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  • The Ultimate Guide to Twitter for Writers

    The Book Designer
    Joel Friedlander
    23 Jul 2014 | 12:01 am
    By Frances Caballo Have you been ignoring Twitter? Do you think you don’t have time for it? Well, I’m here to try to convince you that Twitter is worth your energy. We already know that social media in general helps us to build our brand and connect with new readers. Twitter, like no other social media network, is especially helpful in helping authors connect with readers around the globe. You’ll also meet other Indie authors you can connect with as well as publishing experts, agents, publishers and expert bloggers. Through Twitter I met Tony Riches, a writer and blogger from Wales. As…
  • Hal Foster: Jeff Koons

    London Review of Books
    30 Jul 2014 | 4:00 pm
  • “Tyler Durden Has Been Around for Centuries”: Chuck Palahniuk Talks ‘Fight Club 2′

    Flavorwire » Books
    Isabella Biedenharn
    22 Jul 2014 | 7:34 am
    When Chuck Palahniuk floated the possibility of a graphic novel sequel to his now-classic book Fight Club at New York Comic Con last year, the project wasn’t exactly cemented. But, as Palahniuk says, “I messed up and said I was doing the sequel in front of 1,500 geeks with telephones. Suddenly, there was this big scramble to honor my word.” Thanks to those tweeting geeks, the ten-issue maxiseries, published by Dark Horse Comics and illustrated by Cameron Stewart, will debut in May 2015. The series will jump between past and present, picking up the story ten years after…
  • The Cover That Wasn’t and the Cover That Was: Homeowner With a Gun

    The Book Designer
    Joel Friedlander
    21 Jul 2014 | 12:01 am
    By Samuel Hawley We’d like to welcome back author Samuel Hawley. His previous post for The Book Designer detailed the steps involved in creating a book cover. Today, Samuel explains the various steps he went through in the creative process for another book cover. I hope you’ll find it interesting.   My latest book Homeowner With a Gun is a thriller about a family man who shoots and kills two intruders, thereby setting off a chain of events that threaten to destroy him. Initial Efforts For the cover, my initial idea was to use the image of a door or a house with a big, looming…
  • Writing in a Digital Age

    ReadySteadyBlog
    15 Jun 2014 | 3:04 am
    I was honoured to be invited to speak at The Literary Consultancy's Writing in a Digital Age conference yesterday. (A particular personal pleasure because I got to see Lynne Hatwell and Sam Leith again, and it had been far too long in both cases.) Huge thanks to the organisers for inviting me. Seemed to be a very vibrant and well run affair, and I enjoyed the discussion immensely. The conference was the occasion for writing this piece (What became of literary blogging?) for the Guardian last Monday. It was the subs at the Guardian who framed the piece thus: I hoped that blogs could provide an…
 
 
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    The Book Designer

  • The Ultimate Guide to Twitter for Writers

    Joel Friedlander
    23 Jul 2014 | 12:01 am
    By Frances Caballo Have you been ignoring Twitter? Do you think you don’t have time for it? Well, I’m here to try to convince you that Twitter is worth your energy. We already know that social media in general helps us to build our brand and connect with new readers. Twitter, like no other social media network, is especially helpful in helping authors connect with readers around the globe. You’ll also meet other Indie authors you can connect with as well as publishing experts, agents, publishers and expert bloggers. Through Twitter I met Tony Riches, a writer and blogger from Wales. As…
  • The Cover That Wasn’t and the Cover That Was: Homeowner With a Gun

    Joel Friedlander
    21 Jul 2014 | 12:01 am
    By Samuel Hawley We’d like to welcome back author Samuel Hawley. His previous post for The Book Designer detailed the steps involved in creating a book cover. Today, Samuel explains the various steps he went through in the creative process for another book cover. I hope you’ll find it interesting.   My latest book Homeowner With a Gun is a thriller about a family man who shoots and kills two intruders, thereby setting off a chain of events that threaten to destroy him. Initial Efforts For the cover, my initial idea was to use the image of a door or a house with a big, looming…
  • This Week in the Blogs, July 12 – 18, 2014

    Joel Friedlander
    20 Jul 2014 | 12:01 am
    The articles I’m including this week have generated a lot of discussion. Pour yourself a cool drink, put your feet up and why not have a read? Jump in on the conversations too if you have anything to offer or tell us your thoughts in the comments here. Anne R. Allen on Anne R. Allen’s Blog …WITH RUTH HARRIS What Defines “Traditional” Publishing? What You Don’t Know CAN Hurt You. “The blogosphere has been full of debate about “traditional” vs. “indie” publishing since the dawn of the E-Age.” Molly Greene on Molly Greene:…
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  • June 2014: Book notices

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

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

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

    Debra Hamel
    31 Mar 2014 | 7:00 pm
    J.R. Rain, Silent Echo J.R. Rain's Silent Echo is kind of a strange read. On the one hand, it's very repetitive. A few facts are drummed into the reader's head: the protagonist, Jim Booker, is dying from AIDS-related cancer (though he's not gay); he's being cared for by an almost saintly friend, Numi, a Nigerian who is gay; Jim needs Numi's help but is uncomfortable about being the recipient of his ministrations because Numi's a gay male. On the other hand, despite the repetition, Silent Echo winds up being highly readable. Perhaps this is because it's pretty short (though it arguably should…
  • February 2014: Book notices

    Debra Hamel
    28 Feb 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Lee Goldberg, The Walk Lee Goldberg's The Walk tells the story of network exec Marty Slack's multi-day walk home from downtown L.A. after a massive earthquake levels a huge swath of California. He has adventures along the way--near-death experiences and acts of heroism, much of it in the company of a likable if two-dimensional bounty hunter named Buck. The plot line seems the sort of thing many television series are made of. A wandering man passes through the lives of the various characters he meets on his journey--think Bill Bixby's David Banner or, mutatis mutandis, Michael Landon's…
 
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    Chronicle Books Blog

  • We’re Packing Our Bags for San Diego Comic-Con!

    Albee Dalbotten
    21 Jul 2014 | 3:48 pm
    This is a week we look forward to all year. It’s San Diego Comic-Con! You’ll find us scoping out the amazing costumes, keeping our eyes peeled for celebs, and hunting down cool treasures, as always. Bonus! This year we’ll also be celebrating Goodnight Darth Vader, which goes on sale while we’re at the show. You can see the full schedule of signings and events on our Comic-Con page, but here’s a teaser of some fun stuff at our booth: Freebies including Goodnight Darth Vader posters, temporary tattoos inspired by The Bounty Hunter Code, Inside Game of Thrones 2 bookmarks,…
  • Street Food Journal Giveaway

    Patricia Quan
    21 Jul 2014 | 11:57 am
    Everyone eats, and everyone enjoys a satisfying meal. The foodie tribe continues to grow, and its members are constantly on the hunt for their next good meal. The Street Food Journal is a charming diary for collecting delicious memories. In addition to 128 blank pages, the journal is also punctuated by lovely watercolors by Sophia Augusta of street foods and food trucks, making it the ultimate place for adventurous travelers to record their lucky finds and foodie favorites. Tell us what your favorite street food is in the comments below for a chance to win your own copy of The Street Food…
  • Introducing Our 2014 Summer/Fall Design Fellows

    Meghan Nowell
    20 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    It’s that time again! We’re presently in the process of welcoming our latest group of talented design fellows here at Chronicle Books. If you haven’t heard about our fellowship program yet, we hire five recent design graduates to assist our Publishing, Marketing, Children’s, and Digital Publishing design groups. Over a period of six months these fellows collaborate with our in-house design teams to create, publicize, and enhance the titles on our current seasonal list.  That being said, I’m thrilled to introduce our newest fellows: Amanda Sim, Publishing Design Fellow…
  • Are You Afraid of the Dark? Get Free Flashlight Door Hangers!

    Stephanie Wong
    18 Jul 2014 | 11:43 am
    Explore the magic of nature at night in Flashlight. This wordless picture book takes you on the often humorous adventure of a little boy as he ventures outside his tent. With only his flashlight beam to guide him, what do you think he sees? Follow the boy as he looks up, down, and all around at what is going on in the nighttime. Where is the raccoon? What is the owl doing? The flashlight beam reveals all. Watch the animated trailer: Request a set of Flashlight door hangers to share with your friends or use in your classroom or library! Send an email to kids@chroniclebooks.com with…
  • Countdown to Kindergarten!

    Lara Starr
    17 Jul 2014 | 9:29 am
    Planet Kindergarten imagines the first day of school as an intergalactic adventure! In honor of the book’s publication, we put together some fun DIY projects that you can use to make your little astronaut’s journey to Kindergarten a blast. Keep reading to  learn how to turn an ordinary juice box into “rocket fuel,” upgrade a snack bar to “space food,” send an important message (of love!) from “Home Base,” and even go through a helpful First Day of School Mission Countdown together! Here’s the full kit, assembled and ready for the…
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    Bookslut

  • Dangerous Books: From Banning Ulysses to Challenging Huck Finn

    6 Jul 2014 | 10:13 pm
    When Bennett A. Cerf, the publisher of Random House, acquired the U.S. rights to Ulysses, a fraught odyssey detailed in Kevin Birmingham's fascinating book, The Most Dangerous Book: The Battle for James Joyce's Ulysses, Cerf risked jail time for distributing...
  • Sun Bear by Matthew Zapruder

    6 Jul 2014 | 7:13 am
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  • An Interview with Ariel Schrag

    6 Jul 2014 | 3:31 am
    The most burning question in my mind as cartoonist and writer Ariel Schrag sat down across from me in a Brooklyn diner was, "Am I the cat girl?" She laughed. "Maybe!" I was not satisfied by this answer. There's...
  • Michelangelo: A Life in Six Masterpieces by Miles J. Unger

    6 Jul 2014 | 2:03 am
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  • A Closed Loop

    6 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    On a very ordinary day, you might consult the world around you as to what comes next. What I have understood, what I haven't. What of these books I've read. Truth to tell, I read nothing, or read things through...
 
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    800 CEO Read

  • ChangeThis: Issue 119

    dylan
    23 Jul 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Tweet The Most Important Company In the World: Intel, Moore’s Law, and the Heartbeat of Civilization by Michael S. Malone “We now live differently, learn differently, communicate differently, an ultimately, think differently. … We have internalized Moore’s Law. Its beat is now our heartbeat; its pace of change is now the heartbeat of civilization.” The Road (to Reinvention) Is Calling by Josh Linkner “Companies, communities, and individuals fall for many reasons, but one of the most common—and easily avoidable—is the failure to reinvent. Those who feel the most secure in the…
  • How Not To Be Wrong

    Michael
    17 Jul 2014 | 12:33 pm
    TweetI must preface this review by letting you know that I am not the kind of person inclined to read a book about mathematics. I have very little background in math—if I remember correctly, my undergraduate education required two courses. Despite my typically non-mathematical disposition, How Not To Be Wrong called to me from the shelf. “When am I going to use this?” This is the quintessential complaint-cum-question from elementary school students the world over. It is also the introduction to Jordan Ellenberg’s new book dedicated to explaining exactly when and how we can and do use…
  • Jack Covert Selects – The Intel Trinity

    dylan
    11 Jul 2014 | 10:59 am
    Tweet The Intel Trinity: How Robert Noyce, Gordon Moore, and Andy Grove Built the World’s Most Important Company by Michael S. Malone, Harper Business, 560 page, $34.99, Hardcover, July 2014, ISBN 9780062226761 The Mark Zuckerbergs and Steve Jobs of the world have received an enormous share of the past decade’s business and cultural limelight, and with good reason: they, along with a growing number of Silicon Valley tech innovators, have altered how we as individuals exist within a larger cultural context, how we gather and digest information, and how we interact with one another. Often…
  • Jack Covert Selects – How the World Sees You

    dylan
    11 Jul 2014 | 10:55 am
    Tweet How the World Sees You: Discover Your Highest Value Through the Science of Fascination by Sally Hogshead, HarperBusiness, 428 pages, $29.99, Hardcover, ISBN 9780062230690, July 2014 The massive amount of research that went into Sally Hogshead’s new book, How the World Sees You, is staggering. For the past decade, she’s been scouring books and source materials, conducting polls and surveys with hundreds of thousands of people, and working with teams in the real world social labs of companies like AT&T, General Electric, and Cisco to discover how fascination works in both the…
  • Jack Covert Selects – The Alliance

    dylan
    11 Jul 2014 | 10:50 am
    Tweet The Alliance: Managing Talent in the Networked Age by Reid Hoffman, Ben Casnocha, Chris Yeh, Harvard Business Review Press, 193 pages, $25.00, Hardcover, July 2014, ISBN 9781625275776 As I read The Alliance: Managing Talent in the Networked Age, I wondered if I was really the right person to be reviewing this book. In the first few pages, I learn that referring to your company as a “family” isn’t appropriate; and that the assumed employee/employer fidelity founded on a sort of professional monogamy is archaic. (“It’s just business” has become the ruling philosophy. The…
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    Charles Petzold

  • Seeing Mieczysław Weinberg’s “The Passenger”

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

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

    4 May 2014 | 10:26 am
    I see a lot of live music, and by “live” I mean I’m in the same room as the musicians, and some of the light rebounding off the musicians and their instruments goes directly into my eyes. The musicians aren’t shot by video cameras and then projected onto TV screens, for example. That would be pointless. ... more ...
  • I Have Cracked the 3D Pedagogical Nut!

    4 Feb 2014 | 1:21 pm
    There is nothing quite so immediately gratifying as graphics programming. Specify a few coordinates in a program, and you can draw a line right on the screen. From there you can build it up, add curves, enclose and fill areas, and experiment with different types of brushes. Start animating the coordinates and colors, and you're off. ... more ...
  • Character Formatting Extensions with DirectWrite

    28 Jan 2014 | 4:00 am
    Yes, it's true. I suffered from glyphophobia — the irrational fear of glyphs and glyph runs. My glyphophobia began over 10 years ago when I started exploring the Windows Presentation Foundatation. I managed to suppress this fear sufficiently when called upon to do some work involving parsing and rendering XPS documents, but still the fear persisted, causing distinct shivers of anxiety whenever I encountered something involving glyphs. ... more ...
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    The Millions

  • “A merry monarch, scandalous and poor”

    Elise Liu
    23 Jul 2014 | 2:30 pm
    John Wilmot, second Earl of Rochester, was a dear friend (even protégé) of King Charles II. He was also a sharp-tongued poet who called out the same King on his bedroom behavior: “His sceptre and prick are of a length; / And she may sway the one who plays with th’other.”  
  • Kafka’s “The Country Doctor” as a film

    Elise Liu
    23 Jul 2014 | 12:30 pm
    The internet’s repository of Franz Kafka-inspired literary treats seems to have no bounds. This latest: his excellent short story “The Country Doctor” has been adapted by Japanese filmmaker Kōji Yamamura into a 20-minute animated film (subtitled). Kafka adaptations clearly aren’t going anywhere. Pair with our essay on the subtle art of rereading his most famous story.
  • The anticipations of a Most Anticipated book

    Elise Liu
    23 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    Not every worthy book finds the audience it deserves as quickly as Edan Lepucki’s California. John Warnerwrites about the long aftermath of finding his debut, The Funny Man, featured in our 2011 Most Anticipated Book Preview: “I wondered, what if? Maybe this was going to be the next phase of my life, and when people asked me what I did, I’d say that I wrote novels.” His new collection of short stories is Tough Day for the Army.
  • It’s all about the characters

    Elise Liu
    23 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    In the world of selling books, it’s not all about the sentences. At Ploughshares, agent Eric Nelson argues: A fresh plot matters and unusual characters do, too. “The most interesting books have characters who do the opposite of what we’d do… Imagine Hamlet, if Hamlet took decisive action. Horror movies wouldn’t exist at all without the idiot who always suggests they split up.”
  • Early Bafflings

    Elise Liu
    23 Jul 2014 | 6:30 am
    Yet another open archive for your summer reading enjoyment: the Baffler (“the Journal that Blunts the Cutting Edge”), as part of a website redesign, has made available its entire back catalog of commentary and fiction. Might I suggest starting with this now-charmingly-antiquated piece on marketing to the youthful “hipster” generation? (The Paris Review has othersuggestions. It’s hard to go wrong.)
 
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    Opinions of a Teen Who Reads

  • The Eye of Minds: Review

    20 Jul 2014 | 6:16 pm
    Author: James DashnerAge range: 13-17Content: No romance, no sexual content, mild language, moderate violenceGenre: Teen Science Fiction / Teen FantasyPublisher: Random House Children's BooksPages: 320Where to get it: Barnes & Noble, Amazon, Target, Half-Price BooksSynopsis:Michael is a gamer. And, like most gamers, he spends more time in the VirtNet than the actual world. The VirtNet offers total mind and body immersion, a horrifying yet addicting experience. Thanks to technology, anyone with money can enter fantasy worlds, risk their lives without fear of death, or…
  • BZRK: Revisited Review

    13 Jul 2014 | 2:57 pm
    Author: Michael GrantAge range: 13 & upContent: Moderate romance, mild sexual content, high language, moderate violenceGenre: Teen Science Fiction / Teen Action AdventurePublisher: EgmontUSAPages: 416Where to get it: Barnes & Noble, Amazon, Target, Half-Price BooksSynopsis:A war over the control of the human mind breaks out. Charles and Benjamin Armstrong are grotesquely conjoined twins and owners of the Armstrong Fancy Gifts Corporation. They have a goal to turn their world into their vision of a utopia; no war, no conflicts, no hunger, and no free will. Opposing…
  • Trin the YouTuber

    8 Jul 2014 | 2:10 pm
    I have an announcement.And it has nothing to do with books.As you may or may not know, I have a little sister. She's twelve years old (as of yesterday, happy late birthday, rascal) and she's honestly the cutest little button ever. This announcement regards her.Trinity, being the bubbly, determined, little dream-chaser that she is, has launched her very own YouTube channel where she plans on doing makeup, tips and tricks, chit-chatty, and lifestyle videos. She's done two videos so far and I think she's done a very good job. I am extremely, extremely proud of her. It takes guts to put yourself…
  • TFiOS

    25 Jun 2014 | 9:23 am
    As you probably know already, The Fault in Our Stars by the one and only, John Green has been made into a major motion picture and premiered at the beginning of this month. Am I reviewing a movie? I honestly don't know. But here we go...The director is Josh Boone. The screenplay was written by Scott Nestaudter and Micheal H. Weber. The release date (in America) was June 6, 2014. Although, where I live, there were some special night before showings on the 5th. So, even though there were earlier showings, I went to the first midnight showing with my best friend who had to introduced me to…
  • Mr. Mercedes: Review

    24 Jun 2014 | 8:25 am
    Author: Stephen KingAge range: 17 & upContent: Moderate romance, high sexual content, high language, high violenceGenre: Fiction / Horror / Murder Mystery / ThrillerPublisher: ScribnerPages: 448Where to get it: Barnes & Noble, Amazon, Target, Half-Price BooksSynopsis:A retired cop, Bill Hodges and a few unlikely allies race against time to stop a murderous mama's boy who intends to blow up thousands of innocents in one go.Review:Some people think that King's new stuff is weirder than his old stuff. I disagree entirely. I found this way more mellow and, um, normal…
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    Personanondata

  • MediaWeek (Vol8, N 29): Amazon, The LMS, Director's Cut, Open Access + More

    PersonaNonData
    21 Jul 2014 | 10:23 am
    Read these articles on flipboard: From the NYTimes: Amazon, a Friendly Giant as long as it's fed.“Everything Amazon has promised me, it has fulfilled — and more,” he said. “They ask: ‘Are you happy, Vince? We just want to see you writing books.’ Changes ahead for the humble learning management system (Inside Higher Ed)“I think we’re in a weird place right now in the marketplace -- partly because there’s a lot of parity between the systems,” Severance said. “You can almost throw a dart at a dartboard and pick an LMS, and it won’t be that bad.”Andrew Ladd at The…
  • Photo: High school throw back.

    PersonaNonData
    3 Jul 2014 | 8:47 am
    Biggish reunion this weekend.  At one point there were five Michaels in this class.
  • Mary Meeker's 2014 Internet Trends Report

    PersonaNonData
    1 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    KPCB Internet trends 2014 from Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers
  • MediaWeek (V8, N26) Dangerous Literature, Newspapers, Ranking Publishers, MOOC Feedback + More

    PersonaNonData
    29 Jun 2014 | 3:47 pm
    More here: Personanondata - The Magazine  via @flipboardFrom The Chronicle of Higher Ed, a discussion on when books were dangerous:The American Library Association, which designates the final week of September as Banned Books Week, has no problem finding titles to fill its annual lists of books under siege. However, these are generally books that have been removed from particular libraries or schools, not the kind of total proscription imposed on Ulysses, as well as Lady Chatterley’s Lover, Tropic of Cancer, Naked Lunch, Lolita, and other works that have since become staples of…
  • Image: Dutch Haven 1970 Pennsylvania

    PersonaNonData
    14 Jun 2014 | 2:03 pm
    I don't know what a shoo-fly pie is but it must have something to do with wind mills.  I believe this place is still there.
 
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    Blogposts | The Guardian

  • Politics Live blog: Thursday 24 July

    Andrew Sparrow
    24 Jul 2014 | 2:49 am
    Rolling coverage of all the day's political developments as they happen 10.47am BST The Ukip reshuffle continues. This is from the Ukip leader Nigel Farage.I have today announced four new appointments to UKIP's Frontbench http://t.co/nxMrymr0oo #UKIPshuffleNorth West MEP Paul Nuttall will continue to serve as deputy leader whilst also taking on the portfolio for education, skills & training.Newly-elected MEP Louise Bours will be taking on the role of health spokesman. 10.34am BST The Green party is calling for a wealth tax on the richest 1%, which it says broadly equates to those with…
  • Eurozone growth picks up, but France's private sector contracts again business live

    Graeme Wearden
    24 Jul 2014 | 2:45 am
    French private sector economy "remained in reverse gear", but it's a brighter picture in Germany and the peripheryLatest: Spanish employment jumpsEurozone recovery picks upBut....French factories hit seven-month lowEarlier:DIY chain Kingfisher reports weak French and Polish salesChinese factory survey hits highest level since January 2013Coming up.... the IMF's world economic outlook at 4pm BST 10.45am BST But despite the sharp rise in employment last quarter, Spain's youth unemployment rate remains far too high:Spanish youth #unemployment rate remains above 50%, dipping to 53.1% in Q2…
  • Gaza crisis: Palestinian death toll passes 700 - live updates

    Alexandra Topping
    24 Jul 2014 | 2:43 am
    Health officials say 718 Palestinians killedIsrael has lost 32 soldiersUN votes to investigate possible war crimesUS lifts ban on flights to Tel Aviv 10.43am BST Earlier today the UN under secretary general for humanitarian affairs, Baroness Amos, described the plight of Gazan civilians who were trapped in increasingly desperate conditions. She told the BBC: We are extremely concerned with the deteriorating humanitarian situation," she told the BBC. We have over 118,000 people now who are sheltering in UN schools. People are running out of food. Water is also a serious concern. 10.42am…
  • Corking catches, the Miracle Mile and a diving Jason Statham | Classic YouTube

    Guardian Staff
    24 Jul 2014 | 2:39 am
    This weeks round-up also features Fignon v LeMond, an eight-year-old Rory McIlroy and Chewbacca on baseball1) The Commonwealth Games begins in earnest in Glasgow today. A few highlights from over the years Allan Wells deadheating (if thats a word) with Mike McFarlane in the 200m in Brisbane in 1982; Roger Bannister v John Landy in the Miracle Mile at Vancouver 1954; Filbert Bayi v John Walker in a world record 1,500m at Christchurch 1974; and, perhaps best of all, Jason Statham competing in the diving for England at the 1990 Games in Auckland. Yes, that Jason Statham. Continue reading...
  • All the thighs of 50 Shades of Grey and the rest of the day's pop culture news - LIVE!

    Alexandra Khan-Anselmo
    24 Jul 2014 | 2:32 am
    Welcome to the Guardian Guide Daily!An explosion of pop culture bits coming at you all day.YOU can get involved by posting in the comments or shouting out on Twitter @guideguardian.Oh yes AND Justin Bieber may be dropping a new album. (this is not a joke) 10.24am BST And welcome to this Thursday edition of the Guardian Guide Daily. Your hourly dose the best in pop culture news. With a few helpful hints to help you understand the depth and breadth of the latest in music, film and television. Yes we have trailer reviews, all the skin in 50 Shades of Grey and the down low on Justin Bieber's new…
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    ReadySteadyBlog

  • From Communism to Capitalism

    2 Jul 2014 | 5:26 am
    Just out from Bloomsbury, Michel Henry's From Communism to Capitalism: Theory of a Catastrophe (translated by Scott Davidson): Both a unique witness of transformative events in the late 20th century, and a prescient analysis of our present economic crises from a major French philosopher, Michel Henry's From Communism to Capitalism adds an important economic dimension to his earlier social critique. It begins by tracing the collapse of communist regimes back to their failure to implement Marx's original insights into the irreplaceable value of the living individual. Henry goes on to apply this…
  • Where is our Graham Harman?

    20 Jun 2014 | 6:02 am
    As I tried to make very clear in my post on Sunday, the small and contained argument that I'm advancing is not that serious and interesting writing about books is not happening online. Categorically, it is. I listed five blogs and bloggers in my original Guardian post – This Space, David Winters, 3:AM, Flowerville, Time's Flow Stemmed – and in my follow up blog, I listed several more – John Self, Berfrois, LARB and Dan Green. Very many more wonderful book-related spaces and places could be mentioned – The Quarterly Conversation and HTMLGiant both deserve a shout, as do Marooned Off…
  • Writing in a Digital Age

    15 Jun 2014 | 3:04 am
    I was honoured to be invited to speak at The Literary Consultancy's Writing in a Digital Age conference yesterday. (A particular personal pleasure because I got to see Lynne Hatwell and Sam Leith again, and it had been far too long in both cases.) Huge thanks to the organisers for inviting me. Seemed to be a very vibrant and well run affair, and I enjoyed the discussion immensely. The conference was the occasion for writing this piece (What became of literary blogging?) for the Guardian last Monday. It was the subs at the Guardian who framed the piece thus: I hoped that blogs could provide an…
  • Musical Sunday

    15 Jun 2014 | 2:05 am
    Two music-related books to get me through Sunday... Clothes, Clothes, Clothes. Music, Music, Music. Boys, Boys, Boys by Viv Albertine (she of The Slits; if you don't know, you probably won't care, but maybe you should – she writes well about "art school, squatting, hanging out in Sex with Vivienne Westwood and Malcolm McLaren, spending a day chained to Sid Vicious, on tour with The Clash, and being part of a brilliant, pioneering group of women making musical history"). And Emily Petermann's The Musical Novel: Imitation of Musical Structure, Performance, and Reception in Contemporary…
  • The politics of depression

    12 Jun 2014 | 5:04 am
    I’ve suffered from depression intermittently since I was a teenager. Some of these episodes have been highly debilitating – resulting in self-harm, withdrawal (where I would spend months on end in my own room, only venturing out to sign-on or to buy the minimal amounts of food I was consuming), and time spent on psychiatric wards. I wouldn’t say I’ve recovered from the condition, but I’m pleased to say that both the incidences and the severity of depressive episodes have greatly lessened in recent years. Partly, that is a consequence of changes in my life situation, but it’s also…
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  • American Pastoral - Philip Roth

    Litopia Writers' Colony
    7 Jul 2014 | 9:36 am
    Feel like making glove?? That's not a typo. This week we discuss perhaps the best passage in any of Philip Roth's novels, the 'glovemaking scene' (again, not a typo) in American Pastoral. And we do this with American lit scholar and Gloversville, NY native, Menachem Feuer. Also, we discuss the definition of a schlemiel, a person who could never make a glove. And Franz Kafka makes an appearance at the end – another person we can safely assume was not versed in the art of glovemaking, IN ANY SENSE OF THE WORD. Get that hand out of your pocket and put your headphones on. *heat*.
  • A True Novel - Minae Mizumura

    Litopia Writers' Colony
    6 Jul 2014 | 3:31 am
    A novel that says it’s based on Wuthering Heights is taking a risk – because Wuthering Heights is a crazy effective soporific. But the further it strays from the original, the better A True Novel becomes. Don’t underestimate your originality, Minae Mizumura! You’ve produced an eminently entertaining read. In a nice turn, this very long book is actually quite short. Picture by Toshihiro Gamo
  • Satan in Goray - Isaac Bashevis Singer

    Litopia Writers' Colony
    5 Jul 2014 | 9:37 am
    The Messiah is coming! His arrival is imminent! That’s the bad news... The good news is his arrival and social schedule are narrated with a combination of enthralled immediacy and distrustful distance by a Nobel Laureate, Isaac Bashevis Singer. And yet, is it ‘all that’? Some readers will be super-pumped, others might not catch messiah fever. All the colours of the rainbow.
  • A Heart So White - Javier Marías

    Litopia Writers' Colony
    4 Jul 2014 | 11:06 am
    Did we like this novel? What does it mean to like? What is our past, really, if we continue to relive it? And relieve it? And relive it? And – you get the point, but I'll say it again. And again. And – you have just sampled the experience of reading Javier Marías' massively successful novel. Eat this book! It's good for you! Now, wasn't that satisfying?
  • Seven Days in the Art World - Sarah Thornton

    Litopia Writers' Colony
    4 Jul 2014 | 11:05 am
    'They believe what they say in the moment they say it.' And then the moment is gone, and someone's stuck with a desiccated horse's head or a painting of Jesus framed in piss. In this episode we learn about the high prices and low motives of the contemporary art world while schmoozing in Basel, getting lost in Venice, and, once or twice, encountering genius along the way. Going once, going twice, going three times . . . sold!
 
