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Add this to the long list of crafts I'd love to learn, but will probably never get around to:

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My old buddy (and occasional collaborator) Perry Lake has a new horror novel out: "Vampire Wars: The Legend of Dracula". Check it out!

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Patty Cryan runs a successful bookstore that's been growing every year. But a temporary setback (involving healthcare, naturally) is threatening her solvency, and she could use a little help getting over the hump. Pitch in if you can:

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One of my friends* has a story in this new anthology of "plus-sized women kicking ass". It looks really cool:


*They're writing here under a pseudonym. It's kind of an open secret, but they can "out" themselves in the comments if they care to. No, it's not J.K. Rowling. :P
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Author Scott Lynch fires back at an entitled idiot. I'm gonna run out and buy one of this guy's books, I like the cut of his jib:

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For the next few days, you can get the Kindle edition of Elizabeth Watasin's terrific supernatural/steampunk novel "The Dark Victorian: Risen" for FREE. I loved this novel a bunch, and at this price, you've got nothing to lose:



Apr. 21st, 2013 11:16 pm
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I don't think I've mentioned it here, but I'm signed up on Goodreads:


Feel free to add me or friend me or whatever they call it over there.
A couple of recent reviews: )
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I love Greg Hatcher's book-hunting blogs, where he and his wife go on road trips, scouring used book stores and thrift shops for interesting finds. Here's the first two parts of a series about their trip along the Oregon coast:


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The author of the Encyclopedia Brown books has died:


Man, I devoured those books as a kid. Very sorry to hear of his passing.
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Follow the chart to see which book is right for you (I got "Chronicles of Conan", natch):

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A collection of covers for various editions of Orwell's 1984. As you might expect, lots of staring eyeball iconography. My favorite is the 1950s one that looks like a lurid pulp novel...I bet a lot of people picked that one up and were disappointed.
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(via Kalinara) A blog that spotlights the cheesiest and most bizarre sci-fi book covers:

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Awesome Marvel black light posters:

A look back at the Stratemeyer Syndicate, the book factory responsible for the Hardy Boys, Nancy Drew, Tom Swift, et. al.:

Every designer wishes they had the nerve to say this to clients:

Venture Bros. production art being auctioned off to help victims of the Gulf oil spill:

Neil Gaiman manuscript w/ sketches by Colleen Doran being auctioned off to benefit the Hero Initiative:

Book meme

Apr. 21st, 2010 06:18 pm
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via [livejournal.com profile] kadymae :

Bold the ones you've read COMPLETELY, italicize the ones you've read part of. Watching the movie or the cartoon doesn't count. Abridged versions don't count either.

BTW, according to the BBC if you've read 7 of these, you are above the average.

1 Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
2 The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkein
3 Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
4 Harry Potter Series - J.K. Rowling
5 To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
6 The Bible
7 Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte
8 Nineteen Eighty-Four - George Orwell
9 His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman
10 Great Expectations - Charles Dickens
11 Little Women - Louisa M Alcott
12 Tess of the D'Ubervilles - Thomas Hardy
13 Catch 22 - Joseph Heller
14 Complete Works of Shakespeare
15 Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier
16 The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien
17 Birdsong - Sebastian Faulk
18 Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger
19 The Time Traveler’s Wife - Audrey Niffenegger
20 Middlemarch - George Eliot
21 Gone With The Wind - Margaret Mitchell
22 The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald
23 Bleak House - Charles Dickens
24 War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy
25 The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy - Douglas Adams
26 Brideshead Revisited - Evelyn Waugh
27 Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky
28 Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck
29 Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll
30 The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame
31 Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy
32 David Copperfield - Charles Dickens
33 Chronicles of Narnia - CS Lewis
34 Emma - Jane Austen
35 Persuasion - Jane Austen
36 The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe - CS Lewis (??? See #33)
37 The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini
38 Captain Corelli’s Mandolin - Louis De Bernieres
39 Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden
40 Winnie the Pooh - AA Milne
41 Animal Farm - George Orwell
42 The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown
43 One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
44 A Prayer for Owen Meaney - John Irving
45 The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins
46 Anne of Green Gables - LM Montgomery
47 Far From The Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy
48 The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood
49 Lord of the Flies - William Golding
50 Atonement - Ian McEwan
51 Life of Pi - Yann Martel
52 Dune - Frank Herbert
53 Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons
54 Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen
55 A Suitable Boy - Vikram Seth
56 The Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon
57 A Tale of Two Cities - Charles Dickens
58 Brave New World - Aldous Huxley
59 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night - Mark Haddon
60 Love In The Time Of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
61 Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck
62 Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov
63 The Secret History - Donna Tartt
64 The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold
65 Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas
66 On The Road - Jack Kerouac
67 Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy
68 Bridget Jones’s Diary - Helen Fielding
69 Midnight’s Children - Salman Rushdie
70 Moby Dick - Herman Melville
71 Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens
72 Dracula - Bram Stoker
73 The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett
74 Notes From A Small Island - Bill Bryson
75 Ulysses - James Joyce
76 The Inferno - Dante
77 Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Ransome
78 Germinal - Emile Zola
79 Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackeray
80 Possession - AS Byatt
81 A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens
82 Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell
83 The Color Purple - Alice Walker
84 The Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro
85 Madam Bovary - Gustave Flaubert
86 A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry
87 Charlotte’s Web - EB White
88 The Five People You Meet In Heaven - Mitch Albom
89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
90 The Faraway Tree Collection - Enid Blyton
91 Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad
92 The Little Prince- Antoine De Saint-Exupery
93 The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks
94 Watership Down - Richard Adams
95 A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole
96 A Town Like Alice - Nevil Shute
97 The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas
98 Hamlet - William Shakespeare
99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl
100 Les Miserables - Victor Hugo

21 out of 100...hard to believe that's way above average. Seems like most kids would run into at least a few of these in high school. Of course, that's no guarantee they'll actually read them. Cliff's Notes to the rescue! (or maybe nowadays they just look it up on Wikipedia?)


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