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Monday, March 8, 2010

Monday Reading 2010/03/08



A weekly event to celebrate what we are reading for the week as well as books completed the previous week.
(hosted weekly by Book Journey)

Completed Last Week
  1. Another Faust by Daniel and Dina Nayeri
    Another #1
     (audio book read by Katherine Kellgren)

Plan to Read This Week
  • Bleeding Violet by Dia Reeves
  • Year of the Horse by Justin Allen

Still Reading
  • Soulless by Gail Carriger
    Parasol Protectorate #1
  • Poison Sleep by T.A. Pratt
    Marla Mason #2
  • Nightlife by Rob Thurman
    Cal Leandros #1
  • Hunting Fear by Kay Hooper
    Bishop Special Crimes Unit #7
  • Soon I Will Be Invincible by Austin Grossman

New Reviews

Weekly Summary

Special Feature
Justin Allen, author of Year of the Horse, has contacted me and would like me to spread the word about a 3-part essay he is writing on the publishing industry and genre fiction. Below is a little excerpt he's sent me, and the full first part should be live at Sci-Fi Signal today at noon:

For the Love of Pete, Don’t Mix Your Genres;
Or...The New York Times Book Review Hates YOU, but I Don’t;
Or...Why Where Your Book Gets Shelved Determines Your Intelligence, Work-Ethic and Value to Society

 That’s a longish title I’ll admit, and while I generally don’t go in for such larded vessels, in this case I’m willing to make an exception. Monstrous though it may seem (and most assuredly is), the above title sums up pretty much everything I have to say on the subjects of writing and publishing. The first line ought to be read as a word of warning to struggling writers. The second explains - in as much as an explanation of the unintelligible is even possible - why the publishing industry behaves as it does. And the third highlights our common enemy, which turns out to be ourselves.
 Really - if I must say so myself - that title is a wonder of economy, precision and restraint. But maybe you’d like me to elaborate? Normally I’d refuse - principally on the grounds that my arguments tend to be weakened by exploration - but as I have been contracted to provide a minimum of fifteen minutes of reading diversion, I will betray myself and attempt to explain...
Why Where Your Book Gets Shelved Determines Your Intelligence, Work-Ethic and Value to Society.
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7 comments:

Zia said...

How was Another Faust? Have an awesome reading week!

alitareads said...

Bleeding Violet sounds really good. Happy reading :)

dArLyN said...

i've been meaning to read bleeding violet!we dont have the copy here yet..sadly..

here's mine;

http://darlynandbooks.blogspot.com/2010/03/its-monday-what-are-you-reading-7.html

happy reading!

Creations by Laurel-Rain Snow said...

Your book selections look intriguing!

Here are mine:

http://laurel-rain-snow.blogspot.com/2010/03/its-monday-what-are-you-reading_08.html

Christina T said...

Another Faust looks good. So does Soulless. I've also heard great things about Bleeding Violet. It's on my TBR list. I hope you enjoy your reading.

Here is what I'm reading.

Melissa (My World...in words and pages) said...

I am curious to see you review of Soulless. I have heard a lot on this book and the series too. I am just not sure if I will like the books though. I am kind of on the fence about it. It may be one of those ones that I would love if I just pick it up.

I am hoping to get Nightlife some time here to get into that series.

Have a great week!

Sheila (Bookjourney) said...

Good reads! Kay Harper's book is really good. Enjoy your week!