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  • Allan Kornblum, Independent Publisher, Dies at 65

    NYT > Books
    By WILLIAM YARDLEY
    26 Nov 2014 | 6:44 pm
    Mr. Kornblum started Coffee House Press, an independent publisher known for finding and nurturing new authors.
  • 7 Email Marketing Secrets Every Fiction Writer Should Know

    The Book Designer
    Joel Friedlander
    26 Nov 2014 | 12:05 am
    By Jason Kong Strictly speaking, building an email list is optional. Except if you’re a self-publishing fiction author, it really isn’t. Whether you’re looking to get more readers, garner more support, or generate more sales, email marketing will help accelerate your progress. Activities such as launching your next book or encouraging positive word-of-mouth for your latest project will see better results too. While you’ll want to use a list management service such as AWeber or MailChimp, that’s just the first step. Email marketing takes skill, but it’s also…
  • HaBO: Nanny on the Sheep Station

    Smart Bitches, Trashy Books
    SB Sarah
    26 Nov 2014 | 11:00 am
    This HaBO request is from KB, who is looking for a category romance set in Australia that she read long ago: First of all thank you so much for this web site.  I follow a few other blogs about romance books and books in general, but somehow at Smart Bitches, I feel like I’m home. So.  I am looking for help identifying a book.  It was one of the first romances that I ever read and may not have even been particularly good.  But I feel like reading it again will bring me comfort.  It will be like the macaroni and cheese of books. I can remember very few details about the book so I…
  • When Your Novel Writing Clicks

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    Jessica Strawser
    25 Nov 2014 | 7:30 am
    Light-bulb moments. Aha moments. Flashes of recognition. Revelations. Call them whatever you like. I like to think of them as clicks. In the writing life, the best kind of click is that moment something makes you realize exactly what’s been missing from the not-quite-right scene you’ve been working on. Or the instant you put two plot points together and suddenly have a clear view of what’s really beneath your character’s behavior. Or the random tip on plot structure that magically conjures for you a map of how everything in your messy draft might fit together after all. Clicks.
  • October 2014: Book notices

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    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…
 
 
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    The Book Designer

  • 7 Email Marketing Secrets Every Fiction Writer Should Know

    Joel Friedlander
    26 Nov 2014 | 12:05 am
    By Jason Kong Strictly speaking, building an email list is optional. Except if you’re a self-publishing fiction author, it really isn’t. Whether you’re looking to get more readers, garner more support, or generate more sales, email marketing will help accelerate your progress. Activities such as launching your next book or encouraging positive word-of-mouth for your latest project will see better results too. While you’ll want to use a list management service such as AWeber or MailChimp, that’s just the first step. Email marketing takes skill, but it’s also…
  • [Video] Adobe InDesign Book Template Quick Look

    Joel Friedlander
    25 Nov 2014 | 12:02 am
    Yesterday I introduced our new book templates for Adobe InDesign, and we’ve already had to field a lot of questions. So today I sat down and made this video to show you what the templates look like and a little bit of how they are used. I even make formatting errors and have to recover, always a useful lesson. Keep in mind this is more of a quick tour so you can see how these templates work from the inside, but it’s not really an instructional video. Follow the steps as they’re outlined in our Formatting Guide to get the best results. Some of the topics covered in this…
  • New Today: Book Templates for Adobe InDesign

    Joel Friedlander
    24 Nov 2014 | 12:01 am
    I’ve been waiting a long time for today. It was back in 2010 when I first started thinking about providing do-it-yourself authors with the tools to produce professional quality books on their own, using professional quality tools. But life never works out the way you think it’s going to, does it? Despite lots of discussion, plans, and a lot of work, nothing happened for years. It wasn’t until 2013 when I connected with my associate Tracy Atkins that we were able to change the self-publishing world with the launch of our BookDesignTemplates site. But the revolution that we…
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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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  • NaNoWriMo: Fact and (Historical) Fiction

    Lara Starr
    26 Nov 2014 | 9:59 am
    November is NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month), and Chronicle’s Middle Grade and YA novelists are here to help you stay motivated to the very end! We’ve invited several to give their best tips and advice. This final post is from Michaela MacColl. You’ve only got a few days left—we know you can do it! I’ve done NaNoWriMo in the past. I love the rush of trying to get that many words down on paper in such a short time. The camaraderie with other writer friends is a blast. It’s a great way to jumpstart a project. However—NaNoWriMo is just a terrible idea for historical…
  • The Introvert’s Guide to Surviving Thanksgiving

    Sabrina Barekzai
    25 Nov 2014 | 2:42 pm
    I’m not one for labels, but, let’s just say that this year Thanksgiving is making you a little panicked. You’re feeling a little wary of the relatives, of the small talk, and worried about what not to say. Hey, that’s okay. We’re here to help with The Introvert’s Guide to Surviving Thanksgiving. Here’s what you need to help you coast by this holiday season so you can focus on getting second helpings of mashed potatoes and not your nerves. 1. A journal to vent in. Accept that you will need to take a 15 minute break every now and then to jot down your…
  • HO, HO, NO: Grumpy Cat’s Worst Christmas Ever

    Albee Dalbotten
    25 Nov 2014 | 2:24 pm
    There’s a little piece of all of us that can identify with Grumpy Cat during the holidays. The crowds, the rushing around, the frigid weather…sometimes it’s just too much. While we humbly suggest turning to Grumpy Cat’s latest book, The Grumpy Guide to Life, for a crabby maxim to adopt as your holiday mantra, there’s something else that you should know about: Grumpy Cat’s Worst Christmas Ever. Our very own cat curmudgeon is the star of the Lifetime original! Check out the trailer, watch Aubrey Plaza (the voice of Grumpy Cat) talk to Jimmy Kimmel about about working with…
  • Calling All Beatles Collectors and Fanatics

    Christina Mott
    25 Nov 2014 | 2:02 pm
    This year marks the 50th anniversary of The Beatles landing on U.S. soil for the very first time.  To celebrate, this year has been packed with concerts, documentaries, magazine features, and music and DVD releases. Galison, in partnership with Apple Corps Ltd., is celebrating with a release of a commemorative Beatles 1964 stationery & gift collection, featuring pop art images of John, Paul, George, and Ringo. For jotting down notes, making lists or brief journaling, this colorful set has 3 compact, elastic-banded, lined journals, each titled with a Beatles hit single.   Crafted of…
  • #GiveBooks: Say Hello to First Book

    Sabrina Barekzai
    24 Nov 2014 | 4:54 pm
    We’re pledging to give books this holiday season, and we’re hoping you do the same. For every pledge we receive from our online community we will donate a book to a child in need. Our #GiveBooks project is one of our favorites of the year, and it wouldn’t be possible without our partnership with First Book. Based in Washington, D.C., First Book has distributed more than 120 million books and educational resources to programs and schools serving children from low-income families throughout the United States and Canada. By making new, high-quality books available on an ongoing…
 
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    The Millions

  • Gestation of Ideas: On Vertical Writing and Living

    Nick Ripatrazone
    27 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    Tobias Wolff said that before Andre Dubus became his friend, “he was one of my masters, in the unwitting way that writers sometimes serve as masters to others.” Wolff thought Dubus was the rare writer whose prose “was at the same time intensely compassionate and morally responsible,” and “became not only an admirer but a student of Dubus’s stories.” I also remain an admirer and student of Dubus’s fiction, from the haunting “A Father’s Story” (pdf) to the terse “Leslie in California,” but have recently been drawn to his essays. One piece in particular, “The Habit of…
  • The Latest from Canada

    Thomas Beckwith
    26 Nov 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Need some more Canadian literature in your life? The Walrus asked several authors to pick their favorite books of the year. Among their selections are The Betrayers, a novel by Year in Reading alum David Bezmozgis, and Wallflowers, the recent collection of stories by Eliza Robertson. Pair with: Andrew Saikali on Canadian novellas.
  • Gentlemen of Your Acquaintance

    Thomas Beckwith
    26 Nov 2014 | 11:00 am
    “A wealthy and influential harridan disapproves of you and makes sure everyone within earshot knows it. You don’t give a fig what she thinks. You flutter your fan defiantly.” How to tell if you’re in a regency romance novel.
  • Emazing

    Thomas Beckwith
    26 Nov 2014 | 9:00 am
    Fans of the French Oulipo movement will know about A Void, the Georges Perec novel written entirely without the use of the letter “e.” What very few readers of any kind know, however, is that in 1939, thirty years before Perec’s novel was published, Ernest Vincent Wright wrote a book in English, Gadsby, that hewed to these same constraints. At The Atlantic, Nikhil Sonnad investigates how this experiment plays out in the book.
  • The Impediments of Style: Advice from Steven Pinker and the CIA

    Dominic Smith
    26 Nov 2014 | 9:00 am
    Earlier this year, when the CIA’s style manual was released online (pdf), writers and editors across the web took note. Bureaucracies are often criticized for propagating opaque prose — the kind of double-speak that pronounces very little with an abundance of words. But here were CIA directives that sounded far more like Strunk and White than big government. Keep the language crisp and pungent; prefer the forthright to the pompous and ornate. Favor the active voice and shun streams of polysyllables and prepositional phrases. Be frugal in the use of adjectives and adverbs; let nouns…
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    Opinions of a Teen Who Reads

  • Peeps: Review

    25 Nov 2014 | 3:37 pm
    Author: Scott WesterfeldAge range: 13-17Content: Moderate romance, no sexual content, moderate language, moderate violenceGenre: Teen Science FictionPublisher: Penguin Group (USA)Pages: 288Where to get it: Barnes & Noble, Amazon, Target, Half-Price BooksSynopsis:A year ago, Cal Thompson was more interested in meeting girls and partying than attending biology class. Now, after a chance encounter with a mysterious woman, biology has literally become Cal's life. Cal was infected by a parasite that has truly horrifying effects on its host. Cal himself is a carrier, unchanged by…
  • 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…
 
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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

  • The Wu-Tang Clan and Thanksgiving just keeps on giving – it's today's pop culture LIVE

    Luke Holland
    27 Nov 2014 | 4:56 am
    Roll up, roll up for a full day of music, trailers, bad jokes and pop culture nonsenseCOMING UP: Independence Day, Hudson Mohawke, Larry David and whatever else happens to fly across the bow of the good ship GuideWe want to here from you so tweet us @guideguardian and leave your thoughts and musings in the comments3, 2, 1, GO 12.56pm GMT Yes, following years of speculation it’s finally been confirmed that a sequel to 1996’s big, daft, boisterous alien invasion blockbuster will begin shooting in May, with Roland Emmerich, director of the original and world destruction specialist, once…
  • Scotland should control income tax, says Smith Commission - reaction: Politics Live blog

    Andrew Sparrow
    27 Nov 2014 | 4:54 am
    Rolling coverage of the Smith Commission report, saying Scotland should have control over income tax, with reaction and analysisSmith Commission report in full (pdf)Smith Commission says Scotland should control £14bn in tax and welfare benefitsSmith Commission proposals - Summary 12.54pm GMT The Law Society of Scotland has put out a statement welcoming the Smith proposals. Here’s an extract from the statement from Alistair Morris, the society’s president.We are particularly pleased to see that reserved tribunals, such as employment tribunals, are to be devolved. This will undoubtedly…
  • Guardian Cities Mumbai: day four

    Saptarshi Ray, Francesca Perry and Chris Michael in Mumbai
    27 Nov 2014 | 4:48 am
    The Guardian Cities team is in Mumbai this week, exploring every aspect of the city in association with NDTV.com. Follow this blog for the latest stories, films and live tweets from all over the city - and tune in at 1.30pm GMT / 7pm IST for a live-stream of our debate with NDTV on comedy and censorship in IndiaDay one, day two and day three: as they happened 12.33pm GMT Football v cricket: a serious debate?We also take a look at the prospects for football in India as the Indian Super League seems to caught the imagination of the Indian public, in at least eight cities anyway.It’s been…
  • Phillip Hughes dies: reaction and tributes

    Helen Davidson, Ben Doherty and Nick Ames
    27 Nov 2014 | 4:48 am
    Tributes have come in from across the world of cricket to Phillip Hughes, who has died two days after being struck on the head by a short delivery during a Sheffield Shield matchPhillip Hughes: a very modern batsman who was heading for greatnessMichael Clarke leads emotional tributesTragedy of a batsman cut down in his prime 11.48pm AEST Those are memories nobody can take away, either from those who knew Hughes closely or those who simply admired his cricketing talent from afar. We could unearth many more. It feels right to finish this live blog with such positive images from a career that,…
  • Oil hits four-year low as Opec resists cuts; general strike in Greece – business live

