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Reflections on the Fantasy Covers post

This is cross-posted from genrereviews because I know there are people who read here more frequently than over there. If you've already seen it there, feel free to skip past this version. Since, y'know, it's the same thing.

Last week I wrote a post about book covers, gender roles, and the bizarre depictions thereof. You may have noticed it.

That post spread around the internet in a way I was totally unprepared for, as the temporary blip in my bandwidth on Friday no doubt revealed. Sometimes it's hard to predict how well a post will go over, but I'd spent a fair amount of time on that one and was pretty pleased with the way it turned out, and being a feminist the subject matter was close to my heart. I'd hoped for a decent response, but I wasn't expecting a full month's worth of visitors in less than two days. I wasn't expecting to be featured at Publisher's Weekly's sf/f blog, I wasn't expecting to have authors tell me they planned to send their publisher to my post when it came time to talk about cover art, and I wasn't expecting to be used as inspiration for fantasy artists. This is all great stuff. Mindblowing stuff! I am so incredibly pleased at the response, my poor husband is wondering when the giddy is going to die back down.

You know what the best part is, though? People are thinking about this now. And talking about it. It's become a whole conversation, and that is so much more valuable than any of the things I listed above. Does this mean big changes in the way cover art will be produced from now on? No, of course not. But if we're thinking about it and looking critically, that's important. Attitudes of "oh, well that's just the way things are and always have been" don't do anyone any good.

And yes, my back is fine, thank you. It was stiff the next day, mostly from trying to get the spinal twist on the John Ringo cover, but I was careful to stretch it out when I could and was basically fine. And my knee is pleased to report no new injuries in that direction.
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One Full Year of Insanity

So it seems genrereviews has been going for one full year, as of today. So... happy bloggiversary to us! For anyone who's not watching the bookeriffic blog, that means we're hosting an awesome giveaway, which I highly recommend everyone go check out.

For the record? When I started that beast up, I had no idea how much of a time vacuum it was going to be. Of course, if I had known, I think I would have done it anyway, because it's been a lot of fun.
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Book Blogger Appreciation Week

Know what has the power of awesome? Book blogs. (Not that I'm at all biased on that front by any means...)

Because of the fierce awesomeness of book blogs, the people who run them, and the insane effect these blogs have on our TBR lists, Amy of My Friend Amy has organized Book Blogger Appreciation Week from September 15-19th. Everyone go mark it down on your calendars. I'll wait.

Done? Alright. Here's the lowdown: nominations are going down for book blog awards. Soooo... speak up! Make your voice heard and nominate your favourite book blogs. Clicky on the BBAW banner below for the list of award categories and the e-mail address to send your nominations to.

As a side note, they are adding Most Altruistic Blog, Funniest/Most Humorous Blog, Best Sci-fi/fantasy/horror/spec-fic blog, and Best Commenter/commentator as categories, so be sure to bear that in mind when you're filling in your answers.
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How to deal with an overflowing TBR box

sarlias sent me a two-month paid subscription thing, which basically means I can abuse twice as many icons. Icons are awesome and make my page colourful.

Alright, I have issues. We all knew this, but perhaps you guys can help me out. I have a ridiculously huge pile of books to be read. No seriously, the pile you're imagining as I say that is not doing justice to how many shiny new books I have right here. (And by "shiny new" I mean the majority of them I bought used, but they're new to me and that's all that matters.) I actually have them assorted according to genre and they're sitting in boxes next to my desk because there are too many of them to actually sit on my desk. Were I to have them all in one box, I would never ever be able to move it. We're talking a whole freaking lot of books. Most of which I'm actually pretty excited to get reading, so having a priority list doesn't always help.

Right now I'm in the middle of reading Joe Haldeman's The Accidental Time Machine, which is basically about a guy who invents a time machine that can only go forwards. Also, he can't control how far forward.

Next? I have no freaking clue. Usually I have some sort of game plan, but... not at the moment. So I shall force you all to decide for me. At some point or another, I plan to get them all read and reviewed. Y'know, eventually.

Collapse )So tell me, guys! Make up my mind for me, pleeeeease. What comes next on my list?

This poll is closed.

Next to read and review is...

Street of Death (horror)
Endgame (scifi)
Cast In Courtlight (fantasy/urban fantasy)
Broken (erotica)
Tigerheart (fantasy adventure)
Zombie Blondes (YA horror)
Dark Lover (vampires, yo)

Edit: And it looks like Zombie Blondes wins out!
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Reviewing contest!

The genrereviews community is holding a review contest. Basically, all you have to do is let us know what you thought of your most recent read. There's no restriction on what type of book, and you can make your review as long or short as you like. To enter, you can post a reply to this post, or send an e-mail to genrereviews@gmail.com.

Need more information? Check out the original contest post!

Why no, I never tire of gratuitous self-pimpage. Thanks for asking, though.
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OCD, vampires, and amusing rants, oh my!

In case it's escaped anyone's attention, Sarah (sarlias) and I have been putting up reviews in our shiny new community, genrereviews. If I haven't already harrassed you and forced you to read our reviews, random musings, and rants, check us out! We're slowly but surely bringing out readers and even getting some discussions started. We stick pretty close to genre fiction (most specifically, horror, fantasy, romance, and science fiction) because a lot of the time they're all pretty closely interconnected and, well, that's what we like to read. Really, it's just an excuse to get a bunch of like-minded people together and dish about the books we like to read (or sometimes the ones we love to hate). And I swear, we give out honest opinions and only gush when it's worth gushing.

Ok, enough of the shameless self-pimpage. We are, after all, only a click away.