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Book Adventures Weekly, Issue 8

Yet another list of things to read, from sci-fi author Aliette de Bodard.

Don’t have a lot of time, but still want to read science fiction from around the world? The archived site (2009-2013) The World SF Blog has a lengthy list of science fiction stories from Israel, South Africa, Mexico, Sweden, Greece, Malaysia… and just about everywhere else.

Check out these original recipes from famous authors at BookRiot.

Interested in the debate about who reads what, and are e-books really better than print books? Library Journal’s InfoDocket shares some digital checkout stats from OverDrive.

Do you like challenging yourself to read books? Goodreads has their annual Reading Challenge, and now BookRiot has a Read Harder challenge. Readers challenge themselves to read outside their comfort zones, books “that represent experiences and places and cultures that might be different from your own.”

 

Links sourced from The Book Smugglers, BookRiot, Library Journal’s InfoDocket, The World SF Blog … via Twitter.

 

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Dragon Territories in the Realms of Science Fiction and Fantasy

Our latest Reader’s Map is all about dragons. And there are plenty! Click on the image below to see a map full of dragon books, categorized by genre or dragon characteristic, e.g. Where the War Dragons Fight, The Kingdom of Magic Dragons, and The Empire of Epic Fantasy.

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Lots of Women of the Otherworld in ‘Otherworld Nights’

otherworldnightsOtherworld Nights by Kelley Armstrong
Published by Orbit: October 7th, 2014 (Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance/Novellas)*

My (overall) rating: The view was nice, but the food was bad (meh) vintagesuitcase3vintagesuitcase3

Otherworld Nights collects several (eight) stories in the Women of the Otherworld series by Kelley Armstrong. The sum of all my knowledge about the series comes from the TV show, Bitten. While I enjoy the TV show, I’m not sure that I’ll read the books. For one, the love triangle in Bitten, which features Elena, Clay, and Elena’s human boyfriend (for the uninitiated, Elena is the only female werewolf in this world, Clay is her former lover/fiancé, who turned Elena into a werewolf without her knowledge or permission) is too much a love triangle for me, and even though the result is obvious, I liked both men in the love triangle enough – well, I almost liked her human boyfriend better. The other reason is that I can’t get on board with only one female werewolf. There are plenty of stories, the Mercy Thompson and Alpha & Omega series by Patricia Briggs among them, where women survive the change less often than men (because they’re inherently weaker, or less… survivalist – and let’s not even touch that one for the moment), but to just have one female werewolf makes no sense to me. If one was turned, surely there have been other women strong enough to survive. It feels like an obviously convenient plot device that only serves to make the heroine Special.

All that said. It’s probably no surprise that I didn’t enjoy the short stories about Elena and Clay.

Now, for my review.

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More Free SF/F on the Web: Airships and Spaceships, Aliens and FBI Agents

Since we love sharing our book adventures with you, I’d like to continue posting a series of lists where you can find free snippets, serials, and short stories online. If you haven’t already read my first itinerary, you might find it worthwhile. But before I get too deep into a series of posts you may not enjoy, do you like reading about places to find new adventures? Do these links appeal to you? What kinds of links would you like to see? In the interest of providing content our readers enjoy, we’d love your feedback!

We’ll start with some fantasy romance about interspecies relationships by Grace Draven. In this one, two scions of royal houses, each from a different species, are joined in marriage to cement a relationship between their two species in order to join forces against a third race encroaching on both their territories. I really like the protagonists’ open-minded and humorous approach to their situation – each species finds the other repellent to look at. (more…)

Reading Free and Cheap on the Web: SF/F

Hello fellow adventurers!

Today I take you down yet another road to science fiction and fantasy. There are a few places out on the web where authors, publishers, and others share bits and pieces of their writing, unpublished stories, or samples of published works.

The first place we’ll stop is the Liad. On Liad, the authors Sharon Lee and Steve Miller share tons of information about their books, tours, releases, awards, and themselves. If you scroll to the bottom of the secondary menu, you’ll see a link to the Splinter Universe. The Splinter Universe has a number of stories written for the web by these authors. Go on, take a peek! I dare you.

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