Daily Archives: January 4, 2011

Noteworthy Links #8

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Starting off the new year with a fresh batch of links for all your clicking pleasures.

The Good

  • Download a free e-novella by Prix Medicis award winning author David Vann – author of Caribou’s Island. The award winning e-novella, SUKKWAN ISLAND, is part of a larger compilation of stories, entitled LEGEND OF A SUICIDE.

You can read it for free online, or download to an e-reader. If you don’t have a reader, then you can download the necessary software from Amazon, Sony, etc to read the novella.

Amazon

http://www.amazon.com/Sukkwan-Island-Novella-Material-ebook/dp/B004H1U1UW/

Sony

http://ebookstore.sony.com/ebook/david-vann/sukkwan-island-free-novella-with-bonus-material/_/R-400000000000000323488

Kobo

http://www.kobobooks.com/ebook/Sukkwan-Island-Free-Novella-With/book-fB2kqTTDI0m-OwhHIu1OXA/page1.html

It is also available in the iBookstore for Apple products, and should be available for the Nook shortly.

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The Fun

  • Best of 2010 with Neil Gaiman – The Golden Age of Comics

Anthology editor Neil Gaiman describes the joy and challenge of selecting The Best American Comics 2010. “It’s like the golden age,” he says of the increasingly diverse and prolific genre. – More at http://www.npr.org/2010/12/09/131937258/neil-gaiman-selects-top-american-comics-of-2010?ft=1&f=5&sc=17

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The Ugly

This announcement has sparked a twit-war on Twitter under the trending topic of “Huckleberry Finn.”

I have a few questions and concerns on this note.

1. Who decides what the offensive words are?

2. What will be the offenders be? – According to the article, the N word will be changed to “slave.” But will it stop there? Will there be more re-writes in this book’s future changing other words, phrases and even meanings and intentions of the story?

3. There is no guarantee that this sort of move will result in the unbanning of the book and I would like to argue that this is undermining the integrity of the book.

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The Random

  • Daniel Handler, aka Lemony Snicket, defends poetry in a wonderfully written op-ed for the Poetry Foundation. As one of my favorite authors, both for children and adults, I think everyone should read this statement and go out and find a book of poetry to read right away. I think I’ll start with Pablo Neruda…

Teaser Tuesday (1/04/2011) – The Thin Man

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TEASER TUESDAYS asks you to:

#1 Grab your current read.

#2 Let the book fall open to a random page.

#3 Share with us two (2) “teaser” sentences from that page somewhere between lines 7 and 12.

#4 You also need to share the title of the book that you’re getting your “teaser” from … that way people can have some great book recommendations if they like the teaser you’ve given! # Please avoid spoilers!

My two teasers

So after I said good-night to you and Nora, I met him there and we went to a lot of places, winding up in this place where I got the gun. It was an awful tough place.

The Thin Man by Dashiell Hammett