Archive for November, 2008

The Ice Queen Flies to the Moon
By November 30, 2008 0 Comments Read More →

The Ice Queen Flies to the Moon

  Some thirty pages into Bi Feiyu’s lovely little novel, The Moon Opera, I happened to get up for a drink and noticed, passing a mirror, that I had a huge smile on my face. I mean, literally, a grin. The kind of idiotic, toothy gaping look I would never want anyone to see on […]

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What We Talked About
By November 29, 2008 2 Comments Read More →

What We Talked About

For anyone interested in what was discussed at the “Let’s Talk About Books” meeting, here is the list: Someone at a Distance by Dorothy Whipple The Home-maker by Dorothy Canfield Fisher Martin Millar: Lonely Werewolf Girl; Suzy, Led Zeppelin and Me; The good fairies of New York Neil Gaiman: Neverwhere; Anansi Boys What Happened to […]

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New York Times Best Illustrated & Notable Children’s Books
By November 27, 2008 0 Comments Read More →

New York Times Best Illustrated & Notable Children’s Books

Want to test the Brad Pitt Factor for yourself? Here’s a list of the available audiobook editions of the New York Times’ picks for the top youth titles of 2008, from the Dec. 7th article Notable Children’s Books of 2008 and the slide show of the Best Ilustrated Children’s Books. Grab the audiobooks and see […]

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Let’s Talk About Books!
By November 27, 2008 2 Comments Read More →

Let’s Talk About Books!

Today, since my colleague Linda was on vacation, I facilitated the book discussion for the open-ended discussion group, “Let’s Talk About Books!” The Fiction department calls in “LTAB,” simply because we, like other groups in general and libraries in particular, just love acronyms. Anyway, LTAB is an informal group that meets twice a month where […]

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Free audiobook downloads!
By November 27, 2008 2 Comments Read More →

Free audiobook downloads!

Check out Audiobooker for updates on the newest freebie promotions for downloadable audiobooks. Here are two new free downloads: From Zondervan Christian Publishing: for a limited time: Free Audio Book Download Sin Boldly: A Field Guide for Grace by Cathleen Falsani To receive your free audio book, click on the download link below and save […]

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Olympian Achievement
By November 26, 2008 0 Comments Read More →

Olympian Achievement

A sports book, you say, and one about an event held almost 50 years ago at that… that’s not the book for our group. But before you turn away from David Maraniss’s Rome 1960: The Olympics that Changed the World, hear me out. The joy of reading sports books, as my friend Kaite Mediatore Stover would say, […]

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An Awards First: Thanking in Advance?
By November 26, 2008 0 Comments Read More →

An Awards First: Thanking in Advance?

In the Toronto Star (“Canada Council denies conflict of interest“), Vit Wagner reports on the controversy that erupted following the announcement of one of the poetry winners in the Governor General’s Literary Awards. Jacob Scheier, a Canadian expatriate living in Brooklyn, won for his debut collection, More to Keep Us Warm. And here’s the rub: In […]

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Holiday Shopping: Best audiobook MP3 players
By November 26, 2008 4 Comments Read More →

Holiday Shopping: Best audiobook MP3 players

Planning your after-Thanksgiving shopping? Looking for an MP3 player for audiobook listening? Here’s cnet’s Holiday Gift Guide for MP3 & portable video players (including iPods), with some headphone suggestions. You can compare the suggestions to an earlier cnet article on Best MP3 players for audiobooks. There’s also a cnet Forum on Best, current MP3 players […]

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And the Plaster Foot Goes To…
By November 26, 2008 1 Comments Read More →

And the Plaster Foot Goes To…

What could be better than winning the Bad Sex in Fiction Award? How about an award for an entire career of bad sex in fiction? John Updike was awarded the Lifetime Achievement award for four consecutive nominations, including this year’s The Widows of Eastwick. He was not present to accept his award. Rachel Johnson won this year’s […]

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The Art & Science of Recommendations: the Brad Pitt Factor
By November 26, 2008 2 Comments Read More →

The Art & Science of Recommendations: the Brad Pitt Factor

The New York Times had a recent interesting article: If You Like This, You’re Sure to Like That by Clive Thompson. The article examines the difficulty of using a computer program, such as NetFlix’s Cinematch, to create recommendation lists. I admit an addiction to clicking through my Amazon and iTunes recommendations, ofter lured into wildly […]

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