I’d actually hoped to announce a new release today, but OmniLit/AllRomance is having upload issues today, so have a linkdump instead:
Ellen DeGeneres attempts to record the audio book edition of Fifty Shades of Grey. Hilarity ensues. Warning: If you’re at work or if there are young children in the room, you may want to click on the link at some other time. Oh yes, and you’ll never be able to look at a paddleball in the same way again.
I think that’s something else we can put in the pro column for getting a traditional big publishing deal: Having the audiobook read by a big name celebrity. But even if Ellen DeGeneres had been able to get through the book without cracking up, she’s so not the person I would have hired to read that particular book. Because IMO her voice doesn’t sound particularly sexy and she certainly does not sound like a 21-year-old college student.
From the department of subjects that keep coming back, Bryan Thomas Schmidt is looking for alternatives to A Song of Ice and Fire, since he was no fan of the depressing nature of the books. I certainly sympathize, since I don’t particularly care for the grimdark trend (and there’s worse than George R.R. Martin. Much worse) myself. I never read the Majipoor books, probably because I bounced hard off a Robert Silverberg book I tried to read as a teen, though they look like something I might like.
The Boston Globe explains why fiction is good for us. I must confess that I have never understood those people who only read non-fiction (and not even the narrative sort like memoirs but straight fact-filled non-fiction) and never watch a film or TV series. I just can’t see how they can survive without a regular dose of story. Because I get depressed and cranky without regular infusions of story.
Kate Elliot reminds us that women in historically based fantasy (and by extent in historical fiction) set during periods where women’s lives were highly restricted nonetheless had personalities and desires and that some of them found a way around the restrictions they faced. She also points out this great post by Aliette de Bodard on the subject of women in historical fantasy.
PC Mag asks how much it would cost to build a Death Star. Turns out that the costs would eat up the entire annual GDP of our planet for 13000 years, which should give you an entire how big the Star Wars Empire really is.