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    Where Writers Win
    Shari Stauch
    29 Oct 2014 | 10:42 am
    For those of you who don’t know, the WWW crew is pleased and honored to work with two very cool conferences each year: Words & Music, a more “craft-centered” conference that takes place each fall in New Orleans, LA (November 20-23 this year),  and the PubSense Summit in spring (March 22-24, Charleston, SC), that’s all about the biz of publishing and promoting your work. (More on PubSense when registration opens later this year!) Words & Music 2014 kicks off just three weeks from tomorrow, and will feature over FIFTY AUTHORS, amongst them famous screenwriters,…
  • ArtsBeat: Book Review Podcast: ‘Deep Down Dark’

    NYT > Books
    By JOHN WILLIAMS
    22 Nov 2014 | 7:02 pm
    Héctor Tobar discusses “Deep Down Dark: The Untold Stories of 33 Men Buried in a Chilean Mine, and the Miracle That Set Them Free.”
  • Author Wrestles With Wolves In 'Treat Us Like Dogs'

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    22 Nov 2014 | 4:51 am
    NPR's Scott Simon talks to Carolyn Chute about her new novel, Treat Us Like Dogs and We Will Become Wolves. The book follows a reporter as she investigates a remote commune and its charismatic leader.» E-Mail This
  • “Do you think I married my father?”

    Salon.com
    22 Nov 2014 | 4:13 pm
    Well, maybe we all do in different ways. But why is marrying a man my dad's age such an outrageous taboo to people?
  • Editors’ Post-NaNo Tips for Revising Your Novel

    The Book Designer
    Joel Friedlander
    19 Nov 2014 | 12:05 am
    By Corina Koch MacLeod and Carla Douglas It’s National Novel Writing Month, and if you’re participating in the festivities, you’re chained to your computer in an effort to blast out a 50,000-word first draft. Thanks for coming up for air to read this post! When your draft is completed, you’ll need to revise it. And how you revise your writing will depend on your prewriting and planning style the kind of book you’re writing But first, an explanation of what we mean by revise. What is Revising? The prefix “re” means again. To revise is to re-vision—to look at your writing…
 
 
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  • Editors’ Post-NaNo Tips for Revising Your Novel

    Joel Friedlander
    19 Nov 2014 | 12:05 am
    By Corina Koch MacLeod and Carla Douglas It’s National Novel Writing Month, and if you’re participating in the festivities, you’re chained to your computer in an effort to blast out a 50,000-word first draft. Thanks for coming up for air to read this post! When your draft is completed, you’ll need to revise it. And how you revise your writing will depend on your prewriting and planning style the kind of book you’re writing But first, an explanation of what we mean by revise. What is Revising? The prefix “re” means again. To revise is to re-vision—to look at your writing…
  • e-Book Cover Design Awards, October 2014

    Joel Friedlander
    17 Nov 2014 | 12:05 am
    Welcome to the e-Book Cover Design Awards. This edition is for submissions during October, 2014. This month we received: 106 covers in the Fiction category 23 covers in the Nonfiction categoryu 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…
  • This Week in the Blogs, November 8 – 14, 2014

    Joel Friedlander
    16 Nov 2014 | 12:05 am
    Mother Nature’s been playing tricks on many of us this past week with an early return to winter across much of the country leaving quite a few of us wondering what happened! While we can’t control the weather, we can control many of the factors to do with the success of our self-publishing efforts. Here’s some of the latest articles to help with that. Jason Matthews on How to Make, Market and Sell Ebooks My Babelcube Experience (part 2) Getting Interesting “My optimism for self-pub opportunities spiked when I heard about Babelcube and their book translation services. I…
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  • October 2014: Book notices

    Debra Hamel
    31 Oct 2014 | 7:00 pm
    Alexander McCall Smith, The Handsome Man's De Luxe Café I haven't yet read the last couple of books in this series: while I was off doing other things Mma Makutsi changed her title and had a baby--pretty big doings. Still, time moves slowly in McCall Smith's Botswana, and one is able to jump into his books out of order without missing too much. This time out, Mma Ramotswe is asked to discover the identity of a woman with amnesia. She also concerns herself with the future of Charlie, her husband's girl-chasing apprentice mechanic. Meanwhile, Mma Makutsi is wading more fully into…
  • September 2014: Book notices

    Debra Hamel
    30 Sep 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Joel Dicker, The Truth about the Harry Quebert Affair Joel Dicker's much ballyhooed The Truth about the Harry Quebert Affair is a very long book. Reading it, one has a lot of time to think about whether jumping into a 650-odd page tome was a good idea. I'm still not sure. There was a lot I didn't like about it. A litany of complaints: I'm pretty sure a lot of the book could have been lopped off to good effect. I found much of the story implausible. The too-precious chapter openings--in which Harry gives Marcus advice about writing--are often nauseating. Marcus' mother--a minor character,…
  • 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…
 
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  • Vegetarian Cookbooks for a Meat-Free Thanksgiving

    Sabrina Barekzai
    21 Nov 2014 | 2:46 pm
    I’m just going to say the thing that a lot of vegetarians and not-too-meat-friendly folks are not supposed to say: it’s hard to feel creative in the kitchen sometimes. But there’s hope even during Thanksgiving, and it comes in the form of some beautiful cookbooks. Sarah Copeland’s Feast is full of so many inventive vegetarian recipes (over 140 concoctions!) and is a good starting place for those looking to stray away from meat. Feast showcases a global range of flavors, from the peppery cuisine of her Hungarian, vegetarian husband to the bibimbap she fell in love…
  • The 6 Most Fascinating Homeland Locations

    Matt Hurwitz
    21 Nov 2014 | 11:10 am
    Please join us in welcoming Matt Hurwitz, author of the newly-released Homeland Revealed, to the blog. Read on for most interesting locations used on Homeland, and leave a comment below with your favorite setting on the show for a chance to win a copy of the book.  Though I’ve lived in California since 1986, I thought I could easily spot my hometown, the Washington, D.C. Metro area, any time on television. But filmmaking is all about magic and make believe, and, I’m sure, like all of you, I was easily fooled into believing that I was seeing shot after shot of Northern Virginia from the…
  • NaNoWriMo: Getting Into Character

    Lara Starr
    19 Nov 2014 | 9:50 am
    November is NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month), and Chronicle’s Middle Grade and YA novelists are here to help you stay motivated. We’ve invited several to give their best tips and advice. This week is Barry Jonsberg. Check back in for more inspiration next Wednesday, and good luck! We know you can do it! Getting started. Okay. You’ve [kinda] sorted out the plot line for your novel. It’s a blockbuster YA involving wormholes in space/time and all sorts of funky stuff. Now you need a main character to hold it all together. Let’s see—a sixteen year-old girl with attitude; tough…
  • Pretty Party Makeup

    Stephanie Wong
    18 Nov 2014 | 6:03 pm
    It’s time to break out the party dresses, high heels and sparkly purses, holiday parties and events are just around the corner! To get you ready, we’re sharing an evening look from The Daily Face: 25 Makeup Looks for Day, Night, and Everything in Between by Annamarie Tendler.   Enter to win the makeup products you need to create the Pink Diamonds look and more here, curated by Annamarie herself! Stephanie Wong Marketing & Publicity Manager, Lifestyle
  • This Holiday, I Pledge to #GiveBooks!

    Kathryn Jaller
    17 Nov 2014 | 8:26 am
    If you’re reading this blog, you’re no stranger to giving or receiving a book as a gift. It’s easy to identify that particular present when it’s all wrapped up, but even a wrapped book is mysterious. Will it be a cookbook, a journal, a novel, or something you’ve never seen before? How will it strike you at first? How about by the end? And what will you do with what you learn? For the third year in a row, we’re asking you to share the love of reading, support your local bookseller, and help promote literacy by pledging to give books this holiday season. And…
 
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    Charles Petzold

  • My Week at Xamarin Evolve 2014

    29 Oct 2014 | 8:47 am
    I've been to a lot of developers conferences over the decades, but never before had I been an employee of the company that staged the event. Consequently, it was fascinating getting an inside view of the massive amount of preparation required for Xamarin Evolve 2014, the largest cross-platform mobile developers conference in the world, and just as exciting spending the week at Evolve in Atlanta earlier this month. ... more ...
  • Stop Disseminating Bullshit!

    26 Oct 2014 | 1:23 pm
    If you were browsing periodicals on a newsstand looking for some good informative articles on science issues, is this the newspaper you would select? ... more ...
  • 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…
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    The Millions

  • American Book Awards

    Kaulie Lewis
    22 Nov 2014 | 8:46 am
    The 2014 National Book Awards were just announced earlier this week. In celebration, The Paris Review took a look back at the American Book Awards, which “serve as a reminder that ostensibly prestigious institutions—institutions whose authority and taste depend on their perceived stability—are just as susceptible to whims and trends as the rest of us, which is to say very.”
  • America’s First Bohemians

    Kaulie Lewis
    22 Nov 2014 | 7:28 am
    Recommended reading: Brandon Ambrosino interviews Justin Martin, author of Rebel Souls: Walt Whitman and America’s First Bohemians, about, well, Walt Whitman and America’s first bohemians.
  • Writers on Reading

    Kaulie Lewis
    22 Nov 2014 | 6:44 am
    How do writers read? Elisa Gabbert asked ten writers, including Teju Cole and Laura Van Den Berg (who wrote about her pet wolf Natasha for The Millions), about their reading habits for The Believer.
  • A New Adaptation of 1984

    Kaulie Lewis
    21 Nov 2014 | 11:30 am
    This week in book-to-film adaptation news: a new version of 1984 is in the works, with Paul Greengrass signed on to direct and a screenplay by James Graham.
  • How Should Books Be Organized?

    Kaulie Lewis
    21 Nov 2014 | 10:35 am
    Reading books is great; buying books is better. But how should they be organized? NPR, under the guidance of librarian Kee Malesky, has some pointers.
 
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    Opinions of a Teen Who Reads

  • Afterworlds: Review

    17 Nov 2014 | 9:53 am
    Author: Scott WesterfeldAge range: 12-18Content: Mild sexual content, moderate romance, mild language, moderate violenceGenre: Teen Fiction / Teen FantasyPublisher: Simon PulsePages: 608Where to get it: Barnes & Noble, Amazon, Target, Half-Price BooksSynopsis:Darcy Patel has put everything on hold to publish her first teen novel, Afterworlds. After arriving in New York with no apartment or friends, she questions whether she made the right decision. Until she finds a group of seasoned and fledgling writers who take her under their wing. Told in an…
  • I'm a halloweenie...

    31 Oct 2014 | 12:21 pm
     ... because I didn't read enough books for this month. Sorry, sorry. Don't kill me. But here's cute pumpkin gif in place of a review. Enjoy.Happy Halloween, everyone. Eat loads of candy.
  • The Infinite Sea (The 5th Wave #2): Review

    30 Oct 2014 | 12:58 pm
    Author: Rick YanceyAge range: 13-17Content: Mild romance, no sexual content, moderate language, high violenceGenre: Teen Science Fiction / Teen Action and AdventurePublisher: Penguin Young Readers GroupPages: 320 Where to get it: Barnes & Noble, Amazon, Target, Half-Price BooksSynopsis:Surviving the first four waves was nearly impossible. Now Cassie Sullivan finds herself in a new world in which the fundamental trust is no longer enough to bind them together. As the 5th wave rolls across the landscape, Cassie, Ben, Ringer, and Evan are forced to confront…
  • The 5th Wave (The 5th Wave #1): Review

    27 Oct 2014 | 2:32 pm
    Author: Rick YanceyAge range: 13-17Content: Mild romance, no sexual content, moderate language, high violenceGenre: Teen Science Fiction / Teen Action and AdventurePublisher: Penguin Young Readers GroupPages: 480Where to get it: Barnes & Noble, Amazon, Target, Half-Price BooksSynopsis:After the 1st wave only darkness remains. After the 2nd only the lucky survive. After the 3rd the unlucky survive. Then after the 4th, only one rule applies: trust no one. Now it's the dawn of the 5th wave. On a lonely stretch of highway, Cassie Sullivan runs from Them, the beings who…
  • Thinner: Review

    23 Oct 2014 | 10:25 am
    Author: Stephen King (as Richard Bachman)Age range: 18 & upContent: Moderate romance, moderate sexual content, high language, moderate violenceGenre: FictionPublisher: Penguin Group (USA)Pages: 320Where to get it: Barnes & Noble, Amazon, Target, Half-Price BooksSynopsis:Billy Halleck is fifty pounds overweight and, as his doctor keeps reminding him, on his way to heart attack territory. But he has a caring family, an expensive home, and a successful career as a lawyer. He is both a beneficiary and a victim of the American Good Life. Then, in a…
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    Eye on Books

  • Bill Cleans Out His First-Edition Closet

    bill@eyeonbooks.com (Bill Thompson)
    8 Nov 2014 | 3:00 pm
    by Next spring marks thirty years of interviewing authors. I’ve done over 10,000 author interviews over that time, and I’ve collected a few signed books along the way. But now I find that it’s time to begin paring the collection down just a tad. In coming days, I’ll be offering a few selected books from my collection to add to yours. The first book I’m parting with is an inscribed first edition of James Ellroy’s 1990 classic “L.A. Confidential.” See the eBay listing here. In the days ahead, I’ll be offering signed first editions by: Sue…
  • Janine Turner “A Little Bit Vulnerable”

    bill@eyeonbooks.com (Bill Thompson)
    1 Oct 2014 | 10:30 pm
    by She feels, she says, “a little bit vulnerable.” For the first time, actress Janine Turner opens up about her private life in a book she calls “A Little Bit Vulnerable.” In what her publisher calls a “breathtaking sweep of her half a century of living,” Turner chronicles her journeys through the canyons of her life and how she sought horizons. She includes poetry, essays, opinion-editorials, radio interviews and letters, to reveal how she prevailed over heartbreak, alcoholism, and the death of her father. Listen to Janine Turner Download audio file…
  • 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…
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    The Book Deal: A Publishing Blog for Writers and Book People

  • Women mystery writers break out of the shadows

    Alan Rinzler
    13 Nov 2014 | 6:44 pm
    The tired old stereotype of a mystery writer as some hard-boiled noir guy with a cigarette in one hand and a tumbler full of whiskey in the other is obsolete. Over. Done. Make way for Sisters in Crime, a nationwide organization of women mystery writers who are achieving commercial and literary success. Ever since Sara Paretsky’s debut novel Indemnity Only in 1982, a steady flow of increasingly popular women mystery writers has emerged, including Patricia Cornwall with her Scarpetta series, Sue Grafton’s Kinsey Millhane Alphabet series, and many others. For the love of mysteries I’ve…
  • Eavesdropping for story ideas and other tips from a veteran novelist

    Alan Rinzler
    6 Oct 2014 | 11:20 am
    Today we have some sage advice for writers from a proven practitioner of the art and craft of literary commerce who’s had a successful career as a writer for more than 50 years. Warren Adler has published more than 32 novels and short story collections, including The War of the Roses, which was made into the devastatingly funny movie starring Michael Douglas and Kathleen Turner. That story grew out of an overheard conversation, incidentally. More on that below. Adler studied writing at the New School with fellow students Mario Puzzo and William Styron. Here’s Warren: I’ve spent my whole…
  • How authors support their writing dreams

    Alan Rinzler
    11 Jun 2014 | 10:53 pm
    A few aspiring authors get to stay home and write all day. Think of them as the 1%. The rest need to worry about putting food on the table before they can focus on their literary dreams. Even the most successful writers I’ve edited, past and present, took whatever work they could find along the way. Claude Brown was a mailman in 1964 when I discovered his monumental manuscript for Manchild in the Promised Land overflowing a sagging cardboard box under my desk at Macmillan where I had just landed a job as a junior editor. Claude introduced me to his friend Toni Morrison, a young textbook…
  • Ever wonder what a developmental editor could do for your book?

    Alan Rinzler
    20 May 2014 | 10:35 pm
    More and more writers are hiring their own developmental editors, whether they plan to self-publish their book or hope to land a literary agent and go for a book deal with a traditional publisher. To give you an idea what a professional developmental editor could do for your book, here’s a checklist of some of the essential services we deliver: • Help to get you started Provide early feedback and creative suggestions when you’re still figuring out what the book is about. Help with focusing the plot, structure, literary style, and deciding which issues or aspects of the story to include…
  • Ask the editor: Breaking the “write what you know” rule

    Alan Rinzler
    7 Apr 2014 | 12:34 pm
    Q: I have a terrific story to tell, but it didn’t actually happen to me. Is it possible to write with authenticity about something you haven’t experienced firsthand? A: Many great books are written by authors who seem to have nothing in common with their character’s experiences. Different gender, culture, time in history, geographic location. Stephen Crane wrote The Red Badge of Courage, an amazing description of a bloody hand-to-hand combat and death during the infamous Civil War battle of Chancellorsville without ever having any experience in the military or violent conflict of any…
 
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    Blogposts | The Guardian

  • Fifth one-day international: Australia v South Africa – live!

    Paul Connolly (first innings) and Russell Jackson (second innings)
    22 Nov 2014 | 8:53 pm
    Get in touch on email: paul.connolly@theguardian.comAustralia hold unassailable 3-1 lead in five-match series 3.53pm AEST 23rd over: South Africa 112-1 (de Kock 57 Rossouw 29)Four more singles, and a two! A two to Rossouw! 3.50pm AEST 22nd over: South Africa 107-1 (de Kock 55, Rossouw 26)Four more easy singles, off Faulkner this time, as we well and truly enter the somnolence of the middle overs. 3.46pm AEST 21st over: South Africa 103-1 (de Kock 53, Rossouw 24)Three singles, worked into the gaps like wood putty. De Kock and Rossouw looked comfortable, despite the heat. 3.44pm AEST 20th over:…
  • Radical Independence and Nicola Sturgeon take Glasgow by storm

    Libby Brooks
    22 Nov 2014 | 2:35 pm
    Thousands gather on the banks of the Clyde to talk about the future of the Scottish independence movement post-referendumHere are a few key facts about what went down in Glasgow today: at least 15,000 people from across the country gathered on the banks of the Clyde to talk about politics and how to make Scotland a better, fairer, more equal country. Many of them did it all day. Some of them weren’t even members of the SNP. By the end of the morning, both #RIC2014 (the third national conference of the Radical Independence Campaign) and #SNPtour (marking the sell-out Nicola Sturgeon gig at…
  • The X Factor 2014: week seven live blog – as it happened

    Stuart Heritage
    22 Nov 2014 | 1:37 pm
    The end is almost in sight, with a double elimination this weekend to hasten the day. Stuart Heritage sat through all of Saturday night’s show. 9.37pm GMT Well, that’s it. The worst X Factor theme night since the very dawn of the universe itself has reached its horrible conclusion. Thanks for coming with me. I couldn’t have possibly done it alone.Now, let’s all come back here tomorrow night at 8pm for the X Factor results show. I heard that Take That are performing. I hope they do The Flood! I’m on Twitter at @StuHeritage and, since I’m almost completely certain that nobody at The…
  • England v Samoa – as it happened | Dan Lucas

    Dan Lucas
    22 Nov 2014 | 12:56 pm
    England 28-9 SamoaEngland fail to impress in a dreadful match at Twickenham 8.56pm GMT Thank god that’s over. Now let us pretend this never happened. England’s conservative selection today means they’ve made their bed and must now lie in it, as there won’t be any more chances to give the new guys an extended go before the World Cup. If they don’t improve enormously then they’re going to start getting seriously embarrassed.Bye, if anyone’s still reading for some reason. 8.52pm GMT You are a professional rugby player. Jesus Christ. 8.51pm GMT 78 min Stanley kicks a penalty deep…
  • Barcelona v Sevilla: La Liga – as it happened! | Ian McCourt

    Ian McCourt
    22 Nov 2014 | 12:50 pm
    Lionel Messi became La Liga’s all-time top goalscorer with an impressive hat-trick against Sevilla 8.50pm GMT Five goals and five stars for Barcelona. But one star shone brighter than the rest and we all know who that is. With his hat-trick tonight Messi is now the all-time leading scorer in La Liga. At the age of 27 – yes, twenty bloody seven! – that is something just astonishing. Thanks for all the tweets, comments and emails and enjoy the rest of your Saturday. Bye! 8.47pm GMT 89 mins Another corner to the away side. This time on the right. Deulofeu does it but it comes to nothing…
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    ReadySteadyBlog

  • SR... some thoughts on recent reading

    17 Nov 2014 | 9:40 am
    As I mentioned last Monday, I'm enjoying Steven Shaviro's new Whitehead-meets-Speculative Realism (SR) book Universe of Things, but before I (hopefully) review it, I should perhaps make a brief comment on why I'm reading it. And that particular story makes better sense if I mention that I'm also reading Peter Wolfendale's Object-Oriented Philosophy: The Noumenon's New Clothes (from the always excellent Urbanomic) and briefly mention why I'm reading that... I read more philosophy books than books on any other topic – and, to be honest, it's probably more than time that RSB reflected that a…
  • Review: The Universe of Things

    10 Nov 2014 | 10:08 am
    Austin Roberts reviews Steven Shaviro's The Universe of Things: On Speculative Realism: One of the most interesting trends in recent philosophy is what is sometimes called Speculative Realism. The name comes from a conference in 2007 at the University of London that brought together four very different philosophers who nevertheless were united in their efforts to resurrect realist metaphysics: Quentin Meillassoux, Ray Brassier, Graham Harman, and Iain Hamilton Grant. Each of them hold quite different metaphysical positions, but all four critique what they name "philosophies of correlation."…
  • The Contemporary Spanish-American Novel

    6 Nov 2014 | 7:24 am
    From World Literature Today, review of The Contemporary Spanish-American Novel: Bolaño and After: This unique collection of essays by fifty scholars and writers on the work of sixty-nine contemporary novelists from Spanish America is a valuable resource for scholars and readers alike. The authors included for discussion were born between 1949 and the early 1970s and have published the bulk of their work since 1996. The essays on individual writers are organized in six chapters based on their point of origin from one of the following geographical and cultural regions: Mexico, Central America,…
  • Collapse Vol. VIII ready for pre-order

    6 Nov 2014 | 6:42 am
    Collapse Vol. VIII is finally ready for pre-order. Do it. With the public trial of 'Casino Capitalism' underway, Collapse VIII examines a pervasive image of thought drawn from games of chance. Surveying those practices in which intellectual resources are most acutely concentrated on the production of capitalizable risk, the volume uncovers the conceptual underpinnings of methods developed to extract value from contingency - in the casino, in the markets, in life.
  • Review: Kierkegaard's Relation to Hegel Reconsidered

    5 Nov 2014 | 2:19 pm
    According to standard interpretations of 19th-century European philosophy, a stark ’either / or’ divided Hegel and Kierkegaard, and this divide profoundly shaped the subsequent development of Continental philosophy well into the 20th century. While left Hegelians carried on the legacy of Hegel’s rationalism and universalism, existentialists and postmodernists found inspiration, at least in part, in Kierkegaard’s critique of systematic philosophy, rationality, and socially integrated subjectivity. In Kierkegaard’s Relation to Hegel Reconsidered, Jon Stewart provides a detailed…
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  • Darkness at Noon - Arthur Koestler

    Litopia Writers' Colony
    21 Nov 2014 | 2:40 am
    One man goes against the system he helped create and the results are not encouraging. Koestler fictionalises the Moscow Show Trials of the 1930s, where parts are fused onto the whole and the whole is broken into parts. A masterful novel. >>> Download the mp3 file Subscribe in iTunes >>> From recent débuts to classics, fiction to non-fiction, memoirs, philosophy, science, history and journalism, Burning Books separates the smoking from the singeworthy, looking at the pleasures (and pains) of reading, the craft of writing, the ideas that are at the heart of great novels as…
  • The World According to Mal Peet

    Litopia Writers' Colony
    13 Nov 2014 | 4:49 am
    Mal Peet is widely acknowledged to be one of the greatest British writers alive. His books have won many awards, and reviews range from the merely enthusiastic to the ecstatic. A deeply creative writer, Mal joins us tonight to chat about the writing process, tar-grouted macadam, nano-drones and Tolkienism. Oh, and also his newly publishing book, THE MURDSTONE TRILOGY… which isn’t a trilogy at all. Click to order from Amazon Is there a formula for writing the next George “Rolls Royce” Martin swords-and-sorcery, high-fantasy epic troll opera? Mal says yes… and what’s more, he…
  • Three Faces of War – Very Special Forces

    Litopia Writers' Colony
    11 Nov 2014 | 3:06 am
    On this day in 1918 – the eleventh day of the eleventh month, at the 11th hour – the hostilities of the First World war formally ended. This is Remembrance Day, aka Poppy Day. But why poppies? Well, contrary to popular belief, poppies have been associated with war since at least Napoleonic times, when a writer first noted how poppies grew over the graves of soldiers. It is theorized that the damage done to the landscape in Flanders during WW1 greatly increased the lime content in the soil, leaving the poppy as one of the few plants able to survive. At the war’s conclusion, it was an…
  • Three Faces of War – The English Lady

    Litopia Writers' Colony
    10 Nov 2014 | 5:31 am
    She does her job with typically understated bravery. To meet her, you might think (for a moment) that this headscarved and very English lady is, perhaps, a headmistress, a rose grower or possibly something a bit nebulous in the arts. But this is Lindsey Hilsum. The woman for whom the expression sang-froid might have been invented. Specialising in remaining imperturbable under fire, and always meeting her deadline. As International Editor for Britain’s Channel 4 News, she reported from Belgrade in 1999 when NATO bombed Serbia, from Baghdad during the 2003 US invasion, and covered the…
  • Three Faces of War – The Assassin

    Litopia Writers' Colony
    9 Nov 2014 | 11:25 am
    Making a welcome return tonight is journalist-turned-investigative-historian, Tim Butcher. Tim specialises in covering awkward places at difficult moments: Kurdistan under attack in 1991 by Saddam Hussein, Sarajevo during the Bosnian War of the 1990s, the Allied attack on Iraq in 2003, Israel's 2006 clash with Hizbollah in southern Lebanon among other crises. All good preparation, then for tonight’s skirmish with Ian... But it’s not all fol-de-rol and bon mots  ce soir. Tim’s new, widely-praised book is a quest to find history's most famous terrorist before Osama bin Laden...
 
