It’s been a very busy few weeks with the move and a bit of work travel, but things are seemingly starting to calm down a bit to almost manageable levels. So, here are few things that have caught my eye lately.
- Cory Doctorow has an interesting article over at Locus – with the main point seemingly being that advance reviews on the internet do little for sales. I’m not sure I entirely agree on the point – for example, I believe that a fair amount of Patrick Rothfuss’ success is due to the effective building of pre-release buzz by Daw’s marketing group. I also get a bit defensive in his bit about blogs, which wasn’t entirely negative, but still felt like a low blow – I know I my technorati ranking is well above 4 (I think its 52 at the moment, though it’s been as high as the mid-90s in the past). Then, I’m not a hug fan of the way technorati does things since it doesn’t account for message boards and other ‘regular’ website links and I’ve found it often doesn’t count international links, but I digress.
- The Fantasy Book Critic reviews Andrzej Sapkowski’s The Last Wish. He didn’t like it as much as I did (or Larry and Adam), but enjoyed it more than Pat. In my opinion, many ‘Western’ people are not fully appreciating some of the ‘non-Western’ aspects of this book that really made it work well for me.
- A major volcanic eruption in Chile – stuff like this always interests me.
- Reno suffers through an earthquake swarm – is a big one yet to come?
- A sinkhole swallows Texas (well a small part of it anyway).