forecast – it takes a lot to get me excited . . . wait that didn’t come out right . . .I rarely give a damn about forthcoming books. I was a Harry Potter fan right up until people started acting like it was the second coming, that kinda took all the fun out of it for me. But as always things you find when you are looking up other things…Walter Moers has a book March release for UK and April in US…that you all MAY want to taste: The City of Dreaming Books:
Yarnspinner, a young Zamonian writer, inherits very little from his beloved godfather apart from an unpublished short story by an unknown author. This manuscript proves to be such a superb piece of writing that he can’t resist the temptation to investigate the mystery surrounding the author’s identity. The trail takes him to Bookholm, the so-called City of Dreaming Books. On entering its streets, our hero feels as if he has opened the door of a gigantic second-hand bookshop containing millions of musty old volumes. His nostrils are assailed by clouds of book dust, by a hint of acidity reminiscent of lemon trees in flower, the stimulating scent of ancient leather, and the acrid, intelligent tang of printer’s ink. Yarnspinner not only falls under the spell of this book-obsessed city; he falls into the clutches of its evil genius, Pfistomel Smyke, who treacherously maroons him in the labyrinthine catacombs that extend for many miles beneath the surface. He finds himself in a subterranean world where reading books can be genuinely dangerous, where ruthless Bookhunters fight to the death for literary gems and the mysterious Shadow King rules a murky realm populated by Booklings, one-eyed beings whose vast library includes live books equipped with teeth and claws. Walter Moers transports us to a magical world where reading is still a genuine adventure, where books can not only entertain people and make them laugh but drive them insane or even kill them. Only those intrepid souls who are prepared to join Optimus Yarnspinner on his perilous journey should read this book. We wish the rest of you a long, safe, unutterably dull and boring life!
I already ordered mine, I will let you know how it tastes.
novel idea – Malaysia plans to create a “book city” in the federal capital, large enough to accommodate all the book publishers in the country and where various activities can be held to encourage the public to read as well as a place for academic discussion. It would become a display centre, book launching venue, a place for negotiating copyright sale and various other activities for readers including meet-the-author sessions.
meow – about the failures and expectations of the second novel.
worth the listen – Bloomsbury Publisher Nigel Newton calls for a boycott of the Google search engine in protest of the literary land-grab. Click here to to listen to the entire speech.
more audio – On NPR’s All Things Considered Dr. Wayne Flynt, retired professor of history discusses the basis for the persistent speculation that Truman Capote wrote To Kill a Mockingbird and why it ‘s not true.
cookie – E.L. Doctorow’s The March won the National Book Critics Circle prize for fiction.
face first – Meet the Author UK & Meet the Author US have lots of lovely videos of authors hawking their wares. yeah..well i hadn’t heard of most of them either but then again most of the authors I read are dead…and I really wouldn’t want to see them videoed now
giggle – According to the World Weekly News Greenland archaeologist James Grande was excavating an old Viking settlement and unearthed a well preserved edda. The collection of poems, written around 1100 AD, speaks of a Viking woman named Brunhilda Stewardde who was raised to godlike status for her sumptuous meals and visual flair. Brunhilda Stewardde was responsible for inventing most of the look that defined the Vikings. “The horned hats, the furs, the decor of the castle — they were all Stewardde’s ideas,” said Grande. “According to the edda, she was just a hardworking Viking housewife who hated the idea of wasting the pelts, antlers and teeth of animals after they had been stripped of meat….To interest Vikings in the goods she designed, Stewardde began throwing lavish feasts.”