My Latest Review on Fantasy-Faction

I have another review up on Fantasy-Faction. This month, I reviewed Six-Gun Snow White by Catherynne M. Valente.

This novella is absolutely stunning, and I can’t recommend it enough. It’s not a retelling of Snow White, but a transformation of the tale to fit America, and the Wild West in particular. And Valente’s writing is incredible–she’ll make you laugh, cry, and re-read dozens of her poetic lines. And if you have a friend who only reads literary fiction, pass this along to them–the magic is minimal, it’s character-driven, and the writing is excellent.

So head over to Fantasy-Faction and give it my review a read. Then go order the novella. It’s 160 pages of awesome.

Oh, and when you’re done with that, check out Valente on Twitter. During this campaign season, her political tweets have been on point. If you like the stuff I’ve been posting and re-tweeting, odds are that she pointed me to the good stuff.

Need Some E-Stocking-Stuffers?

It’s the holiday season, so I’m sure a lot of you out there, like me, are putting together lists of gifts to give and to ask for. And, if you’re like me, you love giving and getting books.

This year is a little weird for me, because instead of gathering at someone’s home, my family has rented a house for a week, and we are all staying there. Of course, travelling being the hassle it is, packing and returning with gifts is a pain, so my family is pretty much just exchanging gift cards this year. Yeah, it’s a little lame, but everyone can get what they want, avoid awkward conversations with the TSA, and we get to focus on food, fun, and family.

If you’re not a fan of gift cards, but face similar limitations–or you just really like technology–have you thought about gifting e-books? Most online bookstores make gifting e-books very easy (once you learn a few tricks). Not only can you give a gift with a few clicks using someone’s wishlist, but you can also use sites like SFSignal.com.

SFSignal recently posted a list of 43 sci-fi, fantasy, and horror Kindle e-books for under $3. It’s a great list, with wonderful anthologies like 999, and authors like Brandon Sanderson, Mira Grant, Richard Kadrey, Catherynne M. Valente, and David Brin. If you’re a genre reader, or know a genre reader, this a great resource for inexpensive e-books. You can fill up their e-stocking and their Kindle.

Oh, and for any family members who read this and think I’m hinting at gift ideas, talk to me first. I’ve already read many of the books on this list.

Programming Note

Today is a do laundry/schedule interviews/submit to writing group/make coffee kinda day. So while I run around getting stuff done, I give you two things:

First: cake. I can’t decide if this is a great cake or the greatest cake. I just hope it’s not a lie.

Second: a short story by Catherynne Valente published in the August 2012 issue of Clarkesworld.

Programming Note–Read This While I Write

So I’m super busy today working on all sorts of little projects. So here are a few things for you to read. First, here’s an interview HBO did with George R.R. Martin about the Blackwater episode and his next book, among other things. Second, go follow Catherynne Valente on twitter as she tears apart Prometheus (SPOILERS if you haven’t seen it). Finally, in case you missed it, I have another post on Fantasy-Faction examining some possible reasons why fantasy is so popular now.

I’ll check in later if I can. Until then, I hope you enjoy these links.

Catherynne Valente Update

As I mentioned yesterday, Catherynne Valente was offering writing advice on Charles Stross’s blog. I only posted links to parts one and two. Because I am sure you found her posts to be so wonderful, I thought I’d let you know that you can now find posts three and four online. And don’t worry, part four is the final post, so this will be the last update. Now go read.