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  1. Publishers Weekly: “Geosynchron” Is “Gritty”, “Accessible and Satisfying”  • 
    Publishers Weekly leads off its science fiction, fantasy and horror reviews this morning with the first published review of "Geosynchron." Overall, it's a very nice review indeed.
  2. What Do Authors Want from Reviewers?  • 
    What do authors want from reviews of their work anyway? I can't speak for anybody other than myself on this one, but what I want is very simple.
  3. William Gibson’s “Spook Country”  • 
    William Gibson has said many times in interviews that he knew very little about computers when he wrote his groundbreaking, genre-spawning novel Neuromancer. And yet somehow, all the way back in 1984 he managed to not only anticipate things like Internet culture and wetware, but to understand them better than many of us do even […]
  4. “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows”  • 
    So the Harry Potter series is over, and I was pretty much right in my predictions. How good was the final book? I'd say "Deathly Hallows" is the third best in the series, behind "Order of the Phoenix" and "Prisoner of Azkaban."
  5. Revisiting Middle Earth: “Unfinished Tales”  • 
    There's something both satisfying and frustrating about "Unfinished Tales," a posthumous collection of J.R.R. Tolkien fetishism. You get JRRT at his most didactic, listing chronologies of imaginary kingships as if he were tracing the lineage of Jesus. You get Christopher Tolkien at his most pompous, pointing out all of the petty differences between versions of his father's stories in lots of dry footnotes.
  6. Revisiting Middle Earth: “The Children of Húrin”  • 
    “A darkness lies behind us, and out of it few tales have come,” says one character early in J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Children of Húrin. “…It may be that we fled from the fear of the Dark, only to find it here before us, and nowhere else to fly to but the Sea.” Sador is speaking […]
  7. Revisiting Middle Earth: “The Return of the King”  • 
    A single theme kept running through my head as I read j.R.R. Tolkien's "The Return of the King." It's the way evil acts continually redound to the greater good in the end.
  8. Revisiting Middle Earth: “The Two Towers”  • 
    Many people who read "The Lord of the Rings" falter somewhere in "The Two Towers," and that's perfectly understandable. It's a difficult book about moral choice and the temptations of good and evil.
  9. Revisiting Middle Earth: “The Fellowship of the Ring”  • 
    Ideally one should write about the three books of The Lord of the Rings as a unit, since that’s the way J.R.R. Tolkien wrote them. It was the publisher’s decision to split the novel into three parts, a decision that the author only grudgingly accepted. He wanted LOTR published in six parts, with book 1 […]
  10. Revisiting Middle Earth: “The Hobbit”  • 
    J.R.R. Tolkien’s Silmarillion contains a beautiful depiction of the world’s creation through music by Eru Ilúvatar and his choir of Ainur. It has passionate love stories, an Oedipal tale of woe, and theological conundrums aplenty. The Hobbit, by contrast, contains: A character who invents the game of golf by knocking the head of the goblin […]

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