Authors, Writers, Publishers, and Book Readers
A new cultural titan roams the Earth. Call him the geek-bait auteur: a guy (it’s usually a guy) who creates TV shows stuffed with clues designed to stoke collective plot speculation. Its most successful exemplar is J.J. Abrams, who with “Lost” used a stock wreck-survival story line to build a complex universe of smoke monsters and secret societies. (Wikipedia’s entry on the “Mythology of ‘Lost’ ” is nearly as long as the one on the U.S. Capitol building.)Read full article >>
Last week, The Post ran an interesting story about why children overwhelmingly prefer the tactile experience of bound books to the gee-whiz efficiency of e-books. I tend to agree with the kids on this, but it will be interesting to see if that preference persists over the next generation. (Children might prefer scrolls to codices, but who knows?)Read full article >>
Rats. I really thought this was the year that the Scandinavian stranglehold on suspense fiction was going to be broken. As of early fall, no new Stieg Larsson , Karin Fossum , Jo Nesbo or Helene Tursten had surfaced to claim attention as the newest Northern Light of Noir. Just as well, I thought. All these crime stories featuring very pale, sexually progressive detectives have been getting a bit frostbitten of late, like a forgotten jar of lingonberry jam in the back of the fridge. But now an English translation of “The Dinosaur Feather” — the first mystery by Danish writer S.J. Gazan — has appeared on these shores, and without a fight, I surrendered all my critical superlatives to yet another Viking.Read full article >>
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Please be aware that constantly linking to your own work or copy/pasting it here is irritating to many other…Continue
Friends, this is hard for me to post about so bear with me. I know it's been a while since I've been around and I want to explain it here so I don't have to do it over and over again. This way I can just point to this post.
I'm thrilled to inform everyone that Authors.com continues to go from strength to strength, and we've now surpassed the 3000 members milestone. Woo hoo!! Thank you to everyone here for your continued support, help and encouragement that keeps…Continue
This interesting article raises a great point. Are authors and/or publishers too concerned about the digital format for books, treating print as the poor relation nowadays? Ken Michaels, just appointed President of Hachette Book Group USA, reminded…Continue
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Apart from your own work of course, lol. I've just started The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins late last night and am literally half a dozen pages into it so the jury's out yet on it.Share what you're reading please, title and author. and what you…Continue