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