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    Omnivoracious

  • Graphic Novel Friday: Grant Morrison's Tragic Triumph

    Alex Carr
    21 Nov 2014 | 5:58 pm
    A few hours after I finished The Multiversity: Pax Americana #1 by Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely, something happened: I got it. Now, I can’t shake the sense that I read the best superhero single issue of the year. Morrison’s Multiversity project (available digitally on comiXology and Kindle, and in our third party marketplace) is a grand one for DC Comics: eight single issues--each a #1, and each issue features a parallel earth, complete with its own heroes and villains. Morrison promises that all of these #1 issues will eventually form a larger whole, a macro-look at DC’s…
  • Recipe Road Test: The Slanted Door's Ginger Braised Chicken

    Seira Wilson
    21 Nov 2014 | 2:11 pm
    2014 has been a really big year for cookbooks so deciding which one would be in the top spot for Best of the Year was tough. In the end, though, The Slanted Door: Modern Vietnamese Food really has it all.  Let me start by saying that this cookbook is utterly beautiful and interesting to look through--every single page of text, be it recipe or brief essay, is accompanied by a full page photograph opposite.  Broken into three acts according to the restaurant's location, The Slanted Door cookbook complements it's recipes with an entertaining history of a restaurant and the modern…
  • 2014 National Book Award Winners

    Jon Foro
    20 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    At an event in Manhattan yesterday evening, the National Book Foundation announced the winners of the 2014 National Book Awards in Fiction, Nonfiction, Young People's Literature, and Poetry. Phil Klay was awarded the highly anticipated prize in fiction for his collection of short stories about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, Redeployment, while Evan Osnos's Age of Ambition was deemed the top nonfiction book of the year. All finalists receive $1,000, and five panelists in each of the four categories decide who takes home the top prizes of $10,000 and a bronze sculpture. Since 1950,…
  • Excerpts from "BOMB: The Author Interviews" - Featuring Colm Toibin, Chris Abani, Patrick McGrath, and Martin Amis

    Neal Thompson
    18 Nov 2014 | 11:00 pm
    For more than thirty years, BOMB magazine has been pairing artists, authors, poets, and painters together for intimate artist-on-artist conversations, more than 1,200 of them so far. In BOMB: The Author Interviews, published last week by Soho Press, the magazine's editor, Betsy Sussler, has compiled an incredible collection of authors interviewing authors: an unknown Jonathan Franzen; Roberto Bolaño, just before he died; Lydia Davis and Francine Prose; Edwidge Danticat and Junot Díaz; Jennifer Egan and Heidi Juilavits; and many more. Below are snippets from two of those conversations,…
  • "Like a Mix of Don Draper and Rasputin": Moving & Shaking in 21st-Century Russia

    Jon Foro
    18 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    When the Soviet Union collapsed in the early 90s, the West rejoiced with the relief that came with the end of the Cold War and the possibility of an era of peace and cooperation. At the same time, its corporations and conglomerates trained a beady eye toward its newly opened markets, and a seemingly virgin economic landscape soon became home to icons such as Coke and McDonalds and Levi’s. But the door was open wide, and tagging along with big business were some seedier characters: organized crime, a youth-and-glamour-obsessed oligarchy, and an entertainment complex hungry for the new…
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    Fresh Fiction

  • Sheila Roberts | Plenty of Holiday Spirit for Me

    Pasha Carlisle
    21 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    I remember last Christmas asking myself, “What would happen if Santa ever lost his holiday spirit?” Hopefully, Christmas is about more than the jolly, old guy in the red suit and the world wouldn’t end if he took some time off. Still, I thought this would be a fun idea to play with, so I […]
  • Wendy Sparrow | Where Heroes Come From

    Pasha Carlisle
    20 Nov 2014 | 9:25 am
    One of the most common questions asked of writers is where our ideas come from, but far less frequently asked is where our characters come from. I remember reading that J.K. Rowling said that Harry Potter walked fully-formed into her head. Other writers such as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle acknowledge that their characters, like Doyle’s […]
  • Randi Cooley Wilson | Why I Write New Adult

    Pasha Carlisle
    20 Nov 2014 | 8:43 am
    If you stop to think about your life’s story, as a whole, you’ll discover each layer is composed of many chapters filled with mystery, romance, relationships, and outcomes – both good and bad. There are innocent moments that take your breath away and if you’re lucky, instances that will define you. When I look over […]
  • Sonya Weiss | Writing Influences

    Pasha Carlisle
    19 Nov 2014 | 9:46 am
    Someone asked me if I could do any other profession except write, what it would be. I would have become a veterinarian. I’ve always loved animals. I think I got that from my parents. Both were avid animal lovers and I can remember one time when my dad brought home an injured pregnant bunny rabbit. […]
  • Exclusive Excerpt from THE LAWS OF SEDUCTION by Gwen Jones

    SaraReyes
    18 Nov 2014 | 8:50 am
    Exclusive Excerpt from THE LAWS OF SEDUCTION Chapter One Alpha Nailed Center City District Police Headquarters Philadelphia Monday, September 29 11:35 p.m. In her fifteen years as an attorney Charlotte had never let anyone throw her off her game, and she wasn’t about to let it happen now. So why was she shaking in her […]
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  • Nerd Riders Drive Through Movie Review - Mockingjay Part 1 - #YAMovieDay

    20 Nov 2014 | 5:06 pm
      Hey everyone! Welcome to our first Drive Through Movie Review, brought to you by the Nerd Riders and hosted exclusively on YABooksCentral.com! Do you know how excited we are about this new feature on YABC? Here's a clue:   Today's film review is all about The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1.  What did Clint and Kristin think about it? Watch their video review to find out!     Have you seen the film? What did you think? Do you agree with the Nerd Riders? Leave your thoughts in the comments!              Read More
  • Giveaway: THE RAVEN CYCLE by Maggie Stiefvater + Tarot Cards (US only)

    1 Nov 2014 | 3:03 am
      ABOUT THE RAVEN CYCLE Mystery, Romance and the supernatural combine in this series from #1 New York Times bestselling author Maggie Stiefvater.   Book 1: The Raven Boys Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue never sees them--until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks to her. His name is Gansey, a rich student at Aglionby, the local private school. Blue has a policy of staying away from Aglionby boys. Known as Raven Boys, they can only mean trouble.   But Blue is drawn to Gansey, in a…
  • YABC Mailbox - October 2014 Book Haul

    21 Oct 2014 | 12:12 pm
      Hey guys! Check out the awesome loot we found in our mailbox this month:   We are especially excited about these YA titles!!             Can't forget the middle grade haul!                  And how about these picture books?             See anything you're dying to read? Let us know in the comments! And don't forget to mark them down on your To-Read lists!        Read More
  • It's live!! Cover Reveal: Avalon Rising by Kathryn Rose + Giveaway (US Only)

    16 Oct 2014 | 4:50 pm
    Hello, YABCers! Today we're super excited to celebrate the cover reveal for AVALON RISING by Kathryn Rose, releasing May 8, 2015 from Flux. Before we get to the cover, here's a note from Kathryn:   Hi guys!   I'm excited to be back to share the cover of the second book in the METAL & LACE series with you! AVALON RISING continues several months after CAMELOT BURNING, and it's a much darker, more wintery story with wraiths and old forgotten kings and prophesies and snow-covered land. The amazing team at Flux brought it to life with such beautiful detailing and the feel of danger…
  • It's live!! Cover Reveal: Nooks & Crannies by Jessica Lawson + Giveaway (International)

    15 Oct 2014 | 4:22 pm
      Ready for another cover reveal, YABCers? Today we're super excited to celebrate the cover reveal for NOOKS & CRANNIES by Jessica Lawson, releasing June 7, 2015 from Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers. Before we get to the cover, here's a note from Jessica:   Hello all YA(and Kids!)BC readers! Welcome to the exclusive cover reveal of NOOKS & CRANNIES!   I'm over the moon to be sharing the wonderful work of artist/illustrator Natalie Andrewson (http://natalie-andrewson.com/) and Simon & Schuster book designer Lucy Ruth Cummins.  …
 
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    The Horn Book

  • Week in Review, November 17th-21st

    Katie Bircher
    21 Nov 2014 | 12:11 pm
    This week on hbook.com… Naomi Shihab Nye Talks With Roger Jim Arnosky’s “Remembering Trina Schart Hyman” on the tenth anniversary of her death Congratulations to Jacqueline Woodson on her National Book Award for Brown Girl Dreaming! Here’s our starred review. Reviews of the Week Picture Book: The Book with No Pictures by B. J. Novak Fiction: The Spiritglass Charade [Stoker & Holmes] by Colleen Gleason Nonfiction: Winter Bees & Other Poems of the Cold by Joyce Sidman; illus. by Rick Allen App: Jump See Farm Read Roger: “Being a White Guy in…
  • Being a White Guy in Children’s Books

    Roger Sutton
    21 Nov 2014 | 11:04 am
    Don’t get me wrong. White guys working in children’s books have it good. In fact, it would be fair to say we have it pretty much made. But in the wake of host Daniel Handler’s remarks at Wednesday’s National Book Awards, I find myself thinking about the privileged but peculiar position white guys have in this field. (Some of what I have to say applies to the non-white guys, too, but I am not going to generalize that far.) I wasn’t at the event and can’t bring myself to watch the video because I know it would have me writhing in empathetic embarrassment. So all of my information is…
  • OMG

    Elissa Gershowitz
    21 Nov 2014 | 8:30 am
    Here are two new YA books about the Rapture, starring teen girls. “It’s the end of the world as we know it / And Vivian Apple and Abigail feel fiiiine.” The post OMG appeared first on The Horn Book.
  • #HBWhoSaidIt? quotes

    Elissa Gershowitz
    21 Nov 2014 | 7:30 am
    Every day in November we’re tweeting (from @HornBook) a quote about the creative process, by a children’s author or illustrator. Can you guess who said it? Click the hashtag #HBWhoSaidIt? for the latest tweets. See all “Who Said It?” quotes and their sources below. 11/3: “When I’m not writing well, I can barely remember what it feels like to write well. When that happens, I read.” Answer here. 11/4: “I kept a comics journal [as a kid]. I used to draw a comic about my day, pretty much every day.” Answer here. 11/5: “Writing is, like any…
  • Jump See Farm app review

    Katie Bircher
    20 Nov 2014 | 1:45 pm
    New educational appJump See Farm(JUMPSEEWOW, October 2014) introduces preschool and primary-age kids to life on several independent rural farms as well as an urban apiary (Best Bees, right here in Boston!). From the main menu, tap on an icon to explore one of six subjects: pig, sheep, dairy cow, chicken, tractor, and bees. Each subject has its own “landing page” featuring a friendly, naive-style illustration with a couple of interactive animations. Tap on select objects or animals in the illustration to access brief documentary videos (up to four on each subject, for a total of…
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    The Fine Books Blog

  • Flora Illustrata: The Mertz Library's Collection in Full Bloom

    Barbara Basbanes Richter
    21 Nov 2014 | 6:01 am
    "If you have a garden and a library, you have all you need." Cicero (Epistulae ad familiares,  Book IX, Epistle 4.) On November 15 the New York Botanical Garden opened its latest exhibition, but its not in a greenhouse filled with orchids or azaleas. Rather, the plants featured in this show are on the sixth floor of the Mertz Library. Flora Illustrata: A Celebration of Botanical Masterworks is a dazzling display of books, manuscripts, maps and art dedicated to the study of botany and horticulture. Of the library's roughly one million cataloged items (in eighty five languages), just…
  • Herbals Outperform at German Auction

    Nate Pedersen
    19 Nov 2014 | 9:34 pm
    A two-day auction of rare books by the German firm Ketterer Kunst on Monday and Tuesday this week realized impressive prices for herbals. All the herbals on offer at auction sold above estimates, sometimes by significant amounts.  The herbal highlight was the Herbarius Patavie, (pictured above), from the collection of botanist and anatomist Lorenz Heister and bearing his signature, which attracted bidders from around the world. In the end, a German bidder won the herbal for $97,500, blowing well past the original estimate of $18,750. Herbarius Patavie was printed by Johann Petri in…
  • Historic Scribner's Magazine Relaunches

    Rebecca Rego Barry
    19 Nov 2014 | 8:06 am
    Some good news from the book/magazine publishing world today. Scribner publisher Nan Graham announced this morning that Scribner's Magazine, which published some of the best fiction and non-fiction of the early twentieth century during its 1887-1939 run, has been revived and turned into a digital literary magazine. Scribner Magazine will feature its house authors, among them Stephen King, Anthony Doerr, Colm Toibin, and Jeannette Walls. The first issue hosts a gallery of Ernest Hemingway images, in celebration of his 1926 Scribner-published novel, The Sun Also Rises. Graham told the Wall…
  • Second Annual Moby Dick Marathon

    Nate Pedersen
    17 Nov 2014 | 9:37 pm
    The second biennial public reading of Herman Melville's perennial classic Moby Dick took place this past weekend in New York City. Over the course of three days, a wide variety of participants took turns reading Moby Dick out loud at three different locations around the city. The marathon began at the Ace Hotel on Friday night from 6pm - 11pm, continued on Saturday at the South Street Seaport Museum from 10am - 11 pm, and completed on Sunday at HousingWorks Bookstore from 10am - 4pm. Over the course of those 24 total hours, 138 readers took their turns with the novel. Readers includes actors…
  • Boston Book Fair Pictures & Highlights

    Rebecca Rego Barry
    17 Nov 2014 | 5:26 am
    On Saturday afternoon, I spent about five hours tooling around the ABAA's Boston International Antiquarian Book Fair. It was, incredibly, my first time visiting the Boston fair, and it was exceedingly pleasant -- smaller, less chaotic, and more genial than the two larger annual fairs in New York and California. A few booksellers admitted that they had avoided Boston for a few years and were toeing the waters there again. I imagine they were pleased by the foot traffic and, as far as I could tell, a good amount of those feet belonged to college-aged people sauntering around the fair. At least…
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    Smart Bitches, Trashy Books

  • The Podcast Transcript for Episode 116 is Up!

    SB Sarah
    22 Nov 2014 | 6:51 pm
    The transcript for Podcast 116. Sarah, Elyse & Sarah MacLean: Historical Romance, Regency Pools and NPR has been posted! Click here to subscribe to The Podcast →
  • Books on Sale: Nora Roberts, Anthony Bourdain, and Crocheting

    SB Sarah
    22 Nov 2014 | 8:30 am
    Blood Magick Blood Magick by Nora Roberts is $3.99 at Amazon – and so far, there’s no price matching yet. Fingers crossed! This is book 3 of the Cousins O’Dwyer trilogy, which is a ParaNora set in Ireland with witchcraft, curses, legends, and romance (obviously). Blood Magick has a 4+ star average, and most readers who have enjoyed the first two seemed to have liked the conclusion to the trilogy. The first book, Dark Magick, has been on sale previously, so you may already own it. County Mayo is rich in the traditions of Ireland, legends that Branna O’Dwyer fully embraces…
  • Coffee: 14 Tales of the Fantastic, Edited by Alex Shvartsman

    Carrie S
    22 Nov 2014 | 5:30 am
    A Coffee: 14 Caffeinated Tales of the Fantastic by Alex Shvartsman December 3, 2013 · UFO Publishing RomanceScience Fiction/Fantasy Coffee: 14 Caffeinated Tales of the Fantastic, is a delightful short story collection that will warm the darkest, coldest winter day. There’s adventure, humor, pathos, and just dash of romance in these stories. This is the book to grab when you have a precious fifteen minutes to yourself – preferably in a coffee shop. All of these stories have an element of science fiction or fantasy. The two stories with the most romance are “A Perfect Book” and “The…
  • Links: Brown Girl Dreaming, Duke’s Wagers, and More

    SB Sarah
    21 Nov 2014 | 11:00 am
    A | BN | K | ARe | iBYesterday morning, folks on Twitter and elsewhere were discussing Daniel Handler’s racist jokes while hosting the National Book Awards following Jacqueline Woodson’s win in the YA category for Brown Girl Dreaming.  David Perry posted a transcript and linked to the video clip from the awards ceremony, if you’d like to see it. Handler (who wrote the Series of Unfortunate Events series as Lemony Snicket) “joked” after Woodson’s acceptance speech that he’d learned recently that she was allergic to watermelon, and it went…
  • Books on Sale: A Mix of Perfect Weekend Reading

    SB Sarah
    21 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    The Twelve Nights of Christmas RECOMMENDED: The Twelve Nights of Christmas by Sarah Morgan is .99c right now. I gave it a B+ when I reviewed it, and I really, really like this book, but you don’t have to take my word for it. Here’s Jan, who emailed me about it: Speaking of magic, I don’t know if it was SBTB or Dear Author that featured Sarah Morgan’s book on the daily book deals. I’m thinking it was Jane Litte because I remember that they quoted you as saying this was a fantastic book.  OMG, I cried at the end!  I never cry…. Anyway, Sarah Morgan is now…
 
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  • Ringing for Remembrance Sunday

    Stephanie
    15 Nov 2014 | 4:48 am
    As you may have deduced, I am a church bellringer of many years’ standing. And as was, of course, Remembrance Sunday very recently, the ringers at our tower met to ring for this special day. It’s traditional to ring in a manner known as “half muffled”. What happens, is that a leather pad or “muffle” is attached to one side of the clapper, so that when that side of the clapper strikes the bell at the end of its swing, the sound made is muffled and therefore somewhat fainter than the strike from the other side of the clapper. This makes for a very mellifluous sound which can be…
  • 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

  • Jeremy Harding: Short Cuts

    19 Nov 2014 | 4:00 pm
  • Jana Prikryl: Ars Poetica

    19 Nov 2014 | 4:00 pm
  • Christian Lorentzen: Donald Antrim

    19 Nov 2014 | 4:00 pm
  • Ross McKibbin: Labour Vanishes

    19 Nov 2014 | 4:00 pm
    The Labour Party may be the largest party after the next election, and it may even secure a majority, but it could also do very badly. These alternatives show Labour’s decline since the first couple of years of the coalition, when a Labour victory in 2015 was (more or less) confidently predicted. The change is reflected in the party’s mood: in the nerviness, the timidity and the stress-induced gaffes. Ed Miliband has lost authority as he has lost the courage of his convictions. It’s clear that he never had the political self-confidence to impose his authority on the neo-Blairites who…
  • Letters

    19 Nov 2014 | 4:00 pm
    The letters page from London Review of Books Vol. 36 No. 22 (20 November 2014)
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    McSweeney’s

  • Wanted: Holiday Husband by Julie Daniel

    21 Nov 2014 | 4:01 am
    Wanted: A Holiday Husband. A gentleman in his thirties to be my faux husband/boyfriend/guy I met at a bar for the upcoming holiday season (and possibly beyond).As the last of three daughters to enter a committed relationship, my holiday options are limited. I could spend it alone with my dad and stepmom, which sounds about as fun as my yearly pelvic exam. Or I could tag along to one of my sisters in-law’s holiday celebrations. Is 29 too young to be the third-wheel crazy aunt? Do I buy his family presents? Do they give me a present? On a scale of 854 to 9,323 how awkward will it be?
  • Open Letters: An Open Letter to My Beloved Woolly Armpits by Jennifer Burns

    21 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    Dear Armpits,I grew you by accident, having forgot to bring a razor on a recent vacation to Belgium. I could’ve bought a pack during one of several shopping trips to the nearby grocery store, but you know what? As soon as I noticed those first precious millimeters of growth (both amazed and proud at how fast you sprouted), I felt like a Wild Woman: Fierce. Disruptive. Formidable. Sounds silly now. After all, it’s only a bit of hair. But at any rate, I resolved to let you flourish.And then my father threatened to visit, and I thought flashing you, in all your burgeoning glory, might ruffle…
  • How to Find Love: Lessons from an Old Maid: An Unfortunate Series of Unrequited Crushes by Connie Sun

    21 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
  • Rate My Professor’s Lovemaking by g c cunningham

    20 Nov 2014 | 4:01 am
    Professor William MayhewClass: English Overall Quality: 2.81/2/14: “Mayhew is a horrible professor and makes you feel stupid. Very unhelpful and always blabbing about NPR. His lovemaking was surprisingly lively for his age (he does know a lot), but then won’t stop blabbing about it.”1/10/14: “Avoid at all costs! You think you are doing an amazing job and then he will wipe the floor with your lovemaking. However hard you work, it’s never enough! And he picks favorites!”1/20/14: “Not a smiler, but don’t blame him for this class. It’s a degree requirement…
  • List: Preliminary Report on the Working Group for the Study of Secret Menu Items by Eric Williams

    20 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    ABSTRACT: The Secret Menu is the finest practical example of Foucault’s “heterotopia” available. It is a perfectly liminal state, a subversive bit of secret knowledge hidden away within the walls of an otherwise carefully prescribed capitalist hegemony. The Secret Menu has no fixed structure in time or place; the same store will offer different unlisted items based on the workers there or the time of day or the availability of raw materials. Each Secret Menu is a catalogue of potentialities, an unwritten list in which the customer, the workers, and the space they share all interact to…
 
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  • New release! Alibi Jones and The Time War of The Devrizium by Mike Luoma

    Evo
    17 Nov 2014 | 11:44 am
    The Alibi Jones saga continues in this, the fourth book of the The Adventures of Alibi Jones series. Get ready for the four short stories that make up Alibi Jones and The Time War of The Devrizium: A race of time travelers wants Alibi Jones’ time to come to an end! The Devrizium appear willing to alter time and space itself to remove him from both entirely. A connected Cycle of Four Short Stories: “About Time”, “Remember Two Things”, “Memory, Yet Green”, and “The Last Battle” –   Alibi Jones and The Time War of The Devrizium.
  • New release! Blast of the Dragon’s Fury by L. R. W. Lee

    Evo
    31 Oct 2014 | 10:44 am
    Happy Halloween! Here’s something that’s safe for the kids by new (to us) author L. R. W. Lee: Blast of the Dragon’s Fury — Ten-year-old, Andy Smithson believes he is merely a kid too often in trouble–until his destiny as the Chosen One to break a 500-year-old curse is revealed. Swept away to the land of Oomaldee of medieval times era, he discovers he must collect several ingredients for a magic potion to defeat the oppressive curse that plagues the land, the first of which is the scale of a red dragon, the fiercest of all dragon species. There’s just…
  • New release! Warm Honey by Dave Cornford and Steve McAlpine

    Evo
    29 Oct 2014 | 3:29 pm
    New fiction for you as the end of the month approaches! Here’s a (very) brief blurb for Warm Honey: Do you parents fill you up with their faults and add a few extra ones as a special bonus? Rob meets Charis at the same time as he is making contact with is estranged father. Charis and her past are soon extra complications in a family tragedy that threatens to derail Rob’s plans for their future together.
  • New release! On Pelican Wings by Rick Hoover

    Evo
    19 Oct 2014 | 9:29 am
    I think I’ll let the description of our latest book speak for itself: Rick Hoover has been writing for most of his life while working in radio, television and public relations. “On Pelican Wings” is a collection of his meditations and memories, many first published in the blog he writes as a Deacon at his Episcopal Church parish in Florida. The topics range throughout the timeline of Bible history, and across the contemporary landscape of Christian life. Let Rick read his posts to you as a morning devotional – or settle in for the whole grab bag of stories and…
  • New release! Street Candles by David Collins-Rivera

    Evo
    14 Oct 2014 | 5:27 pm
    So you already plowed through Motherload? Well, it was only a three-chapter prequel. But David hasn’t left you hanging for long. Here’s the second book, Street Candles. And this time, it takes 40 episodes to complete the book. So get to listening already! A SPACER’S RULES FOR SUCCESS 1.) Never be desperate 2.) Never do more than your job description 3.) And never, ever go down the well… Ejoq needs work. The tramp starship GRIZZELDA needs a gunner. But what starts as a last-minute personnel replacement soon turns into something far more, with a non-functional duty…
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    The Bookshop Blog

  • Top 5 Places for Free E-Books

    Kathy Mizera
    17 Nov 2014 | 12:30 pm
    With the mass conversion from print books to e-books, there has also been a distinct push to get people to both try e-books in general and then by the authors themselves to get people to try their books. The most popular way seems to be by offering free and discounted[Read More...] Author information Kathy Mizera The post Top 5 Places for Free E-Books appeared first on The Bookshop Blog.
  • The Real Reason Bookstores Are Becoming Extinct

    Kathy Mizera
    31 Oct 2014 | 7:06 am
    Growing up in South Florida in the 70s and 80s, there was a great bookstore at the corner of US1 and Sunrise Blvd. in Ft. Lauderdale called “All Books and Records.” Though it’s been gone for probably a decade now, I still can picture the inside. With what had to[Read More...] Author information Kathy Mizera The post The Real Reason Bookstores Are Becoming Extinct appeared first on The Bookshop Blog.
  • Amazon for Authors: Yay or Nay?

    Kathy Mizera
    28 Oct 2014 | 6:47 am
    With the onslaught of digital technology, e-readers and hand-held devices, there is no doubt that physical books are no longer as popular as they used to be. As a direct result, authors are also having to change not only the way they write, but the way they publish, sell and market[Read More...] Author information Kathy Mizera The post Amazon for Authors: Yay or Nay? appeared first on The Bookshop Blog.
  • Tracey Rolfe: My Self-Publishing Journey

    Bruce K. Hollingdrake
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:01 am
    A guest post by Tracey Rolfe When I wrote my first book what I knew and understood about the publishing world you could write on the back of a postage stamp. The following is a not very subtle breakdown of my frustrating experience:  (1) print and collate three chapters of[Read More...] Author information Bruce K. Hollingdrake The post Tracey Rolfe: My Self-Publishing Journey appeared first on The Bookshop Blog.
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    Berkeley Heights Public Library Book Blog

  • The Thanksgiving Post

    Anne
    22 Nov 2014 | 12:44 pm
    Every Thanksgiving for some years now, we have posted Thanksgiving cooking advice, jokes and a very long shaggy dog story, er shaggy turkey story? Here is the link to last years Thanksgiving post:http://bhplnjbookgroup.blogspot.com/2013/11/which-side-of-turkey-has-most-feathers.htmlIn the interest of new blog content, here is an even newer bit to help our faithful blog readers and library patrons get in the holiday spirit: a Thankgiving poem from Granger's poetry database. Poem: Thanksgiving Wishes Author: Arthur Guiterman (1871–1943)  I wish you all that pen and ink —Could write,…
  • Learn Something New from the Teaching Company at the Library

    Anne
    7 Nov 2014 | 12:42 pm
    The Teaching Company makes instructional DVD's and CD sets called "Great Courses' which you can borrow from the Berkeley Heights Public Library. These sets cover a variety of historical and artistic topics with  lectures from well-known university professors. You can find them by typing 'Teaching Company' or 'Great Courses' into the library catalog. You can find and read Ellen's blog posts about the courses she listened to and watched by using the same keywords in the blog's search box. Here is a sample of three of Ellen's reviews with links to the full reviews:Listen & Learn (first…
  • New Craft Books

    Anne
    27 Oct 2014 | 1:29 pm
    Craft Fail, when homemade goes horribly wrong by Heather Mann (2014) is a laugh-out-loud collection of pieces from crafter and blogger, Heather Mann who has immortalized those moments when the nifty little craft you saw on Pinterest and attempted to reproduce just turns into a lumpy blob, making you join the legions of crafters who realize, "I'm no Martha Stewart!"Ms. Mann tells us that failure is all part of the learning process, an important part and a pretty funny one too as the examples in her book Craft Fail clearly show. For examples of funny fails, take a look at her blog 'Craft Fail,…
  • Inspiration Board: Autumn Books

    Anne
    22 Oct 2014 | 9:08 am
    Fall Themed Books at BHPL
  • Browsing the New Non-Fiction Shelf

    Anne
    13 Oct 2014 | 1:09 pm
    Working in a library presents constant temptation when new books come in or when browsing through the stacks and happening upon books that look too good to pass up. Like everyone else though, librarians and library staff can't read everything even though we work surrounded by thousands of books. Here are some interesting finds from the new non-fiction shelf today. Check them out and let me know how you like them. Be sure to come in and browse the new books sections for more tempting titles.'The Hungry Family Slow Cooker Cookbook' by Christina Dymock. Fall seems like a good time of year to…
 
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    Joe Wikert's Digital Content Strategies

  • Ebook subscription services as publisher affiliates

    Joe Wikert
    17 Nov 2014 | 6:20 am
    I was at an event last week where an attendee described the following scenario: She discovered an author on the Oyster unlimited ebook subscription service, she read one of their books and then realized the author’s other books aren’t included... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • The future of content recommendation services

    Joe Wikert
    10 Nov 2014 | 5:56 am
    If you’re overly concerned about data privacy you’ll want to stop reading right now because I’m about to give you a glimpse of the future that will make you bristle. For the rest of you, I’d like to describe a... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • How to convert indirect customers into direct customers

    Joe Wikert
    3 Nov 2014 | 7:23 am
    Every digital newspaper, magazine and book I’ve ever purchased from an e-retailer share something in common: None of them included a pitch from the publisher to lure me away from the e-retailer and go direct. Not a single one. This,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Content reuse: Five key questions to consider

    Joe Wikert
    27 Oct 2014 | 6:35 am
    In the print-only days, once content was published it was rarely considered for reuse. Sure, there were the occasional “greatest hits” or “all-in-one” products, but for the most part the original content was published and forgotten about. In the digital... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • The marketing tool every publisher undervalues

    Joe Wikert
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:53 am
    Why are publishers so scared of free and sample content? Sure, most publishers offer at least one way to test drive their content but they could be doing so much more. I think free/sample content is the single most under-utilized... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    First Book Blog

  • Four Ways to Encourage the Spirit of Giving

    Samantha McGinnis
    18 Nov 2014 | 11:56 am
    The holidays are fast approaching.  You and your family can make them a bit brighter for kids in need. Choose from four great ways to get your family excited and engaged in helping others. 1.  Read eBooks for free as a family on www.wegivebooks.org. For every book you read online, a brand new book will be provided to a child in need. 2.  Encourage your kids to donate their allowance in November and December to First Book or a cause of their choice. Help them understand that not all kids will have presents to open this holiday season. 3.  Host a Virtual Book Drive and invite others to join…
  • First Book & UTR Keep Military Families Connected

    Samantha McGinnis
    11 Nov 2014 | 5:50 am
    “When Rex is deployed there is a very large hole in our family dynamic.  He feels like by not being here and being able to do the things he usually does with the kids, he isn’t as connected to them.” Veronica and Rex Boblett have four children ages four to 11. They call their family “a team.” Rex has served in the United States Navy for almost 14 years as a Master at Arms. He was recently deployed. For the next 10 months while Rex is deployed his team will miss out on playing with their dad on the playground, roasting marshmallows in the backyard and family pizza and movie night.
  • Five First Book Favorites: November

