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  • Quality of Books Declining: not a new complaint

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

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

    London Review of Books
    5 Nov 2014 | 4:00 pm
    The age of flight had barely begun in 1914 – the Wright brothers flew at Kitty Hawk in 1903 – but it had developed swiftly. The Wrights’ airplane – in the shape of a big box kite, made of spruce and muslin – flew at a speed of about seven miles an hour, not much faster than a man walking briskly beside it. By 1908 an improved version went forty miles an hour, and a year after that Blériot, in a plane of his own design, flew across the English Channel. When the war broke out airplanes were being used primarily for reconnaissance, but soon started firing at one another with small…
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    The Truth About Lies
    26 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    The best moments in reading are when you come across something—a thought, a feeling, a way of looking at things—which you had thought special and particular to you. And now, here it is, set down by someone else, a person you have never met, someone even who is long dead. And it is as if a hand has come out, and taken yours ― Alan Bennett, The History Boys: The Film I don’t read in bed. I don’t read on the loo or in the bath. I don’t understand people who do. I think the reason is—now I’ve given the matter some thought, because before I began writing this a few seconds ago…
  • On Creativity and Culture: Yuyi Morales

    First Book Blog
    Samantha McGinnis
    14 Oct 2014 | 5:34 am
    To celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, we had the opportunity to talk with the award-winning author and illustrator Yuyi Morales about why she became an author and illustrator, the role of children’s books in understanding and celebrating cultures and her new book, “Viva Frida.” Click here to read this blog in Spanish. What led you to become a children’s book author and illustrator? Photo Credit: Antonio Turok Soon after I immigrated to the USA in 1994, I found myself with my newborn at the doorsteps of the public library. I had never before seen a place with the treasures…
 
 
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    The Book Designer

  • 6 Ways to Write a Quick Free Ebook to Build Your Mailing List

    Joel Friedlander
    29 Oct 2014 | 12:05 am
    By Nina Amir Nothing matches the power of a large mailing list when it comes to marketing your books, products or services. That’s why it behooves aspiring and published authors to focus time and energy on list creation. You can do this effectively using your writing skills. Simply produce a quick ebook and give it away for free as a subscriber call to action. While you can build a strong platform on Twitter, Google Plus or Facebook, you don’t have any control over these social media sites, nor can you claim to “own” the list of contacts you accumulate there. However, if you create a…
  • 7 Traps Waiting for Successful Bloggers, (Part 1)

    Joel Friedlander
    27 Oct 2014 | 12:17 am
    [First of 2 parts] When you start a new author blog, you’re hopeful and expectant. Who knows how many people you’ll reach, how much fun it will be, whether you’ll start a trend or a revolution, become rich and famous, or be offered a 6-figure book deal? Hey, all those things are possible, they make the news all the time. The sad truth is that many blogs suffer an ignominious end. They: dwindle toward some infinity of eternally diminishing readership and interest, or get dropped abruptly off the cliff, with regular posts ending in nothing, or they intermittently go on for…
  • Self-Publishing: Carnival of the Indies Issue #49

    Joel Friedlander
    26 Oct 2014 | 12:02 am
    Welcome to this issue of the Carnival of the Indies blog carnival. This issue is for October, 2014. We welcome your submissions on topics related to writing, self-publishing, book design or marketing books. A collection of outstanding articles recently posted to blogs, your reading here will be richly rewarded. See the end of this post for links to submit your blog posts for the next carnival, or for participating Bloggers and Featured Bloggers to grab your sidebar badges. Thanks to everyone who participated. Featured Posts Hope Clark presents Face to Face – or – Face to Screen?
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    Chronicle Books Blog

  • NaNoWriMo: Top Ten Ways to Get Ready!

    Lara Starr
    29 Oct 2014 | 11:59 am
    November is NaNoWriMo: National Novel Writing Month, and Chronicle’s Middle Grade and YA novelists are here to help you get ready and stay motivated! We’ve invited several to give their best tips and advice over the next few weeks. First up is K. A. Holt. Check back in for more inspiration each week, and good luck! We know you can do it! It’s almost NaNoWriMo season! You know what this means…YOU DON’T HAVE TIME TO READ BLOG POSTS. You have 30 days to write 50,000 words. YOU ARE VERY BUSY. This is why I have helpfully created a heartfelt (and easily skimmed) blog post in…
  • Every Day Should Be Cat Day

    Albee Dalbotten
    29 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    It’s one of our favorite holidays here at CBHQ: National Cat Day! To celebrate, here’s a purr-fect poem from Francesco Marciuliano, author of I Could Pee on This: And Other Poems by Cats and I Knead My Mommy: And Other Poems by Kittens. Every Day Should Be Cat Day Every day should be Cat Day Every day should be a day for us Every day would start at 3 am For the big Cat Day feast Every day would pause at 8 am For the big Cat Day nap Every day would restart at 4 pm When we awake fresh for Cat Day fun Every day would re-restart at 9 pm When we re-awake fresh for Cat Day fun Every…
  • A Q&A with Cat Seto: Learning to Celebrate the Everyday

    Sarah Lin
    28 Oct 2014 | 2:09 pm
    We recently had the pleasure of chatting with Cat Seto, the lovely illustrator behind our new Joie du Jour stationery line. Read on to discover how she fell in love with paper and stays inspired. When did you discover that you loved paper? It started early! I’d draw on my father’s old engineering blueprints and use them to create paper cities, ships, or grocery stores inside of my house. I would smuggle sheets of paper with me to restaurants or under the dinner table. I was the ultimate paper bandit. How did your stationery line Ferme  Papier begin? I visited Paris for the first…
  • Greg Stones: How Mixing Humor and Art Changed Everything

    Greg Stones
    28 Oct 2014 | 10:05 am
    In honor of Halloween, author and illustrator Greg Stones stopped by our blog to share the glamorous life of an artist/author/illustrator and the mistake that led to his big epiphany. Hint: port-o-jons are involved. And zombies, naturally.  Let’s be brutally honest:  There are way too many port-o-jons in my life. I know what you are thinking: “Dude, you’ve written and illustrated five books and have three more on the way!  Why would you of all people ever have to set foot in a port-o-jon that may or may not have a sufficient supply of toilet paper, and may or may not have been used…
  • Insights from the Nearly Impossible Conference

    Christina Amini
    27 Oct 2014 | 12:00 pm
    “Don’t undertake a project unless it is manifestly important and nearly impossible.” —Edwin H. Land, co-founder of the Polaroid Corporation Nearly Impossible is a unique conference for product people working to grow their businesses. Their last conference, located at Heath Ceramics’ beautiful San Francisco HQ, featured inspiring speakers such as Jen Gotch of ban.do, Ted Vadakan of Poketo, and Robin Petravic of Heath Ceramics–quite a fun and talented crew. As an “expert” in their Expert Lab, I offered up 15-minute slices of wisdom in the form of one-on-one consultations.
 
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  • An Interview with Manjushree Thapa

    hong.terry@gmail.com
    6 Oct 2014 | 8:59 am
    Blame it on family, on the country-of-residence-at-the-moment, on the tumultuous politics of her motherland of Nepal, but certainly Manjushree Thapa has lived a life in flux, repeatedly adjusting to unpredictability. Born in Kathmandu, she moved as a toddler to...
  • An Interview with Garrett Caples

    hong.terry@gmail.com
    6 Oct 2014 | 8:58 am
    Garrett Caples, off the beaten path of many readers, is writing on subject material that itself is well beyond most pathways well-trodden. From an eclectic assortment of American Surrealist poets and painters to the unjustly debased original art historian Roger...
  • How to Burn Potatoes at High Altitude

    hong.terry@gmail.com
    6 Oct 2014 | 8:07 am
    I write a reader’s diary because reading is writing too. I don’t like talking all the time. This September I didn’t talk -- write -- very much at all but I read a lot, in the same pell-mell omnivorous...
  • An Amorous Discourse in the Suburbs of Hell by Deborah Levy

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    6 Oct 2014 | 8:03 am
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  • Last Words

    hong.terry@gmail.com
    6 Oct 2014 | 7:58 am
    For two months I've been reading and rereading Last Words from Montmartre -- the last work of Taiwanese writer Qiu Maiojin, left behind when she died by suicide in 1995, aged twenty-six, and now freshly translated by Ari Larissa Heinrich...
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    800 CEO Read

  • ChangeThis: Issue 122

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

    Ryan Schleicher
    17 Oct 2014 | 12:31 pm
    Tweet➻ There is no shortage of reporting about startups and innovation, but the vast majority of articles focus on companies in or around the 95014 zip code. Today we look at two unlikely innovators whose path to success wound through places very far removed from typical Silicon Valley incubators (though there was Valley investment involved). First up, Frederick Hutson, who used his time spent in prison to launch a company that would ultimately serve the people with whom he had shared cells. Frederick Hutson looked like he had everything going for him: he had a clean record, built some…
  • Jack Covert Selects – The Innovators

    Michael
    13 Oct 2014 | 8:46 am
    Tweet The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution by Walter Isaacson, Simon & Schuster, 560 pages, $35.00, Hardcover, October 2014, ISBN 9781476708690 In the introduction to The Innovators, Walter Isaacson briefly shares the story of the book’s completion and publication. The book has been over a decade in coming, says Isaacson, and its development was interrupted twice by focused biographies on Einstein and Steve Jobs. For the length and scope that The Innovators covers, its introduction is brief, but it shares some valuable insights into…
  • Jack Covert Selects – Leading the Life You Want

    Sally
    13 Oct 2014 | 8:19 am
    Tweet Leading the Life You Want: Skills for Integrating Work and Life by Stewart D. Friedman, Harvard Business Review Press, 256 pages, $27.00, Hardcover, October 2014, ISBN 9781422189412 In 2008, I chose Stewart Friedman’s Total Leadership as the top book in the Personal Development category of our annual business book awards, saying, “In Total Leadership, Stewart Friedman, founding director of the Wharton Leadership Program, presents a concrete methodology for building a more integrated life. His program is really a practice, requiring both action and reflection … ” In many ways,…
  • Jack Covert Selects – Uncontainable

    Ryan Schleicher
    13 Oct 2014 | 8:09 am
    Tweet Uncontainable: How Passion, Commitment, and Conscious Capitalism Built a Business Where Everyone Thrives by Kip Tindell, Grand Central Publishing, 272 pages, $28.00, Hardcover, October 2014, ISBN 9781455526857 At a time when the largest online retailer in the world—the one that strives to be The Everything Store—is perpetually in the news for strong-arming suppliers and is facing a supreme court case resulting from, as Salon’s Elias Isquith recently put it, “the company’s longstanding habit of finding creative new ways to exploit and insult its workers,” it is refreshing to…
 
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  • My Week at Xamarin Evolve 2014

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

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

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

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

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

  • Mothers & Monsters

    Kaulie Lewis
    30 Oct 2014 | 10:14 am
    “All I know was that in Paris I felt haunted, like a double exposure photograph that shows a figure and then a milky specter behind. I felt stalked by a creature of my own making, a monster that was both my mother and myself.” Darcey Steinke writes about Paris, loss, and monsters in an essay for Granta.
  • Galway Kinnell Passes Away

    Kaulie Lewis
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:55 am
    “To me, poetry is somebody standing up, so to speak, and saying, with as little concealment as possible, what it is for him or her to be on earth at this moment.” Galway Kinnell, whose Selected Poems won a Pulitzer in  1983, passed away Tuesday.
  • The Laughing Monsters Excerpt

    Kaulie Lewis
    30 Oct 2014 | 6:51 am
    Recommended reading: An excerpt from Denis Johnson‘s upcoming novel, The Laughing Monsters, is available from Work in Progress.
  • The Restless Dead: On Hadrien Laroche’s Orphans

    Nathaniel Popkin
    30 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    The central characters of the first season of The Returned, an addictive and deeply unnerving French television drama available on Netflix, are identical twins, Camille and Léna. When we first meet Camille, she walks briskly up the road to her parents’ house in a polished town in the high Alps. Léna, meanwhile, is doing shots at the town’s rather youthful bar, the Lake Pub, named for the massive hydroelectric dam down below. Léna drinks and drinks some more, apparently chasing a demon. Ravenous, Camille devours a sandwich. What’s to account for the intensity of their behavior? Four…
  • Un Bon Dia

    Thomas Beckwith
    29 Oct 2014 | 1:00 pm
    To begin to translate a book, you need to hone your knowledge of the language in which it’s written. To write a great essay about translating a book, you need a backstory, an interesting format and two or three foreign parables. At The Rumpus, Brian Oliu writes about translating his grandfather’s book from the Catalan.
 
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    Opinions of a Teen Who Reads

  • The 5th Wave (The 5th Wave #1): Review

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

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

    20 Oct 2014 | 6:46 pm
    Author: John GreenAge range: 13-17Content: Moderate romance, mild sexual content, moderate language, mild violenceGenre: Teen FictionPublisher: Penguin Young Reader's GroupPages: 368Where to get it: Barnes & Noble, Amazon, Target, Half-Price BooksSynopsis:Miles "Pudge" Halter is obsessed with last words and exhausted with his boring life at home. He leaves for Culver Creek boarding school in search for what dying poet Francois Rabelais called "The Great Perhaps." Much awaits Pudge at Culver Creek, including the lively and lovely Alaska Young, who pulls Pudge into her…
  • BZRK Reloaded: Review

    29 Sep 2014 | 7:59 pm
    Author: Michael GrantAge range: 13-17Content: Moderate romance, mild sexual content, mild language, high violenceGenre: Teen Science FictionPublisher: Egmount USAPages: 448Where to get it: Barnes & Noble, Amazon, Half-Price BooksSynopsis:Noah and Sadie realize their trapped in a war they can't get out of. The biots that have taken hold of the president finally start to kick in with horrifying consequences. The Armstrong twins are damaged, but unbroken. The war for sanity continues... Opinions:This will be short because I feel like I've exhausted how much…
  • Stories I Only Tell My Friends: Review

    25 Sep 2014 | 11:12 am
    Author: Rob LoweAge range: 16 & upContent: Moderate romance, no sexual content, mild language, no violenceGenre: AutobiographyPublisher: St. Martin's PressPages: 320Where to get it: Barnes & Noble, Amazon, Target, Half-Price BooksSynopsis:A teen heartthrob at 15, an international icon and founder of the Brat Pack at 20, and one of Hollywood's top stars to this day, Lowe chronicles his experiences as a misunderstood child actor from Ohio uprooted to the wild counterculture of mid-1970's Malibu, where he embarked on his pursuit in Hollywood.Opinions: I find it…
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    The Book Deal: A Publishing Blog for Writers and Book People

  • Eavesdropping for story ideas and other tips from a veteran novelist

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

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

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

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

    Alan Rinzler
    11 Mar 2014 | 11:01 pm
    I sure have. It was 1964 and I was on assignment for The Nation magazine to write a review of the Beatles at Carnegie Hall, their first live appearance in the United States. No Soul in Beatlesville There I was, standing on a shaky balcony seat trying to see the stage over a mob of hysterical, screaming and sobbing 13-year-old girls. I was 25 years old and a rhythm and blues purist, a wannabee soul brother. I didn’t get the Beatles. My review?  It was vicious. I called it No Soul in Beatlesville and eviscerated the band as “derivative, a deliberate imitation…manna for dull minds”.
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  • The Wire Cast Reunion at the Paley Center.

    PersonaNonData
    22 Oct 2014 | 4:29 pm
    One of the benefits of traveliing as much as I have in the past 18mths is I get to catch up on a lot of TV. This show is one of the best ever and close watchers will know that the scripts benefited from the likes of George Pellecanos, Denis Lehane and Richard Price. (Cameo's for all I think).
  • Mobile Reading Trends: How solid is the Kindle's position?

    PersonaNonData
    17 Oct 2014 | 12:35 pm
    The following series of blog posts were originally published on the Publishing Technology blog during Frankfurt and speaks to research the company conducted into mobile reading habits. What we learned when we asked 3,000 people whether they read books on their phones While the publishing industry continues to debate the relative merits of print books versus eBooks a far bigger shift in the way we find and consume information is taking place under our noses. The digital revolution in publishing is often dated back to November 2007, when Amazon launched the first Kindle e-reader. Yet earlier…
  • PND Flipboard Magazine.

    PersonaNonData
    23 Sep 2014 | 2:33 pm
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  • MediaWeek (V7, N31): Bezo's WaPo, Publishing a Book, BitLit, James Garner + More

    PersonaNonData
    6 Aug 2014 | 12:26 am
    These articles and a lot more are all in my 'magazine' on Flipboard.The Columbia Journalism Review takes a look at Bezo's WaPo:At the time of the sale to Bezos, Donald Graham, Weymouth’s uncle and the chairman of The Washington Post Company, explained that he and his niece felt unsure of the direction in which to take the paper, or how to reverse years of declining revenues. He had approached Bezos as a buyer, he said, because the billionaire could offer deep pockets, a digital brain, and, between the two, a way forward.From The Chronicle of Higher Ed: Things you should know before…
  • 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…
 
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  • Will the return of LeBron James end the Cleveland curse?

    Hunter Felt
    30 Oct 2014 | 10:50 am
    After four years with the Miami Heat, LeBron James returns to the Cleveland Cavaliers on Thursday night in the teams home opener against the New York KnicksIt will be a homecoming unlike any other in NBA history. LeBron James, at different times the most loved and most hated athlete in Cleveland, will wear a Cavaliers uniform for the first time in four years when his team takes on the New York Knicks tonight. James decided to return to Cleveland after playing in four straight championships, and winning two, with the Miami Heat.Has it only been four years? It feels like several lifetimes since…
  • TV programme guide so good the Brighton Argus printed it twice

    Roy Greenslade
    30 Oct 2014 | 10:50 am
    I don't think this can have been a subtle message to their colleagues in Oxford, but the Brighton Argus today illustrated the dangers of remote production. Continue reading...
  • The day with another Mercurys curveball, Jim Carrey saving lives, Hunger Games hype and, erm, some birds

    Luke Holland
    30 Oct 2014 | 10:39 am
    PLUS: a quest to find the best Young, more tunes than you can shake a pack on Tunes at, some handy Halloween prep, and general interweb tomfooleryGet in touch @guideguardian, we do get awful lonelyWere slopping up pop culture goodness throughout Friday Eve so dontcha go anywhere now 5.39pm GMT Thats about it from me Ive wrung the soggy flannel of internet happenings sandal-dry for one day and must now go home (pub) to rest my weary head (eat Scotch eggs in the pub). The frankly astonishing Louis Pattison will be in the Guide Daily hotseat tomorrow so get back here sharpish for more silly…
  • Tory minister defends axing migrant rescue: Politics Live

    Rowena Mason
    30 Oct 2014 | 10:38 am
    Rolling coverage of all the days political developments, including the dispute between the Lib Dems and Number 10 over a Home Office report on drugs policy and a debate on migrant rescue 5.38pm GMT Heres a round-up of the day:Shambles in the chamber as government whip fails to turn up to the bench and move the adjournment 5.35pm GMT Labours problems in Scotland have been highlighted not just by Jim Murphy but the partys shadow deputy leader of the Commons, Thomas Docherty. This was him with some harsh words earlier on the BBCs World at One:The state that the Labour party is in right now is we…
  • Football Weekly Extra: Manchester City's slump continues

    Presented by James Richardson and produced by Ben Green
    30 Oct 2014 | 10:36 am
    Dumped out of the Capital One Cup by Newcastle and with the Manchester derby next, can City nip their crisis in the bud? Plus, Balotelli finds the net at last, and why size does matter for Spurs Continue reading...
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  • Soul of the Hooligan

    18 Oct 2014 | 12:20 pm
    Football hooligans! The words are enough to strike terror into the hearts of the upstanding middle classes and have entire towns boarded up and quaking with fear. Garry’s guest has more than a casual acquaintance with the subject. Dougie Brimson, a former hooligan himself turned bestselling writer, is an expert. Join us tonight as we explore this controversial topic in depth. With over half a million books sold worldwide, Dougie’s first title was Everywhere We Go - first published in 1996, it remains a cult classic. His first novel, The Crew, held the #1 slot on the soccer charts of both…
  • Hygiene and the Assassin – Amélie Nothomb

    Litopia Writers' Colony
    17 Oct 2014 | 3:27 am
    Morbidly obese misery of a writer – and Nobel Laureate (topical) – more than meets his match in the slender and deadly Nina, who conducts the last interview of the writer’s life. Secrets are dredged up and, in a twist, it *is* pretty. Keep your daggers handy. This is going to get nasty. >>> Download the mp3 file Subscribe in iTunes >>> From recent débuts to classics, fiction to non-fiction, memoirs, philosophy, science, history and journalism, Burning Books separates the smoking from the singeworthy, looking at the pleasures (and pains) of reading, the craft of…
  • Deadmau5 Takes The Mickey

    Litopia Writers' Colony
    7 Oct 2014 | 12:43 pm
    He gets $425,000 for a gig – that’s a whole lot of cheese – and Joel Thomas Zimmerman, better known as Deadmau5, is about to have the adventure of his life. The Walt Disney Company have finally woken up to the fact that Mr. Zimmerman’s rodentiatic trade mark bears some resemblance to their very own crown jewels… and they’re not happy.  Cue m’learned friends.  Someone’s getting pwn3d. Links to stories mentioned: EU Court: No Parody For You! European court rules that libraries can digitize books Deadmau5 fights Disney in mouse ear logo legal dispute Fan Arrested As…
  • Lars Frederiksen: Growing Up Punk

    5 Oct 2014 | 10:39 am
    Rancid are one of the world's biggest ever punk bands. Formed in California in 1991, they have sold more than four million albums worldwide. Vocalist and guitarist Lars Frederiksen has been with them since 1993, and he also fronts his own streetpunk band The Old Firm Casuals. Son of a Danish mother and an Italian-American father, Lars has devoted his life to his vision of punk and the old ideals of uniting different youth tribes against the system. Tonight, he speaks frankly to Garry about his childhood experiences growing up with gang violence, and how UK rock weekly Sounds helped him…
  • Susan Greenfield – Baroness of the Brain

    Litopia Writers' Colony
    30 Sep 2014 | 9:50 am
    Baroness Susan Greenfield is one of the most interesting scientists alive on the planet. Reviled by some, admired by many, never short of a piercing insight and a provocative soundbite... Susan Greenfield is everywhere. But who is the real Susan Greenfield – and what is she really saying to us? On tonight’s show, we go head-to-head. And not just with our guest: but with her critics, too! >>>>>> Download the show as an audio file Subscribe in iTunes  
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    Omnivoracious

  • Spooktacular Spooktacular! 13 Picks from the Master of Cult Cinema

    Jon Foro
    30 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    Who's up for some scary movies? I am. So is Danny Peary. Peary established his bona fides as an expert in weird cinema with his Cult Movies series from the early 80s: three volumes packed with wisdom on off-beat movies of all stripes. The requirements for "cult" status were specific; all of Peary's subjects "elicited a fiery passion in moviegoers that exists long after their initial releases,” a rubric which made The Maltese Falcon, Emannuelle, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show all fair game for his always enlightening and entertaining essays. The books were cult…
  • YA Wednesday: Carl Hiaasen on His First Young Adult Novel

    Editor
    29 Oct 2014 | 5:32 pm
    Carl Hiaasen has joined the ranks of best-selling authors writing for younger readers.  He's already written a handful of books for readers age 10 and up, including his most recent, Chomp. Hiaasen's first young adult novel, Skink: No Surrender (one of our Best YA Books of September) marks the return of a popular character from his adult novels who first appeared twenty-five years ago.  In the video below, we talked to Hiaasen about his blend of humor, environmentalism and timely subjects in Skink, as well as the books that inspired him as a young reader and led the way to his…
  • Where I Wrote It: Irish Novelist Stuart Neville's Musical Man Cave

    Neal Thompson
    29 Oct 2014 | 9:15 am
    Part of our new series featuring authors' desks and workspaces, here's a look at the guitar-filled attic of Northern Irish crime writer Stuart Neville, whose new novel, The Final Silence, publishes next week. The Final Silence is the chilling story of a politician's daughter who inherits her strange uncle's house, and in a locked upstairs room discovers horrific evidence of his life of crime. (No, not guitars. Much worse.) “I divide my writing time between the study room at my local library and the attic office of our old Edwardian house. When I know exactly what I want…
  • This Is No Bush-League Tapioca Pudding...

