Friday, 14 August 2009

Friday funny + linky-links

Some genre linky-links for y'all. But first, as always, a funny:
william shakespeare

And now linky-links :)

No doubt as to what has caused the most fuss this week - John C. Wright's (no, I hadn't heard of him either) pathetic rant about homosexuality. In short, it's disgusting. Not only are his views utterly repulsive, but as an up-and-coming author (he's only been around for a few years) he's displayed a pig-headed ignorance not seen since David Bilsborough managed to piss off the entire online genre community a few years back. Hopefully Wright's career will go into a nose-dive from here on - I certainly won't be reading any of his work. Unsurprisingly, Wert has already written a typically well-considered post on this distasteful matter...

Moving on to more positive things...

Orbit publisher Tim Holman has got a new blog in which he discusses the industry. Well worth checking out, as it's always interesting to get an inside look at what goes on behind closed doors...his latest post concerns what elements made up fantasy book covers in 2008.

Pat has been fortunate enough to spend some time with GRRM, and has blogged about this - and more - in the first part of his Worldcon report. Pat's also reported on Blake Charlton's Spellwright, which he suggests could be the debut fantasy novel of 2010. Personally the blurb leaves me unconvinced - some interesting ideas in there, but also some rather tired clich├ęs...

If you missed Wert's excellent rant on the many Dune spin-offs, then be sure to check it out.

Aidan's got the artwork and synopsis for Lev Grossman's Magicians, which has received some high praise. Grossman's publisher was kind enough to offer me a copy, so I've got this one lined up for the near future. Sounds promising. Aidan's also got the synopsis for Guy Gavriel Kay's upcoming novel Under Heaven.

Neth has reviewed George Mann's The Affinity Bridge, which has been knocking around my spare bedroom for a while...must get around to it at some point...

Mark's posted the artwork for another upcoming novel, Farlander by Col Buchanan. Nice, reminiscent of the new Erikson covers...

Right, that's enough for now...hope you all have a good weekend. :)

3 comments:

Leonor said...

Well people are entitled to their opinions-no matter how stupid.

What's tiring is how bigotry and discimination against certain groups of folks get decried loudly, yet against other groups it passes without the left even blinking. Shameful.

Martin said...

but as an up-and-coming author

Wright isn't so much and up-and-coming author as a been-and-gone one. His first (space opera) trilogy was well received (in America, at least) despite its high libertarian nutbag quotient. He then became a Born Again Christian and hence a double nutbag. Even so his second (fantasy) trilogy were still reasonably well received (one got on the Nebula shortlist) but it was clear he had completely lost it by then. I'm surprised this is the first time a chunk of the blogosphere has found out about this, he has been doing it for years.

Unsurprisingly, Wert has already written a typically well-considered post on this distasteful matter...

Wrong link, I think.

James said...

Yeah, from doing a bit of further investigation it seems he's been a bonafide nutjob for quite a while.

Thanks for letting me know about the link, should be working now :)

Oh, and Hal Duncan has written a typically detailed response: