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Your week in books#30

  • When I was a lot younger, I was really into the film “Snow Falling On Cedars”, so much so that I had to cut back on my obsessive buying of buttered corn (Don’t ask.) just so I could save up to buy a copy of the book. More than a decade later (!), I still haven’t gotten around to reading the book, and David Guterson has won the Literary Review’s “Bad Sex in Fiction” award. (Source)
  • Should I be worried that Amazon has acquired Marshall Cavendish Children’s Books? (Source)
  • Aside from buying Marshall Cavendish, Amazon is also investing $6 million dollars for the authors who participate in its Kindle Lending Library. (Source)
  • I have to admit that as of late, my resistance to ebooks and ebook readers has been slowly but surely deteriorating. I’ve been eyeing the Kindle Fire for a while now, and if I get my finances in order — probably sometime the next millennium — I may actually get one. So what to do when even diehard “solid book” fans like myself are considering changing sides? Publishers seem to have decided that making books prettier is the answer. (Source)

 

Jane Austen?
  • That painting over there is supposedly Jane Austen, author of “Pride and Prejudice”, “Sense and Sensibility”, and “Emma”. Certainly looks better than the other famous Jane Austen portrait, where she looks like she just noticed someone farted in the drawing room. (Source)
  • In England, poet laureate Ted Hughes — who most people probably know more as Sylvia Plath’s husband — is being honored with a slab at Westminster Abbey. (Source)
  • I was introduced to the works of Kurt Vonnegut by Taylor Hanson (Don’t ask.), and I’ve loved his works ever since. Even the new biography that paints him as a bitter, angry man with a temper isn’t going to change that. (Source)
  • FIGHT FIGHT FIGHT FIGHT FIGHT. Here’s what “Watchmen”, “V for Vendetta” and “Lost Girls” creator Alan Moore has to say about “300” author Frank Miller (TEAM ALAN MOORE!) (Source):

“Frank Miller is someone whose work I’ve barely looked at for the past 20 years. I thought the Sin City stuff was unreconstructed misogyny; 300 [a 1998 comic book series] appeared to be wildly ahistoric, homophobic and just completely misguided. I think that there has probably been a rather unpleasant sensibility apparent in Frank Miller’s work for quite a long time.”

Your week in books #14

It’s been a really busy week for me, with several interviews taking place one after another, that it’s been a little difficult to update this here blog. But I’m back now, O Faithful Readers in the Threes!

There’s been a post I’ve been itching to write for two weeks now that I hope you guys will really like. Watch out later in the day because I will definitely put it up before the weekend. But for the meantime this round-up of news will have to do!

  • Wesley Scroggins

    If there’s one thing that really gets me riled up, it’s censorship. I don’t like it when it’s done to movies and I most definitely do not like when it’s done to books. It’s even doubly frustrating when these shenanigans go down in this day and age. So you can just imagine my contempt for the man on the right, Wesley Scroggins, who successfully campaigned to have Kurt Vonnegut’s “Slaughterhouse-Five”, Laurie Halse Anderson’s “Speak”, and Sarah Ockler’s “Twenty Boy Summer” removed from a high school library and its curriculum. If there’s any silver lining in this, those kids will be searching the internet for ebooks of those three novels because that’s certainly what I would if somebody told me I couldn’t read something because it’s “dirty”. (Source)

  • The Man Booker longlist is out, and this year’s list looks a little different as four of the novels included are debut works. There also seems to be more “genre” books this time around, which I’m certainly happy about. If a book’s good, it’s good, even if it’s “just a thriller”. (Source)
  • I’m sure most of my readers from the Philippines notice that paperback books arrive really early here on our shores. Aside from the fact that it’s a tough battle to sell hardcovers here (I asked), it also looks like publishers are really pushing for paperback editions to come out earlier, mostly as a reaction to the rising popularity of ebooks. (Source)
  • Finally, Lady Gaga, along with fashion photographer Terry Richardson, will be collaborating on a book of photographs chronicling a year in the Mother Monster’s life. (Source)