Monthly Archives: January, 2014

The Daphne Awards: Bookslut’s 50-Year Do-Over

1963: To borrow a line from Frank Sinatra, it was a very good year. Many fine works saw the light of day in 1963, some celebrated and some unsung—but to get to the point, a lot of good books were published. (I bet you thought you knew where I was going with that, didn’t you?) […]

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Wednesday Moment of Zen: Yo Novel

The writer is a passionate animal; two writers in the same space, physical or virtual, will lock horns pleasingly often. I say “pleasingly” because—let’s face it—watching articulate types go at it is always fun. Sometimes these feuds raise real questions; more often they’re vaguely embarrassing to all parties involved. Once in a while reputations are […]

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Sunday Links, January 26, 2014

The nominees for the 2014 Edgar Awards for best mystery fiction in numerous categories have been announced. The preliminary ballot for the Bram Stoker Awards for horror fiction published in 2013 has been announced. I’m very disappointed that Michael Rowe’s wonderful Wild Fell isn’t on it (reviewed here). I have much reading to do to […]

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Take Note(s): National Handwriting Day

P.S. The parts underlined in green are links… there’s one thing that doesn’t translate too well from paper to pixel. (Paper: Field Notes FN-01 graph paper notebook. Pen: Lamy Safari.)

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Sunday Links, January 19, 2014

Geoffrey A. Landis has been chosen to receive the 2014 Robert A. Heinlein Award for outstanding published works in science fiction and technical writings that inspire the human exploration of space. I’ve heard Landis speak about the space program, and he truly is inspiring. The National Book Critics Awards Finalists for 2013 have been announced. […]

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Rebooting English Class

I remember very little of what I read in my high school English classes. Some titles have stuck: Jude the Obscure, 1984, Émile Zola’s Germinal, the requisite profusion of Shakespeare. But given four years in a class that was supposedly my favorite, those are some terrible statistics. Granted, a lot of that is probably due […]

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Book Award Bingo?

If I had a little more time on my hands, or at least a little more patience, this would be the time to make up some cards for Book Award Bingo. Short lists are out this week from the National Book Critics Circle, The Tournament of Books, and my perennial favorite award ceremony, The Story […]

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Sunday Links, January 12, 2014

The finalists for the Prometheus Hall of Fame Award have been announced. This unusual award intended to recognize outstanding works of science fiction and fantasy that stress the importance of liberty as the foundation for civilization, peace, prosperity, progress, and justice. There are still a few straggling lists of the best of 2013 out there […]

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Pocket Review: Frances and Bernard by Carlene Bauer

Frances and Bernard Carlene Bauer Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013 Carlene Bauer’s debut novel, Frances and Bernard, reminded me why I enjoy reading letters so much, either in collections of correspondence or as epistolary fiction. Letters are a step up from journal writing in their self-conscious display of innermost philosophical workings, and when done right they’re […]

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Sunday Links, January 5, 2014

When it comes to announcing their favorite books of the year, the difference between publications and bloggers is that the former hope to sell you books for Christmas, while the latter hope to read one more excellent book to add to their lists. Here are some of the best lists that were posted within the […]

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