New Books (June 2017)


Quite some time since I last posted about new books I’ve received, so this is something of a bumper selection. Hope you find something that piques your interest.

Featuring: Brad Abraham, Guy Adams, Alan Alda, Sam Bourne, James Bradley, Adam Brookes, Terry Brooks, Melissa Caruso, Michael Connelly, Joseph Finder, Jack Ford, Jeffrey Ford, Dana Fredsti, John French, David Burr Gerrard, Lee Matthew Goldberg, Allegra Goodman, A.J. Hartley, Grady Hendrix, Jon Hollins, Joseph Kanon, Ann Leckie, Fonda Lee, Edan Lepucki, Attica Locke, Gail Z. Martin, Emma Newman, Jeff Noon, Lauren Oliver, Melissa F. Olson, Kathy Reichs, Anne Rice, Anthony Ryan, Brian Thomas Schmidt (ed.), Anna Smith Spark, Ferrett Steinmetz, Neal Stephenson, Jonathan Strahan (ed.), David Walton, Angus Watson, Aliya Whiteley, Don Winslow, Kenneth Womack

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Guest Post: “How To Write a Fat Chick” by Ferrett Steinmetz

SteinmetzF-AuthorPicSee that word, standing tall in the title like a lightning rod for feminist anger everywhere? That word is “fat.” And in the kind of world I’d like to live in – one where people saw my triathlon-completing, still-chubby wife and shout, “You go, girl!” – “fat” would be as neutral a descriptive term as “tall” or “bearded.”

But it isn’t. And partially as a result of the word “fat” getting weaponized as it is, you don’t see that many chunky women as heroes in books. Which I thought was a shame – I go to conventions, and I know a lot of really kick-ass fat women who are totally comfortable with their bodies, are whip-smart conversationalists, and have developed an active disdain for what you think because they’re happy. There’s a certain flavor of well-worn cockiness that only comes from having decided, against all of society’s expectations, that you are so goddamned pretty that people should feel happy to meet you. I wanted that in my book Flex. Continue reading

New Books (2015 Inaugural Edition)


Featuring: Louis Bayard, Pierce Brown, Gail Carriger, Tom Doyle, Alan Finn, James Grady, Simon R. Green, Kevin Hearne, Jim C. Hines, Deborath Install, Ha Jin, Michael Moorcock, Haruki Murakami, Daniel José Older, Anthony Reynolds, Brandon Sanderson, Beth Shapiro, Brian Staveley, Olen Steinhauer, Ferrett Steinmetz, Duane Swierczynski, David Walton, Susan Wilkins Continue reading