    Graeme Wearden
    27 Nov 2014 | 4:47 am
    All the latest business and financial developments, as Brent crude falls 2% to below $76/barrel, the lowest level since September 2010Lunchtime summary: oil slides as Opec talksOpec unlikely to cut output <- details start hereGreek PM: Bailout exit could be delayed 12.47pm GMT This chart explains how Opec’s muscle has been weakened by the rise of rival energy sources, such as shale:#OPEC's dilemma, very nicely shown by Christoph Ruehl / ADIA #oil pic.twitter.com/7HUpSdYskE 12.23pm GMT Time for a recap.As we wait for OPEC, a reminder how much and how quickly oil has fallen. -34% since…
 
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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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    Litopia All Shows

  • 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

  • Excerpt: "The Fall: A Father's Memoir in 424 Steps," by Diogo Mainardi

    Neal Thompson
    27 Nov 2014 | 2:00 am
    Brazilian author and journalist Diogo Mainardi's unflinching story about raising a son, Tito, with cerebral palsy, The Fall: A Father's Memoir in 424 Steps is comprised of 424 short passages, each representing Tito's steps walking toward the hospital whose errors caused his disability.  Just before he was 6 months old, Tito went for another examination at Padua Hospital. His neurologist lay him face down on the stretcher. At that moment, he should have rolled over onto his back. Instead, he merely waved his little arms about, but -- like a turtle -- he was unable to turn over.
  • Punk Rock Girl

    Jon Foro
    26 Nov 2014 | 11:30 am
    Viv Albertine's new memoir, Clothes, Clothes, Clothes. Music, Music, Music. Boys, Boys, Boys. is a book is divided almost straight down the middle. Side One is the story of her upbringing in the north London suburb of Muswell Hill: It's the mid-seventies, and the Sex Pistols are at the head of a massive, angry (or at least frustrated) cultural insurgence. Her rebellious tendencies have led her into the center of punk culture, and inspired by its outsized personalities and  confrontatonal style, she picks up a guitar, forsaking traditional training for the DIY ethos of the day.
  • Moosewood Cookbook 40 Years Later: A Guest Post by Mollie Katzen

    Seira Wilson
    26 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    It's hard to believe, but the Moosewood Cookbook turns 40 this year with a beautiful commemorative edition that includes a new introduction by author Mollie Katzen.   According to the New York Times, Moosewood Cookbook is one of the top ten best-selling cookbooks of all time and for many of us it revolutionized the way we think about vegetarian cooking.  First published as a spiral-bound notebook with hand-written recipes and simple illustrations,  this classic cookbook has stood the test of time and is still one of the most popular guides to making delicious home-cooked vegetarian…
  • Best Children's Books of 2014

    Seira Wilson
    25 Nov 2014 | 2:00 pm
    This year there seemed to be as many great children's books in the first half of the year as the second, great news for all of us book lovers who didn't have to wait until the big fall books to find the gems.  Case in point, The Pigeon Needs a Bath by Mo Willems--our top pick for 2014 that released in April--is hilarious whether you're 4 or 44.  Deciding on the top 20 children's books is always difficult, but I won't complain about having so many beloved books to choose from over the course of 2014.  Below is a sampling of the Best Children's Books of 2014,…
  • Guest Essay: David Baldacci, on the Origins of "The Escape"

    Neal Thompson
    25 Nov 2014 | 11:00 am
    In David Baldacci's latest novel, special agent John Puller hunts down an escaped prisoner who's become the most wanted man in America--his own brother. The Escape is an Amazon Best Book of the Month for November. The year was 1983. I was sitting in my law school class at the University of Virginia. It was my first year there and I didn’t really know anyone. We had name placards that we had to slide into slots in front of us so the professor could call on us by name. No pressure. Sitting next to me was a young man in full military dress blues. I found out later the JAG (Judge…
 
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  • Tracy Wolff | Holidays: The Time for #Bingereading

    Pasha Carlisle
    26 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    First of all, I want to say thank you to the Fresh Fiction crowd for having me today!  I absolutely adore these people and am so thankful that I have them in my life!!!!!  I love to read and the Fresh Fiction team always has a million reviews and recommendations on what I should be […]
  • Cindi Madsen | Whipping Up a Good Holiday Read

    Pasha Carlisle
    26 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    1 Swoon-Worthy Hero That pretty much goes unsaid I guess, but it is one of the most important ingredients. In AN OFFICER AND A REBEL, we have Nate Walsh. He shows up right after former town-rebel Kelsey wrecks her car dodging a deer on the snowy road. He’s a cop, but he’s also the kind […]
  • Hope Ramsay | Ties That Bind

    Pasha Carlisle
    26 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    Tomorrow, all over America, families will convene to celebrate Thanksgiving. There will be cooks in the kitchen making old family favorites. There will be football, family gossip, and getting down on the floor playing with the grandkids. There will be family togetherness and family drama too. And most of us wouldn’t miss it for the […]
  • Tiffany Reisz | One Tip to Keep a Series Fresh

    Pasha Carlisle
    26 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    “A lot of times, people don’t know what they want until you show it to them.” – Steve Jobs As of today (November 22, 2014 when I’m writing this piece), I have written seven full-length Original Sinners novels, seven Original Sinners novellas, and approximately twenty Original Sinners short stories for a grand total of over […]
  • Jennifer Barnhart | Binge-Worthy Series

    Pasha Carlisle
    25 Nov 2014 | 12:26 pm
    For the last week and a half, I’ve had a head cold. The type that makes every part of the body ache and getting out of bed a Herculean struggle. I stayed home a few days, burrowed into my blankets, and browsed the internet aimlessly. I kept reading articles about the best shows to binge-watch: […]
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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

  • Review of Little Melba and 
Her Big Trombone

    Kathleen T. Horning
    26 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    Little Melba and Her Big Trombone by Katheryn Russell-Brown; 
illus. by Frank Morrison Primary    Lee & Low    40 pp. 7/14    978-1-60060-898-8    $18.95    g From the time she was a little girl, Melba Liston loved music, especially the jazz music that surrounded her while she was growing up, first in Kansas City and then in Los Angeles. Given the opportunity to learn to play a musical instrument at age seven, she chose the trombone. It was not a traditional choice for a girl, especially a small girl whose arms weren’t even long enough yet to push out the slide. But…
  • #HBWhoSaidIt? quotes

    Elissa Gershowitz
    26 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…
  • Review of Nuts to You

    Sarah Ellis
    25 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    Nuts to You by Lynne Rae Perkins; illus. by the author Intermediate    Greenwillow    260 pp. 8/14    978-0-06-009275-7    $16.99 e-book ed.  978-0-06-226220-2    $8.99 Jed the squirrel’s odyssey begins dramatically when he is captured by a hawk and carried far away from his community. Using an “ancient squirrel defensive martial art,” he escapes and so begins his journey home. Meanwhile, his two best friends Chai and TsTs set off to find him. In the course of these two (eventually converging) adventures, our heroes meet some helpful hillbillyish red squirrels, a…
  • Some people smarter than I

    Roger Sutton
    25 Nov 2014 | 7:52 am
    While putting my thoughts back in to fully bake–just kidding, I’ve ditched that recipe–I wanted to share some of the valuable links people provided in the comments to my last post and on Facebook. And let me say again how grateful I am for your bearing with me. I think a lot about what it means to be a man in children’s books (why, for example, do so many of us talk about book awards like they are sports?) but my post of last Friday was not only half-baked, it was clueless as to what was happening in the kitchen and the nation. So here’s some reality. Jackie…
  • Elizabeth, Queen of the Seas

    Lolly Robinson
    25 Nov 2014 | 7:42 am
    Since Brian Floca won the Caldecott last year for Locomotive, you can bet this year’s committee will be taking a look at his 2014 picture book. Written by long-distance swimmer Lynne Cox, this is a factual account of a particularly incorrigible elephant seal and the Christchurch, New Zealand, community that eventually made way for her. Cox doesn’t say just when this happened, but possibly as early as 1975 (the date of her most famous New Zealand swim), which would explain the older-looking cars. We do know that she heard the story from Michael and Maggie, a young brother and…
 
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    The Fine Books Blog

  • First Folio Found in French Library

    Nate Pedersen
    26 Nov 2014 | 10:27 pm
    This week already saw the discovery of a famous lost Kerouac letter.  Now we can add a previously unknown First Folio to the tally.Shakespeare's First Folio - containing 36 of his 38 known plays and printed in 1623 - is one of the most valuable books in English literature.  It's also one of the most closely inventoried. Of the 800 copies thought to have been originally printed in the 17th century, 233 are believed to still exist today.  And now we can add the 234th to the list.This particular First Folio has lain dormant in the library of Saint-Omer, an obscure French town near…
  • Guest Post: Richard Adams Signs New Editions of His Classics

    Rebecca Rego Barry
    26 Nov 2014 | 5:27 am
    Guest Post by Catherine Batac WalderAuthor Richard Adams, 94, delighted fans in a rare appearance at the book-signing of the new editions of his modern classics, Watership Down and Shardik, in Winchester, Hampshire (UK) on Saturday, November 15. These latest hardback editions are published by Oneworld.The signing lasted only an hour or so, and there was little chance for posed photography or a chat with the author. I realized later that one of his daughters, standing behind him, was helping him to understand what the fans were saying,  so I thought he mustn't have really heard me when I…
  • Long Lost Letter Found, Inspiration for Kerouac's "On the Road"

    Nate Pedersen
    24 Nov 2014 | 9:22 pm
    In 1950, Jack Kerouac famously scrapped his first draft of On the Road after reading a 16,000-word stream-of-consciousness letter from Neal Cassady. That letter - called the "Joan Anderson Letter" and long presumed lost - has resurfaced and will be up for auction in December.Deeply influenced by Cassady's spontaneous prose in the letter, Kerouac tried to emulate his style when he re-visited On the Road. The author would later claim that if the letter hadn't been lost, Cassady would have secured a place as a major literary voice."It was the greatest piece of writing I ever saw, better'n…
  • First Editions, Second Thoughts

    Rebecca Rego Barry
    24 Nov 2014 | 10:08 am
    By now many of you have read a bit about the ingenious "First Editions, Second Thoughts" auction scheduled for the evening of December 2 in New York (the New York Times ran an awesome spread of images). Seventy-five modern first editions were mailed out to their respective authors or artists with the request that they annotate, illustrate, extra-illustrate, or mark up the text in some way. Turkish author Orhan Pamuk filled his Snow with original watercolors, while George Saunders provides what resembles a crazed copyedit in various inks and highlighter colors in his CivilWarLand in Bad…
  • 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 it's 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…
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    Smart Bitches, Trashy Books

  • Jurassic Jane Eyre: A Holiday Gift From The Bitches

    Carrie S
    27 Nov 2014 | 1:00 am
    Amazon | Kobo | Smashwords Earlier in November, Elyse reviewed the “novel” A Billionaire Dinosaur Forced Me Gay, by Hunter Fox.  Meanwhile, reviewers on Amazon also discovered this gem, and they were not idle. When one reviewer called this “The Wuthering Heights of Billionaire Gay Dinosaur Fiction,” I jokingly commented on Twitter that I would not be excited until someone wrote “The Jane Eyre of Gay Dinsoaur Fiction.” Then I remembered that if you want something done right you should do it yourself – and I did. Here’s a short synopsis of my…
  • Passion Moon Rising by Rebecca Brandewyne – A Guest Review from Nancy

    SB Sarah
    27 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
    Earlier this month, Francesca solved Nancy’s HaBO, wherein she was looking for a fantasy romance featuring a heroine with silver hair. She was most thankful, and ordered it right away. The book turned out to be Passion Moon Rising by Rebecca Brandewyne, and after Nancy found a copy and re-read it, she wanted to share her review with y’all. We are even MORE thankful! So please welcome Nancy, and Passion Moon Rising. Sidenote: I think I might end up using Passion Moon Rising in random sentences all day today. They don’t make romance novels like 1988’s Passion Moon Rising…
  • HaBO: Nanny on the Sheep Station

    SB Sarah
    26 Nov 2014 | 11:00 am
    This HaBO request is from KB, who is looking for a category romance set in Australia that she read long ago: First of all thank you so much for this web site.  I follow a few other blogs about romance books and books in general, but somehow at Smart Bitches, I feel like I’m home. So.  I am looking for help identifying a book.  It was one of the first romances that I ever read and may not have even been particularly good.  But I feel like reading it again will bring me comfort.  It will be like the macaroni and cheese of books. I can remember very few details about the book so I…
  • Books on Sale: Three Nora Roberts and a Kresley Cole AND Sarah MacLean!