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    Omnivoracious

  • American Spymaster

    Jon Foro
    24 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    Meet Jack Devine. Something of a real-life George Smiley, he is a 30-year veteran of the CIA who, among a lot of things, ran Charlie Wilson's war against the Soviets in Afghanistan, knew a thing or two about the Iran-Contra affair long before the rest of us did (including the president?), and tangled with some of the agency's most notorious double-agents. In Good Hunting: An American Spymaster’s Story, Devine has written a fascinating memoir of his time overseeing the agency’s spying operations, while also critiquing its policies and direction--arguing that covert ops (i.e.
  • YA Wednesday: Rainbow Rowell on "Landline," the 90s, and Disney theme parks

    Seira Wilson
    23 Jul 2014 | 11:22 am
    It's no secret that I'm a huge fan of Rainbow Rowell and when I met her in person a month ago, it only confirmed my suspicion that she's as fabulous in person as the books she writes.  Her latest, Landline, is classified as an adult book, but like her YA titles, there is no set age required for entry.   Landline tells the story of a marriage floundering in the wake of career, kids, and the daily grind.  Rowell uses a trick of time to allow her main character, Georgie, to revisit how she and husband Neal found each other and the final hurdle that resulted in a…
  • Horses of the Apocalypse: Scott Cheshire's American Epic

    Kevin Nguyen
    22 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    A blurb from Philipp Meyer hails Scott Cheshire's debut novel, High as the Horses' Bridles, as "a great new American epic." At first glance, the page count of Bridles seems too slim to be an epic. But within its swift 300 pages, Cheshire's thematic scope is cast wide, capturing a number of deeply intertwined American ideas. In many ways, the book is a lens into the expanse of American faith and how unshakable it is, even when that relationship is conflicted. From its opening pages, Bridles is heavily doused in apocalyptic language. Twelve-year-old Josiah Laudermilk delivers a doomsday…
  • Bill Gates Sells a Business Book

    Chris Schluep
    21 Jul 2014 | 5:03 pm
    What's the best business book Bill Gates has read? In a recent article, he named Business Adventures by John Brooks, sending it to the top of the Amazon Best Sellers list. (It currently sits at #4.) The billionaire/philanthropist heard about it from another great reader. "Not long after I first met Warren Buffett back in 1991, I asked him to recommend his favorite book about business. He didn’t miss a beat: 'It’s Business Adventures, by John Brooks,' he said. 'I’ll send you my copy.' I was intrigued: I had never heard of Business Adventures or John…
  • Peter Sis Shares Early Sketches and Talks About "The Pilot and the Little Prince"

    Seira Wilson
    21 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    An acclaimed children's book author and illustrator, Peter Sis' book The Wall: Growing Up Behind the Iron Curtain, about his childhood in Cold War-era Prague, won a Caldecott Honor in 2008.  Most recently Sis turned his attention to the life of Antoine de Saint-Exupery in The Pilot and the Little Prince.  This picture book for older children (ages 6-up) tells the remarkable story of the author of the children's classic, The Little Prince, and Sis' passion for his subject leaps off the page. This is one of our favorite books for this age--actually, it's a…
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    Fresh Fiction

  • Chris Culver | What My Infant Son Has Taught Me About Suspense

    Pasha Carlisle
    21 Jul 2014 | 10:50 am
    When people ask me what I do for a living, nine times out of ten I tell them I’m a stay-at-home dad. And that’s true, mostly—I do watch my son most of the day. I’m only a writer from about ten at night to midnight when my wife and little boy are asleep. When my […]
  • Happy Birthday Week to The Page Girls

    Pasha Carlisle
    21 Jul 2014 | 9:47 am
    The staff here at Fresh Fiction are excited to wish The Page Girls a happy first birthday week! The Page Girls is a new online mag with an emphasis on books, cocktails, and female friendships. Each week, they publish a themed issue containing short stories, book reviews, personal and funny essays, videos, cocktail recipes, and […]
  • Jennifer Barnhart | The Dawn of Dystopian

    Pasha Carlisle
    17 Jul 2014 | 5:54 pm
    Over the weekend, The Dawn of the Planet of the Apes raked in a staggering 73 million dollars. The majority of the audience was over the age of 25. Part of this could be the nostalgic appeal of the series. The Planet of the Apes first appeared in print in 1963 and film in 1968. […]
  • Rachel Harris | Celebrity Crushes…A.K.A. Fulfilling My Childhood Dream

    Pasha Carlisle
    17 Jul 2014 | 9:04 am
    When I was eight years old, I fell hard and fast for Jordan Knight from New Kids on the Block. I wallpapered my bedroom with his face, slept on a pillow with his likeness, and even owned a doll—complete with unfortunate rat-tail. Many summer days were spent daydreaming that the group’s tour bus would randomly […]
  • Grace Burrowes | To Say ‘I Do’, Or Not To Say ‘I Do’ — That Is The Proposal Question

    Pasha Carlisle
    17 Jul 2014 | 8:51 am
    One of the dynamics we’re told characterized Regency society was that the young ladies desperately hoped for a handsome swain to be smitten with them, and propose marriage. Marriage was the great prize, so worthy in itself, that a husband’s specific characteristics were details in comparison. To be without a fellow was a sad, sad […]
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  • #ReadISLA Flashback: Lola And The Boy Next Door

    19 Jul 2014 | 6:09 am
      Hey guys, today we're hanging out with Lola and Cricket!   Budding designer Lola Nolan doesn’t believe in fashion...she believes in costume. The more expressive the outfit--more sparkly, more fun, more wild--the better. But even though Lola’s style is outrageous, she’s a devoted daughter and friend with some big plans for the future. And everything is pretty perfect (right down to her hot rocker boyfriend) until the dreaded Bell twins, Calliope and Cricket, return to the neighborhood. When Cricket--a gifted inventor--steps out from his twin sister’s shadow and back into…
  • YA Authors as YAs: The Megan Whitmer Edition + Giveaway (US/Canada)

    17 Jul 2014 | 11:13 am
      Welcome to the latest YA Authors as YAs interview Our goal? To prove that your favorite authors — no matter how AWESOME and COOL you think they are — were once awkward, weird, and they geeked out about fandoms and guilty-pleasure music JUST LIKE YOU when they were teens. (Most of them still do, you know, and that’s totally COOL, because being yourself is the ultimate in EPIC COOLNESS.) Don’t believe me?  Maybe Megan Whitmer, author of BETWEEN, coming your way from Spencer Hill Press on July 29, 2014, can convince you with tales from her teen…
  • Check out the trailer for PADDINGTON!

    11 Jul 2014 | 7:19 am
      PADDINGTON   We're so happy to bring you the trailer for PADDINGTON, based on the beloved children's book by Michael Bond, arriving this Christmas!   You know you need a good dose of *bathroom* humor this morning, right? Enjoy! And keep your eyes peeled for PADDINGTON this winter.     About the Film   This Christmas, a small bear will make a big splash. From the beloved novels by Michael Bond and producer David Heyman (HARRY POTTER), PADDINGTON tells the story of the comic misadventures of a young Peruvian bear who travels to the city in search of a…
  • It's live!! Cover Reveal: Charmed by Michelle Krys + Giveaway (International)

    10 Jul 2014 | 4:33 am
      Welcome to this week's cover reveal! Today we're super excited to celebrate the cover reveal for CHARMED by Michelle Krys, releasing May 26, 2015 from Delacorte Press/Random House Children's Books. Before we get to the cover, here's a note from Michelle:   Hello, lovely YABC-ers!   If it seems as though HEXED only just released, that’s because it did. But believe it or not, it’s already time to reveal the cover and jacket copy for CHARMED, the sequel and final book in the Witch Hunter series!    Simply put, I love this cover. CHARMED is about Indie giving…
  • #ReadISLA Flashback: Anna And The French Kiss

    8 Jul 2014 | 9:53 am
    Bonjour ami! Je suis heureux que vous soyez ici, j'aime votre visage!   Okay, so, my French is a little rusty, but fingers crossed that I just said,     Hello friends! I'm glad you're here, I like your face!   Today, we're taking a little trip down memory lane, back to where our liaison amoureuse began with Anna And The French Kiss! I read Anna in the summer of 2011 while sitting poolside, laughing out loud and earning myself quite a few curious glances. By the time I finished, I was ready to pack my bags and jet off to Paris!   Anna is looking forward to her senior…
 
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    The Horn Book

  • Review of Little Roja Riding Hood

    Kathleen T. Horning
    23 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    Little Roja Riding Hood by Susan Middleton Elya; 
illus. by Susan Guevara Primary    Putnam    32 pp. 4/14    978-0-399-24767-5    $16.99    g Little Red rides an ATV to deliver la canasta (basket) to her ailing abuela in this hip updated version of the traditional tale. Liberally sprinkled with Spanish words and phrases, the rhyming text is fresh and funny (“‘Abue,’ he said in a high squeaky voz, / ‘I’m sorry to hear of your terrible tos’”) and often unexpected. (For example, “basket” is rhymed with “who asked it?”)  And just as clever as the quirky…
  • And straight on ’til morning

    Katie Bircher
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:41 am
    The other day my friend’s four-year-old daughter asked me, “Guess what I wished for?” I was a little nervous about this — after all, isn’t it bad luck to tell others your wish? — but she insisted. “A puppy? A pony? A baby elephant?” “No, it wasn’t an animal at all. It was the second star to the right!” I didn’t follow this logic, so she patiently(ish) explained, “I wished to go to Neverland!” Well, obviously. What a dumb grown-up moment. Brand-new musical Finding Neverland, based on the 2004 Johnny Depp movie about…
  • Board Book Roundup: Summer 2014 Edition

    Elissa Gershowitz
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:20 am
    This column is part of a series of recommended board book roundups, formerly published twice a year, now published every season. You can find the previous installments here. Don’t miss Viki Ash’s primer “What Makes a Good Board Book?” from the March/April 2010 Horn Book Magazine. Baby Animal Farm by Karen Blair Candlewick    18 pp. 4/14    978-0-7636-7069-6    $6.99 Blair, doing her best Helen Oxenbury impersonation (successfully!), depicts a gaggle of cutie-patootie toddlers (accompanied by a puppy and one of the kids’ teddy bear) visiting a farm populated by baby animals:…
  • Review of Like No Other

    Elissa Gershowitz
    22 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    Like No Other by Una LaMarche Middle School, High School    Razorbill/Penguin    347 pp. 7/14    978-1-59514-674-8    $17.99    g How’s this for a meet cute? New York teens Devorah and Jaxon get stuck in a hospital elevator during a hurricane. Though their encounter is a fairly brief one, it’s also intense, and both come away with that love-at-first-sight feeling. Here’s where things get complicated. Devorah is a Hasidic Jew, and a frum one at that (“basically the Yiddish equivalent of ‘hopeless goody two-shoes’”). Jaxon is black. They live in present-day Crown…
  • Yaqui’s text set

    Christina Dobbs
    22 Jul 2014 | 3:01 am
    Since I wrote recently about using a text set built around the idea of respect and the title Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass by Meg Medina, a few people have asked what other texts we used alongside it. Our* essential question was “What makes someone worthy of respect?” We were aiming for a set that spanned genres, and so the resulting set was both too big to use in our short time but also made of texts that weren’t only from the YA world. It included the some of the following: Poems like “The Ballad of the Landlord” by Langston Hughes and “Ex-Basketball…
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    The Fine Books Blog

  • Germany Digitizes 700,000 World War I Documents

    Nate Pedersen
    23 Jul 2014 | 9:27 pm
    To mark the centenary of WWI, the German government has digitized and made freely available 700,000 documents related to the war on the website of the Federal Archive. The material includes audio recordings, films, and photos in addition to an array of personal and governmental documents. Records of politicians, military and civilian authorities, propaganda films, and even personal letters from the front are all part of the newly accessible treasure trove.Curators at the Federal Archive said the material will be of particular benefit to genealogists as it includes…
  • Controversies at the National Library of India

    Nate Pedersen
    21 Jul 2014 | 10:50 pm
    Is the National Library of India destroying rare books after they have been digitized?  Is the library roof leaking rainwater on books and newspapers?  The Times of India reported last month that the National Library of India has "turned into a dumping ground."Newspaper informants revealed that books were being torn apart page by page in digitization efforts and that the pages were dumped after the digitization process was completed.Another informant discussed the deplorable condition of the building's roof:"Many portions of the ceiling are broken. During monsoon, water seeps in and…
  • History Professor Guides Readers & Collectors

    Jeremy Howell
    20 Jul 2014 | 8:19 pm
    The Country Bookshop in Southern Pines, North Carolina, not far from the world famous Pinehurst No. 2 golf course, has an expert stocking its shelves. Bill Maher, a retried history professor, gets people coming back to the shop for one reason: He knows his stuff. Antiquarian book collectors sometimes forget that there is another class of book collector. These collectors do not collect books for their beauty or rarity but rather attempt to assemble a collection that represents mankind's current state of understanding of a particular topic. Sometimes misidentified as readers, these collectors…
  • Literary Saratoga Springs

    Rebecca Rego Barry
    17 Jul 2014 | 6:06 pm
    Saratoga Springs, NY. All spas and horse-racing, right? Not so. Certainly there is racing (the Stakes open Friday), but ballet and literature are giving the horses a run for their money in this historic town. The New York City Ballet holds a mini summer season there, and the Bolshoi will make its debut at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center on July 29. There is also the National Museum of Dance. The New York State Summer Writer's Institute, held this year from June 30-July 25 at nearby Skidmore College, brings a decidedly literary element to town. Where else might the bookies--I mean,…
  • Lord Snowdon Donates 130 Portraits to the National Portrait Gallery

    Nate Pedersen
    16 Jul 2014 | 10:38 pm
    Lord Snowdon, one of Britain's most celebrated photographers, donated 130 portraits of writers, artists, musicians, and celebrities to the National Portrait Gallery in London.  The portraits include iconic images of Agatha Christie, Vita Sackville-West, Kingsley Amis, Graham Greene, and Nell Dunn amongst many others.(Nell Dunn (L) and Vita Sackville-West (R))The director of the National Portrait Gallery, Sandy Nairne, said "These are wonderful portrait images of some most creative and engaging contributors to Britain in the second half of the 20th century."Lord Snowdon's gift is one the…
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    Smart Bitches, Trashy Books

  • RITA Reader Challenge: The Killing Game by Toni Anderson

    sarah@smartbitchestrashybooks.com
    24 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    by Amanda Grade: A- Title: The Killing Game Author: Anderson Publication Info: Toni Anderson April 2013 ISBN: 978-0991895816 Genre: Romantic Suspense This RITA® Reader Challenge 2014 review was written by Anna Richland. This story was nominated for the RITA® in the Romantic Suspense category. The summary: Wildlife biologist Axelle Dehn isn’t about to let anyone harm her endangered snow leopards—not the poacher intent on killing them, nor the soldier who wants to use them as bait. But Axelle is unknowingly entangled in a conflict that stretches back three decades, a…
  • RITA Reader Challenge: The Killing Game by Toni Anderson

    sarah@smartbitchestrashybooks.com
    24 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    by Amanda Grade: D Title: The Killing Game Author: Anderson Publication Info: Toni Anderson April 2013 ISBN: 978-0991895816 Genre: Romantic Suspense This RITA® Reader Challenge 2014 review was written by Jacqui C. This story was nominated for the RITA® in the Romantic Suspense category. The summary: Wildlife biologist Axelle Dehn isn’t about to let anyone harm her endangered snow leopards—not the poacher intent on killing them, nor the soldier who wants to use them as bait. But Axelle is unknowingly entangled in a conflict that stretches back three decades, a conflict that…
  • RITA Reader Challenge: Immortally Ever After by Angie Fox

    sarah@smartbitchestrashybooks.com
    23 Jul 2014 | 11:00 pm
    by Amanda Grade: A Title: Immortally Ever After Author: Fox Publication Info: St. Martin's August 2013 ISBN: 978-0312546687 Genre: Paranormal This RITA® Reader Challenge 2014 review was written by Mary Jo. This story was nominated for the RITA® in the Paranormal Romance category. The summary: In The Heat Of Battle The hard-won cease-fire between the battling immortals doesn’t last long. In the blink of an eye, human surgeon Dr. Petra Robichaud is back on the frontlines, and starring in yet another of the oracle’s prophesies. As the only healer who can talk to the dead,…
  • RITA Reader Challenge: Promise to Return by Elizabeth Byler Younts

    sarah@smartbitchestrashybooks.com
    23 Jul 2014 | 4:00 pm
    by Amanda Grade: B+ Title: Promise to Return Author: Byler Younts Publication Info: Howard Books October 2013 ISBN: 978-1476735016 Genre: Inspirational This RITA® Reader Challenge 2014 review was written by Aorist. This story was nominated for the RITA® in the Best First Book and Inspirational Romance categories. The summary: When World War II breaks out, Miriam’s fiancé, Henry, is drafted and sent to a conscientious objector camp. But when Henry feels called to fight on the front lines, he goes against the Amish church to follow God’s will—forcing Miriam to…
  • RITA Reader Challenge: Promise to Return by Elizabeth Byler Younts

    sarah@smartbitchestrashybooks.com
    23 Jul 2014 | 1:00 pm
    by Amanda Grade: C Title: Promise to Return Author: Byler Younts Publication Info: Howard Books October 2013 ISBN: 978-1476735016 Genre: Inspirational This RITA® Reader Challenge 2014 review was written by Evelyn Alexie. This story was nominated for the RITA® in the Best First Book and Inspirational Romance categories. The summary: When World War II breaks out, Miriam’s fiancé, Henry, is drafted and sent to a conscientious objector camp. But when Henry feels called to fight on the front lines, he goes against the Amish church to follow God’s will—forcing…
 
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    London Review of Books

  • Letters

    30 Jul 2014 | 4:00 pm
    The letters page from London Review of Books Vol. 36 No 15 (31 July 2014)
  • Jenny Diski: In the Stationery Cupboard

    30 Jul 2014 | 4:00 pm
    The subtitle of Nikil Saval’s book is curiously inapt. Cubed is not a ‘secret history of the workplace’, but the not (entirely) secret history of a very particular kind of workplace. The main title is intended to pull that particular workplace into focus, I suppose, to narrow the vast number of possible workplaces down to a single square box (or latterly a three-walled lidless box) that will inevitably bring to mind the environment of the white-collar pen-pusher, although it has been a very long time since office workers reliably wore white collars or pushed pens to fulfil their duties.
  • Hal Foster: Jeff Koons

    30 Jul 2014 | 4:00 pm
  • Adam Shatz: Robbe-Grillet’s Bad Thoughts

    30 Jul 2014 | 4:00 pm
    By the time he was elected to the Académie française in 2004, Alain Robbe-Grillet had suffered a cruel fate: he had all the renown he could have hoped for but few readers to show for it. The literary movement he’d launched half a century earlier – the nouveau roman – had ground to a halt. The new novel – anti-psychological and anti-expressive, stripped of individualised characters, temporal continuity and meaning itself – was no longer new. Like the total serialism championed by his contemporary Pierre Boulez, it seemed all the more dated for heralding a future that had failed to…
  • Mouin Rabbani: Israel mows the lawn

    30 Jul 2014 | 4:00 pm
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    McSweeney’s

  • It’s Finally Summer in the Office! by Kassia Miller

    23 Jul 2014 | 4:01 am
    Oh man, there’s nothing like summer in the office! When the air conditioner buzzes on and frigid air chills me to my core, I know it’s somewhere between 70 and 109 outside. I don’t know for sure because I only am outside for two fifteen-minute intervals per day, once early in the morning and once after the sun goes down, but man, it sure looks hot out there!And when it’s summer in the office, I get to break out all my favorite summer clothes: my lighter-weight wool pants, conservative button-up shirts with cap sleeves instead of long sleeves, and my sandals. Well, they are technically…
  • List: More Engaging Copy for the Ten Commandments by David Tate

    23 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    You Won’t Believe What God Said to This Man… What You Need to Know Now About the Lord Totally Being God At the Beginning He Had Me Confused, But by Minute Two I Knew That I Shouldn’t Have Other Gods. Are You Making This Common Mistake with Graven Images? How I Work: Read This Life Hack from God Your Only Creator. She Admitted to Doing What Every Sunday? Seven Morning Habits of People Holier Than You: #7 No Killing Before Lunch. 37 Things in Your Bedroom That You Need to Get Rid of Right Now, Like Adulteresses. What the Government Doesn’t Want You to Know About Stealing…
  • Reviews of New Food by Various New Food Tasters

    23 Jul 2014 | 3:55 am
    XOJO In-Game Protein DrinkSubmitted by Alison SatterleeI don’t know if XOJO In-Game Protein Drink actually exists outside of the prototype that my copywriter girlfriend gave me to try. “The creators wanted us to use their preferred slogan, ‘smooth protein gliding down your throat,’" she said. “We told them that was a bad idea.”I demanded she bring me a sample. With a slogan like that I just couldn’t refuse. To my delight, a couple of months later she brought home a bottle XOJO “In-Game Protein: White Grape Flavor” Drink from a work meeting.Before I fully describe the,…
  • Lost Scenes from Generic Hipster Indie Romance Films Found in 2076 During a Museum Restoration of an Old MacBook Air and Subsequently Adapted for the Stage During Heritage Week at a Camp for 7th and 8th Graders Later That Summer by Bethany Billman

    22 Jul 2014 | 4:01 am
    Simone caressed Cynthia’s hair, only to get her hand tangled up in her earbuds, pulling both out of her ears. They could no longer hear Foster the People through the splitter but they didn’t care. The speakers dangled helplessly at their sides, forgotten.- -Jumping on top of his Tesla, Theo yelled her name into the crowd. “ALICE!” he cried, willing time to stop, willing the world to come to halt, desperately trying to find her before she slipped through his fingers forever. For he knew one thing in that moment, and that thing was that Alice was the love of his life.
  • I Like Big Brass and I Cannot Lie: Confessions from the Tuba World: Enough Tuba Talk—Let’s Listen by Elizabeth Eshelman

    22 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    Anyone you pass on the street will tell you that CDs are becoming a rare beast these days. But if you ask that same joe what he thinks of tuba CDs, he will look at you with puzzlement and declare that here is a beast so rare, he’s never heard of one, let alone heard one—though perhaps he had somehow vaguely assumed that tuba CDs must exist.Tuba CDs do exist and in such numbers that one tuba player describes them as “expensive business cards.” Luckily for those of us who are not in the fray of competition, this range of tuba CDs means a wealth of creativity as varied and quirky as the…
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    Podiobooker

  • New release! Listening In Our Circumstances

    Evo
    16 Jul 2014 | 8:01 pm
    Rick Hoover has produced another spirituality book. This time it’s Listening In Our Circumstances: Our circumstances surround us and many times overwhelm us. But are we really seeing our circumstances as they truly are? Melanie Hoover challenges us to take a deep breath, look again, and listen for a word of comfort and reassurance from Jesus.
  • New release! Dusk’s Warriors by Emerian Rich

    Evo
    7 Jul 2014 | 7:22 pm
    Here’s the second book in the Night’s Knights Vampire Series by Emerian Rich. If horror trips your trigger, check out Dusk’s Warriors<: In a heavenly word, rebuilt from the brink of destruction, a group of immortals with new found powers encounter an enemy who threatens to end them for good. Can a society of street thugs battle their demons for them, or are they going to need the help of someone stronger? You think you know everything about vampires? Think again. With voices by: Mark Eller, Rhonda Carpenter, Mike Bennett, MJ Hahn, H. E. Roulo, Arlene Radasky, Dan…
  • New release! On Liberty by John Stuart Mill

    Evo
    1 Jul 2014 | 7:38 pm
    David “Grizzly” Smith has a penchant for narrating the classics. This time, it’s On Liberty, published originally 145 years ago. “On Liberty,” a seminal work by philosopher John Stuart Mill.  Mill felt there were no definite standards for defining what society has standing to regulate and punish, and what is solely the business of individual to choose for themselves, if they accept the consequences to themselves.  It is a discussion that needs to be remembered, and it is a discussion that needs to be revived in the modern world.  Liberty still matters.
  • New release! Tincture, And The Devil Pulls Six-Guns by Matthew D. Jordan

    Evo
    30 Jun 2014 | 8:50 pm
    Woot! The second book is out! If you like your scifi on the post apocalyptic side, you’ll love Tincture, And The Devil Pulls Six-Guns: After the events in the Shimmer Town, Abranyah and her family are left with more responsibility than she believes they can handle – both in her time, as it is, and in the “other place.” As the rebuild continues, cryptic clues of a time before hers – a time before The Whatever – have started appearing in Abranyah’s life. Truly the only thing certain, in times as they are, is uncertainty. A mysterious figure known as…
  • New release! Astreya: Book 1. The Voyage South by Seymour Hamilton

    Evo
    29 Jun 2014 | 10:34 am
    Looking for a fantasy/scifi young adult mashup? Seymour has it with Astreya: Book 1. The Voyage South: When Astreya is 17, his widowed mother gives him his father’s knife, riddling notebook and bracelet.  Searching for the meaning of his strange inheritance he sails south into adventure:  he endures storm at sea, betrayal, slavery, night escapes, false accusations and knife fights, but with the help of loyal friends he also begins to find love and the chance to discover his destiny.
 
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    The Bookshop Blog

  • Join Us – Do You Own A Bookshop?

    Bruce K. Hollingdrake
    15 Jul 2014 | 8:22 am
    We are presently looking for 2 new Featured contributors. If you own or manage a small bookshop and would like to share some experiences/tips with our writers all while gaining a little exposure for your business – please consider joining The Bookshop Blog. We will expect the contributor to write[Read More...] Author information Bruce K. Hollingdrake The post Join Us – Do You Own A Bookshop? appeared first on The Bookshop Blog.
  • Alexandra Horowitz and Experiencing the Wonders Around Us?

    Bruce K. Hollingdrake
    9 Jul 2014 | 6:42 am
    From Brain Pickings… For my book club collaboration with The Dish, Andrew Sullivan’s online oasis of intelligence and idealism, I had the pleasure of sitting down with cognitive scientist Alexandra Horowitz to discuss her immeasurably wonderful On Looking: Eleven Walks with Expert Eyes — one of the best books of[Read More...] Author information Bruce K. Hollingdrake The post Alexandra Horowitz and Experiencing the Wonders Around Us? appeared first on The Bookshop Blog.
  • My Twitter Strategy

    Bruce K. Hollingdrake
    4 Jul 2014 | 5:54 am
    A guest post by Jean Shorney When my son suggested that as a writer I should get myself ‘out there’ via the medium of Twitter, all I visualised was people either photographing partially eaten meals, or entertaining us with averaging innumerable cups of coffee per day. Twitter can be a[Read More...] Author information Bruce K. Hollingdrake The post My Twitter Strategy appeared first on The Bookshop Blog.
  • Should I Start a Podcast?

    Bruce K. Hollingdrake
    9 Jun 2014 | 2:37 pm
    From The Future of Ink As an online entrepreneur, you have a tremendous opportunity to leverage this platform to get your content, your brand and your marketing message out to a wider audience.  There are four primary reasons podcasting is making such a huge resurgence, but before I get to those, let’s take a quick[Read More...] Author information Bruce K. Hollingdrake The post Should I Start a Podcast? appeared first on The Bookshop Blog.
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    Berkeley Heights Public Library Book Blog

  • The Unchangeable Spots of Leopards

    Anne
    11 Jul 2014 | 9:40 am
    The library book group read Kristopher Jansma's The Unchangeable Spots of Leopards this month. The storyline simplified might be described as poor boy meets rich boy and his best rich gal pal and they all become best friends in their college years in a not-quite love triangle, but the friendship eventually breaks up and they all go their separate ways in soul-searching global journeys, only to meet again later, older and wiser. Or are they? Can leopards change their spots?But this book does not have a simple plot, in fact, this book is a book within a book within a novella as told by the…
  • Parnassus on Wheels

    Anne
    18 Jun 2014 | 12:13 pm
    "Oh, you're a librarian..," they say.Followed inevitably by,"You must read a lot."Or,"I'd like to read all day at my job..." wistfully."Ha ha, yes, so would I," is my not so clever rejoinder that is always ignored.How did I get to this librarian place? It might have been in seventh grade when Mrs. Quinn, my English teacher, assigned a 1917 book by Christopher Morley, Parnassus on Wheels, which begins: CHAPTER ONEI wonder if there isn't a lot of bunkum in higher education? I neverfound that people who were learned in logarithms and other kinds ofpoetry were any quicker in washing dishes…
  • Three Good Books: Happy, Romantic, and Quirky

    Fleur
    17 Jun 2014 | 4:31 pm
    During May and June at the library our patrons begin to ask about this year’s popular beach and vacation books, so we try to keep ahead of that demand. The local schools send us their summer reading assignments in early June so those titles need to be ordered and organized for the library before school lets out. Sometimes it is difficult to find something good to read in this transitional reading season when we are preoccupied with preparing for summer reading. This year, however, I have hit the reading Triple Crown of three good books in a row. In no particular order, they are:10% Happier:…
  • What if Book Reviews Were Written Like Wine Reviews?

