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Amazon has acquired Goodreads. Here’s what I think about that.

Yet another month has come and gone, and yet another pile of books has been added to my “read” shelf. I picked up the pace after February’s lull in reading. Right now, though, there’s a bigger fish to fry –…

The Hugo Nominee Ballot, Part 2

This is a follow-up to my previous post about the Hugo nominees in various categories of fiction. Last time I discussed the short story, novelette, and John W. Campbell shortlists. Today, I’ll discuss the novella and novel shortlists. Best Novella…

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 8: Beginnings, Middles and Ends

Title: Beginnings, Middles and Ends (Elements of Fiction Writing Series) Author: Nancy Kress Publisher: Writer’s Digest Books Rating: 5 out of 5 Format: Print I first learned about Beginnings, Middles and Ends from from the same place where I get…

When a book grows up with you

Happy holidays to all! As you unwrap your presents and spend time with your family, I hope that today’s pleasure has been heightened by the gift of a book. Here’s a story of how a book I received for Christmas…

NaNoWriMo, Days 12 and 13

I’ve hit the dreaded “Week 2 Wall” in NaNoWriMo. Last weekend I wrote over 8,000 words – 3,000 of backstory and notes, 5,000 of plot – because I knew that the following Monday, I wouldn’t have the time to put…

NaNoWriMo, Days 5 and 6

I have to admit at this point that I’m beginning to flag a bit. I’ve made a good amount of progress so far – over 12,000 words in total – but both yesterday and today were days where I had…

NaNoWriMo, Day 3

Ok, I have to admit it: I’ve fallen for NaNoWriMo, and I’ve fallen hard. When I first heard of it a few years ago, I thought it would be a neat thing to try, but that it wasn’t the right…

NaNoWriMo, Day 1

Well, the first day of NaNoWriMo ended much differently than I thought it would. For the past few weeks I was mulling around one idea in my head, thinking over how I would structure the story and how to introduce…