Source: houmatoday


Some readers crave more than just story lines and thought-provoking themes in a book.

They want those elements delivered by blood-drinking, winged or futuristic creatures.

Local readers with a taste for vampires, fairies and beasts of the Apocalypse can now share their specialized interest with others in the area.

The Vampire Shrinks, a book-discussion group focused on fantasy, paranormal and science-fiction reads, meets monthly at the Houma Area Convention and Visitors Bureau in Gray.

“It’s a really fun discussion group,” said Lauren Bordelon, adult-services coordinator for the Terrebonne Parish Library System, which sponsors the group.

The Vampire Shrinks started meeting in February in the boardroom inside the tourist center, 114 Tourist Drive, Gray. The group usually meets at 10 a.m. the first Thursday of the month, with exceptions for holidays and the summer.

The Vampire Shrinks’ next meeting is scheduled for 10 a.m. Thursday. Participation is free and open to the public.

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Source: tor


The finalists for the 2010 Hugo Awards have been announced. Particular congratulations from to Charles Stross and Rachel Swirsky, whose stories “Overtime” and “Eros, Philia, Agape” are on the ballot for Best Novelette.

Stross’s story was our 2009 holiday special, a heartwarming “Laundry” tale of Christmas Eve and evil gods from beyond time. The nomination of Swirsky’s “Eros, Philia, Agape” is particularly satisfying for us, since her other story from 2009, “A Memory of Wind,” made this year’s final Nebula ballot while “Eros, Philia Agape” missed it by a razor-thin margin. Both stories are (in this editor’s opinion) killer good.

In the Best Novel category, Tor novels Boneshaker by Cherie Priest and Julian Comstock by Robert Charles Wilson both made the final ballot; enthusiastic congratulations to them as well.

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What are your thoughts on the nomination for the Hugo Awards? Anything that should have been included but was left out?