Critical Linking: April 17, 2014
Our daily round-up of bookish links. Tastes great with coffee. 

Read Hundreds of Free Sci-Fi Stories from Asimov, Lovecraft, Bradbury, Dick, Clarke & More

I’m not exactly sure how these are all available for free, but I’ll bite.


Chloe Grace Moretz will star in the studio’s YA adaptation The 5th Wave that Graham King and Tobey Maguire are producing.

Are we going to get sick of comic book movies or YA dystopia movies first?


The 2014 Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction has been awarded to E. L. Doctorow, the author of“Ragtime,” “The March,” “World’s Fair” and several other works of fiction.

Other winners include Philip Roth, Toni Morrison, John Updike, Isabel Allende, and Don DeLillo. Kinda like an American Nobel. Without the money.


Almost half (46%) of the men asked are reading fewer books now than they did in the past; a third prefer the internet and 30% engage more with film and TV. One in five men confessed that they have pretended to have read a specific title in order to appear more intelligent. It also emerged that almost 30% of men admit that they haven’t really picked up a book since they were obliged to at school.

One way to spin this: that 46% who said they read less now than they once did, 30% said they haven’t picked up a book at school, so somewhere around only 16% of men who have read a book since school are reading less than they once did. How many do you think, then, might actually be reading more?

Cruella DeVille + Galadriel = ?

Check your work in Character Math

That’s been my problem with the endings of the last few books I’ve read. They don’t feel like the inevitable endings of these stories, what I believe, within the world the author has set up in the beginning and developed in the middle, would really happen. They feel like “This book is about to end so I better wrap things up, okay, the conflict that had been going on the entire book is resolved, okay there’s a deus ex machina and the characters that were in danger aren’t anymore, okay, we’re done.”
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.


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.


“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?
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.


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.


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.