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:
- Claire Messud: ‘Maybe in 50 years there won’t be novels’ — “As her fifth novel is published, the American writer warns that shrinking attention spans could prove the death of long fiction” yeah, okay.
- Seanan McGuire on What She Learned From October
- In the wake of the Game of Thrones finale, indulge in the nostalgia of Dragonlance — I’m not sure I agree with this, but anyone talking Dragonlance gets me happy.
- A Better Place — Jamie Schultz tweeted this link to his new short story. Dug it.
- Reverend Spooner, Father of the Spoonerism — as is the case with every article on Spooner/Spoonerisms, this piece would’ve been better with more examples. Still — a good read.
- A Book-ish Related Podcast Episode you might want to give a listen:
- Author Stories at Dragon Con – Jim Butcher Q&A Panel — on The Author Stories Podcast this week, they’ve posted a few episodes related to Dragon-Con — including this very entertaining Q&A with Jim Butcher. Got a couple of nice tid-bits about upcoming books, too.
- This week was one of those overwhelming weeks with just too much to keep up with — I’d have been sunk if I hadn’t read a couple of these early. Here are the latest batch of New Releases I’m Excited About and/or You’ll Probably See Here Soon:
- The Brightest Fell by Seanan McGuire — the 11th Toby Daye novel (and 1st Hardcover!) starts a whole new story arc, and . . . wow. It was just so good. Stop reading this and go get it.
- The Western Star by Craig Johnson — have heard Johnson talk about this one in a couple of interviews while writing it, been looking forward to it for months.
- Skyfarer by Joseph Brassey — This Space Opera knocked my socks off — and it will do the same for you, probably. See my original post here.
- Miss Kopp’s Midnight Confessions by Amy Stewart — not my favorite of the three Kopp Sisters novels, but that’s more about how good the others were, this story about Constance trying to save three very different young women is worth your time. My post about it is here.
- Sourdough by Robin Sloan — I’ve tried and failed for the last two years to talk about Sloan’s last novel, hopefully I do better with this one. Having seen what he can do with a font, a bookstore and Google — I can’t wait so see what he does with a sourdough starter, the Bay Area and technology.
- Luck Favors the Prepared by Nathaniel Barber — a good collection of short non-fiction stories that are as funny as they are well-written. See the book tour stop promoting the book from this week here.
Lastly, I’d like to say hi and welcome to His Perfect Timing for following the blog this week.