TSS: November 1 (Blogoversary!)

The Sunday Salon.com My 1 year blogoversary is in 9 days! I had some stuff planned, but actually getting the stuff done is a problem. So I’m probably just going to have a commemorative post and be done with it. My end-of-the-year post(s) will be much more interesting: I’ve got lists of books. And…things. Anyway~

November and December means that things will probably be a little slow here, because I’ve got a buttload of stuff to do for school. Papers. Presentations. Exams. It’s annoying, I know, but I have to start working on that stuff now because it’s all due at the end of the month/the beginning of the next. So I’m probably not going to post three-four reviews a week for a while. Maybe just two? I dunno. Whatever I can pull off, I suppose.

Okay, this post is kinda depressing. Let’s talk books now!

Books read this week:
214. A College of Magics – Caroline Stevermer five-starsfive-starsfive-starsfive-starsfive-stars
215. The Chocolate Cat Caper – JoAnna Carl five-starsfive-starsfive-starsfive-starsfive-stars
216. Missee Lee (S&A #10) – Arthur Ransome five-starsfive-starsfive-starsfive-starsfive-stars
217. The Seeing Stone (Arthur Trilogy #1) – Kevin Crossley-Holland five-starsfive-starsfive-starsfive-starsfive-stars
218. At the Crossing Places (Arthur Trilogy #2) – Kevin Crossley-Holland five-starsfive-starsfive-starsfive-starsfive-stars
219. King of the Middle March (Arthur Trilogy #3) – Kevin Crossley-Holland five-starsfive-starsfive-starsfive-starsfive-stars
220. The Naming (Pellinor #1) – Alison Croggon five-starsfive-starsfive-starsfive-starsfive-stars
221. The Magician’s Elephant – Kate Dicamillo five-starsfive-starsfive-starsfive-starsfive-stars

Books reviewed this week:
The Naming big The Seeing Stone At the Crossing Places
King of the Middle March Feng Shui Detective's Casebook The Silver Branch

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- Thursday Tea: October 29 (The Naming)
- Library Loot (#4)

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APFOL: October 25-31

Interesting posts and other things that have caught my eye this week. It isn’t actually everything, since I didn’t want to kill myself copy-pasting, so for the entire link collection check out my Delicious page.

And now, I present to you, my readers: Awesome Post Full of Links #9: October 25-31!

Books in General

  • Reading Books in Black and White | Poets & Writers
    “Whether it’s because of a lack of media exposure or the absence of word of mouth, I don’t think white readers hear much about black novelists, except for Toni Morrison, Alice Walker, Colson Whitehead, and a few others, so they don’t know which of our books they may like.” December is National Buy a Book by a Black Author and Give It to Somebody Not Black Month!
  • Scuffed slippers and wormy books….: Penny for your thoughts?
    “I sell books, pretty much everyday, and I can tell you what sells to what type of customer and what does not, “business model” bedamned. I’m also tired of consumers who think that the entire driving goal of the capitalist system is to see how much stuff they can acquire on the cheap; my part-Scottish great-grandmother called that “mean”.”
  • Is Book Sharing Really a Threat to Publishing? | Medialoper
    “Books are viral by nature, and the loaning of books is one of the main ways that the book virus spreads. We’ve all had friends push a favorite book on us. Sometimes it’s annoying, sometimes it’s a life changing. Frequently we end up buying other books by the same author as a result of the initial loan. In that respect, loaned books are like a gateway drug. It’s in the publishing industry’s best interest to ensure that the loaning of books continues in the digital era.”

Authors & Publishers

  • I Am Not Afraid, Dammit « Storytellers Unplugged
    “What really surprises me is when you hear publishing people say that they don’t know what to do, or that they refuse listen to Internet professionals. They seem to believe if they do what has worked in the past, eventually the storm will pass and the anchor of tradition will have kept them steady and safe. They look at the people who are succeeding by merging their digital plans with their traditional print plans and call them anomalies at best, or insane at worst. What they need to be doing is learning from them.”
  • Complaints about women writing misogynist crime fiction are a red herring | Val McDermid | Books | guardian.co.uk
    “At the time, nobody was questioning the motives of the men who wrote those books. Nobody was asking them at literary festivals or in interviews, “How does it feel, as a man, to be writing such extreme violence against women?” But as soon as women – who, after all, are overwhelmingly the victims of sexually motivated brutality and homicide – decide they want to explore the same territory, gender becomes an issue. And not just an issue, but a stick to beat all of us women who dare to want to examine a society that has produced so many people who are interested in reading such fictions.”
  • What the hell is social publishing? « Billboards and Cave Drawings
    “I’ve been reading a lot of posts over at Soapbox Included lately. The site’s author, a guy by the name of Brandon Mendelson is attempting to carve out a cyber niche for himself as a social publisher. And of course, being the pyschic fellow that I am, I can read your mind right now. You’re thinking: What the hell is social publishing?”

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