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Bookish news

Jay Rubin, Murakami’s translator gives an interesting interview

Webcomic Fans Boost Self-Published Book to Amazon’s #1 Spot

Such a Long Journey by Rohinton Mistry battles censorship in India

Fiction Uncovered, a new book award, has been launched.

Six scientists tell us about the most accurate science fiction in their fields

A new digital-only publishing house, specializing in short stories has been launched.

The Commonwealth Writers’ Prize has just launched a facebook page

An interesting article on the art of bookselling.

A Book Club for Readers Who Will Pay to be First

Death mask study reveals ‘real’ William Shakespeare

Glimpses of the new Water for Elephants film are creeping onto the Internet. I can’t imagine it being as good as the book, but it looks as though they’ve captured the right atmosphere.

Just for fun!

How good are you at recognising book covers made from lego?

20 Worst Children’s Book covers. My favourite is Cooking with Pooh!!

UN ‘to appoint space ambassador to greet alien visitors’ I’m not convinced that aliens will wait around long enough for the space ambassador to come and greet them!

The Machine Stops by EM Forster.A short story written in 1909 which impressively predicts the future.

An example of how poor advert placement can be very amusing!

I hope you enjoy browsing these links.

Have a great weekend!!

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  1. Amy says:

    I love that advert placement link. The rest of the ones in the original article were pretty hilarious as well.

    1. Jackie says:

      Amy, I love that duck! Just thinking about it makes me laugh :-)

  2. Bellezza says:

    I loved the link to the interview with Jay Rubin. Fascinating to learn even more about Haruki, and I’m so looking forward to the release of his newest novel in English!

    1. Jackie says:

      Bellezza, Me too! I really hope that it lives up to my increasing expectations :-)

  3. Beth F says:

    Nice collection of links. I have got to get Water for Elephants read before the movie gets here.

    1. Jackie says:

      Beth, Water for Elephants is an amazing book – I’m sure that you’ll enjoy it.

  4. Brenna says:

    I’m really looking forward to the Water for Elephants movie. Thanks for sharing the trailer!

    1. Jackie says:

      Brenna, I really hope it is good. I hate it when films spoil good books :-(

  5. Alyce says:

    Fun links! I’m going to be busy for a while checking them out. :)

    1. Jackie says:

      Alyce, I hope that you enjoy them.

  6. PBurt says:

    How bad is it when your 17 year old has actually heard of the word “anatidaephobia”?

    Loved the links – I had already sent the interview off to a friend who found it answered many of her questions.


    1. Jackie says:

      PBurt, I’d never heard of the word anatidaephobia before so your 17 year old has an impressive knowledge of phobias :-) Not sure if that is good or bad!!

      1. PBurt says:

        I think it is because he has an eclectic group of friends. His best friend is happily plowing his way through Gibbon’s Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire.

  7. Verity says:

    I’m glad you mentioned cooking with Pooh – that still makes us chuckle! We recently did a Winnie the Pooh jigsaw and it was punctuated by remarks like “I think I’ve got a bit of Poo”.

    Book covers made from lego also fun!

    1. Jackie says:

      Verity, LOL! Winnie the Pooh gives hours of entertainment :-)

  8. Rebecca Reid says:

    some of those links made me laugh very hard. I love the duck ad. And the worst book covers.

    1. Jackie says:

      Rebecca, It is great to know I’m not he only one to like this sort of thing :-)

  9. Laura says:

    The duck ad placement is hilarious! I don’t know if you’ve ever seen any of the adverts … they always feature the duck loudly quacking “AFLAC!!” which I imagine could double the terror for anatidaephobia sufferers!

    1. Jackie says:

      Laura, I didn’t realise that anatidaephobia existed before I saw that page. I haven’t seen the AFLAC adverts, but I think anatidaephobia sufferers have a lot of reasons to avoid watching TV at the moment. Ducks seem to be everywhere!! :-)

  10. sakura says:

    I love this post Jackie! So many interesting links! I checked out what scientists rated and wasn’t too surprised about all the references to 2001. But I’ve yet to read ‘Dune’ which I remember one of my astrophysics friends was into at uni.

    1. Jackie says:

      Sakura, Thank you for the kind words. I haven’t read Dune yet – I’m not sure I’d enjoy it. Perhaps you can give it a go and let me know ;-)

  11. I watched the trailer of Water for Elephants and was confused to see a clip in there from the movie Vanity Fair. Then I realized it’s a fan-made trailer using clips from other films. I’ve been confused by them before.

    I can’t say I was the biggest fan of Water for Elephants, so I don’t know that I’ll be checking out the film, but maybe for curiosity’s sake.

  12. Thanks for linking to my post!

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