Thursday, December 27, 2007

Would This Work In Your Library?

I'm rather taken with the idea.

TTW Mailbox: Zones at Oak Park Public Library (updated)


Cinematic Titanic releases The Oozing Skull

Honors...Awards...Best of...

'Bullitt,' '12 Angry Men' among honored films
Book of the year: 'Harry Potter' prevails, wands down
Rotten Tomatoes Ranks 2007 Reviews
There Will Be Blood Leads Critics' Poll
Top 10 Technology Videos of 2007
Listeners' Picks for Album of the Year
Alliance of Women Film Journalists Awards Best Film to No Country for Old Men
Grammys Name Bacharach, Day and The Band Among Lifetime Achievement Honorees

Our good friends at has a great list of best books:
Best Of ListsMichael Dirda’s Five Best Christmas Stories
Sarah Johnson’s favorite ten historical novels of 2007
Time Magazine’s Top 10 Fiction Titles of 2007
Amazon’s Top Ten Mysteries and Thrillers of 2007
Publishers Weekly’s compilation of graphic novels best lists and their latest Religion Bestsellers
Best Business Books from CEO Reads.
Oline Cogdill’s Best Mysteries of 2007
Library Journal’s list of Best Books of 2007 and Library Journal Reviewers’ Best Reads of the Year
January Magazine
The Village Voice
The Chicago Tribune’s 2007 list is huge. What is this–every book that got a good review?
and repeating themselves here:
Reader’s Advisor Online Presents the Best of 2007

Her Majesty

Rock On Lizzie, Rock On!
British Queen Takes Christmas Chat to YouTube
Elizabeth Takes 'Oldest Monarch' Title from Victoria


Year in Review::10 MediaShifting Moments of 2007
This article really blew my mind

Google Captures the 'Zeitgeist' of 2007
Surely they must have omitted some of the "less savory" terms used. Still, an interesting list

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Influential Stuff from 2007

The Biggest Science Stories of 2007
Most sought-after out-of-print books in America
Top 10 life-affirming movie moments
Scientific American's Top 25 Science Stories of 2007

Bidding 2007 Farewell

I can't help it. I luuuuurve to see what people have named as the Most Important, Biggest, Most Influential as much as - or maybe more than - the Best Of lists.

Few things surpass a Worst Of list for sheer reading pleasure.

PREDICTIONS - Especially in Library-related Tech

My best bet for watching this annual speculation-fest is to add Stephen's Lighthouse to your newsreader. Recently he has had a great list from the wiz-kids at Mashable

Wednesday, December 19, 2007


"Sanderson to Complete Final Novel in Jordan Fantasy Series Tor Books has announced that novelist Brandon Sanderson has been chosen to finish writing the final novel in Robert Jordan’s bestselling Wheel of Time fantasy series. Jordan–described by some as Tolkien’s heir–died Sept. 16 from a rare blood disease. The new novel, A Memory of Light, will be the 12th and final book in the fantasy series which has sold more than 14 million copies in North America and more than 30 million copies worldwide. The last four books in the series were all #1 New York Times bestsellers."

Bless Booklist Online!

Booklist now has blogs and rss feeds. No longer do we have anxiously await delivery of Booklist, flip aimlessly through the contents, and then turn to what's really important: The Manly Arts. Nope, they can go to our newsreaders as soon as they're online.

Feeling old-school? Just mark your calendar and go to the website once a month. I suspect they're embargoed until the next month but, hey, give Booklist a break! They have to make money too.

I found it easiest to go to and select the blogs tab. This immediately showed me the two blogs available that use RSS technology broadcast their contents:

Likely Stories A Book Blog by Keir Graff
Keir Graff, Booklist Online's senior editor, writes candidly about books, book reviewing, and the publishing industry

Book Group Buzz
Join Team Buzz for a book-group bounty: tips, reading guides, news, helpful links, and more.

