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"Best of" Begins

The Bookgasm blog provides us with a fine list:
5 Best Sci-Fi Books of 2008.

They also have a great website desription:
"BOOKGASM, the site dedicated to READING MATERIAL TO GET EXCITED ABOUT. That includes all kinds of genre fiction, from horror and sci-fi to mystery and suspense. It also includes graphic novels, trashy paperbacks, cheap magazines and other things that much of America pretends to be ashamed of, for no good reason."


Doctorow Audio

I have listened to sevral stories and a couple of novels from BoinBoing's Cory Doctorow's site:, he has podcasted many of his stories and a couple of novels, including After the Siege, Eastern Standard Tribe, and True Names.

Similar Short Stories

On Monday morning (while on the elliptical) I listened to two short stories about which I knew nothing. Oddly they both turned out to be about young women trying to break out of the restrictions of a small isolated community. I enjoyed them both quite a bit - When the Gentlemen Go By written by Margaret Ronald from Clarkesworld Magazine and Waiting for the Zephyr by Tobias Buckell from Telltale Weekly. I was telling CRL about it and she told me it was in the Wastelands Anthology. which is on my reading list.


Listening at

The stories that has on their website have been impressive. Some of my favorite new authors - Stross, Scalzi, Doctorow, all have quality stories there. I've downloaded the mp3s and listened to them while on the elliptical torture device. It's been a perfect way to lose track of time while getting my exercise.


I'm Listening

EscapePod has been a great source of SpecFic audio for me to listen to - especially while exercising. I searched mp3's for Hugo stories and ended up there. They have short stories from the last couple of Hugo years, in addition to their weekly stories. They're on a break, but the archive (down left column) is well worth a look.

What I'm Reading:

Listening To:

Recent Favorite:
Halting State by Charles Stross

Specfic Reviewer Blogroll
7 Foot Shelves
The Accidental Bard
A Boy Goes on a Journey
A Dribble Of Ink
A Hoyden's Look at Literature
Adventures in Reading
The Agony Column
Andromeda Spaceways
The Antick Musings of G.B.H. Hornswoggler, Gent.
Ask Daphne
Australia Specfic In Focus
Author 2 Author

Barbara Martin
Bees (and Books) on the Knob
Bibliophile Stalker
The Billion Light-Year Bookshelf
Bitten by Books
The Black Library Blog
Blog, Jvstin Style
Blood of the Muse
The Book Bind
The Book Smugglers
The Book Swede
Breeni Books

Cheaper Ironies [pro columnist]
Cheryl's Musings
Critical Mass
The Crotchety Old Fan

Damien G. Walter
Danger Gal
Dark Wolf Fantasy Reviews
Darque Reviews
Dave Brendon's Fantasy and Sci-Fi Weblog
Dear Author
The Deckled Edge
Dragons, Heroes and Wizards
The Discriminating Fangirl
Dusk Before the Dawn

Enter the Octopus
Eve's Alexandria

Fantastic Reviews
Fantastic Reviews Blog
Fantasy Book Critic
Fantasy Cafe
Fantasy Debut
Fantasy Book Reviews and News
Fantasy and Sci-fi Lovin' Blog
Feminist SF - The Blog!
The Fix
The Foghorn Review
Frances Writes
From a Sci-Fi Standpoint
Fruitless Recursion

The Galaxy Express
The Gamer Rat
Genre Reviews
Graeme's Fantasy Book Review
Grasping for the Wind
The Green Man Review

Highlander's Book Reviews
The Hub Magazine
Hyperpat's Hyper Day

Ink and Keys

Jumpdrives and Cantrips

Lair of the Undead Rat
League of Reluctant Adults
Literary Escapism

Michele Lee's Book Love
The Mistress of Ancient Revelry
MIT Science Fiction Society
Monster Librarian
More Words, Deeper Hole
Mostly Harmless Books
My Favourite Books

Neth Space
The New Book Review

OF Blog of the Fallen
The Old Bat's Belfry
Outside of a Dog

Pat's Fantasy Hotlist
Piaw's Blog
Post-Weird Thoughts
Publisher's Weekly

Realms of Speculative Fiction
Reading the Leaves
Reviewer X
The Road Not Taken
Rob's Blog o' Stuff
Robots and Vamps

Sandstorm Reviews
Sci Fi Wire
Sci-Fi Fan Letter
Sci-Fi Songs [Musical Reviews]
The Sequential Rat
Severian's Fantastic Worlds
SF Diplomat
SF Gospel
SF Revu
SF Signal
SF Site
SFF World's Book Reviews
Silver Reviews
Smart Bitches, Trashy Books
Speculative Fiction
Speculative Fiction Junkie
Speculative Horizons
The Specusphere
Spiral Galaxy Reviews
Spontaneous Derivation
Sporadic Book Reviews
Stella Matutina
The Sudden Curve
The Sword Review

Tangent Online
Tehani Wessely
Temple Library Reviews [also a publisher]
True Science Fiction

Urban Fantasy Land

Vast and Cool and Unsympathetic
Variety SF

Walker of Worlds
Wands and Worlds
The Wertzone
With Intent to Commit Horror
WJ Fantasy Reviews
The World in a Satin Bag

Young Adult Science Fiction

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