    Samantha McGinnis
    10 Nov 2014 | 2:28 pm
    Here are our five favorite books to read this November — a bilingual special edition and one part of a witty and well-illustrated history series are just two of this month’s favorites! PreK-K (Ages 2-5): Goodnight Moon (Bilingual Board Book Special Edition) written by Margaret Wise Brown and illustrated by Clement Hurd Children have been drifting off to sleep to the soothing sounds of Goodnight Moon for over 65 years. And now, we are beyond delighted to offer this classic bedtime story for the first time as a Spanish-English bilingual board book. More kids than ever before will be…
  • Books for Kids in Ebola-Affected Liberia

    Samantha McGinnis
    3 Nov 2014 | 9:47 am
    Since the outbreak of Ebola in Liberia, schools across the region have closed — leaving children without access to traditional education opportunities and the moral support teachers provide during times of crisis. So when we received a call from our friends at the International Book Bank and the We Care Foundation and Library asking to include books in schooling kits they were creating, we jumped at the chance.  Kids were waiting.  They needed out help. Within hours, we began a crowdfunding campaign to raise funds to send as many books as possible, with a minimum goal of $5,000. Thanks to…
  • Goodnight Moon: Making a Classic Bedtime Story Available to Bilingual Readers for the First Time

    Julia Hornaday
    29 Oct 2014 | 9:46 am
    For generations, American families have gathered together to read the cherished children’s book, Goodnight Moon, as part of their bedtime routine. Today, with Harper Collins Children’s Books, we are making the iconic title accessible to millions more families in a bilingual edition for the very first time. Goodnight Moon/Buenas Noches, Luna is now available through the First Book Marketplace to educators and programs serving children from low-income families. Recognizing the growing need for greater diversity in children’s literature, HarperCollins is offering the book at…
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    Publishing Talk

  • How to write about food

    Andrew Webb
    12 Nov 2014 | 7:04 am
    Have you ever wanted to write about food? Award-winning food writer and journalist Andrew Webb shares his advice, approaches and tips for capturing the culinary. Food literature can be hard to categorize. Consequently bookshops struggle with exactly where to place such books on the shelves. This I know from bitter experience. All too often they get lumped in somewhere with the huge £25 hardback, recipe-led, TV-series-supporting tomes featuring gurning chefs looking slightly to one side on the cover. Food writing books then, are like remora fish, swimming along stuck to the bellies of much…
  • Publishing Talk Magazine issue 6, Oct-Dec 2014 – Children’s Publishing

    Jon Reed
    28 Sep 2014 | 6:01 am
    Read Children’s Laureate Malorie Blackman’s exclusive interview in issue 6. The PDF edition is FREE to download right now (22.5 MB). Issue 6 is also available as a print-on-demand magazine from MagCloud, and a text-only Kindle edition from Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.com. Please also consider joining our mailing list for details of the next issue and new resources from Publishing Talk. In our first children’s publishing themed issue we’re delighted to have an exclusive interview with Children’s Laureate Malorie Blackman. The author of the Noughts and Crosses series speaks to our…
  • 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…
 
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    800 CEO Read

  • Thinker in Residence: Nicholas Carr

    dylan
    10 Nov 2014 | 6:01 am
    Tweet “All too often, automation frees us from that which makes us feel free.” ~Nicholas Carr About Nicholas Carr I wrote in my recent Jack Covert Selects review of The Glass Cage that “Nicholas Carr writes beautiful, big-picture books on the history and future of technologies that have evolved alongside humanity.” That’s true, but in the original draft of that review, I wrote it a bit differently: “Nicholas Carr writes beautiful, enlightening, and sometimes scary books about the history of technology and its relationship to the human civilization that…
  • An Excerpt from Chinese Rules

    dylan
    4 Nov 2014 | 10:58 am
    TweetTim Clissold’s Mr. China, released almost a decade ago, is one of the great books on China’s rise as an economic power. An in-the-trenches account of the business boom that he was in the belly of during his more than twenty years there, Mr. China was an international bestseller translated into twelve languages and was one of the Economist‘s books of the year in 2004. The growth of China hasn’t slowed much since then, and Clissold is now back with a new book, Chinese Rules: Mao’s Dog, Deng’s Cat, and Five Timeless Lessons from the Front Lines in China…
  • The Best Books of 2014, strategy+business Edition

    Ryan Schleicher
    3 Nov 2014 | 1:39 pm
    TweetIf you’re a regular 800-CEO-READ reader or follower, you know that we always look forward to strategy+business revealing their picks for best business books of the year, in part because the s+b list is decidedly different than most other lists. Their categories often change to reflect the most important business topics of the year, and instead of relying solely on an internal editorial team to choose the winners, they reach out to experts in each category’s field. But what we most appreciate in the s-b list is that each book is accompanied by an essay explaining the the…
  • Authors on the Road – The New Generation of Philanthropy

    Aaron
    31 Oct 2014 | 3:12 pm
    TweetWe do business in a world where it’s not uncommon for the authors we promote and whose books we sell to share their expertise with groups for a speaking fee in the range of what most middle class families make in an entire year. Sometimes it’s hard not to scratch one’s head in disbelief that an hour keynote can demand such a high price tag and to ponder what value attendees take away from that experience. A similar head-scratcher is the fact that for fifteen straight years, Warren Buffett has auctioned off private lunches with individuals, bids starting at $25,000 — and in…
  • ChangeThis: Issue 122

    dylan
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:15 am
    Tweet The Entrepreneur’s Journey by Kevin Kruse “This manifesto both celebrates and encourages entrepreneurship because we need entrepreneurs to fight the dragons that roam the globe: civil wars, extreme poverty, disease, water scarcity, domestic violence, illiteracy, and so many others. We need modern-day heroes who courageously take personal risks as they build new companies.” The Growth Hacker Wake Up Call: How Growth Hacking Rewrote Marketing’s Best Practices by Ryan Holiday “It was only a matter of time before someone smart said, ‘It doesn’t have to be this way. The…
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    Three Percent - Article

  • Acorns in Texas

    Kaija Straumanis
    18 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    For those of you in the Austin and Dallas, Texas, areas, you’re in for a literary treat this week. Valerie Miles will be in Austin tonight (Tuesday), November 18th, at Malvern Books, and in Dallas tomorrow (Wednesday), November 29th, at The Wild Detectives to chat about A Thousand Forests in One Acorn. More information on the Malvern Books event can be found here, and information on the event at The Wild Detectives here. Be sure to get your copy of the anthology signed while you’re there! Malvern Books: Tuesday, November 18th @ 7 p.m. The Wild Detectives: Wednesday, November 19th…
  • Slim Pickings? by BTBA Judge Michael Orthofer

    Monica Carter
    12 Nov 2014 | 2:39 am
    Michael Orthofer runs the Complete Review – a book review site with a focus on international fiction – and its Literary Saloon weblog. The size of a book shouldn’t really matter, not when judging whether or not it’s Best Translated Book Award-worthy, but one of the things that has struck me about this year’s batch of eligible titles is that page- if not quality-wise many of the pickings are slimmer than usual. Mind you, I’m still reeling from 2011 and the memories of (lugging, not to mention reading) Péter Nádas’s 1133-pager Parallel Stories …. (I don’t even want to think…
  • Bigger than the Burj Khalifa [Some November Translations]

    Chad W. Post
    7 Nov 2014 | 9:34 am
    This post is being written under extreme jet lag. Last Saturday I flew out to attend the Sharjah International Book Fair (the slogan for which is “A Book for Every Person,” which is not to be confused with Dubai’s Film Festival slogan, “A Movie for Every Person”) and then, yesterday, flew for approximately 200 hours to attend this season’s Consortium Sales Conference. I have no idea what day it is, much less what time. So, expect some insanity below. Like, even more than usual. Which is kind of in keeping with the part of the United Arab Emirates where I…
  • FEAR OF THE LONGLIST by George Carroll

    Monica Carter
    6 Nov 2014 | 2:03 am
    George Carroll is the World Literature Editor of Shelf Awareness and an independent publishers’ representative based in the Pacific Northwest. None of the San Francisco Giants spoke with pitcher Madison Bumgartner in the dugout before he took the mound in the ninth inning of the seventh game of the World Series except for a brief exchange with his catcher Buster Posey. Partly due to superstition and partly because Bumgartner was intensely focused, was in the zone. I’m currently in The Best Translated Book Award reading zone. Please do not distract. There are rules and traditions about not…
  • Latest Review: "Writers" by Antoine Volodine

    Kaija Straumanis
    5 Nov 2014 | 1:15 pm
    The latest addition. to our Reviews section is a piece by P. T. Smith on Antoine Volodine’s Writers, translated by Katina Rogers and published earlier this year by Dalkey Archive Press. For those who don’t know, it was announced this week that Volodine had been awarded the Prix Médicis for his latest book, Terminus radieux. The prize, which is awarded in November of each year, is a French literary award founded in 1958 by Gala Barbisan and Jean-Pierre Giraudoux. Congratulations to Volodine, whose works have been translated into English and published (or are forthcoming) by…
 
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    Books on the Nightstand

  • BOTNS #307: The crowd-sourced episode

    Ann Kingman
    18 Nov 2014 | 6:17 pm
    A book to read if you’re obsessed with the Serial podcast; we answer several of your questions; and two (uh, three) books we can’t wait for you to read.   As a follow-up to our recent discussion of the Serial podcast, I want to call your attention to The Journalist and the Murder by Janet Malcolm. This book should appeal to Serial listeners, as it looks at the ethical issues of journalists and writers covering true crime cases and, in many cases, getting close with suspects.   Audiobook of the week (05:13)  The Organized Mind by Daniel J. Levitin, narrated by Luke…
  • BOTNS #306: What’s Your Book Mecca?

    Michael Kindness
    11 Nov 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Book Meccas: places you love to visit, or are dying to see. And, we recommend Dear Committee Members by Julie Schumacher and The World of Ice & Fire by George R.R. Martin, Elio M. García Jr., and  Linda Antonsson. Audiobook of the week (02:49) Coming Clean by Kimberly Rae Miller, narrated by the author, is my pick for this week’s Audiobooks.com Audiobook of the Week. Special thanks to Audiobooks.com for sponsoring this episode of Books on the Nightstand. Audiobooks.com allows you to listen to over 40,000 audiobooks, instantly, wherever you are, and the first one is free.
  • BOTNS #305: Reading the Real World

    Michael Kindness
    4 Nov 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Reading (and listening to) a lot of non-fiction. Reminding you of two older books  Audiobook of the week (03:55) The Red Book by Deborah Copaken Kogan, narrated by a large cast,  is Ann’s pick for this week’s Audiobooks.com Audiobook of the Week. Special thanks to Audiobooks.com for sponsoring this episode of Books on the Nightstand. Audiobooks.com allows you to listen to over 40,000 audiobooks, instantly, wherever you are, and the first one is free. Download or stream any book directly to your Apple or Android device. Sign up for a free 30-day trial and free audiobook…
  • BOTNS #304: Wait… What Just Happened?!

    Michael Kindness
    28 Oct 2014 | 5:42 pm
    Getting ready for the holidays. Ambiguous and unresolved ending. We recommend The Secret History of Wonder Woman by Jill Lepore, and The Book of Strange New Things by Michel Faber. The Holidays are Here! Ann and I spent much of last week traveling around to tell bookstore customers and staff about the big books coming out for the holidays. Ann has started making her gift list and I’ve already started shopping. It truly looks like it’s going to be an amazing year for books as gifts. This year, we’ll be doing something a little different for the BOTNS Gift Guide. It will be…
  • BOTNS #303: Catching up on your questions

    Ann Kingman
    21 Oct 2014 | 4:00 pm
    This week we catch up on questions from our inbox. Have a question for us? Use our Google Form to ask. But first… Audiobook of the week (10:25)   The Lottery and Other Stories by Shirley Jackson, narrated by the four different readers,  is my pick for this week’s Audiobooks.com Audiobook of the Week. Special thanks to Audiobooks.com for sponsoring this episode of Books on the Nightstand. Audiobooks.com allows you to listen to over 40,000 audiobooks, instantly, wherever you are, and the first one is free. Download or stream any book directly to your Apple or Android…
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    Omnivoracious

  • Graphic Novel Friday: Grant Morrison's Tragic Triumph

    Alex Carr
    21 Nov 2014 | 5:58 pm
    A few hours after I finished The Multiversity: Pax Americana #1 by Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely, something happened: I got it. Now, I can’t shake the sense that I read the best superhero single issue of the year. Morrison’s Multiversity project (available digitally on comiXology and Kindle, and in our third party marketplace) is a grand one for DC Comics: eight single issues--each a #1, and each issue features a parallel earth, complete with its own heroes and villains. Morrison promises that all of these #1 issues will eventually form a larger whole, a macro-look at DC’s…
  • Recipe Road Test: The Slanted Door's Ginger Braised Chicken

    Seira Wilson
    21 Nov 2014 | 2:11 pm
    2014 has been a really big year for cookbooks so deciding which one would be in the top spot for Best of the Year was tough. In the end, though, The Slanted Door: Modern Vietnamese Food really has it all.  Let me start by saying that this cookbook is utterly beautiful and interesting to look through--every single page of text, be it recipe or brief essay, is accompanied by a full page photograph opposite.  Broken into three acts according to the restaurant's location, The Slanted Door cookbook complements it's recipes with an entertaining history of a restaurant and the modern…
  • 2014 National Book Award Winners

    Jon Foro
    20 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    At an event in Manhattan yesterday evening, the National Book Foundation announced the winners of the 2014 National Book Awards in Fiction, Nonfiction, Young People's Literature, and Poetry. Phil Klay was awarded the highly anticipated prize in fiction for his collection of short stories about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, Redeployment, while Evan Osnos's Age of Ambition was deemed the top nonfiction book of the year. All finalists receive $1,000, and five panelists in each of the four categories decide who takes home the top prizes of $10,000 and a bronze sculpture. Since 1950,…
  • Excerpts from "BOMB: The Author Interviews" - Featuring Colm Toibin, Chris Abani, Patrick McGrath, and Martin Amis

    Neal Thompson
    18 Nov 2014 | 11:00 pm
    For more than thirty years, BOMB magazine has been pairing artists, authors, poets, and painters together for intimate artist-on-artist conversations, more than 1,200 of them so far. In BOMB: The Author Interviews, published last week by Soho Press, the magazine's editor, Betsy Sussler, has compiled an incredible collection of authors interviewing authors: an unknown Jonathan Franzen; Roberto Bolaño, just before he died; Lydia Davis and Francine Prose; Edwidge Danticat and Junot Díaz; Jennifer Egan and Heidi Juilavits; and many more. Below are snippets from two of those conversations,…
  • "Like a Mix of Don Draper and Rasputin": Moving & Shaking in 21st-Century Russia

    Jon Foro
    18 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    When the Soviet Union collapsed in the early 90s, the West rejoiced with the relief that came with the end of the Cold War and the possibility of an era of peace and cooperation. At the same time, its corporations and conglomerates trained a beady eye toward its newly opened markets, and a seemingly virgin economic landscape soon became home to icons such as Coke and McDonalds and Levi’s. But the door was open wide, and tagging along with big business were some seedier characters: organized crime, a youth-and-glamour-obsessed oligarchy, and an entertainment complex hungry for the new…
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    GalleyCat

  • Hey indie ebook authors, here’s how to succeed

    Deborah Jensen
    21 Nov 2014 | 2:10 pm
    Smashwords Attention, indie ebook authors. Mark Coker at Smashwords wants you to know that there’s never been a better time to be you. He writes, “Thanks to an ever-growing global market for your ebooks, your books are a couple clicks away from over one billion potential readers on smart phones, tablets and e-readers. In the world of ebooks, the playing field is tilted to the indie author’s advantage.” Then, the wake-up call. Coker goes on to report that “the gravy train of exponential sales growth is over,” with indie (self-published) authors seeing “significant” sales…
  • Daniel Handler Contributes $10K to the We Need Diverse Books Crowdfunding Campaign

    Maryann Yin
    21 Nov 2014 | 12:50 pm
    Daniel Handler incited fury within the literary community for the offensive jokes he made at the recent National Book Awards ceremony. Handler, who served as the master of ceremonies, has publicly expressed remorse for those remarks and found a way to make amends. Handler (pictured, via) revealed on Twitter that he plans to contribute $10,000 to the We Need Diverse Books Indiegogo campaign. For the next 24 hours, he will match whatever donations come in up to $100,000. Below, we’ve collected all the tweets that make up Handler’s apology and announcement in a Storify post embedded…
  • New James Patterson Children’s Book Inspires Animated Web Series

    Maryann Yin
    21 Nov 2014 | 12:05 pm
    Collective Digital Studio will develop a five-part animated web series inspired by James Patterson’s forthcoming book, House of Robots. The story follows a fifth grader named Sammy and his robot named E (which stands for “Error”). Here’s more from the press release: “It was never easy for Sammy Hayes-Rodriguez to fit in, so he is less than thrilled when his genius mom insists he brings her newest invention to school: a walking, talking robot he calls E—for ‘Error.’  The web series brings to life several scenes from the book as Sammy discovers the…
  • Oxford Dictionaries Team Creates a ‘Word of the Year’ Infographic

    Maryann Yin
    21 Nov 2014 | 11:25 am
    Earlier this week, the executives behind the Oxford Dictionaries announced that “vape” was chosen as the 2014 Word of the Year. With the popularity of electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) on the rise, usage of this word has increased. Over at the OxfordWords blog, the team posted an infographic to share “the history of vape and why we’ve chosen it for Word of the Year – as well as looking at previous winners of Oxford Dictionaries’ Word of the Year over the past decade.” We’ve embedded the entire graphic after the jump for you to explore further.
  • NaNoWriMo Tip #15: Consult Cheat Sheets

    Maryann Yin
    21 Nov 2014 | 10:30 am
    NaNoWriMo participants can use all the help they can get! That’s why we encourage consulting with cheat sheets—check out these three links: (1) Author’s Craft cheat sheet from the Hello Literacy blog (via Shannon Ford’s pinterest board) (2) The Hero’s Journey map from Storyboard That (3) Ingrid Sundberg’s Color Thesaurus This is our fifteenth NaNoWriMo Tip of the Day. To help GalleyCat readers take on the challenge of writing a draft for a 50,000-word novel in 30 days, we will be offering advice throughout the entire month. New Career Opportunities Daily: The…
 
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    Storytellers Unplugged

  • MASQUERADE – by E. A. Poe – Halloween Free Fiction

    admin
    31 Oct 2014 | 7:38 am
    I’ve been absent a long time from the blog … hope to remedy that in months to come.  As has been the tradition since I took over the blog, here is a free short story for your enjoyment, courtesy of myself and Edgar Allan Poe (the character from my novel Nevermore)… You may recognized some things in this story, and you may find an intriguing answer to a very old question.  Hopefully it will make you want to read Nevermore, and then, the next Donovan DeChance novel, “A Midnight Dreary,” in which this story will appear as well: The Masquerade By Edgar Allan Poe As…
  • FORENSICS 182: SPOOKY SCIENCE

    robertjones
    19 Oct 2014 | 2:37 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. The essay is In keeping with a tradition of offering a spooky piece in honor of the October month of Halloween. Al fostered…
  • Thomas Sullivan: GHOSTED POSTS HOSTED COAST-TO-COAST

    thomassullivan
    14 Oct 2014 | 10:28 pm
    Your questions are both tricks and treats to me any time of year – “treat” because I’m so glad to get them and “trick” because some are daunting to answer. In any case, I’m giving it my best Halloween shot here. But please don’t feel overlooked if you sent something I didn’t use. In fact, what gets used may date back months or longer, so you never know. I select questions by “3 R’s”: Relevance, Repeaters, Relationships (always try to get at least one relationship question in because you send more of those than anything else). Take it away, Q&A… Q [asked by a…
  • The Five Stages of the Writing Life

    almaalexander
    30 Sep 2014 | 1:17 pm
    It’s a little like Alcoholics Anonymous. It’s the kind of dirty little secret that everyone who knows you already knows about you. It’s so obvious, you with your little notebook always in your pocket, the way you forget appointments (or sometimes entire days) because your head is in a whole different space, the way your eyes sometimes light up in the middle of an unrelated conversation and whoever you’re talking to sighs and stops talking because they know you’re no longer listening. You’re a writer. You have friends warning people you’ve just met not to say anything interesting…
  • The Five Stages of the Writing Life

    almaalexander
    30 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    It’s a little like Alcoholics Anonymous. It’s the kind of dirty little secret that everyone who knows you already knows about you. It’s so obvious, you with your little notebook always in your pocket, the way you forget appointments (or sometimes entire days) because your head is in a whole different space, the way your eyes sometimes light up in the middle of an unrelated conversation and whoever you’re talking to sighs and stops talking because they know you’re no longer listening. You’re a writer. You have friends warning people you’ve just met not to say anything interesting…
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    Paulo Coelho's Blog

  • Jigsaw puzzle

    Paulo Coelho
    20 Nov 2014 | 4:36 pm
    During a trip I received a fax from my secretary. “One glass brick was missing for the kitchen’s reform,” she wrote. “I am sending you the original project and what the mason will be doing in order to compensate the fault.” On one side, there was the project my wife had designed: harmonious rows with […]
  • Arrogance is normally a banal mask of cowardice

    Paulo Coelho
    18 Nov 2014 | 4:33 pm
    Epictietus (AD 55 – AD 135) was a Greek Stoic philosopher. He was born a slave in Greece, lived in Rome and was expelled and exiled to his homeland where he lived for most of his life. During his exile, he created a way of teaching his disciples. Below, an excerpt of his book Discourses: […]
  • Fair price

    Paulo Coelho
    16 Nov 2014 | 4:30 pm
    Nixivan had gathered his friend for supper and was brewing a juicy piece of meat. Suddenly, he noticed they were out of salt. Nixivan called his son: “Go to the village and buy salt. But pay the fair price for it; neither pricier nor cheaper.” His son was surprised: “I understand I shouldn’t pay more, […]
  • Power and glory

    Paulo Coelho
    13 Nov 2014 | 4:05 pm
    A certain king of Spain who was very proud of his ancestors was known for his cruelty toward those who were weaker than him. Once he was travelling with his retinue over a field in Aragon where years ago he had lost his father in a battle, when he came upon a holy man rummaging […]
  • The student and the horse

    Paulo Coelho
    11 Nov 2014 | 4:00 pm
    The master was an austere man, so the disciple decided to lead a life of sacrifice by sleeping on a bed made of straw. After some time the master noticed a change in his disciple’s behaviour and decided to find out what was happening. “I am climbing the steps of initiation,” was the answer. “The […]
 
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    Joanna Campbell Slan

  • Excerpt from Handmade, Holiday, Homicide

    10 Nov 2014 | 1:21 pm
    Book #10 in the Kiki Lowenstein Mystery Series by Joanna Campbell Slan   Chapter 1 People think that being pregnant is all about your growing belly, but the truth is, it also messes with your head. It's like for every inch my waistband expands, I lose ten points of my IQ. Maybe it's because I don't get much sleep anymore. My skin itches, the baby pokes me with his feet, and the indigestion causes a burning in my throat. Don't even get me started on the hormones. Whatever the scientific reason for my brain fog, I'm just not as sharp as usual. My fiancé Detective Chad…
  • Excerpt from Kicked to the Curb (Book #2 in the Cara Mia Delgatto Mystery Series)

    17 Oct 2014 | 10:33 am
    By Joanna Campbell SlanFrom the press packet —The Treasure Chest Philosophy: Even the humblest items (aka “trash”), despite their origins or their prior usage, have value. Chapter 1Mid-January7:45 a.m. on ThursdayThe Treasure Chest in downtown Stuart, Florida~Cara~ “We’ve got a problem,” said Detective Lou Murray, of the Stuart Police Department. His bulk filled the threshold of the back door to my store, The Treasure Chest. With the bright sun behind him, I couldn’t see his expression, but the tone of his voice was ominous.
  • Ten Things I've Learned about Glue and Making Miniatures

    8 Oct 2014 | 1:39 pm
    The glue gun is not my friend. When it comes to miniatures, the glue is too thick and too lumpy. It can make a real mess.A glue stick is perfect for gluing down fabric. I would have never guessed this!You can use superglue on wood. Who knew? I always thought it was for gluing plastic and metal. Okay, it can soak in quickly, so you might have to put on more than you'd expect, but it works pretty well.By adding a little water to superglue, it will "grab" right away. I use a small syringe, fill it with water, and squirt a drop on one of the two surfaces. The superglue goes on the other…
  • Giving in to my Inner Scrounger

    7 Oct 2014 | 10:46 am
    My Beta Babes and I went out to eat at Pasta House in St. Louis.I tried to behave, really I did. We had a great lunch and fun talking with each other.But I started lusting after the plastic butter tubs. And the margarine containers. I kept imagining ways I could use them.Then I said to myself, "What will they think of me if I start collecting trash?"I decided, "I don't care. That's who I am. That's what I do. Either they like me for myself or not."So I asked the person next to me for her empty margarine containers. She kindly handed them over. Soon everyone was handing me empty plastic…
  • 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.   --…
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    Living 2 Read

  • Family Bonds

    22 Nov 2014 | 5:17 pm
    I can't really blame Eileen Tumulty, the main character in Matthew Thomas's debut novel We Are Not Ourselves. Growing up in the 50's in a blue collar Queens apartment with alcoholic parents whose marriage is fragile, it's only natural that she is determined to do better. So when she meets Ed Leary - intelligent, serious, reliable, a talented scientist - he seems the perfect choice. She envisions a bright and prosperous future with a home in her version of Shangri-La – Bronxville. Perhaps she misses some early clues that his seriousness might be tinged with rigidity, or that his idealism…
  • Sour Grapes

    27 Oct 2014 | 5:24 pm
    Count me among the avid fans of Edward St. Aubyn's semi-autobiographical series of Patrick Melrose novels (see my blog). These five books swing wildly from harrowing to hilarious on virtually every page. So when the fifth novel, “At Last”, was ignored by the Booker prize committee in 2011, perhaps St. Aubyn felt a twinge of annoyance, although he has steadfastly denied this. But you know the old adage “Don't get mad, get even”? Well, clearly St. Aubyn knows it too. In his latest novel Lost for Words he imagines the Elysian prize, funded by a chemicals manufacturer, and proceeds to…
  • 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…
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    The Millions

  • American Book Awards

    Kaulie Lewis
    22 Nov 2014 | 8:46 am
    The 2014 National Book Awards were just announced earlier this week. In celebration, The Paris Review took a look back at the American Book Awards, which “serve as a reminder that ostensibly prestigious institutions—institutions whose authority and taste depend on their perceived stability—are just as susceptible to whims and trends as the rest of us, which is to say very.”
  • America’s First Bohemians

    Kaulie Lewis
    22 Nov 2014 | 7:28 am
    Recommended reading: Brandon Ambrosino interviews Justin Martin, author of Rebel Souls: Walt Whitman and America’s First Bohemians, about, well, Walt Whitman and America’s first bohemians.
  • Writers on Reading

    Kaulie Lewis
    22 Nov 2014 | 6:44 am
    How do writers read? Elisa Gabbert asked ten writers, including Teju Cole and Laura Van Den Berg (who wrote about her pet wolf Natasha for The Millions), about their reading habits for The Believer.
  • A New Adaptation of 1984

    Kaulie Lewis
    21 Nov 2014 | 11:30 am
    This week in book-to-film adaptation news: a new version of 1984 is in the works, with Paul Greengrass signed on to direct and a screenplay by James Graham.
  • How Should Books Be Organized?

    Kaulie Lewis
    21 Nov 2014 | 10:35 am
    Reading books is great; buying books is better. But how should they be organized? NPR, under the guidance of librarian Kee Malesky, has some pointers.
 
