The weekly web ramble (4/1)

Links from the web jungle


– Lit Agent Joshua Bilmes remembers the process of selling Elizabeth Moon‘s Paksenarrion novels, and her early collaboration with Anne McCaffrey

– Maureen Ryan reviews Camelot, Starz’s new TV series based on Arthurian legend


Neil Gaiman remembers Diana Wynne Jones

Jacqueline Winspear on Gertrude Bell: writer, explorer, cartographer, historian, politician, and intelligence officer (and a lady whom Ridley Scott wants to direct a biopic about)

– Stephenie Meyer on the Breaking Dawn movies and her upcoming projects:

On an as-yet-untitled book she might publish next: “It’s a fantasy that takes place in another world where people are using bows and arrows and swords. There’s a little bit of magic, but it’s a very limited form of magic. The characters are human, and some have the ability to use magic and some don’t. It’s pretty dark. People die. The main character is a 17-year-old girl, and she’s kind of cool.”

On another book she might complete and publish: “When I was growing up, I was obsessed with mermaids. I do have a very elaborate outline for a book. I’m not working on it right now, but I have the feeling it’s going to be big. It’s going to be 1,000 pages.”

On the second book in her three-book adult science-fiction series that began with The Host in 2008: “I have the outline written and the first two chapters. I need to get on it.”

Gail Carriger on her new steampunk YA series, coming from Little, Brown in 2012

The Finishing School Series is set in the same world as The Parasol Protectorate series, only 25 years earlier, and features a finishing academy located in a giant caterpillar-like dirigible floating over Dartmoor in which young ladies are taught to . . . finish . . . everything . . . and everyone . . . as needed. There will be steampunk etiquette! There will be well-dressed espionage! There will be Victorian fake food. There will be flying mechanical sausage dogs named Bumbersnoot. I am excited. The first book will come out in 2012

Seanan McGuire, on why she decided to pull out of the Wicked Pretty Things anthology

Douglis Hulick on learning about the world of thieves

Lisa McMann talks Cryer’s Cross, and reads from her upcoming YA, Unwanteds:

Neil Gaiman briefly teases the upcoming Ameican Gods adaptation:


Cherie Priest gives us a glimpse at the jacket of Ganymede, her upcoming Clockwork Century novel

– First look at The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

– Read an excerpt from Ann Aguirre‘s upcoming Corine Solomon novel, Shady Lady

– Check out an excerpt from Devon Monk‘s Magic on the Hunt, the latest Allie Beckstrom novel

50 page Friday: The Native Star by M.K. Hobson