On the fake media outrage, an exceedingly brief commentary…

…because it’s a big topic with lots to say, and I’m just putting a portion of it into a nutshell here.

The thing about this ‘fake media’ outrage is this:

We have a huge problem in that we want to be able to verify information merely by seeing the name of a particular newspaper, or to be able to eschew information merely because of the name of a website. Names equal reputations, I know. But reputations are not always what they are cracked up to me.

So, you read something in The New York Times? Don’t think it hasn’t been through the wrong kind of filter. (Read Unspeakable by Chris Hedges and David Talbot for a former NYT reporter’s take on the NYT.)

Read something on a site you don’t know? That doesn’t mean it isn’t factual info. Or that part of it isn’t.

We need to learn to do MORE than just look at a name to just the validity and legitimacy of information.

 

 

I actually read a Stephen King book.

You could knock me over with a feather. Who thought he’d ever write a book that I’d pick up and read. Writing teachers have said what a great writer he is, and don’t think I wasn’t flummoxed at that info. But, actually, he is. At least, 11/22/63 is great. Unexpected and unusual use of the time travel theme and lots of emotion are two components that, for me, were compelling. I had known that if I tried a King book, this would be it. It was a good pick.

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Oh my, oh my…

Doesn’t the title of Diana Gabaldon’s ninth Outlander book just make you “Oooooh!”?

She has the most fantastic titles.

I had no idea that the title was already out. Or did I? Doesn’t matter because now I have the fun of that discover again. Maybe. Who knows? I’m not really sure.

See the giddy effect bookish news can have on a reader?

 

 

A new trend in mysteries? Let’s hope!

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I used to read lots of mysteries as a kid. You know, Nancy Drews, Trixie Beldens, that sort of thing. Loved living those characters’ lives. For me, it was always more about the people, places, and situations than the mystery plot. But, that could, of course, be quite compelling, too.

As an older person, I haven’t been into them as much. But now I seem to be getting back in. One reason is, perhaps, the new mysteries that Sourcebooks (a publisher that truly seems to put care into its beautiful paperback covers) have released. Seems like there’s 3 different series started, all female detectives. I’ve read only Radha Vatsal’s A Front Page Affair, but I enjoyed it a lot. Again, we have an engaging female detective, young, privileged, smart, who conveys an enviable sense of freedom in a time long ago. There are very authentic-feeling tidbits liberally inserted seamlessly throughout the book telling us about life at the time. The author surely had great fun researching everyday life from primary sources! Vatsal has a fanstastic blog, too, showcasing bit of random wonderful historical information from the early twentieth century era of her novel. As readers know, it’s great fun to go behind the scenes of a novel with its author.

I’m hoping this attention to and fun documenting of nostalgic miscellanea is a new literary trend. It differs from other writers’ attention to historical detail in the delight that seems to be taken in peppering and highlighting the narrative with distinct and distinctive glimpses of the past. Hooray!

And, there are two other series starting that promise engagine female sleuthing protagonists. Haven’t started them yet, but I did amble over to the author websites: I think this love of various and sundry unburied historical delights might, indeed, be a trend. Here’s hoping….

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Window Shopping for Booklovers

Do you like to look around the internet and admire those things you would have in your reading dream space but can’t afford? Or fit in? Maybe you like to buy trinkets that highlight your reading interests? This little piece is about decorating for romance readers, and it features mostly reasonable stuff, in terms of price and space.

If anyone has some decorating tips, please share!

 

Currently reading The Redemption of Alexander Seaton by Shona Maclean

seatonSo far, a great discovery. Totally a surprise, but I guess that is what discoveries are. When you aren’t expecting to find something very right for you, you do.

I’m on page 148, and went to Goodreads to peruse comments (and see what quotes people had pulled from the book). One person – poor thing seems to be suffering from snobbery – doesn’t seem to know how to characterize the main character or has misread the author’s characterization. The protagonist is quite down, for good reasons. Poor snobby reviewer considers him self-pitying (her word). She goes on the say that she simply MUST read some Hilary Mantel. She seems to need to express a dire thirst for literature, the supposedly real kind. Ugh. Gag.

To each her own, I guess. Thus, my rant.

I love a good original, involved, well-imagined, caringly crafted story of an academic in an old city in a far, far off time.

How cool that another PhD (I mean, in addition to the others I’ve discovered like Diana Gabaldon and Sara Donati and others) went into writing fun novels!