Birds of Prey #125: A Very Short Review

I remember feeling pleased when my young teenaged son expressed an interest in BIRDS OF PREY.  My boy, comfortable with powerful women, is prepared for the 21st century!  Then I realized that the superheroines of this title are mostly extremely buff, chesty, and use thong swimwear as their daily attire.  (Well, mothers must take minor victories where they can — my son, the heterosexual!)

Unfortunately like so many other titles all over the publishing world, BIRDS OF PREY is not long for this world, doomed to be discontinued sometime in 2009.  When it began it was a minor milestone — the first all-female action comic that was successful.  Furthermore, the central Bird, Barbara “Oracle” Gordon, is handicapped and confined to a wheelchair — a two-fer!  BIRDS started excellently (I commend the trade paper collections to you) but like all serial titles has had its ups and downs.  The recent appetite for mega crossovers had its usual malign effect; the title is popping along reasonably well and then suddenly all this irrelevant stuff about Final Crisis or Breaking the Bat rolls nonsensically in.

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Virtual Book Tour Launched

I guess today is Aqueduct Press day at the Book View Cafe blog. Nancy’s posting about Anne and I’m posting about…me.

I’m announcing my Virtual Book Tour in support of The Textile Planet. Just so happens that my first stop is at Ambling along the Aqueduct, the blog for Aqueduct Press.
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A Poet for Those Who Love Stories

My flash fiction for this week, “Ne Quid Nimis,” is dedicated to my good friend, Anne Sheldon.

It seems an appropriate time to introduce you to Anne — a poet, fiction writer, storyteller, and children’s librarian. Anne is particularly noted for her poems and stories that take an old tale, or a myth, or even history, and give it a new perspective. You can get some flavor of her poetry from “Snow White Turns 39,” which appeared in the wonderful anthology of poetry based on fairy tales, The Poets’ Grimm (alas, out of print, but seek out a used copy, if you can).

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The Aurealis Australian Genre Fiction Award – I

Everybody who writes likes to have their work acknowledged, and awards and prizes are a major acknowledgement. Even if your work doesn’t actually win, it’s a thrill just to reach the short-list. (Publishers also like this, because it adds lustre to their offerings. And readers can use awards and short-lists as another steer to hitherto unknown writers they might like.)

I’ve just been lucky enough to be short-listed – for the second time, which is a real surprise – for the Australian genre fiction award, the Aurealis, in the category of best fantasy novel, for my book Amberlight. Continue reading


TV Cheese: Flash Gordon & Sanctuary

Lalume has the week off because he is busy working on the Book View Cafe newsletter.

Therefore, Amy has some commentary on sci-fi television.

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I’m sure I would be Queen of Cheeze too if I ever got off my butt and activated my Chees-O-Meter for the Sci Fi Channel bundles of goodness. I really tried hard to find the 2007 Flash Gordon hawkmen – I saw the original show and Meredith saw them on You Tube and said they were going around and people were laughing their butts off at them. Continue reading


Superman/Batman #54: A Very Short Review

Those of us who liked the old WORLD’s FINEST comics will enjoy this modern incarnation, the more so because it is very closely tied indeed to the old classics.  Not only does it star (control your startlement here) Superman and Batman, with frequent appearances by characters from their respective deep histories, but often images, concepts, or entire story lines are borrowed, buffed up, and recycled for the new millennium.

The current arc, which began last month in #53, is a sterling example:  an ancient and hoary plot, in which due to mysterious magical interference, Superman has lost his super powers and Batman has acquired them.

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