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:


  • Comeback story: A new chapter for indie bookstores—"While their numbers aren’t what they once were, independent bookstores are reclaiming their place in society. Behind their surprise resurgence is renewed emphasis on fostering community." Yeah, I've posted a variation on this story before, and I'll keep posting them as long as they are written.



  • The Radical Transformation of the Textbook—Textbooks aren't really the kind of thing I tend to talk about here (although, I can think of a few that I could have, if this existed in the 90's), but this is pretty fascinating.


  • Last Stand in Lychford—Paul Cornell announces (well, echoes Tor's announcement) that next year's Lychford novella will be the end. Which is a shame, but I never expected the series to, well, be a series. We got three or four more of what I expected, and I'm looking forward to seeing how he wraps things up (and what happens right before that, actually).



  • Why Hacking is the Future of Crime Fiction—sure, it's a bit self-serving, "hey, my novel is the future!", but it's a great point. And his book seems promising. But so often (on screen and in print) hacking in fiction is so . . . hacky?




  • Classically Cool- Let’s Talk Classics!—I dig this post from the Witty and Sarcastic Bookclub (incidentally, I don't see that much sarcasm there -- wazzup with that, pal?). I've been trying to find the time to write a similar post myself, but in the meantime go read hers.







  • A Dangerous Man by Robert Crais—possibly Crais' best since Suspect, loved this novel about Joe Pike running errands and stumbling onto a kidnapping. I'll talk more about this early next week.


Lastly, I'd like to say hi and extend a warm welcome to Vee Aozoraa, happytonic, Elizabeth Ruggiero and adiswings for following the blog this week.

Source: http://irresponsiblereader.com/2019/08/10/saturday-miscellany-8-10-19