I am so bad at remembering to return library books on time. Which means it is probably a good thing I don’t borrow that many. I’ve managed to renew one online, but someone else has put a hold on the second so I will have to cough up 10p tomorrow. If I remember to bring it when I go out tomorrow.
Anyway, a couple of links of interest:
Borders have started what they are rather misleadingly calling an SF blog, Babel Clash. I say misleading because the recent two contributors are Brandon Sanderson and Kim Harrison, both of whom write fantasy.
Speaking of Kim Harrison, she has formally confirmed she also writes as Dawn Cook in the May Locus magazine (which is billed as their urban fantasy issue). I don’t think the magazine is distributed overseas, but there are some excerpts from her interview here.
I have heard (and mentioned) the rumour that this was the case, but it has never been confirmed before. I’m slightly surprised that she’s waited so long to come out, so to speak – there are so many authors out there who write under different pseudonyms (and don’t hide that fact) that it’s not really an issue at all.
The magazine also has an interview with Patricia Briggs – again excerpts here. There is an interesting quote when she talks about what she perceives as the difference between paranormal romance and urban fantasy:
You could take the romance out of any of my books and still have a book, with a plot and characters and things, but if you took magic out the book would fall apart. That’s the big difference between the paranormal romance and urban fantasy.
To me, that’s an interesting way of differentiating between the two. I would say, though, that I’m not sure I would be such a big fan of her Mercy Thompson books if she took the romance – and romantic tension – out of her books, because they’re part of the reason I love the series so much. Then again, that’s probably the romance fangirl in me.
Marjorie Liu is another author featured in the May issue, by the way. It definitely sounds like a good one – has anyone read the full magazine?