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In a bit of shameless pluggery - How Vasilisa the Wise found Vasilisa the Fairest

More out of a bit of nostalgia than anything else, I wanted to share my newest short story with this community. Such as it is.

Over the past three years or so, I've been writing urban fantasy stories set in Chicago. This one is particular wound up being more personal than others. It deals the culture in my native Russia in general and recurring characters in Russian folklore in particular. It touches on the culture class between nations, between generations, between Russians who spent all their lives in Russia and Russians who grew up in these United States.

But ultimately, it deals with having to live up to legend passed down through thousands of folk tales and the expectations that comes with it. Expectations that you may not necessarily reflect.

You can read the story over at my LJ. If you're so inclined, feel free to leave a comment, critique and any and all manner of feedback either here or at the original entry.

I'd appreciate whatever feedback you think it deserves.
Listen to Prowl

Anne Bishop - New Series: The Others #1

One the first very fleeting glance, this might sound familiar: Girl with unique abilities and in trouble meets man who turns into wolf and has the power to protect her somehow.
You're thinking about romance? Kick-ass heroine? Werewolves and Vampires? A world in which the supernatural is hiding?
Here, monsters with a resemblance to wolves turn into men, the unique abilities turn the girl not into a kickass heroine but only into a valuable stolen property and humanity just wishes that the supernatural is hiding and mistrusts them on every turn.

Anne Bishop leaves the old and used pathes far far behind her.
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Introducing myself

Hello all. I'm Stephen Goldin, a long-time SFF writer with over 40 books published. Most have been science fiction, some have been epic fantasy. I do have one that might be of especial interest to people in this group, but I'll get to that in a moment.

As far as urban fantasy goes, I admit to being something of a minor leaguer. I've read some stuff that could claim to be antecedents of the subgenre, like Heinlein's Magic, Inc. and The Unpleasant Profession of Johnathan Hoag and various works by L. Sprague deCamp. Of the more modern stuff, I've read the first Sookie Stackhouse book and a little Kim Harrison, and have Jim Butcher on my TBR list. (Do Glen Cook's Garrett books count as UF? I've read most of those.) On TV, I've loved Buffy (though not so much Angel), Dead Like Me, Pushing Daisies, and Eli Stone. A very preliminary education, considering how much the field has grown of late.

Polly cover2-150 Now I've got this book called Polly!, and it's not easily categorized. It's a satire, and people I don't even know say it's funny. It's fantasy, and is thoroughly anchored in our contemporary world, which is what makes me think it might technically be classified as UF. It's a book I'm very proud of, and I'm hoping to introduce other people to it. I'm hoping some of you might give it a try.

I'm also toying with another idea, sort of along the lines of the old Thomas N. Scortia short story "The Bomb in the Bathtub" (if anyone even remembers that these days). It'll be a very bizarre and surrealistic comedy when I get it done, but that won't be for a while. I don't even have a tentative title yet.

Well, that's me. Any questions?
Kitty: Angry Calico

November Review Round-Up

Here are the reviews posted during November. Please note, this is not a comprehensive list of books I read in November, but rather the books I had the time to review before month's end.

1) Philippa Ballantine, Spectyr: It's a Gamble
2) Elizabeth Bear, Range of Ghosts: Good Read
3) M.M. Buckner, The Gravity Pilot: Good Read
4) Jane Rogers, The Testament of Jessie Lamb: Excellent
5) Ilona Andrews, Bayou Moon: It's a Gamble
6) Sharon Lynn Fisher, Ghost Planet: Worth Reading, with Reservations
7) Troy Denning, Star Wars: Dark Nest I: The Joiner King: Worth Reading, with Reservations
8) N.K. Jemisin, The Killing Moon: Good Read
9) J. Michael Straczynski, Superman: Earth One: Volume Two: Good Read

As always, comments and discussion are most welcome. :)
Kenshin - animated sword

Sorry about the CAPTCHA

I have been inundated by SPAM comments the past few days, and I have had enough. I've gone through every comm that I run, and I've made it a requirement for non-members to use CAPTCHA. I've also done it on all of my RP accounts.

If you run a comm, do your members a favor, and turn CAPTCHA on. Because if the comm doesn't have the CAPTCHA requirement, it doesn't matter if you have that requirement set up in your actual journal.

Please pass this information around and feel free to repost this message.
Kitty: Angry Calico

October Review Round-Up

Here are the reviews posted during October. Please note, this is not a comprehensive list of books I read in October, but rather the books I had the time to review before month's end.

1) Seanan McGuire, Ashes of Honor: Couldn't Put It Down
2) Jo Walton, Ha'Penny: Good Read
3) Richard Kadrey, Devil Said Bang: Not My Cup of Tea (DNF)
4) Rae Carson, The Crown of Embers: Good Read
5) Ilona Andrews, Gunmetal Magic: Worth Reading, with Reservations
6) Ann Aguirre, Outpost: Worth Reading, with Reservations
7) Laura Bickle, Embers: Worth Reading, with Reservations
8) Sarah Langan, Audrey's Door: Problematic, but Promising
9) Catherynne M. Valente, The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There: Excellent

As always, comments and discussion are most welcome. :)

New book!

I've posted about the series here a couple of times in the past, but now we've got a Kindle edition live, so I thought I'd share.

It's Australian-set (Brisbane) urban fantasy. Basically, if you want a tonne of geek humour, characters speaking lolcat, someone who isn't neurotypical as the protagonist, and people in nifty suits, this is the series for you.Episiodes will be released monthly (with short stories available on the other fortnight).

Mirrorfall: Episode One (Require: Cookie)