Yeah, it got quiet around here this week — I’ve got 2 books that I’m excited to talk about, a couple of more that I really want to talk about . .. and a couple of “contractual obligation” books (even if the contract’s just with me). Basically too many books to blog about to be quiet — but man, I’m tired. Inexplicably so. Anyway, keep checking, I’ll get underway again soon. I do have a handful of partially written posts, just have to figure out how to end them.
Enough about me, 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:
- The mystery of the steak sauce in the library (hint: Make it A.1.)
- ‘Untalented’ crime writers respond to their No 1 critic — blah Fahrenheit Press’ response might be the best.
- How celebrity deals are shutting children’s authors out of their own trade
- The Best Bookstore in Every State — They got Idaho’s right (but there is some good competition). How’d they do in your state?
- How Many Books Will You Read Before You Die? — LitHub has answers to this vital question
- This Bookstore’s Clickbait Headlines on Facebook Are Actually the Plots of Classic Novels
- A Couple of Book-ish Related Podcast Episodes you might want to give a listen:
- Reed Farrel Coleman – What You Break — Stephen Usery’s interview with Reed Farrel Coleman is great.
- This week’s Two Crime Writers and a Microphone is loads of fun — starting with the interview with Russel D McLean. I can’t imagine anyone can listen to his pitch for his new novel, Ed’s Dead and not rush to buy it. I couldn’t.
- This Week’s New Releases I’m Excited About and/or You’ll Probably See Here Soon:
- Chalk by Paul Cornell — there’s magic, bullying and a look at Thatcher’s England from the pen of one of the better authors around.
- The Collapsing Empire by John Scalzi — the beginning of a new space opera series