Housekeeping: Again, thanks to those folks who are linking to the new version of the blog and/or who have bothered to change their links. It is making a big difference: Over the past (approximately) two days, the traffic relationship between the two has shifted, with the new version now receiving the majority of unique visits. Yay!
Please do not forget to send in your self-descriptions: John Ottinger over at Grasping for the Wind (the originator of the review blog meme) said “use my existing description from the site” – so you all may already have written yours.
Note: A few of the links in John Ottinger’s list do not take you to the front page of the blog. So, when visiting, make sure you’re linking to the root and adjust things in the address bar if necessary.
The Specusphere: Group blog from – Australia! Seems to be more of a front-end and archive for their webzine, now in issue 5. Reviews cover everything including southern hemisphere writings – which, if you haven’t been paying attention for the past couple of years is a hotbed of new talent and innovative ideas. Add
SpineBreakers: Very interesting concept/social networking site from Penguin Books. Targeted to ‘spinebreakers’ – “any story-surfing, web-exploring, word-loving, day-dreaming reader/writer/artist/thinker aged 13 to 18″. If you want to see what the targets of YA marketing are exicted about, reviewing and reading, check out this site. Add (for research value).
Smart Bitches, Trashy Books: Two self-proclaimed (smart) bitches review romance novels and give it to you straight. Pretty funny, even if you aren’t into romance novels. Might add it for the humor.
Speculative Fiction: Not sure how current this blog is, as the 6th item down (as of reporting) chronicles my debate with Ian Sales that drew in IO9, Technorati and a bunch of others over whether there’s any ‘classic’ science fiction worth recommending. (They refer to it as ‘golden age’ SF and others use the term “vintage”, but it all translates into the same thing: good, solid science fiction, unencumbered by angst, psychologically conflicted characters or literary affectations. You know – stories, rather than philosophical treatises.) If you’re keeping track, I think I won that debate and if you aren’t – don’t worry about it. The whole thing was just one of those internet spasms anyways. Or proof that I know how to stir up controversy. Anyway. The site right now features link-o-rama – and I already have them in my blogroll.
Speculative Fiction Junkie: Good reviews focused in equal parts on fantasy and SF. Also focused on identifying the ‘true first edition’ of each work – so if you are a collector… Add.
Speculative Horizons: Interviews, reviews, giveaways. Covers everything – books, games, multi-media. More fantasy than SF, and primarily focused on new works. Probable add.
Spiral Galaxy Reviews: Lots of other review blogs link to and/or reference this one – and I can see why. The author is now a slush reader for Strange Horizons and is guest blogging for several other blogs, and has a very nice mix of a wide range of product – including a fair amount of esoterica (William Atheling/James Blish’s critiques, for example). Add.
Spontaneous Derivation: Ocassional contributor to the TOR site. A celebration of the Kindle, SFF on the Kindle, epubbing and ‘everything else’. I need to keep track of epubbing, so – add.
Sporadic Book Reviews: As advertised in the title, infrequent postings and short, short reviews. Unlikely add.
Stella Matutina: Very nicely designed site, but for me the gold and red and black colors make it difficult to read. It is nice to look at though. Mostly fantasy, YA and ‘creative non-fiction’, but the blogger is beginning to ‘get into’ SF, so I will check back as that progresses through the year.
The Sudden Curve: Looks like a guy having way too much fun; more clip gathering than anything else right now. Nice GGA graphics at the top and – anyone who proclaims Johnny Quest opening credits as ‘The Best Ever’ get’s the nod. Add. (Is the title from the Meatload song?)
The Sword Review: Way slow to load – but who knows whether that’s my fault or the page’s? E-zine that has ceased publication, now serving as an archive of that magazine’s contents and as a link to MindFlights, another e-zine. I’ll link to Mindflights.
Tangent Online: Site is being updated and therefore, currently no new material. Primarily reviews of short fiction from small press and e-zines. Gotta keep up with those markets. Add.
Tehanni Wessely: More personal musings/life experiences than reviews. The author is tied in to Australian small press and things spec fic. Probable add.
Temple LIbrary Reviews: Sci-Fi, horror and literary fiction. Mmmm. Interesting, but my impression is that it’s kind of all over the place. I’ll have to think about this one.
