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What Are You Reading?

March 10th, 2014

51svcQo8sFL._SY344_PJlook-inside-v2,TopRight,1,0_SH20_BO1,204,203,200_If you’re like me, you have a number of books going at once. Maybe there’s a hardback open on your nightstand, a paperback waiting in your briefcase, an ebook queued up on your digital device. There’s simply too much out there for b00k-at-a-time reading, and having so many books going at the same time means I’m always making and looking for recommendations.

Last week I finished Yann Martel’s genre-bending Life of Pi. This week I’m wrapping up K. J. Parker’s political fantasy Devices and Desires. And next week (sooner, if I can swing it) I plan to dive into Jon Sprunk‘s Blood and Iron, a book that is already getting some amazing buzz (check out the review at i09). The novel is already queued up on my Kindle, ready and waiting.

So how about you? What are you reading? My comment box and FB page are open, and I’m always looking for recommendations.

Back to Riley’s

February 9th, 2014

SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERASt. Patrick’s Day is coming, and I’ll be celebrating with three shows at Riley’s Pour House on February 15, March 7, and March 15.

That March 15 date will be part of Riley’s block party. If you attended last year’s event, I’ll hope to see you again this time around. If you’ve never been, you owe it to yourself to drop by. A better party is not to be had anywhere this side of the Blasket Islands.

The ramp up begins this Saturday. Hope to see you there.


The Brighton Readings: Part Two

November 10th, 2013

Notes to a Science Fiction WriterLong ago, when I was first entertaining notions of sharing my stories with a wide audience, I came across a passage in Ben Bova’s Notes to a Science Fiction Writer. It describes a photograph that he saw in a book titled The Faces of Man. Bova writes:

[The photograph] shows an African village, where most of the people have gathered around an old, withered man who is evidently the village story-teller. He is at a high point in the evening’s story; his arms are raised over his head, his mouth is agape, his eyes wide. And the whole village is staring at him, equally agape and wide-eyed, breathless to find out . . . .

[Read more and watch a video performance from The World Fantasy Reading Café at The 21st-Century Scop.]

The Brighton Readings: Part One

November 8th, 2013

taking care of business at WFC compressedCall me the warrior scop. Maybe I didn’t battle monsters at this year’s World Fantasy Convention in Brighton, but I did spend some time beating back gale-force winds that rivaled those of England’s Great Storm of 1987. And I did get a chance to wield an artisan-made sword from a dealers-room display. So maybe I was a warrior. Sort of? Humor me.

The scop part might be easier to defend.

I spent my first evening in Brighton at the University of Brighton’s Center for Teaching and Learning, where I read excerpts from Visions and spoke about the process of writing for publication. Arranged by Drs. Gina Wisker and Vedrana Velickovic, the event attracted some enthusiastic students and writers, many of whom submitted questions that I promised to address in an upcoming blog. More on that soon.

After the University reading, I headed south to World Fantasy where I spent most of my time in the Reading Café, a spoken-word venue . . . .

[Read more at The 21st-Century Scop.]