    Anne
    9 Jun 2014 | 12:01 pm
    Have you ever wondered why wines are described with terms that are more puzzling than helpful, more poetic than realistic? A flyer for a local wine store sat on the table in the library staff room the other day, so of course, because librarians have to have something to read at all times and it was there, we read it. Aloud. The descriptions of wines are inventive, colorful, creative, even whacky. For example:"Brooding layers of black cherry, pulverized rock, spiced cedar and hints of anise roar with authority, while massive tannins and roaring acidity deliver a crushing blow of flavor that'll…
  • Something Funny for Summer Reading

    Anne
    30 May 2014 | 1:38 pm
    This is a reposting from last May. David Sedaris is funny enough to be recommended over and over :-)In 'Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls, Essays, Etc.' humorist and author David Sedaris offers his wry observations on the topics of living as an American ex-patriot in France and England, traveling the world on book tours and remembering his childhood in Raleigh, North Carolina. His fans will enjoy his quirky obsessions which teeter on the edge of creepy and gross, but then pull back into touching and humane at the last sentence or two. Standouts from this collection are: 'Dentists Without…
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    Joe Wikert's Digital Content Strategies

  • Unlimited subscriptions: Five things you need to know

    Joe Wikert
    21 Jul 2014 | 6:28 am
    One of the worst kept secrets in recent history was finally unveiled last Friday when Amazon announced their Kindle Unlimited program. It has the potential to become yet another terrific service for consumers but many publishers and authors are less... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Thriving as econtent prices fall

    Joe Wikert
    14 Jul 2014 | 7:06 am
    Last week I wrote about why I believe econtent prices will continue to drop in the future. The feedback I got in a couple of LinkedIn groups and via email was mixed. Some readers agreed and others seemed to think... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Why econtent prices will erode even further

    Joe Wikert
    7 Jul 2014 | 7:10 am
    If you think econtent prices are too low today, well, in the immortal words of Bachman Turner Overdrive, you ain’t seen nothing yet. In fact, “nothing” is precisely where more and more econtent prices are heading. Here are a few... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Is your content strategy optimized for Millennials?

    Joe Wikert
    30 Jun 2014 | 6:40 am
    Unless your organization is a startup it’s highly likely you’re using a strategy and business model that’s worked for many years. That same strategy and business model might span multiple generations. Even though you’ve embraced the latest technologies and devices,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Why Amazon Firefly is important

    Joe Wikert
    23 Jun 2014 | 6:08 am
    At any given point in time it’s easy to assume that search engines have evolved as much as they’re ever going to. Sometimes it’s hard to avoid falling into the logic that was allegedly uttered long ago by Charles Duell:... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
 
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    First Book Blog

  • Out-of-This-World Books!

    Marissa Wasseluk
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:55 am
    The Apollo XI moon landing celebrated its 45th anniversary this past Sunday. First Book is celebrating this momentous event with some of our favorite space-inspired books:  1. Almost Astronauts: Thirteen Women Who Dared to Dream What does it take to be an astronaut? Excellence at flying, courage, intelligence, resistance to stress, top physical shape–any checklist would include these. But when America created NASA in 1958, there was another unspoken rule: you had to be a man. Here is the tale of thirteen women who proved that they were not only as tough as the toughest man but also…
  • The Joy of Giving Back

    Marissa Wasseluk
    21 Jul 2014 | 1:14 pm
    They each shared their reasons for being there – cherished memories of reading with a parent, the desire to instill a love of reading in their own kids, wanting to honor a father’s passion for education. It was the first task Joy Brooke, co-chair of First Book’s Seattle volunteer chapter, asked her members to complete. “Everyone had a story that led them to First Book. And everyone believed in the simple goal of getting books to kids,” said Joy. Joy herself was drawn to the idea of helping put new books into the homes of low-income families. As a teacher and a mother of two who is…
  • No Kid Hungry: Summer Feeding and Summer Fun

    Samantha McGinnis
    18 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    For kids from low-income families, summer doesn’t always mean carefree fun. Many kids have fewer learning opportunities and parents often struggle to find safe, affordable childcare, making summer a time of stress and worry. For more than 21 million kids who rely on free and reduced price meals during the school year, summer is also a time of hunger. Forty three percent of families that rely on school meal programs find themselves without enough food when school is out. First Book knows kids need to be nourished in body and mind, during the summer and all year-round. That’s why First Book…
  • Summer Slide: It Adds Up

    Samantha McGinnis
    16 Jul 2014 | 3:12 pm
    Now in the thick of hot and sticky summer, the ring of the school bell has long left kids’ minds. And while three months may not seem like much, that time really adds up for kids who don’t have access to books or educational activities. Summer slide sets in, and without access to summer learning resources, kids fall behind. A study of students in Baltimore, MD showed that kids without access to books over the summer were behind their peers during the next school year. And as years passed, the effect accumulated.  By the end of 5th grade, kids in need were nearly three years…
  • Healthy Minds Mean Healthy Lives

    Samantha McGinnis
    15 Jul 2014 | 7:25 am
    Guest Blogger Chris Dobbins became Director of the Gaston County Department of Health and Human Services on July 1 2013. Dobbins is a 20-year veteran of the US Air Force and is the former Health Director of the Gaston County Health Department.   Health departments throughout the country work diligently to help communities live healthful lives.  The Gaston County Department of Health in North Carolina is no exception.  Promoting fitness, encouraging healthy nutritional practices, preventing teen pregnancy and helping women during and after pregnancy are just some of the services we…
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    Publishing Talk

  • From Fantasy to Reality – How Ben Galley became a Successful Self-Publishing Authorpreneur

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

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

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

    Lucy Coats
    3 Apr 2014 | 9:53 am
    Were you at the Bologna Children’s Book Fair this year? Don’t worry if not – our intrepid reporter Lucy Coats has all the inside scoop for you. Some called it the ‘Quietly Confident Fair’, some the ‘Smiley Fair’ – and one literary scout called it the ‘Fair of the Partial Submission’. There were no empty stands – and the Halls were buzzing. So what really made the 51st Bologna Children’s Book Fair tick? What was hot (and what was not)? Pre-Fair, The Bookseller was keen to talk about the ‘staunch’ nature of the…
  • Publishing Talk Magazine issue 5, Feb-Apr 2014 – Science Fiction

    Jon Reed
    11 Feb 2014 | 3:48 am
    Science fiction and fantasy authors feature in issue 5. The PDF edition is FREE to download right now (15.8 MB). Please also consider joining our  mailing list for details of the next issue. Also available to buy in print from MagCloud, or in a bundle of three digital formats (PDF + mobi + ePUB). In issue 5 ‘High Priestess of British Steampunk’ Liesel Schwarz reveals her path to publication, while self-published fantasy author Ben Galley reveals how he became a successful ‘authorpreneur’, and why he thinks print is still important – something that Anna Lewis agrees with, as…
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    University of Nebraska Press

  • From the desk of Dawn G. Marsh

    nebraskapress
    23 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Below author Dawn G. Marsh writes about the genesis of her book, A Lenape among the Quakers (UNP, March 2014), in graduate school. My book, A Lenape among the Quakers: The Life of Hannah Freeman, emerged from the pages of a dissertation completed to fulfill the requirements for a doctoral degree in history. The path to that dissertation topic was not out of the ordinary. But the space between the dissertation and the final manuscript is as convoluted as the course of the Brandywine River, the center of Hannah Freeman’s world. My interest in Pennsylvania’s Indian history was both…
  • The Marketeers Club: Reading is fundamental—but struggling to become a priority

    nebraskapress
    11 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Tish Fobben is the direct response manager at the University of Nebraska Press.  A recent Shelf Awareness newsletter headline caught my eye, “RIF Survey: Reading Important, but Not a Top Summer Priority.” Shelf Awareness reported “a new survey commissioned by Reading is Fundamental and Macy’s found that 17% of parents believe reading is a top summer priority and that children spend nearly three times the hours playing video games or watching TV than reading during summer vacation. . . . While summer reading may not be the top priority, 83% of respondents still considered it…
  • From the desk of Kate Buford: What's in a Name?

    nebraskapress
    10 Jul 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Kate Buford is the author of Native American Son: The Life and Sporting Legend of Jim Thorpe.  We know the legal facts by now. On Wednesday, June 18, the U.S. Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, part of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, cancelled six different trademark protections associated with the Washington Redskins professional football team. Federal trademark law does not permit registration of trademarks that “may disparage” individuals or groups or “bring them into contempt or disrepute.” Each of the trademarks in question contained the word “redskin.” The 2–1…
  • Backgrounding the Outward Odyssey Series

    nebraskapress
    7 Jul 2014 | 8:15 am
    This op-ed originally appeared on Spaceflight Insider. Colin Burgess is the editor for the Outward Odyssey Series. During a recent interview, I was asked where ideas for new books originate. I replied that they usually come quite unexpectedly and often are derived from casual conversations or notions that people suggest. The important thing is to recognize these verbal prompts when they appear, and then act on them. However, the entire concept of the Outward Odyssey series was not mine to begin with, and on this occasion the idea came from a more traditional source. It all started with a…
  • From the desk of Tim Grove: American history myths

    nebraskapress
    4 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Think you know American history? You may be wrong. History myths, as told in A Grizzly in the Mail and Other Adventures in American History:  1) Betsy Ross sewed the first flag. She sits with the Founding Fathers on the Fourth of July parade float, in colonial costume, a mobcap on her head and a thirteen-star American flag draped over her knee. Most American children know her by name: Betsy Ross, the woman who sewed America’s first stars and stripes. But  historians have found no definitive documentary evidence to support the story that Betsy sewed the first flag at the request of…
 
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    800 CEO Read

  • ChangeThis: Issue 119

    dylan
    23 Jul 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Tweet The Most Important Company In the World: Intel, Moore’s Law, and the Heartbeat of Civilization by Michael S. Malone “We now live differently, learn differently, communicate differently, an ultimately, think differently. … We have internalized Moore’s Law. Its beat is now our heartbeat; its pace of change is now the heartbeat of civilization.” The Road (to Reinvention) Is Calling by Josh Linkner “Companies, communities, and individuals fall for many reasons, but one of the most common—and easily avoidable—is the failure to reinvent. Those who feel the most secure in the…
  • How Not To Be Wrong

    Michael
    17 Jul 2014 | 12:33 pm
    TweetI must preface this review by letting you know that I am not the kind of person inclined to read a book about mathematics. I have very little background in math—if I remember correctly, my undergraduate education required two courses. Despite my typically non-mathematical disposition, How Not To Be Wrong called to me from the shelf. “When am I going to use this?” This is the quintessential complaint-cum-question from elementary school students the world over. It is also the introduction to Jordan Ellenberg’s new book dedicated to explaining exactly when and how we can and do use…
  • Jack Covert Selects – The Intel Trinity

    dylan
    11 Jul 2014 | 10:59 am
    Tweet The Intel Trinity: How Robert Noyce, Gordon Moore, and Andy Grove Built the World’s Most Important Company by Michael S. Malone, Harper Business, 560 page, $34.99, Hardcover, July 2014, ISBN 9780062226761 The Mark Zuckerbergs and Steve Jobs of the world have received an enormous share of the past decade’s business and cultural limelight, and with good reason: they, along with a growing number of Silicon Valley tech innovators, have altered how we as individuals exist within a larger cultural context, how we gather and digest information, and how we interact with one another. Often…
  • Jack Covert Selects – How the World Sees You

    dylan
    11 Jul 2014 | 10:55 am
    Tweet How the World Sees You: Discover Your Highest Value Through the Science of Fascination by Sally Hogshead, HarperBusiness, 428 pages, $29.99, Hardcover, ISBN 9780062230690, July 2014 The massive amount of research that went into Sally Hogshead’s new book, How the World Sees You, is staggering. For the past decade, she’s been scouring books and source materials, conducting polls and surveys with hundreds of thousands of people, and working with teams in the real world social labs of companies like AT&T, General Electric, and Cisco to discover how fascination works in both the…
  • Jack Covert Selects – The Alliance

    dylan
    11 Jul 2014 | 10:50 am
    Tweet The Alliance: Managing Talent in the Networked Age by Reid Hoffman, Ben Casnocha, Chris Yeh, Harvard Business Review Press, 193 pages, $25.00, Hardcover, July 2014, ISBN 9781625275776 As I read The Alliance: Managing Talent in the Networked Age, I wondered if I was really the right person to be reviewing this book. In the first few pages, I learn that referring to your company as a “family” isn’t appropriate; and that the assumed employee/employer fidelity founded on a sort of professional monogamy is archaic. (“It’s just business” has become the ruling philosophy. The…
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    Duffbert's Random Musings

  • Book Review - Field of Prey by John Sandford

    Thomas 'Duffbert' Duff
    15 Jul 2014 | 5:17 am
    I burned out a bit (a lot?) on the John Sandford Prey series a while back. The stories started to lack that "something" that kept me looking forward to the next one. I recently picked up Field of Prey to see if Lucas Davenport and company had regained their mojo, and I was pleasantly surprised. Field of Prey started off strong and kept up the pace right up to the finish. Davenport's back to a more hands-on crime-solving approach in this novel. He's called into a serial killer case that is rather gruesome. Two kids fooling around in a field ran across a buried cistern, but it wasn't…
  • Book Review - Rogue Code by Mark Russinovich

    Thomas 'Duffbert' Duff
    8 Jul 2014 | 4:24 am
    I really like how how Mark Russinovich mixes computer technology and spy/techno/action thriller material together in his novels. His latest, Rogue Code, continues his string of great reads, especially for those of us who are computer geeks. Russinovich takes on a hot topic currently in the news... high-frequency trading in the stock market. He uses it to build a story based on his main character, cyber-security expert Jeff Aiken. Aiken and his partner are called in to do a penetration test on the trading engine of the New York Stock Exchange. Starting from a normal level of access, they…
  • Book Review - Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King

    Thomas 'Duffbert' Duff
    3 Jul 2014 | 1:53 pm
    The last few Stephen King novels I've read have been very good, and Mr. Mercedes is no different. It starts off with a mass killing event by a deranged individual, and the suspense and action doesn't slow down. I normally associate King with paranormal stories, but he doesn't even approach that genre here. But the change in material doesn't make a bit of difference in turning out a story that I only put down when I couldn't keep my eyes open any longer. The basic story line revolves around a retired police detective, Bill Hodges. Life hasn't been overly kind to him since he's left the force,…
  • Book Review - The Decline and Fall of IBM: End Of An American Icon? by Robert X. Cringley

    Thomas 'Duffbert' Duff
    28 Jun 2014 | 10:51 am
    I'm a tech professional who specialized in IBM/Lotus software from 1996 through about 2012. I've read Robert Cringely's I, Cringely columns over the years, and watched how he documented the decline of IBM as a company where employees were respected and organizations received value for their money. The Decline and Fall of IBM: End of an American Icon? is Cringely's effort to take all his columns over time and present the material in a cohesive and comprehensive manner. With very few exceptions, I have to agree that his assessment is dead on (based on my observations and interactions with…
  • Book Review - The Girl With All The Gifts by M. R. Carey

    Thomas 'Duffbert' Duff
    28 Jun 2014 | 7:35 am
    For not being a regular zombie genre reader, I certainly seem to be on a zombie bent of late. The Girl With All the Gifts by M. R. Carey looked interesting from the description I happened to read (it didn't sound zombie-like), so I decided to give it a try. Overall, it was good... not quite the normal "boy meets girl, boy bites girl, boy and girl live happily ever after biting others" story line. The story starts off with Melanie, a little girl who is wicked smart, but is locked away in some sort of a prison-like compound. She's isolated in a cell, and her keepers show up once a day…
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    Three Percent - Article

  • Gulf Coast Prize in Translation

    Chad W. Post
    22 Jul 2014 | 7:36 am
    Just found out that _Gulf Coast Magazine is launching a new translation prize—one that might interest some of you: Gulf Coast is now accepting entries for the inaugural Gulf Coast Translation Prize. In 2014, the contest is open to poetry in translation. The winner receives $1,000 and publication in the journal. Two honorable mentions will also appear in issue 27.2, due out in April 2015. All entries will be considered for paid publication on our website as Online Exclusives. This year’s contest will be judged by Jen Hofer. A Los Angeles-based poet, translator, social justice…
  • Translation, A Reciprocal Process [Interview with Kareem James Abu-Zeid on "Nothing More to Lose" by Najwan Darwish]

    Kaija Straumanis
    21 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    It’s always interesting to read a translator’s commentary on his or her translation process. For me personally, hearing how other translators think and work only adds to my personal work and experience, alternately showing me approaches or tactics that don’t work for me and showing me approaches and tactics that I’m not alone in using or obsessing over. The below interview between Liz Kelley and translator Kareem James Abu-Zeid came to us in lieu of a review, as Liz and Kareem are friends as well as colleagues in the world of Arabic literature. I won’t write too…
  • Latest Review: "The Skin" by Curzio Malaparte

    Kaija Straumanis
    18 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    The latest addition to our Reviews section is a piece by Peter Biello on The Skin by Curzio Malaparte, translated by David Moore and out last year from New York Review Books. If you’re looking for some post-WWII-themed, summer reading with disturbing imagery that would blow Jane Yolen and her time-traveling YA hit out of the shark-infested waters (don’t ask about the sharks), this book should be on your list. The rich, blood-red cover treatment, the title, the grisly things Peter (of the Burlington Writers Workshop) mentions in his review . . . It’s enough to make you…
  • Latest Review: "Love Sonnets & Elegies" by Louise Labé

    Kaija Straumanis
    16 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    The latest addition to our Reviews section is a piece by Brandy Harrison on Love Sonnets & Elegies by Louise Labé, translated by Richard Sieburth and published by New York Review Books. Brandy is a new contributor to our band of reviewers, and is currently finishing an Honors BA degree in English Language and Literature in St. Catharines, Ontario. Here’s the beginning of her review: With the steady rise of feminist scholarship and criticism in recent decades, it is little wonder that the work of Louise Labé should be attracting, as Richard Sieburth tells us in the Afterword to his…
  • Le Translation Preview [Some July Translations]

    Chad W. Post
    15 Jul 2014 | 12:46 pm
    Now that the World Cup of Literature is officially over, with Roberto Bolaño’s By Night in Chile taking home the prize, it’s time to get back to writing normal blog posts, starting with this much overdue “preview” of forthcoming July translations. My initial plan with this post was to write it “live blog” style from Las Vegas where I was last month for the American Library Association conference. Unfortunately, many things got in the way of that, starting with the $14.95/day wifi costs in my hotel (Open Letter saves its money to spend on translators, not…
 
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    HBR.org

  • Don’t Let Your Head Attack Your Heart

    Peter Bregman
    23 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    I had been planning a dinner party for weeks. There were twenty people coming, some family, some friends, to celebrate my wife Eleanor’s birthday. I designed a ritual for her:  my goal was to create a space where people spoke from their hearts in a way they don’t usually do. I prepared questions I wanted us to explore together, questions like: What do you feel grateful for in your life? What new things do you feel are struggling to grow and be born in you? What do you want to let go of, so that the new can be born? Before I go any further, pause for a second, imagine yourself at the…
  • Design Offices to Be More Like Neighborhoods

    Max Chopovsky
    23 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    As more people flock to urban areas (about 80% of the U.S. population lives in cities), government officials and academics are becoming more interested in the study of urban space. This has coincided with a boom of new methods to study cities on a macro scale – but many of these techniques can also be used on a micro level to understand and improve workplaces and employee conditions. One practice in particular – integrating urban physics in workforce planning – has the potential to make waves. Urban physics, a more recent addition to Urban Studies, is currently being used by researchers…
  • Should Couples Go into Business Together?

    Nicole Torres
    23 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    There’s a ton of advice aiming to answer whether or not couples working together is a good idea, as more and more couples are choosing to open joint firms. It’s been estimated that 3 million of the 22 million U.S. small businesses in 2000 were couple-owned, and that number has likely gone up. But to really answer this question, we have to ask: Why do couples choose to go into business together – and what are the benefits? New research from the Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) looks into this. Using a sample of 1,069 Danish couples that established a joint enterprise between 2001…
  • Xenophobia? What Xenophobia?

    The Daily Stat
    23 Jul 2014 | 5:30 am
    A study in Germany shows that the presence of partially assimilated immigrants increases native Germans’ general satisfaction with life: A 1-standard-deviation rise in the percentage of immigrants in a given region is associated with a 0.142-standard-deviation increase in natives’ subjective well-being, says a team led by Alpaslan Akay of the University of Gothenburg in Sweden. The reasons are unclear but may have to do with natives’ liking to live in a society that includes immigrants who hold jobs and can speak German, the researchers say.
  • No One Should Have to Choose Between Caregiving and Work

    Jody Gastfriend
    23 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    Years ago, I regularly saw a neurologist who was treating me for chronic headaches. On one particular appointment, my doctor deviated from his usual laconic manner and asked me a few questions about my daily life. I explained that like many 40-somethings, I had a busy schedule. I worked full-time, had three kids and a husband who traveled. And by the way, my father had dementia and was going to stay with me during my mom’s recuperation from hip surgery. “Hmmm,” the doctor muttered disapprovingly. “That’s too much.” “Well that’s my life.” I replied defensively. “No…
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    Books on the Nightstand

  • BOTNS #290: Listeners Weigh In

    Ann Kingman
    22 Jul 2014 | 6:09 pm
    A race for the Bingo!, Listeners call in about episode #286, Amy Bloom’s new novel, and a book on helping your kids stay organized. Michael and I appear to be in a race to the BINGO! though neither of us will achieve it any time soon. We’ve loved seeing your BINGO reports on our Goodreads group, and I’ve added a bunch of books to my to read list from that thread. There’s still time to participate in our Summer Reading Bingo! Click here to get your personalized BOTNS Bingo card – just be sure to hit refresh once or twice after you click the link. Audiobook of…
  • BOTNS #289: Blurbs and a Modern First Library

    Michael Kindness
    15 Jul 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Can you trust author blurbs on books? A first library for children. We recommend The Girls from Corona del Mar by Rufi Thorpe and My Pet Book by Bob Staake.   A Bit About Blurbs Alexa from Illinois asks about quotes from authors that are featured on books. Are the authors that provide the blurb paid for it, friends with the author? Are those quotes genuine? There are exceptions to every rule, but authors are not paid to blurb books, but there is often a connection between the book or author and the blurbing author: they may be friends, they may share an editor or an agent who shares the…
  • BOTNS #288: Bad news and good news

    Ann Kingman
    8 Jul 2014 | 7:42 pm
    We follow up some sad literary news with some great book news; we recommend My Accidental Jihad and Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands.    First, the bad news   We are saddened by the report that author Colum McCann was assaulted while trying to help someone during a domestic situation in New Haven, CT. Our best wishes for a speedy recovery. We also mourn two amazing people who passed away last week: author and ambassador for Young People’s literature Walter Dean Myers and Louis Zamperini, subject of Laura Hillenbrand’s Unbroken. Lastly, we mourn the end of World Book Night…
  • BOTNS #287: Separating the Author from their Work

    Michael Kindness
    1 Jul 2014 | 6:00 pm
    New literary holidays. Separating the author from their work. And we recommend Byrd by Kim Church and The Fever by Megan Abbott.  Happy Tom Sawyer Days! Ann and I are making progress on our BOTNS Bingo cards. I’m reading books then seeing if they can count for any squares. Ann is letting the Bingo card guide her reading. If you haven’t printed your card out yet, check out our original post for instructions, and the link to get your own card. Don’t forget to call our voicemail line (209.867.7323) and share your views about the discussion we had in episode 286 about…
  • BOTNS #286: Read whatever you want

    Ann Kingman
    24 Jun 2014 | 5:15 pm
    A rant on on people who think they know what you should and shouldn’t read; CallMeIshmael; The Quick and The Painter   Call Ishmael. Really. We just learned about a very cool site, CallMeIshmael, that we love. It’s a site where you can call and leave a short voicemail that tells a story about a book. The site is video, but also works as audio, and we’ve gotten permission to play one of the voicemails on this episode. But if you’re reading the show notes, do check out the site itself to get the full (very cool) experience. The entry we played on the podcast is The…
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    Omnivoracious

  • American Spymaster

    Jon Foro
    24 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    Meet Jack Devine. Something of a real-life George Smiley, he is a 30-year veteran of the CIA who, among a lot of things, ran Charlie Wilson's war against the Soviets in Afghanistan, knew a thing or two about the Iran-Contra affair long before the rest of us did (including the president?), and tangled with some of the agency's most notorious double-agents. In Good Hunting: An American Spymaster’s Story, Devine has written a fascinating memoir of his time overseeing the agency’s spying operations, while also critiquing its policies and direction--arguing that covert ops (i.e.
  • YA Wednesday: Rainbow Rowell on "Landline," the 90s, and Disney theme parks

    Seira Wilson
    23 Jul 2014 | 11:22 am
    It's no secret that I'm a huge fan of Rainbow Rowell and when I met her in person a month ago, it only confirmed my suspicion that she's as fabulous in person as the books she writes.  Her latest, Landline, is classified as an adult book, but like her YA titles, there is no set age required for entry.   Landline tells the story of a marriage floundering in the wake of career, kids, and the daily grind.  Rowell uses a trick of time to allow her main character, Georgie, to revisit how she and husband Neal found each other and the final hurdle that resulted in a…
  • Horses of the Apocalypse: Scott Cheshire's American Epic

    Kevin Nguyen
    22 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    A blurb from Philipp Meyer hails Scott Cheshire's debut novel, High as the Horses' Bridles, as "a great new American epic." At first glance, the page count of Bridles seems too slim to be an epic. But within its swift 300 pages, Cheshire's thematic scope is cast wide, capturing a number of deeply intertwined American ideas. In many ways, the book is a lens into the expanse of American faith and how unshakable it is, even when that relationship is conflicted. From its opening pages, Bridles is heavily doused in apocalyptic language. Twelve-year-old Josiah Laudermilk delivers a doomsday…
  • Bill Gates Sells a Business Book

    Chris Schluep
    21 Jul 2014 | 5:03 pm
    What's the best business book Bill Gates has read? In a recent article, he named Business Adventures by John Brooks, sending it to the top of the Amazon Best Sellers list. (It currently sits at #4.) The billionaire/philanthropist heard about it from another great reader. "Not long after I first met Warren Buffett back in 1991, I asked him to recommend his favorite book about business. He didn’t miss a beat: 'It’s Business Adventures, by John Brooks,' he said. 'I’ll send you my copy.' I was intrigued: I had never heard of Business Adventures or John…
  • Peter Sis Shares Early Sketches and Talks About "The Pilot and the Little Prince"

    Seira Wilson
    21 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    An acclaimed children's book author and illustrator, Peter Sis' book The Wall: Growing Up Behind the Iron Curtain, about his childhood in Cold War-era Prague, won a Caldecott Honor in 2008.  Most recently Sis turned his attention to the life of Antoine de Saint-Exupery in The Pilot and the Little Prince.  This picture book for older children (ages 6-up) tells the remarkable story of the author of the children's classic, The Little Prince, and Sis' passion for his subject leaps off the page. This is one of our favorite books for this age--actually, it's a…
 
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    GalleyCat

  • 7.5% of Book Buyers Are Buying Less From Amazon Due to Hachette Dispute

    Dianna Dilworth
    23 Jul 2014 | 12:35 pm
    Amazon’s dispute with Hachette is causing about 7.5 percent of book buyers to buy less from the online retail giant and 1.4 percent of book buyers are buying more, according to figures based on research from Peter Hildick-Smith of the Codex Group. The research, which includes feedback from about 5,300 buyers, found that slightly more than 39 percent of respondents reported that they are aware of the dispute and among those book buyers. Nineteen percent of these consumers reported buying less books from Amazon, while 4.4 percent of these consumers revealed that they are buying more from…
  • Grove Atlantic Acquires Book of Mormon Producer’s Self-Published Book

    Dianna Dilworth
    23 Jul 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Grove Atlantic has acquired Kevin Morris’ collection of stories White Man’s Problems, along with a novel that Morris is currently working on. The Book of Mormon co-producer self-published White Man’s Problems on Amazon earlier this year. The book includes nine short stories, each one about a different man ”whose outward success masks inner turmoil that complicates their lives and often baffles those around them.” Morgan Entrekin, publisher and CEO of Grove Atlantic, met Morris at a book party for Morris’ debut title thrown by mutual friends in New York City…
  • Reading Habits on the Toilet: INFOGRAPHIC

    Dianna Dilworth
    23 Jul 2014 | 11:20 am
    Do you read while you go to the bathroom? The Reader’s Edge has created an infographic called ” Reading Habits on the Toilet,” which explores the preferred habits of readers in the bathroom. Check it out: “Are you guilty of texting on the toilet? Perhaps you’re a bit more traditional and you prefer a book, or magazine. The average person spends about 30 minutes in the bathroom every day, and according to a recent survey, 75% of Americans are using their cell phones in the bathroom, whether they are reading an email, text, or using an app. Additionally, 24% admitted…
  • Free Samples of the Man Booker Longlist

    Dianna Dilworth
    23 Jul 2014 | 9:23 am
    The Man Booker Longlist has been revealed for 2014. While a number of the titles will be released later this year, we’ve collected free samples of many of the books on the list. The shortlist will be revealed on September 9th and the winner announced on October 14th. If you want more free book samples, we made similar literary mixtapes linking to free samples of 2013 Man Booker Longlist and the 2014 PEN Literary Award Nominees. (more…) New Career Opportunities Daily: The best jobs in media.
  • ‘Sweet Addiction’ Leads the Self-Published Bestsellers List

    Dianna Dilworth
    23 Jul 2014 | 8:55 am
    Sweet Addiction by J. Daniels leads the Self-published Bestsellers List this week for the second week in a row. To help GalleyCat readers discover self-published authors, we compile weekly lists of the top eBooks in three major marketplaces for self-published digital books: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Smashwords. You can read all the lists below, complete with links to each book. If you want more resources as an author, try our Free Sites to Promote Your eBook post, How To Sell Your Self-Published Book in Bookstores post and our How to Pitch Your Book to Online Outlets post. If…
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    Storytellers Unplugged

  • FORENSICS 179: WHAT IS THAT ODOR?

