Weekly Book Buzz Archive

Recap: November 20th-26th 2011

Just in time for the holidays a fantastic way to find that perfect book for someone. Enter in the name of an author and a “map” will generate of other authors that are similar based on reader taste. Perfect to find similar authors to your faves or the faves of someone near and dear.

Book Drum is offering a new service: “The Book Drum World Map”. You can use it to browse the globe and find books set in countries around the world. There are over 150 books entered already and since it’s crowd sourced you can always submit more. A great way to go international with your reading.

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Recap: November 6th-12th 2011

Interesting news article that talks about the idea of receiving a digital copy with each print copy you buy, continuing to support print sales while more and more people are interested in going digital.

Fascinating article covering two African-American epic/high fantasy writers: N.K. Jemisin and David Anthony Durham.

The fourth production diary for The Hobbit was released this week. In it Peter Jackson talks about what it’s like shooting in 3D, and we get to see some of the set they built for Mirkwood!

Looking forward to this movie, and it turns out everything they were saying about it is true. This is a very dark take on the original fairy tale. I love how fantasy is making such a big come back!

A take on the Penn State scandal by Science Fiction writer John Scalzi. Worth a read for the parallels he draws between this terrible occurence and a science fiction classic “The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas” by Ursula K. Le Guin.

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Recap: April 11th-17th 2010

Wow, I’m a week behind, so here are the links from two weeks ago and the one link I tweeted last week. More on vampires and their ethics, Fairy tales and their shocking roots, laws you didn’t know you were breaking (you naughty book blogger you!), and tips true for anyone looking to be taken seriously as a professional online but set out for authors in particular. Enjoy!

Publisher warns US readers buying books from the UK and abroad that its illegal, breaks copyright law: http://bit.ly/cXwStS

This link was probably one of my most popular of all time. Over 40 people clicked to read it! And yes, in it an American publisher really does rant about how some fans of the novels it publishes were buying them several months early from overseas and complaining that the robbing of its sales was considered illegal. Whether it actually is or not seems to be divided as far as the comments are concerned. I buy (and mooch) from overseas regularly myself. Has any one else heard anything about the legality of buying books from overseas?

Top 10 Gruesome Fairy Tale Origins http://bit.ly/c2MBnG They left out LRR eating her grandma’s flesh and blood and stripping naked for wolf.

Yes, I covered this and more gruesome origins in my Fairy Tale Friday post for Little Red Riding Hood. Some of the gruesome origins from the link were new to me as well and got me curious about just where these fairy tales are coming from!

Ethical Vampires Part I: http://bit.ly/cNZYEX & Part II: http://bit.ly/bwyGz1

Interesting article on the ethics of Sookie Stackhouse novels versus Twilight novels, also talks about the ethic and history of vampirism in literature which was very interesting. One of the main points turned out to be how Twilight really gives nothing but lipservice to the idea of ethics in being “vegetarian”, that while they did not literally kill humans they still did plenty else that sucked the blood out of humankind, just in non literal ways. As far as Meyer was concerned as long as no actual killing was going on that made them “good” enough for her.

Five Mistakes to Avoid on your Author Website http://bit.ly/cIX9jm (via @forwardmag)

I’ve been trying to articulate these issues with author websites that I’ve been coming across and this article does it for me perfectly. I didn’t want to come across as rude or forward and was concerned about them taking the advice badly besides. This was written tasteful and true. Very good advice on offer!

Recap: April 4th-10th 2010

Not a lot of links this week. Spent most of it getting ready for Easter and then the read-a-thon! So there are some links related to that and a lot of links about YA and, of course, my new found love for graphic novels that I am exploring a bit more nowadays. It looks like there are going to be way more links next week as I get caught up with my Google Reader so stay tuned for that! Hopefully will even update on time on Saturday, won’t that be a novel experience?

Host of books appear as angels become theme of new teenage reading cult http://bit.ly/aB3Tdy

I tweeted a little about this before, but this kind of expands on that, and covers a lot more books if you want recommendations for angel books to read!

RT @booksandwine: Top 100 YA Books from 100-81 http://bit.ly/ajtNK2

April at Good Books and Good Wine has made a great list of the Top 100 YA books! (According to the book blogging community anyway, but hey, we matter too!) She has a series of posts with a list of synopsises (synopsisees? synopsisaii?) for each book. Check out the full list of the Top 100 YA Novels!

