- Yep, it’s spring in Kentucky. We’re having a snowstorm, freakishly, and then I’m sure it’ll be in the 50s and sunny forever, starting in the middle of next week. We did our spring cleaning yesterday in preparation (stacks of books shelved or cast aside for donation!), so the house is sparkly nice for my weekend of hibernation and thesising.
- Speaking of which, as soon as it stops snowing I need to get to a bookstore, because reading this New Yorker piece about Gossip Girl what do I discover? There’s an omniscient narrator. Now, it’s probably arguable how realistic these books actually are, but there’s no magic to speak of and they’re by an American* and so for my purposes? Genius.
- Jeff Ford’s The Shadow Year, which I can’t wait to read, is apparently already in stores. It’s also an April Booksense pick. Yay!
- The fabulous Cassandra Clare gets interviewed by Cynthia Leitich Smith.
- Libba Bray is smart on fanfic.
- Why teen girls love vampires. I’ll admit it–I was a vampire fiction whore when I was a teen. Those were my (un)guilty pleasure books, so I’m not at all surprised by this "trend."
- Hot Slayer on Slayer action.
- Jeff VanderMeer interviews Toby Barlow in free verse. I’ve got to get my hands on a copy of Sharp Teeth.
*Yep, I realize there’s a string of ghostwriters. I only need concern myself with the first one and the convention observed throughout, since this is intended to bolster a side point.