The Real Reason Readers Might Love a Book that You Find Fatally Flawed

Apocalypse Ocean author Tobias Buckell has a great blog post about the problem with book bloggers and reviewers who've read too much of a single genre, to the point where they see nothing but cliches and flaws. Including this amazing quote about remembering why readers actually love books, which is making the rounds on … » 5/06/13 12:22pm 5/06/13 12:22pm

Final Hugo Awards Ballot Full Of Writing, Publishing Goodness

The list of Hugo Award finalists, announced yesterday, is a bit less mystifying than the Nebula finalists, which came out a while back - especially in the novel category. All five of the novel finalists are books we enjoyed, and would be delighted to see win. Meanwhile, it's good to see Charles Coleman Finlay's "The… » 3/20/09 9:30am 3/20/09 9:30am

Terraforming A Barren Planet — With Your Bare Hands

Once again, the best thing in the current Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction is a very political novella about spying during wartime. Like Robert Reed's "Five Thrillers," which we praised a few months ago, "The Political Prisoner" by Charles Coleman Finlay features spies, political turmoil and genetically altered… » 7/21/08 11:40am 7/21/08 11:40am