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First, one for a story of my own, "A Thousand Wings of Luck," which appears in the Subversion anthology. Kay Holt gives it a very swell little review over on her blog, as part of a series of reviews of the whole anthology. An excerpt:

Without being heavy-handed, A Thousand Wings of Luck explores the interplay between faith and skepticism and invites the reader to take no assumption for granted. To question tradition and dogma, and examine superstition and the influence of interpretation upon the law. In its elegant way, this story also advocates for experimentation as both a threat to empty faith and the remedy for blind literalism.

She got it!

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I've already posted about these books, but here it is again: The Cloud Roads and The Serpent Sea - wonderful fantasy reads.

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Available near the end of March, Elizabeth Bear's Range of Ghosts, to quote my own earlier review, is epic and has "true brilliance and greatness of heart."

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Pico Iyer's article, The Writing Life: The Point of the Long and Winding Sentence, is worth a read. Iyer touches on some stuff about language and writing that's near and dear to my heart... The point is certainly not that every sentence should be long, but that we need to make more room and grow more appreciation (as writers and as readers) for the long sentence and its unique and twisty power of revelation.

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Lastly, food! For locals and visitors, from the current menu (don't know how long it will last) the winter root vegetable croquets over kale and a carrot puree/foam thing at the East Side Show Room is, oh, sooo good. I don't usually like carrots very much, but I snarfed every bit of this foamy orange incarnation. Follow it with the Show Room's pear poached in burgundy with whipped honey chevre and homemade biscotti. Glory.

To end as I began, with a self rec, here's the easy way I make really yummy baked tofu:

slice firm tofu into rectangle slabs about a half inch, or less, thick
line a cookie pan or toaster oven pan w/tin foil (otherwise known as aluminum foil)
put down some butter dabs or olive oil, soy sauce, & garlic powder
lay tofu pieces over this in one layer
top with more butter or olive oil, *soy sauce, & garlic powder  

*be pretty liberal with the soy sauce

cover loosely w/another bit of tin foil
bake at about 400 for 45 minutes to an hour

serve w/a steamed veggie

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Yes, the new Welcome to Bordertown book--I am so there. Well, the book will be so here, in my pleased possession.

Emma Bull's Orient and his stories, through the standalone novel Finder--my fave.

Over on the chockful of fun stuff (seriously, art, character bios, creator info, back story, free fiction!) Bordertown Series site, one of those stories is available to you free, Danceland. Go on, jump in the sidecar and let the wind from another place blow your hair back. 

 


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Nightshade is having a sale: buy four or more books from among everything in their catalog--which includes two upcoming books, Martha Wells' The Cloud Roads (a fantastic book, guys) and Stina Leicht's Of Blood and Honey (only heard the first chapter, but that rocked). Books!
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Via io9.com, I am loving this web comic, Ectopiary, about a little girl, a very weird old mansion, and interesting facts such as white dogs are from the moon. The art, the story so far, and the tone--all wonderful.
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Cats needing homes due to owners passing. In Texas: Sunny, "a beautiful long-haired yellow and white cat with sky blue eyes, a sweet disposition, and a purr so loud it sounds like an aquarium."  In Northern Mass/New England area: Romy, who just wants a person to love and be loved back by.
 


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Some wonderful things for your reading pleasure:

Tina Connolly's story As We Report to Gabriel now live at Fantasy Magazine!
Miss Smith the one-legged governess took Linnie to the kitchen, pulled the magnetic wand from the cupboard. Linnie’s shimmer fled, and I had to concentrate hard on holding my shape. I only had a hazy notion of what went on above me till the wand was put away and the shimmer of fairy dust settled over Linnie once again. “You’re clean, I guess,” said Miss Smith dolefully. “Talking about fairies is your father’s bad blood coming out in you. I’ll figure out exercises to correct that.”


J. Kathleen Cheney's Of Ambergris, Blood, and Brandy is up at Abyss & Apex:
The skin of the submersible groaned, an eerie sound to hear while trapped inside its metal body. Oriana pressed closer to the viewing window. She would rather be out there, in the water.

Set every few feet along the walls of the submersible’s viewing room, the white-painted casings of small round windows dripped water onto the fine teak decking, whether from leakage or condensation Oriana didn’t know. Even so, almost two dozen finely-dressed citizens of the Golden City pressed against those windows, straining to catch a glimpse of that great work of art, The City Under the Sea.

Yum.
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In other reading news, have begun to crave a Kindle. The free Kindle app for my iTouch induced me to get some books for it, but I don't like reading on the iTouch version, so now I want a Kindle to read the books that I bought in Kindle format. Oy. Smart barterds, Amazon.
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The first issue of fiction journal Shadows and Tall Trees is available. This issue is limited edition, signed and numbered, and it comes with a one-of-a-kind personalized postcard from contributor Adam Golaski. Mike has a sharp eye for excellence in dark fantasy/horror/literary stories and theToC for this issue bears that out.
 
