The 2011 Hugo nominations were released over the weekend, and I was really pleased to see Lois McMaster Bujold and Mira Grant (a.k.a Seanan McGuire) receiving nominations for Best Novel (“Cryoburn” and “Feed” respectively). I have the latter checked out from the library and really need to get around to reading it – despite me being a diehard Toby Daye fan, I am not into zombies at all, hence my reluctance to read “Feed”. But hey, this is the exact reason why it took me so long to read the first Toby book – I was adamant I wasn’t into faerie books either…
Speaking of Seanan McGuire (yes, I’ve been speaking of her quite a bit recently, fangirl much?), here’s an interview with her at Fantasy Faction. She talks about the Toby Daye books, as well as a bit about her upcoming series, Incryptid, and the Sparrow Hill short stories (which I haven’t read yet either). I sometimes wonder how she has time to sleep. Or eat.
Subterranean Press’s magazine, Subterranean Online, has a special YA issue, and I’m looking forward to reading the stories that will be posted over the next few weeks – some excellent contributors including Sarah Rees Brennan. Two are already up, including one by Malinda Lo (I’ve been meaning to read her books for a while now).
And finally, Smart Bitches Trashy Books has this fun thread about Victorian romances – not Victorian-set romances, mind you, but romances written during the Victorian era. I’ve already picked up some recs and have downloaded Louisa May Alcott‘s “Behind A Mask” and Mary J Holmes‘ “Rosamond”. I’ve got a bit of a soft spot for old-fashioned novels.