Thursday, November 18, 2010

The Thursday Literary News Roundup (2)

The Thursday Literary News Roundup 

 Blog Posts of Note:

Broede over at Listening to the Ants Scream and Meg at Literary Life both scored  awesome interviews with Australian author Kirsty Eagar, author of huge Aussie hits Raw Blue and Saltwater Vampires.  Check their blogs out and learn more about this promising YA writer!

YA bibliophile posted her thoughts and opinions on illegal downloads that's prevalent on the net today.  Definitely worth a read: Since when is stealing okay?

Nightshade author Andrea Cremer added her commentary to the James Frey controversy over his reportedly mass market, book/movie/merchandise hopeful approach to signing young authors.  She begs unsigned authors to believe in their art and know their worth in a recent blog post.  P.S. Andrea just gave a FANTASTIC interview to the Huffington Post - gives great insights into Nightshade - check it out: "Totalitarianism, Enlightenment Philosophy and Werewolves with Andrea Cremer"

Jenny from Forever Young Adult posted an awesome interview with Ally Condie, author of soon-to-be-released Matched (can't wait)!  Go over and check it out: Between Two Lockers with Ally Condie

The Mad Scientist over at Steampunkery and Book Reviews needs help with a 2011 challenge!  MS is proposing a Bucket List Challenge and is looking for any suggestions.  She has an amazing list going already - check it out!

Anna over at Anna Reads read and gave a fab review of Fire by Kristin Cashore.  Sounds like a great read, but note that Kristin has suggestions for whom this book is appropriate. 


Danny over at Bewitched Bookworm gave a glowing review of The Lying Game by Sara Shepherd.  She calls it mysterious and enthralling!


James from Book Chic reviewed Freefall by Mindi Scott, calling it,"really wonderful, well-written debut and is definitely a book to check out."  Love the cover, don't you? 

Swimmer over at Breaking the Bookshelf reviewed Fixing Delilah by Sarah Ockler - I'm excited for this one!

Emma Michaels read and reviewed the first book in a new series: Meridian by  Amber Kizer

Nic @ Irresistible Reads read and reviewed The Duff by Kody Keplinger.

Articles to Read:

A real-life invisibility coat? Yes, please!  British scientists think they've done it!  Check out The Telegraph's article "Harry Potter-style 'invisibility cloak' designed by scientists".

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It's the beginning of the end as the Harry Potter generation prepares for the first installment of the last movie.  Check out these two articles from The Guardian (UK) and the Journal & Courier.
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NPR has a weekly 'Three Books to. . ." series.  Last Thursday's "Three Books In Unflinching, Unforgettable Voices" featured Sold by Patricia McCormick and Marcus Zusak's The Book Thief

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Great article on the one YAer's opinion on the current state of teen lit: "Choices in young adult fiction really bite".  I'm still into paranormal, but it's good to hear opinions from elsewhere - there's room for us all, right?

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The Amazon controversy continues.  PCWorld put out this piece: "5 Things to Learn From Amazon's Latest PR Disaster"

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The Lonely Planet just posted its list of the world's greatest bookstores!  Looks amazing!  Roadtrip, anyone?

Buzz: Books & Otherwise

There is a young adult book that is getting significant reviews, but very little buzz.  I suspect it's because it deals with sexual abuse within a not-so-well-known community, but I wanted to share this amazing review of a book called Hush by Eishes Chayil.  I plan on picking up this book now that I have found out about it.  Big thumbs up to Marjorie Ingall at The Tablet for spreading the word about this work.

Kirkus Reviews just released its 2010 Best Books for Teens List.   Among them are Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins, Forge by  Laurie Halse Anderson, Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly, Please Ignore Vera Dietz by A.S. King and many more.  Reading challenge, anyone?

Hungary for more dystopian reads?  Kevin Beach wrote up a great selection for the Bradenton Herald on books that can fill the void since The Hunger Games ended.  They are not all new, but they may be new to you!

September release Pluto's Ghost by Sheree Fitch just an amazing write-up in The Chronicle Herald.  I read some more reviews on GoodReads - just added this one to my 'to-read' list - sounds stupendous! 

And, hey, did you know that the second annual Steampunk convention is coming up this weekend in Seattle?  It's called 'Steamcon II' - hoobah!

Whitney at She is Too Found of Books just announced a YA of the 80s and 90s Reading Challenge on her blog - check it out!


The lovely, wonderful, exquisite Jen at I Read Banned Books has lost her mind is holding a giveaway for her ARC of Matched by Ally Condie.  I think you all should know that I've spoken with the fates, and they say that this book is mine.  However, if you want to take a shot at it, please visit her blog before Nov. 24 :)  Stunning generosity, my dear Jen!

Reading Between the Wines Book Club is giving away a signed copy of Jeaniene Frost's Eternal Kiss of Death.  Oh, I loooooove me some Jeaniene Frost vamps! 

Escape in a Book is giving away a copy of Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta.  I've hear amazing things about this book!

And, oh wow, perhaps you've heard of this little thing going on called the Gratitude Giveaway?  Amazing!  It's being hosted by I am a Reader, Not a Writer, and over 170 book bloggers have joined up to offer giveaways to their fabulous readers - hey, that's you!  Thanks so much, IAAR, NAW, for organizing this amazing event!

That's it for this week, kids!  More news and fun stuff to come next week!


  1. I love this meme you have created. There is so much going on the literary world it is hard to keep up. I especially like the rec for Hush, the worldest greatest bookstores and the info on Kirsty Eagar interview (Eagar is brilliant!)

    Also thanks for the shout out for my review of The Duff :)

  2. My pleasure, Nic! Looks like a stupendous read! And I can't wait to read Raw Blue!


  3. Awww, thanks for the inclusion ;) Love the blog!

  4. Lol @ I Read Banned Books. I think I have lost my mind. Juggling three giveaways and having my mother in town. Ahhhhh! Appreciate the shout-out and I hope you win too. I'm pulling for follower.


  5. Thanks for such a wonderful list of bloggy news. Always a pleasure to meet other bloggers I'm away to visit some of the blogs you hilighted, thanks for the links.

  6. Thanks Everyone :) I am a former reporter, so I love collecting information and putting it all in one spot!

    Happy reading!