    SB Sarah
    26 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    That sounds like the start of a bad joke: Three Nora Roberts and a Kresley Cole walk into a bar…. Either way, two out of three books in the Cousins O’Dwyer trilogy, which are Irish ParaNoras, are on sale right now, plus the recent romantic suspense title The Collector. Plus, a new Kresley Cole title is marked down substantially, too. ETA 12:50pm: Via MsBookjunkie and Courtney Milan: Never Judge a Lady by Her Cover, by Sarah MacLean, is $3.99 at Amazon and Google. This book came out this week and received a dual A from Elyse and RedHeadedGirl! Shadow Spell Shadow Spell by Nora…
  • Holiday Gift Guide: Games

    Elyse
    26 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
    Here at Smart Bitches, we like to help you do your holiday shopping. This week’s theme? Games! My husband and I like to play games…wait, that sounds bad. We like to have friends over for game-night. Board games. Totally wholesome. STOP LOOKING AT ME LIKE THAT. Here are a list of some of my favorites. Spot It Spot-It Spot-It is an awesome game because it works well for both adults and kids.  Each card contains multiple symbols or pictures, and between two cards there is always one (but only one) matching symbol. There are multiple ways to play, but usually you start with one card…
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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

  • Letters

    3 Dec 2014 | 4:00 pm
    The letters page from London Review of Books Vol. 36 No. 23 (4 December 2014)
  • Alexander Clapp: I was a Greek neo-fascist

    3 Dec 2014 | 4:00 pm
    In Kalamata I introduce myself as an American neo-fascist with a strong interest in Greek history. Sceptically at first, later with fervour, a few members of the Golden Dawn invite me to attend meetings. Their offices tend to be located off main squares, usually in residential buildings in quiet neighbourhoods. Large Greek flags hang on the walls, along with news clippings and redrawn maps: Greece in possession of Skopje and bits of Bulgaria, Greece in possession of northern Turkey, Greece in possession of Cyprus and southern Albania.
  • Alexandra Reza: Sankara and Mitterrand

    3 Dec 2014 | 4:00 pm
  • Rivka Galchen: Under Kafka’s Spell

    3 Dec 2014 | 4:00 pm
    I have come to the conclusion that anyone who thinks about Kafka for long enough inevitably develops a few singular, unassimilable and slightly silly convictions. My own such amateur conviction is that the life of Franz Kafka reads like a truly great comedy. I mean this in large part because of the tragedies in and around his life, and I mean it in the tradition of comedies like the final episode of Richard Curtis and Rowan Atkinson’s Blackadder, which, after episode upon episode of darlings and foilings and cross-dressings, ends in 1917 with our not exactly heroes climbing out of their…
  • T.J. Clark: Face to Face with Rembrandt

    3 Dec 2014 | 4:00 pm
    They say that when Jean Genet made occasional visits to London after the war his first stop was always the Rembrandt room in the National Gallery, to see Self-Portrait at the Age of 63. The portrait is dated 1669: Genet believed it was the last Rembrandt painted. (Not true, apparently.) He wrote a short essay called ‘Rembrandt’s Secret’ for L’Express in 1958, and in his unfailingly Manichaean way he wanted to convince his readers of Rembrandt’s goodness. This is what the picture made manifest, he felt. Goodness as a quality of character, primarily, looking evil in the face.
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    McSweeney’s

  • List: Sylvia Plath’s Holiday Cooking Tips by Arabella Anderson

    26 Nov 2014 | 3:54 am
    StuffingYou’ll want to use lots of herbs, herbs from the ground—The ground, dirt between my fingers.Dirt—our mortal blanket.TurkeyMake sure you tender the meat.Care for it as you would a child.Sadness tastes bitter on anxious lips.DessertsTo watch the smiles erupt—As saccharine doses delight themIs sweeter than the purest honeyDrinksFizzy potions to toast the joyous momentsOr to numb the pain caused by thoseWho call themselves “family.”LeftoversThe cauldron of morningReplenish your hunger with the effort of meals pastThat new taste is cold realization.
  • Butterball Help-Line Help-Line by Alysia Gray Painter

    26 Nov 2014 | 3:50 am
    [Originally published November 23, 2005.]- - -Q: A caller just said she forgot to baste every 10 minutes. I advised her to serve the turkey anyway. Was I correct?A: Not at all. The turkey is merely the vehicle for the basting. In a recent poll, nine out of ten people would rather sit down at the table and suck on the end of a baster full of buttery juices than gnaw at some dry old wing. Bad call.- - -Q: I just overheard my co-worker advising a home cook to truss the bird. I arrived late at the “Talk Turkey” seminar last week and missed the trussing segment. Can you advise?A:…
  • List: Pardoned Turkeys: Where Are They Now? by Tom O'Donnell

    26 Nov 2014 | 3:49 am
    [Originally published November 23, 2011.]- - -GobblerPardoned by George H. W. Bush, 1989. Currently serving a life sentence in Leavenworth Penitentiary. Gobbler was convicted of two counts of second degree murder, both committed during a botched robbery in 1992.PilgrimPardoned by Bill Clinton, 1997. Today, living in a group home in Carroll County, Maryland. Pilgrim has spent much of the last 14 years in and out of psychiatric and drug treatment facilities. He credits a 2009 religious conversion with helping him turn his life around, and now has over two years sober.BiscuitsPardoned by George…
  • Recipes for a Fun-Filled Thanksgiving by Molly Schoemann

    26 Nov 2014 | 3:49 am
    [Originally published November 20, 2012.]- - -Tell Me Again Why We are Driving Nine Hours to See People We Both Hate Spiced Pumpkin Pie 1 cramped car which is somehow filled to capacity by two small overnight bags and a leaky cooler 1 cups seething resentment 1 dog you were asked to leave at home who is being boarded at a daily rate that makes your eye twitch 2 Tbs I thought you said we were just going to do a quiet Thanksgiving at home this year 1 cups don’t start with me, just don’t 10 minutes racing through the aisles of a seedy gas station convenience store off of I-95 just as it is…
  • How Someone With an American Public School Education Who Didn’t Really Pay Much Attention In Class But Learned Just Enough to Pass Exams Imagines The First Thanksgiving by Matt Passet

    26 Nov 2014 | 3:48 am
    [Originally published November 21, 2007.]- - -PILGRIM: Happy First Thanksgiving. Thank you for having us to your tepee.INDIAN: How!(The INDIAN holds his hand in the air with his palm facing out.)INDIAN: That means “Hello” in Indian.PILGRIM: We came here on the Mayflower. It is that big ship over there. It has nothing to do with the Niña, the Pinta, and the Santa Maria. That is something else completely.INDIAN: We are having a powwow; it is like a meeting.(PILGRIM takes a bite of food.)PILGRIM: This is good. What is it?INDIAN: That is corn. It is also called maize.PILGRIM: Yes,…
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    Podiobooker

  • 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

  • Disney shows how to tear down walled gardens

    Joe Wikert
    24 Nov 2014 | 6:36 am
    Tired of dealing with the fragmented mobile marketplace that iOS and Android represent? The imagineers at Disney have come up with a terrific way to address that problem. It’s both a much-needed solution for consumers and also a clever way... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • 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! ]]
 
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    First Book Blog

  • Thank You For The Books

    Samantha McGinnis
    26 Nov 2014 | 5:15 am
    Throughout the year, we receive countless thank you notes from children across the country who receive books of their very own thanks to generous support from friends like you.  We hope you enjoy this note of thanks from Patricia, a student at Adrian Elementary in South Euclid, Ohio. On behalf of all our young readers, we wish you a Happy Thanksgiving and a wonderful holiday season. The post Thank You For The Books appeared first on First Book Blog.
  • Meet the Reading Dogs

    Samantha McGinnis
    24 Nov 2014 | 8:53 am
    Today’s guest blogger is Robyn Douglas from Down East Dog Scouts Troop 159 in Hancock County, ME. Cirra with some of her favorite books I want to tell you about Cirra. In her six years as a reading buddy, Cirra has given hundreds of books to kids. She’s helped dozens of children improve their reading and comprehension. She loves to sit quietly and listen. She is everyone’s best friend. Cirra is a therapy dog and a member of Downeast Dog Scouts Troop 159. I’m her handler.  Being part of the Children Reading to Dogs program is one of the most rewarding things Cirra and I have ever…
  • 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…
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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

  • Jeff Waxman's Rep Nights, Kramerbooks, and the Necessity of Face-to-Face Meetings

    Chad W. Post
    24 Nov 2014 | 8:54 am
    I’ve been incredibly discouraged over the past few weeks about the place of Open Letter in book culture. Part of this discouragement comes from traveling for twenty of the past twenty-four days (to Sharjah, Minneapolis, Milwaukee, L.A., and DC), but also, Open Letter didn’t get a single book on this Flavorwire List of the 50 Best Independent Fiction and Poetry Books of 2014, (which, whatfuckingever, all lists are just lists, and this one is better than most, but I truly believe that at least one of our books was in the top 50), nor did we get a book on the never-ending, longer…
  • 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…
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    Books on the Nightstand

  • BOTNS #308: Books that missed the Gift Guide

    Ann Kingman
    25 Nov 2014 | 5:34 pm
    Lots of book recommendations in this episode geared toward gift-giving!  #GiveABook     Our employer is ready to donate books to children in need. Can you help us? Simply use the hashtag #GiveABook on Twitter, Facebook, or Pinterest, and for each post using that hashtag, Penguin Random House will donate one book to Save the Children, up to 25,000 books and through December 25th, 2014. We’d love it if you used the post to share a book you are giving as a gift, or a book you’d love to receive as a gift. Many authors have created videos — maybe you’ll want to…
  • 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…
 
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    Omnivoracious

  • Excerpt: "The Fall: A Father's Memoir in 424 Steps," by Diogo Mainardi

    Neal Thompson
    27 Nov 2014 | 2:00 am
    Brazilian author and journalist Diogo Mainardi's unflinching story about raising a son, Tito, with cerebral palsy, The Fall: A Father's Memoir in 424 Steps is comprised of 424 short passages, each representing Tito's steps walking toward the hospital whose errors caused his disability.  Just before he was 6 months old, Tito went for another examination at Padua Hospital. His neurologist lay him face down on the stretcher. At that moment, he should have rolled over onto his back. Instead, he merely waved his little arms about, but -- like a turtle -- he was unable to turn over.
  • Punk Rock Girl

    Jon Foro
    26 Nov 2014 | 11:30 am
    Viv Albertine's new memoir, Clothes, Clothes, Clothes. Music, Music, Music. Boys, Boys, Boys. is a book is divided almost straight down the middle. Side One is the story of her upbringing in the north London suburb of Muswell Hill: It's the mid-seventies, and the Sex Pistols are at the head of a massive, angry (or at least frustrated) cultural insurgence. Her rebellious tendencies have led her into the center of punk culture, and inspired by its outsized personalities and  confrontatonal style, she picks up a guitar, forsaking traditional training for the DIY ethos of the day.
  • Moosewood Cookbook 40 Years Later: A Guest Post by Mollie Katzen

    Seira Wilson
    26 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    It's hard to believe, but the Moosewood Cookbook turns 40 this year with a beautiful commemorative edition that includes a new introduction by author Mollie Katzen.   According to the New York Times, Moosewood Cookbook is one of the top ten best-selling cookbooks of all time and for many of us it revolutionized the way we think about vegetarian cooking.  First published as a spiral-bound notebook with hand-written recipes and simple illustrations,  this classic cookbook has stood the test of time and is still one of the most popular guides to making delicious home-cooked vegetarian…
  • Best Children's Books of 2014

    Seira Wilson
    25 Nov 2014 | 2:00 pm
    This year there seemed to be as many great children's books in the first half of the year as the second, great news for all of us book lovers who didn't have to wait until the big fall books to find the gems.  Case in point, The Pigeon Needs a Bath by Mo Willems--our top pick for 2014 that released in April--is hilarious whether you're 4 or 44.  Deciding on the top 20 children's books is always difficult, but I won't complain about having so many beloved books to choose from over the course of 2014.  Below is a sampling of the Best Children's Books of 2014,…
  • Guest Essay: David Baldacci, on the Origins of "The Escape"

    Neal Thompson
    25 Nov 2014 | 11:00 am
    In David Baldacci's latest novel, special agent John Puller hunts down an escaped prisoner who's become the most wanted man in America--his own brother. The Escape is an Amazon Best Book of the Month for November. The year was 1983. I was sitting in my law school class at the University of Virginia. It was my first year there and I didn’t really know anyone. We had name placards that we had to slide into slots in front of us so the professor could call on us by name. No pressure. Sitting next to me was a young man in full military dress blues. I found out later the JAG (Judge…
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    GalleyCat