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    Boomerang Books Blog

  • Grave Mercy

    Fiona Crawford
    22 Nov 2014 | 3:09 am
    You know those days/weeks/months that are so bad you just want to go to bed, read a book, and block the world out? I’ve had one/all of those. So, despite having more deadlines than I can actually keep in my head and the reminders of which fair nearly inspire a full-blown panic attack, I took […]
  • Chicken Cheeks

    Fiona Crawford
    21 Nov 2014 | 9:28 pm
    I took a punt ordering children’s picture book Chicken Cheeks while on my everlasting quest to find great books about chickens. I am, after all, far from being in the book’s target audience. It was the title and the cover image that sold me. I mean, who can go past the words ‘chickens’ and ‘cheeks’ […]
  • Alex Field’s ‘Mr Darcy and the Christmas Pudding’ is a Real Treat

    Romi Sharp
    21 Nov 2014 | 1:47 pm
    Alex Field‘s talents as an author, publisher and speaker, her love of Christmas pudding, and her overt enthusiasm for Jane Austen all cleverly amalgamate in the latest of her series, Mr Darcy and the Christmas Pudding. Having previously featured her beloved Pride and Prejudice characters in Mr Darcy and Mr Darcy the Dancing Duck, Alex […]
  • Launching LynC’s Nil by Mouth

    George Ivanoff
    21 Nov 2014 | 3:26 am
    In June this year, at Continuum X (the 53rd Australian National Science Fiction Convention), I launched LynC’s debut science fiction novel Nil by Mouth. Today’s blog post (the third in a series of launch related posts) is an approximation of my launch speech. I say approximation, because although I had notes, I actually winged a […]
  • Christmas Classics you’ve read to you kids – Christine Bongers

    Dimity Powell
    20 Nov 2014 | 6:19 pm
    Fellow Boomerang Blogger, Romi Sharp recently congratulated me on hitting my first century. Gob smacked! I mean I don’t even own a cricket bat, let alone know how to hold one. She meant blogs of course. I hardly noticed. They rack up and slip by like birthdays these days. Nonetheless, even numbers deserve celebration (especially […]
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    AbeBooks' Reading Copy

  • The Gonzo Sword – it’s Excalibur for Hunter S. Thompson fans

    Richard Davies
    18 Nov 2014 | 2:57 pm
    The Gonzo Sword Behold, Hunter S Thompson fans – it’s the Gonzo Sword. It’s yours for $1,250. Nearly two-feet long and weighing almost 10 pounds, this beauty is the ultimate accessory for lovers of Gonzo journalism. The sword – hand cast in bronze – features two thumbs and peyote clenched in a fist. The sword’s image was first seen on the campaign poster created by Tom Benton when Hunter S Thompson ran on the ‘Freak Power’ platform for Sheriff of Pitkin County, Colorado, in 1970. His platform included the decriminalization of drugs…
  • Feast on 12 New Cookbooks for Fall

    Jessica Doyle
    13 Nov 2014 | 9:20 am
    With fall comes shorter days, cooler temperatures and new cookbooks. With the holidays right around the corner, we’ve rounded up the 12 best new cookbooks. Whether you’re cooking lunch for one or dinner for 10, you’ll find the perfect recipe in this selection of books by world famous chefs and James Beard Award-winners. Against All Grain: Meals Made Simple by Danielle Walker Beloved food blogger and New York Times bestselling author Danielle Walker is back with over 100 new Paleo recipes in her sophomore cookbook, Meals Made Simple—a collection of gluten-free,…
  • Andreas Vesalius’ beautiful Fabrica: a pioneering book of anatomy

    Richard Davies
    12 Nov 2014 | 9:16 am
    In 1543, Belgian physician Andreas Vesalius published one of the most influential books in medical history. De humani corporis fabrica translates from Latin as On the Fabric of the Human Body and it has stood the test of time. Not bad considering Vesalius was just 28 at the time. Affectionately known as The Fabrica, the book is still referenced today in the medical world and by collectors of beautiful antiquarian editions. When we heard that the University of Victoria possessed a copy from 1555, Beth Carswell and Christi Kay set off to investigate the details behind this legendary medical…
  • The Coolest Books I’ve Ever Seen – Jan and Jarmila Sobota

    Beth Carswell
    4 Nov 2014 | 11:05 am
    Here at AbeBooks we are no strangers to beautiful books, nor the notion of a book as art. For those as fond of beauty on the outside as the inside, we’ve created features about inlaid leather bindings, fore-edge paintings, gilt-decorated covers, master bookbinders, Cosway bindings and more. The most unusual and striking so far, however, might be the work of Czech husband-and-wife team Jan and Jarmila Sobota. I’m completely in love. I find myself surprised and a bit ashamed that I had not been familiar with their creations before now. The Sobotas created countless unimaginably…
  • The Beginning of the Affair: I Fell in Love with Books

    Beth Carswell
    3 Nov 2014 | 1:47 pm
    I can’t remember a time when I didn’t read, at least a little bit, every single day. Throughout my childhood, I always read long after I was supposed to have turned out the light at night. In fact I still do, mindful not to laugh at the funny bits and wake my husband, gently snoring away next to me. Story time, then Reading, then English, then Literature – anything to do with books was always my absolute favorite class from pre-school all the way through to university. I’m so grateful for this part of my life. No matter how busy or how broke I have ever been in my…
 
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    The Creative Penn

  • Beating Self-Censorship And How Embracing The Shadow Helps My Fiction

    Joanna Penn
    19 Nov 2014 | 10:11 pm
    I recently did an all-encompassing interview with the lovely Deb Ozarko about changing the status quo. We talked a lot about going indie, self-publishing and creative entrepreneurship, but we also got into some deep and meaningful topics. I must admit to being fueled by pinot noir for the interview, so I opened up a lot about some of the things that really matter to me If you’d like to listen to the whole interview, I suggest joining me for a glass! You can listen to the whole interview here [1 hr 44], or you can watch or listen to the 5 minute clip below or here on YouTube. In this…
  • Why The Writing Journey Is Just Like Skiing

    Joanna Penn
    16 Nov 2014 | 10:32 pm
    Everybody wants to know the best way to write, to publish, to market. But although there are tracks to follow and experts to emulate, there really is no single right way to do anything in the author life. We will all have a different journey. Imagine that you want to ski down a hill. Even if you don’t ski, hopefully you’ve seen enough Bond movies to know how it works! It’s similar to our journey through life and also applies to writing, marketing and any kind of business or career. Here’s why. (1) Your path is not a straight line. You have to zigzag. Even though you…
  • The Christian Publishing Market With Jeremy Bouma

    Joanna Penn
    12 Nov 2014 | 10:10 pm
    I have a degree in Theology and my interest in religion is enmeshed in my fiction. I write books that can be described as religious thrillers, and yet I’m not a Christian, although I do describe myself as spiritual. In today’s show, I interview Jeremy Bouma about the complexities of the Christian publishing market, and you’ll learn a lot about the sub-niche as well as customer targeting and much more, even if you’re not a Christian author. In the introduction I mention my personal writing updates, as well as the Goodreads event on Nov 15th when you can join me and…
  • Adapting A Novel And Other Lessons Learned From London Screenwriter’s Festival

    Joanna Penn
    8 Nov 2014 | 10:10 pm
    A few weeks ago, I attended the London Screenwriter’s Festival which was a cornucopia of fascinating information and networking packed into a couple of intense days. Authors can learn a lot from screenwriters, especially in an age where there’s some amazing television. After getting rid of the physical TV six years ago, we’ve been downloading and devouring shows like House of Cards, Game of Thrones and True Detective, and I am always a sucker for action movies! Let’s face it – more people watch TV and films than read books. More people devour stories through the…
  • Pitching Literary Festivals, Genre Boundaries And Crime Fiction. With Clare Mackintosh

    Joanna Penn
    4 Nov 2014 | 10:46 pm
    I attend quite a few literary festivals and I always come away having learned something. I definitely think they are worth going to for the new perspectives as well as the networking opportunities. Today on the blog, I interview crime author Clare Mackintosh, who also runs a literary festival in Chipping Norton in the UK. She answers some of my burning questions about literary fiction and genre boundaries, running literary festivals and how authors can maximize their chances of being involved. You can leave Clare any questions about these topics in the comments at the bottom of the post.
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    WritersDigest.com

  • 2014 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 22

    Robert Lee Brewer
    22 Nov 2014 | 1:00 am
    For today’s prompt, write a release poem. Maybe somebody’s being released from prison or a contract. Maybe a person is signing a release form. There’s emotional and physical release. Animals capturing and releasing other animals. Trees releasing leaves in autumn. And so on. 2015 Poet’s Market Get your poetry published! Learn how to get your poetry published with the premiere book on publishing your poetry: the 2015 Poet’s Market, edited by Robert Lee Brewer. This essential resource includes hundreds of listings for book publishers, magazines, journals, contests,…
  • WD Poetic Form Challenge: Erasure Poem

    Robert Lee Brewer
    21 Nov 2014 | 12:00 pm
    It is time for another poetic form challenge. This time, we’ll be doing erasures. Click here to discover what an erasure is. Since it’s a form that uses another piece of text as source material, I’m going to ask that all entries credit their source. Also, this is the one form in which I’ll let folks submit directly to me but only if you use the subject line: WD Poetic Form Erasure. Any variations may be deleted without being read. So start writing them and sharing here on the blog (this specific post) or via e-mail for a chance to be published in Writer’s Digest…
  • 2014 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 21

    Robert Lee Brewer
    21 Nov 2014 | 1:00 am
    For today’s prompt, pick a direction on the compass, make it the title of your poem, and write that poem. North, South, West, and East are easy directions. Then, there’s Southwest, Northeast, and so on. Then, there are the directions that are completely invented. Today Is Seriously Your Last Chance to Enter! Writer’s Digest has extended the deadline to their Writer’s Digest Poetry Awards competition to November 21. And the winner will receive $1,000 cash! The winning poem will also be published in a future issue of Writer’s Digest magazine. And the winning poet will receive…
  • Erasure and Blackout Poems: Poetic Forms

    Robert Lee Brewer
    20 Nov 2014 | 8:08 pm
    One form I’ve been meaning to get to for a while is the blackout poem and also the erasure poem. Both are sort of similar with the major difference being in presentation, I suppose. Or it’s kind of like rectangles and squares. You see, all squares are rectangles, but not all rectangles are squares. The same could be said of erasure and blackout poems. After all, all blackout poems are erasure poems, but not all erasure poems are blackout poems. What is a blackout poem? A blackout poem is when a poet takes a marker (usually black marker) to already established text–like in a…
  • The NaNoWriMo Progress Report: How Are You Feeling?

    Cris Freese
    20 Nov 2014 | 10:09 am
    Just about three weeks of participating in National Novel Writing Month can leave even the best, consistently faithful writer sleep-deprived, ornery, and a little nonsensical. But if you’ve made it this far, that’s something worth celebrating. The question becomes, are you writing now just to hit your goal of 50,000 words? Are you simply trying to meet a word count to say you did it? Or are you trying to construct something meaningful and worthwhile, even if it’s something that you won’t let see the light of day for quite some time? In short, how do you feel about…
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    Mike Cressy Art

  • Illustrator show Saturday Nov 22nd!!!

    20 Nov 2014 | 10:07 pm
    You are cordially invited to this Exhibit of excellent art from the illustrators in western Washington's SCBWI at the Washington State History Musseum in Tacoma! It starts at 11am and goes till 2pm.An extra bonus is that you can see the other excellent exhibit "Time Intrusionator" on the 3rd floor while you are there. It features art by myself and several other SCBWI illustrators.Hope to see you there!!!
  • 20 Nov 2014 | 10:02 pm

    20 Nov 2014 | 10:02 pm
    A recent ink drawing... "Da Plane"A little left over from the Halloween fun.
  • Drawing again. YAY!

    19 Nov 2014 | 8:02 pm
    A brand new drawing after a while of having a drought."A stroll into the city"
  • New ink drawing...

    1 Nov 2014 | 10:36 pm
    Been terribly busy lately with life and house and work... haven't had time to post much but tonight I'm adding this drawing from a week ago that relates to Halloween. I've got several so we'll be enjoying this holiday for a little while more. "Something's off here."
  • New drawing!

    26 Oct 2014 | 11:52 am
    I've been having problems with my blog site as of late so I haven't been able to upload new drawings, paintings, etc...I think I've finally got it working well. I'm posting the first of several Halloween drawings. They are all I've got time to do this year. I wanted to paint some of the ones from last year, which I will do at some point, just not right now. Too busy with actual work that is paying good money. So stay tuned for more Halloween fun this week! BOO!
 
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    The Reader's Advisor Online Blog

  • New, Noteworthy, and No-Brainer

    Sarah Statz Cords
    20 Nov 2014 | 8:28 am
    To Be Published the Week of November 24 MONDAY FICTION Patterson, James – Hope to Die TUESDAY FICTION Dreyer, Eileen – Twice Tempted Falcones, Ildefonso – The Barefoot Queen Grant, Mira – Symbiont Harris, Charlaine – Dead But Not Forgotten: Stories from the World of Sookie Stackhouse Jio, Sarah – The Look of Love Kaye, Laura – Hard to Come By MacLean, Sarah – Never Judge a Lady by Her Cover Scottoline, Lisa – Betrayed: A Rosato & Associates Novel Showalter, Gena – The Darkest Touch Singh, Nalini – Night Shift Sugg, Zoe…
  • RA Run Down

    Sarah Statz Cords
    16 Nov 2014 | 8:51 am
    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…
  • Best Books 2014

    Sarah Statz Cords
    15 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    NBC News: Best Science and Tech Books of 2014 Hudson Booksellers: Best Books of 2014 Publishers’ Weekly: Best Books of 2014 Advocate.com: Year’s Best Nonfiction Transgender Books Business Insider: Hottest Novels of 2014 Amazon: Best Books of 2014 Bookmark to:
  • New, Noteworthy, and No-Brainer

    Sarah Statz Cords
    13 Nov 2014 | 7:34 am
    To Be Published the Week of Nov 17 MONDAY FICTION Patterson, James – Hope To Die TUESDAY FICTION Baldacci, David – The Escape Clark, Mary Higgins & Alafair Burke – The Cinderella Murder Cruz, Melissa de la – Stolen Day, Sylvia – Captivated by You Evanovich, Janet & Lee Goldberg – The Job Evans, Richard Paul – The Mistletoe Promise Fossum, Karin – The Murder of Harriet Krohn Modesitt, L. E., Jr. – Heritage of Cyador Mull, Brandon – Rogue Knight Toews, Miriam – All My Puny Sorrows TUESDAY NONFICTION Amoruso, Sophia…
  • RA Run Down

    Sarah Statz Cords
    9 Nov 2014 | 8:54 am
    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 YA FICTION GRAPHIC…
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    A Bookshelf Monstrosity

  • This Librarian's Quick Picks: Zero Degree Zombie Zone

    A Bookshelf Monstrosity
    17 Nov 2014 | 1:00 pm
    The Zero Degree Zombie Zoneby Patrik Henry BassScholastic (Aug. 26, 2014)Summary: Fourth-grader Bakari Johnson is having a really bad day--class bullies Tariq and Keisha are mad at him, his best friend Wardell has nominated him for hall monitor, a pack of ice zombies from a frozen world are demanding he return the magic ring that Keisha has, and somehow he has to find a way to save the school. Why You'll Love It:Kids will enjoy this school story that includes familiar details such as class elections and library time, while offering an exciting sci-fi twist. A fun middle-grade fantasy…
  • This Librarian's Quick Picks: Lives of the Explorers

    A Bookshelf Monstrosity
    13 Nov 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Lives of the Explorers: Discoveries, Disasters (and what the neighbors thought)by Kathleen KrullHoughton Mifflin (Aug. 26, 2014)BiographySummary:Presents a series of biographies of well-known adventurers traveling through the centuries and across the globe, whose curiosity and courage have led them to make discoveries in the world.Why you'll love it:Krull does not sugarcoat the history; the negative impacts of discovery upon native peoples are discussed, such as the violence resulting from Columbus’s expeditions.Readers learn about these historical figures’ adventures while also getting a…
  • This Librarian's Quick Picks: Nuts to You!

    A Bookshelf Monstrosity
    3 Nov 2014 | 4:30 am
    Nuts to You!by Lynne Rae PerkinsGreenwillow Books (Aug. 26, 2014)Chapter book (Adventure)Summary:A squirrel trades a story for a taste of peanut butter and weaves a yarn about Jed, a squirrel who’s carried off by a hawk, and the friends who rescue him.Why You'll Love It:Some deeper themes may prompt readers to question their interactions with the natural world. Readers, especially animal lovers and the environmentally minded, will relish the squirrels' adventures, as well as Perkins's laugh-aloud illustrations and equally witty footnotes. The squirrel POV includes clever wordplay: power…
  • This Librarian's Quick Picks: The Map Trap

    A Bookshelf Monstrosity
    29 Oct 2014 | 1:00 pm
    The Map Trapby Andrew ClementsAtheneum Books (July 22, 2014)Chapter Book - MysterySummary: Sixth-grader Alton Barnes loves maps, and when his portfolio of secret maps is stolen, he begins getting notes with orders that he must obey to get the maps back but, with the help of a popular classmate, he just might succeed before his teacher, principal, or someone else learns he has been studying and mapping things about them. Why You'll Love It:A convincing school story that also features an engaging central mystery with a surprising reveal. Alton’s plan to be honest with his classmates and ask…
  • TASL conference 2014

    A Bookshelf Monstrosity
    27 Oct 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Some highlights from the TN Association of School Librarians conference over the weekend. I always look forward to this time of learning and fellowship with fellow librarians and children's authors.Adam Gidwitz, author of A Tale Dark & Grimm, enthralled us with his storytelling. Loved this at the Ebsco booth...Librarians love their job because... The always wonderful Doug Johnson was a keynote speaker. My favorite presentation was on fostering creativity in our students. Author Mike Mullin on the similarites of TaeKwonDo and writing books...you never know what you're going to see here!
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  • The Ship of Brides

    LeAnn Suchy
    19 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    It’s 1946, the war is over, and Australian war brides need to get to their British husbands. What better way to get them there than on a British aircraft carrier carrying arms and over 1,000 men? It sounds crazy, but that’s exactly what happened to more than 600 brides. Jojo Moyes gives us a fictional account of this fascinating story in her wonderful book The Ship of Brides. We are introduced to four women: Jean, a young, naive 15-year-old bride; Avice, a rich, snooty bride; Margaret, a pregnant, farm-girl bride; and Frances, a mysterious, war-nurse bride. But they all have…
  • Cranky Old Lady Reads Cliche Book

    Jodi Chromey
    18 Nov 2014 | 8:43 am
    Epistolary novels are my genre kryptonite. I find them hard to resist and even harder to quit even when the going is not so great. This is the only reason I can give for finishing Ava Dellaira’s young-adult novel Love Letters to the Dead. The dead in this case range from Kurt Cobain and River Phoenix to Amelia Earhart and Judy Garland. There’s a bunch more too — actors, poets, singers. The letter writer is Laurel, high school freshman, who is starting at a new high school to avoid having to deal with being the dead girl’s sister. May’s been dead six months when…
  • Delilah Dirk

    LeAnn Suchy
    17 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    Hooray for Delilah Dirk! That’s what I want to scream after reading the graphic novel Delilah Dirk and the Turkish Lieutenant by Tony Cliff. To start, you should know the story really isn’t anything new. We have an adventure with an over-the-top hero with a bumbling sidekick and we’ve seen that before. Just think of Indiana Jones or any Clive Cussler novel. What is refreshing here is that the hero is a woman who outwits and outfights men at every turn. The best way to describe Delilah Dirk is that she’s a fearless troublemaker. No matter how inconceivable the situation…
  • How to Build a Not-Quite Successful Novel About a Girl

    Jodi Chromey
    11 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    Up until my friend Kurtis read a NY Times review of How to Build a Girl, I had successfully avoided the work of Caitlin Moran. I’d heard a lot of buzz about her book How to be a Woman and an equal amount of buzz about how her feminism isn’t exactly intersectional. But my friend Kurtis read that review and said they might as well have called this one “book for Jodi.” And he’s right. The synopsis of this book is so far in my wheelhouse that we could spend Sunday nights cuddling on the couch and watching re-runs of Buffy. Chubby, poor 90s teen Johanna Morrigan…
  • First Impressions

    LeAnn Suchy
    10 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    When books are set in present day, with characters who are recent college grads, and there are no computers, texting, and other staples from the lives of twenty-somethings, I have a hard time getting into the book. This was just one of the issues I had with Charlie Lovett’s First Impressions: A Novel of Old Books, Unexpected Love, and Jane Austen. First Impressions is two stories told in alternating chapters. The story set in the present day is about Sophie, a recent grad whose favorite uncle just died. Sophie and her uncle shared the same passion for rare books and not long after he dies…
 
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  • Mind of the Beast: An interview with Brian and Juliet Freyermuth

    Laura Roberts
    21 Nov 2014 | 1:00 am
    When a vampire asks Nick St. James to investigate his friend’s murder, the answer should have been easy, right? NO. Okay, not so easy. How do you say no to a friend like Felix? Besides, with Thelma by his side, what could go wrong? She’s got that, umm… cute pink backpack of Voodoo magic. Of course it hurts that she manages to look good even when she accidentally conjures and gets possessed by a drunk loa. No, it won’t be at all distracting to have her along. Since no good deed goes unpunished, a crazy man with starry eyes jumps out of the shadows at the victim’s apartment and…
  • I Met a Beautiful Woman in Austin by Van G. Garrett

    Danielle White
    19 Nov 2014 | 10:00 am
    Dancing. Movement unloosed her earring. I found it. We went hiking. Thickets. Creek bed. Rhythms. Salsa. Pinecones. Beauty. The essence of piñatas and Orange summers. Upbeats inside high notes, Pressed light under a winking sun and moon. “Penas” image by Flickr user Sol S. – Van G. Garrett appreciates boxing, photographing hummingbirds in Tuscany, and the trumpeted sounds of Miles Davis. A watch aficionado, Van is the author of Songs in Blue Negritude (poetry), ZURI: Selected Love Songs (poetry), and The Iron Legs in the Trees (fiction). His updates and appearances can be…
  • Moisture by Jacob Cordas

    Laura Roberts
    18 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    Most glory holes are privately owned. You had no idea before those e-mails that invited you over, after you sent pics and stats of course. You got complimented on your body being told that it looked yummy and that your cock was perfect. You didn’t really believe them but you didn’t have anything else going for you so. In the e-mails it was explained that most bookshops (i.e. porn shops) didn’t have glory holes. It gets them shut down. So, for people who liked cock but also not knowing the face that accompanied that cock, they’d set up some sort of curtain or perhaps retractable wall…
  • The Blue Effect: An interview with Rose Shababy

    Laura Roberts
    17 Nov 2014 | 1:00 am
    Blue Brennan is jaded and bitter, despite her pinup girl looks and quick wit. Night after night, she scours the Seattle club scene looking for someone or something to fill the emptiness inside. When she meets the mysterious Kasey, her world stops… literally. He claims she has the ability to control time and stuns her even further when he reveals his own gifts. Blue is inexplicably drawn to Kasey and reluctantly enters his world filled with a new breed of humanity. They’re misfits like her, blessed or cursed with powerful abilities, struggling to hide their differences from the rest of…
  • 3 Poems by Sibel Sayiner

    Danielle White
    16 Nov 2014 | 10:00 am
    retropostmodernism comes in neon the film is running backwards now the bomb is bringing the world together again patchwork quilt of buildings constructed in an instant by the refolding of a flower it is becoming a seed now escaping to the sky this this is what some people call grace molecules turned words flickering in and out of sight threads in a tapestry only causing us to wonder how dare we not deflower grand pianos? make better use of these walls to support a lover’s back? how do we bear looking at beds without seeing them as unmade possibility? every plot has a maker this is some…
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  • The Wolfen Book Covers of Jack London

    Alison Nastasi
    22 Nov 2014 | 9:01 am
    “He was sounding the deeps of his nature, and of the parts of his nature that were deeper than he, going back into the womb of Time,” wrote Jack London in his 1903 classic novel The Call of the Wild. The story centers on a dog named Buck who is sold off and shipped to the Klondike to be trained as a sled dog. The harsh conditions and treatment ignite his primitive, wolflike ways — and he becomes the story’s mythical hero. London’s 1906 novel White Fang finds a wolfdog on the journey to domesticity. The author’s experiences as a “hobo,” sailor, and journalist took him…
  • The 50 Best Independent Fiction and Poetry Books of 2014

    Jonathon Sturgeon
    21 Nov 2014 | 12:15 pm
    2014 will go down as a landmark year in independent literature, chiefly because a few longstanding “trends” or “developments” are hardening into verifiable traits of fiction and poetry beyond Big Publishing. To begin with, independent poetry, noted especially here in the works of Claudia Rankine and Andrew Durbin, is becoming more sophisticated in the way it encroaches upon other forms of visual and literary art. Elsewhere, in fiction, a greater tendency toward autofictional novels of emotional maturation — typically in a cruel world — is colliding with the…
  • Searching for Clues — and Closure — in Ian Curtis’ and Kurt Cobain’s Handwritten Archives

    Jillian Mapes
    21 Nov 2014 | 10:49 am
    Ian Curtis wrote in all caps, often with a Sharpie. When he wanted to change a word in his lyrics or notes, he’d scratch out his former word choice utterly completely — as if he wanted to erase it from existence. In a lot of ways, the Joy Division leader’s handwriting seems to reflect his personality: “Ian was a very definite person,” says Jon Savage, the co-editor of So This Is Permanence, a collection of Curtis’ notebooks released last month by Chronicle Books. “If he didn’t like something, he would eventually make his displeasure shown. He was a Cancer.” “When Ian found…
  • Meghan Daum’s ‘The Unspeakable’ Is a Harrowing Tale of Generation X Growing Up

    Elisabeth Donnelly
    21 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    Some essayists, perhaps because you share demographics like age and background, end up occupying oddly intimate places in your life. Meghan Daum — the original New Yorker-approved, essayist voice of Generation X — is one of them. She’s felt like a big sister ever since I found a copy of My Misspent Youth, her 2001 essay collection, at a bookstore. My Misspent Youth was the announcement of a bright new voice in nonfiction, and Daum was able to look tough topics in the eye — the lies of a literary life in New York, her staggering amount of debt, what it’s like when a friend…
  • Author Daniel Handler Apologizes For Racist Jokes, Donating (and Matching) $10K Plus to Nonprofit We Need Diverse Books

    Elisabeth Donnelly
    21 Nov 2014 | 6:34 am
    After Wednesday’s National Book Awards Ceremony was marred by author and emcee Daniel Handler’s racist jokes, the writer and artist, also known as Lemony Snicket, has decided to put his money where his mouth is. He’s donating $10,000 to the nonprofit We Need Diverse Books, who are currently running a campaign on Indiegogo, and he’s pledged to match all donations made today. If you donate $75.00, you get a signed copy of Jacqueline Woodson’s National Book Award-winning Brown Girl Dreaming, and that’s a heck of a gift.
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  • Kindle Deals & Steals for Saturday Evening

    Pixel of Ink
    22 Nov 2014 | 9:28 am
    Ready for some more great reads? Take a look these Kindle Book Deals & Steals tonight! For non-U.S. readers, Kindle content availability and pricing will vary. Genre: Mystery, Paranormal, Romantic Comedy, Thriller Dynamite Fishermen by Preston Fleming Still free? Click Here to find out! Dynamite Fishermen offers complex characters, fast-paced action, a vivid portrayal of human intelligence operations and the flavor of Beirut during its dark days. Beirut, 1982. Conrad Prosser is a skilled Arabist, expert agent handler, prolific intelligence reporter, and a connoisseur of Beirut’s…
  • [BOOK OF THE DAY] The Weirdness – Save $13

    Pixel of Ink
    22 Nov 2014 | 6:38 am
    The Weirdness by Jeremy P. Bushnell Genre: Humor What do you do when you wake up hung over and late for work only to find a stranger on your couch? And what if that stranger turns out to be an Adversarial Manifestation – like Satan, say – who has brewed you a fresh cup of fair-trade coffee? And what if he offers you your life’s goal of making the bestseller list if only you find his missing Lucky Cat and, you know, sign over your soul? If you’re Billy Ridgeway, you take the coffee. Still a Hot Deal? Click Here to find out! Prices are subject to change without notice.
  • Kindle Deals & Steals for Saturday Morning

    Pixel of Ink
    22 Nov 2014 | 6:29 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: Contemporary Fiction, Cookbooks, Humor, Mystery, Romance Making Lemonade by Kate Langdon Still free? Click Here to find out! Meet three thirty-somethings whose lives have swerved way off the beaten track… Can they find their way back to the dreams of their youth – or is it time to accept life’s lemons and start making lemonade? My Life Without a Parachute by Skye Taylor Still free? Click Here to find out! You are about to step…
  • Friday Reads: A Monster Calls, The Darkest Minds, and Midnight Tides

