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September 11, 2005

Calvin and Hobbes returns, but not the way we wish it would 0

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“Calvin and Hobbes” has begun reappearing – in reruns – in newspaper funny pages around the country as a way to promote what will surely be among the big-ticket book gifts during the upcoming holiday season, The Complete Calvin and Hobbes. The 1440 page, 22 and a half pound, three volume, slipcased behemoth is an […]

September 9, 2005

One Book, One Chicago’s latest selection 0

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Yesterday, the mayor, who doesn’t bear much resemblance to Fitzwilliam Darcy, announced that the latest “One Book, One Chicago” selection is Jane Austen’s classic Pride and Prejudice. Now, I have no problem with Jane Austen, and I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book in high school or whenever it was, but this strikes me as just […]

September 8, 2005

Booker list gets shorter 0

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As has been noted elsewhere, the Booker shortlist was unveiled today. This year’s six book list has a lot of name recognition. Here are the shortlisters: The Sea by John Banville, Arthur and George by Julian Barnes, A Long Long Way by Sebastian Barry, Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro, The Accidental by Ali […]

September 7, 2005

Amazon reviewer shenanigans 0

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Amazon reviews are kind of silly. One has to wade through lots of cranks to get to a useful review, and even then it’s hard to put that much faith in a few sentences penned by a complete stranger (although I have been known to pen Amazon reviews, on occasion). Still, they undoubtedly do have […]

September 7, 2005

Big news from Apple 0

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Sure, today Apple unvailed the “iPod phone” and the superslim iPod Nano, but the real news is that for the first time, via iTunes, the entire Harry Potter series will be available on digital audio (that’s $249 for the whole set). This is more interesting to me for what it represents. As iPods and other […]

September 7, 2005

Tivo for readers 0

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As a proud TiVo owner, I get their email newsletter letting me know about new features and promotions. Rarely do my TV habits and reading habits occupy the same mental turf, but the latest newsletter included a TiVo tip for TV watchers with a bookish bent. TiVo Tip: Bookworms love TiVo, too! Here’s how one […]

September 7, 2005

The New York Times ‘Funny Pages’ 0

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No the Times isn’t getting comics, but they are taking a cue from the New Yorker by adding a graphic novel-type comics section to the Sunday magazine. Everybody’s been saying for years that “graphic novels” are on the cusp of taking the book world by storm. Is this a step in that direction? The first […]

September 7, 2005

Essential interview 0

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Fans of George Saunders should head over to Maud’s blog where he has been interviewed. What’s the occasion? Saunders has a new book out (today!) called The Brief and Frightening Reign of Phil.

September 6, 2005

Book blogs: do they matter? 0

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Here’s another one: this time it’s a CS Monitor article by Randy Dotinga called “Book blogs’ buzz grows louder.” Over the last year many newspapers have printed some variation of this article. In it, the author introduces his readers to this online literary subculture book blogs. (And once again The Millions fails to get mentioned, […]

September 6, 2005

Flood book fascination 0

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It’s always interesting, to me anyway, to see how current events drive books sales. Everybody is interested in Hurricane Katrina and her aftermath right now, but it will likely be at least a month or two before the first books on the storm are published – and those will be the rush jobs with lots […]