THE BOOKS THAT MAKE CHINA MIEVILLE CHINA MIEVILLE
The Guardian begins a series of podcasts in which Mieville talks about the books that have shaped him. Hear the podcast here.
Speaking of Mieville, Cory Doctorow informs that Mieville just won a Hugo for The City and the City, which tied with The Windup Girl, a multilayered tale set in a sleazy future Bangkok, by Paolo Bacigalupi. Also, the webcomic Girl Genius picks up another Hugo, no doubt making the Deej very happy. See Doctorow's article here and the list of winners here.
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GARY SHTEYNGART EXPLAINS WHY HE LOVESZARDOZ
Wait...there was a novel? Yes, there is a novel called Zardoz, clearly related to the movie of the same name, which stars Sean Connery in his underwear, making it all right in my book. The B-Movie Catechism has previously attempted to explain the film. Now Shteyngart explains the book. Sort of.