Book reviews, new books, publishing news, book giveaways, and author interviews

Book news, reviews, and musings 24 September 2010

book news 150x150 Book news, reviews, and musings 24 September 2010

News, Reviews, and Musings is a new daily feature. Feel free to chime in, or to tweet/email us if we've missed something that you'd like to see featured.

News and features

Charlaine Harris, author of the mega-selling Sookie Stackhouse books, has cancelled her Australian tour due to family reasons. Our thoughts are with Charlaine.

Angry Robot, formerly an imprint of Harper Collins has now expanded into the USA, much as angry robots are wont to do. While youre there, check out the stunning covers of their KW Jeter rereleases.

You can read an excerpt from bestselling author Sheila OFlanagans new book, A Season to Remember, at her website. We recently enjoyed Sheilas book Stand By Me.


F Scott Fitzgeralds The Great Gatsby will be performed in its entirety (yes, every word) over 8 hours this weekend in New York. New Yorker writer Rebecca Mead and actor Scott Shepherd discuss what this will entail.

Alyson Noel, author of Evermore,' is interviewed over at Blame it On the Muse. Her advice? Read widely, write lots, and enjoy wearing your pyjamas all day when you finally make the big time.

The Book Show looks at Justin Cronins surprise smash hit The Passage.


JRR Tolkiens'childrens classic The Hobbit is reviewed over at The verdict? Like Gumby and Samurai Pizza Cats, it retains some value, but really is a good deal better when youre eight. Ill be rereading The Hobbit as well as LotR over the next few months, so Ill be interested to see if I feel the same way!

Over at Conversational Reading, Scott and his readers take a look at Helen De Whitts The Last Samurai. There seems to be a touch of drooling and head-nodding going on over De Whitts use of language and layering.

The Sacramento Book Review looks at Mona Simpsons'My Hollywood, which deftly captures the conflicting perspectives of that strange, iconic place.

As part of our recent dystopian run, we review The Man in the High Castle. You can also check out our recent review of Fahrenheit 451,'The Chysalids and Brave New World.


FutureBook contemplates the impact of Twitter on the book trade, and gives some tips for using it appropriately (ie, as a way to communicate with your readers, not as part of a hard sell).

Over at Entertainment Weekly, the Popwatchers column reflects on the current trend for YA novelisations, and asks which books should be adapted next. Ill put my hand up and ask for something not involving vampires, werewolves, or zombies. Thats the problem with those undead crittersthey just keep coming back.

What do writers really think about critics? The Guardian tells us and, well, for the most part its not entirely pleasant!

Just for fun

Twenty of the worst childrens book covers ever. Youve been warned.

Author birthdays

Happy birthday John Brunner and F Scott Fitzgerald!

Quote of the Day

If my doctor told me I had only six minutes to live, I wouldnt brood. Id type a little faster. Isaac Asimov

Beautiful book cover of the day

makers cory doctorow Book news, reviews, and musings 24 September 2010


twitter 16 Book news, reviews, and musings 24 September 2010good reads icon Book news, reviews, and musings 24 September 2010 Book news, reviews, and musings 24 September 2010

Thanks to those who have supported Read in a Single Sitting by doing their Amazon shopping using our affiliate link!

Receive new posts via email:

Enter your email address:

No comments