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I have the following books piled on the table in front of me: Iron Council by China Miéville. One King, One Soldier by Alex Irvine (these are galleys, destined to be reviewed in Flytrap #3). The Jane Austen Book Club by Karen Joy Fowler. The Charnel Prince by Greg Keyes (sequel to The Briar King; it's a galley that I plan to review for the July issue of A Certain Magazine). The Light Ages by Ian R. MacLeod (which I'd started before Iron Council arrived and swept all other books aside).

I must read them all. All! And before the end of the month, because once I go to Wiscon, I'll definitely come back with more books -- I plan to get Perfect Circle by Sean Stewart and Trash Sex Magic by Jennifer Stevenson and Set This House In Order by Matt Ruff, and probably others as well. And it won't be long before the enormous and mouth-watering Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell by Susannah Clarke is available; we got a galley at work today, and it's delectable, but it will be sent off to a reviewer before I have a chance to read it, I'm afraid, so I'll have to wait for the real publication. And then there's The Year of Our War by Steph Swainston, which I'm dying to read...

Heavens. This is looking like an amazingly good year for fantasy, isn't it? (Though the Fowler isn't a fantasy, and Light Ages came out last year, and I guess the Ruff did too, but still...)


I have two absolutely wonderful ideas for stories, with a great setting, great characters, and cool plots. They're linked stories, in that they feature the same characters and setting, but otherwise stand alone. I know what I'm working on for the next couple of weeks. I haven't been this excited about a story idea in ages. Hope I manage to pull them off... now I just have to decide which one to write first.


I'm doing a reading at Wiscon; now I just have to decide what to read. I'm in a "reading group" with Jay Lake, Rob Gates, and Catherine Lundoff (I haven't met the latter two, as far as I know), and our "theme" is "Bright City/Dark City/No City." Seems sufficiently vague to allow for pretty much anything I want to read. Guess I should decide what I want to do...

This looks like a great month for me having to make decisions.

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