Brian Ruckley's News & Views

Thursday, June 28, 2007

Gazetteer Again

Been a while since we had any Gazetteer action around here, so ... The story of Harigaig and Dunkane gets kind of summarized in Winterbirth. Here's a different telling of it - an older and longer version.

There's been some minor housekeeping done on the Links page, too. There are now signposts to the Orbit website and to My Elves Are Different, both fine and pleasant destinations.


Friday, June 22, 2007

Books and Orbit

For no reason other than that I was idly thinking about it just now (terrible thing, the way the mind wanders when you're supposed to be writing ...), in no particular order and without comment, my favourites amongst the books I've read so far this year:

Lord of Light, Roger Zelazny

River of Gods, Ian McDonald

Britain BC, Francis Pryor

The Lies of Locke Lamora, Scott Lynch

The Civil War Vol. 2, Shelby Foote

Winter Tales, George Mackay Brown

And look: Orbit (my very nice publishers) have a spiffy new website covering both the UK and US bits of their increasingly globe-spanning empire. It's got a corporate blog and future publishing schedules (as pdf files) for anyone who's curious about what's in their pipeline for the next year or so.

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Friday, June 15, 2007

Mull and Iona

One more installment - probably the last for a little while, you might be relieved to hear - in my intermittent campaign to convince everybody that Scotland is (a) gorgeous and (b) always blessed with nice weather. Hey! Who's that laughing at (b)? Stop that immediately. (Although, to be honest, if the weather gods are listening, feel free to get summer underway any time you like now. Really. Is a day or two of proper sunshine in June too much to ask for?)
Anyway, a visit to Mull and Iona, where the sky changes costume every hour or so.

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Thursday, June 07, 2007


A few items encountered in the wilds of the internet recently that took my fancy, and might take yours. Or not. Who knows?

A nice little (very little) story from The Daily Cabal (where all the stories are very little).

A good little podcast about the Inuit, that beneath an easy-to-listen-to exterior is about a big and complicated subject: the ways language, environment and culture interact and merge. It's that worldbuilding stuff sf/f writers and readers go on about, only in the real world. From Nature Stories.

A stunning gallery of underwater sculptures, discovered via the palace of cool that is Notcot, which was in turn discovered via the livejournal of Ian McDonald, who wrote the wholly excellent River of Gods.

And not strictly internet-related (except that it was rented via the net) but watched The Host recently, and enjoyed it. Korean sf-horror that doesn't take itself too seriously, despite being quite dark and nasty in places, and is, in ways both subtle and not-so-subtle, unlike anything Hollywood would come up with given the same basic material to work with. Plus it has a monster that swallows people whole and vomits them back up. Nice.