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2012 Nebula Award Winners Announce

The Recipients of the 2012 Nebula Awards:

NOVEL: 2312 by Kim Stanley Robinson (Orbit US; Orbit UK)

NOVELLA: After the Fall, Before the Fall, During the Fall by Nancy Kress (Tachyon)

NOVELLETTE: “Close Encounters” by Andy Duncan (The Pottawatomie Giant & Other Stories)

SHORT STORY: “Immersion” by Aliette de Bodard (Clarkesworld 6/12)

RAY BRADBURY AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING DRAMATIC PRESENTATION: Beasts of the Southern Wild, Benh Zeitlin (director), Benh Zeitlin and Lucy Abilar (writers), (Journeyman/Cinereach/Court 13/Fox Searchlight)



SOLSTICE AWARD: Carl Sagan and Ginjer Buchanan



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Reading Poppy Z Brite’s Drawing Blood for the end of the World’s End Challenge. A Short review

Poppy Z Brite Drawing Blood – Penguin book Published (first published 1993) ISBN 0140238719 (ISBN13: 9780140238716)


I have been meaning to read Poppy Z Brite for quite some time  and this challenge has given me the excuse that I needed. Robert Mcgee, a blocked artist, kills his wife and youngest son.  Only his eldest son, Trevor, survives.  Trevor is cast adrift, alone in the world.  He is placed in a care home and must learn to survive in this new hostile world, learning to isolate himself from the world and finding solace from his drawing. In his later life he is drawn back to the house where his family died and, in the company of a fugitive computer hacker,  he must come to terms with his past. The most interesting thing about this book Is that the LGBT relationship is totally naturalised. The couples sexuality is not the theme of this book.  There are issues about their relationship, but these relate to Trevor’s past and not his sexual identity.  This was an interesting read and it will not be the last thing that I read by this author.

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2013 Mythopoeic Award Finalists Announced | Mythopoeic Society have been announced

The Mthopoeic Award Finalists have been announced;  I must admit that I have only read the Drowning Girl.  

  • Alan Garner, Weirdstone trilogy, consisting of The Weirdstone of Brisingamen (Collins), The Moon of Gomrath (Collins), and Boneland (Fourth Estate)

  • Caitlin R. Kiernan, The Drowning Girl (Roc)

  • R.A. MacAvoyDeath and Resurrection (Prime Books)

  • Tim Powers, Hide Me Among the Graves (William Morrow)

  • Ursula Vernon, Digger, vols. 1-6 (Sofawolf Press)

Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Children’s Literature

  • Jorge Aguirre and Rafael Rosado, Giants Beware! (First Second)
  • Sarah Beth Durst, Vessel (Margaret K. McElderry)
  • Merrie Haskell, The Princess Curse (HarperCollins)
  • Christopher Healy, The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom (Walden Pond Press)
  • Sherwood Smith, The Spy Princess (Viking Juvenile)

Mythopoeic Scholarship Award in Inklings Studies

  • Robert Boenig, C.S. Lewis and the Middle Ages (Kent State Univ. Press, 2012)
  • John Bremer, C.S. Lewis, Poetry, and the Great War 1914-1918 (Lexington Books, 2012)
  • Jason Fisher, ed., Tolkien and the Study of His Sources: Critical Essays (McFarland, 2011)
  • Verlyn Flieger, Green Suns and Faërie: Essays on J.R.R. Tolkien (Kent State Univ. Press, 2012)
  • Corey Olsen, Exploring J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2012)

Mythopoeic Scholarship Award in Myth and Fantasy Studies

  • Nancy Marie Brown, Song of the Vikings: Snorri and the Making of Norse Myths (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012)
  • Jo Eldridge Carney, Fairy Tale Queens: Representations of Early Modern Queenship (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012)
  • Bonnie GaardenThe Christian Goddess: Archetype and Theology in the Fantasies of George MacDonald(Fairleigh Dickinson Univ. Press, 2011)
  • Michael Saler, As If: Modern Enchantment and the Literary Prehistory of Virtual Reality (Oxford Univ. Press, 2012)
  • David Sandner, Critical Discourses of the Fantastic, 1712-1831 (Ashgate, 2011)

What have you read?

2013 Mythopoeic Award Finalists Announced | Mythopoeic Society.

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Shriley jackson awards nominees

The Shirley Jackson Awards » Nominees For The 2012 Shirley Jackson Awards. have been announced. Hooray,  Drowning girl is on the list.



