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Some things!

First:

Norilana Books is having a Foreclosure and Cross-Country Moving Book Sale Vera has lost her house to the Bank of America, her health insurance, and is moving cross-country with her cancer survivor mother and four elderly pets. She runs a small press publisher and her books are available through Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and other online outlets.

(Please, please pass this on to anybody you think would be interested.)

And Vera is re-publishing Tanith Lee's out of print novels.

I see people talk a lot of crap about female characters, the quest theme, and sex in fantasy, but who have never read Tanith Lee. Her first novel was The Birthgrave

It was published in 1975, nominated for a Nebula Award, and I read it when I was eleven. I was way, way too young for it and it warped my mind into the state of confusion you see today.

A mysterious woman awakens in the heart of a dormant volcano and comes forth into a brutal ancient world transformed by genocidal pestilence, war, fierce beauty, and cultural devastation. She has no memory of herself, and she could be anyone -- mortal woman, demoness lover, last living heir to a long-gone race, or a goddess of destruction. Compelled by the terrifying Karrakaz to search for the mysterious Jade that is the answer to her secret self, she embarks on a journey of timeless wonder.

Come within this realm of brilliant cruel beauty and seductive immortal ruins, of savage war and grand conquest, of falling stars and silver gods, of longing and desire.


If you use that Amazon link above to buy, Vera also gets an Amazon associate's cut.


Second Thing:

Salon Reviews the Reviewers of Game of Thrones This article highlights two in particular: the NYT review that wants to make female SF/F fans and writers invisible, and the Slate review that wants to make female SF/F fans and writers ashamed.

At least Patterson cops to never liking fantasy fiction, and even admits (hilariously) to canceling a date in college once he found out that the young woman in question attended Renaissance festivals dressed as a "serving wench."

Yeah, that's just high-larious. At least he saved her the trouble of taking one look at him, excusing herself, and climbing out the bathroom window.

caitri linked to this awesome fan's response: I hate fantasy fiction SO VERY MUCH that on Saturday, due to an alert from LA-ist, I abandoned work, slathered Nair on these neglected armpits, jumped in the shower, tore apart my closet and accessories in search of just the right outfit for the Iron Throne (while quoting random passages from the books in my head), then got on a bus for a 45-minute ride followed by a 1/2 mile walk down Hollywood Boulevard carrying my assagai, JUST SO I COULD SIT IN THE THRONE OF THE SEVEN KINGDOMS.

Third Thing:

On the Night Bazaar: It Doesn’t Get Easier. It Gets Better. About writing and criticism and learning how to handle it. I know a lot of folks who say that you should be nice to new writers. That you should only be encouraging. Now that I’ve finally got a book out, I realize just how crippling than advice could prove to be. Oh sure, maybe they keep writing for awhile, and maybe they get a book published, but if nobody along the way said a bad word about their fiction, they're going to get a real brutal wake-up call when they start getting "fan" email, Google alerts with their name, and reading Amazon reviews. If you thought your high school writers' workshop was brutal, try some book review sites.


Fourth Thing:

Don't forget to enter the free book drawing for a copy of Benjamin Tate's Well of Sorrows. You have until Wednesday to enter.

ETA: Another Thing:

I have an essay up on The Cloud Roads on Mindy Klasky's new Inside Track feature. You can also enter there for a chance to win a free copy of the book.
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One of the best books ever written. I usually can only enjoy a book 1x. That one I've read a dozen times. SUCH an impressive debut. Tanith Lee's such an awesome writer -- well known in fantasy circles (and horror, with her vampire series) but outside of it, no one recognizes the name. One of the things I'm proudest of is that my stories appear in anthologies with hers and she's a friend of a friend. Little old junior high me reading her book would just plotz over that if she knew...

Just wanted to say I devoured The Cloud Roads yesterday and had to force myself to put it aside to give my husband a chance at it before I dive in to reread it. Loved it, and thank you so much!

Thank you very much! Glad you enjoyed it. :)

Hey, I love feedback. I thought the least I could do was come tell you that! (And now I'm wishing I still had a Ronon icon...)

Thank you kindly for the signal boost!

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