(via The League of Extraordinary Authors: January 2013)
Happy birthday (August 30, 1797) MWS.

(via The League of Extraordinary Authors: January 2013)

Happy birthday (August 30, 1797) MWS.

The War of the Worlds Murders with Walter Gibson & Orson Wells

The latest in a series in which famous authors who were around during the happening of a famous disaster solve a mystery while it’s going on.
Other in the series are

The Titanic Murders with Jacques Futrelle (“The Thinking Machine”)

The Hindenburg Murders  Leslie Charteris,  though to be fair while Leslie Charteris, the author of the Saint stories, did ride on the Hindenburg, he was not on it during its famous last flight.

 The London Blitz Murders with Agatha Christie & Sir Bernard Spilsbury

 The Lusitania Murders with Willard Huntington Wright (S.S. Van Dine) & Philomina Vance


The Pearl Harbor Murders with Edgar Rice Burroughs, however making ERB into an insightful sleuth was pushing it a bit.

The War of the Worlds Murders with Walter Gibson & Orson Wells

The latest in a series in which famous authors who were around during the happening of a famous disaster solve a mystery while it’s going on.

Other in the series are

The Titanic Murders with Jacques Futrelle (“The Thinking Machine”)

The Hindenburg Murders  Leslie Charteris,  though to be fair while Leslie Charteris, the author of the Saint stories, did ride on the Hindenburg, he was not on it during its famous last flight.

 The London Blitz Murders with Agatha Christie & Sir Bernard Spilsbury

 The Lusitania Murders with Willard Huntington Wright (S.S. Van Dine) & Philomina Vance

The Pearl Harbor Murders with Edgar Rice Burroughs, however making ERB into an insightful sleuth was pushing it a bit.

H.P. Lovecraft’s birthday, August 20, 1890.

H.P. Lovecraft’s birthday, August 20, 1890.

Dragon Dawn by Deborah O’Neill Cordes
Quote
Time snakes between alternate universes. Ever watchful, an alien intelligence survives on Mars, waiting to be found by spacefarers from Earth. The alien’s ultimate goal is to send human astronauts back in time, where they will alter the past and thwart the extinction of the dinosaurs. A race of intelligent dinosaurs, resembling the alien’s extinct species, subsequently evolves to rule the world. But a human female astronaut, through a strange twist of fate, survives the change in the space-time continuum. After finding herself in a dinosaurian body, she must race against time – and the formidable alien – to restore the universe to its rightful course. 
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But seriously, what’s with all the sexy dinosaurs on Amazon lately?

Dragon Dawn by Deborah O’Neill Cordes

Quote

Time snakes between alternate universes. Ever watchful, an alien intelligence survives on Mars, waiting to be found by spacefarers from Earth. The alien’s ultimate goal is to send human astronauts back in time, where they will alter the past and thwart the extinction of the dinosaurs. A race of intelligent dinosaurs, resembling the alien’s extinct species, subsequently evolves to rule the world. But a human female astronaut, through a strange twist of fate, survives the change in the space-time continuum. After finding herself in a dinosaurian body, she must race against time – and the formidable alien – to restore the universe to its rightful course. 

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But seriously, what’s with all the sexy dinosaurs on Amazon lately?

nprbooks:

Image via thecantinacrew.com
Today in Book News: George RR Martin recalls being told that reading sci-fi would rot his brain. "When I was 12 or 13, I had teachers take away science fiction books by [Robert A.] Heinlein and [Isaac] Asimov and say: ‘You’re a smart kid, you get good grades. Why are you reading this trash? They rot your mind. You should be reading Silas Marner,’” Martin said, according to the Guardian newspaper, “It is an artificial distinction anyway – literary fiction in its present form is a genre itself.” PREACH IT GRRM.
Also today, Alex Kalamaroff gives a history of novels written entirely in dialogue in The Rumpus, and my new boyfriend Lev Grossman writes about Narnia and the appeal of fantasy novels: “I bristle whenever fantasy is characterized as escapism. It’s not a very accurate way to describe it; in fact, I think fantasy is a powerful tool for coming to an understanding of oneself.”
Read more here.

nprbooks:

Image via thecantinacrew.com

Today in Book News: George RR Martin recalls being told that reading sci-fi would rot his brain. "When I was 12 or 13, I had teachers take away science fiction books by [Robert A.] Heinlein and [Isaac] Asimov and say: ‘You’re a smart kid, you get good grades. Why are you reading this trash? They rot your mind. You should be reading Silas Marner,’” Martin said, according to the Guardian newspaper, “It is an artificial distinction anyway – literary fiction in its present form is a genre itself.” PREACH IT GRRM.

