4.14.2011

What I've been up to

So, what have I been up to? A lot of changes going on in my professional life, but more on that to come in the following weeks.

A good friend recently gave me a copy of Carrie Vaughn's newest novel, After the Golden Age. This is Carrie's first superhero novel, a category of fiction I've become enamored with since I read, Soon I Will Be Invincible a few years back. I was initially intrigued by the eye-catching jacket art, and I'm a few chapters in and so far its' good stuff.

I saw this novel first mentioned on Tor.com -- they send out a great newsletter & run a cool site, if you haven't checked it out, please do, it's become a hub for all things sci-fi and fantasy. I hear about many new and exciting things there.

Without spoiling too much (and since I still have plenty to continue reading myself), I'll simply say it is the story of a young woman, the daughter of a famous superhero mom and dad team, who is a much sought after prize to the enemies of her parents. You can see how that can get annoying real fast.

I also have been reading the ebook app version of Reif Larsen's illustrated novel, The Selected Works of T. S. Spivet. This well crafted book was originally published in hardcover in 2009, and I'm enjoying the app so much I plan to attempt to track down a hard copy to add to the attic library. A clever mix of Wes Anderson-like attention to detail and the endearing story of a 12-year-old using his obsession and skill at cartography to figure out life. I highly recommend the interactive app or go and seek out the actual book which is out in paperback now. Even the original hardcover jacket is made of awesome.



Here's to hoping I post more regularly. But until then...

4 comments:

Michael Offutt said...

I've never read a superhero novel that wasn't a graphic novel of some kind put out by either DC, Marvel, or Dark Horse. This sounds interesting because I like superheroes.

Good to see you back blogging again :)

Jayf said...

Thanks Michael. Yes, I plan to try to get back to blogging a bit more regularly. And if you like superheroes, it's worth trying out one of the novels I've mentioned. :)

Marion G. Harmon said...

Hello Jay, a friend pointed me in the direction of your page. I recently e-published a superhero novel, Wearing the Cape, and with your background I'd love to tap your expertise if possible (mainly a little advice). I'm heartened to discover you already reviewing superhero novels--obviously I think it's a worthy genre!

Jayf said...

Hi Marion,
Best of luck with your novel. Point me in the direction of where it's available and I'll see if I can take a look. I can't guarantee a time frame but I'll try to check it out as soon as. --Jay