Holy. Cats. My novel Little Brother
has made it into the CBC's Canada Reads Top Ten
. It is in astoundingly great and humbling company, including Margaret Atwood's Year of the Flood and Joseph Boyden's The Orenda. I'm so, so pleased by this -- thank you to everyone who supported the book. And I hope you check out the whole top ten, which is quite a list of wonderfulness.
These two young fellows are brothers from Palo Alto who've set out to produce a series of videos explaining the technical ideas in my novel Little Brother, and their first installment, explaining Bayes's Theorem, is a very promising start. I'm honored -- and delighted!
Technology behind "Little Brother" - Jamming with Bayes Rule
Just in time for Hallowe'en, Richard "Sandman Slim"
Kadrey's publishers have released Dead
Set, a young adult novel about a San
Francisco teenager who ventures into the Egyptian underworld to rescue
her punk father from the clutches of an evil moon-goddess.
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I was privileged to appear on Michael Krasny's Forum on KQED
in San Francisco this morning as part of the San Francisco Public Library's One City/One Book
celebrations for my novel Little Brother
. The KQED people already have the audio
(MP3) up on the Internet, which is pretty zippy production-mojo.
As I've mentioned before, my novel Little Brother is the San Francisco Public Library's pick for its first One City/One Book citywide book-club. They're already in the middle of the three months' worth of events, from debates to robotics and crypto workshops to movie screenings (and much more), and I'm gearing up to head to San Francisco for several days' worth of school visits and other presentations.
If you'd like to catch me while I'm there, your best bet is my evening presentation with Nico Sell at the SFPL main branch (100 Larkin Street) at 6PM on Oct 2. I'm also doing a presentation at Borderlands Books (866 Valencia St) on Oct 3 from 12:30-1330h. I hope to see you there!
Holly Black's young adult vampire novel The Coldest Girl in Coldtown is everything a vampire novel should be: scary, angry, exciting and darkly sexy. It's a book that will make parents uneasy and give kids dangerous ideas. It's the lineal descendant of groundbreaking vampire stories like Poppy Z Brite's explosive debut Lost Souls, a hymn to the glory of a screwed-up adolescence, self-destructiveness as a learning opportunity, and the ferocious, unbreakable bonds of true friendship. It strong espresso to the weak tea of books like Twilight. With a shot of whisky.
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Emily Pohl-Weary's Not Your Ordinary Wolf-Girl is an absolutely fabulous new young adult novel about a painfully shy rock-star who gets bitten by a werewolf. Sam Lee is 18 years old and not entirely comfortable with the stellar trajectory of the Cream Puffs, the power-trio she founded in art school, only to be "discovered" by a manager who turned them into an overnight sensation. Although Sam writes the songs, she's happy to leave the spotlight to her two bandmates, and retreat to the shadows and nurse her crippling shyness.
But within a chapter, things have changed: Sam's been bitten by a "wild dog" while riding her bike home through Central Park after a gig, and everything is different. She's hot all the time, sweating, and her veganism goes by the wayside as she's filled with an unstoppable urge to gobble huge quantities of animal flesh. Rage begins to simmer just below the surface, and breaks through with alarming regularity.
That's the setup, and Pohl-Weary handles it beautifully. The story is fast and superbly told, and the characters are fantastically likable and believable. Wolf Girl is a YA werewolf novel that's not afraid to show us the sex and violence of the wolf-story, not afraid of ratcheting up the tension and the fear, but still firmly age-appropriate.
Though this is Pohl-Weary's first YA novel, it's not her writing debut. The granddaughter of Judith Merril and Frederick Pohl, Pohl-Weary has already won a Hugo award for the memoir she co-wrote with her grandmother, and also won acclaim for her debut novel as well as other books she's co-written or edited.
