New Tor.com Post: A Hymn Before Battle by John Ringo

Over on Tor.com, I take a look back at the first in John Ringo’s popular Posleen series, A Hymn Before Battle. It’s already sparked some interesting comments, but it’s not too late to join in.

New Tor.com Post: The Forever War, by Joe Haldeman

Over on Tor.com, I discuss one of my all-time favorite science fiction books. The Forever War, one of the truly great classics of military science fiction, pretty much helped to define the genre for me as a youth, and I’m pleased to share my thoughts on it. So go check out my post, and tell me what you think.

New Tor.com Post: Cinder, by Marissa Meyer

My latest YA book review has gone live over at Tor.com. Join me, where I talk about Cinder, an intriguing science fiction re-imagining of Cinderella. Feel free to leave comments, and tell me about some of your favorite fairy tale reinterpretations.

New Tor.com Review – Winning Mars

My newest review has gone live over at Tor.com. I take a look at Jason Stoddard’s Winning Mars, in which a television executive tries to take the reality show to the Red Planet. Go see what I had to say, and leave some comments.

New Tor.Com Review – New Cthulhu

My latest review for Tor.com has gone live. I take a lengthy look at Paula Guran’s latest reprint anthology, New Cthulhu: The Recent Weird. Go check it out.

Also, don’t forget: in celebration of my 1000th archived review, I’m running a contest. You have one more day (mostly) to enter!

A Review Milestone! And A Contest!

I just noticed that I have posted 1000 reviews to my website.
One freaking thousand individual posts. That covers over a decade’s worth of books from Absolute Magnitude, Science Fiction Chronicle, Realms of Fantasy, Green Man Review, SF Site, and bonus reviews posted directly to the site.

That doesn’t take into account posts where I reviewed multiple books at a time, things I’ve done that haven’t been archived yet, or the work I’ve done for Publishers Weekly, which can never be revealed.

That’s a whole lot of posts. Here’s to the next thousand.

You know what? To celebrate, I’m going to give away a book. I have here a nice shiny copy of Karen Mahoney’s The Iron Witch (which I reviewed here). All you have to do to have a shot at winning this book is to comment on this post. You can do it on my website, on my Facebook, or on my Livejournal, wherever you see this. Oh, and one more catch: I’d like you to tell me about a time when a book review convinced you to buy a book you otherwise might not have gotten. Bonus points if it was one of my reviews. Feel free to browse my archive, or visit the above linked sites, or go browse Amazon or Tor or any of the other many, many, MANY fine review sites online. :)

This contest closes at the end of Friday, December 9th. A winner will be chosen by my cats. Additional prizes may be given at my whim or discretion. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited. This contest not sponsored by any political parties, Elder Gods, or publishers. Have a nice day.

New Book Review Live on Tor.com

As I mentioned a while back, I’ve started contributing YA book reviews to Tor.com. Just because Realms of Fantasy has shut its doors one last time doesn’t mean I’ll stop doing what I love.
The first of my YA reviews has gone live over at Tor, and is available for your reading pleasure. Join me as I talk about Dearly, Departed by Lia Habel. It’s a zombie steampunk futuristic romantic adventure!

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My First Tor Post Is Live!

As the title says, my first review/appreciation post for Tor.com has gone live. I’m quite pleased and honored to be part of the Tor blogger family, and I hope people will drop by to check it out, comment, and share their thoughts. In this post, I cover Mike Shepherd’s Kris Longknife series, focusing upon the newest book in the series, Daring.

I’ll be over here doing a little happy dance. :)

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New Reviews Online

With the unfortunate closure of Realms of Fantasy, the review column I submitted for the December 2011 issue has been orphaned. (Even another miracle save would probably lead to delays and then the reviews wouldn’t be timely, and we can’t have that, can we?) With that in mind, I’ve uploaded the contents to my website. Please click through to check out the following reviews:

Variant, by Robison Wells
Drink, Slay, Love by Sarah Beth Durst
The Shattering, by Karen Healy
The Death Catchers, by Jennifer Anne Kogler
Wildefire, by Karsten Knight
Texas Gothic, by Rosemary Clement-Moore
Forever, by Maggie Stiefvater
Blood Feud, by Steven A. Roman

As always, I welcome any discussion or comments.

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Alas, Poor Realms of Fantasy

I’m afraid I have some sad news where Realms of Fantasy is concerned. Yet again, the magazine is closing, as the current publishers can no longer afford to keep it going properly. This makes the third closure for Realms in under five years, and even I, the ever-optimistic one, can’t exactly hope for yet another miracle. In this economy, in this time of marketplace change and technological evolution, print genre magazines have been a dying breed for years. That’s the sad, simple truth. I can’t hope for yet another idealistic publisher with deep pockets and a Quixotic dream to come along. It would be nice, and it would be beautiful, but I’m prepared to accept that this is most likely the end. Sigh.

That said, my five-and-change years with Realms of Fantasy have been nothing short of awesome. I’ve worked with some spectacular people, met untold numbers of excellent authors, and been part of something magnificent. I’ve been able to indulge in something I love, month after month, and expose a much larger audience to all sorts of books. I can’t complain about that. I can definitely hold my head up high. Special thanks go to Shawna McCarthy for being the spirit of the magazine for all these years, and Doug Cohen, who’s been one of the best editors ever. Should the magazine somehow revive again, they’d better be on the new publisher’s speed dial.

This isn’t completely bad news. You can’t keep a good book reviewer down. I’ll still be covering YA books for whatever venues I can find. Some might go to SF Site or the Green Man Review or my own website. Also, I’ll be contributing reviews to Tor.com. I’ll have more details on that soon, but you will definitely see my YA book reviews on Tor.com in the near future. So keep those review copies, ARCs, and queries coming. And if anyone else is willing to give me a review platform, I’m open to negotiations!

So let’s raise our drinks to Realms of Fantasy.