    Seira Wilson
    28 Oct 2014 | 12:04 pm
    Thug Kitchen is a gust of profanity-soaked fresh air in the cookbook universe of late.  The subtitle, "Eat Like You Give a F*ck" is your warning light--if swearing bothers you, don't even open the cover.  For those who couldn't care less, welcome to the irreverent and delicious pages of this fantastic vegan cookbook. I'm not even remotely vegan, and to be totally honest the first vegan meal I cooked (Wedding Soup with White Bean Balls and Kale) is from Thug Kitchen. The food was so tasty that I immediately flagged a fast half-a-dozen more recipes to try.  At first…
  • Go Forward, Move Ahead: Mark Mothersbaugh's Guide to Modern Living

    Jon Foro
    28 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    If you're familiar with Mark Mothersbaugh, it's probably through his day job. In the early 70s, Mothersbaugh--along with fellow Kent State art students Gerald Casale and Bob Lewis--founded DEVO, and began their four-plus-decade broadcast of uncategorizable, avant-garde sound and vision, of hazmat-besuited robot Jaggers singing songs of dark futures and opt-in de-evolution. "Freedom of choice/Is what you got/Freedom from choice/Is what you want." As it turns out, DEVO was only one facet of a complex project. Before music, Mothersbaugh occupied his time and indulged his…
 
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    Fresh Fiction

  • H.P. Mallory | Me, You, and A Ghost: An Unusual Love Story

    Pasha Carlisle
    29 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    ONCE HAUNTED, TWICE SHY is the second book in the Peyton Clark series and picks up where the first book, GHOULS RUSH IN, left off. In this series, new divorcee, Peyton, relocates to New Orleans after inheriting an antebellum mansion in the Garden District. It isn’t long before she realizes her house is haunted and […]
  • Suzy Duffy | The Mama Drama & Mother/Daughter Algorithms

    Pasha Carlisle
    29 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    It’s kinda nuts the way – one moment you’re a daughter (with a big tummy) and the next you’re the mother. Naturally you’re still a daughter but that takes a very big step back in your mind as you look at the tiny bundle of perfection they’ve gently placed in your arms. Now – all […]
  • Lindsay McKenna | Coming Home for Christmas

    Pasha Carlisle
    29 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    It was a delight and honor to be part of this very special Christmas book for several reasons. Harlequin chose women authors who were in the military to write these three military romance novellas you will read in this book. They include Lindsay McKenna (US Navy), Delores Fossen (US Air Force) and Geri Krotow (US […]
  • Kathleen Bittner Roth | The Return of the Epic American-set Historical Romance

    Pasha Carlisle
    29 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    We’ve all had this happen at one time or another—an urging or longing for a certain something or other that sneaks up on us and lingers until it settles in our bones. Before long, another person mentions the very thing we’ve been deliberating. Soon, we begin seeing or hearing about that certain something everywhere until […]
  • Sophie Wintner | My Real-Life Meet-Cute

    Pasha Carlisle
    29 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    I had given up on love. I decided it would be easier to write about romance than endure the ups and downs of any more real-life love affairs. So after years of dead-end pick-ups, fix-ups and online dating, I’d reached a point in my life where I was content to be alone. I’d arrived at […]
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  • YABC Mailbox - October 2014 Book Haul

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

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

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

    6 Oct 2014 | 5:28 pm
      Hi, everyone! Welcome to today's cover reveal! Today we're super excited to celebrate the cover reveal for FOREIGN EXCHANGE by Denise Jaden, releasing October 10, 2014 from Evernight Teen. Before we get to the cover, here's a note from Denise:   Hi YABC! I’m excited to share with you my new cover for my latest YA novel, FOREIGN EXCHANGE. I’m thrilled to announce that this is an editor’s pick for Evernight Teen, and I know we’re not supposed to pick favorites, but if I had to pick one of my books that I love the most, I think this would be it. I wrote this book during a…
  • Are You Ready for the YA Scavenger Hunt?! Plus Get Tiger's Promise for $0.99! #YASH

    2 Oct 2014 | 7:28 am
      Guys! Today is the start of the YA Scavenger Hunt, hosted and led by the amazing Colleen Houck! Are you prepared to scavenge like you've never scavenged before? We know we are!    So... What is the YA Scavenger Hunt?  In essence, the YA Scavenger Hunt is an online event dedicated to promoting collaboration between young adult authors from a variety of publishing houses. Past scavenger hunts have been a fun and effective way of offering fans the opportunity to see some of the best in YA literature and discover new books. Throughout the hunt, participating authors will…
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    The Horn Book

  • Board Book Roundup: Fall 2014 Edition

    Kitty Flynn
    30 Oct 2014 | 9:00 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. 1-2-3 Peas by Keith Baker Little Simon     36 pp. 5/14     978-1-4424-9928-7     $7.99 “Five peas painting— / brush, brush, brush, / Six peas traveling— / rush, rush, rush.” In this follow-up to Baker’s LMNO Peas, the peas row, splash, build, nap, and more, on and around large-size…
  • New York Times Best Illustrated list announced

    Lolly Robinson
    30 Oct 2014 | 8:59 am
    Here it is! http://www.nytimes.com/slideshow/2014/10/30/books/review/2014-BEST-8.html?_r=1& Usually this list matches up pretty well with our Calling Caldecott list with one or two big surprises. This year I am finding more surprises than matches. But you can be sure we will be locating the books that weren’t so much on our radar and will weigh in as we get our hands on them. This list always seems to be a bit idiosyncratic. The team of three judges is comprised of one critic and two illustrators. This year they were Jennifer Brown (Bank Street College, Shelf Awareness), Brian…
  • Review of Because They Marched

    Jonathan Hunt
    29 Oct 2014 | 9:01 am
    Because They Marched: The People’s Campaign for Voting Rights That Changed America by Russell Freedman Middle School    Holiday    83 pp. 8/14    978-0-8234-2921-9    $20.00 e-book ed.  978-0-8234-3263-9    $20.00 With characteristically clear prose sprinkled liberally with primary source quotes and carefully selected photographs, Freedman documents the 1965 Selma-to-Montgomery march that featured the horrific Bloody Sunday confrontation between the marchers and the Alabama state troopers. Captured on television footage by all the major networks, these events convinced the…
  • Horn BOO! 2014

    Horn Book
    29 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    Something wicked this way comes with our annual 
selection of “spooktacular” new books for Halloween,
 with reviews written by the Horn Book staff. Ready, Steady, Ghost! by Elizabeth Baguley, 
illus. by Marion Lindsay Preschool, Primary    Disney-Hyperion    32 pp. 8/14    978-1-4231-8039-5    $16.99    g Leave castle-haunting to the bigger ghosts; little ghost Gilbert longs to 
find “a homey house to haunt, a cozy house, a little house!” The scaredy-cat protagonist tentatively makes his way through the woods, drifting past a “gobble-me wolf,” a…
  • Books mentioned in the October 2014 issue of Nonfiction Notes from the Horn Book

    Horn Book
    28 Oct 2014 | 1:12 pm
    Unexplained phenomena Extraterrestrial Life series Allman, Toney Are Extraterrestrials a Threat to Humankind? Middle school, high school     80 pp.     ReferencePoint     2011 Library binding ISBN 978-1-60152-170-5 Kallen, Stuart A. The Search for Extraterrestrial Life Middle school, high school     80 pp.     ReferencePoint     2011 Library binding ISBN 978-1-60152-171-2 Marcovitz, Hal Aliens in Pop Culture Middle school, high school     80 pp.     ReferencePoint     2011 Library binding ISBN 978-1-60152-154-5 Netzley, Patricia D. Alien Encounters Middle…
 
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    The Fine Books Blog

  • New Copyright Law in UK Allows Orphaned Works to be Published

    Nate Pedersen
    29 Oct 2014 | 9:55 pm
    A new scheme in the United Kingdom will allow millions of orphaned artistic works and historic documents to be released into the public domain.  The scheme is intended to provide wider access to about 91 million creative works that have languished for years away from public view because the rights holders were not identified.The Intellectual Property Office can now issue a special license so that orphaned works can be displayed on websites, in books, and on television.  The new scheme also allows for renumeration for the rights holders if they identify themselves after publication…
  • The Past & The Future of Special Collections

    Rebecca Rego Barry
    29 Oct 2014 | 5:59 am
    Last week, a national colloquium on special collections was held at Case Western Reserve University's Kelvin Smith Library. Acknowledging the Past, Forging the Future, a two-day event, brought together librarians, private book collectors, and antiquarian booksellers. A recap of day 1: Sarah Thomas, vice president of Harvard Library and Roy E. Larsen librarian for the faculty of arts and sciences, gave the opening keynote address and spoke about providing "maximum access through minimal processing." Alice Schreyer, interim library director and associate university librarian for area studies…
  • Bright Young Collectors: Audrey Golden

    Nate Pedersen
    27 Oct 2014 | 9:16 pm
    Our new Bright Young Collectors series continues today with Audrey Golden of Charlottesville, Virginia:Please introduce us to your book collection.  What areas do you collect in?I collect books by Pablo Neruda.  A large part of the collection came from my travels to Chile and Argentina (including visits to Neruda's three homes), where I discovered many first editions of Neruda's works. Where are you from?I'm currently in Charlottesville, VA, where I just completed my Ph.D. at the University of Virginia.  I went to college in Connecticut at Wesleyan University, and I've now…
  • Unpublished Memoir of Simon & Schuster Co-founder Turns Up

    Rebecca Rego Barry
    27 Oct 2014 | 5:45 am
    Could it be that Simon & Schuster co-founder Richard "Dick" Simon failed to find a publisher for his own book trade memoir? Simon and partner Max Schuster launched the book publishing house of Simon & Schuster in New York City in 1924. An 84-page typescript document of Simon's reminiscences, titled Fools Give You Reasons, dating to the late 1950s, is currently being offered in a rare book dealer's catalog for $5,000. The fragmentary memoir discusses how he got into publishing, his thoughts on promotion and advertising, and his feelings about television: "From here television seems…
  • Sylvia Plath's Unabridged Journals & Enduring Influence

    Barbara Basbanes Richter
    24 Oct 2014 | 5:12 am
    A fit of despair over her troubled marriage to fellow poet Ted Hughes led Sylvia Plath to commit suicide in 1963. In the years that followed, Plath's work would achieve acclaim and accolades, assuring her a place in the pantheon of American poets. Plath's sharp, spare verses are the result of many drafts and revisions. Her journals, on the other hand, were an opportunity for Plath to write freely and unencumbered by critical eyes. In the summer of 1950, just before matriculating at Smith College, Plath began recording the events of her life in almost obsessive detail, and would…
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    Smart Bitches, Trashy Books

  • Books on Sale: Three Lisa Kleypas Historicals at $2.99

    SB Sarah
    30 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    NB: I’m including Audible links by reader request, though the price varies depending on whether you’ve bought the Kindle version, if you’re an Audible member, etc. So I can’t always guarantee the sale price is valid, but since buying the digital often drops the price of the audiobook there, I wanted to include it. Secrets of a Summer Night RECOMMENDED: Secrets of a Summer Night by Lisa Kleypas is $2.99. Hold onto your wallets – that’s a terrific price for a Kleypas book (and there are two more) (I’m sorry) (I bought them, too). This is book 1 in…
  • Welcome to SBTB 4.0!

    SB Sarah
    30 Oct 2014 | 5:03 am
    It looks a little different, right? But different is good! Especially in this case – different is faster, with better search capabilities and new Ladies. Welcome! If you look over yonder at Ye Brande Newe Welcome Page, you’ll find a lot more information about what’s new and what’s different, and what’s coming with the continued evolution of the new site. A note to those of you using screen readers and other tools to make the site accessible for visual impairment: if you notice a problem or something sounds really weird, please let me know right away? I hope you…
  • Evil Librarian by Michelle Knudsen

    Carrie S
    30 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Warning: include(smrt-variables.php): failed to open stream: No such file or directory in /home/smrtbit/smartbitchestrashybooks.com/WP/wp-includes/feed-rss2.php on line 268 Warning: include(): Failed opening 'smrt-variables.php' for inclusion (include_path='.:/usr/local/lib/php:/usr/local/php5/lib/pear') in /home/smrtbit/smartbitchestrashybooks.com/WP/wp-includes/feed-rss2.php on line 268 A- Evil Librarian by Michelle Knudsen January 1, 1970 · Candlewick Press Young Adult Evil Librarian is a fun YA with a charming romantic thread (although I wouldn’t call it a romance novel, strictly…
  • Destiny’s Captive by Beverly Jenkins

    Carrie S
    29 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Warning: include(smrt-variables.php): failed to open stream: No such file or directory in /home/smrtbit/smartbitchestrashybooks.com/WP/wp-includes/feed-rss2.php on line 268 Warning: include(): Failed opening 'smrt-variables.php' for inclusion (include_path='.:/usr/local/lib/php:/usr/local/php5/lib/pear') in /home/smrtbit/smartbitchestrashybooks.com/WP/wp-includes/feed-rss2.php on line 268 B Destiny’s Captive by Beverly Jenkins September 9, 2014 · Avon Young Adult I have a love/hate relationship with Destiny’s Captive.  It’s a sheep in wolves’ clothing.  It…
  • The Amazon Fire Stick is $20 for Prime Folks Until Tomorrow

    SB Sarah
    28 Oct 2014 | 8:25 am
    The Amazon Fire Stick is on sale for $19 preorder for Amazon Prime members until 9am PT tomorrow, 29 October – aka 12pm ET. This is a US-only thing (I'm sorry) but because of a conversation I had with Hubby, I wanted to share this info with you.  The Fire Stick is a device that plugs into the HDMI port on your tv (no word on whether the Fire Stick is haunted but I hope to hell not). The device comes with a remote that allows you to view Amazon Prime content (streaming video, games, etc) on that tv. So if you travel, you take your Prime content with you using this device. …
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    London Review of Books

  • Letters

    5 Nov 2014 | 4:00 pm
    The letters page from London Review of Books Vol. 36 No. 21 (6 November 2014)
  • James Salter: Those Magnificent Men

    5 Nov 2014 | 4:00 pm
    The age of flight had barely begun in 1914 – the Wright brothers flew at Kitty Hawk in 1903 – but it had developed swiftly. The Wrights’ airplane – in the shape of a big box kite, made of spruce and muslin – flew at a speed of about seven miles an hour, not much faster than a man walking briskly beside it. By 1908 an improved version went forty miles an hour, and a year after that Blériot, in a plane of his own design, flew across the English Channel. When the war broke out airplanes were being used primarily for reconnaissance, but soon started firing at one another with small…
  • John-Paul Stonard: At the RA

    5 Nov 2014 | 4:00 pm
  • Iain Sinclair: London’s Lost Cinemas

    5 Nov 2014 | 4:00 pm
    While trying to ignore my seventieth birthday I was offered an unexpected gift, which was also a challenge: the chance to nominate seventy films that would be shown in orthodox and unorthodox venues across London. I didn’t want to play the listing game of best or worst or personal favourite. And it didn’t work, in Dillinger fashion, to isolate one film for every year of my life; the big clusters came in the 1960s and there were plenty of desert epochs during which I saw practically nothing. I scanned my published books, in reverse order, and assembled a catalogue of films referenced. I…
  • Patrick Cockburn: The Battle for Kobani

    5 Nov 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Over the summer Isis – the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria – defeated the Iraqi army, the Syrian army, the Syrian rebels and the Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga; it established a state stretching from Baghdad to Aleppo and from Syria’s northern border to the deserts of Iraq in the south. Ethnic and religious groups of which the world had barely heard – including the Yazidis of Sinjar and the Chaldean Christians of Mosul – became victims of Isis cruelty and sectarian bigotry. In September, Isis turned its attention to the two and a half million Syrian Kurds who had gained de facto autonomy…
 
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    McSweeney’s

  • A Fun Pumpkin Carving Tutorial! by Andrew Cushing

    30 Oct 2014 | 4:01 am
    Pumpkin carving is a simple, festive way to celebrate the arrival of autumn. And with only a handful of tools, you and your family can easily enjoy the thrill of pumpkin carving right at home. The following tutorial will provide you with step-by-step instructions down the leafy path toward a fun fall experience.Carving The PumpkinWhat you’ll need: Pumpkin; carving tool; newspaperSTEP 1: Lay down a few sheets of newspaper. (Pumpkin carving can get messy, and this protective layer will help make cleanup a lot easier.)STEP 2: Place your pumpkin in the center of the newspaper.STEP 3: Use your…
  • Not So Timeless After All: Bemelmans, Madeline by Ilana Masad

    30 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    MADRID, SPAIN — Madeline Bemelmans, 82, formerly of Paris, France, has passed away in an old house all covered in vines, of morphine powder in two straight lines.Always open about her addiction, Madeline struggled with morphine and other painkillers from the time she was seven years old, when she had her appendix taken out and was mistakenly given adult-dosage painkillers. Attending a selective private boarding school in Paris, Madeline spoke at the 2013 Global Addiction Conference of the ease at which she was able to hide her drug-habit during her time at school and called for better…
  • List: Other Seasonal Drinks by Alison Leiby and Alyssa Wolff

    30 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Woolen MacchiatoMulled NyQuilTurkey Gravy SpritzWet Leaves TeaCabernet Flavored Emergen-CNutmeg Flavored 5 Hour EnergyLeftover Halloween Candy Cold Pressed JuiceStuffing ShotsRoad Salt Rimmed MargaritasFell On The Long Island Iced TeaWhite Russian Fur HatApple Picking MartiniChai WhiskeyBaked Ham-onadeCandy Cane ColonicPot Pie SmoothieYam and TonicPine Needle Old FashionedOrange Clove-Filled MochachinoLatke BombsButternut Squash Shake (serve in gourd)Candy Corn Infused WaterFresh Squeezed Egg NogGreen Bean Red BullYellow Snow Pomegranate FizzMashed Potato VodkaSpecial Edition: Harvest Ipecac-…
  • Shakespeare’s Work Emails by Kathryn Doyle

    29 Oct 2014 | 4:01 am
    All the world’s a stage,and all the men and women merely players:they have their exits and their entrances;so let’s reconnect on this over the weekend.- - -Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?Feel free to reach out if you have further Q’s.- - -To-morrow, and to-morrow, and to-morrow,Creeps in this petty pace from day to day,To the last syllable of recorded time;We’ve got some great momentum going here;Will this be done by EOD? By COB?- - -There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio,Than will fit in our engagement strategy.- - -Hath ye spied that client feedback? It…
  • My Own Private Shock Corridor: Form Contra Content by Bob Schneider

    29 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    When I was a kid, if you were good with crayons, the other kids would dub you a Rembrandt, a signifier synonymous with douchenozzle, not only in kidville but in the culture at large.When I was a kid, I lived three avenue blocks west and fourteen street blocks south of the Museum of Modern Art. But you wouldn’t have caught me dead in there (even if I knew it had been there), because I knew that art was for queers and pussies. (Not that I really knew what a queer or a pussy was. Had I been pressed to define them, to use them in a sentence, that sentence would probably have read Art is for…
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    Podiobooker

  • New release! Warm Honey by Dave Cornford and Steve McAlpine

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

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

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

    Evo
    2 Oct 2014 | 4:45 pm
    Motherload is a science fiction adventure story (space opera), and it’s the first book in the Stardrifter Series: A remote corner of a bleak system… A broken-down gunboat, stuck in space… An incompetent captain and a misfit crew… A pirate ship, a silent target, and a whole bunch of secrets… So how’s YOUR day going? There have to be easier ways to make a living — easier than dying slowly in an obsolete boat, as its power drains out and life support fails. Forget the job; forget the pirate problem: there’s only time for a desperate jury-rig and…
  • New release! Hidden Things by Doyce Testerman

    Evo
    1 Oct 2014 | 8:34 pm
    How about a little urban fantasy to get your ready for the weekend? Check out Hidden Things by Doyce Testerman: “Watch out for the Hidden Things…” That’s the last thing Calliope Jenkin’s best friend and former lover says to her before ending a 2 A.M. phone call from Iowa, where he’s investigating a case she knows little about. Five hours later, she gets another call, this time from the police. Josh has been found dead; foul play is suspected. Calliope is stunned. Especially when Josh leaves a message on her phone a few hours later. Spurred by grief and…
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    The Bookshop Blog

  • Amazon for Authors: Yay or Nay?

