Skip to main content

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 -- 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...


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. :)
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

Popular posts from this blog

Bloody Clever. My review of Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter

How else can I describe this novel from literary mash-up author sensation, Seth Grahame-Smith?
Bloody clever.

I had seen all the hubbub about his New York Times bestselling, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and knew that he was approaching things a bit differently. He was creating a hot new trend.

I made a request for a bound galley, through one of my trusted literary source connections and it arrived a few days later, in a package--just like how a bunch of secret diaries appear at the beginning of the novel, filled with secrets.

So there is my disclaimer: I was sent this book, via a publishing connection, for free. I intended to review it here from the get go.

I began reading ALVH with trepidation, knowing full-well that people were going to get axed. After all, that is how Abe developed that lean physique, splitting wood in the yard all the while teaching himself to read and write and building up that wicked smart mind. 

He was a force to be reckoned with. And with the same conviction he u…

A D&D Giveaway from @theFranconian archives

Every now and then even a bookish fellow like myself needs to make room on my shelves. And where I still have many of my original Dungeons & Dragons manuals and modules, I also still have some samples that had been sent to me while an acquiring editor at the ol' SFBC. 
This set of three: Monster Manual, Players Handbook and Dungeon Master's Guide, all version 3.5 have been sitting on my shelves for a number of years, untouched, if not a bit dusty. They are in excellent condition and I was planning to sell them but thought it would make for a better giveaway, or 3 giveaways, for any gamer who might have been looking for the 3.5 editions to add to their reference library.
The rules are simple, in the comments section simply retell a brief D&D encounter, adventure or battle, or simply share an image of a miniature that you painted, with a little background about it. Its that simple. Have fun with it. Only open to U.S. Residents. I'll choose 1 to 3 winners that are my fa…

The Art of Space by Ron Miller PLUS a giveaway

Do you remember the first science fiction bookcover art that really struck you? Can you recall a stylized film or television show that hooked you on science fiction? Maybe it was a comic book cover from the Silver Age. I recall Star Wars having something to do with it for me as a little boy. I was hooked  at the pure imagination of it. Other worlds, magnificent spaceships, aliens; all of it drew me in.

I was recently sent by the good folks at the Zenith Press, a copy of The Art of Space: The History of Space Art, From the Earliest Visions to the Graphics of the Modern Era from award-winning artist and best-selling author Ron Miller, and it is a collection that is out of this world.

Miller covers each era of space art, and how it was developed at the time with the resources, knowledge and vision of the artists of the day. He covers individual artists and movements from the decades, and brings to life over 350 incredible illustrations with informative discussion and background on each.