Still crazy busy, swirling deadlines and revising going on, so just a few quick hangovers and then poof! I'm gone again for a bit.
- Locus has put together a cool new supplement that includes all the reviews for the books on its 2012 Recommended Reading List (including Blackwood, which is on the First Novels list). I believe this is the first time they've done this, and so I wanted to point to it, since I know plenty of librarians and booksellers drop by here from time time. You can get it from Amazon or direct from Locus as an epub or PDF for $2.99. Here's the description of the contents:
- The Oscars were so awful that I stopped watching not far in. The reasons why are pretty much nailed in this NYer piece. See also: Nora Jemisin's excellent post about the enraging reaction to the young, confident, fabulous Quvenzhané Wallis. And Ms. Libba Bray breaks down the humor and how the best aims higher.
- The Town That Spent 25 Years Underwater.
- Your brain on books. (Via Stacked.)
- Austin offers some thought-provoking–as ever–ruminations on the idea of artist disclosures about how it's not always going well all the time and 'the myth of artistic genius' and etcetera. (Trust me when I tell you: It's not always going well all the time. And etcetera.)
- Ancient magma oceans on Mercury.
"A special supplement to the Locus 2012 Year in Review issue, the Year in Reviews features our list of recommended 2012 book titles — Science Fiction, Fantasy, Young Adult, and First Novels, plus Collections, and Anthologies — with their respective Locus reviews or write-ups from the magazine. The supplement includes reviews of nearly 150 recommended titles, linked directly from the Recommended List, to be used as a reference for readers, book buyers, booksellers, librarians, and collectors."