Thursday, January 6, 2011

The Thursday Literary News Roundup (9)

The Thursday Literary News Roundup 

Blog Posts of Note:

Excellent post from Khy at the Frenetic Reader called "The Appeal of Dystopian YA".  He reacts to the recent NYT article discussing the 'Dark Side' of YA lit (see last week's roundup): ". . . dystopian YA is appealing to teenagers because the teens in those novels are usually the ones doing the work. They get away with rebelling."  Writer Mike Duran also had this well-penned response, "YA Fiction: The Upside of the Dark Side".

Great discussion going on at Fiction Folio: "Is YA for losers?"

Special thanks to the Book Maven for tweeting the following two detailed and well-said blog posts from Brillig about the Borders debacle: Borders, Post-Mortem and The Cold Equations.  Fore more on the situation, see a link to an article under 'Articles'.

The Super Librarian started a great new feature called "Library Love: 100 Reasons to Love Your Local Library".  Do you know all the resources that you have at your local library?

Wastepaper Prose had a great post with "Author Insight: Sold or Sell-Out?" in which she asks authors how much they feel about changing their manuscripts at an agent's or editor's request.

Lindsi over at Books, Sweets and Other Treats started a fantastic new weekly meme called "What Do You Think? Wednesdays".  This week's discussion was on character perspectives - very nice conversation there!

Amazing review of a soon-to-be-released book that I haven't heard much about from Lauren at I was a Teenage Book Geek on 0.4 (Human.4 in the US) by Mike Lancaster: "Reminiscent of such genre classics as John Christopher's Empty World and John Wyndham's The Midwich Cuckoos, Brit author Mike Lancaster's debut novel 0.4 is the kind of book you pick up with a feeling of mild intrigue and eventually put down hours later having completely forgotten to eat, sleep or possibly even blink for the entire duration."

Brandi at Blkosiner's Book Blog got a pleasant surprise when she reviewed Across the Universe by Beth Revis: "I usually stay away from anything that is too science fictiony, but I heard so many good things about this book and managed to snag a copy from Librarything Early Reviewers program. And let me tell you, about 50 pages in, I completely forgot about genres and devoured Across the Universe."  I'm the same way, so I was so glad to have found her review!

Books in the Spotlight posted this review on upcoming release The Trouble with Half a Moon by Danette Vigilante: "This book could have easily become preachy, but the characters prevent that from happening. As a result, The Trouble with Half a Moon is a thought provoking story of grief, forgiveness, and healing."

Anna Reads posted a very positive (and entertaining) review on Cynthia Hand's Unearthly, which just came out this week: " If you're thinking, "Oh, no, not another angel book," stop it right now.  Okay, so, yeah, it totally is another angel book. And that's definitely what I was thinking too. But shush and listen for a second."  Melissa from Books and Things also reviewed and gave a very well-rounded review, as well!
Jessica gave a very well-balanced review of The Water Wars by Cameron Stracher over at Chapter Chicks: "The Water Wars is a book that will leave you savoring every drop of today's existence and praying this world doesn't exist in our near futures. It may not have been the best book I've ever read, but it was still well worth the read."

 New book Choker by Elizabeth Woods had several reviews this week.  Presenting Lenore gave an excellent one, as did the Frazzled Book Nommer.  I think there have been quite a few others - the reponse to the book had been varied, but it sounds very startling, different and disturbing.

Articles to Read:

A wonderful interview with A Northern Light and Revolution author Jennifer Donnelly was posted by Teen Ink.  In it, Donnelly says, "I struggled as a teenager with depression, and literature sustained me. It still does. I guess what I really want to say to teenagers is that this artistic legacy, whether you are a musician, a painter, or a writer – whatever you are – it's there, so reach back to your artistic ancestors and clasp hands with them and let them carry you for a bit."

The Christian Science Monitor did a very nice, well-detailed piece on Steampunk: "Steampunk: The new Goth

NPR's regular program You Must Read This featured an absolutely wonderful review of Gayle Forman's If I Stay (reviewed by Kaleb Nation).  Both audio and written word included: "'If I Stay': Trapped Betwen Life and Death". 

Good article from the CA's Press-Enterprise on a 2011 YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults nominee: "Cal State San Bernardino professor a finalist for book award".  The book's title is Every Bone Tells a Story by Peter Robertshaw and Jill Rubalcaba.