YA Graphic Novels coming out this Spring! http://bit.ly/b8ujrB

A great list of upcoming Graphic Novels! I think I’m ready to branch out from solely manga to some graphic novels as well and this list is definitely got my interest piqued!

I FOUND IT! I haven’t read it in over 15 years but found it w/ just synopsis! For the friendship to love mc: http://bit.ly/bPKHQS #readathon

I was so stoked to find Seaward by Susan Cooper after years of remembering the story and wanting to read it again but figuring there was no chance with what little I remembered. To find the exact book with the help of some serious Google-Fu on the part of my husband was way awesome. I have got to check this book out of the library and read it again. So many fond memories! I have a typo-laden rave on it during Hour 15 of the Read-a-Thon.

Recap: March 28th-April 3rd 2010

Last weeks links, finally posted! Some articles on literacy and young adult novels, some articles about my fave authors, and a lot this week about causes I believe in. Also, I swear this will be my last link I tweet about the I-Pad. Really. No more! Anyway, hope you enjoy them!

The Amish romance: Bonnets, but no bosoms http://bit.ly/bD4JVI

I grew up in Pennsylvania Dutch country, home to a very large number of Amish. So reading books like these always seemed so boring. That’s starting to change now that I don’t live there anymore and don’t see a member of the Order every time I turn around. This article ended up fascinating me more than I thought it would. I think I might have to crack open one of these sooner rather than later after all!

RT @parajunkee Parajunkee’s View: PJVs 666 Giveaway http://bit.ly/9aZPLL

A great giveaway taking place over at Parajunkee’s blog in honor of her 666th follower! Lots of great paranormal romance books up for grabs!

How the iPad Could Make Books Go Viral http://bit.ly/dsEKJg

Really interesting take on the whole iPad frenzy. I was particularly interested in Smashword’s marketing idea. Let the customer read the first half of the book for free and if they like it they have to pay to have the second half. I love that!

Oh, Yuck! Boys Don’t Have To Fall Behind In Reading http://bit.ly/dimOMf #Literacy

An article about how boys are falling behind in several areas of school, literacy included, and what can be done to change that. I kind of liked the comment that said, while the commenter didn’t want to detract from the very real learning problems boys are having in school, that there is a certain ironic justice that after hundreds of years of girls being excluded from schools to have them be allowed and be treated on equal footing finally and to have it come out that we are better at it than the boys are. Heehee.

When Books Inspire Action http://bit.ly/cDEnTI (via @Atlantic_Online)

A very inspiring (ha!) article on how books can inspire us to action. Interesting reading for those of us doing the Women Unbound, Social Justice, etc challenges.

RT @MargaretAtwood Nothing witty to say about this one. Just needs to be done. http://bit.ly/cPf6BB

Sign the petition to Stop Violence Against Women!

Atwood in the Twittersphere http://bit.ly/9fNhUw (via @nybooks)

Margaret Atwood expands on the comments she made in a speech on a college campus which I tweeted about a few weeks ago: Atwood describes her writing path. in the speech she included some comments on Twitter and social media. The link I tweeted this week links to where she took those comments and expanded it to a full length article. It’s really interesting to read about!

The healing power of Jane Austen http://bit.ly/byhmME (via @TelegraphNews)

There has been a lot in the news recently about how Emma Thompson used Jane Austen to help get her through the pain of her divorce as she threw herself into writing the screenplay for Sense and Sensibility. This article talks about that and then goes on to expand on that theme for people finding relief for their pain in all sorts of literature and it turned out to be a really interesting read.

An author talks about the prevalence and borderline glorification of abusive relationships in Young Adult romance. I have noticed that in a lot of the YA books I read there are two guys in a girls life (the good guy and the bad guy) and she always, always goes for the bad guy, and all of the signs of an abusive relationship are there and she thinks she is getting a happily ever after, the end. That is seriously depressing/spooky/unnerving to consistently read about. It’s nice to see more and more people crying out against it. This should be exemplified so that young people can see the signs and know to avoid them, not glorified as the only way to have “true love”.