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Book news, reviews, and musings 3 October 2010

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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

Granta gives us its list of the best young Spanish language authors.

China warns the Nobel Committee not to award the literature prize to dissident Liu Xiaobo. The Nobel winner will be announced on the 7th of October.

The Australian Romance Readers Association is running a survey.

Calling all bloggers: are you participating in the Eco Libris green books campaign? See more details at the'Eco Libris website.

Were running a giveaway of Jandy Nelsons fabulous The Sky is Everywhere. Click here to enter.

Were also running a giveaway of Lara Morgans Genesis: The Rosie Black Chronicles #1. Click here to enter.

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


Check out videos and extras from Oprahs recent chat with JK Rowling here.

Pop news website SavvySugar interviews librarian Stephanie Chase about how she stepped into her role.


Book-Crazy reviews Stork by Wendy Desol, and calls it startlingly original.

Jess DArbonne reviews Jonathan Maberrys coming of age zombie novel Rot and Ruin.

Oz HorrorScope checks out Inhuman by Anna Dusk, and is startled by its confronting approach to rural life.

Erin over at Erin Reads reviews an audio edition of the much-loved classic'The Great Gatsby. (Which reminds me, I should put up a review of Tender is the Night at some point!)


Boys should be allowed to read whatever they choose, says Scholastic. And rightly so!

Alan Baxter gives us his top 10 list of fictional characters.

If anyone can make vampires scary again, Stephen King can. In this Guardian article, King gives us his advice for giving vampires back their bite (and taking away their sparkle).

Just for fun

If youre like me, you can never have enough bookshelves.

Author birthdays

Happy birthday Thomas Wolfe!

Quote of the Day

Diana Gabaldon on being a university professor: its like being a stand up comedienne except'with health insurance.

Beautiful book cover of the day

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  1. Oh, that book cover is lovely! I just want to stare at it. My husband and I have just agreed that we seriously need some of those expanding bookshelves. And Id love to hear what you thought of Tender is the Night! Did you read it, or listen to the audio?

    • Stephanie /

      I struggle a bit with audio books (as much as I love my podcasts). I find that my attention drifts, but then I cant be bothered going back to see what Ive missed. So its print only for me! :)

  2. Ah, I definitely understand! I used to be like that, then something changed all of a sudden, and now I really enjoy audiobooks. Weird, I know. I read Tender is the Night for a class in college and didnt love it as much as I loved The Great Gatsby when I listened to it recently. Ill be interested to read your review.