Odds 'n ends over the week about books and reading that caught my eye. You've probably seen some/most/all of them, but just in case:
- Narrowing a Gap in the Sci-Fi Universe: One Fangirl Giving a Voice to Others -- Her Universe is a great place I often browse for gifts, dig the idea of them publishing now.
- In Search of the Novel’s First Sentence: A Secret History -- Andrew Heisel has a great piece on first sentences throughout history.
- Should Fiction Be Timeless? Pop Culture References in Contemporary Novels -- Another good read from Electric Lit.
- By the Cover: Meet Will Staehle, Freelance Designer -- BookRiot's got another great profile of a cover designer.
- 99 Ways to Spread the Word About a Book You Love -- If I did all 99 of these for each book that I want to, I'd go broke and would have no time to read. But there are some really good ideas here.
- The 15 Best Comedy Books of 2015 -- Somehow I just saw this the other day, there seems to be some good TBR fodder here. The fifth one here would get a second from my 11-year-old.
- Orphan X by Gregg Hurwitz -- The premise alone makes this worth a look. When you add in the endorsement's on this (Crais, Baldacci, Child, etc.), the comparisons to Bourne, Reacher and others . . . this has got to at least be worth a try.
- The Rogue Retrieval by Dan Kobold -- shades of Terry Brooks and Christopher Stasheff help this debut fantasy sound like a winner.
Lastly, I'd like to say hi and welcome to Dr. Joseph Suglia for following the blog this week. (cat is absolutely not necessary)