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  • Alison Bechdel, Terrance Hayes Among ‘Genius Grant’ Winners

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    By FELICIA R. LEE
    19 Sep 2014 | 7:17 pm
    Stipends will be awarded to a psychologist studying racial perceptions in crimes, the maker of the film “The Act of Killing” and a law professor seeking to help American Indian women, among others.
  • Don’t Panic! 6 science fiction themes that illustrate a positive future for publishing

    Publishing Talk
    Alastair Horne
    16 May 2014 | 12:36 pm
    This article first appeared in issue 5 of Publishing Talk Magazine. While some publishers view digital as a dystopian nightmare, Alastair Horne considers six science fiction themes and how they illustrate a more positive future for the industry. Something not-quite-so wicked this way comes Dystopian fiction has provided the publishing industry with some of its biggest recent successes – Suzanne Collins’s Hunger Games trilogy is reported to have sold more than 50 million copies in the past five years. The vision of a dystopian future that has had the greatest influence over publishing in…
  • Truth in Fiction With Eudora Welty

    The Art of Storytelling in Novels, Journalism and Pop Culture - Bernice Landry
    Bernice Landry
    4 Sep 2014 | 9:02 am
    There are all kinds of books on writing — manuals, style guides, words of wisdom, words of warning, and every kind of bizarre miscellany imaginable. Like many writers I read a lot of them — not always for the advice, but often as maps to foreign countries that my fellow travelers have visited.I came across another of these when I thought I would check out Eudora Welty, a writer I didn’t know too much about, who fell between Isaac Bashevis Singer and John Gardner in my copy of The Paris Review Interviews vol. II that has spent the summer on my bedside table. Welty, I discovered, lived…
  • Amy K. Sorrells | When Fiction Turns to Reality

    Fresh Fiction
    Pasha Carlisle
    19 Sep 2014 | 2:01 am
    “What was wrong with that man? Why didn’t he do something?” The women around the table raised their hands and slapped the table with disgust as they complained about the man named Vaughn Harlan. Who could blame them? He was, after all, an enabler of the behavior which resulted in the unexpected, violent start to […]
  • BOTNS #296: One book we can’t stop talking about

    Books on the Nightstand
    Ann Kingman
    2 Sep 2014 | 6:32 pm
    A grant that allows writers to spend time reading, and Michael and I both talk about Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel. Getting Paid to Read:   Booker Prize winner Eleanor Catton, author of The Luminaries, has announced that she will be using her prize money to give writers time to read. We love this idea and wish we could apply. This Guardian article gives a great overview of Catton’s plans and reasons. Bravo, Eleanor Catton!   Audiobook of the week (12:15)   In the Kingdom of Ice by Hampton Sides, narrated by Arthur Morey,  is my pick for this week’s…
 
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  • A Poet Parses The Legacy Of War In 'My Life As A Foreign Country'

    NPR Staff
    21 Sep 2014 | 2:29 pm
    When award-winning poet Brian Turner served in the Army, he was following a long family tradition. His new memoir traces that history — and imagines the perspectives of the people shooting back.» E-Mail This
  • It May Be 'Perfectly Normal,' But It's Also Frequently Banned

    Rebecca Hersher
    21 Sep 2014 | 2:00 pm
    It's Perfectly Normal, a 20-year-old illustrated sex-ed book for kids, is meant to teach children about sexual health, puberty and relationships. It's one of the most banned books in America.» E-Mail This
  • How Drones Changed Modern Warfare

    21 Sep 2014 | 4:45 am
    NPR's Wade Goodwyn talks to retired Air Force Gen. David Deptula and author Richard Whittle about Whittle's new book, Predator: The Secret Origins of the Drone Revolution.» E-Mail This
  • Finding A Voice — Again — In The Pages Of A Comic Book

    Petra Mayer
    21 Sep 2014 | 4:45 am
    David Rector was a long-time NPR producer — and comic book geek — before being felled by a terrible brain injury. Now, his fiancee is spearheading the creation of a comic book based on Rector's story.» E-Mail This
  • Jargon-Free History Of The Universe Finds Beauty In Ordinary Words

    21 Sep 2014 | 4:45 am
    Astrophysicist Roberto Trotta argues that we don't need jargon. He tells NPR's Wade Goodwyn he's compiled a history of the universe as we know it, using only the 1,000 most-common English words.» E-Mail This
 
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    The Book Designer

  • This Week in the Blogs, September 13 – 19, 2014

    Joel Friedlander
    21 Sep 2014 | 12:05 am
    There’s a definite chill in the air in some parts of the country. A great excuse to curl up with a good book, don’t you think? Or, better yet, why not check out this week’s articles? A wide variety of topics await. Enjoy! Helen Sedwick on Helen Sedwick How to Use Real People in Your Writing Without Ending Up in Court “Writers face three big risks when using real people in their writing: defamation, invasion of privacy, and misappropriation of the right of publicity. Yet every fiction writer bases characters on real people. Memoirists and nonfiction writers identify…
  • Warning: Discoverability Dependency is Hazardous to Your Fiction Marketing

    Joel Friedlander
    17 Sep 2014 | 12:05 am
    By Jason Kong Before your books can be read, they have to be found. You’re probably familiar with these common tactics: Tweaking your book’s keywords to be more search-engine friendly. Posting to your blog daily, even when no one seems to be reading. Establishing a presence on every social media platform, and staying active on all of them. These are activities intended to help your discoverability. You’re trying to increase the likelihood of connecting with potential readers through your digital content. If you’re diligent and patient, people will eventually find you…
  • e-Book Cover Design Awards, August 2014

    Joel Friedlander
    15 Sep 2014 | 12:01 am
    Welcome to the e-Book Cover Design Awards. This edition is for submissions during August, 2014. This month we received: 90 covers in the Fiction category 11 covers in the Nonfiction category Comments, Award Winners, and Gold Stars I’ve added comments (JF: ) to many of the entries, but not all. Remember that the aim of these posts is educational, and by submitting you are inviting comments, commendations, and constructive criticism. Thanks to everyone who participated. I hope you enjoy these as much as I did. Please leave a comment to let me know which are your favorites or, if you disagree,…
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  • August 2014: Book notices

    Debra Hamel
    31 Aug 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Deborah Blum, Angel Killer Deborah Blum's Kindle Single Angel Killer is a very readable and interesting account of a series of unusually gruesome crimes, Albert Fish's string of child abductions and murders in the 1920s. A great, quick read--a perfect example of the Single format--but if you're faint of heart, some of the details may give you nightmares. Peter Ross Range, Murder in the Yoga Store In his Kindle Single Murder in the Yoga Store Peter Ross Range details the 2011 murder of a young woman working at a Lululemon store in an upscale part of Bethesda, Maryland. The book covers the…
  • July 2014: Book notices

    Debra Hamel
    31 Jul 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Hy Conrad, Mr. Monk is in Business I suppose I have to resign myself to the fact that we're living in a new age. Hy Conrad's Monk books are not going to be the same as Lee Goldberg's, and I shouldn't expect them to be. So far, Conrad's stories are not as funny or as poignant as those of his predecessor--the series' main selling point, in my opinion--but they're still  good and worth reading. This time out there's a pair of mysteries--thematically related, it ultimately turns out. One of them I had mostly figured out early on, the other not at all. I'm not usually very adept at solving these…
  • June 2014: Book notices

    Debra Hamel
    30 Jun 2014 | 9:34 am
    Nancy Atherton, Aunt Dimity's Death So I stumbled on this charming cozy from the early 90's. Nancy Atherton's Aunt Dimity's Death is the first in a series that is apparently still going strong. The 19th Aunt Dimity book, Aunt Dimity and the Wishing Well, was just released about a month ago. With the arrival of a letter Lori Shepherd, who's temping to barely make ends meet when the book begins, soon finds herself whisked into, well, lots of stuff: a world of privilege, romance, mystery, and the supernatural. Her transition from struggling American divorcée to refined, tea-serving American…
  • May 2014: Book notices

    Debra Hamel
    31 May 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Chris Pavone, The Expats The story told in Chris Pavone's The Expats is an interesting one, and just the sort of thing I like: Kate Moore, a former CIA agent who is now retired with her husband and kids in Luxembourg, becomes suspicious of another expat couple and, ultimately, of her husband. It's a very cerebral story. Not much happens, really. There's just a lot of Kate figuring things out. That the book holds one's interest despite the lack of action is impressive. On the other hand, the author takes a very long time to tell the story. He throws in a lot of description at times when you…
  • April 2014: Book notices

    Debra Hamel
    30 Apr 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Gillian Flynn, Gone Girl I'd been hearing about this book for a while, had a sample downloaded on my Kindle for an equally long while. I'm glad I finally started reading, because once I did, I was hooked. It's been a long time--maybe years--since I've sat down and read for any decent length of time, uninterrupted, immersed in a book. Through some wonderful combination of forces--nothing imminent on the radar, access to comfortable seating, and a book worthy of the time--I was able to do just that with Gone Girl, and I was joined by my daughter, who was immersed in her own can't-put-it-down…
 
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    Chronicle Books Blog

  • Complete Comfort in One Dish

    Kathryn Jaller
    19 Sep 2014 | 4:56 pm
    The appeal of a casserole is in its heartiness, warmth, and perhaps most importantly that it requires minimal equipment and lasts for a long time. But just because it’s a love born of convenience doesn’t make it any less real, a point passionately made in Betty Rosbottom’s Sunday Casseroles: Complete Comfort in One Dish. Here’s a recipe for one of the most beloved members of the casserole family, the pot pie. If asked to choose a favorite from the hit parade of American comfort foods, chicken pot pies would top my list. The made-from-scratch pies featured here,…
  • Time to Mix It Up! Enter the Children’s Painting Studio Giveaway

    Alison Presley
    18 Sep 2014 | 11:07 am
    When Press Here by Hervé Tullet first hit shelves in 2011, it was hailed as the perfect antidote to the iPad, inviting children to creatively interact with a book. Since then this charming picture book has earned scores of fans the world over and become a New York Times bestseller. And now, the follow-up to the beloved classic is finally here. Welcome to the world, Mix It Up! In this book, children follow the artist’s simple instructions, and suddenly colors appear, mix, splatter, and vanish in a world powered only by the child’s imagination. To celebrate the wonderful world of…
  • Miss Meghan Makes: Flashlight Crafts!

    Lara Starr
    17 Sep 2014 | 4:31 pm
    Welcome to Ms. Meghan Makes! Meghan Premo-Hopkins is an English teacher, mom of three, and super fan of Chronicle children’s books. She shares her inspired ideas for book-related activities every other month (or so) on the Chronicle Blog. Happy September, friends. Welcome to autumn (almost)! Or spring (almost), for our southern hemisphere readers! Here in Colorado, our days are already noticeably shorter.  Do you have a child who is not so fond of the dark? We have a couple in this house.  I know it’s just a phase, but I’m on-board with anything that helps take the edge off…
  • Layers of History, Layers of Art: The Story of Mocha Dick

    Anna Erickson
    17 Sep 2014 | 10:56 am
    Purple-faced sailors with green hands. Serpentine seas in emerald, robin’s-egg blue, and roiling brown. Three-masted ships from England, the Netherlands, Russia, and America. And through it all a ghostly, leaping whale. This is not your typical children’s picture book. Although Herman Melville’s fictional Moby-Dick has transcended English literature classes to become an icon of popular culture, few realize that he was inspired by a real whale. “Mocha Dick” (named for the island off the coast of Chile where he was first encountered) was one of the largest, most powerful sperm whales…
  • Design Desk: A Visit to the Letterform Archive in San Francisco

    Neil Egan
    12 Sep 2014 | 3:42 pm
    In mid-August fellow Chronicle designer Ryan Hayes and I visited the Letterform Archive in San Francisco. I had stumbled across the website before, but when a coworker passed the link along to me I felt like it was time to make an appointment to see this intriguing collection. Once there, Ryan and I met the hospitable and extremely knowledgeable curator Rob Saunders, who, although in the middle of a large book project, generously gave us some time and showed us around his impressive collection. There were several other people visiting the Archive that day. Among them was Sumner Stone, the…
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    Bookslut

  • An Interview with Peter Anderson

    rebecca.jones@gmail.com
    1 Sep 2014 | 10:50 am
    Peter Anderson was once a professor of mine at Austin College in North Texas, and long before The Unspeakable was published and won the Alex la Guma Award for International Fiction, I asked him for the manuscript and read it....
  • The Irrational Season: Reading The Route

    rebecca.jones@gmail.com
    31 Aug 2014 | 2:16 pm
    A week ago I put my cat in a mesh box and we walked onto a plane. I moved away from home, but I don’t want to write about that I want to write about the books I took with...
  • Ancient Oceans of Central Kentucky by David Connerley Nahm

    rebecca.jones@gmail.com
    31 Aug 2014 | 1:24 pm
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  • Matrimony, War, and the Habsburg Chin

    rebecca.jones@gmail.com
    31 Aug 2014 | 12:43 pm
    Royal families were the Kardashians and Brangelinas of the 1690s, and any seventeenth-century People magazine worth its salt would have been heavy on Habsburgs. Charles II (insensitively known as "Charles the Bewitched" due to his many physical and mental disabilities)...
  • An Interview with Dr. Joel Gold

    rebecca.jones@gmail.com
    31 Aug 2014 | 10:25 am
    Dr. Joel Gold is one half of the creative team behind Suspicious Minds: How Culture Shapes Madness (the other is professor and brother, Ian). While the book goes on to explore dozens of different factors that can feed into mental...
 
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    800 CEO Read

  • Good Enough for the #Girlboss

    Sally
    19 Sep 2014 | 2:09 pm
    TweetIronically, the reason I haven’t had a chance to write a recommendation of #Girlboss by Sophia Amoruso, which released in is because I’ve been busy being a #girlboss. It happens to be the first book I read upon receiving my promotion to General Manager of 800-CEO-READ, and Amoruso’s fueled me during those first few uncertain days. Actually, I’m not the only #girlboss in the company either; 800-CEO-READ is a woman-owned company, and those owners are also our CEO and Board Chair. Since the retirement of our President and Founder, Jack Covert, the leaders at…
  • Jack Covert Selects – The Glass Cage

    dylan
    12 Sep 2014 | 11:48 am
    Tweet The Glass Cage: Automation and Us by Nicholas Carr, W.W. Norton & Company, 288 pages, $26.95, Hardcover, September 2014, ISBN 9780393240764 Nicholas Carr writes beautiful, big-picture books on the history and future of technologies that have evolved alongside humanity. In The Glass Cage, his focus is on automation. The fundamental question, on which popular opinion seems to change with the economic winds, is whether the automated machines we design are labor-saving wonders that will lead us to a technical utopia of increasing leisure and prosperity, or whether they’re stealing…
  • Jack Covert Selects – How We Got to Now

    Ryan Schleicher
    12 Sep 2014 | 11:40 am
    Tweet How We Got to Now: Six Innovations That Made the Modern World by Steven Johnson, Riverhead Books, 304 pages, $30.00 Hardcover, September 2014, ISBN 9781594632969 Not many writers can craft an engaging 250 page book around seemingly mundane subjects such as glass and freezing, but Steven Johnson (Where Good Ideas Come From) has a talent for literary, scientific explanation that connects these subjects to historically important, transformative ideas and innovations. His new release, How We Got to Now, continues Johnson’s exploration of the “hummingbird effect”—when “an…
  • Jack Covert Selects – The Happiness of Pursuit

    Sally
    12 Sep 2014 | 11:31 am
    Tweet The Happiness of Pursuit: Finding the Quest That Will Bring Purpose to Your Life by Chris Guillebeau, Harmony Books, 292 pages, $25.00, Hardcover, September 2014, ISBN 9780385348843 Chris Guillebeau didn’t know he had set out on a quest to travel to every country in the world until he had traveled to the first 50. At that point, he realized he could achieve the kind of goal that at one time might have seemed indomitable. But, Guillebeau writes: Experience produces confidence, and confidence produces success. To have traveled the world over, literally, brings to mind a super hero or…
  • Thinker in Residence: Jacob Morgan on Business and Books

    dylan
    4 Sep 2014 | 10:50 am
    Tweet “Will we have employees in the future? Will employees work with robots?” ~Jacob Morgan If you’ve like what you’ve been hearing on The Future of Work from Jacob Morgan over the last two days, and you want to be a part of building that future and making it work for you, you may want to request an invitation to The FOW Community to further the conversation and start taking action. Before we let him go, we asked Jacob a few quick questions about the questions he has, and where he looks for answers… 1. What is the one unanswered question about business you are…
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    Charles Petzold

  • A Computer to Disprove Evolution?

    15 Sep 2014 | 4:30 am
    If there is an annus mirabilis in the history of digital computing, it is the year 1936 (plus or minus a year or so, and hence technically anni mirabiles). It was in 1936 that Turing published his paper on computability, 1935 that Claude Elwood Shannon wrote his master's thesis that showed the equivalency between switching circuits and Boolean algebra, 1935–38 that Konrad Zuse built his first computer in his parent's apartment in Berlin, 1937 that Howard Aiken presented a concept to IBM that was to become the Harvard Mark I, and also in 1937 that George Stibitz wired up some relays on…
  • New Book — New Chapter in Life

    7 Aug 2014 | 3:54 am
    Six months ago I started doing some contracting work for the documentation team at Xamarin — the company that provides tools for developers to write Mac, iOS, and Android apps using C# and .NET. It was a good fit for me. The work experience was so enjoyable that when Xamarin offered me full-time employment, I jumped at the opportunity. ... more ...
  • Reading Elizabeth Kolbert’s “The Sixth Extinction”

    2 Aug 2014 | 10:56 am
    On one level, this book is a joyous celebration of science. Elizabeth Kolbert is the type of science writer who doesn’t hesitate to travel to exotic and dangerous places where she gets her hands dirty and her feet wet. Readers of this book tag along as the author goes to Panama to look for frogs, hikes through the treacherous terrain in the Southern Uplands of Scotland, swims through the cold waters of the Tyrrhenian Sea, explores a bat cave in the Adirondacks, trudges through the mountain ranges of Peru, snorkels off the coast of One Tree Island at the southern tip of the Great Barrier…
  • Seeing Mieczysław Weinberg’s “The Passenger”

    16 Jul 2014 | 4:23 am
    The opera begins rather innocently: It is 1960, and we’re on the deck of an English cruise ship. A German couple are sailing to South America. He is a diplomat taking up a new post. She is his loving wife, though somewhat prone to brooding. ... more ...
  • Reading Amir Alexander’s “Infinitesimal”

    28 Jun 2014 | 1:56 pm
    For as long as I can remember, I have been skeptical about the existence of infinity. I just don’t see any evidence of infinity in the real world. The Big Bang caused only a finite amount of matter and energy to come into being, and the amount can actually be estimated. The number of atoms in the universe is about 1080, and while that’s certainly quite a lot, it’s still short of infinite. Since space is defined by these particles, there is no infinite space either. ... more ...
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    The Millions

  • “Distressingly human”

    Kaulie Lewis
    21 Sep 2014 | 8:45 am
    “Today’s vampires have traded their capes for fashionable leather jackets, their claws for manicures.” Becca Rothfeld writes for the Los Angeles Review of Books about the “the distressingly human lives of vampires today.” Pair with our own Emily Colette Wilkinson‘s “Ethical Vampires” and “Ethical Vampires, part II.”
  • The Etiquette of Books

    Kaulie Lewis
    21 Sep 2014 | 7:45 am
    “Books: As with food and clothing, they’re a commodity that elicits status anxiety for many people, particularly the insecure. And wherever there is status anxiety, there are potential minefields. We need to tread with the lightness of meringue.” Henry Alford explains the etiquette of books for The New York Times.
  • Michael Chabon, Punk

    Kaulie Lewis
    21 Sep 2014 | 6:58 am
    Before he was Michael Chabon the novelist he was Michael Chabon the punk musician. Now recordings of his work with The Bats are available online as part of Mind Cure Records archival series.
  • From Wharton to Woolf

    Kaulie Lewis
    20 Sep 2014 | 8:57 am
    Did Virginia Woolf learn a bit of her modernism from Edith Wharton? John Colapinto argues so in The New Yorker, pointing out that the famous middle section of To the Lighthouse seems to mirror the innovative end of The Age of Innocence.
  • “Your brain on metaphors”

    Kaulie Lewis
    20 Sep 2014 | 7:46 am
    “What’s emerging from these studies isn’t just a theory of language or of metaphor. It’s a nascent theory of consciousness.” Michael Chorost writes about the importance of metaphors in literature and the brain.
 
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    Opinions of a Teen Who Reads

  • happy happy birthday...

    18 Sep 2014 | 8:23 am
    ... to my blog.As of today, my blog is four years old. I had forgotten about this so I don't have a special post to post like I did last year. But I did find this cake gif that may or may not be from Alice in Wonderland. It kind of freaks me out that some of the candles are completely horizontal and I'm confused as to what the blue things are supposed to be. I don't know what to say. I don't know how to feel. I don't know if I think of this as a big deal or not. I just know that I like writing this blog and reviewing books. I wish I had something funny or interesting to say, but I don't.
  • Downsiders: Review

    14 Sep 2014 | 10:45 am
    Author: Neal ShustermanAge range: 13-17Content: Mild romance, no sexual content, no language, mild violenceGenre: Science Fiction / Teen FictionPublisher: Simon & Schuster Children's PublishingPages: 244Where to get it: Barnes & Noble, Amazon, Target, Half-Price BooksSynopsis:Underneath New York City is a secret, underground, full-functioning society called Downside. There's a strict code of secrecy among the Downsiders. Inevitably, the two worlds collide when Talon, a fourteen-year-old Downsider meets Lindsay, a Topsider. The two have fun discovering the…
  • Those People Who Imagine For a Living: Part Two

    29 Aug 2014 | 4:01 pm
    I've decided I'm going to do this every once in a while. If you're confused as to what "this" is, it's a list of my favorite authors of this moment. Usually, they stay the same. So if you've been reading my blog for a while, you'll have seen most of these names before.Rainbow Rowell: This month I read Landline, her newest novel. I love it. I love her. Highly recommend all of her books.Billie Letts: Just recently I read her book Where the Heart Is and it was adorable. I loved it. I'm excited to read more of her work.Ray Bradbury: Fahrenheit 451 is an awesome read. Full review…
  • Where the Heart Is: Review

    27 Aug 2014 | 10:22 am
    Author: Billie LettsAge range: 16 & upContent: Moderate romance, mild sexual content, mild language, moderate violenceGenre: FictionPublisher: Grand Central PublishingPages: 384Where to get it: Barnes & Noble, Amazon, Target, Half-Price BooksSynopsis:For most people, sevens are lucky. But for Novalee Nation, seventeen, seven months pregnant, heading to California with her boyfriend, it's the exact opposite. She finds herself stranded at a Wal-Mart in Sequoyah, Oklahoma with just $7.77 in change and a whole lot of bad luck. What Novalee doesn't know is that…
  • The Knife of Never Letting Go (Chaos Walking #1): Review

    25 Aug 2014 | 10:48 am
    Author: Patrick NessAge range: 13-17Content: Mild romance, no sexual content, moderate language, moderate violenceGenre: Teen Fiction / Teen Action & AdventurePublisher: Candlewick PressPages: 512Where to get it: Barnes & Noble, Amazon, Target, Half-Price BooksSynopsis:Todd Hewitt is the last boy in a town of men. He can hear everything they're thinking. And they can hear everything he's thinking. He doesn't fit into their plans. One month away from his birthday that will make him a man, Todd realizes that his town is keeping secrets from him. Secrets that will…
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    Eye on Books

  • Todd Brewster “Lincoln’s Gamble”

    bill@eyeonbooks.com (Bill Thompson)
    8 Sep 2014 | 12:19 pm
    by American history books often compress momentous events into capsules, summaries, one-line explanations. Such has often been the case with President Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation, the history-changing document that freed the slaves and changed the course of the Civil War. Now historian and journalist Todd Brewster restores the detail that’s missing, and shows us the six critical months between the time Lincoln first spoke about his intention to free the slaves and the release of the Emancipation Proclamation. As Brewster describes it in his book…
  • Lynne Cheney “James Madison: A Life Reconsidered”

    bill@eyeonbooks.com (Bill Thompson)
    17 Jun 2014 | 9:00 am
    by James Madison may not spring to mind the same way that, say, George Washington or Thomas Jefferson or even Alexander Hamilton do. But as a major new biography of our fourth president shows, without Madison’s influence, the entire trajectory of the young United States would have been different. Lynne Cheney‘s book “James Madison: A Life Reconsidered” will also change what you thought you knew, if you’ve always remembered how Madison was described as a shy or even sickly young man. Listen to Lynne Cheney Download audio file (lynnecheney.mp3) Don’t see a…
  • Philip Kerr “Prayer”

    bill@eyeonbooks.com (Bill Thompson)
    16 May 2014 | 6:00 am
    by We know the power of prayer, to heal and comfort. But what if someone wanted to use that power to afflict — and kill? Philip Kerr‘s new psychological thriller “Prayer” poses that uncomfortable question. Gil Martins, an agent with the FBI’s Domestic Terrorism Unit in Houston, confronts the violence generated by extremism every day. But even he is not fully prepared for what he encounters when confronted with evidence of a serial killer who’s calling on the very power of God to dispatch well-known atheists. Listen to Philip Kerr Download audio file…
  • Marlo Thomas “It Ain’t Over . . Till It’s Over”

    bill@eyeonbooks.com (Bill Thompson)
    5 May 2014 | 7:47 am
    by During her extensive travels around the U.S., actress and author Marlo Thomas kept meeting women who were “stuck.” Stuck in a dead-end job. Stuck with a suddenly-empty nest and no plan for what to do next. Stuck in indecision over where their life should go. Marlo Thomas A few years ago Thomas launched a website for women to connect, share stories, and help each other “re-invent.” And she says the aim was to reassure all of them that it’s never too late to get un-stuck.Now she’s collected the stories of dozens of women in a new book called “It…
  • Brad Meltzer “I am Abraham Lincoln”

    bill@eyeonbooks.com (Bill Thompson)
    24 Feb 2014 | 8:48 am
    by Heroes. We all need them, we all love them — and the message of new books by a bestselling thriller writer is that each of us can be a hero. Brad Meltzer is already author of the books “Heroes For My Son” and “Heroes For My Daughter,” but those books are aimed at parents, adults. His two newest books are the first in a series of books for kids. “I am Abraham Lincoln” and “I am Amelia Earhart” are Meltzer’s foray into children’s books, a genre he’d always longed to be in. And his enthusiasm for these stories is…
 
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    Blogposts | The Guardian

  • People's Climate March: thousands demand action around the world live

    Melissa Davey in Melbourne, Adam Vaughan in London and Amanda Holpuch in New York
    21 Sep 2014 | 3:55 pm
    Hundreds of thousands of people across 150 countries are taking to the streets to march for action on climate changeDubbed the Peoples Climate March, it has been flagged as the biggest global call-to-action on climate change in historyPeople are demanding world leaders take action on climate change as they prepare for a United Nations summit in New York on MondayReport shows record C02 emissions committing world to dangerous climate change Are you taking part? Share your photos and videos via GuardianWitness 11.55pm BST The Guardians US environment correspondent Suzanne Goldenberg has the…
  • Denver Broncos vs Seattle Seahawks - live!

