Archive for March, 2010

Anticipation…it's making us wait

Anticipation…it's making us wait

Cindy: We try not to tease our readers with blog posts about books that won’t pub for months, but sometimes we get our hands on some real gems very early and want to alert you to watch for them. We’ll be posting longer reviews and comments about these books closer to publication, but here’s a […]

Book Spine Poem

Book Spine Poem

Cindy: Over at 100 Scope Notes Travis is building a gallery of book spine poems. I was fascinated by this idea and had to try it out. Since this is Women’s History Month I decided to build on that and my love of storytelling. Here’s my found poem, “Every Girl Tells a Story.” Read down […]

Book Trailer Thursday: The Dead-Tossed Waves

Book Trailer Thursday: The Dead-Tossed Waves

I’ve been fortunate enough to review both of Carrie Ryan’s horror/romance/action/post-apocalypse/period-drama zombie books. What I like about them (aside from the way they pull off that fivefold-hyphenate) is that they take zombies seriously. So seriously, in fact, that the z-word is not used; rather, the undead are “the Unconsecrated” or “the Mudo.” Classy, huh? (Another […]

Best of 2009 Megalist is Complete

Best of 2009 Megalist is Complete

After months of compiling, I’m ready to call the aggregated Megalist of the best books of 2009 complete. It takes time for many important sources to weigh in, and sometimes these later sources provide a better perspective than the December lists, so I don’t finish the compilation until mid-March. For book groups, which often prefer […]

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EBSCO buys NetLibrary

EBSCO buys NetLibrary

The eBook & audiobook content of OCLC’s NetLibrary has been aquired by EBSCO Publishing. What does this mean to public libraries that subscribe to the download services provided by NetLibrary? Learn more in this press release. An interesting announcement from OCLC in Dublin, Ohio on St. Patty’s Day

Posted in: Audiobooks
A Bestseller with Heart: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

A Bestseller with Heart: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

Back in December, in Booklist‘s Spotlight on Sci-Tech, we featured Rebecca Skloot’s The Immortal Life  of Henrietta Lacks, a powerful chronicle of the life of the woman who, unbeknownst to her, gave the world  HeLa cells, the first “immortal” human cells grown in a lab, cells that have made countless medical advances possible for the last five […]

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Up in the Air Takes Off
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Up in the Air Takes Off

Up in the Air, writer-director Jason Reitman’s adaptation of Walter Kirn’s 2001 novel, received six 2010 Academy Award nominations, including Best Actor for George Clooney and Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay for Reitman and Sheldon Turner. But here’s the thing: when he turned the book into a movie, Reitman made some pretty substantial changes. In the book, […]

Posted in: Books and Movies
TALKING ABOUT DETECTIVE FICTION WITH MY NEW BEST FRIEND

TALKING ABOUT DETECTIVE FICTION WITH MY NEW BEST FRIEND

 One of my goals in life is to make book discussion leaders comfortable with the idea of using crime and mystery fiction titles in their book discussions.  I have traveled far and wide to promote this idea but I have never been to England. That is OK because they have P. D. James.  Now in […]

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Reading the Screen: Coming Soon to a Computer Near You
By March 17, 2010 0 Comments Read More →

Reading the Screen: Coming Soon to a Computer Near You

I am very pleased to announce that David Pitt, a stalwart Booklist reviewer and our “Reading the Screen” columnist, is the latest addition to the growing team here at Likely Stories. His beat? Why, films based on books, of course. Writing shorter blog posts instead of long-form columns will give him a chance to cover more books […]

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The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place:  The Mysterious Howling by Maryrose Wood

The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place: The Mysterious Howling by Maryrose Wood

Lynn: Fifteen-year-old Penelope Lumley, recent graduate of the Swanburne Academy for Poor Bright Females, arrives at Ashton Place for her first interview. She is responding to an ad for an “energetic governess for three lively children… experience with animals strongly preferred.” In The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place (Harper/Balzer + Bray 2010) something seems odd […]