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Inspired by John Scalzi, I thought I’d poll all my readers out there and see what you are reading this weekend. Books, magazines, blogs, whatever. I’m reading Ross Macdonald’s Meet Me at the Morgue for fiction, Gotham Central Book 1: In the Line of Duty by Greg Rucka, Ed Brubaker and Michael Lark in the…

My 2011 summer reading was pretty meagre this year. For various reasons too boring to go into here, there wasn’t much actually much vacation for me this summer. I think I’ll probably have a better December/Christmas reading list than summer. Such is life. Anyways, what I did read was pretty good, so let’s get to…

Friday Fun: Noir Week at Tor.com

All week I’ve been planning to feature Tor.com’s Noir Week series here today. Somehow it’s fitting that my slightly dark mood right now is matched by the subject matter of the Friday Fun. From the introductory post: Welcome to Noir Week at Tor.com! Join us as we escape from the sweltering dog days of summer…

The world of fantasy genre fiction is finally happy this week. An incredibly long-awaited event has finally taken place. George R.R. Martin’s A Dance with Dragons, fifth book in the epic A Song of Ice and Fire series has finally been published. With over five years since the last one, with much grumbling from the…

I have a whole pile of science-y book reviews on two of my older blogs, here and here. Both of those blogs have now been largely superseded by or merged into this one. So I’m going to be slowly moving the relevant reviews over here. I’ll mostly be doing the posts one or two per…

On Tor.com over the last couple of years, Kate Nepveu has been taking us through a chapter-by-chapter re-read of The Lord of the Rings. In each post she would give a brief summary of the action as well as some commentary. It’s been a great project and it’s just come to an end in the…

Geek Book Gift Guide

Although it is perilously close to way too late, but you do have time to rush down to an actual, honest-to-goodness bookstore (or perhaps get an ebook from an estore) and maybe pick up one of these titanic suggestions from Ethan Gilsdorf on Tor.com. All great stuff for the geek in your life. Hint, hint.…

Best Science Books 2010: BoingBoing

Another list for your reading, gift giving and collection development pleasure. The list is a compilation of selections from all the different BB editors. I’m also only selecting 2010 books from their lists. How to Teach Physics to Your Dog by Chad Orzel Cognitive Surplus: Creativity and Generosity in a Connected Age by Clay Shirky…

Canadian horror/dark fantasy writer Kelley Armstrong has a nice list of 10 favourite horror novels in a recent issue of the Globe and Mail. Here it is: The Shining by Stephen King The Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris The Turn of The Screw by Henry James The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty The…

Friday Fun: Growing up a horror fan

A second Halloween-related post, with the happy day coming up this weekend. My “give a scary book” post came on Monday. Anyways, a recent post on Horrornews.net really resonated with me: Growing up as a horror fan. Mostly because I too grew up a huge horror fan, mostly watching cheesy old Hammer films on tv,…

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