    Robert Jones
    19 Jul 2014 | 6:28 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. Kindly note that the characters and locations in the following essay are fictitious and have been created to represent persons and places associated with a possible crime solved with the aid of an unusual, but real, forensic method. The telephone call was directed to the office of Captain Billy Miller, who was in…
  • Thomas Sullivan: TWEETING A NOVEL or FICKLE FIREFLIES at MIDNIGHT

    Thomas Sullivan
    15 Jul 2014 | 6:29 am
    Tweets are for Twits. …and also for visionaries, sages and gods on the verge of creation – i.e. writers in the throes of inspiration. That’s because simple one-sentence summaries are essential for clarity of thought. They are like single seeds full of promise, whereas unpruned gardens can easily bloom into tangles. Getting bloomers down to briefs is…um, as basic as underwear. So, a tweet-size summary will sharpen and consolidate your wits. And if brevity is the soul of wit, it can also be the thumbprint of a character, the skeleton of a sketch, the pulse of a short story, and even…
  • The art of time travel

    Alma Alexander
    30 Jun 2014 | 8:03 am
    I time travel quite a bit. No, seriously, I do. It’s cheap and you can do it whenever you want, really. So long as you have photographs.. Sometimes, when I take stock of how many photographs I have, it’s alarming. There are albums and albums which my father put together as I was growing up. The earliest one I have in my closet, a precious thing, is the old fashioned kind with thick gray pages on which you pasted the photos, and Dad did this, small old black and white pics to begin with, of my mother pregnant with me and then my first baby pictures (yes the obligatory bare-ass one…) and…
  • FORENSICS 178: SOLUTIONS COURTESY OF LIBS

    Robert Jones
    19 Jun 2014 | 5:57 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. ****** Although the outcome of some criminal cases are decided by one crucial piece of evidence. many are based upon a combination of supporting pieces of evidence. Such a case was one involving a murder in Texas. A major factor was provided by a friend of the murderer to whom the latter had confessed. Supporting…
  • Thomas Sullivan: STAYING NEW IN THE CLOSET

    Thomas Sullivan
    15 Jun 2014 | 5:17 am
    The larder is full, and so I’m happy to take on some of these questions you’ve so thoughtfully provided over the past several months. As a writer, whatever informs me about people, informs my craft. If it deals with human nature (which is what writing is about), creativity, author questions, or personal interest, I’ll consider it in the mix. When readers take the trouble (and sometimes the hurt) to share, I want that reflected in this column. And whether I include your question or not, please never doubt that I’m extremely grateful for the communication. Q [Los Angeles, CA]: Are you…
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    Paulo Coelho's Blog

  • The day I turned 60

    Paulo Coelho
    22 Jul 2014 | 5:48 pm
    At 23:15 on the 23rd of August I went to Lourdes so that at exactly 00:05 of the 24th, the moment I was born, I could be at the grotto of Our Lady to thank her for my life up to that moment and ask her to protect me from that moment on. It was […]
  • Paulo Coelho Discusses the 25th Anniversary Edition of The Alchemist

    Paulo Coelho
    20 Jul 2014 | 5:21 pm
    What originally inspired you to write The Alchemist? Coelho: My dream was to be a writer. I wrote my first book in 1987, The Pilgrimage, after completing my own personal pilgrimage from France to Santiago de Compostela, Spain. After that I thought, “Why did it take me so long to fulfill my dream?” So I […]
  • The pilgrim in Cascais

    Paulo Coelho
    17 Jul 2014 | 5:23 pm
    Reação de Paulo Coelho ao assistir a sua cinebiografia OPENING IN BRASIL: Aug 16 WORLD WIDE: 2015
  • The 10 best Latin American books of all time

    Paulo Coelho
    15 Jul 2014 | 5:27 pm
    The Telegraph (UK) selected the 10 best Latin American books of all time The best novels by Latin American authors or set in Latin America from One Hundred Years of Solitude to The Alchemist TO CHECK THE LIST, CLICK HERE
  • The day I turned 60

    Paulo Coelho
    13 Jul 2014 | 5:46 pm
    At 23:15 on the 23rd of August I went to Lourdes so that at exactly 00:05 of the 24th, the moment I was born, I could be at the grotto of Our Lady to thank her for my life up to that moment and ask her to protect me from that moment on. It was […]
 
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    Advanced Fiction Writing

  • Want to Take a Thrill Ride With Me?

    Randy Ingermanson
    24 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    Do you like thrillers? I love them. Thrillers are the main category I read, and suspense is a major element of every book I write. My suspense novel Double Vision has just been packaged up in a HUGE boxed set e-book with 7 other thrillers. The boxed set is titled “Thrill Ride” and it’s priced to fly. 99 cents for THOUSANDS of pages of oh-my-gosh white-knuckle entertainment. If you’re a scaredy cat, this is where you stop reading and just walk away. But if you like thrills and chills, come along with me on a rip-roaring Thrill Ride, because it’s pretty darn likely that several of…
  • My New Book on the Snowflake Method

    Randy Ingermanson
    21 Jul 2014 | 5:05 pm
    Why are so many writers around the world using my Snowflake Method to write their first drafts? Because it works! Let’s be clear that different writers are different. Some writers thrive on the “seat-of-the-pants” method. Stephen King is a pantser. So is Anne Lamott.  They write great fiction and SOTP works for them. Some writers work from a highly detailed outline—a synopsis that may be 50 to 100 pages. Robert Ludlum was famous for his long outlines.  He was a great writer and outlining worked marvelously for him. But some writers love the Snowflake Method—a series of steps in…
  • The Death of “Self-Publishing”

    Randy Ingermanson
    22 May 2014 | 2:19 pm
    It’s time to just say it. “Self-publishing” is dead. I’m not talking about the act of self-publishing a book. I’m talking about the phrase itself. “Self-publishing” now means two different things that are miles apart. It’s time to kill this useless phrase. Barbara posted this question on my “Ask A Question For My Blog” page: I am confused by all the different terms in current publishing. Like “indie publishers,” “traditional publishers,” “ebooks,” “ebook indie publications,” “small presses” “small…
  • The Unsafe Road to Writing Fiction

    Randy Ingermanson
    15 May 2014 | 2:27 pm
    So you’re writing a story and you know it’s a heartbreaking work of staggering genius, except that … it isn’t. In fact, it’s bad. But the reason it’s bad is NOT that you’re a bad writer. The reason it’s bad is because you’re using a technique that’s not familiar to you. What do you do? Hamish posted this question on my “Ask A Question For My Blog” page: Hello! Ben reading your blog for around two years now, it has helped me greatly, thank you! My question is this: I love first person, I despise third person. I love the knowledge of a single character, knowing…
  • The Official Rules on Head-Hopping

    Randy Ingermanson
    30 Apr 2014 | 12:22 pm
    So you’re writing a novel and it’s a Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, but somebody told you head-hopping is a no-no, and now you’re worried because you like head-hopping. What’s the deal? Agata posted this question on my “Ask A Question For My Blog” page: Hi Randy, I’ve been reading your blog and it’s amazing. I’m planning/writing a novel and your posts are incredibly helpful in organizing everything. I’m writing here because I have a dilemma about the POV characters. I have two POV characters, sometimes they have their own scenes and…
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    Joanna Campbell Slan

  • How to Make a Hummingbird Feeder -- Miniature Tutorial (1:12 scale)

    2 Jul 2014 | 12:32 pm
    I love using things that would normally hit the trash can. This project reminds me to look at familiar objects with fresh insight. For years I've tossed away the lids to the McDonald's beverages. I was amazed when I looked carefully and noticed the raised icons. I can't wait to see what I can do next with the other emblems!SUPPLIES:Red nail polish or acrylic paintYellow nail polish or acrylic paintRed paperLength of green floral wire (six inches)ScissorsA needle or something to poke a small hole withCircle punch (preferably the same diameter as the strawTacky Quick Drying glueClear drinking…
  • These Are a Few of My Favorite Things

    30 Jun 2014 | 3:44 am
    I've been re-reading Elizabeth Gilbert's The Signature of All Things for the authors' book club I belong to. The book was my choice. It's almost guaranteed to spark a lively debate for many reasons. I find myself intrigued by the way that Alma, the main character, can find beauty and wonder in the world around her. It is, I think, a talent well-worth having. To see past the broken, the ugly, and the dirty, and to find pockets of wonder. Perhaps it's a form of gratitude. Instead of taking the world for granted, it's an opportunity to appreciate the moment.I try to do this in my books,…
  • How to Make a Miniature Rustic Bench

    29 Jun 2014 | 1:22 pm
    My sister has this wonderful rustic chair outside her house. It was made with twigs (okay...BIG twigs), and I love it. Right now, rustic/twig furniture is all the small rage. This pattern will work for a real miniature setting (1:12 scale) or for a fairy garden.This was also inspired by the wonderful tutorial by Lesley Shepherd. I urge you to check it out before you start this project. http://miniatures.about.com/od/miniatureprojects/ss/arustictble.htmSUPPLIES:Bendable twigs (I got mine from an Australian pine tree) in a variety of sizes (six, eight, and ten inches?)Twigs of all…
  • How to Make Your New Dad Love You

    15 Jun 2014 | 11:50 am
    A special Father's Day post by Jax, the Havanese puppy.Being adorable is hard work. Time for a nap!Even if that male human wasn't entirely sold on getting a new dog--and a puppy at that--you can change his mind. Here's how:1. When you first meet, leap into your new human Dad's arms and lick his face. Over and over.2. Nibble on his ears while you wiggle with joy.3. When you are in the car on that long ride home, refuse to sit on your new Mama's lap. Crawl into Daddy's lap instead.4. Then fall asleep.5. Wag your tail and look at Dad with adoring eyes when he speaks.6. Go potty whenever he takes…
  • Miniature Basket Tutorial

    13 Jun 2014 | 7:01 am
    This is a fun project that keeps another bit of plastic out of the landfill. Here are two finished versions of this project.SUPPLIES:Empty and clean plastic coffee creamer containerQuilling strip (or strip of paper cut 3/8 inch wide)Duct tape (optional)Masking tape (cut into half inch pieces)ScissorsPunch (optional)Paper to match or contrast with your quilling stripBeads (optional)METHOD:1. Cut the rim off the creamer container.2. Carefully cut the container into spokes. (Tip: Follow the indentations.) (Note: You could use a permanent marker and color the base of your basket--the creamer…
 
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    Living 2 Read

  • Stages of Life

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

    24 Jun 2014 | 4:19 pm
    What if the most exciting part of your life occurs before you're old enough to appreciate it? In some ways that's what happened to Jules Jacobson in Meg Wolitzer's “The Interestings” (See my blog). For Joan Joyce in Maggie Shipstead's Astonish Me it comes when, after she has slavishly devoted herchildhood and adolescence to ballet, she is accepted into a company and moves to New York. There she confronts what must be the case for many talented young people – she is very good but she will never be great. And she meets someone who is great – the charismatic Russian dancer Arslan…
  • Summer Friendships

    10 Jun 2014 | 3:54 pm
    Is summer camp a rite of passage? If so, it's one I missed. But for the six characters in Meg Wolitzer's The Interestings, the bond they form in the 70's at a summer arts camp informs their lives for the next three decades. For Julie Jacobson, who arrives in camp as a suburban nonentity and leaves as 'Jules' with five sophisticated urban new best friends, the camp experience is especially transformative. The camp has given them all the sense that they are talented and special, destined for extraordinary lives. In the power center of the six are the Wolf siblings Ash (sister) and Goodman…
  • Texas Saga

    1 May 2014 | 4:50 pm
    Wow, this is not my kind of book. The Son, by Philipp Meyer, is a sprawling, multi-generational saga set in Texas and spanning over 160 years, replete with such standard Western elements as cowboys, Indians, cattle, oil, death, greed, betrayal - not exactly in my wheelhouse. Yes, I loved “Lonesome Dove” - not multi-generational but certainly a saga – but so often books in this genre fall into the cliches of the strong, silent cowboy, the noble savage, the patient wife, the money-grubbing oilmen, the romanticized view of the Old West. So I took advantage of Kindle's option to sample…
  • Fairy Tales

    18 Apr 2014 | 4:05 pm
    The first line of Helen Oyeyemi's Boy, Snow, Bird could have been “Once upon a time”. A fairy-tale quality permeates the story, a modern twist on the Brothers Grimm. A young girl named Boy lives in New York with a violent father who makes his living as a rat-catcher, using techniques that would horrify the Pied Piper. She runs away to the small New England town of Flax Hill, where she marries a man with a beautiful little daughter named Snow. After the birth of her own child Bird, Boy becomes something of an evil stepmother, and the story becomes a distorted version of “Snow White”,…
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    The Millions

  • “A merry monarch, scandalous and poor”

    Elise Liu
    23 Jul 2014 | 2:30 pm
    John Wilmot, second Earl of Rochester, was a dear friend (even protégé) of King Charles II. He was also a sharp-tongued poet who called out the same King on his bedroom behavior: “His sceptre and prick are of a length; / And she may sway the one who plays with th’other.”  
  • Kafka’s “The Country Doctor” as a film

    Elise Liu
    23 Jul 2014 | 12:30 pm
    The internet’s repository of Franz Kafka-inspired literary treats seems to have no bounds. This latest: his excellent short story “The Country Doctor” has been adapted by Japanese filmmaker Kōji Yamamura into a 20-minute animated film (subtitled). Kafka adaptations clearly aren’t going anywhere. Pair with our essay on the subtle art of rereading his most famous story.
  • The anticipations of a Most Anticipated book

    Elise Liu
    23 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    Not every worthy book finds the audience it deserves as quickly as Edan Lepucki’s California. John Warnerwrites about the long aftermath of finding his debut, The Funny Man, featured in our 2011 Most Anticipated Book Preview: “I wondered, what if? Maybe this was going to be the next phase of my life, and when people asked me what I did, I’d say that I wrote novels.” His new collection of short stories is Tough Day for the Army.
  • It’s all about the characters

    Elise Liu
    23 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    In the world of selling books, it’s not all about the sentences. At Ploughshares, agent Eric Nelson argues: A fresh plot matters and unusual characters do, too. “The most interesting books have characters who do the opposite of what we’d do… Imagine Hamlet, if Hamlet took decisive action. Horror movies wouldn’t exist at all without the idiot who always suggests they split up.”
  • Early Bafflings

    Elise Liu
    23 Jul 2014 | 6:30 am
    Yet another open archive for your summer reading enjoyment: the Baffler (“the Journal that Blunts the Cutting Edge”), as part of a website redesign, has made available its entire back catalog of commentary and fiction. Might I suggest starting with this now-charmingly-antiquated piece on marketing to the youthful “hipster” generation? (The Paris Review has othersuggestions. It’s hard to go wrong.)
 
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    Boomerang Books Blog

  • Player Profile: Alafair Burke, author of All Day And A Night

    Jon Page
    23 Jul 2014 | 5:49 pm
    Alafair Burke, author of All Day And A Night Tell us about your latest creation: ALL DAY AND A NIGHTA murder case with ties to a convicted serial killer leads a young defense lawyer and an NYPD homicide detective into parallel investigations with explosive and deadly results in this superb mystery from “one of the finest young crime writers working today” (Dennis Lehane).        The latest story dominating New York tabloids—the murder of Park Slope psychotherapist Helen Brunswick—couldn’t be further from Carrie Blank’s world handling federal appeals at one of…
  • Review – Once a Creepy Crocodile

    Dimity Powell
    23 Jul 2014 | 5:39 pm
    Picture books featuring native Australian flora and fauna aren’t new. Picture books including nancy little extras like accompanying CDs aren’t exactly ground breaking either. However, picture books told with the kind of original verve and swagger like Once a Creepy Crocodile is will have you and the kids laughing and applauding with fresh wild abandon. Once a Creepy Crocodile is the debut picture book for Queensland author Peter Taylor, a gifted calligrapher and just as skilful picture book creator. His partnership with illustrator Nina Rycroft has produced a corker of a picture book…
  • What will win YA Book of the Year?

    Joy Lawn
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:40 pm
      The CBCA (Children’s Book Council of Australia) winning and honour books will be announced on Friday 15th August. One of the most eagerly awaited categories (especially for bloggers) is the Book of the Year: Older Readers. http://cbca.org.au/ShortList-2014.htm  A surprise outcome in the OR category of this year’s shortlist is the appearance of FOUR debut novelists. The future of YA Australian writing seems very safe with this number of debut heavy-hitters. The majority of the Older Readers’ shortlist is from the genre of contemporary realism, with two from speculative fiction.
  • Author Interview with Wanda Wiltshire and giveaway of Betrothed and Allegiance

    Tracey Allen
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:14 pm
    Please welcome Australian author Wanda Wiltshire to Boomerang Books. Thanks so much for joining us Wanda. Congratulations on the launch of your YA novel Allegiance, the second in the Betrothed series. For those who haven’t read Betrothed, can you tell us a little bit about this fantasy series? Thanks Tracey, it’s a pretty exciting time! The Betrothed series tells the story of Amy Smith, a 17 year old girl with serious health issues, school bullies and a strong feeling that she doesn’t belong. In the first instalment of the series Amy discovers her suspicions are true when she meets…
  • Review – Fives and Twenty-Fives by Michael Pitre

    Jon Page
    21 Jul 2014 | 4:33 pm
    A remarkable piece of fiction following proudly in the footsteps of Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, The Yellow Birds and Redeployment. Wars never truly end for everyone involved and this is the territory Michael Pitre explores in his impressive debut novel. On the eve on the Arab Spring in Tunisia three men are grappling with their futures now that their war has supposedly finished. Each is scarred and tainted by what they have witnessed and the decisions they have made. They are changed men returning to a changing world not sure if they achieved what they were fighting for. And if…
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    AbeBooks' Reading Copy

  • 2014 Man Booker Prize Longlist Announced

    Jessica Doyle
    23 Jul 2014 | 11:48 am
    It’s the day this book nerd has been waiting for since Eleanor Catton was declared the winner of the 2013 Man Booker Prize – today, the 2014 Man Booker Longlist was announced.  Since its founding in 1969 the prize has been awarded to the best novel of the year written by a citizen of the UK, the Commonwealth, or Ireland. In 2013 the Man Booker Prize announced it would include American authors in its consideration for future prizes. Thus, the 2014 longlist includes four Americans – Joshua Ferris, Karen Joy Fowler, Siri Hustvedt and Richard Powers. Six of the 13 books are yet…
  • 5 Debut Novels You Better Hurry Up and Read

    Jessica Doyle
    17 Jul 2014 | 1:05 pm
    I don’t know about you, but I love reading a book by an unknown. Sure, it’s great to dive into a book penned by a favorite author, but you can’t help but approach it with a pile of expectations. Will it be as good as their last?  Will it be better? A debut novelist is someone nobody knows. You can’t compare his or her work to their previous, and your friends can’t impact your judgement with their opinions. Reading an unknown is, in my opinion, quite freeing. Here are five brand new books by brand new novelists to get you started, but based on the media’s glowing reviews these…
  • Nobel-prize-winning author Nadine Gordimer dies at 90

    Jessica Doyle
    14 Jul 2014 | 10:22 am
    Author Nadine Gordimer died peacefully at her Johannesburg home on Sunday, at the age of 90. The South African writer’s novels and stories depicted the drama of human life in a society troubled by racial segregation. She won the Nobel prize in 1991. Gordimer’s works were highly controversial. The Guardian reports, “she had three books banned under the apartheid regime’s censorship laws, along with an anthology of poetry by black South African writers that she collected and had published.” The banned titles include A World of Strangers and Burger’s…
  • Bill Gates reveals his favorite business book & AbeBooks sells every copy of forgotten title from 1969

    Richard Davies
    13 Jul 2014 | 9:44 am
    On Friday, the Wall Street Journal printed an interesting article written by Microsoft tycoon Bill Gates about this favorite business book – Business Adventures by John Brooks. It is a long forgotten out-of-print book published in 1969 containing 12 essays about business that had originally appeared in The New Yorker magazine. Thanks to this article, Business Adventures by John Brooks was the top search term on AbeBooks.com on Friday and Saturday. This morning (Sunday), there are no copies left on the site. A new edition of Business Adventures is being published in September. Until then,…
  • Copy of Das Kapital sells for $40k just as Dow Jones hits record high

    Richard Davies
    4 Jul 2014 | 6:53 pm
    On Thursday,  the day that the Dow Jones index closed at an all-time high of 17,068 points, AbeBooks.com sold a first edition of Karl Marx’s Das Kapital for $40,000. Published in 1867 by Otto Meissner with German text, this copy of Das Kapital was the only one published in Marx’s lifetime (he died in 1883). The book is housed in a slipcover with cloth wrapping. Das Kapital famously attributes the growth of capitalism to the exploitation of labor and the book became the basis for Marxism, which influenced many subsequent political systems and labor movements, including Communism.
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    The Creative Penn

  • Make Art. Make Money. Lessons From Jim Henson With Elizabeth Hyde Stevens. Podcast Episode 189

    Joanna Penn
    20 Jul 2014 | 11:44 pm
    In keeping with the author entrepreneur focus of the blog recently, today I’m discussing making art and making money with Elizabeth Hyde Stevens, who wrote a book about Jim Henson’s career, which was both creatively and financially rewarding. In the intro, I talk about my awesome Thrillerfest experience, Kindle Unlimited, the new Kindle pricing tool and my German book launch and first experience with a traditional publisher. This podcast is sponsored by Kobo Writing Life, which helps authors self-publish and reach readers in global markets through the Kobo eco-system. You can…
  • Writing Thrillers. 50 Lessons Learned From Thrillerfest 2014

    Joanna Penn
    17 Jul 2014 | 1:46 am
    My head is still exploding with everything I learned and everyone I met at Thrillerfest this year! Below is a mega-post full of lessons learned about writing, marketing, mindset, self-publishing and the FBI, but I wanted to start with an intro to ITW. Why I love ITW and Thrillerfest I have now been to Thrillerfest twice (you can read my notes from 2012 here), and I can definitely say that it is the only conference where I really feel at home – and ITW is truly the tribe I belong to. I can sit in the bar talking about ways to murder people and weapons of choice and not feel weird. I can…
  • How To Find The Right Editor For Your Book And More Editing Questions Answered

    Joanna Penn
    13 Jul 2014 | 11:08 pm
    These days I’m objecting to the term ‘self-publishing,’ because we all need a team to put a great book out into the world. This is not something you do by yourself. I currently work with a number of people to publish my work, but the one person who I have to trust the most is my editor. Finding an editor is a bit like dating – you have to try a number before you find someone who is the best match. I’ve been through a number of editors in the last few years, and I’m thrilled to now be working with Jen Blood, who is a brilliant editor but also writes the same…
  • Digital Only Deals, Translating Into German And The Launch Of Desecration-Verletzung.

    Joanna Penn
    10 Jul 2014 | 11:49 pm
    The adventures in translation continue apace … and this one is a little different! Today, I’m excited to announce the launch of Desecration-Verletzung in German, which is part of a debut set of crime/thrillers from a new German digital-only imprint, Midnight by Ullstein. This article includes my thoughts on working with a publisher as well as an interview with my translator. Digital Only Deal for Desecration with Ullstein Midnight As part of my 50:50 royalty split deal with my translator, Hans Maerker, we discussed the possibility of pursuing a traditional deal as well as…
  • The Arc Of The Indie Author Journey. From First Book To CEO Of Your Global Media Empire

    Joanna Penn
    7 Jul 2014 | 11:05 pm
    When you first have a yearning to write a book, you’re not usually thinking of running a global media empire! So don’t worry if you’re not ready to assume the mantle of CEO of your own business just yet. You don’t have to know everything now. You can learn on the job. We all have to. None of us are born with the knowledge of how to do these things – we just find out along the way. This is the story arc of the author’s writing and business life as I have experienced it (so far) and the main challenges at each stage, as well as how to overcome them. I’m…
 
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    WritersDigest.com

  • War Never Changes

    Brian A. Klems
    23 Jul 2014 | 12:41 pm
    During your trip to Turkey, you check into an old hotel. After settling yourself you notice a weathered chest in the corner. Upon opening it, war relics from the First World War and the Ottoman Empire lay before you. What stories do you find? Post your response (500 words or fewer) in the comments below. 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.
  • 11 Steps to Finding the Agent Who’ll Love Your Book

    Chuck Sambuchino
    23 Jul 2014 | 10:21 am
    I was ready. I had an edited manuscript. I had a tiered list of agents. I had a spreadsheet. I’d read every scrap of information about getting an agent, and I was prepared, at last, to submit my novel. The process could take months, maybe years, I’d heard. I was in for the long haul, baby. The good news is it didn’t take years to get an offer of representation. The even better news: That offer came in the form of four magic words, words I’d been told to wait for by all the experts: I love your book. Not just a Facebook-worthy thumbs up, not a “I think I can sell this.” Love. The…
  • Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 272

    Robert Lee Brewer
    23 Jul 2014 | 6:35 am
    I’m a little under the weather today, but that won’t stop me from poeming. In fact, I’ll use it as inspiration for this week’s prompt. For this week’s prompt, write a tough spot poem. The poem can be about your own situation (past, present, or future), someone else’s, or whatever you can conjure up. Think late bills, shootouts, and tough choices. Break into copywriting! Learn how to make a living with your writing by breaking into the copywriting business. In this course, writers will learn the skills and techniques required to break into this field of…
  • 4 Things You Should Know About Writing a Cozy Mystery Novel

    Guest Column
    22 Jul 2014 | 11:04 am
    When you think of mystery novels today, you might think of stories filled with in-depth police procedure and cringe-inducing violence. But you might be surprised to learn that the bestselling mystery novelist of all time is still Agatha Christie—and her timeless mysteries are quaint stories that leave all those gory details to the imagination. True, crime fiction as a whole may have grown grittier by the year since Christie’s Miss Marple character gained popularity in the 1940s, but a subset of modern mystery novelists are finding success by bucking that trend and spinning tales that…
  • 18 Quotes for Writers from Ernest Hemingway

    Adrienne Crezo
    21 Jul 2014 | 7:49 am
    Today marks the 115th anniversary of Ernest Hemingway’s birth. In his lifetime, Papa had quite a lot to say about writing. Here are 18 of our favorite quotes, in no particular order.   1. I learned never to empty the well of my writing, but always to stop when there was still something there in the deep part of the well, and let it refill at night from the springs that fed it.   2. If a writer knows enough about what he is writing about, he may omit things that he knows. The dignity of movement of an iceberg is due to only one ninth of it being above water.   3. For a…
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    Better World Books

  • Reminder: Don’t forget to submit your video

    Better World Books
    28 Jun 2014 | 12:08 pm
    We recently asked: “What book would you send your younger self?” And the submissions are coming in. If you’ve got a phone or a webcam, be sure to record your video response and let us know here. No matter if it’s 5 seconds, or 5 minutes, we want to know what book you would send your younger self. And once you’re done, don’t forget to vote on other submissions you think are interesting, and share them on Facebook and Twitter. There are some insightful ones on there now, and some funny ones. So let us know your answer, and let others know which responses…
  • Carson Scholars Fund Reading Room Donation

    Better World Books
    28 Jun 2014 | 11:33 am
    We have outgoing book donations in support of literacy and education at all times, but we wanted spotlight this one to let you know about it. We’ve just sent over 2,500 books to the Carson Scholars Fund, an organization that funds reading rooms for schools around the country that are “warm, inviting rooms where children can discover the joy of independent leisure reading.” There are 100 Ben Carson Reading Rooms in 14 different states so far, and counting. From the CarsonScholars.org website: A seventh grader named Sandy said the following about her school’s Ben Carson…
  • Librarians: Have you stopped by our booth at ALA?

    Better World Books
    28 Jun 2014 | 10:51 am
    We mentioned that we’ve got a booth set up at ALA this year in Las Vegas, so here’s a visual so you know what to look for if you’re at the event. Head to booth 1277 and find out about how Better World Books can make your library’s weeding projects have a bigger impact across the board. Here’s a better look at the booth. Come find us while the convention is going on!  
  • Only readers will get this: 15 Great Book-themed Self Portraits

    Better World Books
    28 Jun 2014 | 6:00 am
    A friend alerted us on Facebook to this great series of self-portraits by Pierre Beteille, in which the concepts or impressions of the book manifest themselves around, within, and (in one case) directly upon the reader. Be forewarned, only readers will get these!  View the rest at iso.500px.com (Thanks Irina for linking us to this!)
  • Need to find a book drop box near you?

    Better World Books
    27 Jun 2014 | 3:39 pm
    Judging by some recent conversations on our Facebook page and Twitter, we thought it might be worth mentioning our Book Drop Box Locator again. If you’ve got books that you need to get rid of, don’t throw them away! We believe no book should ever wind up in landfill, so we have been placing Drop Boxes in communities around the country to collect books that have no place else to go. We are able to extend their life and their impact by getting them back into the cycle of reuse. Just use the Drop Box Locator to find the one nearest you. (United States only… for now.) If there…
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    JetPak Studio

  • THE CARTINI...

    22 Jul 2014 | 10:27 am
    ...it's like a Martini but not. It's my design for my next car. 
  • Dog days of summer drawing...

    21 Jul 2014 | 1:03 pm
  • New color painting! KIRBY!!! (AROK!)

    18 Jul 2014 | 11:37 am
    This is for the Jack Kirby show that's coming up in August. I always loved the way he visually told stories made with crazy bold graphics. This one is taking an extra creature from an old comic book and painting it up in Photoshop while keeping the bold designs that Kirby created.I wanted to do something more complicated but I've got many other projects that need my attention right now so this one will have to suffice.
  • New drawing: "The Fish Peddler"...

    16 Jul 2014 | 2:19 pm
    I've got a bit of a story here with this guy telling tales about what happens when people go out to sea and either try to catch fish or on vacation...
  • Nocturnal Music Animals promo...