    Hunter Felt
    21 Sep 2014 | 3:52 pm
    Denver Broncos (2-0) vs Seattle Seahawks (1-1)Broncos seek to avenge Super Bowl loss to SeahawksContribute along with the liveblog! Well use your NFL-related comments throughout the game. Email them to Hunter.Felt@theguardian.com Or tweet them to @HunterFelt 6.52pm ET Denver Broncos 5-17 Seattle Seahawks, 13:00, 4th quarterMan, an 80-yard punt from Jon Ryan. Holy hell. Gameball winner? 6.51pm ET 6.50pm ET Denver Broncos 5-17 Seattle Seahawks, 13:22, 4th quarterFirst play, a rare Lynch run for no game. The next play is almost disastrous for Seattle. The Denver defense pushes Wilson back to the…
  • Tony Abbott to deliver a national security update politics live

    Katharine Murphy
    21 Sep 2014 | 3:44 pm
    The prime minister will address MPs in Canberra for the first time since Australias terror threat alert level was raised, and the government positioned troops and military assets for potential engagement in Iraq. All the developments from Canberra, live 8.44am AEST On Sky News meanwhile, David Leyonhjelm a libertarian has not been persuaded away from his fundamental instincts and defining ideology by the change of events.The cross bench Senator has been saying since the opening of the national security conversation that hes deeply uncomfortable with the direction of policy making.I will not…
  • AFL preliminary finals: what we learned this weekend

    Geoff Lemon
    21 Sep 2014 | 2:55 pm
    Swans weapons clicking; Rougheads awesome run; Hawks get a little lucky; napping with the ball; a title for FootscrayEarlier this year, as the Sydney Swans compiled offensive weaponry like a resentful nation looking to remilitarise the Rhineland, we wondered whether they could ever make such a force work in concert. Fridays preliminary final saw a well-drilled unit operate to devastating effect. Lance Franklin, Kurt Tippett, Adam Goodes and Sam Reid ran a revolving series of patterns that opened up space for the next man along. One would push up the ground while another drifted deep. Continue…
  • NRL semi-finals: what we learned this weekend

    Paul Connolly
    21 Sep 2014 | 2:30 pm
    Roosters worries; tired Dogs; end of an era for Manly; Cowboys controversies; reports of leagues death exaggeratedCoverage of the weekends two NRL elimination semi-finals has been so dominated by the talk of controversies that the excitement and drama of the two games has virtually been overlooked. So lets reflect on what we saw: two contests decided by a point after one team appeared to have established a match-winning lead only for the seemingly vanquished to claw out of their shallow grave and almost pull off a remarkable escape. We saw freaky football, powerful running and punishing…
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  • Fun With Colours

    Litopia Writers' Colony
    10 Sep 2014 | 3:40 am
    Donna and Peter are joined in the studio by special guest Ian Winn, who can (ab)normally be found hosting our sister show here on Litopia, Litopia After Dark. Links to stories mentioned: How Amazon got a patent on white-background photography Why Photographers Shouldn't Be Too Upset Over Amazon's White-Background Patent (Peter disagrees with this!) Victoria's Secret Loses PINK Brand Battle B&N Testing Espresso Book Machines Bert The Farting Hippo! FBI Agent Files Defamation Suit Against Ebony Philly Newspaper Editor Fired For Asian Slurs Why Female Writers Get Trolled The Most Florida…
  • Carol Harrison - From EastEnders To Itchycoo Park

    8 Sep 2014 | 3:33 am
    Her role as Louise Raymond in BBC's EastEnders brought her stardom and notoriety, but Carol Harrison's true life story has been as gripping as the plot of any television soap opera. Born in London’s East End to a single mum, Carol grew up in abject poverty. It has been said that there are four main routes out of the East End - crime, sport, acting and rock'n'roll. Carol’s life connects three of those (she was once married to the son of one of Britain's best-known gangsters). Garry’s guest tonight opens her heart about her screen love affair with Ross Kemp's character Grant Mitchell...
  • Fyodor Dostoevsky – Demons (aka The Possessed)

    Litopia Writers' Colony
    5 Sep 2014 | 4:03 am
    Everything’s more or less normal in the little town of N until Piotr Stepanovich and his equally psychopathic sidekick, Nikolai Stavrogin, come back from abroad. One thing leads to another leads to another and another and some more after that in Dostoevsky’s extraordinarily rambling (as rambling as this sentence) novel, which does not end well for anyone involved, reader included. The devil inside, the devil inside, every single hour of reading this book – the devil inside. Download the mp3 file Subscribe in iTunes From recent débuts to classics, fiction to non-fiction, memoirs,…
  • Iron’s Den

    29 Aug 2014 | 2:38 am
    Iron Maiden are one of the world’s most successful heavy metal bands with more than 85 million albums sales to their name. Dennis Stratton was their guitarist right back in 1979. He played on and co-produced their self-titled debut album and their first three hit singles. Here he chats exclusively with Garry (who wrote Maiden’s authorized biography Running Free) about life on the road in those early days – the laughs and the tension, and his enduring friendship with the band which, like him, was forged in the East End of London. Den is honest about his fall-out with manager Rod…
  • Two And A Half Stories A Day

    Litopia Writers' Colony
    22 Aug 2014 | 8:31 am
    From litigious street-artists to litigious Angolan generals... Donna and Peter proudly present your suits du jour! Now with added dystopian designer stubble. Links to stories: Amazon Sanctions Customers To Get Back At Hachette Amazon Takes on Disney’s Superheroes  Blood Diamonds author faces $1.2m lawsuit Guild battling bosses over byline quota at Pioneer Press  Editors For ‘Survivor’ Return From Strike Over Right To Form Union  Terry Gilliam’s ‘Zero Theorem’ Slammed With Copyright Suit  Premier League warns fans not to tweet goal videos  Judge Orders…
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  • Books-to-Film: Jonathan Tropper's "This Is Where I Leave You" -- Watch the Movie Trailer

    Neal Thompson
    20 Sep 2014 | 1:05 pm
    When Jonathan Tropper's novel This Is Where I Leave You was published in 2009--and soon after named one of Amazon's Best Books of the Year--our reviewer, Daphne Durham, described the book as "wickedly funny ... as much about a family's reckoning as it is about one man's attempt to get it together." Tropper's protagonist is now being portrayed by Jason Bateman, in the film of the same name, which is releasing this weekend. It also stars Tina Fey and Jane Fonda. Listen to Durham speak with Tropper in this audio podcast. At the time, Tropper described his…
  • Weekend Reading: First Impressions of Upcoming Books

    Jon Foro
    19 Sep 2014 | 2:32 pm
    A luxury of this job is seeing books months before they're published--combing through the mail and the stacks on our desks for the best books to pass along to readers. Here are a few things that we'll be taking a look at over the weekend. Happy Friday! Bad Paper by Jake Halpern Jon Foro: Everyone knows about collections agencies, but how they actually operate is much more interesting than you probably think. Jake Halpern  introduces us to the billionaires at the top and the hard men at the bottom of an economy spanning many shades of gray. Falling somewhere between Glengarry Glen…
  • Sometimes It’s OK to Say “I Told You So”

    Sara Nelson
    19 Sep 2014 | 10:06 am
    About two years ago, my friend Rebecca introduced me to her husband, Jeff Hobbs, who had published one novel and was working on another. Like me, Rebecca is a major reader—our relationship started because we both worked in related parts of the book business—and she wanted my opinion on Jeff’s book. I read the partial manuscript—and was unsure. There was a lot about Jeff’s writing that I liked, but the story (about a marriage, as I recall) didn’t quite hold together. When Jeff and Rebecca and I talked, we talked about how to fix it. But a funny thing happened in the course of that…
  • 2014 National Book Award: The Longlists

    Seira Wilson
    18 Sep 2014 | 6:00 pm
    The titles long listed for the National Book Awards have been trickling in this week and today the final category, Fiction, was announced.  Some of the titles that have appeared on our Best Books of the Month lists are included but we'll have to wait until October 15th to see which books make the list of finalists.  We usually do a pool in the office with our predictions for the winners in each category--last year our Director, Sara Nelson, was the most prescient.  Do you have any thoughts about who should take home the National Book Awards this year? Fiction: Thunderstruck &…
  • How I Wrote It: Lin Enger, on "The High Divide"

    Neal Thompson
    18 Sep 2014 | 11:05 am
    Set in the 1880s, mostly in the wilderness of the Montana Territory, Lin Enger's second novel, The High Divide, tells the sweeping story of a man on the run, from both his family and his past. It's also the story of the bloody history of the northern plains, the slaughter of bison herds and of the native Plains Indians. The High Divide (on sale 9/23) is one of our Best Books of the Month editors' picks in literature and fiction. Origins This novel comes from three places: First, from my lifelong fascination with the American bison, the buffalo, an interest I attribute to a…
 
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  • Frank Delaney | Pieces of Eight – Rules for Writing about Pirates

    Pasha Carlisle
    19 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    Frank Delaney, author of the faithful sequel, JIM HAWKINS & THE CURSE OF TREASURE ISLAND, outlines some do’s and don’ts for landlubbers 1. Get your Ship Together. Make sure that you know the difference between a barque, a barquentine and a brigantine; a sloop, a schooner and a ship of the line. The world has […]
  • Amy K. Sorrells | When Fiction Turns to Reality

    Pasha Carlisle
    19 Sep 2014 | 2:01 am
    “What was wrong with that man? Why didn’t he do something?” The women around the table raised their hands and slapped the table with disgust as they complained about the man named Vaughn Harlan. Who could blame them? He was, after all, an enabler of the behavior which resulted in the unexpected, violent start to […]
  • Kate Canterbary | Architects Do It Right

    Pasha Carlisle
    18 Sep 2014 | 1:22 pm
    In chatting with friends and beta readers about The Walsh Series, I hear one question with tremendous frequency: why architects? I’ll see that question, and raise it another: why not? We all know architects are smart—they’re the ones actually using all that algebra, geometry, and trigonometry the rest of us ignored in high school—and there’s […]
  • TALL, DARK AND PARANORMAL | The Top Ten of Paranormal Romance

    Pasha Carlisle
    18 Sep 2014 | 8:31 am
    Ten authors, ten hot and sexy alpha bad boys—all in one deliciously yummy TALL, DARK & PARANORMAL box set—10 full length novels, 825,000 words of steamy paranormal pleasure, and all for just 99 cents! Fresh Fiction is pleased to welcome the authors of this blockbuster anthology to tell us a bit about each of their […]
  • Sharon Struth | Location, Location, Location

    Pasha Carlisle
    17 Sep 2014 | 9:34 am
    Do you like road trips? This year, we drove 2,138 miles and passed through 11 states—all in one week! Not a relaxing vacation, but it was lots of fun. There were several stops to visit family and friends that we hadn’t seen in a long time, plus a chance to explore states we hadn’t visited […]
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  • It's live!! Cover Reveal: What Remains by Helene Dunbar + Giveaway (International)

    15 Sep 2014 | 4:59 pm
        Hello, YABCers! Ready for another cover reveal? Today we're super excited to celebrate the cover reveal for WHAT REMAINS by Helene Dunbar, releasing May 15, 2015 from Flux. Before we get to the cover, here's a note from Helene:   Hi YABC! And welcome to the exclusive cover reveal for WHAT REMAINS!   Had you asked me what I wanted on my cover for this book, I would have given you a list of things I didn't want. Not so helpful, right? I knew I didn't want certain aspects of the plot spoiled, and I didn't want the main character's love interest on it, because really, at…
  • It's live!! Cover Reveal: Silence of Six by E.C. Myers + Giveaway (US/Canada)

    10 Sep 2014 | 5:27 pm
      Welcome to the second cover reveal of the week! We even have an excerpt from the novel! Today we're super excited to celebrate the cover reveal for SILENCE OF SIX by E.C. Myers, releasing November 5, 2014 from Adaptive Books. Before we get to the cover, here's a note from E.C.:   Hi, YABCers!   O's yu vrkgykj zu mobk eua znk bkxe loxyz ruuq gz se tkc tubkr, ZNK YORKTIK UL YOD! Uuvy, yuxxe — luxik ul nghoz.   Hold on a second... Okay, that’s better. Did you understand that? The text above says “I'm so pleased to give you the very first look at my new novel, THE…
  • YA Authors as YAs: The Bethany Neal Edition + Giveaway (US only)

    9 Sep 2014 | 5:37 am
      Welcome to the latest YA Authors as YAs interview Our goal? To prove that your favorite authors — no matter how AWESOME and COOL you think they are — were once awkward, weird, and they geeked out about fandoms and guilty-pleasure music JUST LIKE YOU when they were teens. (Most of them still do, you know, and that’s totally COOL, because being yourself is the ultimate in EPIC COOLNESS.) Don’t believe me?  Maybe Bethany Neal, author of MY LAST KISS, out now from FSG Books for Young Readers, can convince you with tales from her teen years. …
  • It's live!! Cover Reveal: Last Year's Mistake by Gina Ciocca + Giveaway (US/Canada)

    9 Sep 2014 | 4:33 am
      Hi, YABCers, and welcome to another cover reveal! Today we're super excited to celebrate the cover reveal for LAST YEAR'S MISTAKE by Gina Ciocca, releasing Summer 2015 from Simon Pulse. Before we get to the cover, here's a note from Gina:   Hi, YABC-ers! I can’t begin to tell you how excited I am to share the cover for LAST YEAR’S MISTAKE today. I’m pretty sure my neighbors could hear the shrieks of glee coming from my kitchen when I saw it for the first time. It’s completely surreal to see a scene plucked from your novel and brought to life in all its sexy glory,…
  • Giveaway: Fragile Destiny by Suzanne Lazear (US/CAN/Intl)

    7 Sep 2014 | 7:13 am
    FRAGILE DESTINY (Aether Chronicles #3) by Suzanne Lazear Release Date: 8/8/14   About the Book Broken into pieces and hidden in the mortal realm long ago, the Staff of Eris bestows vast powers on whoever possesses it. King Brogan, V’s treacherous uncle, is trying to rebuild the staff. If he succeeds, the consequences for the Otherworld will be dire. In a desperate effort to keep the Otherworld safe, Noli and V plot the daring theft of a jewel that is needed to complete the staff. But Brogan is not so easily defeated. When he and Noli finally come face to face, the balance of power…
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  • Week in Review, September 15th-19th

    Katie Bircher
    19 Sep 2014 | 1:24 pm
    This week on hbook.com… Marla Frazee Talks with Roger about The Farmer and the Clown (outtake — “Marla Frazee, wipe that smile off your face!”) If I Stay movie review Reviews of the Week Picture Book: Hana Hashimoto, Sixth Violin by Chieri Uegaki; illus. by Qin Leng Fiction: The Scandalous Sisterhood of Prickwillow Place by Julie Berry Poetry: Neighborhood Sharks: Hunting with the Great Whites 
of California’s Farallon Islands by Katherine Roy App: Breathe, Think, Do with Sesame Read Roger: “Does one size fit all?” How well do board books and picture books…
  • If I Stay movie review

    Shoshana Flax
    19 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    So, I saw that movie based on a YA novel about teens in love who are faced with questions of life and death. No, not that one, at least not most recently. I’m talking about the New Line Cinema/MGM adaptation of Gayle Forman’s 2009 novel If I Stay, directed by R. J. Cutler and released August 22, 2014. (Warning: If you stay with this post, you’ll find some major spoilers.) When I went looking for a viewing companion, the premise produced shudders from more than one friend. For the uninitiated, the title refers to seventeen-year-old Mia (Chloë Grace Moretz)’s wrenching decision…
  • Books mentioned in the September 2014 issue of Nonfiction Notes from the Horn Book

    Horn Book
    18 Sep 2014 | 11:01 am
    All about animals Did You Know? series DiSiena, Laura Lyn and Eliot, Hannah Chickens Don’t Fly: And Other Fun Facts Illustrated by Pete Oswald Gr. K–3      32 pp.      Little Simon      2014 Trade ISBN 978-1-4424-9353-7 Paperback ISBN 978-1-4424-9326-1 E-book ISBN 978-1-4424-9327-8 DiSiena, Laura Lyn and Eliot, Hannah Hippos Can’t Swim: And Other Fun Facts Illustrated by Pete Oswald Gr. K–3     32 pp.     Little Simon     2014 Trade ISBN 978-1-4424-9352-0 Paperback ISBN 978-1-4424-9324-7 E-book ISBN 978-1-4424-9325-4 Jenkins, Steve The Animal Book: A Collection…
  • After-school activities

    Horn Book
    18 Sep 2014 | 10:03 am
    Barnhart, Norm Dazzling Card Tricks Gr. 4–6   32 pp.  Capstone Barnhart, Norm Marvelous Money Tricks Gr. 4–6   32 pp.  Capstone Edge Books: Magic Manuals series. Accessible step-by-step instructions, clear demonstrative photographs, and “what you need” sidebars teach readers to master simple but impressive magic tricks with cards or money. Tips for performing the tricks effectively and smoothly in front of an audience are worked into the narrative. These books will be appealing and useful for anyone interested in magic. Subjects: Games, magic, and riddles Bolte,…
  • Careers and community helpers

    Horn Book
    18 Sep 2014 | 9:56 am
    Buckley, A. M. The Arts Middle school, high school   112 pp.  ABDO Freese, Susan M. Fashion Middle school, high school   112 pp.  ABDO Hamen, Susan E. Engineering Middle school, high school   112 pp.  ABDO Lusted, Marcia Amidon Entertainment Middle school, high school   112 pp.  ABDO Inside the Industry series. Each book describes four careers; for example, Arts covers artist, dancer, photographer, and curator. Readers learn what each job entails (e.g., “What Is an Artist?”) and what they can do to prepare for these competitive professions (“Would You Make a Good…
 
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  • Scottish Voters Reject Independence - How Robert Burns Would Handle It

    Barbara Basbanes Richter
    19 Sep 2014 | 4:33 am
    On Thursday, in dramatic fashion, Scots turned out in record numbers to vote on a referendum to decide whether or not Scotland should remain part of the UK or become an independent country, an historic occasion that carries not just political and economic repercussions, but social ones as well. Perhaps battered bonds might begin to mend over a few tumblers of Scotch whiskey and a rousing rendition of 'Auld Lang Syne,' penned in 1788 by Scotland's own Robert Burns as a testament to brotherhood and long-lasting friendship. English: Robert Burns Source: Image:Robert burns.jpg Replacement of…
  • Cambridge University Library Purchases the Codex Zacynthius

    Nate Pedersen
    17 Sep 2014 | 9:43 pm
    Cambridge University Library has purchased the Codex Zacynthius for £1.1m after a fundraising appeal was supplemented by a £500,000 grant from the National Heritage Fund. A critically important manuscript in the development of the New Testament, the 7th century Codex Zacynthius has been on loan to the Cambridge University Library since 1984.  The library was able to purchase the codex from its lenders, the British and Foreign Bible Society, who wished to raise funds to establish a new visitor center in WalesThe Codex Zacynthius is a palimpsest,…
  • Gutenberg's Apprentice

    Rebecca Rego Barry
    17 Sep 2014 | 7:01 am
    As biblio-fiction goes, reaching back to the birth of printing in medieval Germany is pretty ambitious, but so little is known about the "real" Gutenberg that Alix Christie landed a perfect topic for her fiction debut, Gutenberg's Apprentice (Harper, $27.99). She was able to explore his vibrant and changing world by focusing the narrative on the printer's young apprentice, Peter Schoeffer, a former scribe whose world is upturned by the advent of moveable type.   As a former printing apprentice herself--under her grandfather, Les Lloyd, at San Francisco's Mackenzie & Harris type…
  • Jane Austen Fans Break World Record

    Nate Pedersen
    15 Sep 2014 | 10:16 pm
    Jane Austen fans gathered in Bath, England, this past weekend to break the world record for the largest gathering of people dressed in Regency costume. (Apparently not counting the people who were actually alive in the Regency era). With 550 men, women, and children regaled in Regency apparel in front of the novelist's former home, the fans were pleased to learn that they broke the previous world record of 491 people. That record--in a disappointing, albeit temporary setback to British Jane Austen fans--was set in America. After the announcement was made, light cheers arose from the…
  • Sendak Collection Recalled to Connecticut

    Rebecca Rego Barry
    15 Sep 2014 | 6:53 am
    In a stunning announcement this weekend, Derick Dreher, director of the Rosenbach of the Free Library in Philadelphia, stated that the institution's Maurice Sendak collection, which had been "on loan" for decades, will be transferred to Connecticut, where Sendak estate trustees are planning to build a museum dedicated to the artist.According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, Sendak never formally gifted the thousands of original drawings and manuscripts he deposited at the Rosenbach beginning in the 1960s. The artist died in 2012, and his will indicates that the collection belongs to his…
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  • CarrieS Convolution 2014 Schedule

    sarah@smartbitchestrashybooks.com
    21 Sep 2014 | 2:00 pm
    by CarrieS Hi everyone!   I have my speaking schedule for Convolution 2014 and boy is it busy!  Convolution is September 26 - 28, at the Hyatt Regency SFO in Burlingame, CA.  It's a fun convention, very family friendly.  This convention is such a haven for writers and readers that sometimes I forget about the gaming, crafting, and TV and film discussions that happen there too, plus did I mention parties?  There are parties.  And a Masquerade.  And parties. The theme this year is Halfway Home:  Convolution 2014 ‘Halfway Home’…
  • Podcast Transcript 107: An Interview with John Jacobson

    sarah@smartbitchestrashybooks.com
    21 Sep 2014 | 12:23 pm
    by SB Sarah Here is a text transcript of Podcast 107: An Interview with John Jacobson. You can listen to the mp3 here, or you can read on!  This podcast transcript was meticulously crafted by hand by Garlic Knitter. Many thanks. [music] Sarah Wendell: Hello, and welcome to another DBSA podcast. I’m Sarah Wendell from Smart Bitches, Trashy Books, and with me today is Jane Litte and John from dreaming in reviews. You may have interacted with John online at one point or another. He blogs at dreaming in reviews, he blogs at Heroes and Heartbreakers, he’s very active on Twitter,…
  • SBTB/DA Bestsellers - 9-16 September 2014

    sarah@smartbitchestrashybooks.com
    21 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    by SB Sarah This week's bestseller list is brought to you by apple harvests, fake pumpkin spice condoms, and the crisp catacombs of our affiliate data.  The Year We Fell Down (The Ivy Years Book 1) by Sarina Bowen  A | BN | K Darkly Dreaming: A Five Book Fantasy Romance Anthology by Grace Draven, Danielle Monsch, Kristen Painter and Cate Rowan A  | K Seven Wicked Nights: A limited edition box set of sexy historical romance novellas by Courtney Milan, Caroline Linden, Tessa Dare and Sherry Thomas A | BN | K Love and Other Scandals by…
  • Books on Sale: Historicals from Kinsale, Milan, and More

    sarah@smartbitchestrashybooks.com
    20 Sep 2014 | 8:30 am
    by SB Sarah Uncertain Magic by Laura Kinsale is a Kindle Daily Deal today at .99c. I hope there's price matching at some point today, as I know many of you are building your digital Kinsale collection. This is an early book of hers, first published in 1987 (with a terrific cover, too.) It has a 3.5 star average, and may readers struggled with the repetition of the language and the angst, while others love the mystery and angst of it, especially as Faelan's point of view isn't revealed at all.  Roderica Delamore has a "gift." Cursed with the unwanted ability to hear the…
  • Whatcha Reading? September Edition

    sarah@smartbitchestrashybooks.com
    20 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    by SB Sarah IT'S TIIIIIME! Time for The Most Expensive Thread where each month we talk about what we're reading and then we all buy a pile of books. Ready? Whatcha reading? Me, I just finished Chalice by Robin McKinley ( A | BN | K | ARe ). After I mentioned that I was reading The Blue Sword in last week's podcast with Ilona Andrews, all the lovely fantasy romance readers who know much more than I do about this genre came at me with recommendations, and my library was all, Dude. Slow your roll. Ha. No. I have ALL THE FANTASY to read now. …
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  • Waist whittling holiday games

    Stephanie
    10 Sep 2014 | 4:26 am
    Thinking about holidays (the Paris and Caribbean reflections from my previous post brought about these musings), I tried a new sport this summer. It has a holiday connexion as myself and the partner in crime were staying in a house in Amboise in the Loire valley. Usually, one of the joys of holidaying in France is eating outside on whatever patio, terrace or decking the holiday accommodation possesses. It’s something the British don’t routinely do at home – unless they are manic barbecue fiends – probably due to having to rush round to go to work, do the shopping, organize the kids…
  • Not an adventurous person …

    Stephanie
    29 Aug 2014 | 1:51 pm
    I am so not an adventurous person. No siree, no adrenaline rushes for me. I am not great with heights so any activity demanding I look down from on high is ruled out, pretty much instantly. Climbing to the top of a church tower is my usual limit. I have walked up the Eiffel Tower in Paris – the queues for the lifts were way too long – and it was pretty hairy! The staircase is fine but you can see out across Paris as you climb ever higher and it seems you are only separated from the ground by a bit of wire. Okay, it’s pretty sturdy, but when you don’t like heights, it can seem jolly…
  • Train Your Brain by Playing the World’s Loudest Musical Instrument

    Stephanie
    26 Aug 2014 | 2:06 am
    You could join people like  Alan Titchmarsh,  Victoria Wood, and Jo Brand in a fascinating and extremely sociable hobby which really keeps the brain active and helps to stave off those “senior moments”. So why not try your hand at bellringing?  Not only are church bells the world’s loudest musical instrument, it’s not often you get to use extremely expensive equipment completely free!  You don’t need to be particularly fit – so long as you can stand on your own feet for a few minutes and move your arms, that’s all you need.  A sense of rhythm and / or the…
 
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    London Review of Books

  • Letters

    24 Sep 2014 | 4:00 pm
    The letters page from London Review of Books Vol. 36 No 18 (25 September 2014)
  • Ian Penman: Elvis looks for meaning

    24 Sep 2014 | 4:00 pm
    In the spring of 1965, on the road between Memphis and Hollywood, desert plains all around, his bloodstream torqued by a tinnital static of prescription ups and downs, Elvis Presley finally broke down. He poured out his troubles to Larry Geller, celebrity hair stylist and, lately, something of a spirit guide for Elvis. Geller had given him a mind-expanding reading list of what we would now recognise as New Age self-help books. Elvis had read them all, performed all the meditations, but didn’t feel the light, not in mind, body or soul. The fire refused to descend; his spiritual air remained…
  • John Barrell: Richard Wilson

    24 Sep 2014 | 4:00 pm
  • Melanie McFadyean: In the Wrong Crowd

    24 Sep 2014 | 4:00 pm
    ‘You do not need to deliver the fatal blow or even be at the actual scene of the killing to be found guilty and sent to jail,’ Detective Inspector John McFarlane said after the conviction of 17 of the 20 young people jointly charged with the murder of 15-year-old Sofyen Belamouadden at Victoria Station in March 2010: ‘the law on joint enterprise is clear and unforgiving.’ To be found guilty of murder as an individual it must be proved beyond reasonable doubt that you intended to kill or cause serious harm resulting in death.
  • Frances Stonor Saunders: Pasternak and the Valet

    24 Sep 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Isaiah Berlin was on his honeymoon – he married late – when he first read Dr Zhivago. It was the evening of Saturday, 18 August 1956, and he had just made the short journey back to Moscow from the village of Peredelkino, where he had spent the day with Boris Pasternak. Pasternak’s dacha was part of a complex set up on Stalin’s orders in 1934 to reward the Soviet Union’s most prominent writers. One of them, Korney Chukovsky, described the scheme as ‘entrapping writers within a cocoon of comforts, surrounding them with a network of spies’.
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    McSweeney’s

  • A Generic College Paper by Jon Wu

    19 Sep 2014 | 4:01 am
    Since the beginning of time, bullshit, flowery overgeneralization with at least one thesaurus’d vocabulary word. In addition, irrelevant and misleading personal anecdote. However, oversimplification of first Googled author (citation: p. 37). Thesis statement which doesn’t follow whatsoever from the previous.Utterly contrived topic sentence revealing pretty much every flaw of structured essay writing. Therefore, supporting sentence invoking source that exists only in the bibliographies of other cited material (pp. arbitrary to arbitrary + 5). Contemplative question? Definitive…
  • Norse History for Bostonians: The Prose Edda for Bostonians, Gylfaginning, Part X by Rowdy Geirsson

    19 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    [Part I, Part II, Part III., Part IV, Part V, Part VI, Part VII, Part VIII, and Part IX]- -In Which King Gylfi of Sweden Learns about Thor’s Ineptitude at Giant Murder.- -So thing ‘bout Giant Land is it’s full’ah a bunch’ah fuckin’ retahds. Yah know, it’s like, soon as yah walk through the doohr, it’s—BAM! Fuckin’ retahd right in yah fuckin’ face. Ah mohr like retahd crotch right in yah face since they’re bunch’ah fuckin’ giants but, yah know, whatevah.Nah, I mean if yah’d evah been there then yah’d know what I’m talkin’ ‘bout…NO! That’s not what…
  • List: Rejected Spaghetti Western Movie Titles by Nancy Stohlman

    19 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    You Raped My Sister and Killed My Family When I Was Just a Small Boy Hiding Behind a Table—And I Will Not Rest Until I Have My RevengeThat Prostitute Would Never Have Been a Prostitute If Bandits Hadn’t Burned Her Family’s Barn to the Ground and Stolen All Their Live Stock While She Was Forced to WatchYou Saved My Life From Those Bounty Hunters And Now I’m Indebted to You Except That You Bear the Same Scar Over Your Eyebrow as the Murderer of My Slain Family Whom I Have Sworn to Avenge, Which Puts Me In a Real ConundrumThat Stranger Who Showed Up In Town Sure Looks a Lot Like My Dead…
  • Cat Performance Review by Kendra Eash

    18 Sep 2014 | 4:01 am
    1. Skill and proficiency in carrying out assignmentsInconsistent. When asked to come sit on the couch or get down off of the kitchen table, Stereo’s performance is uneven at best. I’ve also met resistance when assigning her to wear a homemade snowflake hat for our yearly Christmas card and when asking her to stop backing into me, butthole first.Additionally, while I know that she is able to do a backflip onto the floor, she consistently refuses to perform on command so that I can create a Vine.2. Possesses skills and knowledge to perform the job competentlyProficient. Stereo is very cute.
  • 826 Chicago at Pitchfork: Twin Peaks Talks Breaking a Leg, Blu-rays and, Band Advice by 826 Chicago

    18 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    - - -Our crack team of aspiring high school-aged music journalists—for this interview, that included Adam Ciurus, Mileena Rosa, Michel Quiles, Jacob Kayser, Katie Treskow and Amelia Curry—met with Twin Peaks on Sunday afternoon. These creative writing students channeled their musical knowledge and interviewing skills during the following on-the-spot Q&A with the band, discussing how guitarist/frontman Cadien broke his leg (he performed Saturday in a wheelchair), discovering the famous TV after they chose their name, and the best time for rock ‘n’ roll.- - -826 CHICAGO: How…
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    Podiobooker

  • New release! Hell Comes with Wood Paneled Doors by Christopher Gronlund

    Evo
    27 Aug 2014 | 8:12 pm
    With a title like Hell Comes with Wood Paneled Doors, its clearly humorous fiction Christopher Gronlund is bringing to us: When Michael O’Brien and his father, James, buy a new car just in time for the family’s summer vacation, James signs over more than the title to his old AMC Gremlin in his rush to buy the brand new Inferno station wagon. Joining them on the trip are Michael’s creepy younger siblings, Elvis and Olivia; his overbearing mother, Mary, and her pet Chihuahua, Lucky; his backwoods aunt, Margie; and the cremated remains of his grandmother, June, whose dying…
  • New release! And They All Lived Happily Ever After! by Crystal Connor

    Evo
    24 Aug 2014 | 9:11 pm
    Happy Sunday! Check out And They All Lived Happily Ever After! by Crystal Connor Fourteen short stories of horror, science fiction, and fantasy; 65,306 words of terror by a single author who clearly intends to one day be known as a Master in the genre. Listening to …And They All Lived Happily Ever After! is a completely different experience than the amazing visual journey created by the sequential art and graphic elements that one will enjoy while reading the book. The audio adaptation is a nice complement to the paperback.
  • I miss you already, P.G. Holyfield

    Evo
    20 Aug 2014 | 9:33 pm
    On August 20th 2014, at 11:20pm, P.G. Holyfield — author of Murder at Avedon Hill — lost his very short battle with cholangiocarcinoma, a particularly vicious and deadly form of cancer. He was 46 years old. Effective now and for the immediate future, 100% of all donations we receive to Murder at Avedon Hill or made directly in P.G.s name will be provided to a fund set up to help care for the three young daughters left behind. Normally, we keep 25% of all donations. But in Patrick’s case (Patrick is the P in PG) all proceeds we collect go straight to them, no admin fees. To…
  • New release! The Box by H. Lovelyn Bettison

    Evo
    13 Aug 2014 | 6:17 pm
    We’re on a roll with new books this week! If you’re into Magical Realism, check out The Box by H. Lovelyn Bettison: What’s in the box? Indy would sure like to know. When Tom offers Indy two thousand dollars to transport a mysterious box across the country, she reluctantly agrees to do it. Accompanied by her ex-boyfriend, Koji, and flower child friend, Eve, Indy embarks on a journey that is bound to be anything but ordinary. Not too long after their trip gets underway, they come to the realization that the box holds a force beyond their control. Will they make it to their…
  • New release! EDYL – The Reading Department by Mark Capell

    Evo
    11 Aug 2014 | 6:20 pm
    Happy Monday! Here’s a new scifi book by an author new to the site. Please enjoy EDYL – The Reading Department by Mark Capell: It’s 2046 and Jake Radley has the career opportunity of a lifetime. But to take it he needs to acquire a strange, mysterious new skill. A skill that that could ruin his life. But a skill that is needed to find out who leaked a startling scientific discovery that has the whole world in uproar. Drama, intrigue and an extreme test of loyalties for Jake in this unique science fiction spy story.
 
