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 Grimm Brothers’ Other Great Project Was Writing a Giant German Dictionary
- Cover Story: ‘How to Fall in Love with Anyone’ — not a book I’m really interested in, but I almost always find these process stories fascinating. How do you design a cover for this book?
- Men in Small Rooms: In Search of Dad Lit — really enjoyed this essay.
- C.S. Lewis’s Greatest Fiction Was Convincing American Kids That They Would Like Turkish Delight — nice Lewis-esque title to accompany this great piece. Some great lines in this: ” It was like looking into Harry Potter’s Mirror of Erised, but for desserts: When you think of a treat worth betraying your family for, what do you see? Turkish Delight is our collective candy id.”
- Two Decades of Reading Beside the Woman I Love: They Met at a Bookstore and Have Been Reading Together Ever Since — even before the blurb at the end said he got his MFA at my alma mater, I enjoyed this essay by Matthew Sullivan
- On Tibbehah — Ace Atkins describes how he created Tibbehah County for his Quinn Colson series
- Luke Daniels reads from Beseiged — probably my favorite Audiobook narrator, Luke Daniels, gives a taste of the upcoming Kevin Hearne book.
- 5 Lessons Picture Books Teach Us That are (Sadly) Inaccurate — (the first comment is good, too)
- A Book-ish Related Podcast Episode you might want to give a listen:
- A Stab In The Dark kicks off its second season with my chatting with Ian Rankin. I’m adding this one to the regular rotation (and listening to some back episodes)
- This Week’s New Releases I’m Excited About and/or You’ll Probably See Here Soon:
- Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire — McGuire’s follow-up to the wonderful Every Heart a Doorway is almost as good — this one tells the story of Jack and Jill (the sisters, not the hill-climbers) before they found their door and of the adventures they found on the other side, all leading up to having to go toe Eleanor West’s Home. I tried to post about this yesterday, but sleep won out.
- The Data Disruption by Michael R. Underwood — Speaking of prequels, here’s the “lost pilot” to the Genrenauats series. The price is right — free. Check out the link for details.
- Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore by Matthew Sullivan — yes, the gentleman I referred to above. Glad I saw that essay, because it lead me to this: “When a bookshop patron commits suicide, his favorite store clerk must unravel the puzzle he left behind.” That’s got the makings of a good one.
Lastly, I’d like to say hi and welcome to pandaduh for following the blog this week.