But there's more!
Receive some of your favorite articles (a month after publication) by subscribing to the RSS feeds. Sweeeet!

At Leisure with Joyce Saricks

The Back Page

Carte Blanche

He Reads She Reads

The Manley Arts


Story Behind the Story

Top 10 Lists

"Every January, Booklist publishes Editors’ Choice: lists of the best books, databases, video/DVDs, and audiobooks of the past year. From these lists, we further select what we call the Top of the List: the single best title in eight categories—adult fiction, adult nonfiction, youth fiction, youth nonfiction, youth picture book, reference source, video/DVD, and audiobook."


A review this for subscription about 18 months ago revealed the interface was clunky for searching and the contents could as easily be found on other subscription indexes. If you do not already subscribe you do not get access to those features.

Fantasy and Science Fiction Lit 2/08

The Adventures of Amir Hamza
SF author Elizabeth Hand recommends this as a "fantastical saga of the uncle of the Prophet..." she continues "For classi reference points, imagine a more exotic, populous, Eastern variant on Le Morte d'Arthur or Orlando Furioso..

"...contemporary readers might cite Isak Dinesen's Gothic stories...the Kai Lung tales of Ernest Bramah..Stephen Goldin's Parsina novels...Robert E. Howeard's Conan novels (for sloe-eyed enchantresses and numerous decapitations...Clark Ashton Smith's Zothique...or even J.K. Rowling's magnum opus (for page length)."

Sounds like it could be a good recommendation for readers who enjoy epics, classic sagas, fantasy sagas, or even mythology.

Tuesday, December 18, 2007


See film for the music Oscar nominations

John Legend Goes With Target
Face Off

TELEVISION - Really, is there anything left to say?

YES! Something new!

TV season, we hardly knew ye

'Survivor' names its winner

via SF Signal : "Just when you thought you had to wait until February to catch the season premiere of LOST, along comes ABC to announce that LOST will debut on January 31st at 9pm ET. Sure, it's almost February, but its at least a whole week earlier. This is one of only three must watch on the night it airs shows for me. Note the link may not work. BuddyTV seems to have issues with this particular post. "

NBC: Leno, O'Brien returning to air - I'll believe it when I see it

We'll put this here since it's all covered on the news anyway
Top showbiz stories of 2007


Best of, Award gossip, And Thou...what more do I need?


Awards Watch: AFI Jury Picks Ten Best

Golden Globe Nominations: Atonement Leads Pack with Seven

Oscars Face the Music

'No Country,' 'Blood' make 2007's top 10


Trailer Watch: Cloverfield

Baby Shark Optioned for Film - and I can't help asking, does he know Nemo?

Indiana Jones and the Online Marketing C'mon, it's Indiana Jones! Who cares how they market!


Deep Water

I Am Legend

Kite Runner, The

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Romantic Notes

Publisher's Weekly, 11/19/07:
Paranormal romance keeps coming on strong. Often the paranormal and the historical are blended. The Harlquin NASCAR series is speeding along at full tilt

Romantic Times Book Review, 1/08:
The rise of erotica and dark/urban fantasy may be spurring more historicals with more sexual exploration. While similar to that found in the "bodice ripper" romances of the 70s and 80s, there is always a twist.

Inspirational author M.L. Tyndall's The redemption is not what you'd expect from an inspirational romance. Here, the author uses sexual content to illustrate the hero's truly evil ways and how loving guidance turns him to faith and true love.

Saturday, December 8, 2007

Lost, Me

I will figure out how to delete blank posts. really

General Mischief

Happy Sexy Turkey Hat Day
Plan ahead for next year. Plan ahead

General Mischief

General Mischief!

Television - including THE STRIKE!!!!

*Heroes* Continues Online

..and really, does the rest of it matter?


