Things might go better if I stop trying to post this first thing in the morning -- this time my tardiness can be blamed on my 2nd son's high school graduation last night (congrats, my boy) and our new dog being . . . well, a wonderful distraction.
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:
- 'Show me the money!': the self-published authors being snapped up by Hollywood -- blah
- The True Story Behind Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler and Her Mixed-Up Files -- don't know how many times I read this book as a kid. Very happy to read this.
- How Having a Local Bookstore Has Changed My Reading
- Why We Stick with Recurring Characters in Fiction -- Ace Atkins -- fan, creator, maintainer of -- recurring characters knows a thing or two about the subject.
- A Thriller for Every Week of Summer 2017 -- Shopping list/Checklist/Calendar, a handy resource. Also, the news that Grafton's Y is for is around the corner is great -- I didn't expect it this year.
- This Week's New Releases I'm Excited About and/or You'll Probably See Here Soon:
- Exit Strategy by Steve Hamilton -- Nick Mason is back and things look pretty dicey.
- The End of Magic by Amber Benson-- the end of her Echo Park Coven trilogy is here. I finished it last night, and like every other book in this trilogy, it's not what I expected -- and better. Post coming soon -- I think.
- No Middle Name by Lee Child -- a collection of short stories and a novella.
- Behind the Mask: An Anthology of Heroic Proportions edited by Tricia Reeks & Kyle Richardson -- some of my favorite authors are included in this look at the lives of super-heroes and super-villains
- The Vanishing American Adult: Our Coming-of-Age Crisis--and How to Rebuild a Culture of Self-Reliance by Ben Sasse -- I'm not sure I'll agree with large portions of this, but I like the concept and look forward to thinking about it.
Lastly, I'd like to say hi and welcome to mysteryauthorjamesrnelson for following the blog this week.