James Hetley is a renaissance man, which is often the case with writers. He’s been an architect specializing in renovation and adaptive reuse of old buildings. Of course, he lives in a magnificent horror of a house from the 1850s, with an electrical system from Edison’s time and a furnace installed when Roosevelt was president.
WWW Wednesday. This meme is from shouldbereading. To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions… • What are you currently reading? A Natural History of Dragons by our own Marie Brennan. At first I shied … Continue reading
Lies and Prophecy by Marie Brennan Robert started half out of his chair when the door crashed into the wall. He didn’t relax at the sight of me in the entrance to his dorm room, and I couldn’t blame … Continue reading
The latest issue of the Fiction River anthology series, Hex in the City includes the short story “Fox and Hound” by BVC’s Leah Cutter. This issue includes fourteen stories by a diverse group of authors including Kristine Katherine Rusch, Jay … Continue reading
Before we go any farther in our discussion of using Western magic in fantasy writing, we need to consider an important question: what is the difference between magic and religion? For that matter, is there any difference? The devoutly religious … Continue reading
Laura Anne Gilman. Writer. Editor. Tired Person.
This has been Laura Anne Gilman’s tag line forever, and with good reason. She does enough work for three people—she’s worked for major New York publishing houses and start-ups, including running the successful ROC Line; she has a flourishing editing business, and writes under both her own name (fantasy, SF, urban fantasy, YA) and L.A. Kornesky (mysteries).
Pati Nagle Interviewed by Phyllis Irene Radford Tomorrow is the 5th birthday of Book View Café and we are starting off the celebration with an interview of our current Chief Cat Herder, Pati Nagle. Pati Nagle currently leads … Continue reading
Writing a hinky sports novel is a bit like Will Farrell making another ESPN-based movie. Nobody expects it to make much sense, but you know you’ll get a couple of laughs, see some boobies, watch some guys do stupid things in their undershorts, maybe experience an unexpectedly touching moment.
The other day I realized that I’ve been studying the history and belief systems of various kinds of magic for 50 years. I thought others might find some of my conclusions interesting, so here’s what might be the first of … Continue reading
Under all those words, you’re still a virgin.