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    Berkeley Heights Public Library Book Blog

  • Quality of Books Declining: not a new complaint

    Anne
    15 Sep 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Whenever I hear that the quality of books is declining, I think of the essay by Washington Irving written over 200 years ago that posits that very complaint. It is not a new complaint at all. Is it even true?Read excerpts of Irving's thoughts in this blog post 'The Mutability of Literature' from a year ago.http://bhplnjbookgroup.blogspot.com/2012/10/the-mutability-of-literature.htmlTake a look at the New York Times bestseller lists back to the 1950's on the Hawes Publications site, then take a look at this list of the Harvard Classics (which can all be downloaded free from this…
  • Book Group Recommendations

    Anne
    11 Sep 2014 | 1:09 pm
    Recommended Titles for Book Groupswith links to our reviews Young Girl Reading by Fragonard (NGA)                                                                     The Aviator's Wife by Melanie Benjamin - historical fiction about Ann Morrow Lindbergh's…
  • Nike Missile Site in Berkeley Heights

    Anne
    29 Aug 2014 | 12:34 pm
    One of our most popular blog posts and a recurring local history reference question concerns the Nike missile site in nearby Watchung Reservation. Ellen wrote about it here: 'Nike Missile Site One of the library's perennial reference requests is information on the former Nike missile test site and air base in Watchung Reservation. "With its radar and command on the Berkeley Heights-Summit border and its launching pad in Mountainside, the station was one of 19 Nike AJAX missile bases that ringed New York City, standing ready to blast invading planes out of the sky", according to a Star-Ledger…
  • Revisiting the 'Merry Hall' trilogy by Beverley Nichols

    Anne
    22 Aug 2014 | 12:58 pm
    This review of the first book in the Merry Hall Trilogy was first posted on this blog over four years ago on July 30, 2010.  Since then I have enjoyed the entire trilogy which the library now owns. The second title is 'Laughter on the Stairs' followed by 'Sunlight on the Lawn.'Merry Hall by Beverley Nichols A few weeks ago, Nancy Pearl, a librarian famous for her ability to recommend the right book for the right person and also for being the model for the librarian action figure with real shushing action, tweeted that gardening/readers who like P.G. Wodehouse's books and E.F.
  • A Very Unusual Visitor: Mother Mary Comes for One Week

    Anne
    20 Aug 2014 | 1:04 pm
    This review was first posted on this blog on Friday, May 16, 2008 Our Lady of the Lost and Found Last night my local book group discussed Our Lady of the Lost and Found: a novel of Mary, Faith and Friendship by Diane Schoemperlen. This was a book that I never would have read, maybe never even have heard of on my own. This shows that bookgroups can push you beyond your literary comfort zone, which, aside from the social aspects, is probably why they are so popular. Our Lady... took me into unfamiliar territory and really made me think, but it is a book that probably has narrow appeal.The…
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    Joe Wikert's Digital Content Strategies

  • In the future, all content will be layered

    Joe Wikert
    15 Sep 2014 | 8:38 am
    Once upon a time the broadcast model was the only viable option for content distribution. The newspapers, magazines and books we read were the same regardless of our personal interests or where we lived. The web and other digital models... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • How book publishers can build a compelling direct channel

    Joe Wikert
    10 Sep 2014 | 6:01 am
    Disruption has radically altered the book publishing industry and the rate of change shows no signs of slowing down. Publishers have developed a love/hate relationship with Amazon, particularly as they struggle with the mega-retailer’s annual demands for more favorable terms.... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Three lessons from comScore’s latest mobile apps report

    Joe Wikert
    8 Sep 2014 | 6:53 am
    comScore recently published a 15-page report on the state of mobile apps. It’s well worth reading in its entirety, but if you don’t have the time, here are the three big takeaways for content publishers: Mobile apps are the new... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • The next big thing in content subscriptions

    Joe Wikert
    25 Aug 2014 | 7:40 am
    Today’s sports fan has a seemingly infinite number of resources for news, commentary and long-form reading. I often use the Bleacher Report for scores, ESPN for short-form articles and Oyster for books. It’s nice having all those options but it... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • A business model I’m sorry we’ll never see

    Joe Wikert
    19 Aug 2014 | 10:01 am
    We’re all intimately familiar with the cell phone business model. Buy the phone today at a reduced price that’s subsidized by what’s typically a two-year commitment with that carrier. Other options have emerged in the cell phone arena but this... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    First Book Blog

  • Read to Me – Creating Literacy Mentors

    Marissa Wasseluk
    16 Sep 2014 | 1:45 pm
    Today’s guest blogger, Barbara Greenway, is the Founder and Director of The Read to Me Project. Students in the Read to Me Project & founder Barbara Greenway. When I ask the kids in my program how many of them struggle in school, half of their hands raise in the air. It can be frustrating to spend your day in an environment where you feel you can’t succeed. So it comes as no surprise that kids who struggle in school become disengaged, stop trying and drop out. We created the Read to Me Project to motivate kids to keep trying – and to break the cycle of low literacy in our…
  • Reclaiming the Promise of Public Education

    Samantha McGinnis
    12 Sep 2014 | 9:16 am
    Today’s guest blog post is by Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, on the importance of ensuring all educators and students have the books they need for back to school.  As an educator, there’s nothing quite like walking into the classroom on that first day of school. The fresh, expectant face of each child looking up at you, their minds like the pages of a new book—waiting to be opened. Teachers and school staff are in the business of opening minds, and there is no better way to do just that than through reading. Books are portholes to vast, new and…
  • 187 Reasons Why a Teacher Needs Books

    Julia Hornaday
    11 Sep 2014 | 10:32 am
    Today’s guest blogger, Sarah Kilway, wrote to us after receiving hundreds of new books for her students. We couldn’t resist sharing her story with you. I teach 187 kids at Ben Davis Ninth Grade Center in Indianapolis, IN. The majority of my students live in poverty. Most have only one parent at home. Not many of my kids own books, nor were they read to as children. Even as 9th graders, they lack basic common knowledge of fairy tales, fables and iconic book characters. Our school has many great resources, but when something is lacking, my colleagues and I step in. This often means…
  • A Birthday Surprise: 420 Books for Kids

    Marissa Wasseluk
    9 Sep 2014 | 8:05 am
    Wendy Moore’s best friends couldn’t wait to give her a special surprise for her 50th birthday. To honor her great love for books, they set up a virtual book drive with First Book and collectively raised over $1200 to purchase brand-new books for kids in Wendy’s hometown of Wilson, NC. The need for books in Wilson County Schools is high. Located a little over an hour outside of Raleigh, the rural district ranks as Tier One community – a title reserved for the most distressed counties in the state. But Wilson residents like Wendy are committed to their children’s…
  • My Kids Need Books

    Julia Hornaday
    4 Sep 2014 | 1:24 pm
    Today’s guest blogger, Adara Robbins, is 8th grade teacher at YES Prep Southwest, a public charter school in Houston, Texas. My students and I during after school study time. Where do you see yourself in five years? It’s a tough question. But imagine trying to answer if you didn’t know what your life would look like tomorrow – much less years from now. This my students’ reality. My 8th graders at YES Prep Southwest face the constant stress of poverty. They can’t be sure where they will sleep tomorrow. They have to take care of younger siblings, leaving limited time for…
 
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    Publishing Talk

  • Three business models for self-publishing your books in print

    Sarah Juckes
    9 Sep 2014 | 5:33 am
    There are more options than ever for authors to self-publish print books. But which is right for you? They really boil down to three business models, says Sarah Juckes. When self-publishing a print book, you may wish to go it entirely alone and set up your own production, marketing and distribution networks, or you may wish to use one of the many companies offering some of these services. Well-known book creation and publishing platforms such as CreateSpace, Matador and CompletelyNovel offer the creation and distribution services you might lack, but in a variety of ways. Each company operates…
  • Backdoor Routes to Getting a Literary Agent

    Kirsty McLachlan
    24 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    This article first appeared in issue 1 of Publishing Talk Magazine. An extract first appeared on this website on 26 Sept 2012. Kirsty McLachlan of DGA Ltd answers one of your most commonly-asked questions: “How do I get an agent?” She reveals ways to get noticed – and avoid languishing in the slush pile. Let me shatter an almost universally held belief straight away: not all writers find their agents via the slush pile. Many take another route altogether. If I could present you with a pie chart of ‘ways to find an agent’, the slush pile would be a small sliver of that cake. Slush…
  • From Fantasy to Reality – How Ben Galley became a Successful Self-Publishing Authorpreneur

    Jon Reed
    1 Jul 2014 | 11:38 pm
    This article first appeared in issue 5 of Publishing Talk Magazine. Ben Galley reveals how he self-published his way to become a successful ‘authorpreneur’ at the age of 26. Ben Galley is a young self-published author of the epic and gritty fantasy series The Emaneska Series. He has published four books to date, and doesn’t intend to stop any time soon. Zealous about inspiring other authors and writers, Ben also runs the popular advice site Shelf Help, where he offers advice about writing, publishing, and marketing; and is the co-founder and director of ebook store Libiro, a…
  • 10 Ways to Win with WordPress

    Jon Reed
    27 Jun 2014 | 12:08 pm
    This article first appeared in issue 1 of Publishing Talk Magazine. Want to start a book blog? Get up and running in minutes with WordPress. WordPress is the blogging software I always recommend. It is flexible, extendible, easy to use – and free. But there is more to it than writing a personal online journal. You can use it to build a website, promote your books – and build a community. Here are 10 ways to make the most of it: Create a website. Don’t want to start blogging yet? You still need a website, even if it is a simple one-page site with your contact details. WordPress is the…
  • Don’t Panic! 6 science fiction themes that illustrate a positive future for publishing

    Alastair Horne
    16 May 2014 | 12:36 pm
    This article first appeared in issue 5 of Publishing Talk Magazine. While some publishers view digital as a dystopian nightmare, Alastair Horne considers six science fiction themes and how they illustrate a more positive future for the industry. Something not-quite-so wicked this way comes Dystopian fiction has provided the publishing industry with some of its biggest recent successes – Suzanne Collins’s Hunger Games trilogy is reported to have sold more than 50 million copies in the past five years. The vision of a dystopian future that has had the greatest influence over publishing in…
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    800 CEO Read

  • Good Enough for the #Girlboss

    Sally
    19 Sep 2014 | 2:09 pm
    TweetIronically, the reason I haven’t had a chance to write a recommendation of #Girlboss by Sophia Amoruso, which released in is because I’ve been busy being a #girlboss. It happens to be the first book I read upon receiving my promotion to General Manager of 800-CEO-READ, and Amoruso’s fueled me during those first few uncertain days. Actually, I’m not the only #girlboss in the company either; 800-CEO-READ is a woman-owned company, and those owners are also our CEO and Board Chair. Since the retirement of our President and Founder, Jack Covert, the leaders at…
  • Jack Covert Selects – The Glass Cage

    dylan
    12 Sep 2014 | 11:48 am
    Tweet The Glass Cage: Automation and Us by Nicholas Carr, W.W. Norton & Company, 288 pages, $26.95, Hardcover, September 2014, ISBN 9780393240764 Nicholas Carr writes beautiful, big-picture books on the history and future of technologies that have evolved alongside humanity. In The Glass Cage, his focus is on automation. The fundamental question, on which popular opinion seems to change with the economic winds, is whether the automated machines we design are labor-saving wonders that will lead us to a technical utopia of increasing leisure and prosperity, or whether they’re stealing…
  • Jack Covert Selects – How We Got to Now

    Ryan Schleicher
    12 Sep 2014 | 11:40 am
    Tweet How We Got to Now: Six Innovations That Made the Modern World by Steven Johnson, Riverhead Books, 304 pages, $30.00 Hardcover, September 2014, ISBN 9781594632969 Not many writers can craft an engaging 250 page book around seemingly mundane subjects such as glass and freezing, but Steven Johnson (Where Good Ideas Come From) has a talent for literary, scientific explanation that connects these subjects to historically important, transformative ideas and innovations. His new release, How We Got to Now, continues Johnson’s exploration of the “hummingbird effect”—when “an…
  • Jack Covert Selects – The Happiness of Pursuit

    Sally
    12 Sep 2014 | 11:31 am
    Tweet The Happiness of Pursuit: Finding the Quest That Will Bring Purpose to Your Life by Chris Guillebeau, Harmony Books, 292 pages, $25.00, Hardcover, September 2014, ISBN 9780385348843 Chris Guillebeau didn’t know he had set out on a quest to travel to every country in the world until he had traveled to the first 50. At that point, he realized he could achieve the kind of goal that at one time might have seemed indomitable. But, Guillebeau writes: Experience produces confidence, and confidence produces success. To have traveled the world over, literally, brings to mind a super hero or…
  • Thinker in Residence: Jacob Morgan on Business and Books

    dylan
    4 Sep 2014 | 10:50 am
    Tweet “Will we have employees in the future? Will employees work with robots?” ~Jacob Morgan If you’ve like what you’ve been hearing on The Future of Work from Jacob Morgan over the last two days, and you want to be a part of building that future and making it work for you, you may want to request an invitation to The FOW Community to further the conversation and start taking action. Before we let him go, we asked Jacob a few quick questions about the questions he has, and where he looks for answers… 1. What is the one unanswered question about business you are…
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    Three Percent - Article

  • Dear Publisher, I Love You, Part Two by Monica Carter

    Monica Carter
    17 Sep 2014 | 5:15 am
    Monica Carter is a freelance critic. As I continue on keyboard jacking the BTBA blog this week, I continue also to give praise to some of the publishers who started roughly around the time the award began and have grown right along side us. After A for Archipelago comes E for Europa Editions – the sleek and suave playboy of international literature. Europa puts out the kind of books The Most Interesting Man in the World would read. On one hand, they are gritty with their notorious list of European Noir titles; on the other hand, they are the penultimate cultivated dinner guests with authors…
  • Simply Put, Marian Schwartz Is Bad Ass

    Chad W. Post
    16 Sep 2014 | 9:38 am
    Our love for Marian Schwartz—translator from the Russian of Mikhail Shishkin’s Maidenhair along with Mikhail Bulgakov’s The White Guard and all the Andrei Gelasimov books that AmazonCrossing has been bringing out, and dozens of other works—runs deep, which is why we’re all really excited that she won the Read Russia Prize in the Contemporary Russian Literature category. The awards ceremony for the Read Russia Prize has taken place on September, 6 within the stately confines of Moscow’s Pashkov House, part of the Russian State Library. This biennial event, which…
  • Aurora Venturini, Then and Now [Month of a Thousand Forests]

    Chad W. Post
    16 Sep 2014 | 9:02 am
    So, we have 18 authors left to cover in the Month of a Thousand Forests series, and you have 15 days left at which to get the collection for only $15. (Just enter FORESTS at checkout.) First up today is Aurora Venturini, who kicks off the whole anthology, and who published her first book in 1942 and her most recent book in 2013. That’s longevity! Aurora Venturini (Argentina, 1922) I think of the Golden Age playwrights and the surprising formal hybridity they managed. Lope de Vega, for example (along with many others), used the tragicomedy to convey his characters’ development. I had…
  • Latest Review: "I Called Him Necktie" by Milena Michiko Flašar

    Kaija Straumanis
    15 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    The latest addition to our Reviews section is a by Christopher Iacono on Milena Michiko Flašar’s I Called Him Necktie, translated by Sheila Dickie and published by New Vessel Press. Here’s the beginning of Chris’s review: While looking back at an episode in his life, twenty-year-old Taguchi Hiro remembers what his friend Kumamoto Akira said about poetry. Its perfection arises precisely from its imperfection . . . . I have an image in my head. I see it clearly before me. Its colors are glaring and harsh in their brightness. But as soon as I rush to capture it, it explodes,…
  • Dear Publisher, I Love You by Monica Carter

    Monica Carter
    15 Sep 2014 | 6:33 am
    Monica Carter is a freelance critic. This week as I takeover the BTBA blog and I finally get the opportunity to do something I have been longing to do – highlight some of the incredible publishers the are committed to producing quality literature in translation. Each day, I will tip my hat to a small press that has grown with the Best Translated Book Award, which began in 2007. There are no specific requirements except that these publishers continued to refine their identities, remain loyal to their mission statements and produce great works each year for Americans to discover, read and…
 
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    HBR.org

  • Oracle: The Worst-Governed, Best-Run Company Around

    Justin Fox
    19 Sep 2014 | 10:53 am
    After 37 years in charge, Larry Ellison finally stepped down as Oracle’s CEO on Thursday. Except that he’s not really stepping down. The 70-year-old will stay on as the software giant’s executive chairman and also its chief technology officer — the latter title a formalization of a role he was already playing. And the new co-CEOs, Safra Catz and Mark Hurd, will continue to do the same things they did as co-presidents, the only difference being that they will now report to the board instead of just to Ellison. But Ellison is of course chairman of that board (long-time chairman Jeff…
  • Stop Searching for That Elusive Data Scientist

    Michael Schrage
    19 Sep 2014 | 10:00 am
    Based purely on the data, a really good data scientist will probably tell you the odds are poor that you’ll be able to find and hire really good data scientists. Surveys say there simply aren’t enough people with the unusual blend of software skills and statistical savvy to go around. Arguably even more important, high-impact data scientists bring collaborative temperaments and business acumen to data-driven initiatives. Unfortunately, there’s no shortage of individuals with just enough statistical and software knowledge to be data-dangerous. For many organizations, a…
  • Coaching an Employee Who Doesn’t Want Help

    Amy Gallo
    19 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    Is there someone on your team who you’d like to coach, but resists your help? A high-performer who could reach further? A hard-worker who could grow faster?  The best managers know to coach their employees, but what if someone doesn’t want your help? How can you convince a hesitant employee that your advice is worthwhile? What the Experts Say “Resistance to coaching takes many forms,” says Amy Jen Su, managing partner of Isis Associates, an executive coaching and leadership development firm and coauthor of Own the Room: Discover Your Signature Voice to Master Your Leadership…
  • Designing the Commute of the Future

    The Shortlist
    19 Sep 2014 | 8:55 am
    By Testing. And Testing Again. How San Francisco Is Designing Its Metro Train of the FutureCityLabThe first San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit (commonly known as BART) trains first appeared more than 40 years ago to great fanfare. They haven't really changed since. But as Nate Berg reports, the system is on the cusp of change, with between 775 and 1,000 new cars scheduled to begin service in 2017, at a cost of up to $3.3 billion. So how, exactly, do you go about such a massive redesign, which will have profound implications for commuters throughout the city? For one, collect data and survey…
  • Will Oracle’s Co-CEO Setup Work?

    Walter Frick
    19 Sep 2014 | 8:33 am
    Larry Ellison announced yesterday that he was stepping down as CEO of Oracle, the company he co-founded in 1977. In his place, Oracle presidents Mark Hurd and Safra Catz will share the CEO role. Ellison will remain chairman of the board and will still serve as chief technology officer. Cue the Ellison retrospectives. But what about the company’s future? Can co-CEOs work? While research has found that the market seems to like the co-CEO arrangement, there isn’t a clear-cut answer on its effectiveness. But a paper published earlier this month at least presents evidence on how to…
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    Books on the Nightstand

  • BOTNS #298: Looking back, looking forward

    Ann Kingman
    16 Sep 2014 | 2:54 pm
     A novel that won’t be read for 100 years; reading goals (or not) for the fall, and two books of nonfiction that we can’t wait for you to read.   Why I’m exploring human cryogenic preservation   Margaret Atwood has been invited to be the first author to participate in The Future Library project. Atwood will write a new book for the project. However, it won’t be printed and published until 2114. This is a very cool project, undertaken by Scottish artist Katie Paterson, and I’m just sad that I won’t be around to read Atwood’s book.  …
  • BOTNS #297: The Technical Difficulties Episode

    Michael Kindness
    9 Sep 2014 | 4:38 pm
    Due to audio recording difficulties, this week’s episode is short. But, we still manage to recommend an audiobook, plus The Children Act by Ian McEwan and Rainey Royal by Dylan Landis.   Due to technical difficulties and an incomplete audio file, we have a short episode this week, one that has been stitched together from several different recordings. We will return next week with a full episode – recording equipment willing! Audiobook of the week (01:54) Frank Einstein and the Anti-Matter Motor by Jon Scieszka, narrated by Jon Scieszka and Brian Briggs,  is my pick for…
  • BOTNS #296: One book we can’t stop talking about

    Ann Kingman
    2 Sep 2014 | 6:32 pm
    A grant that allows writers to spend time reading, and Michael and I both talk about Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel. Getting Paid to Read:   Booker Prize winner Eleanor Catton, author of The Luminaries, has announced that she will be using her prize money to give writers time to read. We love this idea and wish we could apply. This Guardian article gives a great overview of Catton’s plans and reasons. Bravo, Eleanor Catton!   Audiobook of the week (12:15)   In the Kingdom of Ice by Hampton Sides, narrated by Arthur Morey,  is my pick for this week’s…
  • BOTNS #295: Jonathan Miles and Kristi Helvig, from Booktopia Boulder

    Michael Kindness
    26 Aug 2014 | 6:17 pm
      This week we bring you the first two author talks from Booktopia Boulder, recorded at Boulder Book Store. Please enjoy these talks from Jonathan Miles, author of Want Not, and Kristi Helvig, author of Burn Out.  
  • BOTNS #294: Jacket Copy, plus Two Books by the Same Author

    Michael Kindness
    19 Aug 2014 | 1:12 pm
    Remembering what happened in a series. A question about jacket copy. We recommend What We See When We Read and Cover, both by Peter Mendelsund. Series Confusion Angela from Wisconsin asks how to complete the details in a book series fresh in your mind when there is often a year or more in between books. My trick is to first check out the book’s Wikipedia page, as the book synopsis can be quite detailed, and can be enough to refresh your memory. If you’re trying to remember what happened in the books of George R.R. Martin’s Song of Ice and Fire series, you should…
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    Omnivoracious

  • Books-to-Film: Jonathan Tropper's "This Is Where I Leave You" -- Watch the Movie Trailer

    Neal Thompson
    20 Sep 2014 | 1:05 pm
    When Jonathan Tropper's novel This Is Where I Leave You was published in 2009--and soon after named one of Amazon's Best Books of the Year--our reviewer, Daphne Durham, described the book as "wickedly funny ... as much about a family's reckoning as it is about one man's attempt to get it together." Tropper's protagonist is now being portrayed by Jason Bateman, in the film of the same name, which is releasing this weekend. It also stars Tina Fey and Jane Fonda. Listen to Durham speak with Tropper in this audio podcast. At the time, Tropper described his…
  • Weekend Reading: First Impressions of Upcoming Books

    Jon Foro
    19 Sep 2014 | 2:32 pm
    A luxury of this job is seeing books months before they're published--combing through the mail and the stacks on our desks for the best books to pass along to readers. Here are a few things that we'll be taking a look at over the weekend. Happy Friday! Bad Paper by Jake Halpern Jon Foro: Everyone knows about collections agencies, but how they actually operate is much more interesting than you probably think. Jake Halpern  introduces us to the billionaires at the top and the hard men at the bottom of an economy spanning many shades of gray. Falling somewhere between Glengarry Glen…
  • Sometimes It’s OK to Say “I Told You So”

    Sara Nelson
    19 Sep 2014 | 10:06 am
    About two years ago, my friend Rebecca introduced me to her husband, Jeff Hobbs, who had published one novel and was working on another. Like me, Rebecca is a major reader—our relationship started because we both worked in related parts of the book business—and she wanted my opinion on Jeff’s book. I read the partial manuscript—and was unsure. There was a lot about Jeff’s writing that I liked, but the story (about a marriage, as I recall) didn’t quite hold together. When Jeff and Rebecca and I talked, we talked about how to fix it. But a funny thing happened in the course of that…
  • 2014 National Book Award: The Longlists

    Seira Wilson
    18 Sep 2014 | 6:00 pm
    The titles long listed for the National Book Awards have been trickling in this week and today the final category, Fiction, was announced.  Some of the titles that have appeared on our Best Books of the Month lists are included but we'll have to wait until October 15th to see which books make the list of finalists.  We usually do a pool in the office with our predictions for the winners in each category--last year our Director, Sara Nelson, was the most prescient.  Do you have any thoughts about who should take home the National Book Awards this year? Fiction: Thunderstruck &…
  • How I Wrote It: Lin Enger, on "The High Divide"

    Neal Thompson
    18 Sep 2014 | 11:05 am
    Set in the 1880s, mostly in the wilderness of the Montana Territory, Lin Enger's second novel, The High Divide, tells the sweeping story of a man on the run, from both his family and his past. It's also the story of the bloody history of the northern plains, the slaughter of bison herds and of the native Plains Indians. The High Divide (on sale 9/23) is one of our Best Books of the Month editors' picks in literature and fiction. Origins This novel comes from three places: First, from my lifelong fascination with the American bison, the buffalo, an interest I attribute to a…
 
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    GalleyCat

  • Millennial​s: Libraries Brightest Hope?

    Claire Daniel
    19 Sep 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Millennials tend to get a bum rap. Remember that Time magazine cover that painted them as “lazy, entitled narcissists who still live with their parents?” They’re the ME ME ME generation, the cover reads, but then boldly proclaims “why they’ll save us all.” Yes the cover girl may have been pictured with an iPhone in her hand, but chances are she had a library card in her back pocket. Could libraries be among the first of the Millennials heroic conquests? According to a new report from the Pew Research Center Internet Project the answer is a hopeful…
  • GalleyCat Editor Takes Maternity Leave

    Dianna Dilworth
    19 Sep 2014 | 1:15 pm
    This GalleyCat editor is about to have a new baby. I’ll be taking for a couple of months to adjust to life with a newborn and a toddler. During this break, the site will be in the capable hands of GalleyCat contributors Maryann Yin and Claire Davis. Email them with any story ideas or releases. I will return later this fall, just as things get exciting with holiday book releases and The National Book Awards! New Career Opportunities Daily: The best jobs in media.
  • VIDEO: Neil Patrick Harris Demonstrates How His Choose-Your-Own-Adventure Book Works

    Maryann Yin
    19 Sep 2014 | 10:00 am
    Tony Award-winning actor Neil Patrick Harris stars in a trailer for his forthcoming imaginative nonfiction book, Choose Your Own Autobiography. In the video embedded above, Harris sings his Hedwig & The Angry Inch show warm-up routine, sinks into quicksand, and performs several other outlandish acts—what do you think? Crown Archetype, an imprint at Penguin Random House, will release this unconventional memoir on October 14, 2014. New Career Opportunities Daily: The best jobs in media.
  • Audible.com Picks Out a Boyfriend For You

    Claire Daniel
    19 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    Need a boyfriend this fall? You can forget Cragislist. If you can’t find the man of your dreams, he might just be out there somewhere—in the pages of a book. Or in this case, between your ear buds. Courtesy of Audible.com, we bring you five bachelors to choose from: 1. Will Blakelee in The Last Song, by Nicholas Sparks Will’s loyalty to Ronnie Miller remains strong in the end of this novel from classic chick lit author Nicholas Sparks. Connecting over family tragedy, Will is there for Ronnie in the end when she most needs him to be by sacrificing his own opportunities.
  • Can Writing Lies Expose Truth?

    Maryann Yin
    19 Sep 2014 | 7:55 am
    Author Mac Barnett gave a TED talk on “why a good book is a secret door.” Barnett revealed that his occupation is to “lie to children” otherwise known as writing children’s books. He claims that with his work, he tells “honest lies.” Barnett shared stories about how he established his career and his insights on the power of fiction. We’ve embedded a video showcasing the entire presentation above. Share your opinion—can writing lies expose truth? New Career Opportunities Daily: The best jobs in media.
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    The Writing Life

  • Five Reasons Authors Need GoodReads

    Terry Whalin
    20 Sep 2014 | 11:07 am
    I am no GoodReads expert. Millions of readers are on this site talking about books. Over four years ago in 2011, I learned about this site through some email or article or bit of information that came across my computer screen. I registered at GoodReads then for three years I almost never returned.  Earlier this year, I saw GoodReads likes book reviews. I have reviewed over 450 books on Amazon (who also owns GoodReads). I took about an hour and cut and pasted some of my Amazon reviews on the GoodReads site. Currently I have reviewed about 85 books.  Almost two months ago, my friend…
  • When You Can't Find A Tweet

    Terry Whalin
    13 Sep 2014 | 11:21 am
    Check out SnapBird at www.SnapBird.org In the last six years since I've been on Twitter, I have consistently tweeted. When I find an interesting article in my reading or anything else related to writing, I often will take a few seconds and send a tweet with a link to this article. Days, weeks and months of consistently tweeting has added up to over 21,000 tweets. Now that amounts to a bunch of information in my twitter profile.  Sometimes I will reference an article and want to return to it. One of the best ways to find that article is to locate my tweet. But I have thousands of them and…
  • Five Ways to Get Your Writing Unstuck

    Terry Whalin
    1 Sep 2014 | 9:02 am
    Throughout my day writers will email me for help with their writing. The words I have in my Twitter profile is one of the key reasons: I love to help writers. Let me know how I can help YOU! I include my email in my twitter profile to encourage such correspondence.  As an acquisitions editor at a New York publisher, I get a lot of email every day. Yet I make a point to answer each one of the emails from writers who are asking for help. From my 20+ years in publishing, I know it is hard to navigate the publishing world. I've sent my share of emails and letters into the system which have…
  • Showing Up Is The First Step

    Terry Whalin
    19 Aug 2014 | 9:33 pm
    It may seem pretty basic but in the writing world (as well as other aspects of life), the first step is simply showing up. If a magazine requires the writer to send a one-page query letter, then you will need to learn how to write a query, then send an appropriate pitch to the publication. If you take one step, and then the next step, you will give yourself the best possible opportunity for success. Many people wonder how I've managed to get my writing into more than 50 magazines or to write more than 60 books. I have never claimed to be a fantastic writer but I am a very consistent writer.
  • 3 things you can do today to get amazing book blurbs tomorrow

    Terry Whalin
    25 Jun 2014 | 3:39 pm
    By Sandra Beckwith What’s worse than not making the effort to get glowing blurbs for your book before it’s published? Not planning ahead to make sure that you get them from the most impressive and influential people possible. While you can completely “cold call” the rock stars of your genre or industry and get cover blurbs that will make your mother proud, you’ll have a greater success rate – and work half as hard at it – if you take a few steps in advance. Why? Because you’re more likely to get a positive response from someone who knows your name than from someone who has…
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    Storytellers Unplugged

  • FORENSICS 181: IT PAYS TO BE WELL INFORMED

    Robert Jones
    19 Sep 2014 | 6:38 am
    This essay might be of special interest to writers of detective and mystery novels who would like to enrich their stories by providing their readers with a gift of extra details. It might also be of general interest to many other readers, especially those who are CSI and NCIS fans. The ADDITIONAL INFORMATION section of this essay contains material found during research. It is not always closely related to the main subject of the essay, but is thought to be interesting. It was a wet, dreary day in the early 1930s. Albin Francis Karpowicz was sitting in an automobile with its engine idling. He…
  • Thomas Sullivan: ZOMBIES FOR LIFE

    Thomas Sullivan
    14 Sep 2014 | 11:48 pm
    Hey, you…AUTHOR! Feeling a little guilty, are we? Head not in the game because Heart is playing Walter Mitty again with fame and fortune? The baby’s diaper needs changing, your spouse is giving you hurt looks, friends with radiant deceit in their voices encourage you to finish writing that novel, mom & dad are still waiting for you to grow up, and your boss drums his fingers every time you lean into the computer screen to scrutinize that double-spaced page on your Desktop that he can’t quite make out from his desk top. Or maybe you are not an author but some other shlub with dreams…
  • Five things to do with your life before you’re ready to be a writer…

    Alma Alexander
    30 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    Before you can write about life, at least adequately, you have to have lived it. In some way, shape or form. And I don’t mean vicariously on Facebook, or even online at all. There’s more than five things, of course. But these are pretty broad. You can feel free to add in subcategories, or nuances. 1) DO SOMETHING DANGEROUS. Know what an adrenaline surge REALLY feels like. You cannot possibly write about one without that visceral knowledge. And “dangerous” is huge – you can fit in a lot of things under that umbrella – do something that your mother might have…
  • FORENSICS 180: IT PAYS TO PAY ATTENTION

    Robert Jones
    19 Aug 2014 | 5:44 am
    This essay might be of special interest to writers of detective and mystery novels who would like to enrich their stories by providing their readers with a gift of extra details. It might also be of general interest to many other readers, especially those who are CSI and NCIS fans. The ADDITIONAL INFORMATION section of this essay contains material found during research. It is not always closely related to the main subject of the essay, but is thought to be interesting. This piece departs from my usual fare in that a victim is not saved or a crime is not solved or avenged thanks to some new…
  • Thomas Sullivan: CATCH A FALLING STAR, ONE FOOT IN ATLANTIS and PANDORA

    Thomas Sullivan
    15 Aug 2014 | 4:07 am
    Another round of what seems to be your favorite format is on the docket.  “Will the Jury [You] please be seated and the Witness [Me] sworn in? August Q&A is now in session.” Q: [Bloomfield Hills, MI, and others] So glad to read that you are finally coming out with CASE WHITE. A: Would you believe I’ve been sitting on this novel for well over three decades despite several lucrative near-agreements to bring it out in paper/hardcover/e-book?  It’s been a predicted blockbuster, but whether or not it gets attention or is lost in the e-book marketplace, it is time to get on with my…
 
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    Paulo Coelho's Blog

  • Thy neighbour’s garden

    Paulo Coelho
    18 Sep 2014 | 5:22 pm
    YOU can give a fool a thousand intellects, but the only one he will want is yours,’ says an Arabic proverb. When we start planting the garden of our life, we glance to one side and notice our neighbour is there, spying. He himself is incapable of growing anything, but he likes to give advice […]
  • Super Soul Sunday (Part 2)

    Paulo Coelho
    16 Sep 2014 | 6:25 pm
    My interview with .@Oprah Part 1 (Full episode, Sep 07)
  • “What made you nervous about Adultery?”

