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 http://bookbitch.com/READERS%20ADVISORY.htm (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

...it'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