- I am walking around again and mostly not using a cane! The moral of the story: never mop.
- The limited hardback, edition of Angela Slatter‘s World Fantasy Award-winning The Bitterwood Bible and Other Recountings is out of print – but the paperback edition is on its way! Angela will be arranging a giveaway of one of the last hardbacks. You can also buy it as an ebook from Tartarus Press.
- Christopher Johnstone wrote a gorgeous review of Bitterwood in the Melbourne Review of Books: “An Unrelenting Beauty of Words“.
“The world Slatter has created feels perfectly poised on the cusp of reality, in the same way that Gormenghast, or the twin countries of Guilder and Florin, might just, might almost, just perhaps, have been real–if you squint at them sideways and imagine that somehow the relevant chapters in the history books got themselves skipped in high school…
…there may be undertakers who talk to ghosts, and pirates, and sorcerers, and badgers that change into people and back again, but the emotion, the people, the relationships, the families, and most of all, the loves and the hates, the revenges, the primal centres of these stories: all of this is profoundly real.”
It’s a very true review with some good thoughts about fantasy and the experience of reading in general, but he also refers to “numerous elegant, humane little illustrations”, which for me was one of those epiphanies: “That! That is what I want to do. Oh wait, he was talking about me!”
- Season 1 of Serial Box’s Tremontaine has nearly finished, but Kat Weaver (anoteinpink on Tumblr) has been making some beautiful fan art: this is her Diane, but if you click through you can see Tess and Kaab as well.
- Alas, Jedediah Berry’s beautiful Untine, a story told by Twitter poll, is completed (with some post-it-note drawings by me)
- And last, if you’re looking for some light reading, here is the Multilingual Folktale Database.