Bookish News #10

Goodreads Choice Awards

Don’t forget to cast your vote in the final round of the 2011 Goodreads Choice Awards.  Voting ends November 30th.

As a side note, Ilona Andrews – who is up for Best Goodreads Author and Best Paranormal Fantasy – has promised that Gordon will write another Curran POV scene as a reward for fans since they made it into the final round.  I’m so excited!  Update: Here it is!  Gordon wrote the scene where Curran finds out about Kate’s daddy!

New blog post by Jim Butcher

After three and a half years, Jim Butcher has finally updated his blog again!  The new post is called The Most Important Thing an Aspiring Author Needs to Know.

Excerpt from Head Rush by Carolyn Crane

The first chapter of Head Rush, the third and final book in Carolyn Crane’s awesome Disillusionists trilogy, is now online.  Read more about the release of Head Rush in my previous post.

RIP Anne McCaffrey

Although I’ve never read her work, I was still sad to learn that Anne McCaffrey passed away a few days ago.  She was the first woman to win the Hugo and Nebula Awards as well as the first science fiction writer to make it on the New York Times’ Hardcover Bestseller List.

Read more from Todd McCraffey, Neil Gaiman, Lynn Viehl, and Kate Elliott.

Nearing the end of NaNoWriMo

It’s coming down to the wire for those of you who are participating in this year’s NaNoWriMo.  Good luck!

Even though I am not participating, I have really been enjoying Maureen Johnson‘s “Ask Auntie MJ” question and answer series.  Here are the links to a few of my favorite posts:

Bad reviews, rating systems, and the disturbing trend in YA romance

Seanan McGuire has posted two extremely thought-provoking pieces – the first on the flaws in negative reviews and rating systems, the second on the trend towards unhealthy romantic relationships in YA fiction.

Even though I don’t read a ton of YA, I found this second post especially interesting.  In it, McGuire refers to this chilling article about how YA perpetuates rape culture, and she also links us to a couple of other fascinating, well written posts that discuss similar issues.  I highly recommend reading McGuires’s post.  It’s some serious food for thought.


About Lesley

I love big dogs, ravioli, and all things nerdy. Books are my crack.
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