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?
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- 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.
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- Jaym Gates,
- Jason Batt
- Tansy Raynor Roberts
- Daniel Abraham
- Stephen Hood
- Derek Kunsken
- Pikes Peak Writers Conference (website)
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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!)
Questions asked include:
- What makes up a good story for you?
- What are some examples of your favorite books and authors?
- What clicks with you as a reader?
- What doesn’t click with you?
- What would you like to see more of from the genre?
- What would you like to see less of?
- Bonus: Have you served and if so, do you read Military SciFi more critically because of your personal knowledge?
The SF Signal Podcast (Episode 238): SuperStar Military Scifi Panel with Jack Campbell, Karen Lord, Jay Posey, Kameron Hurley, Charles E. Gannon and Jaym Gates
Over on the Kirkus Reviews Blog, I have a new post up on Ghosted Volume One: Haunted Heist from Image comics.
From the post:
Imagine Ocean’s Eleven if the heist was all about the supernatural, specifically, stealing a ghost. In Ghosted: Haunted Heist (978-1607068365) by Joshua Williamson and Goran Sudzuka, Jackson T. Winters is tasked with that very mission: steal a ghost. Continuing the Ocean’s Eleven comparison, imagine if during the middle of that movie, everyone except Clooney’s character was killed, and he ended up in prison. Then someone broke him out of prison, dragged him to a rich, possibly insane, multi-millionaire collector of the supernatural, who offers him his freedom in exchange for the one thing that will make his collection the envy of his peers: a ghost.
Click over to the Kirkus Reviews Blog to read the rest of the post.