Archive for August, 2012

John Scalzi has posted his Chicon 7 schedule on his blog.   Just in case you’re going to Chicon, and want to meet him (or talk his ear off), check out his schedule.

Here’s just one of his appearances (per his schedule):

Sun Sept 2 8:00:pm
The Hugo Ceremony (Grand Ballroom)
You know who gets to give out the awards this year? Why, I do! BWA HA HA HAH HA HA HA! No, I won’t know in advance who won. Don’t ask me. You can’t bribe me.


If you’d like to learn more about Chicon 7 (where, what, etc etc etc), here’s the LINK    


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The Mythopoeic Society announced its 2012 Finalists back in May, and the winners were announced on August 5, 2012.   I went through the list and we have all but one (which, unfortunately, will be very difficult for me to try to order for the collection).   I’ve included the Lisle Library call number next to each book.

Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Adult Literature

  • Lisa Goldstein, The Uncertain Places (Tachyon) * WINNER*   SF-F GOL
  • Erin Morgenstern, The Night Circus (Doubleday)  SF-F MOR
  • Richard Parks, The Heavenly Fox (PS Publishing)  (not at LLD)
  • Catherynne M. Valente, Deathless (Tor)  SF-F VAL
  • Jo Walton, Among Others (Tor)  SF-F WAL

Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Children’s Literature

  • Lisa Mantchev, Théâtre Illuminata series, consisting of Eyes Like Stars, Perchance to Dream, and So Silver Bright (Feiwel and Friends)  Jh MAN
  • Tamora Pierce, Beka Cooper series, consisting of Terrier, Bloodhound, and Mastiff (Random House)  Jh PIE
  • Delia Sherman, The Freedom Maze (Big Mouth House) * WINNER*  Jh SHE
  • Maggie Stiefvater, The Scorpio Races (Scholastic)   TN STI
  • Catherynne M. Valente, The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making (Feiwel and Friends)   Jh VAL


And what the heck is the Mythopoeic Society?   Click on the link to learn all about them, but here’s a bit from their site:  The Mythopoeic Society is a national/international organization promoting the study, discussion, and enjoyment of fantastic and mythopoeic literature through books and periodicals, annual conferences, discussion groups, awards, and more.

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Harry Harrison, 1925-2012

Passing along the sad news that author Harry Harrison has passed away.   The Guardian UK has a nice article, if you’d like to read more.

author Harry Harrison

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One of my colleagues showed this to me, and I listened to it and thought it was really interesting.  This recording on This American Life has a story about a teenager who ran away from home, with the idea that he’d move in with author Piers Anthony.

Here’s the direct link, if you’d like to take a listen.  I thought it was interesting to listen to this guy’s story, not just because he wanted to meet Piers Anthony, but because he talks about how as a kid, he felt like no one was reading the books he was reading …. and I think that’s something that probably resonates with a lot of people.

author Piers Anthony (from his site)

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Author Holly Lisle —

Since we’ll be discussing Diplomacy of Wolves on August 29th, I wanted to post some information about the author, Holly Lisle.

She’s got a very informative site, including the first chapter of Diplomacy of Wolves.   She also has a short piece asking, “Are you my Reader?”, which asks questions, including:

  • You’re my reader if you love real heroes struggling to do what’s right against overwhelming odds…
  • You’re my reader if you believe there’s a difference between right and wrong, and you’d rather cheer for the characters who are fighting to do things right…
  • You’re my reader if you love stories where one person can beat the odds and make a difference…
  • You’re my reader if you value creation over destruction…
  • You’re my reader if you love characters in high-tech worlds where the tech goes wrong more often than it goes right, and the solution to wrecked tech is not bigger tech, but better thinking…
  • You’re my reader if you love fantasy in high-magic worlds, where magic is the problem way more often than it’s the solution, and where the rules of magic make sense, can’t be broken with the wave of a magic wand, and always have consequences…

I’m planning on having an interesting discussion when we meet on the 29th!

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The 2012 World Fantasy Award nominees have been announced (winners will be announced at this year’s convention in Toronto).  You can read all about it, and find the entire list HERE.

I have gone through the list, and the library does have almost all of the nominated novels (call number is listed), and a few of the other books in other categories (I’ve included their book covers below):

•  Those Across the River, Christopher Buehlman (Ace)  F BUE
•  11/22/63, Stephen King (Scribner; Hodder & Stoughton as 11.22.63)  F KIN
•  A Dance with Dragons, George R.R. Martin (Bantam; Harper Voyager UK)  SF-F MAR
•  Osama, Lavie Tidhar (PS Publishing)  title is on-order (due out in Oct.)
•  Among Others, Jo Walton (Tor)  SF-F  KIN

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Here’s another smattering of new books that will be arriving at the library soon:

The Blinding Knife by Brent Weeks (Lightbringer, #2)

Body, Inc. by Alan Dean Foster (Tipping Point Trilogy, #2)

Forge of Darkness by Steven Erikson (Kharkanas Trilogy, #1)

In the House of the Wicked by Thomas Sniegoski (Remy Chandler, #5)

Midst Toil and Tribulation by David Weber (Safehold, #6)

Seawitch by Kat Richardson (Greywalker, #7)

Stormdancer by Jay Kristoff (Lotus War Trilogy, #1)

The Wanderers by Paula Brandon (Veiled Isles Trilogy, #3)

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