Archive for March, 2009

Two very different freebies

Two very different freebies

Hmm… Is this some sort of a marketing test ? Currently available for free download from iTunes: An 11-minute The Easter Story excerpt from The New Testament produced by Thomas Nelson Publishing and A 24-minute Why We Suck excerpt from Dennis Leary’s newest profane comedy from Penguin.

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A Dark and Stormy Afternoon: Round 10
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A Dark and Stormy Afternoon: Round 10

(Previously on Guiding Nerds.) “This is exciting,” said someone who I will not humiliate by naming publicly. “It’s a photo finish.” As I mentioned, we’re nerds. Category: Shakespeare’s Plays Scene I Britain. The garden of Cymbeline’s palace. [Enter two Gentlemen] FIRST GENTLEMAN. You do not meet a man but frowns: our bloods / No more obey […]

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The Orwell Shortlist is Here

The Orwell Shortlist is Here

The 2009 Orwell Prize nominees are: Fishing in Utopia, by Andrew Brown (Granta) Reappraisals, by Tony Judt (William Heinemann) Stalin’s Children, by Owen Matthews  (Bloomsbury) Chinese Whispers, by Hsiao-Hung Pai   (Penguin) Descent Into Chaos, by Ahmed Rashid (Allen Lane) The White War, by Mark Thompson  (Faber and Faber) Read more about the Orwell Prize and the shortlist in […]

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The R-Word

The R-Word

Today the Special Olympics launched its Spread the Word to End the Word campaign. The word in question is “retard,” and as the Web site says, supporting “the elimination of the derogatory use of the r-word from everyday speech . . . promote[s] the acceptance and inclusion of people with intellectual disabilities.” Hear hear! In case […]

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Mr. Lincoln's High-Tech War:  How the North Used the Telegraph, Railroads, Surveillance Balloons, Ironclads, High-Powered Weapons, and More to Win the Civil War by Thomas B. Allen

Mr. Lincoln's High-Tech War: How the North Used the Telegraph, Railroads, Surveillance Balloons, Ironclads, High-Powered Weapons, and More to Win the Civil War by Thomas B. Allen

Lynn: When most of us describe Abraham Lincoln, “techie” is not one of the terms that comes to mind. Now, thanks to Thomas and Roger Allen’s absorbing book, I realize that in today’s parlance, Lincoln was an early adapter! Mr. Lincoln’s High-Tech War (National Geographic, 2009) begins with the startling observation that Lincoln was born […]

Listening With a Critical Ear part 1

Listening With a Critical Ear part 1

I’ll be posting evaluation tips for over the next few days for those of you who are listening to audiobooks with a critical ear. One challenge for both listeners and narrators is determining correct pronunciation of words. On my old Audiobooker blog, I had a request for resources to check the pronunciation of names, with […]

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Do You Invite the Author?

Do You Invite the Author?

Oprah invites the authors to her book discussions.  Publishers are now encouraging readers to contact authors to participate in discussions of their books, if not in person, then via the telephone.  Several members of my book discussion group have speculated that having an author join us for a session might be “fun,” but somehow the […]

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The Best of the New Gay Books

The Best of the New Gay Books

I’ve got two book reviews due in the next four days, and I’ll be lucky to finish one of them. Besides which, I’ve got one month left to put together the list of the six books we’ll be reading for the second half of 2009 in the Seattle Gay and Lesbian Book Club. There’s a […]

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Oxymoron Booklists

Oxymoron Booklists

Cindy and Lynn: Recently on YALSA-BK listserv there was a request for suggestions from a librarian who wanted a list of “Clean Vampire” novels. Now, we appreciate the efforts to satiate the Stephenie Meyer Twilight fans and are working hard to do that ourselves, but really, clean vampire stories? It’s our feeling that if you […]

Book written by Computer Wins Odd Title Competition

Book written by Computer Wins Odd Title Competition

The 2009-2014 World Outlook for 60-milligram containers of Fromage Frais won Philip M. Parker the dubious honor of oddest book title of the year, given by Bookseller magazine. But wait, it gets odder. Parker is the author of 200,000 books! Don’t get too excited. He didn’t actually write them. Instead, he invented and patented a […]

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