Welcome back for Episode 79 of Speculate! The Podcast for Writers, Readers and Fans. In this episode, we dive into the world of book blogging and reviewing with Justin Landon of Staffer’s Book Review. During the discussion we look at the rising influence of book blogs, how buzz is created (and how tastes are formed), the role of book blogs in pushing the genre of speculative fiction forward, and how to tread the line between friendship and professionalism, especially when a negative review may be in the offing! We also talk about Pornokitsch‘s Jared Shurin and Justin’s book Speculative Fiction 2012: The Best Online Reviews, Essays and Commentary, and what such a book says about the rapidly growing impact of the book blogging community in speculative fiction. If you enjoy the conversation, make sure to stop back for our next show when we’ll begin our next triptych of shows on Lauren Beukes’ The Shining Girls. Until then, thanks as always for listening, and please continue to spread the word!