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Sunday Links, July 13, 2014

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The nominees for the World Fantasy Awards have been announced.  Ellen Datlow and Chelsea Quinn Yarbro will be awarded the Lifetime Achievement Awards this year, and both are richly deserved.

What to Read Next

The Millions offers its take on the most anticipated books of the second half of 2014.  Of all the books listed, I think I’m most looking forward to Marilynne Robinson’s Lila, which is related to both Gilead and Home.

BookRiot lists the best books of the first six months of the year — so between The Millions and BookRiot, you’ve got 2014 covered.  Jeff VanderMeer’s Annihilation is weird and wonderful, and I’ve got Authority waiting for me with Acceptance preordered, a terrific trilogy that will send your mind scurrying off in directions you haven’t yet visited.

Tor.com lists the British genre novels coming to us this month.  I’d like one of each, please — but you’ve read me saying that before, haven’t you?

Between the Lines suggests you read some of their recent favorites.  I can vouch for The Girl with All the Gifts by M.R. Carey, which, yes, is about zombies, but has something new and different to say about them.

The Well-Readheads pick some satisfying summer reads.

The American Library Association Conference took place recently in Las Vegas, which must have been a great time.  I mean, really, add the bright lights, great food and crazy enjoyment of Las Vegas to books?!  What could be better than that?  These are the books that buzzed at the conference.

If you’d enjoy some melancholy this summer, The Reading Room suggests you try ten books guaranteed to make you cry.  And yes, The Fault in Our Stars by John Green made me cry — and more than once, at that.  I’m kind of afraid to see the movie for fear of severe dehydration.


Fred D. White is the author of “Memory, Fantasy, Neurology: In Praise of the Physical Book,” which appears in the latest issue of Wilderness House Literary Review.  It’s a brilliant essay, and I’m not saying that just because Fred’s my husband.

Fortunately, despite the fate of the Santa Clara University Library — um, excuse me, the Learning Commons, Technology Center and Library —books do not appear likely to leave the scene any time soon.  They may transition to e-books, but the book isn’t dying so long as kids read.  And kids are reading up a storm, which is very good news indeed.

The Society of Authors’ chief executive has come right out and said it:  traditional publishers’ terms are no longer fair or sustainable for writers.  Publishers’ profits are increasing, while the sums paid to authors are decreasing.  As a result, self-publishing is becoming an ever more appealing alternative.  We live in interesting times, that’s for sure.

The latest in the dispute between Amazon and Hachette has Amazon working harder than ever to drive a wedge between Hachette and its authors:  it has suggested that perhaps authors should receive 100% of the revenues from the sale of their e-books while the dispute continues.  Amazon seems to have reckoned that authors were venal and stupid; in fact, though, authors saw through the ploy, and noted that this still leaves them in the middle of a dispute between giants.  One source even called this a “condescending publicity stunt.”

Fun Stuff

Flavorwire has a list of the ten best songs about libraries and librarians.  Sing your way to good reading!