Morning links: December 19

Verrrry slowlyyyy working at getting going this morning.

Here are a few of the links that I used to warm up my brain:

Shuiyao Kakasha, described as a gentle romance between little “Potato” and the water spirit “Kakasha”

The Wolf and the Strong Wind, about a small dog, Yima, growing up in the steppes to be a master runner, able to keep up with the wind in the forest

Doorway to Dreams, a collection of 58 imaginative poems by children’s literary writer Wang Lichun

The Red Pencil of Amira, a girl who finds that the gift of a red pencil strengthens her confidence and helps her in her own literary aspirations

Two things here! First, is The Red Pencil of Amira a translation of Andrea Davis Pinkney's The Red Pencil? Same protagonist name, and that font sure looks the same: 

The Red Pencil

The Red Pencil

The Red Pencil by Andrea Davis Pinkney

The Red Pencil by Andrea Davis Pinkney

Second, I both want and NEED to make a point of reading more translated books in 2018... maybe I'll add a column to my reading spreadsheet so I can keep a better eye on my totals?

  • At The Book Smugglers: The 2017 Novella Initiative GiveawayWe have three sets of paperback copies + ebooks of all five titles in the Novella Initiative up for grabs! Three lucky winners will get to take home the complete Year One collection. The sweepstakes will run until Tuesday, December 26, and is open to everyone, everywhere. Click on through for more details & to enter!
  • At The Scientist: Top Ten Retractions of 2017.
  • At Tor: The Top Spec-Fic Comics of 2017. The last thing I need  to do is to spend MORE money on comic books, but I can never resist end-of-year lists—happily, I'm already reading some of them. BUT OH NO NOW I WANT TO READ MOREEEEE.
  • Miles Morales trailer! (via Geeks of Color):
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