    Pixel of Ink
    21 Nov 2014 | 8:13 am
    Do you abandon books when you’re bored, or feel you must finish each book you start? Click here to see what Sharon & David have been reading (or not reading) this week!
  • Kindle Deals & Steals for Friday Evening

    Pixel of Ink
    21 Nov 2014 | 7:02 am
    Check out tonight’s Freebies & Deals for your Kindle! For non-U.S. readers, Kindle content availability and pricing will vary. Genre: Biographies & Memoirs, Contemporary Fiction, Mystery, Paranormal, Romance Modern Sorcery: The First Jonathan Shade Novel by Gary Jonas Still free? Click Here to find out! A SAVAGE MURDER… A husband armed with a sword hacks apart his wife in a Denver grocery store. There are dozens of witnesses, and the crime is captured on the security cameras. To the police, it’s an open-and-shut case. To Naomi, the daughter of the couple, it’s…
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  • Pixar Releases Inside Out Character Posters

    Larry Fire
    22 Nov 2014 | 1:00 am
    The publicity machine for Pete Docter’s 2015 feature Inside Out is in full effect and new character posters have been released. Here is the film’s synopsis: From the tepuis of South America to a monster-filled metropolis, Academy Award-winning director Pete Docter has taken audiences to unique and imaginative places. In 2015, he will take us to the most extraordinary location of all – inside the mind of an 11-year-old named Riley. Growing up can be a bumpy road, and it’s no exception for Riley, who is uprooted from her Midwest life when her father starts a new job in San Francisco.
  • Dark Hall Mansion To Release A Charlie Brown Christmas Print By Nicolas Delort On November 25, 2014

    Larry Fire
    21 Nov 2014 | 1:00 am
    Dark Hall Mansion’s yearly holiday tradition continues with the timeless classic that’s informed Christmas and the holiday season for almost 50 years, Charles M. Schulz’s 1965 masterpiece, “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” this year beautifully and evocatively rendered by artist, Nicolas Delort. Flawlessly written by Charles Schulz, beautifully directed and animated by Bill Melendez and team, and of course, brilliantly scored by Vince Guaraldi, this film, perhaps more than any other, quietly, humorously, and evocatively reminds us in poetic and lyrical fashion just…
  • NECA Announces Special Edition Michael Keaton/Blu-ray Batman Figure Pack

    Larry Fire
    21 Nov 2014 | 1:00 am
    NECA announced a special edition Michael Keaton/Blu-ray Batman pack and put preorders up at ebay ($30): Celebrate the 25th anniversary of the film that defined Batman for the modern generation — pick up the new Batman Diamond Luxe Blu-ray and get a bonus Batman action figure! Made by NECA, Batman stands 7″ tall and features the likeness of Michael Keaton! The figure has over 25 points of articulation for great poses, plus removable cape, Batarang and Spear Gun accessories. In 1989, director Tim Burton breathed new life into one of the most complex and intriguing characters in…
  • Dark Ink Art To Release Jessica Print By Michael De Pippo On November 20, 2014

    Larry Fire
    20 Nov 2014 | 9:19 pm
    Dark Ink Art will release this Who Framed Roger Rabbit inspired Jessica Rabbit print by Michael De Pippo, on November 20th, 2014. The silk screen print with metallic pink ink measures 18″ x 24″ and will be released in a signed limited edition of 250 costing $50. It’s available Thursday, November 20 around 10.30am PDT. Follow them on Twitter @DarkInkArt for the on sale announcement.
  • Harrison Ford: High-Flying Hero

    Larry Fire
    20 Nov 2014 | 9:05 pm
    Harrison Ford made headlines a few weeks ago after he was spotted walking on crutches in a London grocery store. Don’t worry Star Wars fans, the newest installment to the series is still on track to be released December 18th, 2015. Though his injuries resulted in a two-week production pause, the movie has now resumed principal photography. During big productions, movie stars are often peppered with silly questions from reporters trying to scrape the rumor mill. This is unfortunate, because it often hides far more interesting stories. For instance, in this case your average reader may be…
 
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  • The Bell Jar

    16 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    I felt very still and empty, the way the eye of a tornado must feel, moving dully along in the middle of the surrounding hullabaloo – Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar Of all the mental illnesses that we’ve labelled the one I expect most people imagine they’ve got a handle on is Depression. I, myself, have suffered from depression-with-a-capital-d since I was a teenager but the more I read about other people’s experiences the more I think the following is true: If you’ve met one person with depression you’ve met one person with depression; I’ve heard the same said of sufferers of…
  • The Artist of Disappearance

    9 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    Ravi was too crushed by the school day to take the risk of any other failure, and heaved his school bag onto his back to slink home with the hope of going unnoticed—which he mostly was. – Anita Desai, ‘The Artist of Disappearance’ The cover states this volume contains three novellas. I’ll deal with each separately. The Museum of Final Journeys In his review for The Washington Post Ron Charles says that “The Museum of Final Journeys is a little toothache of a story that you’ll have trouble putting out of your mind.” It’s as good a description as any without actually saying…
  • Out of the Dark

    2 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    Everything disappears his books seem to tell us, and also—in small but omnipresent echoes—everything somehow stays. – Jordan Stump in the introduction to Out of the Dark In his introduction to Out of the Dark translator Jordan Stump talks about the title he chose to give to this novel: The French title of this book, Du plus loin de l'oubli, poses a particularly thorny problem, since the English language has no real equivalent for oubli, nor even a simple way of saying du plus loin. The phrase, taken from a French translation of a poem by the German writer Stefan George, is literally…
  • Reading

    26 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    The best moments in reading are when you come across something—a thought, a feeling, a way of looking at things—which you had thought special and particular to you. And now, here it is, set down by someone else, a person you have never met, someone even who is long dead. And it is as if a hand has come out, and taken yours ― Alan Bennett, The History Boys: The Film I don’t read in bed. I don’t read on the loo or in the bath. I don’t understand people who do. I think the reason is—now I’ve given the matter some thought, because before I began writing this a few seconds ago…
  • A History of Books

    19 Oct 2014 | 4:30 am
    If the reader prefers, this book may be regarded as fiction. But there is always the chance that such a book of fiction may throw some light on what has been written as fact. – Ernest Hemingway, A Moveable Feast When you read you forget. You’re forgetting right now. Reading is an act of forgetting but there are levels. Whilst reading you temporarily forget the outside world and become absorbed in the text before your eyes but as your eyes scan the page in front of you, you also almost instantaneously begin to forget what you’ve read. You carry the gist of what you’re read from page to…
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  • Friday Book Giveaway! It Must Have Been the Mistletoe by Judy Astley

    Novelicious
    21 Nov 2014 | 3:30 am
    Today, we have a lovely festive novel up for grabs in our Friday giveaway: It Must Have Been the Mistletoe by Judy Astley! Thea’s parents decide to host a big family Christmas in a house by the sea… even though they are, in fact, about to split up. Thea herself is newly single – her sister and brother are both settled, with children, homes and a future. But Thea’s boyfriend has ditched her in favour of his pedigree dogs, and Thea can’t decide whether or not she minds. There will be copious food and drink, holly and mistletoe, lots of bracing walks and a wintry barbecue on the beach.
  • Review – Captivated By You by Sylvia Day

    Novelicious
    21 Nov 2014 | 2:30 am
    Reviewed by Susan Lobban Gideon and Eva’s relationship has been a whirlwind, so what else would be expected of them than to get married? However it’s a big secret – all their friends and family are taken aback over the fact that they are merely engaged, so the newlyweds are in no rush to enlighten them. In fact, Eva’s plan is to keep quiet forever and simply have another wedding in front of those closest to them. The best laid plans and all that; it takes just one person to find out and all is ruined. The vows they exchanged should have created an unbreakable bond but, ironically,…
  • Review – The Soldier’s Daughter by Rosie Goodwin

    Debs Carr
    20 Nov 2014 | 6:30 am
    Reviewed by Kate Appleton For as long as Briony Valentine can remember she has been soft on Eddie, the boy next door. But their chance of romance is stifled when the Luftwaffe begin dropping bombs on the midlands. Eddie is called up to serve, as is Briony's father, tearing her world apart. As the telegrams arrive, all she can do is pray. Despite past disagreements, Briony's affluent grandparents open their doors to the three Valentine children, offering them the safety of Cornwall - far from the bombs and far from the only world they've ever known. Will the Valentine family ever unite, and…
  • My Book Deal Moment by Eve Bourton

    Debs Carr
    20 Nov 2014 | 6:30 am
    I was so used to receiving my SAE, so used to opening it to find a photocopied rejection letter with variations of my name filled in above the standard paragraph about how my book was not really suitable for their list. Sometimes a kind editorial assistant would add a handwritten postscript saying they had really enjoyed it and that they wished me luck placing it elsewhere. Sometimes (after the MS had been away for a few months) the rejection would be personally written by an editor who just didn’t have the budget to take on a young author with no name, despite the fact that personally they…
  • Novelicious Chats To...Jo Mazelis

    Debs Carr
    20 Nov 2014 | 3:30 am
    We're chatting to Jo Mazelis, whose latest book, Significance is out now. Significance is a twist on the classic murder mystery. When Lucy Swann's body is found, her death like a stone thrown into a pool, sends out far-reaching ripples, altering the lives of people who never knew her as well as those of her loved ones back home. We'll be reviewing the book here soon. Today, Jo tells us a little about writing that first draft and what she believes is the biggest myth of being a novelist for would-be writers. Can you tell us a little about your average writing day? I begin writing along with my…
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  • Stacking the Shelves, The Sunday Post, Bought Borrowed and Bagged

    Brandi Kosiner
    22 Nov 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:The Heart of the Ancients: Kailmeyra's…
  • Review: The Book of Ivy by Amy Engel

    Brandi Kosiner
    20 Nov 2014 | 11:30 pm
    The Book of Ivy (The Book of Ivy #1) by Amy EngelAfter a brutal nuclear war, the United States was left decimated. A small group of survivors eventually banded together, but only after more conflict over which family would govern the new nation. The Westfalls lost. Fifty years later, peace and control are maintained by marrying the daughters of the losing side to the sons of the winning group in a yearly ritual.This year, it is my turn.My name is Ivy Westfall, and my mission is simple: to kill the president’s son—my soon-to-be husband—and restore the Westfall family to power.But Bishop…
  • Review: Paranormalcy by Kiersten White

    Brandi Kosiner
    19 Nov 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Paranormalcy (Paranormalcy #1) by Kiersten WhiteEvie’s always thought of herself as a normal teenager, even though she works for the International Paranormal Containment Agency, her ex-boyfriend is a faerie, she’s falling for a shape-shifter, and she’s the only person who can see through paranormals’ glamours.But Evie’s about to realize that she may very well be at the center of a dark faerie prophecy promising destruction to all paranormal creatures.So much for normal. Publishes in US: August 31st 2010 by HarperTeenGenre: ya paranormalSource: librarySeries?
  • Exclusive Giveaway and Blog Tour for The Demon Catchers of Milan Book Two: The Halcyon Bird by Kay Beyer

    Brandi Kosiner
    19 Nov 2014 | 2:00 am
    Her siteMia has settled into her life with the Della Torres — Milan’s premier demon-catching family, accompanying them to exorcisms and even learning some way to be useful in the family trade.Then Bernardo comes into her life, handsome, well-mannered, someone who makes her forget her impossible crush on Emilio, her cousin.But always lurking in the background is the demon who possessed Mia once before, and who has not given up on possessing her again–this time for good.—This answer is formed from just how I would respond to a question from the crowd at a reading—some parent sitting…
  • Waiting on Wednesday, WoW

    Brandi Kosiner
    19 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
    Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted over at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating. I also feature books that may have already released, but I am anxiously waiting to read.This week, I'm featuring:Wishes and DreamsMcDaniel, Lurlene This heartfelt digital original short story by Lurlene McDaniel features many of the same characters connected to her poignant contemporary novels "The Year of Luminous Love" and "The Year of Chasing Dreams." When Ciana Beauchamp awakens from a dream about Jon Mercer, her initial happy thoughts are…
 
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  • 5 Questions with Best Selling Author Regina Swanson

    Vikram
    30 Oct 2014 | 3:30 am
      BookBuzzr author Regina Swanson’s book – My Husband’s Other Women – recently hit the # 3 spot on the Amazon. We reached out to Regina to learn more about her story. The screenshot below was taken on Oct, 20 2014. 1. Congratulations on the success of ‘My Husband’s Other Women’. Can you tell us a little about yourself and your journey as a writer? Thank you for showing interest in “My Husband’s Other Women.” It is appreciated. I was born and raised in Dallas, Texas. I took a short hiatus from Dallas to attend college. Upon completion of my…
  • 5 BookBuzzr AuthorPage Widgets to Inspire You in October 2014

    Naveen
    29 Oct 2014 | 11:46 pm
        1. Luana Ehrlich – One Night in Tehran: A Titus Ray Thriller   2. Alisa Griffis – Conundrum Kids (Volume 1)   3. Claudette Alexander – Sunrise from an Icy Heart: A Memoir   4. Mohit Misra – Ponder Awhile   5. Tysha Hill – Young-Minded Hustler   _________________________________________________________________________________________________________   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…
  • 5 BookBuzzr Widget Installations to Inspire You in October 2014

    Naveen
    28 Oct 2014 | 11:41 pm
      1. Linda Bridey – Mail Order Bride: Westward winds   2. Mario D King – The Crisis Before Midlife   3. Kori Miller – Deadly Sins   4. Michelle Scott – Stage Fright   5. Kristy LeBlanc – Sr. Bo-Bo y los Waggy-Colas   ___________________________________________________________________________________________   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, Email.
  • An Interview with Amazon Best Selling Author Linda Watkins

    Naveen
    23 Oct 2014 | 4:54 am
    BookBuzzr author Linda Watkins recently had an opportunity to celebrate. Her book – Mateguas Island – recently hit the number 1 spot on Amazon in the Horror > Occult category. The screenshot below was taken on October 14, 2014. We reached out to her to learn more about her journey… Hey Linda! Always a pleasure to connect with a fellow Carnegie Mellon alum! Why don’t you start out by telling us a little bit about yourself? Sure. My family is from New England. We moved to Michigan when I was young and that’s where I grew up. After college – at Carnegie – I…
  • 5 BookBuzzr AuthorPage Widgets to Inspire You in September 2014

    Ranga
    30 Sep 2014 | 3:25 am
      1. Debrah Martin – Patchwork Man   2. Nicola McDonagh – Echoes from the Lost Ones   3. Teno-E Etsebeth – Rite of Passage   4. Alex Jones – Walls   5. Mark Johnson – The Last Resort   _________________________________________________________________________________________________________   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, Email.
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    B-Lines and Felines

  • Celebrate Losing Heart and The Bleaklisted Books with a #giveaway

    Donna Brown
    21 Nov 2014 | 12:37 pm
    It’s been a busy month! Donna launched Losing Heart earlier in the month and we’ll be rounding off the month with the release of The Bleaklisted Books (A Feline Central Book). To celebrate these two launches and the release of the Man vs Cat (A Feline Central Book) and Double-take Tales audiobooks, we’re hosting a giveaway. Happy reading (and listening)! Want to know any more about any of these books? Just click the covers! a Rafflecopter giveaway The post Celebrate Losing Heart and The Bleaklisted Books with a #giveaway appeared first on B-Lines and Felines.
  • Masterpieces #34: Resident Evil 2

    Dave Brown
    19 Nov 2014 | 11:22 am
    About Resident Evil 2 (1998)Resident Evil 2 is the next chapter in the unparalleled game that defines the survival horror genre. It begins as Raccoon City continues to endure an onslaught of terror and fear as a mysterious, flesh-eating virus spreads into the town that turns everyone it infects into zombies. Resident Evil 2 introduces players to Leon Kennedy, a Raccoon City rookie policeman, and Claire Redfield, a tough heroine in search of her brother. Players can control either Leon or Claire as they explore the entire Raccoon City locale with its huge 3D environments, and swarms of…
  • The Diary of Mr Kain: Week #7

    Dave Brown
    17 Nov 2014 | 3:32 am
    Monday The job search continues for Beard Face. His latest idea was to contact the local council and see if they’d pay him to walk the streets and prevent people stepping on the cracks in the pavement or walking under ladders. He tried to reason that such bizarre superstitions were genuine and that he could prove it because the previous night he’d watched a program on TV called The Gullible Morons’ Guide to Superstitious Thingies. Sounds genuine to me! Tuesday The Christmas shopping is now done and it’s down to Beard Face to wrap all the gifts. This will take some time because…
  • Masterpieces #33: A Fraction of the Whole

    Dave Brown
    12 Nov 2014 | 8:33 am
    About A Fraction of the Whole (2008)With rights sold around the world, this irreverent comic adventure spanning three continents is poised to be one of the most talked about fiction debuts of the year. A Fraction of the Whole marks the arrival of an ambitious new writer who deftly mixes humour, surprise, and astute observations of the human condition to create a novel that entertains, scandalizes, and enlightens. Martin Dean spent his entire life analyzing absolutely everything – from the benefits of suicide to the virtues of strip clubs versus brothels. Now that he’s dead, his…
  • The Diary of Mr Kain: Week #6

    Dave Brown
    10 Nov 2014 | 4:11 am
    Monday Charlie is excited about the imminent arrival of Bleaklisted Books. Championed by Beard Face and Frizzy Hair, looking to profit from the ramblings of a sadistic maniac, the book is out at the end of November and chronicles a series of books Charlie has read and condemned for a multitude of reasons. Sounds compelling reading. Think I’ll stick with my James Patterson novels. Tuesday Beard Face’s job search continues. This week he decided to try his luck with a job as a Cat Whisperer. He asked me if I’d mind being a guinea pig for him to experiment on before the interview. I asked…
 
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    Vampire Book Club

  • Excerpt from Nazarea Andrews’ The Future Without Hope

    Chelsea
    20 Nov 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Last week VBC’s Amy dove into the first book in Nazarea Andrews’ The World Without End series. She enjoyed The World Without a Future and connected with the pacing of the story. She’s catching up on the series, but we aren’t about to make you wait. We have an excerpt from the latest book in the series The Future Without Hope, which released on Nov. 20. “What the hell are you doing, O’Malley?” “Where is she?” I ask, my voice a soft noise. He goes still, and that fear flashes again. I saw this little jackass grow up—I can read fear in him and right now he’s…
  • Re-Read Review: Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice (Vampire Chronicles #1)

    Amy
    19 Nov 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Interview with the Vampire (The Vampire Chronicles #1) Anne Rice Published: April 12, 1976 (Knopf) / Most-recent edition 2004 (Ballantine) Purchase at: Book Depository or Amazon Review Source: Purchased Reviewed by: Amy Rating (out of 5): 4 stars It almost seems silly to have to give a synopsis of Interview with the Vampire before I get to the review, but for format’s sake and for those who may not be familiar with the story, here it goes: Interview with the Vampire is literally that, an interview with a vampire. It tells the story of titular vampire Louis, or rather Louis tells his story…
  • Giveaway: Endsinger by Jay Kristoff

    Chelsea
    18 Nov 2014 | 10:01 pm
    I was late to the party on Jay Kristoff’s Lotus War books. I started reading the first novel Stormdancer earlier this month, in fact. And seriously y’all should shame me for not reading these books sooner. So. Freaking. Good. The books are full of lyrical prose that weaves a stunning tapestry of worldbuilding mythology and engaging characters. I sank into these books and became utterly enamored. The heroine is our kind of protagonist, VBC. She’s strong in all right ways. The Lotus War books are often described as Japanese steampunk, which is really enough to make you want to…
  • Review: I’m Dreaming of an Undead Christmas by Molly Harper

    Jannelle
    17 Nov 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Im Dreaming of an Undead Christmas (Half Moon Hollow #2.7) Molly Harper Published: November 17, 2014 (Pocket Star) Purchase: Amazon Review source: provided by publisher in exchange for and honest review Reviewed by: Jannelle Rating (out of 5): 4 stars Note: While review will be spoiler free, it does make reference to previous books in the series. Gigi is visiting her newly turned vampire sister Iris during her holiday break from college. This is the first time Gigi has been back home to Half Moon Hollow since her sister decided to become a vampire and Iris is worried about Gigi’s…
  • Review: Tainted Blood by M.L. Brennan (Generation V #3)

    Margaret
    16 Nov 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Tainted Blood (Generation V #3) M.L. Brennan Published: Nov. 4, 2014 (ROC) Purchase: Book Depository or Amazon Review source: purchased Reviewed by: Margaret Rating (out of 5): 4.5 stars Note: While review will be spoiler free, it does make reference to previous books in the series.If you haven’t started yet, check out VBC’s review of Generation V. In Iron Night Fortitude Scott began his transition to full vampire and started working in the family business: ruling over New England’s supernatural community. Now, with both his brother Chivalry and sister Prudence temporarily…
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    LATINA BOOK CLUB

  • REVIEW: THE GHOSTS OF HERO STREET: How One Small Mexican-American Community Gave So Much in World War II and Korea by Carlos Harrison

    Native NYer
    9 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    In honor of Veteran's Day, The Latina Book Club would like to take a moment to say "Thank You" to all the men and women who have served and continue to serve in this country's armed forces around the world.  We thank you for our liberty and our freedom, and we wish you come home soon, safe and sound.  God bless You All.---mcfAll gave some. Some gave all.Carlos Harrison has written a gripping, harrowing and triumphant book about Mexican families who immigrated to a small railroad town in search of a better life.  It was rough for them--learning a new language, adapting to a new…
  • LITERATURE IS A GIFT TO THE WORLD: WHY THE YOUNIVERSITY MATTERS

    Native NYer
    4 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    by Jonathan MarcantoniAuthors Jonathan Marcantoni and Chris Campanioni are the founders of YouNiversity.  Their first class is about to “graduate.”  It’s been a learning experience for both the students and the teachers.  The Latina Book Club congratulates Jon and Chris on their vision, and wish their graduating students much publishing success.---mcfJonathan Marcantoni I am a Puerto Rican writer. That is how I introduce myself. Puerto Rican first, writer second. Writing, not only the practice but my entire conceptualization of the artform, is filtered through that…
  • CALLING ALL LATINO WRITERS: LET'S NANOWRIMO!

    Native NYer
    4 Nov 2014 | 3:40 pm
    November is National Novel Writing Month aka NaNoWriMo.The challenge is to write 50,000 words -- basically a 250 page novel! -- in the 30 days of November.I urge all Latino writers, especially the wanna-be writers, to take advantage of this opportunity and write, write, write.  Don't edit.  Don't revise.  Don't over think it.  Just write.We need more books with diverse characters, and in OUR case, Latino characters.  So start writing your own novel today.  It can be a children's book, a young adult, a memoir, a romance, a paranormal, a vampire novel....it…
  • TOP 14 LATINO POETS

    Native NYer
    28 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
       Poetry is the language of love, of revenge, of despair, of hope, of the people.  Here is a Top 14 List of Latino poets we should all be reading more of.  Among them we have the FIRST Spanish American Poet to receive the Nobel Prize in Literature, an inaugural poet and two Poet Laureates.  I've tried to find websites for all the poets and, where there isn't any, I've posted a link where you could get more information on them.  Happy reading! --mcfTOP LATINO POETSGabriela Mistral1.    Gabriela Mistral (First Spanish American to…
  • INTERVIEW WITH DIANA SANTAMARIA (& Giveaway!)

    Native NYer
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
      The Latina Book Club welcomes children’s author Diana Lee Santamaria.  As a child she struggled with reading so she understands the importance of literacy.  As an educator she recognizes the need for more diverse books.  Hence, the birth of DLee’s World – bright fun stories that engage young readers and expands their learning.GIVEAWAY!  Please leave a comment below to win a free copy of DLee’s World."As a child who struggled with reading, I understand the importance of literacy and making it fun for children, so I work on bringing all the essential…
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    21tiger

  • Daily Mastery

    Michael A. Robson
    11 Nov 2014 | 9:51 pm
    Recently I re-read George Leonard’s sublime “Mastery”, and it made me re-consider what I really spend my time on. Do I spend enough time on design? What is ‘enough’? What are my goals anyway? What does it gain me to get ‘better’ at something (in a simple measurable way) if it’s the wrong thing? George Leonard’s book (not to be confused with another wonderful book of the same name by Robert Greene), takes his experiences learning and mastering Aikido, and applies them to all of life’s endeavours. He describes the various patterns of failure (losing…
  • ETEA Union

    Michael A. Robson
    1 Nov 2014 | 11:50 am
    I recently spent a few days designing and implementing a responsive WordPress site for a local English teacher union, the ETEA.They wanted something clean and modern they could use as not only a newscenter, but also a resource for all their teachers to share content, lesson plans, and more. They had a ton of great assets already, they just needed a unified image and brand. So the ETEA is now working hard to get the word out both in person and via social networks. I love working with WordPress, and I know the client will have a great time using the CMS backend. For ETEA members brand new to…
  • An Optimistic Strategy

    Michael A. Robson
    26 Oct 2014 | 12:33 am
    Today I asked myself a question: if you’re so smart, then why aren’t you happier? I, like many,often use pessimism as a strategy for security. Many have difficult memories from their early life and have subconsciously adopted a strategy of conservatism to avoid future injury. Pessimism is really surrendering your life to your ego that cannot stand a single rejection. It’s a childish prize (an unscathed shiny ego) that no rational adult would ever cling to. Now that I’m bigger and stronger than I ever was, it’s time to let go of those outdated mindsets. What is an optimistic…
  • Between Lust and Love

    Michael A. Robson
    11 Oct 2014 | 7:36 pm
    Design isn’t Everything Design can be beautiful and charming; it can be evocative and exciting. But design is ultimately problem solving with constraints. Design is not for fun. Well executed design may look good, beautiful, ingenious, but it’s not meant to be fun. It’s work. It’s tirelessly honing and iterating previous versions. It’s evaluating and re-evaluating priorities and then solving problems, within constraints. That it may be satisfying for some to work on design projects is much like the way mathematicians obsessively solve math and engineering problems. But…
  • Lennon

    Michael A. Robson
    27 Sep 2014 | 6:49 pm
 
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    Publishing Perspectives

  • 5 Tips for Editing Literary Works in Translation

    Guest Contributor
    21 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
    Three top US book editors and one translator share their top tips for working with and editing literary translations. The post 5 Tips for Editing Literary Works in Translation appeared first on Publishing Perspectives.
  • Hollywood L.I.T.: Taking Your Story to the Silver Screen

    Guest Contributor
    21 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
    At the Hollywood L.I.T. Retreat producers, filmmakers and more shared inspiration for building a career and getting your story to the silver screen. The post Hollywood L.I.T.: Taking Your Story to the Silver Screen appeared first on Publishing Perspectives.
  • November 2014 Top Self-published Book Reviews from BlueInk Review

    Guest Contributor
    20 Nov 2014 | 9:48 am
    The November 2014 selection of self-published book reviews from BlueInk Review includes paranormal fiction, young adult fiction, self-help and health. The post November 2014 Top Self-published Book Reviews from BlueInk Review appeared first on Publishing Perspectives.
  • Virtual Sci-Fi Book Festival Makes Backlist Sexy Again

    Guest Contributor
    20 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
    Sam Missingham explains how HarperCollins UK's recent Virtual Sci-fi Festival leveraged new platforms to connect backlist authors with new readers. The post Virtual Sci-Fi Book Festival Makes Backlist Sexy Again appeared first on Publishing Perspectives.
  • Where Fashion Meets Books

    Rachel Aydt
    20 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
    Fashion brand Club Monaco has enlisted The Strand bookstore to decorate its flagship store with books, creating a store-within-a-store. The post Where Fashion Meets Books appeared first on Publishing Perspectives.
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    eclectic / eccentric

  • On Hating and Re-Reading

    Trisha
    21 Nov 2014 | 1:00 am
    Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness stands out in my memory as being one of a handful of books that I truly hated reading:Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad (HoD)The Jungle by Upton Sinclair (TJ)The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane (RBC)Yep. That's my list. Three books that I read in their entirety and actively hated (well beyond a disliking). HoD and RBC and I read and despised in high school; TJ I read and despised during college. There have been other books I did not enjoy reading, that I disliked, but these are the only two that are burnt into my mind as books I really and…
  • The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

    Trisha
    19 Nov 2014 | 1:30 am
    I picked up Frances Hodgson Burnett's The Secret Garden for three reasons:I came across a very, very cheap copyI needed a fast readI remember this story fondlyFor those of you who have never read this, it is the story of a young orphan girl, Mary, who becomes a ward of her absent, morose uncle. After hearing a story about her aunt's demise in a since locked up garden, Mary sets out to find the garden and succeeds. Keeping it a secret from most of the adults, she invites in a local boy, Dickon, and her sickly, spoiled cousin Colin into her garden and the three kids find the magic of nature and…
  • Nonfiction November 3: Diversity and Nonfiction

