If you haven't had a chance to weigh-in on Wednesday's post about books that left you a wreck , take a second and do so, would you? I'm enjoying what you all have come up with. I was on the road last week when I got the news about Harper Lee's death, so I couldn't add anything to the scheduled post for Saturday. But it's no secret that I loved her stuff, and the news saddened me. Sure, we all knew that we weren't going to get anything new from her, and that she was in declining health. But, to hear that she's gone, just seems wrong. I tried to come up with something on my own, but my words were inadequate. Here's a small sample of the tributes that were worth reading and resonated most with me:
- Bye, Boo: My Love to Harper Lee.
- Harper Lee was my David Bowie: How 'Mockingbird' changed one writer's life.
- Courage and Mourning the Loss of Harper Lee.
Now for the 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:
- Douglas Adams' mother did this week
- Check out the Kickstarter for Upside Down: Inverted Tropes in Storytelling Anthology -- some of my faves are in here -- and, overall, the tropes in question should prove pretty interesting to see inverted.
- 7 Great Stories About Stories -- Michael Underwood, promoting the new Genrenauts novella, has a great list.
- New Novel Announcement: Bannerless -- Finally, we start learning what Carrie Vaughn will do post-Kitty Norville
- How Books Influence Authors -- Some clever things to think about here.
- This Week's New Releases I'm Excited About and/or You'll Probably See Here Soon:
- The Absconded Ambassador by Michael R. Underwood -- the 2nd Genrenauts novel. I dug it and I think you will, too.
- Out of the Blues by Trudy Nan Boyce -- An Atlanta Police Dept. vet turns mystery author. This will bleed authenticity. Looks like a good novel, too.
- The Drowned Detective by Neil Jordan -- this detective novel looks as thoughtful and moving as one of one of his movies.
- The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury -- an intriguing looking YA-take on Aladdin.
- Kill the Boy Band by Goldy Moldavsky -- The title's enough, right? When being a Super-fan goes awry.