It’s technically not Friday any more, but I do have some shizzle to share.
- I found this article from Arina on non-binary Spec-Fic writers and their motivation/journeys to be interesting – I always like interviews, and this of course is a bunch of one of them in one spot.
- I’m not the only person doing something cool on Fridays. Well. Since this isn’t cool, and it’s not on Friday, maybe it’s more accurate to say here’s a cool thing another blogger does on Fridays. Namely Eriophora’s Short Fiction Fridays. Martha Wells’ The Salt Witch last week is the one that caught my attention, but I plan to check in on this one reasonably regularly.
- I read Rin’s post on negative book criticism with a bit of hmm’ing and huh’ing and not being quite sure what I thought. Then I came to back to my draft post for this and found I’d stuck down Dianthaa’s rant on Rhythm of War as something to highlight, which forced me to clarify my thoughts on the matter. I personally try to avoid doing negative reviews myself for a bunch of reasons. But, I do enjoy a good snarky review. I very much appreciated the argument made for snark in this review on Mantell’s snarky essays. I own an ebook of Jay Rayner’s 20 most savage restaurant reviews for crying out loud. And yet – when people make the case for negative book reviews, I still recoil instinctively. Why? I guess a big part of it is I’m here for conversations and learning. You can still be critical in that – have to be – but the closer we get to the big grandstanding takedown, the more possible conversations disappear. Which is fine. Not every conversation can be had, not every conversation is wanted. Nevertheless, I am wary of it. But probably not so wary that I wouldn’t do a savaging of, say, Ready Player Two for a hundred quid. Still, interesting to think about – and I can’t help but wonder what the ethos would be if fantasy reviewers weren’t so close to fantasy authors.
- The top tens are starting to come out now, in term for that last minute Christmas shopping; Womble has six posts full of present ideas, Dave at espressococo has his top thrillers and top fantasy books. I’m sure more best of lists will be coming. I’m trying to think what lists I’ll be doing, and what lists I could do that’d maybe offer something a little different, and for that Rin’s 100+ ideas for Year lists is a great start. Maybe a bit demented, but great.
- At this point I am tired of posting about Melissa Caruso’s twitter writing craft threads every week, just follow her. She has a cute dog too. I’m not saying we should love authors based on the quality of their pets, but that’s just how it works.