Bookish links for Saturday, July 7, 2012

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.

Author news:

~ 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.

Discussion starters:

~ My Friend Amy: Recommendations – more complicated than you think

~ 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:

~ Damon Lindelof from Lost is heading to HBO to make a series based on Tom Perrotta’s The Leftovers.

~ 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!

~ Salon: “Thank you for killing my novel” by Patrick Somerville

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12 Responses to Bookish links for Saturday, July 7, 2012

  1. Beth F
    Twitter: BethFishReads

    Ha! Glad to have added to your wish list! I think you’d like WHITE HORSE.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies

      Candace – I think you are responsible for several titles on that very long wish list!

  2. Sandy
    Twitter: youvegottaread

    I would have to agree with you on the new Rowling book. Doesn’t really inspire does it?

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies

      Sandy – I actually am interested in the premise, but only because I already enjoy British village lit – ala Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand. I just think the cover is hideous.

  3. Kathleen says:

    I hate the cover of Rowling’s new book too! I’m hoping they will change it?

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies

      Kathleen – I don’t know – it’s coming out in only a couple months.

  4. Vasilly
    Twitter: Vasilly

    I hate the cover of J.K. Rowling’s newest book too!

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies

      V – I really wonder who on earth thought that was a good cover?

  5. Melissa
    Twitter: myeclecticbooks

    Love the links this week and Age of Miracles is on my wishlist too!

  6. I get so much of my book blogging news from you these days. 🙂 Thank you for the links!

    I do hope you get a chance to read Playing Dead. I’d love to know what you think of it.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies

      Wendy – you’re welcome – glad to help keep you caught up!