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

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

    Bruce K. Hollingdrake
    12 Oct 2014 | 7:53 am
    The Book Smuggler is one of our favorite book sites and one of their regular features is their weekly Smuggler’s Radar, solid reads to keep an eye out for. Here’s one of this week’s picks. Be sure to head over there for the full list as well as other reviews &[Read More...] Author information Bruce K. Hollingdrake The post The Book Smuggler’s Radar appeared first on The Bookshop Blog.
  • Great Books with Horrible Dating Advice

    Bruce K. Hollingdrake
    10 Oct 2014 | 6:25 am
    This is by Robert Bruce of 101 Books When I was single, I hated dating—which is probably why I didn’t do much of it. There are so many unspoken rules, and girls play games, and it’s enough to make you want to become a celibate monk. Okay, it’s not quite[Read More...] Author information Bruce K. Hollingdrake The post Great Books with Horrible Dating Advice appeared first on The Bookshop Blog.
 
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    Berkeley Heights Public Library Book Blog

  • New Craft Books

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

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

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

    Anne
    2 Oct 2014 | 12:16 pm
    In 2012 the library acquired many copies of Gillian Flynn's 2012 mega-bestseller 'Gone Girl' to keep up with demand. Topping the 'New York Times' bestseller list for months, in demand by bookgroups and readers of mysteries, we could barely keep up with the lengthy reserve lists for the book. Then demand quieted down for a year or so - until this week. The movie starring Ben Affleck will open tomorrow, the reviews are pretty good and the advertising and p.r. for the film are ubiquitous, so we brought the books up out of storage and put them on display. (Thanks to library staffer A-M S. for…
  • Quality of Books Declining: not a new complaint

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

  • Content reuse: Five key questions to consider

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

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

    Joe Wikert
    13 Oct 2014 | 7:03 am
    My wife and I recently returned from an anniversary trip to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. If you ever have the opportunity to go there, do it; we have nothing but terrific things to say about the city, people and food. The... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • What is “adaptive content”?

    Joe Wikert
    6 Oct 2014 | 1:00 pm
    That’s a question a few people asked me via email after a webinar I co-presented last week. I briefly mentioned it on one of my webinar slides but I didn’t spend a lot of time digging into it. I talked... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Recorded version of Olive SmartLayers webinar

    Joe Wikert
    1 Oct 2014 | 12:08 pm
    If you missed yesterday's webinar, where we unveiled Olive's new SmartLayers technology, you'll want to watch the recorded version below. It was a great discussion about where digital content is today and where it's likely heading tomorrow. Check it out... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    First Book Blog

  • Goodnight Moon: Making a Classic Bedtime Story Available to Bilingual Readers for the First Time

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

    Julia Hornaday
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    We can’t keep it a secret any longer! As of today, We Give Books has a new home at First Book. The online platform, which features nearly 300 digitally-optimized children’s books, enables anyone with access to the Internet to put books in the hands of kids in need, simply by reading online. This generous gift to First Book comes from The Pearson Foundation along with $1.3M in cash to support We Give Books and help First Book deliver new online programs and services to our growing network of 140,000 classrooms and community organizations serving children in need. You can get involved too!
  • Five First Book Favorites

    Samantha McGinnis
    16 Oct 2014 | 7:40 am
    Here at First Book, we love books (surprise, surprise) and love sharing great books with friends like you. Starting today, we’ll share a new list of the books each month that our book enthusiasts on staff can’t stop raving about!  You’ll find books full of rich illustrations, diverse characters and compelling tales that span multiple age ranges. And if you serve kids in need, you can access these books through the First Book Marketplace by signing up. PreK-K (Ages 2-5): My Big Barefoot Book of Wonderful Words  written and illustrated by Sophie Fatus The Palabra family has…
  • On Creativity and Culture: Yuyi Morales

    Samantha McGinnis
    14 Oct 2014 | 5:34 am
    To celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, we had the opportunity to talk with the award-winning author and illustrator Yuyi Morales about why she became an author and illustrator, the role of children’s books in understanding and celebrating cultures and her new book, “Viva Frida.” Click here to read this blog in Spanish. What led you to become a children’s book author and illustrator? Photo Credit: Antonio Turok Soon after I immigrated to the USA in 1994, I found myself with my newborn at the doorsteps of the public library. I had never before seen a place with the treasures…
  • First Book and ALAS: Better Serving Latino Youth

    Samantha McGinnis
    9 Oct 2014 | 10:36 am
    Veronica Rivera serves as the Executive Director for the Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents (ALAS), which leads at the national level to ensure every school in America effectively serves the educational needs of all students, with an emphasis on Latino youth. She recently joined us for a Q&A session to discuss ALAS’s new partnership with First Book, how schools can better serve Latino youth, specifically English language learners from low-income families, and why culturally relevant books play an important role. Q:  Why is ALAS’s new partnership with First Book…
 
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    800 CEO Read

  • ChangeThis: Issue 122

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

    Ryan Schleicher
    17 Oct 2014 | 12:31 pm
    Tweet➻ There is no shortage of reporting about startups and innovation, but the vast majority of articles focus on companies in or around the 95014 zip code. Today we look at two unlikely innovators whose path to success wound through places very far removed from typical Silicon Valley incubators (though there was Valley investment involved). First up, Frederick Hutson, who used his time spent in prison to launch a company that would ultimately serve the people with whom he had shared cells. Frederick Hutson looked like he had everything going for him: he had a clean record, built some…
  • Jack Covert Selects – The Innovators

    Michael
    13 Oct 2014 | 8:46 am
    Tweet The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution by Walter Isaacson, Simon & Schuster, 560 pages, $35.00, Hardcover, October 2014, ISBN 9781476708690 In the introduction to The Innovators, Walter Isaacson briefly shares the story of the book’s completion and publication. The book has been over a decade in coming, says Isaacson, and its development was interrupted twice by focused biographies on Einstein and Steve Jobs. For the length and scope that The Innovators covers, its introduction is brief, but it shares some valuable insights into…
  • Jack Covert Selects – Leading the Life You Want

    Sally
    13 Oct 2014 | 8:19 am
    Tweet Leading the Life You Want: Skills for Integrating Work and Life by Stewart D. Friedman, Harvard Business Review Press, 256 pages, $27.00, Hardcover, October 2014, ISBN 9781422189412 In 2008, I chose Stewart Friedman’s Total Leadership as the top book in the Personal Development category of our annual business book awards, saying, “In Total Leadership, Stewart Friedman, founding director of the Wharton Leadership Program, presents a concrete methodology for building a more integrated life. His program is really a practice, requiring both action and reflection … ” In many ways,…
  • Jack Covert Selects – Uncontainable

    Ryan Schleicher
    13 Oct 2014 | 8:09 am
    Tweet Uncontainable: How Passion, Commitment, and Conscious Capitalism Built a Business Where Everyone Thrives by Kip Tindell, Grand Central Publishing, 272 pages, $28.00, Hardcover, October 2014, ISBN 9781455526857 At a time when the largest online retailer in the world—the one that strives to be The Everything Store—is perpetually in the news for strong-arming suppliers and is facing a supreme court case resulting from, as Salon’s Elias Isquith recently put it, “the company’s longstanding habit of finding creative new ways to exploit and insult its workers,” it is refreshing to…
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    Three Percent - Article

  • Latest Review: "My Brilliant Friend" by Elena Ferrante

    Kaija Straumanis
    29 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    The latest addition to our Reviews section is a piece by Acacia O’Connor on Elena Ferrante’s My Brilliant Friend, translated by Ann Goldstein and published by Europa Editions. This book was published in English in 2012, but considering the attention Ferrante has been getting for her work since then, this is a very appropriate “Better late than never” kind of review. I’ve yet to read anything of Ferrante’s, but am absolutely aching to after all the high praise and descriptions of her writing. Acacia O’Connor is a first wave U of R MALTS alumna working…
  • DANIEL MEDIN’S BTBA FAVORITES: FALL 2014

    Monica Carter
    29 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Daniel Medin teaches at the American University of Paris, where he helps direct the Center for Writers and Translators and is Associate Series Editor of The Cahiers Series. Can Xue: The Last Lover, trans. from Chinese by Annelise Finegan Wasmoen, Yale/Margellos The strangest and by far most original work I read this summer was Can Xue’s The Last Lover. How refreshing it is to encounter fiction that so resolutely disregards conventions of character and plot! The protagonists of this book do not develop—they transform, as do their relationships to one another, from one scene to the next.
  • Latest Review: "Stealth" by Sonallah Ibrahim

    Kaija Straumanis
    28 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    The latest addition to our Reviews section is by Christopher Iacono on Stealth by Sonallah Ibrahim, translated by Hosam Aboul-Ela and published by New Directions. Chris is a regular reviewer for Three Percent, and happens to be taking the next month off to participate in NaNoWriMo. We wish him endurance and good writing juju! Here’s the beginning of Chris’s review: From the late 1940s to the early 1950s, Egypt was going through a period of transition. The country’s people were growing unhappy with the corruption of power in the government, which had been under British rule for…
  • The Best to Come

    Monica Carter
    24 Oct 2014 | 2:18 am
    James Crossley is a bookseller at Island Books. He writes regularly for the store’s Message in a Bottle blog and for the website of the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association. By now you may be asking which BTBA-eligible books I’m most looking forward to reading. Probably not, but let’s pretend. Without further ado: Baboon by Naja Marie Aidt (translated from Danish by Denise Newman) is a short story collection that’s the first of this author’s work to reach English, and it’s touted as “audacious writing that careens toward bizarre, yet utterly…
  • The Best Translated Books So Far

    Monica Carter
    23 Oct 2014 | 2:15 am
    James Crossley is a bookseller at Island Books. He writes regularly for the store’s Message in a Bottle blog and for the website of the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association. Having talked about books that I think other people will probably like, it seems like I should talk at least a bit about the ones I do. Bohumil Hrabal’s Harlequin’s Millions (translated by Stacey Knecht) has already been highly praised here on the blog by Jeremy Garber (and elsewhere by that inestimable dean of BTBA judges, George Carroll) and I’m calling the shotgun seat on their…
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    HBR.org

  • Put the “and” Back in “Sales and Marketing”

    Jenny Cermak
    30 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    Nowhere else in the executive suite of a typical corporation are two functions as closely intertwined as sales and marketing. Yet for all the shared responsibility, the marketing and sales relationship has often been a contentious and lopsided one, with sales dominating in B2B sectors while marketing leads in B2C ones. The joint challenge today for CMOs and heads of sales (or CSOs – Chief Sales Officers) is how they can work together to discover insights that matter, design the right offers and customer experiences based on those insights, and then deliver them effectively to the right…
  • Why Tim Cook’s Coming Out Matters for Apple, and Business

    Dorie Clark
    30 Oct 2014 | 8:57 am
    Ellen. Anderson Cooper. Michael Sam. All three broke barriers by coming out in their respective industries – comedy, television news, and football. Now they’re joined by Apple CEO Tim Cook, who just announced that he’s “proud to be gay” and, in the process, became the first Fortune 500 CEO to come out. Earlier this year, two CEOs of publicly traded – yet much smaller – firms came out. But until Tim Cook’s statement, “don’t ask, don’t tell” reigned at the highest echelons of corporate America – almost shocking in 2014, given that 91% of Fortune 500 firms…
  • When Real-Time Intel Still Isn’t Fast Enough

    Jason O’Connor
    30 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    We now live in a world where both man and machine can access data on almost any topic at any moment. Documentation of our world happens in real time, through a constant, autonomous torrent of ones and zeroes — and research and recall of that information have been reduced to mere mouse clicks. With all data available at all times, opportunities — and adversaries — can also move in real time. So we should ask ourselves, “How do we move faster?” This is the domain of predictive analytics — a concept that isn’t new, but the potential of which, in a world not limited by data or…
  • Imagining Productivity Apps for the Apple Watch

    H. James Wilson
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    App developers from Stockholm to San Francisco are anxiously counting down the days til the November release of the Apple Watch SDK (or “Software Development Kit”), which will give them the tools to begin building their own concepts. I’d argue that these developers stand at a crossroads for the Internet of Things (IoT). Following one path, they can design the familiar types of apps that we already see on tablets and phones, simply scaled-down for a smaller screen. In doing so, they would treat the watch — and by default its wearer — as just another connected data-collecting…
  • More Data Won’t Turn Employees into High-Performing Machines

    Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic
    30 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    In much of the industrialized world, work has changed dramatically in the past 100 years. We have come a long way since the early days of assembly lines and Fordism. Today, we talk about giving employees a consumer-like experience: not “jobs,” but meaningful careers; not “roles”, but a sense of purpose. At least in our narrative, engagement has replaced productivity — work should be rewarding and fun, colleagues should be friends, and work-life balance has been replaced by work-life integration (as we work from home at 1 a.m. and hit the company meditation room or bar at 1 p.m.).
 
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    Books on the Nightstand

  • BOTNS #304: Wait… What Just Happened?!

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

    Ann Kingman
    21 Oct 2014 | 4:00 pm
    This week we catch up on questions from our inbox. Have a question for us? Use our Google Form to ask. But first… Audiobook of the week (10:25)   The Lottery and Other Stories by Shirley Jackson, narrated by the four different readers,  is my pick for this week’s Audiobooks.com Audiobook of the Week. Special thanks to Audiobooks.com for sponsoring this episode of Books on the Nightstand. Audiobooks.com allows you to listen to over 40,000 audiobooks, instantly, wherever you are, and the first one is free. Download or stream any book directly to your Apple or Android…
  • BOTNS #302: Hardcover, Paperback, When Does It Matter?

    Michael Kindness
    14 Oct 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Creepy book recommendations for October. Hardcovers and paperbacks. And we love Some Luck by Jane Smiley and Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult. Note: Apologies to those on our mailing list who received an e-mail containing several podcasts. It was a glitch that shouldn’t be repeated. Creepy Reads for October Emily from Los Angeles, asked, back in September (sorry for the delayed response!), for a creepy read for her book club to read in October. Here are some suggestions for books we loved and a book I’m planning to read in October:   The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson…
  • BOTNS #301: October is National Reading Group Month

    Ann Kingman
    7 Oct 2014 | 5:25 pm
    Coming-of-age novels for adults; October is National Reading Group Month, a new mystery, and a new Lee Child novel!  Coming of Age Books, when you’ve already come of age Anne Valente wrote an article for the Huffington Post entitled 10 Essential Coming-of-Age Novels for Adults. Michael was struck by the fact that they were all contemporary novels. We have a discussion about what makes a novel a “coming-of-age” novel, and why they might appeal to adult readers.   Audiobook of the week (09:31)  Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld, narrated by Sheetal Sheth and Heather Lind…
  • BOTNS #300: Booktopia 2015, and a Whole Mess of Graphic Novels

    Michael Kindness
    30 Sep 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Booktopia 2015 announcements, Many graphic novel recommendations, and a new segment, “Don’t You Forget About Me.” It’s our 300th episode! We can hardly believe it ourselves. Booktopia 2015! Finally, the announcement so many of you have been waiting for… Booktopia 2015 dates and places: May 1-2     Manchester, VT with Northshire Bookstore September 21-22     Petoskey, MI with McLean & Eakin Booksellers A few notes about those dates. You’ll notice these Booktopia events only span 2 days, not the usual 3. Right now, these are the days we are sure there…
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    Omnivoracious

  • Spooktacular Spooktacular! 13 Picks from the Master of Cult Cinema

    Jon Foro
    30 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    Who's up for some scary movies? I am. So is Danny Peary. Peary established his bona fides as an expert in weird cinema with his Cult Movies series from the early 80s: three volumes packed with wisdom on off-beat movies of all stripes. The requirements for "cult" status were specific; all of Peary's subjects "elicited a fiery passion in moviegoers that exists long after their initial releases,” a rubric which made The Maltese Falcon, Emmanuelle, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show all fair game for his always enlightening and entertaining essays. The books were cult…
  • YA Wednesday: Carl Hiaasen on His First Young Adult Novel

    Editor
    29 Oct 2014 | 5:32 pm
    Carl Hiaasen has joined the ranks of best-selling authors writing for younger readers.  He's already written a handful of books for readers age 10 and up, including his most recent, Chomp. Hiaasen's first young adult novel, Skink: No Surrender (one of our Best YA Books of September) marks the return of a popular character from his adult novels who first appeared twenty-five years ago.  In the video below, we talked to Hiaasen about his blend of humor, environmentalism and timely subjects in Skink, as well as the books that inspired him as a young reader and led the way to his…
  • Where I Wrote It: Irish Novelist Stuart Neville's Musical Man Cave

    Neal Thompson
    29 Oct 2014 | 9:15 am
    Part of our new series featuring authors' desks and workspaces, here's a look at the guitar-filled attic of Northern Irish crime writer Stuart Neville, whose new novel, The Final Silence, publishes next week. The Final Silence is the chilling story of a politician's daughter who inherits her strange uncle's house, and in a locked upstairs room discovers horrific evidence of his life of crime. (No, not guitars. Much worse.) “I divide my writing time between the study room at my local library and the attic office of our old Edwardian house. When I know exactly what I want…
  • This Is No Bush-League Tapioca Pudding...