Set List: Amy Winehouse, Minneapolis, 2007
Herbie Hancock Ending Year on a Peaceful Note
Feist On Grammy Day: 'I Live In A Bubble'
Audio Day Dream
Free At Last
Rufus Does Judy At Carnegie Hall
West, Winehouse lead Grammy nominations
Sinatra Stamp In The Mail
Christmas Albums Filling Soundscan's Stocking
Motown: A Journey Through Hitsville USA
Set List: James Taylor & Carole King, Troubadour, 2007
Tom Petty To Play Super Bowl Halftime Show
Set List: Spice Girls, Vancouver, 2007


Best Film Lists: Sight & Sound
Golden Compass, The
'Kite' boys leave Afghanistan over fears
'No Country' picked as 2007's best
Best Films of 2007
National Board of Review Names No Country for Old Men Best Film
Awards Watch: Gothams Boost Into the Wild, Sicko, Juno's Ellen Page
Oscar Watch: Atonement Picks Up Steam
4 Months, 3 Weeks, 2 Days Wins at European FIlm Awards
Oscar Watch: Foreign Film

Thursday, December 6, 2007


January Bestsellers and More
Review: Carpe Jugulum by Terry Pratchett

OK, tired. More later!

Holiday Gift Giving - Books and Libraryland stuff

World Almanac - More Lead-based toys!!!!

USA Today Critics Picks 2007 Holiday Gift Guide
Critics' Picks: 2007 Holiday Gift Guide
Shelf Essentials: Best Reads of 2007

Holiday gifts from the U.S. Government
LOC gift shop

Awards and a Holiday Bonus!

Buzzfeed has a list of 5 lists
New York Times: '>100 Notable Books of the Year
Thrillers - Amazon's Top 10 for 2007
SF Chronicle's Best Books of the Year
Spinetingler Awards Shortlist

Best Films of 2007
National Board of Review Names No Country for Old Men Best Film
Awards Watch: Gothams Boost Into the Wild, Sicko, Juno's Ellen Page
Oscar Watch: Atonement Picks Up Steam
4 Months, 3 Weeks, 2 Days Wins at European FIlm Awards
Oscar Watch: Foreign Film
Dylan film leads Spirit Award nominees

BOOKS - Awards and "Best Of"

Buzzfeed has a list of 5 lists
New York Times: Books" href=",243833252,6026,f/" target=Bwindow>100 Notable Books of the Year

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Film and Music - TV when the strike is over!

Thompson On Hollywood

Grease: Lego Summer Nights Deranged. I'm just sayin' And is that a pilot badge on John Travolta?

The Set List
Avril Lavigne Loads The Skateboards On The Bus for '08 Tour
As if readers of a certain age couldn't quote the entire movie verbatim, they now have the chance to memorize all the words for the Broadway Musical, too! Mel Brooks' Crew Heads Into Studio
Celine Dion Sets North America Tour
Timbaland has the Biggest Hit in History*

Westerns and stuff

Occasionally one picks up some material in this one that is good for reference review and even Arizoniana! Heavy on Women in the West

Harvey Girls: The Women Who Tamed the Wild Frontier

Oh, those "adult" westerns that just don't fit into a collection development statement!
Saddlebums Review: Longarm and the Golden Eagle Shoot-Out

The Reader's Advisor Online Blog

The Reader's Advisor Online Blog

I think I find this blog to be one of the most useful for reader's advisors that I've ever found. And small wonder! It's the free part of Reader's Advisor Online, which is the electronic part of Genreflecting and all of its spinoffs. If you work in a library and you do Reader's Advisory work. Subscribe via your newsreader. Do It Now!!!

RA Run Down What's going on in publishing that may be of use to us

Award Season

Harper Lee will be awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom OK, this is just cool. In fact, it rocks. Who knew she was still alive?

Whiting Award winners

The IMPAC Dublin Award longlist

Best of Season
Publishers Weekly has listed 150 titles in its Best Books of the Year article.

