APFOL: January 3-9

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.

Books in General

  • Bookshops Are Dead: And I Killed Them « Eoin Purcell’s Blog
    “So there will be demand for print books but at a much reduced level (because many others will shift to digital as will casual readers and new readers) and the economics of bookshops will become completely skewed favouring the online Emporia. Booksellers can react by hand-selling to customers and making themselves relevant as Ravenbooks has (I am increasingly sure of finding a pile of relevant books there every time I walk in) and no doubt this will mean concentrating on older books, out-of-print books and second-hand books, books that appeal directly to the customer, and print-on-demand books printed directly on site (though I am less convinced of the economic case for this).”
  • The Problem With the Follow-up Memoir – Newsweek.com
    “The biggest challenge is, you had a really good, resonant story to tell, why should you expect there to be another one so quickly?” says Ben Yagoda, author of Memoir: A History. “It seems there might be a half-life effect. With Frank McCourt, each successive book had a fraction of the sales and artistic impact as the earlier books.” (Thanks, Kim! sophisticateddorkiness.com)
  • Religion and Science Fiction: Asking the Right Questions / Tor.com
    “Most people who debate science vs. religion tend to ask the same boring question. Does God exist? Yawn. However, the question in all of these stories is never “Do these beings really exist?” The question is “What do we call them?” It’s never “Does this force actually exist?” It’s, “What do we call it?” Or “How do we treat it?” Or “How do we interact with it?” One of the many things that fascinates me about these stories is that the thing, whatever it is—a being, a force—always exists.”

Authors & Publishers

(Book) Blogging

Book Wishlist

  • Cold by Bill Streever. Nymeth says: “t’s a science book, yes. But it’s also a natural history; a social history of Arctic exploration; a book about our relationship not only with cold weather and cold places but with our idea of them; an environmental plea; and a personal account of one man’s passion for cold and all the natural wonders that surround it.” WOW.
  • 8th Grade Superzero by Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich. I originally spotted this on an editor’s website because they were highlighting the author’s awesome query letter (see: link), but it’s been getting good reviews on the blogs lately, too.
  • Guardian of the Dead by Karen Healey. Trisha says “it’s set in New Zealand and features Maori mythology” and I want to read it, too! It’s not coming out until April, though.
  • Wicked Plants by Amy Stewart. Tal says: “It’s an A to Z of plants that kill, maim, intoxicate, and otherwise offend. A tree that sheds poison daggers; a glistening red seed that stops the heart; a shrub that causes paralysis; a vine that strangles; and a leaf that triggered a war.”

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  1. Oo, I liked the one about the follow-up memoir! That’s something I always wonder about – I mean really, how many cohesive, emotionally resonant stories can people tell about their lives?

    1. If people live really long, really interesting lives and they focus each memoir on, like a twenty year span or maybe just one subject, I think multiple memoirs work. Or if they’re like David Sedaris and they make their memoirs more comedic than anything else– that can work multiple times, too. But I think it matters most on who the author is: I could read a million memoirs of Stephen Fry’s life, even if they were all the same. I’m not really interested in a middle-aged housewife’s account of her life, though, or a vacuous socialite’s.

      But then, I tend not to think in emotionally resonant terms regarding memoirs. I think I’m more interested in “I did this, and then I went here, and it was awesome and here’s why” kinds of memoirs. Not so much anything like Angela’s Ashes. 😀

        1. He’s done a couple, which I haven’t read yet (BUT I WILL!!). Moab is my Washpot, which I think is just a general memoir. And then there was Rescuing the Spectacled Bear, about some bear in China he went out to find (I think).Then he’s done a couple books based on some TV shows he’s done, like Stephen Fry’s in America which is about him going around America and looking at things.

          Mr Fry is just wonderful. (insert fangirl sigh here)

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