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:
- If you enjoyed a good book and you’re a woman, the critics think you’re wrong — Jennifer Weiner fires another volley at the literary establishment.
- At Long Last, Sci-Fi and Fantasy Have Infiltrated the Literary Mainstream — I’m not entirely convinced by this evidence, but hey…what do I know? Nice idea anyway.
- These Books Are Also Brazilian Subway Tickets — A couple of months ago there was something about books as water filters, now this? Books are so versatile! and I hear that many of them contain facts, opinions and stories! Snark aside, this is pretty cool.
- A Thank You to The Hunger Games Film Team — Suzanne Collins thanks the people behind the films, in the films and the fans as she prepares to “move on to other lands” than Panem.
- Speaking of which, BookBub has 12 New Series to Read Now That ‘The Hunger Games’ Is Officially Over.
- The True Story of Sergeant Goosby and His 19 Dogs — a profile of the man behind Crais’ Sgt. Leland from The Promise and Suspect.
- This week’s Infographic: Memorable Lights From Literature — from the Solar Centre. Nice list — which gets bonus points from me because Eilonwy’s “bauble” is featured — just not enough Chronicles of Prydain love out there in the world.
- This Week’s New Releases I’m Excited About and/or You’ll Probably See Here Soon:
- Luke Skywalker Can’t Read by Ryan Britt — A combination of geekery, humor and cultural commentary. I’m seriously stoked about this one, having heard Britt on a couple of episodes of The Once & Future Podcast — notably this one about the book.
- Thing Explainer: Complicated Stuff in Simple Words by Randall Munroe — the brain behind xkcd has a new book, where using only the most common “ten-hundred” English words and line drawings, he explains complicated things like: food-heating radio boxes (microwaves); tall roads (bridges); the shared space house (the International Space Station), the pieces everything is made of (the periodic table), boxes that make clothes smell better (washers and dryers).
- Santa 365 by Spencer Quinn — a Chet & Bernie short, seemingly holiday related. If nothing else, should ally fears some fans had at the end of Scents and Sensibility