We missed last week's recap (but it was a quiet week anyway), so here's the fun and games of the past two weeks on Pornokitsch AND BEYOND.
A veritable sausage-fest of reviews:
- Richard Awlinson's Shadowdale (1989) (and how RPGs lead the transmedia movement)
- Alan Campbell's Sea of Ghosts (2011) (and a host of spurious comparisons)
- George Gilman's The Loner (1972) (and what fantasy could learn from Westerns)
- Ed McBain's Vanishing Ladies (1958) (and the joys of the Mann Act)
- Ben Macallan's Desdaemona (2011) (and pushing the boundaries of YA UF)
- Jonathan Trigell's Genus (2011) (and style vs substance)
- Toby Venables' The Viking Dead (2011) (or, 1000 words when "vikings + zombies" would've been just fine)
A bit of non-review content:
- A recap of the panel on best-selling Russian genre fiction from the London Book Fair.
- As a crowd, how wise are we? A shamelessly provocative look at the collective intelligence of the UK's genre bookbloggers.
- Monsters and Mullets struggled through Dragonslayer (1981).
- We got into the fun of the Royal Wedding with six different SF interpretations of the British Royal Family.
Off the blog...
- Our reviews of KJ Parker's The Hammer and Mr. Venables' The Viking Dead both appeared in Hub Magazine (woohoo!)
- The kind people at Weaponizer gave Jared (er, me) space to rant on their site - my first column, "The Field Guide to the Memetic Apocalypse" (?!) is up now.
And in real life:
- A huge, huge congratuations to the recent BSFA and Arthur C. Clarke Award winners - especially Lauren Beukes and Joey HiFi, both of whom won awards for the amazing Zoo City. Although we weren't at EasterCon, we did get to see Ms. Beukes pick up her trophy at the Clarke Awards. (You can hear Anne screaming!)
Coming up next week:
- No idea.
- We really need to get some writing done this weekend.