Posted at 7:56 pm , on March 27, 2014
So this is next on my reading list, thanks to a random drawing on Tor. com.
Publisher’s Weekly says of Eileen Gunn’s collection of short stories, “Questionable Practices”: “Nebula-winner Gunn combines humor and compassion in 17 short, intricate gems that showcase her many talents.”
(Note the Tor.com buttons, too)
Posted at 8:50 pm , on February 3, 2014
An anthology of military sci-fi that I am in — Veterans of the Future Wars — has just been added to Goodreads at https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20691034-vfw.
If you haven’t already seen it, go check it out today. It is being put together by Martinus Publishing.
Here’s what’s cool about the anthology:
It’s military sci-fi about veterans, to honor veterans, and several of these stories were written by actual veterans. Read these tales to share in the adventure, the triumphs and tragedies, and if you like your freedom thank those who have served to protect it. 10% of all profits will be donated to Disabled American Veterans.
Posted at 1:12 pm , on February 1, 2014
I just got this email from Goodreads:
Welcome to the Goodreads Authors program! We have upgraded your profile to an official author account. Your special status as a Goodreads Author gives you greater access to the millions of readers in our Goodreads community—so expect to get to know some passionate book lovers!
Here’s the link https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7796395.Michael_Janairo
I haven’t done anything with it just yet, but this next step is all thanks to being listed as one of the authors of the Long Reads anthology.
Anything you’d like to see on my Goodreads Author page?
Posted at 9:04 pm , on January 16, 2014
Go, Dog. Go! by P.D. Eastman
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
When I was a little kid, this book seemed to be more my older brothers’ speed. It was longer. It was more complex, and it had a sense of danger about it that I didn’t truly understand as a young reader. When I finally did read the book, I thought it was really cool. I felt like I accomplished something, and I couldn’t understand what had made me apprehensive about reading it in the first place.
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Posted at 10:04 pm , on January 13, 2014
So this is cool.
The good people at Crossed Genres have released the Cover by Julie Dillon and the Table of Contents for the anthology Long Hidden: Speculative Fiction from the Margins of History, which includes a story I wrote specifically for the anthology.
I am really honored and excited to be in the same book as all these writers, many of whom are big-name award-winners and all-around awesome people.
- Sofia Samatar – “Ogres of East Africa”
- Thoraiya Dyer – “The Oud”
- Tananarive Due – “Free Jim’s Mine”
- S. Lynn – “Ffydd (Faith)”
- Sunny Moraine – “Across the Seam”
- Rion Amilcar Scott – “Numbers”
- Meg Jayanth – “Each Part Without Mercy”
- Claire Humphrey – “The Witch of Tarup”
- L.S. Johnson – “Marigolds”
- Robert William Iveniuk – “Diyu”
- Jamey Hatley – “Collected Likenesses”
- Michael Janairo – “Angela and the Scar”
- Benjamin Parzybok – “The Colts”
- Kima Jones – “Nine”
- Christina Lynch – “The Heart and the Feather”
- Troy L. Wiggins – “A Score of Roses”
- Nghi Vo – “Neither Witch Nor Fairy”
- David Fuller – “A Deeper Echo”
- Ken Liu – “Knotting Grass, Holding Ring”
- Kemba Banton – “Jooni”
- Sarah Pinsker – “There Will Be One Vacant Chair”
- Nnedi Okorafor – “It’s War”
- Shanaé Brown – “Find Me Unafraid”
- Nicolette Barischoff – “A Wedding in Hungry Days”
- Lisa Bolekaja – “Medu”
- Victor LaValle – “Lone Women”
- Sabrina Vourvoulias – “The Dance of the White Demons”
The anthology is edited by Rose Fox and Daniel José Older, and is slated for publication in May 2014.
Posted at 7:11 pm , on January 13, 2014
Scientists say they’ve uncovered the secret to writing a bestselling novel. By using a process called “statistical stylometry,” which basically means data mining an overload of printed matter — in this case 40,000 books and film scripts — to find patterns of wood usage.
The Stony Brook University researchers say that books that used more conjunctions (and, or, but) and thought-processing words, such as “recognized,” did better than books that had a higher percentage of verbs, adverbs and foreign words.
Do you believe them?
Here’s a quote from one of the researchers, which gives a sense of what it means to write about research (and maybe a good example of how not to write a bestselling sentence (look at those action verbs and a verb of being, but then again there’s that all-powerful “and”).
“Based on novels across different genres, we investigated the predictive power of statistical stylometry in discriminating successful literary works, and identified the stylistic elements that are more prominent in successful writings.”
Posted at 6:45 pm , on January 8, 2014
Bears on Wheels by Stan Berenstain
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
A classic. Lots of tension. Defies physics and logic. Great ending.
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Posted at 5:26 am , on January 11, 2007
In catching up on my reading of what the Times Union offers readers (in print), I came across a Harvey McKay column in the business section that focuses on reading. Though he doesn’t attribute his facts, I present them here for your reading pleasure: