I have recently set up an internship with Joggling Board Press, a small publishing company in the heart of South Carolina. They specialize mainly in works that promote southern history and culture. I honestly can’t wait to work for them, as they are also of the belief that there will always be room in this world for a well crafted high quality printed book. The only problem is I don’t start the internship until this summer, and thus have a few more months to wait.
Monthly Archives: January 2012
Apple has made a great new app called iBooks Author, a free app that helps you format and create high quality e-books. The software is apparently getting great press on how easy it is to use. The bugger in it, is maybe iBooks isn’t as free as you think. While they’ll never charge you anything for the service, you will be greatly restricted as to where you can post your new e-books. If you charge a fee and this includes subscription based products the only place you sell your new iBook e-book is through the iBookstore. Some critics have claimed this would be like if Microsoft restricted where you could sell documents that were created on word.
There are now people looking into if this contract in the end-user license agreement is even legal and would a court enforce it, and speculation abounds about whether Apple would even uphold it.
Vampire mania has been upon us for many years, in fact I’m pretty sure it is starting to pass. One of my favorite things to come from the vampire love, I’m actually pretty sure it was published before Twilight, was Already Dead by Charlie Huston.
Charlie Huston is in my opinion a master of the modern pulp or noir novel, and this is entrance in the vampiric world. The book is very dark and gritty as Mr. Huston aims to keep the vampire a monster. His creatures all without a doubt eat human blood, it gets theorized that in order to become a vampire you have to be the type of person who eat other people to survive. Which adds something that most tales of monsters take away, by trying to force them to be sympathetic love interest they lose what makes them special.
That is not to say there isn’t a romance subplot or two in this book, but with characters that feel real and the romance is a little f****d up.
There is of course a fair amount of political intrigue as rival gangs fight over their Manhattan turf, with the main character Joe Pitt caught in the middle of it as he gets pulled by all sides as he tries to remain apolitical.
The dialogue remains believable and the action comes at a good clip.
I really think it is one of the best vampire stories since Dracula.
by Charlie Huston
Published by Del Rey
I’ve just read a very interesting article about the modern renditions of the classical Winnie The Pooh. Apparently there is a lot of controversy over the Americanization of that iconic character and his 100 Acre Woods. Many people are seem to think the books should be kept in the classic British style and over using what they dub “Americanisms”.
Parragon who publishes the new pooh have this to say however, “[W]e sell our books around the world and not just the UK and so we sometimes need to adapt the language accordingly to make it accessible for the widest possible audience.”
I’m personally of the opinion that if you are carrying on a classic story you should certainly try to keep it in the original voice. I don’t think this is required though, especially if the original stories are still published as they were written.
To view the article http://newsfeed.time.com/2012/01/17/oh-bother-brits-say-modern-winnie-the-pooh-riddled-with-americanisms/
Something I just saw and had to share. Way to go Dumbledore, you always treated that Harry kid right.
They have just had the biggest break in the Ripper case, since well over a hundred years when the Ripper case started. Jack has apparently made the classic giant mistake of writing a memoir about his experiences ripping his way through White Chapel all of those years ago.
I’m naturally skeptical as to the authenticity of these memoirs. I highly doubt that they have been sitting out of sight all these years to just now be rediscovered. This comes from my admittedly limited understanding of Jack the Ripper. As I understand it the Ripper craved attention, he continued a spree of highly violent crimes without any effort to conceal the bodies. He sent at least a few letters to Scotland Yard basically taunting the police. He even went as far to send half a kidney to them, you know just for a laugh. I feel like if he had written these memoirs his ego would probably have led him to try to send this papers to someone, so he could get the recognition.
These papers are said to be written by a James Carnac yet no record of a James Carnac existing have been found.
I do however greatly want to read these, and find out what more experts have to say before I fully confirm my opinion.
CBS has apparently just green lit a new pilot for a series about a modern-day Sherlock Holmes set in NYC. I love Sherlock as readers of this blog may have figured out by now, but I feel his is starting to glut the market. A Study in Sherlock just had its paperback release, The House Of Silk (the first novel to authorized by the Conan Doyle Estate) was just released, the second Guy Ritchie Sherlock movie just came out and of course the BBC has their modern Sherlock series. Is there really that much of demand? Or are we about to be as sick of seeing the Baker Street detective as we are of seeing vampires.
Speaking of which I see a novel about a vampiric Sherlock who is madly in love with the teenage great-great-grandaughter of Watson. As their love is constantly challenged by the descendants of Moriarty who are some kind of twisted Van Helsingesque figures.
Do you have relationship problems? And have you ever wanted the master mind behind The Series of unfortunate events to help you out of those dire straights we call love? If you had, you are in luck. Daniel Handler AKA Lemony Snicket will be taking over the Huffington Post twitter feed to give you his 2cents, or maybe his 140 cents (since it is twitter and all).
“This will be in honor of his upcoming book “”Why We Broke Up”, a beautifully illustrated novel in the form of a break-up note from a teenage girl to her former boyfriend.”
For more details read The Huffington Post Article
Every now and then I come across a book that I just can’t put down, even rarer is when I get an entire series that I can’t stop reading, but this is what Jasper Fforde’s Thursday Next books have done to me. For years people have been trying to get me to read them, and the other day finally I started One of Our Thursdays is Missing his newest in the series which just happened to be lying around the house. After finishing that I was hooked and I went to the library to get the rest. Which from that point onward all I did was read Mr. Fforde until there wasn’t a Fforde book left.
The books are great fun, and despite being incredibly light and quick to read they’re also insanely clever. Much of the series is spent with the main character Thursday Next hopping in and out of books in order to police them by making sure the stories of fiction run smoothly. The series is full of puns, wordplay, jokes on grammar and jokes about classical literature. This of course means these books are not for everyone, if you don’t enjoy wordplay and aren’t reasonably well read most of the jokes will fall flat. If you do enjoy those things though, you are doing yourself a gross disservice by not reading Mr. Fforde.
One thing I always end up spending a lot of my time on is browsing Kickstarter, especially if I’m feeling a bit flush at the time.On my last browse I came across what looks like an awesome new game. The Written World which is a collaborative multiplayer storytelling game, one that appears to be deeply rooted in old text adventures.
“At it’s heart it’s a game of Narrator versus Hero. The narrator controls the story; crafting a plot and presenting the Hero with encounters, and challenges. The Hero creates a character that she believes can make it through to the end. And when the story’s over it lives inside the Written World, for other people to read, re-use or play themselves.”
It looks like a great project and you should surely check it out at