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03:54 pm - Realms of Fantasy - August 2007
Just recieved my contributor copies for the newest issue of Realms of Fantasy, with a newsatand date of June 5th (I believe)

In my column, I review:
Prom Dates From Hell, by Rosemary Clement-Moore
The Dead Girls' Dance, by Rachel Caine
Worldweavers: Gift of the Unmage, by Alma Alexander
City of Bones, by Cassandra Claire
The Game, by Diana Wynne Jones
Why I Let My Hair Grow Out, by Maryrose Wood
Alfred Kropp: The Seal of Solomon, by Rick Yancey
Iris, Messenger, by Sarah Deming

Fiction in this issue contains stories by Cherith Baldry, Christopher Barzak, Alan Smale, Elizabeth M Glover, Way Jeng, and Tim Pratt.

So start haunting your local bookstores!

I am just finishing up my next column for delivery.
Current Mood: pleasedpleased

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From:rhonawestbrook
Date:May 31st, 2007 08:16 pm (UTC)
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I think Realms is one of the coolest fantasy mags out there. I still remember this one story I read there about a girl who became a lake. In fact, it insipred my Tale of the Sea.
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From:oneminutemonkey
Date:May 31st, 2007 08:39 pm (UTC)
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It really is an awesome magazine, and I'm still tickled pink to be part of it in even a small way. :>
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From:rainfletcher
Date:May 31st, 2007 08:29 pm (UTC)
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Ugh, it makes me strangely ill to see Cassandra Claire's name right next to Diana Wynne Jones (writer of one of my favorite books evah). I hope the former has truly given up her "homages" in favor of honest fiction.
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From:oneminutemonkey
Date:May 31st, 2007 08:38 pm (UTC)
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I managed to miss out on the majority of that little kerfluffle... all I ever really knew of her pre-pro work was the Very Secret Diaries, which I found hilarious. (I know about the scandal you refer to, for lack of a better term at the moment, but didn't pay much attention at the time.)

City of Bones, to the best of my knowledge, is honest writing. It's actually a fairly enjoyable story. :> Sure, it isn't perfect, but what is, these days?
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From:anghara
Date:May 31st, 2007 09:35 pm (UTC)
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Um... so... then... what did you think of it...?

[FX: author hiding behind sofa and peering out in trepidation...]
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From:oneminutemonkey
Date:June 1st, 2007 04:15 am (UTC)
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In the interests of keeping you from suffering anticipation too long, here's the relevant quote. Keep in mind, I only have so much space per book...

Worldweavers: Gift of the Unmage, by Alma Alexander, Eos, March 2007
In a world where almost everyone possesses magic, Thea Winthrop, the seventh child of two seventh children, was expected to surpass them all. Thus, her total lack of magic dismays and disappoints her entire family. As a last-ditch effort, Thea is sent to study with a mysterious mentor who helps her to unlock her true potential - a potential she must keep secret from everyone, especially the sinister Alphiri, a cold, calculating mercantile race from another dimension. Sent to the Wandless Academy, a last-ditch school for people without, or adversely affected by, magic, Thea must further develop her gifts and bond with her new friends before a bizarre evil can destroy them all. An excellent start to a new series, with a fascinating premise, this nevertheless feels like two books joined in the middle. However, the concept is intriguing, and there’s a lot of potential left to be explored in future books. I’ll be keeping an eye on this series.
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From:anghara
Date:June 1st, 2007 03:39 pm (UTC)
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Thank you!
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From:mroctober
Date:June 1st, 2007 09:27 pm (UTC)

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I'm sorry I didn't get a copy of Vintage out to you. I ran out of copies early on. Sigh, I'm a bad author.
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From:oneminutemonkey
Date:June 1st, 2007 10:35 pm (UTC)
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It's okay. :> I keep meaning to order a copy anyway. So sooner or later, I'll definitely check Vintage out. Looks like it got a bit of a blurb in the Books section of RoF anyway, courtesy of Laura Cleveland. :>
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From:mroctober
Date:June 1st, 2007 11:39 pm (UTC)
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Wha? ::blinks::
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From:astres
Date:June 9th, 2007 03:31 am (UTC)
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I was absolutely not impressed by Why I Let My Hair Grow Out. I gave it a quite scathing review ((oops)) because it had spelling mistakes, inconsistent "fuck" replacements, and simply...no earned conclusions.

I bought City of Bones and have been petting it for a while. I hope to read it over the summer.

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