Well, it's Friday night and I can peel skin off my arm. Lovely. I might be dying. Some people would like that. I might just have a hideous disease that will infect everyone. I think I'd like that. But, one week is nearly down, and I have five to go, in this last thesis push. Except for working, I doubt I'll see the outside world. Anyhow, a bit of the time got eaten up this week with my review of the Aurealis Award Nominations. It was a lot more quiet than I thought, given the mess over the nominations earlier, but some noise has picked up now. I've gotten email with a lot of thoughtful comments, which is always welcome, and thanks to all who sent that. Didn't get any hate mail, which is good, cause I was just going to put that up here and ridicule it anyway, and I've also noticed I get called Mr. Peek at times, which amuses me. At any rate, since a couple of days have passed and I know a lot of people reading this don't haunt Australian speculative fiction blogs, I'm going to provide you the main links I know of, and you can click them if you're curious.
Night Shade Board: Possibly most interesting to read Bill Congreve's numbers for short fiction published last year and how much was on the Aurealis List. Ben Payne (benpayne) also provides a list to published work in 2005.
Ben Payne's (benpayne) Blog: Thread here. A wide range of opinions, here. Probably your best pick for the fun.
Tansy Rayner Robert's (cassiphone) blog: Thread here. Mostly dismissive comments (as in I was going to say something, but decided I would not, but would later get involved on other blogs) though Sue Isle (ratfan) provides a defense for 'Memory of Breathing', for those curious.
And, if you're in Melbourne, the Nova Mob will be devoting their monthly meeting to the review in March. I'm not sure if it's an open group or not (I suspect it isn't), but that's pretty cool, and worth the mention. I've cross the electronic barrier and made it to the real world.
Anyhow, if you know of any more doing the rounds, let me know. I'll post it up here.