    Seira Wilson
    28 Oct 2014 | 12:04 pm
    Thug Kitchen is a gust of profanity-soaked fresh air in the cookbook universe of late.  The subtitle, "Eat Like You Give a F*ck" is your warning light--if swearing bothers you, don't even open the cover.  For those who couldn't care less, welcome to the irreverent and delicious pages of this fantastic vegan cookbook. I'm not even remotely vegan, and to be totally honest the first vegan meal I cooked (Wedding Soup with White Bean Balls and Kale) is from Thug Kitchen. The food was so tasty that I immediately flagged a fast half-a-dozen more recipes to try.  At first…
  • Go Forward, Move Ahead: Mark Mothersbaugh's Guide to Modern Living

    Jon Foro
    28 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    If you're familiar with Mark Mothersbaugh, it's probably through his day job. In the early 70s, Mothersbaugh--along with fellow Kent State art students Gerald Casale and Bob Lewis--founded DEVO, and began their four-plus-decade broadcast of uncategorizable, avant-garde sound and vision, of hazmat-besuited robot Jaggers singing songs of dark futures and opt-in de-evolution. "Freedom of choice/Is what you got/Freedom from choice/Is what you want." As it turns out, DEVO was only one facet of a complex project. Before music, Mothersbaugh occupied his time and indulged his…
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    GalleyCat

  • R.L. Stine Writes a Scary Short Story On Twitter

    Maryann Yin
    30 Oct 2014 | 10:10 am
    Goosebumps series author R.L. Stine wrote a scary story called “What’s In My Sandwich?” on Twitter. Below, we’ve collected all the tweets that make up the short story in a Storify post embedded below—what do you think? Tomorrow, Stine will unveil another short fiction piece entitled “Let’s Make a Trade” on Wattpad for the “The R.L. Stine Fill In The Fear Contest.” (via BuzzFeed) (more…) New Career Opportunities Daily: The best jobs in media.
  • ‘Gray Mountain’ Joins iBooks Bestsellers List

    Maryann Yin
    30 Oct 2014 | 9:20 am
    John Grisham’s new fiction book, Gray Mountain, has joined Apple’s Top Paid iBooks in the U.S. this week at No. 2. Apple has released its top selling books list for paid books from iBooks in the U.S. for week ending October 20, 2014. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn and Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult are occupying the first and third spots on the list this week. We’ve included Apple’s entire list after the jump. (more…) New Career Opportunities Daily: The best jobs in media.
  • HarperCollins Publishes a Bilingual Edition of ‘Goodnight Moon’

    Maryann Yin
    30 Oct 2014 | 8:30 am
    HarperCollins has released the first-ever bilingual version of Goodnight Moon. Goodnight Moon/Buenas Noches, Luna, an English-Spanish board book, has been made available on the First Book digital marketplace at a discounted price for educators and programs serving children in need. The executives at the publishing house were inspired by First Book’s Stories for All Project to create this special edition of Margaret Wise Brown and Clement Hurd’s beloved picture book. The mission behind this project is to address the lack of diversity in children’s books. Rhian Evans Allvin,…
  • Activism-Themed Picture Book is Featured On Kickstarter

    Maryann Yin
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:40 am
    Jason and Danica Russell hope to raise $35,000 on Kickstarter for their alphabet-themed picture book, A is For Activism. They hope to use this book to inspire their children and other readers to give back to the world. The funds will be used to cover the cost of self-publishing. We’ve embedded a video about the project above. Here’s more from the Kickstarter page: “This book is not just for the earthy, the urban, the hipster, the hippy, the traveler, the militant extremist, the organic, the already active activists, but… for the cool kids all over the world, looking for a way to…
  • Dan Brown to Deliver the Penguin Annual Lecture

    Maryann Yin
    30 Oct 2014 | 6:50 am
    The Da Vinci Code author Dan Brown will present this year’s Penguin Annual Lecture. His talk will focus on “codes, science, and religion.” Brown (pictured, via) will give his speech for both the Penguin Random House and Penguin Random House India teams. The Times of India reports that “this is the first time that the lecture is being organised in two cities.” Brown will visit New York City on November 10th and Mumbai on November 12th. According to The Hindu: “The seven previous lectures have been delivered by journalist and writer Thomas Friedman in 2007,…
 
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    The Writing Life

  • Like A Kid In a Candy Store

    Terry Whalin
    12 Oct 2014 | 5:20 pm
    For the last couple of days, I attended the Mountain Plains Bookseller Association Fall Discovery Show in Denver. The various regional associations divide the United States and the Mountain Plains area is one of the smallest in the country. I went to this event many years ago and it was fun to return to it again. I was like a kid in a candy store. While not as massive as Book Expo event, this trade show brings many booksellers from the western states together to see old friends and learn about new products. The exhibit hall was mostly books but also included related products. Publishers were…
  • GoodReads Giveaways on My Books

    Terry Whalin
    6 Oct 2014 | 6:00 pm
    One of the ways I'm spreading the word about my new books is to give some copies away on GoodReads. Here's where the giveaways are located on GoodReads. Please tell others and sign up yourself to possibly get one of the copies. First the updated edition of Jumpstart Your Publishing Dreams: Goodreads Book Giveaway Jumpstart Your Publishing Dreams by W. Terry Whalin Giveaway ends November 05, 2014. See the giveaway details at Goodreads. Enter to win Second my biography of Billy Graham which releases a few days before Mr. Graham turns 96: Goodreads Book Giveaway Billy Graham by W. Terry Whalin…
  • Five Reasons Authors Need GoodReads

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

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

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

  • Fear of failure

    Paulo Coelho
    28 Oct 2014 | 6:46 pm
    Master Achaan Chah was given a fine piece of land so that he might build a monastery. Chah had to go away for a time and left his disciples in charge of the building work. When he returned – five months later – nothing had been done. The disciples had already ordered several plans from […]
  • In search of the lost path

    Paulo Coelho
    26 Oct 2014 | 5:14 pm
    We go out into the world in search of our dreams and ideals, although we often know we put away in inaccessible places, all that which is within our reach. When we discover our mistake, we start to think we’ve lost too much time looking far and wide for something which was nearby; and this […]
  • Keeping the skill

    Paulo Coelho
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:52 pm
    In Japan, I was invited to Guncan-Gima, where there is a Zen-Buddhist temple. When I arrived, I was surprised: a fine structure was situated in the middle of a great forest, but had a vast waste land beside it. I asked the reason for this, and the person in charge explained: – It is the […]
  • 10 SEC READING: Frogs being boiled

    Paulo Coelho
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:23 pm
    Several biological studies have shown that a frog placed in a container along with water from his pond, he will remain alive while you heat the water. The toad does not react to the gradual increase of temperature (change of environment) and only dies when the water boils, swollen and happy. On the other hand, […]
  • A few words about “Adultery”

    Paulo Coelho
    20 Oct 2014 | 10:07 am
    When I decided to write Adultery, some publishers were very preoccupied with the theme and title. I spent a long time trying to convince them that this was the book I want and need to write (the same situation happened before, with “11 Minutes”). I took my risks and moved ahead, knowing that they could […]
 
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    Joanna Campbell Slan

  • Excerpt from Kicked to the Curb (Book #2 in the Cara Mia Delgatto Mystery Series)

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

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

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

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

    18 Sep 2014 | 6:16 am
    Last month, my son Michael and I went to dinner together at a very nice restaurant in Hobe Sound, Florida. We were sitting at a high-top table, waiting for our food to arrive, when a man came over and said to Michael, “May I ask you a question?”Michael is 25, wears a beard, and on this particular evening, he was dressed in sandals, jeans, and a gray hoody. The man wore a black leather jacket, an earring in one ear, jeans, and tennis shoes. The portion of his skin that showed was covered in tattoos. He looked to be in his mid-sixties. At one time, he was probably a really great looking…
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    Living 2 Read

  • Sour Grapes

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

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

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

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

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

  • Mothers & Monsters

    Kaulie Lewis
    30 Oct 2014 | 10:14 am
    “All I know was that in Paris I felt haunted, like a double exposure photograph that shows a figure and then a milky specter behind. I felt stalked by a creature of my own making, a monster that was both my mother and myself.” Darcey Steinke writes about Paris, loss, and monsters in an essay for Granta.
  • Galway Kinnell Passes Away

    Kaulie Lewis
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:55 am
    “To me, poetry is somebody standing up, so to speak, and saying, with as little concealment as possible, what it is for him or her to be on earth at this moment.” Galway Kinnell, whose Selected Poems won a Pulitzer in  1983, passed away Tuesday.
  • The Laughing Monsters Excerpt

    Kaulie Lewis
    30 Oct 2014 | 6:51 am
    Recommended reading: An excerpt from Denis Johnson‘s upcoming novel, The Laughing Monsters, is available from Work in Progress.
  • The Restless Dead: On Hadrien Laroche’s Orphans

    Nathaniel Popkin
    30 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    The central characters of the first season of The Returned, an addictive and deeply unnerving French television drama available on Netflix, are identical twins, Camille and Léna. When we first meet Camille, she walks briskly up the road to her parents’ house in a polished town in the high Alps. Léna, meanwhile, is doing shots at the town’s rather youthful bar, the Lake Pub, named for the massive hydroelectric dam down below. Léna drinks and drinks some more, apparently chasing a demon. Ravenous, Camille devours a sandwich. What’s to account for the intensity of their behavior? Four…
  • Un Bon Dia

    Thomas Beckwith
    29 Oct 2014 | 1:00 pm
    To begin to translate a book, you need to hone your knowledge of the language in which it’s written. To write a great essay about translating a book, you need a backstory, an interesting format and two or three foreign parables. At The Rumpus, Brian Oliu writes about translating his grandfather’s book from the Catalan.
 
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    Boomerang Books Blog

  • Connected: Phillip Johnson’s Sustainable Garden Designs

    Fiona Crawford
    29 Oct 2014 | 6:52 pm
    The ‘do something you love so you’ll never work a day in your life’ edict is both trite and too often touted. But in the case of Phillip Johnson, it’s probably the one time the saying should be applied: the award-winning landscape designer slash horticulturalist seems to truly have found his perfect-fit career. In the […]
  • Chrissie Michaels – breathing life into history

    Julie Fison
    29 Oct 2014 | 6:22 pm
    It was while researching the French explorer Nicolas Baudin that Australian children’s author, Chrissie Michaels came across one of those gems that every writer loves to find. It was the story of a young convict girl, who was transported to New South Wales for theft and ended up as a passenger on Baudin’s ship as […]
  • Meet N.J. Gemmell, author of The Icicle Illuminarium

    Joy Lawn
    28 Oct 2014 | 9:21 pm
    Thanks for talking to Boomerang Books, Nikki Gemmell,  about The Icicle Illuminarium (Random House Australia) and your other books. It would be fascinating to look inside your brain. Your stories are bursting with interesting, unusual and unexpected ideas, such as the room of a thousand glow worms and the zipping ladders on rails in the Reptilarium. How […]
  • It’s No Mystery That Lesley Gibbes Loves All Things Scary: Review and Interview

    Romi Sharp
    28 Oct 2014 | 5:28 pm
    With Halloween fast approaching, what book would be more fitting than the sensationally mysterious, Scary Night by Lesley Gibbes and Stephen Michael King?! Review: Scary Night Ready to be horrified? It’s time to hide! Let out a scream, it’s Scary Night! Lesley Gibbes and Stephen Michael King bring us a spooktacular tale of three brave […]
  • Weekly Boomerang Books LIKE, SHARE AND ANSWER TO WIN Competition: Win a copy of Pushing The Limits by Kurt Fearnley

    Boomerang Books
    28 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Win a copy of Pushing The Limits by Kurt Fearnley To Win: 1) Like this Post on Facebook, Favourite on Twitter or +1 on Google+ 2) Share this Post on Facebook, Retweet or share on Google+ 3) Be an active member of Boomerang Books (sign up here and get a $5 credit) 4) Tell us […]
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    AbeBooks' Reading Copy

  • Literary Starbucks – Your Favorite Author’s Coffee Order

    Beth Carswell
    29 Oct 2014 | 8:56 am
    Some clever duck has created a quite funny concept on Tumblr. Literary Starbucks posts witty snippets of what a Starbucks order might look like, if placed by our favorite authors, and some fictional characters as well. They are quick and dirty, and often spot on: “George R.R. Martin goes up to the counter and orders a series of incredibly complicated drinks, each more detailed and layered than the last. The barista works for an hour and finally hands them across the counter to Martin, who promptly throws one of them away with little to no explanation. That coffee had been the…
  • Video footage from the 2014 Seattle Book Fair

    Richard Davies
    28 Oct 2014 | 2:44 am
    Our colleague Christi Kay recently took a floatplane from Victoria, British Columbia, over the Olympic Mountains to visit the 2014 Seattle Book Fair. She took her camera and this video is the result. Many thanks to all the booksellers who made her welcome. Christi also microblogs on our Tumblr, Bookorithms.
  • Le Crapouillot – France’s 80-Year Political Satire Magazine

    Beth Carswell
    22 Oct 2014 | 9:10 am
      While foraging about the internet’s forest floor to learn all I could about our latest Nobel Prize for Literature winner, Patrick Modiano, I discovered Le Crapouillot. The first discovery was that Modiano had contributed to an issue of a magazine about drugs. The actual title of the issue was: “LSD une bombe atomique dans la tête” (“LSD: An atomic bomb in the head”). The issue was Crapouillot #71, and came out in 1966, when Modiano was 21. The cover is really something to behold. The quote below the cover image translates roughly to: “[i]t hurts…
  • The best travel books and world’s most literary city according to Patricia Schultz

    Jessica Doyle
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:49 am
    We recently had the pleasure of meeting author Patricia Schultz, the woman behind the best-selling 1000 Places to See Before You Die books. We were anxious to pick her brain about the world’s most literary towns and the bookshops she’s seen along the way, and she was generous enough to indulge us. AbeBooks: Tell us about the most interesting bookshops you’ve discovered in your travels. Patricia Schultz: I have traveled all over the US speaking at travel shows, libraries and bookstores. I’ve found that the smaller independent bookstores so full of character - some of…
  • American Tourist Accidentally Locked Inside London Bookstore

    Beth Carswell
    20 Oct 2014 | 9:04 am
    When I was a little girl, I saw a movie in which some children are trapped overnight in a shopping mall. I can’t remember how that came to pass, what they did in there, or the eventual outcome (I feel sure they made it out alive). What I do remember, however, is trying to go to sleep later that night – and even two or three nights following -  and being absolutely buzzing with the imaginings running through my brain. If only I could be trapped overnight in a shopping mall, preferably with a friend or two. We could run up the down escalator! Drop rubber balls from the top floor…
 
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    The Creative Penn

  • How To Get A Unique Illustration For Your Book Cover

    Joanna Penn
    27 Oct 2014 | 11:13 pm
    With the explosion of creativity that is the indie publishing revolution, you may have noticed the array of book covers that use similar stock photos in their designs. Selection of the initial key designs submitted. All copyright belongs to the designers. Some authors these days have private photo shoots to ensure their cover images are unique, but what about if you have a smaller budget, or you want something uniquely special in terms of an illustration? This type of approach can also work for art that relates to your book, e.g. world building and maps, or artwork for marketing purposes…
  • Indie Author Power Pack. 99c For 3 Of The Biggest Books In Self-Publishing. Plus An Exclusive Interview.

    Joanna Penn
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:01 pm
    Cue exciting music … dim the lights … And get ready for all the writing, self-publishing and book marketing advice that you can handle in the super-duper … Indie Author Power Pack! Including 3 of the top-selling books for indie authors PLUS/ a 1 hour exclusive conversation – never heard before – with me, David Gaughran, Sean Platt & Johnny B. Truant from the Self Publishing Podcast in audio, video and transcript format. The PowerPack is at 99c for a very short time in an exclusive deal, and even if you have all the books already, it’s worth it for the…
  • From The First Book To Running A Multi Genre Story Studio With Sean Platt

    Joanna Penn
    20 Oct 2014 | 11:06 pm
    For some authors, this creative life is about seeing their one book in the world. Others have a vision of their stories reaching the world in many forms, over many years. Today I interview Sean Platt about the beginning of his story studio, and his journey from co-author of one book to the multi-faceted creative business he runs today. In the intro, I mention the history-making deal that Barbara Freethy has made with Ingram for print distribution to bookstores – exciting times for indies as the final frontiers come tumbling down! I also recommend the new book, ‘Discoverability:…
  • How To Be Successful In Self-Publishing

    Joanna Penn
    16 Oct 2014 | 11:04 pm
    Last week, I spoke at the Frankfurt Book Fair on the Kobo booth and talked about what it takes to be successful in self-publishing to a small group of indie authors. Thanks to Camille Mofidi from Kobo Writing Life Europe for inviting me and also getting me a star on the walk of fame – see the picture at the bottom of the post! With Camille Mofidi at the Kobo booth at Frankfurt Book Fair Here are my slides from the event and a list of notes with more links is included below. It is 95% relevant to all authors, with a little bit of German specific info throughout. How to be successful in…
  • Six Figure Success Self-Publishing Non-Fiction Books With Steve Scott

    Joanna Penn
    13 Oct 2014 | 11:58 pm
    If you want a six figure income from your books, it’s a good idea to model people who are already making this kind of money. Steve Scott seemed to burst onto the indie non-fiction scene in early 2014, but in fact, he has 42 books and has had an internet business since 2006. I interview him about his (not so secret) strategies for success. In the intro, I talk about my impressions of Frankfurt Book Fair and some of what I learned there, as well as an update on my writing. This podcast is sponsored by Kobo Writing Life, which helps authors self-publish and reach readers in global markets…
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    WritersDigest.com

  • Cats, Wives and Videotape: Survey Reveals What Really Distracts NaNoWriMo Participants

    Adrienne Crezo
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:30 am
    BY WILL LITTLE The starting gun is set to go off for the race to 50,000 words. At an average of 1,667 words a day, NaNoWriMo participants don’t have time to waste if they’re to reach the finish line. Yet many writers do just that—waste time, and plenty of it. Distraction derails so many NaNoWriMo writers that blogging about their failure has turned into an act of mass distraction—just another activity that writers would rather do than actually write their novels. Of course, distraction has always been the curse of the writer. The fear of filling the empty space with words that…
  • How to Know Which Writing Opportunity is the BEST Path for You

    Guest Column
    30 Oct 2014 | 6:56 am
    Editor’s Note: The following content is provided to Writer’s Digest by a writing community partner. This content is sponsored by American Writers & Artists Inc. www.awaionline.com. By Rebecca Matter I want to cover something very important this week, so I need you to do me a favor … Spend a few minutes today visualizing what a profitable writing career means to you. To me, and to most of the writers I know, it means having a writing business that meets your financial goals while working reasonable hours … having solid skills that clients value … and having plenty of clients who…
  • How to Choose the Right Age Category for Your KidLit Work-in-Progress

    Chuck Sambuchino
    29 Oct 2014 | 9:05 pm
    2014 was a busy year—I released my first middle grade book, THE JUNCTION OF SUNSHINE AND LUCKY, and my third young adult, FERAL. Both books actually started out in younger age categories: the first draft of THE JUNCTION was a picture book, and the first draft of FERAL was an MG. Having been through the process of changing manuscripts’ age categories, I’ve learned a few tricks for better understanding, at an early drafting stage, which category is right for a juvenile WIP: 1. Don’t forget your overarching concept. My MG, THE JUNCTION OF SUNSHINE AND LUCKY, is about a young girl who…
  • Successful Queries: Agent Kate Testerman and “Steering Toward Normal”

    Chuck Sambuchino
    29 Oct 2014 | 11:45 am
    This series is called “Successful Queries” and I’m posting actual query letter examples that succeeded in getting writers signed with agents. In addition to posting these query letter samples, we will also get to hear thoughts from the writer’s literary agent as to why the letter worked. The 70th installment in this series is with agent Kate Testerman (KT Literary) for Rebecca Petruck‘s middle grade novel, STEERING TOWARD NOVEL (Abrams/Amulet, May 13, 2014). The book was chosen as a American Booksellers Association Indies Introduce New Voices selection as well as a Spring…
  • Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 286

    Robert Lee Brewer
    29 Oct 2014 | 6:17 am
    This will be our final Wednesday Poetry Prompt until December. Beginning on Saturday, the November PAD (Poem-A-Day) Chapbook Challenge will provide a prompt and poem each day of the month. Click here for the guidelines. For today’s prompt, write an emerging poem. Some things emerge out of the shadows or the darkness. Some things emerge from the water. Others emerge in broad daylight, whether we’re talking monsters, athletes, politicians, or what have you. Poems themselves emerge from the blank page and/or screen. Win $1,000 for Your Poetry! Writer’s Digest is offering a contest…
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    Better World Books

  • Thirsty? Here, drink this book.

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

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

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

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

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

  • New drawing!

    26 Oct 2014 | 11:52 am
    I've been having problems with my blog site as of late so I haven't been able to upload new drawings, paintings, etc...I think I've finally got it working well. I'm posting the first of several Halloween drawings. They are all I've got time to do this year. I wanted to paint some of the ones from last year, which I will do at some point, just not right now. Too busy with actual work that is paying good money. So stay tuned for more Halloween fun this week! BOO!
  • 1st Bear Picture Book spread...

    5 Oct 2014 | 6:47 pm
    Not wanting to give away any of the story but this is one of the first spreads I did for the book.
  • Another ink drawing from a few weeks ago...

    1 Oct 2014 | 10:34 pm
    "Fall among the flowers"
  • The next bear spread drawing.

    29 Sep 2014 | 12:54 pm
    The color has been completed and looking good. I'll post it soon.
  • Revisit on Design Inspiration...

    28 Sep 2014 | 11:22 am
    Thanks to Jeff Andrews for including me in the redo of his "Design Inspiration" site. There are great illustrators there and I'm thankful for being included in the new version of the site. Check it out!http://designinspiration.blogspot.com/2014/09/di-rewind-mike-cressy.html
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    The Reader's Advisor Online Blog

  • New, Noteworthy, and No-Brainer

    Sarah Statz Cords
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:39 am
    To Be Published, Week of November 3 MONDAY FICTION Connelly, Michael – The Burning Room Millet, Lydia – Mermaids in Paradise MONDAY NONFICTION Gefter, Philip – Wagstaff: Before and After Mapplethorpe: A Biography TUESDAY FICTION Bourne, Joanna – Rogue Spy Brown, Rita Mae – Let Sleeping Dogs Lie Cornwell, Patricia – Flesh and Blood: A Scarpetta Novel Crais, Robert – The Promise: An Elvis Cole and Joe Pike Novel Ford, Richard – Let Me Be Frank with You Ha Jin – A Map of Betrayal Hodkin, Michelle – The Retribution of Mara Dyer Johnson,…
  • RA Run Down

    Cindy Orr
    26 Oct 2014 | 6:06 am
    The readers’s advisory librarian’s weekly update, from a scan of more than 100 blogs, newsletters, magazines, newspapers and television. This blog is brought to you by the Reader’s Advisor Online. TRY THE FREE RAO DATABASE based on Libraries Unlimited’s print Genreflecting Advisory series. Give it a whirl and let us know how you like it. We’d love to hear from you. Feel free to comment on any of our posts, or contact us at rablog@librariesunlimited.com. By Cindy Orr and Sarah Statz Cords New to Bestseller Lists This Week: FICTION NONFICTION GRAPHIC BOOKS and…
  • New, Noteworthy, and No-Brainer

    Cindy Orr
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:46 am
    To Be Published Week of Oct. 27, 2014 Wow! It’s a big week for hot new books: TUESDAY FICTION Alward, Donna – Treasure on Lilac Lane Andrews, Ilona – Burn for Me (mass market) Armstrong, Kelley – Otherworld Nights: An Anthology (trade paper) Balogh, Mary – Only Enchanting (Survivors’ Club) Barron, Stephanie – Jane and the Twelve Days of Christmas Bowman, Valerie – The Accidental Countess Bracken, Alexandra – In the Afterlight (The Darkest Minds Series #3) (YA) Condie, Ally – Atlantia (YA) Cussler, Dirk – Havana Storm Dekker,…
  • 2014 Coming Attractions

    Cindy Orr
    24 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    YALSA: Top Teen Teen Books of 2014 Library Journal: Best Books of 2014 The Romance Reviews: New Releases FamilyFiction.com: New and Upcoming Christian Fiction Books Romantic Times: Upcoming Releases The Telegraph: The Best Young Adult Books of 2014 The Christian Century: Fall Books Reviews Buzz Feed: What New Book Should You Read This Fall? NY Magazine: 8 Books You Need to Read This October The Guardian: The best science fiction books in September USA Today: New and Noteworthy Books Huffington Post: 5 books you may have missed this summer Refinery29: 16 Books You Need to Read This Fall TIME:…
  • RA Run Down

    Cindy Orr
    19 Oct 2014 | 11:12 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
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  • This Librarian's Quick Picks: The Map Trap

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

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

    A Bookshelf Monstrosity
    20 Oct 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Violet Mackerel's Pocket Protestby Anna BranfordAtheneum (Sep. 2nd, 2014)Chapter BookSummary:Violet and Rose organize a protest to save the big oak tree in Clover Park.Why You'll Love It: Aussie Violet's world is just different enough to provide an interesting change for readers entering the chapter book stage.This quiet story, told in third person, is liberally illustrated with grayscale drawings. Who Should Read It:Great for grades 2-4. What Else You Should Read:Definitely the other books in the Violet Mackerel series.Also try The Critter Club series and Heidi Heckelbeck books. Who Else Is…
  • Pete the Cat Sighting!

