WWWednesday: August 25, 2021

Author C. L. PolkFile 770 shared the announcement of the nomination period for the Sara Douglass Book Series Award. I think the idea of an award strictly for series is great.

A new C.L.Polk book! A novella, due out next fall.

Giveaway: one commenter chosen at random, with a USA or Canadian address, will get a copy of C.M. Waggoner’s The Ruthless Lady’s Guide to Winzardry.

At LitHub, Heather Cass White examines the primal sin of literacy in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein.

Stephanie Meyers’s famous TWILIGHT series has new covers—that look like mistaken versions of the old covers. Or maybe they’re just edgy or something. Love them? Hate them? Don’t care? The Mary Sue has some definite opinions.

Dongwong Song, Mary Robinette Kowal, Dan Wells and Howard Tayler discuss layering needed details in a novel—as if creating a layer cake, on the Writing Excuses podcast.

T.J. Klune writes about the source of his latest book Under the Whispering Door. If you haven’t read anything by him yet, this detailed, authentic memoir will give you a good idea why you should start, right now.

Tree House Sunset, Paining by Jun Jun Li

Tree House Sunset, Paining by Jun Jun Li

Warner Brothers is remaking The Witches of Eastwick with a woman director. That should be interesting.

We have a trailer for Spiderman: No Way Home, opening in December.

Morning Spoilers announces a Netflix series based on Captain Nemo, and several new horror projects.

In Scientific American, Ashley Jean Yaeger shares memories of astronomer Vera Rubin.

You can see more of Jun Jun Li’s art at www.juneliart.com and on Instagram at juneliart.com. Much of her work is more impressionistic, with spheres and fluid shapes.

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Marion Deeds, with us since March, 2011, is the author of the fantasy novella ALUMINUM LEAVES. Her short fiction has appeared in the anthologies BEYOND THE STARS, THE WAND THAT ROCKS THE CRADLE, STRANGE CALIFORNIA, and in Podcastle, The Noyo River Review, Daily Science Fiction and Flash Fiction Online. She’s retired from 35 years in county government, and spends some of her free time volunteering at a second-hand bookstore in her home town. You can read her blog at deedsandwords.com, and follow her on Twitter: @mariond_d.

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  1. John Smith /

    I don’t think I really like the old Twilight covers or the new versions of them, but the new versions definitely pack a lot more visual punch!

    –I only saw the first Twilight movie and was bored and annoyed out of my mind. Nothing happens, and people just stand around and pout. Bor-ing!

    • Your sense of the movie matches what I’ve seen of it, except the scenery was pretty.

      My last road trip to Seattle I stopped in Kelso for coffee, and walked up to the high school. The town is a Twilight fan favorite since the HS scenes were filmed there.

  2. Becky Ashwell /

    Woohoo! Canadian adresses!

    But I cannot log in. :( At least I get to see the posts anyway. :)

  3. A very fine column, as usual.

    I, too, like the notion of an award specifically for series — um, serieses? seriesi? What’s the plural of “series”? The award also makes me want to read Sara Douglass’s work. I’m afraid we gave away everything we had by her when we downsized a few years ago, so I’ll have to get them all for my Kindle instead. I really am a bookseller’s best friend.

  4. Noneofyourbusiness /

    Speaking of horror, I noticed that American Horror Story and Magic: The Gathering are both doing double features this fall (“Red Tide” and “Death Valley”, and “Innistrad: Midnight Hunt” and “Innistrad: Crimson Vow”, respectively).

  5. Lady Morar /

    That’s without mentioning the new season of “Welcome to the Blumhouse” double features.

  6. The Distinguished Professor /

    I think you mean “Under” the Whispering Door.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  7. Jillian /

    I can’t believe twilight is making such a comeback. It wasn’t even that good to begin with.

  8. Becky Ashwell, you win a copy of THE RUTHLESS LADY’S GUIDE TO WIZARDRY! (Sometimes randomness is wonderful.)
    Please contact me (Marion) with your US address and I’ll have the book sent right away. Happy reading!

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