    Paulo Coelho
    15 Sep 2014 | 4:07 am
    Interview by Joy Horowitz for Goodreads Paulo Coelho is a man of contradiction. The 67-year-old Brazilian author is an unparalleled success—known for his 1988 bestseller, The Alchemist, which is the most translated book in the world by a living author—yet he sees himself as a dreamer and a depressive. His parents committed the rebellious youth […]
  • Witches

    Paulo Coelho
    14 Sep 2014 | 7:54 pm
    “We women, when we’re searching for a meaning to our lives or for the path of knowledge, always identify with one of four classic archetypes. “The Virgin (and I’m not speaking here of a sexual virgin) is the one whose search springs from her complete independence, and everything she learns is the fruit of her […]
  • The perfect leader

    Paulo Coelho
    11 Sep 2014 | 4:29 pm
    A reader sends me a questionnaire in which he presents the profile of three world leaders who lived in the same period of history, and asks if it is possible to choose the best one using the following data: Candidate A was associated with witch doctors and often consulted astrologists. He had two mistresses. His […]
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    Joanna Campbell Slan

  • Guns, Culture, and the American Way

    19 Sep 2014 | 7:36 am
    Culture involves at leastthree components: what people think, what they do, and the material products they produce. Thus, mental processes, beliefs, knowledge, and values are parts of culture. Culture also has several properties: it is shared, learned, symbolic, transmitted cross generationally, adaptive, and integrated.   --…
  • My Son, the Endangered Species

    18 Sep 2014 | 6:16 am
    Last month, my son Michael and I went to dinner together at a very nice restaurant in Hobe Sound, Florida. We were sitting at a high-top table, waiting for our food to arrive, when a man came over and said to Michael, “May I ask you a question?”Michael is 25, wears a beard, and on this particular evening, he was dressed in sandals, jeans, and a gray hoody. The man wore a black leather jacket, an earring in one ear, jeans, and tennis shoes. The portion of his skin that showed was covered in tattoos. He looked to be in his mid-sixties. At one time, he was probably a really great looking…
  • Love, Crafts, and the Fine Art of Dumpster Diving

    17 Sep 2014 | 9:46 am
    Two days ago, I noticed a big red Dumpster behind our apartment complex. It looked to be empty.That's interesting, I thought.Yesterday evening, my husband and I were walking Jax when I noticed the Dumpster had been filled to the brim. Looks to me like the apartment management evicted someone, sending their furniture packing as well. A red sofa extended above pieces of wood, paper, and articles you'd have to examine closely to identify.That made me sad. Once upon a time, a bank threatened to evict my mother, my sisters, and me. I don't think that any of us will ever forget that bleak period in…
  • An Invitation to Meet Me in St. Louis!

    16 Sep 2014 | 9:44 am
    On Thursday, September 25, 2014, from 6 to 9 p.m., I'll be hosting a special celebration in St. Louis--and you're invited!Who: Joanna and her friendsWhat: A book signing party with book swag and refreshmentsWhen: From 6 to 9 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014Where: The Jane Allen Recital Hall in the Steinway Piano Gallery, 12033 Dorsett Road, Maryland Heights, MO 63043How: Main Street Books of St. Charles will be on hand to sell books. Here's a list of my author friends who'll be attending:Eileen DreyerClaudia SheltonLynn CahoonMichelle SharpSharon HopkinsJudge Bill HopkinsEllen ParkerGena…
  • Kiki Lowenstein and the Penny Pincher (Part 3)

    16 Sep 2014 | 8:37 am
    By Joanna Campbell SlanEditor’s Note: In Parts 1 and 2, Kiki Lowenstein, owner of Time in a Bottle, has been teaching a two-session class called “The Double-Dip.” This week, her customers brought in one of their favorite dessert recipes, a photo of the dessert, and the recipe to use in an 8- by 8-inch cookbook album. There's a bit of friction in the group because Iona Lippman and Lisa Ferguson both claim to make an outstanding red velvet cake—and now Iona's recipe has gone missing! To make matters worse, Kiki's customers have also challenged her come up with thrifty ways to scrapbook.
 
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    Living 2 Read

  • The Graphic Truth

    19 Sep 2014 | 2:39 pm
    If you are a New Yorker reader you're familiar with Roz Chast, the cartoonist whose squiggly-lined drawings manage to make the mundane, the maudlin, or even the misanthropic events of everyday life seem unexpectedly funny. My favorites often involve parents and children, and the ways in which they can drive each other crazy. So I expected that her graphic memoir “Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant” would offer similar enjoyment. And it does. But this book is so much more than that.Chast's parents George and Elizabeth are an eccentric, mismatched pair, essentially friendless, who…
  • A Girl and A Boy

    3 Sep 2014 | 6:17 pm
    Time for my beach read, and this year it is All The Light We Cannot See. It's a story about a girl and a boy. In August of 1944, in the waning days of World War II, the picturesque Breton town of Saint-Malo, occupied by the retreating German army, is being bombed by Allied forces. Alone on the top floor of a tall narrow house, a French sixteen-year-old blind girl named Marie-Laure LeBlanc fears for her life. Five blocks away eighteen-year-old German private Werner Pfennig, a radio specialist stationed in a grand old hotel, is assigned to intercept messages from Allied sympathizers and…
  • Everyday Life

    16 Aug 2014 | 4:27 pm
    What possessed me? Why did I want to read volume one of a six volume autobigraphical novel, translated from Norwegian, short on plot, frequently described in reviews as boring and banal? But My Struggle by Karl Ove Knausgaard has also generated a firestorm of interest, both in Europe and the US, generating lavish praise from literary figures and bitter criticism from a few unimpressed critics, as well as from family members who objected to Knausgaard's frank depictions.So, what's it like? It's like being inside someone's head. You're a witness to everything Karl Ove is thinking, from his…
  • Act Three

    29 Jul 2014 | 12:36 pm
    How would the story of “Pride and Prejudice” look through Mr. Darcy's eyes? In fiction we're always locked into the view that the narrator chooses. But Jane Gardam, God bless her, has broadened the vista. In “Old Filth” she gives us Edward Feathers - Raj orphan, QC and judge in Hong Kong, husband of Betty, sworn enemy of fellow QC Terry Veneering – looking back on his life from old age. In "The Man in the Wooden Hat" it's Betty's turn, and unsurprisingly much looks different from her perspective, and secrets unknown (or maybe not?) to Edward are revealed. Now the third leg of the…
  • Stages of Life

    11 Jul 2014 | 1:19 pm
    Late in Tessa Hadley's Clever Girl, main character Stella muses that “the highest test was not in what you chose, but in how you lived out what befell you”. She is certainly talking about herself. Each of the book's ten chapters describes what 'befell' Stella in a period of her life, from her childhood with a single mother in postwar Bristol England in the early 1960's, to her own single motherhood and commune life in the 70's, to her married middle age. (If you are a New Yorker reader you may recognize some of the early chapters, which appeared there as short stories). Although Stella…
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    The Millions

  • “Distressingly human”

    Kaulie Lewis
    21 Sep 2014 | 8:45 am
    “Today’s vampires have traded their capes for fashionable leather jackets, their claws for manicures.” Becca Rothfeld writes for the Los Angeles Review of Books about the “the distressingly human lives of vampires today.” Pair with our own Emily Colette Wilkinson‘s “Ethical Vampires” and “Ethical Vampires, part II.”
  • The Etiquette of Books

    Kaulie Lewis
    21 Sep 2014 | 7:45 am
    “Books: As with food and clothing, they’re a commodity that elicits status anxiety for many people, particularly the insecure. And wherever there is status anxiety, there are potential minefields. We need to tread with the lightness of meringue.” Henry Alford explains the etiquette of books for The New York Times.
  • Michael Chabon, Punk

    Kaulie Lewis
    21 Sep 2014 | 6:58 am
    Before he was Michael Chabon the novelist he was Michael Chabon the punk musician. Now recordings of his work with The Bats are available online as part of Mind Cure Records archival series.
  • From Wharton to Woolf

    Kaulie Lewis
    20 Sep 2014 | 8:57 am
    Did Virginia Woolf learn a bit of her modernism from Edith Wharton? John Colapinto argues so in The New Yorker, pointing out that the famous middle section of To the Lighthouse seems to mirror the innovative end of The Age of Innocence.
  • “Your brain on metaphors”

    Kaulie Lewis
    20 Sep 2014 | 7:46 am
    “What’s emerging from these studies isn’t just a theory of language or of metaphor. It’s a nascent theory of consciousness.” Michael Chorost writes about the importance of metaphors in literature and the brain.
 
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    Boomerang Books Blog

  • The Snow Kimono

    Joy Lawn
    16 Sep 2014 | 8:56 pm
    A buzz has been building about Australian author Mark Henshaw’s long awaited second novel after Out of the Line of Fire. The Snow Kimono (Text) is a literary psychological thriller set in Japan and France. Insights into both those countries shape the contours, ridges and atmosphere of the novel. Paris is wet and snowy and […]
  • Weekly Boomerang Books LIKE AND SHARE TO WIN Competition – WIN a copy of Lock In by John Scalzi

    Jon Page
    16 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    WIN a copy of Lock In by John Scalzi  To Win: 1) Like this Post on Facebook, Favourite on Twitter or +1 on Google+ 2) Share this Post on Facebook, Retweet or share on Google+ 3) Be an active member of Boomerang Books (sign up here and get a $5 credit) 4) Tell us your favourite […]
  • Review – Tim and Ed by Ursula Dubosarsky and Andrew Joyner

    Romi Sharp
    15 Sep 2014 | 7:44 pm
    Having two kids under five is busy enough; constantly picking up after them, the daily hustle and bustle, and the shouts, shrieks and laughter that goes with sibling shenanigans. But what about young, lively, always busy, curious twins? Now that would be a handful! Ursula Dubosarsky and Andrew Joyner make a great award-winning team, already […]
  • Review – The Drop by Dennis Lehane

    Jon Page
    14 Sep 2014 | 9:48 pm
    This is absolute vintage Dennis Lehane. Contemporary Boston, working class neighbourhood, crime is not about right or wrong it is about survival and everyone has their own choices to make. Dennis Lehane originally wrote this as a short story called “Animal Rescue”. He then turned it into a screenplay which is about to be released […]
  • On My Bedside Table – # 3

    Dimity Powell
    14 Sep 2014 | 6:23 pm
    Back by popular demand, the bedside table revelations of our literary heroes and heroines or as some of us like to address the towers of teetering titles yet to be tackled, the TBR List – To Be Read List. Be it on the bookshelf, coffee table, lounge room floor or humble little bedside cube like […]
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    AbeBooks' Reading Copy

  • 2014 National Book Awards Longlist

    Beth Carswell
    18 Sep 2014 | 11:38 am
    Well it’s a big week for longlists in the literary world. First the Giller Prize Longlist came out, and now the National Book Awards are taking their turn, too. In fact, the National Book Awards longlist was released earlier than the awards committee would have liked, after news outlets leaked it early. So here we are. Here are the ten longlist contenders for The National Book Award for Fiction: An Unnecessary Woman by Rabih Alameddine Wolf in White Van by John Darnielle All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr Redeployment by Phil Klay Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel…
  • Don’t Miss The 2014 Vancouver Book Fair

    Beth Carswell
    17 Sep 2014 | 9:37 am
    Books at The Vancouver Book Fair The 2014 Vancouver Book Fair is coming up quickly, and booklovers who have attended in past years know this is an event not to be missed. As Western Canada’s only book fair dedicated to rare, collectible and antique books, there is sure to be something for everyone from dabbling novices to serious and established collectors. This year’s fair takes place Saturday October 4th and Sunday October 5th, and will once more be held at UBC Robson Square in Vancouver. Along with the Alcuin Society, AbeBooks is once more a proud sponsor of the event. Attendees of…
  • Giller Prize Longlist for 2014

    Beth Carswell
    16 Sep 2014 | 12:42 pm
    The longlist has been announced for the 2014 Scotiabank Giller Prize, Canada’s most prestigious literary honour. The Giller Prize was established in 1994 and has been recognizing and rewarding outstanding literary talent ever since to the author of the best Canadian novel or short story collection published in English. The prize sees cash being awarded to the winner and each of the four other finalists. This year, the 20th anniversary of the prize, marks a significant increase in prize money, with the winning prize doubling from $50,000 to $100,000, and the finalist prizes doubling from…
  • Best Books for Babies – the Top 10 Board Books

    Beth Carswell
    11 Sep 2014 | 3:42 pm
    Hello readers. I have been off for the past year, giving birth to and caring for a delicious baby, so please forgive my blog absence. And while some things never change – I am still a reader through and through – there are a couple of key differences. First, it seems that my preferred position in bed may be altered forever. While I was growing my son, my usually-favored choice to read in bed on my stomach and elbows stopped being an option early on. Unwilling to give up my nightly read-to-sleep, I resorted to the more pedestrian choice of sitting up, against the headboard with…
  • Beautiful rare antiquarian Swedish books from Mats Rehnström

    Richard Davies
    10 Sep 2014 | 9:51 am
    Welcome to Mats Rehnström Rare Books from Stockholm, who has recently joined the AbeBooks marketplace. Founded in 1991, Mats Rehnström Rare Books is an antiquarian bookstore specializing in old and rare Swedish books from the early days of printing up until 1860. This seller also offers a wide variety of reference books on bibliography, books about books, and history of literature. They also have a selection of post-1860 books that are inscribed or feature  beautiful bindings. A member of ILAB, Mats Rehnström Rare Books is located in a building owned by the Royal Swedish Academy of Fine…
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    The Creative Penn

  • The Self-Publishing Revolution Is Only Just Beginning. Reflections On My Stockholm Trip

    Joanna Penn
    21 Sep 2014 | 1:45 am
    I spent a couple of days in Stockholm last week, and did three events in just over 24 hours for Lava Forlag, meeting authors at all stages of the journey. Here are my reflections on my time there. Flying into Stockholm The indie revolution is expanding… and it is incredibly exciting to see the light dawning in people’s eyes. The Swedish publishing industry is still in the old traditional, print dominated way of doing things right now. Ebooks haven’t taken off yet, Amazon hasn’t opened its .se store and authors are still focused on the route of agents and publishers to reach readers. I…
  • How Has Self-Publishing Changed In The Last 2 Years? Interview With David Gaughran.

    Joanna Penn
    17 Sep 2014 | 11:44 pm
    Today I interview David Gaughran, author and outspoken commentator on all things indie. David has just released the second edition of his fantastic book, Let’s Get Digital: How To Self-Publish, And Why You Should from Amazon, Amazon UK, Apple, Barnes & Noble and Kobo for $4.99/£2.99. This book is one of the reasons I decided NOT to write my own book about how to self-publish. When it is done so well by a fantastic author, why reinvent the wheel! I highly recommend grabbing a copy and even if you know what you’re doing as an indie, you’ll certainly learn something from the…
  • Creating Money, Creating Meaning. Getting Into Financial Flow With Orna Ross

    Joanna Penn
    15 Sep 2014 | 12:43 am
    Our attitudes to money shape so much of our lives, and today I explore how we can integrate our creativity with our money in discussion with Orna Ross. If you’re struggling with your financial journey, then you’ll find this interview fascinating. In the intro, I talk about my lessons learned after 3 years as a full time author-entrepreneur and what’s changing for me right now. This podcast is sponsored by Kobo Writing Life, which helps authors self-publish and reach readers in global markets through the Kobo eco-system. You can also subscribe to the Kobo Writing Life podcast…
  • Lessons Learned From 3 Years As An Author-Entrepreneur

    Joanna Penn
    11 Sep 2014 | 11:30 pm
    Three years ago, I gave up a career as an IT business consultant for large corporates, earning a six-figure income, to become a full-time author-entrepreneur. Over the last few years, I have shared my income split, business model and my lessons learned from year 1, as well as lessons learned from year 2. Here’s the latest installment at the end of year 3. How do I currently make a living as an author-entrepreneur? I didn’t double my income from last year as planned, but my overall income increased by 24% which isn’t bad. I’m not doing a full income disclosure like some…
  • Risk-Taking, Author Collaboration And Marketing Ideas With J Thorn

    Joanna Penn
    8 Sep 2014 | 11:30 pm
    It’s great to learn from successful indies who can share their insights into lessons learned on the journey. Today I have a laughter-filled chat with horror writer, J Thorn. J Thorn is a bestselling horror writer,  consistently one of the Top 100 Most Popular Authors in Horror, Science Fiction, and Fantasy, with his bestselling books selling over 100,000 copies. J is also a podcaster, entrepreneur and speaker. His latest book is the Black Fang Betrayal. You can watch the video below or here on YouTube. You can listen below or on Soundcloud. Or there are show notes below the multimedia.
 
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    WritersDigest.com

  • An Interview with Meryl Gordon, Author of The Phantom of Fifth Avenue: The Mysterious Life and Death of Heiress, Huguette Clark

    Guest Column
    19 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    Just as the world thought they had seen the last of the great tabloid trials in 2009 when Brooke Astor’s son was found guilty of looting his philanthropist mother’s estate of millions, two years later another equally contentious case made its way into the New York Court System. —by Sharon Hazard In the fall of 2011 long-lost relatives of the reclusive heiress, Huguette Clark marched into Manhattan Surrogate’s Court on Chambers Street seeking a share of her millions and for the next two and a half years, author Meryl Gordon was there to witness it all. No stranger to the system, Gordon…
  • Interviewing Poets: Why and How

    Robert Lee Brewer
    18 Sep 2014 | 11:47 am
    Please welcome Glenda Council Beall to the blog. She was inspired to write a guest post after reading Jeannine Hall Gailey’s post on poetry book reviews last month. I really enjoy the guest posts on this blog, but they can only happen with your participation. If you have an idea, send it my way at robert.brewer@fwcommunity.com, and we’ll work to flesh it out. No idea is too big, too small, or too “out there.” Okay, maybe some are, but I won’t judge–and I’ll help you get it under control. I enjoyed the recent post by Jeannine Hall Gailey about reviewing poetry books.
  • How to Destroy Your Initial Idea (& Make Your Story Better)

    Guest Column
    18 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    Pablo Picasso said, “Every act of creation is first an act of destruction.” I wasn’t there when he said it, and I have no idea what he meant. He may have been in a bad mood. But I’ve always thought the statement sounded pretty cool. It makes the creative artist seem powerful and iconoclastic, smashing with the hammer of artistic vision the statues of conformity. As writers, we do have that power, if we’re willing to use it. For our purposes, we’re going to use the quote to begin a discussion of destroying our initial idea. Sometimes the generative idea for a piece is more an…
  • How I Got My Literary Agent: Margo Kelly

    Chuck Sambuchino
    17 Sep 2014 | 9:05 pm
    “How I Got My Agent” is a recurring feature on the Guide to Literary Agents Blog, with this installment featuring Margo Kelly, author of the YA thriller WHO R U REALLY? These columns are great ways for you to learn how to find a literary agent. Some tales are of long roads and many setbacks, while others are of good luck and quick signings. If you have a literary agent and would be interested in writing a short guest column for this GLA blog, e-mail me at literaryagent@fwmedia.com and we’ll talk specifics. GIVEAWAY: Margo is excited to give away a free copy of her novel to a random…
  • Self publishing 101: Where to Begin?

    Guest Column
    17 Sep 2014 | 5:00 pm
    “How do I get my eBook on Amazon?” “Do I really need both printed books and eBooks?” “What price should I charge for my eBook?” There’s never been a better time to be an author. It’s an oft-stated truth, as the digital technology driving the publishing revolution now enables creative people around the globe to develop and market content in truly unique ways.  But with anything new and unfamiliar, questions are sure to follow: “Can you help me design a cover for my book?” “How much money can I make from my eBook?” The stigma of failure that used to be associated with…
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    Better World Books

  • 5,000 Books Hauled to the Mall

    Better World Books
    16 Sep 2014 | 11:27 am
    We love books. We love buying them (lucky for us, we’re a bookseller!) and we love selling them (see previous comment). But if you’ve known us for long, you know we love giving books away. Last holiday season, with an abundance of books and the spirit of giving—a winning combination, in our opinion—we loaded up about 5,500 books a few days before Christmas and set up ‘shop’ at the University Park Mall in Mishawaka, Indiana. We packed them up at our warehouse up the road, drove them over, and gave them away to local holiday shoppers out seeking gifts for their loved…
  • Shortlisted for the VIBES Circular Economy Award

    Better World Books
    16 Sep 2014 | 11:20 am
    We’re proud to have been shortlisted for the VIBES Award finalists (Vision In Business for the Environment of Scotland) for 2014, a Scottish based initiative to recognise businesses that improve or reduce their impact on the planet. This year we have been shortlisted in the Circular Economy category, which “is for the business that best demonstrates a closed loop approach (cradle to cradle) to material use.” Circular Economy Award entrants excel in “product re-use… innovative business models, renewable energy and materials substitution, effective supply chain and…
  • A Snapshot of World Literacy Today

    Tommy
    8 Sep 2014 | 11:51 am
    If it was up to you to solve global illiteracy, how would you know you were making progress? Today is International Literacy Day, a great time to take a look at UNESCO’s “snapshot” of literacy around the world. Image source: UN Photo/Louise Gubb Lets head on over to the eAtlas of Literacy, a veritable Mission Control center where the UNESCO Institute for Statistics “collects data for more than 200 countries and territories through its annual surveys and partnerships with [other] organizations” and serves it up one comprehensive, flexible visualization. The…
  • 2014 LEAP Grant Recipients for the UK and Europe

    Better World Books
    5 Sep 2014 | 7:44 am
    We are thrilled to present the recipients of the first-ever UK & Europe branch of our LEAP Grant initiative. A total of £20,000 funding is being awarded across 6 winners. LEAP Grants (Literacy and Education in Action Programme) strategically fund projects organised by nonprofits and libraries where they will have the most lasting impact. These projects teach much-needed literacy skills and open lifelong opportunities for communities all over the world. Please join us in congratulating these organisations: Nonprofit Grant Winners Name: Book Aid International (Selected by online community…
  • Ready to Ride for Reading?

    Better World Books
    30 Aug 2014 | 1:54 pm
    The 2014 Interbike book delivery is coming up. But surely, you might ask, there’s a more efficient way to deliver books? The book delivery is one way that the organization Ride for Reading gets donated books into Las Vegas neighborhoods to help spark a lifelong love of reading for kids in underserved areas. Between local book donations and a heap of books from Better World Books, they’ve delivered 6,000 books into the community over the past three years. The riders arrive early to load up on books. Then they ride with a Las Vegas police escort to the schools—this year, Ruby S.
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    19 Sep 2014 | 11:15 pm
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    13 Sep 2014 | 12:47 pm
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    28 Aug 2014 | 2:17 pm
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  • RA Run Down

    Sarah Statz Cords
    21 Sep 2014 | 1:08 pm
    The readers’s advisory librarian’s weekly update, from a scan of more than 100 blogs, newsletters, magazines, newspapers and television. This blog is brought to you by the Reader’s Advisor Online. TRY THE FREE RAO DATABASE based on Libraries Unlimited’s print Genreflecting Advisory series. Give it a whirl and let us know how you like it. We’d love to hear from you. Feel free to comment on any of our posts, or contact us at rablog@librariesunlimited.com. By Cindy Orr and Sarah Statz Cords New to Bestseller Lists This Week: FICTION NONFICTION GRAPHIC BOOKS and…
  • 2014 Coming Attractions

    Cindy Orr
    19 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    Refinery29: 16 Books You Need to Read This Fall TIME: A Guide to the Best Fall Photo Books Toronto Star: Go Back to School with These Top Books for Kids Huffington Post: 10 Nonfiction Books You’ll Be Reading This Fall The State: What Corporate America Is Reading, August 2014 Huffington Post: 50 New Picture Books for Fall 2014 Bustle.com: September’s Best YA Books Bustle.com: Best Nonfiction of September Washingtonian.com: Top 10 Books for September New York Times: Fall’s crop of dystopian books USA Today: 30 Cool Books for Fall Huffington Post: Books to Read Lying On the…
  • New, Noteworthy, and No-Brainer

    Sarah Statz Cords
    18 Sep 2014 | 7:25 am
    To be published the week of September 21-28: MONDAY NONFICTION Chan, Savio – China’s Super Consumers: What 1 Billion Customers Want and How to Sell it to Them Darnton, Robert – Censors at Work: How States Shaped Literature Lahr, John – Tennessee Williams: Mad Pilgrimage of the Flesh TUESDAY FICTION Bezmozgis, David – The Betrayers Christie, Alix – Gutenberg’s Apprentice Crombie, Deborah – To Dwell in Darkness Enger, Lin – The High Divide Hendrix, Grady – Horrorstor Hiaasen, Carl – Skink: No Surrender (Teen) Kristoff, Jay –…
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    Sarah Statz Cords
    14 Sep 2014 | 2:13 pm
    The readers’s advisory librarian’s weekly update, from a scan of more than 100 blogs, newsletters, magazines, newspapers and television. This blog is brought to you by the Reader’s Advisor Online. TRY THE FREE RAO DATABASE based on Libraries Unlimited’s print Genreflecting Advisory series. Give it a whirl and let us know how you like it. We’d love to hear from you. Feel free to comment on any of our posts, or contact us at rablog@librariesunlimited.com. By Cindy Orr and Sarah Statz Cords New to Bestseller Lists This Week: FICTION NONFICTION GRAPHIC BOOKS and…
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    Sarah Statz Cords
    11 Sep 2014 | 6:53 am
    To be published the week of September 15 – 21, 2014 MONDAY NONFICTION Doughty, Caitlin – Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: And Other Lessons from the Crematory Turner, Brian – My Life as a Foreign Country: A Memoir TUESDAY FICTION Atwood, Margaret – Stone Mattress: Nine Tales Beaton, M. C. – The Blood of an Englishman Beukes, Lauren – Broken Monsters Castle, Richard – Raging Heat Darnielle, John – Wolf in White Van Follett, Ken – Edge of Eternity Kellerman, Jonathan & Jesse Kellerman – The Golem of Hollywood Lapidus, Jenn – Life…
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  • The Cultural Redemption of Stefan Zweig: Anthea Bell and George Prochnik (BSS #550)

    ed@edrants.com (Edward Champion)
    17 Sep 2014 | 4:37 am
    This special two hour episode of The Bat Segundo Show details the life and work of Stefan Zweig in considerable detail. It may be the most epic radio program ever devoted to Stefan Zweig. It includes interviews with translator Anthea Bell and George Prochnik, author of THE IMPOSSIBLE EXILE.
  • Amanda Vaill (BSS #549)

    ed@edrants.com (Edward Champion)
    27 Jun 2014 | 3:31 pm
    Martha Gellhorn and Ernest Hemingway headed to Spain to help the Loyalists during the Civil War. Gellhorn was to transform into one of the 20th century's best war correspondents. Hemingway needed to have his romanticism crushed to write a masterpiece. They are two figures in Amanda Vaill's HOTEL FLORIDA. This conversation examines how the Civil War changed not only the trajectory of Spain, but the future of world culture.
  • Mimi Pond (BSS #548)

    ed@edrants.com (Edward Champion)
    19 Jun 2014 | 3:50 pm
    Cartoonist Mimi Pond spent a good chunk of 1978 working as a dishwasher and a waitress in an Oakland diner. Thirty-six years later, she's collected her experiences in the graphic novel, OVER EASY. This 40 minute conversation examines that experience, looking into the difficulties of accurately portraying that era in a politically correct age and how a crisp glimpse into working-class life is generally more reliable than nostalgia.
  • Joanna Rakoff (BSS #547)

    ed@edrants.com (Edward Champion)
    5 Jun 2014 | 6:05 am
    Joanna Rakoff spent 1996 working as an assistant for Harold Ober Associates, overhearing the likes of J.D. Salinger and Judy Blume talking shop. This 75 minute conversation, which discusses Rakoff's memoir MY SALINGER YEAR, gets into some of the underlying privilege and protective family dynamics which led Rakoff to get a later start as an adult.
  • Paula Bomer III (BSS #546)

    ed@edrants.com (Edward Champion)
    28 May 2014 | 7:32 am
    Author Paula Bomer has dedicated her fiction career to staring inside the abyss and seeking the human. We discuss her new short story collection, INSIDE MADELEINE, and discuss everything from Flannery O'Connor's notion of the grotesque, how sex defines relationships, boarding schools, how modest surrealism can reveal urban identity, and scatological moments in high literature. (The episode's introduction includes some thoughts on the recent passing of Maya Angelou.)
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    A Bookshelf Monstrosity

  • This Librarian's Quick Picks: Gravity

    A Bookshelf Monstrosity
    20 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    Gravityby Jason ChinRoaring Brook Press (April 29, 2014)NonfictionSummary in a sentence:Color illustrations and simple text explain what would happen without gravity.  Why You'll Love It:Readers can add to their increasing knowledge of the topic with important vocabulary and comparisons that allow for deeper understanding. Colorful and incredibly detailed watercolor landscapes and close-up illustrations keep readers’ attention, and certain objects are repeated throughout the pages.The images of space and the objects floating or falling therein are hypnotically arresting. Who…
  • Dot Day: Make Your Mark

    A Bookshelf Monstrosity
    18 Sep 2014 | 3:41 pm
    I'm thankful for the little things in life.Like having amazing colleagues that love to work together and collaborate with their librarian.I guess that's not really a little thing after all.Each year my art teacher and I co-teach classes on Dot Day, which is a celebration of the book The Dot by Peter Reynolds. It's a book all about inspiring creativity in young minds.This year we hosted 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grade classes to read The Dot with us and make their own dot.1st Grade made 3D art sculptures:2nd grade made dot flowers:3rd grade made aluminum dots (which I somehow didn't get a pic of...)We…
  • This Librarian's Quick Picks: My Teacher is a Monster! (No, I Am Not) by Peter Brown

    A Bookshelf Monstrosity
    12 Sep 2014 | 10:54 pm
    My Teacher is a Monster! (No, I Am Not)by Peter BrownLittle, Brown (July 1, 2014)Picture BookSummary in a Sentence:Bobby thinks his teacher, Ms. Kirby, is horrible, but when he sees her outside of school and they spend a day in the park together, he discovers she might not be so bad after all.Why You'll Love It:Brown uses a cartoon-type format with panels and speech bubbles, varying the pace with full-page art, in a story that students and teachers will enjoy equally At the heart of the awkward-pause-filled humor are Bobby and Ms. Kirby’s marvelous facial expressions. Brown makes it clear…
  • This Librarian's Quick Picks: Mister Bud Wears the Cone!