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Camille Alexa's exceedingly engaging gender-roles bendy future Victoriana adventure tale,"Particular Friends," is being serialized at The Red Penny Papers. Episode 1 here   / Episode 2 here /Episode 3 here 

Episode 4 goes live this weekend, but Camille offers you a sneak peak here.


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J.Kathleen Cheney has a new story up at Beneath Ceaseless Skies, a dark tale set in 1920s Paris, "Fleurs du Mal."

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Martha Wells forthcoming novel, a draft of which I had the great pleasure of reading, The Cloud Roads, is orderable. And she's kindly provided you with a taste, here.
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This, what [livejournal.com profile] matociquala says here.

And from Nancy Springer's twitterfeed, ...how many of you writers struggle with depression? I think creativity and depression go together... once you learn to spin it, depression need not be depressing. I mean, embrace it, use it, and it can be a friend. ...Art to me is turning pain into beauty. So cherish your depressing thoughts, welcome them in, and write.

Camille Alexa‘s story "Particular Friends," gender roles-bendy future steampunkish pulpy awesomeness, is being serialized at Red Penny Papers. Episode 1 has been up for a week or so, and Episode 2 will go live sometime today. "Mystery! Scandal! Secret messages! Tea cakes! Fall into the charming world of Camille Alexa's headstrong Mr. Jonathan deWinter and see what all the fuss is about..." With gorgeous art!

In part of the dreaming last night, riding in passenger side of car on epic journeying (that had included airship and water vessel and being hunted by bad dudes earlier), just looking out window at passing landscape and soaking in the beauty--of the light, the trees, colors and heft of the world, breathing it in and getting intoxicated. 

ETA:  Paperback books; I actually prefer them to hardbacks and the oversized paperbacks, lighter and easier for me to hold and read (I'm not afraid to crack a few spines).
 


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The Native Star, by M.K. Hobson—being an enthusiastic review with minor spoilers

This is a gem of a novel, faceted and full of fascinating world building. The characters all live on and off the page, pig-headed, brave, and as loud with inner life as the earth of Hobson’s alternate age of industry America is with magic. There are biomechanical flying Cockatrices, magic gone wrong creates a mutant raccoon and zombies, and there's Credomancy—an entirely awesome school of magic that runs on belief. It’s a great ride, and Hobson’s sure handling of everything from magic’s class system, economies, and technologies to the course of rocky true love keeps it effortlessly engaging.

While Miss Penelope Pendennis, trade union representative for the Witches’ Friendly Society, is easily one of my favorite secondary characters ever, the book bursts with a lively supporting cast, from a Miwok holy woman and a revolutionary farmer to slick, politically minded warlocks and a secret society called the Sini Mira.

The machines of industry run on magic in this alternate America, and there are enough serious players with their own complex agendas ranged against our heroes Emily Edwards and Dreadnought Stanton (Best. Name. Ever.) to make me excited for The Native Star’s sequel, The Hidden Goddess.

If you need a taste, or if the book isn't on the shelf at your local bookstore today, you can read the first chapter here.

 


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For my ArmadilloCon reading, in honor of Michael Bishop being a special guest, I'm thinking of going with my story "Nights at the Crimea," from the Passing for Human anthology Michael and Steven Utley edited.

When my sister read "Nights at the Crimea" she said there were moments when she couldn't believe I'd written it, it was so good. ahem.

Please come! It's Saturday 1:30 to 2:00. We should have some sort of swanky prize giveaway.

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Unless it comes after a yay, woohoo, or congratulations celebratory statement (or a please come! like that above, which is entirely sincere), when I use exclamation points it often indicates a lack of seriousness--that is, an element of joking, irony, or sarcasm.

Alas, I don't think this is always clear to people. The thing is, growing up, one of my family's main modes of casual communication (I'm not saying this was a good thing) was sarcasm. It's ingrained in my synaptic language thingy structures. Thingy.

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Some things to read:

Over on Best Thing Ever, A.M. Dellamonica waxes enthusiastic about Tana French; it's just fun to read.

Charlie Jane Anders' story at Tor.com, "The Fermi Paradox is Our Business Model" is a great read.

This poem, “Schehirrazade,” by Amal El-Mohtar, over at Senses Five Press, is quite lovely.

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And, last but not least, please consider a small donation to Austin Pets Alive to help them outfit their new building; APA takes on the euthanasia list animals from Townlake and are doing great work. Also check out their amazing roster of wonderful cats and dogs needing adoptive homes.
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Received in the mail today: Where or When, Steven Utley's new collection of his non-Silurian Tales time travel stories. If you haven't read Utley, you should. If you have, you know. This is a beautiful--a gorgeous--book and a wonderful collection.

While you're at it, check out his Beasts of Love, from Wheatland Press.
Really. He's one of the best writers speculative fiction can lay claim to.
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Just saw Get Your War On, the Rude Mechs adaptation of David Rees' internet comic. It was absolutely fucking awesome. I laughed my ass off. The Daily Show on steroids with some music and dancing. Just. Go see it if you're local, man.

Awesome.

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