BOOK RIOT

Oct 21

“Readers commonly view short-shorts as writing exercises rather than interesting reading material—just a challenge for writers to hone their craft. What’s not realized by most readers is how good these little nuggets of narrative can be. They can be emotionally devastating, overwhelmingly brutal and lovely all at once. Yep, I might be getting a little too excited about this, but I’ve found that flash fiction writing is the lesser known genre that’s perfect for brief reading moments. Public transportation reading, for example, has not been the same since I started reading flash fiction anthologies. Bold plot lines meet poetic control, and then come to a close before you reach your bus stop.” — from Let’s Welcome Flash Fiction To The Party by Jessi Lewis

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Aw yay, get that beautiful Dracula look with our book style guide.

Aw yay, get that beautiful Dracula look with our book style guide.

175 of Your Favorite Horror Novels - BOOK RIOT -

We asked and you answered!

Just in time for the season, here’s a list of your 175 favorite horror novels. Be ready to be scared.

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Critical Linking: October 21, 2014 

Our daily round-up of bookish links. Tastes great with coffee.

19 Dilemmas Every Book Lover Has Faced At Least Once
(Spoiler: The answer is always yes.)

Oh man, #17 on this list. The infernal, eternal quandary.

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As Hachette continues its stalemate with Amazon over e-book sales terms, Simon & Schuster has reached a new agreement with the e-tailer. Among other things, the new deal will allow S&S to set the prices on its e-books, marking a return to the agency model.

So either Hachette wants better terms than S&S got or Amazon isn’t offering even the terms S&S got. Either way is pretty interesting.

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She has read thousands of scripts in a career spanning almost six decades, but Dame Judi Dench has revealed that she still takes the time to keep her mind active by memorising a new poem every day. The Oscar-winning actress commits a different verse to memory or learns a new word to help bolster her brain as she approaches her 80th birthday.

She literally could not be any cooler.

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How does it work?  Easily, hopefully.  Here are some numbered steps.

1. Choose and contact a bookseller close to your home.  If you cannot find one, the good folks at Indies First, coordinated by the American Booksellers Association, can be of service.  They are quite excited about the launching of this new and hopefully enormous campaign.

2. The bookstore will order and sell your books; you will sign them.  Perhaps you’ll stop by at regular intervals with your pen, or perhaps you can convince, with cake or gin, the bookseller to come to you.

3. Both you and the bookseller will promote this arrangement as best you can, spreading the word not only about an exciting source of signed books, but about a program anyone can join.  Feel free to tell your publicist you’re participating.  Upstream should be in full swing in time for the holidays, when signed books are good gifts for loved ones and distance acquaintances alike.

Daniel Handler’s (aka Lemony Snicket) plan to support indie bookstores, called Upstream, is a pretty good idea, and one that leverages something that I think is untapped: how much readers love authors.

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Did you know that Book Riot has a YouTube channel? We do. It’s new and we are having fun with it. Check it out here.

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Oct 20

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“But here’s the thing: no reader likes it when their bookish mojo gets sapped, whether the cause is a string of books that couldn’t hold their attention, an increase in busyness in the rest of their lives, or because they’ve got a dump-truck-load of good books to which they want to devote equal time and attention.

If the paradox of reading choice has reared its head in your life, I want to hear about it. What where the books competing for your attention? How did you resolve the bookish traffic jam?” — from On Being (Sp)Read Too Thin by Josh Corman

We know you like to know what other people are reading.
Why not take a peek over the shoulders of Team Riot and see what we’re diving into right now?

We know you like to know what other people are reading.

Why not take a peek over the shoulders of Team Riot and see what we’re diving into right now?

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