    Trisha
    17 Nov 2014 | 2:00 am
    Week 3 is hosted by Rebecca at I'm Lost in Books. Diversity and Nonfiction: What does “diversity” in books mean to you? Does it refer to book’s location or subject matter? Or is it the author’s nationality or background? What countries/cultures do you tend to enjoy or read about most in your nonfiction? What countries/cultures would you like nonfiction recommendations for?To answer this prompt fully would require an entire essay - much too long for a mere blog. It is such a hot topic in the blogosphere with many more qualified and more articulate bloggers weighing in on…
  • Victorian Literature

    Trisha
    15 Nov 2014 | 1:30 am
    Ah, Victorian Literature, term so many people know - even complete non-readers. As with all literary modes and traditions, tacking down the time and place of Victorian Literature (hereafter VicLit) is difficult. We are roughly talking about literature written by mainly white people in the mid to late 1800s. To give you an idea, here are a few of the major writers of the Victorian period:The Brontes, Matthew Arnold, Arthur Conan Doyle, Wilkie Collins, George Eliot, Lord Alfred Tennyson, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Lewis Carroll, William Butler Yeats, Charles Dickens, Elizabeth Gaskell, Oscar…
  • Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater

    Trisha
    13 Nov 2014 | 1:00 am
    Maggie Stiefvater's Raven Cycle is one of the best YA series I've read. In my review of the first book in the series, The Raven Boys, I said the book is "wonderfully mystical, artfully written, and full of unique characters." That works for the whole series. In my review of the second, The Dream Thieves, I said "I am ready to believe Stiefvater can do no wrong." Yep. I'm completely there. I very rarely follow an author, but I'm putting her on my to-read list, and I'm going to start reading everything the woman has written.So you probably would like me to talk a bit more about this specific…
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    BOOKVISIONS

  • Death Never Lies David Grace

    Linda
    14 Nov 2014 | 2:00 pm
    After suffering a head wound in the same incident that killed his partner, Kane finds his investigative skills are improved, but his interpersonal skills have suffered.  I always expect interesting characters from David Grace, and Death Never Lies did not disappoint. In the beginning, the character of Kane is difficult to like. He has had a change in temperament following a head wound, and he seems unable to work with others. His character unfolds slowly, and he becomes much more likeable. Two plots are intertwined, and one with a family connection for Kane. There was also a little…
  • Captain No Beard and the Aurora Borealis by Carole P. Roman

    Linda
    8 Nov 2014 | 2:17 pm
    In this Captain No Beard the crew is ready for a new adventure.  They are heading north, and it is getting cold. Icebergs are floating by, but the crew decides they don’t like Captain’s new mission.  He wants to take something that doesn’t belong to him.  This one may be my favorite Captain No Beard adventure yet.  In this adventure they learn about the North Star and the Aurora Borealis. There is also a good message about not taking something that isn’t yours.  The children all know it is wrong and reinforce that message with Captain No Beard.  The story…
  • The Kitchn Cookbook by Sara Kate Gillingham and Faith Durand

    Linda
    1 Nov 2014 | 9:43 am
    The Kitchn Cookbook by Sara Kate Gillingham and Faith Durand is a two part cookbook.  The first part covers setting up the perfect kitchen, tools you will need, and caring for the kitchen. I liked the way they do not describe a perfect kitchen, but instead gave ideas so that you can create what you think is the perfect kitchen.  This section explains the work triangle, storage ideas, and budget kitchen renovation. They also introduced with photos different styles of kitchens. I really didn’t like any of them, and not once did I see a style feature I would like to use.  The…
  • The Legend of the Candy Cane by Lori Walburg

    Linda
    27 Oct 2014 | 4:50 pm
    This book was a bit disappointing.  The illustrations are very old fashioned, which is quaint, but rather unappealing and comes off a bit odd.  The story tries to ascribe religious meaning to the shape and colors of the candy cane. The story explains that the shape J is for Jesus and flipped the other way, for the shepherd’s staff.  They then assign the colors to give them a religious meaning. The assign red for the beating that made Jesus blood run down like red stripes and white for being washed clean from Jesus’ forgiveness. It appears that this has been toned down…
  • Yuletide Ice Cube Fair by Karen Poth

    Linda
    27 Oct 2014 | 3:17 pm
    Usually the VeggieTales begin with a Bible verse, but this one begins and ends with one.  It is a story of the Yuletide Ice Cube Fair and Mayor Bob’s ice carving contest.  It is a wonderful story with the message that Christmas isn’t about the big, the bright or the new. The story brings the true meaning of Christmas and ends with the Bible verse Luke 2:10-12.  The illustrations by Ron Eddy and Robert Vann are beautiful and colorful with that icy feel of winter.  This book is appealing to a wide age range. It is recommended for 4-8 years or early readers, but I would…
 
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    Market Your Book

  • When to Use Jargon in Writing for the Web

    Jan Bear
    17 Nov 2014 | 11:12 am
    From web usability expert Jakob Nielsen, a few kind words about jargon: Jargon has a bad reputation in communications circles: in fact, a thesaurus suggests “waffle”, “gobbledygook”, “guff”, and “mumbo jumbo” as possible substitutes. But that’s because jargon obscures the message for readers outside a field. For professionals, enthusiasts, hobbyists, or others who specialize in a […]
  • When Your Publisher Buries Your Book . . .

    Jan Bear
    4 Jun 2014 | 6:34 am
    This cautionary tale about book publishing is true. I heard it from the author herself, and I’ve run across similar others. I’ve changed all the identifying information to preserve the author’s privacy so that you can have the benefit of her experience. Margaret is a licensed clinical social worker who specializes in treating depression. About 10 years […]
  • How Do You Find Ebooks That Are Worth Reading?

    Jan Bear
    30 May 2014 | 12:09 pm
    Whenever the topic of the new publishing landscape comes up, the sticky objection is that with all the new books being published, there’s no way to sort out the good from the bad. The objection often comes from advocates of the established traditional publishers, confident that they have always and will continue — if permitted […]
  • Why Do You Write?

    Jan Bear
    28 Apr 2014 | 7:48 am
    Someone on one of the LinkedIn authors’ groups posted something like: I heard that sex sells! Get my sexy new romance … I didn’t finish reading the pitch. Now, I’ll admin that a sexy romance isn’t my cup of tea, but don’t we all want our authors to bring something more to a book than, […]
  • How to Use WordPress Categories and Tags to Organize Your Site

    Jan Bear
    17 Mar 2014 | 9:08 am
    In the WordPress world, categories and tags are a valuable resource for organizing the information on your writer’s website. They make it possible for site visitors to click a tag or category to drill down on the information they want on your site. Search engines use the category or tag to tell them  what your […]
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    Book Dirt

  • Book Review: Beat to a Pulp: Superhero

    11 Nov 2014 | 7:49 am
    Beat to a Pulp: SuperheroEdited by David Cranmer, Scott D. ParkerSeptember 2012, 1.99 KindleBeat to a Pulp: Superhero, available at Amazon.The Beat to a Pulp anthology series may be a throwback to the era of pulp magazines, but don’t expect dusty relics. The collections have a decidedly modern sensibility, keeping the action and the grit, while discarding some of the more dated tropes. As a whole, the series encompasses all that the pulps once offered: crime fiction, noir, hardboiled detective stories, westerns, sci-fi—even the occasional weird tale. Usually bargain priced, the books live…
  • 6 Recommended Scary Reads for Halloween

    22 Oct 2014 | 9:42 am
    A few years ago, author Neil Gaiman proposed the idea of giving books for Halloween—an All Hallow’s Read. “Give children scary books they’ll like and can handle,” he wrote. “Give adults scary books they’ll enjoy.” While I like the idea of Halloween as a book-giving (and book-getting) holiday, I don’t think you can beat giving a book to yourself.With that in mind, I present this year’s picks for Halloween reads. Just as in previous years, I try to select books I’ve read that are less likely to be recommended (I presume you’ve heard of Dracula), and I always include…
  • Book Review: The Pothunters by P. G. Wodehouse

    3 Oct 2014 | 9:47 am
    My reading of Wodehouse has been haphazard up till recently. I devoured the Jeeves and Wooster books when I first discovered them, then set about reading whatever turned up at the used bookstore: a Blandings novel here, a Psmith there. It occurred to me at some point that reading all of Wodehouse’s 90-or-so books is something I’d very much like to do before I die, so I’ve begun reading them in order of publication to fully appreciate his evolution as a writer. I didn’t originally plan to review each novel, which is why you may have already read my reviews of Tales of St. Austin’s…
  • The Free Bin: Silly Putty, Golden Girls, and Lowly Worm

    29 Sep 2014 | 9:30 am
    I’m still in the midst of working on my film book, and I’m at the stage where I have enough content to start sending out sample chapters for my pitch. While my posts may have slacked off, I’m still collecting interesting links to share (and I have some reviews on the way—I swear!).The title of this installment of The Free Bin may sound like it’s not focused on books, writing, and publishing, but that’s not the case, as you’ll find if you check out any of these links.Silly Putty: print's latest victim? (Steve Berry/Creative Commons License) Sadie Stein at The Paris Review…
  • The Free Bin: Cliffhangers, Notebook Hacks, and the Worst Possible Opening Lines

    18 Aug 2014 | 12:46 pm
    It’s been a busy week at Book Dirt HQ. If you don’t believe it, check out Film Dirt, the new sister blog to this one, which will feature research and stories related to lost films (the subject of the book at which I’ve been hammering away). Posts will still be aplenty here, such as last week’s posts on a rediscovered pulp novel how-to, and an analysis of the latest reason people are freaking out about a book cover. If you have a few more moments, have a cup of coffee and scrounge around in the Free Bin, where I've collected some of the best links I've found of late.A Hamlet…
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    But What Are They Eating?

  • FOODFIC: Please Welcome Rob Carter, Author of The Language of Stones

    20 Nov 2014 | 4:48 am
    Food is probably in everyone's top ten list when it comes to good things to think about, especially when you're hungry. So what better way to get further into your favorite novel than to consider what the characters might be eating? Willand, the young hero in my mythic history – The Language of Stones, was a lad from a village background with simple tastes. For him and the other people of the Vale, the staple diet was a late medieval pottage, or thick stew, that followed the seasons. In spring and summer there was the fresh bounty of all that a green and pleasant land could provide. In the…
  • FOODFIC: Please Welcome J.L. Campbell, Author of Saving Sam

    13 Nov 2014 | 5:57 pm
    Flaming or Fresh – Food to Please Picky Eaters Part of the charm of reading is being immersed in the culture of another country, and with that in mind, my stories reflect Jamaica in various ways. There is the culture, the landmarks, the people, and of course, the food. Jamaicans tend to use the smallest excuse to have gathering where food is served. The island is filled with inhabitants from all the continents and so our cuisine is rich and varied. Children are encouraged to eat specific kinds of food to encourage growth and we see this in Saving Sam, especially during the time he’s in a…
  • FOODFIC: Please Welcome Wendy Callahan, Author of The Daemon Device

    6 Nov 2014 | 5:33 pm
    It’s All About the Pastry The blurb to The Daemon Device asks the question, “Just how much lemon cake does it take to keep Demetra happy?” The Enigma Enginepurports to “answer the perennial question: is there ever a wrong time to eat cake?” If you have ever wondered why there is so much pastry in the Aetheric Artifacts series, I am here to explain.It all begins in The Chronos Clock, in which we meet Demetra Ashdown. Demetra is many things, including a drinker of tea and consumer of cakes. These traits seem quite dominant in her personality throughout the entire series. Why is…
  • FOODFIC: Please Welcome Lynn Cahoon, Author of Return of the Fae

    23 Oct 2014 | 9:41 am
    In RETURN OF THE FAE, Book 2 of The Council series, Parris and Ty take off on a road trip to Cincinnati, Ohio to the stay at The Riverglen, the only magical specialty hotel in the downtown area.  Even though the hotel is warded against a guest using their magic to keep warring factions from using the facility as a hot zone, the staff members are skilled in the hospitality craft. Including those in charge of preparing the food guests ordered from the room service menu.Parris brought road food along on the trip, munching on peanuts and Skittles during the drive up from St. Louis, but Ty…
  • FOODFIC: Please Welcome Janice Bashman, Author of Predator

    16 Oct 2014 | 5:14 am
    When Bree Sunderland went with her scientist father to Ireland, she thought it would be a vacation to study bog bodies. She never expected to fall in love with a mysterious young Irishman and certainly not to become the kind of monster her father said only existed in nightmares. Everything changes when Dr. Sunderland discoers that lycanthropy is not a superatural curse but rather a gentic mutation. When they return home, Bree's dad contiues his research, but the military wants to turn that resarch into a bio weapons program and rogues soldiers want to steal the research to turn themselves…
 
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    Packabook

  • The Gondola Maker – A book set in Venice

    packabook
    4 Nov 2014 | 2:14 am
    Amazingly, despite two trips to Venice in my lifetime, I have never ridden in a gondola. This is something I will have to remedy after my latest read. Laura Morelli’s The Gondola Maker takes us to 16th century Venice and the world of its craftsmen and water workers. Luca Vianello, who comes from a family of gondola makers, is forced to flee his home after a family quarrel and accident, and soon finds himself working as a boatman for a painter. Luca becomes entranced by a woman he sees in one of his master’s paintings, and while she is well out of his class, tries to find ways to meet her.
  • Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Jar – a glimpse of 50s New York

    packabook
    24 Oct 2014 | 9:58 am
    So, I am back home after a fabulous few days in New York, and thankfully I did manage to read the two books I took with me, so am happy to report my findings. Today, we’ll look at The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath… Along with countless others I think this was a fabulous novel, and it wasn’t as depressing as I thought it might have been. In fact, there was a wry humor I hadn’t been expecting. The novel is semi-autobiographical, giving us the story of college student Esther Greenwood as she takes up a month-long guest editorship of a women’s magazine in New York, and detailing her…
  • Books set in New York – What I’m taking with me!

    packabook
    18 Oct 2014 | 4:19 am
    Manhattan Skyline at night – image courtesy of Francisco Diez via Wikimedia Commons I’m very exciting to me writing this post at Heathrow Airport, about to board a flight to fabulous New York. As we all know the most vital part of trip planning is choosing which books to take with you, so I thought I’d update you on my selections for this trip. I’ll only have a few days, which will mainly be filled with catching up with people and drinking cocktails, so I don’t imagine I’m going to have a great amount of time to read. But hey, that’s what seven hour flights are for!
  • Now I’m just a little bit scared…

    packabook
    8 Oct 2014 | 4:48 am
    I am in the process of doing something quite a bit scary, and wanted to share it with you. I have been working on this for what feels like years now, but have only recently taken the concrete steps to make it happen – and that is to develop a Packabook iPad App. My dream is, that when you are out and about with your iPad, you can find the locations near to you that are featured in great novels. Or if you are heading to Paris, and you are staying in a particular area, you can choose some novels right near where you are staying. Eventually, the app will be a travel app as much as a book…
  • The super-special Packabook Berlin map…

    packabook
    1 Oct 2014 | 2:23 am
    I find one of the biggest challenges when I am traveling, is to organize all the different things I want to do around the places I happen to be in. Thankfully, it’s easier than it used to be. Once upon a time, you had to have everything marked on a paper map, or use sticky notes in guide books. But now, with the help of modern gadgetry – Google Maps and iPhones and such – things are a little easier. I’m hoping to do my bit to help you out in this endeavour as well, using what I fondly call the ‘Packabook Map-Based Literary Travel Pinterest Boards’. Snappy title…
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    Robert Fay

  • Philip K. Dick, the Unreliability of Language & the Writer’s Struggle

    Robert Fay
    6 Nov 2014 | 7:58 am
    The following is an email from Roman Tsivkin to myself regarding an essay in the Los Angeles Review of Books titled “Writing is a Lonely Business: James McKimmey, Philip K. Dick, and the Lost Art of Author Correspondence” by Jason Starr. I think Roman’s letter is both an informative riposte to the essay, as well as a valuable piece of literary criticism regarding the entire Dick oeuvre. Yet even more illuminating is how Roman intertwines his literary criticism with his own struggles to write fiction. The email was published with Roman’s permission. -Robert Fay Rob,…
  • Book Review for First Things Magazine

    Robert Fay
    21 Feb 2014 | 8:28 am
    In the March print edition of First Things I reviewed the book The Fine Delight: Postconciliar Catholic Literature by Nicholas Ripatrazone. The review has been posted online, but to read the entire article you need a First Things subscription or must pay $1.99. Ripatrazone has written that my 2011 essay in The Millions titled “Where Have all the Catholic Writers Gone?” was in part an inspiration for his book. The post Book Review for First Things Magazine appeared first on Robert Fay.
  • French, Marcel Proust & Justice Stephen Breyer

    Robert Fay
    22 Oct 2013 | 7:51 am
    U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer recently gave an interview to the French literary journal  La Revue des Deux Mondes (a review that Proust once wrote for) where he revealed his love of French literature and how he learned French by reading Marcel Proust‘s In Search of Lost Time in the original: “I read the Recherche when I was working as a legal intern at an American law firm in Paris. I was trying to learn French, so I read all seven volumes in French. Every night I drew up vocabulary index cards with lists of the new words that I’d learned from Proust. But luckily I…
  • Gopnik & Compagnon Talk Marcel Proust

    Robert Fay
    2 Oct 2013 | 1:25 pm
    I discovered this wonderful video of a discussion between The New Yorker writer Adam Gopnik and Marcel Proust scholar Antoine Compagnon at Columbia University’s Maison Française. Gopnik is a well-known Francophile whose essay collection From Paris to the Moon chronicles his experience living in Paris for five years. Compagnon is a Proust scholar and a professor of French and Comparative Literature. I have posted about Proust before, particularly about learning French from Proust, and I also posted a video detailing Marcel Proust’s Paris. The discussion is spread across four…
  • Keeping Up with Karl Ove Knausgård

    Robert Fay
    27 Sep 2013 | 9:08 am
    The Norwegian novelist Karl Ove Knausgård (born 1968) is a writer worth paying attention to. His six-volume memoir/novel My Struggle has been a sensation in his native country (in a way that no such literary work could be in a country as large and as fractured as the U.S). Right now, only the first two volumes have been translated into English, and “addictive” is the only way to describe the experience of meeting Knausgård’s universe head on. My Struggle chronicles his childhood in 1970s Norway, his dealings with his alcoholic father, his development as a writer and his…
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    The Browser

  • Ivan Pavlov In 22 Facts | Daniel Todes | OUP Blog | 21st November 2014

    Daniel Todes
    20 Nov 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Pavlov trained dogs to salivate at the sound of a bell, called it a conditioned reflex, and got a Nobel Prize for the work. Not quite. He used a buzzer, not a bell (the Russian word zvonok was mistranslated). His Nobel was for earlier work on digestive physiology. He called his discovery the “conditional reflex” — conditional on the sound of the bell. Bonus fact: He bottled gastric juice from his lab dogs and sold it as a remedy for dyspepsiaSubscribe to the Browser to receive a feed with direct links to the recommended content
  • Seven Minutes On Queen Victoria | A.N. WIlson | Atlantic Books | 20th November 2014

    A.N. WIlson
    19 Nov 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Queen Victoria probably spared Britain a revolution. Her predecessors were mad and dissolute. The country could scarcely stand another bad monarch. Without Victoria, the Crown would have gone to Ernest, Duke of Cumberland, “a scar-faced brute who was widely believed to have murdered his valet and married a woman who had killed her previous two husbands, and whose extreme Toryism made him hated by the masses”Subscribe to the Browser to receive a feed with direct links to the recommended content
  • The Long Thanatopsis | Michael Erard | Morning News | 20th November 2014

    Michael Erard
    19 Nov 2014 | 4:00 pm
    The old age of the baby boomers will compel a general redesigning of America: Hearing loops in every building, kerb cuts at every street crossing, every bathroom wheelchair-friendly, every kitchen gadget recast for arthritic hands. Assisted suicide will become a conventional procedure. “Everyone will be familiar with the anthropology of death and dying. Our Deaths, Ourselves will be a bestseller”Subscribe to the Browser to receive a feed with direct links to the recommended content
  • Co-Operation | Patrick Bateson | King's Review | 20th November 2014

    Patrick Bateson
    19 Nov 2014 | 4:00 pm
    “The fashionable philosophy of individualism draws its respectability in part from an appeal to biology and specifically to the Darwinian theory of evolution by natural selection … The appeal to biology is not to the coherent body of scientific thought, but to a confused myth. It is a travesty of Darwinism to suggest that all that matters in social life is conflict. Social cohesion may become a critical condition for the survival of the society”Subscribe to the Browser to receive a feed with direct links to the recommended content
  • Obituary: The Duchess Of Alba | Telegraph | 20th November 2014

    19 Nov 2014 | 4:00 pm
    She was born María del Rosario Cayetana Paloma Alfonsa Victoria Eugenia Fernanda Teresa Francisca de Paula Lourdes Antonia Josefa Fausta Rita Castor Dorotea Santa Esperanza Fitz-James Stuart y de Silva Falcó y Gurtubay in 1926. She had “more titles than any other person on the planet”, three husbands, “numerous palaces”, and the right enter Seville cathedral on horsebackSubscribe to the Browser to receive a feed with direct links to the recommended content
 
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    The New Podler Review of Books

  • The Northern Star: Civil War by Mike Gullickson

    14 Nov 2014 | 7:33 am
    Reviewed by The Bookworm's Fancy.Mike Gullickson’s The Northern Star: Civil War picks up with a bang eleven years after the events of The Northern Star: The Beginning. The tentative cooperation between the world government and MindCorp (the company that owns the technology that makes civilization possible in a world drained of oil) has slowly begun to fray. Like its predecessor, Civil War is full of complex characters with interconnecting motives. It is very hard to separate the bulk of the characters into good/bad or black/white. Instead they all (except for Evan Lindo) exist in a state of…
  • Mobsters, Monsters & Nazis by Dan O'Brien and Steve Ferchaud

    24 Oct 2014 | 8:14 am
    Mobsters, Monsters & Nazis is a six-part illustrated series that is a throwback to pulp books. The first installment goes on sale this Halloween, but you can pre-order now.Mobsters, Monsters & Nazis takes place in an alternate universe where lizard men, fish-faced nightclub owners, and tentacled mobsters are everyday people. Derrick Diamond, a private eye, is tasked with delivering a mysterious artifact to the Fat Man. But there are others who are interested in the artifact, and their intentions appear to be just as malevolent as the titular Nazis. To put it succinctly, Mobsters,…
  • Noise by Brett Garcia Rose

    17 Oct 2014 | 6:48 am
    The only person that Leon ever loved was his sister, Lily. But ten years ago, she left a suicide note and allegedly drowned. Allegedly, because her body was never found. Regardless, he was left alone. But then a postcard in Lily's handwriting arrives one winter, drawing him to New York City. What he discovers unleashes a deadly rage that knows no bounds. A grisly trail of clues leads him to "The Bear", a sadistic Russian crime lord who traffics in human flesh. The police are of little help and don’t like Leon’s methods or the mess he leaves in his wake. He is single-minded in his purpose…
  • 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…
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    Any New Books?

  • This week’s new Kindle ebooks

    Any new books?
    19 Nov 2014 | 8:22 pm
    Here are this week’s new releases for the category ‘Kindle’. ★ Our Staff Pick ★ The Unspeakable: And Other Subjects of Discussion Stores: USA By Meghan Daum ISBN: 0374280444 Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux Publication date: November 18, 2014 Binding: Hardcover Estimated price: $14.15 Share this book on Twitter | Facebook | Google+ MONEY Master the Game: 7 Simple Steps to Financial Freedom Stores: USA By Tony Robbins ISBN: 1476757801 Publisher: Simon & Schuster Publication date: November 18, 2014 Binding: Hardcover Estimated price: $15.80 Share this book…
  • This week’s new books in Travel

    Any new books?
    19 Nov 2014 | 8:10 pm
    Here are this week’s new releases for the category ‘Travel’. ★ Our Staff Pick ★ Discovering Vintage Las Vegas: A Guide to the City’s Timeless Shops, Restaurants, Casinos, & More Stores: USA | UK | Canada | Italy By Paul W. Papa ISBN: 1493006452 Publisher: Globe Pequot Press Publication date: November 18, 2014 Binding: Paperback Estimated price: $10.24 Share this book on Twitter | Facebook | Google+ The Ebola Survival Handbook: An MD Tells You What You Need to Know Now to Stay Safe Stores: USA | Canada | Italy | Kindle | UK Kindle By Joseph Alton ISBN:…
  • This week’s new Teen books

    Any new books?
    19 Nov 2014 | 8:06 pm
    Here are this week’s new releases for the category ‘Teens’. ★ Our Staff Pick ★ Renegade: An Elemental Novel Stores: USA | UK | Canada | Italy | Kindle | UK Kindle By Antony John ISBN: 0803736851 Publisher: Dial Publication date: November 13, 2014 Binding: Hardcover Estimated price: $8.96 Share this book on Twitter | Facebook | Google+ Stolen Stores: USA | UK | Canada | Italy | Kindle By Melissa de la Cruz, Michael Johnston ISBN: 0399257551 Publisher: Putnam Juvenile Publication date: November 18, 2014 Binding: Hardcover Estimated price: $10.22 Share this book on…
  • This week’s new books in Sports

    Any new books?
    19 Nov 2014 | 8:01 pm
    Here are this week’s new releases for the category ‘Sports’. ★ Our Staff Pick ★ You Can’t Make This Up: Miracles, Memories, and the Perfect Marriage of Sports and Television Stores: USA | Canada | Italy | Kindle | UK Kindle By Al Michaels, L. Jon Wertheim ISBN: 0062314963 Publisher: William Morrow Publication date: November 18, 2014 Binding: Hardcover Estimated price: $14.34 Share this book on Twitter | Facebook | Google+ Foxcatcher: The True Story of My Brother’s Murder, John du Pont’s Madness, and the Quest for Olympic Gold Stores: USA | UK |…
  • This week’s new books in Self-Help

    Any new books?
    19 Nov 2014 | 7:34 pm
    Here are this week’s new releases for the category ‘Self-Help’. ★ Our Staff Pick ★ MONEY Master the Game: 7 Simple Steps to Financial Freedom Stores: USA | Canada | Italy | Kindle | UK Kindle By Tony Robbins ISBN: 1476757801 Publisher: Simon & Schuster Publication date: November 18, 2014 Binding: Hardcover Estimated price: $15.80 Share this book on Twitter | Facebook | Google+ The Unspeakable: And Other Subjects of Discussion Stores: USA | UK | Italy | Kindle By Meghan Daum ISBN: 0374280444 Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux Publication date: November 18,…
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  • Hello world!

    admin
    1 Nov 2014 | 3:11 am
    Welcome to WordPress. This is your first post. Edit or delete it, then start blogging!
 
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    Country Book Bumpkin

  • BOOK BLITZ: The Book of Ivy by Amy Engel

    11 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    The Book of Ivy (The Book of Ivy #1)by Amy Engel Release Date: 11/04/14Entangled TeenSummary from Goodreads:After a brutal nuclear war, the United States was left decimated. A small group of survivors eventually banded together, but only after more conflict over which family would govern the new nation. The Westfalls lost. Fifty years later, peace and control are maintained by marrying the daughters of the losing side to the sons of the winning group in a yearly ritual.This year, it is my turn.My name is Ivy Westfall, and my mission is simple: to kill the president’s son—my…
  • BOOK BLITZ: Love and other Unknown Variables by Shannon Alexander

    7 Oct 2014 | 1:28 pm
    Love and Other Unknown Variablesby Shannon Alexander</ a>Release Date: 10/07/ 14Entangled Teen</ o:p>Summary from Goodreads:Charlie Hanson has a clear vision of his future. A senior at Brighton School of Mathematics and Science, he knows he’ll graduate, go to MIT, and inevitably discover solutions to the universe’s greatest unanswered questions. He’s that smart. But Charlie’s future blurs the moment he reaches out to touch the tattoo on a beautiful girl’s neck. The future has never seemed very kind to Charlotte Finch, so she’s counting on the present. She’s…
  • We're back!!!