    A Bookshelf Monstrosity
    15 Oct 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Kid Lit Lovers,Unless you've been living under a very boring rock, you know all about Pete the Cat and his shoes, buttons, what have you.Nashville hosts the annual Southern Festival of Books and who was there but Pete himself!My parents caught him on film. (Aren't they cute??)
  • This Librarian's Quick Picks: Bramble and Maggie - Spooky Season

    A Bookshelf Monstrosity
    13 Oct 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Bramble and Maggie: Spooky Seasonby Jessie HaasCandlewick (Aug. 12, 2014)Early chapter book Summary:The scarecrow erected in the neighbor’s yard is supposed to scare birds, not horses! How will Bramble be brave enough to go trick or treating with Maggie on Halloween?Why You'll Love It: It's an original Halloween story for newly independent readers or for reading aloud to younger children.Dialogue, Maggie's occasional reflections, and a bit of onomatopoeia allow the narrative text to flow nicely as a trusting relationship develops between horse and rider.Softly colored gouache…
 
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  • Cronenberg being Cronenberg

    Christa
    30 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    In one corner, we have a tech obsessed, globetrotting freelance reporter who likes the big splashy headline stories like the one she’s currently chasing about a high-falooting couple, French fetish-wrecked philosophers at the center of a gruesome crime: Did Aristide Arosteguy kill and then eat his wife Celestine? In the other corner is Naomi’s mostly long distance boyfriend Nathan, equally tech obsessed — though not so snobby when it comes to the iPhone — and globetrotting. He’s also a freelance reporter, but his goal is to land in The New Yorker’s Annals of Medicine. This…
  • Not that Kind of Girl

    Christa
    29 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    A friend of mine recently reviewed the new U2 album, the one that magically appeared on our iThings. While he mentioned the mass hysteria and just how pissed certain people can get over receiving an album from one of the biggest bands in the world for free, he quickly moved on to the crux of the review — of any review, actually: But is it any good? (His response: Not really). This was funny. Maybe other writers took a similar approach, I didn’t read a ton of critical reviews of the U2 album, just the the oft-reported parts. The way it stole in during the night, absorbed itself into…
  • The Book of Strange New Things

    LeAnn Suchy
    28 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    I have no idea why people are praising Michel Faber’s The Book of Strange New Things. It’s one of the most boring books I’ve ever read, and I loved Faber’s The Crimson Petal and the White. I knew Strange New Things would be very different from Crimson Petal because this isn’t historical fiction. It’s science fiction. Literary science fiction. I’ve had problems with some literary science fiction in the past, but I was willing to give Faber a shot because Crimson Petal was so good. The Book of Strange New Things is about Peter, a minister who leaves his wife Bea on Earth as he…
  • The Hawley Book of the Dead

    LeAnn Suchy
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    Chrysler Szarlan’s The Hawley Book of the Dead starts out strong: “On the day I killed my husband, the scent of lilacs startled me awake.” I was excited for a tale full of magic, horror, and suspense, and it does include all these things, but the strength I felt at the beginning did not carry through the rest of the book. Revelation ‘Reve’ Dyer tells us this story that does begin with her killing her husband, but she was tricked. During their magic show, where she uses some real magic, someone replaced the blank in the prop gun with a real bullet. But Reve’s troubles did not…
  • 10:04

    Christa
    7 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    Before you open a novel by Ben Lerner, you have to steady yourself against, well, anything, and just make an internal commitment to stick to it, even if the bastard chucks a sentence like this opener in your direction: “The city had converted an elevated length of abandoned railway spur into an aerial greenway and the agent and I were walking south along it in the unseasonable warmth after an outrageously expensive celebratory meal in Chelsea that included baby octopuses the chef had literally massaged to death.” (Actually. Wanna know the weird thing? In retrospect, that is among the…
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  • Riotous Assembly (Published in 1971) - Authored by Tom Sharpe - Satirical look at South Africa during apartheid

    12 Oct 2014 | 2:12 pm
    Published in 1971, Riotous Assembly is a novel by Tom Sharpe. A novel which showcases the Apartheid era of South Africa in a satirical and humorous way, Riotous Assembly is about a murder committed by a white woman of her Zulu cook. The murder that has taken place in South Africa at the time of apartheid and the local police who enforce it, is Tom Sharpe’s way of speaking out against the atrocities that were committed at the time. His knowledge on the subject was vast as a result of his staying in South Africa from 1951 until1961.Tom Sharpe had shifted to South Africa and had worked as a…
  • Grantchester Grind (Published in 1995) - At a college - Authored by Tom Sharpe

    8 Oct 2014 | 1:21 pm
    Also known as A Porterhouse Chronicle, Grantchester Grind is a sequel of Porterhouse Blue. Released in 1995, the book is written by Tom Sharpe, who has yet again created a hilariously absurd story, which seems to start out simple and blows out of proportion. Born in 1928, and having completed his education at Pembroke College, Cambridge, Tom Sharpe has a good idea of the workings of such institutions and thus how to create a novel which has a ring of authenticity to it.This book, like its prequel, is also based in a fictitious college, called Porterhouse, which is shown to be not only one of…
  • Porterhouse Blue (Published in 1974) - Authored by Tom Sharpe

    6 Oct 2014 | 11:47 am
    Published in 1974, Porterhouse Blue is one of Tom Sharpe’s finest works. Tom Sharpe of the Wilt Series fame wrote an even more satirical and farcical book than Wilt, namely Porterhouse Blue. This book was made into a TV series, which was adapted by Malcolm Bradbury. The sequel to the novel is Grantchester Grind. However, Porterhouse Blue is a novel with a standalone plot.Porterhouse Blue is based on a fictional college called Porterhouse in Cambridge. The novel’s central characters include the Porterhouse Head Porter called Skullion, the only research graduate student named Lionel Zipser…
  • The Wilt Inheritance (Published in 2010) - More problems for Wilt - Authored by Tom Sharpe

    5 Oct 2014 | 12:13 pm
    Written when he was 82 years old, The Wilt Inheritance is author Tom Sharpe’s last book in the Wilt Series. Like its predecessors, this book too has Wilt entangling himself in mind blowing crazy scenarios from which it looks impossible to get out. Not his best work, but the book is quite a laugh, especially for Sharpe loyalists, who will feel a tad nostalgic towards the central character and his antics.Tom Sharpe died 3 years after the publication of this book, due to complications resulting out of diabetes. He was 85 at the time, and said to be working on an autobiography. A witty and…
  • Wilt in Nowhere (Published in 2004) - Wilt traveling - Authored by Tom Sharpe

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

    Danielle White
    29 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    I rip time from its riggings Make a mast of my body stretched taut Arms wide to catch a cloth of fury As sheets do on the line, fiercely I groan Lean hard over sailing Farther back and farther back I tack Through the upended glass Sprays of sand chap my lips Decades of days slap my thighs My pulse races the swells, sounding the echoes Oh, the greater the press against my life’s breath now So softly will I slacken and sigh with you, then on “Polaroid” image by Flickr user Alex Craig Wallace-Ruby Morales lives in a remote part of Alaska.  To reach the nearest McDonald’s, head…
  • Jeff O’Brien, what’s in your mug?

    Laura Roberts
    28 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    Coffee and creativity are intricately intertwined. Some might even say coffee is responsible for all of the world’s great works of literature. Here at Black Heart, we like our coffee like we like our literature: intense, bold, and freshly pressed. But we also wondered what some of our favorite authors were drinking while they penned their latest masterpieces. So we tracked them down and made ‘em answer the question What’s in your mug? Jeff O’Brien is the author of the BigBoobenstein campy horror trilogy, which consists of BigBoobenstein, The Groom of BigBoobenstein, and the…
  • 2 Poems by Dante Di Stefano

    Danielle White
    26 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    Like Those Pictures of Breughel That Make of the Profound a Pinprick and Those Poems of Williams That Break Cut Roses Into Stars I’m tired of amazing things: the wren blended into eternity, its warble elevated into psalm. I’d rather have back the voices of my parents arguing in another room as I lay with the covers over my head, listening to a Mets game on the radio. Outside my bedroom, it was 1986 and there was no accounting for the universe, no knowledge of art save the stippling in the arc made by Captain America’s shield as it ricocheted off the Red Skull’s chest. I was unaware of…
  • Wanderlush: An interview with David Robert

    Laura Roberts
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    When David, a self-proclaimed anxiety-ridden introvert, convinces himself that he’s dying of ass cancer, he invites his delightfully unpredictable, Xanax-popping, chardonnay-swilling mother on a series of international “good-bye” vacations. By doing so, he unwittingly opens a Pandora’s box of hilarious and humiliating events that will test just how far they are willing to go to get a laugh. David knows that the trips will be anything but boring because he and his mom have been causing a scene since as long as he can remember, but nothing can prepare him for escapades that include…
  • North Dakota by Mary Wolff

    Danielle White
    22 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    I wrote this in a card once Sometimes I want to eat your face Never in one bite because that would be barbaric Tiny morsels Enjoyed First the lips I bet they taste like strawberries Not just strawberries but overly ripe with a hint of bitter mold Tangy and sweet Next I would eat your skin I’ve always wondered about the flavor of a freckle What would a blush feel like between my teeth Would it crunch or squish filling my mouth with juice Bite down I would save your eyes for last the way I save my favorite Skittles color for last eating the less loved yellow and orange first When I take in…
 
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  • 10 Creepy and Haunting Poems About Ghosts, Madness, and Fairy Abductions

    Sarah Seltzer
    30 Oct 2014 | 9:30 am
    With Halloween coming up and spookiness in the air, it seemed like a good time to share ten of the most haunting, uncanny, and unsettling poems — that are also the most beautiful. “La Belle Dame Sans Merci” John Keats Has this man abducted by a fairy-lover, or did he actually abduct her? What kind of kinky stuff is happening between them, and why is there a parade of ghostly kings? This is Keats at his wildest and creepiest. O what can ail thee, knight-at-arms, Alone and palely loitering? The sedge has withered from the lake, And no birds sing. O what can ail thee,…
  • In Praise of Literary Failure

    Jonathon Sturgeon
    30 Oct 2014 | 8:15 am
    I’ll be honest: I’m baffled by the contemporary mania for the slogan “fail better.” Sure, in context, I appreciate Samuel Beckett’s famous line, but I can’t shake the notion that it comes from a piece called Worstward Ho. “Ever tried,” he writes, “Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.” The way it’s often used today, “fail better” implies that we’re lurching and stumbling, toddler-like, toward a better world. But the speaker in Beckett’s fiction isn’t moving toward success; he’s moving worstward. If we take the Oxford…
  • Discover Wonder Woman’s Queer, Kinky Feminist History in Jill Lepore’s ‘The Secret History of Wonder Woman’

    Elisabeth Donnelly
    29 Oct 2014 | 12:30 pm
    In Jill Lepore’s The Secret History of Wonder Woman, the noted author of many crucial books (including Book of Ages: The Life and Opinions of Jane Franklin), Harvard professor, and New Yorker staff writer turns her eye to some secret identities that we never knew about: the cultural history and personal arcana that led to Wonder Woman, the best super heroine in comics. “Suffering Sappho!” “Great Hera!” Wonder Woman, an Amazonian princess from an island of women, clad in a gold tiara, gold bracelets, and knee-high red leather boots, crashed on American soil in…
  • Shocker! Elizabeth Gilbert, Author of ‘Eat, Pray, Love’ Doesn’t Meditate That Much

    Elisabeth Donnelly
    29 Oct 2014 | 7:31 am
    Elizabeth Gilbert, you minx! After writing a gigundo bestseller (and so many other great books, too) about your trip to Italy, India, and Indonesia, where part 2 — India — involved a meditation retreat, now you’re admitting that you don’t even meditate that much, and haven’t for the past ten years. Even though Eat, Pray, Love has likely done as much to mainstream meditation and yoga ideals in the western world as Oprah. From her Official Facebook: “But for some reason, even though I see myself as a deeply disciplined person, and even though I love to engage with…
  • ‘Tinseltown,’ ‘Classic Hollywood,’ and the Secret, Sexy History of Movie Scandals

    Jason Bailey
    29 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    “To the boys and the girls of the land these mock heroes and heroines have been pictured and painted, for box office purposes, as the living symbol of all the virtues,” Ed Roberts wrote in 1922. “Privately they have lived, and are still living, lives of wild debauchery.” Roberts, a former editor of the movie magazine Photoplay, wrote those words in the introduction of The Sins of Hollywood: An Exposé of Movie Vice, a slender volume that cast a decidedly more cynical eye on the stars of Tinseltown than the worshipful periodical where he’d previously worked. Cataloging and detailing…
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    26 Oct 2014 | 7:35 pm
    Wind howling in the winter season, there is nothing more than put a down jacket to keep warm the more comfortable. If you still think that only ordinary people like us will put down jacket in winter, it is wrong to you, stars also wear a down jacket, not the LV, not Chanel, but the tide swept the world's top brand Moncler! from Madonna to Rihanna as well as first-line star in Europe and America, on Moncler have put it down!50 years ago, two ski brand manufacturers met a ski athletes, three young men hit it off, to design a ski mountaineering expedition to the polar regions down jacket, the…
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  • Kindle Deals & Steals for Thursday Evening

    Pixel of Ink
    30 Oct 2014 | 9:30 am
    Keep your Kindle full and happy with these Free & Bargain Kindle Books! For non-U.S. readers, Kindle content availability and pricing will vary. Genre: Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Paranormal, Romance, Thriller Ghost In The Bedroom by M.A. Harper Still free? Click Here to find out! Award-winning chef Phil Randazzo, and his anthropologist wife, Michelle, are as happy as any newlyweds with five kids and a ton of history. But something’s eerily amiss. They’ve been married less than a year and already there’s someone else – at least it’s starting to seem that way. First Hendrix…
  • [BOOK OF THE DAY] The Exorcist

    Pixel of Ink
    30 Oct 2014 | 6:04 am
    The Exorcist: 40th Anniversary Edition by William Peter Blatty Genre: Horror Originally published in 1971, The Exorcist, one of the most controversial novels ever written, went on to become a literary phenomenon: It spent fifty-seven weeks on the New York Times bestseller list, seventeen consecutively at number one. Inspired by a true story of a child’s demonic possession in the 1940s, William Peter Blatty created an iconic novel that focuses on Regan, the eleven-year-old daughter of a movie actress residing in Washington, D.C. A small group of overwhelmed yet determined individuals…
  • Kindle Deals & Steals for Thursday Morning

    Pixel of Ink
    30 Oct 2014 | 5:46 am
    For even more of the best eBook deals, be sure to check Pixel of Ink every day! For non-U.S. readers, Kindle content availability and pricing will vary. Genre: Biographies & Memoirs, Cookbooks, Mystery, Paranormal, Romance Skinny Dipping by Alicia M Kaye Still free? Click Here to find out! Sophie drowned as a child. She died for three minutes. Her childhood trauma is real. Yet Sophie Smart, hot-shot advertising executive, isn’t a child anymore. Now Sophie’s most important client, handsome Matthew Silver, is insisting she learn how to swim. She can’t blame him really…
  • Kindle Deals & Steals for Wednesday Evening

    Pixel of Ink
    29 Oct 2014 | 9:37 am
    Take a peek at these Kindle Book Freebies & Deals tonight! For non-U.S. readers, Kindle content availability and pricing will vary. Genre: Advice & How-to, Biographies & Memoirs, Nonfiction, Romance, Thriller Desecration (London Psychic Book 1) by J.F. Penn Still free? Click Here to find out! Death isn’t always the end. When the body of a young heiress is found within the Royal College of Surgeons, Detective Sergeant Jamie Brooke is assigned to the case. An antique ivory figurine found beside the body is the only lead and she enlists Blake Daniel, a reluctant psychic, to…
  • [BOOK OF THE DAY] Circle in the Sand – Just 99c!

    Pixel of Ink
    29 Oct 2014 | 6:37 am
    Circle in the Sand by Lia Fairchild Genre: Contemporary Fiction Four Friends. Four Different Paths. One Unwavering Friendship. Four life-long friends bound by two decades of laughter, love, promises, and secrets. Once inseparable, the four grow into independent adults pursuing very different paths. Sage, raised by career-driven parents, follows a carefully laid out future of success that leaves her wondering what she’s missed out on. Emily, the college drop-out, now has three children that have become her whole life. She’s slowly lost herself, subconsciously seeking dangerous ways…
 
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  • Epic Halloween Kid’s Costumes

    Larry Fire
    30 Oct 2014 | 6:45 am
    Halloween is only 9 days away and you’re still struggling for a costume idea for your child. Here are some suggestions that might inspire you… Help me Obi Wan, you’re my only hope Just Beat It Four wheels move the body. Two wheels move the soul And we are going to paint a happy little cloud here Smoking will stunt your growth How do I walk in this thing? I hope that’s Apple Juice Just Wrong Say my name. Heisenberg. You’re Goddamn Right Can You Hear The Lambs Clarice? Gym, tan, candy Napoleon, don’t be jealous that I’ve been chatting online with babes all…
  • Ray Villafane’s Intricately Carved Pumpkins

    Larry Fire
    30 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    From his site: If you have yet to try and carve a pumpkin in a 3-D manner, you need to. Its fun and everybody enjoys a cool pumpkin. Unfortunately they begin to rot less than a week after carving so be sure to take plenty of pictures. You can experiment with ways of preserving them but I find nothing works better than a nice photo. Some chefs that I have carved for put lemon juice on the faces to help slow down the natural molding process that will occur. Picking out the right pumpkin is very important. You need a pumpkin with a thick wall. To get this kind you will have to choose one that is…
  • Criterion Designs Art Book To Be Released On November 25, 2014

    Larry Fire
    30 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    The most exciting names in design and illustration today apply their talents to some of the most important and influential films of all time. This 306 page hardcover volume gathers highlights from designs commissioned by the Criterion Collection, featuring covers, supplemental art, and never-before-seen sketches and concept art plus a gallery of every Criterion cover since the collection’s first laserdisc in 1984. From avant-garde experiments to big-budget blockbusters, cult favorites to the towering classics of world cinema, the depth and breadth of what film can be is on display in these…
  • Furniture Made From Apple Power Mac G5 Cases, Wood & Glass

    Larry Fire
    29 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    In an effort to extend the useful life of the iconic aluminum-bodied Apple Power Mac G5 (2003-2006), designer Klaus Geiger has created BENCHMA[®]C, a line of furniture made out of Power Mac G5 cases. To convert the computers into furniture, Geiger first removes the internals. He then adds drawers to the cases, and pairs the Power Macs with wood planks and glass to form benches, tables and other furniture.
  • Marvel Studios Announces Upcoming Release Slate of Phase 3 Movies

    Larry Fire
    28 Oct 2014 | 12:02 pm
    This morning, during a special event at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige revealed the films that will make up Phase 3 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, featuring a mix of fan-favorite characters and several heroes who will be making their big-screen debuts. The next two films to be released by Marvel are Avengers: Age of Ultron on May 1, 2015, and Ant-Man on July 17, 2015. Marvel revealed the dates and titles of nine additional films through 2019, including upcoming Captain America, Thor, Avengers and Guardians of the Galaxy installments, along with…
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    The Truth About Lies

  • Reading

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

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

    12 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    I wanted to get the tears out of the way so I could act sensibly. – Joan Didion, The Year of Magical Thinking I began reading this book the day after my goldfish died. We’d had him for eight or nine years and would’ve happily hung onto him for another eight or nine but he became ill, was refusing food and in the end the kindest thing was to euthanise. At one point I walked back into the living room and my wife asked me, “How’s Fishy doing?” to which I replied, “He’s dying.” At which point I cried. I begin with this not because I think that the loss of a goldfish equates with…
  • The H-Bomb and the Jesus Rock

    5 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    It shall be the policy of this nation to regard any nuclear missile launched from Cuba against any nation in the western hemisphere as an attack by the Soviet Union on the United States, requiring a full retaliatory response... – John F. Kennedy: Address on the Cuban Crisis October 22, 1962 When I first chanced upon this novel I imagined it was going to be one of those books like When I was Five I Killed Myself or Naïve. Super, a little gem that those in the know were raving about but had somehow managed to escape wider exposure. And I was right but here’s the thing: no one seems to have…
  • The optics of poetry

    28 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    Poetry is the art of saying two (or more) things at once and making them one. – Richard Wakefield, 'Poets display writing translucent and opaque', Seattle Times, 10 April 2005 In the opening chapter to his book Seven Types of Ambiguity William Empson states: An ambiguity, in ordinary speech, means something very pronounced, and as a rule witty or deceitful. I propose to use the word in an extended sense, and shall think relevant to my subject any verbal nuance, however slight, which gives room for alternative reactions to the same piece of language. Simply put then: Ambiguity is the quality…
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  • My Writing Room by Jenny Harper

    Debs Carr
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:30 am
    I have a small study upstairs. It’s a nice enough space, but when I’m writing, I like a feeling of openness, calmness, and tidiness. It must be something to do with emptying the mind to let creative thoughts flow in. If I’m in my den, all I can think about is that I should be doing my tax return! So my favourite space for writing is our dining room. It’s usually tidy, it has a glass door to our balcony, which has a spiral stair down to our garden, and in the mornings it’s very sunny. If it’s cold, my corner is right next to a cozy gas-effect fire, and I can draw the curtains over…
  • Review – Ruby’s Tuesday by Gillian Binchy

    Debs Carr
    30 Oct 2014 | 6:30 am
    Reviewed by Debs Carr This book asks what you would do if you were told that your unborn baby will be profoundly handicapped and what choices you would make. Afric Lynch is six months pregnant and her husband is away on business in China, she goes by herself for a routine ultrasound never imagining that the doctors will change everything she’d ever hoped for with what they discover. Learning that her unborn baby is ‘incompatible with life’ Afric makes the decision to protect her husband, Luke, not wishing him to have to cope with this harrowing news while he is so far away from her and…
  • Win! A Saving Grace Scented Candle!