    15 Jul 2014 | 9:38 am
    One of my new postcard promo designs for the next send out....
 
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    The Reader's Advisor Online Blog

  • New, Noteworthy, and No-Brainer

    Cindy Orr
    23 Jul 2014 | 4:31 pm
    To be published the week of Jul 28-Aug 3, 2014: TUESDAY FICTION Alsaid, Adi – Let’s Get Lost (YA) – 9780373211241 Andersen, Susan – No Strings Attached – 9780373778874 Andrews, Ilona – Magic Breaks – 9780425256220 Bloom, Amy – Lucky Us – 9781400067244 – 125,000 print run Brunstetter, Wanda E. – The Healing Quilt – 9781616260873 Carcaterra, Lorenzo – The Wolf - 9780345483942 – 50,000 Carter, Stephen L. – Back Channel - 9780385349604 Cast, P. C. – Kalona’s Fall (YA) – 9781250046116 De…
  • RA Run Down

    Cindy Orr
    20 Jul 2014 | 10:31 am
    The readers’s advisory librarian’s weekly update, from a scan of more than 100 blogs, newsletters, magazines, newspapers and television. This blog is brought to you by the Reader’s Advisor Online. TRY THE FREE RAO DATABASE based on Libraries Unlimited’s print Genreflecting Advisory series. Give it a whirl and let us know how you like it. We’d love to hear from you. Feel free to comment on any of our posts, or contact us at rablog@librariesunlimited.com. By Cindy Orr and Sarah Statz Cords New to Bestseller Lists This Week: FICTION NONFICTION YA
  • 2014 Coming Attractions

    Cindy Orr
    19 Jul 2014 | 10:30 am
    Huffington Post: 9 New Books That Would Make Great Movies USA Today: Heat Up Your Summer with 30 New Books Shelflife: Christian Books to Look Forward To Shelflife: Christian Books to Look Forward To, Part 2 Library Journal: Books That Buzzed at ALA Library Journal: Books That Buzzed at ALA, Part 2 Cosmopolitan: Sexy Summer Reads Entertainment Weekly: Summer Must Reads Mystery Sequels: New Mystery Series Released in August Best Fantasy Books: Best Fantasy Books of July and August Library Journal: Quirky books for Fall 2014 Bustle.com: Best July YA reads Forbes.com: Best summer reads Globe and…
  • New, Noteworthy, and No-Brainer

    Cindy Orr
    17 Jul 2014 | 5:12 pm
    To be published the week of Jul 21-27, 2014: MONDAY FICTION Patterson, James – Homeroom Diaries (YA)- 9780316207621 – 500,000 print run MONDAY NONFICTION Allen, Arthur – The Fantastic Laboratory of Dr. Weigl – 9780393081015 TUESDAY FICTION Adler, Elizabeth – The Last to Know – 9781250019929 – 75,000 Estep, Jennifer – Poison Promise – 9781476771502 Greaney, Mark – Tom Clancy: Support and Defend – 9780399173349 – 100,000 Jance, J.A. – Remains of Innocence – 9780062134707 – 150,000 Leigh, Lora – Taken…
  • RA Run Down

    Cindy Orr
    13 Jul 2014 | 12:08 pm
    The readers’s advisory librarian’s weekly update, from a scan of more than 100 blogs, newsletters, magazines, newspapers and television. This blog is brought to you by the Reader’s Advisor Online. TRY THE FREE RAO DATABASE based on Libraries Unlimited’s print Genreflecting Advisory series. Give it a whirl and let us know how you like it. We’d love to hear from you. Feel free to comment on any of our posts, or contact us at rablog@librariesunlimited.com. By Cindy Orr and Sarah Statz Cords New to Bestseller Lists This Week: FICTION NONFICTION GRAPHIC BOOKS and…
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    The Bat Segundo Show & Follow Your Ears

  • Amanda Vaill (BSS #549)

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

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

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

    ed@edrants.com (Edward Champion)
    28 May 2014 | 7:32 am
    Author Paula Bomer has dedicated her fiction career to staring inside the abyss and seeking the human. We discuss her new short story collection, INSIDE MADELEINE, and discuss everything from Flannery O'Connor's notion of the grotesque, how sex defines relationships, boarding schools, how modest surrealism can reveal urban identity, and scatological moments in high literature. (The episode's introduction includes some thoughts on the recent passing of Maya Angelou.)
  • Porochista Khakpour II (BSS #545)

    ed@edrants.com (Edward Champion)
    14 May 2014 | 4:50 am
    In this wide-ranging 79 minute conversation, Porochista Khakpour discusses how she fused the romantic with the grotesque for her second novel, THE LAST ILLUSION, birds as an inevitable cultural symbol, growing up as an Iranian immigrant, quirky and pragmatic attitudes to death, Kafka and Kierkegaard, and academics who misinterpret authenticity,
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    Minnesota Reads

  • High Expectations Work Against ‘The Visionist’

    Will A
    23 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    Was it fair of me to expect more of Rachel Urquhart’s The Visionist? I don’t know, but I did, and my experience with it suffered, perhaps unfairly, because of that. Every contextual clue about this book, from its pricey-looking cover art to its intelligent-sounding premise, made me think I was in for a multi-layered and intriguing story. Instead, what I got was a perfectly serviceable piece of historical fiction – nothing less, nothing more. The Visionist centers around Polly Kimball, who kills her abusive father by burning down their farmhouse and hides out among a nearby community of…
  • Fever for the Flavor

    Christa
    22 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    In the worlds Megan Abbott creates teenaged girls are these lean-limbed, silk-haired raw beauties who sweat something that smells like strawberry lip gloss. They travel in packs and those packs have a hierarchy. And they wield, whether knowingly or not, a terrific power over their female peers, boys, men, sometimes adult women, and certainly parents. They behave in ways they don’t necessarily understand, and then take the T-shirt they were wearing and crush it, guiltily, into a ball. Her latest young adult novel, The Fever, is set in upstate New York where something is going around. It…
  • Pants on Fire

    Jodi Chromey
    21 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    Some of my favorite reading experiences involve reaching that tipping point in a book where you make a conscious decision to eschew every other thing in your life to finish the book. That happened to me the other night in the midst of E. Lockhart’s We Were Liars. I can’t remember what exactly tipped me over into obsession. What I do remember is that spent a good three-and-a-half hours racing to finish the book. It was a good race with a finish I could see coming, but didn’t wholly mind. Cadence Sinclair Easton is a member of such a ridiculously wealthy family that the entire…
  • Worth Every Second of the Wait

    Jodi Chromey
    17 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    After reading Christa’s review of Bryan Lee O’Malley’s Scott Pilgrimseries, I’m inclined to think 2010 was some kind of golden year in literature that has yet to be duplicated. This has nothing to do with Bryan Lee O’Malley’s fabulous new standalone graphic novel Seconds. I only mention it because I wanted to refer you to that time when Christa & I went Pilgrim-crazy back in the summer of 2010. It’s been four long years waiting for O’Malley’s follow-up to Scott. Holding Seconds in your hand, it’s lovely 3/4 book jacket you…
  • Shades of Gould

    Christa
    16 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    From the safety of seven years, a decade away, I can now say that we all went a little capital I-for-internet, insane in the mid-2000s. Here we were with this way of connecting with practically everyone with with access to home row and we used it. Hell yes, we used it. We adopted a sort of drunken, devil-may-care personae and wrote minute replays of everything from grilled cheese sandwiches to one-night makeouts. We gave enemies nicknames and embellished fan fiction about their yolk-stained cordaroys. We were so, so. . . loud. At the same time, shit was exploding everywhere. Our Readers…
 
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    Great Books that I liked

  • Silks (Published in 2008) - Authored by Dick Francis and Felix Francis - Barrister under pressure

    22 Jul 2014 | 5:56 am
    Strange that the very barrister defending the criminal, becomes turncoat and condemns the man. Or a little bit like that. The young criminal has been unsuccessful in defending himself against the allegations, rather it would seem as if Mason has failed to rescue the defendant - he however, speaks his mind out loud and contrary to what a defense counsel must do in court in keeping with his client’s image - he does the opposite. Geoffrey Mason tells the court that the only reason why he chose to defend Julian Trent was because he had to. And so, the charming, rich and violence loving Julian…
  • Crossfire (published in 2010) - A collaboration between Dick Francis and his son, Felix Francis

    20 Jul 2014 | 1:55 pm
    Talk about adding insult to injury, not only does Capt. Thomas Vincent Forsyth lose his foot in an IED blast in Afghanistan, he now has to share a roof with his mother and stepfather at their home in Lambourn, with whom he has been at odds for the past fifteen years. Choosing the army way, he ran away from home at the age of seventeen, slept on the stairs of the army recruiting office in Oxford and was commissioned as a private in the Grenadier Guards; today, he returns to the grim prospect of the future as a disabled war veteran of the British Army.Although her son has been wounded, and has…
  • Under Orders (Published in 2006) - Written by Dick Francis - Another Sid Halley adventure

    17 Jul 2014 | 2:04 pm
    Sid Halley makes his fourth appearance in Dick Francis’s Under Orders. Born out of wedlock, apprenticed to a Newmarket racing trainer, he held the esteemed status of champion jockey – five odd years in a row. Now divorced from Jenny, his state of forced bachelorhood has lasted ten years. Sid lost the use of his left hand in two serious incidents - the first was an accident involving a horse, the second a deliberate intent to hurt. He now has an electronically charged prosthetic hand, which he has slowly grown attached to! Rear Admiral (retd) Charles Rowland may be his former father in…
  • Shattered (published in 2000) - Written by Dick Francis, another murder investigation

    16 Jul 2014 | 12:06 pm
    Gerard Logan is justifiably distraught. Martin Stukely, Priam Jones, Lloyd Baxter and Gerard had driven to the Cheltenham races, it’s New Year’s Eve, 1999. Sadly, of the four, only three men return. Martin loses his life when his mount crushes him in the race. The jockey Stukely and professional glass blower Logan (proprietor Logan Glass) had first met in a jury room, and although they had little in common, the men came to enjoy and shared a great camaraderie. But now, Martin is dead.Gerard owns a charming glass art studio in a picturesque part of the Cotswold. He earns a decent living…
  • Bloodline (Published in 2012) - Authored by Felix Francis, continuing with legacy of Dick Francis

    15 Jul 2014 | 2:00 pm
    In Bloodline, Mark Shillingford is a television commentator, and his twin sister Claire (the number of twins in Francis’ stories is mind boggling!) is a famous steeplechase jockey. Mark covers horse races, in most of which Claire is riding. On one such occasion, he brings to the notice of the audience that Claire deliberately lost a race, though this went unnoticed, supposedly, by many present. Angry that Mark should tell the world so, Claire and he have an angry exchange over a tension ridden meal later. Claire tells him that it isn’t such a grand deal, admitting that she has done so…
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    Black Heart Magazine

  • Syzygy by Erik Pederson

    Danielle White
    23 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    She used to be a part of earth When things like planets still being made. Every hominid has looked to her & loved & lusted. When humans kept records oral then written she was the night goddess. The humans of science say she is a rock that is 1/80th of earth’s mass always smiling with the same deformed face controlling the tides. I don’t want to know the heart break that would reverberate through time when she dies. Like Beethoven’s Symphony no.5 I can hear it now 210 years after. Ludwig looked at that moon & now he’s dead & still can’t hear a thing.
  • 3 Poems by Casey Rocheteau

    Danielle White
    20 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    Illegal 205,000 salted wounds. Parents taken from children. Surviving boats shoved back across Mediterranean divide. Apartheid flooding Gaza. Detention without charge. Force fed without trial. Bullets across the US border. A mother’s carrion becomes a valley of dry bone. Fallible humans make fallible laws make plums bust open and pits sucked dry. Torture. This world begs the question: if a neighbor arrived in the darkest part of night bloody and calling your name, would you answer, or fire shots through your own front door? “Plums Massacre” image by Flickr user Scotty You Only…
  • Review: What Happened Here by Bonnie ZoBell

    Laura Roberts
    19 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    Reviewed by Susan Tepper What Happened Here is a book of fiction that begins with a novella (of the same title), then migrates to a series of short stories that are linked in varying degrees to the originating novella – much in the way people are linked because they happen to live in the same neighborhood, or shop at the same market, or their kids go to the same schools. Some know one another well, while others just enough to nod and say hello, while still other’s paths will never cross officially. It’s the existential version of six degrees of separation that author Bonnie ZoBell plays…
  • GIVEAWAY: Almost Bad Boys Omnibus by A.O. Peart

    Laura Roberts
    18 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    Xpresso Book Tours is sponsoring a giveaway in honor of the release of the Almost Bad Boys Omnibus by A.O. Peart. This Omnibus Edition collects the three Almost Bad Boys books into a single package, including Almost Matched, Almost Broken Up, and Almost Too Far. Described as “A martini glass of sizzling romance, a jigger of suspense and crime, perfectly shaken with a twist of wacky humor,” the Omnibus also includes an additional scene for Almost Matched that appears nowhere else. Sneak into the bedroom with Colin and Natalie on their first night together for an evening of passion!
  • Screech Owl by Nicole Beaudry

    Danielle White
    16 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    a Faustian deal at the crossroad Lucifer or Beelzebub or Belial but I’d wake to greet the morning star and palm it rub smooth pocket it press kisses to the rock face of it press kisses to the pitchfork slide my tongue along the beast’s mouth make Dantean friends open myself my thighs to Lilith put white roses in my hair and suck breath from infant mouths live as plague as the night bird I’d do it all for you you’ve forced the quiet desperation the gnawing chewing biting the pillow turning tossing and the pillow biting screaming I’d rather sign the dotted line and do it all for you I…
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    Flavorwire » Books

  • Staff Picks: Flavorwire’s Favorite Cultural Things This Week

    Moze Halperin
    23 Jul 2014 | 1:30 pm
    Need a great book to read, album to listen to, or TV show to get hooked on? The Flavorwire team is here to help: in this weekly feature, our editorial staffers recommend the cultural object or experience they’ve enjoyed most in the past seven days. Click through for our picks, and tell us what you’ve been loving in the comments. “Lucy” by Helium One pleasant side effect of hearing/seeing the ad for Scarlett Johansson’s Lucy everywhere I go: I get the excellent Helium b-side “Lucy” in my head. Mary Timony, fresh off Wild Flag and busy with Ex Hex these days,…
  • Flavorwire Author Club: Never Mind David Foster Wallace, Here’s Nora Ephron

    Jason Diamond
    23 Jul 2014 | 11:49 am
    Joan Didion and David Foster Wallace are two of the most common points of comparison for contemporary essayists who blur the line between cultural criticism and their own personal experience. Whether their books border on memoir or their essays set out with the intent to dissect an experience, event, or work of art from a personal point of view, we frequently judge new voices by these two giants of the modern essay. That’s perfectly fine, of course. It’s totally reasonable to freak out over how good the essays in Consider the Lobster or Slouching Towards Bethlehem are, but for my…
  • 5 Great Forbidden Love Stories With ‘Like No Other’ Author Una LaMarche

    Elisabeth Donnelly
    23 Jul 2014 | 11:15 am
    Una LaMarche‘s Like No Other is a wonderful romance between two Brooklyn teenagers — Devorah, an Orthodox Jew, and Jaxon, a black nerd — whose paths cross when they’re trapped in a hospital elevator during a hurricane. Despite the fact that they both live in Crown Heights, their paths would’ve never crossed otherwise, as Devorah is part of the Chabad-Lubavitch Hasidic movement, which exists in its own cloistered world — a world that, historically, has had tensions with Crown Heights’ African American population. Once these two star-crossed lovers meet, they have…
  • The 2014 Man Booker Longlist Has Been Announced

    Jason Diamond
    23 Jul 2014 | 6:01 am
    The longlist for the 2014 Man Booker has been announced, the first of its kind to have writers from all over the world competing, including American writers Joshua Ferris, Karen Joy Fowler, Richard Powers, and Siri Hustvedt. To Rise Again at a Decent Hour, Joshua Ferris (Viking) The Narrow Road to the Deep North, Richard Flanagan (Chatto & Windus) We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves, Karen Joy Fowler (Serpent’s Tail) The Blazing World, Siri Hustvedt (Sceptre) J,  Howard Jacobson (Jonathan Cape) The Wake, Paul Kingsnorth (Unbound) The Bone Clocks, David Mitchell (Sceptre) The…
  • “Tyler Durden Has Been Around for Centuries”: Chuck Palahniuk Talks ‘Fight Club 2′

    Isabella Biedenharn
    22 Jul 2014 | 7:34 am
    When Chuck Palahniuk floated the possibility of a graphic novel sequel to his now-classic book Fight Club at New York Comic Con last year, the project wasn’t exactly cemented. But, as Palahniuk says, “I messed up and said I was doing the sequel in front of 1,500 geeks with telephones. Suddenly, there was this big scramble to honor my word.” Thanks to those tweeting geeks, the ten-issue maxiseries, published by Dark Horse Comics and illustrated by Cameron Stewart, will debut in May 2015. The series will jump between past and present, picking up the story ten years after…
 
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  • July 23rd Evening Edition: Kindle Deals & Steals

    Pixel of Ink
    23 Jul 2014 | 9:32 am
    Check out tonight’s Deals & Steals and grab your favorites while they last! For non-U.S. readers, Kindle content availability and pricing will vary. Genre: Fantasy, Mystery, Romance, Suspense, Thriller Brass in Pocket by Stephen Puleston Still free? Click Here to find out! It is the middle of the night… The road is deserted… A killer is waiting… Two traffic officers are killed on an isolated mountain pass in North Wales. Inspector Drake is called to the scene and quickly discovers a message left by the killer – traffic cones in the shape of a No 4. The…
  • [Hot Deal] Playing with Matches – Only 99c!

    Pixel of Ink
    23 Jul 2014 | 5:54 am
    Playing with Matches by Lee Strauss Genre: Historical Fiction Heinz Schultz’s word could send a man to prison. Though only a youth of fifteen, he was strong, tall, and blond. The boys in his Deutsches Jungvolk unit esteemed him and feared him. And they wanted to be just like him… Emil Radle wanted to be just like him. A dedicated member of Hitler Youth, Emil was loyal to the Fuehrer before family, a champion for the cause and a fan of the famous Luftwaffe Air force. Emil’s friends Moritz and Johann discover a shortwave radio and everything changes. Now they listen to the…
  • July 23rd Morning Edition: Kindle Deals & Steals

    Pixel of Ink
    23 Jul 2014 | 5:34 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: Action & Adventure, Classic Literature, Historical Fiction, Legal Thriller, Romantic Comedy Eyes of the Hammer by Bob Mayer Still free? Click Here to find out! What if US Army Green Berets led by Dave Riley must take on not only criminal drug traffickers but also betray their own government? A US Army Special Forces team carrying sterilized weapons and unmarked uniforms is on its way to Colombia. The mission: conduct covert,…
  • July 22nd Evening Edition: Kindle Deals & Steals

    Pixel of Ink
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:27 am
    Ready for some more great reads? Check out this selection for your Kindle tonight! For non-U.S. readers, Kindle content availability and pricing will vary. Genre: Historical Fiction, Romance, Suspense, Thriller, Urban Fiction Life of Secrets by Bowen Greenwood Still free? Click Here to find out! Alyssa Chambers is rich and privileged by birth, but a criminal by choice. She steals secrets from the powerful and influential, and sells them to whoever pays – and they pay very well. But when someone assassinates a Presidential candidate in an office Alyssa just robbed, she’s framed for…
  • [Hot Deal] Essential Oils for Beginners – Save 88%

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    22 Jul 2014 | 5:42 am
    Essential Oils for Beginners: The Guide to Get Started with Essential Oils and Aromatherapy by Althea Press Over 100 5-Star Reviews! Genre: Nonfiction Essential oils are a natural and safe way to improve your health, cure ailments, and soothe your body and mind. They come from natural sources, and have been used for centuries for medicinal and cosmetic purposes. Essential Oils for Beginners is the comprehensive guide to harnessing the power of essential oils. Recent scientific research has proven that essential oils can truly prevent and heal disease, and they are far more affordable and safe…
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  • MONDO Batman ’66 Variant Screen Print by Martin Ansin

    Larry Fire
    24 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    MONDO dropped a couple of fun surprise Batman Day releases tonight, including this awesome Batman 1966 variant screen print by Martin Ansin. Batman (1966) by Martin Ansin 24″x36″ screen print Limited to 175 pieces $75. It sold out immediately upon release
  • Guardians of The Galaxy IMAX Poster By Matt Ferguson

    Larry Fire
    23 Jul 2014 | 11:35 pm
    Planning on seeing Guardians of the Galaxy in IMAX at midnight on August 1? Marvel Studios has revealed the special poster that fans will be receiving by attending those special screenings. The image was designed by Matt Ferguson of the Poster Posse. An action-packed, epic space adventure, the movie expands the Marvel Cinematic Universe into the cosmos, where brash adventurer Peter Quill finds himself the object of an unrelenting bounty hunt after stealing a mysterious orb coveted by Ronan, a powerful villain with ambitions that threaten the entire universe. To evade the ever-persistent…
  • X-Men: Days of Future Past 3D Arriving On Blu-ray, Blu-ray and DVD on October 14 & Digital HD September 23rd

    Larry Fire
    23 Jul 2014 | 1:01 pm
    X-Men Unite! The only way to save the future is to go into the past. Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment takes you back in time to stop the end of the world with X-Men: Days of Future Past on 3D Blu-ray, Blu-ray and DVD on October 14 and Digital HD September 23rd. Featuring a massive collaboration of legendary actors and the return of director Bryan Singer, “the very best [film] of the franchise since the first X-Men” comes to life in amazing fashion that you’ll have to see to believe (Stephen Rebello, Playboy). A heroic all-star cast including Hugh Jackman, Michael Fassbender,…
  • IDW Announces Orphan Black Comic Series

    Larry Fire
    23 Jul 2014 | 8:21 am
    Orphan Black, the acclaimed sci-fi series by Temple Street Productions, assumes a new identity in the form of a comic-book series from IDW Publishing. IDW’s series will not be a clone of the show but will feature some all-new stories set in the complex and thrilling world of Orphan Black. “Orphan Black, in addition to being a captivating TV series, is a perfect premise for comics,” said Chris Ryall, IDW’s Chief Creative Officer/Editor-in-Chief. “And as the second season has expanded the series in exciting new directions, that has only increased the amount of stories we’ll be able…
  • MONDO Announces 75 Years of Batman Gallery Show Opening On October 24, 2014

    Larry Fire
    23 Jul 2014 | 8:16 am
    MONDO Gallery just announced a 75 Years of Batman Gallery show in Austin, Texas that will open on October 24, 2014 and run until November 15th. To whet your appetite MONDO will release this Joker print by Jason Edmiston at Comic Con this week. Follow @MondoNews for on sale info and more info about the upcoming Dark Knight themed gallery show! The Joker Artist: Jason Edmiston Edition of 225 18″ x 24″ $45
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    The Truth About Lies

  • Smut: Two Unseemly Stories

    20 Jul 2014 | 3:30 am
    "... How much better ... how much healthier ... had all these persons, these family members, been more candid with one another right from the start. – Alan Bennett, Smut Sex is a part of life, in fact without sex there’d be no life. I’m less curious about it than I used to be but I still find I can be distracted from what I’m doing when some salacious news item passes my way. Little actually shocks me. It just underlines how narrow my own life experiences have been and how poorly I understand people. I’m as puzzled by people who practice auto-erotic asphyxia as I am by people who…
  • Rue End Street

    13 Jul 2014 | 3:30 am
    I’ve had enough of grown-ups lying or not telling me the truth. I’m twelve years old. I can milk cows, for heaven’s sake. – Sue Reid Sexton, Rue End Street CONTAINS SPOILERSSequels are a tricky business. It’s easy to see their appeal, both from an author’s perspective and a reader’s, but they’re fraught with dangers. With a standalone novel there’s little basis for expectations, whatever the blurb says and we all know how misleading blurbs can be. You might wonder if the book might go this way and that—especially if, as the case here, it’s a work of historical…
  • Depth

    6 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    Very deep. You should send that in to the Reader's Digest. They've got a page for people like you. ― Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy One of the last things my first wife said to me before she walked out the door was, “You know, you’re not deep. You think you are but you’re not.” That hurt me more than her leaving me. To this day, some thirty years later, it still stings. The fact is she was right—I wasn’t nearly as deep as I thought I was (what twenty-odd-year-old is?)—but I was (and continue to be) terribly interested in deep things. What exactly…
  • The Book of Unknown Americans

    29 Jun 2014 | 3:30 am
    I don’t need anyone’s pity. My life has been what it has been. It’s not a wonderful story, but it’s mine. – Cristina Henríquez, The Book of Unknown Americans How to tell a story: Well, you begin at the beginning and work your way towards the end. Easy. Few stories, however, are as straightforward as they first appear. On the surface The Book of Unknown Americans tells a simple enough story: Arturo Rivera relocates his family from Mexico to the United States so his fifteen-year-old daughter, who sustained a brain injury whilst helping him out on his construction site, can go to a…
  • A Slight Trick of the Mind

    22 Jun 2014 | 4:00 am
    “I am a brain, Watson. The rest of me is a mere appendix.” – Arthur Conan Doyle, ‘The Adventure of the Mazarin Stone’“I have no understanding of love,” he said miserably. “I have never made claim that I do.” So says the protagonist of Mitch Cullin’s new novel. And yet this is a book all about love. Well, loves. Different kinds. But let’s start with one of my loves: Sherlock Holmes. I’m a big fan. I’ve watched everything that’s ever been televised since I was a kid from Basil Rathbone on including the spoofs like Without a Clue although the man I think of as my…
 
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  • News – The 2014 Man Booker Prize Longlist Announced

    Novelicious
    23 Jul 2014 | 10:07 am
    Today marked a historic moment for the Man Booker Prize, as it announced its first global longlist. For the first time in its 46 year history, the £50,000 prize has been opened up to writers of any nationality, writing originally in English and published in the UK, as opposed to limiting entries to writers from the Commonwealth and Ireland. Thirteen novels were named on the longlist for the global prize with Howard Jacobson, David Mitchell and Ali Smith among the British authors, alongside David Nicholls, writer of the bestselling One Day. Ian McEwan, Martin Amis and Donna Tartt, whose novel…
  • Win! A Handmade Literary Quote Shirt!

    Novelicious
    23 Jul 2014 | 6:30 am
    “I cannot fix on the hour, or the spot, or the look, or the words, which laid the foundation. It is too long ago. I was in the middle before I knew I had begun.” – Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen Oh, Mr. Darcy. Will any flesh and blood man ever live up to tall, dark and fictional you? If you’re a Pride and Prejudice fan, you will absolutely love this Mr. Darcy shirt from Katie’s Thornfield Hall shop on Etsy. All of her designs are hand screen printed using eco-friendly water-based inks and feature beloved literary quotes. This particular passage – one of our favourites – is…
  • Feasting on Romantic Comedy – The Walsh Family and Their Love for Cornettos

    Helen
    23 Jul 2014 | 5:30 am
    Oh how I adore the Walsh Family. They're quirky, eccentric and there is never, ever a dull moment in this Irish household. The Walsh family, for those that don't know, are the rather fabulous creations of author Marian Keyes. I say creations, but I know they're real really.  Mammy Walsh, Dad Walsh and five sisters. Claire told her story through Marian Keyes's first novel, Watermelon. She was married and lived in London. Alas, just as she had finished giving birth to her first child, her husband James announced that he is leaving her. So back home Claire went, with baby, into the bosom of her…
  • Novelicious Chats To...Sarah Vaughan

    Novelicious
    23 Jul 2014 | 3:30 am
    Sarah’s debut novel, The Art of Baking Blind, about the hunt to find a new Mrs Eaden – domestic goddess of the 1960s – explores why we bake. Here, she talks about her inspiration for the book and how other women writers have impacted her style. Where do you find inspiration for your books? The germ for the Art of Baking Blind came in the aftermath of the Great British Bake Off in 2011. The winner, an Essex housewife filmed making cricket teas for her sons, had a husband who was in prison for his part in a £60m money-laundering racket. I started thinking about the disparity between…
  • Review – After the Honeymoon by Janey Fraser

    Novelicious
    23 Jul 2014 | 2:30 am
    Reviewed by Susan Lobban Your honeymoon is something you look forward to ... right? Well, not in the case of these two couples. Emma has been with Tom for forever and doesn’t see the need to marry. Emma lives for their kids, so when Tom keeps on about being a complete family he may have a point. Just because they have kids together is no reason to get married though, then, to add to insult to injury, a surprise honeymoon has been organised – no kids allowed! Winston, meanwhile, is a well-known breakfast fitness star, so when he marries Melissa after a whirlwind romance, he is determined…
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  • Brandi Breathes Books Waiting on Wednesday, WoW

    Brandi Kosiner
    23 Jul 2014 | 12:30 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: Stone Cold Touch (The Dark Elements, #2) Armentrout, Jennifer L. * Every touch has its price Layla Shaw is trying to pick up the
  • Roomies by Sara Zarr, Tara Altebrando review from Brandi Breathes Books

    Brandi Kosiner
    22 Jul 2014 | 12:30 am
    Roomies by Sara Zarr, Tara Altebrando It's time to meet your new roomie. When East Coast native Elizabeth receives her freshman-year roommate assignment, she shoots off an e-mail to coordinate the basics: television, microwave, mini-fridge. That first note to San Franciscan Lauren sparks a series of e-mails that alters the landscape of each girl's summer -- and raises questions about how two
  • Brandi Breathes Books Review: Torn Away by Jennifer Brown

    Brandi Kosiner
    21 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    Torn Away by Jennifer Brown Jersey Cameron has always loved a good storm. Watching the clouds roll in and the wind pick up. Smelling the electricity in the air. Dancing barefoot in the rain. She lives in the Midwest, after all, where the weather is sure to keep you guessing. Jersey knows what to do when the tornado sirens sound. But she never could have prepared for this. When her town is
  • Stacking the Shelves, The Sunday Post, Bought Borrowed and Bagged

    Brandi Kosiner
    19 Jul 2014 | 12:30 am
    Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga's Reviews,  check it out and sign up  here The 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
  • Review: The Winner's Curse by Marie Rutkoski

    Brandi Kosiner
    18 Jul 2014 | 12:30 am
    The Winner's Curse (The Winner's Trilogy #1) by Marie Rutkoski Winning what you want may cost you everything you love As a general’s daughter in a vast empire that revels in war and enslaves those it conquers, seventeen-year-old Kestrel has two choices: she can join the military or get married. But Kestrel has other intentions. One day, she is startled to find a kindred spirit in a young slave
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  • 5 BookBuzzr Widget Installations to Inspire You in July 2014

    Naveen
    24 Jul 2014 | 2:27 am
      1. Richard Sutton – Back to Santa Fe   2. Dana David – Punkie   3. Sarah Nicholson – The Evolutionary Journey of Woman: From the Goddess to Integral Feminism   4. Riya Anne Polcastro – Suicide in Tiny Increments: A Tragic Comedy   5. Aji Michael – The Next Maverick: Ready To Shape The Future _________________________________________________________________________________________________________   Naveen manages the social media marketing at BookBuzzr.
  • 5 Questions with Justine Schofield of Pubslush

    Naveen
    22 Jul 2014 | 11:43 pm
    Pubslush is a global crowdfunding and analytics platform for the literary world. The Pubslush name is derived from its founders’, Hellen and Amanda Barbara, mission to give authors the opportunity to get out of the slush pile, prove their talent and market viability, and successfully publish quality books. We recently had the pleasure and opportunity of interviewing Justine Schofield, development director at Pubslush, a niche global crowdfunding platform for the literary world.   1. What is Pubslush? Why should authors use it? Pubslush is a global pre-publication platform that allows…
  • The Popular BookBuzzr Flipper Now Works on the iPhone

    Naveen
    17 Jul 2014 | 5:24 am
    You asked and we listened. The BookBuzzr Flipper now works on the iPhone and related devices (like Android phones and iPads). The Flipper was the original widget that we created at BookBuzzr and over 18,000 books (created by over 11,000 authors) are now available in the flip book format. In case you’re new to BookBuzzr here is a recap of the BookBuzzr Flipper. Your book excerpt shows as a flip book which pages that turn like in a real book … just like the way you envisioned your book when you first wrote it. You can bundle additional information about your book inside your…
  • 5 Questions with Best Selling Author Sharon Bayliss

    Naveen
    3 Jul 2014 | 11:48 pm
      BookBuzzr author Sharon Bayliss’ book – Destruction: The December People, Book One recently hit the #1 spot on the Amazon. We reached out to Sharon to learn more about her story. The screenshot below was taken on June 20, 2014.   Hi Sharon, thank you for taking the time to do this interview. 1. How did you begin writing? Did you intend to become an author, or do you have a specific reason or reasons for writing each book?  I have been writing fiction since I was fifteen. I clearly remember when my English teacher pulled me aside and told me I was talented. That gave me the…
  • 5 BookBuzzr AuthorPage Widgets to Inspire You in June 2014

    Naveen
    25 Jun 2014 | 12:01 am
      1. James Hannibal – Shadow Maker (Nick Baron Series)   2. Robert Carter – The Deadly Playground 1914: The Barrington Quintet Volume I   3. Kimberley Linstruth-Beckom – Fibro and Fabulous The Book   4. Nataisha Hill – Partially Broken Never Destroyed: Mirror Mirror (Part II)   5. Nathan Johnson – The Rebel (Volume 1)   _________________________________________________________________________________________________________   Naveen manages the social media marketing at BookBuzzr.
 
