The Hill, Hobbiton Across the Water. Image property of the Tolkien Estate, 1937Nerds of a Feather review K.J. Parker’s How to Rule An Empire and Get Away With It.

Over at, they introduce us to the possibility of Count Dracula Daily, as a Substack blogger is emailing out Dracula in serial format every day.

Fantasy writer Faith Hunter has publicly apologized for harassing behavior, and withdrawn from conventions for the rest of the year, after several incidents at JordanCon this year. File 770 has two long articles on this for those who want the details.

Snowpiercer will end after its fourth season.

Netflix has announced an expansion to its Shadow and Bone experience; a linked video game. Speaking of the Grishaverse, last year, Book Smugglers started a reread of the series. Here is one review.


Staff from Stephen Colbert’s show were arrested by the Capitol Police last week, for failing to vacate the building (they were filming a skit).

Publishers Weekly shares its take on summer reading for 2022. I linked to the SFF list. You can access the entire list here.

The Mary Sue shares a slate of interesting reads as part of its book club. All involve magic, several involve mysteries. Count me in.

This robotic dog can propel itself through water and even has a cool acronym (NAUT) for its propulsion system.


From March, Smithsonian reports the Tolkien Estate released several original illustrations by Tolkien himself. Some of these are familiar.

Ars Technica reviews the Tribeca Summer Games Fest and discusses their favorite games.

A fifteen-minute discussion with Neil Gaiman and Tom Sturridge (who plays Dream).


  • Marion Deeds

    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.