I don't know what Cynthia Orr bases her bestseller mashups on but I do like them as well as USA Today for giving a reader's advisor the true scoop on what people are asking for. Bestseller Mashup

Smart Bitches, Trashy Books

Smart Bitches, Trashy Books

I always hesitate with this title. I know, I know, don't be a prude. I just...well, I just love the blog. Fewer links to downright guffaw humor than SF Signal, but the cleverness and snippiness just kills me.

Whether you hate Romance or love it, you have to admit some of the covers - especially from the 80s, are totally snark-worthy as in:
Mind-Blowing Covers! As in “They Gave Me Nausea and a Fever”

And sometimes they even advocate for a real cause! Link-o-lation: Fun, Games, and Panties of Protest

SF Signal

SF Signal

Amazon's Top 10 SF/F Books of 2007

5 Awesome Sci-Fi Inventions That Would Actually Suck. (language)

From the UK's Guardian: favorite books to re-read.

Friday YouTube: Death Star Canteen (remember to view this at home)

The 3 Best "Greedo Shot First" Parodies (yet another at-home)

Saturday YouTube: Star Trek doing Holy Grail (home)

SF Scope sez there are three new Nancy Kress books on the way: Steal Across the Sky (Tor), Dogs (a biological thriller published by Tachyon), and the short story collection Nano Comes to Clifford Falls and Other Stories (Golden Gryphon).

Vintage Space and Science Fiction Themed Games

Lesa's Book Critiques

Lesa's Book Critiques
Clea Simon's third Theda Krakow mystery Cries and Whiskers

Buzz Girl

Grove/Atlantic, Spring 2008

Fantasybookspot - Fantasy Book Reviews Interviews Science Fiction Book Reviews I

Fantasybookspot - Fantasy Book Reviews Interviews Science Fiction Book Reviews I
Why they don't just keep the name as Fantasybookspot is beyond me. There are also Romancebookspot and other bookspot blogs

2007 Ellis Peters Historical Dagger Award winner announced
Ariana Franklin’s second novel, Mistress of the Art of Death

Assorted Reviews:
Stamping Butterflies by Jon Courtenay Grimwood
Reader and Raelynx by Sharon Shinn
Inside Straight - A Wild Cards Novel edited by George R.R. Martin

Bookgasm: Reading Material to Get Excited About

Bookgasm: Reading Material to Get Excited About
and really, isn't the name of the blog exciting enough? NO! Here are some reads to get excited about!

A Killer’s Kiss by William Lashner
Drop Shot by Harlan Cohen
The Last Days of Krypton by Kevin Anderson - superman prequel
Jon Courtenay Grimwood's End of the World Blues Winner of multiple SF awards this year

Announcement of the 2007 Weblog Awards

Non-Fiction Readers Anonymous

In Wednesday miscellany., Non-Anon is partway through The Life You Save May Be Your Own. Catholicism and decisions by famous people.

In Not qualified to comment. Non-Anon says what we've all thought about Norman Mailer

Cohen one, Bennett zero. Apparently Randy Cohen is not a fan of William Bennett of "virtues" fame. The Good, the Bad, & the Difference: How to Tell Right from Wrong in Everyday Situations.

Pop Goes Fiction

Pop Goes Fiction
Redemption by Lee Jackson Ben Trinity ends up in Redemption, Montana after hitchhiking during a snowstorm. It's a few years in the future and Trinity has been accused of being a terrorist ...

Last Rituals: an Icelandic Novel of Secret Symbols, Medieval Witchcraft, and Modern Murder by Yrsa Sigurdardottir During a murder investigation it is discovered that was part of a group of students who were interested in Iceland's history of witch hunts and the torture that surrounded them Part of a new series. The author is Icelandic and fortunately writes in English. Fortunate for most of us anyway. Unless you only read Icelandic. In which case not so good. Worth a look for the subject matter and author's name alone!

