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:
- Trump, Oprah, Zaphod Beeblebrox: Why We Love Celebrity Overlords — I had some similar thoughts last time I read The Hitchhiker’s Guide, but not as concrete (it was pre-Trump or Oprah-speculation), but this piece puts it all better.
- An announcement about The Fairies of Sadieville — Alex Bledsoe has some sad news about his upcoming Tufa novel (although I get the reasoning)
- Why We Shouldn’t Shield Children From Darkness — a Newberry Award winner discusses how much darkness is appropriate for children’s books.
- Why Children’s Books Should Be a Little Sad — the great Kate DiCamillo responds.
- On a related topic, NPR asks: What’s The Difference Between Children’s Books In China And The U.S.?
- Dead Good asked several Crime Fiction writers What’s your all-time favourite crime novel? — I picked up a little bit of a theme . . .
- Frosting Sugar and Forgotten Stories — Seanan McGuire talks about Portal Fantasies over at Powells.com
- speaking of which, The Portalist lists: 12 Portal Fiction Books That Will Transport You
- This Week had just one New Releases I’m Excited About and/or You’ll Probably See Here Soon, but it’s a good one:
- Beneath the Sugar Sky by Seanan McGuire — the third volume of McGuire’s Wayward Children series is out and is fantastic. The only reason I haven’t posted about it was that I wrote so much that it didn’t make much sense and needed to get trimmed down significantly. It’s just wonderful.