Sir Julius Vogel Awards Nominations being submitted for 2016
Hi all, hope Xmas and New Year went down well for everyone, I had a fairly quiet Christmas and plenty of time to read. Some new, some old. all enjoyable. I had an indulgent time re reading Trudi Canavan’s The Black Magician Series prior to starting the next ones in February. I love this series and the characters. Their world is interesting and we come to it gradually which is something I prefer when reading about new places. The story and growth of the characters continues to develop and most of them are flawed in one way or another, making them to me more identifiable as people. I love re visiting old favourites and this one did not disappoint, if you have not read it please put it on your list and let me know what you think.
Have you put in your nomination for the Sir Julius Vogel Award? The nomination period will end on the 28th February 2016, to nominate go to SFFANC site. Sir Julius was New Zealand’s premier twice in the 1870s and a writer of Science Fiction. The award in his name has been awarded since 1989 but until 2002 they were chiefly directed at fans and non professional work. The awards were updated, reorganised ( more organised) and aimed more at the professional SciFi and Fantasy writers, it also includes TV shows and films – so support your favourite New Zealand author and get in a nomination. There is a list of previous winners by year on the site.
I wrote about Wattpad last time and I do hope some of you have gone and had a look at it, I now have the Wattpad App on my phone and I love it. Means I can read something when caught up in a queue or waiting overly long for an appointment. I do not always want to carry my kindle around with me so this app is great.
Another site I regularly visit is Tor.com. It has something to suit everybody in the fantasy and science fiction world. Here you will find every genre, sub genre and introductions to new genres you would ever want to read or view. The narrative can be comedic as well as satirical, informative and professional. Reviews on books, authors, films and plays, are interesting and informative as are the rereads on older published series. The gallery is awesome, some of the artwork takes your breath away. Some time ago they provided a piece of art to authors and asked them to write a short story around it; the results made fascinating reading. My favourite though, is the original short stories and novellas that are included in the site. Published authors and newbies all get space and the variety is incredible, this site is another one that I can loose time with.
Heralds of Valdemar
Currently one of the re reads is from the Hearld of Valdemar series by Mercedes Lackey, I have every book that she has written and I still enjoy re reading them. The books are full of interesting people, heros and villains yes, but characters with flaws and depth that change and grow making you want to read more about them. Interested then go along to Tor.com and follow the re read on the Last Herald Mage (book 1) that is currently being reviewed, well worth the effort.