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5 Questions with Viv Trafalgar

Viv Trafalgar, photographed by PJ Trenton

The talented, lovely, and very busy Viv Trafalgar too a few minutes to answer five questions about her reading habits.Based on her answers, I have a couple of new books to add to my to-be-read stack.

What was the last book you read and who was it by?

I have just finished Embassytown by China Mieville, and Mechanique by Genevive Valentine.

What is a favorite book from childhood?

The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster

What book do you absolutely hate but were forced to read?

I’m sorry, I do not understand this question.

Are you a book collector, avid library patron, or do you use the revolving door at the used book store?

Yes, Yes, and Yes.  I love books, lend them (and hunt them down when they don’t come back), suggest them relentlessly, and order them in dark of night from used and online bookstores.  I have a fantasy bookshelf league, much as some people purportedly do with soccer or baseball.

What book would you recommend to others?

Certainly Mechanique, also Feed, by Mira Grant. Really, there are so many good books out these days, and so many lovely ones from all over, it’s hard to pick.  Zoo City by Lauren Bukes and Dervish House by Ian McDonald, Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi, and The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by N.K. Jemisin all came out last year and they’re wonderful too.  What?  Time to stop? I was just getting sta….

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Posted by on June 16, 2011 in 5 questions, Bookstacks News


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Author Michael A Stackpole on Off the Shelf May 1

Michael A Stackpole has conquered galaxies both near and far, writing such notable books as I, Jedi; Talion: Revenant, and the Battletech novel Assumption of Risk. One of Mike’s latest works, In Hero Years…I’m Dead, plays with genres with entertaining results. He is also a generous contributor to the writer community, with his series The Secrets and the office hours he hosts here in Second Life. Please join us on Sunday, May 1 at 1:00 pm as Simeon and I talk to Mike about his works, his career, and even his experiences with e-publishing. It will be a thought-provoking and entertaining interview.

If you can’t join us in-world, please listen live on RadioRiel.

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Posted by on April 30, 2011 in Bookstacks News, off the shelf


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Next on Off the Shelf: Seanan McGuire (April 10)

Due to some connection difficulties, we were unable to interview Seanan this week. We are rescheduling with her, and I will update you as soon as we have a new date.

A changeling private detective. Politicians and zombies. A family of cryptozoologists. If any of these appeal to you, you are probably already familiar with our next guest on Off the Shelf. Seanan McGuire is the author of the October Daye urban fantasy series and upcoming InCryptid series.

While as Mira Grant, she reports on politics in a post zombie plague world in the ongoing NewsFlesh trilogy

Simeon will interview Ms. McGuire on April 10 at 1:00 pm PDT. You are welcome to join him in the podcast studio during the interview or listen live at

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Posted by on April 7, 2011 in Bookstacks News, off the shelf


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Author Gail Carriger on Off the Shelf March 6

Gail Carriger combines urban fantasy, or rather urbane fantasy, with Steampunk and a generous dose of humor to create the world of The Parasol Protectorate. The author of Soulless, Changeless, and Blameless will be our guest on the March 6 Off the Shelf podcast at 1pm PT. The podcast will air live on Radio Riel and you are invited to join us in-world at the podcast studio during the recording. (Note: Ms Carriger will not be join us in-world.)

I’m a fan of Ms. Carriger’s work, and I can’t wait to find out more about Alexi Tarabotti, Lord Maccon, and of course, Lord Akeldama.

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Posted by on February 27, 2011 in Bookstacks News, off the shelf


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