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:
- My fave Brick ‘n Mortar Bookstore Rediscovered Books is celebrating 10 years in business. I haven’t spent nearly as much time and money there in the last couple of years as I should’ve, but am very happy to see this. Here’s the local paper’s bit on it.
- Does Reading Literary Fiction Make You a Better Person? I’m Skeptical — BookRiot’s Teresa Preston does a much-needed response to the article I linked to last week (and more could be done, too)
- Author and critic Lev Grossman on why there are no good books — Grossman’s thought is not as provocative as the title of this article (and his talk), but it’s good. Wish I could make the lecture.
- ‘Book ninjas’ are hiding free books on Melbourne’s trams, trains and buses to get commuters reading — Random Acts of Kindness
- Tom Wolfe has a new (non-fiction) book out! (that’s a very emphatic exclamation point) CBS News has a short piece/video about it (and him) (I hope to read that next book he mentions soon) and The Millions has this scathing, yet celebratory, review by Brian Hurley.
- Michael R. Underwood just unveiled the cover to Genrenauts Season One Collection by Thomas Walker. Looks sharp.
- The Art of Wreaking Revenge — a nice little feature on Coleman and the latest Jesse Stone book
- Emily Brontë may have had Asperger syndrome, says biographer
- I haven’t had time to read (much less review) A Mint Condition Corpse, as much as I’ve wanted to (I did buy it, so that’s one step done). Thankfully, friend of the blog, Jo Perry did review it, so I can just share her work.
- How Larry Hama Made Comics History One Issue At A Time — It’s been ages since I read him, but seeing the name “Larry Hama” on a scan of Twitter a few days ago made me stop. I had to read this, the name meant that much to me (even if it took me a few seconds to remember why it did) — and I can’t tell you how many times I read the issue that top panel is from. I could probably tell you the entire story from the issue.
- If you have a few extra pennies, there’s a Kickstarter campaign for Drive — Dave Kellet’s fantastic SF comic.
- The 15 Best Places On The Internet For Book Lovers
- This Week’s New Releases I’m Excited About and/or You’ll Probably See Here Soon:
- The Kingdom of Speech by Tom Wolfe — ’nuff said
- Curioddity by Paul Jenkins — Urban Fantasy’s version of Warehouse 13?
- The Key to the Coward’s Spell by Alex Bledsoe — an Eddie LaCrosse short story. Our favorite sword jockey is on the hunt for a missing kid and finds more than he bargained for.