    Debs Carr
    30 Oct 2014 | 4:30 am
    We’ve got a fantastic giveaway for you today! To celebrate the publication of Jane Green's latest novel, Saving Grace, three lucky Novelicious readers can win a scented candle, the perfume of which was personally created by Jane Green herself.  A perfect stranger wants her perfect life. Grace Chapman has the perfect life, living comfortably with her husband, bestselling author Ted, in a picture-perfect farmhouse on the Hudson River in New York State. Then Ted advertises for a new assistant, and Beth walks into their lives. Organized, passionate and eager to learn, Beth quickly makes…
  • Review – Where We Belong by Catherine Ryan Hyde

    Debs Carr
    30 Oct 2014 | 3:30 am
    Reviewed by Jennifer Joyce Fourteen-year-old Angie hasn’t had an easy life. Her father was murdered at a young age and her sister Sophie has a form of autism and requires a lot of care. The family have been forced to move around a lot due to the uncontrollable noises Sophie makes and are now moving in with Angie’s Great Aunt Vi. Their new neighbour has a Great Dane, which Sophie takes a liking to and spends hours watching her through the fence. The dog seems to have a calming effect on Sophie and Angie begins to think they can finally settle down in one place. Until the neighbour reveals…
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    Novelicious
    29 Oct 2014 | 8:30 am
    Your eyes doth not deceive you, book nerds. That is, in fact, a book lamp for your winning pleasure! How awesome would this look on your bedside table? Yes, this week we’re giving you the opportunity to win a handmade, vintage book lamp of your choice from Retrograndma’s Etsy shop. Perhaps you’ll opt for one of the delightful Nancy Drew designs or this vintage-looking lamp made with an old copy of Junior Classics Stories of Wonder and Magic? Whichever you choose, it’s sure to add a little literary loveliness to your home.Here’s how you can enter to win: a Rafflecopter giveaway Best…
 
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  • Review: Breakable by Tammara Webber

    Brandi Kosiner
    30 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Breakable by Tammara WebberHe was lost and alone. Then he found her.And the future seemed more fragile than ever.As a child, Landon Lucas Maxfield believed his life was perfect and looked forward to a future filled with promise — until tragedy tore his family apart and made him doubt everything he ever believed.All he wanted was to leave the past behind. When he met Jacqueline Wallace, his desire to be everything she needed came so easy…As easy as it could be for a man who learned that the soul is breakable and that everything you hoped for could be ripped away in a heartbeat.Publishes in…
  • Waiting on Wednesday, WoW

    Brandi Kosiner
    29 Oct 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:Kiss of Broken GlassKuderick, Madeleine Madeleine Kuderick’s gripping debut is a darkly beautiful and lyrical novel in verse, perfect for fans of Sonya Sones and Laurie Halse Anderson. Kiss of Broken Glass pulses with emotion and lingers long after the last page.In the next seventy-two hours, Kenna may lose everything—her…
  • It's not you: It's me: DNF Rumble by Ellen Hopkins

    Brandi Kosiner
    28 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Rumble by Ellen HopkinsCan an atheist be saved? The New York Times bestselling author of Crank and Tricks explores the highly charged landscapes of faith and forgiveness with brilliant sensitivity and emotional resonance.“There is no God, no benevolent ruler of the earth, no omnipotent grand poobah of countless universes. Because if there was...my little brother would still be fishing or playing basketball instead of fertilizing cemetery vegetation.”Matthew Turner doesn’t have faith in anything.Not in family—his is a shambles after his younger brother was bullied into suicide. Not in…
  • Review: A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray

    Brandi Kosiner
    27 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    A Thousand Pieces of You (Firebird #1) by Claudia GrayEvery Day meets Cloud Atlas in this heart-racing, space- and time-bending, epic new trilogy from New York Times bestselling author Claudia Gray.Marguerite Caine’s physicist parents are known for their radical scientific achievements. Their most astonishing invention: the Firebird, which allows users to jump into parallel universes, some vastly altered from our own. But when Marguerite’s father is murdered, the killer—her parent’s handsome and enigmatic assistant Paul—escapes into another dimension before the law can touch…
  • Stacking the Shelves, The Sunday Post, Bought Borrowed and Bagged

    Brandi Kosiner
    24 Oct 2014 | 11:30 pm
    Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga's Reviews,  check it out and sign up  hereThe Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer ~ It's a chance to share news~ A post to recap the past week on your blog, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead.Bought, Borrowed, & Bagged is a weekly meme, hosted by TalkSupe, where I share with you the books I have bought, borrowed, or bagged. Link up with me here.What I read:A Thousand Pieces of You(Firebird, #1)currently…
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  • 5 Questions with Best Selling Author Regina Swanson

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

    Naveen
    29 Oct 2014 | 11:46 pm
        1. Luana Ehrlich – One Night in Tehran: A Titus Ray Thriller   2. Alisa Griffis – Conundrum Kids (Volume 1)   3. Claudette Alexander – Sunrise from an Icy Heart: A Memoir   4. Mohit Misra – Ponder Awhile   5. Tysha Hill – Young-Minded Hustler   _________________________________________________________________________________________________________   Naveen is the Customer Support Executive and Social Media Manager at BookBuzzr. When he is not working or playing gta, he is working on finishing his graduation. Connect…
  • 5 BookBuzzr Widget Installations to Inspire You in October 2014

    Naveen
    28 Oct 2014 | 11:41 pm
      1. Linda Bridey – Mail Order Bride: Westward winds   2. Mario D King – The Crisis Before Midlife   3. Kori Miller – Deadly Sins   4. Michelle Scott – Stage Fright   5. Kristy LeBlanc – Sr. Bo-Bo y los Waggy-Colas   ___________________________________________________________________________________________   Naveen is the Customer Support Executive and Social Media Manager at BookBuzzr. When he is not working or playing gta, he is working on finishing his graduation. Connect with him on Twitter, Facebook, Email.
  • An Interview with Amazon Best Selling Author Linda Watkins

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

    Ranga
    30 Sep 2014 | 3:25 am
      1. Debrah Martin – Patchwork Man   2. Nicola McDonagh – Echoes from the Lost Ones   3. Teno-E Etsebeth – Rite of Passage   4. Alex Jones – Walls   5. Mark Johnson – The Last Resort   _________________________________________________________________________________________________________   Naveen is the Customer Support Executive and Social Media Manager at BookBuzzr. When he is not working or playing gta, he is working on finishing his graduation. Connect with him on Twitter, Facebook, Email.
 
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  • Masterpieces #31: Final Fantasy VII

    Dave Brown
    29 Oct 2014 | 4:31 am
    About Final Fantasy VII (1997)Long recognized as role-playing games par excellence, the Final Fantasy series gets a technological makeover in this installment (and series debut on the PlayStation). Shedding the two-dimensional graphics and limited sound capabilities of its predecessors, Final Fantasy VII features lush 3-D graphics, beautifully animated “movie” sequences, and soundtrack-quality music. Coupled with the game’s intricate storyline, endearing characters, and immense yet highly imaginative world, these new advancements make for a quite an engrossing experience.
  • The Diary of Mr Kain: Week #4

    Dave Brown
    27 Oct 2014 | 4:39 am
    Monday Beard Face stepped up his job search today. He’s applying for everything from office worker to deluxe toilet cleaner. If anyone out there has any vacancies for the blubber monster then please let me know at your earliest convenience. He has cleaning capabilities and can floor an old lady with a fierce left hook if she has the audacity to ask him to share a pizza with her. Any takers? Tuesday Frizzy Hair continues to enjoy a game on her phone that involves visiting various locations yourself on foot and then claiming them on your phone. They’re called “portals” or something and…
  • Masterpieces #30: Predator

    Dave Brown
    21 Oct 2014 | 11:31 am
    About Predator (1987)Major Alan ‘Dutch’ Schaefer (Arnold Schwarzenegger) and a band of mercenaries head into the Central American jungle to rescue some Americans from guerillas. However, there is an additional evil force at work in the jungle, something not human. The mercenaries are picked off one by one and soon Schaefer must face the alien predator alone.       Amazon US Amazon UK IMDB Predator (1987) John McTiernan’s sci-fi classic is often dismissed in favour of Ridley Scott’s brilliant Alien (1979). Both franchises are now closely linked with the Alien Vs…
  • The Diary of Mr Kain: Week #3

    Dave Brown
    20 Oct 2014 | 1:30 am
    Monday Beard Face is progressing with Dexter, many years after the rest of us finished the show and lamented the awful ending. Beardy is still on Season One and so far he’s struggling. He keeps singing The Beatles’ Lovely Rita whenever Dexter’s girlfriend is on, he thinks Deb looks weird and he’s confused that the Ice Truck Killer has yet to murder an ice truck. That’s the level of simplicity that Frizzy Hair is having to deal with here. Bless her. She’s has far more patience than most people. Tuesday Today marked the long-awaited return of The Apprentice…
  • Masterpieces #29: Tomb Raider

    Dave Brown
    16 Oct 2014 | 11:34 am
    About Tomb Raider (1996)Adventurer Lara Croft has been hired to recover the pieces of an ancient artefact known as the Scion. With her fearless acrobatic style she runs, jumps, and swims her way toward the truth of it’s origins and powers–leaving only a trail of empty tombs and gun-cartridges in her wake. On this trail are the most breath-taking 3-D worlds yet seen–where exploration, puzzle and platform elements blend in a seamless real-time environment.   Amazon US Amazon UK Tomb Raider (1996) I don’t recall the day when I first heard about Tomb Raider but I do…
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    Vampire Book Club

  • Review: Love Me to Death by Marissa Clarke (Underveil #1)

    Amy
    29 Oct 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Love Me to Death (Underveil #1) Marissa Clarke Published: Oct. 28, 2014 (Entangled: Select) Purchase: Book Depository or Amazon Review source: copy provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review Reviewed by: Amy Rating (out of 5): 4.5 stars Elena Arcos lives a pretty ordinary life. That all changes after she’s shot in a convenience store hold-up. She should be dead, instead she finds herself alive and kidnapped by a handsome stranger who is convinced Elena’s father killed his father years ago and now he’s bent on revenge. To top it all off, the stranger also thinks her father…
  • Alyssa Day Guest Post & Giveaway: Halloween Memories

    Chelsea
    28 Oct 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Hi! Happy Halloween! What else could I talk about this week except favorite Halloween memories? I ADORE Halloween, so I have so many—my kids’ first Halloweens, my first one with Navy Guy, trick-or-treating as a kid—but one of my favorite memories is of Halloween in Japan. We were stationed on Naval Air Station Atsugi, Japan, south of Tokyo (yes, we were there when the earthquake/tsunami happened, and it was horrible beyond all reason, but that’s a story for another time), and we learned that the Japanese don’t celebrate Halloween. So it was a tradition that the base opened up to…
  • Release-Day Review: Archangel’s Shadows by Nalini Singh (Guild Hunter #7)

    Chelsea
    27 Oct 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Archangel’s Shadows (Guild Hunter #7) Nalini Singh Published: Oct. 28, 2014 (Berkley) Purchase: Book Depository or Amazon Review Source: Copy provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review Reviewed by: Chelsea Rating (out of 5): 4 stars When I think about Archangel’s Shadows, I can’t help but let out a happy sigh. Janvier and Ashwini’s story was just what I needed from these two. Insight into Ash’s hardened edge. The unyielding support of Janvier. A nice dose of Cajun romance amid the snowy landscape of New York. Delightful. One of the reasons I love…
  • Early Review: Burn for Me by Ilona Andrews (Hidden Legacy #1)

    Jannelle
    26 Oct 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Burn For Me (Hidden Legacy #1) Ilona Andrews Published: Oct. 28, 2014 (Avon) Purchase: Book Depository or Amazon Review source: copy provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review Reviewed by: Jannelle Rating (out of 5): 5 stars Nevada owns Baylor Investigative Agency with the help of her family. In the world Nevada lives in, magicians rule the world. These magic wielders are (more often than not) influential and immensely wealthy social figures with a carefully selected family tree—based on years of vigilant planning—to guarantee a magically powerful heir. Adam Pierce, a Prime…
  • If You Like Harry Potter, Read The Paper Magician

    Margaret
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:01 pm
    From VBC/Chelsea: We are having fun with our If You Like… series. If there’s a recommendation you’d like, feel free to leave a comment and we’ll see if we can add a post for you! For now, though, let VBC’s Margaret convince you to read The Paper Magician In Charlie N. Holmberg’s The Paper Magician, 19-year-old Ceony Twill has just graduated from magic school, not Hogwarts but The Tagis Praff School for the Magically Inclined, and is about to begin her apprenticeship. At school she studied magic history and theory, but in this world one cannot perform magic…
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  • TOP 14 LATINO POETS

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

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

    Native NYer
    19 Oct 2014 | 11:30 pm
    The Party Continues!  Join The Latina Book Clubevery week this month for new book reviews, fun “Top 14” lists, author interviews and book giveaways.  This week, we are giving away an e-book copy of EVERY HIDDEN FEAR.  Leave a comment below or tweet our hashtag -- #amreadingwiththelatinabookclub --  to win. Happy Hispanic Heritage Month and Good luck! --mcfIf you’re not constantly watching and taking care of little things with a house, all kinds of things will fester in the dark and grow out of sight to damage it until they pull it down on your head.—GranRiveting.
  • RESEŇA: DESEO DE UNA NOCHE POR ALONSO CUETO (Gane una copia!)

    Native NYer
    16 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
      La Latina Book Clubcontinua con su celebración de Hispanic Heritage Month todo este mes.  Mas tenemos para ustedes reseñas todos los Viernes de libros en Español.  Le agradecemos a Open Media Español su regalo de una copia de DESEO DE UNA  NOCHE.  Dejen un comentario aqui o un Tweet con nuestro “hashtag” #amreadingwiththelatinabookclub.  Buena suerte!    The Latina Book Club continues celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month and our Spanish reviews on Fridays.  We want to thank Open Media Español who is donating an e-copy of Alonso…
  • INTERVIEW WITH VALERIE TEJEDA (Win advance copy!)

    Native NYer
    15 Oct 2014 | 5:14 am
      The Latina Book Club welcomes Valerie Tejeda, a journalist turned author.  She had a dream about Marilyn Monroe and a book idea was born.  Despite her writing credits and contacts, getting published was not easy, but not impossible.  We are looking forward to her book’s debut next July.  Congratulations, Valerie!CONTEST!  Enter to win an advance readers copy of HOLLYWOOD WITCH HUNTER by visiting valerietejeda.com/showmethemagic.  Good luck!“Writing and performing have always been passions of mine, even though now I wouldn't be caught dead…
 
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  • An Optimistic Strategy

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

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

    Michael A. Robson
    27 Sep 2014 | 6:49 pm
  • Kobe

    Michael A. Robson
    27 Sep 2014 | 6:44 pm
  • Pretty

    Michael A. Robson
    27 Sep 2014 | 6:40 pm
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  • Thirsty? Here, drink this book.

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

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

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

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

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

  • On Bringing Murakami to Germany and Beyond

    Dennis Abrams
    30 Oct 2014 | 8:37 am
    The launch of a new Haruki Murakami book has become an event around the world, with many translations appearing before an English edition. The post On Bringing Murakami to Germany and Beyond appeared first on Publishing Perspectives.
  • The Evolution of Blurb: Adding Distribution and Experts

    Edward Nawotka
    30 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Over the past two years Blurb has transitioned from small-scale custom publishing to a high-end, full service self-publishing operation. The post The Evolution of Blurb: Adding Distribution and Experts appeared first on Publishing Perspectives.
  • A Visit with Eileen Gittins, CEO of Blurb

    Roger Tagholm
    30 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Eileen Gittins, CEO of Blurb, says that even as the digital transformation takes hold, a series interest in high quality print remains. The post A Visit with Eileen Gittins, CEO of Blurb appeared first on Publishing Perspectives.
  • France’s Hachette Expands Interests in Russia

    Eugene Gerden
    29 Oct 2014 | 12:03 pm
    France's Hachette Livre has extended its stake in Azbuka Atticus, Russia's ninth largest publishing conglomerate. The post France’s Hachette Expands Interests in Russia appeared first on Publishing Perspectives.
  • Exploring the African Continent in Children’s Books

    Dennis Abrams
    29 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Ghanian children's book writer Meshack Asare discusses his mission to cover the rich regional diversities of Ghana and the continent as a whole. The post Exploring the African Continent in Children’s Books appeared first on Publishing Perspectives.
 
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  • Top 10 Halloweeny Books or Movies

    Trisha
    28 Oct 2014 | 3:00 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.Top Ten Books/Movies to Read or Watch to Get in the Halloween SpiritFive MoviesLinks to IMdBThe Nightmare Before Christmas : Tim Burton's film (directed by Henry Selick) is a wonderful way to get in the Halloween spirit - despite the fact the film is about Jack Skellington's discovery of the strange Christmas Town.The Amityville Horror : I am most definitely talking about the 1979 version, not the 2005 remake. In this fun and frolicking tale,…
  • Update. With Pictures!!!

    Trisha
    22 Oct 2014 | 8:07 pm
    Things have been strange for me lately as I cope with vacationing babysitters. First, my mother - who quite often watches The Baby Formally Known as Nutter Now Known Primarily as Goose - went on vacation for a little over a week. She is Goose's primary caregiver for two days a week, so that had to be covered. Then THE EXACT SAME DAY my mother came home, my grandmother left for her 5 week trip (that's right people, 5 weeks). She watches Goose the other three work days per week. My mother can't cover that because she has a full time job (she just gets her two days off during the week). Luckily…
  • Classics Club Check In

    Trisha
    18 Oct 2014 | 5:45 am
    I haven't been very active on the Classics Club lately. Then again, I haven't been active at all, so that's understandable. I have, however, been reading a Classic or two since I joined up in March.My list of Classics is - rather disgustingly - long, and only gets longer, so "progress" is relative. I have a list of 156 books, some of which have subsections listing the short stories, novellas, and even full length books within the larger compilation.I've been slowly going through Kate Chopin's The Awakening and Other Stories. Slowly, in part due to my enjoyment but not love of Chopin combined…
  • Stitches by David Small

    Trisha
    15 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    I read this too fast. Emotionally smacking me in the face on page 12, Stitches hooked me in and I devoured this intense graphic novel in about 20 minutes. I clearly did not do this book justice, and I will have to read it again more closely sometime.While - I am positive - all people react strongly to any mistreatment of children, I also believe that parents are more affected, more horrified, and more likely to have bad dreams. In Stitches, the main character, David, lives a nightmarish life in the midst of a neglectful and abusive family. Then at 14, he enters the hospital for a minor…
  • The Collector by Nora Roberts

    Trisha
    13 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    Nora Roberts and I used to have quite the love affair. I was so obsessed with her books that I printed out her catalog, in chronological and series order, and pretty much used it like a check list. Made it through too. I have read every Roberts book published up to about 6 years ago. I'm only missing a handful of her 150+ collection.The romance novels of Nora Roberts were my rebellion against the seriousness and difficulty of my undergrad and grad school reading, so I spent about 5 years reading everything I could get my hands on. Then my foray into blogging slowed down the romance novel…
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  • The Legend of the Candy Cane by Lori Walburg

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

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

    Linda
    27 Oct 2014 | 4:58 am
    Noah’s Boat is a page flap fold out book especially designed for very young children.  Each page has a descriptive riddle that asks “Guess who” and when you fold out the flap there is an answer. Even the front cover has a fold-out flap.  The illustrations are very colorful and very cute.  The book is hard cover and each page is coated cardboard for an easy wipe clean finish.   This is a very nice book that tells the basic story of Noah to small children.  This would make a nice gift book for a child or an addition to a church nursery/pre-school library.
  • Risen by Michael Phillip Cash

    Linda
    12 Oct 2014 | 4:29 pm
    This is the third of the trilogy and I have also read and reviewed the first two, Schism and Collision.  While this is a standalone book, I recommend reading the three in order.  It will help to understand the growth of the characters and will keep the flow of the story.  This isn't the genre I usually read, but Michael Phillip Cash writes books that are easily readable with a style that crosses genre.All three books present stories of adventure, mystery, and interesting characters.  Risen is no different, and the book this trilogy concludes with a satisfying ending.
  • The Big-Flavor Grill by Chris Schlesinger and John Willoughby

    Linda
    3 Oct 2014 | 4:11 pm
    This is strictly for those who charcoal grill. There is “A Word About Gas Grills” which declares that gas grills are not their thing. The theme of the book is simplicity with an easy prep with a spice rub, grill, and toss with a sauce or with herbs.The recipes are presented in a unique flow chart form that follows the theme of prep, grill and toss. There are recipes for steak, lamb, pork, chicken, shrimp and fish, vegetables, and drinks. I have several recipes marked to try. Grilled Pork Skerwers with Mangoes, Chipolte, and Lime, and Grilled Chicken Breasts with Cilantro-lime…
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    Book Dirt

  • 6 Recommended Scary Reads for Halloween

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

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

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

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

    15 Aug 2014 | 9:14 am
    This week’s forgotten book was almost truly forgotten. The fragile pamphlet on crumbling pulp stock was found in an old bookstore, rescued from obscurity, and is now available (for cheap) as an e-book. The pulp fiction how-to first came to my attention as one of blogger Randy Johnson’s entries into the Friday’s Forgotten Books event, and now it’s one of mine. After reading Pulp Fiction, I believe it deserves even more attention, especially from those interested in the age of pulps, whether as readers, writers, or both. Click to order Pulp Fiction—a penny cheaper than when it…
 
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    But What Are They Eating?

