Here’s this week’s installment of Far Beyond Reality’s roundup of interesting SF&F-related articles: The Week That Was!
Before I start, I’d like to say that this is getting harder and harder to put together. I originally planned on listing maybe five or six links per week tops, and each week it turns out to be more and more, even after I weed out a few of the ones that are merely very good rather than great. Everyone, please stop writing so many interesting posts. Dammit.
Okay, with that out of the way, here are the links!
A week or two ago I linked to a post about the Hugo Awards, specifically about the inclusion of blogs in the Best Fanzine category. This week, Martin Lewis had an interesting article about the Best Editor category. I’m not taking sides here – this is a complex issue, especially because most people just want to read good books and have no idea who edited them, let alone what that editing process entailed. Make sure to read Joe Abercrombie’s comment and Martin’s response.
More awards news: the nominees for this year’s Nebula Awards have been announced. What are your thoughts?
I reviewed the excellent debut novel Faith by John Love a few weeks back. This week, the Little Red Reviewer has a great interview with the author. Definitely worth a look if you’ve read the novel.
Another chapter in the “Amazon vs. the book industry” war, reminiscent of the spat with MacMillan last year. I love Amazon because I’m lazy and they’re a one stop shop for my online shopping needs, but this kind of thing does give me pause.
Patrick Rothfuss (whose novels I absolutely love) wrote a post Concerning Hobbits, Love, and Movie Adaptations this week. It takes a very odd and fascinating turn about halfway through. If there’s some sort of Hall of Fame for blog posts (aside from The Week That Was, of course) this should be in it.
There’s a new Iain M. Banks Culture novel on the way! This is my favorite ongoing SF series, so this little bit of news got me very excited.
And finally, I have a handful of reviews for you to peruse:
- Strange Horizons posted a great review of Empire State by Adam Christopher. (my review)
- SF Signal reviews Hitchers by Will McIntosh (my review) and Planesrunner by Ian McDonald (my review). Both of these reviews made me green with envy. They make several points I wish I’d made myself. I seriously considered hanging up my reviewer hat after reading them.
- The Wertzone reviews Iron Council, the most under-appreciated novel in China Mieville’s brilliant Bas Lag trilogy.
- And finally, Staffer’s Musings has a hilarious review featuring a new Cheryl-like character. More Fizzy reviews please!
Finally, in case you missed any of my posts from the past week, here’s a recap:
- Article: A few announcements: Facebook, Fifty Page Fridays, and Giveaways!
- Review: Strata by Bradley Beaulieu and Stephen Gaskell (including giveaway)
- Review: Shadow Ops: Control Point by Myke Cole
- Fifty Page Fridays: Touchstone by Melanie Rawn
And that’s it for this week!
SF Signal reviews Hitchers by Will McIntosh (my review) and Planesrunner by Ian McDonald (my review). Both of these reviews made me green with envy. They make several points I wish I’d made myself. I seriously considered hanging up my reviewer hat after reading them.
Nah, you should’t think that, Stefan. Every reviewer brings something different to reviewing a book. I didn’t mention in my review at SF Signal how funny Everett’s Mom is–but you did!
I never read reviews of books I’m planning to review myself until after my review is posted, just because I don’t want reading experience to be affected at all. When I do read those reviews later, it’s often fascinating to see how people emphasize different topics or interpret things differently. In this case I just felt your and Andrew’s reviews struck a great balance between description and interpretation, which is what I consider the gold standard for a good review. I’m not seriously planning to give up reviewing – I couldn’t even if I tried!
Another chapter in the “Amazon vs. the book industry” war and Concerning Hobbits, Love, and Movie Adaptations were intriguing reading.
Thanks for sharing.