Busy, busy, busy week around here (here=main blog, not BookLikes)...not much time for grabbing links for this. And I'm so far behind on the blogs I follow that I don't want to think of it. Still, I've got a few 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:
- All the sad young literary fakes -- on Dan Mallory and his predecessors
- These Are The Book and Reading Statistics That Show Who Readers Are -- the average US male reads for 13 minutes a day. I can't wrap my brain around that number. That's less than I do on a coffee break. Not all of the statistics in this BookRiot piece are as depressing.
- “A Novel”: An article -- huh. Why we use that stupid phrase on book covers.
- A Sacramento crime reporter compares notes with Scotland’s top crime novelist -- A good interview with Ian Rankin.
- 'Not Famous' ... One Month Later -- Matthew Hanover looks back at the first month since he published Not Famous
- Craig Johnson’s 15th Longmire Novel Announced -- some details about Land of Wolves, which thankfully brings Walt back to Wyoming.
- Road to Publication -- Benedict Jacka gives an update on Fallen, the next Alex Verus book, and a few other things.
- Official Book Trailer for Killer Thriller -- Lee Goldberg's new one looks fun.
- On the Come Up by Angie Thomas -- the follow-up to something you probably heard of. The Hate U Give, about a sixteen-year-old would-be rapper. It looks promising -- I'm assured by my wife that it's almost as good as her previous. Works for me.
- Dead Is Beautiful by Jo Perry -- I'd hoped to be finished with this by now, but I'm only about one-third done. It's really, really good. It involves Charlie, his lousy brother, his brother's horrible wife, a protected tree and a protected owl. Oh, and another ghost that's mean to Rose. A whole lotta nastiness in this one, but the book itself is good.
- Killer Thriller by Lee Goldberg -- Ian Ludlow, the thriller writer whose plots became the inspiration for actual terror attacks is in Hong Kong doing research. But the Chinese government believes he's a spy working to thwart their plans. Hijinks ensue. Looking forward to this.
- Doctor Who: Scratchman by Tom Baker -- yes, Tom Baker. I'm guessing this adventure won't be focusing on Tennant's or Whittaker's Doctor (to pull 2 names at random out of the thirteen possible).
Lastly, I'd like to say hi and extend a warm welcome to Kanwarpal Singh, sara, Tony H, Simon Veith and K. Alice Compeau for following the blog this week (some interesting links attached to those names...).