Archive for July, 2008

He Said, He Said

He Said, He Said

Supplementing the rumors that the Booker Prize will be renamed the Rushdie Prize, Sir Salman has made some tabloid-style news in England (despite the fact that, to the best of my knowledge, the Telegraph is a broadsheet) now that one of his former bodyguards is publishing a memoir (“Salman Rushdie locked in cupboard while fatwa police protection team went to […]

2008 Man Booker Prize Longlist

2008 Man Booker Prize Longlist

Just a short post to announce the 2008 Man Booker Prize Longlist of nominated titles.  Not surprisingly, at least one of the nominated titles has been mentioned here on the ‘Buzz by prolific reader and blogger, Nick.  Nick and Kaite, I applaud you both for always being ahead of the trends and taking the rest […]

Toppling Piles of Hot New Books: August
By July 30, 2008 0 Comments Read More →

Toppling Piles of Hot New Books: August

They’re piled so high now I’ve forgotten the ones that are underneath. Advance reader copies from publishers, the new titles about to be released, the new Jose Saramago, the new Marilynne Robinson, new Spanish novels and French novels and several from Argentina, well, and those are just some of the ones I remember. It’s high […]

Odds and Ends

Odds and Ends

WHAT ELSE HAVE YOU BEEN READING?  I tried something new at my book group meeting last week — scheduling 10 minutes at the end of the session to talk about other books the participants have read recently.  This isn’t exactly a revolutionary concept, as book group members often refer to other books during the discussions, […]

Not Perfect, But…
By July 29, 2008 2 Comments Read More →

Not Perfect, But…

More buzz about The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. Yesterday a review in The Christian Science Monitor;  this morning an interview on NPR with one of the authors, Annie Barrows, who finished the book after her aunt, Mary Ann Shaffer, died. I have to say I don’t absolutely love this book, which I […]

Maybe We Should Spell it "R3@ding"

Maybe We Should Spell it "R3@ding"

The New York Times (“Literacy Debate: Online, R U Really Reading?” by Motoko Rich) gets into the debate about whether Web literacy is the same as book larnin’. If we are to believe the article, Americans have only two opinions: yes and no. Which is good, because a third opinion would be downright confusing to […]

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Looking Back on the Pre-Post-Apocalypse

Looking Back on the Pre-Post-Apocalypse

With post-apocalyptic tales capturing our imaginations of late, it seems high time to revisit an earlier take on the subject. (Would that make it a pre-post-apocalyptic work? Or am I getting ahead of myself?) It’s Tomes and Talismans, a LibraryVenture! (Thanks, Carlos, for reminding me about this!)

Fairies, Vampires, and a Boy Who Kills His Mother
By July 28, 2008 0 Comments Read More →

Fairies, Vampires, and a Boy Who Kills His Mother

  If Disney has taken the pulse of modern day culture correctly, then the new Tinkerbell movie is a gamble that little girls are still innocent enough to have fairy fantasies. Sure, I can believe that, the dear little things. However, Stephenie Meyer has recently proved to the publishing industry that girls just slightly older […]

Put a little creepy in your summer!

Put a little creepy in your summer!

  For years, I have been hearing how marvelous Shirley Jackson novels are from friends and patrons.  Of course, I read her famous short story “The Lottery” in high school.  Who didn’t?  This week I finally picked up Jackson’s classic chiller, The Haunting of Hill House. I knew it was going to be a little […]

Stalwart heroines

Stalwart heroines

Anyone interested in messing with the heads of their book group members should suggest The Heroines by Eileen Favorite. This fanciful debut novel is full of literary humor poked liberally at the dramatic, tragic, soap-operatic heroines of the classics. Budding teenager Penny Entwhistle is helping her mother, Anne-Marie, operate a home-based bed and breakfast business in […]