Random News: News from/About Three of the Best Female Authors

Hello Lovely Readers,

This week, two of my favorite authors made announcements that I thought I would pass on to you guys. Then a third author was the subject of a rather “interesting” criticism, that I just can’t help weighing in on! Best yet, is that I realized I have met all three of these wonderful women!

First up is Anne Rice. She announced that she will be on her son’s (author Christopher Rice) podcast show on March 9. This in and of itself is not that exciting, but what she is going to talk about is. She has said she will release the official details about her next novel on the show. Read more about the show and her upcoming announcement here. Additionally, Rice has been making waves by taking on many internet bullies/trolls in several ways. I will have a post about this coming out soon, so look for that!

Second to make an announcement this week is Robin McKinley. While I was hoping for a new book, she has instead been given the honor of being asked to be the Guest of Honor at Boskone (a science fiction convention hosted by the New England Science Fiction Association (NESFA) in Boston, Massachusetts). This is very exciting news for you American readers, as McKinley doesn’t do many book events, and especially not in the USA. Having seen her in London in 2011, both Frances and I would recommend reading her books and meeting her! You can read her amazement at the honor here on her blog.

The last author that was in the news this week was JK Rowling. In a very strange move, novelist and copywriter Lynn Sheperd, wrote a rather scathing opinion about Rowling. You can and should read the article here. It is a very strange move, especially as she opens with a note that her friend told her it was a bad idea to write this piece. The article titled, “If JK Rowling Cares About Writing, She Should Stop Doing It.” I will admit it was very hard for me to keep a level head while I read the article, but it was hard when Sheperd not only attacks Rowling, but those of us adults who read “children’s” novels. Sheperd’s basic argument is big names in adult (she doesn’t care about children’s or YA novels or their authors) literature should step aside and let new people try their luck. Unfortunately, I (and most commentators) do not believe that publishing is a zero-sum game. Instead big authors get people’s initial attention and then cause the readers to look for similar titles, thus bringing attention to the newer writers. Not only are Sheperd’s arguments feeble, she judges Rowling’s works without ever having attempted to read any of her works. Basically the article comes across as another author being bitter and delusional. Worse it has probably done the opposite of what she wanted, she has angered many readers, who will most likely never give her books a fair chance (I know I feel rather personally insulted by the article and have no wish to read any of her work).

What did you guys think of the article about Rowling? Are you excited about Rice’s or McKinley’s news?

Until next time,

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Book Review: The Blue Sword

Book Title: The Blue Sword
Author: Robin McKinley

[Harry] had always suffered from a vague restlessness, a longing for adventure that she told herself severely was the result of reading too many novels when she was a small child.” The Blue Sword by Robin McKinley

Final Verdict: Drop everything and run and grab a copy of this. A great story of a woman finding her own strength and saving a country she fell in love with!

For the full review, click the book title.

Book Review: The Hero and the Crown

Book Title: The Hero and the Crown
Author: Robin McKinley

She could not remember a time when she had not known the story; she had grown up knowing it.” The Hero and the Crown by Robin McKinley.

Final Verdict: Run out and buy a copy now for yourself and any young girl you know. It has a brilliant role-model and shows that courage is not about not feeling fear, but overcoming your fear!

For the full review, click the book title.

Book Review: Sunshine

Book Title: Sunshine
Author: Robin McKinley

“What was new was the fact that, despite my heart doing its fight-or-flight, help-we’re-prey-and-HEY-STUPID-THAT’S-A-VAMPIRE number, I was glad to see him. Ridiculous but true. Scary but true.” Sunshine, Sunshine by Robin McKinley

Final Verdict: You might want to start reading this book at the weekend, so you have time to blow everything off and find out what happens.

For the full review, click the book title.

Book Review: Beauty

Book Title: Beauty
Author: Robin McKinley

“I said: “He cannot be so bad if he loves roses so much.”
“But he is a Beast,” said Father helplessly.
I saw that he was weakening, and wishing only to comfort him I said, “Cannot a Beast be tamed?”

Beauty, Beauty by Robin McKinley

Final Verdict: If you are a fan of Beauty and the Beast then beg, borrow, or steal a copy of this book to read.

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Frances and Lynne Adventure: Meeting Robin McKinley

Event: Meeting Robin McKinley
Place: Forbidden Planet, London
Date: 7 July 2011

The great thing about fantasy is that you can drag dreams and longings and hopes and fears and strivings out of your subconscious and call them ‘magic’ or ‘dragons’ or ‘faeries’ and get to know them better. But then I write the stuff. Obviously I’m prejudiced.” Robin McKinley

Final Verdict: If you are a fan of McKinley’s work, then get yourself to a book signing!

For the full adventure, click the event title.