WWW: May 11, 2011

It’s been a fairly interesting news week. I managed to dig up a few good articles, and even a couple that struck a personal note for me. Hope you enjoy. In the coming weeks, if you find something interesting you think everyone should read, drop me a line via the contact form and let me know, or just post it below. Let’s get started:

1) Read a 250-page preview of zombie kung-fu comic insanity online: Kagan McLeod has posted a massive preview of his new graphic novel.

2) Awesome Sci-Fi Moms: Mother’s Day was just this past Sunday, so I thought this list was appropriate. fantasy book reviews science fiction book reviews

3) 2011 Audie Awards Finalists: There is so much that goes into making a good audiobook. Here are a few that stand above the rest.

4) Writing advice from Helena Bell: She makes some valid points which I will keep in mind as I work on my own writing. However, I think there is a tremendous amount of help to be gained by consulting experienced (and willing) writers while you are developing your craft. Just because someone can’t teach you everything, doesn’t mean they can teach you nothing at all.

5) Writer Beware: Pay to Play Anthologies: I was suckered into one of these when I was a kid. I was so excited that I was possibly getting published. My 13-year old heart took a pounding when I realized I would have to pay to see my poetry in book form. Luckily my parents recognized it immediately as a scam and explained how it all worked to me. I’ve loathed them (the scams, not my parents) with every fiber of my being ever since.

fantasy book reviews science fiction book reviews6) The New York Times Is Very Sorry For Getting Bilbo’s Sword Wrong: Ha! The Times learns just how many fantasy nerds watch baseball.

7) Keanu Reeves to play in Akira?: This is not really fantasy-related, but it’s a topic near and dear to my heart. N.K. Jemisin broke the news to me in a blog post about it a little while ago. Akira was my introduction to Anime and more importantly to Asian film in general. It’s gut-wrenching to see Hollywood whitewash Akira. Somebody stop them, please….

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JUSTIN BLAZIER (on FanLit's staff since September 2009) is a Cyber-Security Analyst/Network Engineer located in Northern Kentucky. Like many fantasy enthusiasts, Justin cut his teeth on authors like Tolkien, Anthony, and Lewis. Due to lack of space, his small public library would often give him their donated SFF books. When he is not reading books he is likely playing board games or Tabletop RPGs. Justin lives in a quiet neighborhood with his wife, their daughter, and Norman the dog.

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  1. Keanu’s mixed–but that’s not to say he’s a great actor, or that he’s the right ethnicity for the part, or that they won’t fail and whitewash everyone else in the movie…

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