News & Notes – 2/17/2024

News & Notes – 2/17/2024

This week’s links include: more on the Hugo Awards controversy; OpenAI lawsuits; Balzer + Bray moves to MacMillan; fantasy and romantasy explained; GenZ turns to physical books & libraries; diversity in romance; book banning (again); a fiction piece about a fearsome giant snail; a fantastic review of Laurie R. King’s Mary Russell mystery series; and more.

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Legends & Lattes, by Travis Baldree

Legends & Lattes, by Travis Baldree

Heartwarming cozy fantasy
What can I say about Legends & Lattes that hasn’t already been said? Baldree’s breakout, bestselling debut novel hits the sweet spot for me: low-stakes cozy fantasy, found family, believable (and likeable) main character, interesting secondary characters, and solid worldbuilding with a D&D feel. It’s a well-crafted novel with good pacing and just the right amount of description…enough to bring the scenes vividly to life without overwhelming the action or Viv’s emotional journey.

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Sunday Post – 2/04/2024

Sunday Post – 2/04/2024

I had three more Zoom meetings this week for the fiber guild. (That’s unusual; I rarely have more than one or two per month.) I have another Zoom this afternoon, this time a social with some friends from college. Other than that, I’ve been trying to catch up on a lot of stuff, from email to to-do lists.

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News & Notes – 2/03/2024

News & Notes – 2/03/2024

This week’s links include: Babel and the Hugo Awards controversy; book banning news; an author’s creepy TikTok request; ABA closing headquarters; Gen Z rediscovers public libraries; grappling with Robert Burns’s legacy; rise of romantasy; plus a wonderful free short story and several book lists

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Sunday Post – 1/28/2024

Sunday Post – 1/28/2024

In real life: work and lots of meetings. I finished up some requested changes to a work project and turned it in this week. I planned to go to a book club online on Tuesday evening, but I wasn’t feeling well. On Wednesday, I had several meetings on Zoom, and another on Thursday.

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The Lantern’s Dance, by Laurie R. King

The Lantern’s Dance, by Laurie R. King

I was very excited to read The Lantern’s Dance, the first new Mary Russell & Sherlock Holmes mystery since 2021’s Castle Shade. Once started, I could hardly put it down, staying up until 2:30 in the morning to reach the denouement. Like The Murder of Mary Russell, the novel alternates between past and present narratives, slowly revealing hidden connections that surprised and enchanted me.

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