Links I Like

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!!

23 replies on “Links I Like”

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.


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!!

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!

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!

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!! 🙂

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.

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.

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