Weekend Links: June 4, 2016

Last week was a bit of a nightmare, with the trip to Huntsville and all, and I have to admit that it took a bit more out of me than I thought it did when I got home. What that means, unfortunately, is that I’ve spent much of the last week recuperating, physically and emotionally. The good news is that I’m much better now. The bad news is that I didn’t really get as much done as I would have liked this week. On the bright side, I’m feeling pretty recharged now, and I am finally making some headway this weekend on catching up with book reviews and getting back on track with the Dune readalong. I’m not thrilled with my lack of productivity, but I’m happy to finally be settled back in at home and getting to work now.

I’m also happy to have some links to share this week, even if it’s not as much as usual. I rather thought there would be a ton of stuff to share after a full week away, but there’s really only about as much as normal. I’m still getting used to the absence of SF Signal, to be honest. I read a ton of blogs and stuff, but it turns out that I relied on them a lot for keeping track of reviews, author interviews, and SFF-related pieces on some sites that I don’t habitually read. I always knew SF Signal was a treasure, but I thought I’d get over the loss. Instead, it’s turned out to be a resource that I miss on almost a daily basis. I have some ideas for how I can find more content without spending hours a day on it, but I can’t help but hope that someone with the time steps in to fill that void.

This week also saw my first bout of mid-season Game of Thrones ennui, as I struggled to find the energy to write extensively on the show’s latest episode. I’m hoping that most of this can just be chalked up to exhaustion from last week’s trip, but no small part of my frustration with writing about the show is due to the fact that there’s just not much left to say about it anymore. Marveling at the terribleness of it all only takes one through so many thousands of words, you know?

Fortunately, there’s not much Game of Thrones left after this year.

The Mythopoeic Society announced the finalist list for this year’s Mythopoeic Awards.

Fantastic Stories is looking to keep their doors open by utilizing Patreon to support the publication.

Gillian Anderson is going to be in American Gods. I’m not sure how much more excited I can get about this adaptation.

This month’s Trope Anatomy 101 at the Book Smugglers deals with the waving away of disability and chronic conditions in fiction.

I’m always on the look out for nonfiction to read, even if I don’t get around to reading as much of it as I’d like. This list of 17 genre-related essay collections and biographies added several new things to my Amazon wishlist.

Alexandra Erin is still doing her Sad Puppies Review Books posts, and The Giving Tree might be my favorite one yet.

You can now read Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein in her own handwriting online.

Kat Howard’s Big Idea is up at John Scalzi’s blog. Her novel, Roses and Rot is lovely.

I adored All the Birds in the Sky when I read it earlier this year, and there’s a nice new interview with the Charlie Jane Anders over at Lightspeed.

Ada Palmer’s Too Like the Lightning is one of the best books of the year so far, and she’s got a new guest post up at Sci Fi Chick.

Tor.com revealed the cover for Kai Ashante Wilson’s upcoming novella, A Taste of Honey, and it’s gorgeous.

I don’t know if this is the last trailer for Independence Day: Resurgence, but it’s the last one I’ll be watching before the film comes out. I’m sufficiently excited. Also, Jeff Goldblum is like a fine wine.


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