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Happy early birthday to rosamundeb and kalquessa! May you have a fantastic day and new year to come.

Virginia has been quite a sick girl, which is why I have been quiet of late. She's on the mend, but all good thoughts and positive vibes sent her way are most appreciated.

I have lots of links to share:

Re: General Coolness:
* From The Guardian: "How a Hobbit Is Rewriting the History of the Human Race."

* Cheryl Morgan offers insights on the podcast/StarShipSofa issue for the Hugos: "Part of Which Community?"

* I'm so excited: the 2011 Tolkien calendar will feature the art of Cor Blok. (Thanks for the great news, wellinghall!)

Re: Dystopian Fiction:
* From Jo Walton at Tor: "Where Are the Positive Futures?"

* The Last Blog in the Universe interviews Presenting Lenore's Lenore on her "Dystopian February": "Lenore's Dystopia Side."

* Presenting Lenore interviews Maria V. Snyder and offers a giveaway contest for Snyder's young adult dystopian novel Inside Out here.

* Presenting Lenore interviews Rhiannon Hart on young adult dystopias. (Note: Rhiannon Hart's Dystopian Challenge wrap-up post is well worth reading, as well.)

Re: Suzanne Collins's The Hunger Games trilogy:
* From Travis Prinzi at The Hog's Head: "The Hunger Games: Power and Imagination."

* From John Granger at Hogwarts Professor: "Unlocking ‘The Hunger Games’: The Surface, Moral, Allegorical, and Sublime Meanings."

"Still lie the sheltering snows, undimmed and white;
And reigns the winter's pregnant silence still;
No sign of spring, save that the catkins fill,
And willow stems grow daily red and bright.
These are days when ancients held a rite
Of expiation for the old year's ill,
And prayer to purify the new year's will."
- Helen Hunt Jackson, A Calendar of Sonnet's: February


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Feb. 27th, 2010 03:19 pm (UTC)
Great links! Thanks for including me :)

Here's one you might like too - at Steph Su's blog about building a dystopian world:

Mar. 2nd, 2010 12:15 pm (UTC)
Great link - thanks so much! I'll post it today. Thanks again for your terrific Dystopian February.
Feb. 27th, 2010 03:53 pm (UTC)
Poor Virginia! I hope she's doing better. ::hugs::

And thanks for the links.
Mar. 2nd, 2010 12:15 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much! She definitely is, and we both appreciate your hugs. *hugs you back*
Feb. 27th, 2010 04:05 pm (UTC)
That hobbit article is indeed truly cool :)
Mar. 2nd, 2010 12:17 pm (UTC)
I agree!
Feb. 27th, 2010 04:58 pm (UTC)
Poor Virginia! I hope she's feeling much better soon...
Mar. 2nd, 2010 12:17 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much!
Feb. 27th, 2010 05:04 pm (UTC)
Sending good thoughts for Virginia's swift recovery!
Mar. 2nd, 2010 12:17 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much!
Feb. 27th, 2010 05:26 pm (UTC)
Oh, no! I hope Virginia feels better soon. Sending healing vibes her way. Her picture is still on my fridge. :)
Mar. 2nd, 2010 12:18 pm (UTC)
Aw, thank you! She's had a rough time of it, bless her heart, but now she's doing much better every day.
Feb. 27th, 2010 05:48 pm (UTC)
Good thoughts and positive vibes forthcoming. *hugs you*

Also, had no idea Maria V. Snyder was doing a YA dystopia! What a fascinating world -- but then, her "Study" world was so well-built that one might come to expect that from her.

I just finished "The Dead and the Gone" by Susan Beth Pfeffer, by the by. Don't go grocery shopping after you read it. You'll fight the urge to yank all the non-perishables off the shelves. Deferring to the coming storm (and the nasty panic attack I had during the last winter-induced power outage), I did pick up a fresh flashlight and enough D-batteries to keep it going for ages*.

* Four.
Mar. 2nd, 2010 12:23 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much!

I'm ashamed to say I haven't read any of Maria V. Snyder's work before, but this new novel is receiving such great reviews, I'm definitely going to have to read it soon. You'd recommend her other books?

I am SO excited about the next Susan Beth Pfeffer book, This World We Live In, in April. I love that series! But good grief, I think I would freak out if we suffered a wintry power outage - or just the threat of one - after I'd read one of those books. Yikes! No wonder you stockpiled batteries. Smart move!
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Feb. 27th, 2010 06:20 pm (UTC)
I LOVE Cor Blok's art, that is brilliant news.
Mar. 2nd, 2010 12:24 pm (UTC)
I do too! It sounds like several of the works haven't been published before, so they will be new to us. I can't wait.
Feb. 27th, 2010 06:57 pm (UTC)
I hope Virginia feels better soon!! <333 Lots of love and good wishes her way and yours!
Mar. 2nd, 2010 12:24 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much! *hugs* She's doing better every day, thank goodness.
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Mar. 2nd, 2010 12:24 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much!
Feb. 27th, 2010 11:37 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the shout-outs!
Mar. 2nd, 2010 12:25 pm (UTC)
You're most welcome! I've wanted to be more active in replying, but I've had my hands unexpectedly full here. I hope to get back to your wonderful posts soon. Thanks for them!
Feb. 28th, 2010 03:38 am (UTC)
Poor Virginia! And her poor parents, I'm glad she is feeling better.
Mar. 2nd, 2010 12:26 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much!
Feb. 28th, 2010 02:44 pm (UTC)
The Where Are the Positive Futures link isn't working. As for an answer to the question, I suggest checking the tool shed.
Mar. 2nd, 2010 12:26 pm (UTC)
LOL! Good answer. And thanks for the heads up about the incorrect link. I've fixed it now.
Mar. 1st, 2010 03:56 pm (UTC)
Awww, sorry Virginia hasn't been feeling well lately. But good to hear she is on the mend :)

Hehe, we're going to be having our next book discussion (first three chapters of Book IV) the day after Tolkien Reading Day (March 25th).
Mar. 2nd, 2010 12:27 pm (UTC)
Thank you! And three cheers for Tolkien Reading Day!
Mar. 1st, 2010 08:44 pm (UTC)
Poor little Virginia! Definitely sending good vibes her way.
Mar. 2nd, 2010 12:28 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much. They're most appreciated! *hugs*
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