Review by Gayle Surrette
Date: 30 October 2008
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October was a very busy month for us, we attended two back-to-back conventions and yet still managed to get our November issue ready. We did have one small timing problem. Drew Bittner's interview of Jim Butcher: Harry Dresden's New (Illustrated) Adventures won't be in until November 5th or 6th so check back. In the meantime, Drew's review of The Dresden Files: Welcome to the Jungle, a graphic novel and a prequel to Storm Front is ready and you can whet your appetite for the interview. This sounds like it's going to be a great series and I've already put this book on my Christmas list.
This month, Mary Rose-Shaffer covers Dark or Gothic Fantasy. I'm really enjoying this series of essays and I hope that you're getting as much out of it as I am. It's easy to read a genre or subgenre, enjoy it, and find it entertaining, but not stop to think about the rules or tropes that define the category.
Sam Tomaino managed to review nine magazines this month. That's a lot of reading to give you an overview of the short fiction that is available. Check out his Zines & Short Fiction column so you can plan your reading. We also have several reviews of anthologies in this issue. It seems the short story field is definitely active with something for everyone.
We also have news, convention listing, and our usual columns. Remember if your group has a convention, we can't list it if we don't know about it. The same with science fiction and fantasy related news items -- what we don't get is unlikely to be listed. And, as always, feel free to send us your comments. We're always looking for ways to make SFRevu a better zine for our readers.
Now for our usual announcements:
While we're happy to have a core of great reviewers for SFRevu, we get more books each month than we've got readers for and we'd like to have more. If you have a great desire to review SF/Fantasy for no pay but the glory of a byline, write to us at editor (at) sfrevu.com telling us a bit about yourself and send a 500 word (or so) review of a book that you have recently read. We should be able to get back to you within the month.
We started a News column last month. If you have a news item or announcement that you think would be of interest to readers of SF, send to: editor (at) sfrevu.com.
We'd like to add a convention calendar to our magazine. We've made a start. However, we don't have time to scour the Internet looking for what's happening in the SF/Fantasy arena. Please send us your convention listings. Send to: editor (at) sfrevu.com.
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