Books

Book review: ‘Finders Keepers’ by Stephen King – Boston Globe

Friday, June 19, 2015

SHANE LEONARD The cover of Stephen King’s new novel, “Finders Keepers,” features a blood-spattered leather notebook opened to facing pages of handwritten text smudged and streaked with red. The image is a good distillation of the entire novel; both are lurid and intriguing, bookish and bloody, and neither is terribly subtle. The story opens by introducing an iconic and reclusive American writer named John Rothstein who, in the venerable tradition…

Fifty Shades of Grey: the series that tied publishing up in knots – The Guardian

Thursday, June 18, 2015

To call it a publishing phenomenon is an enormous understatement. Since Fifty Shades of Grey was published in 2011, it has not only proved the fastest-selling book in Britain since records began and spawned the most successful 18-rated film ever, but also influenced sales of lingerie and prompted a spike in the purchase of sex toys. In one Cumbria hotel, it has replaced the bible in every bedroom. It is…

8 Problems With Pulp Fiction That Nobody Wants To Admit – WhatCulture

Thursday, June 18, 2015

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Hilary Masters, Novelist and Son of American Poet, Dies at 87 – New York Times

Thursday, June 18, 2015

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Nelson Doubleday Jr., publishing executive and Mets owner, dies at 81 – Washington Post

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Nelson Doubleday Jr., the publishing scion who bought the New York Mets and shepherded the team to a 1986 World Series title, died June 17 at his home in Locust Valley, N.Y. He was 81. His son-in-law, John Havens, said the cause was pneumonia. Mr. Doubleday was the grandson of Frank Nelson Doubleday, who founded the publishing company in 1897. Another ancestor, Abner Doubleday, is often described as the mythical…

YA science fiction delights: ‘Shadowshaper’ and ‘More Happy Than Not’ – Los Angeles Times

Thursday, June 18, 2015

“The trouble with magic,” wrote children’s author and activist Zetta Elliott in an award-winning 2013 Jeunesse essay, “is that it appears to exist in realms to which only certain children belong.” The near absence of young people of color in the speculative genres — that is, science fiction, fantasy, fairy tales and comics — has become a concern for many children’s literature critics. Therefore, it has been a sheer delight…

The best recent science fiction novels – review roundup – The Guardian

Thursday, June 18, 2015

A former astronomer with the European Space Agency, Alastair Reynolds writes expansive, cutting-edge SF that explores the future with the analytical eye of a scientist. Poseidon’s Wake (Gollancz, £18.99) completes the trilogy begun with Blue Remembered Earth and On the Steel Breeze, following the Akinya dynasty from Kenya to the stars, and while it works as a standalone it’s best read in sequence. The narrative charts the lives of several…

‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ started out as ‘Twilight’ fan fiction before becoming … – Business Insider

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Chuck Zlotnick/Universal Studios and Focus Features“Fifty Shades of Grey” is a sexier, erotic version of “Twilight.” The author of best-selling erotic romance novel, box-office hit and international phenomenon “Fifty Shades of Grey” is releasing a new companion book telling the story from leading man Christian Grey’s perspective. The new book, “Grey,” out Thursday, is a spinoff on the original “Fifty Shades of Grey.” What you may not realize is…

Thank the left for Rachel Dolezal’s ‘transracial’ fiction – New York Post

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Congratulations, American left, your lengthy labor of love has come to term. You’re the proud parents of one Rachel Dolezal. But are black people — America’s original illegitimate child that has fought a lonely battle for acceptance for centuries — prepared to deal with the consequences of a “new” sibling? “I identify as black,” the café au lait-skinned Dolezal told the “Today” show’s Matt Lauer on Tuesday morning. The childhood…

Five novels every runner should read – The Guardian (blog)

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Why do we run? In his book on the subject, Mark Rowlands complains that most books about running reframe this question in terms of what use it has. We run because it keeps us healthy, reduces stress or brings us joy. We run for the satisfaction of a personal best or for the thrill of the race. We run to meet new people, to be part of a team or…

‘With £71000 literary prize I’m now retiring’ – Telegraph.co.uk

Thursday, June 18, 2015

“Readers and critics were more than generous in their responses. And now, thanks to the further generosity of a whole wide-world network of book-loving strangers, Harvest has struck lucky again – it will be included in the distinguished and 20-year-long list of fiction honoured by this truly international and discriminating award. No writer could hope for more than that.” The award was announced at a ceremony at the Mansion House…

Thank the left for Rachel Dolezal’s ‘transracial’ fiction – New York Post

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Congratulations, American left, your lengthy labor of love has come to term. You’re the proud parents of one Rachel Dolezal. But are black people — America’s original illegitimate child that has fought a lonely battle for acceptance for centuries — prepared to deal with the consequences of a “new” sibling? “I identify as black,” the café au lait-skinned Dolezal told the “Today” show’s Matt Lauer on Tuesday morning. The childhood…

Thank the left for Rachel Dolezal’s ‘transracial’ fiction – New York Post

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Congratulations, American left, your lengthy labor of love has come to term. You’re the proud parents of one Rachel Dolezal. But are black people — America’s original illegitimate child that has fought a lonely battle for acceptance for centuries — prepared to deal with the consequences of a “new” sibling? “I identify as black,” the café au lait-skinned Dolezal told the “Today” show’s Matt Lauer on Tuesday morning. The childhood…

The Heat Is On With These Summer Romance Novels – NPR

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

NPR Books is focusing on romance novels this summer. And our recommendations are not so-called “bodice rippers” or historical romances — they’re contemporary.

World Cafe Next: Summer Fiction – NPR

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

i Summer Fiction. Courtesy of the artist hide caption itoggle caption Courtesy of the artist Summer Fiction. Courtesy of the artist World Cafe first got to know Bill Ricchini in Philadelphia, where he produced his first record as Summer Fiction, then didn’t hear from him for a while. Four years later, he calls Brooklyn home and has a new Summer Fiction album out called Himalaya. Ricchini traveled to a small…

College student wants graphic novels banned: “I expected Batman and Robin … – Boing Boing

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Tara Shultz, 20, of Yucaipa, CA along with her parents and friends are protesting the inclusion of four award-winning graphic novels that are taught in an English class at Crafton Hills College because they feel they are too violent and pornographic to be read by college students. On Thursday they assembled outside the campus administration building to express their outrage. The four graphic novels are Fun Home by Alison Bechdel;…

The Deep Rooted Sexism In Literary Awards – ThinkProgress

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Literature appears to have a woman problem. As Seattle-based, British-born author Nicola Griffith recently documented, most major literary awards go to books written by men or about men. “At the top of the prestige ladder, for the Pulitzer Prize women wrote zero out of 15 prize-winning books wholly from the point of view of a woman or girl. Zero,” she wrote in a blog post on her own site. Her…