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  • This Week’s Films (20/07/14)

    Dave Brown
    20 Jul 2014 | 6:56 am
    Trishna (2011) Trishna (Freida Pinto, Slumdog Millionaire) lives with her family in a village in Rajasthan, India’s largest state. As the eldest daughter, she works in a nearby resort to help pay the bills. Jay (Riz Ahmed, Four Lions) is the wealthy son of a property developer. When he takes up managing a resort at his father’s request, he meets Trishna at a dance and their fates cross. Jay finds every opportunity to win Trishna’s affection and she accepts his efforts with shy curiosity. But when the two move to Mumbai and become a couple, Jay’s deep family bond…
  • This Week’s Films (13/07/14)

    Dave Brown
    13 Jul 2014 | 3:54 am
    Blitz (2011) Tough, uncompromising and totally un-PC cop Brant (Jason Statham) joins forces with Officer DC Porter Nash (Paddy Considine) to hunt down a serial killer (Aiden Gillen) who has been targeting police officers. This fast-paced action-thriller is a raw, gritty tale of moral ambiguity, outsiders and the sacrifices the police make to keep crime off the streets. Verdict: 7/10 Go to top What Doesn’t Kill You (2008) Brian (Mark Ruffalo) and Paulie (Academy Award® nominee Ethan Hawke, Best Actor In a Supporting Role for Training Day, 2001) are two lifelong friends who grew up like…
  • Dave’s Odyssey #31

    Dave Brown
    11 Jul 2014 | 10:58 am
    In May 2008, I went travelling on my own for the first time and was out of England for a month. Along the way I took in Singapore, New Zealand, Australia and Thailand before coming home. I kept a journal of my time on the road, so here’s a day by day account of my trials and tribulations that has the undeserved title of Dave’s Odyssey.  Day 31 – Thailand – Home Despite being an hour behind schedule the pilot managed to trim our flight down to 11 hours. At first I tried numerous times to get some sleep, as I’d be catching three trains before returning to Barnsley. I did…
  • Masterpieces #24: Grandia

    Dave Brown
    9 Jul 2014 | 1:34 pm
    About Grandia (1999)Grandia, one of the most popular role-playing games (RPG) in recent history, is now available exclusively for the PlayStation game console. RPG fans will welcome Grandia’s imaginative, vibrant and detailed gameplay, which is complemented by a strong character-driven story, set in a warm and inviting world. Developed by Game Arts, the producers of Alisa Dragoon and the Lunar series, Grandia is an RPG masterpiece, loaded with innovative gameplay features and scenarios that will captivate players, providing more than 70 hours of gameplay. Grandia is an extraordinary…
  • This Week’s Films (06/07/14)

    Dave Brown
    6 Jul 2014 | 6:38 am
    Metallica: Some Kind of Monster (2004) Featuring the most successful heavy metal band of all time, METALLICA: SOME KIND OF MONSTER offers a revealing and exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the legendary band as they confront personal demons and their relationships with each other while recording their Grammy-winning album, St. Anger. Verdict: 8/10 Go to top The Time That Remains (2009) Covering the years from 1948 to the present day, writer/director Elia Suleiman’s THE TIME THAT REMAINS is a humorous, heartbreaking film that explores life among the Israeli Arab community, shot largely…
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  • Review: Chaos Undead by Joshua Roots (Shifter Chronicles #1)

    Jo
    23 Jul 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Chaos Undead (The Shifter Chronicles #1) Joshua Roots Published: Oct. 28, 2013 (Carina Press) Purchase: Amazon Review source: copy provided by author in exchange for an honest review Reviewed by: Jo Rating (out of 5): 3.5 stars When Marcus Shifter, a freelancer combat warlock for the Delwinn Council, chops the head of a zombie brandishing a shotgun, he takes his earnings and walks away on a job well done; something felt off though. Seeking the advice of a dark necromancer on parole, Marcus gets the shock of a lifetime when the once decapitated zombie is up, brandishing weapons again and…
  • Giveaway: Burning Dawn by Gena Showalter

    Chelsea
    23 Jul 2014 | 9:05 am
    Sometimes I just like to giveaway books. You understand that because, like me, most of you are book hoarders. Today I have a copy of Gena Showalter’s latest Angels of the Dark book Burning Dawn to send to one lucky VBC reader. It’s paranormal romance goodness, and brings the heat fans of her Lords of the Underworld series expect. You can take a peek at Candace’s review to get a taste of what you’re in store for. If it sounds like your kind of book, just fill out the Rafflecopter form below and you’re entered. Easy peasy. a Rafflecopter giveaway
  • Review: Generation V by M.L. Brennan (Generation V #1)

    Margaret
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Generation V (Generation V #1) M.L. Brennan Published: May 7, 2013 (Penguin) Purchase: Book Depository or Amazon Review source: library Reviewed by: Margaret Rating (out of 5): 4 stars Fortitude Scott is about as far from the usual alpha male vampire as you can get. He’s a barista with a degree in film theory, a deadbeat roommate and a cheating girlfriend. He drives a beat up Ford Fiesta and his shoes are held together with duct tape. He’s also witty, self-deprecating and his narration is refreshingly original. Fort hasn’t actually begun the transition to full vampire so he’s still…
  • Review: Nice Girls Don’t Have Fangs by Molly Harper (Jane Jameson #1)

    Jannelle
    21 Jul 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Nice Girls Dont Have Fangs (Jane Jameson #1) Molly Harper Published: March 31, 2009 (Pocket Star) Purchase: Book Depository or Amazon Review Source: purchased Reviewed by: Jannelle Rating (out of 5): 4.5 stars Jane Jameson is a newly unemployed librarian and an even newer vampire. She lives in Half Moon Hollow which is an eccentric small town in middle America, full of humans, ghosts, werewolves and of course, vampires. On the night she is let go from her job at the local library, Jane goes out for some drinks and, getting mistaken on her way home for a deer, shot. She wakes up three days…
  • Early Review: Poison Promise by Jennifer Estep (Elemental Assassin #11)

    Amy
    20 Jul 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Poison Promise (Elemental Assassin #11) Jennifer Estep Published: July 22, 2014 (Pocket Books) Purchase: Book Depository or Amazon Review source: Copy provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review Reviewed by: Amy Rating (out of 5): 4 stars Note: While this review will be spoiler free, it will reference previous books in the series. If you haven’t started yet, check out VBC’s review of book 1, Spider’s Bite. Gin’s birthday is just around the corner which means it’s been nearly a year since everything in the Elemental Assassin series started. Nearly a year since…
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  • 2014 WINNERS OF THE INTERNATIONAL LATINO BOOK AWARDS

    Native NYer
    3 Jul 2014 | 10:02 am
       This year, the International Latino Book Awards were presented during the American Librarians Association Conference in Las Vegas on Saturday, June 29.  (Viva Las Libraries!)  The list of winners contains some of my favorite authors and some new ones I look forward to reading.  I especially look forward to reading the two winning books by Shanaya Fastje and Alina Gonzalez, both 14-years-old with a lot of confidence and charm.Below are some of the winners:Best Young Adult Fiction Book – EnglishYaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass, Meg Medina;…
  • REVIEW: THE CLOSER by Mariano Rivera with Wayne Coffey

    Native NYer
    29 Jun 2014 | 9:00 pm
      The Latina Book Club is proud to select THE CLOSER as its July 2014 Book of the Month.   “I love being on a team.  You share your triumphs and your troubles.  You share everything.  You are all in it together.  You will do anything for the guys on your team.”“The Bible can’t tell you the story of my walk with the Lord, but it can tell you everything about how I try to live, and why the love of the Lord is the foundation of my whole life.  For me, the Bible is not just the word of God, but a life road map that is packed with wisdom that…
  • BOOK REVIEW: UNBREAKABLE by Kami Garcia

    Native NYer
    22 Jun 2014 | 10:46 pm
         Kami Garcia, one of the co-authors of the popular Beautiful Creatures series, has gone solo and has a new series:  The Legion.  Book 1, UNBREAKABLE, is out now to great reviews.  The book is being called a crossed between "Supernatural" and "Buffy the Vampire Slayer."  It's about a bunch of teens, untrained, uncoordinated, out to save the world.  It's fast-paced, full of intrigue and suspense, with interesting characters.  We love it and you will too.  We have our fingers crossed for a movie!   Happy reading…
  • ONE BOOK, ONE BARRIO WITH LA CASA AZUL BOOKSTORE

    Native NYer
    15 Jun 2014 | 9:32 pm
      History:  In 1998, Nancy Pearl from the Washington Center for the Book in the Seattle Public Library launched the campaign "If All Seattle Read the Same Book,” designed to unite the community of readers under the same book. The goal of the campaign was to encourage the public to read one particular book and to participate in several educational and literature-based programs associated with the chosen book. Today, countless libraries, schools and bookstores across the United States have adopted their own version of “One Book” with the same enthusiasm and vision as its…
  • NEW LATINO IMPRINT: CAFÉ CON LECHE BOOKS

    Native NYer
    3 Jun 2014 | 9:36 am
       The Good News:   Koehler Books is launching a new Latino imprint, Café Con Leche, with author/agent/publisher Leticia Gomez and author/life coach/motivational speaker Harris Kern at the helm.The Bad News:   Café Con Leche’s first book -- The Life of Ximena Godoy by Graciela Limón – will not be released until May 2015.We anxiously await the release of the first book in what promises to be an exciting imprint.  Café Con Leche will publish fiction and non-fiction by Latino authors and Latino-themed works in English for now.   Below is the…
 
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    21tiger

  • Scoutsource

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

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

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

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

    Michael A. Robson
    7 Apr 2014 | 9:49 pm
    Midas is a simple, free iOS app concept that helps you plan out the major investments in your life, starting with getting a College Education. Rather than nagging users for daily updates on expenses, the app uses sound principles of personal finance to set up bite-sized goals for the user, building towards lifelong financial goals such as graduating college, buying your first home, and retirement. Midas uses gamification rewards to motivate users in small chunks towards their lifelong goals.
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    Better World Books

  • Reminder: Don’t forget to submit your video

    Better World Books
    28 Jun 2014 | 12:08 pm
    We recently asked: “What book would you send your younger self?” And the submissions are coming in. If you’ve got a phone or a webcam, be sure to record your video response and let us know here. No matter if it’s 5 seconds, or 5 minutes, we want to know what book you would send your younger self. And once you’re done, don’t forget to vote on other submissions you think are interesting, and share them on Facebook and Twitter. There are some insightful ones on there now, and some funny ones. So let us know your answer, and let others know which responses…
  • Carson Scholars Fund Reading Room Donation

    Better World Books
    28 Jun 2014 | 11:33 am
    We have outgoing book donations in support of literacy and education at all times, but we wanted spotlight this one to let you know about it. We’ve just sent over 2,500 books to the Carson Scholars Fund, an organization that funds reading rooms for schools around the country that are “warm, inviting rooms where children can discover the joy of independent leisure reading.” There are 100 Ben Carson Reading Rooms in 14 different states so far, and counting. From the CarsonScholars.org website: A seventh grader named Sandy said the following about her school’s Ben Carson…
  • Librarians: Have you stopped by our booth at ALA?

    Better World Books
    28 Jun 2014 | 10:51 am
    We mentioned that we’ve got a booth set up at ALA this year in Las Vegas, so here’s a visual so you know what to look for if you’re at the event. Head to booth 1277 and find out about how Better World Books can make your library’s weeding projects have a bigger impact across the board. Here’s a better look at the booth. Come find us while the convention is going on!  
  • Only readers will get this: 15 Great Book-themed Self Portraits

    Better World Books
    28 Jun 2014 | 6:00 am
    A friend alerted us on Facebook to this great series of self-portraits by Pierre Beteille, in which the concepts or impressions of the book manifest themselves around, within, and (in one case) directly upon the reader. Be forewarned, only readers will get these!  View the rest at iso.500px.com (Thanks Irina for linking us to this!)
  • Need to find a book drop box near you?

    Better World Books
    27 Jun 2014 | 3:39 pm
    Judging by some recent conversations on our Facebook page and Twitter, we thought it might be worth mentioning our Book Drop Box Locator again. If you’ve got books that you need to get rid of, don’t throw them away! We believe no book should ever wind up in landfill, so we have been placing Drop Boxes in communities around the country to collect books that have no place else to go. We are able to extend their life and their impact by getting them back into the cycle of reuse. Just use the Drop Box Locator to find the one nearest you. (United States only… for now.) If there…
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    A Woman Reading

  • Ransom Hunter: Slave Turned Property Baron

    A Woman Reading
    4 Jul 2014 | 2:19 pm
    A photo of the home that Ransom Hunter built along West Glendale Avenue when it was still in good condition in the 1960s or 1970s. By Michael Barrett Originally published by the Gaston Gazette: Saturday, June 21, 2014 at 11:34 AM. No plaques or memorials there state that he is strongly believed to be the first freed slave to have owned property in Gaston County. Nor that his home, livery stable and makeshift general store became the hub of a thriving black community known as “Freedom” in the 19th century. Even his burial site, in a nondescript African-American cemetery along South…
  • Contemporary Romance Author, Kennedy Ryan Raises Awareness for Autism

    A Woman Reading
    8 Apr 2014 | 10:38 am
    Kennedy’s debut novel will be released on June 17, 2014. Published by Forever Yours/Grand Central.    Read Kennedy’s posts on ModernMom.com and YummyMummyClub.ca.  Filed under: Autism, Books, Contemporary Romance, Romance Tagged: Autism, Kennedy Ryan, Love Triangles, Modern Mom, Non-traditional romance, Romance, When You Are Mine
  • Author CJ Matthew Talks Chumash Myths, Shape Shifting Dolphins and Alpha Males

    A Woman Reading
    8 Feb 2014 | 3:58 pm
    By CJ Matthew After the rain and the fury of the storm passes, not many of us can resist the urge to search above us for a rainbow. Even though we possess the scientific knowledge to explain its existence, the array of luminous colors arched across the sky seems magical. Rainbows have fascinated people for eons, and many ancient cultures incorporated the concept of a rainbow bridge into their traditions. The Chumash Myth A rainbow bridge is a pivotal part of the Native American Chumash origin tradition:  To create the Chumash people, Earth Mother Hutash buries the seeds of magical plants on…
 
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    KID BOOK RATINGS (1111 WORDS)

  • I Love To Eat

    16 Jul 2014 | 2:07 am
    No way! Me too!!                  THREE PROS*Any time a board book gives me three languages (English, French, Spanish) for the price of one, that's a win*Covers the basics while throwing in some normally unseen common mealtime items like a sippy cup and a baby jar *HMH Books upped the ante by using a sturdy design complete with nice 3D finishing touches   THREE CONS *No doubt this is good for a number of readings, but eventually it has to fade*Sure the cover cutout is really eyecatching -- still, I don't suggest you…
  • The Great Friendship Of Koyemsi And TuHavi

    14 Jul 2014 | 8:53 pm
    Something tells me that author/illustrator Joan Mansson and I won't be BFF after this review. THREE PROSThe idea behind the story, which Mansson discovered when researching her own Hopi kachina dolls, is a great allegory for one looking to demonstrate the principles of cooperation, teamwork, and, yes, friendship   Even though the book was too stretched out for my taste, my son seemed interested in it all the way through (full disclosure: he has not asked us to reopen it, despite a little water-testing by me and it being the only book in our living room all weekend)As a fan…
  • EIEIO - How Old MacDonald Got His Farm

    13 Jul 2014 | 5:33 pm
    This has gotta be the most successful agriculture-related endeavor since FarmVille. THREE PROSIt takes a special kind of mind to tackle a classic character reimagination project, but it looks like Judy Sierra is becoming a force to be reckoned with in this arena (improving on earlier attempts like Tell The Truth, B.B. Wolf)*All the little touches are what really allow this book to shine -- especially the composting arc that, once and for all, shows it is possible to polish a turd and make it sparkle *Locating the farm smack dab in the middle of suburbia was a cool idea, not to…
  • Good Night Beach

    9 Jul 2014 | 12:18 pm
    I couldn't resist reviewing a story about a place you will probably visit in the next few months.                  THREE PROS*Any time I can get a longish book that costs me 33 cents per page while still keeping us somewhat entertained is (at least temporarily) worth whatever warts it may have*Cooper Kelly's style isn't my favorite, but his illustrations are undeniably detailed and full of color when compared to other offerings in this genre *It's rare that I learn something from a board book, but this one taught me that those guys that…
  • Dino Bites!

    8 Jul 2014 | 12:01 pm
    Excuse me, waiter.  Could I please send this back? THREE PROSAlgy Craig Hall's super-sized illustrations (especially the cover image) made me want to give his book the benefit of the doubt   The page where all four characters are shown together along with their food-oriented names was my favorite because it captured the moment before all the action went downI also enjoyed Hall's depiction of facial expressions (particularly the dinosaur and the insect)THREE CONS There is at least one old lady who swallowed a fly calling the Patent and Trademark Office to…
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    eclectic / eccentric

  • Over Sea, Under Stone by Susan Cooper

    Trisha
    5 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    The first book in Susan Cooper's The Dark is Rising series, Over Sea, Under Stone is a tale I've been meaning to read for years. I actually first purchased this book about 5+ years ago for one of Dewey's Readathons, but I ended up reading the first three books in Cirque du Freak instead (a series I never finished by the way).In the story, Simon, Jane, and Barney Drew are on holiday (damn my American sensibilities love that phrase) in Trewissick visiting their great-uncle Merry, whom they affectionately call Gumerry. When they discover an old manuscript detailing a map, the three children set…
  • Top 10 Favorite Classic Books

    Trisha
    1 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. To learn more about Top Ten Tuesday or see the list of future topics click here.Today's Top 10: Favorite Classic BooksThe Monk by Matthew Gregory Lewis This may be my favorite classic of all time. The entire story is just such a wonderful surprise as the three stories rather effortlessly flow in and out of each other, each one sensationally Gothic in nature. Abounding with monks, nuns, secret passageways, cold corridors, nasty weather, soul-selling witches, prurient interests, superstition, and the occasional dead body, The Monk has a…
  • The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin

    Trisha
    30 Jun 2014 | 2:00 am
    Prior to hearing about The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin on Ana's blog, the book hadn't crossed my mind in almost two decades. Once I read the title, a tiny flicker of memory lit up, and while I could remember no details about the book, a positive feeling persisted. I am so glad I read it again as this book is tricksy fun.Sixteen people are invited to live in a new apartment complex on the banks of Lake Michigan, and later they come together to hear the will of one Sam Westing. Divided into 8 pairs, the confused heirs are challenged to solve the riddle of Westing's death. The winner will…
  • Currently | Active and Tired

    Trisha
    8 Jun 2014 | 2:00 am
    Time and Place // 8:06am, on the couch with Madison who is watching YouTube videos on my phone....like alwaysEating and Drinking // Water. Lots and lots of water.Reading // I can't seem to get into a book right now. I've read the first few pages of Cinder, The Mad Scientist's Daughter, Everything Beautiful Began After, and The Thief, but all were put down and forgotten shortly after. I need a book to get me out of this slump, but nothing is popping out at me right now. At least nothing that I own - and since I have more unread books on my shelves than most people have books total, I feel just…
  • Pilgrim's Wilderness by Tom Kizzia

    Trisha
    4 Jun 2014 | 2:00 am
    Pilgrim's Wilderness: A True Story of Faith and Madness in the Alaska Frontier by Tom Kizzia, a summary in less words than the title: Whackadoodle patriarch abuses family and pisses off everyone else.Oh my Jehoshaphat ladies and gents, this book was crazy reading. I was horrified, I was morbidly awed, I was politically outraged, I was personally offended, I was arrogantly disbelieving, I was floored. If I pick up a book about an uber-religious family with 15 children who want to backwoods it out in the wilds of Alaska, I know what I'm getting into. I have yet to read - or even hear of - such…
 
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    BOOKVISIONS

  • The Martian by Andy Weir

    Linda
    15 Jul 2014 | 4:41 am
    The first couple of chapters were a little difficult for me to get interested in because of the detailed explanations and math equations by the main character Mark Watney. Once past that, the story fell into place as it brought in the rest of the characters. Astronaut Mark Watney was left for dead on the surface of Mars – only he wasn’t dead, and a frantic attempt at a rescue effort was quickly put together. Most of the book is written diary style with Mark entering his actions, duties, and thoughts as log entries. The story is a very detailed description of the successes and failures of…
  • If You Were Me and Lived in…Portugal – an Introduction to Learning About Other Cultures by Carole P. Roman

    Linda
    14 Jul 2014 | 6:08 pm
    If You Were Me and Lived in…Portugal – an Introduction to Learning About Other Cultures by Carole P. Roman is another in this educational series for children Pre-K to age eight.  This series teaches children about their peers around the world.  It answers questions that children would ask. What do you play with? What do you like to eat? What do you call your parents? Where would you go for fun? What kind of holidays do you celebrate?The illustrations are bright and colorful and portray the story well.  There is a two-page pronunciation guide in the back of the book for…
  • The Hanging Tree by Michael Philip Cash

    Linda
    11 Jul 2014 | 5:07 pm
    The Hanging Treeis an interesting novella that involves a bitter curse, an old tree, a black cat, ghosts, and the lives of two teenagers.  The story goes back and forth in time so that you not only understand the teens, but also the spirits that meet them at the tree.    I enjoyed the story very much especially exploring the relationship with the teen girl, Arielle, and her parents as she gains independence and has to make important decisions.  The bitterness and hatred that has carried over generations takes this story to fascinating places.   I thought…
  • The Crew Goes Coconuts A Captain No Beard Story by Carole P. Roman

    Linda
    10 Jul 2014 | 2:56 pm
    The pirate gang is back in Volume 6 of the Captain No Beard stories.  Polly, Fribbit, Cayla, Hallie, Linus, Mongo, and of course, Capt. No Beard are all here. This time we also meet Matie the goat.The story is about teasing, hurt feelings, and with the guidance of Captain No Beard they learn more about each other and why teasing can be hurtful. Once again, this is a fun, interesting, and entertaining book that children will love, and with an important message.  The illustrations are colorful and fun.  The text is well-spaced for easy reading. I am not good at estimating the age…
  • If You Were Me and Lived in Australia by Carole P. Roman

    Linda
    28 Jun 2014 | 2:23 pm
    If You Were Me and Lived in Australia is another informative book about the people and places around the world written for young readers. What kind of money would I use to buy something?  Where would I visit, and what would I see? What would I eat, and what games would I play.  Children will love to learn that they have so much in common with other children around the world, and still have many fun differences. All of the books in this series are entertaining and will appeal to a wide age range. The recommended is age 3 to age 8.  They are written in simple language, but with…
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    Book Dirt

  • The Free Bin: Pre-Code Superheroines, Deadly Fashion, and Homicide Hunter

    30 Jun 2014 | 7:56 am
    I’ve had a wildly exciting week (which you’ll learn more about if you read the whole post), but I still found a little time to read, relax, and scour the net for fascinating stuff. Tumblr blogger Saladin Ahmed has a cool piece on pre-code comic book heroines, rounding up forgotten female characters like Lady Satan, The Veiled Avenger, and a bleach-blonde jungle spirit who might well be the first woman with superpowers to appear in comic form.The Guardian is calling it “the kinkiest secret in the Soviet Union”: a collection of erotic and pornographic works confiscated from aristocrats…
  • On Losing a Manuscript

    16 Jun 2014 | 8:36 am
    I suppose it could be deemed ironic that while working on a book about films that have gone missing, I lost my work. Photo: Sarah Wynne/Creative Commons License. It’s not been very long since I returned from my writer’s residency, during which I completed the introduction and three chapters to my book—enough to begin sending out the samples required for a non-fiction proposal. To my horror, one of those chapters has now disappeared. The file is gone. It’s irretrievable, which I’m only just now admitting. To make matters worse, the missing chapter is the one on which I spent…
  • Blog Milestone Giveaway: Lawrence Block’s Borderline and a New Mike Hammer Novel

    27 May 2014 | 8:25 am
    I recently took a peek at my blog stats and noticed that Book Dirt has reached more than 250,000 page views. That’s a quarter of a million times people have stopped by. While some of those views go to people Googling “nude owls” or visiting just to see the yearly weird calendar round-up, many of them go to you: the loyal readers who actually bother to read my reviews of dusty crime novels or my thoughts on bizarre book news.While I think it’s a pretty cool milestone, you know who else thinks it’s cool? The folks at Hard Case Crime/Titan Books. They’re helping me celebrate the…
  • The Busy Life of a Freelancer: What I’ve Been Working On

    25 Apr 2014 | 9:15 am
    I know, I know, my posts have been sparse the last couple of weeks. I’m working hard at dozens of things, and there are moments when I have so many deadlines at once that I have to remind myself that this is what I wanted (and it is). I hope I can ultimately hone my productivity skills to allow for regular posts during a crunch, but in the meantime, here’s what’s been distracting me:Preparing for a residency. I mentioned before that I have a writer’s residency coming up, which will allow me time and solitude to work on my book on lost films. It’s only a few days away now, so I’m…
  • The Free Bin: Movie Novelizations, Writing Dialogue, and Luxurious Silence

    7 Apr 2014 | 12:49 pm
    This week’s collection of articles that have captured my attention includes a few longer pieces. If you’re used to bite-sized web articles, it might take some arm twisting to get you to read them, but consider making some time (or sending them to your Kindle for reading later). They’re well worth it.An assortment of movie novelizations, jammed together unevenly by me.  “The Endangered Art of the Movie Novelization” is the topic of a Random House article that covers a lot of fascinating ground. Before you say “Good riddance,” take a look. There’s some great background on…
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    But What Are They Eating?

