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Would you be a hero, or?

The CapeThe first thing you should do is mark your calendar for tomorrow. Tomorrow is when the legacy edition of Issue #1 of "The Cape" will be published. This is exciting not only because the stand-alone issue was so good it got turned into a series and nominated for an Eisner, but also because tomorrow, the writer of "The Cape," Jason Ciaramella, is going to be stopping by Fantasy Matters to talk about writing comics. So after you visit your local comic shop and pick up your copy of the issue, come back here and see what Jason has to say.

For what I think, here's a reprint of my review that originally ran at Strange Ink in January:

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“We Tell the Truth Best By Becoming Lies”

EmbassytownIt’s a line of snark, said so often that it passes for proverb: “Writers tell lies to people for money.” It’s true, of course. Truth may lie at the heart of stories, but lies are the ink pumped through their veins.

So imagine then, a language where lying is impossible. Such a Language is one of the central conceits of China Miéville’s new novel, Embassytown. Imagine what you lose from speech when there is no symbolic language. Not only is lying impossible, but so are similes, nuance, stories.

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Traveling Back Across the Border

Welcome to BordertownBordertown is a shared world, created by Terri Windling and the other authors who set stories there in the four anthologies and three novels published between 1986 and 1998. It's a place that exists on the border between the Elflands and the World, a half-magical city that became, like so many other cities, a refuge to those desperate to get away from who and what they were before. It was a well-loved shared world, and its influence on writers and readers of the fantastic cannot be overstated. Urban Fantasy, for example, would probably still exist today without Bordertown, but certainly not in its current shape.

And then the Border closed. For thirteen years, no new word crossed the Border.

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"There's so much I want to know about eleven year old China Miéville"

EmbassytownOn 1 June, I attended an event, hosted by WORD Brooklyn, for China Miéville's latest novel, Embassytown. The catch when talking about events - or anything, really - is if you are wildly enthusiastic, people assume you're not thinking critically, that you're just reacting as a fangirl. But really, this was one of the best author events I've ever been to.

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Her Dress Her Sail

I think if I had read Catherynne M. Valente’s The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making as a child, a thrill would have run through me when I learned the heroine’s name was September.  I had an ordinary sort of name as a child, but I was born in September, and though September herself was born in May, I would have felt this connection between names and birthday gave us a kinship. I would have hoped that kinship ran deep enough (names are important things in Fairyland) that the Green Wind might someday come for me, too. 

 

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