Been reading a book this week that I’m really not enjoying. Which has made it hard to write — it has helped me spend more time tweaking the coding and features, etc. of this site, though. Anything rather than read that book. You ever have weeks like that? Worst of it is, I think it’s probably a really good book. I just couldn’t stand it.
Anyway, in response to some reader suggestions and requests (okay, one suggestion and one request), I’ve made it easier to find books by rankings, now and I’ve made some real headway on better organizing reviews by author (at least the ones I talk about frequently) and I’m also going to include a little introduction to each.
So, here are the 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:
- To Parents: Keep Reading Out Loud — Short. Sweet. To the Point. Oh, and right as rain.
- Getting Medieval on George R. R. Martin — Michael Livingston takes a quick stab at answering the question: How medieval is Game of Thrones?
- Weapons and Tactics in Fantasy Warfare — as long as we’re getting analytical with Fantasy, might as well go full-bore. I’m not sure how much of this I really understood, but it’s good.
- Mary Shelley: Meet The Teenage Girl Who Invented Science Fiction — a nice profile of Shelley
- 10 of the Best Narrator and Audiobook Pairings of All Time — Goodreads lists some really nice listening material. I should probably grab some of these.
- Along those lines, Bookbub (haven’t dipped into their pool for awhile) lists 12 Movies That Actually Lived Up To Their Books
- A few nice interviews this week:
- Ace Atkins: The Deep South’s True Detective
- Sue Grafton: By the Book
- Working Girl: Janet Evanovich
- An interview with Alex Bledsoe, author of Long Black Curl (Tufa) — might as well throw in a fantasy author while we’re at it, right?
- A Modest Proposal for 7 Alternative Shelving Systems — I know this is a humor piece, but some of these give me hives.
- Music As Magic by Alex Bledsoe — Long Black Curl is on the top of my “Finish the Post” list (sadly, has been for awhile), you should all read it. Really. As proof, read this. The man knows what he’s talking about.
- Back to drafting new fiction — Connolly’s working on something new? Best news I read this week.
- 20 Surprisingly Profound Quotes From Fantasy & SciFi — some good lines here.
- Small list of New Releases this week. Phew! My TBR pile is huge after the last couple of the weeks, need a light one (and I’m not just talking that impossibly long list I keep on Goodreads and Amazon — I’m talking my literal pile, too). But what we have is going to be so, so good. Here’s This Week’s New Releases I’m Excited About and/or You’ll Probably See Here Soon:
- The Redeemers by Ace Atkins — Quinn Colson returns and finds some sort of trouble — couldn’t tell you what, not going to bother reading the blurb, just going to jump in.
- Who Let the Dog Out by David Rosenfelt — uh oh, trouble at Andy and Willie’s dog rescue operation?
- Lessons from Tara: Life Advice from the World’s Most Brilliant Dog by David Rosenfelt — because why should Rosenfelt only publish one book this week? Some of what the real Tara taught Andy Carpenter’s creator.