Thursday, September 8, 2011

Year Two, Day One

Although it doesn't seem like it, it's been exactly one year since I started this blog.  I've learned a lot, not least of which is how much I still have to learn.

I wanted to take this opportunity to thank everyone who follows my posts, whether formally, with your picture there in the sidebar, or informally, checking in when you have a free moment.  While I haven't met most of you in the flesh, I still consider those of you who have commented, and at times corrected my errors, friends.  If we find ourselves at a convention or Howard Days or some other venue together, let's make sure we make time for a drink or two.

I've got some things planned for this next year in addition to the ongoing series such as the posts about Conan, to give one example. 

At the moment, I've got six novels I'm committed to review, including the sequel to Wolfsangel.  That one will be posted in late September/early October to coincide with the release of the book.  It's number three on the reading list.  I'm hoping to add a Twitter feed within the next month.  That is if family obligations and dayjobbery will let me find the time.

This calendar year also marked several anniversaries I want to acknowledge before December 31st if possible.  One is the five year anniversary of Cross Plains Universe.  This was the anthology released at the World Fantasy Convention in 2006 as part of the Howard Centennial.  Another is the tenth anniversary of the US publication of the Australian anthology Dreaming Down Under.

I started a comprehensive post on some of the collections of Henry Kuttner's short fiction, both solo and in collaboration with his wife C. L. Moore, that have been published in the last year or two.  I'm still reading through the collections.  Hopefully that post will appear sometime during the holidays.

I've also got some English translations of Kazakh historical novels I've been wanting to read.  The typesetting is different than that used in US and British books, so I want to make sure I've got the time to read them without distractions.

Once again, I want to thank all of you who are regular, semi-regular, or occasional readers of Adventures Fantastic.  If there's anything you would like to see more (or less) of, please let me know.


  1. Congrats Keith. I think I have been reading since almost the beginning (whenever Jason Waltz said to read your blog)
    Just read my first Kuttner last night-'The Spawn of Dagon' in the Savage Heroes antho. I liked it but wished it was just a little longer.

  2. Congratulations. Yes, there are a bunch of folks on this InterNet Thingie I'd love to meet in person and trade tales over beers.

  3. Thanks guys. I appreciate your being here. And yes, David, I think you've been reading almost since the beginning. I'm glad you liked "The Spawn of Dagon." Kuttner wrote a lot of fantasy, much of it still unreprinted at longer lengths. I collected most of the pulps I could afford a few years ago with Kuttner stories I didn't have. I haven't read many of them yet because I don't want to damage the magazines. Hopefully I'll get to some of them over the next year.

  4. Congratulations, Keith. Happy anniversay to your blog.