Recent links that have caught my eye:
- Sharon Lee talks about the rocky publishing history of the Liaden books. I’m glad I only discovered the books when they found a home. Though come to think of it, my first Liaden books were from the ill-fated Meisha Merlin publishing house (i.e. the publisher that crashed messily).
- I always like the behind-the-scenes posts at Tor.com and this one is no exception – how the endpapers for Brandon Sanderson‘s upcoming WORDS OF RADIANCE were designed. Michael Whelan is the artist and it’s interesting to see the options they considered before landing on the final layout. I haven’t read the first book, THE WAY OF KINGS, though – I’m not feeling the urge to commit to an epic fantasy series quite yet.
- I haven’t talked about Julie Cross‘s LETTERS TO NOWHERE enough yet, right? An interview with Julie Cross at the Arabian Punch Front gymnastics blog (part 2 here) – I was so fascinated by her comments on the world of elite gymnastics and how she came up with Karen’s story (and Nath/Ames? She talks about the YA/NA classification!).
- Seanan McGuire posted a new (free!) short story set in her InCryptid world called “Black as Blood” – I still have to catch up on the previous one she posted back last year, “Red as Snow” as well. I’m looking forward to the third InCryptid book, HALF-OFF RAGNAROK (out March) – am intrigued to see whether the change in protagonist will take the series in a new direction.
- This Facebook post reminded me of how much I loved Linda Howard‘s Blair Mallory books. Anyone remember those? I loved the first-person POV (so unusual at that point in time) and the not-quite-ditziness of Blair. It’s been a while since I’ve read them (probably because I have paper copies and they’re lurking at the bottom of a box somewhere), but I’m very tempted to buy the e-versions. But part of me isn’t sure whether the stories will hold up after all these years…