  • HBO Unveils Teaser Trailer For ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 5

    Maryann Yin
    26 Nov 2014 | 12:50 pm
    Follow the Three Eyed Raven. Gain the power of #TheSight: http://t.co/9fNrrJIGHG https://t.co/4RhAiTR9tw — Game Of Thrones (@GameOfThrones) November 25, 2014 Who’s ready to follow the Three Eyed Raven? HBO has posted a teaser trailer for Game of Thrones season 5 on Twitter. The premiere episode will air in April 2015. We’ve embedded the tweet (along with the clip) above—what do you think? (via The Guardian) New Career Opportunities Daily: The best jobs in media.
  • HarperCollins Forms Partnership With JetBlue

    Maryann Yin
    26 Nov 2014 | 12:10 pm
    HarperCollins has established a new partnership with JetBlue. Henceforth, the content platform on JetBlue’s Fly-Fi (a special inflight Wi-Fi program) will feature content from HarperCollins books. For this month, passengers will be able to read excerpts from Patricia Cornwell’s thriller novel Flesh and Blood, Amy Poehler’s memoir Yes Please, and James Dean’s children’s book Pete the Cat and His Magic Sunglasses. Readers will have also have the option to purchase any of the available titles from a plethora of booksellers. Here’s more from the press…
  • NaNoWriMo Tip #18: Use Strong Metaphors

    Maryann Yin
    26 Nov 2014 | 11:15 am
    Writers are often advised to “show, not tell.” That’s why metaphors can be so very helpful. The animated video above features a TED-Ed lesson called “The Art of The Metaphor.” When it comes to crafting a strong metaphor, keep in mind that “a metaphor isn’t true or untrue in any ordinary sense; metaphors are art, not science.” This is our eighteenth 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…
  • The Contemporary Jewish Museum Hosts Exhibit On J. Otto Seibold

    Maryann Yin
    26 Nov 2014 | 10:35 am
    The Contemporary Jewish Museum is hosting an exhibit shining the spotlight on children’s books illustrator J. Otto Seibold. The “J. Otto Seibold and Mr. Lunch” art show was organized to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Mr. Lunch book series. It focuses on the three books: Mr. Lunch Borrows a Canoe, Free Lunch, and Mr. Lunch Takes a Plane Ride. Pieces of original artwork have been put on display. Seibold designed an interactive area so that visitors can explore new Mr. Lunch content. A closing date has been set for March 08, 2015. New Career Opportunities…
  • CEO.com & DOMO Create ‘The CEO Bookshelf’ Infographic

    Maryann Yin
    26 Nov 2014 | 9:40 am
    Have you ever wondered what books the heads of Amazon, Facebook, and Google read? CEO.com and DOMO partnered together to create an infographic called “The CEO Bookshelf.” This piece showcases the reading preferences of 22 high-profile entrepreneurs including Marissa Mayer, Elon Musk, and Larry Page. Here’s more from CEO.com: “CEOs might be some of the hardest-working people in the business world, but the average chief executive still carves out a block of time every day to read. In fact, Warren Buffett admits to spending 80 percent of his…
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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

  • Most common superstitions in Brasil

    Paulo Coelho
    25 Nov 2014 | 6:05 pm
    A bird in the house is a sign of a death Never take a broom along when you move. Throw it out and buy a new one. If the first butterfly you see in the year is white, you will have good luck all year. If a black cat walks towards you, it brings good […]
  • I thank all those

    Paulo Coelho
    23 Nov 2014 | 4:19 pm
    I thank all those who laughed at my dreams; You have inspired my imagination. I thank all who wanted to squeeze me into their scheme; They have taught me the value of freedom. I thank all who have lied to me; You have shown me the power of truth. I thank all those who have […]
  • 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, […]
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    Joanna Campbell Slan

  • Excerpt from Cara Mia Delgatto and the Thanksgiving Gift

    26 Nov 2014 | 5:45 am
    Cara Mia Delgatto and the Thanksgiving GiftChapter 1The first day of NovemberThe Treasure Chest in Downtown Stuart, Florida "Another beautiful fall day here in southeast Florida," said MJ Austin, my friend and full-time employee. She poured herself a fresh cup of coffee, the fragrances of vanilla and cinnamon mingled in the air. When I gestured with my empty cup, she poured me a warm-up. While she had the pot in her hand, MJ cocked her head at Skye's cup. "Want some?" "No, thanks. I'm drinking Yerba Mate," Skye said."Sorry I asked," said MJ. "That stuff is just plain nasty." They are…
  • 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…
 
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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

  • Gestation of Ideas: On Vertical Writing and Living

    Nick Ripatrazone
    27 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    Tobias Wolff said that before Andre Dubus became his friend, “he was one of my masters, in the unwitting way that writers sometimes serve as masters to others.” Wolff thought Dubus was the rare writer whose prose “was at the same time intensely compassionate and morally responsible,” and “became not only an admirer but a student of Dubus’s stories.” I also remain an admirer and student of Dubus’s fiction, from the haunting “A Father’s Story” (pdf) to the terse “Leslie in California,” but have recently been drawn to his essays. One piece in particular, “The Habit of…
  • The Latest from Canada

    Thomas Beckwith
    26 Nov 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Need some more Canadian literature in your life? The Walrus asked several authors to pick their favorite books of the year. Among their selections are The Betrayers, a novel by Year in Reading alum David Bezmozgis, and Wallflowers, the recent collection of stories by Eliza Robertson. Pair with: Andrew Saikali on Canadian novellas.
  • Gentlemen of Your Acquaintance

    Thomas Beckwith
    26 Nov 2014 | 11:00 am
    “A wealthy and influential harridan disapproves of you and makes sure everyone within earshot knows it. You don’t give a fig what she thinks. You flutter your fan defiantly.” How to tell if you’re in a regency romance novel.
  • Emazing

    Thomas Beckwith
    26 Nov 2014 | 9:00 am
    Fans of the French Oulipo movement will know about A Void, the Georges Perec novel written entirely without the use of the letter “e.” What very few readers of any kind know, however, is that in 1939, thirty years before Perec’s novel was published, Ernest Vincent Wright wrote a book in English, Gadsby, that hewed to these same constraints. At The Atlantic, Nikhil Sonnad investigates how this experiment plays out in the book.
  • The Impediments of Style: Advice from Steven Pinker and the CIA

    Dominic Smith
    26 Nov 2014 | 9:00 am
    Earlier this year, when the CIA’s style manual was released online (pdf), writers and editors across the web took note. Bureaucracies are often criticized for propagating opaque prose — the kind of double-speak that pronounces very little with an abundance of words. But here were CIA directives that sounded far more like Strunk and White than big government. Keep the language crisp and pungent; prefer the forthright to the pompous and ornate. Favor the active voice and shun streams of polysyllables and prepositional phrases. Be frugal in the use of adjectives and adverbs; let nouns…
 
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    Boomerang Books Blog

  • Anne Rice and The Vampire Chronicles

    Tracey Allen
    26 Nov 2014 | 10:59 pm
    I’m a huge fan of Anne Rice, and her novel Interview With The Vampire is one of my favourite books of all time. Published in 1976, Interview With The Vampire stands the test of time, even surviving a film adaptation in 1994 starring Tom Cruise, Brad Pitt, Kirsten Dunst, Christian Slater and Antonio Banderas. The book was […]
  • What I’m reading this Christmas: Claire Smith, Walker Books

    Joy Lawn
    24 Nov 2014 | 9:19 pm
    Thanks for talking to Boomerang Books, Claire Smith.  You’re the marketing assistant at Walker Books, Australia, and you’re going to share your Christmas picks with us. But first let’s find out about you and some books you’ve been working with. Walker Books  (based in Sydney)  is known for its children’s and YA books. Which do […]
  • Hey Corinne Fenton, What’s Your Christmas Wish?

    Romi Sharp
    24 Nov 2014 | 7:25 pm
    Corinne Fenton is established as one of Australia’s treasured authors of beautiful picture books. They often contain an element of social history, and her knowledge and passion for writing is regularly shared in schools, libraries and workshops.   This Christmas, there are TWO Corinne Fenton picture books that are unmissable and will have children from […]
  • The Anzacs: 100 Years On in Story and Song by Ted Egan

    Boomerang Books
    24 Nov 2014 | 5:45 pm
    A unique contribution to the commemoration of the centenary of the Anzacs. Ted Egan weaves personal stories and songs into a highly readable history of the Anzacs and the two nations, with amusing anecdotes and tales of great courage and ingenuity serving to leaven somewhat the brutal truth exposed, of a tragic and senseless war. […]
  • Meet the Man Who Makes Learning any Language Possible!

    Boomerang Books
    24 Nov 2014 | 4:53 pm
    FLUENT IN 3 MONTHS  Break down the language barrier with Benny Lewis’ Fluent in 3 Months  Benny Lewis has been described as a tech-nomad; an e-entrepreneur; a language hacker, and a digitally fuelled globetrotter… In his new book, Fluent in 3 Months, Benny shows how anyone anywhere can learn any language without leaving their home, using […]
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    AbeBooks' Reading Copy

  • Beth’s Best Reads of 2014

    Beth Carswell
    26 Nov 2014 | 10:36 am
    Every single year around this time, I find myself reflecting back on the books I’ve read since January 1st, and feeling: 1) mad at myself for not reading more; 2) mad at myself for wasting my life finishing that one really dreadful book; 3) delighted that I kept going through the hard bits of that one that turned out so wonderful; and, mostly 4) grateful that thanks to affordable secondhand books and libraries, I have such a wealth of access to so many inspiring reads. The Washington Post has put out their list for the top 50 fiction books for 2014, and reading it made me want to share…
  • Lost for 76 years – An Australian Family Treasure Comes Home

    Richard Davies
    25 Nov 2014 | 2:02 pm
    Australian radio announcer Donald Day in his 1938 Year Book Books are not just ordinary products to be bought and sold. To some people, a book can have immense meaning and significance, particularly when it has been lost in the sands of time. One such story comes from Megan Billington from South-east Australia. Let’s listen to Megan explain. “My grandfather wrote a small 66-page paperback in 1938,” said Megan. “The book was called Donald Day’s Year Book for 1938, A Cure for the Blues. It was printed for local use in Sydney and Melbourne. He was a celebrity radio announcer from…
  • 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…
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    The Creative Penn

  • Book Cover Design And Entrepreneurship With Derek Murphy

    Joanna Penn
    23 Nov 2014 | 10:10 pm
    There are two things that are non-negotiable in my opinion for indie authors who want to sell books. Professional editing and professional cover design. In today’s episode, I talk about book cover design with Derek Murphy, who designs all my book covers, plus we discuss the importance of artists also being entrepreneurial. In the intro, I talk about my writing updates on Gates of Hell and One Day in New York, as well as the STORY conference I am going to with Robert McKee. I also mention the Christmas thriller giveway – win 12 print books here. I’m speaking in Auckland, New…
  • 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…
 
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    WritersDigest.com

  • Wrestling Alligators: On Embracing Curiosity

    Rachel Scheller
    26 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    BY LIZ CRAIN GIVEAWAY: Lizis excited to give away a free copy of the second edition of her just released book, Food Lover’s Guide to Portland, to a random commenter. Comment within 2 weeks; winners must live in the US to receive the book by mail. You can win a blog contest even if you’ve won before. The summers that I was 6 and 7 years old in early ’80s, I went to a day camp in the woods maybe 30 minutes or so from the suburbs of Cincinnati where I grew up. There were a lot of memorable things about that camp, as there tend to be, but without a doubt the most memorable was Mr.
  • 2014 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 26

    Robert Lee Brewer
    26 Nov 2014 | 1:00 am
    For today’s prompt, write a same poem. I guess it could be the same old poem, but it could be a completely different poem that looks at a person or thing or system that is still the same. Or maybe a poem about how all people are the same. Or take the “same” concept and show how things are not the same. And that opens up a universe of possibilities. 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…
  • When Your Novel Writing Clicks

    Jessica Strawser
    25 Nov 2014 | 7:30 am
    Light-bulb moments. Aha moments. Flashes of recognition. Revelations. Call them whatever you like. I like to think of them as clicks. In the writing life, the best kind of click is that moment something makes you realize exactly what’s been missing from the not-quite-right scene you’ve been working on. Or the instant you put two plot points together and suddenly have a clear view of what’s really beneath your character’s behavior. Or the random tip on plot structure that magically conjures for you a map of how everything in your messy draft might fit together after all. Clicks.
  • Baby Blues

    Brian A. Klems
    25 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    After an extreme evening of fun you wake up feeling groggy and fall over. The ground greets you much quicker than usual. You waddle over to a low-lying mirror and see that you’re a baby, but remember everything. You parent’s voice is lilting up the stairs. What do you attempt to tell them? How did this happen? Want more creative writing prompts? Pick up a copy of A Year of Writing Prompts: 365 Story Ideas for Honing Your Craft and Eliminating Writer’s Block. There’s a prompt for every day of the year and you can start on any day. Order now from our shop.      …
  • 4 Approaches for the First Chapter of Your Novel

    Jeff Gerke
    25 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    How, strategically speaking, should you begin your novel? When a reader reads your first chapter, what should she find? There are four primary approaches for beginning a successful novel. Probably more, including some highly experimental ones, but these are the classic main four. Run your story idea through the filter of each of these and see if one of them feels right for your book.     This post is by Jeff Gerke, an award-winning editor of fiction and non-fiction and the author of six novels, five non-fiction books and the co-author or ghostwriter of numerous other books. He is…
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    Better World Books

  • Thanks for giving!