  • FOODFIC: Please Welcome Lynn Cahoon, Author of Return of the Fae

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

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

    9 Oct 2014 | 5:22 pm
    When eight year-old Storee Wryter wants to convince her parents that it’s a good idea to adopt a puppy she has her work cut out for her. She already has an opinionated cat named Critique and a full schedule of after schools activities. Will she have time to properly care for a boisterous puppy? To complicate matters, Storee’s friend and neighbor Kyria who brought the puppy over, not only wants Storee to adopt the puppy, but asks they train her as a therapy dog as well.  Uh-oh added work and added expense.  The Wryter family needs to know a lot more about what they could be…
  • FOODFIC: Please Welcome Lorraine Carey, Author of The Last Vestal Virgin

    2 Oct 2014 | 4:08 pm
    When you are raised in an America Italian Family home life is full of traditions. Two of the most traditions are family gatherings and food. Trust me, I was raised in one. Seems life was centered around food and family. And maybe more food. Christina Ciccone, the main character grew up on her mama’s spaghetti and meatballs. She loved Sunday dinners which consisted of spaghetti, hot garlic bread and salad.And of course there was always Neapolitan Ice Cream for dessert I mention Pizzelle cookies in the story. These fancy waffle cookies were served up for Christina’s elegant high school…
  • FOODFIC: Please Welcome Andi O'Connor, Author of Redemption

    25 Sep 2014 | 7:56 am
    When I agreed to write a post for But What Are They EatingI must admit I was a tad overwhelmed. I am working on three different series simultaneously, and all three could easily have a post. So, how did I make my final decision? Well, there wasn’t any deep, thought-provoking way I went about it. To be honest, I did eeny-meeny-miney-mo.*hangs my head in shame*I suppose I really shouldn’t. I mean, we all have those moments, right ...... right?Regardless of how I made my decision, I chose my short story Redemption from the series The Legacy of Ilvania. Because it’s a short story, I…
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    Packabook

  • Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Jar – a glimpse of 50s New York

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

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

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

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

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

  • Best Nonfiction Books – October 2014

    George Rodriguez
    14 Oct 2014 | 10:56 pm
    Time is Money Staying on top of the latest ideas and concepts in business is not an easy task. In order to grow in your career you must continually improve your professional toolbox and add value in all your interactions on the job. The best way to do this is to take the latest business thinking and merge it into your management and leadership style. Having choices on what information to use is not a problem in the internet age. You do not lack information with the number of websites, blogs, videos and social media options that exist today. The hard part is knowing what to focus on and who to…
  • Turning Obstacles into Advantages

    George Rodriguez
    9 Oct 2014 | 10:01 am
    “The impediment to action advances action.  What stands in the way becomes the way.” – Marcus Aurelius Life can suck sometimes. You do the right thing, you are honest and you work hard and yet every day you see other people attaining success.  People that may not deserve it and come by it through questionable means. Not only that, but you are the one that has obstacle after obstacle thrown in your way. Little things like a nagging cold or a flat tire on the way to an important appointment.  Maybe they are big things like the breakup of a long-term relationship or a frightening…
  • 3 Big Ideas Video – Young Money by Kevin Roose

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

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

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

  • Mobsters, Monsters & Nazis by Dan O'Brien and Steve Ferchaud

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

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

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

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

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

  • This week’s new Kindle ebooks

    Any new books?
    29 Oct 2014 | 6:02 pm
    Here are this week’s new releases for the category ‘Kindle’. ★ Our Staff Pick ★ The Good Son: JFK Jr. and the Mother He Loved Stores: USA By Christopher Andersen ISBN: 1476775567 Publisher: Gallery Books Publication date: October 28, 2014 Binding: Hardcover Estimated price: $13.03 Share this book on Twitter | Facebook | Google+ Make It Ahead: A Barefoot Contessa Cookbook Stores: USA By Ina Garten ISBN: 0307464881 Publisher: Clarkson Potter Publication date: October 28, 2014 Binding: Hardcover Estimated price: $18.19 Share this book on Twitter | Facebook | Google+…
  • This week’s new books in Travel

    Any new books?
    29 Oct 2014 | 5:52 pm
    Here are this week’s new releases for the category ‘Travel’. ★ Our Staff Pick ★ Mastering the Art of French Eating: From Paris Bistros to Farmhouse Kitchens, Lessons in Food and Love Stores: USA | Canada | Italy | Kindle | UK Kindle By Ann Mah ISBN: 0143125923 Publisher: Penguin Books Publication date: October 28, 2014 Binding: Paperback Estimated price: $9.34 Share this book on Twitter | Facebook | Google+ The Closed Valley: With Fierce Friends in the Pakistani Himalayas Stores: USA | Canada | Italy By Jürgen Wasim Frembgen ISBN: 0199400237 Publisher:…
  • This week’s new Teen books

    Any new books?
    29 Oct 2014 | 5:52 pm
    Here are this week’s new releases for the category ‘Teens’. ★ Our Staff Pick ★ In the Afterlight: A Darkest Minds Novel Stores: USA | UK | Canada | Italy | Kindle By Alexandra Bracken ISBN: 1423157524 Publisher: Disney-Hyperion Publication date: October 28, 2014 Binding: Hardcover Estimated price: $11.93 Share this book on Twitter | Facebook | Google+ Atlantia Stores: USA | UK | Canada | Kindle | UK Kindle By Ally Condie ISBN: 0525426442 Publisher: Dutton Juvenile Publication date: October 28, 2014 Binding: Hardcover Estimated price: $9.00 Share this book on…
  • This week’s new books in Sports

    Any new books?
    29 Oct 2014 | 5:49 pm
    Here are this week’s new releases for the category ‘Sports’. ★ Our Staff Pick ★ Jeter Unfiltered Stores: USA | UK | Canada | Italy | Kindle | UK Kindle By Derek Jeter ISBN: 1476783667 Publisher: Gallery/Jeter Publishing Publication date: October 28, 2014 Binding: Hardcover Estimated price: $17.23 Share this book on Twitter | Facebook | Google+ Parcells: A Football Life Stores: USA | UK | Canada | Kindle | UK Kindle By Bill Parcells, Nunyo Demasio ISBN: 0385346352 Publisher: Crown Archetype Publication date: October 28, 2014 Binding: Hardcover Estimated price:…
  • This week’s new books in Self-Help

    Any new books?
    29 Oct 2014 | 5:45 pm
    Here are this week’s new releases for the category ‘Self-Help’. ★ Our Staff Pick ★ Napkin Notes: Make Lunch Meaningful, Life Will Follow Stores: USA | Canada | Italy | Kindle | UK Kindle By W. Garth Callaghan ISBN: 0062363441 Publisher: HarperOne Publication date: October 28, 2014 Binding: Hardcover Estimated price: $13.56 Share this book on Twitter | Facebook | Google+ The Zimzum of Love: A New Way of Understanding Marriage Stores: USA | Canada | Kindle | UK Kindle By Rob Bell, Kristen Bell ISBN: 0062194240 Publisher: HarperOne Publication date: October 28, 2014…
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    Liter8 Thoughts

  • Liter8′s future (And the History of Christian Internet Culture)

    litera9
    13 Oct 2014 | 8:30 pm
    If you haven’t noticed, I haven’t written on this blog in a while (outside of this post).  Part of it is my internship/work with Tom’s Guide keeps me busy. The other half is that I don’t feel like I have a lot that’s valuable to say. That’s why I’m happy to announce that liter8.net will no longer be a blog, but a portfolio site. That’s when it hit me: What about “Christian internet culture”. What is Christian internet culture? Christian internet culture?  What does that mean? Well, let’s first understand what internet culture…
  • Why Gena Suarez and The Old Schoolhouse needs to be held accountable

    litera9
    10 Oct 2014 | 1:58 pm
    Earlier today, the homeschool activist blog Homeschooler’s Anonymous released an enormous report recording a series of abuses, attacks, and sexual assaults surrounding the Suarezes, a particular family  in the homeschool community who control one of the biggest homeschooling magazines in the world. The  was researched by Ryan Stollar (a good internet friend of mine) Hannah Ettinger (who I’m acquaintances with),  and wouldn’t be possible without the testimony of Eric Novak (Who I’ve worked for in the past) The report is thorough and phenomenal, and doesn’t…
  • Misinformation: Taking a look at the Recent PJI/Corrie Ten Boom story.

    litera9
    25 Sep 2014 | 7:42 pm
      Corrie Ten Boom My friend and old editor Alan Noble recently noted how a particular story from conservative legal group Pacific Justice Institute has attracted attention from various conservative and Christian news sites. In their latest press release, PJI has reported that a Spring Charter Schools, a series of CA charter school has apparently targeted a series of Christian books to be removed from their library. This included Corrie Ten Boom’s book THE HIDING PLACE, a historical account of Miss Ten Boom’s time protecting Jews, suffering through concentration camps in light…
  • Top 10 Books that Stuck with Me

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

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

  • BOOK BLITZ: Love and other Unknown Variables by Shannon Alexander

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

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

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

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

    30 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    In the beginning of the Creators, Tess has just witnessed a miracle of sorts. Standing before her is her father.  After the shock wears off she and her dad go to meet up with their groups of friends, or in her father’s case soldiers.   She finds out the girl who attacked her at the end of the previous novel was sent by her father to prevent her from meeting George.  Not much time is given to catching up on old times and after some heated discussions among the group, they make their way back to their old isolationist camp.Tess has two big things on her mind throughout…
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    A Travelers' Library

  • Love of Food and Family: A Midwestern Memoir

    Vera Marie Badertscher
    28 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
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  • Visit Chris Pavone’s Luxembourg

    Vera Marie Badertscher
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:57 am
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    On Books and Writing

  • Stephen Jones | Great Advice to New Writers

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

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

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

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

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

  • Special Offer for Where Writers Win Readers

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

    Shari Stauch
    27 Oct 2014 | 5:54 am
    Our thanks to media relations expert and award-winning author Christina Hamlett for this useful article! Graphic via freedigitalphotos.net One of the things regional retailers love is a unique event that will bring customers through their doors. This, in turn, attracts the local media and enables both sides to benefit from the exposure. Weekly newspapers in particular are always on the prowl for human interest stories. If you’re an author, there’s a goldmine of opportunities to reach prospective buyers for your books. For example, suppose you’ve written a murder mystery that unfolds at…
  • Ten Facebook Pages for Writers and Authors

    Shari Stauch
    25 Oct 2014 | 7:30 am
    In case you’ve been too busy writing and connecting to take a good look around for helpful Facebook pages lately, the WWW team thought we’d share a few pages we’ve recently liked for writers and authors. Plenty of advice to be found here, from writer tips to marketing insights… Each of the titles below are linked to their Facebook fan page. Some will direct you to their websites for further info, but start here (perhaps while you’re posting something to your own Facebook Fan page). Have a look around (be sure to like their pages) and let us know if you have a…
  • Seven Calendar Opportunities to Leverage Your Author Marketing

    Shari Stauch
    23 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Free printable calendars from the Creativity Exchange 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 (30% off!) on “Blurbs, Endorsements, and Testimonials: How to Get Experts, Celebrities, and Others to Endorse Your Book,” a multi-media program that teaches you how to get essential endorsements. Use the exclusive Where Writers Win coupon code, WWW, to get the multi-media program for just $19. While I hate to think about the winter holiday season when it’s still October, it’s important to…
  • Amazon EBook Sales and Author Earnings

    Shari Stauch
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    AuthorEarnings.com has released its quarterly look at Amazon ebook sales and author earnings. As with previous reports, the data takes a hard look at projected sales and author earnings by pulling data for over 120,000 ebooks off Amazon’s product pages. Using known rank-to-sales rates, they are able to estimate the daily share of earnings by publishing path. The goal is to provide a deeper understanding of the ebook market than is afforded by reporting from major publishers or by tracking ISBNs, which many self-published authors do not use. Amazon, with an estimated 60%+ of the ebook…
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    Country Book Bumpkin

  • BOOK BLITZ: Love and other Unknown Variables by Shannon Alexander

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

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

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

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

    30 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    In the beginning of the Creators, Tess has just witnessed a miracle of sorts. Standing before her is her father.  After the shock wears off she and her dad go to meet up with their groups of friends, or in her father’s case soldiers.   She finds out the girl who attacked her at the end of the previous novel was sent by her father to prevent her from meeting George.  Not much time is given to catching up on old times and after some heated discussions among the group, they make their way back to their old isolationist camp.Tess has two big things on her mind throughout…
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    Soul Destruction

  • Sex Workers Oppose Northern Ireland Bill and End Demand Campaign to Criminalise Clients

    Ruth Jacobs
    28 Oct 2014 | 4:19 am
    From The English Collective of Prostitutes Pushing prostitution further underground will not abolish it nor help sex workers. It will endanger sex workers’ lives and livelihoods. Consenting sex is not a crime. Criminalising clients will not stop prostitution; it will push it further underground, making it more dangerous and stigmatising for sex workers. Most sex workers…Read more Sex Workers Oppose Northern Ireland Bill and End Demand Campaign to Criminalise Clients
  • #NoClause6 | Sex workers protest in Northern Ireland

    Ruth Jacobs
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:20 pm
    Originally posted on Research Project Korea:Interview with sex workers’ rights activist Laura Lee at Stormont Parliamentary Buildings, Belfast. © 2014 Matt Lemon Photography | Please read the copyright notice What is Clause 6? Clause 6 is part of the Human Trafficking and Exploitation (Further Provisions and Support for Victims) Bill in Northern Ireland, proposed by…
  • 22 Sept Canadian Sex Workers & Sex Worker Activists in London

    Ruth Jacobs
    16 Sep 2014 | 12:47 pm
    From The English Collective of Prostitutes SAVE THE DATE Canada’s court strikes down the prostitution laws but the government bypasses its ruling! Organising to retain & implement our path-breaking victory   22 September 2014  7pm-9pm Crossroads Women’s Centre, 25 Wolsey Mews, London NW5 2DX In December 2013, Canada’s Supreme Court struck down the prostitution laws because…Read more 22 Sept Canadian Sex Workers & Sex Worker Activists in London
 
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    Books Without Any Pictures

  • “Jackaby” by William Ritter

    Grace Troxel
    28 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
      Jackaby by William Ritter is easily one of the best books of 2014.  Set in 1892, it tells the story of a girl named Abigail Rook who runs away from home seeking adventure.  After a failed experiment in an archaelological dig, she finds her way to New Fiddleham, a small and somewhat stereotypical town in New England. Abigail tries to find a job, but is largely unsuccessful.  Then she meets Jackaby, a detective of sorts whose specialty is the occult.  Abigail doesn’t believe in the occult, but she’s free-spirited and open-minded, and decides to give Jackaby a chance. It…
  • “Blood Rights” by Kristen Painter

    Grace Troxel
    26 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
      Blood Rights by Kristen Painter is set in a futuristic world filled with vampires.  Chrysabelle is a Comarre, or, as the vampires call them, a blood whore.  Think of a skillful courtesan or geisha, trained to entertain with grace, but also bred and raised in such a way as to have the tastiest blood imaginable.  There isn’t usually sex involved, because that’s not what vampires are interested in.  They’d rather just drink their blood.  Purchasing the services of a Comarre is very expensive, and they’re something of a status symbol among the vampire…
  • Write on Review-a-Thon: October Edition

    Grace Troxel
    24 Oct 2014 | 12:47 pm
    Each month, Brianna from The Book Vixen hosts the Write On Review-a-Thon, an event dedicated to catching up on reviews.  This month I have a few reviews to catch up on, but I also have a particularly nasty cold, so I’m not going to stress out too much if I don’t get all of my reviews written and scheduled.  Here are the books I plan on writing reviews for: Jackaby by William Ritter Blood Rights by Kristen Painter Tears of the Rose by Jeffe Kennedy If I get really ambitious, and I doubt that I will, I’d also like to […] The post Write on Review-a-Thon: October Edition…
  • “The House of the Four Winds” by Mercedes Lackey and James Mallory

    Grace Troxel
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
      Mercedes Lackey’s newest novel, The House of the Four Winds, is about a cross-dressing princess who has adventures on the high seas. Clarice is one of twelve princesses in the kingdom of Swansgaard.  Swansgaard is a tiny country in an alternate Europe that doesn’t have much money.  There certainly isn’t enough for twelve royal dowries, and so after a son (and heir) is finally born, the sisters agree to each go forth and make their fortune when they come of age.  I did find this setup to be a bit of a stretch, but hey, let’s go with it.  […] The post…
  • “Vampires of Manhattan” by Melissa de la Cruz

    Grace Troxel
    19 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
      Vampires of Manhattan is the first book in a new adult series that’s set ten years after the conclusion Melissa de la Cruz’s young adult Blue Bloods series.  I love the idea of having books that can grow with you.  In fact, that’s one of my favorite things about the Harry Potter series–the books become more complex and thoughtful as the readers themselves age, so they grow into the themes that emerge in the later books.  Having a series for grown-ups set in the world that they enjoyed visiting as teenagers is really cool. The story is set in […] The…
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    Susan Roebuck

  • Ally Shields's new Urban Fantasy - Cross Keys. And a Cajun Recipe.

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

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

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

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

  • Edgar Allan Poe

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

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

    5 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Headless Horseman Horror Story (Classics) In the spirit of Halloween, this month I will suggest some creepy, ghostly short stories by famous authors.  Don’t worry. I’m not into the ghastly chilling scene. I don’t like horror movies and rarely read scary books, with an exception of some Stephen King novels.  I don’t really care to be scared senseless by watching dolls come to life or people inversely crab crawling up a staircase.  I prefer my ghosts to be friendlier, like Casper.  With that said, Washington Irving’s classic short story about a headless horseman…
  • Catch-22 by Joseph Heller

    29 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    Catch of Two Centuries (Classics)Ever wonder where the expression “Catch-22” comes from?  Well, I did, so I finally read the book Catch-22 by Joseph Heller.  Captain Yossarian, a WWII Army bombardier discovers that Catch-22 is a regulation in which the men must continuously fly more missions, and can only stop flying them if they are deemed insane.  But if they themselves declare that they are insane and request to stop flying, it proves they have cognitive abilities and are considered sane. Therefore must fly more missions. This book follows Yossarian who is trapped…
  • Summer Book Review Montage

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

  • Winter Reading: 9 Books to Keep Warm With in the Coming Months

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

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

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

    Lucy
    1 Oct 2014 | 9:49 am
    Today I'm sharing with you something that's a little different. I've just started a university module on Modern Irish Literature, and this week's focus is on W.B. Yeats. While I was tempted to write a little about "The Lake Isle of Innisfree" to help us to envisage relaxing settings, I decided to embrace the unpredictable and contemplate another poem that caught my eye.Let's give it a quick read:An Irish Airman Foresees His Death (1919)I know that I shall meet my fate,Somewhere among the clouds above;Those that I fight I do not hate,Those that I guard I do not love;My country is Kiltartan…
  • Feel-Good Fiction: The Rosie Effect by Graeme Simsion as a Mood-Boosting Sequel

    Lucy
    26 Sep 2014 | 11:20 am
    The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion swiftly became one of my favourite books. Last year it helped me get out of a rut and acted a welcome antidote to homesickness when I was living in Barcelona. I also included it in my mood-boosting and feel-good books list for the summer.Now that the book's sequel, The Rosie Effect, is available on the shelves of all good bookshops (at least here in the UK), a follow-up review is very much required. Could it ever be as good as The Rosie Project?  I think expecting the sequel to be as good as the original is a bit too demanding in this case. I…
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    Book Club Reading List

  • Only Us

    admin
    28 Oct 2014 | 7:32 am
    Romance is a dream we want to live in. But some dreams are nightmares. What happens when the perfect romance becomes a real life nightmare? Only Us is the answer to this question. Most of us will never be involved with criminals or organized crime. […]
  • Author Interview – Truth Devour

    admin
    28 Oct 2014 | 7:26 am
    What inspired you to write this book?   I wanted the first book series I released to be one of a romantic nature. My interests are diverse and this trilogy allowed me to indulge in a range of different aspects of life. In particular the […]
  • Author Interview – Truth Devour

    admin
    28 Oct 2014 | 7:06 am
    What inspired you to write this book?   Honestly a lot of my past works were macabre, dark works that I to date have not chosen to publish. There was a shift within me when I decided that I wanted to write with the aim […]
  • Author Interview – Truth Devour

    admin
    28 Oct 2014 | 6:27 am
    What inspired you to write this book?   When I finished writing the first book in the series Wantin I decided the story needed to continue as I still thought about the main characters every day. I realised at this stage that there was a […]
  • Bond & Benevolence:Good Sam

    admin
    26 Oct 2014 | 6:12 am
    Samantha, a rich suburbanite of Greenwich, CT, and Ophelia from the Bronx, worlds collide to create an eclectic story of benevolence as Sam tangles herself in a web of philanthropy and danger stretching from the Bronx to the heart of Sudan’s genocide. Sam, a strong-willed, […]
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    Long Island Pulse

