I didn't spend much time on social media this week -- or anything really (see Wednesday's Programming Note or this longer post on my other blog for details), but I was still able to find a decent list of 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 Minecraft is helping kids fall in love with books -- I'm not sure I buy this, but, hey, it's nice to think.
- Why You Should Read a Book With a Stranger -- Great idea, but...I cannot imagine doing this.
- Why the 'hero' is the ultimate myth: Is he a Marvel-esque superhuman or an SAS daredevil? Or is he Ed Sheeran? Whatever the answer, it’s clear the public imagination is still holding out for a hero -- It's Andy Martin, so...you're going to think and you're going to have a good read.
- Why It’s So Hard to Stop Reading Books You Don’t Even Like -- blah
- The World of Raymond Chandler and 'The Big Sleep': How Chandler Reinvented Himself and the Crime Novel
- It's High Time You Read The Big Sleep -- Megan Abbott and Jonathan Letham weigh in.
- THE SINNERS: Five Questions with Ace Atkins -- Atkins talks about Quinn Colson and a little bit about Netflix's Spenser movie.
- The Big Sleep: 25 Classic Covers, Ranked: Raymond Chandler's Noir Has Inspired Some Truly Strange Art -- I've never read a version of the book with one of these covers, but there's some great ones here (and some others)
- Episode 421 | Ace Atkins Interview on Hank Garner's Author Stories Podcast.
- The Sinners by Ace Atkins -- the 8th Quinn Colson/Tibbehah County novel is sure to be a good one. Sadly, my copy is hundreds of miles away from me, I'll get to it when I can.
- Kill The Farm Boy by by Delilah S. Dawson and Kevin Hearne -- Part fantasy satire, part celebration of fantasy tropes, all fun and strong fantasy. I blogged about it a few weeks back.
- Constance Verity Saves the World by A. Lee Martinez -- I've never read a Martinez sequel before, I don't know what to expect. But...it's going to be good.
- The Annotated Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler; edited by Owen Hill, Pamela Jackson and Anthony Rizzuto -- This is also hundreds of miles from me, but one of my kids opened the box and described it to me. Sounds like so much fun.
- Rescued by David Rosenfelt -- Andy Carpenter defends a man he wants to be very far from Here's what I had to say about it.
- The Wild Dead by Carrie Vaughn --the sequel to Bannerless a Vaughn book that has somehow not moved from by TBR Tower, this dystopian mystery novel looks just as good as its predecessor.
- Degrading Orbits by Bradley Horner -- another sequel is out before I've had the opportunity to read the first in the series. Whoops.
Lastly, I'd like to say hi and extend a warm welcome to figlia dei fiori, Deb / Being Aunt Debbie, Dog Training Guidance, Cristian Mihai, pitchstory,and Jordan Peters for following the blog this week.