It was only a few days ago that I hosted Zach on the blog for a guest post in which he talked about some of his issues with reading novels by the current big names of SFF (to be found here). It was a brilliant post that articulated some of my own feelings on the matter, and highlighted a reason why I approach books by the big names with a fair amount of trepidation.
One question that is being asked by many in the wake of the recent SFWA controversy, and all the commentary it has spawned in various places about misogyny and sexism within the publishing industry is: "If I want to read more books by female authors, where do I start?"
Often times, I think it is rather disheartening to hear such a question.
Today's guest for Names: A New Perspective is Amy McCulloch, a 2013 debut with her first novel The Oathbreaker's Shadow released just recently through Doubleday in Canada. Based on the buzz I've been seeing about the novel (here and here), I've put it on my reading list for this year. Have to say that I'm really excited for it, especially after reading that it is inspired in part from our travels all over the world, and also draws on Mongolian culture.
Another's week here on Names: A New Perspective, and today's guest is E. J. Swift, author of the post-apocalyptic Osiris, released by Night Shade Books last year. Osiris was quite a fun novel (my review), notable for the fact that it was set in a world where extreme climate changes have forced the survivors to all live in one crowded city and one of the protagonists is Indian, among other things.
My apologies for not posting properly for a few weeks, it’s been hard to write anything other than fiction lately! Still finding it hard to know what to write about here on this blog.
But, to make up for it, here’s some epic writing music from the Skyrim soundtrack (damn I miss that game -stupid Xbox refusing to play *mutter mutter*)
Today's guest on Names: A New Perspective is Gini Koch, author of Alexander Outland: Space Pirate and the Alien series among others. I've had a copy of the former for almost a year now, which I've been meaning to read all this time but which keeps slipping through the net. The cover reminds me of a good old space opera romp, which is why I got it in the first place.
Stopping by the blog today for the first Names: A New Perspective post for June is Elizabeth Bear, author of numerous fantasy novels of all varieties and also the winner of a fair few awards, the kind that make you go all "I wish that I was that good". We can all dream right? Anyway, Elizabeth is an author that I've been wanting to read for a while now, and her…
The voting process on my latest reading poll closed last night, after two weeks of intense excitement and record after record. Once again, just as with the previous two polls that I've run, this was a humbling experience given the tremendous response from the authors and their fans and everyone else who helped make this new poll such a success.
The final guest on Names: A New Perspective for May is Francis Knight, the debut author of Fade To Black from Orbit (my review). The sequel, Before The Fall, is due quite soon as well. The highlight of Francis' debut was the wonderful world she had created and the moral ambiguities that could be found therein. Fade To Black…
I've been interacting with Zachary Jernigan for close on 6 months now, probably more, ever since I heard about his debut novel from Night Shade Books, No Return. I got a chance to read the novel earlier this year in February, and it was a great experience (my review). There were a few issues with it, but there was also a lot that was excellent and promising.