Odds ‘n ends over the week about books and reading that caught my eye. You’ve probably seen some/most/all of them, but just in case:
- 7 Ways J.K. Rowling Changed Childhood For A Whole Generation — title pretty much says it all
- Archie and Me — Sort of an oddball one for this space, but the other day when I was making sure I had the wording for a Nero Wolfe quotation correctly, this came up on my google search. I love Crais’ work almost as much as Wolfe novels. His tribute to them is just great.
- Ace Atkins: The Story of the Returning Soldier — nice interview with Ace Atkins about Spenser, Quinn Colson and more. I’ll be putting up my review of his latest in the next week — spoiler: it’s very, very good.
- Defining Steampunk — Pip Ballantine and Tee Morris (a couple of faves around here) help us understand just what is meant by Steampunk
- A Field Guide to Book Nerds — The good people at Barnes & Noble Book Blog have assembled this handy field guide. Do you recognize yourself here?
- How To Play Fantasy Football, Only With Authors — over at Book Riot, Greg Zimmerman, outlines a fun alternative for those of us not that into Sportsball.
- This Week’s New Releases I’m Excited About and/or You’ll Probably See Here Soon:
- The Republic of Thieves by Scott Lynch — The newest Gentleman Bastards is in paperback. Yay!
- Joss Whedon: The Biography by Amy Pascale — pretty much a no-brainer (even without the Fillion forward)
- Bravo by Greg Rucka — this’ll prove to be an action-packed way to kill a couple of hours. Won’t change your life, but it’ll entertain you.
- Tigerman by Nick Harkaway — seems fun and mind-bendy. Check out The Big Idea he wrote about it.