    Better World Books
    26 Nov 2014 | 12:27 pm
    Our unique business model keeps books from going to waste—over 150 million prevented from going to landfill to date. We’re fortunate to call thousands of libraries our partners, and we are able to donate lots of books to literacy nonprofits, education groups, and other worthy organizations. But what we’re really thankful for is you. Seriously! Your involvement with Better World Books is crucial to our impact around the globe. If you’ve ever bought a book from us: THANK YOU. Every time you do, your purchase allows us to donate another book to someone who needs it. If…
  • Thirsty? Here, drink this book.

    Better World Books
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:28 am
    The world’s first “drinkable book” has been developed to help provide clean drinking water in places around the world. Not only does it educate the reader on safe water practices, but each page is also a purifying water filter. Watch the short video from Water is Life, an organization committed to providing clean drinking water and education programs to communities in need:
  • Yes, books are still being challenged for removal in 2014

    Better World Books
    22 Sep 2014 | 11:29 am
    What is Banned Books Week? The American Library Association’s weeklong observance “highlights the value of free and open access to information” (source)—and reflects on the fact that yes, books are still being challenged, banned, and removed from circulation in communities in the US. (Image source here.) So why does Better World Books care? Access to reading material is a crucial component for literacy, and there are many places in the world where access to books is not guaranteed. So here are some interesting links regarding your freedom to read: Want to know last…
  • 5,000 Books Hauled to the Mall

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

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

    Sarah Statz Cords
    23 Nov 2014 | 9:36 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 g GRAPHIC BOOKS and…
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    Sarah Statz Cords
    22 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    Washington Post: Fifty best novels of 2014 Washington Post: Best Romance Washington Post: Best Thrillers Washington Post: Best Graphic novels/Audiobooks Washington Post: Best Science Fiction/Fantasy Washington Post: Notable Works of Nonfiction Telegraph: Best Biographies Globe and Mail: 100 Best Books of 2014 School Library Journal: Best Books of 2014 LibraryReads: Favorite of Favorites 2014 Barnes and Noble: Holiday Gift Guide Flavorwire: 50 best fiction and poetry titles from indie publishers Washington Post: Best Books of 2014 NBC News: Best Science and Tech Books of 2014 Hudson…
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    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…
  • 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…
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  • This Librarian's Quick Picks: Fear the Amoeba

    A Bookshelf Monstrosity
    24 Nov 2014 | 12:39 pm
    Fear the Amoeba (Squish #6)by Jennifer Holm & Matthew HolmRandom House (Jul. 8, 2014)Graphic NovelSummary:Afraid to watch horror movies with his friend, Pod, Squish the amoeba feels better after learning that even comic book superheroes get scared sometimes.  Why You'll Love It:This graphic novel sympathetically and realistically depicts Squish’s two competing fears: first, of the frightening Water Bear movies his friends enjoy, and second, his worry that if he admits he is scared, he will “look, you know, lame in front of other kids.” Squish’s outsized panic after seeing the…
  • 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…
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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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  • 3 Untranslatable Word Poems by Julia Singer

    Danielle White
    26 Nov 2014 | 10:00 am
    Hozh’q (Navajo) the beauty of life, as seen and created by a person The lake so clear, so cold, so clean. Not even you can stop me from diving in. Open my eyes see shafts of light angle their way through. Think of you How you love me Just like this. My heart a stone thrown, your love the ever widening circles. “lovestone” image by Flickr user redkatsnake Utepils (Norwegian) to enjoy your beer while sitting outdoors on a really nice day For the last day of July There is something about this hour that reminds me of you the way time slows and even the sky seems to want to sit…
  • All for the Pain by Peter Baltensperger

    Laura Roberts
    25 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    The pain was sharp and intense, sharp like a knife driven into his flesh and twisted, intense like a perpetual thunderstorm hammering the pain center of his brain. Silas Connor knew well enough that the implant was for his own good. It was supposed to increase his creativity as an official writer for the Leader, and it did. Placed surgically into the gluteus maximus muscle of his right buttock, it elevated him to the rank of the Marked Ones and provided him with special privileges. If it just hadn’t been for the pain. As it was, he tended to hobble around his state-assigned apartment and…
  • Jet Pink: An interview with D.L. Hughes

    Laura Roberts
    24 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    D.L. Hughes has over 35 years of experience as a writer, editor and publisher. As a freelancer based in southern California, he has written everything from PR and ad copy to documentary film scripts, and has even ghostwritten books. His latest work is Jet Pink, a zany and irreverent novel about redemption partially inspired by Kurt Vonnegut and Richard Brautigan. I recently had the chance to ask D.L. a few questions about his literary influences and love of grape Kool-Aid. Here’s what he had to say. Who are your top 5 favorite authors or influences, and why? In the literary world, my…
  • 2 Poems by Afshan Shafi

    Danielle White
    23 Nov 2014 | 10:00 am
    Cutting at Noon The bathroom you chose as asylum/ashram was a split whispering depository of want The tattle of the graffiti held more foreboding than entire observatories of glass You belonged to the blue spindle and billionth flame of the juvenile galaxies; you were torn at the shoulders and liquefied as you stood, you had no speech to hawk but the dark hum of a faltering gut and the fortissimo of anxiety Private school marble was a horror of pious effigies torpedoing inside a chiffonier of moss You confused the world, epileptic rag doll at eight a.m.; at two a.m., your skin, incessant…
  • 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…
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  • 5 Unthankful Literary Treats for Thanksgiving Day

    Jonathon Sturgeon
    26 Nov 2014 | 10:15 am
    Are you proud of your unthankfulness? Do you loathe Thanksgiving? Do you loathe everything? If so, you may want to disgust yourself with this cornucopia of literary misery, ready-made for your disapproval. Thwarted romance, hatred of country, bullies, Billy Crystal: it’s all here. Enjoy it now: you won’t thank me later. The Thanksgiving Visitor, Truman Capote Is Thanksgiving secretly about revenge against bullies? Is the holiday a warmed-over charade meant to appease the biggest bully of them all? In Truman Capote’s The Thanksgiving Visitor, an eight-year-old narrator…
  • How to Be the Funniest Woman Writer on Twitter, With Megan Amram, Author of ‘Science… For HER!’

    Elisabeth Donnelly
    26 Nov 2014 | 9:45 am
    “It’s very hard to explain to some people,” comedian, writer, and funniest person on Twitter Megan Amran tells me over the phone. She’s talking about her first book, Science… For HER!, a demented fake women’s interest magazine-cum-textbook where “Megan Amram,” described as a “fun, flirty young woman living in Los Angeles, California,” is dumped by her boyfriend Xander, gets a crippling addiction to meth, and then downward spirals into telling all you bitches about the best innovations in science (like KALE!). It’s a…
  • The Spontaneous Overflow of Powerful Feelings: Poetry as a Political Response

    Jonathon Sturgeon
    26 Nov 2014 | 7:30 am
    After listening to failed prosecutor Bob McCulloch debase the English language for 15 minutes on Monday night, repeatedly exculpating himself in favor of blaming social media, I felt ready to turn to the language of poetry. But I have to admit that I wasn’t (emotionally) ready for Tuesday’s post-Ferguson outpouring of what I’ll just call, for the sake of shorthand, response poems. Thankfully, as yesterday proved, response or reaction poems don’t have to be politically reactionary. I was first rocked by Danez Smith’s “Not an Elegy for Mike Brown,” the title of which plainly calls…
  • Ferguson Library Flooded With Donations

    Sarah Seltzer
    25 Nov 2014 | 1:59 pm
    One small point of hope in a dismal 24 hours out of Ferguson, Missouri. The library, which stayed open today even as schools were closed in town, has been flooded with donations. Thanks to Ashley Ford, whose tweeted suggestion that people donate traveled fast over the web, and others, the library has received over 5 digits of donations. They’ve come from people who want to make something better in the wake of depressing news. The library plans to use the money for community programming. Books are a great social good, as are shared public spaces. This is a small, but beautiful…
  • 10 Obscure Nonfiction Books by Your Favorite Fiction Writers

    Elisabeth Donnelly
    25 Nov 2014 | 11:53 am
    Sure, your favorite fiction writers probably have a book or two of nonfiction in them, be it a collection of essays (personal or critical) or a memoir about what it was like growing up to be them. But what about the outliers, the strange nonfiction journeys of our best writers? Did you know that E. Annie Proulx has an expert’s knowledge of cider, or that Willa Cather may have written a biography of a young woman who discovered her own religion? These nonfiction anomalies in a fiction writer’s life can tell us about the author’s passions — or, at the very least, what…
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  • Kindle Deals & Steals for Wednesday Evening

    Pixel of Ink
    26 Nov 2014 | 9:32 am
    Take a peek at these Deals & Steals for your Kindle tonight! For non-U.S. readers, Kindle content availability and pricing will vary. Genre: Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Romance, Thriller, Urban Fantasy The Devil’s Fire: A Pirate Adventure Novel by Matt Tomerlin Still free? Click Here to find out! Ready the guns & set sail with this heart-pounding tale of revenge and deception in the heart of the Caribbean during the Golden Age of Piracy. Katherine Lindsay, a timid young woman from London, must contend with an ambitious pirate captain who has murdered her husband and taken her…
  • [BOOK OF THE DAY] Shadow Spell by Nora Roberts – Save $14

    Pixel of Ink
    26 Nov 2014 | 7:41 am
    Shadow Spell by Nora Roberts Over 2,500 5-Star Reviews! Genre: Romance From #1 New York Times bestselling author Nora Roberts comes a trilogy about the land we’re drawn to, the family we learn to cherish, and the people we long to love… With the legends and lore of Ireland running through his blood, falconer Connor O’Dwyer is proud to call County Mayo home. It’s where his sister, Branna, lives and works, where his cousin, Iona, has found true love, and where his childhood friends form a circle that can’t be broken… A circle that is about to be stretched out of shape – by a…
  • Kindle Deals & Steals for Wednesday Morning

    Pixel of Ink
    26 Nov 2014 | 7:18 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: Biographies & Memoirs, Contemporary Fiction, Mystery, Romance, Science Fiction Fade to Black by M.C. Webb Still free? Click Here to find out! A tale of unimaginable horror follows Piper Mitchell from adolescence to adulthood as she tries to escape the chains that hold her long after she is free. A chance meeting with one of Hollywood’s’ biggest stars, Ryan Knox, will forever change both of their lives. Venture with the…
  • Kindle Deals & Steals for Tuesday Evening

    Pixel of Ink
    25 Nov 2014 | 9:33 am
    Check out tonight’s Freebies & Deals for your Kindle while they last! For non-U.S. readers, Kindle content availability and pricing will vary. Genre: Contemporary Fiction, Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Romance, Thriller Courier (Freelancer Book 1) by Terry Irving Still free? Click Here to find out! Rick Putnam is running for his life. A Vietnam Veteran riding a motorcycle for a national news network, he’s picked up something too hot to handle. So hot that a reporter and a camera crew has already been killed and a rogue CIA kill squad is on his tail. Stick with this charismatic…
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    25 Nov 2014 | 6:27 am
    Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty Over 2,00 5-Star Reviews! Genre: Psychological Thriller Sometimes it’s the little lies that turn out to be the most lethal… A murder… a tragic accident… or just parents behaving badly? What’s indisputable is that someone is dead. But who did what? Big Little Lies follows three women, each at a crossroads: Madeline is a force to be reckoned with. She’s funny and biting, passionate, she remembers everything and forgives no one. Her ex-husband and his yogi new wife have moved into her beloved beachside community, and their daughter is in the same…
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  • MONDO Announces 2014 Black Friday Releases Including A Pulp Fiction Print By Laurent Durieux