Not Your Ordinary Wolf Girl
Hey, Londoners! A reminder: tonight is the launch for the UK edition of Homeland (the sequel to Little Brother) at the Forbidden Planet Megastore on Shaftesbury Ave, from 6PM-7PM. This edition includes the novella Lawful Interception, which continues the adventures of Marcus, Ange and friends (for out of towners, don't forget that Forbidden Planet will mail you a signed copy if you order online).
Hey, Londoners! I'm launching the UK edition of Homeland this Wednesday at the Forbidden Planet Megastore from 18h-19h. This is the sequel to Little Brother, and it includes the novella Lawful Interception, which follows on from the action in Homeland.
If you're not a Londoner, don't despair! Forbidden Planet has a great mail-order service and will ship signed copies anywhere.
How cool is this? My novel, Little Brother, is the San Francisco Public Library's "One City One Book pick for 2013, which means that it's the book for the annual "citywide book-club." The library is advertising the initiative with bus-shelter, bus- and coffee-sleeve-ads all over town, and the librarians just tweeted me this pic of the first ads going up in situ.
There's a whole ton of events, from screenings of movies like Sneakers, Source Code and Existenz to a "LED Robot Plushie Workshop + Little Brother Book Discussion" and Lego robotics workshops, and I'm doing a public event in conversation with Wickr/DEFCON's Nico Sell, at the Main Library's Koret Auditorium on Oct 2. I'm totally, utterly thrilled!
We are live around town!
In the tradition of August's book-review roundup, I've pulled together a collection of my favorite young adult reviews from the past decade. Hope you -- and the young adults in your life -- enjoy these as much as I did!
Planesrunner: Ian McDonald's YA debut is full of action-packed multidimensional cool, airships, electropunk and quantum physics: Planesrunner is the story of Everett Singh, a moderately unhappy schoolboy in London whose divorced, quantum physicist dad is kidnapped before his eyes one night. Everett embarks on an epic quest to find out what happened to his dad, a quest that is complicated by his mother's hostility to her ex-husband, a police cover-up, sinister visits from the head of the Imperial College physics department, and mysterious, threatening strangers who tail him through the streets of London.
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Delilah Dirk and the Turkish Lieutenant is a new graphic novel extending the adventures of Tony Cliff's beloved, swashbuckling webcomics heroine Delilah Dirk. Set in 1908, this volume opens with the hapless Lieutenant Erdemoglu Selim reporting to the sultan about the new prisoner he's just gotten through questioning: a woman adventurer who claims to be the daughter of a British diplomat, skilled in many of the world's swordfighting techniques, fearsome fighter and adventurer, and expert escapologist.
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Monster and Chips is a compulsively readable, delightfully illustrated series of novels for young readers that are full of good-natured gross-out humor and suspenseful scenarios. Joe stumbles into Fuzzby Bixington's Monster Diner one day while running away from the school bully and is adopted as a general dogsbody and sous-chef. In volume one, Monster and Chips, Joe discovers all manner of monstrous culinary secrets that he and his friends -- Barry, a wisecracking, tentacled, four-eyed "cat"; and Twig, a young, sweet tree-monster -- use to help Fuzzby compete on Monsterchef, where he faces a villainous, cheating horror of a monster. In volume two, Night of the Living Bread, a series of short episodes culminate with Fuzzy, Joe and friends cooking the Pizza of Ultimate Darkness to feed the dread Night-Mayor at his secretive annual feast.
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Tor.com has just published a preview of Delilah Dirk and the Turkish Lieutenant, a wonderful, forthcoming graphic novel due at the end of August (I've got a review queued up for publication-day). It's a great, swashbuckling, girl-positive adventure comic that kids and grownups alike can enjoy, and the excerpt that went up today really gives you a feel for it.
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My novel Little Brother is the "One City One Book" pick for the San Francisco Public Library this year; and in its honor, they've put together an amazing city-wide scavenger hunt called "Rogue Agent." It features fiendish puzzles and awesome clues, and kicks off on September 14. It's a team-sport, so start thinking about your teammates now; I'll be at the SFPL at the end of September to read from the book and talk about it.
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