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Ad Astra Was Awesome

What, you want me to go into more detail? Sure. How about this: Ad Astra 2013 was the second con I ever attended (after starting out with World Fantasy last year), and it was just as good (even better!) than…

Ad Astra, Hell Yeah!

Tomorrow is the start of Ad Astra, and I can’t wait. I originally thought about attending last year when the lovely Beverly Bambury encouraged me to do so, but I didn’t go since I felt it was going to be…

Thoughts about “Life of Pi” and book-to-film adaptations

I just saw Life of Pi in the theatres last night with my fiancé and loved it. I loved the visuals – the colours were bright and lush without being cloying. The score (which I’m listening to as I write this) was…

Thoughts After the 2012 World Fantasy Convention

The 2012 World Fantasy Convention is over, and I feel deflated. I met so many people, and bought (And got for free!) so many books when I was there that I now feel like Cinderella after the ball – kind…

Publishing links roundup #1

The publishing world is always full of new and interesting announcements. Here are some articles that have caught my eye recently: Canadian publisher Douglas & McIntyre has filed for creditor protection and is undergoing restructuring. I reviewed D&M’s book Something…

Book Review: The Terror by Dan Simmons

Title: The Terror Author: Dan Simmons Publisher: Little, Brown and Company Rating: 3 out of 5 Format: Print (hardcover) I’ve decided to ditch the “Reading challenge” portion of my book review titles. This was the 12th book that I read…

2012 Reading challenge, book 11: Mort

Title: Mort (Discworld Book #4) Author: Terry Pratchett Publisher: Corgi Rating: 3 out of 5 Format: Print Terry Pratchett’s Discworld series is one of the grand old ladies of fantasy fiction at this point. Pratchett’s prolific output and consistent hilarity…

2012 Reading Challenge, book 6: Dead Men Don’t Cry

Title: Dead Men Don’t Cry Author: Nancy Fulda Publisher: CreateSpace/Independent Rating: 4 out of 5 Format: eBook I first heard about Nancy Fulda’s work through Escape Pod‘s recording of her short story “Movement.” It was a haunting, sad piece with…

2012 Reading challenge, book 4: On Writing

Title: On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft (10th Anniversary Edition) Author: Stephen King Publisher: Simon and Schuster Rating: 5 out of 5 Format: Print The name “Stephen King” has by now become a byword for “successful author.” He’s one…

Book statistics, genre love, and genre hate

Last week I started an additional side project related to my reading efforts. Spurred on by an article in Salon talking about gender bias in book reviews, I have decided to keep a spreadsheet of my own reading efforts with…