Book Related News & Other Tidbits…
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And Now for the News…
Over at the Guardian UK Book Blog – Adam Roberts discusses how Science Fiction Novels are Overlooked or Outright Dismissed for Literary Awards: Click Here for the full article.
My Thoughts: I personally find it to be a tragedy that Science Fiction, Fantasy, Urban Fantasy (the author only specifically mentions Sci-Fi & Fantasy) and other genres of the same ilk continue to be dismissed by the “Elite Literati,” when many of the most imaginative, original and best written books come from these genres. Much of the population will never hear of so many amazing writer simply because these books step out of the bounds of what the elitist consider literature. If these books and their authors were even placed on the long-lists for some of these awards then entire other worlds would be opened up to thousands of people who would otherwise just pass them by. Then also these incredible authors would truly get their due for the work they have done. It’s not necessarily about the awards themselves it is about giving the authors the respect I feel is owed to them and about giving more people the opportunity to experience places and ideas they may only have dreamed of. We can only hope that a day will come when either the “Elite Literai” wake up or that eventually there will be enough of us in the “Elite Literai” to force the change.
Do You Have Grammar Obsessive Disorder (G.O.D.)? Click Here to find out!
I believe we all know someone who has Grammer Obsessive Disorder. This is a very entertaining little “Public Service Announcement.” Enjoy! (Sorry that it is only a link, but I was unable to embed the video into this post.)
Sneak Peak at the Cover of Jaye Wells New Book The Mage in Black: (including a synopsis)
Jaye’s Wells Website: Click Here
Release Date: April 1, 2010
THE MAGE IN BLACK :
Sabina Kane doesn’t have the best track record when it comes to family. After all, her own grandmother, leader of the vampire race, wants her dead. So when she arrives in New York to meet her mage relatives, the reunion puts the fun in dysfunctional. Not only is mage culture completely bizarre, but everyone seems to think she’s some kind of ‘Chosen’ who’ll unite the dark races. Sabina doesn’t care who chose her, she’s not into destiny.
But the mages aren’t Sabina’s only problem. In New York’s Black Light District, she has run-ins with fighting demons, hostile werewolves and an opportunistic old flame. Sabina thought she’d take a bite out of the Big Apple – but it looks like it wants to bite back.
Also from Jaye Wells:
The Mammoth Book of Vampire Romance, vol 2 (anthology): “Vampsploitation” is a prequel short story to Red-Headed Stepchild. It also sets up backstory for The Mage in Black. Released on September 21, 2009. Note: In the UK, this anthology is called Love Bites: The Mammoth Book of Vampire Romance.
Cover of Blood of the Demon by Diana Rowland available Feb 23, 2010!
Here is an excerpt from Donna at Fantasy Dreamer’s Ramblings’ review of Diana Rowland’s debut novel Mark of the Demon (my review will be coming your way soon):
“Mark of the Demon is Diana Rowland’s debut novel as a published author. Throughout the story you can see evidence of author’s real life experience as a detective and a morgue assistant, she weaves these truths into her story with vivid details. She had me guessing with each new clue and just when I thought I had it all figured out, I found out I was wrong. By the end of the book a lot questions are answered but she leaves you with enough enticement that you need want to read the next book. I would describe this book as CSI meets the paranormal in gritty, passionate detail with a sizzling, suspenseful outcome. I will pursue the next book Blood of the Demon, as doggedly as I did Mark of the Demon.” Full review can be found here.
Sneak Peak of the cover to the new anthology Death’s Excellent Vacation: brought to us by Lilith Saintcrow (via her blog – click on the book cover to go the post her blog)
Due for release: August 2010 (How cruel to let us know a year in advance!!!)
The anthology will include short stories/novellas by Lilith Saintcrow, LA Banks, Charlaine Harris, Christopher Golden and Jeaniene Frost, plus more.
When you stop by Lilith Saintcrow’s blog take some time to page through her archives and check out her books. Her blog posts and her books are awesome! She’s also started hosting Ask-the-Author chats on Twitter so check out her events calendar to find out when the next one is. Use the hashtag #askawriter (copy & past) to find it on Twitter.
So Many Books, So Little Time:
The Afterword lists the dates for many of the Fall Seasons Book Awards and a few “Hot Picks” of their own, includes announcement dates, upcoming festivals and more. Click Here to see what they have to say.
True Confessions of an Audiobook Worm: (Click Here)
Kelsey Wallace shares how her love affair with audiobooks began and how it has evolved.
A Subjective Account of the Brooklyn Book Festival:
For all of us who could not be in NYC to attend the Brooklyn Book Festival or for anyone who was in NYC but missed it Rozalia Jovanovic over at The Rumpus gives us a humorous play-by-play of her experiences. Click Here to live the day vicariously.
Love Letter to Readers:
A couple of weeks ago Alyssa Day posted a Love Letter to Readers on the Between Fire and Ice that I think ever avid reader should read. So Click Here to see what Alyssa (and most other authors) wants us to know.
Guest Post: 19th Century Slang: Warning Some Content on this post may be offensive to some. If you are offended by “sexual” words or are under the age of 13 please do not click on link.
Over at Babbling About Books Kathryn Smith has done a guest blog about 19th Century Slang. Click Here for her insight on the subject.
Find a bunch of different author interviews over at The Book Studio. Click Here
Barnes & Noble Book Club Calendar:
The October Calendar for the Barnes & Noble Book Clubs Has Been Released. It lists all the authors who will be on the boards answering questions and more throughout the month. To see what’s going on at the B&N Book Clubs Click Here.
The Washington Post had a great article this weekend about what happens when an author passes-away before finishing a book. Click Here to find out what they have to say.
Changes at LibraryThing forced by Amazon:
In a statement on their blog LibraryThing explained why so many changes are being implemented. I’ll give you a subtle hint: Amazon has lost their minds! Click Here to read about how Amazon is forcing these changes.
And that is the news that’s fit to print for now…