    A Bookshelf Monstrosity
    4 Sep 2014 | 6:33 pm
    Ah, Mister Bud...I've been a fan from the beginning.Mister Bud Wears the Cone!by Carter GoodrichSimon & Schuster (June 3, 2014)Picture Book Summary: Wearing the cone is no fun; Mister Bud can’t reach the biscuits or drink from his water dish. And Zorro? He can’t help but have some fun at Mister Bud’s expense. Why You'll Love It:Goodrich’s watercolors excel at squat doggie bodies, especially the abstract shape of Bud’s faceless conehead. A succinct, masterfully paced text is filled with humorous taunts from Zorro and hilarious descriptions of Mister Bud's misery.A great…
  • This Librarian's Quick Picks: Mix It Up!

    A Bookshelf Monstrosity
    29 Aug 2014 | 7:18 pm
    Mix It Up!by Hervé TulletChronicle Books (Sep. 16, 2014)Picture Book Summary:“Tap that gray spot. Just a little, to see what happens.” Follow the directions and tap, rub, smudge, and shake to learn how different colors combine.Why you'll love it:the book’s design is effective and even intricate in the details: spatters of paint adorn the sides and corners of each white spread, adding an authenticity that readers will lovethe text is spare yet inviting an effective presentation of basic color mixing, and great fun for paint lovers in places where paints can't be usedWhile the…
 
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    Minnesota Reads

  • Nest

    LeAnn Suchy
    16 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    In Esther Ehrlich’s middle grade novel Nest, 11-year-old Naomi “Chirp” Orenstein is growing up in 1970s Cape Cod in a quiet, small town and she loves birds. She’s a bird watcher who can recite a wide variety of facts, some quite interesting, about many different bird species. But Chirp’s family is soon thrust into the small town spotlight when her dancer mother is diagnosed with MS and enters a deep depression. Chirp deals with her mother’s downward spiral and the whispers around town by diving more into ornithology and by befriending the adorable boy next…
  • Unbreakable

    LeAnn Suchy
    8 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    Chasing her cat through a graveyard, Kennedy Waters runs across a ghost. Days after her ghostly encounter, Kennedy’s mother dies and Kennedy gets attacked by a poltergeist, but she’s saved by some handsome identical twin ghost hunters who tell her that she’s special. She comes from a long line of ghost hunters, just like they do, and they’re all being hunted by a demon. Soon Kennedy joins them and other teenage ghost hunters as they try to track down an artifact to help them stop the demon. That’s a short synopsis of Unbreakable by Kami Garcia, and unfortunately that synopsis is…
  • 2 A.M. at The Cat’s Pajamas

    Jodi Chromey
    3 Sep 2014 | 8:34 am
    The more you give yourself over to the world of Philadelphia in 2 A.M. at the Cat’s Pajamas, the better your experience will be. You have to get comfortable with menthol-smoking nine-year-old girls who are in fifth grade (most nine year olds are in fourth grade), dogs taking over the point of view, and old ladies who randomly take flight over the city. If you can hang with those sorts of logical inconsistencies and random flights of fancy then you can hang with Marie-Helene Bertino’s whimsical novel and have a good time. I had a good time. We start with Madeleine Altimari, the…
  • California

    LeAnn Suchy
    2 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    I typically don’t like my literary fiction to mix with my post-apocalyptic fiction because the action becomes secondary. For instance, in Colson Whitehead’s Zone One, when a zombie attacks the main character, the zombie reminds him of a teacher he had when he was young and he starts reminiscing for multiple pages. But a zombie is attacking you! I couldn’t get through Zone One. I was worried it would be the same with Edan Lepucki’s California, but I’m happy to say I was wrong. California is definitely a literary take on the post-apocalyptic tale, but for me there was the right…
  • Shine on

    Christa
    27 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    I’ll say this for Lauren Beukes: She must have ovaries the size of tennis balls. At some point prior to 2013, she must have had to pitch to a biggie in the book biz one of the single most uh-no-thanks plotlines in the history of book glue. She must have had to wait for said biggie to sponge away the laugh-tears just so the biggie could say: “Okay, tell me again. I missed everything you said after ‘time-traveling serial killer.’” And then, the biggie must have said something like, “Yes, okay. I’m interested” with a straight face and papers were signed and this thing landed on…
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    Great Books that I liked

  • Wilt in Nowhere (Published in 2004) - Wilt traveling - Authored by Tom Sharpe

    16 Sep 2014 | 12:46 pm
    After a break of more than 2 decades, Tom Sharpe returned with the fourth novel in the Wilt Series. Tom Sharpe acknowledged that the reason for such a prolonged absence in his publication was the lack of poison in his system as it was the period he was forced to give up smoking. Other reasons mentioned by him for the prolonged absence was that the ballpoint pen he used had gone out of production! And that he had even written to his readers to send him their pens!Whatever the reason be, the introduction to Wilt in Nowhere feels timid and as a reader one worries that Sharpe might have finally…
  • Wilt on High (Published in 1984) - More fun with Wilt - Authored by Tom Sharpe

    15 Sep 2014 | 12:42 pm
    Wilt on High, is the third installment in the Wilt Series written by comic novelist, Tom Sharpe, who made a bawdy and vulgar style of writing into an art form. His writings are quite similar to those of Wodehouse, from whom he took great inspiration. But funny is where the similarity ends. Tom Sharpe takes funny and adds more crass and vulgarity to the story. Even though he started writing comedy only by the age of 43 years, his stories were an instant hit, and found a large loyal reader base.Wilt on High, follows the exploits of Henry Wilt, a mild mannered teacher, who always gets involved…
  • The Wilt Alternative (Published in 1979) - Terrorism and comedy - Authored by Tom Sharpe

    11 Sep 2014 | 6:09 am
    The sequel to Wilt, Tom Sharpe’s second in the series is a continuation of the life and idiosyncrasies that seem to follow Henry Wilt. With satire, which is crude and offensive, Tom Sharpe was quite an acclaimed outspoken novelist. Once you are accustomed to his style of comedy, you might agree with those who feel that Sharpe is one of Britain’s funniest novelists. In the Wilt Series he has put forth a character that he does not seem to like very much himself. Hence, the strange and wrong situations that Henry Wilt, the books protagonist finds himself in often.In The Wilt Alternative,…
  • Wilt (Published in 1976) - Comedy of errors - Authored by Tom Sharpe

    10 Sep 2014 | 11:49 am
    Born in 1928, Thomas Ridley Sharpe was a British novelist, who favoured satire in all his writings. Best known for the Wilt series, and Porterhouse Blue, Thomas Sharpe, better known as Tom Sharpe was an alumnus of Pembroke College, Cambridge. His novels have been well acclaimed globally and the Wilt Series along with a few other books have also been adapted for television.     Wilt is one of the first critically acclaimed novels of Tom Sharpe. Based on the life and misadventures of a professionally underrated assistant lecturer, Henry Wilt, the book is a comedic novel which was…
  • Into the Storm (Command Series) (Published in 1997) - Authored by Tom Clancy - The rise of the US army

    8 Sep 2014 | 12:18 pm
    Tom (who died in 2013) was a first rate author. He is famous for his series of fiction books centered around the world of his main character Jack Ryan, with a combination of intelligence agency (CIA) and military. His books starting with "The Hunt for Red October" were surprising because of the level of detail and military accuracy. This first book got a huge boost with the then President Ronald Reagan mentioning it as a book that he liked, and from that point on, there was no looking back. He wrote a series of books (many of them were quite lengthy), but for his fans, these were books that…
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    Black Heart Magazine

  • 2 Poems by Christine Brandel

    Danielle White
    21 Sep 2014 | 10:00 am
    HIS WINTER He was an obscure poet, I know that, one not particularly of note as other poets would say. He hadn’t even written his own book, for god’s sake. Yet I stumbled upon his winter poem, the title meaningless. He was not the first to write that winter was a kind of death, a grey, heavy, slow dying of all who lived. Yet he convinced me so absolutely that I set the poem on my desk, got my affairs in order, and went to bed prepared for the last and longest sleep. “Snow on Branches” THE BICYCLE RIDER’S MISTRESS And that’s how it developed into what she…
  • Review: What Came Before by Gay Degani

    Laura Roberts
    20 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    Reviewed by Susan Tepper What Came Before, the debut literary-suspense novel by Gay Degani, carries a title that is loaded. For a book that opens under mysterious circumstances, then layers plot on top of plot, constantly building in tension, it stands to reason that both protagonist and reader will become bound up in what came before. So what did happen before? Well, for starters, Abbie Palmer’s movie star mother committed suicide when Abbie was just four years old. While the child played innocently, unsuspecting, in the adjoining room, actress Virgina Gifford offed herself. Whew!
  • Pigeon River Blues: An interview with Wayne Zurl

    Laura Roberts
    19 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    Wayne Zurl grew up on Long Island and retired after twenty years with the Suffolk County Police Department, one of the largest municipal law enforcement agencies in New York and the nation. For thirteen of those years he served as a section commander supervising investigators. He is a graduate of SUNY, Empire State College and served on active duty in the US Army during the Vietnam War and later in the reserves. Zurl left New York to live in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee with his wife, Barbara. Inspired by the beauty of his new hometown, he has written twenty Sam…
  • For Mississippi by Josh Martin

    Danielle White
    17 Sep 2014 | 10:00 am
    I was never burned alive in the raging fire that is Mississippi, Although some indelible marks will always be with me. In Corinth, the Confederate dead still lie riddled with canister shot, washed in cool Sepia, jaws slung open below the parapet as if to sing Dixie one last time, Looking eastward towards Highway 19 in Meridian where The ghosts of the three Freedom Riders are still pushing deeper Into the Counties of Hatred, their windows rolled down to smell The Yazoo River, singing of brotherhood. Mississippi, I am told To loathe you like an incorrigible beast, forced to hate you for what…
  • The Predatory Dead: The True Horror of Count Dracula by Cameron Winter

    Laura Roberts
    15 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    Count Dracula is a monster. A lot of people forget that. After a million parodies and adaptations that missed the point, it’s simple to write Dracula off as a cliché, a ridiculous figure in an opera cape with a fear of garlic, and a penchant for falling in love with his victims. That none of these factors were a part of his original portrayal is something people seem to be unaware of. Dracula was never a romantic figure, no matter what Gary Oldman or Stephenie Meyer might want to believe. His resemblance to current-day vampires, with their angst and their lovesick affairs, is superficial…
 
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    Flavorwire » Books

  • 25 Vintage, International Book Covers for H. G. Wells’ ‘The War of the Worlds’

    Alison Nastasi
    21 Sep 2014 | 11:01 am
    Happy birthday to English author H. G. Wells, one of the fathers of science fiction. His 1898 novel The War of the Worlds, about a devastating alien invasion on Earth, has been published continuously for over 100 years. Orson Welles resurrected the frightening story for his 1938 radio broadcast, narrated by the director as a news bulletin, which led to widespread panic as listeners thought the Martian invasion was real. The War of the Worlds has been adapted dozens of times, most popularly by Steven Spielberg in a 2005 film starring Tom Cruise. But the book itself lives on in the imaginations…
  • The Comprehensive New Bill Cosby Biography Is Missing One Big Story

    Jason Bailey
    19 Sep 2014 | 6:45 am
    The facts are these: In January of 2005, a woman accused Bill Cosby of inviting her to his Pennsylvania home a year earlier, drugging her, and molesting her. In the months that followed, 12 more women accused Cosby of similar assaults, both anonymously and in television and magazine interviews, dating from 2005 to as recently as this year. The initial accuser hit the comedian and actor with a civil lawsuit; it was settled out of court in 2006 for an undisclosed sum. Those are the facts, in a single paragraph. And that’s one paragraph more than you’ll find on the matter in the entire…
  • ‘Fart of Darkness': Sara Drake’s Hilarious Book Covers for Slightly Altered Classics

    Judy Berman
    18 Sep 2014 | 11:15 am
    If you like literature, puns, and bathroom humor, then Sara Drake’s Recovered Classics series is sure to put a smile on your face. The Chicago-based Art Institute grad, who describes herself as a storyteller and educator, illustrated this very funny set of book covers for classics with slightly altered titles. I’m not so sure about Fart of Darkness – frankly, it sounds like it might stink — but I’d certainly pick up A Tail of Two Kitties. If you like Drake’s work, which we spotted via This Isn’t Happiness, also be sure to check out Na Kim’s…
  • What Do This Year’s Wildly Disparate National Book Award Longlists Mean?

    Elisabeth Donnelly
    18 Sep 2014 | 9:15 am
    If you like awards, this week has been super-fun, between the MacArthur “Genius” Grants (shout out Alison Bechdel!) and the National Book Awards’ longlists in the young adult fiction, poetry, nonfiction, and fiction categories. After yesterday’s announcement of a weirdly dispiriting and irrelevant list of nonfiction National Book Awards finalists, today’s fiction finalists have seemingly righted the ship: instead of a collection of hefty dad books about war and history with only one book by a woman, it’s a very different group of ten books, spanning three…
  • 50 of the Greatest Characters in Literature

    Emily Temple
    18 Sep 2014 | 8:15 am
    One of the things literature does better than almost any other medium is allow us to experience another person’s quality of mind, and sometimes even inhabit it. It follows, then, that every avid reader has a favorite literary character — whether they’re beloved for dastardly deeds, tough-girl antics, sex appeal, or a high snark quotient — and that there are many impossibly good ones out there. After the jump, you’ll find 50 of the best. To be clear: a great character isn’t always one you like (just ask Claire Messud), but one that is somehow extraordinary,…
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    How to not dress like a grad student I’m a 29 year old man, and a year away from my PhD in computer science. My adult years have been spent either in school or in pretty casual jobs, and my wardrobe is pretty grad school: mostly jeans and a polo/t shirts. I own one black suit that kinda sorta fits, and I’ve got two ties that stay permanently tied (I don’t even know how to tie one). In short, I really don’t know much about style or looking good. All this works OK for a schlubby grad student, but it seems pretty embarrassing for an adult. I’d like to seriously…
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    test111
    10 Sep 2014 | 9:42 am
    How to Properly Display Your American Flag The American flag is the living representation of our country and as such demands a great deal of respect. Showing respect to our flag is the same as showing respect to our country. That is why displaying your flag correctly is so important. However, many people do not know the rules associated with displaying their flags. The United States Code in Title 4, Chapter 1 gives guidance on how to properly display your American flag. These rules and regulations are centered around respect for the United States of America and the flag that represents it.
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  • Kindle Deals & Steals for Sunday Evening

    Pixel of Ink
    21 Sep 2014 | 9:26 am
    Keep your Kindle full and happy with tonight’s great reads! For non-U.S. readers, Kindle content availability and pricing will vary. Genre: Biographies & Memoirs, Christian Fiction, Romance, Suspense, Thriller Blind Descent: Surviving Alone and Blind on Mount Everest by Brian Dickinson Still free? Click Here to find out! Alone and blind at 29,000 feet! Former Navy rescue swimmer Brian Dickinson was roughly 1,000 feet from the summit of Mount Everest – also known as “the death zone” – when his Sherpa became ill and had to turn back, leaving Brian with a difficult…
  • [Kindle Daily Deal] American Crisis – Only 99c!

    Pixel of Ink
    21 Sep 2014 | 6:03 am
    Amazon has a daily promotion called the Kindle Daily Deal. You can view this special deal every day here: http://amzn.to/KindleDailyDeal Today’s deal is… American Crisis: George Washington and the Dangerous Years After Yorktown by William M. Fowler Jr. Genre: History, Nonfiction Most people believe the American Revolution ended in October, 1781, after the battle of Yorktown; in fact the war continued for two more traumatic years. During that time, the Revolution came closer to being lost than at any time in the previous half dozen. The British still held New York, Savannah,…
  • Kindle Deals & Steals for Sunday Morning

    Pixel of Ink
    21 Sep 2014 | 5:35 am
    For even more of the best eBook deals, be sure to check Pixel of Ink every day! For non-U.S. readers, Kindle content availability and pricing will vary. Genre: Horror, Legal Thriller, Nonfiction, Romance, Thriller The Warrior With Alzheimer’s: The Battle for Justice by Stephen Woodfin Still free? Click Here to find out! When WWII veteran Woody Wilson realizes that Alzheimer’s is about to ground him forever, he goes on the run. Soon he finds himself in a criminal justice system gone haywire. Thrown into events he neither controls nor understands, he demonstrates in his last heroic…
  • Kindle Deals & Steals for Saturday Evening

    Pixel of Ink
    20 Sep 2014 | 9:37 am
    Here are even more great reads for your Kindle tonight! For non-U.S. readers, Kindle content availability and pricing will vary. Genre: Amish, Biographies & Memoirs, Children's Books, Mystery, Thriller Deadline by Craig McLay Still free? Click Here to find out! From the award-winning author of Village Books comes this fast-paced and quirky thriller about a college reporter chasing the biggest story of his life – provided he’s still alive to write it. When a body is found in front of the campus arts building, both the police and the school are quick to write it off as just…
  • [Hot Deal] Chihuahua Confidential – Save 63%

    Pixel of Ink
    20 Sep 2014 | 5:26 am
    Chihuahua Confidential by Waverly Curtis Genre: Mystery When novice P.I. Geri Sullivan first heard her adopted Chihuahua talk, she thought she’d gone barking mad. But it turns out Pepe is a savvy sleuth – and if he has his way, he’ll soon be a bone-a-fido celebrity, too, as Pepe and Geri are Hollywood-bound to star in the reality show Dancing With Dogs. So far, so bueno. Then Nigel St. Nigel, the judge everyone loves to hate, becomes the judge someone wanted dead. Pepe and Geri are hot on a killer’s heels but between perfecting the paso doble and protecting…
 
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  • J.J. Abrams Releases Video In Response To Zack Snyder’s Star Wars/Batman Tease

    Larry Fire
    21 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    In response to Zack Snyder’s image featuring a Stormtrooper being arrested for stealing the Batmobile, Star Wars VII director J.J. Abrams has released a great video featuring the Millennium Falcon. Zack Snyder and J.J. Abrams continue to have fun with the filming of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Star Wars VII. You may remember Snyder released an image last week featuring a Stormtrooper being put into a police car with the Batmobile beside him. The two directors have been playing photo-tag with each other, but now Abrams has released a hilarious video featuring a specific vehicle…
  • Batman Villain Inspired Ladies of The Knight Prints By Jason Liwag

    Larry Fire
    20 Sep 2014 | 4:20 pm
    Jason Liwag created these fantastic 5” X 5” Batman female villain inspired mini giclee prints. Three different sets will be available, two from Jason’s booth, B-20 and another set exclusively at the Phone Booth Gallery booth at MONDO-Con in Austin, Texas this weekend. Each set will be limited to an edition of 25. A very small quantity will be held back and made available online direct from Jason’s store, HERE.
  • Supergirl is Coming To CBS

    Larry Fire
    20 Sep 2014 | 4:02 pm
    CBS has given a series commitment to Warner Bros. TV’s Supergirl. Based on the DC Comics character, the drama tells the story of Kara Zor-El, who was born on the planet Krypton, but escaped amid its destruction years ago. Since arriving on Earth, she’s been hiding the powers she shares with her famous cousin Superman. But now, at age 24, she decides to embrace her superhuman abilities and be the hero she was always meant to be. Arrow and Flash executive producer Greg Berlanti and New Normal’s Ali Adler will write and executive-produce with Sarah Schechter. The one-hour drama is just one…
  • The Official Poster For Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season Two

    Larry Fire
    20 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    ABC and Marvel Entertainment released the official poster for the upcoming second season of “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”. The “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” cast includes Clark Gregg as fan favorite Phil Coulson, along with Ming-Na Wen as Agent Melinda May, Brett Dalton as Agent Grant Ward, Chloe Bennet as Skye, Iain De Caestecker as Agent Leo Fitz and Elizabeth Henstridge as Agent Jemma Simmons. The series is executive produced by Joss Whedon, Jed Whedon, Maurissa Tancharoen, Jeffrey Bell and Jeph Loeb. Season Two will premiere on September 23.
  • iCracked Will Buy Your Old iPhone From You While You’re In Line For Your iPhone 6 On Friday September 19, 2014

    Larry Fire
    19 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    If you’re planning on standing in line at an Apple Store for an iPhone 6 or 6 Plus this morning, you might be able to actually sell your old iPhone while you wait and have money available to buy the new device. iCracked has a brilliant idea they’re trying out tomorrow. They’ll have techs on hand to look at your old device, make an estimate, and if you accept, they’ll hand you a debit card that you can use to pay for your new iPhone. iCracked is an international company that employs 677 “iTechs” to do iPhone and iPad repairs on-site. The company also buys…
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  • Your Fathers, Where Are They? And the Prophets, Do They Live Forever?

    21 Sep 2014 | 3:30 am
    Diseases desperate grown,By desperate alliances are relieved, Or not at all. (Hamlet, IIII.ii.) Books written solely in dialogue divide people so I wasn’t surprised to see a lot of one- and two-star reviews for this. I, personally, loved it to pieces. I enjoyed Cormac McCarthy's The Sunset Limited and Nicholson Baker’s Checkpoint; Aaron Petrovich’s The Session was good, if a little short, but Padgett Powell’s Me & You was simply wonderful. There are others I’ve still to get round to like Philip Roth’s Deception which I’ll probably have read by the time I get round to posting…
  • You & Me

    14 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    HAMM: We're not beginning to... to... mean something? CLOV: Mean something! You and I, mean something! (Brief laugh.) Ah that's a good one! Endgame, Samuel Beckett It is tempting—and numerous esteemed and not so estimable reviewers have been unable to resist—so let’s get it out of the road: If you’re aware of the existence of Samuel Beckett’s play Waiting for Godot then the first thing that will jump to your mind when you begin reading You & Me [You&I here in the UK] is: This feels an awful lot like Waiting for Godot. Which it does. Now whether it was intended to is another…
  • The Wall

    7 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    The crows have risen, and circle screeching over the forest. When they are out of sight I shall go to the clearing and feed the white crow. It will already be waiting for me. – Marlen Haushofer, The Wall I read this book shortly after watching the first season of the television adaptation of Stephen King’s Under the Dome and it’s impossible not to compare the two although really the only thing they have in common is that an invisible and seemingly impenetrable barrier mysteriously appears one day imprisoning (or protecting, depending on your point of view) those within. In King’s case…
  • An arranged faith

    31 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    Doubt is not a pleasant condition, but certainty is absurd – Voltaire I wrote a poem back in 1996 about beliefs: THE NATURE OF BELIEFSThe thing about beliefs isthey don't need to be true. That's not their job. They're there becauseso many things aren't true. Nature abhors a vacuum. 19 December 1996 The word 'belief' is one I struggle with. Like all words the only way you can explain belief is by using other words and the most obvious synonym for 'belief' is 'faith' which I have less of a problem with. The first definition I learned regarding faith came from the Bible where Hebrews 11:1 says…
  • The Waterproof Bible

    24 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    [T]he only difference between a happy ending and a sad ending is where you decide the story ends – Andrew Kaufman, The Waterproof Bible Back in the good ol’ days there was real and unreal and that was it; it was one thing or t’other. Then all these other realisms started appearing: surrealism, magic realism, hyperrealism, neorealism, pseudorealism. Suddenly it all got very confusing. Confusion, of course, is a state of mind. And if you were looking for a state of mind in which to approach The Waterproof Bible I would aim for this one: Things only get confusing if you let them get…
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  • Review: “Songs for Ophelia” by Theodora Goss

    Chelsea
    8 Sep 2014 | 1:03 pm
    I was fortunate enough to receive an ARC of Theodora Goss’s poetry collection, “Songs for Ophelia”, and it has taken me an absolutely inexcusable amount of time to post about it here. There are two reasons for this. Partly, as ever, depression things–getting out of bed has taken all my attention, leaving little extra for blogging of any substance. And partly, I didn’t want to finish reading. Not because it’s a bad book, but because it’s so wonderful. I’m reminded of the Faerie Market from Neil Gaiman’s “Stardust”, and the glass…
  • Life lessons from Fear Street

    Chelsea
    4 Sep 2014 | 12:55 pm
    I’ve been reading a lot of the Fear Street books by R.L. Stine lately, because for some reason their ridiculous plots and terrible characters are the only things that are bringing me any happiness these days. Shadyside is an awful place to live and it’s pretty amazing that any of its residents are still living at all, but their trials have taught me some valuable life lessons and now I’m here to share them with you. If you think it’s a dead body, it’s probably just a harmless household item, or a mannequin. If you have in any way broken the law, even if that…
  • Happy wagon: coping techniques

    Chelsea
    17 Aug 2014 | 2:20 pm
    It’s been a very hard week for the world, and a very hard month and a half for me. There have been few things I could make happy wagon posts about, so I haven’t made any for a while. Today, instead of making a post about the past week, I’m going to make one about the things I’ve done to cope with heaviness and sadness and hard depressive slumps in general. I’m not always good at using healthy coping skills–I’m particularly fond of avoidance–but I think I’ve found a few good things to do, and I’d like to remember them. Maybe…
  • There is magic in the myth

    Chelsea
    13 Aug 2014 | 3:30 pm
    Day 6 of The Enchantment Diaries from The Fable Tribe Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5 THERE IS MAGIC IN THE MYTH Sometimes, we’ve heard a story so many times that we don’t really hear it. Is there a story about yourself that you tell others over and over? That you’re not good enough, smart enough, that this one thing happened and that’s why you haven’t tried to create/do/be/love/hope? Write down the very first story that comes to mind that you tell others that makes you feel a little uncomfortable. But you always tell it, anyway. What if you didn’t tell it? What if you really could…
  • How dearly I love this rose and hedge

    Chelsea
    20 Jun 2014 | 9:25 pm
    Day 5 of The Enchantment Diaries from The Fable Tribe Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 HOW DEARLY I LOVE THIS ROSE AND HEDGE Sometimes, we seek the end of the journey so much that we forget to pay attention to the moment, to our here and now. It may not be a lofty palace, but wherever you are, even if it’s not your favorite place, has something lovely about it. What do you love about your current place in your life’s journey? What lovely, small things can you appreciate more? I chose to do this prompt today because whenever I look at it, I feel annoyed. It’s really difficult for me to think…
 
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  • My Book Deal Moment by Holly Martin

    Cressida McLaughlin
    19 Sep 2014 | 6:30 am
    I had been writing for four years, trying to get published, submitting to agents and publishers alike without ever getting a yes. The worst thing was I didn’t know whether I was getting rejected because they didn’t have time to read my work (believe me it happens), I was getting rejected because my cover letter or synopsis wasn’t good enough and they hadn’t even read my story (believe me this happens too) or my work was rubbish. I didn’t know whether I was a million miles away or really close. Almost every one of my rejections were standard rejections, a thanks but no thanks. Last…
  • Friday Book Giveaway! Win a Copy of Love and Fallout by Kathryn Simmonds

    Novelicious
    19 Sep 2014 | 3:30 am
    Is your bookshelf looking a little lacklustre? Are you in need of something sparkly and new to liven things up? You’re in the right place. This week, we have three copies of Love and Fallout by Kathryn Simmonds up for grabs! When Tessa's best friend organises a surprise TV makeover, Tessa is horrified. It's the last thing she needs – her business is on the brink of collapse, her marriage is under strain and her daughter is more interested in beauty pageants than student politics. What's more, the 'Greenham Common angle' the TV producers have devised reopens some personal history Tessa has…
  • Review – The Best Thing I Never Had by Erin Lawless

    Novelicious
    19 Sep 2014 | 2:30 am
    Reviewed by Kirsty Nicole Pole Seven friends. Five years have passed and now two of them are getting married, which can only mean one thing: those past drunken promises of being best men and bridesmaids are coming to fruition. But when some friends didn’t part on the best of terms, can they all come back together for the wedding of the year? Nicky and Miles are getting married. It was always going to happen. Together since university, the two have been pretty much inseparable, flying the flag for couples everywhere who made it through drunken nights, drinking games and bed hopping during…
  • My Writing Room by Cathy Lamb

    Debs Carr
    18 Sep 2014 | 5:30 am
    My writing space changes, shifts, and twists depending on my mood and the weather. I have enclosed a photo of my backyard which I am currently working in as much as possible as it has FINALLY stopped raining here in Oregon and I like to be outside. I love writing when our two hummingbirds fly through. I love watching the geese overhead, the blue jays and looking at my flowers. Nature helps when my characters are being obstinate and the plot is all a tangled mess in my confused mind.Sometimes I write at my dining room table, sometimes on my couch with my odd cat on my lap staring intently at…
  • My Book Deal Moment by Rosie Goodwin

    Debs Carr
    18 Sep 2014 | 3:30 am
    I’m sure the day any author gets their first book deal is a day they will never forget. I can still remember mine as clearly as if it had happened yesterday although it was ten years ago. I had been trying to become published for five years, which felt like a lifetime and along the way I had received so many rejections I’m sure I could have papered the downstairs loo with them! Along with the rejections came heartbreak and tears and many times I felt like giving up. But writing is in my blood so usually after a rant and a weep I would study the critique that had come with the rejection…
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  • Stacking the Shelves, The Sunday Post, Bought Borrowed and Bagged

    Brandi Kosiner
    20 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga's Reviews,  check it out and sign up  hereThe Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer ~ It's a chance to share news~ A post to recap the past week on your blog, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead.Bought, Borrowed, & Bagged is a weekly meme, hosted by TalkSupe, where I share with you the books I have bought, borrowed, or bagged. Link up with me here.What I read:Plus Onesource: libraryFama, Elizabeth Adrenaline…
  • Sponsored Giveaway: BZRK series by Michael Grant

    Brandi Kosiner
    19 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    BZRK – giveaway is Books #1 and #2 in paperback and Book #3 in hardcover (3 books to one person)BZRK series by Michael GrantAges 14 and upBZRK978-1-60684-418-2Trade Paperback2013 YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults “With simmering pots of sexual tension, near-nonstop action, and the threat of howling madness or brain-melting doom around every corpuscular corner, Grant’s new series is off to a breathless, bombastic start.”—Booklist, starred reviewBZRK Reloaded978-1-60684-504-2Trade PaperbackVOYA Best Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror 2013 “The graphic descriptions of what…
  • Sponsored Exclusive Giveaway: Temple Run Book Two Run for Your Life!: Doom Lagoon and Temple Run Downloaded Apptivity Book

    Brandi Kosiner
    19 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
     and Temple Run Book One Run for Your Life!: Jungle TrekChase Wilder    978-1-60684-571-4          On Sale: 09/23/2014      Trade PaperbackYou're a lucky kid--for your birthday, you're having a destination party: a campout and scavenger hunt in an exotic locale. Depending on the choices you make, you will reach safety in time to enjoy your party, or you will be kidnapped and held for ransom, buying Guy and Scarlett time to make off with the treasure. You decide!Temple Run Book Two Run…
  • Sponsored Exclusive Giveaway: The Code Busters Club 1-4

    Brandi Kosiner
    19 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    The Code Busters Club –giveaway is Books #1-3 in paperback and Book #4 in hardcover (4 books to one person) The Code Busters Club series by Penny WarnerAges 8-12“[A] fun series sure to appeal to graduates of Encyclopedia Brown and Ivy & Bean.”—Shelf Awareness“This intriguing tale has vivid characters and such a tantalizing cliffhanger that readers won't be able to resist cracking the next Code Busters.”—Kirkus ReviewsThe Code Busters Club, Case #1: The Secret of the Skeleton Key978-1-60684-390-1Trade Paperback2011 Agatha Award NomineeThe Code Busters Club, Case #2: The…
  • In a Handful of Dust by Mindy McGinnis review by Brandi Breathes Books

    Brandi Kosiner
    19 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    In a Handful of Dust (Not a Drop to Drink #2) by Mindy McGinnisThe only thing bigger than the world is fear.Lucy’s life by the pond has always been full. She has water and friends, laughter and the love of her adoptive mother, Lynn, who has made sure that Lucy’s childhood was very different from her own. Yet it seems Lucy’s future is settled already—a house, a man, children, and a water source—and anything beyond their life by the pond is beyond reach.When disease burns through their community, the once life-saving water of the pond might be the source of what’s killing them now.
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  • 5 BookBuzzr AuthorPage Widgets to Inspire You in August 2014

    Ranga
    28 Aug 2014 | 5:10 am
      1. A.L. Goulden – August Fog   2. Samyah Leighton – Deceived (Redemption Book 1)   3. Johnny Breeze – A Johnny Bugeyes Christmas   4. Jeremy G Woods – Go For It!: Motivating Christians To Do God’s Will   5. Cameo Nia – Broken   _________________________________________________________________________________________________________   Naveen is the Customer Support Executive and Social Media Manager at BookBuzzr. When he is not working or playing gta, he is working on finishing his graduation. Connect with him on Twitter,…
  • 5 BookBuzzr Widget Installations to Inspire You in August 2014

    Naveen
    25 Aug 2014 | 3:36 am
      1. Robert Egby - For the Love of Rose: A Journey in Three Worlds   2. Debrah Martin - Webs   3. Nicola McDonagh - Echoes from the Lost Ones (Song of Forgetfulness) (Volume 1)   4. Loni Flowers - Painted Memories   5. John Davis - Blood Line   _________________________________________________________________________________________________________   Naveen is the Customer Support Executive and Social Media Manager at BookBuzzr. When he is not working or playing gta, he is working on finishing his graduation. Connect with him on Twitter, Facebook,…
  • The Realities of Writing by Michaelbrent Collings

    Naveen
    19 Aug 2014 | 11:17 pm
    Okay, I’m going to be up front about a few things: this article is divided into two parts. The first part is helpful, will give you burgeoning professionals some realistic ideas about the hellhole you’re about to dive into, and (maybe most important) this is probably the only time you’ll ever hear something like this. It’s also very depressing. So if you’re the type who gets all panicky wondering whether Captain America is going to make it through the movie, or who stresses over Family Feud reruns, skip to part two. Also, please consider a new career choice…
  • 5 Questions with Best Selling Author Todd Thiede

    Naveen
    31 Jul 2014 | 3:12 am
    BookBuzzr author Todd Thiede’s book – Lies To Die For recently hit the #1 spot on the Amazon. We reached out to Todd to learn more about his story. The screenshot below was taken on July 25, 2014.   1. Hi Todd, thank you for being on the blog. Tell us a little about yourself and your background? Hello and thank you for having me. I’ve been writing books for about 3 years now and I’m currently writing the third book in my Max Larkin Detective Series. I work full time as a finance manager at Elmhurst Toyota and have been here for 10 years. I’ve been doing finance for…
  • 5 BookBuzzr AuthorPage Widgets to Inspire You in July 2014

    Ranga
    25 Jul 2014 | 2:23 am
      1. Teresa Carlson – Creatures of Snow   2. Clarissa O. Clemens – The Poetic Art of Seduction -The Erotic Poetry Collection – Vol.1-3   3. Charles R. Sabo – The Feasts, The Harvest and The Resurrection   4. TK Toppin – To Catch A Marlin   5. Lissette Ortiz – Through the Eyes of Maria: Choices _________________________________________________________________________________________________________   Naveen manages the social media marketing at BookBuzzr.
 
