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Book News, Reviews, and Musings 16 September 2010

book news Book News, Reviews, and Musings 16 September 2010

News, Reviews, and Musings is a new daily feature. Feel free to chime in, or to'tweet/email us if we've missed something that you'd like to see featured.


Aesthetic, dark, or cerebralwhat do your entertainment preferences say about you? The BPS digest reports.

Its Book Blogger Appreciation week, and theres quite a flurry of activity over on the official site.

President and seasoned author Barack Obama is to release a childrens book called Of Thee I Sing: A Letter to My Daughters. The book is currently available for preorder on Amazon.

Whats your favourite short story collection? The Speculative Book Review wants to know.

Why yes, its the official trailer for Game of Thrones, the TV version of George RR Martins fabulous series:


The first reviews of the film adaptation of of Kazuo Ishiguros Never Let Me Go are beginning to appear.

Is Jonathan Franzens Freedom all its cracked up to be? The LA Times thinks so, the the NYT concurs.

Author Jeff Vandermeer reviews the newly released'How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe. Check out what he has to say here.


The Atlantic chats with author William Gibson about his substantial body of work.

Caroline Overington, author of I Came to Say Goodbye, is in the hot seat on the Booktopia Blog.


Novellas: not too long, not too short, are they the secret Goldilocks of fiction? Auslit ponders.

Foz Meadows muses on agency and the binary of domesticity/kickarsity in female heroines of young adult literature.

Just what is it about fairy-tale retellings that we adore so? Kate Forsyth discusses.

Ebook pricing in the Australian market. Whats the go, anyway? 'Rachael McDiarmid has her say.

Just for fun:

What happens to books when they go out of circulation? Fortunately, librarians are an eco-friendly lot, as this fabulous loans desk attests. (via PenguinbooksAus)

And did you happen to catch Googles logo yesterday? The search engine giant marked Agatha Christies 120 anniversary with a great mystery-related doodle:

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Quote of the day:

Our definition of real reading is way too narrow. Jon Scieszka

Author birthdays

Science fiction author Nick Sagan celebrates his birthday today

Beautiful book cover of the day:

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  1. Ooooo.I hadnt seen that teaser for Game of Thrones yet. I am ridiculously excited about it! I cant wait for it to come out!

    • Stephanie /

      Thanks for stopping by, Carin! Im hoping Australia gets it at the same time as the US. I love Martins booksI think hes a superb writer. Its a shame theyre a touch too long to be reviewed here, although theyre addictive enough almost to be read in a single sitting! :)

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