I want to start today’s links post by bringing a very special sci-fi anthology to your attention. Battlespace is a military science fiction anthology of short stories, produced by The Science Fiction Show. The coolest thing about this anthology is that 100 percent of proceeds from ebook and printed book sales of “Battlespace, Volume 1″ will be donated to the nonprofit Warrior Cry Music Project. Warrior Cry is an organization that puts musical instruments in the hands of wounded soldiers and teaches them to play, using music as physical and mental therapy. It’s a great organization, and what better way to give than to download an anthology of sci-fi? I’ve already bought my Kindle edition; I encourage you to do the same.
~ Melanie Benjamin wrote two of my favorite books from 2011: Alice I Have Been and The Autobiography of Mrs. Tom Thumb. She has a new book coming out in February, The Ambassador’s Daughter, about Anne Morrow Lindbergh. I can’t wait!
~ I absolutely hate the cover of The Casual Vacancy, J.K. Rowling’s new book.
~ My Friend Amy: Warning – a possibly unpopular opinion awaits you – about the recent ALA/ARC kerfuffle.
Reviews and blog posts that have me adding to my to-read list:
~ The Memory of Love by Aminatta Forna, reviewed by Wendy at Caribousmom
~ May the Road Rise Up to Meet You by Peter Troy, reviewed by Jen at Devourer of Books
~ The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker, reviewed by Jenn at Jenn’s Bookshelves
~ Casting Off by Nicole R. Dickson, reviewed by Staci at Life in the Thumb
~ Playing Dead by Julia Heaberlin, reviewed by Wendy at Musings of a Bookish Kitty
~ White Horse by Alex Adams, reviewed by Candace at Beth Fish Reads
Book to movie/television news:
~ Watch the trailer for Jack Reacher, the film based on Lee Child’s mystery series. I’ve never read the books, but there seems to be much disappointment in the blogosphere over the casting of Tom Cruise.
~ Watch the trailer for Silver Linings Playbook, starring Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence. I’ve never heard of the book by Matthew Quick, but the movie looks really good.
Other bookish links:
~ Listen to audiobook narrator Xe Sands as she develops an Irish accent for a character.
~ Great list of suggestions for reviewing audiobooks – also from Xe.
~ Book with disappearing ink eventually goes blank – Read quickly!