Book of the Month – July 2016 [FANTASY]
Definitely an interesting choice for BOTM. To say it was a mixed response would be an understatement but it definitely generated discussion.
Not one I really enjoyed and my review was as follows –
An extremely rare 1 star read for me (my first rating this low in several years. Continue reading “Book of the Month Review Sci-Fi May – Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert A. Heinlein”
The third of our Hugo nomination reviews (this time from me and a short one)
A missing eye.
A broken wing.
A stolen country.
The last job didn’t end well. Continue reading “Hugo Novella Nominee Review- The Builders by Daniel Polansky”
As a follow up to the Gemmell nominations, here is a post which shows all the wonderful cover art nominated for the long list. There is a link to a page on the awards for each of the authors.
Don’t forget to vote here -http://www.gemmellawards.com/award-voting-2016/
I know my favourite from below but it is a stunning selection.
As listed on The David Gemmell Awards For Fantasy website the cover artworks nominated by publishers this year are as follows:
James Annal for Uprooted by Naomi Novik (Pan Macmillan)
Tommy Arnold for Skyborn by David Dalglish (Orbit)
Kerem Beyit for The Dread Wyrm by Miles Cameron (Gollancz)
Jason Chan for The Liar’s Key by Mark Lawrence (Harper/Voyager)
Wendy Chan for Swords and Scoundrels by Julia Knight (Orbit)
Alejandro Colucci for The Boy Who Wept Blood by Den Patrick (Gollancz)
Bastien Lecouffe Deharme for The Darkling Child by Terry Brooks (Orbit)
Krzysztof Domaradzkifor Old Man’s Ghosts by Tom Lloyd (Gollancz)
Larry Elmore & Carol Russo Design for Son of the Black Sword by Larry Correia(Baen)
Mark Ferrari for The Flotsam Trilogy Omnibus by Peter M Ball (Apocalypse InkProductions)
Christopher Gibbs for The Cathedral of Known Things by Edward Cox (Gollancz)
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I am a big fan of the Gemmell Awards.It tends to sit much better with my general taste in books than the other genre fiction awards, and I can generally get enthusiastic as I have read a reasonable amount of the nominees in any given year.
For those unfamiliar with the Gemmells there are three awards to keep it simple –
The Legend Award for Best Fantasy Novel.
The Morningstar Award for Best Debut Fantasy Novel in English
The Ravenheart Award for Best Fantasy Cover Art Continue reading “Gemmell Award Longlist. Get your votes in”
The second of our Hugo nomination reviews from Andreas (originally posted on his blog)
★★★★ Oh, Mrs Bujold, you’re such a tease. Giving us a new page-turner, but only 100 pages instead of a Sandersonian-sized novel. Continue reading “Hugo Novella Nominee Review – Penric’s Demon by Lois McMaster Bujold”
Nice recognition of our Blog and others 🙂
Two very well-known and much loved genre sites have announced their closure over the lest few days. First SF Signal, long-running multi-contributor site established by John DeNardo and JP Frantz. Then My Bookish Ways, the blog of SF Signal associate editor Kristin Centorcelli.
These closures have prompted renewed discussion about various issues that have been around in SFF blogging circles for some years. How to balance the necessary time with a day job and family? How to make money from blogging? Will only corporate-funded sites survive? What is the future of genre blogging? And: where have all the good blogs gone?
One of the SF Signal gang, Andrea Johnson, sees the mother site’s closure as the moment for her and others to go forward on tbeir own. John DeNardo has affirmed this.
Personally, I am sad about the closure of SF Signal and My Bookish Ways, but optimistic about the…
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