What to Read Next
The Audio Bookaneers list new releases in audio books for the rest of the year and into 2015 — keep scrolling, it’s a long blog post!
For those of you who tend not to click on my links about science fiction and fantasy, here’s one you might want to click anyway: literary SF and fantasy novels — books you might not have thought of as genre novels, but that really are. And for those who do read genre novels, maybe you missed these because they get shelved with mainstream fiction. Give ‘em a try.
Flavorwire suggests 50 fabulist books everyone should read. There’s something on this list for every taste, so long as that taste includes a wild imagination. I’m halfway tempted to spend the next six months just reading from this list.
My Bookish Ways has suggestions for books coming out in August that ought to be on your must-read list if you enjoy science fiction, fantasy and horror.
Stephen King reads at least as much as he writes, and that’s saying something. Here are 22 books he’s recommended on Twitter lately.
Writers and Writing
Bustle lists thirteen of the most annoying writers you’ll ever meet, setting forth types who will get you fuming. I am lucky that the writers I meet tend more often to be one of three of the most helpful writers you’ll ever meet.
If you’re trying to write yourself, these five guides might be useful to you. And, of course, you don’t want to overlook my husband’s coming The Writer’s Idea Thesaurus!
Damien Walter, who seems to be all over this version of Sunday Links, says that novels are losing the narrative arms race. There’s so much good stuff on television, so many good movies, so many other places to find narrative, that novels just can’t compete. I happen to think we’re living in a new Golden Age of television, and I love movies, but still: I’d rather be reading. According to the survey you can find in the middle of Walter’s column, most people agree with me that books are still the way to go.
Chuck Wendig suggests that every author should try acting as his or her own publisher at least once.
If you’re still on the road to traditional publishing, this article about the ten reasons an editor stops reading your submission will likely to useful. It’s caused me to rewrite a story or two myself.
The dispute between Amazon and Hachette continues. This article in the San Francisco Chronicle talks about how authors are stuck in the middle, and what they’re doing about it.
Damien Walter suggests that what is really at issue here is the fact that books are not mere consumer goods. Publishers have invited us to view them that way in recent decades, but books are actually more complicated than that. It’s an interesting argument. Walter suggests, among other things, that certain authors have been complicit in making books into nothing but the literary equivalent of junk food, and condemns those like Scott Turow, James Patterson and John Grisham, who have themselves protested Amazon’s conduct. Just for the record, I don’t agree with Walter on this point. I may not read all of these writers, and I may even disdain some of them, but there are those among them whom I consider the best at what they do.
Hugh Howey thinks he owes the entirety of his success to Amazon, though, and he is one of the few voices out there supporting the retail giant. Michael Levin agrees that there are no reasons to support the major publishers and traditional publishing any more refuting Brook Warner’s piece supporting the opposite contention.
And in the midst of all this foofaraw comes the news that Amazon is considering purchasing Simon & Schuster, one of the Big 5 publishers left in business. As time has gone by, this has seemed more and more an unfounded rumor, but the very thought was enough to send a chill down my spine.
In the meantime, Amazon is suggesting that you pay it $120 per year for the equivalent of a free library card. Me, I still love going to the library — and my library also gives me access to e-books to read on my Kindle in return for the tax dollars I’d be spending anyway. No “Kindle Unlimited” for me, thanks. BookRiot is in my corner, explaining why public libraries are not “Netflix for books” or any other form of commercial enterprise, and why that’s important.