TOR.Com. Add. Add. Add. Patrick and Theresa are amongst the best (and most repected) editors in the biz. Often features free fiction from headliners and almost always has interesting bits, as well as good reviews. (Already added btw.)
The Road Not Taken: A few reviews but, perhaps more important to bibliophiles – coverage of book sale deals, coupon availability & etc. I got me some gift cards and this site’s coupon codes are going to help me stretch them to cover additional purchases. Add.
Un:Bound: Mostly horror/urban fantasy, but starting to branch out via membership in two book clubs. A first work is A Clockwork Orange, Burgess’ tour-de-force (and a great movie as well). Might add once they get around to reviewing ACO…
Urban Fantasy Land: Hmmm. Title says it all. Books are conveniently grouped into Grades A through F, though nothing is to be found in the D’s or F’s. (What, no one flunks out of urban fantasy?) In-depth reviews, just not my cuppa.\
Vast and Cool and Unsympathetic. One of my favorite book openings – Wells’ from War of the Worlds. (Particularly excellent as read by Richard Burton on the album of the same name.) And a perfect title for a review column. Not a daily blog, but a good read when posting and primarily SF oriented. Reminded me of the SFSignal/Buzz Aldrin discussion over whether SF has destroyed the space program or not. I’ll have something on that later today on the blog. Gonna add this one.
Variety SF: Short reviews – mostly of free online fiction, as well as links to free fiction finds. Add.
Walker of Worlds:Totally SF oriented. Wide selection of reads and some interesting finds. Add
Wands and Worlds: Publisher’s blog (well, personal review blog of a small press publisher of YA F & SF). Covers just about everything YA in those two categories. Add.
The Wertzone: Games, television and books, cross genre coverage. UK based, so some of the items may be unfamiliar to US based readers/watchers. Some news coverage as well. Mmmm. Thinking about this one.
With Intent to Commit Horror: Totally horror. Mentions rats (again) in the actual url. I think this might actually be a companion blog to another reviewed earlier. In-depth reviews, but – its still that same cuppa that ain’t mind.
WJ Fantasy Reviews: Comics, books, movies. Mostly fantasy as the name suggests. The blogger is having some internet connection issues and promises to get them sorted out. In the meantime, posting is sparse. Unprobable add.
The World in a Satin Bag: SF, right now devoted to Star Wars geekery and twitter. Working writer, also features submissions and novel-in-progress. Most likely not.
WriteBlack: Two minorities in one over here (so if you’re looking to save on your minority interests…). The author is not “too dumb to walk and chew gum at the same time”; reviews and musings on genre writing by black authors, by a female black editor. As the old joke goes, if she had a Spanish surname, she’d have all the bases covered… Nice writing and a very interesting perspective. I’m tempted to make all kinds of off-color jokes (pun-intended) but I’m not sure if black or white america is quite ready as we haven’t really seen what the post-Obama world is going to be like. Will it mean more space for black authors on the shelves? Go to this site and I’m sure you’ll find out. Add.
Young Adult Science Fiction: Infrequently updated due to pregnancy. Right now, more links to interesting science/space tidbits than anything else. Linked to three other blogs. I see few actual reviews here. Hails from Alaska: I wonder if she can see roosians out her kitchen window? Hot on internet safety for kidz (can you really advocate internet safety and YA SF together? My take is: sit them down with all the RAH juvenovels and when they’re done, you’ll have little to worry about.)Probably won’t add.
And, we’re done – except for a couple of follow on reviews and investigation of the foreign language blogs.
I sincerely hope that A: I did not offend anyone (it wasn’t my intention to do so if I did) B: that you find this useful C: that you send in your own take on your blog so I can add it D: that you visit all of these blogs for yourself and make your own decisions about adding to your rolls (a little spicy mustard never hurt) E: that some of you will take the time to return the favor and review my blog F: and that once I announce the creation of the pages that archive these reviews, you link to it so that fellow travelers can utilize it as well.
It is currently 7 degrees (feels like -19) outside and I have to go shovel the walk and the back porch. I’d MUCH rather be doing more reviews…