    Larry Fire
    27 Nov 2014 | 1:00 am
    Black Friday is this week! In honor of Pulp Fiction’s 20th Anniversary, MONDO will be releasing a timed edition poster by Laurent Durieux. The edition will be open until 11:59pm on Monday, Dec. 1st, and there is no limit on the number of prints you can purchase. We’ll be donating 10% of the proceeds to the Sally Menke Fellowship. You can find out more info on this partnership on their blog. Additionally, they’ll have mWo t-shirts & sweatshirts, two versions of The Iron Giant Soundtrack with artwork by Jason Edmiston & Jay Shaw, Run Coyote Run on VHS, and a Mondo…
  • Poster For The Peanuts Movie

    Larry Fire
    26 Nov 2014 | 9:56 pm
    20th Century Fox has released the new poster for The Peanuts Movie featuring Snoopy and Woodstock dreaming big. In The Peanuts Movie, a 3D, CGI-animated comedic adventure, Snoopy, the world’s most lovable beagle – and flying ace! – embarks upon his greatest mission as he and his team take to the skies to pursue their arch-nemesis, while his best pal Charlie Brown begins his own epic quest back home. The most popular and influential comic strip of all time, “Peanuts” was read every day by 355 million people in 75 countries. In addition to the famous strip, “Peanuts” holiday…
  • BOBA Sculpture By Luke Chueh & Flabslab

    Larry Fire
    26 Nov 2014 | 1:00 am
    First seen as a painting and then prints by Luke Chueh, the infamous bounty hunter Boba Fett will be available as a 9.5″ resin sculpture ($300). BOBA will be released soon as a limited edition statue and the viewfinder is detachable for safe and easy shipping. Click HERE for more information.
  • Hot Wheels Elite Arkham Knight: Cult Classic Batmobile

    Larry Fire
    25 Nov 2014 | 11:30 pm
    Hot Wheels Elite has announced this (1:18 Version) Arkham Knight: Cult Classic Batmobile ($160) due in March 2015. The vehicle is based on the video game developed by Rocksteady Studios.
  • Batman Utility Belt Infographic By Kevin Tong

    Larry Fire
    25 Nov 2014 | 8:48 pm
    Here is Kevin Tong’s rejected Batman Utility Belt Infographic sketch for the MONDO Batman 75 Show.
 
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  • Commentary on commentaries

    23 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    Never explain what you do. It speaks for itself. You only muddle it by talking about it. – Shel Silverstein I’ve mixed feelings about commentaries. I’ve said before that a poem which needs notes to explain it—e.g. Beckett’s ‘Whoroscope’—is basically a bad poem; the poem should stand or fall on its own merits. I do talk about my poetry in some of my articles but they’re not really commentaries. I don’t think I’ve ever dissected a poem for everyone to see. Perhaps I should. I do what I do mainly for newbies. When I was starting out I hated the fact that everyone seemed to…
  • 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…
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  • My Writing Room by Judith Kinghorn

    Debs Carr
    27 Nov 2014 | 3:30 am
    I consider myself very lucky to have a room of my own. It’s a room that was once my children’s playroom, and then a TV room; but now it’s mine. And I’ve waited a long time for it … and, sometimes, I think it’s waited a long for me.It has two windows, one facing north, the other west. To the north, beyond my big screen, I can see onto a drive, take a peek at who’s coming – and perhaps duck down; to the west, the other window looks out over a lawn, once a tennis lawn, framed by ancient beech trees and rampant rhododendrons, and where I often see deer: nibbling, chewing, staring…
  • Review – A Nightingale Christmas Wish by Donna Douglas

    Debs Carr
    27 Nov 2014 | 2:30 am
    Reviewed by Jennifer Joyce It is November 1938 and there are murmurs of another war on the horizon. Frannie, a ward sister at the Nightingale Hospital, wants nothing more than for peace to remain. She’s lived through one war and the last thing she wants is for her country to join another that will wreak devastation. Nurse Helen has just been promoted at the hospital but she is feeling out of her depth, especially when she feels bullied by one of the doctors. A young widow, Helen doesn’t think she will ever find love again, nor does she want to until she meets a handsome young man who…
  • Novelicious Meets...Patricia Cornwell

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    26 Nov 2014 | 6:30 am
    by Cesca Major There are some perks that come with being part of Team Novelicious; a lovely team of bookish women to chat to, an interesting look at the latest reads, the hot gossip about favourite authors ... And then there are The Perks. The particular perk I am talking about is a fancy invite to partake of brunch at The Ivy with American Book Royalty – Patricia Cornwell. I practically fell off my chair as I accepted with impressive speed. Off I popped on Monday to The Library at The Ivy to sit with some fabulous journalists from the big nationals and talk corpses, crime, the Ripper,…
  • Feasting on Romantic Comedy – Chocolate Croissant from Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason by Helen Fielding

    Helen
    26 Nov 2014 | 5:30 am
    Monday 27th January 8.45am. In Coins Cafe having cappuccino, chocolate croissant, and a cigarette. There is something rather touching about Bridget Jones sitting alone in Coins Cafe with a chocolate croissant, coffee and a fag in hand. During the first diary Bridget is running around looking for love, going for the wrong bloke – maybe because of her own insecurities – until, at the end of the year – and the diary – she finally, happily falls for Mark Darcy. Christmas jumper and all.  In Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason we are beginning a brand new year. Bridget and her new beau,…
  • Novelicious Chats To...Heather Hill

    Novelicious
    26 Nov 2014 | 4:30 am
    After twelve publisher rejections for The New Mrs D based on its ‘crude and close to the bone humour’, mum of five Heather Hill decided to self publish, which resulted in great success. Here, the Scottish-based author joins us to talk inspiration and going it alone in the world of publishing. Where do you find inspiration for your books? I am a bit of an unusual comedy writer I think, because, whilst I have funny ideas all the time, I think very deeply about serious issues – particularly those which affect women. So my work typically takes very serious issues that you wouldn’t…
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  • Review: The Heart of the Ancients: Kailmeyra's Redemption by Elizabeth Isaacs

    Brandi Kosiner
    27 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
    The Heart of the Ancients: Kailmeyra's Redemption (Kailmeyra #3) by Elizabeth IsaacsFollowing Nora and Gavin’s defeat of the Dokkalfar, the kingdom has flourished and brought hope to its people.But looks can be deceiving.Like wisps of death, darker emotions seep into unexpected places. Now the nighttime holds fresh horrors for Gavin as Nora’s visions of the future invade her dreams. Though Nora can’t remember them, she knows Gavin sees her mind as clearly as his own. Noticing the affects her nightmares have on him, Nora warns Gavin of the dire consequences of altering fate.
  • Waiting on Wednesday, WoW

    Brandi Kosiner
    26 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:Denton Little's DeathdateRubin, Lance Denton Little's Deathdate takes place in a world exactly like our own except that everyone knows the day they will die. For 17-year-old Denton Little, that's tomorrow, the day of his senior prom.Despite his early deathdate, Denton has always wanted to live a normal life, but his final days are…
  • Review: In The Afterlight by Alexandra Bracken

    Brandi Kosiner
    25 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
     In The Afterlight (The Darkest Minds #3) by Alexandra BrackenRuby can't look back. Fractured by an unbearable loss, she and the kids who survived the government's attack on Los Angeles travel north to regroup. With them is a prisoner: Clancy Gray, son of the president, and one of the few people Ruby has encountered with abilities like hers. Only Ruby has any power over him, and just one slip could lead to Clancy wreaking havoc on their minds.They are armed only with a volatile secret: proof of a government conspiracy to cover up the real cause of IAAN, the disease that has killed most…
  • Review: The Dead Girls' Dance by Rachel Caine

    Brandi Kosiner
    24 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
    The Dead Girls' Dance (The Morganville Vampires #2) by Rachel CaineClaire Danvers has her share of challenges---like being a genius in a school that favors beauty over brains, dealing with the homicidal girls in her dorm, and above all, finding out that her college town is overrun with vampires. On the up side, she has a great roommate (who tends to disappear at sunup) and a new boyfriend named Shane, whose vampire-hunting dad has called in backup: cycle punks who like the idea of killing just about anything.Now a fraternity is throwing its annual Dead Girls' Dance and---surprise!---Claire…
  • 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…
 
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  • 5 BookBuzzr Widget Installations to Inspire You in November 2014

    Naveen
    27 Nov 2014 | 2:22 am
      1. Gail Pallotta – Mountain of Love and Danger   2. Barry Finlay – The Vanishing Wife   3. Pat Ballard – The Queen of Rubenesque Romances’ Body Love Package   4. Chrys Fey – 30 Seconds   5. Ciku Kimeria – Of goats and poisoned oranges: More surprises than Thika road ____________________________________________________________________________  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…
  • 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…
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    B-Lines and Felines

  • Masterpieces #35: Final Fantasy VIII

    Dave Brown
    26 Nov 2014 | 2:08 am
    About Final Fantasy VIII (1999)This latest instalment to the best-selling Final Fantasy series incorporates the theme of love into an RPG story-line of epic proportions. Final Fantasy VIII world comes to life in a dazzling display of digital artistry as lifelike characters and seamlessly integrated CG animation are enhanced with Dolby Surround Sound technology. With Analogue Controller (Dual Shock) and PocketStation compatibility.       Amazon US Amazon UK Final Fantasy VIII (1999) Following the phenomenally successful Final Fantasy VII, Squaresoft faced the unenviable task of…
  • The Diary of Mr Kain: Week #8

    Dave Brown
    24 Nov 2014 | 3:11 pm
    Monday Beard Face’s latest job venture was to contact the local council and see if they’d be interested in a leaf picker. It is autumn and fallen leaves are plentiful but the old boy was suggesting he would pick them up by hand one at a time. He reckoned he could average about 20 leaves an hour if he really pushed himself. Unsurprisingly, the council said there was more chance of them hiring Mad Max to teach the kids the values of community service. Tuesday Beard Face was congratulating himself today after coming up with a concept for a new TV show. Basically it’s Deal or No Deal only…
  • 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…
 
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  • Readers’ Choice Best Book of 2014 Nominations & Giveaway

    Chelsea
    25 Nov 2014 | 10:01 pm
    The holidays are sneaking up on us here at VBC. Can you believe it’s already time for year-end lists? Well, it is. And while VBC has been crafting our ultimate Best Books of 2014 list, it just wouldn’t be complete without your input. As in previous years, we’ll be adding the reader favorite to our annual best-of-the-best list…and giving away books. Because that’s what we do, and it’s the holidays. Using the Rafflecopter form below, submit your picks—up to three—for the Best Book of 2014. Two notes: Yes, this needs to be a book published in this calendar…
  • Review: Ravenous by Sharon Ashwood (Dark Forgotten #1)

    Jill
    24 Nov 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Ravenous (The Dark Forgotten #1) Sharon Ashwood Published: February 9, 2009 (Signet) Purchase: Book Depository or Amazon Review source: Purchased Reviewed by: Jill Rating (out of 5): 5 stars Ravenous was excellent. Holly Carver is a registered witch, one of the last few remaining in the country. She’s kind of like a private investigator and an exorcist in one. The first time you meet her she’s trying to find people who have disappeared after entering a haunted house. The descriptions of the house are really original and actual did terrify me a bit. The action immediately takes off in this…
  • Early Dual Review: Black Widow by Jennifer Estep (Elemental Assassin #2)

    Amy
    23 Nov 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Black Widow (Elemental Assassin #12) Jennifer Estep Published: November 25, 2014 (Pocket Books) Purchase at: Book Depository or Amazon Review Source: Copies provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review Reviewed by: Amanda and Amy Rating (out of 5): 4 stars Note: While this review will be spoiler free, it may reference previous books in the series. If you haven’t started the Elemental Assassin series, check out our review of Spider’s Bite The reveal of Mab’s heir, the mysterious MM Monroe, occurred at the end of Deadly Sting (Book 8). So for three books Gin had to contemplate…
  • 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…
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  • 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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  • 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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    Better World Books

  • Thanks for giving!

    Better World Books
    26 Nov 2014 | 12:27 pm
    Our unique business model keeps books from going to waste—over 150 million prevented from going to landfill to date. We’re fortunate to call thousands of libraries our partners, and we are able to donate lots of books to literacy nonprofits, education groups, and other worthy organizations. But what we’re really thankful for is you. Seriously! Your involvement with Better World Books is crucial to our impact around the globe. If you’ve ever bought a book from us: THANK YOU. Every time you do, your purchase allows us to donate another book to someone who needs it. If…
  • Thirsty? Here, drink this book.

