Jumpdrives & Cantrips


McLinky Linkerton
March 27, 2008, 1910
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Today is a slow day: things seem to just drag by. Winter is also dragging by, and I’m waiting for the snow to finally melt for good. Neither the melt nor I got much of consequence accomplished today, but that’s ok. I have the sneaking suspicion that tomorrow will try to bowl me over in exchange (fingers crossed that the melt does, too). In any case, I’m reading the third Jani Kilian book and having trouble deciding what to read beyond that. I’m not quite sure what I’m in the mood for, so if you have a suggestion feel free to ante up. With that, here’s some linkage:

  • I know I said that I’m not usually big on the whole awards thing, but I just have to plug the Prix Aurora Award’s nominations this year since they’ll be held here in Winnipeg this May at Keycon (via SF Scope).
  • Fantasy Debut‘s Tia wrote a piece about Character Development Novels. I love that she mentions Elizabeth Moon’s The Deed of Paksenarrion as a book that really focuses on the character’s development.
  • Here’s a look at cover art choices for science fiction and fantasy by the art director for Tor/Forge, followed by John Scalzi’s take on things. Have to say, I think things have simultaneously gotten both better and worse: there are some truly amazing covers for major publishing houses, but never have there been so many utterly depressing CG covers for eBooks that just make me roll my eyes–and some for very good books that are now being e-published as reprints.
  • Religion in science fiction and how various important sorts answer the question of whether science fiction is antithetical to religion get discussed on SF Signal’s Mindmeld (via Pat’s Fantasy Hotlist). I have one word for you: Scientology. 🙂
  • Aiden from A Dribble of Ink drew my attention to Papercuts’ The Seven Deadly Words of Book Reviewing. Which I would like to think I’m not horribly embarrassed by, but suspect otherwise.

Lots of interesting and occasionally weighty discussions recently! On a lighter note, in honour of the fact that my husband hoodwinked me into watching the entire MacGyver television run piece by piece (now midway through season 5), I found this. And giggled. It’s, um, priceless.

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Great article links, Sara! I whine about cover art at Enduring Romance regularly, I think. Besides whether the color is visually irritating or not, I think it’s the extreme depictions which bother me the most. With the Romance genre, the couples look like they’re in the middle of the Deed or belong in a porn shop. It screams Erotica when the book is, in fact, only Sensual. With Science Fiction or Fantasy, the covers which turn me off are the Dark & Gritty and depressing doom & gloom. Where’s the sense of adventure? Where’s the fun and heroics? Similar to what one commenter said, I’m only glad they got over the Big Bimbo on a Dragon fad.

But, then, there are truly stunning book covers out there and I have been known to buy a book just because of that. In fact, I picked up Jim C. Hines’ GOBLIN books because of the sheer terror on the little green goblin on the cover. I could just tell he was a reluctant and radically unqualified hero. I love stories with those kinds of heroes.
😉

Comment by kimber an

Covers depicting excitement and adventure?

SHAZAM: http://warrenellis.com/?p=5755

hehe. The old pulp covers are a little dated, to be sure, but oh so entertaining!

Comment by flaede

Kimber- That’s the thing, there are so many absolutely jaw-dropping covers out there. I think Fantasy and Sci Fi actually get much more creative covers sometimes because it’s a speculative field, so artists are a little more free to do things that aren’t directly “real” representations! Though when covers don’t reflect what the content is, it’s very frustrating, agreed! I haven’t gotten to Jim C. Hines yet, but I’m hoping to!

Flaede- Heh, well you know I have a vague obsession with pulp covers anyway. Pin ups are hilarious sometimes too. 🙂

–Sara

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