What Makes This Book So Great is a thorough collection of Jo Walton's blog posts written for Tor.com. Even though Walton says that these selections onWhat Makes This Book So Great is a thorough collection of Jo Walton's blog posts written for Tor.com. Even though Walton says that these selections only cover one-fifth of her posts, the topics cover "books in many genres and published between 1871 to 2008" as well as Walton's own thoughts on reading & what makes a good story.
Although collected by publication date, readers are encouraged to flip through these mini-essays and pick out whatever may interest them. These posts are conversational, curious & constructive--written with great wit, Walton's entries invite readers in as well as letting them know right away what interests her & what she focuses on while reading. Readers who are new to sci-fi or genre fiction would be best served reading the entries that focus more on reading for pleasure or definitions of genres themselves in order to see if their interests match up. I myself am more familiar with fantasy than sci-fi, but I found much to enjoy in the discussions of genre overlap & plenty of new books to hunt down. (She even mentions if something is in print or not--how thoughtful!)
If you are intrigued by any of the above description or are just hankering for new books to discover, What Makes This Books So Great is a welcome read! Or, if you just want a nice tidy list, you can always start here....more
Even though the design & layout of the book is artsy-craftsy, Frey has a lot of great material about why you should blog, as well as what you canEven though the design & layout of the book is artsy-craftsy, Frey has a lot of great material about why you should blog, as well as what you can make your blog do for you. I had just attended a writing conference with a panel about social media. Reading Frey's book expanded on the points that I had heard there, especially on how to attract readers. A great starter book for beginners & a helpful tool for intermediate bloggers who need a few tips....more
3.25 instead of 3. There is a girl who works at the salon that I go to who I have a rabid girl-crush on. She's about 6 feet tall, curvy, has her hair3.25 instead of 3. There is a girl who works at the salon that I go to who I have a rabid girl-crush on. She's about 6 feet tall, curvy, has her hair done in a Bettie Page style with blunt bangs & volume, & her arms are covered in sleeves of tattoos. Part of the attraction is the fact that she looks the way I want to.
Dorothy Parker's Elbow is a collection that inspires the same sort of desire in me. These are stories & essays by people who have explored their skins' limits & the collision of experience & the body. It reminds me of the reason why I fell in love with tattoos in the first place & leaves me hungry for the look of new ink. It's a beautiful, although somewhat lopsided collection, which is what keeps it from a 3.5 or 4. Highlights are Seth Mnookin's "It Only Hurts a Little," Karol Griffin's "Zowie," Elizabeth McCracken's "It's Bad Luck to Die," & Kafka's "In the Penal Colony." Reading Dorothy Parker's Elbow is re-experiencing what it's like to sit in a chair, under the needle & shows you a few things you might not have had the courage to see. Thanks again to my best friend for giving it to me as a present....more