    Better World Books
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:28 am
    The world’s first “drinkable book” has been developed to help provide clean drinking water in places around the world. Not only does it educate the reader on safe water practices, but each page is also a purifying water filter. Watch the short video from Water is Life, an organization committed to providing clean drinking water and education programs to communities in need:
  • Yes, books are still being challenged for removal in 2014

    Better World Books
    22 Sep 2014 | 11:29 am
    What is Banned Books Week? The American Library Association’s weeklong observance “highlights the value of free and open access to information” (source)—and reflects on the fact that yes, books are still being challenged, banned, and removed from circulation in communities in the US. (Image source here.) So why does Better World Books care? Access to reading material is a crucial component for literacy, and there are many places in the world where access to books is not guaranteed. So here are some interesting links regarding your freedom to read: Want to know last…
  • 5,000 Books Hauled to the Mall

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

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

  • Does Digital Storytelling Work Best in a Crisis?

    Guest Contributor
    26 Nov 2014 | 12:21 am
    Digital storytelling offers a unique opportunity to convey the urgency of a crisis and cross cultures, as demonstrated by the project Weareangry.net. The post Does Digital Storytelling Work Best in a Crisis? appeared first on Publishing Perspectives.
  • Independent Publishing as the Source of Bibliodiversity

    Guest Contributor
    26 Nov 2014 | 12:13 am
    Susan Hawthorne argues that independent publishing is the source of cultural diversity, bringing bibliodiversity to confront megapublishing and bookselling. The post Independent Publishing as the Source of Bibliodiversity appeared first on Publishing Perspectives.
  • On the “Rediscovery” of Novelist John Williams

    Dennis Abrams
    25 Nov 2014 | 11:44 am
    The Los Angeles Review of Books looks at the rediscovery of the novelist John Williams, whose book, Stoner, has become a surprise global bestseller. The post On the “Rediscovery” of Novelist John Williams appeared first on Publishing Perspectives.
  • Exploring the Books Glimpsed in Interstellar Movie

    Roger Tagholm
    25 Nov 2014 | 12:18 am
    The Internet is alive with book lists and speculation over the books seen in the movie, Interstellar. Here are some possible explanations for what appears. The post Exploring the Books Glimpsed in Interstellar Movie appeared first on Publishing Perspectives.
  • Why Copyright Needs to Be Defended

    Guest Contributor
    24 Nov 2014 | 11:58 pm
    Robert Levine, author of Free Ride, explores how copyright law is and is not serving authors and consumers in today's Internet-dominated marketplace. The post Why Copyright Needs to Be Defended appeared first on Publishing Perspectives.
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    Quill and Quire

  • How prison book clubs are helping inmates, donations to Ferguson library peak after riots, and more

    Becky Robertson
    26 Nov 2014 | 8:10 am
    “It’s better than drugs. It’s better than banging your head on the wall. It’s safe and builds something, knowledge, empathy”: how Toronto’s Book Clubs for Inmates is making a difference Ferguson Municipal Public Library receives tens of thousands of dollars in donations after riots 24-hour Taiwanese bookstores offer alternative to nightclubs JetBlue to offer free HarperCollins ebooks to passengers Rare Shakespeare folio found in French library University of Texas acquires Gabriel García Márquez archive Ten surprising non-fiction works by renowned fiction writers…
  • Emma Donoghue named “one to watch” on Hollywood Reporter’s powerful author list

    Sue Carter Flinn
    25 Nov 2014 | 1:49 pm
    The Hollywood Reporter’s “Power Authors” issue features a list of five writers to watch, including Irish-Canadian author Emma Donoghue. An adaptation of Donoghue’s best-selling 2010 novel Room is currently in production, starring William H. Macy, Joan Allen, and Brie Larson. The film will partially be shot on location in Toronto. In 2013, Donoghue told Irish journalist Miriam O’Callaghan that she wrote the screenplay for Room before the novel was even completed. “I wasn’t writing the book in order to make a film, but I do think it would work equally well in both…
  • Heritage and History Book Award nominees announced

    Julie Baldassi
    25 Nov 2014 | 10:12 am
    The Writers’ Alliance of Newfoundland and Labrador has announced the shortlists for the 2014 Heritage and History Book Awards. The prize alternates annually between fiction and children’s/YA literature, and non-fiction and poetry, with this year’s awards recognizing the former two genres. The nominees are: Fiction The Stranger’s Gallery, Paul Bowdring (Nimbus Publishing) Finton Moon, Gerard Collins (Creative Books) Say Nothing Saw Wood, Joel Thomas Hynes (Running the Goat Books & Broadsides) Children’s/YA Saltwater Joys, Wayne Chaulk; Dawn Baker, illus. (Flanker Press)…
  • Giller winner Us Conductors dominates indie bestseller lists

    Sue Carter Flinn
    25 Nov 2014 | 8:51 am
    The famed “Giller effect”– a term used to describe the dramatic spike in sales for a book after it wins the Scotiabank Giller Prize – is alive and well. According to the Nov. 21 bestsellers list from BookNet Canada and the Retail Council of Canada, Sean Michaels’ winning novel, Us Conductors (Random House Canada), tops the overall bestseller, Canadian fiction, and trade-paperback categories, as reported by independent booksellers across the country. Several Giller nominees also placed in the top 10: Miriam Toews’ All My Puny Sorrows (Knopf Canada), Heather…
  • British librarians protest copyright law, travel books in the age of Yelp, and more

    Julie Baldassi
    25 Nov 2014 | 7:58 am
    U.K. Librarians are filling display cases with letters of protest against copyright laws Lonely Planet’s new approach to publishing is evident in The World, “a coffee table book in adventurer’s clothing” “I had no idea that a writer could describe a mother-daughter relationship in such a violent and physical way”: Europa Editions publishers on discovering Elena Ferrante The story of late-blooming British author Penelope Fitzgerald “is not about patience on a monument but about talent buried under a heavy plinth, and discovered only just in time” Are…
 
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    eclectic / eccentric

  • Dear Committee Members by Julie Schumacher

    Trisha
    25 Nov 2014 | 2:00 am
    Forget teen angst. This is professorial angst. I love it, and I have to thank April from The Steadfast Reader for recommending this wonderful book.An epistolary novel, Dear Committee Members is a series of letters of recommendation (LORs) for students, colleagues, and friends written by Jay Fitger, Professor of English at Payne University. Fitger's letters are creative, sarcastic, hilarious and so remarkably true. Interspersing personal and professional commentary into his LORs - sometimes because he knows so little about the student, sometimes because of the LORs audience - Fitger snarkily…
  • 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…
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  • God Gave Us Angels by Lisa Tawn Bergren

    Linda
    24 Nov 2014 | 2:29 pm
    God Gave us Angels by Lisa Tawn Bergren is another wonderful addition to the God Gave Us series.  The story is just wonderful with an honest Biblical view of angels. This is a sweet loving bear family, and Little Bear has many questions for Papa Bear after the bunnies tell her that there are angels everywhere.I am truly impressed with the way solid scriptural lessons were made so clear for very small children in this little book.  The questions that Little Bear asks sound exactly like the questions a child would ask. The illustrations by Laura J. Bryant are beautiful with soft…
  • Suicide Pact by Judge Andrew P. Napolitano

    Linda
    24 Nov 2014 | 1:28 pm
    Suicide Pact: The Radical Expansion of Presidential Powers and the Lethal Threat to American Liberty is a chilling look at the erosion of our freedom and constitutional rights, lost not suddenly, but slowly over time. A Former Judge and law professor, Judge Andrew Napolitano spells out clearly and concisely how our country's leaders have eroded the freedoms that were established by our founding fathers. The book covers from the very beginning of the United States, through the major wars, 9/11 and the global war on terror, to our present day events. I learned so much about events I…
  • 24 Nov 2014 | 11:27 am

    Linda
    24 Nov 2014 | 11:27 am
    Bones never lie by Kathy Reichs was just an OK read. It is not a bad book, just not exactly a page turner. While it did hold my interest enough to finish it, I found the writing style odd with her use of short, choppy sentences. I could understand using that method for the dialog, but not for the narration.Another issue I had was keeping track of large number of characters.  With all of the police, criminals, victims, victim’s families, and odd other added characters, I was quite frequently lost in the weeds.   I though the character of Tempe’s mother was entertaining, and kept…
  • 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…
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  • 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

  • The Kremlin’s Kiev Connection | Stephen Grey et al | Reuters | 26th November 2014

    Stephen Grey et al
    25 Nov 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Impressive investigation shedding much light on Putinism, Gazprom and Ukraine. In brief: the Russian state gas monopoly Gazprom sold gas cheaply to a Ukrainian straw man called Dmitry Firtash, who sold the gas on to Ukraine at a $3bn profit. Russian banks lent Firtash a further $11bn to buy up Ukrainian petrochemical plants. Firtash then bankrolled the rise of a pro-Russian president for Ukraine, Viktor YanukovichSubscribe to the Browser to receive a feed with direct links to the recommended content
  • The Unfinished Battles Of Waterloo | Simon Heffer | New Statesman | 26th November 2014

    Simon Heffer
    25 Nov 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Discussion of recent books about the Battle of Waterloo on 18th June 1815, where 150,000 soldiers fought and 12,000 died. The battle turned against Napoleon when 400 Germans fighting for Britain held off the French long enough for Blücher’s Prussians to arrive and reinforce Wellington. “The dividing line between victory and defeat is precariously fine: and on those 400 men would hinge the development of a whole continent”Subscribe to the Browser to receive a feed with direct links to the recommended content
  • Edelweiss | Mark Steyn | Steyn Online | 26th November 2014

    Mark Steyn
    25 Nov 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II added Edelweiss to the score of their stage musical The Sound Of Music after a try-out in Boston. They felt that Captain von Trapp’s love for the land of Austria needed to be communicated more clearly to the audience, and that a solo song would do the job. It was Hammerstein’s last lyric. He was dying of stomach cancer, unknown to himself, but known to RodgersSubscribe to the Browser to receive a feed with direct links to the recommended content
  • Obituary: Frankie Fraser | Telegraph | 26th November 2014

    25 Nov 2014 | 4:00 pm
    “Frankie Fraser, who has died aged 90, was a notorious torturer and hitman for the Richardson gang of south London criminals in the 1960s; he spent 42 years behind bars. His nickname ‘Mad Frank’ derived from his violent temperament which caused him to attempt to hang the governor of Wandsworth prison (and the governor’s dog) from a tree, and to be certified insane on three separate occasions”Subscribe to the Browser to receive a feed with direct links to the recommended content
  • The World In 2050 And Beyond | Martin Rees | New Statesman | 26th November 2014

    Martin Rees
    25 Nov 2014 | 4:00 pm
    If we even get that far. The biggest dangers are the ones that we pose to ourselves. “Our Earth is 45 million centuries old. But this century is the first when one species – ours – can determine the biosphere’s fate.” We just missed nuclear Armageddon in the Cold War. Now we’re juggling geo-engineering, AI and biotech. “The bells that toll for mankind are like the bells of Alpine cattle. They are attached to our own necks”Subscribe 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 books in Puzzles and Games

    Any new books?
    26 Nov 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Here are this week’s new releases for the category ‘Puzzles and Games’. ★ Our Staff Pick ★ Super Smash Bros. WiiU/3DS Collector’s Edition: Prima Official Game Guide Stores: USA | Canada | Italy By Nick von Esmarch ISBN: 0804163596 Publisher: Prima Games Publication date: November 21, 2014 Binding: Hardcover Estimated price: $20.55 Share this book on Twitter | Facebook | Google+ Saga Deluxe Edition Volume 1 HC Stores: USA | UK By Brian K. Vaughan ISBN: 1632150786 Publisher: Image Comics Publication date: November 25, 2014 Binding: Hardcover Estimated price:…
  • This week’s new books in Medicine

    Any new books?
    26 Nov 2014 | 8:58 pm
    Here are this week’s new releases for the category ‘Medicine’. ★ Our Staff Pick ★ One Doctor: Close Calls, Cold Cases, and the Mysteries of Medicine Stores: USA | UK | Canada | Italy | Kindle By Brendan Reilly M.D. ISBN: 1476726353 Publisher: Atria Books Publication date: November 25, 2014 Binding: Paperback Estimated price: $8.62 Share this book on Twitter | Facebook | Google+ Never Turn Your Back on an Angus Cow: My Life As a Country Vet Stores: USA | UK | Kindle | UK Kindle By Dr. Jan Pol, David Fisher ISBN: 1410473481 Publisher: Thorndike Press Publication…
  • This week’s new Reference books