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  • Masterpieces #27: Spirited Away

    Dave Brown
    10 Sep 2014 | 3:09 am
    About Spirited Away (2001)Master animator Hayao Miyazaki directs this fantasy adventure about Chihiro, a ten-year-old girl who is leaving behind everything she knows to move with her parents to a new home. Along the way, they stumble across a tunnel that leads to a spooky, deserted open-air restaurant where Chihiro’s parents sit down and begin to eat. But she is uncomfortable with their new surroundings and wanders off to explore further. She meets a boy, Haku, who explains to her that the world they have entered is a holiday resort for spirits who have left behind their exhausting…
  • Masterpieces #26: Bioshock

    Dave Brown
    3 Sep 2014 | 2:09 am
    About Bioshock (2007)BioShock lets you do the impossible as you explore a mysterious underwater city. When your plane crashes, you discover Rapture – an underwater Utopia torn apart by civil war. Caught between powerful forces and hunted down by genetically modified “splicers” and deadly security systems, you have to come to grips with a deadly, mysterious world filled with powerful technology and fascinating characters. As little girls loot the dead, and biologically mutated citizens ambush you at every turn. Now you’re trapped, caught in the middle of a genetic war…
  • This Month’s Books (August 2014)

    Dave Brown
    1 Sep 2014 | 2:47 pm
    Alex Ross – The Rest is Noise: Listening to the Twentieth Century (2007) The Rest Is Noise: Listening to the Twentieth Century is a voyage into the labyrinth of modern music, which remains an obscure world for most people. While paintings of Picasso and Jackson Pollock sell for a hundred million dollars or more, and lines from T. S. Eliot are quoted on the yearbook pages of alienated teenagers across the land, twentieth-century classical music still sends ripples of unease through audiences. At the same time, its influence can be felt everywhere. Atonal chords crop up in jazz.
  • Firm Bum or Tasty Buns – The Battle Begins (+ Flapjack Recipe)

    Donna Brown
    1 Sep 2014 | 6:45 am
    Mr B and I have now been in our new house for a little over a month and so far, so good. Reinvigorated by a) sleep b) a distinct lack of noisy neighbours c) no damp/mold/leaks and d) a kitchen you could (probably) swing a cat in (but don’t suggest that to Mr B!), I am in full on baking and cooking mode. Hooray! So, it seems this is a good time to begin the Couch to 5k challenge. I had my first run on Saturday with seasoned veteran Mr B (who has long since surpassed this challenge). Surprisingly, despite suffering with knee problems for years, they seem to feel better for the challenge,…
  • This Week’s Films (11/08/14)

    Dave Brown
    11 Aug 2014 | 6:59 am
    Dry Summer (1963) Two brothers, Osman and Hasan, disagree over allowing neighboring villagers to use the water on their land. Osman surrounds the water with barriers to prevent others from using it. Being a good man, Hasan argues that the others should also use the water. Verdict: 6/10 Go to top Sneakers (1992) Robert Redford leads an all-star cast in one of the most satisfying suspense films! Computer expert Martin Bishop (Redford) heads a team of renegade hackers – including a former CIA employee (Sidney Poitier), a gadgets wizard (Dan Aykroyd), a young genius (River Phoenix) and a…
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  • If You Like The Naked Werewolf… Read Midnight Liaisons (And a Giveaway!)

    Amanda
    18 Sep 2014 | 10:01 pm
    I have to say, vamps are not my favorite flavor of supernatural creature (Merit and Company excepted, of course). So finding books that feature shifters or witches or just plain other can be a bit of a challenge sometimes. [Ed. Note: Not everyone can love vampires as much as Chelsea does… we suppose.] When I first read the title of Molly Harper’s How to Flirt With a Naked Werewolf, I had to read it. And I was soooo glad I did. Mo was a smart, snarky heroine who didn’t take anyone’s crap. Cooper, an exiled Alpha, gets one sniff of her and knows it’s love. But he’s trying to keep…
  • Review: House Immortal by Devon Monk (House Immortal #1)

    Amy
    17 Sep 2014 | 10:01 pm
    House Immortal (House Immortal #1) Devon Monk Published: Sept. 2, 2014 (Roc) Purchase: Book Depository or Amazon Review source: purchased Reviewed by: Amy Rating (out of 5): 4 stars In the year 2210, the world is run by various color-coded Houses that control the world’s resources (i.e. water, technology, minerals, etc.). Each House yearns for more power. Matilda Case has always known she was different. It’s hard to miss the stitches marking her body showing that she’s been sewn together. Under the impression that she was one of her father’s myriad of creations, she’s taken by…
  • Review: Midnight’s Master by Donna Grant (Dark Warriors #1)

    Jill
    16 Sep 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Midnight’s Master (Dark Warriors #1) Donna Grant Published: May 22, 2012 (St. Martin’s Paperbacks) Purchase: Book Depository or Amazon Review source: purchased Reviewed by: Jill Rating (out of 5): 4.5 stars Gwynn is on a mission to find her missing father. Instead, she stumbles upon a war that has lasted for centuries. Logan, and four of his fellow warriors, has been sent 400 years into the future (into the present time) to see if he can find one of his comrades that was accidentally brought forward in time. Due to an ancient curse, the best warriors of each Scottish family were chosen to…
  • Review: The Winter Long by Seanan McGuire (October Daye #8)

    Amy
    15 Sep 2014 | 10:01 pm
    The Winter Long (October Daye #8) Seanan McGuire Published: Sept. 2, 2014 (DAW) Purchase: Book Depository or Amazon Review source: purchased Reviewed by: Amy Rating (out of 5): 5 stars You know when Seanan McGuire states in the acknowledgements, “Everything I have done with October’s world to this point has been for the sake of getting here, to the book that you now hold in your hands,” she means business. I had no idea going in The Winter Long was such an important book, but once I read that I knew things were going to get serious. In Chimes at Midnight Toby finally had her showdown…
  • Review: The Witch with No Name by Kim Harrison (Hollows #13)

    Krista
    14 Sep 2014 | 10:01 pm
    The Witch with No Name (The Hollows #13) Kim Harrison Published: Sept. 9, 2014 (Harper Voyager) Purchase: Book Depository or Amazon Review source: purchased Reviewed by: Krista Rating (out of 5): 4.5 stars Note: While this review will be spoiler free, it does reference events from previous books in the series. If you haven’t started yet, check out VBC’s review of book 1, Dead Witch Walking I remember when I found Dead Witch Walking in the fiction section of my local bookstore back in 2004. On the cover there was a quote from Jim Butcher, “Blends the best qualities of Anita Blake…
 
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    LATINA BOOK CLUB

  • REVIEW & GIVEAWAY: THE AMADO WOMEN by Desiree Zamorano

    Native NYer
    14 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Today is the start of Hispanic Heritage Month.  In celebration, The Latina Book Club will give one lucky reader a free e-book copy of THE AMADO WOMEN, our Book of the Week.  Enter to win by leaving a comment below or by posting this hashtag on Twitter, #amreadingwithTheLatinaBookClub.  It's a mouthful; we know.  Winner will be announced next Monday.  And, look for more prizes every week during this special month.Cinco Puntos Press Happiness is a decision.  You simply cast aside that which you are tired of looking at, weary of battling, unable to accept…
  • MEMOIR ROUNDUP: TOP 14 LATINO MEMOIRS

    Native NYer
    7 Sep 2014 | 9:20 pm
         There are so many good, memorable, inspiring memoirs that it was difficult to choose only 14.  Please feel free to add your favorites to this list.---mcf 1)      RITA MORENO: A MEMOIR by Rita Moreno2)      HANDBOOK FOR AN UNPREDICTABLE LIFE by Rosie Perez3)      TAKE THIS MAN: A MEMOIR by Brando Skyhorse4)      A CUP OF WATER UNDER MY BED by Daisy Hernandez5)      CONFESSIONS OF A BOOK BURNER by Lucha…
  • MEMOIR WEEK: RITA MORENO: A Memoir by Rita Moreno

    Native NYer
    4 Sep 2014 | 2:00 pm
      It's Memoir Week here at The Latina Book Club. Do let us know which memoirs/biographies you would add to our list. Happy Reading. “She looks like a Spanish Elizabeth Taylor.”                              -- Louis B. Mayer of MGM  Woman.  Actress.  Legend.Rita Moreno’s memoir is fascinating and full of juicy details.  She has written a vivid tell-all book about her childhood in Puerto Rico, her move to El Barrio…
  • MEMOIR WEEK: HANDBOOK FOR AN UNPREDICTABLE LIFE: How I Survived Sister Renata and My Crazy Mother, and Still Came Out Smiling (with Great Hair) by Rosie Perez

    Native NYer
    3 Sep 2014 | 5:00 pm
        It's Memoir Week here at The Latina Book Club. Do let us know which memoirs/biographies you would add to our list. Happy Reading.And join us in congratulating Rosie on joining ABC's The View  Rosie Perez is best known for her accent, her hair and her humor.  She is also a well-known actress, dancer, choreographer, director and activist.  Her humor is her trademark so it comes as a shock to learn that this wonderful funny woman can laugh after enduring such a cruel childhood.  In her HANDBOOK FOR AN UNPREDICTABLE LIFE, Rosie opens a vein and let…
  • MEMOIR WEEK: TAKE THIS MAN by Brando Skyhorse

    Native NYer
    2 Sep 2014 | 2:00 pm
      It's Memoir Week here at The Latina Book Club.  Do let us know which memoirs/biographies you would add to our list. Happy Reading. Simon & Schuster"At least it's never boring." --Mami's favorite saying Brando Skyhorse's memoir is at times funny, poignant and simply outrageous. Imagine growing up thinking you are an American Indian -- Mami's good intentions aside! -- and  then learning that your whole life was a lie, that you are really a Mexican.  TAKE THIS MAN is Skyhorse's search for his true identity and his real father. BOOK SUMMARY:   When he…
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    21tiger

  • Writing again

    Michael A. Robson
    19 Sep 2014 | 5:22 pm
    Testing the writing thingy.
  • Scoutsource

    Michael A. Robson
    19 Jul 2014 | 7:50 pm
    Scoutsource is an app that allows you to catalog and compare pricing and specs on products you’re considering importing. You might see these products during a factory tour or a tradeshow, and need to share them with colleagues overseas for faster decision making. Scoutsource is a clean and clear alternative to sending emails of images with commentary. Keep all your comments and approvals in one place, and do your sourcing faster. Here’s a Marvel Prototype
  • 21Brains

    Michael A. Robson
    19 May 2014 | 4:41 pm
    21Brains was a B2B project involving an iOS app, an Android app, and a web interface, allowing Purchasing Managers and Procurement Managers to share prospective merchandise information with colleagues.
  • Lexicon

    Michael A. Robson
    7 May 2014 | 9:48 am
    Lexicon (‘Lex’ for short; ‘Language Exchange Conversation’ for way too long) is a chatting app just like all the others you’ve got on your iPhone, but with a twist. Not only can you meet new people nearby, and make new friends, but you can learn with them too. Lexicon is designed to facilitate language exchanges, because I believe the best way to learn a language is not reading books, but having fun, enjoying the language with friends. The points system can help improve your ranking in the Lexicon community, making you easier to find for serious langauge learners…
  • Loco

    Michael A. Robson
    21 Apr 2014 | 9:26 pm
    Loco is an iPhone app that would help you locate the best venue to spend time with friends, locating the nearest location for all members (minimizing travel time/distance for everyone involved). It uses Facebook Auth to find friends and GPS to locate them and triangulate the best venue depending on a category (eg. Pizza place, Movie Theatre, etc). It even uses a ‘Top Three Picks’ feature to make the venue choice democratic, settling any disputes on where to go.
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    Better World Books

  • 5,000 Books Hauled to the Mall

    Better World Books
    16 Sep 2014 | 11:27 am
    We love books. We love buying them (lucky for us, we’re a bookseller!) and we love selling them (see previous comment). But if you’ve known us for long, you know we love giving books away. Last holiday season, with an abundance of books and the spirit of giving—a winning combination, in our opinion—we loaded up about 5,500 books a few days before Christmas and set up ‘shop’ at the University Park Mall in Mishawaka, Indiana. We packed them up at our warehouse up the road, drove them over, and gave them away to local holiday shoppers out seeking gifts for their loved…
  • Shortlisted for the VIBES Circular Economy Award

    Better World Books
    16 Sep 2014 | 11:20 am
    We’re proud to have been shortlisted for the VIBES Award finalists (Vision In Business for the Environment of Scotland) for 2014, a Scottish based initiative to recognise businesses that improve or reduce their impact on the planet. This year we have been shortlisted in the Circular Economy category, which “is for the business that best demonstrates a closed loop approach (cradle to cradle) to material use.” Circular Economy Award entrants excel in “product re-use… innovative business models, renewable energy and materials substitution, effective supply chain and…
  • A Snapshot of World Literacy Today

    Tommy
    8 Sep 2014 | 11:51 am
    If it was up to you to solve global illiteracy, how would you know you were making progress? Today is International Literacy Day, a great time to take a look at UNESCO’s “snapshot” of literacy around the world. Image source: UN Photo/Louise Gubb Lets head on over to the eAtlas of Literacy, a veritable Mission Control center where the UNESCO Institute for Statistics “collects data for more than 200 countries and territories through its annual surveys and partnerships with [other] organizations” and serves it up one comprehensive, flexible visualization. The…
  • 2014 LEAP Grant Recipients for the UK and Europe

    Better World Books
    5 Sep 2014 | 7:44 am
    We are thrilled to present the recipients of the first-ever UK & Europe branch of our LEAP Grant initiative. A total of £20,000 funding is being awarded across 6 winners. LEAP Grants (Literacy and Education in Action Programme) strategically fund projects organised by nonprofits and libraries where they will have the most lasting impact. These projects teach much-needed literacy skills and open lifelong opportunities for communities all over the world. Please join us in congratulating these organisations: Nonprofit Grant Winners Name: Book Aid International (Selected by online community…
  • Ready to Ride for Reading?

    Better World Books
    30 Aug 2014 | 1:54 pm
    The 2014 Interbike book delivery is coming up. But surely, you might ask, there’s a more efficient way to deliver books? The book delivery is one way that the organization Ride for Reading gets donated books into Las Vegas neighborhoods to help spark a lifelong love of reading for kids in underserved areas. Between local book donations and a heap of books from Better World Books, they’ve delivered 6,000 books into the community over the past three years. The riders arrive early to load up on books. Then they ride with a Las Vegas police escort to the schools—this year, Ruby S.
 
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    BOOKVISIONS

  • Sheerluck Holmes and the Case of the Missing Friend by Karen Poth

    Linda
    9 Sep 2014 | 3:29 pm
    A friend loves at all times. He is there to help when trouble comes. Proverbs 17:17Sheerluck Holmes and the Case of the Missing Friend is another wonderful VeggieTales book for early readers based on Proverbs 17:17.  Hurt feelings, forgiveness, and the fellowship of friends are the lessons taught in this cute little book by Karen Poth.  This is a book 1 level for beginning reading in the I Can Read! Zonderkidz series and is described as “Simple Sentences for eager new readers.”  A soft-cover book, but it has a good binding and the pages are a nice weight paper. …
  • Fire & Smoke by Chris Lilly

    Linda
    9 Sep 2014 | 2:44 pm
    Fire and Smoke by Chris Lilly starts out by comparing different BBQ grills and smokers, and gives instructions on cooking with wood.  This is a recipe book for those who really want to move to the next level of BBQ. Yes, there is a recipe for The Perfect Burger, but there really is so much more here. Just pulling up a few random pages, there are recipes for Smoked Pork Belly with Shock Top Honey Mustard Glaze, Grilled Brick Panini, Barbecue Gumbo, Pan-seared New York Strip with Bourbon Cream Sauce. There are some unusual recipes, especially the grilled cocktails.  Additionally,…
  • Brood X by Michael Phillip Cash

    Linda
    4 Sep 2014 | 1:34 pm
    Brood X is the story of a young couple, Seth and Lara, expecting their first child and facing an impending disaster of great magnitude.  Seth decided to document the whole pregnancy and ended up documenting much more. The characters were very much like real people and their reactions were typical in the situations they faced.  Unfortunately, I did not like the main character of Seth. I think he was supposed to be wise-cracking and funny, but I just found him terribly annoying.  The story took quite a while to lead up to the main focus of the book, but when it did, it was a…
  • The NIV God's Word for Gardeners Bible

    Linda
    29 Aug 2014 | 4:02 pm
    The NIV God’s Word for Gardeners Bible is beautiful, with lovely lavender and green colors and a gardening-theme cover.  The binding is done well, as I always expect from Zondervan, and although the print is fairly small my old eyes did not have trouble reading.  The margins are also small. so there is no room for handwritten notes.  It does seem a little disorganized to me, but that could be just because it is an unfamiliar format.  The introduction explains that the book is divided into three themes: The Garden Tour with 12 weeks of readings, Garden Work with 23 weeks…
  • Here is Where by Andrew Carroll

    Linda
    16 Aug 2014 | 5:07 pm
    Author Andrew Carroll was inspired to write this book after visiting the spot where Abraham Lincoln’s son was saved by the brother of Lincoln’s assassin.  He sought out forgotten places filled with history.  The book is broken up into short chapters, each with a different topic.  It is a fairly quick read because you can read a little at a time and then go back to it later.I’m not sure why some were included as “forgotten history” as the stories and places are fairly well known.  Some of the stories start out interesting, but then start to fizzle out. The stories…
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    But What Are They Eating?

  • FOODFIC: Noggin - John Corey Whaley

    19 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    Noggin starts with Travis Coates waking up. Not from something as simple as a nap, nor as extensive as a coma; Travis has been cryogenically frozen for 5 years. More specifically, his head has been on ice all that time, waiting for a donor body (and medical advances) to facilitate his revival.Now youknow that I need to know how that old-mouth-to-new-digestive-tract connection works.  Well, we don’t get to see Travis ingest anything until his father brings him home. That first night back, Dad makes him eggs – which go down just fine – and no follow-up statements or inquiries are…
  • FOODFIC: Please Welcome Matthew Harrill, Author of Hellbounce

    11 Sep 2014 | 9:31 am
    My protagonist, Dr Eva Ross has had a scare; her husband has finally revealed himself to be a man of highly questionable moral judgement. Checking in at a hotel, she gets directed to Moynagh’s, a bar on Exchange Street in Worcester, Massachusetts. The barman indicated several taps. “Ales, from the motherland. Guinness, if that’s your thing. Several Irish whiskies. Most of this lot only drink Jameson’s. Not a lot of calls for anything else in this place. The only new drink we have introduced in the last ten years is the ‘Passion Plunge’”. Eva could not help the grin that spread…
  • FOODFIC: Please Welcome Stephanie Siciarz, Author of Away with the Fishes

    4 Sep 2014 | 4:32 am
    Kingfish in coconut cream, pigeon in pineapple, stewed plums. The delicacies that populate the picnics and pantries of Oh are as sweet and spicy as the island itself. Just ask Trevor Rouge, proprietor of Trevor’s Bakery, whose cold drinks and warm buns loosen the locals’ lips; or Captain Dagmore Bowles, who plies his one true love with cool cabbage salad to win her heart. Talk to the anonymous man (if you can find him) who placed an ad in the island paper for a girl with cooking skills worthy of marriage. All of them will tell you that guava tarts and macaroni pie wield the same kind of…
  • FOODFIC: Please Welcome Back Lorne Oliver, Author of The Cistern

    14 Aug 2014 | 12:05 pm
    I asked the wonderful Shelley if I could do this write up and she graciously said yes.  Ten minutes later I wondered, Dude, what are they eating?  In The Cistern the main characters own and work at a restaurant, so it should be pretty simple.I have worked in the restaurant industry for nearly 10 years and have always been amazed at the variety of the characters you find working there, as well as the crazy things that can go on, so I of course wanted to write something that took place mostly in and around a restaurant.  I had started a few ideas, mostly dealing with life and…
  • FOODFIC: Please Welcome Lori Otto, Author of Lost & Found

    31 Jul 2014 | 8:19 am
    So, today on But What Are They Eating? we are going to change things up a bit:But What Aren’t They Eating?In my Emi Lost & Found series, there is one thing that the heroine Emi absolutely will not eat: chocolate.You’re probably thinking, “Is she really a woman?  Is she even human?” The answer is yes to both questions.In the three main novels, it’s mentioned on a few occasions that she doesn’t like or want chocolate.  It’s offered a couple times, but the reader never really knows the reason behind her distaste.On a side note, here’s a little tidbit about my…
 
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    Packabook

  • A grim and smelly past revealed by this book set in Paris

    packabook
    10 Sep 2014 | 6:23 am
    Take yourself to the catacombs beneath the French capital with Andrew Miller’s Pure If your idea of Paris is of beauty and fashion, delightful meals and romantic walks along the Seine, then I’m afraid you are in for something different with Andrew Miller’s novel Pure. It is the 18th century, and the oldest cemetery in Paris is overflowing.  Theodor Josef Hubert Hoffbauer’s engraving depicting the  Holy Innocents’ cemetery around 1550 – Image courtesy of  Jebulon via Wikimedia Commons The Holy Innocents’ cemetery may have started out as your average church…
  • Books set in Brazil – To get you through the World Cup!

    packabook
    12 Jun 2014 | 6:39 am
    As the World Cup kicks off, make your own fictional journey to Brazil… Whether you are a soccer fan or not, it’s going to be hard to avoid hearing about Brazil in the coming weeks. And if we can’t beat them, then we may just have to join them. Even if you are not immersing yourself in World Cup watching, why not take yourself off to the land of the Amazon in your own way, by picking up a novel which will bring this exciting country to life? I’ve given the Brazil shelf a bit of a spruce up over at the Packabook store and picked out a few highlights to tempt you. State of Wonder by…
  • From Ballet to Books – the Incredible Carlos Acosta

    packabook
    2 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
     The Cuba Bookshelf has been updated… I’ve just whipped through and given a quick update to the Cuba Shelf over at the Packabook Store and can reveal my top choice of the new novels that have been added. It’s now downloaded to my kindle and I will give you a proper review once I’ve had a read – if you’d like to join me, here it is… Pig’s Foot by Carlos Acosta You may already have heard of Carlos Acosta from his work in an entirely non-literary field. He is one of the world’s pre-eminent ballet dancers, making his way up from a breakdancer on the streets of…
  • Book set in Rwanda – ‘The Flower Plantation’

    packabook
    16 Oct 2013 | 9:35 am
    Exploring the Beauty of Rwanda “At last we rounded the bend and descended into Gisenyi, on the shores of Lake Kivu. That’s where Mother slowed down. The town moved slowly past the window of our pickup, like film through Father’s home projector. We drove past the lake, sparkling and blue, in the direction of the border with Zaire. We passed the children in their khaki shorts, the foam-mattress shops and the decaying colonial buildings in every colour of ice-cream.” – p37 of The Flower Plantation by Nora Anne Brown I suspect it is almost impossible to write a novel set in Rwanda…
  • Your votes are counted…

    packabook
    7 Sep 2013 | 7:26 am
    Just a quick note to thank you for all your votes on which shelves I should be building next at the Packabook Store. Your choices have all been counted and I can now inform you of our upcoming destinations. I hereby give you the latest league table for our next country! COUNTRIES Albania – 1 Austria – 1 Belgium – 1 Belize – 1 Bulgaria – 1 Cambodia – 1 Canada – 1 Costa Rica – 1 Ethiopia – 1 Israel and Palestinian Territories – 2 Jordan – 1 Kenya – 1 Kuwait – 1 Myanmar/Burma – 2 New Zealand – 1 Scotland…
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    Andy Straka

  • Three Words: I want one.

    andy
    2 Sep 2014 | 8:25 am
    Robot raptors take flight. http://www.gizmag.com/flying-robot-raptor-birds-deter-nuisance-flocks/33563/
  • Google Drones

    andy
    28 Aug 2014 | 6:26 pm
    Not to be outdone, Google is getting into the game of drones, too. GOOGLE DRONES  
  • Disney Drones

    andy
    28 Aug 2014 | 11:32 am
    Drones for the next generation are coming. While much of the debate over drones continues to center on their war fighting capabilities, their domestic use for beneficial purposes is already rapidly taking hold. Where will we draw the lines between legitimate remote imaging, public surveillance, and privacy? http://www.cnet.com/news/drones-could-rule-the-skies-over-disney/
  • The Road Home

    andy
    31 Jul 2014 | 7:52 pm
    In the mood for an inspirational romantic drama? If you don’t mind the subtitles, check out the beautifully-filmed Chinese love story The Road Home, directed by Yimou Zhang. Not my normal genre, but I watched it tonight with the family and loved it. Very moving story about the power of devotion and enduring love. http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/1108624-road_home/              
  • Drones and Private Eyes

    andy
    13 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    From the NY Post. You had to know this was coming…. http://nypost.com/2014/07/13/private-eyes-using-drones-to-nab-scammers-cheating-spouses/              
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    BookLeverageBlog

  • 3 Big Ideas Video – Young Money by Kevin Roose

    George Rodriguez
    19 Sep 2014 | 1:47 pm
    In this edition of 3 Big Ideas Video I’m discussing Kevin Roose’s Young Money: Inside the Hidden World of Wall Street’s Post-Crash Recruits. Plenty has been written about the financial crisis from the perspective of those affected and those who had a major part to play in it. What Kevin Roose does in his excellent Young Money is look at Wall Street after the crisis from the viewpoint of its future leaders. Following a small group of new Wall Street recruits who gave Roose access to not only their work and personal lives, but also an inside look at what first and second year…
  • 3 Big Ideas Video – Willpower

    George Rodriguez
    17 Sep 2014 | 1:18 pm
    In this edition of 3 Big Ideas Video I’m discussing Roy F. Baumeister and John Tierney’s Willpower: Rediscovering the Greatest Human Strength. Full of wide ranging stories and examples, Baumeister and Tierney make the convincing case that much like a regular muscle willpower can be depleted and become ineffective in protecting us from our “consequences-be-damned” selves. Willpower the book not only supports this contention, but lays out systems we can all use to improve our willpower. If willpower is like a muscle then it can be strengthened. Easy to read and made all the more…
  • 3 Big Ideas Video – The Hard Thing About Hard Things

    George Rodriguez
    16 Sep 2014 | 10:27 am
    In this edition of 3 Big Ideas Video I’m discussing Ben Horowitz’s great new book The Hard Thing About Hard Things: Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers. In the vein of business classics like Andy Grove’s Only the Paranoid Survive and Michael Lewis’ Moneyball, Ben Horowitz has written not only his coming of age as CEO story, but an invaluable book for anyone who wants to learn what real management and leadership at the highest levels looks like. This isn’t rainbows and unicorns, this is definitely the hard things about management. Firing people, the daily…
  • Best Nonfiction Books – September 2014

    George Rodriguez
    10 Sep 2014 | 8:49 am
    Hundreds of nonfiction books come out every month. The hard part is knowing which are worth the time and money to read and buy and which are nothing more than extended magazine articles or vanity pieces. I scour the internet every month looking for hints, reviews, recommendations and suggestions for the best nonfiction books being released. I then whittle that list down to 10 of the best nonfiction books to share with my readers. Here is a PowerPoint I put together of the ten best nonfiction books coming in September. If you have any favorites that are coming in September that I missed let me…
  • 3 Big Ideas Video – Love is the Killer App

    George Rodriguez
    9 Sep 2014 | 10:04 am
    Love is the Killer App was the first book I read that made me believe that my passion for reading nonfiction could turn into something beyond just a personal pursuit. In this episode of 3 Big Ideas video I discuss three ideas that stood out to me when I first read the book and every time since.  I could easily list ten more, but I had to stick to three to keep the video short. In Love is the Killer App, Tim Sanders does a great job of laying out his system based on three areas: Knowledge, Network and Compassion – but it was his detailed system of absorbing knowledge from books and…
 
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    The New Podler Review of Books

  • Fluency by Jennifer Foehner Wells

    15 Sep 2014 | 6:45 am
    Fluency by Jennifer Foehner Wells is what 2001: A Space Odyssey would’ve been if the monolith had actually talked to the crew.NASA has known about an alien spaceship parked in the Asteroid Belt since the 1960s but has kept the information from the public.  All efforts to establish radio contact have been met with silence.  In the early 21st century, NASA finally develops the technology required to send six astronauts to the ship to discover its secrets.  Dr. Jane Holloway is a linguist and a reluctant astronaut recruited by NASA to communicate with any possible aliens. …
  • Numbers 16:32 by Brady Koch

    9 Sep 2014 | 6:58 am
    Joseph's Sunday morning routine of church, beer and solitude is interrupted by a ragged screaming coming from the far side of his farm land. What he finds there will challenge his resolve in ways he hasn't faced since losing his wife or facing the horrors of the Korean War.Numbers 16:32 is a long short story (25 pages), which makes it a novelette. It gets off to a slow start as Koch focuses on character building. I stuck with it as Koch successfully forged a connection between this reader and Joseph, the protagonist. Once Joseph sets out to find the source of the screaming, the pace of the…
  • In The Clear by Ayami Tyndall

    2 Sep 2014 | 1:19 pm
    Arne was content with her career as a hydrogen rigger, harvesting fuel from Saturn's clouds for use across the solar system, until two prospectors offered her a job that kindled old desires. She used to be an angel, a guide through the lightless sky beneath Saturn's clouds, but abandoned that deadly wasteland years ago. Now she returns, taking flight again on cybernetic wings to guide a new prototype through the invisible gale of the liquid sky. She used to know Saturn's depths well, but returning ignites old scars, and there is something new and unnatural waiting in the burning air. When the…
  • A Letter from Hell by William Presley

    17 Aug 2014 | 2:24 pm
    In a desperate attempt to save his soul before he dies, southern aristocrat William Virgil Hollingsmore writes the world a cautionary letter on the last of his twelve days in a personalized Hell. In it, through the haze of his own mental deterioration, he chronicles the horrors and agony that befell him at the hands of Satan, as well as the sad events leading up to this unfortunate climax.When Hollingsmore was a younger man, he was an alcoholic and did as he pleased when drunk. He's older now and full of regret. Upon returning home, he finds that Satan is chomping at the bit to claim him and…
  • First Stone by Gary Ballard

    16 Jul 2014 | 8:13 pm
    Forensic psychologist Dr. Jack Carter wakes from a semi-catatonic state in a mental hospital with no memory of the previous year. His wife, Sarah, has disappeared, and as the last human being to see her alive, Jack is the prime suspect in her disappearance. Without a body and with no physical evidence to prove foul play, the lead investigator and Jack's friend, Bill West, must continue to search for the truth even if it means fingering Jack for the crime. When a serial killer in West Virginia's coal country claims to have killed Sarah Carter, Bill and Jack rush to the crime scene. What they…
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    Any New Books?