Critical Mass


Norman Mailer, 1923-2007
My Coffee Date With Mailer

NYT > Books

NYT > Books
Norman Mailer, Towering Writer With Matching Ego, Dies at 84
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From About Literature: Contemporary

About Literature: Contemporary

Library Books 126 Years Overdue in Peru

Run by Ann Patchett

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Still more clips

Congratulations Verner Vinge for his 2007 Hugo Award win with Rainbows End

Romantic Times Book Reviews "Beastly Boys" 10/2007 p. 34: Werewolves are rising in the genre

Romantic Times Book Reviews 11/07 p. 13: Romance audiences are skewing older - once again the "boomers" are affecting the market.

Notes from
Saricks, Joyce. "Nonrequired Reading for the Reader's Advisor." Booklist 10/1/2007, p. 30:

Some things are "must read for my job" reads:

Other things are "should reads" because you enjoy them
pleasure reading, listening, viewing

The problem is how to balance them

1. You can't read everything

2. Learn to read a book in 10 minutes at (about 1/3 of the way down the page.) Even Saricks isn't that fast, it usually takes her 30 minutes. This technique is most useful for non-fiction. Learn enough to share with readers

3. Reader's Advisory is collaborative - talk to your co-workers

4. Skim blurbs, pump fans, watch ads for bestsellers

5. Keep a tbr, not a stack of books at home. If it's importan enough you'll see it on your list and go back

6. Remember to put aside time for non-required "sanity reading"

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

More things not to read at work's the bandwidth dontcha know

A Conversation with Stephen Abram

More Clips!

Twenty Million Books!
Congrats to Librarything. Be sure to scroll down for the Halloween Bookpile winners.

Clapton, Winwood Find Their Way Home ... To New York
Eagles Top U.K. Chart; U.S. Sales Expected To Be A Mystery
Eagles Album Sets Wal-Mart Record
The Who Launch A Website But They Are Not Singing 'Bargain'

DVD released just in time for holiday gift-giving: health and rats

Writer's Strike: What's the role of unions in the digital age?

Libraryland Peptalks via Tame The Web: Libraries and Technology
A Weblog by Michael Stephens
Resolving Conflict
Please Bring Your Heart With You
Six Secrets of Success

Still More Clips from Libraryland

Disputed book pulled from Oprah website Education of Little Tree

Producers: 'We've hunkered down' Strike

Thanks George, boomers around the world give you a BIG smile George Osmond, Osmond patriarch, dies at 90

Little Known Facts: Hugh Laurie, yes House, wrote a book: THE GUN SELLER

Sci-Fi/Fantasy: A Reading Primer By Romantic Times BOOKreviews

All Clips today

I'm in a hurry

Love Over Scotland Written by Alexander McCall Smith

Soldier The Life of Colin Powell now in pbk

Buzz Girl: Penguin Press, Spring 2008

Buzz Girl: Penguin Press, Spring 2008

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

OK, I chickened out

Really Scary!
Don’t Hassel the Hoff, by David Hasselhoff excuse the terms of endearment used in the review. Remember the name of the blog, after all.

I don't think my employer might understand...

Things Not to Watch at Work

Too good not to record, not allowed at work!

Wednesday YouTube: Darth Vader in Love

Optical Popitude points us to a deleted dinner scene from The Empire Strikes Back

A Librarian's Guide to Etiquette may well be the Dorothy Parker of bloglibrarianship. Oh the shame! Wikis, On pretending to give a shit that they exist

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Trends in Christian Fiction

Karen Kingsbury is tearing up the list at the Christian Bookseller’s Association.

Downturn in Christian Publishing
Smietana, Bob. “Downturn in Christian Publishing.” Christianity Today; Jun2007, Vol. 51 Issue 6, p44-47, 4p

Street Lit and Urban Lit

Terry McMillan on Urban Lit:
Publishing Company Called Out over 'Ghetto Lit'

Forever a Hustler’s Wife by Nikki Turner is the #1 Bestseller on the Essence Magazine Bestseller List. It is #2 Bestseller Fiction on the African-American Literature Book Club (AALBC) list.