  • FOODFIC: Welcome Serina Hartwell, Author of Hidden

    17 Jul 2014 | 6:54 am
    I first dreamt up the Hidden Saga many years ago, while at the bottom of my garden. It was a hot sunny day in the middle of August and I had a thirst that I just couldn’t quench. As I reminisce, I recall heading down with a glass of fresh orange and sitting for the longest time, just thinking, watching the water condensate around my glass and run down onto the table. Water – That was the only thing that I was sure of when I first made the decision that I really had something worth pursuing in Hidden. I had no idea where my story would take me, but it led me along a path that I’m still…
  • FOODFIC: Dorothy Must Die - Danielle Paige

    11 Jul 2014 | 6:42 am
    Her name may still be Dorothy Gayle, but she is nothing like the girl you remember from that first journey to Oz.She’s still wearing her trademark blue-and-white checks, but she’s traded in the farm-girl cotton for silk and chiffon in a style somewhere between haute couture and French hooker. Mm-hmm.Oh, and she’s wicked now, too. Not in title, of course, as the official wicked witch collective is still around, but as defined by her nasty behavior. And speaking of titles, she’s given herself a bold one: Princess Dorothy of Oz, second only to Ozma, who for all intents and purposes is…
  • FOODFIC: Please Welcome Gilda Evans, Author of Girl Talk

    3 Jul 2014 | 5:23 pm
    Most of my audience knows me as an author and speaker, but few are familiar with my poetry.  My poetry is as diverse as my other writings – the meter, subject matter and innate rhythms vary greatly. The one I’ve chosen to share now is one of my earlier poems. It is freeform with a distinctly feminine subject.  It was inspired on a rather lonely, rainy day several years ago while I was contemplating the view from my window. I felt a most interesting swirl of emotions, that encompassed isolation, peace, sadness, hope and wonder all rolled into a kaleidoscope of feeling that…
  • FOODFIC: Please Welcome St. John Karp, Author of Radium Baby

    26 Jun 2014 | 5:07 am
    My favorite ice-breaker on a first date is, "If you could travel back in time to any period, when would you go?" You can tell a lot about a person by how they answer. A lot of people seem to want to meet Jesus, which is legit, although they conveniently forget to set aside time to learn Aramaic first. My own choice would be the 1920s. They were in the middle of a post-war cultural revolution — it was the golden age of the silver screen, Dadaism was turning into Surrealism, you couldn't sneeze without hitting ten radioactive consumer products, and they spoke English. The sheer amount of cool…
  • FOODFIC: Please Welcome Heather Grace Stewart, Author of Strangely, Incredibly Good

    19 Jun 2014 | 7:31 am
    Strangely, Incredibly Good…Food! Can your relationship with others affect your relationship with food? Absolutely. For better, and for worse. In my novel, Strangely Incredibly Good, the main character Katherine “Cat” Glamour is an emotional eater. Now, don’t assume that the book is all about women dealing with weight issues - no way. It’s one of the subjects the book covers, but it’s by no means its only theme. By the time you’ve hit 40, I believe you’ve read & seen enough messages about how to eat and exercise right to last you three lifetimes. Enough, already! This book…
 
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    Andy Straka

  • Drones and Private Eyes

    andy
    13 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    From the NY Post. You had to know this was coming…. http://nypost.com/2014/07/13/private-eyes-using-drones-to-nab-scammers-cheating-spouses/              
  • A Witness Above hits #1 on Amazon Ebook Bestseller (free) List!

    andy
    30 Jun 2014 | 4:05 pm
             
  • War Dogs Film

    andy
    29 Jun 2014 | 3:38 pm
    Saw this short documentary on service dogs helping veterans suffering from PTSD last night at the Ruff Cuts Film Festival. Very moving. Watch it here. http://wardogsfilm.com/
  • Game, Set, Match

    andy
    8 Jun 2014 | 1:52 pm
    Very cool. Raptors are being used for pigeon abatement at the French Open (not to mention three of the four Grand Slam tournament sites according to this article from the Wall Street Journal.)   http://online.wsj.com/articles/fiercest-match-of-french-open-tennis-tournament-raptor-vs-pigeon-1402101392  
  • Summer Steal

    andy
    5 Jun 2014 | 7:39 am
    The Blue Hallelujah ebook edition is now on sale for $0.99 through June 19. Five Star Superlatives: “Best Novel of Suspense and Mystery I have read in a long time…Andy Straka comes right at your heart with this writing. There is no letting go until you finish the Epilogue.”                  -David Syrett “Wow! This book is absolutely stunning! Even this old non-believer was moved by the spiritual aspects of it…Too many superlatives? I don’t think so.” -Arthur L. Hellyer “Explore[s] issues of life, death and the nature of evil while…
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    The Browser

  • Obsessing About Gaza, Ignoring Syria | Jeffrey Goldberg | Atlantic | 23rd July 2014

    Jeffrey Goldberg
    22 Jul 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Far more people are being killed, day by day, in the Syrian civil war, than in the fighting between Israel and Hamas. Yet the attention of the West is focused massively on Israel and Palestine, scarcely at all on Syria. “What happens in Syria should be of first-order interest to the US media. But it is clearly not.” The answer may be that “Muslim killing Muslim or Arab killing Arab seems more acceptable than Israel killing Arabs” Subscribe to the Browser to receive a feed with direct links to the recommended content
  • Behind The Scenes In Putin’s Court | Ben Judah | Newsweek | 23rd July 2014

    Ben Judah
    22 Jul 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Engrossing portrait of the Russian president at work — his daily routine, his court, the elaborate protocol when he travels. “There are no stories of extravagance: only of loneliness. The President has no family life. His mother is dead. So is his father. His wife suffered nervous disorders, and after a long separation, there has been a divorce. There are two daughters. But they are a state secret and no longer live in Russia”Subscribe to the Browser to receive a feed with direct links to the recommended content
  • How To Win A Tour De France Sprint | Bryce Dyer | New Statesman | 23rd July 2014

    Bryce Dyer
    22 Jul 2014 | 6:00 pm
    It’s teamwork. You need a ‘leadout train’ of several riders. “The team’s designated sprinter is at the back of this train and is sheltered by the efforts of those riding in front to save his energy. With four cyclists riding in a line, a rider positioned four men back only has to produce 64 per cent of the power of the rider at the very front”. The front runners peel off one by one, leaving the sprinter to winSubscribe to the Browser to receive a feed with direct links to the recommended content
  • What Is Wrong With The Grand Nation? | Alexander Smoltczyk | Der Spiegel | 23rd July 2014

    Alexander Smoltczyk
    22 Jul 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Spiegel travels the route of the Tour de France, talks to locals, and asks, de haut en bas: Why is France doing so much worse than Germany in every way? One common rationale: It’s the foreigners. “We still have values here in the village”. “Why don’t the football players sing the national anthem?” Le Point says: “France under François Hollande is like Cuba, only without the sun but with the extreme right.” Subscribe to the Browser to receive a feed with direct links to the recommended content
  • Let’s Fly | Craig Mod | Medium | 23rd July 2014

    Craig Mod
    22 Jul 2014 | 6:00 pm
    How to survive air travel. In brief: Get there early, bring a face-mask and ear-plugs. “Authorities recommend arriving two hours before international flights. I say four. Get there four hours before your flight. Your friends laugh at you. Have patience. You are hacking the airport by arriving early, knowing that all the work you could have done at home — the emails or writing or photo editing — can be done at the airport”Subscribe to the Browser to receive a feed with direct links to the recommended content
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    BookLeverageBlog

  • Bookleverage on YouTube!

    George Rodriguez
    22 Jul 2014 | 2:05 pm
    I’m on a mission to spread the love of non-fiction far and wide. And that is why Bookleverage is now on YouTube. At least for me when I get on YouTube the only book commentary I see is about sexy vampires, a dystopian future with love-crossed teenagers or a combination of the two. But not anymore nonfiction book lovers, because Bookleverage is on YouTube for good! I’m going to start out with videos that I create on Powtoon, but I might eventually come out with videos starring yours truly doing video book reviews and talking about nonfiction books in general. That might be better…
  • Little Fears

    George Rodriguez
    16 Jul 2014 | 2:21 pm
    So there I was, staring at the screen, thinking over my options. Do I press OK and release the start of my dream to the world (or at least my Facebook friends) or do I move on and just accept the status quo? It’s funny the little fears and the big tests that we all face as we struggle for success.  And what would seem to others as nothing, take on gigantic proportions in the minds of some. I want to start a newsletter.  I want to provide value to people so they will sign up and find out for themselves what I offer is helpful, useful and a positive in their lives.  I want to build…
  • Just What the World Needs, Another Newsletter

    George Rodriguez
    15 Jul 2014 | 1:46 pm
    I’m in the process of putting together a bi-monthly newsletter.  Bi-monthly means twice a month.  And I only say that because like most people I wonder why people don’t just say twice a month. But when you are talking about newsletters you have to say bi-monthly or the newsletter police send you a letter. So why another newsletter? As someone who pooh pooh’s society’s fascination with “surfing the net” as a timesuck in general, I have to admit that I subscribe to many newsletters because they offer so much value. I can’t get to everything on the…
  • 10 Things I Learned – The Second Machine Age by Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee

    George Rodriguez
    13 Jul 2014 | 5:39 pm
    The Second Machine Age: Work, Progress, and Prosperity in a Time of Brilliant Technologies is a great book for anyone wondering what technology means for the future of work and society.  With amazing technological progress comes good and bad side effects and Brynjolfsson and McAfee not only chart the positive outcomes of the machine age, but also delineate the threats to businesses, employees and the future of work. Here are ten things I learned after reading this excellent book: 1.  The second machine age will be just as disruptive as the Industrial Revolution Now comes the second machine…
  • The Launch Checklist

    George Rodriguez
    12 Jul 2014 | 8:44 pm
    For years I’ve thought about creating and selling an information product. Today I started reading Jeff Walker’s Launch and had an idea. What if I took every step he outlines for a successful product launch, wrote them out and as I complete them, blog about them. I get a product launch under my belt and my blog readers get a first person account of what a product launch really looks and feels like. So here we go and launch away! If you enjoyed this post, I'd be very grateful if you'd take a moment and sign up for my newsletter 5 Great Pieces. Twice a month I'll send you valuable…
 
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    The New Podler Review of Books

  • First Stone by Gary Ballard

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

    18 Jun 2014 | 7:09 am
    Over the last couple of years, I've written about how important it is for an indie author to have a good cover for their book. I've invited several indie authors here to talk about the process they went through to get their covers, whether doing it themselves or hiring a professional. M. Terry Green pointed me in the direction of affordable, professional designers who offer pre-designed and customizable covers—the growing list can be found by clicking on our "Book Cover Designers" tab.While we've seen a decrease in the number of bad covers submitted here, there seems to be no shortage…
  • Justice, Inc. by Dale Bridges

    3 Jun 2014 | 8:06 am
    Imagine a future where orphan children are adopted by international corporations and forced into indentured servitude, where zombie viruses are spread through heterosexual intercourse, where Osama bin Laden is cloned by the thousands for public execution. Welcome to the world of JUSTICE, INC. No one is safe. Nothing is sacred. And all sales are final.Justice, Inc. is a collection of short stories written by Dale Bridges and published by Monkey Puzzle Press. It is due to be released on June 20th.All in all, this is a solid collection of 21st century American satire. "In the Beginning: An…
  • Magic’s Heart by Thomas Oliver

    16 May 2014 | 2:00 pm
    If you write about a quest to deliver a magical object to a far-flung destination and thereby save the world from evil, you had better be up to the challenge, for your brave travelers unwittingly toil in the shadows of Frodo and Sam. Thomas Oliver makes a credible foray into this formidable subgenre with Magic’s Heart. This novel’s would-be heroes are a close-knit family whose members each possess a distinct magical talent. Seventeen-year-old Aliya has an affinity for bodies of water and the creatures that inhabit them. Her twin brother Crick has highly developed outdoor skills honed…
  • Shadowcursed by Gelo Fleisher

    13 May 2014 | 11:34 am
    Bolen is a thief, plying his trade under the spires of an ancient and sprawling city. Worried that he's growing too old, Bolen has lined up a risky job, just to prove that he can still pull one off.Tonight, he's going to break into a nobleman's vault and help himself to its contents. What he doesn't know is that inside is the key to a secret as old as the city itself.Kings have killed for it, demons have coveted it, priests have prayed for it, and in a few moments it will be in his hands. And when it is, the adventure of his life will begin.I was drawn in by the protagonist, Bolen. He's a guy…
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    Any New Books?

  • This week’s new Kindle ebooks

    Any new books?
    23 Jul 2014 | 8:34 pm
    Here are this week’s new releases for the category ‘Kindle’. ★ Our Staff Pick ★ The Fantastic Laboratory of Dr. Weigl: How Two Brave Scientists Battled Typhus and Sabotaged the Nazis Stores: USA | UK By Arthur Allen Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company Publication date: July 21, 2014 Share this book on Twitter | Facebook | Google+ Clinton, Inc.: The Audacious Rebuilding of a Political Machine Stores: USA | UK By Daniel Halper Publisher: Broadside Books Publication date: July 22, 2014 Share this book on Twitter | Facebook | Google+ Tom Clancy Support and Defend…
  • This week’s new books in Programming

    Any new books?
    23 Jul 2014 | 8:22 pm
    Here are this week’s new releases for the category ‘Programming’. ★ Our Staff Pick ★ Functional Thinking: Paradigm Over Syntax Stores: USA | Canada | Kindle | UK Kindle By Neal Ford ISBN: 1449365515 Publisher: O’Reilly Media Publication date: July 20, 2014 Binding: Paperback Estimated price: $29.63 Share this book on Twitter | Facebook | Google+ JavaScript & jQuery: Interactive Front-End Web Development Hardcover Stores: USA | Canada By Jon Duckett ISBN: 1118871650 Publisher: Wiley Publication date: July 21, 2014 Binding: Hardcover Estimated price:…
  • This week’s new books in Mathematics

    Any new books?
    23 Jul 2014 | 8:22 pm
    Here are this week’s new releases for the category ‘Mathematics’. ★ Our Staff Pick ★ Taming the Unknown: A History of Algebra from Antiquity to the Early Twentieth Century Stores: USA | UK | Italy | Kindle | UK Kindle By Victor J. Katz, Karen Hunger Parshall ISBN: 0691149054 Publisher: Princeton University Press Publication date: July 21, 2014 Binding: Hardcover Estimated price: $36.34 Share this book on Twitter | Facebook | Google+ Precalculus with Integrated Review and Worksheets plus NEW MyMathLab with Pearson eText — Access Card Package Stores: USA |…
  • This week’s new books in Travel

    Any new books?
    23 Jul 2014 | 12:47 pm
    Here are this week’s new releases for the category ‘Travel’. ★ Our Staff Pick ★ Travels With Casey Stores: USA | UK | Canada | Italy | Kindle | UK Kindle By Benoit Denizet-Lewis ISBN: 1439146934 Publisher: Simon & Schuster Publication date: July 22, 2014 Binding: Hardcover Estimated price: $9.99 Share this book on Twitter | Facebook | Google+ Hope Runs: An American Tourist, a Kenyan Boy, a Journey of Redemption Stores: USA | UK | Canada | Italy | Kindle | UK Kindle By Claire Diaz-Ortiz, Samuel Ikua Gachagua ISBN: 1410470733 Publisher: Thorndike Press…
  • This week’s new Teen books

    Any new books?
    23 Jul 2014 | 12:44 pm
    Here are this week’s new releases for the category ‘Teens’. ★ Our Staff Pick ★ Homeroom Diaries Stores: USA | Canada | Italy | Kindle | UK Kindle By James Patterson, Lisa Papademetriou ISBN: 0316207624 Publisher: Little, Brown and Company Publication date: July 21, 2014 Binding: Hardcover Estimated price: $9.25 Share this book on Twitter | Facebook | Google+ Strange and Ever After Stores: USA | Italy | Kindle By Susan Dennard ISBN: 0062083325 Publisher: HarperTeen Publication date: July 22, 2014 Binding: Hardcover Estimated price: $10.79 Share this book on…
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    A Travelers' Library

  • NEW YORK CITY–THE BOOK LIST

    Vera Marie Badertscher
    21 Jul 2014 | 10:58 am
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  • New York with Murder, a Rookie Journalist and Hasidic Jews

    Vera Marie Badertscher
    14 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
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    My Book and My Coffee

  • Guest Post: The Next Idea by May Williams

    23 Jul 2014 | 8:16 am
    Where and how do you get ideas for your next book? May Williams, author of Raising Her Hopes, is here today to talk about getting that 'next idea'. Check it out! Also, don't forget to enter the nice giveaway below! :) Writers are always looking for the next idea or trying to refine the ones circulating in their heads in order to get a book from the brain to the page. To help me along, I like to talk to new people and ask lots of questions. When I’m experiencing something new, I’m always thinking about using it in a book. So I ask even more questions. Recently, on a family…
  • WW Giveaway: Manroot by Anne Steinberg

    30 Jun 2014 | 7:14 am
    Today's giveaway features the fantasy, romance novel of Anne Steinberg, Manroot. Take a look and please enter the giveaway below. :)  Manroot by Anne SteinbergFantasy, RomanceBook Description: In the spring of 1939, Katherine Sheahan and her father, Jesse, are looking for work in the isolated tourist town of Castlewood. Jesse gets a job as handyman and Katherine as a maid at a small hotel. Jesse drinks and neglects his work and eventually disappears, abandoning his daughter. Frieda Broom, the hotel Manager, takes Katherine under her wing, and teaches her about ginseng, the manroot,…
  • Guest Post: My Love Affair with Florida by Amie Denman

    25 Jun 2014 | 6:51 am
    Hello lovelies! Amie Denman, author of The Gull Motel, is here today to share a guest post about her 'love affair' with Florida. I haven't been to Florida... yet, and it would be great to have her book on my ever-growing TBR so at least I have an idea. Plus, this sounds like a wonderful story. Check. Added. :) Amie is on currently on blog tour to support her newly released novel, The Gull Motel, a sweet contemporary romance. Let's read and share this guest post ... and, oh, don't forget to enter the giveaway after reading! :)When Savvy Thorpe rolls into The Gull Motel on the Gulf…
  • Author Spotlight: L. A. Cadieux

    24 Jun 2014 | 7:24 am
    Welcome to my first ever Author Spotlight post! :) I am very happy to introduce L.A. Cadieux to all of you, lovelies! She is the author of the newly released young adult novel, One Life.  P.S. Don't forget to enter the giveaway at the end of this post :) Connect with L.A.: Website | Blog | Goodreads | Twitter | Facebook | Pinterest | Google+Keeping busy isn’t a problem for L. A. Cadieux as she balances a hectic life as a mom of two, plus her career as an IT project manager and newly published author—but she wouldn’t have it any other way. As a child known for…
  • WW Giveaway: A Native’s Tongue by Michael D. Dennis

    20 Jun 2014 | 7:48 am
    WEEKEND LOVE! Enter this giveaway for a chance to win an eBook copy (Kindle version) of A Native’s Tongue by Michael D. Dennis. A Native’s Tongue by Michael D. DennisRelease Date: June 2014As I walked out under the Los Angeles sky, the possibility of becoming something more than a short order cook, living in the valley, and resenting my dysfunctional family occurred to me…Charlie Winters has never been an overachiever. He is used to just getting by while living with his single mother and working a dead-end job at a cheesesteak stand. Meanwhile, he’s constantly grappling with…
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    Where Writers Win

  • Four Reasons You Must Have Book Cover Blurbs!

    Shari Stauch
    23 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    Our thanks to Sandra Beckwith of Build Book Buzz for this guest post! And our additional thanks to Sandra for offering our tribe a $10 discount on “Blurbs, Endorsements, and Testimonials: How to Get Experts, Celebrities, and Others to Endorse Your Book,” her new multi-media program that teaches you how to get those essential endorsements! Use the exclusive Where Writers Win coupon code, WWW, to get the multi-media program for just $19… While skimming discussion topics in an online group for authors last week, one conversation-starting question caught my eye: “Should I bother to…
  • Is Your Book for Sale at Kindle Unlimited?

    Shari Stauch
    21 Jul 2014 | 6:01 am
    Yep, it’s here. You can now sign up for Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited, their new service that grants access to 600,000 e-books and several thousand audiobooks for $9.99 a month. Kindle Unlimited will add new challenges to negotiations between Amazon and publishers. Books published by HarperCollins and Simon & Schuster aren’t offered and those from Penguin Random House are notably absent. But what’s in it for indie authors and those published by small presses? And how can YOUR books be there? Like recent articles we’ve done, Getting Your Book on Scribd and How to…
  • Writer Platform: What About Wattpad?

    Shari Stauch
    19 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    We first wrote about Wattpad in March, 2013, back when they had “only” 13 million readers. We’re happy to report this is one writer platform that’s seriously on the rise.  Now with 25 million users and growing, and 40 million free online stories to read, Wattpad has become an even greater force to be reckoned with for both emerging and experienced authors. They also recently acquired Redroom, another favorite former site of ours for writers. (We hope they bring an author profile piece to Wattpad – it was an attractive part of Redroom.) One of the greatest…
  • Author Co-Ops: What Are Your Options?

    Shari Stauch
    17 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    One movement in the indie publishing world these days is the author co-op. Yes, indie authors are banding together to publish each other. Author co-ops are groups of authors that volunteer their time and expertise to help other members publish and/or promote their work. Author co-ops were praised at the recent PubSmart conference and online cooperative communities for writers are on the rise. But are they viable? Can they work for you? Here is some great recent intel on the author co-op concept and some resources to learn more: Can an Author Co-Op Work For You? – Wise Ink The indie…
  • Winner Circle’s Newest Author Tools and Incentives!

    Shari Stauch
    15 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    The WWW team has been busy these last months, updating, adding new info for you, as well as developing great new partners to add even more value to our Winner Circle membership. We’re excited about the new and improved author tools and if you’re not a member yet, we invite you to come join us in the Winner Circle! By the Numbers Our interactive map of LIVE Book Clubs is up to over 275 and counting! The team’s newest project is making contact with book stores, one by one, state by state, to identify book clubs meeting at –or affiliated with– an independent book store. In…
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    Bizzybiz Blog

  • 50 Shades Illogical

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

    22 Jul 2014 | 4:06 am
    I am hysterical right now.I have mentioned before that this house has a spider problem. That problem is getting worse. StereoNinja sprays and sprays, and all that happens is they start showing up where he hasn't sprayed. Spray the corners? They move to the middle of the crown moulding. Spray the whole perimeter of the ceiling? They move down to the middle of the wall. Spray the walls? "Fine, we'll just crawl on the floor!" they laugh derisively.It's a daily, multiple spider problem. I didn't write about it at the time because it was a happy post, but while I was cleaning the living room for…
  • And Now For Something Completely Different

    19 Jul 2014 | 12:24 pm
    Last night I spent several hours watching some 70-year old men tell penis jokes. If this sounds like a weird thing to do, let me follow that up by saying said men are the surviving members of Monty Python, and that I did NOT get choked up when I realized I was singing "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life" with the actually Pythons, and I definitely did not cry when they put "Graham Chapman 1941-1989" up on the screen behind them. They say this is the last time, and while celebrities "retire" all the time, this is entirely likely - John Cleese is 75 years old and it's starting to…
  • 50 Shades Absurd

    17 Jul 2014 | 9:57 am
    After a long absence, the penultimate review of Fifty Shades Freed, read by me so you don't have to.Here's what this book is doing to me: in the three chapters that I read for this review, a husband threatens to rape his wife but the only part I got upset about was that E.L. James has no fucking idea how banking works. I'm a monster.When we last saw our heroine asshole, she was (dramatically at the end of a chapter) staring at a completely benign and innocuous but for its originator text message on a phone belonging to her husband that she "accidentally" turned on. Chapter 21 begins with…
  • MAJOR NEWS!

    17 Jul 2014 | 9:54 am
    GUESS WHAT EVERYBODY. I am about to post the long awaited second (or maybe third) to last Fifty Shades Freed review. I know you probably think I forgot about it or gave up, but I didn't, I just had a combination depression/school is hard and takes up a lot of time/everything in my whole life changed at the same time and I freaked out/ wait, where did all my money go so fast? thing going on, and I could barely face blogging AT ALL, let alone writing exceptionally long blog posts about something that I genuinely hate reading and/or thinking about. But I finally got around to writing the review…
 
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    Soul Destruction

  • FREE on Kindle: ‘Life’ a short crime story

    Ruth Jacobs
    15 Jul 2014 | 1:40 am
    Max’s criminal career has been going downhill since it began when he was sixteen on an armed robbery job with his father. Now in his mid-forties, he’s spent more time in jail than on criminal endeavours and he’s back inside again.
  • The Sex Trade: Lies, the ‘Voice of the Voiceless’ and Other Silencing Tactics

    Ruth Jacobs
    8 Jun 2014 | 1:07 am
    Most people are voiceless because no one is letting them talk or listening to them when they do. There is a lot to be said for quitting being the voice of the voiceless and letting people speak for themselves. But not by those seeking to abolish the sex trade. Words are put into people's mouths when they can be, and when they can't, those people are silenced and dismissed.
  • APPG on Prostitution and the Global Sex Trade Report “Shifting the Burden” Increases Violence Against Women

    Ruth Jacobs
    23 Apr 2014 | 1:29 am
    With politicians' infamy for 'shifting the burden', this was not the best title for an All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) report. Chosen to reflect their recommendation of shifting the burden of criminalisation from the seller of sex to the buyer, in practice this fails as badly as when politicians endeavour a cover up - like why was this group funded by a religious anti-gay charity!?
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    Book reviews, author interviews

  • The Industrial Diet: The Degradation of Food and the Struggle for Healthy Eating

    Sherry Helms
    23 Jul 2014 | 4:10 am
    Guest author:  Anthony Winson  If you are like me, you have spent plenty of time in supermarkets and other food environments surrounded by edible products and tremendously frustrated that few of them were the least bit healthy to eat. And the more you know about the link between nutrition and your health the more frustrated […]
  • The Red Canary

    Sherry Helms
    21 Jul 2014 | 4:40 am
    Guest Author: Tim Birkhead I am a scientist and I love birds. I have spent my career studying birds in various parts of the world. As a boy, I had an aviary full of birds but I also watched wild birds. Those two strands one captive, one wild, were my ornithological apprenticeship. Keeping birds gets […]
  • Living the Dream

    Sherry Helms
    17 Jul 2014 | 3:31 am
    Guest author: Lisa Bullard Growing up, my career ambitions often wavered between detective, spy, and mad scientist. It turns out that writing children’s nonfiction books is a great way to live a little bit of each of those! Just as a detective would, I start with a basic question that needs to be answered:  How […]
  • The Recall: Tribunal of the People

    Sherry Helms
    14 Jul 2014 | 3:04 am
    Guest Author: Joseph Francis Zimmerman I am a governmental reformer who supports use of direct democracy devices—the recall, the initiative, and the protest referendum—activated by petitions to ensure elected public officers are accountable to the voters. These devices were advocated by populist and progressive reformers in the late 19th century and the early 20th century […]
  • How to Plan Your Story Plot-Get Tips Straight from Laurie Faria Stolarz

    Sherry Helms
    9 Jul 2014 | 4:22 am
    Guest Author: Laurie Faria Stolarz When people first begin a story, they usually get inspired by one of two things: Character or Plot. There’s no one right way. Both approaches have their benefits and drawbacks. I often get e-mail from aspiring writers seeking advice when they’ve hit a roadblock in their works-in-progress. They tell me […]
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    Books Without Any Pictures

  • “Clariel” by Garth Nix

    Grace Troxel
    20 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
      Disclaimer: This is a ridiculously early review. When I was a teenager, I was obsessed with Garth Nix’s Abhorsen trilogy.  I read and re-read Sabriel and Lirael until the paperbacks very clearly showed how much they’d been loved, and jumped for joy when Abhorsen was finally released.  Nix’s stories had everything to love–undead villains, strong protagonists, sarcastic kitties, bardic weapons, and enchanted paper airplanes that you can really ride in. Now, almost a decade later, Garth Nix is finally releasing Clariel, a prequel novel set several hundred years…
  • Strange Chemistry and Exhibit A Reading Month

    Grace Troxel
    20 Jul 2014 | 3:10 pm
      This summer, Angry Robot’s young adult imprint Strange Chemistry and mystery imprint Exhibit A abruptly shut down.  Strange Chemistry was my favorite YA imprint, and it was a place that I could go to look for quality young adult sci-fi and fantasy that featured grand adventures rather than tired love triangles.  I’m very sad about Strange Chemistry’s loss, and many other bloggers feel the same.  [Note: I don't really read many mystery/crime novels, so I don't know enough about Exhibit A to do more than just mention them.] Little Lion Lynette’s is hosting a…
  • Guest Post by Marian Perera – Strange Bedfellows: When Science Meets Fantasy

    Grace Troxel
    16 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Strange Bedfellows: When Science Meets Fantasy Guest post by Marian Perera, author of the Eden series I was browsing articles on Wikipedia one day (that site is almost as bad as TV Tropes for me) and I came across a picture of brain coral. “What would happen if that acted like a real brain?” I thought, and imagined it transplanted into some unfortunate person’s skull. That gave rise to a monster which fitted perfectly into a series of sharkpunk novels I was working on, and which I want to bring back again in the future. It was just that disturbing—and... Read more » The post…
  • On Why I Don’t Support Book Buying Bans

    Grace Troxel
    11 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    I was reading an article over on Book Riot a few days ago about one columnist’s unsuccessful book buying ban.  As a book addict, the article made me think about my own book buying habits. Even though I have an overflowing TBR pile, I refuse to go on a book buying ban. As a book blogger, many if not most of the books that I read come from other channels.  That’s a good thing, because if I spent all my money on books, I’d be living in a fort constructed entirely of books instead of in my air-conditioned apartment–and DC... Read more » The post On Why I Don’t…
  • “Feather Bound” by Sarah Raughley

    Grace Troxel
    9 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
      True story:  I picked up this book because the protagonist shares the same name as my sister. When Deanna attends the funeral of a family friend, she discovers a ghost from her past.  She thought that her childhood crush/friend Hyde was dead, but now he’s mysteriously reappeared and is fighting to reclaim his stepfather’s company.  Deanna had already mourned his loss and is now trying to sort out her feelings.  Of course, she’s got bigger problems, like trying to keep her broken family afloat because her alcoholic father can’t hold down a job.  And…
 
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  • 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…
  • One of the Books that's made the Greatest Impact on me in 2014

    Susan Roebuck
    2 May 2014 | 10:15 am
    Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity by Katherine BooMy rating: 5 of 5 starsThis is on my list of best books read in 2014Based on truth about life in one of Mumbai's slums that borders Mumbai's sumptuous new airport and the Hyatt Hotel, this book is humbling. Life in these slums could be on Mars, it's hardly believable that humans still live like this (the book is set from 2008 to 2010) amid the clear corruption, inefficiency and sheer cruelty of the Mumbai police, the gangs and politicians.I laughed at the ironic scene when one of the inhabitants is…
  • My Writing Process

    Susan Roebuck
    9 Mar 2014 | 9:25 am
    www.morguefile.com. Alentejo - setting for my new novelThere’s a new meme doing the rounds and this is it. I was tagged by talented children's author Kate Kelly (author of Red Rock, a cli-fi thriller for age 10+). She challenged me to answer a few questions about my writing. So here goes…1. What am I working on?I have my new completed women's/commercial fiction novel out on submission at the moment so this is a nervous time, wondering if I'm going to be accepted. In the hope that this will be the first in a series of books set in a fictional fishing village on the east coast of…
  • The Winners!