From "'Huckleberry Finn' loses the N-word: A whitewashed version of Twain's novel is on the way. Is that the worst thing in the world?"  From the article, "On Tuesday, Publisher's Weekly announced New South publishing will release a new, racial epithet-free version of "Huckleberry Finn." So go bleep yourself, Samuel Langhorne Clemens."

Shelf Awareness put out a great article with links to many other articles on the shaky situation of Borders. There was also an update in yesterday's edition, as well with more links.  Read both for the full story.

The Huffington Post put out this neat article on self-published author, Amanda Hocking, who has sold over 185,000 copies of her book on her own: "Meet Mega Bestselling Indie Heroine Amanda Hocking"

Okay, and I shouldn't laugh, but check out this wry piece of wit in the form of a press release.  It's, um. sarcastic.  Very much so.  To say the least. "Writers Band Together To Save Struggling Borders Bookstore Chain With New Anthology"

The San Francisco Chronicle also posted an article on "5 places to enjoy new 'steampunk' subculture" on the West Coast.

StyleBistro also posted this great piece on some new windows in a famed NYC department store: "Bergdorf Goodman Brings Posh Steampunk To Its Windows".

Fascinating.  This guy has a dream job.  From the New York Times: "Selling a Book by Its Cover".

The School Library Journal posted "In Memoriam", a list of, "librarians, authors, illustrators, and others in the world of children's book publishing passed away in 2010."

Half-Priced Books came out with something new.  From the Dallas Business News: "Half Price Books launched its own online shopping website".

And, The Library Journal announced its "LJ's 2011 Librarian of the Year".

Buzz: Books & Otherwise

More news about the film adaptation of The Maze Runner from Spinoff Online, "Fox’s Adaptation Of Young-Adult Hit The Maze Runner Gets A Writer".  And also from the LA Times, "Young-adult sensation 'The Maze Runner' gets ready to run the movie gantlet"

The LA Times posted an article about LGBT characters and plotlines in shows for young adults: "Gay and lesbian characters are popping up on shows for young people"

Have you ever seen this site?  It's called "Dear Teen Me: Letters to Our Teenage Selves".   Famous and up-and-coming post here - it's a wonderful site and insight!

The Cohen brothers talked to Thompson on Hollywood about their remake of True Grit.  I wanted to add this piece in here because the 14-year old who may be in the running to play Katniss Everdeen is in it, and in the interview, Joel had this to say about True Grit, "Part of what was so compelling to us about the novel is that you’d almost call it young adult adventure fiction. It has that element which is very strong. It seems to be stamped more strongly with that than the western genre to me in many ways"

And last, but not least, the book trailer for Clarity by Kim Harrington was released:

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

If you have any thoughts or suggestions for The Thursday Literary New Roundup, feel free to comment or email me at


  1. Ditto what Savannah said! I can't wait to read Across the Universe, all these good reviews have me getting twitchy for it:) And Clarity is another one I'm dying to read. I think I'm going to implode from the stress of waiting for all these books *cough* BONES *cough*:)

  2. Oh man, can I just say that I LOVE the Literary News Roundup?! One of my absolute fav posts of the week - and it definitely helps me procrastinate for at least an hour every week :)

    Emma @ girl loves books

  3. Thanks for spotlighting my review! That is awesome!
    This is a great type of post to do.

  4. I love the Roundup! Thanks so much for including me :)

  5. Thanks everyone! Putting it together helps distract me, too **cough** **vlad**


  6. Great highlights! I feel so up to date with these posts. I look forward to them every Thursday.

  7. I love the round up posts! I always find something new to discover. Thanks for including me this week. :)

    "Clarity" sounds great and kind of similar to the Wake series by Lisa McMann. I never heard of "0.4 Human" before, but it looks very promising.

  8. Another great installment to the happening in literaryverse.

    Thanks Linds. I know gathering all of this information must be quite time consuming.

  9. Thanks for mentioning me, Linds! :) I absolutely adore reading these new round up posts each week. :) A lot of the stuff I've already read about, but there are also a lot of other stuff that I would have never heard of if it weren't for you. :) You must seriously spend a lot of time on these posts! :P

  10. Awesome, AWESOME post. I'm really intrigued by 0.4/Human.4. Thanks for putting it on radar!