisher]
True Science Fiction
Un:Bound
Urban Fantasy Land
Vast and Cool and Unsympathetic
Variety SF
Walker of Worlds
Wanderings
Wands and Worlds
The Wertzone
With Intent to Commit Horror
WJ Fantasy Reviews
The World in a Satin Bag
WriteBlack
Young Adult Science Fiction

Foreign Language (other than English)

Cititor SF [Romanian, but with English Translation]

Elbakin.net [French]

Foundation of Krantas [Chinese (traditional)]

The SF Commonwealth Office in Taiwan [Chinese (traditional) with some English essays]

Yenchin’s Lair [Chinese (traditional)]

Interstellar [Danish]

Ommadawn.dk [Danish]

Scifisiden [Danish]

Aguarras [Brazilian, Portuguese]

Fernando Trevisan [Brazilian, Portuguese]

Human 2.0 [Brazilian, Portuguese]

Life and Times of a Talkative Bookworm [Brazilian, Porteguese]

Ponto De Convergencia [Brazilian, Portuguese]

pós-estranho [Brazilian, Portuguese]

Skavis [Brazilian, Portuguese]

Fantasy Seiten [German, Deustche]

Fantasy Buch [German, Deustche]

Literaturschock [German, Deustche]

Welt der fantasy [German, Deustche]

Bibliotheka Phantastika [German, Deustche]

SF Basar [German, Deustche]

Phantastick News [German, Deustche]

X-zine [German, Deustche]

Buchwum [German, Deustche]

Phantastick Couch [German, Deustche]

Wetterspitze [German, Deustche]

Fantasy News [German, Deustche]

Fantasy Faszination [German, Deustche]

Fantasy Guide [German, Deustche]

Zwergen Reich [German, Deustche]

Fiction Fantasy [German, Deustche]

DC’s New Weekly: Trinity

While Final Crisis‘ first issue was a bit disappointing the appearance of DC’s new weekly series Trinity was a welcome surprise.  Out of the gate it is already better than both 52 and the abysmal Countdown to Final Crisis.  The title refers to DC’s big three: Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman.  It also plays with the religious like mythology that surrounds and ties together those three characters.  It isn’t a perfect series by any means but a solid creative team of Mark Bagely (Ultimate Spider-man) and Kurt Busiek(too many to name) keep the series from the sprawl and sporadic narrative that made 52 drag and ruined Countdown.  Like both of the previously weeklies it is tied strongly with the history and unified mythology of the DC Universe.  New DC fans might not like that but I imagine comic fans of all types will find something to like in the series.

To aid the newbie to DC, one not quite familiar with the lesser known faces of the DCU, one of the writers over at Newsarama is doing an annotation feature to exaplain/point out interesting facts about the characters and events in the story.  Check out the series for a fun read and stop by the annotation entries for the first three issues:

Annotations for Trinity issue #1

Annotations for Trinity issue #2

Annotations for Trinity issue #3

Library Anime, and Upcoming Posts

Something called Library Wars sounds totally awesome to me!

I did read and finish Butcher’s Small Favor (dammit I want to add that ‘u’ so bad!) so expect some comments on that soon.  I’ve been meaning to post on the JoCo concert from Wednesday night, but have yet been able to sift through all the awesome.  Also, since I’m more than halfway though all of David Weber’s Honor Harrington books I figure I should post a little on that and a related post on series fiction.  Marvel’s Secret Invasion started this week and I have some stuff to say on that as well (I promise I won’t bitch about Spiderman).

Also, my ‘Currents Reads’ will change soon; so that those books I’m totally not reading anymore are gone.

So folks, keep your eyes on the skies.

New Home!

OK, I’ve migrated may older blogger stuff to wordpress! Yay! Most of my recent blogs were on mysapce (boo!), but I’ve moved a number (the newest) over here. I’m waaaaaaay to lazy to go back and tag them with useful stuff so deal with it. Anyhoo, I’m hoping that wordpress (and my new fondness for xhtml and css) will aide me in keeping this thing (relatively) up to date, but we’ll see. Anyhoo, should have an actual post within the next day or so.