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It's a pleasure to sit down with a nice, fat magazine and enjoy most of what's in it.  The May/June double issue of Fantasy & Science Fiction is a satisfying read, from the thoughtful book reviews by Charles de Lint and Michelle West to Kathi Maio's film reviews to, of course, the fiction.  While it's unlikely that every piece in a magazine will suit the preferences of every reader, this one had a lot of winners for me.  

The cover story, Michael Libling's "Why That Crazy Old Lady Goes Up the Mountain," had me scratching my head at times but included some nice dramatic moments.  More to my taste were "Thief of Shadows" by Fred Chappell, "The Gypsy's Boy" by Lokiko Hall, and the heartbreaking "Silence" by Dale Bailey. 

Elizabeth Bourne's "A History of Cadmium" edges toward literary style but still delivers a satisfying ending.  "The Real Martian Chronicles" by the late lamented John Sladek is a smile-reaper.  In the creepy department, Robert Onopa's "The Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe" vies with Steven Popkes's "The Crocodiles" for top honors.  I happened to be on a train when reading the former, which enhanced the atmosphere. 

In all, I give the issue a definite thumbs-up.

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Something all writers should pay attention to: Dean Wesley Smith has been hosting a very lively and illuminating discussion of agents on his blog recently.  Other pro writers have pitched in with their views and experience.  This is a must-read for any writer who is dealing or contemplating dealing with an agent.  It's like a two-day intensive course on agents in publishing.

First post (read the 90-odd comments):

Second post (read the comments here too):


And an unrelated tidbit for ebook fans:  all four of Sarah Zettel’s popular Paths to Camelot series are on sale for $1.99 from now until Sunday Jan. 24.

Paths to Camelot on Book View Cafe:

Paths to Camelot on
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blue iceIn honor of the season, two gifts:

- A free read of my fantasy novella "Glad Yule" (originally published in Fred Saberhagen's AN ARMORY OF SWORDS) is available on my bookshelf at Book View Cafe.

- A free 2009 year-at-a-glance calendar is yours for the asking.

And if you want to learn about the Yule Goat, see my post on the Novelists, Inc. blog.

May your holiday season be blessed with happiness!
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Book View CafeBook View Cafe has just been launched! This is a group venture by twenty-one writers to offer their work online. You'll find fantasy, science fiction, horror, romance and other categories, with different free offerings every day.

Participants in the project include Laura Anne Gilman, Christie Golden, Ursula K. Le Guin, Vonda N. McIntyre, Madeleine Robbins, Sarah Zettel and of course, yours truly. This website has been six months in the making and we're delighted to finally share it with the public!


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