BOOK RIOT

Sep 26

Come talk with us about what you are reading this week at Inbox/Outbox.

Come talk with us about what you are reading this week at Inbox/Outbox.

“O Brother, Where Art Thou? and Harold and Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay, two movies that seemingly have very little in common. Scratch on the surface and you will find that they spring from the same source of inspiration: Homer’s The Odyssey.” — What do O Brother, Where Art Thou? and Harold and Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay have in common with each other and with The Odyssey. Here are four key similarities.

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That Time I Almost Met Lawrence Ferlinghetti

That Time I Almost Met Lawrence Ferlinghetti

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Critical Linking: September 26, 2014 

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

It would take the average person 424 days to read Game of Thrones. Could you read it quicker?

Fun, fascinating quiz/test. I could read it faster, but not considerably faster.

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We went to the mall for many things — to buy a new set of socket wrenches at Sears, to pick out my sister’s prom dress at Deb, to treat ourselves with an Orange Julius. But mostly, we went to visit the bookstore.

On the underappreciated mall bookstore.

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IlluxCon, an annual science fiction and fantasy illustration showcase, was held this past weekend in Allentown, Pennsylvania. Among all the debuted paintings and drawings was a new series from Dave Palumbo inspired by some of his favorite books, painted straight on those books.

I’ve seen lots of book art, but I don’t ever think I’ve seen anything like these alternate covers painted directly on the existing covers. Very cool.

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Terry Pratchett may strike many as a twinkly old elf, but that’s not him at all. Fellow sci-fi novelist Neil Gaiman on the inner rage that drives his ailing friend’s writing.

You rarely get a glimpse of the real personality of a beloved writer, but Gaiman’s piece on Pratchett is one of them.

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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.

Sep 25

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10 Banned Books Talk Back - BOOK RIOT -

These banned books? They’re talking back.

“So…. what did I learn from a month dedicated to reading only books and stories by women?

1. More of us should dedicate a month to reading books by women.

By “us”, I mean those of us whose default book setting is “white guys”. Far more books are published by men than by women, perhaps because publishers feel that books by men are a safer bet. We can affect this by making a choice when it comes to the books we buy, since how we chose to spend our money is the most effective weapon we have. I certainly aim to be more conscious from now on.*

2. There is no difference in the quality of books between the genders.

Seriously. This is not the reason women sell less than men. This is not a revelation by any means but I still feel it worth mentioning. The grittiness of Beukes’ book, the sheer quality of Munro’s prose and the otherworldly feel to Tidbeck’s stories are a good example. The success of women at the Hugos this year (best novel, best novelette, best editor, best fan writer…) further drives this point home.” — from Lessons From A Month of Reading Only Books By Women by Johann Thorsson