June 30th, 2015

Three Things

1. The American Library Association convention offered free galleys of upcoming books, a wonderful experience that was sort of like free-range grazing for readers.  I snagged a copy of The Dead Duke, His Secret Wife, and the Missing Corpse, which turns out to be the true story of the fifth duke of Portland and a woman who was certain he had also been living a double life as her father-in-law, T.C. Druce.  I haven't finished it yet, but so far I'm liking it a lot.  I love stories about eccentrics, and this book is filled with them.  You have to admire a sentence like this, for example: "Mrs. Thwaytes -- who had been left the then immense sum of 500,000 pounds -- had been convinced that she was the third person of the Holy Trinity…"  The book's coming out in October.

2. Here's an interesting list of "Old(er) Women in SF/F."  I'm delighted that they noticed Alice Wood in my novel Strange Devices of the Sun and Moon -- one of the things I wanted to do with that book was write from the point of view of someone who isn't shown much in fiction.

3. I really liked this story in a recent New Yorker (something I don't say as often as I'd like to), "The Prospectors" by Karen Russell.  It reminded me a bit of Kelly Link, funny and shivery-spooky at the same time.