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June 9, 2008


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June 17, 2008

Before I say anything else, I'll be at PortConMaine in Maine July 4-6 (not a typo, I won't be there on the 3rd). Also, I've had a lot of people asking me about cons they may see me advertised on the sites of but aren't mentioned on my site. Until I say I'm going to a con on the S*P site (specifically, it's mentioned on the front page, just under the navigation, in an area called "Randy's Upcoming Con Schedule," I'm not attending. We might be in talks, or it may be someone jumping the gun and deciding I'm attending (happens sometimes), but I'm not actually attending until it's mentioned on this site.

So a while back I linked to a book called, "The Name of the Wind," by Patrick Rothfuss. I don't generally like fantasy books, but it was a GREAT read. However, a lotta people don't want to drop the money on hardback books. That's fair. They can be expensive. However, now that "The Name of the Wind" is in paperback you've no excuse. Get it. It's a great book.

And for those of you who've already read it and know how great it is, the second book, The Wise Man's Fear," is available now, too.

There's another book I've wanted to mention for a while now. If you like noir mystery or werewolves, you need to read it (if you like both, you'll be thrilled). It's titled "The Wolfman," written by Nicholas Pekearo. Pekearo, an auxiliary police officer for New York City, was slain in the line of duty not long after he signed on with his publisher. I'd heard about the book from a lot of news articles on him, and there'd been this big push for the book. I'd even read there were move plans, but I've no idea if that's true or not. At any rate, most of the descriptions I'd read of the book sounded camp: A werewolf detective who solves crimes at night. I got the book to see for myself.

The "werewolf detective solving crimes at night" isn't accurate. In fact, it's sort of insulting to the plot of the novel. I'm not going to say anything else because I don't want to spoil it, but give it (and the other two books) a read. You'll like 'em. -R

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