Are You Phlegmatic?

January 20th, 2006 · Comments Off on Are You Phlegmatic?

The LitBlog Co-Op unveils its final nominee for this quarter: Rupert Thomson’s The Divided Kingdom. Check out Bookdwarf’s description of this excellent book. But wait, there’s more! At the end of her post, there’s a link to discover your quarter. In light of recent discussions here, our region (helpfully revealed above) should come as no […]

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Gently Steering You Elsewhere, Again

January 18th, 2006 · 3 Comments

We have long admired Jennifer Crusie both personally and professionally, and were elated to discover that one of her early novels, Anyone But You, was being re-released. Of course, as discussed here earlier this month, HQN chose to release this book as a hardcover. Sure we questioned the wisdom of paying hardcover (well, closer to […]

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And Today. . .

January 17th, 2006 · 2 Comments

Yesterday, Garner (which Jill has been monitoring on the Amazon charts and, based on her detailed analysis, has declared a major hit). Today??? Yes, you have to go there. It will be worth it, we promise. But we’ll give you a clue this time: we keep mixing this author up with the dude from Varnaline. […]

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The Case of the Small-Town Murder

January 16th, 2006 · 1 Comment

We just wanted to let you know that the Winter 2006 LitBlog Co-Op choice, Garner by Kristen Allio is available at Powell’s with a 30% discount. Be the first kid on your block to have your copy! How long has it been since you picked up a book that made time disappear? How long has […]

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This Is How They Tell Us?

January 13th, 2006 · 4 Comments

So we’re tooling along, minding our own business, sort of thinking we should get started with work with this morning, then, thwap!, slap in the face. Buried in the lead of what was supposed to be a puff piece about Amy Tan taking over as literary editor of the Los Angeles Times Magazine is news […]

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Someone Else Counts So You Don’t Have To

January 12th, 2006 · Comments Off on Someone Else Counts So You Don’t Have To

For those who were curious about 2005’s bestsellers but didn’t actually want to do research, we have come to your aid! Bookstandard has compiled the list and checked it twice. Now all you have to do is study the list and make some sort of sense of it all. We wish you luck — please […]

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Why We Love The Powell’s Newsletter

January 11th, 2006 · Comments Off on Why We Love The Powell’s Newsletter

It’s not just because of Fup. Store Cat. Though that would be good enough. It’s stuff like this that brings joy to our little black heart: This edition of our newsletter is sponsored by the semicolon. Friends, are you tired of all those surly periods, persistent question marks, and annoying exclamation points? Extend the life […]

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File Under: Ho Hum Yawn Whatever

January 9th, 2006 · 10 Comments

We admit it: we spent about five minutes last year trying to work up enthusiasm for the mystery that might be JT Leroy. Hmm, that’s a lie. We only made it three minutes, tops. As it turns out, we didn’t care, don’t care, and probably won’t care in the future. Unless there’s an opportunity for […]

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The Da Vinci Coup: Leave No Shelf Space Free

January 9th, 2006 · 2 Comments

Bear with us a moment while we work through our confusion: Random House will be printing five million copies (give or take) of the paperback version of The Da Vinci Code. Now to us, that seems excessive given the fact that everyone in the known universe already has a copy. The hardcover has topped bestseller […]

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Resolution One: Read More

January 9th, 2006 · Comments Off on Resolution One: Read More

If, like us, you made a resolution to eat less and read more this year, the Emerging Writers Network has a deal for you. Our friend Dan Wickett has twisted the arms of some his favorite journals — and they cried uncle in the form of discounts to EWN readers. Take advantage of their generosity. […]

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