    21 Sep 2014 | 10:32 pm
    So, Blogjob was fun and all, but they began putting in rules for people that were trying to beat the system. Not that they were wrong in doing so, it had to be done. A book review blog in my opinion though did not fit within the rules that were set forth. Like no posts not written by you which meant no tours where text was specific.  So here we are again! I hope you all like our Halloween themed header!Stay tuned for more coming soon!
  • We've moved!

    21 May 2014 | 12:12 am
    We have moved to a new blog network! I am very excited by this new development! It's like have a wordpress.org blog without having to have: 1) My own domain 2) My own hosting package.  I hope that you will follow me to this new spot and will be as excited by the changes as me!  Please feel free to come visit.www.blogjob.com/countrybookbumpkin
  • Book Highlight: Mine to Spell by Janeal Falor

    5 May 2014 | 4:03 am
    Title: Mine to SpellAuthor: Janeal FalorSeries: Mine #2Genre: Young Adult FantasyPublication: May 5th, 2014Cynthia has always hidden from her father’s hexes behind her older sister. When her family gains independence unheard of for women, she’s relieved that her days of harsh punishments are over. But as her seventeenth birthday approaches—the typical age to be sold to a new master—death threats endanger her sisters. She now faces two options: run or meet society’s expectations.For once, Cynthia isn’t going to let her older sister shield her from the problem. She’s going to…
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    A Travelers' Library

  • Old Fashioned Western Saga

    Vera Marie Badertscher
    19 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
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  • Sailing With Eagles

    Vera Marie Badertscher
    7 Nov 2014 | 10:32 am
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    On Books and Writing

  • Stephen Jones | Great Advice to New Writers

    Johann Thorsson
    30 Oct 2014 | 3:14 am
    Stephen Jones is an editor of anthologies, mostly horror. You’ve probably read at least one of his books. What I really want to show you, however, is the following; his reply to the question “What overall advice can you give to new writers?” “Just keep plugging away. For most people there is no easy road…
  • Read Any Good Books Lately? I Did.

    Johann Thorsson
    27 Oct 2014 | 4:34 pm
    I’m about to finish the last couple of stories in an anthology called The New Black, and soon so will you. I read a lot of anthologies but so far this year, The New Black is the standout. I was thrown off at first because of two things; my idea of “noir”, which all these…
  • The Best Writing of the Week | Show, Don’t Tell

    Johann Thorsson
    22 Oct 2014 | 2:23 pm
    I’m reading, among other books, Alice Walker’s The Color Purple. And in a passage I just read I came across the clearest example of the power of showing instead of telling. One of the main characters in the book, a strong woman names Sofia, is leaving her husband to go stay with her sister. The…
  • What I’m reading right now? This.

    Johann Thorsson
    20 Oct 2014 | 11:11 am
    I was asked to contribute a short video to Bookriot’s Instagram So I did. Here are 15 seconds in which I say things about a book and am very conscious of my voice and face and accent and everything. Ok, after my initial feelings of awkwardness recording that (this is take…. 5, I think) my…
  • 2 Things I Learned Reading Only Books By Women For A Month

    Johann Thorsson
    18 Oct 2014 | 3:22 am
    It was made on a whim at the very beginning of August. While browsing in a bookstore in Gothenburg, Sweden, I ended up with three books in my hand; two were by women and one was by a man. But then I made the decision; this month, I’m only buying and reading books by women.…
 
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    Where Writers Win

  • 9 Qualities Writers Should Look for in a Co-Blogger

    Shari Stauch
    13 Nov 2014 | 7:45 am
    Our thanks to blogger Brianna North for this guest post! Blogging is always changing, just like any other thing that becomes the norm in society. One new aspect of blogging is collaborative blogging. Co-blogs include content that is published by more than one author. Co-blogs are becoming increasingly popular for a variety of reasons, some of which include less responsibility, more depth to the posts and an increased chance for success. Co-blogging isn’t for everyone, but if it is something you’re interested in because the above reasons appeal to you, it is important to pick the right…
  • 10 Questions To Answer Honestly If You Want To Sell More Books

    Shari Stauch
    7 Nov 2014 | 6:33 am
    Our thanks to Joanna Penn of The Creative Penn for allowing us to reprint this post. We’ve included just a bit from each of the 10 Questions, so to read in its entirety (as well as other great entries), visit TheCreativePenn.com! I love answering your questions and I’m always happy to share what I’ve learned on the journey, but recently I have been receiving the same question over and over again, namely, “Help, my book isn’t selling. What can I do?” Most of the time people include a link to their book on Amazon and I can see immediately why they aren’t making any sales,…
  • Today Begins National Novel Writing Month!

    Shari Stauch
    1 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to creative writing. On November 1, participants begin working towards the goal of writing a 50,000-word novel by 11:59 PM on November 30. Valuing enthusiasm, determination, and a deadline, NaNoWriMo is for anyone who has ever thought fleetingly about writing a novel. And hey, if you’re knee-deep in a project, isn’t this a good time to finish it? So here’s some fun facts from http://nanowrimo.org/ – We encourage everyone to jump on board and get in on the fun. NaNoWriMo 2013 at a Glance…
  • Happy Halloween! Special Freebie Friday Treats for Authors To Celebrate

    Shari Stauch
    31 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Happy Halloween! We have two nifty offers for savvy authors today, one absolutely free (and just in time for NaNoWriMo, and the other, an Indie Author Power Pack with over 1,000 useful pages for just 99 cents… Ready for some incredible insights from some of the greatest minds in today’s publishing landscape? Read on! And from the WWW crew, we wish you a safe and Happy Halloween weekend… On November 1 we’ll have more news on NaNoWriMo, stay tuned. 1. From Miral Sattar of Bibliocrunch: Miral Sattar has been working on a self-publishing guide for writers, and it’s…
  • Special Offer for Where Writers Win Readers

    Shari Stauch
    29 Oct 2014 | 10:42 am
    For those of you who don’t know, the WWW crew is pleased and honored to work with two very cool conferences each year: Words & Music, a more “craft-centered” conference that takes place each fall in New Orleans, LA (November 20-23 this year),  and the PubSense Summit in spring (March 22-24, Charleston, SC), that’s all about the biz of publishing and promoting your work. (More on PubSense when registration opens later this year!) Words & Music 2014 kicks off just three weeks from tomorrow, and will feature over FIFTY AUTHORS, amongst them famous screenwriters,…
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    Bizzybiz Blog

  • Well This Sucks.

    21 Nov 2014 | 11:20 am
    While doing the grocery shopping at my nearest Sainsbury's earlier, I was browsing the soups when StereoNinja took me romantically by the arm and led me over to the produce. When I asked what he was doing he said "Getting you away from the spider." I turned around and there was a massive spider on the floor right where I had been standing: he'd been coming right for me.So anyway, now I can never go shopping in that Sainsbury's ever again.
  • Stay At Home Mehs

    20 Nov 2014 | 9:15 am
    I've been home for the entire day and holy mouse balls I miss my job. Basil, my beautiful MINI Cooper, is not feeling very well in second and third gear and is essentially undrivable at speeds less than 40 mph which makes it a no-go for driving to work at rush hour. The garage can't look at it until Monday and trying to rent an automatic transmission car here is like trying to buy a winter coat in Bermuda - nearly impossible to find and prohibitively expensive when you do. I did finally get my hands on one for tomorrow that will not cost me more money than I would earn over the time I'll have…
  • Nerdgasm

    19 Nov 2014 | 8:30 pm
    Guess where I was tonight! Actually, no, you'll never guess. I went to see Simon Singh, skeptic extraordinaire and author of many excellent books giving a talk about his latest book, The Simpsons and Their Mathematical Secrets, which is about all of the advanced math(s) hidden in Simpsons episodes due to the fact that their writing team is made out of former mathematicians and computer scientists. AND THEN GUESS WHAT HAPPENED. HE SIGNED MY BOOK. I had to send StereoNinja up to get it signed because I was fangirling out, and spent the entire Q&A session grinning like an idiot, running my…
  • What Does This Sound Look Like?

    18 Nov 2014 | 10:07 am
    I don't know if I've mentioned this before, but I have synesthesia. Specifically, in some sounds I can hear shapes and/or light forms, and I also have a spacial sequence form of synesthesia in which I have always experienced months and dates as being fixed points in space. I know right, what the hell am I talking about?For most of my life, I didn't know this wasn't how everyone experiences the world. Then one day I made on offhand comment when I was watching a baseball game with my family that Tony Gwynn "has the roundest voice I have ever heard" (BECAUSE HE DOES) and a room full of people…
  • Out Of Office Message

    15 Nov 2014 | 6:58 am
    I'm on my way to Brighton today for the first Brighton Burlesque festival. In my absence, please enjoy this clip of Bendy Dick Cumberbatch doing impressions of other Hollywood actors in this interview for his movie The Imitation Game, which I will be reviewing when I get back from my trip.
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  • BOOK BLITZ: The Book of Ivy by Amy Engel

    11 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    The Book of Ivy (The Book of Ivy #1)by Amy Engel Release Date: 11/04/14Entangled TeenSummary from Goodreads:After a brutal nuclear war, the United States was left decimated. A small group of survivors eventually banded together, but only after more conflict over which family would govern the new nation. The Westfalls lost. Fifty years later, peace and control are maintained by marrying the daughters of the losing side to the sons of the winning group in a yearly ritual.This year, it is my turn.My name is Ivy Westfall, and my mission is simple: to kill the president’s son—my…
  • BOOK BLITZ: Love and other Unknown Variables by Shannon Alexander

    7 Oct 2014 | 1:28 pm
    Love and Other Unknown Variablesby Shannon Alexander</ a>Release Date: 10/07/ 14Entangled Teen</ o:p>Summary from Goodreads:Charlie Hanson has a clear vision of his future. A senior at Brighton School of Mathematics and Science, he knows he’ll graduate, go to MIT, and inevitably discover solutions to the universe’s greatest unanswered questions. He’s that smart. But Charlie’s future blurs the moment he reaches out to touch the tattoo on a beautiful girl’s neck. The future has never seemed very kind to Charlotte Finch, so she’s counting on the present. She’s…
  • We're back!!!

    21 Sep 2014 | 10:32 pm
    So, Blogjob was fun and all, but they began putting in rules for people that were trying to beat the system. Not that they were wrong in doing so, it had to be done. A book review blog in my opinion though did not fit within the rules that were set forth. Like no posts not written by you which meant no tours where text was specific.  So here we are again! I hope you all like our Halloween themed header!Stay tuned for more coming soon!
  • We've moved!

    21 May 2014 | 12:12 am
    We have moved to a new blog network! I am very excited by this new development! It's like have a wordpress.org blog without having to have: 1) My own domain 2) My own hosting package.  I hope that you will follow me to this new spot and will be as excited by the changes as me!  Please feel free to come visit.www.blogjob.com/countrybookbumpkin
  • Book Highlight: Mine to Spell by Janeal Falor

    5 May 2014 | 4:03 am
    Title: Mine to SpellAuthor: Janeal FalorSeries: Mine #2Genre: Young Adult FantasyPublication: May 5th, 2014Cynthia has always hidden from her father’s hexes behind her older sister. When her family gains independence unheard of for women, she’s relieved that her days of harsh punishments are over. But as her seventeenth birthday approaches—the typical age to be sold to a new master—death threats endanger her sisters. She now faces two options: run or meet society’s expectations.For once, Cynthia isn’t going to let her older sister shield her from the problem. She’s going to…
 
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    Books Without Any Pictures

  • Write On Review-a-Thon: November Edition

    Grace
    20 Nov 2014 | 7:48 pm
    The Write On Review-a-Thon is a monthly event hosted by Brianna at The Book Vixen to help bloggers catch up on reviewing.  I’ve got no posts scheduled whatsoever for the next week, which means I need to get writing! Here are the reviews I’m planning to write during the Review-a-Thon: There Once Lived a Mother Who Loved Her Children, Until They Moved Back Home by Ludmila Petrushevskaya.  I finished this book two weeks ago, so there’s really no excuse for the fact that I haven’t written about it yet. The Jewel by Amy Ewing She Nailed a Stake Through His […] The…
  • Review and Giveaway: “The Tree of Water” by Elizabeth Haydon

    Grace
    18 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
      The Tree of Water by Elizabeth Haydon is the fourth book in the young adult series “The Lost Journals of Ven Polypheme.”  Even though the book is later in the series, it works as a standalone because Haydon frames this book as one of many lost journals that tell tales of Ven’s adventures.  She presents the story as if she’s the compiler of the journal fragments, giving herself the role of a historian looking back on Ven’s life.  The story is connected to previous books, but there’s enough exposition that readers won’t feel lost if they jump…
  • “The Beauty” by Aliya Whitely

    Grace
    16 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
      One of the great things about being a book blogger is that you are introduced to books that you otherwise would never have heard of or considered reading.  I received a review request from a small speculative fiction publisher based out of the UK called Unsung Stories for a novella called The Beauty, which is quite possibly one of the most bizarre books I’ve ever read. The Beauty is a post-apocalyptic horror story set in a world without women.  A disease managed to wipe out every female human on the planet, and the surviving men know that they’re the […] The post…
  • New Acquisitions: 11/13/14

    Grace
    13 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    New Acquisitions is a feature where I talk about recent books that I’ve purchased, borrowed, won, and/or received for review consideration. All book descriptions are taken from Goodreads. Last week a friend and I went to an event at one of the embassies in DC, and after a few glasses of wine, we ended up at a favorite used bookstore in the neighborhood (for you DC folks, it was Second Story).  I ended up purchasing three books, all of which I am excited to read.  In order from top to bottom, they are: Authority by Jeff Vandermeer I just finished […] The post New Acquisitions:…
  • “Prince of Thorns” by Mark Lawrence

    Grace
    11 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
      Do you ever come across a book that everybody tells you to read, but you don’t get around to for months or even years because there are so many other books on your TBR pile?  Prince of Thorns was one of those books.  It had been recommended to me by other bloggers, and then Mike read the whole series and has been waiting impatiently for me to read it so we could talk about it.  I FINALLY READ IT!  It’s every bit as amazing as you all said it would be, and I regret not having gotten to it […] The post “Prince of Thorns” by Mark Lawrence appeared first…
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    Susan Roebuck

  • A new book in the Guardian Witch series by Ally Shields - blog tour and a competition

    Susan Roebuck
    7 Nov 2014 | 4:12 am
    Congratulations to Ally Shields whose Book #6 in her much acclaimed Guardian Witch series has just been published by Etopia Press: WILD FIRE. I'm so looking forward to reading it (see the blurb and excerpt just below here for a little taster).Ally's here to tell us about her release party AND A GIVEAWAY!!! Ally: Thank you so much for being part of my release party and giveaway!(Check out the contest details at the end.)Blurb: A vision. A lost talisman. A dangerous journey through time...A month after their bonding, Ari and Andreas are still adjusting to married life when…
  • Ally Shields's new Urban Fantasy - Cross Keys. And a Cajun Recipe.

    Susan Roebuck
    24 Oct 2014 | 9:05 am
    Ally Shields has a wondrous following of fans who gobble up her urban fantasy books (and if you read one, you'll understand why).She has just had a new one released - Cross Keys. Let's hear about it...and a recipe!!!!Thanks for hosting me and my new urban fantasy, Cross Keys! I'm excited to tell you about the book and to share a Cajun recipe, one of several I brought back from New Orleans while doing background research. Happy reading...and sampling of the delicious Cajun cuisine. :)Cross Keys (An Elvenrude Novel) by Ally ShieldsGenre: Urban fantasy/Paranormal romanceRating: PG-13Book…
  • Elin Gregory has Another Winner (and a joust or two)

    Susan Roebuck
    13 Oct 2014 | 6:17 am
    Published by Love Lane BooksI love Elin Gregory's books (see them here). I adored her On a Lee Shore, a sea-faring adventure full of pirates. What I enjoy about her writing is her ease of prose and the fact I can't put them down once I've started.She's just had another story published: A Taste of Copper, set in medieval times. I'll let her tell you about it, but it's in true Elin Gregory style - unputtadownable.Here's Elin: Many thanks, Sue, for allowing me free rein on your blog today to talk about my latest release, a medievalish, historicalish romp called A Taste of Copper.Why all the…
  • Saving Grace Devine by Catherine Cavendish

    Susan Roebuck
    1 Jul 2014 | 3:32 am
    One of my favorite authors has a new release today from Samhain Publishing - Saving Grace Devine. She's here today to tell us about her lovely new book, so let's welcome up-and-coming writer: Catherine Cavendish who's going to tell us the spooky story that inspired Saving Grace Devine (and it IS spooky, just as I like it).The Lady of Lake CrescentIn my new novel, Saving Grace Devine, a young girl is drowned, but her spirit returns to haunt the lakeside where she met her untimely end. She seeks help from the living, to help her cross over to the afterlife.From my research, it would appear…
  • Catherine Cavendish's Gothic Influences

    Susan Roebuck
    6 May 2014 | 12:00 am
    Buy from AmazonMy good friend and talented writer Catherine Cavendish has signed on with Samhain Publishing and today Linden Manor, her Samhain Gothic Antho. Competition Winner is published!Catherine is a prolific writer of acclaimed horror novels and short stories (just take a look at her Amazon page: Amazon Page and her blog).So, congratulations Cat! I'll be one of the first buying your new book and I'll review it here. In the meantime, Catherine tells us who and what has influenced her writing:Catherine's Gothic Influences – M.R. JamesM.R. JamesI am often asked whose…
 
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    Reading in the Garden

  • The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman

    16 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
    The Dark Burden of Love (Love and Tragedy)The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman is about a lighthouse keeper and his wife on an isolated island in Western Australia in 1926 who save a baby from a ship wrecked on their shores and bury the dead man who was with her.  This baby seems to be a gift from God to Isabel, the lighthouse keeper's wife, who's had several miscarriages.  With a heavy and reluctant heart, her husband, Tom, gives in to her pleas to keep "Lucy."  This sets the stage for an emotional journey of love, guilt, betrayal, and justice.  It's no secret…
  • The Postman Always Rings Twice by James M. Cain

    9 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
    Crime and Drama in California(Classic Love and Murder) Do you believe in love at first sight?  Frank and Cora did. The Postman Always Rings Twice by James M. Cain is about a couple who instantly fall in love, tainted with a hearty dose of brutal lust.  He’s a drifter and she’s married to the owner of a roadside diner. They start a passionate and violent affair where bitings and beatings are all part of the fun. It isn’t long before they plan to take out Cora’s husband and then the fun really gets rolling.  Their quest brings them down a windy road with twists and turns…
  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon

    2 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
    The Courageous Incident of a Boy on a Mission (Autism) The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon is about a 15-year-old boy with autism who discovers a neighbor dog has been killed with a pitchfork. Christopher makes it his quest to find the killer, all the while writing a book about the mystery.  Christopher does not like to be touched and has difficulties with social interactions, but he does have a gift for math and logic.  With great determination, he uses his logical reasoning to track the killer and soon finds himself in an unexpected journey of…
  • Edgar Allan Poe

    19 Oct 2014 | 12:38 pm
    All About Edgar(Classics)Edgar Allan Poe is an American icon in literature. He’s known as the “America’s Shakespeare” or “The Master of Macabre” for his genius in poetry and spinning tales of suspense and horror. Most notably recognizable works include “The Fall of the House of Usher,” “The Tell-Tale Heart,” and the poem “The Raven” among others. Poe was born on January 19, 1809, the second of three children.  Sadly, within three years of his birth, both of his parents died, and Poe was sent to live with a tobacco merchant while his older brother and younger…
  • The Canterville Ghost by Oscar Wilde

    12 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Ghostcapades (Classics)The Canterville Ghost by Oscar Wilde is an amusing short story about a brash American family that knowingly moves into a haunted English house.  They’re not afraid, no siree.  The ghost, Sir Simon de Canterville, wastes no time in starting his tricks the moment the family of six moves in. But, this time, he’s the one in for a shock, as this American family proves more difficult to scare.  In fact, his tenured position as head horrorfier is no match as the Otis gang has their own tricks up their sleeves. Instead of fainting at a blood stain that…
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    Tolstoy Therapy

  • Reasons to Read Anna Karenina, Part 1: The Authenticity of Levin

    Lucy
    8 Nov 2014 | 8:53 am
    I shared some thoughts on the introduction to Rosamund Bartlett's translation of Anna Karenina at the start of October, happy to have found a new edition of Tolstoy's classic novel. War and Peace has always seemed to win more of my attention, but I think that's largely due to the diversity of translations available and the rereads I've enjoyed. As a result, I'm so glad there's a new, exciting and high-quality translation of Anna Karenina available as an alternative to the standard Pevear & Volokhonsky found in most bookshops.I began the book impressed by the introduction, and I'm…
  • Family Life and Karen Joy Fowler's We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves

    Lucy
    1 Nov 2014 | 5:38 am
    I wanted you to have an extraordinary life.- Rosemary's mother, We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy FowlerOften when I find myself in a reading slump, reading too many academic, heavy books is to blame. When it comes to my favourite authors (ahem, Tolstoy), reading is still a joy, but when it comes to books I need to read for some reason or another, I often end up struggling (the Spanish plays from the 1800s I'm reading for university come to mind). The remedy? An exciting novel I can immerse myself in for a few days.After I kept seeing the bright yellow cover of Karen Joy…
  • Winter Reading: 9 Books to Keep Warm With in the Coming Months

    Lucy
    25 Oct 2014 | 1:56 pm
    What makes good winter reading? For me it's all to do with what goes with hot drinks, warm covers and a comfy sofa. Uplifting fiction is good, but I don't choose the same feel-good books I'd go for in summer. I look for real characters who face difficulties, yet show a true love for life instead of disillusionment. I want something well-written and beautifully crafted, and I don't mind if it takes me slightly longer to read.In an article for The Guardian back in 2011, Alison Flood wrote about the booksellers Waterstones asking authors, "What's your favourite fireside read, the book you go…
  • 5 Pieces of Advice for Reading, Understanding & Enjoying James Joyce

    Lucy
    18 Oct 2014 | 3:45 am
    I'm currently studying a modern Irish literature module, and I'm enjoying every moment of it. The last two weeks have been spent studying W.B. Yeats (on Thursday I submitted a critical analysis on "An Irish Airman Foresees His Death"), but this week I progressed to James Joyce. I've never read Joyce in an academic setting before, and I thought it could go one of two ways: it could help me to enjoy Joyce's writing more, or it could simply make it less fun. I'm pleased to say it was the latter.The selected book was A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, a book I devoured as a teenager. In our…
  • Initial Thoughts on Rosamund Bartlett's Translation of Anna Karenina

    Lucy
    10 Oct 2014 | 1:26 pm
    I don't give Anna Karenina enough attention here on Tolstoy Therapy. In fact, I've never given the novel it's own, dedicated post. Now that Rosamund Bartlett, author of my most-loved Tolstoy biography, has translated the novel, this will certainly change.In fact, the one translation I've read of Anna Karenina was the Pevear and Volokhonsky. I wasn't overwhelmed by their translation of the novel, but considering my opinion of their War and Peace, I think it's time I try something new.Bartlett's translation provides the perfect opportunity. Published by Oxford University Press,…
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    Book Club Reading List

  • Hysterical: Anna Freud’s Story

    admin
    21 Nov 2014 | 3:21 pm
    HYSTERICAL: Anna Freud’s Story is the fact-based, fictional autobiography of Sigmund Freud’s lesbian daughter, Anna. Please. Imagine growing up homosexual in a household where your world-renowned psychologist father has pronounced lesbianism to be a moral and emotional death sentence for a young girl. Imagine that, […]
  • To Evince The Blue

    admin
    21 Nov 2014 | 3:11 pm
    This is a versified collection of the author’s thoughts where all the poems have their own melody which deal with simplicity of language, written on themes as mortality, love, life, death, the relationship of human spirit to the senses and so forth..   Read More […]
  • Author Interview – Lynn Kellan

    admin
    19 Nov 2014 | 7:53 am
    What inspired you to write this book?   I had to write about a glassblower after I visited the Simon Pearce Glassblowing factory near my house. I loved watching the glassblowers create beautiful pieces of glassware without talking to one another – the furnace that […]
  • Author Interview – Reece Pocock

    admin
    15 Nov 2014 | 5:30 am
    What inspired you to write this book?   A fascination with the nuclear waste debate and how it could influence global relations. The discussions a few years ago about putting a waste dump at Woomera Rocket Range and the public response gave me the idea […]
  • Author Interview – Marylee MacDonald

    admin
    15 Nov 2014 | 5:23 am
    What inspired you to write this book?   Taking care of my husband’s aging parents and my dying son-in-law inspired me to tackle the subject of family care. A lot of books about caregiving sugar-coat the experience, particularly for those who are called up to […]
 
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    Long Island Pulse

  • One-of-a-Kind Kid

    info@lipulse.com
    19 Nov 2014 | 9:00 am
    You are a one-of-a-kind kid. There’s nobody else like you. Nobody has eyes like yours, or fingers like yours, or ears that fold like yours. You think for yourself, have your own likes and hates, and people love you just the way you are. In the new book “I Am Jazz” by Jessica Herthel & Jazz Jennings, pictures by Shelagh McNicholas, you’ll read about a girl who’s just like other girls… only different. Jazz is a little girl who loves the color pink. It’s been that way for as long as she can remember; she also loves silver and green, maybe because they’re sort of mermaid…
  • To Vaccinate or Not?

    info@lipulse.com
    12 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    You’ve got a big job. You took it on the moment your child was born, knowing that protecting him was a lifetime assignment. And now, as part of that job, you’re questioning the viability of a rite that children have undergone for decades: vaccinate or not? You’ve read the pros and the cons, and your mind swims. But once you read “On Immunity: An Inoculation” by Eula Biss, you’ll understand a little more. While modern medicine is surely that, vaccination has been around for quite awhile: in the mid-1700s, many noticed that milkmaids exposed to cowpox were immune to smallpox, and…
  • Beasts to Scare You

    info@lipulse.com
    5 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    The nights are getting longer. Dark falls much earlier these days; there are more shadows and more things hiding in corners, beneath, and behind. More beasts to scare you. More creatures to catch you. You can probably name a few of them but do you know what, exactly, lurks where you’re not expecting it?  Read “M is for Monster” by J. Patrick Lewis, illustrated by Gerald Kelley and find out… if you dare! A is at the top of the alphabet, so maybe it’s right that we start at the top of the world where A is for Amarok. It’s a fierce wolf-like creature that’s almost as big as a…
  • Books to Scare You

    info@lipulse.com
    29 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    The days of plastic masks are over for you. No more Mom’s makeshift monster costumes; no more department-store, mass-produced everybody’s-wearing-its. You dress yourself on Halloween because you know you create a better costume than anybody, a fact you’re proud of. You might know make-up, but there are scares you just can’t make up. You’ll find them in “Haunted Stuff” by Stacey Graham and “ America ’s Most Haunted” by Theresa Argie and Eric Olsen. “America ’s Most Haunted” by Theresa Argie and Eric Olsen, c.2014, Berkeley, $16.00 / $18.00 Canada, 341 pages Those old…
  • Book Review: ‘Leaving Time’

    info@lipulse.com
    22 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    A good mother loves her child unconditionally. She cares for her little one, making sure the baby is dry, safe, and comforted. She feeds her child and tends to him, no matter what time of day or night. You can add to this list at will, because we all know what a good mother does. But, as in the new book “Leaving Time” by Jodi Picoult, a good mother does not abandon her child. Thirteen-year-old Jenna Metcalf had a routine that she kept every morning: she got dressed and logged on to the Department of Justice website to see if her mother had been found yet. A decade before, after one of the…
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    Beth's Book Reviews

  • Featured Book: A Christmas Embrace by Margarita Felices

    Beth
    22 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    About the book:A Model Christmas. Did Ashley make a terrible mistake leaving the man she loved to pursue her career? She’s home for Christmas and about to find out. A Christmas Dance. Christmas is the time to be with your loved ones, but not for Jane this year. Christmas will never be the same when you’re left alone. But this year a promise will come true. The Christmas Gift. Maya didn’t do Christmas, but this year she’s met Nick and it feels like he’s the perfect gift. But Nick holds a very dark secret and after he leaves Maya with a special gift, she’s anxious to repay…
  • Review: Dead Behind the Eyes by Brock Car

    Beth
    21 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Newly promoted CEO Max Riley boards the corporate jet in Denver. When it lands in Omaha he is dead - murdered by an unseen assailant. As the people closest to Max are investigated we learn relationships are rarely what they seem. While police compile the hard evidence, private investigator Claudia Sullivan seeks answers she will find only by examining the deeper psychological mysteries that are more difficult to solve. Like why Max - a good man and loving father - put his children through such mental torture. Or, what turns bad behavior for some into chronic obsessions for others? The…
  • Featured Book: Tame the Wild Land by Patrick Shannon

    Beth (BBRB)
    20 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    About the book: In the year 1700, a young French Army Captain sets foot on the Gulf Coast of our continent, trudges off into the wilderness and becomes one of this country's overlooked Founding Fathers. Warrior, explorer, intimate friend of the Indian nations, imprisoned twice for smuggling, Louis Juchereau de St. Denis was the driving force in the settlement of French Louisiana and Spanish Texas. In the Novel, "Tame the Wild Land", the drama of his remarkable life is portrayed. After enduring extreme hardships and risking his life for the King of France, he becomes disillusioned and…
  • Featured Book: A Holiday From Time by John Mero

    Beth (BBRB)
    18 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    About the book: Turtle is desperate for a holiday. He has been holding the world’s timepiece, a clock, on his back for so long that it is now stuck to his shell. His friend Frog agrees to carry the clock while Turtle is away on vacation. But Frog catches a terrible cold, and each time he sneezes, the clock jumps forward—causing utter chaos in People Land. Meanwhile, Professor Hare, whose job it is to keep the clock running smoothly, races to find a cure for Frog’s cold, but can he set things right before Turtle returns? Find out in this delightfully illustrated story,…
  • Author Interview: Ritoban Chakrabarti author of When She Smiled

    Beth
    17 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    Ritoban Chakrabarti, author of the book When She Smiled, stopped by for an interview.Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?I like to call myself a jack of all trades. I want to live a complete life following the goals I've set in my dream board. I don't believe in making lots of money. I don't believe happiness depends on my bank balance. I believe in leaving a legacy in this short life of mine. In the last eight years, I've taken up several roles. Programmer, Manager, Entrepreneur, HR, PR, Editor, Marketer, and now, a writer. Writing a novel has been on my dreamboard for a while, and…
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    The Literary Yard

  • Incentive To Aspire

    Author
    20 Nov 2014 | 7:56 am
    By: Raymond Greiner Human social design has traveled a long, meandering path encountering a myriad of challenges, barriers and conflicts. History unveils an assortment of achievements, errors, and misdirection resulting […]
  • Poem: Caterpillar on the run!