African-American Non-Fiction Mashup
Top 3
1. Confessions of a Video Vixen by Karrine Steffans
2. The Vixen Diaries by Karrine Steffans
3. Reposition Yourself by TD Jakes


2008 Elections
Facts for Features Special Edition: The 2008 Presidential Election

TechSource Blog - Sailing On, Karen Schneider’s Farewell to TechSource gets on a roll toward the middle. See also related comments by Peter Brantley: Libraries Re-shaping

Libraryland Fun!

As always, Thanks to You SF Fans! You bring Fun to Life!

SciFi Ranter Girl: The Top 5 Most Fashionable Science Fiction TV Shows.

Top 5 offers The Top 9 Worst Moments in Sci-Fi History.

11 Sci-Fi TV Themes I Love

Social MST3K
Why miss MST3K when you can make your own? Oh, waitaminit, that’s how they started!

EOS Book’s take on Underpants
(No mention of Captain Underpants)

Star Wars zombies:
Collect the Whole Set!

Stuff to Think About in Libraryland

At Last! Knights Templar reprieved of heresy

Endeca anyone? Catalog vs. search engine - or is it?

Do You Have the Courage to Explore?
Training and Tornadoes

Library History: Books Are Weapons

Music and Film

Following a life-long interest, Janet Reno Presents America in Song

The LA Times summarizes what we know about the next Star Trek movie so far.
The Obsessed with Film website lists The Top 10 Zombie Apocalypse Movies
MovieDigger lists: 10 Dumb Moments in Sci-Fi Cinema
SF Signal Reports on the Most Anticipated Movies

Books Getting a Lot of Blog-Buzz

The Abstinence Teacher
by Tom Perrota,
The Abstinence Teacher

Ghostlands by Richard A Knaak,
Here: Ghostlands

Susan Faludi’s
The Terror Dream: Fear and Fantasy in Post-9/11 America.
Here: Macho Security State”
And Here: The Terror Dream

Bestsellers and Awards!

This weeks: Bestseller Mashup

Doris Lessing Wins Nobel
Nobel to Lessing, Incisive Voice of Women’s Fate
What Harold Bloom had to say about Doris Lessing winning the Nobel Prize for Literature

National Book Awards
National Book Award Finalists

Saturday, October 6, 2007


Look out!

Oprah prescribes 'Love in the Time of Cholera' to book club

January 2008 - STEPHEN KING!!!! New Steve Book

Kite Runner - the film: 'Kite Runner' Delayed Out of Fear for Actors

Trends Season Begins!

Not to be upstaged by Award season, trends season is also upon us! From October thru April it's just awards, trends, trends, and awards.

Here's one of the first libraryland/media/tech trendspotting reports:
ABC News' Ten Technologies that will change the world found via Stephen's Lighthouse

Never fear, we'll keep you posted on what's what!


CRITICAL MASS is kicking off the announcements with Connecticut Book Award in Fiction to Weber's "Triangle". I read this one folks, and it's kinda neato

Bookish remarks

Buzz Girl unloads the skinny from Holt.

Thank goodness for Saddlebums Western Review a bright spot in an otherwise dimming genre.

Thanks for this tongue-in-cheek review of the challenged The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett from our delightfully snarky friends at Smart Bitches, Trashy Books I don't name 'em folks, I just post 'em.

Pop Goes Fiction checks in with a fun-sounding non-fiction title: Service Included: Four-Star Secrets of an Eavesdropping Waiter by Phoebe Damrosch

We are greatful to the late David Halberstam's friends for supporting his last work: 'Coldest Winter'

Books and Banned Books

Banned Books Week was apparently successful around the country. Even The Onion had comments: Nation's Teens Disappointed by Banned Books. Captain Underpants also made an outstanding appearance: Yeah, what Jessamyn said ...