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:
- How DeLillo Nailed Us in ‘White Noise’ — Man…I need to re-read this novel. My first blog was called “White Noise” because of this book, and it’s been far too long since I’ve let it nail me.
- Literature vs. Genre – Seconds out (Part 1) — Mike Carey — a heckuva UF/Horror/Comic writer — writes a pretty good piece on this recurring theme. I particularly appreciate the line (as apparently the editors did, as they used it as a pull quote), “One thing you tend to notice after a while, though: it’s almost never writers of genre fiction who are picking the fight.” Killer last paragraph, too.
- The Guardian ran a nice Q & A with Nick Hornby this week. He was also on The Nerdist Podcast today, the first 20 minutes have been fun, looking forward to getting to hear the rest.
- TIME magazine had a little tidbit from George R. R. Martin on the ending to Game of Thrones.
- Rick Riordan dropped some news last week.
- The Case of the Missing ‘Encyclopedia Brown’ Movie — not only an interesting piece about the past and future of filmed adaptations, history of the series (that meant so much to me as a kid) I was unaware of.
- This Week’s New Releases I’m Excited About and/or You’ll Probably See Here Soon:
- The Crossing by Michael Connelly — I’ve tried really hard not to learn anything about this book featuring Harry Bosch and Mickey Haller, but what little has slipped past my defenses has: A. ruined a bit of The Burning Room, which I hope to get to next week; and B. whet my appetite for this one.
- Made to Kill by Adam Christopher — I don’t know if I can read this without constant comparisons to A. Lee Martinez‘s The Automatic Detective, but it’d probably be worth a shot.
- The Builders by Daniel Polansky — Anthropomorphic animals in a dystopian-looking world. Myke Cole‘s blurb seals it for me: “Nobody does dark like Polansky. The Builders is Redwall meets Unforgiven, combining the endearing wit of Disney’s Robin Hood with all the grit and violence of a spaghetti western.”
- The Ark: Children of a Dead Earth Book One by Patrick S. Tomlinson — S.F. P.I. novel in a great setting.
- Black Wolves by Kate Elliott — a fantasy world going through cultural/religious/etc. changes. She wrote a Big Idea on Whatever for this.
- Mystic by Jason Denzel — a great-looking epic fantasy that’s not that epic. There’s a Big Idea for this, too.