    Author
    20 Nov 2014 | 7:39 am
    By: Shilpa Jayshankar For all that they said, the entire life will be spent there, Snuggling in the corner For all that they gave, a silent treatment, For that they shot […]
  • ‘Numinous’ by Leila A. Fortier with a touch of Sufism

    Author
    19 Nov 2014 | 7:52 am
    A new collection of poems published by Saint Julian Press, ‘Numinous’  composed by Leila A. Fortier which is said to invoke the spirit of the first female saint of Sufism – […]
  • Poem: A temple in the clouds

    Onkar Sharma
    18 Nov 2014 | 8:20 am
    By: Onkar Sharma Ever seen or imagined a temple in the clouds? Ever seen a shrine sans the unholy crowds? I did both, with precision and awe Not once but […]
  • Poem: Happiness Isn’t A Warm Gun

    Author
    18 Nov 2014 | 7:54 am
    By: Reese Scott it was only a gun that she had found under a stranger’s pillow after they had made love it felt warm in her hand it felt warmer […]
 
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    WordTrance

  • Stephen King at GWU

    Michael
    17 Nov 2014 | 4:07 am
    WordTrance - Reading and Writing Genre Fiction By Michael DeCesaris - Over a thousand fans wait eagerly in the sold-out Lisner Auditorium Wednesday, November 12th at George Washington University, for Stephen King to speak on his tour for his newest book, Revival. (I am not working off a transcript of the event, so the following is not word-for-word accurate.) The Lisner Auditorium at The George Washington University. Source: http://livedesignonline.com/blog/mha-audio-installs-mla-compact-lisner-auditorium Two jumper cables walk into a bar… A din of voices, the empty stage looming, the…
  • Don’t promote your book, promote yourself

    Michael
    4 Nov 2014 | 4:05 am
    WordTrance - Reading and Writing Genre Fiction By A.E. Albert — I decided to write a book. Tell a story. Combine words on a page in such a way that would communicate a message. Yes, this was hard work, but none-the-less I believed it was a simple and direct endeavor. Then I was told, I needed to create a social platform to promote myself. Of course, I now know this is absolutely necessary. However, for the technologically challenged and computer illiterate, I found myself almost drowning in HTML. In This Case, It Really Is About You In the beginning, I made all the necessary accounts.
  • Short Stories Set on Halloween

    Michael
    20 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    WordTrance - Reading and Writing Genre Fiction A short story is just the right length for a scary tale because it can be read in the span of a night. Written by some of the greats in the genre, these tales that take place on Halloween are not to be missed. So, turn the lights down low, lock your doors, take a breath, and let the screams begin. The October Game Author: Ray Bradbury Published: 1948 EC Comics adaptation of “The October Game” Mich is getting dressed for his and his wife’s Halloween party. They have all the trappings: candy apples, apple bobbing, punch, carved pumpkins.
  • Great Novels Set on Halloween

    Michael
    13 Oct 2014 | 4:11 am
    WordTrance - Reading and Writing Genre Fiction Written with moonlit and ghost-filled imaginations, all of these novels are set either on or right around Halloween. These gold and ocher tinged stories are sure to be the best tricks and treats you get this year. The Halloween Tree (1972) Author: Ray Bradbury Author: Ray Bradbury / Art: Leo and Diane Dillon A group of boys search for their missing friend Pipkin, who has been taken on Halloween night by a mysterious force. Led by the sinister Carapace Clavicle Moundshroud, the boys venture to different times and places that have inspired the…
  • 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 then, I have been receiving books to read for review by independent authors looking to make a break in writing. If you are on the lookout for books to buy for Christmas as a present, do consider these. Here are my top five: The Medea Complex by Rachel Florence Roberts Apparently based on a true story where a mother killed her newborn child, Anne Stanbury faces life in an asylum…
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    Peter J Story » Peter J Story

  • Notable Quotes: 94

    Peter J Story
    22 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    “It’s not plagiarism — I’m recycling words, as any good environmentally conscious writer would do.” —– Uniek Swain
  • Austin Book Signing Tomorrow

    Peter J Story
    21 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    Don’t forget, my book signing tour begins tomorrow in Austin. I’ll be at two Half Price Books locations, so meet me at whichever store is closer to you. 11/22/14 – Half Price Books in Southpark Meadows (Austin), 12 pm – 2 pm 11/22/14 – Half Price Books on North Lamar (Austin), 3 pm – 5 pm Sponsored ...
  • Notable Quotes: 93

    Peter J Story
    20 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    “Literature is humanity talking to itself.” —– Norman Rush
  • Notable Quotes: 92

    Peter J Story
    19 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    “A notepad by the bedside accounts for half the earnings of my livelihood. If it weren’t for bedtime, half my novels would still be stuck at dock.” —– Terri Guillemets
  • Things Grak Hates launches today

    Peter J Story
    18 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    Things Grak Hates is here! Buy it for Kindle or buy the hardcover here: Don’t be the last person on your street or in your relatable social group to read this novel.
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    Little Miss Bookmark

  • Review: Full Throttle (Black Knights Inc. #7) by Julie Ann Walker

    22 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    She Needs a Hero... Abby Thompson didn’t sign up to be the daughter of the President of the United States. The position was forced on her by the small matter of her birth. Preferring a quiet life of study, she’s content to leave the politics and the international intrigue to her father. Unfortunately, the most powerful man on the planet is sure to make enemies. When a group of armed thugs takes her hostage half a world away, demanding the U.S. government release prisoners in exchange for her safe return, she fears her father’s policy of “not negotiating with terrorists” means…
  • Review: Louder Than Love by Jessica Topper

    20 Nov 2014 | 10:16 am
    In this powerful debut novel, a young librarian grieves the loss of her husband...and discovers a love that defies classification.It's been over three years since a train accident made a widow of Katrina Lewis, sending her and her young daughter Abbey back to the suburban town of her youth...the only place that still makes sense. Lauder Lake is the perfect place to hide and heal.Recluse rocker Adrian "Digger" Graves survived the implosion of his music career, but his muse has long lain dormant. Until Kat hires him to play at her library—not on the basis of his hard rock credentials but…
  • Review: Duke of Midnight (Maiden Lane #6) by Elizabeth Hoyt

    20 Nov 2014 | 9:53 am
    WHEN A MASKED MAN . . .Twenty years ago Maximus Batten witnessed the brutal murders of his parents. Now the autocratic Duke of Wakefield, he spends his days ruling Parliament. But by night, disguised as the Ghost of St. Giles, he prowls the grim alleys of St. Giles, ever on the hunt for the murderer. One night he finds a fiery woman who meets him toe-to-toe—and won't back down . . . MEETS HIS MATCH . . .Artemis Greaves toils as a lady's companion, but hiding beneath the plain brown serge of her dress is the heart of a huntress. When the Ghost of St. Giles rescues her from footpads, she…
  • Review: Hour of Need (Scarlet Falls #1) by Melinda Leigh

    14 Nov 2014 | 2:37 pm
    While fighting in Afghanistan, Major Grant Barrett receives devastating news: his brother and sister-in-law have been murdered in Scarlet Falls, the sleepy suburb of Grant’s youth. Emotionally scarred from war, the career soldier returns home on emergency leave to temporarily care for his orphaned nephew and niece. But when someone tries to kidnap the kids and their teenage babysitter, Grant knows it’s not a random act…and neither were the murders.Already devastated by her neighbors’ violent deaths, Ellie Ross is shattered by the attempted abduction of her teenage daughter so she…
  • Review: Suspicion by Alexandra Monir

    9 Nov 2014 | 8:29 pm
    “There’s something hidden in the maze.” Seventeen-year-old Imogen Rockford has never forgotten the last words her father said to her, before the blazing fire that consumed him, her mother, and the gardens of her family’s English country manor.For seven years, images of her parents’ death have haunted Imogen’s dreams. In an effort to escape the past, she leaves Rockford Manor and moves to New York City with her new guardians. But some attachments prove impossible to shake—including her love for her handsome neighbor Sebastian Stanhope.Then a life-altering letter arrives that…
 
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    John Harbour

  • Christmas Chili

    John Harbour
    22 Nov 2014 | 12:27 pm
    Friends of mine had a chili cook off a couple of weekends ago that I couldn’t attend so I decided to post my contribution online by sharing the recipe here. Although, like all good cooks, I have left out a few ingredients just to keep mine, mine. That being said, this will still rock your chili world. Chili recipes are like partners; you date some -- some more serious than others -- you explore some and try to make them yours, and then you find the one. The one that you commit to. And it becomes the go-to recipe you know you will use for the rest of your life. Below is mine. It’s perfect…
  • Dreaming of Trout : The Willowemoc

    John Harbour
    15 Nov 2014 | 3:18 pm
    Rivers and the inhabitants of the watery element were made for wise men to contemplate and fools to pass by - an ingenious Spaniard (reported by Izaak Walton) I sit here on a cold Saturday evening dreaming of things that might have been; Because of schedules and work and life and Provence and this and that, I did not make it to the waters of the Willowemoc and Beaverkill this year. A friend and I were supposed to go yesterday -- a hail Mary pass to salvage the respectability of a year, but the weather turned to the low '30s with snow showers. I have 5 weight guide waders, but even to me that…
  • They Paved Paradise

    John Harbour
    8 Nov 2014 | 7:27 am
    They paved paradise and put up a parking lot Starbucks. This week brought distressing news. No, I am not talking about Taylor Swift being named the ambassador of New York City, although that is a symptom of the disease on which the news is based. Yet another iconic New York business is being forced out of existence because of the new economy. Cafe Edison, the broadway landmark that won the hearts of Neil Simon and August Wilson as well as many of the actors they fed for free when times got tough, is closing. Not because they couldn’t make it but because the Edison Hotel has refused to renew…
  • Hunting Crayfish

    John Harbour
    1 Nov 2014 | 9:00 am
    Behind the sliding glass door of the apartment in which I grew up in Maryland was a hill.  A hill that in the off season, Norm Bulaich of the Colts, ran up and down backwards to build up his calf muscles. This was old school. Train yourself with what you have. No fancy gym equipment. Pure heart.  Behind that hill was a field. A field with weeds, cattails, and scrub grass.  And beyond that was the stream.  The barometer of my boundaries.  A stream that flowed East to West.  Horizontal to the anchor in my life that was the apartment in which I lived. The stream was narrow. Maybe seven…
  • I'm in a New York State of Mind

    John Harbour
    4 Oct 2014 | 2:11 am
    Sometimes you forget the charms of where you live and need to be lovingly reminded. It’s a chilly, wet, Saturday morning. The rain started last night and looks to last through the day. I’ve ducked into one of those places that is a quintessential New York experience, as evidenced by the room full of tourists trying to collect a memory to take home. I’m fortunate in that I live two blocks from what one could arguably say is the best bagel in the city -- Murray’s. You stand in line, it’s always long but fast moving, and gaze at the bins full of every bagel and bialy known to man. Hand…
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    The Art of Storytelling in Novels, Journalism and Pop Culture - Bernice Landry

  • Beethoven, Sara Davis Buechner, and the Archetype of the Hero

    Bernice Landry
    14 Nov 2014 | 11:49 am
    Before he picked up his baton to signal the beginning of Bizet’s Symphony in C, the conductor of Symphony Nova Scotia, Bernhard Gueller, looked around the podium for a microphone.The symphony we were about to hear, Gueller said as he turned to face the audience, was written by a teenager, perhaps as a test or an assignment for school. We will probably never know, since it was lost for decades until a musicologist happened upon it, immediately admiring its youthfulness and optimism.But Bizet, he continued, is known for really only one composition: Carmen. When he finished Carmen, said…
  • The Hand That Holds The Mirror With James Risen

    Bernice Landry
    2 Nov 2014 | 2:14 pm
    New York Times investigative journalist James Risen, who won a Pulitzer Prize for documenting the CIA’s secret history with President George W. Bush in his book “State of War”, and who faces criminal prosecution for refusing to reveal sources on a story involving Iran’s nuclear program, is apparently not in danger of running out of shocking, disillusioning and depressing material any time soon.His latest parry, “Pay Any Price”, is a series of essays that looks at the aftermath of 9/11, including President Obama’s tenure. Here Risen doesn’t chronicle the convoluted hunt for al…
  • The Twin Masks of Comedy and Tragedy With Peter Mehlman

    Bernice Landry
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:51 am
    Since you never know what will happen on a travel day, we didn’t set up anything special for our first night in New York, but, of course, that didn’t stop us from going out. After consulting listings for every kind of event imaginable, we decided on a reading, discussion and signing event at the Barnes & Noble close to our airbnb apartment on the Upper West Side.Though the author, Peter Mehlman, was unknown to us, since he was listed as a producer on the TV show “Seinfeld” — and one who had written some of the most recognized episodes — I was curious to see how his particular…
  • Art, Love, and the Fullness of the Moon With Tom Stoppard

    Bernice Landry
    15 Oct 2014 | 11:29 am
    Meaningful art is like a mirror, or a system of mirrors, that reflect themes, experiences and ideas, back to the audience. But, of course, there is more than one type of mirror. Some mirrors clarify. Others distort. Some concentrate and distill. Others diffuse and radiate.When it comes to the great themes — love, death, sex, artistic creation — it is interesting to see how artists use their craft to manipulate these mirrors. If they are very good they orchestrate entirely unique combinations that create both intimacy and distance at the same time.I was lucky enough to check out a few…
  • The Slow Bloom of Bountiful Ideas With Steve Himmer

    Bernice Landry
    29 Sep 2014 | 3:15 am
    The taste of something new is almost always disorienting. It may inspire wonder or exhilaration, or it may be alienating, off-putting or even maddening.I experienced many of these responses, and in unpredictable combinations, after I happened upon the fascinating and original book “The Bee-Loud Glade”, the first novel by writer Steve Himmer.The book is about a solitary and feckless man named Finch, who, after being laid off from his job posing as various online aliases to promote plastic plants, is hired by The Man — a Master of the Universe called Mr. Crane — to sign a contractual…
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  • A Review: Love’s an Infection, Illustrated by Janne Karlsson

    Matthew J. Hall
    21 Nov 2014 | 11:46 am
    Love’s an Infection is a twenty-four page anthology of illustrated poems on the theme of love and hurt. This fanzine is underground publishing as it ought to be. Most independent publishing only differs from the major presses in financial backing and other such professional resources. That is not the case with Love’s an Infection. That […] The post A Review: Love’s an Infection, Illustrated by Janne Karlsson appeared first on Screaming With Brevity.
  • A Review: The Puppet’s Tattered Clothes by Alan Bray

    Matthew J. Hall
    19 Nov 2014 | 2:16 pm
    In The Puppet’s Tattered Clothes, Alan Bray has written a modern-day fable where hope and despair are intricately entwined and ever-present. True to fabulist form, many of the life-lessons in this tale stem from the inanimate players. A small and seemingly lifeless troupe of marionette puppets inspire and threaten the outcome of our protagonist’s fate. Familiar […] The post A Review: The Puppet’s Tattered Clothes by Alan Bray appeared first on Screaming With Brevity.
  • A Review: Words that Burn by Wayne F. Burke

    Matthew J. Hall
    31 Oct 2014 | 3:31 pm
    Two words kept springing to mind when reading Wayne F. Burke’s debut collection of poetry; and they are words I wish more poets would impress upon me. Words that Burn is one of the most unapologetically honest books I have read to date. Reviewing a book like this is a wholly unnatural process which I […] The post A Review: Words that Burn by Wayne F. Burke appeared first on Screaming With Brevity.
  • Too Much: Tales of Excess – What’s so Special About it?

    Matthew J. Hall
    14 Oct 2014 | 11:23 am
    At the beginning of the year I stated here on SWB that I would be focusing on submitting short stories in the hopes of one or two getting published. Poetry is a much more natural process for me, but I have been chipping away at it and I am very proud to announce that a […] The post Too Much: Tales of Excess – What’s so Special About it? appeared first on Screaming With Brevity.
  • A Review: Impressions of an Expatriate by Peter Jelen

    Matthew J. Hall
    28 Sep 2014 | 2:19 pm
    Peter Jelen’s latest book is a collection of poetry where the content truly reflects its title. These poems are a candid account of a foreigner finding his place in a strange land. Impressions of an Expatriate is as much about the outsider as it is about his unfamiliar surroundings while living in China. Establishing roots […] The post A Review: Impressions of an Expatriate by Peter Jelen appeared first on Screaming With Brevity.
 
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  • Deadline: Apply for the Harpo Foundation's Native American Residency Fellowships

    24 Nov 2014 | 7:16 am
    Hey native writers, what are you currently writing? What story do you have in your head that you want to tell, but don’t feel like you have the time to do so? For some of us just getting away somewhere quiet and simple to work on our writing is all we need to get the story out. The Harpo Foundation hosts two Native American artists each year to take part in a month-long fellowship at the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, VT. This fellowship could be what many native writers need to get that story finished. You’ll have time to just focus on your art–surrounded by beauty and other…
  • Notes and Quotes: "Indian Horse" Week Three

    22 Nov 2014 | 6:28 am
    How’d the third week of reading “Indian Horse” go? The story’s taking a turn now and we’re starting to see how Saul becomes the person we got a glimpse of at the beginning of the story. However, we don’t have the full picture yet. We’re beginning to see the harm that racism had in Saul’s life. As an indian playing a “white man’s” sport, he never was afforded much of the same benefits or grace that other, paler athletes were afforded in the north’s favorite game. Saul loved hockey and it was everything to him. Hockey was his escape from the trials of life, but what…
  • Notes and Quotes: "Indian Horse" Discussion Two

    15 Nov 2014 | 11:39 am
    How’d this week’s reading go? If you’re reading along, we finished chapter 28 and are now halfway to finish. Don’t let the amount of chapter numbers dissuade you from the book. They are short and the book as a whole is about a normal novel length. I know last week I was hoping for something good to start happening in a novel about indian colonization and deeply religious bording schools, but I wasn’t too confident that was going to happen. However, I’ve been pleasently surprised at the turn the novel is taking and the triumph that’s taking place. At its heart, “Indian Horse”…
  • Do Your Favorite Authors Look Like You Or Not?

    8 Nov 2014 | 10:16 pm
    Tonight, I saw this tweet by Sherman Alexie and laughed because this is what I'm doing this year:If your favorite books are all written by people who look like you then you need to get out more.— Sherman Alexie (@Sherman_Alexie) November 9, 2014I know Alexie says favorite instead of reading and that this idea doesn't really speak to what I'm doing, but I laughed since I am taking this year to focus more specifically on indigenous-authored books. That is to say, I'm taking the time to mostly read books written by people that look like me.I haven't ever taken the time to do something like…
  • Notes and Quotes: "Indian Horse" Week One

    7 Nov 2014 | 6:43 pm
    How did this week’s reading go? I was excited to start “Indian Horse” by Richard Wagamese because I heard great things about Wagamese’s writing. I found the first couple chapters hard to get into, but once the story started really moving I found myself enthralled. I think the retelling of an indian tale at the beginning kept the pace slow, but I liked that Wagamese included that element.I can’t imagine time in a boarding school, let alone what young indian children faced in residential schools. I won’t post any quotes from these first few chapters. There were some great lines, but…
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    The Oddballer: Flash fiction suspense and horror by Oren Shafir

  • Hitcher (a 500-word freaky flash fiction story) by Oren Shafir

    Oren Shafir
    14 Nov 2014 | 7:45 am
    Anyone else would have sped right by the big man, but not him. Everyone is God, Charlie thought: me, the children, even this hitchhiker."Thanks for pulling over, man." the hitcher said. "I'm going all the way to L.A, but anywhere you can take me out of this rain is fine with me.""I'll take you all the way, brother.""Oh, far out man."Charlie laughed. "Climb on board, man."Now Charlie could see that the big man was not much more than a teenager really. He had some light blonde peach fuzz on his upper lip, smooth shiny skin and disarming blue eyes. But despite the baby face, his arms were…
  • My poem is written on the wall

    Oren Shafir
    5 Nov 2014 | 12:44 am
    My poem, originally published in Connotation Press, is now on the wall of Café Blå Time, which is otherwise covered by great art and soon to be joined by more poetry from esteemed Danish and international poets.
  • Laughing with the Dead (a 600-word Halloween flash fiction short story) by Oren Shafir

    Oren Shafir
    24 Oct 2014 | 10:48 am
    In my country, cemeteries are just like parks, she says.Lately, she’s started calling it her country, like she didn’t leave when she was zero-years.old. They’re more in touch with death in her country, she says. The living and the dead all together laughing and celebrating. Go say hello to your dead relatives’ ghostly spirits, she says.Listen, I don’t want to say hello to them any sooner than I have to.  In my country, the dead are just dead. I hate being late, but I’m not cutting through a fricking cemetery in the middle of the night.But she keeps at it. Don’t be such a…
  • Regret (a 40-word freaky flash fiction story) by Oren Shafir

    Oren Shafir
    14 Oct 2014 | 12:14 am
    The moment I slept with her, I knew I wanted only you. The moment I decided not to fight for you, I knew I needed you. The moment I jumped off the bridge, I knew I still wanted to live.
  • True Self (a 200-word freaky flash fiction horror story) by Oren Shafir

    Oren Shafir
    3 Oct 2014 | 8:48 am
    Joe had always been astute at hiding it, but imagine, he thought, if these people got a glimpse of his true nature. If they knew what drove him, what would they think then?He'd discovered his true self when  he was a young child. His mother had fallen asleep with her head resting on the sofa arm and her long bright orange hair flowing all the way to the floor. The matches were right there on the table.Every boy is fascinated by the intricate choreography, the shades and shadows, the danger of the flames. But how fortunate for Joe to have had a life-changing epiphany at so early an age.
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    Pocket Sized Fiction

  • The Afterdom (part 4)

    Marshal Hunter
    17 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    Five miles is not that far. Before my parents got their second car - if I wanted to go anywhere, I would have to walk. I walked to school, to the movie theatre, to the mall. I hoofed it over to the park across from Rave's house every Saturday; Rave and I would play basketball from sun up to sun down. Ok, we weren't actually allowed to play cause all the real ballers owned the court, but we stood around outside of the fence hoping that maybe a couple of cute girls would catch us dribbling a basketball and presume that we were ballers too. Now I know better. Walking is the worst. My…
  • The Afterdom (part 3)

    Marshal Hunter
    10 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    We watch the last drop of acid rain drip from the crinkled shell of what is left of the silverado. Rave's chest continues to peak and valley as he gasps for breath. Not wanting to heighten an already tense situation, Patty tries to deliver a message to me in code pig-latin."Av-Re t-cant k-make' it uch'ma onger-le."Thank God the Russians aren't invading the mother land. We wouldn't stand a chance."I know, Patty." That was not encoded. She gives me a steely look to silently scold me for not playing along."What are we going to do?""I'm…
  • Whupped - Guest Post by Jesse Heikkila

    Marshal Hunter
    5 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    The first time I remember getting a nose bleed was also the first time I remember getting into a fight. Neither of these firsts would be the last but they will be the ones I'll never forget. I was young. I had a very large nose and an even bigger attitude. I was an easy target for both picking on and punching so I mostly stayed to myself and tried to keep my mouth from getting me into the situations I knew my body wasn't capable of getting me out of. But it wasn't easy. School was almost out for the year and everyone had the jitters. Even the teachers were on edge. The very air…
  • The Afterdom - part 2

    Marshal Hunter
    3 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    I don't know how many times I have yelled at the darkness, demanding to know why this happened. "Not again!" Rave yells as drops of acid rain begin to burn beebee sized wholes in his leather jacket. We all take cover under the hollowed out shell of an old silverado. "This looks like grandpa's truck," Patty says - a tear trickling down her cheek. I hate it when she cries. Such a waste of the only good water left on the planet."That's ridiculous. Grandpa's been dead for almost ten years," I grumble back. "Even if it was his, he would…
  • Looking Ahead

    Marshal Hunter
    31 Oct 2014 | 9:55 am
    So today is Friday. The end of the work week. The beginning of the weekend. And the lead up to part two of "The Afterdom".After very little deliberation, I have decided to continue this apocalyptic short story by breaking it into a series that I will roll out randomly over several weeks or months. Right now, I have not plotted any of the story and I have no clue where it is heading. I love writing this way, because it turns the writing process into an unpredictable adventure. It also is exciting, because it creates opportunities for you - my loyal readers - to get involved. Your comments will…
 
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    Adam Oster

  • Fat Mogul vs. The Update (November 2014 edition)

    Adam
    21 Nov 2014 | 7:58 am
    It’s been way too long since I’ve given any sort of update on how things are going in the world of Adam Oster, Adventure Novelist…you know, things like, hey, when am I going to finally get my hands on a copy of The Agora Files part 2?  Or…what’s going on with The Long Chron?  I’ve been wanting to check that… Read more →
  • The Year Without Glass

    Adam
    20 Nov 2014 | 8:28 am
    The past year has been quite the whirlwind.  I’d even hazard to say that the past year has just gone by to darned fast (especially those couple of warm months we had).  I know that’s the type of thing old people say, and I fear that by uttering it on here, I’ve officially joined the horde of old people, constantly… Read more →
  • Fat Mogul vs. The Signature

    Adam
    19 Nov 2014 | 8:42 am
    Those of you paying attention when you read my posts over the top of your lunchtime cup of noodles may have begun to notice something of a theme as of that…in that, there’s an awful lot of discussion going on around here about marketing type stuff…. As you should be aware, I’ve been spending my off hours engrossed (engrossed seems… Read more →
  • Fat Mogul vs. Personality Disorders

    Adam
    18 Nov 2014 | 8:59 am
    Hey folks, today I’m going to get a little personal. That’s right, I’m going to have a little chat about the personality disorders of your favorite author/actor/father/blogger, Adam Friggin’ Oster. You see, many people see me in a different ways.  To some, I’m an outgoing, outspoken, balls to the wall kind of guy.  To others, I’m quiet, hides in corners,… Read more →
  • Fat Mogul vs. The Professional Touch

    Adam
    17 Nov 2014 | 7:59 am
    For my regular readers, I hope you’ve noticed quite a few changes around here.  Most obvious is the site, which we’ve talked about before.  There’s also a few other minor changes all throughout the place.  New pages appearing, old pages disappearing, and overall, just updating things all over the place.  There’s a whole lot more that’s been updated on the… Read more →
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