Archive for March, 2012

Reading the Screen: The Hunger Games
By March 31, 2012 0 Comments Read More →

Reading the Screen: The Hunger Games

The Hunger Games, in cinemas now, is based—you probably know this, but just in case—on the 2008 novel of the same name by Suzanne Collins. The story’s about a teenaged girl, Katniss Everdeen, who competes in a to-the-death contest against other teens in a widely popular reality show. It’s an intriguing story with a premise […]

Serendipity in the Stacks #11: One Thousand White Women

Serendipity in the Stacks #11: One Thousand White Women

Subtitle this post: Many Brides for Many Brothers. One Thousand White Women (1998) is the debut novel from Jim Fergus and it’s one of my favorite under-the-radar reads to suggest to fans of historical fiction. In 1875 one thousand women made the perilous trek across the American prairie to become the wives of Cheyenne Indians […]

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Web Crush of the Week:  Book Riot

Web Crush of the Week: Book Riot

Book Riot is “always books, never boring”.  You’ll find a diverse selection of book reviews, book new, and interviews (yes, I did that on purpose), sorry) from a variety of contributors (as they say, “Some of our writers are pros. Many of them aren’t.”) One of the statements on their About Us page that really […]

Posted in: Backlist
Not Asked: Does Anne Tyler Wear Ann Taylor?
By March 30, 2012 0 Comments Read More →

Not Asked: Does Anne Tyler Wear Ann Taylor?

A week before the publication of Anne Tyler’s twentieth novel, The Beginner’s Goodbye, NPR’s Morning Edition has aired an interview with the famously publicity-shy author (“The Art of the Everyday: The Alchemy of Anne Tyler,” by Lynn Neary). “Famously publicity-shy” sounds like an oxymoron, I know, but I think it works. “When I finish a book, I send the […]

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Civility Reigns

Civility Reigns

Amor Towles makes quite a splash with his debut novel The Rules of Civility. It’s the story of one year in the life of Katey Kontent, an up-and-coming Manhattanite who is trying to rise out of the secretarial pool with nerve, brains, and the kind of attractiveness that comes from youth, verve, and wit instead […]

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Just for Fun: The Hunger Games starring Barbie & Ken!

Just for Fun: The Hunger Games starring Barbie & Ken!

Awesome remake of movie trailer for Suzanne Collins’ mega hit, using the original audio track with Barbie & Ken (and friends) recreating the visuals. Totally terrific! I’m showing this to the teens in my school library who are eager to start creating movie trailers for their favorite books. Want more? Check out the message below […]

Posted in: audiobooks
The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith

The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith

Cindy: Do you have a way to gather reading suggestions from your children, teens, students? If not, find one. Even though the media keeps ringing the death knell for books my piles of to-read new titles has not diminished any. I do my best to sort through what the publishers generously send us, what I […]

I Gotta Hand It To Elizabeth Hand

I Gotta Hand It To Elizabeth Hand

When I read about a couple of crime novels that involved a woman who was a photographer, I knew what appeal factor was working on me.  The good news is that not only are the two novels about the character Cassandra Neary very interesting for an amateur photographer like myself to read but they are also […]

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Book Trailer Thursday: Duckling Gets a Cookie!?

Book Trailer Thursday: Duckling Gets a Cookie!?

Out in April, Mo Willems’ latest Duckling Gets a Cookie!? apparently ruffled some international pigeon feathers. Click the image below to watch the official newsreel on EW.com. Content not rated. Cookies harmed. “Poop” mentioned. It has certainly been a pigeon-y week here at Likely Stories.

Male vs. Female narrators

Male vs. Female narrators

Drag Queen Heroine or Effeminate Hero? How do you rate an audiobook narrator’s ability to portray the opposite gender? The All About Romance blog often features topics of interest to audiobook listeners in their “Speaking of Audiobooks” column, such as Lea Hensley’s recent post on male vs. female narrators where five All About Romance reviewers chime in […]

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