BOOK RIOT
Critical Linking: April 16, 2014
Our daily round-up of bookish links. Tastes great with coffee. 

If you’re reading this, you almost certainly use Oxford Dictionaries Online, and if you use Oxford Dictionaries Online, you’ve probably used the search box – and have you ever wondered which words receive the highest number of search requests?

I guess we are all just looking for love.

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That was fast! Your 2013 National Book Award winner is already getting its film adaptation: Liev Schreiber and Jaden Smith are both attached toThe Good Lord Bird, based on the novel by James McBride.

Live Schreiber as John Brown is inspired casting.

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“As Amazon has exploded with growth, hiring thousands of tech workers at its downtown headquarters and helping bolster the Seattle economy, local bookstore owners have seen a surprising new side of the company they loved to hate,” writes Kirk Johnson.

It’s almost like everyone who works for a giant company aren’t all the same.

Bookish parodies of Kanye > Actual Kanye

In a world where John Green takes up nearly half of the New York Times YA Bestsellers list and can tweet something as innocuous as “The next couple of months are going to be a little nuts around here” to the tune of almost 700 retweets, why aren’t more people like him, with enormous social platforms, giving a little time to these conversations? What does he — or any other of a number of well-positioned, socially-connected YA authors (white men and some white women) — stand to lose from addressing these concerns? Would a reblog or a retweet of one of the first of a series of stories kill their career? Or would it help the voices of those who deserve to be heard get that attention?
(via If George R.R. Martin Wrote Mad Men - Neatorama)
Critical Linking: April 15, 2014
Our daily round-up of bookish links. Tastes great with coffee. 

The Grapes of Wrath, Steinbeck’s landmark novel of The Great Depression in the US, is 75 years old this week. Have you saved up enough knowledge to get through our quiz?

Take a shot at this quiz, okie.

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Of course, this kind of luxury experience will set you back: the plays are $545 apiece, with a complete set weighing in at $21,335.

There are luxurious editions. Then there are head-scratchingly precious editions. And then there are these.

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Dave Eggers’s latest novel will be published on June 17, just eight months after the appearance of his last, the social-media cautionary tale“The Circle.” The new book’s title is a two-sentence mouthful: “Your Fathers, Where Are They? And the Prophets, Do They Live Forever?”

You know you write novels fast when Joyce Carol Oates is all “Slow your roll, son!”

Who Said It: Richard Brautigan or Rust Cohle?

This one is pretty self-explanatory, kittens: Guess if the quote was said by literature’s handle-barred, troubled troubadour or True Detective‘s handle-barred, troubled homicide detective.

1. Sometimes life is merely a matter of coffee and whatever intimacy a cup of coffee affords.

2. I don’t sleep, I just dream.

3. Nothing’s ever fulfilled, not until the very end.

4. All of us have a place in history.

5. This place is like somebody’s memory of a town, and the memory is fading.

6. One day time will die and love will bury it.

7. I thought about it for awhile, hiding it from the rest of my mind.

8. They are pieces of distant life that have no form or meaning.

9. If the common good’s gotta make up fairy tales then it’s not good for anybody.

10. Finding is losing something else.

11. I’m in a constant process of thinking about things.

12. What happened in my head is not something that gets better.

13. Life’s barely long enough to get good at one thing. So be careful what you get good at.

14. World needs bad men.

15. What makes you older is when your bones, muscles and blood wear out, when the heart sinks into oblivion and all the houses you ever lived in are gone and people are not really certain that your civilization ever existed.

16. If you get hung up on everybody else’s hang-ups, then the whole world’s going to be nothing more than one huge gallows.

17. It’s strange how the simple things in life go on while we become more difficult.

18. The truth wills out, and everybody sees.

19. People incapable of guilt usually do have a good time.

20. I think human consciousness is a tragic misstep in evolution.

21. Our names were made for us in another century.

Check here to see how you did.

Critical Linking: April 14, 2014
Our daily round-up of bookish links. Tastes great with coffee. 

So Kahn decided to read them, 100 years of No. 1 bestsellers, from 1913 to 2013, and post reviews on his blog, Kahn’s Corner. As of the time of this writing, he’s up to 1966 and Jacqueline Susann’s “The Valley of the Dolls.”

As reading projects go, this is a compelling one.

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There’s not enough information on just how much this pilot has increased ebook loans, but there is some early data to show that pilot is generating sales. In Derbyshire, for example, 464 ebooks were loaned in the first monitoring period, leading to about 20 sales to library patrons.  According to Cox, many of the patrons bought the ebook while they were  still only part of the way through reading the loaned ebook.

Only problem with this is there is no way to know how many ebooks library patrons would have bought had the ebooks not been available from the library.

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Catchphrases, jokes and expressions of outrage spring up, gain currency and become outmoded in the blink of an eye. How can a novelist capture a conversation that moves so fast, that seems to boast almost superfluous linguistic versatility? How can fiction reflect the subtle hierarchies and allegiances of the constantly mutating online crowd?

Good long piece on fiction and the internet.

mittenstrings140plus:

In honour of the wonderful Sue Townsend, I’ll be hosting a reread of the Adrian Mole books, beginning with THE SECRET DIARY OF ADRIAN MOLE AGED 13 3/4, starting here on my Tumblr on Saturday.
I do hope you’ll join me, whether you’ve read the books before or not. (If you haven’t, I’m genuinely jealous. You’re in for such a good time.)
Please feel free to reblog this if you’re interested. It’ll be fun to catch up with fellow Sue Townsend fans as we mourn her death and, far more importantly, celebrate her life and work.
So spend Friday tracking down your copy of THE SECRET DIARY or bugging your librarian for one, and I’ll meet you back here Saturday.

(Re)discover Sue Townsend!

mittenstrings140plus:

In honour of the wonderful Sue Townsend, I’ll be hosting a reread of the Adrian Mole books, beginning with THE SECRET DIARY OF ADRIAN MOLE AGED 13 3/4, starting here on my Tumblr on Saturday.

I do hope you’ll join me, whether you’ve read the books before or not. (If you haven’t, I’m genuinely jealous. You’re in for such a good time.)

Please feel free to reblog this if you’re interested. It’ll be fun to catch up with fellow Sue Townsend fans as we mourn her death and, far more importantly, celebrate her life and work.

So spend Friday tracking down your copy of THE SECRET DIARY or bugging your librarian for one, and I’ll meet you back here Saturday.

(Re)discover Sue Townsend!