Recap on a Thursday

Went to Swecon, which was good. Sat on some panels, geeking out about writing with doctor of fantasy Stefan Ekman and Caitlin Sweet; interviewed the wonderful (and almost frighteningly sharp) Kelly Link; told Joe Ambercrombie I was suspicious of GMs writing fantasy (long story), after which he told me he was a GM (heh). Reading: Kelly gave me a copy of Sofia Samatar's novel A Stranger in Olondria. I've only read the first chapter so far, but I was sucked in right from the first page. The prose is absolutely lovely, the world strange yet familiar, full of scents and textures and sounds. This is the kind of fantasy I keep looking for, but I'm almost always disappointed. Not this time.

Also picked up some used copies of Ursula Le Guin's The Wind's Twelve Quarters and two collections by Wyndham and Lord Dunsany. I just got an e-reader so I wouldn't lug around books everywhere, but they followed me home and what can you do.

And a new short story by Leah Thomas is up at Daily Science Fiction. It was published a couple of weeks ago, but as the internet has ADD, I'm linking to it again.