WWW: August 31, 2011

All kinds of good stuff today. Everything from beautiful illustrations to feminist rants, hope you all 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:

fantasy book reviews science fiction book reviews1) Tolkien Library Interviews Benjamin Harff: A nod to John Ottinger over at Grasping for the Wind for finding this link. Benjamin is hand-illustrating The Silmarillion, and it looks stunning.

2) Joe Abercrombie’s Work in Progress: Joe blogs a bit about his upcoming novel, Red Country. I’m already very excited.

3) Fantasy Book Critic Giveaway: Robert has posted a giveaway for a SIGNED SET of Night Shade Books’ Miserere: An Autumn Tale, Of Blood & Honey, The Whitefire Crossing and The Winds of Khalakovo. Very Nice. Check out the interview with the authors there also.

4) Video Pick of the Week: Ira Glass on Storytelling: Ira Glass is almost always interesting to listen to.

5) Feminist Media Criticism of A Game of Thrones: Alyssa Rosenberg responds.

6) Fantasy Ascendant: A New York Times letter to the editor congratulating Book Review for finally noticing fantasy after being hit in the head with the genre via the Best Seller list for years.

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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. Nothing like starting the morning with a good feminist rant! I read Alyssa Rosenberg’s essay and several of the (essay-length) comments. Then I clicked over and read some of Sady Doyle’s original essay. Meh.

  2. I consider myself a feminist, but there should be another word for the women who have that kind of temper tantrum on the internet (a la Sady Doyle). It doesn’t help and I’d rather not identify myself with it.

  3. I’m so psyched about Abercrombie’s next novel. Especially since I had read about it being influenced by Westerns. And Red Country sounds like an awesome title when associated with Abercrombie.

  4. Kat– Perhaps that word for people who have temper tantrums on the intent is “Brat?”

  5. I just looked at the Illuminated Silmarillion, and it is stunning!

  6. I enjoyed the Silmarillion interview, too. You can click on the images and see them bigger.

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