  • This week’s new books in Professional and Technical

    Any new books?
    17 Sep 2014 | 4:37 pm
    Here are this week’s new releases for the category ‘Professional and Technical’. ★ Our Staff Pick ★ Careers in International Affairs Stores: USA | UK | Canada | Kindle | UK Kindle By Editors at Georgetown University Press ISBN: 1626160759 Publisher: Georgetown University Press Publication date: September 15, 2014 Binding: Paperback Estimated price: $16.94 Share this book on Twitter | Facebook | Google+ The Design and Implementation of the FreeBSD Operating System (2nd Edition) Stores: USA | UK | Canada By Marshall Kirk McKusick, George V. Neville-Neil, Robert…
  • This week’s new Kindle ebooks

    Any new books?
    17 Sep 2014 | 4:11 pm
    Here are this week’s new releases for the category ‘Kindle’. ★ Our Staff Pick ★ Edge of Eternity: Book Three of The Century Trilogy Stores: USA | UK By Ken Follett Publisher: Dutton Adult Publication date: September 16, 2014 Share this book on Twitter | Facebook | Google+ The Way of Serenity: Finding Peace and Happiness in the Serenity Prayer Stores: USA | UK By Jonathan Morris Publisher: HarperOne Publication date: September 16, 2014 Share this book on Twitter | Facebook | Google+ Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future Stores: USA | UK By…
  • This week’s new Teen books

    Any new books?
    17 Sep 2014 | 3:45 pm
    Here are this week’s new releases for the category ‘Teens’. ★ Our Staff Pick ★ Michael Vey 4: Hunt for Jade Dragon Stores: USA | UK | Canada | Kindle | UK Kindle By Richard Paul Evans ISBN: 1481424386 Publisher: Simon Pulse/Mercury Ink Publication date: September 16, 2014 Binding: Hardcover Estimated price: $11.25 Share this book on Twitter | Facebook | Google+ The Infinite Sea: The Second Book of the 5th Wave Stores: USA | Canada | Kindle | UK Kindle By Rick Yancey ISBN: 0399162429 Publisher: Putnam Juvenile Publication date: September 16, 2014 Binding:…
  • This week’s new books in Travel

    Any new books?
    17 Sep 2014 | 2:57 pm
    Here are this week’s new releases for the category ‘Travel’. ★ Our Staff Pick ★ World Heritage Sites: A Complete Guide to 981 UNESCO World Heritage Sites Stores: USA | Italy By UNESCO ISBN: 1770852530 Publisher: Firefly Books Publication date: September 11, 2014 Binding: Paperback Estimated price: $21.30 Share this book on Twitter | Facebook | Google+ Mountain to Mountain: A Journey of Adventure and Activism for the Women of Afghanistan Stores: USA | Canada | Kindle | UK Kindle By Shannon Galpin ISBN: 1250046645 Publisher: St. Martin’s Press Publication…
  • This week’s new books in Sports

    Any new books?
    17 Sep 2014 | 2:51 pm
    Here are this week’s new releases for the category ‘Sports’. ★ Our Staff Pick ★ Mastering Golf’s Mental Game: Your Ultimate Guide to Better On-Course Performance and Lower Scores Stores: USA | Canada | Italy | Kindle | UK Kindle By Dr. Michael T. Lardon, Matthew Rudy ISBN: 0553417916 Publisher: Crown Archetype Publication date: September 16, 2014 Binding: Hardcover Estimated price: $13.99 Share this book on Twitter | Facebook | Google+ All with Smiling Faces Stores: USA | UK | Canada | Italy By Paul Brown ISBN: 0956227074 Publisher: Goal-Post Publication…
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    Liter8 Thoughts

  • Top 10 Books that Stuck with Me

    litera9
    6 Sep 2014 | 5:21 pm
    There’s a Facebook Meme going around my friends about the “Top 10 Books that Stuck With Me”.   I love the concept, because it reveals a lot about a person.  I could easily write this up as a facebook post, but I want this to stick around.  I believe theses books will help you understand my mindset and where I’m coming from. Without further ado, here’s my Top Ten Books that Stuck with Me The World is Flat by Thomas Friedman. For some reason, a book arguing for globalization was my first foray into non-fiction reading.  Friedman’s ability to explain the…
  • Christian Mingle: The Movie

    litera9
    7 Aug 2014 | 5:16 pm
    Christian Mingle is one of the biggest Christian dating sites online. You may have seen the ads for it.  I think it’s cool it exists, just like there are dating sites for Jews and atheists.  However, for some reason, Corbin Bernsen (Better known as Sean Spencer’s dad from PSYCH) is writing a directing a movie about a girl pretending to be a Christian to get on Christianmingle.com. Here’s the trailer.   The concept feels like a really weak version of other comedies I’ve watched. That said, I have no idea what inspired Bernsen to write such an absurd film.  Was he…
  • Is there a Christian Persecution Complex?

    litera9
    4 Aug 2014 | 5:46 pm
    According to my friend and past editor Alan Noble, yes.  He wrote a feature for The Atlantic that does a great job of exploring the modern state of American Christianity and how so many are actively seeking reasons to claim persecution: The Christian church itself has a long history of telling stories of martyrdom and persecution. The stories of saints’ lives often center on their sufferings for Christ. For example, Fox’s Book of Martyrs is a popular and classic text recounting notable martyrdoms throughout church history. The purpose of these stories is to inspire and strengthen…
  • I’m back! (August 2014)

    litera9
    4 Aug 2014 | 5:19 pm
    Aloha! I haven’t blogged in a few weeks, and am really sorry.  A lot has happened since my last post and now. I moved to New York, where I had to live with friends for a few weeks, then moved into an apartment I got an internship with Tom’s Guide/PURCh, where I get to cover tech and learn online media journalism. I attended Redeemer Presbyterian Church, the home of Timothy Keller and his amazing community. Now I have a long subway ride home and back, and have to socialize and explore the city.  However, because I believe this blog matters, I will be striving to post as often as…
  • Taking Off the Roof Pt. 3: HE IS THERE AND HE IS NOT SILENT

    litera9
    25 Jun 2014 | 12:57 pm
    As I end my journey through Schaeffer’s “trilogy of books”, I feel as though I’m ready to take on the world. Or at least the rest of Schaeffer’s work. After finishing God Who is There and Escape from Reason,  the pinnacle of the work is He is There, and He is Silent.  This book is more focused on a key question of how we hear and know God. Schaeffer argues that there is a metaphysical,  a moral and an epistemological need for a creator who is personally interested in personal beings. He then represents opposing ideas, and how they’re inconsistent.
 
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    Armida Books

  • When I was a child…

    Haris Ioannides
    15 Sep 2014 | 3:31 am
    An article by Lina Ellina, author of THE VENETIAN (shortlisted for the European Book Prize 2012) Anogyra has always formed an integral part of my childhood memories. Spending summer vacations in the village with giagia and pappous, my grandparents, was a time of freedom and a journey back to time. Those were the days when you needed to light an oil lamp at night and go through the internal yard to reach the outside toilet or get up at four in the morning to fill the containers with water to serve the day’s needs, as tap water was available only a couple of hours a day. Giagia would then…
  • Andreas Karayan – Photo gallery

    Haris Ioannides
    11 Sep 2014 | 7:21 am
    ANDREAS KARAYAN As published in In Focus, Vol. 11, No 1, March 2014 Reblogged from Cyprusinfocus.org Click to view slideshow.
  • Checking Out America’s Libraries

    Haris Ioannides
    8 Sep 2014 | 11:02 pm
        Infographic courtesy of H&R Block
  • The 10 best opening book lines as therapy

    Haris Ioannides
    2 Sep 2014 | 1:56 am
    Isn’t it awkward that the first line is usually not the first thing we read? Of course we scrutinize front and back and then, once those exterior beauties have caught our attention, we might open the book at a random page to assess the writer’s style. We believe that this will help us to make up our mind whether we will like the book or not. Well, I want to make a confession. I belong to those who, once they picked up a book and got captivated by it, will just flick to the last page and read the last line. For a book lover it is a sick obsession, an adrenaline rush nourished by…
  • 20 Incredibly Rare Author Interviews Unearthed

    Haris Ioannides
    31 Aug 2014 | 11:05 pm
    Reblog  from Online Colleges Readers often love to see into the minds of the authors who have penned their favorite books, but sometimes, doing so is next to impossible. There are a variety of reasons why it might be difficult to track down an author interview: the writers in question only offered interviews along the same general frequency as Halley’s Comet, or they typically pop up in different media, or some even lose the footage over time. But despite these struggles, the following reads, listens, and watches all earned consideration. Some of these prove far more available than…
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    A Travelers' Library

  • Dark Family Tale in Northern Ireland

    Vera Marie Badertscher
    25 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
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  • Another Chilling Read from the Arctic

    Vera Marie Badertscher
    18 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
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    Where Writers Win

  • Karma and Cooperation: Secrets to Author Success

    Shari Stauch
    21 Sep 2014 | 5:30 am
    Our thanks to book coach Nancy Baumann for this guest post. I don’t know about you, but I’m really tired of everything in life being so competitive. Whether you’re seeking a job opportunity or trying to find a parking spot, it can feel like a battle zone out there! I’m so glad authors don’t have to be that way. Our profession is unique. Authors, we’re not in competition with each other! People are always going to buy books. It’s not like readers will only buy one or two books a year and have to decide between yours and mine. Books are relatively inexpensive, so when readers…
  • Five Expert Tips to Tighten Your Writing

    Shari Stauch
    19 Sep 2014 | 5:30 am
    Our thanks to author Grady Hendrix for this guest post loaded with writer wisdom to tighten your writing… Before I wrote Horrorstör, I wrote everything. I wrote seven-word descriptions of reruns of Matlock for TV channel guides, I wrote garbage-sorting manuals for Hong Kong hotels, I wrote pamphlets hawking fake jewelry, I wrote English-language patter for Chinese television presentations that no one ever watched, and I wrote hundreds of articles for a now-extinct field we called “newspapers.”  For years, I churned out thousands of words, week in and week out, always with tight…
  • Will Bookstores Sell Your Indie Books? A Self-Publishing Series Case Study

    Shari Stauch
    17 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    Thanks to book publicist Claire McKinney for this guest post! Pictured here, a favorite indie book store, Faulkner House Books in New Orleans, LA. The short answer is yes, it is possible to get brick and mortar bookstores to take your self-published books, but it isn’t an easy option. The simplest course is to hire someone to get your e-book set up on every available platform including Nook, iBooks, Kindle, Kobo, etc., and then market like crazy online. But today I am highlighting an author and how his perseverance with booksellers continues to pay-off, over a year later. A gentleman…
  • Announcing WWW’s New Partner Page!

    Shari Stauch
    15 Sep 2014 | 8:28 am
    From soup to nuts… That’s always been the goal of Where Writers Win — to provide a “home base” from where any writer or author, no matter WHERE they are on their journey, can find their “next step” resources. And though we provide a number of those resources ourselves, there’s always more… and plenty of great companies doing it right. So, beyond our WWW team offerings and our amazing Winner Circle of vetted access to influencers, we’re always seeking the best and brightest in the publishing industry to whom we feel confident…
  • A Clever Twist on Video and Book Club Promo from Author Neil Gaiman

    Shari Stauch
    13 Sep 2014 | 8:16 am
    A+ for clever goes to author Neil Gaiman! Combining the best of two book influencer worlds, Neil shot a video praising book clubs. Uploaded September 2, 2014, it’s had nearly 10,000 views on YouTube in just 10 days. In the video (you can check it out below), Gaiman begins by praising the value of live book clubs. And not just for influencing book sales, but for what they’ve meant to him as an author being able to try his work out on a club.  He then offers up his own answers for what he feels would be “top book club questions” for The Ocean at The End of The Lane. Smart,…
 
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    Bizzybiz Blog

  • Not Dead (I Think)

    28 Aug 2014 | 11:26 am
    With my dissertation coming due in less than a month now and me typically far behind my own personal (and to be fair, probably overly ambitious) schedule, it's going to be a while before I can get back to doing some quality posts. Which is unfortunate because I have some interesting and terrifying boat stories (they are not necessarily the same stories) due to the fact that StereoNinja has bought a boat. It is StereoNinja's boat and decidedly not mine, as evidenced by the fact that he won't let me buy the new Borg cube glowing refrigerator on thinkgeek for it despite both its awesomeness and…
  • There, I Fixed It: The 50 Shades Trailer

    14 Aug 2014 | 2:44 pm
    Look, my review of the Fifty Shades movie trailer was a bit lacking, I know that. It didn't have any of my usual vitriol or creative swearing and it did not, I think, express my feelings about the trailer or the existence of a movie at all as clearly as it should have. I just couldn't find the right words to illustrate my total non-excitement about this film.But then I had an epiphany. While watching it for the dozenth time trying to think of something clever to say about it, I realized: I don't have to say anything! I can show you how I feel! By re-shooting the entire trailer (nearly) shot…
  • 50 Shades En Fuego

    4 Aug 2014 | 1:49 pm
    THIS IS IT YOU GUYS. I am finally done reading these books and I swear to Christ if she writes a fourth one so help me I will burn the publishing house to the ground, pour gasoline on the ashes and BURN THEM AGAIN.Because E.L. James is an artless, bungling, inept tool, she couldn't simply write one epilogue that concisely wraps up the book and provides the audience with closure (such as a month later, Christian dies in a fiery helicopter crash and Ana immolates herself because she can NEVER LOVE AGAIN and the rest of us can all live happily ever after). Instead she wrote three of them because…
  • Fifty Shades Trailer Review

    29 Jul 2014 | 1:15 pm
    The Fifty Shades movie trailer came out on Thursday, and while I did record myself reviewing it, the only funny thing that came out of it was when I gave it "one thumb...up your butt". StereoNinja and I have come up with a better idea for a video than that, but it's going to take some real effort so it might be a while, however it will be worth it. Having said that, I do still want to do a review of the trailer.First of all, let me start off by saying to the gentlemen of the audience, I am so so sorry you are going to have to sit through this on Valentine's Day next year. Although you'll…
  • 50 Shades Illogical

    23 Jul 2014 | 1:49 pm
    I read and review Fifty Shades Freed so you don't have to.I don't even know where to begin. Maybe with the question I kept thinking over and over during this last section: I'M SORRY, WHAT?????E.L. James spends the last two numbered chapters of her book trying to wrap everything up in a neat little package. SPOILER ALERT: SHE FAILS. Instead what happens is she creates more questions than she answers, and the few things she does answer have explanations that make NO SENSE. I mean, AT ALL. Seriously, even working from within the horrifying stereotypes she's set out for her characters and "why…
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    Soul Destruction

  • 22 Sept Canadian Sex Workers & Sex Worker Activists in London

    Ruth Jacobs
    16 Sep 2014 | 12:47 pm
    From The English Collective of Prostitutes SAVE THE DATE Canada’s court strikes down the prostitution laws but the government bypasses its ruling! Organising to retain & implement our path-breaking victory   22 September 2014  7pm-9pm Crossroads Women’s Centre, 25 Wolsey Mews, London NW5 2DX In December 2013, Canada’s Supreme Court struck down the prostitution laws because […]
  • ‘Criminalising the Purchase of Sex: Lessons from Sweden’ – Dr Jay Levy Discusses His New Book

    Ruth Jacobs
    14 Sep 2014 | 2:52 am
    Can you tell me about your new book Criminalising the Purchase of Sex: Lessons from Sweden? My book deals with the outcomes of Sweden’s sex purchase law, a law that criminalises the purchase of sex and that has been hugely internationally influential. In the book, I present the results and analysis of fieldwork and research […]
  • ‘No Human Involved’: Filmmaker PJ Starr Discusses Her Documentary Telling Marcia Powell’s Story

    Ruth Jacobs
    5 Sep 2014 | 7:25 am
    Marcia had been serving a 27 month sentence for solicitation of prostitution and corrections officers had left her out in the sun in a metal cage in searing heat until she collapsed. Soon after, in hospital her life was ended when the Director of Arizona Department of Corrections removed her from life support.
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    Novel Tease

  • Waiting on Wednesday #16: Stitching Snow

    Kimberly Dyer
    16 Sep 2014 | 10:01 pm
    A steampunk sci-fi Snow White retelling? I’m in! I can’t wait to read Stitching Snow by debut author R.C. Lewis. I love political dramas, and Stitching Snow has a corrupt and violent kingdom (planetdom?) that, I’m guessing, Snow White (Essie?) ran away from. It sounds intriguing, and I hope that there’s a large focus on the planet’s politics. The protagonist, whom I’m guessing is Snow in disguise, is also a mechanic and coder, which is super cool. It sounds like a great story, and I’m looking forward to reading it. Stitching Snow by R.C. Lewis…
  • The Story of Owen: Dragon Slayer of Trondheim by E.K. Johnston

    Kimberly Dyer
    12 Sep 2014 | 11:45 am
    Don’t be fooled–this is not the story of Owen Thorskard, dragon slayer of Trondheim. This is the story of Siobhan McQuaid, the first bard in over half a century. She is a loyal companion and fearless friend who revolutionizes a nation by being cunning, faithful, and brave. The Story of Owen is set in modern-day rural Canada. With dragons. That feed on carbon emissions. It’s amazing. Seriously–there’s even a joke when Siobahan’s parents buy her a car and she asks, “What, you didn’t love me enough to buy a hybrid?” For ages, dragon slayers…
  • 2014 Debut Author Challenge

    Kimberly Dyer
    17 Apr 2014 | 7:22 am
    I am happy to announce that I am participating in the 2014 Debut Author Challenge hosted by The Story Siren. The objective of the challenge is to help readers discover and read 12 new books by debut authors. The rules are simple: 1) Read 12 YA debut novels from 2014, 2) post a review either on a blog or goodreads, 3) complete the challenge by January 31, 2015 (to allow time to read and review December releases). In addition to the challenge, my goal is to highlight mostly debut novels during my weekly Waiting-on-Wednesday posts. I’m looking forward to reading books by new authors! Here…
  • Waiting on Wednesday #15: Killing Ruby Rose

    Kimberly Dyer
    15 Apr 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Veronica Mars meets Dexter? I’m in. I can’t wait to read Killing Ruby Rose by Jessie Humphries. When Ruby Roses’s LAPD SWAT sergeant father dies, her mom puts her into therapy to help her through the trauma. After 6 months of seeing a psychiatrist, Ruby Rose decides to take her healing into her own hands–by continuing her father’s work and going after the bad guys herself. When she succeeds and kills a murder, she catches the attention of the wrong person and ends up being hunted down. Ruby Rose has to figure out who it is before things get worse. This debut…
  • Lumberjanes – Issue #1

    Kimberly Dyer
    14 Apr 2014 | 12:48 pm
    Welcome to Lumberjanes, a Camp for Hardcore Lady Types where the motto is “Friendship to the MAX!” The story centers on a group of five girls in the same cabin, who are wandering around the woods in the middle of the night. They’re searching for something and are about to give up and go back to their cabin when a pack of three-eyed foxes attack. The girls put up a good fight and fend off the foxes, but when the foxes tuck tail and leave, they shine a mysterious message into the sky with their third eye—Beware the kitten holy. Baffled and shaken up from the battle, the girls head back…
 
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    Books Without Any Pictures

  • “Rogue’s Pawn” by Jeffe Kennedy

    Grace Troxel
    18 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
      Rogue’s Pawn is the first in a trilogy of fantasy erotica novels by Jeffe Kennedy.  The story begins when Jennifer walks out of her life and through a portal to fairyland.  This seems to be a theme in the books I’ve been reading lately (see The Thinking Woman’s Guide to Real Magic for a much tamer alternative).  When Jennifer arrives, she finds that her thoughts and desires are translated into reality.  Because she has no mental control, she ends up putting herself in danger and almost dies.  The fae are impressed by her power, but they also realize that…
  • “Six-Gun Snow White” by Catherynne Valente

    Grace Troxel
    17 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
      Six-Gun Snow White combines the mythos of the Wild West with the familiar story of Snow White, crafting a poignant story of what it’s like to be an outsider.  The story begins when Mr. H., a silver baron, coerces a Native American woman named Gun Who Sings to be his wife.  Gun Who Sings doesn’t conform to the white man’s way of life, and dies soon after bearing a child.  The girl has a lonely childhood, running wild in the gilded cage of the estate while learning how to shoot and play cards.  Then one day Mr. H. remarries.  […] The post “Six-Gun Snow…
  • The Book Blogger’s Guide to Managing ARCs

    Grace Troxel
    14 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    What is an ARC? ARC is short for Advanced Reader Copy.  Publishers send out ARCs and galley proofs to booksellers, librarians, and reviewers in the months leading up to a book’s publication date in order to generate buzz about the book before its release.  Other publishers will send out finished copies of a book in the weeks leading up to the release date as a way to generate even more publicity. Should I accept ARCs? This is an individual choice that every book blogger has to make.  Some bloggers prefer to stay away from ARCs because they don’t want to […] The post The…
  • Recipe: Pork Cube Steak with Mushroom Red Wine Sauce

    Grace Troxel
    12 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    This recipe for pork cube steak with a mushroom red wine sauce is a twist on my grandmother’s Swiss steak recipe. While shopping at Giant a few days ago, I found some ridiculously cheap pork cube steaks.  A package of two cost $1.16, which is pretty much unheard of when buying any kind of meat in the DC area.  I wasn’t quite sure what to do with pork cube steaks, but at that price, I figured that I could afford to experiment.  My grandmother used to make Swiss steak using pounded beef, so I used her recipe as a starting […] The post Recipe: Pork Cube Steak with Mushroom…
  • “The Thinking Woman’s Guide to Real Magic” by Emily Croy Barker

    Grace Troxel
    11 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
      Nora Fischer fails at life.  Her thesis is at a standstill because she can’t apply herself enough to write anything worthwhile.  Her boyfriend visits her, only to reveal that he’s getting married to another woman.  Everything’s falling apart, and Nora isn’t quite sure what to do with herself or how to react. One day, Nora goes wandering into the woods and accidentally stumbles through a portal into another world.  There she meets Ilissa, a fae creature who promises a life filled with glamor and decadence.  Nora quite literally drinks the kool-aid, at which…
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    Digesting the Words

  • Top Authors I Want to Read More From

    Farhana Chowdhury
    16 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    I’ve been suffering from blogger’s block this summer. Reading, reviewing, blogging… My motivation is feeble at best. So to help get inspired, I’ve decided to take part in a few memes. Starting with Top Ten Tuesday, held over at The Broke and the Bookish. Disclosure: Digesting the Words contains associate/affiliate links. Read my disclosure policy for more info. Top Authors I’ve Only Read One Book From But NEED to Read More 1. Rainbow Rowell I can’t tell you how much I loved reading Eleanor & Park. It was everything I wanted from a teenage young adult…
  • Sacrifice (Daughters of Lilith #3) by Jennifer Quintenz #BookReview

    Farhana Chowdhury
    12 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    It took me a while to finally sit down and write this review for multiple reasons. I’m an impatient person you see. I’d rather read (or watch) an entire series in one go, than wait around for the next book (or episode) to be released. I hate the waiting! So now that I’ve finally caught up with The Daughters of Lilith series, I’m kicking myself because I need the next book! Sacrifice is so good! I’m anxiously awaiting the next book, Guardian, which will be out this year! But first, let’s discuss Sacrifice. This book was sent to me to review in…
  • Incubus (Daughters of Lilith #2) by Jennifer Quintenz #BookReview

    Farhana Chowdhury
    11 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    This book was sent to me to review in return for an honest review. At no point did I receive any payment for this review. Digesting The Words contains associate/affiliate links. Read my disclosure policy for more info.Incubus by Jennifer Quintenz Series: Daughters of Lilith #2 Genres: Demons, Fantasy, Love & Romance, Young Adult Pages: 295 Format: eBook • Buy from Amazon UK • Braedyn Murphy used to think nothing important ever happened in her sleepy town of Puerto Escondido. But that was before she learned she was a descendent of Lilith, the mother of all demons. Now Braedyn fights to…
  • The Luthier’s Apprentice by Mayra Calvani #BookReview & Excerpt

    Farhana Chowdhury
    7 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    This book was sent to me to review in return for an honest review. At no point did I receive any payment for this review. Digesting The Words contains associate/affiliate links. Read my disclosure policy for more info.The Luthier's Apprentice by Mayra Calvani Series: Violinist Detective Series #1 Genres: Fantasy, Love & Romance, Paranormal, Supernatural, Young Adult Pages: 184 Format: eARC • Buy from Amazon UK •Niccolò Paganini (1782-1840), one of the greatest violinists who ever lived and rumored to have made a pact with the devil, has somehow transferred unique powers to another……
  • The Vagrants by Yiyun Li #BookReview

    Farhana Chowdhury
    30 Jun 2014 | 6:05 am
    The Vagrants by Yiyun Li Published by HarperCollins UK Published date 2013-03-28 Genres: Asian Literature, Fiction, Historical Fiction Pages: 352 Format: Paperback Brilliant and illuminating, this astonishing debut novel by the award-winning writer Yiyun Li is set in China in the late 1970s, when Beijing was rocked by the Democratic Wall Movement, an anti-Communist groundswell designed to move China beyond the dark shadow of the Cultural Revolution toward a more enlightened and open society. In this powerful and beautiful story, we follow a group of people in a small town during this dramatic…
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    Reading in the Garden

  • Summer Book Review Montage

    1 Sep 2014 | 9:35 am
    The Wedding Summer is a busy time with vacations, bike riding, picnics, weddings, and more. That means less time to read, which in turn means fewer book reviews.  Therefore, I am taking a break and instead of offering a new review, I’m incorporating a list of some past book suggestions into the letter below, much like I did in last year’s Vacation Montage.  Click on the titles to read the reviews.  I must mention that although this letter refers to real events (I really did attend my niece’s wedding), it is entirely fictionalized, and any resemblance to living persons…
  • Dog On It by Spencer Quinn

    25 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    A Doggone Fun Book (Detective Novel with a Twist)Dog On It by Spencer Quinnis a detective novel with a twist.  Chet and Bernie are partners in the Little Detective Agency.  Each has his strong points. Bernie is the thinker.  Chet is intimidating, if need be, and has a knack for smelling out criminals, literally.  Chet is a dog.  He’s also the narrator of the novel, which makes for a totally unique and fun read.  Chet’s wry commentary is hilarious, like when Bernie asks Chet if he needs to go out after being inside all day.  “Why would that be?” Chet…
  • Mrs Dalloway by Virginia Woolf

    17 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?  I am. (Classics)Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf is about one day in the life of a woman getting ready for a party she is hosting—or so I thought. What I found out is that only two small instances in the book are devoted to Mrs. Dalloway’s party preparations.  Her venture to a shop in London to pick up flowers is how the book begins, and offers a most famous literary line. “Mrs. Dalloway said she would buy the flowers herself.”   The other party “fuss” is when Clarissa Dalloway sits down and calmly mends the green dress she is…
  • The Classic Reading Challenge

    4 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    Kicking It with the Classics (Reading List)If you’re just tuning in, you may not have noticed that every so often I toss in reviews of classic books.  My interest in classics dates back to ninth-grade English class with Mr. Haynes.  At the end of the school year Mr. Haynes gave us a reading list for summer break.  Most of the books on the list were classics. For some reason I kept the list and years later after high school, I looked at it and decided, what the heck, let’s give this thing a whirl.  Slowly I started reading the books and marking them off.  Each year…
  • The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón

    28 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    Secrecy and Surprises in Spain (Mysterious Intrigue) The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón is about a boy’s investigation into the enigmatic life of author, Julián Carax. After reading Carax’s novel The Shadow of the Wind,Daniel wants to enjoy more of his books only to discover that someone has systematically burned every copy of his published works.  As the story progresses Daniel enlists the help of a co-worker, ex-political prisoner, ex-bum, and always entertaining Fermín, to get to the bottom of this mystery.  What they discover is a puzzle that slowly reveals the…
 
