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Book news, reviews, and musings 28 September 2010

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News and features

Dont forget that this week is Banned Books Week!

Project Gutenberg, the online archive specialising in out of copyright books, has launched an Android app.

Tony DiTerlizzi, coauthor of the hugely successful Spiderwick Chronicles, has launched a new kids book that makes use of augmented reality technology. Is this the future of the book? has posted a sneak peak of Rick Riordans new Heroes of Olympus series. If you love Percy Jackson (as we do), youll want to check this out.

Charlottes Library has put together an excellent roundup of MG and YA news, reviews, and interviews for the past week.

Dont forget to check out our newest posts: competition round ups, new releases, book reviews, and more!


Bestselling author Sean Williams, who has recently been writing books set in the Star Wars universe, chats with Titan Books about his newest book, Fatal Alliance. interviews author Kara Louise, author of Darcys Voyage, a Jane Austen spin-off, and grills her on all manner of Austen arcana. (Note, if youre interested in Jane Austen spin-offs, check out our recent Jane Austen mashup novels list)

Hilary Wagners novel Nightshade City uses anthropomorphic rats as its protagonists in the manner of the famous Redwall series. Writing the Renaissance chats with the author about the novels historical setting.


Bookie Monster reviews War Dances, Sherman Alexies collection of short stories and essays, and is impressed by the authors ability to touch on universal themes while still feeling close to home.

Alison Flood from The Guardian looks at Andrew Taylors novel'The Anatomy of Ghosts, and is impressed by this Cambridge College murder mystery.


Cinda Williams Chima, author of the Seven Realms series, ponders the use of violence in young adult literature, particularly in books set during times of war or civil unrest.

Middle grade author RL Lafevers considers the differences in the journeys of male and female protagonists, and how gender archetypes can be challenged or made more complex. If youre interested in Lafeverss work, you can see our review of the first novel in her Theodosia series; well be putting up a review of the second later this week.

Nigerian author Chimamanda Adichie discusses the dangers of hearing only a single story in literature.

Just for fun

The Vine gives us the best and worst book titles of all time.

Author birthdays

Happy birthday Prosper Merimee and Kate Douglas Wiggins!

Quote of the Day

Some editors are failed writers, but so are most writers. ' T. S. Eliot

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