  • Books to Scare You

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

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

    info@lipulse.com
    15 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    “The Language of Houses: How Buildings Speak to Us” by Alison Lurie, c.2014, Delphinium Books, $24.95, 311 pages. The building must be nearly done. Every day for months, you’ve seen it on your way to work. You’ve watched it go from a hole in the ground, to a steel skeleton, to a behemoth structure that you’re glad you’ll never have to enter. The whole place seems unwelcoming. But why?  Why get the heebie-jeebies over a building?  In the new book “The Language of Houses” by Alison Lurie, you’ll see how that place and your home both have a lot to say. Ask any…
  • Book Review: ‘A Cup of Water Under My Bed’

    info@lipulse.com
    1 Oct 2014 | 8:01 am
    What’s inside? Good question – and once you learned that you can determine the answer by taking things apart, well, nothing was safe. The hidden parts, an object’s guts, were always more complicated and more interesting than what was on the outside. Isn’t life like that: what you don’t see is sometimes better than what you do?  Unraveling her story for examination in “A Cup of Water Under My Bed,” author Daisy Hernández, lets us find out.  Until she was in kindergarten, Daisy Hernández’s entire world sat in Union City , New Jersey . Her parents, her Cuban father…
  • Book Review: ‘Skink – No Surrender’ by Carl Hiaasen

    info@lipulse.com
    24 Sep 2014 | 9:12 am
    Sorry to say, but know all about Santa. Yeah, you learned the truth about the Jolly Old Elf years ago, but you let your younger sibs believe. Same with the Easter Bunny and the Tooth Fairy: get past grade school and you’re a little old for that stuff.  So if, in the new book “Skink – No Surrender” by Carl Hiaasen, fourteen-year-old Richard Sloan said he met a one-eyed, bearded, beak-wearing man-bear on a Florida beach, who’d believe him? Malley was almost never late. It’s true that she was a rebel and gave her parents plenty of grief, but late?  No, Richard Sloan knew…
 
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    Beth's Book Reviews

  • Author Interview: Monterial Bynoe author of the book Determination: Nothing and Nobody Can Stop Me

    Beth
    30 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    Monterial Bynoe, author of the book Determination: Nothing and Nobody Can Stop Me, stopped by for an interview.Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?My name is Monterial Bynoe I am the founding pastor of the Tabernacle of Praise in Randolph, Ma. I am the father of five wonderful children and grandfather of two.I'm married to the love of my life Lady Stella. We been married 20 years. Together we the owners of M&S Cleaning Services.And now the author of my first book entitled Determination "Nothing and Nobody Can Stop Me".What do you do when you're not writing?I love spending time…
  • Review: The Island of Doves by Kelly O'Connor McNees

    Beth
    28 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Vivid and enthralling, Island of the Doves tells the story of two women in early nineteenth century America—one typical of her time, one extraordinary for it—who transform each other’s lives.  Susannah Fraser lives in one of Buffalo’s finest mansions, but her husband has made it a monstrous prison. When a mysterious woman offers to help her escape, Susannah boards a steamboat for Mackinac Island. But after being a dutiful daughter and obedient wife, it is only as she flees that she realizes how unprepared she is for freedom. An exceptional woman of early America, Magdelaine…
  • Review: Christopher's Diary: Secrets of Foxworth by V.C. Andrews

    Beth
    27 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Jealousy, tragedy, survival, and revenge—the discovery of Christopher’s diary in the ruins of Foxworth Hall brings new secrets of the Dollanganger family to light and obsesses a new generation. With Flowers in the Attic and Petals on the Wind both now major Lifetime TV events, this first new addition to the Dollanganger story in nearly thirty years is a timely look at the events in the attic—from teenage Christopher’s point of view. And don’t forget to preorder the follow-up, Christopher’s Diary: Echoes of Dollanganger! Christopher Dollanganger was fourteen when he and…
  • Review: The Tudor Vendetta by C. W. Gortner

    Beth
    27 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    London, 1558. Queen Mary is dead, and 25-year old Elizabeth ascends the throne. Summoned to court from exile abroad, Elizabeth’s intimate spy, Brendan Prescott, is reunited with the young queen, as well as his beloved Kate, scheming William Cecil, and arch-rival, Robert Dudley. A poison attempt on Elizabeth soon overshadows her coronation, but before Brendan can investigate, Elizabeth summons him in private to dispatch him on a far more confidential mission: to find her favored lady in waiting, Lady Parry, who has disappeared during a visit to her family manor in Yorkshire.  Upon his…
  • Review: Enchantress by Maggie Anton

    Beth
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Fantastic tales of demons and the Evil Eye, magical incantations, and powerful attractions abound in Enchantress, a novel that weaves together Talmudic lore, ancient Jewish magic, and a timeless love story set in fourth-century Babylonia. One of the most powerful practitioner of these mysterious arts is Rav Hisda’s daughter, whose innate awareness allows her to possess the skills men lack. With her husband, Rava—whose arcane knowledge of the secret Torah enables him to create a “man” out of earth and to resurrect another rabbi from death—the two brave an evil sorceress,…
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    The Literary Yard

  • Poem: Still-born

    Author
    30 Oct 2014 | 4:21 am
    By: Jeshtha Kamra While our bodies share its secrets In all its mistiness Our memories bake into blackened bricks. I keep searching you Between our melting bodies and frozen minds. Blindfolding […]
  • Poem: Laments

    Author
    28 Oct 2014 | 11:04 pm
    By: April Mae M. Berza I could have read “The Fault in our Stars” but I chose to hear your laments about your ex who chose his ex over you. […]
  • Poem: Forgetting is to inject insulin to a diabetic

    Author
    28 Oct 2014 | 10:56 pm
    By: April Mae M. Berza Forgetting is to inject insulin to a diabetic I feel in my blood the sweetness of pain The pain in my blood is swelling for […]
  • Poem: If I were a river

    Author
    28 Oct 2014 | 10:48 pm
    By: April Mae M. Berza If I were a river, I will choose you as my destination, to flow like the tears of the cherubs one summer to quench the […]
  • Man Booker is a Chicken Raffle: Richard Flanagan

    Onkar Sharma
    28 Oct 2014 | 1:21 am
    An Australian author Richard Flanagan won this year’s Man Booker Prize. Although he considers the prize not so precious when he talks about it as ‘CHICKEN RAFFLE’. The Hindu newspaper […]
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    WordTrance

  • Short Stories Set on Halloween

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

    Michael
    13 Oct 2014 | 4:11 am
    WordTrance - Reading and Writing Genre Fiction Written with moonlit and ghost-filled imaginations, all of these novels are set either on or right around Halloween. These gold and ocher tinged stories are sure to be the best tricks and treats you get this year. The Halloween Tree (1972) Author: Ray Bradbury Author: Ray Bradbury / Art: Leo and Diane Dillon A group of boys search for their missing friend Pipkin, who has been taken on Halloween night by a mysterious force. Led by the sinister Carapace Clavicle Moundshroud, the boys venture to different times and places that have inspired the…
  • Top 5 Indie Books

    Michael
    5 Sep 2014 | 4:05 am
    WordTrance - Reading and Writing Genre Fiction It is fast approaching September, and I have been privileged enough to be considered a book reviewer by many authors in 2012 after expressing my interest in a blog. Since then, I have been receiving books to read for review by independent authors looking to make a break in writing. If you are on the lookout for books to buy for Christmas as a present, do consider these. Here are my top five: The Medea Complex by Rachel Florence Roberts Apparently based on a true story where a mother killed her newborn child, Anne Stanbury faces life in an asylum…
  • Transcending Mediums

    Michael
    21 Aug 2014 | 10:07 pm
    WordTrance - Reading and Writing Genre Fiction In Memory of Robin Williams As the world mourns the loss of great actor and comedian Robin Williams, I remember the characters he had played and think: how I wish I could write the way he speaks. We all might know him as an actor and comedian, but not many of us (actually I think we all) knew that he had improvised many of the dialogues and conversations in the movies, Aladdin being one of them. What does this have to do with writing? For starters, he was adept in using words; his ad-libs were funny and most importantly memorable. I was willing…
  • Sentence Level Checklist

    Michael
    7 Aug 2014 | 4:44 am
    WordTrance - Reading and Writing Genre Fiction There are a lot of sentence level pitfalls we tend to make as writers. A few of those are listed below. Give your story a pass with this checklist to punch up the effectiveness of your writing. Keep in mind that these items are not inherently wrong by any means. It is just that we tend to overuse them in situations where there is a stronger, clearer, more effective option. Passive Voice I am sure you have heard to look out for the passive voice before, but it is still a good idea to keep an eye out for it. Usually, it weakens sentences. Active…
 
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  • Notable Quotes: 81

    Peter J Story
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    “We write to remember our nows later.” —– Terri Guillemets
  • Things Grak Hates: 20 days until release

    Peter J Story
    29 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Here’s an excerpt from chapter 5 of Things Grak Hates. Don’t forget to pre-order your Kindle copy or pre-order the hardcover here: “So, given that,” concludes Wanda, “why would we go?” Grak fends off drowsiness again. “Good. Thank you, Wanda.” He checks his shadow. Nearly dusk. “Brak? You’re next. And please keep it brief. We’re running out ...
  • Notable Quotes: 80

    Peter J Story
    28 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    “As to the adjective, when in doubt, strike it out.” —– Mark Twain
  • Baby Steps

    Peter J Story
    27 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    As it turns out, every step in the direction of being a published author means very little. And yet, each step brings you that much closer. In the process of writing, producing, and marketing Things Grak Hates, I’ve found that every event I would have previously described as a notable achievement is actually quite dismal in the larger picture ...
  • Notable Quotes: 79

    Peter J Story
    26 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    “The road to hell is paved with adverbs.” —– Stephen King
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  • Review: Do or Die (Reluctant Heroes #1) by Suzanne Brockmann

    24 Oct 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Navy SEAL Ian Dunn went rogue in a big way when he turned his talents to a lawless life of jewel heists and con jobs. Or so the world has been led to believe. In reality, the former Special Ops warrior is still fighting for good, leading a small band of freelance covert operatives who take care of high-stakes business in highly unofficial ways. That makes Ian the hands-down choice when the U.S. government must breach a heavily guarded embassy and rescue a pair of children kidnapped by their own father, a sinister foreign national willing to turn his kids into casualties. Shockingly, Ian…
  • Review: The Death Cure (The Maze Runner #3) by James Dashner

    14 Oct 2014 | 1:04 pm
    It’s the end of the line.  WICKED has taken everything from Thomas: his life, his memories, and now his only friends—the Gladers. But it’s finally over. The trials are complete, after one final test. Will anyone survive? What WICKED doesn’t know is that Thomas remembers far more than they think. And it’s enough to prove that he can’t believe a word of what they say. The truth will be terrifying. Thomas beat the Maze. He survived the Scorch. He’ll risk anything to save his friends. But the truth might be what ends it all. The time for lies is over.  Tsk. Tsk. Tsk.
  • Review: The Scorch Trials (The Maze Runner #2) by James Dashner

    12 Oct 2014 | 4:23 pm
    Solving the Maze was supposed to be the end. Thomas was sure that escape from the Maze would mean freedom for him and the Gladers. But WICKED isn’t done yet. Phase Two has just begun. The Scorch. There are no rules. There is no help. You either make it or you die.The Gladers have two weeks to cross through the Scorch—the most burned-out section of the world. And WICKED has made sure to adjust the variables and stack the odds against them. Friendships will be tested. Loyalties will be broken. All bets are off. There are others now. Their survival depends on the Gladers’ destruction—and…
  • Review: The Maze Runner (The Maze Runner #1) by James Dashner

    10 Oct 2014 | 6:01 am
    If you ain’t scared, you ain’t human.When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his name. He’s surrounded by strangers—boys whose memories are also gone.Nice to meet ya, shank. Welcome to the Glade.Outside the towering stone walls that surround the Glade is a limitless, ever-changing maze. It’s the only way out—and no one’s ever made it through alive.Everything is going to change.Then a girl arrives. The first girl ever. And the message she delivers is terrifying.Remember. Survive. Run.I had been interested in getting my hands on this book for quite a…
  • Spotlight Feature - Night Sky by Suzanne & Melanie Brockmann

    6 Oct 2014 | 7:56 am
    Today we are going to do something a little different ... Little Miss Bookmark is hosting a spotlight feature of the book Night Sky by Suzanne & Melanie Brockmann! Now, I really enjoyed this book and I hope that after you read the excerpt, you'll go pick it up ... or click it and buy it on Amazon ... no matter how you do it, this is definitely a book to check out!!  Don't forget to check out the giveaway at the bottom!Sixteen-year-old Skylar Reid is thrown into a strange world when she discovers that she has unique telekinetic and telepathic powers.  After Sasha, the child…
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    John Harbour

  • I'm in a New York State of Mind

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

    John Harbour
    25 Sep 2014 | 2:23 pm
    The calisson is to Provence what salt water taffy is to the American beach town. And that is to say it is everywhere; In every village that has enough tourist traffic, in every city, and even in the rest stops on the A7, you will find calissons for sale -- a small tasty treat made from a paste of almonds and candied fruit topped with icing. Unfortunately what most of the shops sell is a pale comparison to the original article. As with taffy, if you are buying the tourist version it doesn’t matter where you make your purchase because it will be the same -- a generic, homogenized, mass…
  • Provencal Lunch

    John Harbour
    20 Sep 2014 | 2:08 am
    The provencal lunch is a wondrous thing. My first introduction was from, of all things, a parking meter. It was our second full day in Provence and our first weekday. My wife and I were in Avignon, first to visit Les Halles and then on to the Pope’s palace and Pont Saint-Bénézet. I say this only to point out that we were in a city of some size, at least for Provence, and not some quaint village where they made their own rules or simply ignored others. Here was law and order and policy. We arrived around ten in the morning and were looking for place to park close to the market. As we…
  • Petit Dejeuner

    John Harbour
    6 Sep 2014 | 2:18 am
    Breakfast! My wife stirs as I get dressed, but settles after I tell her where I’m going. I exit our apartment into the chamber and stairs that lead to the street, paying careful attention to not spook Vincent, the bat who has taken up residence just outside the apartment door. Smart bat. It’s cool and dark in the day and just off of his nighttime feeding grounds. My wife and I have struck a bargain with Vincent; he is to take care of the bugs around and near the apartment, and we will do our best to not ungracefully disturb him as he slumbers. He awakes, as always, and does some lovely…
  • Joe Bonamassa: The Best Guitarist You Never Heard Of

    John Harbour
    5 Sep 2014 | 1:32 pm
    Quick, name the best modern blues guitarists you can think of…I will wager that two of the names that came to mind were Eric Clapton and Stevie Ray Vaughan. You know who I bet you didn’t think of? Joe Bonamassa. Why? The answer to this question always perplexes me. I have friends that are hard core musicians and when I ask them this question, about half of the time they respond the same? Joe Bonamassa? Who? This is something I don’t understand. During his 2009 tour, when he was thirty-two, Eric Clapton joined him onstage at the Victoria & Albert Hall in London. I became aware of him…
 
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  • Schedule for Shadow of Mordor Let’s Play

    Emily
    3 Oct 2014 | 1:41 pm
    So I’ve spent some time playing Shadow of Mordor and I’m ready to start my Let’s Play. Technically, I started it on Tuesday, but I had some technical difficulties and I was still really rusty. Plus, I didn’t give nearly enough time to promoting it. I’m going to start over from the beginning. Here’s my schedule for live streaming, if… Read more The post Schedule for Shadow of Mordor Let’s Play appeared first on TolkienBlog.com.
  • Let’s Play Shadow of Mordor

    Emily
    29 Sep 2014 | 10:13 am
    Tomorrow, September 30, Shadow of Mordor is finally released! As evidenced by my previous posts, Shadow of Mordor: Canon or Not? and Celebrimbor: Who Is he?, I’m excited and interested about the latest game set in Middle-earth. Video game blogs like Polygon and Joystiq are giving the game great reviews (9.5/10 and 5/5, respectively). This is wonderful, considering how few LotR games… Read more The post Let’s Play Shadow of Mordor appeared first on TolkienBlog.com.
  • What Tolkien Thought of Frodo and Bilbo Baggins

    Emily
    28 Sep 2014 | 3:01 pm
    September 22 was the birthday of Frodo and Bilbo Baggins. In honor of these two famousest of Hobbits, I thought it would be appropriate to gather some of Tolkien’s thoughts on these characters. On What Made Bilbo Unique Bilbo was in [gift giving] as in other ways an exceptional person, and his Party was a riot of generosity even for a wealthy… Read more The post What Tolkien Thought of Frodo and Bilbo Baggins appeared first on TolkienBlog.com.
  • Silmarillion Character Profile: Lúthien

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

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

  • The Twin Masks of Comedy and Tragedy With Peter Mehlman

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

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

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

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

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

  • Too Much: Tales of Excess – What’s so Special About it?

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

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

    Matthew J. Hall
    22 Sep 2014 | 9:27 am
    This month, an author by the name of William Bryan Smith released his latest work of fiction entitled Free Range Men through Main Street Rag Publishing Company. I read it, enjoyed it and reviewed it and you can read that review on The Small Press Book Review.  To learn more about the author, visit his profile […] The post A Review: Free Range Men by William Bryan Smith appeared first on Screaming With Brevity.
  • A Review: Witch Piss by Sam Pink

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

    Matthew J. Hall
    9 Aug 2014 | 11:11 pm
    It’s time for a break and August seems like as good a time as any for taking a holiday. Not to worry though, we won’t be gone too long. SWB will be back in September with fresh new small press reviews, poetry and an update on my mission to get some of my fiction published […] The post SWB is Taking a Holiday appeared first on Screaming With Brevity.
 
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  • Round House Discussion 3: The I-Was-At-Disney-World-Excuse Editon

    27 Oct 2014 | 7:38 pm
    Hey everyone. I know this is late, but as the title says: I was at Disney World this past week with my family. To be honest, I was so involved partying around with Mickey and my kids that I didn't get a chance to read this past week's chapters. Did anyone else read? If so, leave some thoughts in the comments and I'll return later this week with some discussion having hopefully finished the book. 
  • Second Discussion of Louise Erdrich’s “The Round House”

    17 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Every Friday we meet together to discuss the previous three chapters in Louise Ercrich’s “The Round House.” Last week’s discussion can be found here. We didn’t get any other comments on last week’s discussion which I expected. I’m still going to stick with the indigenous book club idea, but I’m rethinking how I want the discussions to go.I felt I shared too much in that first week, so I want to write less this week to not share too much from the book. I don’t want to take anything away from the book itself or one’s experience with the book. I may have come close to doing…
  • The Difference Between Literature About American Indians And Literature By American Indians

    14 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Here’s a reminder that literature about American Indians is not the same as literature by American Indians.From the article “Off The Literary Reservation”:“I think most Native American literature is unreadable by the vast majority of Native Americans,” Sherman Alexie said in a 2001 interview with the Iowa Review. “If it’s not accessible to Indians, then how can it be Native American literature?”Literature about American Indians relies too heavily on stereotypes and presumption. Debbie Reese fights these very sins on her blog American Indians in Children’s…
  • Inuk throat singer Tanya Tagaq on 1200 Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women

    13 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Inuk throat singer Tanya Tagaq was recently interviewed by the Huffington Post in Canada where she shared about the problems indigenous women have with abuse, rape, and murder along with her efforts to raise awareness and justice for the 1200 Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women (#MMIW).Since we’ve been reading “The Round House” and its focus on the issue of violence towards women, this section of the interview with Tagaq seems relevant:You didn’t specifically address the missing and murdered indigenous women after winning the Polaris Prize. I’ve heard that this was because you…
  • Saturday Notables: Iss. 1

    11 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Literary, culture, creative, or other links that are interesting, but not relevant enough to warrant a post by themselves.Here’s a reminder to be nice on Twitter, or, at the very least, a reminder that harassing someone on Twitter never makes one look that great. Lets just not do it.Too Many Scholarships, Not Enough Native Students Applying:In talking to my friend Al Paulson recently, it turned out we have a common problem. We can’t give away scholarships. What a shame.There’s a two-day Indigenous Character Intensive workshop for anyone living in or near Melbourne, Australia, or for…
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    The Oddballer: Flash fiction suspense and horror by Oren Shafir

  • Laughing with the Dead (a 600-word Halloween flash fiction short story) by Oren Shafir

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

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

    Oren Shafir
    3 Oct 2014 | 8:48 am
    Joe had always been astute at hiding it, but imagine, he thought, if these people got a glimpse of his true nature. If they knew what drove him, what would they think then?He'd discovered his true self when  he was a young child. His mother had fallen asleep with her head resting on the sofa arm and her long bright orange hair flowing all the way to the floor. The matches were right there on the table.Every boy is fascinated by the intricate choreography, the shades and shadows, the danger of the flames. But how fortunate for Joe to have had a life-changing epiphany at so early an age.
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    Oren Shafir
    2 Oct 2014 | 1:03 am
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  • The Way Down (a 100-word freaky flash fiction story) by Oren Shafir

    Oren Shafir
    27 Sep 2014 | 7:21 am
    He remembers things he should have no recollection of.  Things he never saw. Things he didn't notice at the time. Things which, in reality, he always knew too well. All in vivid detail.His father's sense of desperation and torment just before he left them. His mother's anguish when he himself left home as a young man, and she asked him if he would stay in touch, and he said he would.  It's as if he's inside her now feeling her pain. She knows he is lying. Then, later, he feels the hurt his young son felt when he abandoned his own family.What's more, everything is made even more…
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