Archive for October, 2011

Web Crush of the Week: Literature-Map.com

Web Crush of the Week: Literature-Map.com

Think of it like an absolutely no stakes War Games. You type in the name of an author and 30 or so other authors that may be more or less like the author you entered fill the screen. Adjacency to the original author indicates a higher degree of similarity. Literature-Map is part of Gnod, “An experiment […]

They’re Watching
By October 21, 2011 0 Comments Read More →

They’re Watching

“Just because you’re paranoid doesn’t mean they aren’t after you.”   Joseph Heller, Catch-22   Last night we held our monthly crime and mystery fiction discussion and as I have previously mentioned, we are doing a mini-genre study this year with the group.  On this night we tackled thriller and suspense fiction.   As benchmark […]

Creepy free audio download
By October 21, 2011 0 Comments Read More →

Creepy free audio download

That Damned Thing by Ambrose Bierce: a Halloween treat complete with atmospheric music from Naxos Audio. This 19 minute classic tale, read by Jonathan Keeble, is a selection from Naxos’ The Moonlit Road and Other Stories. First published in 1893, Bierce’s gothic horror short story makes for a great classroom listen-aloud or an audio addition to your […]

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Book Trailer Thursday: Boo: A Day in the Life of the World's Cutest Dog
By October 20, 2011 1 Comments Read More →

Book Trailer Thursday: Boo: A Day in the Life of the World's Cutest Dog

It’s Halloween season, and this book’s subject is called Boo, but who’s afraid of The World’s Cutest Dog (election date unknown)? Not my unnamed coworker, who exclaimed “Hahahaah! Yayay!!! This makes me sooooo happy!” when s/he first caught a glimpse of our fluffy hero’s debut book trailer. Does Boo also make you “sooooo happy!”? Or […]

Posted in: Kidlit, Likely Stories, Video
Haunted by Joe Turner
By October 20, 2011 0 Comments Read More →

Haunted by Joe Turner

I’ve written previously about August Wilson’s Pittsburgh Cycle, but having just finished Joe Turner’s Come and Gone, I had to promote that work specifically. Wilson’s cycle has a play for each decade of the 20th century, and this is the entry for the 1910s. The action takes place in a boarding house, and concerns the arrival […]

Digital Deluge: Bang for Audiobook Buck
By October 19, 2011 0 Comments Read More →

Digital Deluge: Bang for Audiobook Buck

New features & changing offerings from library audiobook vendors. The deluge of new download patrons checking out local library online offerings has caused budget managers to shift funds from physical to digital offerings, while economic woes demand the biggest bang for the library buck. Although eBooks are catching the current spotlight, audiobooks have long been […]

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Reading the Screen: Stephen King's Thinner
By October 19, 2011 0 Comments Read More →

Reading the Screen: Stephen King's Thinner

Thinner, Stephen King’s 1984 novel published under the short-lived Richard Bachman pseudonym, is a clever tale of a man, a Gypsy curse, and the world’s most unpleasant weight-loss plan. The plot is simple.  Billy Halleck, a vastly overweight lawyer, is being, um, entertained by his wife while he’s driving their car. Because he’s not paying […]

Posted in: Likely Stories, Movies
Secrets from My Shelves: Ghost Story
By October 19, 2011 0 Comments Read More →

Secrets from My Shelves: Ghost Story

(Has anyone ever gone over to your bookshelf, picked up a book, and said, “What is this doing here?” This series of blog posts explains some of the more curious findings on one Booklister’s home shelves.) Look at this thing. Just look at it. This thing is a battered piece of crap. To the trash […]

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Those Darn Squirrels and the Cat Next Door by Adam Rubin

Those Darn Squirrels and the Cat Next Door by Adam Rubin

Lynn: “Those DARN squirrels” is a cry that echoes frequently through our house  – or at least words to that effect.  Here in Michigan bird feeders are everywhere and the constant battle with squirrels is just as common.  Our feeder bristles with complicated gadgets my engineer husband has added, hoping to baffle the squirrels who […]

Julian Barnes wins the Booker!
By October 19, 2011 1 Comments Read More →

Julian Barnes wins the Booker!

Amid much ballyhoo over judging criteria, Julian Barnes has emerged the winner of this year’s Booker Prize for his novel, The Sense of an Ending (keep your eyes peeled for the Booklist review in our November 15th issue of this year).

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