Bookish links for Saturday, August 4, 2012

Author news:

~ The Telegraph: Maeve Binchy – Ireland’s National Treausre – I was very sad to hear of the passing of Irish author Maeve Binchy. She was – and always will be – a favorite author of mine. Her books feed my genetic need to visit the homeland of my ancestors, and I have spent hundreds of vicarious hours in Ireland through her books.

~ Tor casts a hypothetical Neil Gaiman biopic – Interesting choices there!

Reviews and blog posts that have me adding to my to-read list:

~ Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter, reviewed by Julie at Booking Mama

~ One Breath Away by Heather Gudenkauf, reviewed by Laurel-Rain at Rainy Days and Mondays

~ The Technologists by Matthew Pearl, reviewed by Michelle at That’s What She Read

Book lists:

~ Read Kiddo Read has the “I Hated to Read Til I Read This” Book List for Boys.

Book to movie/television news:

~ Turns out The Hobbit will be made into three movies, not two.

~ Ben Affleck has signed on to direct a remake of Stephen King’s The Stand, and Natalie at Coffee and a Book Chick has penned an open letter to Affleck, asking him not to screw it up, and giving him a few casting suggestions.

Other bookish links:

~ Harry Potter Chapter Art: Every illustration in one image

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14 Responses to Bookish links for Saturday, August 4, 2012

  1. Julie P. says:

    You must read BEAUTIFUL RUINS! It’s wonderful! I also recently acquired his last novel THE FINANCIAL LIVES OF POETS and can’t wait to read it too!

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Julie – I loved The Financial Lives of Poets when I read it a couple years ago – it was really funny and fantastically written. :)

  2. irene says:

    It was a sad day indeed, when our Maeve Binchy passed away. I’ll miss her desperately.

  3. Another vote for Beautiful Ruins, Carrie. I’m listening to it at audiobooks.com currently and enjoying it. My oldest daughter left for Dallas yesterday so I’m a “grieving” mom now. :) Happy for her but sad for me. ha-ha Hope your week has gone well.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Beverly – I can imagine you’re missing your daughter so much! I hope you have lots of wonderful books to keep you distracted until it gets easier.

  4. Sandy
    Twitter: youvegottaread
    says:

    I loved Natalie’s suggestions for The Stand, EXCEPT for Viggo. I can’t handle him being the Walking Dude, because then I’d have to be on his side. And I did download Beautiful Ruins on my Kindle. I just need to, like, read faster.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Sandy – I haven’t read The Stand, but did watch the original mini-series, and I don’t want to see Viggo do that either. Shudder.

  5. Susan says:

    I enjoy your weekly bookish links Carrie. And was also saddened by the news of Maeve Binchy. Guess I need to think about reading Beautiful Ruins if everyone is high on it.

  6. Melissa
    Twitter: avidreader12
    says:

    I was really sad when I heard Maeve Binchy passed away. Her books are such comfort reads for me.

  7. Natalie ~ the Coffee and a Book Chick
    Twitter: coffeebookchick
    says:

    I’m so sorry I missed this! Thanks for linking to my letter to Mr. Affleck; I hope he pays attention! Although, I am with you and Sandy, too, about Viggo. I was up in the air on that one since I just think he is incredible and it would be tough to see him be a really disturbing thing, entity, pure evil. I think he’d be great but oh, man – my views of him would surely change! :)