- At the movies with David Mitchell. I haven't finished The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet yet, but this review tracks pretty closely to my own take.
- Techland chats with Junot Diaz...
- ...and runs a Scott Pilgrim book club! (Just in time for the last book.)
- Omnivoracious interviews Anthony Doerr about his new collection Memory Wall. The title novella was one of my favorite SF stories of last year, but it went mostly unread in SF circles.
- Mitchell and Webb on word rage, via Language Log:
A mantis among tomatoes.
Amazon's giving away one-year Prime accounts to people with .edu email addresses.
Now I have to fight the urge to order jackhammers, mattresses, and chest-of-drawers with free two-day shipping.
Hope you enjoy!
The new issue of Beneath Ceaseless Skies is up, featuring a story by Campbell and Nebula nominee Saladin Ahmed. "Mister Hadj's Sunset Ride" is a fun and propulsive weird-western in which a badass man-of-few-words Muslim hexslinger tracks down an outlaw named Parson Lucifer. Took me a few pages to warm to the westerny narration, but the action's vivid, the magic strange, and the characters so satisfyingly iconic that I hope to see more of them.
Alice Sola Kim's "The Other Graces" isn't available online, but it's more than worth the price of admission for the latest issue of Asimov's, and I hope/suspect it'll pop up in quite a few best-of-the-year lists. It's one of those rare, rare stories that creates a complete and totally compelling headspace, a full and textured person; for all its cool ideas (a girl's alternate universe selves help her to get into an Ivy League school), "The Other Graces" rocks-and-rolls on the strength of Grace herself, her electric anxieties and aspirations. An absolutely essential read for 2010, and a piece that should appeal to folks who aren't regular SF readers.