  • The Drowning Girl, Caitlín R. Kiernan (ROC)
  • The Devil in Silver, Victor LaValle (Spiegel & Grau)
  • Edge, Koji Suzuki (Vertical, Inc.)
  • Gone Girl, Gillian Flynn (Crown Publishers)
  • Immobility, Brian Evenson (Tor)


  • 28 Teeth of Rage, Ennis Drake (Omnium Gatherum Media)
  • Delphine Dodd, S.P. Miskowski (Omnium Gatherum Media)
  • I’m Not Sam, Jack Ketchum and Lucky McKee (Sinister Grin Press/ Cemetery Dance Publications)
  • The Indifference Engine, Project Itoh (Haikasoru/VIZ Media LLC)
  • “Sky,” Kaaron Warren (Through Splintered Walls, Twelfth Planet Press)


  • “The Crying Child,” Bruce McAllister (originally “The Bleeding Child,” Cemetery Dance #68)
  • “The House on Ashley Avenue,” Ian Rogers (Every House is Haunted, ChiZine Publications)
  • “Reeling for the Empire,” Karen Russell (Tin House, Winter 2012)
  • “Wild Acre,” Nathan Ballingrud (Visions, Fading Fast, Pendragon Press)
  • “The Wish Head,” Jeffrey Ford (Crackpot Palace, William Morrow)


  • “Bajazzle,” Margo Lanagan (Cracklescape, Twelfth Planet Press)
  • “How We Escaped Our Certain Fate,” Dan Chaon (21st Century Dead, St. Martin’s)
  • “Little America,” Dan Chaon (Shadow Show: All New Stories in Celebration of Ray Bradbury, William Morrow)
  • “The Magician’s Apprentice,” Tamsyn Muir (Weird Tales #359)
  • “A Natural History of Autumn,” Jeffrey Ford (Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, July/August 2012)
  • “Two Houses,” Kelly Link (Shadow Show: All-New Stories in Celebration of Ray Bradbury, William Morrow)


  • Crackpot Palace, Jeffrey Ford (William Morrow)
  • Errantry, Elizabeth Hand (Small Beer Press)
  • The Pottawatomie Giant and Other Stories, Andy Duncan (PS Publishing)
  • Remember Why You Fear Me, Robert Shearman (ChiZine Publications)
  • The Woman Who Married a Cloud, Jonathan Carroll (Subterranean Press)
  • Windeye, Brian Evenson (Coffee House Press)


  • 21st Century Dead, edited by Christopher Golden (St. Martin’s)
  • Black Wings II, edited by S. T. Joshi (PS Publishing)
  • Exotic Gothic 4:  Postscripts #28/29, edited by Danel Olson (PS Publishing)
  • Night Shadows, edited by Greg Herren and J. M.  Redmann (Bold Strokes Books)
  • Shadow Show: All-New Stories in Celebration of Ray Bradbury, edited by Sam Weller and Mort Castle (William Morrow)
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AWW2013 read

Bitter Greens

Kate Forsyth Bitter Greens First Published: April 2012 (UK; 2013; Alison and Busby Publisher:) Random House Australia ISBN: 976-1-74166-845-2 Pages: 551

By Kate Forsyth (Goodreads Author)

Well, it’s been quite a time since my last post and it’s been even longer since I did a AWW2013 review. So, I’m back and reviewing a great Aussie woman’s work. I’ve been waiting to read this book for quite some time. It was published in Australia a yearish ago.  Therefore, there has been  a buzz about this book. This buzz, and my own sense of anticipation, made me slightly fearful. Would I like this book? Would It be as good as people were saying it was? Would it be as good as I thought that it would be? However, I needn’t have been so fearful.  I really liked this book.

Did you know who first  wrote, the European version, of the Rampunzul fairy tale?  It was Charlotte Rose. That fact is at the heart of Bitter Greens. This work is; the story of that folk story, a re-working of that tale, a story of the women who played a role in it and the woman who created the story we know today. It is basically the story of three women; a woman (Margherita) who is locked in a tower by a witch who wishes to remain young, Charlotte Rose who is sent to a nunnery as a punishment for growing old and annoying a monarch, and a woman (Selena) who is forced to become a courtesan, and artists’ model, following the brutal rape of her mother.

This story explores the role of women within the French society, and French narrative, at various points in history. Women occupy an insecure position within this world, a position which is determined by the whims of men.  Charlotte’s mother occupies her land at the will of the King. He can take it away at any time.  He decides that he does not like Charlotte Roses independent  Huganot mother. Therefore, he takes away the land, sends Charlotte Roses mother to a nunnery and puts her children in the hands of a stranger. This stranger will later send Charlotte Rose to the French royal  court, propelling  her on an uncertain journey that will lead her to the nunnery and her life’s work. Her position at court will rise and fall in accordance with the will of the king. Selina’s mother is raped when she refuses the sexual advances of a powerful man and Selina’s life depends on her ability to keep the interest of her male clients.

This book is full of real people. I really liked the description of the witch.  She is not simply drawn as an evil character who acts for no logical reason.  Instead, she is a well drawn figure who has her own story and motivations, becoming a sympathetic character.

The book itself is a beautiful object.  Christina Griffiths has done a wonderful job on the cover design.  It really gives the book a fairy tale feel. The whole book is a pleasure to read.  It would make a wonderful Birthday gift.