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The Border: Free Audio Clip

Posted: June 8, 2015 in News
The Border: Free Audio Clip

If you saw Steve’s awesome review for THE BORDER and you still aren’t convinced, check out a free audio clip HERE.
You’re welcome.

The Great Self-published Fantasy Blog-off!

Posted: March 18, 2015 in News Tags: The Great Self-published Fantasy Blog-off

So. Mark Lawrence. You know the name. He’s a great author, and an even better person. We’re rather fond of him. Mark did a thing. Maybe you noticed it. A couple of weeks ago, over on his blog, Mark said the following:

“I realise that [self-promotion] is a lot easier once you’re ‘off the ground’ and that as a new author, particularly a self-published one, it is desperately hard to be heard. It’s a signal-to-noise problem. Who knows how many Name of the Winds or [fill in your favourite] are lost to us because they just couldn’t be seen? None? A hundred?”

This hit home to us at EBR. You can read the whole post, and the follow-ups, over at Marks blog (here’s your link). Here’s the short of of it:

Between 260 and 270 self-pubbed authors submitted their work to Mark, and he then passed those books evenly (and randomly) out to ten (10) review sites. We go through them and pick the best of the 27-ish sent to us while the other blogs do the same with their allotment. Then we all read the final 10 stories and say which is the best.

That’s a lot of books. A lot of self-pubbed books. Yeah.
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Welcome! Again!

Posted: August 27, 2014 in News

Heya everyone! Welcome to the new Elitist Book Reviews. Please pardon the sawdust, we are still getting everything cleaned up. Turns out all of those tags vanished in the import. Awesome right!? We’ll get them all straightened out.
But yeah! Welcome to our new digs! If you have any questions, comments or suggestions, just shoot us an email.
Thank you all for your continued support. We appreciate it tremendously. Enjoy the reviews. Tell your friends and family.
Most importantly, read. Read everything you can.

Losing the Hugo Award

Posted: September 6, 2013 in News Tags: Hugo Awards
Losing the Hugo Award

So. The Hugo Awards. Maybe you’ve heard of them. They come in a mixed bag of good and bad, full of second guessing and “should-haves”. Here at Elitist Book Reviews, we were nominated for the 2013 Hugo Award for Best Fanzine. It was a big deal. I didn’t expect us to win, so it came as no surprise when SF Signal was awarded the Hugo.
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2013 Hugo Awards Voting

Posted: July 24, 2013 in News Tags: Hugo Awards
2013 Hugo Awards Voting

This is it everyone. If you can vote for the Hugo Awards, you have have until July 31st to do so. Honestly, vote for who you feel is best and most deserving, but most of all, JUST VOTE!

So who are we voting for? Well, that’s a bit complicated in some aspects. It’s a very odd field this time around, especially in short fiction. I know we usually review the short fiction, but there doesn’t seem to be any point to it. We just end up saying, “Hey we really liked this one. But we can’t discuss it without major spoilers because of how short the pieces of fiction are.
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2013 Hugo Award Nominees

Posted: March 31, 2013 in News Tags: Hugo Awards
2013 Hugo Award Nominees

Well holy crap! If you pay attention to the Hugo Awards, you know that the nominees for the 2013 Hugo Awards were announced today. So who has ten thumbs and is nominated for a Hugo? THESE GUYS here at Elitist Book Reviews!!!!

… you get it right? There are five reviewers here at EBR… ten thumbs… never mind.
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2011 Hugo Ballot

Posted: July 29, 2011 in News Tags: Hugo Awards
2011 Hugo Ballot

Well, this Sunday (the 31st of July) is the deadline for Hugo voting. We cast our individual ballots (well, those of us eligible anyway), but we figured we should let you all know what we picked, why we picked them, and where there were differences of opinion if there were any. If you don’t see a category on here, it’s because we didn’t vote in that category.

Here we go!
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CONduit 2011

Posted: June 3, 2011 in News
CONduit 2011

CONduit 2011 Report

CONduit, for me, was an interesting experience. For the longest time I have attended conventions solely as an attendee. I would sit in the panels and listen to the various professionals as they spoke about different topics, and mostly keep my mouth shut. I’ve learned a lot from conventions. This year, however, I went to CONduit in a completely different capacity. This time I was one of those guys on the panels sharing my wisdom (lol!) with the masses. I even was a moderator on two panels. I know, the program directors must have had a serious sense of humor.

So, I figured I would share my experiences on the panels. My impressions. What I learned. Nuggets of brilliance (usually not my own). You get the picture. The easy way to share my thoughts is to just go in order of panels I was on. Here we go:
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Our 2011 Hugo Ballot

Posted: March 4, 2011 in News Tags: Hugo Awards
Our 2011 Hugo Ballot

The Elitist Book Reviews 2011 Hugo Ballot

Before we let you in on our opinions of the Hugo Awards, we are going to give you our picks. You’ll notice that we didn’t nominate in a few categories. Usually that means we either didn’t read anything in that category, or just didn’t feel like nominating. The Hugo Award nomination deadline is the 26th of March. If you attended WorldCon last year, or bought your membership to this year’s convention in Reno before the 31st of January, you can nominate–and we strongly suggest you do so. If you have already electronically voted, and forgot to put us on your list (GASP!!!) you can just recast your entire ballot and add us in before the deadline. We aren’t begging… oh who are we kidding, we’re on hands and knees here groveling!
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Book Blogger Appreciation Week

Posted: July 7, 2010 in News
Book Blogger Appreciation Week

Shocking though this may be, here at Elitist Book Reviews, we tend to think we are pretty awesome (like we said, shocking). Between ourselves (Steve & Nick), our newly acquired “Team” of reviewers (Vanessa, Dan, and Shawn), and even our occasional Guest Reviewers, we are a pretty solid bunch.

Now we don’t want our faithful readers to take this the wrong way–because we love you guys and gals–but we have needs. Mostly to be recognized for what we do. We’ve been around for close to a year now. We’ve reviewed a sizable number of novels, and interviewed some terrific authors. We done good. Amidst it all, we mix serious opinions with our cutting wit and honest criticisms. Honesty is our best quality…as well and handsomeness and humility.

It turns out that there is a Book Blogger Appreciation Week from Sept. 13-17 of this year. Yeah we know. Crazy. People actually have a way to show appreciation for us nutty people who take absurd amounts of time to review novels for the grateful masses. We think it is a great idea.
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