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    Tolstoy Therapy

  • Celebrating Tolstoy's 186th Birthday with a Giveaway of A Calendar of Wisdom

    Lucy
    8 Sep 2014 | 11:51 pm
    A portrait of Leo Tolstoy in his study by Vasily Meshkov, 1910.Today marks the 186th anniversary of Leo Tolstoy's birth, September 9th 1828, and I felt it was only right that Tolstoy Therapy celebrates the occasion.I was overwhelmed by the wonderful comments I received for the blog's two year birthday giveaway (I should compile your comments in a post!) and I thought something similar could work here.The Tolstoy-related giveaway on offer is a copy of A Calendar of Wisdom, Tolstoy's collection of quotes and 'daily thoughts to nourish the soul', which was compiled over fifteen years…
  • If You Don't Know Where to Go in Life, Try Reading War and Peace

    Lucy
    3 Sep 2014 | 6:39 am
    I write a lot about Pierre Bezukhov, one of the main character's in Leo Tolstoy's War and Peace. I've suggested how he can help us to appreciate life's simple pleasures and even overcome anxiety, as a character which so many first-time readers of the Russian masterpiece find themselves relating to.In this quick post (which I'm compiling during a break from my back-to-university work), I'll share an early section of the book which I hope some of you will find wisdom in.How Pierre and Andrei discuss low self-esteem and a lack of direction in War and PeaceThe…
  • Study Success: 11 Books & Articles to Help Students Hack Their Education

    Lucy
    27 Aug 2014 | 9:23 am
    Today's article is slightly different from what I'd normally write about, but I'll use the excuse that the next academic year is approaching. Also, perhaps one or two of my readers are students (do lifelong students count?)I've always enjoyed reading about learning techniques and study hacks, particularly when it comes to increasing efficiency and recall. Considering all the facts and dates I've forgotten from school, I don't want to do the same with my degree just yet.Here are the books and articles which have most influenced my studying. Some of which have helped me pass exams I thought I…
  • Tips for Reading War and Peace & Getting Started with Leo Tolstoy

    Lucy
    23 Aug 2014 | 5:03 am
    A reader recently got in touch to ask what advice I'd give for reading War and Peace the first time. I've written before about the reasons why I love War and Peace, but with any 1300-page book, it takes some motivation to get started and, perhaps more so, to keep going.If you've been looking to read the almighty Russian tome, perhaps this article may help you out. The following tips are based on my own experience, but I hope some readers find it useful.A backdrop to envisage War and Peace. Scene in Red Square, Moscow, 1801. Oil on canvas by Fedor Yakovlevich…
  • Poetry for Letting Go: In Blackwater Woods by Mary Oliver

    Lucy
    21 Aug 2014 | 1:53 am
    Lately I've been reflecting on good poems to learn by heart, and "In Blackwater Woods" by Mary Oliver has caught my attention. I think this piece is applicable to both life's challenges and quieter plateaus, so I'd say it fits my unwritten requirements for memorised verse.I know that the following lines will help me with grief and loss when it comes, and help me get back to what's really important when things are hectic:To live in this worldyou must be ableto do three things:to love what is mortal;to hold itagainst your bones knowingyour own life depends on it;and, when the time comes to let…
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    Book Club Reading List

  • The Pharm House

    admin
    19 Sep 2014 | 7:19 am
    THE PHARM HOUSE is a story about family, told in a taunt, riveting, medical suspense/thriller. Nicholas Harding is a young scientist/executive at Marshall Pharmaceutical Company, struggling as a single dad to raise a young daughter and claw his way up that slippery slope studded with […]
  • Author Interview – Vashti Quiroz-Vega

    admin
    18 Sep 2014 | 6:31 pm
    What inspired you to write this book?   I have always loved writing. The Basement is a book I felt I needed to write. There are traces of my childhood memories in the story.     What topics in your book or background do you […]
  • Author Interview – Virginia McCullough

    admin
    18 Sep 2014 | 6:03 pm
    What inspired you to write this book?   More than anything else, I marvel at the human spirit and the ability to recover from trauma and hardship–and hang on to hope for second chances. I also wanted to look at the rewards characters–and all of […]
  • Author Interview – Alan Brenham

    admin
    18 Sep 2014 | 5:51 pm
    What inspired you to write this book?   I was a former police detective in Temple for a number of years and wanted to write a novel about the city, its police department, and how lives are impacted by human trafficking.     What topics […]
  • Cornered

    admin
    17 Sep 2014 | 8:41 am
    He’s haunted by the memory of a kidnapping case gone wrong… Not wanting history to repeat itself, Detective Matt Brady struggles to solve the disappearances of seven young women, but he quickly finds himself pitted against a criminal organization that knows as much about police […]
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    Long Island Pulse

  • Book Review: ‘Cosby: His Life and Times’

    info@lipulse.com
    17 Sep 2014 | 7:10 am
    For many years, you spent every Thursday night in the living room of a friend - and you never left your easy chair. Those Thursday nights were appointments you wouldn’t think of missing, and you always left with a smile. The Huxtable family was just like your family. And in the new book “Cosby: His Life and Times” by Mark Whitaker, you’ll learn what that TV show almost was, and more. William Henry Cosby, Jr. was born into a storytelling family. Though his father was mostly absent, young Cosby was heavily influenced by his paternal grandfather, a spiritual man who loved telling Bible…
  • Book Review: ‘Five Days Left’

    info@lipulse.com
    11 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    Grandma was right. Darn it. Every year, when November rolled around and you longed for the holidays, she told you not to wish your life away. Time moved fast enough, she said, and it went faster the older you get. Back then, a week lasted forever; today, you blink and where did it go?  And in the new novel “Five Days Left” by Julie Lawson Timmer, even that’s not enough time. Texas lawyer Mara Nichols always did her research. It was something she prided herself on – until Huntington’s Disease robbed her of her moods, memory, and then her job.  What horrified her more than…
  • “Being Miss America : Behind the Rhinestone Curtain” by Kate Shindle

    info@lipulse.com
    2 Sep 2014 | 9:20 am
    Elbow, elbow, wrist-wrist-wrist. It’s like icing a cake with your hand, they say, and you practiced that wave aplenty when you were young. You never knew when you might find yourself walking down a long stage with roses in your arms and a crown on your head. Millions of young women try. Only one per year becomes Miss America – most of the time. In “Being Miss America ” by Kate Shindle, you’ll peek behind the brocade curtains to learn more. Growing up in New Jersey, in a family that often volunteered for the Miss America Organization, Kate Shindle had a first-hand, on-the-ground look…
  • “Joe and Marilyn: Legends in Love” by C. David Heymann

    info@lipulse.com
    27 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    Can’t live with him, can’t live without him. That’s apparently, according to headlines, what your favorite star thinks of her first, third, and next husband – who happens to be the same man. It’s kinda silly. You can practically set your calendar by their splits and reconciliations. You shake your head. Can’t live with him. Can’t live without her. It happens, as you’ll see in the new book “Joe and Marilyn: Legends in Love” by C. David Heymann. The first time Joe DiMaggio met Marilyn Monroe was on a blind date. He’d began “thinking” about Marilyn once he saw publicity…
  • “Shots Fired” by C.J. Box

    info@lipulse.com
    20 Aug 2014 | 7:08 am
    You’re stuck. Trapped in an elevator, office, front seat of a car, wishing you were someplace, anyplace, else. The people with you are getting on your last nerve. You’ve heard the same phrases over and over and over and you want to scream. We’ve all been there. We’ve all lived through the irritation, but what’s funny is that it’s not at all chafing to read about it happening to someone else. And that’s just one of the themes in “Shots Fired,” a book of short stories by C.J. Box. Throughout the years, says Box, fans have asked where they could find some of his shorter works,…
 
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    Beth's Book Reviews

  • Review: The Science of Happily Ever After by Ty Tashiro, Ph.D.

    Beth
    20 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    In this playful and informative exploration of the science behind how to choose a great mate, acclaimed relationship psychologist Dr. Ty Tashiro explores how to find enduring love. Dr. Tashiro translates reams of scientific studies and research data into the first book to revolutionize the way we search for love. His research pinpoints why our decision-making abilities seem to fail when it comes to choosing mates and how we can make smarter choices.  Dr. Tashiro has discovered that if you want a lifetime of happiness—not just togetherness—it all comes down to how you choose a partner…
  • Review: Lydia's Party by Margret Hawkins

    Beth
    18 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    An exquisite and profound tale for fans of Anne Tyler and Anna Quindlen Glowingly reviewed everywhere from O, The Oprah Magazine and Good Housekeeping to sites across the blogosphere, Lydia’s Party sparks “a-ha” moments and heartfelt conversations about friendship, regrets, and ambitions. Margaret Hawkins’s earlier books, all published by small presses, have gained her a devoted following, but this gem of a novel will introduce her to the wider audience she deserves. Lydia is hosting her “Bleak Midwinter Bash,” a late Christmas party that has become an annual tradition.
  • Giveaway: Edwin: High King of Britain by Edoardo Albert

    Beth
    18 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    Debut historical fiction series vividly recreating the rise of the Christian kings of Nothumbria, EnglandIn 604 AD, Edwin, the deposed king of Northumbria, seeks refuge at the court of King Raedwald of East Anglia. But Raedwald is urged to kill his guest by Aethelfrith, Edwin’s usurper. As Edwin walks by the shore, alone and at bay, he is confronted by a mysterious figure—the missionary Paulinus— who prophesies that he will ascend to greater heights than any of his forefathers.Through battles and astute political alliances Edwin rises to power, in the process marrying the Kentish…
  • Review: The Winter Guest by Pam Jenoff

    Beth
    17 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    A stirring novel of first love in a time of war and the unbearable choices that could tear sisters apart, from the celebrated author of The Kommandant's Girl  Life is a constant struggle for the eighteen-year-old Nowak twins as they raise their three younger siblings in rural Poland under the shadow of the Nazi occupation. The constant threat of arrest has made everyone in their village a spy, and turned neighbor against neighbor. Though rugged, independent Helena and pretty, gentle Ruth couldn't be more different, they are staunch allies in protecting their family from the threats the…
  • Review: I Have a Bad Feeling About This by Jeff Strand

    Beth
    16 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Henry Lambert would rather play video games than spend time in the great outdoors—but that doesn't make him a wuss. Skinny nerd? Fine. But wuss is a little harsh. Sadly, his dad doesn't agree. Which is why Henry is being shipped off to Strongwoods Survival Camp. Strongwoods isn't exactly as advertised. It looks like the victim of a zombie apocalypse, the "camp director" is a psycho drill sergeant, and Henry's sure he saw a sign written in blood...Wilderness Survival Tip #1 Drinking your own sweat will not save your life. Somebody might have told you that, but they were trying to…
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    The Literary Yard

  • Poem: Desert Flower

    Author
    19 Sep 2014 | 9:33 am
    By: Raymond Greiner The desert appears lifeless, void of color. No cathedrals, only isolation, heat and blinding sun. One must hike the desert’s long trail to understand it. Hunker down […]
  • Songs of a Clerk: Poetry about the Daily Monotony

    Author
    19 Sep 2014 | 8:55 am
    Songs of a Clerk, another collection of poems by author and poet Gary Beck, claims to show us a unique perspective on life, hope, and our too-often faded dreams. Through […]
  • Story: A Miami Murder

    Author
    18 Sep 2014 | 8:52 am
    By: Sam Rapth The Coastal Road was dancing according to the music of the soaking sun. At the horizon, it was difficult to differentiate between the sky and the sea. […]
  • ‘Orfeo’ Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2014

    Onkar Sharma
    17 Sep 2014 | 8:34 pm
    ‘Orfeo’ a novel by Richard Powers has been able to make to the longlist of the Man Booker Prize 2014. Orfeo has earned a number of good reviews from renowned […]
  • Poem: Golden Chapati

    Author
    17 Sep 2014 | 10:41 am
    By: Ranjeet Singh While walking through a faceless crowd Looking at the golden temple And its golden reflections in the water, Measuring its pride in one quick glimpse The poor […]
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    Stories by Mercilo Daviss

  • Crocorpions

    Mercilo Daviss
    14 Sep 2014 | 12:02 pm
    “Can you get it sorted, please?” she said into the phone. “Look, I have to go, the kids are screaming about something. Call me tomorrow.” She thumbed the phone to hang up, plunked it down on the coffee table and strode over to the French doors leading to the back garden. She squinted into the sunlight, searching the glare for the shape of her son. Little Ken — or probably today Captain Ken of the fearsome pirate ship Fantasticness or somesuch — was running towards her from the bushes. Close behind flew his first mate, Doug, who she was recently informed was…
  • Detective Molly

    Mercilo Daviss
    21 Jun 2014 | 12:28 am
    They slid open the door to the warehouse, and immediately something smelled wrong. Not just the musty staleness of a space left closed to the outside for too long, but undertones of decomposition, of rot tinged with sweetness. The smell you never forget – the smell of evil. The smell of death. “Cameras outside show two men enter about twenty minutes apart,” said Detective Cooper. “Door closes, nobody leaves. That was two months ago.” He took a few steps in, then turned and looked back at the door. “There’s no handle on the inside. It’s rusted off. If you slide the door…
  • Try Again Next Time

    Mercilo Daviss
    8 Jun 2014 | 12:13 pm
    A house sits in the midst of a drenched suburbia, assaulted by hard rain, windows rattled by thunder. Inside, an elderly man comforts his frightened dog and speaks softly to his houseplants. Overhead, the clouds intensify, gathering a darkness immediately above. Then a flash, lightning stabs downwards and wraps around the television aerial. Nobody who belonged to that world would have been able to see two figures step out from the jagged edge that the lightning bolt has sliced through the sky, the arc frozen in time and the rain hanging still in the air. The world is completely still for…
  • The Match Boy Always Hopes

    Mercilo Daviss
    6 May 2014 | 2:45 pm
    He awoke gently, cuddled by darkness. Leaves had gathered over his cheek, he brushed them off. He got to his feet and stood still, listening. Too quiet. Where was the wind? The branches stroked by the breeze? Where were the birds? He walked along a path not as familiar as it should have been, and lit by blades of yellow light that cut the shadows into ribbons. Some of the trees he recognised, saw the same old patterns streaking through the bark. But they seemed fewer in number than he remembered. Then he reached the edge of the forest, too soon, too soon. A road cut across the path. It was…
  • Thin on the Ground

    Mercilo Daviss
    5 May 2014 | 4:37 am
    Pete stomped into the living room. Erica was lying sideways on the sofa, blonde hair hanging over the armrest at one end, feet propped up on the other, nose buried in a book. She did not acknowledge his entrance. “Hi,” he said. “Mmmm,” she replied. Pete wandered over to the kitchen area and began to assemble the ingredients for a vegetable soup. He glanced over the counter to see where Erica still reclined. “Where’s Will?” he said. Erica smiled. “He’s out at a concert,” she said. “The Shapeless Babies are playing at Windswept tonight.” “Right, I remember now,” said…
 
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    WordTrance

  • Top 5 Indie Books

    Michael
    5 Sep 2014 | 4:05 am
    WordTrance - Reading and Writing Genre Fiction It is fast approaching September, and I have been privileged enough to be considered a book reviewer by many authors in 2012 after expressing my interest in a blog. Since The post Top 5 Indie Books appeared first on WordTrance.
  • Transcending Mediums

    Michael
    21 Aug 2014 | 10:07 pm
    WordTrance - Reading and Writing Genre Fiction In Memory of Robin Williams As the world mourns the loss of great actor and comedian Robin Williams, I remember the characters he had played and think: how I wish The post Transcending Mediums appeared first on WordTrance.
  • Sentence Level Checklist

    Michael
    7 Aug 2014 | 4:44 am
    WordTrance - Reading and Writing Genre Fiction There are a lot of sentence level pitfalls we tend to make as writers. A few of those are listed below. Give your story a pass with this checklist to The post Sentence Level Checklist appeared first on WordTrance.
  • Poetry in Prose

    Michael
    23 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    WordTrance - Reading and Writing Genre Fiction Prose is the go-to method when writing fiction. It is basic text without regard to any structure or the sound of words. It is clear, straight-forward, easy to understand, and The post Poetry in Prose appeared first on WordTrance.
  • In the Tall Grass by Stephen King & Joe Hill

    Michael
    9 Jul 2014 | 4:45 am
    WordTrance - Reading and Writing Genre Fiction In the Tall Grass During a cross-country trip, siblings Cal and Becky Demuth stop to investigate the sounds of a child calling for help from the surrounding field of grass. The post In the Tall Grass by Stephen King & Joe Hill appeared first on WordTrance.
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    Peter J Story » Peter J Story

  • Things Grak Hates Giveaway!

    Peter J Story
    21 Sep 2014 | 7:01 am
    Enter now to win a free copy of Things Grak Hates on Kindle. Simply fill out the form below to be entered into the drawing. Want more chances? Just share this contest with friends, and you’ll get three more entries! And if you don’t win today, don’t worry. I’m giving away one copy every day until the book releases on ...
  • Notable Quotes: 59

    Peter J Story
    21 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    “The wastebasket is a writer’s best friend.” —– Isaac Bashevis Singer
  • Notable Quotes: 58

    Peter J Story
    20 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    “Metaphors have a way of holding the most truth in the least space.” —– Orson Scott Card
  • Things Grak Hates: 60 days until release

    Peter J Story
    19 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    Here’s an excerpt from chapter 15 of Things Grak Hates. Don’t forget to pre-order your Kindle copy or pre-order the hardcover here: Grak’s thoughts are interrupted by a steadily rising noise coming from somewhere off in the distance behind them. What began several moments ago as a low, indistinct rumbling, now bears an eerie resemblance to the sound of running ...
  • Notable Quotes: 57

    Peter J Story
    18 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    “Every writer I know has trouble writing.” —– Joseph Heller
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    Little Miss Bookmark

  • Review: Unlimited: A Novel by Davis Bunn

    17 Sep 2014 | 6:01 am
    Simon Orwell is a brilliant student whose life has taken a series of wrong turns. At the point of giving up on his dreams, he gets a call from an old professor who has discovered a breakthrough in a device that would create unlimited energy, and he needs Simon's help.But once he crosses the border, nothing goes as the young man planned. The professor has been killed and Simon is assaulted and nearly killed by members of a powerful drug cartel.Now he must take refuge in the only place that will help him, a local orphanage. There, Simon meets Harold Finch, the orphanage proprietor who walked…
  • Review: The Wicked Girls by Alex Marwood

    14 Sep 2014 | 9:10 am
    One fateful summer morning in 1986, two 11-year-old girls meet for the first time and by the end of the day are charged with murder.Twenty-five years later, journalist Kirsty Lindsay is reporting on a series of attacks on young female tourists in a seaside town when her investigation leads her to interview funfair cleaner Amber Gordon. For Kirsty and Amber, it's the first time they've seen each other since that dark day when they were just children. But with new lives – and families – to protect, will they really be able to keep their secret hidden?Oh, where to start. This one just didn't…
  • Review: Friday Night Alibi by Cassie Mae

    14 Sep 2014 | 7:34 am
    In the wealthy town of Sundale, Kelli Pinkins has hatched the perfect plan to capitalize on her sweet reputation. For a generous fee, she will be every trust-fund baby’s dream: a Friday-night alibi, the “girlfriend” or “BFF” that parents dream about. With college approaching in the fall, Kelli’s services are in demand more than ever, which means that her social life is nonexistent. But Kelli is A-okay with that. She’s raking in cash for school. Besides, relationships are tricky, and sometimes very messy. She’d rather be at home on Xbox LIVE, anyway. Then the unexpected…
  • Review: The Best of Me by Nicholas Sparks

    14 Sep 2014 | 4:30 am
    "Everyone wanted to believe that endless love was possible. She'd believed in it once, too, back when she was eighteen."In the spring of 1984, high school students Amanda Collier and Dawson Cole fell deeply, irrevocably in love. Though they were from opposite sides of the tracks, their love for one another seemed to defy the realities of life in the small town of Oriental, North Carolina. But as the summer of their senior year came to a close, unforeseen events would tear the young couple apart, setting them on radically divergent paths.Now, twenty-five years later, Amanda and Dawson are…
  • Review: Don't Look Away (Veronica Sloan #1) by Leslie A. Kelly

    12 Sep 2014 | 6:31 pm
    CAN A MURDER VICTIM'S OWN MEMORIES BE USED TO SOLVE A CRIME?Detective Veronica Sloan isn't shocked by much. Having lived through the worst terrorist attacks in history — which destroyed much of Washington, D.C. — she's immune to even the most vicious brutality. But even she is stunned by the discovery of a murder in the basement of the under-reconstruction White House.Sloan and FBI Agent Jeremy Sykes have been assigned to investigate the homicide because the victim was a participant in a top-secret experiment. Veronica has been training for just this kind of case, waiting to use her…
 
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    John Harbour

  • Provencal Lunch

    John Harbour
    20 Sep 2014 | 7:08 am
    The provencal lunch is a wondrous thing. My first introduction was from, of all things, a parking meter. It was our second full day in Provence and our first weekday. My wife and I were in Avignon, first to visit Les Halles and then on to the Pope’s palace and Pont Saint-Bénézet. I say this only to point out that we were in a city of some size, at least for Provence, and not some quaint village where they made their own rules or simply ignored others. Here was law and order and policy. We arrived around ten in the morning and were looking for place to park close to the market. As we…
  • Petit Dejeuner

    John Harbour
    6 Sep 2014 | 7:18 am
    Breakfast! My wife stirs as I get dressed, but settles after I tell her where I’m going. I exit our apartment into the chamber and stairs that lead to the street, paying careful attention to not spook Vincent, the bat who has taken up residence just outside the apartment door. Smart bat. It’s cool and dark in the day and just off of his nighttime feeding grounds. My wife and I have struck a bargain with Vincent; he is to take care of the bugs around and near the apartment, and we will do our best to not ungracefully disturb him as he slumbers. He awakes, as always, and does some lovely…
  • Joe Bonamassa: The Best Guitarist You Never Heard Of

    John Harbour
    5 Sep 2014 | 6:32 pm
    Quick, name the best modern blues guitarists you can think of…I will wager that two of the names that came to mind were Eric Clapton and Stevie Ray Vaughan. You know who I bet you didn’t think of? Joe Bonamassa. Why? The answer to this question always perplexes me. I have friends that are hard core musicians and when I ask them this question, about half of the time they respond the same? Joe Bonamassa? Who? This is something I don’t understand. During his 2009 tour, when he was thirty-two, Eric Clapton joined him onstage at the Victoria & Albert Hall in London. I became aware of him…
  • What Happened to the Food of My Youth?

    John Harbour
    1 Sep 2014 | 8:19 am
    Rant Warning: There are no solutions offered below. We strayed from the path. We lost the thread. We traded quality for speed and standardization. We accepted mediocre, which led to homogenized, tasteless food. It looks like a tomato, but it doesn’t taste like one; It tastes like whatever you put on it. We allowed the bottom line to take control of our quality of life. McDonald’s, Walmart, ConAgra, and Monsanto control the food we eat. It doesn’t matter that you don’t eat at McDonald’s, the food you consume has traveled through the system that has grown to support their voracious…
  • Happy Labor Day!

    John Harbour
    1 Sep 2014 | 8:16 am
    One of my favorite scenes from Downton Abbey is the first time the term weekend was used in front of Maggie Smith’s character.  She pauses and inquires, “Excuse me, but what is a week end?” emphasis on the end as my friends in the UK still like to do.  That leads me to my thanks to the labor unions, the people who gave us the weekend! As well as child labor laws, overtime, and the minimum wage. Image – Woodcut: Frans Masereel, 1918
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    TolkienBlog.com

  • Silmarillion Character Profile: Lúthien

    Emily
    18 Sep 2014 | 2:24 pm
    One of the most daunting things about reading The Silmarillion is keeping all of the names straight. I love this, so I want to make it more accessible for the general reader with brief character profiles. Name: Lúthien Tinúviel Immediate Family: Husband: Beren Son: Dior Aranel Home: Beleriand, almost exclusively Doriath Claim to fame: Not only was Lúthien the only one of the Children of Ilúvatar (the… Read more The post Silmarillion Character Profile: Lúthien appeared first on TolkienBlog.com.
  • Lord of the Rings Meaning, As Unearthed by Yahoo! Movies

    Emily
    16 Sep 2014 | 12:13 pm
    Yahoo! Movies recently published an article entitled The Hidden Meanings Behind Iconic Movies. If you’re expecting a mind-blowing revelation…well, don’t. Despite some correct and interesting information (I’ve heard the Star Wars interpretation before, but I’ve never seen references supporting the interpretation), writer Rob Waugh is way off on Lord of the Rings meaning. He claims that it’s “REALLY about” the Battle of the… Read more The post Lord of the Rings Meaning, As Unearthed by Yahoo! Movies appeared first on TolkienBlog.com.
  • 4 Things You May Not Know About J.R.R. Tolkien

    Emily
    13 Sep 2014 | 1:20 pm
    There are a lot of facts about J.R.R. Tolkien that are well-known, both to his fans and even to the general public. He was a good friend to C.S. Lewis, the man who wrote The Chronicles of Narnia. He was a practicing Catholic. He loved trees. He once wrote a biting letter to Nazis. And so on. Of course, Tolkien was… Read more The post 4 Things You May Not Know About J.R.R. Tolkien appeared first on TolkienBlog.com.
  • Silmarillion Character Profile: Melian

    Emily
    11 Sep 2014 | 1:07 pm
    One of the most daunting things about reading The Silmarillion is keeping all of the names straight. I love this, so I want to make it more accessible for the general reader with brief character profiles. Name: Melian Immediate Family: Husband: Thingol Daughter: Lúthien Tinúviel Home: Lived in Beleriand for most of the First Age Claim to fame: The only Maia to marry one of the… Read more The post Silmarillion Character Profile: Melian appeared first on TolkienBlog.com.
  • What Does Celebrimbor Mean?

    Emily
    9 Sep 2014 | 8:08 am
    Whether you’re a long-time Tolkien fan or you just heard the name from all the hype around Shadow of Mordor, there’s no denying that “Celebrimbor” is a doozy of a name. What does that even mean? According to The Silmarillion, “Celebrimbor” means “hand of silver.” Is that just a generic name or does it have meaning beyond the translation? Keep in mind… Read more The post What Does Celebrimbor Mean? appeared first on TolkienBlog.com.
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    The Art of Storytelling in Novels, Journalism and Pop Culture - Bernice Landry

  • Truth in Fiction With Eudora Welty

    Bernice Landry
    4 Sep 2014 | 9:02 am
    There are all kinds of books on writing — manuals, style guides, words of wisdom, words of warning, and every kind of bizarre miscellany imaginable. Like many writers I read a lot of them — not always for the advice, but often as maps to foreign countries that my fellow travelers have visited.I came across another of these when I thought I would check out Eudora Welty, a writer I didn’t know too much about, who fell between Isaac Bashevis Singer and John Gardner in my copy of The Paris Review Interviews vol. II that has spent the summer on my bedside table. Welty, I discovered, lived…
  • The Electric Wit and Tender Heart of Robin Williams

    Bernice Landry
    28 Aug 2014 | 3:49 am
    Like millions of others, I knew Robin Williams as a famous actor and comedian extraordinaire. I was also familiar with some details of his personal life, like that he had a house in San Francisco, was married more than once, and was a recovering addict. Other than that, I didn’t know much about him.On the other hand, I’m not sure how much the details circulated by the gossip and celebrity industries tell us about a person. It seems like the more minutiae we are peddled — what the celebrity eats, who he is seen with, behind-the-scenes gossip about his quirks and idiosyncrasies — the…
  • Psst! Hey, Peter Mendelsund! Illustrate my book cover, why don’t you?

    Bernice Landry
    25 Aug 2014 | 6:03 am
    Well, what do you know? Apparently the publishing industry is not even close to dead. As we are reminded by the recent release of two books, “Cover” and “What We See When We Read”, by guru designer Peter Mendelsund, there are whole departments of smart and talented people devoted to the ancient art of book cover illustration. And these designers are not historical re-enactors in period costume wielding ancient, cryptic tools — but living and breathing professionals working on lofty floors in Manhattan highrises! Designing real printed book covers (on real paper!) that do not even…
  • The Landscape of the Self in Georgia O’Keeffe

    Bernice Landry
    21 Aug 2014 | 10:25 am
    The other day I had the urge to look up some of Georgia O’Keeffe’s paintings, and, as I admired her unmistakable work, I wondered if anyone had written her biography. And, of course, there were a few, but I decided to check out “Portrait of an Artist: A Biography of Georgia O’Keeffe” by journalist and writer Laurie Lisle, originally published in 1980 and recently re-released.That O’Keeffe was a pioneer in the realm of visual arts is incontestable — one need look no further than her striking, sensual flowers, her stark bones against the vast desert sky and her impressionistic…
  • The Artist in Disguise in Isaac Bashevis Singer

    Bernice Landry
    29 Jul 2014 | 4:46 am
    Novelists write about every kind of character imaginable. Or do they?Sometimes, I wonder.No matter how a writer may strive to shape his or her characters into mundane or average peopleit seems to me that some spark of the creative imagination that bore them, some impression of the sculptor’s hand, often remains.To take one of a multitude of examples, one of my favorite writers, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, is not known to write about artists. But I would say that Florentino Ariza in “Love in the Time of Cholera”, with his feverish vow to stay true to his love Fermina Daza, even as the…
 
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    Screaming With Brevity

  • A Review: Witch Piss by Sam Pink

    Matthew J. Hall
    12 Sep 2014 | 1:13 pm
    At 104 pages, this Novella could easily be read during the morning commute. Be prepared though for a shift in perspective as you set out on your return journey. That is to say, Witch Piss is a quick read that sticks. On your route back from the office, factory, convenience store or wherever you go […] The post A Review: Witch Piss by Sam Pink appeared first on Screaming With Brevity.
  • SWB is Taking a Holiday

    Matthew J. Hall
    9 Aug 2014 | 11:11 pm
    It’s time for a break and August seems like as good a time as any for taking a holiday. Not to worry though, we won’t be gone too long. SWB will be back in September with fresh new small press reviews, poetry and an update on my mission to get some of my fiction published […] The post SWB is Taking a Holiday appeared first on Screaming With Brevity.
  • Procreation: A poem by Matthew J. Hall

    Matthew J. Hall
    5 Aug 2014 | 1:14 pm
    About a year ago I published my first collection of poetry entitled From the Depths and Through the Madness. It includes a poem called Procreation and I am honoured to see an excerpt from it being featured on Illustratedpoetry.com today. The image is an original by Marcy Erb (who wrote a fantastic post for our Screaming Sundays […] The post Procreation: A poem by Matthew J. Hall appeared first on Screaming With Brevity.
  • Illustrated Poetry

    Marcy Erb
    3 Aug 2014 | 1:00 am
    At the end of graduate school I returned to reading and writing poetry after a decade-long absence. It was the relief of coming home. So I went looking among my friends for someone to give a first pass “read-through” and render an opinion for my fledgling poetry.  But my otherwise supportive cohort politely and sheepishly […] The post Illustrated Poetry appeared first on Screaming With Brevity.
  • The Bristol Lit Scene: Bigger and Better

    Peter Sutton
    27 Jul 2014 | 3:26 am
    The Bristol Lit Scene is bigger and better than ever before. Two years ago I got involved in Bristol Festival of Literature as one of the organisers. BFL will be back this year, in a new streamlined version of a full weekend of great events. Sign up for the newsletter or follow us on Twitter […] The post The Bristol Lit Scene: Bigger and Better appeared first on Screaming With Brevity.
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