Also today, Alex Kalamaroff gives a history of novels written entirely in dialogue in The Rumpus, and my new boyfriend Lev Grossman writes about Narnia and the appeal of fantasy novels: “I bristle whenever fantasy is characterized as escapism. It’s not a very accurate way to describe it; in fact, I think fantasy is a powerful tool for coming to an understanding of oneself.”

Read more here.

kadrey:

My first real copies of The Getaway God. Guess it’s too late for rewrites.

kadrey:

My first real copies of The Getaway God. Guess it’s too late for rewrites.

July 29, 2014, is the 60th anniversary of the first edition of The Fellowship of the Ring. (some say it was the 24th, some the 29th)

July 29, 2014, is the 60th anniversary of the first edition of The Fellowship of the Ring. (some say it was the 24th, some the 29th)

nprbooks:

It’s time for Friday Reads! I’m thinking it’s time for a re-read of Barbara Tuchman’s classic history The Guns of August

Team Member Rose isn’t sure yet how she feels about A Brief History of Seven Killings.

Intern Nicole has The Shadow Hero, Gene Luen Yang’s new take on the Green Turtle, the first Asian-American superhero.

And Mama Susan Stambergis reading An Empire of Their Own: How the Jews Invented Hollywood.

How about you?

— Petra

Entertaining action / adventure heroine of the sort we lately only seem to turn up in the paranormal adventure genre, only here science fiction. 

awesomepeoplereading:

King reads.
groveatlanticinc:

This is fabulous.
wordpainting:

Bestselling writer Stephen King reading in the middle of a Red Sox baseball game. His team, the Red Sox, were losing, so he made the best of that time. The book he’s reading is Kate Atkinson’s book, When Will There Be Good News?

awesomepeoplereading:

King reads.

groveatlanticinc:

This is fabulous.

wordpainting:

Bestselling writer Stephen King reading in the middle of a Red Sox baseball game. His team, the Red Sox, were losing, so he made the best of that time. The book he’s reading is Kate Atkinson’s book, When Will There Be Good News?

Red Phoenix by Kylie Chan
The second book in Australian author Kylie Chan’s ingenious urban fantasy saga; a tale of ancient gods and foul demons doing battle in the modern world, Red Phoenix combines Chinese mythology with martial arts, paranormal romance, and magic in a story that takes off like a rocket and never slows down. The action moves from Hong Kong to Europe as heroine Emma Donahoe finds a demonic circle of death closing around her and the people she loves: the breathtaking and powerful god she is bound to and his innocent young daughter whom Emma has sworn to protect. Red Phoenix is gripping globe-trotting adventure, urban fantasy, and Kung Fu all rolled into one spectacular package that fans of Lilith Saintcrow, Liz Williams, Karen Chance, Devon Monk, and Ilona Andrews are going to flip over.

Red Phoenix by Kylie Chan

The second book in Australian author Kylie Chan’s ingenious urban fantasy saga; a tale of ancient gods and foul demons doing battle in the modern world, Red Phoenix combines Chinese mythology with martial arts, paranormal romance, and magic in a story that takes off like a rocket and never slows down. The action moves from Hong Kong to Europe as heroine Emma Donahoe finds a demonic circle of death closing around her and the people she loves: the breathtaking and powerful god she is bound to and his innocent young daughter whom Emma has sworn to protect. Red Phoenix is gripping globe-trotting adventure, urban fantasy, and Kung Fu all rolled into one spectacular package that fans of Lilith Saintcrow, Liz Williams, Karen Chance, Devon Monk, and Ilona Andrews are going to flip over.