Jul. 28th, 2008

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Before getting to last week's incoming books, some miscellaneous linkage.

Just in time for Denvention, google maps has introduced walking directions. I played around with it a bit for downtown Denver, and as promised, it ignores all the one-way streets, and, when appropriate, suggests using the 16th Street pedestrian mall. Should be quite useful.

These graffiti snails in London are just adorable.

OK, part one of last week's books and magazines:



In the upper left is 78 Stories: A Crossword Novella by Ben Segal from No Record Press. The story is printed in a crossword grid on an enormous fold-out poster, with each square containing one paragraph, and the story proceeding as one reads across or down. A neat piece of experimental writing.

Next are the four cuurently available issues of Doorways Magazine, numbers 0, 1, 3 and 5. Issues 2 and 4 are currently sold out. Doorways started publishing back in 2006, but I had somehow missed it. Looks like it's a good mix of horror and paranormal fiction and reviews.

Black is a new glossy magazine devoted to "Australian Dark Culture." It has a fair bit of media coverage, along with book and game reviews. There is also an original short story by Robert Hood, and a reprint of "Graduation Afternoon" by Stephen King (which originally appears in Postscripts #10).

Prism Comics has put out their 2008 "LGBT Guide to Comics." As usual, it has an assortment of reviews and interviews followed by excerpts from a bunch of different comics.

Next up are four Australian titles. First is Allen & Unwin's Macquarie PEN Anthology of Aboriginal Literature, edited by Anita Heiss and Peter Minter. This contains poems, essays, short stories, and excerpts (all extremely short) by 79 Aboriginal authors written between 1796 and 2006. I've been dipping into this fairly randomly and finding the selections quite fascinating.

Featuring a gold-on-black title that completely disappears in my cheap camera's photo, Dreaming Again is Jack Dann's follow-up anthology to 1999's Dreaming Down-Under. Like the previous anthology, it's massive: 566 pages of original stories by 35 authors. I'm hoping it will be as good as the previous one, as well.

After that are two new fantasies by Karen Miller. The first is The Accidental Sorcerer, which is the start of a new series called Rogue Agent. For some reason, this has "K. E. Mills" as the author; judging by font size, I gather this is being marketed as more YA. Hammer of God is the conclusion of the Godspeaker trilogy. I won't start reading incomplete series, but now that the trilogy is complete, I'll have to try to find my copies of Empress of Mijak and The Riven Kingdom so I can give it a try.

The September issue of F&SF includes stories by Carolyn Ives Gilman, Paolo Bacigalupi, Eileen Gunn & Michael Swanwick, Jim Aikin and Robert Reed. That's quite an impressive line-up. Following that are issues 3-5 of quirky literary magazine Monkeybicycle (issue 3 is a double, bound back-to-back with issue 3 of equally quirky Hobart).

And last, also from No Record are the two volumes of their Red Anthology of Hitherto-Unknown Writers. The writers included are, indeed, completely unknown to me, but these certainly sound like fun.

So, that's the first half of the books. More to follow later, probably tomorrow.

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