Thoughtful Thursday: Happy 10th birthday to us!!

Happy Birthday, FanLitHAPPY BIRTHDAY TO US!

This week marks our TENTH birthday!

Yep, we’ve been hanging out together (well, soFanLit T-shirtme of us) since June 2007!

To celebrate, we’re giving away gifts!

TEN commenters from the US will receive some FanLit BOOKMARKS (quite practical!) and a cozy FANLIT T-SHIRT (as long as we still have your size). Or, if you prefer, you may choose a book from our stacks.

You can leave any sort of commnent — a birthday wish, an admission of how many days/years you’ve been wasting your time edifying yourself at our site, suggestions for what you’d like to see happen at FanLit in the future, a festive natal day poem. Whatever! Just make sure to click the little notification box so you’ll know if you won, or check back in about 10 days.

Thank you for spending your time with us!

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  1. April /

    Woot! Happy Birthday! I can’t remember what year I started reading FanLit (as I call it) but it has been a few years. One of my daily stops – when I’m not thwarted by life that is. Thank you for the years of entertainment and discussion!

  2. Terry Weyna introduced me to the site and encouraged me to apply to be a reviewer. I am glad I did! And I love us; we’re brilliant.

  3. Ryan D /

    Happy Birthday, Team! Thanks for all the reviews. Brad Hawley’s Comics Manifesto brought me to the site, and I’ve been checking it regularly ever since. I teach a Sci-fi/Fantasy lit course at my local community college, and I really enjoy all the thought provoking reviews and comments I find here. Please keep up the good work.

    • Ryan, thank you so much for this kind comment! I’ve recently read a stack of great new SF comics and hope to get reviews up soon (plus more reviews from my students). Please stay tuned!

    • And a question: Do you teach any comics in your SF course? If so, which ones?

      • Ryan D /

        I don’t have any comics on the syllabus, but I’d be interested in adding something. Any suggestions? It’s a survey course, so space is somewhat limited. Anything in a collected and affordable text? By the way, I think the student reviews are great.

        • Ryan, I highly recommend Alex + Ada or Saga, but sometimes students are shocked to find out they’ve only read the first “chapter” of a series of volumes (b/c I rarely make them buy all the volumes in a series). The good news is that Alex + Ada is only three volumes long. The bad news is that’s still a lot of money (about $45).

          Another possibility is having students explore SF comics on Comixology. They can do so very cheaply by checking out the Comixology Unlimited selections (I could give you a list of recommendations for students). They get the first month for free and the second month for $5.99. So, sometimes I require students to have an account for 60 days ($6) to four months ($18). The selection is limited, but for the price of a single book they can certainly get their money’s worth!

          But here’s my highest recommendation of all for a SF survey course: Starlight by Millar. It’s really tailor-made for a course like yours b/c it’s contained in a single affordable volume, and Millar really wrote it as an homage to the SF pulp tradition. It would probably tie in with much that you are teaching already. See my review here:

          I hope you’ll check out Starlight!

          If you ever want to contact me directly, here’s my school email:

  4. Bobby Berry /

    Happy Birthday! My birthday is this week, too. So cool. Love the site.

  5. Happy birthday to all of us! And happy, umm, two year birthday to me! It’s been a fun ride!

  6. mary henaghen /

    Happy Birthday, I love the site, and hope you have at least 10 more wonderful years to come!!

  7. Sethia /

    Wow 10 years, congratulations! Thank you for taking up so much of my online time! Here’s to 10 more years!

  8. Happy Birthday to the entire Fantasy Literature family!
    Thank you for all your work, and for building a community.
    To many more years to come!

  9. Yours was one of the first sites I discovered when I started book blogging almost nine years ago. I always check your ratings on Goodreads before deciding yay or nay on a book. Yes, I hold your opinions in high esteem. :) Congratulations on 10 years…and here’s to many more!

  10. John Smith /

    I’m impressed by all the information about books I should read. I’ll have to look up the name of some end-of-the-world graphic novel I read recently, so I can tell people about that in a comment!

  11. Sandyg265 /

    Happy birthday. I’ve lost count of how many years I’ve been visiting your site.

  12. Susan Burdorf /

    Happy Birthday to the coolest place I visit with dragons all over the place. Hope you have many more birthdays!

  13. Melanie Goldmund /

    Happy Birthday! Wow, has it only been ten years? Seems like you guys have been around forever — or at least I can barely remember a time when I wasn’t checking in here daily for new reviews, or to consult the old ones before I bought a book. You guys are doing a great job, and I hope you continue on for many more years.

  14. Trey /

    Happy Birthday!
    I’m not sure how long I’ve been reading your reviews – at least 5 years – but they’ve been worth it.
    Your reviews have turned me on to so many authors and books I can’t list then easily.
    I’m glad you’ve made it 10 years and hope for many more!

  15. Anne /

    Wow, 10 years! Happy birthday and congratulations FanLit!

  16. Nick Talty /

    I remember when I was 10… first discovering books and the joy they provided. Happy birthday to FanLit. One of the few blogs I regularly frequent. Finishing Assassin’s Fate tonight and feeling that heartbroken and uplifting feeling that only readers can feel.

  17. Fee Roberts /

    Wow! That’s awesome! I’m a newbie; six or so months, maybe. Thanks for all the book reviews and new authors to follow and read! Congrats and Happy 10th to you all! Wishing you all many more years! :D

  18. Melissa (My words and pages) /

    Wonderful! Congrats on the amazing mile marker! I’ve been following for… I don’t know how many years now. I’ve been blogging for going on 8 years so… maybe 6 or 7 years I’ve been stalking you? Wow. That feels like a long time. lol.

    Here’s to many, MANY more years of great book details. :)

  19. Brian Kehler /

    I’ve just discovered you, and I’m glad I did! Happy 10th birthday!

  20. Chris /

    Happy birthday! I love you guys!

  21. We will be running this giveaway ONE more week.

  22. Lily /

    Thank you, dearest FanLit – hear my
    Praises unto thee:
    For my To-Read list now exceeds
    One hundred-sixty-three!

    To read them all I’d need a sprawling
    Lifetime, slumber-free.
    (Any free advice on seeking

    • What a festive natal day poem! (That’s what it said in the post right?)

      I would also be interested in a recipe for immortality if anyone has one kicking around, you know, to be able to read more books

    • That is awesome. Thank you, Lily!

  23. Margo /

    Happy Birthday! I can’t remember how I found you, but I’m really glad I did! I really enjoy your book reviews (& other posts/activities). My only regret is not having a tee-shirt yet, because I keep seeing books I want more. One of these days, my precious…

  24. Margo /

    P.S. When I grow up (& by that I mean “retire”) I want to be just like you!

  25. The winners are: April, Mary Henaghan, Sethia, Michelle Miller, Sandyg65, Susan Burdof Fee Roberts, Brian Kehler, Chris and Lily.

    Please provide preferred T-shirt size when you reply (or the book of your choice from our stacks.

    Congratulations, and thanks for making our birthday extra special.

    Please contact me (Marion) with your choice and a US address. Happy reading!

  26. Conal /

    Congrats on 10 years and wishing you many more years of success.

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