Review Round-up: The Farmers Hotel and Condominium
Jeff Norton on "10 Inventions I'm Still Waiting For"

Free Woolly German Stockings for Your Apocalyptic Hobbit China

Sometimes the titles just write themselves. 

German-readers delight, both Lavie Tidhar's Osama and S.L. Grey's The Mall are coming to the land of sausage and precision engineering. Reviews are here and here (reviews in English).

The British Library is celebrating 75 years of The Hobbit tonight, including a talk from Adam Roberts and other stuff from people that aren't Adam Roberts. We'll be there - pipes, fuzzy feet and all (Smaug costume wouldn't fit through the door).

The first audio from The Kitschies' Social Change event is up. China MiƩville's dulcet tones, reading a brand new story: "Three Moments of an Explosion".

Last year's Stocking Stuffer, with three funny fantasies from Den Patrick, Archie Black and Osgood Vance, is currently free. That saves you a whopping 80p (99 cents) if you snaffle it today. Go forth and snaffle. (Here's a review of it, also in English.)

In just over a month, Stories of the Apocalypse goes off sale - never to return (eek!). We've got some festivities planned in October. We're going to miss this book, a lot. Don't forget, proceeds go to help out the Clarke Award!

Tomorrow, Knit the City (and Kitschies judge, Lauren O'Farrell) are yarnstorming Tate Britain, bringing fuzzy goodness to the wilds of Pimlico. We'll be there (the Smaug costume should fit through the doors).

Also, Spec Ops 3 went live. So, if you'll excuse me, I need to go farm command points.