News & Notes

  • Catherynne M. Valente, author of the forthcoming THE HABITATION OF THE BLESSED, is this week's guest on io9's The Geek's Guide to the Galaxy podcast – In the interview, she discusses mythpunk, sexually-transmitted cities, the legend of Prester John, and pulp era visions of Mars and Venus.
  • BookSpot Central reviews THE LIVING DEAD 2 edited by John Joseph Adams: – "The Living Dead, Vol. 1 was awesome in its own right, though it contained just 34 stories (some were admittedly longer than the ones in this new anthology), but I think this sequel is even better. … [There are] many stand-out tales of zombie mayhem in this marvelous new collection. … The Living Dead 2 is a treasure trove of zombie fiction, even better and bloodier than The Living Dead, Vol. 1. I just touched on a few of the many truly awesome zombie stories included in this volume, but hopefully enough to give you an idea of how great this anthology is. The Living Dead 2 is a must-have anthology for fans of zombie fiction that I highly recommend. I can hardly wait for next October, when hopefully The Living Dead 3 will come out!"
  • Author Seanan McGuire reviews THE HABITATION OF THE BLESSED by Catherynne M. Valente: – "This is not a book to be read in an afternoon; the density of its mythology is too great for that, and you'd miss a lot if you tried to rush. Valente has always been a fan of ornate and graceful language, a tendency which she honed with Palimpsest, and Habitation is no different; it's sort of like what you'd get if a medieval bestiary and a poet's dictionary decided to tryst in a seedy fairy tale bar, and then left the baby to be raised by the goosegirl who lives in the shed out back. … Valente loves this story, and it shows in every word. She takes risks, and, for the most part, the risks pay off. I highly recommend The Habitation of the Blessed. It is beautiful, and strange, and a chronicle of something very dear that we know, inevitably, must be lost to us. Read it, and rejoice, and learn, and grieve."

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