Millennials Love “Real Books” and Other Generalizations

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Over at Mashable, MJ Franklin declares that he is “a millennial, and (he) will never give up reading real books“. If you were wondering, he defines “real books” as the paper-and-glue sort, not those filthy ones-and-zeroes people keep locked up in their e-readers. Audiobooks don’t even enter the discussion, so his post is already inadequate …

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The Fold: Inter-Dimensional Holmes

In The Fold, teleportation is a reality… but it’s not quite ready for public consumption. Mike Erikson, a man with an eidetic memory, is hired to find out why the scientists involved refuse to share their invention with the world. Thanks to his observational skills and analytical mind, he soon discovers that things are not what they seem and that “the fold” is far more dangerous than anyone ever imagined.

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Memory Comes in Waves: The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

Published: June 18th 2013 Publisher: William Morrow Books Genre(s): Fantasy Format: eBook Length: 178 pages Neil Gaiman’s most recent novel, The Ocean at the End of the Lane, is a study in contrasts. It’s his first book written “for adults” in many years, but the main character is a seven-year-old boy and the writing style …

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Small Things Become Magnified: Under the Dome by Stephen King

Published: November 10, 2009 Publisher: Scribner Genre(s): Science Fiction Format: Hardcover Length: 1074 pages Like many of the books in my extensive collection, I’ve owned an unread copy of Under the Dome for years. It wasn’t until I began sorting through my books in preparation for a cross-country move that I decided it time to …

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The Long, Slow End of the World: Black Feathers by Joseph D’Lacey

Published: March 26th, 2013 Publisher: Angry Robot Genre(s): Fantasy, Horror, Post-Apocalypse Format: eBook Length: 496 Pages Joseph D’Lacey’s Black Feathers is an interesting anomaly in the world of apocalyptic fiction. Instead of focusing on a dystopian post-apocalypse, as is the fashion nowadays, Black Feathers consists of two interlocking plot threads: one that starts in modern-day …

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Bright, Bloody and Intense: The Shining Girls by Lauren Beukes

Published: June 4th, 2013 Publisher: Mulholland Books Genre(s): Crime, Thriller, Science Fiction Format: eBook Length: 384 pages Lauren Beukes first came to my attention thanks to William Gibson or maybe Cory Doctorow. Some great author who recommended her on Twitter. I picked up her first two books, Moxyland and Zoo City, and read Moxyland a few …

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For Sale: Used Ebooks, Electrons Slightly Creased

Amazon raised eyebrows in the publishing world last week with news of a patent they received for reselling used ebooks. Several authors I follow on Twitter expressed immediate concern, including Chuck Wendig, who wrote a hilariously foul-mouthed blog post and began tweeting jokes about used ebooks. Now, it’s possible that the patent is just Amazon …

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eBooks Might Not be the Death of Print After All

In a recent article in the Wall Street Journal titled “Don’t Burn Your Books—Print Is Here to Stay“, Nicholas Carr discusses how the apparent decline in eReader and eBook sales seems to signify that physical books aren’t in their last gasp after all. While I do agree with the general premise of his article, i.e. …

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Shift by Kim Curran

Published: September 4, 2012 Publisher: Strange Chemistry Genre(s): Science Fiction, Young Adult, Horror Format: eBook Length: 320 pages Shift is the story of Scott Tyler, a British teenager who accidentally discovers that he has the power to “shift” between possible realities by changing his past decisions. Along with this discovery comes his entry into a …

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Why Audiobooks are the Best Kind of Digital Reading

Hello, strangers! I come to you bearing book-related opinion pieces! I know I’ve stayed away for far too long, but this blog fell prey to modern life, as is so often the case. Countless blogs gather dust while their owners spend time trying to find the cutest picture of a cat on the internet. I’ve …

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