From the post:
With Gotham premiering September 22nd on Fox – and with all the positive buzz about the show – I couldn’t pass up on the chance to talk about Batman here at Kirkus. Especially considering my love for the character and the mythos. But Gotham isn’t really about Batman. It’s about the city which gave birth to him, and to so many other characters we’ve come to know so well. A city that breathes all on its own, and is, for all intents and purposes, a character in its own right. How do I tackle that one?
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Rebooting Star Wars
In comics, television and movies, ‘reboots’ are fairly common place. But what about in books? Can you think of a beloved book or series of books that was rebooted either by the original author or a new author? And was it successful?
Of course, this is leading into a discussion of the Star Wars reboot within books to bring it inline with the new movies. Have we ever seen a mass dumping of books the way the folks behind Star Wars are dumping the expanded universe?
The SF Signal Podcast (Episode 255): An Epic-Epic Fantasy Panel with Sarah Chorn, Kate Elliott, Jaym Gates, Felix Gilman, Laura Resnick & Tad Williams
Does the average book buyer/reader care about the Hachette v Amazon battle? SHOULD they care and why?
The average book buyer probably doesn’t know there’s a battle going on, so WHY should they care? WHY should they not? Is this whole thing contained within the SF&F community and, therefore, a non-issue for most people? Hachette is a multi-billion dollar company being portrayed as the innocent underdog – why? Is that accurate? Is there anyone beyond authors who will truly be hurt by all of this? What does all of this mean for the average reader going forward? What does all of this mean for authors going forward? What about independent publishing? Will people be people an buy their books wherever they want no matter what happens here?
This is also only the first of several battles to come. The publishers have to renegotiate with Amazon one by one… so will we be seeing this every couple months/years forever?
Lastly – what about the new Kindle Unlimited? Do we care? Is it good, bad, indifferent?
- Your favorite Summer Movie So Far (and Yet To Come)
- A Book You Read that you swore you would NEVER READ (…and did you enjoy it?)
- Doctor Who Returns in August – DOES ANYONE CARE ANY MORE? (it’s been soooo long)
- What comic books should Fred read next?
- Why are bear claws superior to bagels in every possible way?
FYI - We are going to read a book to discuss on air in August. The name of that book? Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer.
Hollywood gold or disaster, Space Opera has inspired millions with a love of adventure, the wide open spaces between the stars, and impossible civilizations. But it also has a lot to say about human resilience, and the social and political ramifications of other species.
The Panel & Links:
- Jaym Gates,
- Jason Batt
- Tansy Raynor Roberts
- Daniel Abraham
- Stephen Hood
- Derek Kunsken
- Pikes Peak Writers Conference (website)
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The SF Signal Podcast (Episode 250): A Conversation With Chuck Wendig and Gail Carriger Live From The Pikes Peak Writers Conference
The SF Signal Podcast (Episode 248): Comics, Games, Bad Book Habits, Historical Accuracy in Fantasy and A Book That Turned Out To Be Unexpected
The SF Signal Podcast (Episode 247): Diversity in Genre Panel Live from PPWC2014 With Carol Berg, Jim C. Hines, Chuck Wendig and Amy Boggs
From the post:
With an introduction by Paizo Publisher Erik Mona, Pathfinder Volume 1: Dark Waters Rising, launches the legendary heroes of Paizo’s role playing game system, Pathfinder Tales, into the comic book format with a bang. Utilizing the classic group of adventurers trope, Dark Waters Rising brings together the warrior, Valeros, sorceress Seoni, wizard Ezren, elven rogue Merisiel, dwarven ranger Harsk and cleric Kyra, to protect the town of Sandpoint from a growing Goblin infestation. Set in the world of Golarion, the book captures the Pathfinder setting quite nicely, painting a diverse and rich world full of mysteries to be solved and gold to be earned – if you’re brave of heart. All the things you would expect are here, including Goblins, evil sorcerers, quests, taverns (and tavern brawls), underground labyrinths, giant spiders, magic, and adventure. Lots of adventure.
Interested? You should be! But to read the rest of the review, you’re gonna have to click on over to the Kirkus Blog and send me cookies. Lots and lots of cookies… (no bagels!)