    Any new books?
    26 Nov 2014 | 8:56 pm
    Here are this week’s new releases for the category ‘Reference’. ★ Our Staff Pick ★ Statistics: An Introduction Using R Stores: USA | Italy | Kindle | UK Kindle By Michael J. Crawley ISBN: 1118941098 Publisher: Wiley Publication date: November 24, 2014 Binding: Paperback Estimated price: $34.31 Share this book on Twitter | Facebook | Google+ Super Smash Bros. WiiU/3DS Collector’s Edition: Prima Official Game Guide Stores: USA | Canada By Nick von Esmarch ISBN: 0804163596 Publisher: Prima Games Publication date: November 21, 2014 Binding: Hardcover Estimated…
  • This week’s new books in Travel

    Any new books?
    26 Nov 2014 | 8:54 pm
    Here are this week’s new releases for the category ‘Travel’. ★ Our Staff Pick ★ NY Through the Lens Stores: USA | Canada | Italy By Vivienne Gucwa ISBN: 1440339589 Publisher: Print Publication date: November 24, 2014 Binding: Paperback Estimated price: $15.60 Share this book on Twitter | Facebook | Google+ On Silbury Hill Stores: USA | UK | Canada By Adam Thorpe ISBN: 1908213248 Publisher: Little Toller Publication date: November 24, 2014 Binding: Hardcover Estimated price: $19.36 Share this book on Twitter | Facebook | Google+ Caleb’s List: Climbing the…
  • This week’s new books in Religion and Spirituality

    Any new books?
    26 Nov 2014 | 8:53 pm
    Here are this week’s new releases for the category ‘Religion and Spirituality’. ★ Our Staff Pick ★ The Great Reformer: Francis and the Making of a Radical Pope Stores: USA | Canada | Italy | Kindle | UK Kindle By Austen Ivereigh ISBN: 1627791574 Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. Publication date: November 25, 2014 Binding: Hardcover Estimated price: $17.76 Share this book on Twitter | Facebook | Google+ Angel Answers Oracle Cards: A 44-Card Deck and Guidebook Stores: USA | UK By Doreen Virtue, Radleigh Valentine ISBN: 1401945902 Publisher: Lifestyles Publication…
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    admin
    1 Nov 2014 | 3:11 am
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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

  • 4 New Books or…. Money, Meet Mouth

    Johann Thorsson
    24 Nov 2014 | 1:32 pm
    Don’t you just love it when you come home to discover that you got new books in the mail? Yeah, me too. This is just what happened today; 4 new books in a box. There was a little Baader-Meinhof phenomenon surprise waiting for me as I unpacked them, almost to the point of being creepy.…
  • 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…
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    Where Writers Win

  • Last Week of NaNoWriMo: How To Catch Up

    Shari Stauch
    26 Nov 2014 | 9:39 am
    Our thanks to Cari Bennette for this guest post. From the tribe at WWW to each of you, here’s wishing you a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend (and some extra time to write!) So you decided to sign up for NaNoWriMo’s writing marathon? But now it’s getting down to the wire, and you’re nowhere near 50,000 words. You’re starting to think that either you were overly ambitious or insane. Don’t despair. Participants as ambitious and/or insane as you have been doing it since before the millennium (well, barely – since 1999) and have made it to the finish line. You…
  • 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…
 
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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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    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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    Books Without Any Pictures

  • “There Once Lived a Mother Who Loved Her Children, Until They Moved Back In: Three Novellas About Family” by Ludmilla Petrushevskaya

    Grace
    25 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
      There Once Lived a Mother Who Loved Her Children, Until They Moved Back In is a new collection of novellas from Russian author Ludmilla Petrushevskaya.  Petrushevskaya’s prose is stark and honest, revealing characters’ thoughts and motivations, especially those not fit for polite society.  She writes about messy relationships and broken homes, breaking the illusion of the model Soviet society and presenting the stories that lie beneath the surface.  She’s not writing a generalization of Russian life, she’s presenting the stories of families that are fucked up…
  • “The Jewel” by Amy Ewing

    Grace
    23 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
      The Jewel is a young adult novel set in a world where the privileged social class has become so inbred that they can no longer have their own children.  However, some poor children are born with a genetic mutation that gives them the power to influence an object’s characteristics, including color and growth.  These girls are taken from their families and sent to a training facility where they are prepared to become surrogates for wealthy women in the Jewel, the city’s central district. Violet is one such surrogate.  Although she grew up impoverished, her family life was…
  • 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…
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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

  • Falling Leaves by Adeline Yen Mah

    24 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
    A Reign of Terror and Oppression (Memorable Memoir) Falling Leaves by Adeline Yen Mah is the heart-breaking true story of an “unwanted Chinese” daughter.  Adeline’s birth mother died from complications shortly after Adeline was born and soon a new stepmother entered the lives of the Yen family. The new mother called “Niang” gave birth to a girl and a boy, bringing the total brood to seven children.  Right from the beginning her own children were favored as the stepchildren suffered under her rule. Niang was a vindictive, conniving, tyrant who manipulated her husband, kids,…
  • 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…
 
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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

  • The Stories Behind Our Food

    info@lipulse.com
    26 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    Everything looks so delicious. It all smells great, too, and you can’t decide what you like best. The meat is done just right, potatoes are mashed to perfection, biscuits are to die for. And then there’s dessert!  But – wait, leftovers. That’s your favorite… You’ve got a lot on your plate this month, in more ways than one. And in “The American Plate” by Libby H. O’Connell, PhD, you’ll learn the stories our food can tell. Imagine inviting a long-ago ancestor to dinner this week. What he’d find at the table might astound him; surely, there’d be some dishes he…
  • 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…
 
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    Beth's Book Reviews

  • Featured Book: B.O.A.T.S. by David Nesten

    Beth (BBRB)
    25 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    About the book: Misanthropes are considered unseemly, if they are considered at all.  They are always being told to let things go.  But sometimes, there are reasons for misery. Roland McKnule is a young college student, an angry young man, and no fan of Hollywood phoniness.  So when one of his best friends winds up getting an audition for a major motion picture, tagging along is not his idea of fun.  And being forced to go with his arch-nemesis, his simple-minded roommate Steve, is just the icing on the cake. Can Roland survive a few days amongst terrible people? …
  • Review: The Other Typist by Suzanne Rindell

    Beth
    24 Nov 2014 | 11:53 pm
    Suzanne Rindell’s story of a 1920s police stenographer who becomes increasingly obsessed with a glamorous new typist reminds me at points of Notes on a Scandal and Patricia Highsmith, but has creepy charms all its own.”—The Paris Review Confessions are Rose Baker’s job. A typist for the New York City Police Department, she sits in judgment like a high priestess. Criminals come before her to admit their transgressions, and, with a few strokes of the keys before her, she seals their fate. But while she may hear about shootings, knifings, and crimes of passion, as soon as she…
  • Featured Book: The Studio by Walter F. Todd With Stacey Todd

    Beth (BBRB)
    23 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    About the book: When Walt’s eye and heart are captured by two beautiful but damaged stained glass panels, he couldn’t have dreamed of how they would impact the course of his life. The Studio is the story of Walt’s journey with the art of stained glass, as he and his daughter enroll in a class with the idea of repairing the panels, but soon find themselves completely immersed in this fascinating craft, with Walt, who never considered himself an artist, even showing and selling his work. But when Walt is 69, life has some unexpected surprises for him. The expected death of his loving…
  • Featured Book: Philosophical Fragments Of Your Ancient Name by Doug Bentley

    Beth
    23 Nov 2014 | 9:00 am
    About the book:A Journey of Self-Discovery into the Sanctuary of Your Soul - and Beyond!An eclectic compilation of thoughts, musings, rants, observations, fears and hopes, Philosophical Fragments Of Your Ancient Name takes you on a journey of self-discovery from the outer edges of our solar system to the sanctuary of your soul - and beyond! The book is divided into three parts: on Science, Christianity and Mysticism. Like adjacent letters in a word which are distinct from each other but follow underlying patterns the fragments assembled in it are puzzle pieces which each reader’s…
  • Review: The Conscious Leader by Shelley Reciniello

    Beth
    22 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Why do things go wrong in companies that shouldn’t? The answer, according to Dr. Shelley Reciniello, often lies deep beneath the surface in the unconscious processes of leaders and their employees. Working as a sort of psychological detective, her job has been to consult with organizations and individuals to figure out what the real problem is when a poised for success corporate initiative fails, when a promising individual or team can’t perform, or when a well-conceived departmental project doesn’t deliver. When what has gone wrong doesn’t make sense, she looks for the…
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    The Literary Yard

  • Poem: rain rain go away come back another day

    Author
    25 Nov 2014 | 10:15 am
    By: Reese Scott when its dark after turning on all the lights on opening up all the blinds and there is no rain snow or clouds just black and movies […]
  • Poem: Jamesie

    Author
    25 Nov 2014 | 10:04 am
    By: Tom Sheehan Friends found Jamesie by dark tracks, between home and the last-pint draught of wine from a pseudo-canteen soldered firmly to his hip, the left, where stray shot […]
  • Poem: Superstition

    Author
    24 Nov 2014 | 10:10 am
    By: Mitch Green I wasn’t the focus, the focal diction – Fiction dead on ambition. Wishing, superstition – salivating, Procreating the filth from my heart. Fresh starts are only mental manipulation, […]
  • Poem: Kettle Wax

    Author
    24 Nov 2014 | 10:01 am
    By: Mitch Green Interstellar techno-optics formed flashes of bright, splashing pigments across the far wall. Fashionably suitable for this celebrative, retro-themed shindig. Knee-high stockings skinned to the seam of multicolor ribbons. […]
  • Poem: Death Anniversary

    Author
    24 Nov 2014 | 9:48 am
    By: Mohammad Jashim Uddin You are invited cordially. Come, please come to me straight. You are the chief guest in my death anniversary celebration ceremony. Can you remember why I […]
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    WordTrance

  • Anime and Storytelling

    Michael
    24 Nov 2014 | 8:25 am
    WordTrance - Reading and Writing Genre Fiction By Sam Handrick — I recently saw the season finale of a show that consisted of a man who simultaneously exists in every parallel dimension traveling through space with a talking cleaning robot and a humanoid cat. In the season finale that man fought a giant energy dragon while piloting an armed mechanized version of the Statue of Liberty, ended the universe, and then turned down an offer to become god, instead recreating the universe to be the exact same as before so that he could visit his favorite breastaurant. Does that sound strange? Well,…
  • 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…
 
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    Peter J Story » Peter J Story

  • “Things Grak Hates” Preview, Chapters 7 – 14

    Peter J Story
    26 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    First let me give a huge thanks to everyone who has purchased Things Grak Hates and a double-thanks to everyone who has reviewed it so far! To everyone else out there, here’s a taste of the style and substance of my book. If you like it, then help my debut novel to keep rising up Amazon’s charts ...
  • Notable Quotes: 96

    Peter J Story
    25 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    “Faithless is he that says farewell when the road darkens.” —– J.R.R. Tolkien
  • “Things Grak Hates” Preview, Chapters 1 – 6

    Peter J Story
    24 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    First let me give a huge thanks to everyone who has purchased Things Grak Hates and a double-thanks to everyone who has reviewed it so far! To everyone else out there, here’s a taste of the style and substance of my book. If you like it, then help my debut novel to keep rising up Amazon’s charts ...
  • Notable Quotes: 95

    Peter J Story
    23 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    “Writing is both mask and unveiling.” —– E.B. White
  • 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
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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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    Screaming With Brevity

  • 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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    ADUIDE

  • What's Keeping You From Reading?

    26 Nov 2014 | 9:56 pm
    All the world's a stage | Jianwei YangMost of us wish we had more time to read. Haven’t you heard someone say that? Haven’t you said that yourself on many occassions?Reading has become a goal on our bucket list. Reading has become a novelty of sorts that we wish we had the time to accomplish but push aside to make way for other avenues of entertainment. Facebook, Twitter, blogs, FOMO, etc., all take up our free time and we spend the majority of our leisure reading lame articles with interesting headlines. We've all seen the headlines blaring that the writer “could not believe”…
  • 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…
 
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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

    Anonymous
    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

    Anonymous
    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

    Anonymous
    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

    Anonymous
    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

    Anonymous
    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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  • Fat Mogul vs. Kid #3

    Adam
    26 Nov 2014 | 1:25 pm
    Hey, so, you might have noticed that things have gotten a bit quiet around here.  That’s not because things are very quiet, it’s all due to the fact that my house is, in fact, quite the opposite of quiet. Yes, as is already obvious from the headline of this post, I a father for the third time now, and it’s… Read more →
  • 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 →
 
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