Archive for March, 2009

A Dark and Stormy Afternoon: Round 9
By March 27, 2009 3 Comments Read More →

A Dark and Stormy Afternoon: Round 9

(Previously on Nerd Hospital.) Category: Novels, 1900-1950 It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks– “1984, by George Orwell!” I shouted, modestly. –were striking thirteen. Winston Smith, his chin nuzzled into his breast in an effort to escape the vile wind, slipped quickly through the glass doors of Victory Mansions, though not […]

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Alexander McCall Smith: audio + print, chapter at a time

Alexander McCall Smith: audio + print, chapter at a time

Publishing times, they are a-changin’ Whether it’s a novel published by cell phone, as a podiobook, via Twitter, or a poem from Booker Prize winner Ben Okri tweeted line-by-line, literature has made the jump from printed page to computer cloud. Alexander McCall Smith, author of the marvelous No.1 Ladies Detective Agency series, offers his newest […]

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Green Alert: And the winner is. . .

Green Alert: And the winner is. . .

Early this week, we posted the short list for the Orion Book Award. It is now my true pleasure to announce the winner: Trespass: Living at the Edge of the Promised Land by Amy Irvine. As you can see from the starred Booklist review, Irvine’s passionate book does what the best of green books must do, weave […]

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TO SERIES OR NOT TO SERIES (PART DEUX)

TO SERIES OR NOT TO SERIES (PART DEUX)

A few posts ago on March 12th, I asked the question:  would you use a book in a series for a book discussion?  In that case book three in a series seemed to work.  To my great surprise, I find myself riding the same horse with this book.  It was not until I was finished […]

A Dark and Stormy Afternoon: Round 8
By March 26, 2009 1 Comments Read More →

A Dark and Stormy Afternoon: Round 8

(Previously on All My Nerds.) Category: Nonfiction Under the shadow of Boston State House, turning its back on the house of John Hancock, the little passage called Hancock Avenue runs, or ran, from Beacon Street, skirting the State House grounds, to Mount Vernon Street, on the summit of Beacon Hill; and there, in the third […]

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Booklist interview: Katherine Kellgren

Booklist interview: Katherine Kellgren

I was thrilled to see Ellen Myrick’s interview with audiobook narrator Katherine Kellgren in the April 1st Booklist and on Booklist Online. Katy holds the enviable record of being the first narrator to appear on multiple Odyssey titles -  she reads two Odyssey Award Honor titles: 2008′s Bloody Jack: Being an Account of the Curious Adventures […]

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REaD ALERT!
By March 26, 2009 0 Comments Read More →

REaD ALERT!

By the way, the April 1 issue of Booklist has gone live on Booklist Online–if you haven’t received a REaD ALERT letting you know about this, sign up now!

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A Marvelous Lament

A Marvelous Lament

One of the book groups I attend read Kate Christensen this month. She’s an American author who has four books but hasn’t quite become a household name. She would make a marvelous choice for your book group.  Christensen specializes in what she call Loser Lit. Her characters are often failures. Charismatic failures, who make unreliable […]

Raymond Chandler Would Have Been 120 Years Old Today
By March 26, 2009 1 Comments Read More →

Raymond Chandler Would Have Been 120 Years Old Today

Fifty years ago today, Raymond Chandler died at the age of 70. On Legacy.com, Isaac Adamson (Kinki Lullaby, 2004), an author “owing no small debt to Mr. Chandler,” has written an essay called “The Slumming Angel“–worth reading as a way to remember the crime-fiction giant. Also, take a moment to read Bill Ott’s review of […]

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Marcelo in the Real World by Francisco X. Stork

Marcelo in the Real World by Francisco X. Stork

Lynn: In recent years we have seen several books centering on a narrator with a condition in the Asperger’s syndrome spectrum. The device allows commentary from a detached perspective on social interaction, language and the customs we take for granted. The risk is in creating a voice that does not sound authentic, but books such […]