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:
- 9 Weird Literary Relics People Spent Serious Money On: $15,000 for an X-ray of Ernest Hemingway’s foot? Don’t mind if I do! — Once again, Electric Lit, puts out something I never thought I’d read.
- Bill Clinton: By the Book — say what you will about his previous career (just not in my comments), but this is an interesting post about a debut novelist. I remember reading about the impact he had on Dennis Lehane’s profile/sales, too. He knows what he’s talking about, it seems.
- ‘Kingkiller Chronicle’ Author Patrick Rothfuss Doesn’t Believe in Writer’s Block — coming from one of the reigning champs of Authors not producing things, this carries a some weight.
- Why Dead Blind Is Such a Personal Book — I read a killer review for this a couple of weeks ago, and bought it immediately. Hoping to read it soon — this piece by the author makes me want to move it up even quicker.
- Have you ever broken the law to read a book? Here’s my story… — For The Dragonlance Chronicles in the late 80’s? I absolutely would have. I didn’t. But I get where Paul’s coming from.
- Lastly, there’s a couple of TBR-related tweets I found very amusing this week: this one from @MeredithIreland and this one from CG Drews/@PaperFury — both elicited a firm chuckle from me
This Week’s New Releases I’m Excited About and/or You’ll Probably See Here Soon:
- Brief Cases by Jim Butcher — New collection of short stories from The Dresden Files. I started this Wednesday and cannot believe that I haven’t finished it yet. I will be expressing my deep love for this soon. (A quick update 1 hour after posting, I’m done and I had no idea an hour ago how much I loved this book. Probably my favorite thing to date in 2018)
- The Puppet Show by M. W. Craven — introducing Washington Poe. I heard a review of this on the latest Two Crime Writers and a Microphone episode. Sounds great, sounds creepy and with great lead characters.
- Free Chocolate by Amber Royer — I’ve been seeing raves about this for so long, I can’t believe it’s only been released now — a Space Opera with a sense of humor about a Galactic struggle to control the Earth’s chocolate. Of all the reasons I’ve seen for going to war lately, I’ve gotta say this ranks at the top.