    Susan Roebuck
    2 Mar 2014 | 12:29 pm
    Late as usual - aren't we Brits supposed to be punctual? Must be the Portuguese unpunctuality rubbing off on me. A week ago (ahem - just over) I posted a little competition (here) to see how much my lovely followers knew about Portugal. I was surprised that you knew so much and also had a good laugh at some of your answers. Here were the questions: 1. What's the capital of Portugal? (easy peasy)2. Name a famous Portuguese author. Have you read anything by him or her?3. When someone says, "Portugal", to you, what's the first thing that comes into your head?4. If you came to Portugal on an…
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    Digesting the Words

  • Incubus (Daughters of Lilith #2) by Jennifer Quintenz #BookReview

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

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

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

    Farhana Chowdhury
    9 Jun 2014 | 12:00 am
    This book was sent to me to review in return for an honest review. At no point did I receive any payment for this review. Digesting The Words contains associate/affiliate links. Read my disclosure policy for more info.A Long Way Down by Nick Hornby Published by Penguin Genres: Contemporary, Fiction Pages: 288 Format: Paperback 'Can I explain why I wanted to jump off the top of a tower block?' For disgraced TV presenter Martin Sharp the answer's pretty simple: he has, in his own words, 'pissed his life away'. And on New Year's Eve he's going to end it all . .
  • The Mortal Instruments 1-3 #BookSeriesReview

    Farhana Chowdhury
    8 Jun 2014 | 12:00 am
    I’ve been meaning to review The Mortal Instruments ever since I read the first 3 books last year. Now that the final book City of Heavenly Fire has been released I’ve got sufficient motivation to finish the entire series. (Check out my experience at the City of Heavenly Fire book release event in London) But before I finish the series, I wanted to write the first half of the series review! General I loved reading The Mortal Instruments 1-3 and I felt like they made a good trilogy. I even watched the City of Bones movie when it came out because I was that invested in the…
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    Reading in the Garden

  • The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka

    21 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    Take a Walk on the Weird Side(Classics) The Metamorphosis (Die Verwandlung) by Franz Kafka is a super-short, 59-page, surreal classic.  Think—Salvador Dali in written format.  One morning Gregor Samsa wakes up to discover he had transformed into a monstrous bug. Strangely, his first thought isn’t “Holy, crap!  What’s happened to me?!!!”  It’s more like “OMG, I’m going to be late for work!” Now, that’s not a sign of a dedicated employee. It’s pure and simple fear.  His boss is a real orb-smasher, if you know what I meanIn the living room, his…
  • The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde

    14 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    Wild About Oscar (Classics)The Importance of Being by Oscar Wilde is a brief, 55-65 page play, depending on the edition. It’s also one of Oscar Wilde’s most famous works.  First performed on stage in 1895, it is a comedy of deception and misunderstandings.  Two friends both assume the name “Ernest” to impress two different women who happen to love that name. Enter a droll butler or two, a snobbish aunt, and mix it all up with snappy dialogue and you have ready-made smiles. It’s fun. It’s short. And it’s worth a look. You can find it online at:…
  • The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin

    7 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    A Life of Books(Quick and Touching)The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin is about a curmudgeonly bookstore owner who has slipped into depression and alcoholism after his wife died in a car accident. Without Nic, A.J. is suffering and so is business since she was the people person. At 39, he’s just looking forward to retiring, and the rare edition of and Edgar Allan Poe book is his ticket out of there, until there’s a snag.  Someone stole it. And that’s not all. In the greatest twist of fate, a baby is left in his store with a note from the mother stating that she can no…
  • Moby-Dick by Herman Melville

    30 Jun 2014 | 12:00 am
    Moby-Dick by Herman Melville (A Whale of a Book) Moby-Dick By Herman Melville was a whale of a challenge.  This was one of the few books that had defeated me in the past. I had started it years ago and just couldn’t get into it. I found it overly wordy and dry. It was like a mouthful of crackers with no water in sight. The more I read, the more it pulled me down into the dark, deep abyss of boredom. It was close to 500 pages of Benadryl in print. Yawn—and I didn’t even get far into it.  Then, I did the unthinkable—I just gave up.  I moved on. I pushed it out of my mind,…
  • The Rory Reading Challenge

    23 Jun 2014 | 12:00 am
    Everybody Loves a Good Challenge(Reading List) I have never heard of the Rory Gilmore Reading Challenge, but maybe that’s because I’ve never watched the Gilmore Girls on TV. Apparently Rory Gilmore is a teenager with a voracious appetite for books.  The books in this long and diverse list below were mentioned in the show.  Check it out and see how many you’ve read or if you’re up for the challenge of conquering the list. With fairy tales, Shakespeare, fiction, classics, poems and more, there’s sure to be something for everyone. Just for the fun of it, I’ve marked the…
 
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    Tolstoy Therapy

  • 'Give War and Peace a Chance' This Summer with Andrew D. Kaufman

    Lucy
    19 Jul 2014 | 10:22 am
    My copy of Give War and Peace a Chance,before it was covered in Post-it notes.If there were any book I'd be desperate to read,  it would involve the life lessons we can gain from Leo Tolstoy and War and Peace. This explains why I was so excited to receive a copy of Give War and Peace a Chance: Tolstoyan Wisdom for Troubled Times by likeminded Andrew D. Kaufman in the post this week.My goal of reading Tolstoy every August is coming round fast, and I have to say this has made for some ideal pre-reading.Kaufman, a Russian scholar, successfully makes War and Peace appear what to…
  • Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi's Idea of 'Flow' & How We Can Create it by Reading Great Fiction

    Lucy
    16 Jul 2014 | 1:53 pm
    Flow: a brilliant book which remindsus to get reading great fiction.I've noticed that Flow: The Psychology of Optimum Experience by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi has been mentioned in so many books I've been reading lately. Lisa Zunshine's Why We Read Fiction is the first example which comes to mind, but I know there are many other instances. Flow has become a landmark text as well as a bestseller, and I think it's deserved.If you haven't read Flow, it outlines Csikszentmihalyi's theory that people are happiest when they are in a state of flow— a state of concentration or…
  • 18 of The Best Feel-Good Classic Novels (Mood-Boosting Summer Reading, Part II)

    Lucy
    10 Jul 2014 | 7:48 am
    I really enjoyed compiling my list of feel-good novels to enjoy reading this summer, and it got me thinking about mood-boosting classic literature.Perhaps 'classic literature' is a little hard to define, but hopefully these suggestions will help prove that mood-boosting books don't need to be modern and recently published. Even those books that frequently feature on school syllabuses can bring a smile, I believe!Some novels in my original list fit this category - the brilliant Three Men in a Boat as one, another being All Creatures Great and Small  - but here are a few more…
  • James Joyce's Daughter and the Possible Influence of Her Schizophrenia on Finnegans Wake

    Lucy
    4 Jul 2014 | 5:56 am
    Paris, 1929: Lucia Joyce dances at Bullier Ball.Lucia Joyce, born 1907 to James Joyce and Nora Barnacle, learned Italian as her first language, studied ballet as a teenager, and was believed to have casually dated Samuel Beckett. However, after being diagnosed with schizophrenia in Zurich, Lucia was sent to an institute in Ivry-sur-Seine, France, in 1935 and in 1951 to St Andrew's Hospital in Northampton, where she died at the age of 75.In Lucia Joyce: To Dance in the Wake (2003), Carol Schloss demonstrates her opinion that Lucia had been her father's muse for Finnegans Wake, the…
  • A Visual Representation of Books Mentioned in The Secret History by Donna Tartt

    Lucy
    2 Jul 2014 | 11:16 am
    In my first article on The Secret History by Donna Tartt, I mentioned how the book not only cultivates a love of learning, but is also full of intertextuality; in other words, mentions of other books and authors. Some of my favourite books are in fact 'books about books' - The Perks of Being a Wallflower, The Goldfinch, The Silver Linings Playbook - and I thought it could be interesting to explore the books mentioned in a bit more detail. Isn't it interesting that there are more mentions of books and authors towards the novel's beginning and end?When I could no longer concentrate on…
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    Book Club Reading List

  • Author Interview – Bill Goodwin

    admin
    20 Jul 2014 | 9:21 am
    What inspired you to write this book?   As a teacher who has presented the information in this book to thousands of individuals over the past 4 decades, I was continually being asked after a session if I had the information shared in writing. My […]
  • Dakota Warrior-The Story of James R. Weddell

    admin
    20 Jul 2014 | 8:40 am
    Dakota Warrior – The Story of James R. Weddell” is a story about a Yankton-Sioux man sentenced to 80 years in prison and who served 18 of those years for a crime he didn’t commit. The book tells the story in two voices, James’, the […]
  • Author Interview – Cleo Lampos

    admin
    20 Jul 2014 | 8:10 am
    What inspired you to write this book?   I visited the Stearne County Museum in St. Cloud, MN where I discovered books on the orphan train. After two years of researching the subject, I went to the Orphan Train Reunion in Little Falls, MN where […]
  • Author Interview – Chariss Walker

    admin
    20 Jul 2014 | 7:14 am
    What inspired you to write this book?   I was inspired to write this book from my own dream. I dreamed that I was watching a disturbing scene through a kaleidoscope. It was an event of a future occurrence. I startled awake and thought about […]
  • The Zebra Affaire

    admin
    18 Jul 2014 | 11:02 am
    “The Zebra Affaire” is about matters of the heart—both light and dark, both love and racism. Love is thrilling and complicated enough—but it’s certainly not the role of a government to interfere in the love between two people. In the spring of 1976, this was […]
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    Long Island Pulse

  • “North of Normal: A Memoir of My Wilderness Childhood, My Unusual Family, and How I Survived Both”

    info@lipulse.com
    23 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    You stopped in the store the other day, and stopped short. In all its electric-colored glory, tie-dye is back. Or maybe it never left, just passed down by Baby Boomers like you who also loved groovy music, an everybody-helps-everybody mentality, and how wonderfully carefree that felt. Ah, the good ol’ days… or were they?  For author Cea Sunrise Person, the answer was “no” for years, but in her new memoir “North of Normal,” she explains how she made peace with it. Cea Sunrise Person’s grandfather was more at home in nature than he was anywhere else. He’d always wanted to…
  • “The Illusionists” by Rosie Thomas

    info@lipulse.com
    16 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    Now you see it. Now you don’t. The magician’s coin jumps from hand to hat and though you’re astounded, that would be an easy trick to learn. You could research, and know how he made an elephant disappear. You could teach yourself how to conjure the right card from a deck. But why would you? Being baffled is half the fun – unless your life depends on sleigh of hand. And then, as in the new novel “The Illusionists” by Rosie Thomas, the trick’s on you. At the age of ten, and just before he killed a boy, Hector Crumhall fell in love with magic. He couldn’t quite get over the…
  • “The Skeleton Crew” by Deborah Halber

    info@lipulse.com
    9 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    You can’t find your keys.  Again. It happens every now and then: you get busy, distracted, and you put them down somewhere they don’t belong. Then you spend an hour looking for them. Fortunately, you always find them because they won’t travel far without you. But, as you’ll see in the new book “The Skeleton Crew” by Deborah Halber, some things go missing for a lot longer… Wilbur Riddle was a well-driller back in May of 1968 and was waiting for a job to start when he noticed a canvas sack on a stone slab just off Kentucky ’s Route 25. As he got closer, he could see that…
  • “The Pocket Book of Weather” by Michael Bright

    info@lipulse.com
    3 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    c.2013, Adlard Coles Nautical / Bloomsbury     $18.00 / $20.00 Canada     144 pages A stranger – unknown, but not unfamiliar – told you what to take to work today. She also told you how to dress the kids, what to avoid this weekend, where to park the car, and whether or not you should water the garden. And you appreciated the information; after all, what would you do without your weather forecast?  In fact, you wanted more - and when you’ve got “The Pocket Book of Weather” by Michael Bright around, you’ll get it. For as long as there have been people,…
  • “The Promise” by Ann Weisgarber

    info@lipulse.com
    24 Jun 2014 | 5:00 am
    It was a vow you took very seriously. Friends forever, you said in school. Til death do you part, you uttered in front of an altar. Semper fi, on my honor, read my lips, it’ll get done, I’ll be there. It’s easy to make a pledge to someone. It’s not always easy to keep it – especially, as in “The Promise” by Ann Weisgarber, the covenant is a big one. Catherine Wainwright was well aware that she’d caused quite a scandal. It was bad enough that she’d kept company with another woman’s husband. It was brazen to touch Edward’s arm in public and they were seen alone together at…
 
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    Beth's Book Reviews

  • Review: Scared Scriptless by Alison Sweeney

    Beth
    23 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Maddy Carson is a mass of contradictions. She loves her job as Script Supervisor on a hit TV show, but hates "Hollywood." Super-organized and down-to-earth, Maddy is clearly one of the best at her job, and her strict dating rule - "No Actors!" - helps her keep focused on her career. However, a budding relationship with Craig, one of the executives at her company, may even propel her into the big leagues. Could Wolf County, her beloved hometown in the mountains, be saved from a financial crisis by creating a reality show featuring the eccentrics in the small ski village? Maddy is determined to…
  • Featured Book: The Fading American Dream by K. Edwin Brandon

    Beth (BBRB)
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    About the book: These poems are short, clever, and informative—a fun read for those who are strapped for time, yet concerned about America’s future.By ignoring the principles that our country was founded on and by distorting our constitution, Americans have allowed the destruction of fair competition in private markets and the growth of central government far beyond the necessary services it was originally charged with.Human greed has perverted our political system and culminated in debt that will only be passed on to our grandchildren.The Fading American Dream tackles the subject of our…
  • Author Q&A: Tiana Nicole author of Deceitful Temptations

    Beth
    22 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Tiana Nicole, author of the book Deceitful Temptations, stopped by to for a Q&A.Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?I was born in Chicago, Illinois where I was raised by my great grandmother the late Lillian E. Hudson. I attended the College of Technology where I earned my degree in Computer System Technology.After discovering that I had the talents of a jack of all trades I went on to earn a Bachelors degree in Psychology, and also a Masters degree in Business Management. I quickly discovered that writing was something that I could do, and I could do it well. I managed my craft…
  • Featured Book: Universal Animism by Donald E. Crowell

    Beth (BBRB)
    20 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    About the book: Our society has become saturated with propaganda that proclaims selfish competition as natural and reasonable. This apocalyptic view comes from viewing nature as a heartless foe rather than the divine instrument of life. It is a belief system that turns great profit for the merchants of exploitation and war who promote it. The belief that nature is “evil” also drives the violent xenophobia that has plagued society throughout history. Even evolutionary biologists and social scientists often adhere to this negativity as they see suffering in nature. But suffering and death…
  • Featured Book: The Big Wide Calm by Rich Marcello

    Beth
    20 Jul 2014 | 3:30 pm
    About the book:A young woman’s journey to find herself and create the perfect albumPaige is a rock star. The world just doesn’t know it yet. With a name like Paige Plant, how could she be anything but the future frontwoman of the next Led Zeppelin? She’s got the charisma, the drive, and, of course, the mega-musical skills. All she needs is to make her debut album, one that will change the world, inspire revolutions—and make her galactically famous along the way.When John Bustin, a rich, reclusive, former semi-famous singer/songwriter offers to record Paige’s album for free, it feels…
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    The Literary Yard

  • Poem: Wolf Down the Hall

    Author
    23 Jul 2014 | 12:04 am
    By: Dovile Mark When I was young There lived a wolf Down the hall of our apartment building My parents called him a neighbor He might have even had a […]
  • Poem: Secrets

    Author
    22 Jul 2014 | 11:55 pm
    By: Dovile Mark His job was to collect secrets Finding out who had access to the information Learning to make friends I knew where the secrets hid Stacked up like […]
  • Story: Set ‘em Up

    Author
    22 Jul 2014 | 8:57 am
    By: Richard D. Hartwell Thanks. Here’s to you. Did he ever regret taking off? No, I don’t think so. He never really talked about it much, or at least not about […]
  • Poem: Therapy at the DVA

    Author
    22 Jul 2014 | 2:32 am
    By: Richard D. Hartwell Sitting here at the VA listening, more than ten wars’ worth of lives and lies told by veterans, wondering sometimes how much of what I hear […]
  • Poem: Celebrity and Simplicity

    Author
    16 Jul 2014 | 9:16 am
    By: Sam Rapth In the wide space, those rocks that are seen by naked simple eyes are called stars… Much like the celebrities… The question is why, so simple, are […]
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    WordTrance

  • Poetry in Prose

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

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

    Michael
    25 Jun 2014 | 5:12 am
    WordTrance - Reading and Writing Genre Fiction A UNIQUE MIX Weaving together horror and a detective story, Neil Gaiman crafts a unique and inventive short-story using his customary charming voice. Specifically, A Study in Emerald combines the The post A Study in Emerald by Neil Gaiman appeared first on WordTrance.
  • Laugh Out Loud! Top Five Humour Books For Children

    Michael
    11 Jun 2014 | 8:07 am
    WordTrance - Reading and Writing Genre Fiction The key to getting children interested in reading is to keep them entertained and a great way of doing this is through humour. Some of the finest writers of children’s The post Laugh Out Loud! Top Five Humour Books For Children appeared first on WordTrance.
  • Esoteric Fiction with Agostino Scafidi

    Michael
    6 Jun 2014 | 4:39 am
    WordTrance - Reading and Writing Genre Fiction We’ve been patiently waiting in line for years now! It’s been way too long since anyone has given us the go ahead to feel some relief and it’s high time we get our The post Esoteric Fiction with Agostino Scafidi appeared first on WordTrance.
 
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  • Ask Grak 2: Pony Issue

    Peter J Story
    23 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    User emily rose asks on Yahoo Answers: Pony issue – sell/not sell? my pony is always stopping at gates and doesnt seem interested in doing anything for me and i have to go after him to go fast , should i get a new pony or what could I do to him ? Because he just ...
  • Notable Quotes: 24

    Peter J Story
    22 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    “Easy reading is damn hard writing.” —– Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • Ask Grak 1: Fastidious Dialogue

    Peter J Story
    21 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    User discount-gucci-boots-793184 asks: Ahaa, its fastidious dialogue concerning this piece of writing here at this weblog, I have read all that, so now me also commenting here? Grak: Well, thank you, dear reader. While I can’t say I fully understand your question, I think I get where you’re coming from, Ms. Boots. You see, I too “have read ...
  • Notable Quotes: 23

    Peter J Story
    20 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    “The time to begin writing an article is when you have finished it to your satisfaction. By that time you begin to clearly and logically perceive what it is you really want to say.” —– Mark Twain
  • Notable Quotes: 22

    Peter J Story
    19 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    “Writing became such a process of discovery that I couldn’t wait to get to work in the morning: I wanted to know what I was going to say.” —– Sharon O’Brien
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    Little Miss Bookmark

  • Reveiw: Never Kiss a Rake (Scandal at the House of Russell #1) by Anne Stuart

    14 Jul 2014 | 6:46 pm
    Bryony Russell and her two sisters are left destitute by the disgrace and unexpected death of their father, a wealthy shipping magnate. He left a cryptic note, and Bryony is determined to find the real villain and clear her father’s name. In disguise as a servant, Bryony infiltrates the home of her father’s business partner to find proof of his guilt…or innocence. It’s not just clues that Bryony finds, but temptation too…Adrian Bruton, Earl of Kilmartyn, immediately suspects there is something not quite right about his new housekeeper. The brooding, irresistible rake plays along…
  • Review: Run by Andrew Grant

    11 Jul 2014 | 9:23 am
    Marc Bowman, a highly successful computer consultant and software designer, walks into his job at a major tech company one morning only to find himself fired on the spot, stonewalled by his boss, and ushered out of the building. Then things get worse: An explosive argument drives his wife away and a robbery threatens to yank a million-dollar idea—and his whole future—out from under him. In a matter of hours, Marc has gone from having it all to being sucker-punched by fate. But it’s only Monday, and before the week is over, he’ll be stalked, ambushed, wiretapped, arrested, duped,…
  • Cover Reveal & Giveaway: Life AD 2: M.I.A.: Missing in Atman by Michelle E. Reed

    10 Jul 2014 | 9:02 pm
    Welcome to the Cover Reveal forLife AD 2: M.I.A.: Missing in Atman by Michelle E. Reedpresented by Month9Books!Be sure to enter the giveaway found at the end of the post! Dez is finally hitting her afterlife stride. She hasn’t missed a meeting or session in forty-two days, and she’s put the adventures and danger of her first days at Atman behind her. Life after death is becoming tolerable, yet nothing is quite what she’d hoped. Confusion over her feelings for Charlie, residual resentment over losing Hannah, and a continuous stream of unwanted assignments leave Dez restless and…
  • Review: Dark Paradise (Dark Paradise #1) by Angie Sandro

    6 Jul 2014 | 6:56 pm
    DARK LEGACYMala LaCroix has spent her whole life trying to escape her destiny. As the last in a long line of "witch women," she rejects the notion of spirits and hoodoo and instead does her best to blend in. But when she finds a dead body floating in the bayou behind her house, Mala taps into powers she never knew she had. She's haunted by visions of the dead girl, demanding justice and vengeance.DEADLY SECRETSLandry Prince has always had a crush on Mala, but when Mala discovers his sister, murdered and marked in some sort of Satanic ritual, he wonders if all the rumors about the LaCroix…
  • Review: Wide Awake (Wide Awake #1) by Shelly Crane

    6 Jul 2014 | 6:24 pm
    A girl. A coma. A life she can't remember. When Emma Walker wakes up in the hospital with no knowledge of how she got there, she learns that she's been in a coma for six months. Strangers show up and claim to be her parents, but she can't remember them. She can't remember anyone. Not her friends, not even her boyfriend. Even though she can't remember, everyone wants her to just pick up where she left off, but what she learns about the 'old her' makes her start to wish she'd never woken up. Her boyfriend breaks up with the new girl he's dating to be with her, her parents want her to start…
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    List Top 10List Top 10

  • The Magic of Thinking Big

    Rayon
    22 Jul 2014 | 4:36 am
    REVIEW~ Written by David J. Schwartz, this book attracted my attention simply by the title. This aligns Perfectly with the secret. It tells you about how important your thinking process is. Think your second best and an under achiever and that is what you will produce, think you are equal to the best and produce your best. To me the best quote in this book is “the thinking that guides your intelligences is much more important than how much intelligence you may have” This in short simply means it does not matter how much intelligence you have all that matters is how you use the…
  • The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

    Mohammed Jamma
    22 Jul 2014 | 2:52 am
    Review It all began one night; the late Douglas Adams, drunk out of his wits, fell on his back onto a grassy field. His sight met with outer space, all dark and starry-eyed as it stared back at him. Pondering on how vast the universe must be, Adams raised up the idea of a group of hitchhikers travelling through it, whilst causing mischief and damage along the way. All around him, his friends were too busy drinking the night away to care. The appropriately titled book, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to The Galaxy, was his input to the field of science-fiction. Broadcast first as a radio program in…
  • Psychic Energy

    Rayon
    21 Jul 2014 | 3:46 am
    REVIEW~ The writer gave an energisation technique which can be seen as an alternative to the traditional Middle Pillar method given in both the preceding books. He excluded the energization of the centers below the diaphragm on grounds that they are already active in most people. Most of the psychic skills and materialization procedures he included in the book are achieved through the generation of ‘psychic energy’ as he called it, instead of using self-hypnosis, NLP, or any subconscious mind manipulation techniques. When our bodies get low on fuel, we usually feel hunger to…
  • The Space Merchants

    Mohammed Jamma
    18 Jul 2014 | 2:03 am
    Review In our current day and age, consumerism is the rule for many. Following the desolation of the Second World War, the planet braced itself for more trouble in the form of nuclear destruction. Despite the bleak situation, a new type of class was emerging in America: The Middle. This so-called nuclear family consisted of Mom, Dad, Junior, and the ever adorable Tammy. Dad came back from war, married Mom, and together, they played their part in the Baby Boom. Unemployment seemed a thing of the past as more jobs were available, and Dad could provide for the family, whilst Mom had the kitchen…
  • The art of true healing

    Rayon
    17 Jul 2014 | 7:44 am
    REVIEW~ In this book, aside from maintaining health, Dr. Regardie also suggested methods for attracting desired outcomes by manipulating the quality of one’s auric energy field. It incorporated the use of planetary hours and days for harmonizing with the energies of the planets. The art of true healing details a powerful exercise that stimulates the body, mind, and spirit to help us create physical health and personal success. Originally published in 1932, predating by more than a half century the current interest in the mind’s power to heal, this concise work guides readers through…
 
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    TolkienBlog.com

  • Significant Dates in LotR

    Emily
    20 Jul 2014 | 4:11 pm
    One of Tolkien’s predominant characteristics was his minute attention to detail. From the Prologue to the Appendices, The Lord of the Rings is replete with scrupulous detail. Because he was so thorough in all of the particulars of his stories, a careful reader can learn a great deal of Tolkien’s mind and of his sub-creation. In Appendix B, for instance, Tolkien provides… Read more The post Significant Dates in LotR appeared first on TolkienBlog.com.
  • Silmarillion Character Profile: Finrod

    Emily
    17 Jul 2014 | 2:02 pm
    One of the most daunting things about reading The Silmarillion is keeping all of the names straight. I love this, so I want to make it more accessible for the general reader with brief character profiles. Name: Finrod Felagund Immediate Family: Father & Mother: Fingolfin & Anairë Brother #1: Orodreth Brother #2: Angrod Brother #3: Aegnor Sister: Galadriel Home: born in Valinor, lived in… Read more The post Silmarillion Character Profile: Finrod appeared first on TolkienBlog.com.
  • Very Inspiring Blogger Award

    Emily
    15 Jul 2014 | 10:05 pm
    James at A Tolkienist’s Perspective was kind enough to nominate TolkienBlog.com for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award. Thank you, James! I really appreciate it. I did a little research on this award. I’m not sure where it started, but it’s a way to connect bloggers and readers. Of course it’s meant to honor bloggers, but I think the main purpose… Read more The post Very Inspiring Blogger Award appeared first on TolkienBlog.com.
  • Around the Internet: Bizarre Reference to Tolkien

    Emily
    12 Jul 2014 | 10:14 pm
    In an article entitled, “The sonogram fairy,” an Oklahoma news publication makes a rather odd (and ignorant) reference to Tolkien. The article is about a woman who performs high-tech ultrasounds for expectant mothers. The difference is this woman gives a distinct twist to the experience. I’ll let the article speak for itself. The decor echos a Tolkien fantasy of oversized… Read more The post Around the Internet: Bizarre Reference to Tolkien appeared first on TolkienBlog.com.
  • Morning and Evening: Gimli and Éomer at War

    Emily
    12 Jul 2014 | 8:54 pm
    Anyone who is familiar with the story of The Lord of the Rings (book or film) will likely remember Gimli’s love for Galadriel. He constantly defends her to any who speak ill of her or her land. Éomer is the first to feel the brunt of Gimli’s wrath. The quarrel becomes a half-humorous, half-serious bone of contention between the two throughout… Read more The post Morning and Evening: Gimli and Éomer at War appeared first on TolkienBlog.com.
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  • Die Antwoord

    J Rex
    1 Jul 2014 | 7:27 pm
    Die Antwoord is an Independent South African Rap-Rave group featuring lead vocalists Watkin Tudor Jones (Ninja) and Anri du Toit (Yolandi Visser) along with their DJ, Hi-Tek. Jones previously released albums with prior groups Max Normal and Constructus Corporation before teaming up with his personal assistant Anri and forming Die Antwoord in 2008. With the [&hellip
  • The Magus

    J Rex
    1 Jul 2014 | 7:14 pm
    It’s very rare that I pick up a work of fiction and read it from beginning to end in one sitting without any interruptions. The Magus by John Fowles was that rare exception. The paperback cover is what initially caught my eye (I’m pretty basic and any image of a fit nude woman gets my [&hellip
  • Bones and Blues

    J Rex
    1 Jul 2014 | 7:08 pm
    From 1946 to 1961 the Soviet Union banned music from the United States and Western Europe. Owning certain Jazz, Blues and Rock N Roll records could get you thrown out of school and in extreme cases sent to prison camps. Anytime something is made illegal an underground black market fills the void established by restrictions [&hellip
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    J Rex
    27 Jun 2014 | 4:04 pm
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  • Heaven & Hell

    J Rex
    26 Jun 2014 | 3:06 pm
    Around the world there are various different ideas about a next reality. With there being an estimated 4 Billion Christians and Muslims currently the most commonly held view of an afterlife is the dualism of Heaven and Hell. The belief is essentially that when individuals die their spirit will either be accepted into Heaven or [&hellip
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