Been one of those days, but it's still Saturday, so posting it still counts :) 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:
- How the Hitchhiker’s Guide can make the world a better place
- One other way to help make the world a better place, at least a little: comes from this tweet reminder -- from Harry Connolly
- From 'alibi' to 'mauve': what famous writers' most used words say about them -- a fun little read
- Interview: the Lucky Nows -- Alex Bledsoe talks about getting someone to write a song for the new Tufa novel and then interviews them.
- 10 Characters in the Mercy Thompson Series You Absolutely Must Meet -- B&N's Sci-Fi & Fantasy blog has a good piece in honor of the new Mercy book this week.
- INFOGRAPHIC: The Salaries of Famous Fictional Characters -- an odd selection of characters in this Infographic featured on Electric Literature.
- A Couple of Book-ish Related Podcast Episodes you might want to give a listen:
- Alan Dean Foster was interviewed on Hank Garner's Author Stories podcast this week -- some fascinating stuff from an author I'm sure you've read a little of.
- The Writers Panel #319: Christine Lennon/Bob Daily, features some good stuff -- I really liked what Daily said about characters/scenes (have used it a little already in looking at books). The story about getting his job on Frasier is pretty good, too, albeit off-topic for this blog.
- After a couple of slow weeks on the New Release front, we get hit with this one...leading to:
- Bledsoe's right. Get to work, people. This Week's New Releases I'm Excited About and/or You'll Probably See Here Soon are a good place to start:
- Gather Her Round by Alex Bledsoe -- the fifth Tufa novel looks to be the darkest so far. Really looking forward to this.
- Silence Fallen by Patricia Briggs -- I'm almost halfway done with this, and it's a good one, folks (shock). Mercy's kidnapped by a vampire, and well, Adam's trying not to kill everyone in sight.
- Magic for Nothing by Seanan McGuire -- the new InCryptid novel is from Antimony's point of view, and she's getting to deal with the fallout from Verity's live television surprise at the end of Chaos Choreography.
- How the Hell Did This Happen? The 2016 Presidential Election by P. J. O'Rourke -- title says it all, don't it?
- Say Nothing by Brad Parks -- Parks' first stand-alone is fantastic. Read my full take here.
- Hunger Makes the Wolf by Alex Wells -- SF world, Biker Gang, and some strange sort of magic. Cool book. My full take on this one is right here.
Lastly, I'd like to say hi and welcome to five experts for following the blog this week.