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:
- First You Write a Sentence by Joe Moran review – how good writing makes sense of the world — A good review of and some interesting things to think of.
- Dealing with Taboos: Is Anything “Off Limits” in Crime Writing? — PJ Parrish focuses on Crime Fiction in this post, but frankly, I think this applies to fiction in general.
- One person who embodied Parrish’s point was Elmore Leonard, the 93rd anniversary of his birth was this week. In honor of that, CrimeReads gave us Elmore Leonard’s Greatest Opening Lines, a ranking of his best 25 openers.
- Here’s the real value of book bloggers and online book tours — You probably saw the kerfuffle on FB and Twitter this week over someone talking about Book Blog Tours being a waste of time and money. I really enjoyed most of the responses to that thesis that I saw. Pamreader gives one of the best responses.
- This Week’s New Releases I’m Excited About and/or You’ll Probably See Here Soon:
- Wrecked by Joe Ide — IQ is back for his third novel — and I can’t wait to see what Ide has in store for him.
- The Blue Kingfisher by Erica Wright — Kat Stone, undercover cop turned PI with identities to spare investigates an apparent suicide. Here’s what I had to say about it.