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Have some sci-fi and fantasy while I take a short break from music and finish sorting through all the songs I have picked up over the last week or two.
When Thomas Raith asks Harry to help out a friend who’s being targeted by an entropy curse, Harry finds himself on the set of an adult movie, his new client being none other than the filmmaker himself. Harry has limited time to adjust to his new surroundings…
I’ve already said that I’m not fond of urban fantasy’s trend of publishing anthologies simply because some of the authors contributing write stuff that is important to the series, which means if you don’t read the story, you’re going to end up a little lost…
(Temporaryworlds and Calico Reaction can both be found on Bookshare, a book review site.)
Tor.com is offering another free E-book. This month’s selection is The Buried Pyramid by Jane Lindskold.
From the review by Melissa Singer:
“Set in the Victorian age, The Buried Pyramid is, at the start, an archaeological suspense novel. Jenny Benet, a recently orphaned American who was raised in the Wild West before being “finished” in Boston, goes to Egypt with her uncle, Neville Hawthorne, a prominent British archaeologist. They’re searching for the legendary Buried Pyramid, the tomb of the pharaoh Neferankhotep—who may also have been Moses the Lawgiver.”
While you are picking up the book be sure to also check out the featured short story, The Film-makers of Mars by Geoff Ryman and look over some of the new cartoons.
Just in time for halloween:
Bruce Springsteen has put a halloween song, A Night With the Jersey Devil, up on his website for free download. Head over to Bruce Springsteen and d/l a copy.
The new installment of Better Zombies through Physics is up at Tor.com. Tor also has a new short story (haven’t had a chance to read it yet) and some other halloween-themed goodies.
Finally The Hambone Art and Music Festival 2008 runs Oct 30th – Nov 2nd in Clarksdale, MS. For more information about times and events check out the website.
I picked up Spaceman Blues:A Love Song by Brian Francis Slattery over on Tor.com this morning. It is free and downloadable in several formats. Did I mention it was free? You do need to register on the site but it takes no time and Tor is not bad about spamming your in-box.
The Lone Star Stories Reader is available for pre-order from Amazon. It’s an SF/F anthology of stories reprinted from the Lone Star Stories Website. Martha Wells’ Wolf Night (cowboys and werewolves – so cool) is among the stories featured in this anthology.
And speaking of Martha Wells, she writes in her blog,
“The Rosenberg Library web site is back up, and they have paypal donation buttons on the front page for both the general library fund and the children’s library fund, to repair damage to the building by hurricane Ike.
My offer is still open:
If people were inclined to paypal or send them a check for $25 or more, and then let me know that you had done that, I would be happy to send you a signed and personalized hardcover copy of Wheel of the Infinite. (ETA: I sorted my closet yesterday and I do have some hardcovers of The Wizard Hunters, The Ships of Air, or The Gate of Gods if you want one of those.)
Or for a $10.00 donation you could choose a signed and personalized paperback copy of Stargate Atlantis: Reliquary or Stargate Atlantis: Entanglement. (Or both for a donation of $20.00)
Just drop me an email at msw at charisat.com, and let me know what your donation was and when you sent it, which book you want, the name you want your book personalized with, and the address I should send it to.”
The Library is located in Galveston and the hurricane did a lot of damage to the ground floor and the book collections so if you are looking for somewhere to drop a few charity bucks, this is a good cause. Plus, you know, you get a Martha Wells book.
What I am reading (for free) this week -
Sea, Swallow Me by Craig Laurance Gidney. (the beach, the shore, the ocean…sideways and inside out)
The Shadow Postulates by Yoon Ha Lee. (sword dancing, seriously cool)
and, W3Schools – ’cause I am going to learn HTML- even if it kills me.
Helix, an online speculative fiction quarterly, is shutting its’ virtual doors. The Fall 2008 issue will be the last published. Regardless of any controversy surrounding Sanders, it is always sad to see quality markets for sci-fi close down.
Tor.com is offering their free book downloads again. (they gave them away all summer – it was cool) You just need to pop over the website and register. I think they are doing one a month. They also have preview chapters up for several of their new releases as well as Catch ‘Em in the Act, a new story from Terry Bisson.
These fantasy Doc Savage covers by Keith Wilson made my day. I love the Dr Who versions.
Tor.com is featuring the cartoon “Better Zombies Through Physics” by Jim Ottaviani and Sean Bieri.
Irma Thomas has a new CD Simply Grand . (As soon as I finish posting I must run off and go buy.)
Live Nation wants me to know The Black Keys and Los Lonely Boys are performing in Atlanta in October.
Gotta run. Kahuna’s parents are down for a few days to visit. (and hopefully help fix my car). Give Kahuna a computer and there is pretty much nothing he can’t do…Open the hood of a car however, and all bets are off. But his dad is pretty good with cars and already said he thought he found the problem earlier this morning. He went out to pick up a part and should be back in a few minutes.
Tor.com has posted up a new short story from Elizabeth Bear. The Girl who Sang Rose Madder is offered for reading on the site, for free download or you can print out a copy. I love the story but this passage in particular -
“She found the old maple and mahogany Gibson Black Beauty by touch and let her fingers curl around the neck, lifting it into her arms like a sleeping child. Slowly, she ducked over the guitar, smelling skin oil soaked into the fingerboard, and lay her cheek against the glossy black-lacquered surface.”
- is so gorgeous I can actually feel my fingers sliding over the pearl inlays in the fretboard. I love Bear’s descriptions. She writes the entire piece so we can immerse ourselves in the story, instead of just watching it pass by.
I would recommend this even if it wasn’t available for free.