Review sites

I’ve been flicking around various book review sites in the last few weeks (mainly urban fantasy, although this slides into paranormal romance, fantasy in general, SF and crime) and I’ve come to the conclusion most are too crowded and the individual posts too long for my easily bewildered/distracted brain.

However, given the general resemblance of one to the other, am I the odd reader out? Does everyone else enjoy cover pics fighting for space, YouTube snips, large fonts and weird background colours?

If so, I’d guess this blog is going to be one that flowers unnoticed. Maybe a donkey orchid. After de-cluttering life, it’d be silly to clutter my online world.


Does pre-ordering books make them arrive faster? Probably not. I doubt my desperation to read the next book in a series affects publishers’ schedules. On the other hand, there is satisfaction in knowing I’ve done all I can do to get hold of the book asap.

So there’s my excuse for a buying binge on 2010 urban fantasy.

Diana Wynne Jones, Enchanted Glass
Patricia Briggs, Steel Borne
Patricia Briggs, Alpha and Omega
Tanya Huff, Enchantment Emporium
Ilona Andrews, Magic Bleeds
Lisa Shearin, Bewitched and Betrayed
Gail Carriger, Changeless

And I’m going to label this post reviews because handing over my money is a huge endorsement.

Cooling off

Summer has officially started here in Perth. It’ll be 37 degrees celsius, today. Air-conditioning is the obvious answer, but I always feel vaguely guilty about using energy that heats the planet to cool my living space (if that makes sense). Well, maybe soon I won’t have to feel guilty.

People are looking into the possibility of geothermal energy. I really hope this works out.

My Weekly short stories

Womagwriter is one of my favourite sites when I’m in the mood to write and submit women’s fiction short stories. Today I just read an unhappy bit of news for those of us trying to scrabble a place on the rocky writing cliff. My Weekly is now only accepting short stories from writers who have already been published with them.

I’m truly grateful for the two stories I’ve sold them. At least I can still submit. And it’s such a lovely market. The people are friendly, the illustrations of your stories fun, and when you’ve finished the magazine the world seems a warmer place. It’s a real shame that for whatever reasons they’ve narrowed the submission window.