Lynne's Book Notes


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Tiny books made by the Brontës as children.


As I walked down the east wing hall, I could feel their sticky fingers reaching for my brain. Puffs of yellow smoke curled toward my ears, my eyes, my  nose and mouth. The hivemind wanted to penetrate and infect. Colonize. The danger was so real, so close, I didn’t dare open my mouth to ask directions. Or howl.

— Laurie Halse Anderson, The Impossible Knife of Memory

One, just one of the reasons the novel is so satisfying is that Hayley’s voice recalls that of Melinda, the silent heroine of Speak, but without being a clone or copy. They are each themselves, these novels are separate works, but it’s good to be a reader in a world in which they both exist.


Jun 26th at 5PM / via: neil-gaiman / op: katiecoyle / 1,039 notes
neil-gaiman:

katiecoyle:

Two years ago, Neil Gaiman posted on Tumblr about the Hot Key Books Young Writers Prize. I love his writing; I love Coraline and ”The Doctor’s Wife” and “A Study in Emerald” and American Gods, and just everything, everything. I follow him on Tumblr and I saw his post. I had written a first chapter of something that may or may not have turned into a book had I not seen Neil Gaiman’s Tumblr post (or, more specifically, had my dude not seen the post and been like, “Look, you’re doing this,” and then accepted no excuses). I entered the contest; I wrote the book; I won the contest. The book was published in the UK (as Vivian Versus the Apocalypse) and it’s going to be published in the US (as Vivian Apple at the End of the World) and the truth is simply that it wouldn’t have happened in quite the way it did were it not for Neil Gaiman and his Tumblr.
Last night, Neil Gaiman was in San Francisco, reading stories out loud at the Warfield, accompanied by a string quartet and beautiful illustrations. Kevin bought tickets and we went. It was spellbinding, to sit rapt in the dark in a majestic old theater and listen to Neil Gaiman tell stories. There was the Doctor Who theme and a catchy song about Joan of Arc and “The Truth Is a Cave in the Black Mountains,” which is among my favorite things Neil Gaiman has ever written—spooky and intense and darkly funny. Afterwards, because Kevin is really great and reached out to tell Neil Gaiman about the effect his Tumblr had on my life, and because Neil Gaiman is really great and was excited to hear about it, we got to meet him and chat with him for a minute, and thank him, and give him a copy of a book he inadvertently helped bring into the world. He was completely lovely and gracious and welcoming and kind, even though it was late and he’d just read out loud for nearly two full hours. He was basically everything you’d imagine or hope Neil Gaiman to be, if you—like all of us—have ever spent time imagining or hoping for hypothetical conversations with Neil Gaiman.
I will never stop thanking Neil Gaiman in my head for what he unwittingly did for me, and so the moral of the story is this: you should follow the artists you love on their social media platforms. They will teach you things; they will spark your imagination; they will answer your questions if they can. Occasionally they will mention contests you might be eligible to enter. Enter the contests. 

This is wonderful. I’m so glad this Tumblr helped…

neil-gaiman:

katiecoyle:

Two years ago, Neil Gaiman posted on Tumblr about the Hot Key Books Young Writers Prize. I love his writing; I love Coraline and ”The Doctor’s Wife” and “A Study in Emerald” and American Gods, and just everything, everything. I follow him on Tumblr and I saw his post. I had written a first chapter of something that may or may not have turned into a book had I not seen Neil Gaiman’s Tumblr post (or, more specifically, had my dude not seen the post and been like, “Look, you’re doing this,” and then accepted no excuses). I entered the contest; I wrote the book; I won the contest. The book was published in the UK (as Vivian Versus the Apocalypse) and it’s going to be published in the US (as Vivian Apple at the End of the World) and the truth is simply that it wouldn’t have happened in quite the way it did were it not for Neil Gaiman and his Tumblr.

Last night, Neil Gaiman was in San Francisco, reading stories out loud at the Warfield, accompanied by a string quartet and beautiful illustrations. Kevin bought tickets and we went. It was spellbinding, to sit rapt in the dark in a majestic old theater and listen to Neil Gaiman tell stories. There was the Doctor Who theme and a catchy song about Joan of Arc and “The Truth Is a Cave in the Black Mountains,” which is among my favorite things Neil Gaiman has ever written—spooky and intense and darkly funny. Afterwards, because Kevin is really great and reached out to tell Neil Gaiman about the effect his Tumblr had on my life, and because Neil Gaiman is really great and was excited to hear about it, we got to meet him and chat with him for a minute, and thank him, and give him a copy of a book he inadvertently helped bring into the world. He was completely lovely and gracious and welcoming and kind, even though it was late and he’d just read out loud for nearly two full hours. He was basically everything you’d imagine or hope Neil Gaiman to be, if you—like all of us—have ever spent time imagining or hoping for hypothetical conversations with Neil Gaiman.

I will never stop thanking Neil Gaiman in my head for what he unwittingly did for me, and so the moral of the story is this: you should follow the artists you love on their social media platforms. They will teach you things; they will spark your imagination; they will answer your questions if they can. Occasionally they will mention contests you might be eligible to enter. Enter the contests. 

This is wonderful. I’m so glad this Tumblr helped…


"Next to the desert, I feel soft and gentle."
— Becky Masterman, Rage Against the Dying
Retired FBI agent Brigid Quinn’s voice is proving to be the highlight of this debut thriller, and I would read it in subsequent books. Well, her voice and the character of her husband, former priest Carlo.

"Next to the desert, I feel soft and gentle."

— Becky Masterman, Rage Against the Dying

Retired FBI agent Brigid Quinn’s voice is proving to be the highlight of this debut thriller, and I would read it in subsequent books. Well, her voice and the character of her husband, former priest Carlo.


"The library is my bat-cave!" 

A toddler’s announcement to his mother and the circulation desk staff. (via yourathenaeum)

Yes!

(via teencenterspl)

Best kid ever!

(via nerdtasticme)


Jun 23rd at 8PM / 0 notes
My earbuds were in, but I wasn’t playing music. I needed to hear the world but didn’t want the world to know I was listening.
— Laurie Halse Anderson, The Impossible Knife of Memory

My earbuds were in, but I wasn’t playing music. I needed to hear the world but didn’t want the world to know I was listening.

— Laurie Halse Anderson, The Impossible Knife of Memory


Jun 23rd at 8PM / via: nprbooks / op: nprbooks / 43 notes

nprbooks:

It’s time again for Friday Reads!  I’m finally getting around to the latest volume in Mary Robinette Kowal’s delightful Glamourists series. Boss Lady Ellensays she’s excited to spend her weekend baking pies and reading Rebecca Rasmussen’s new Evergreen. From Code Switch, Kat Chow reports that An Untamed State is shudderingly intense, and Mama Susan Stamberg is knocking back Of All the Gin Joints. How about you?

Great line-up but especially jazzed to see Rebecca Rasmussen’s new book included!


Jun 23rd at 7PM / via: thetinhouse / op: coffeeslut / 211 notes

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Jun 23rd at 7PM / via: verbvixen / op: ebookfriendly / 524 notes
verbvixen:

duttonbooks:

Enough said.
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Cosigned.

verbvixen:

duttonbooks:

Enough said.

(via http://ebks.to/1lrExgm)

Cosigned.

(Source: ebookfriendly)


"She buried herself so deep in the book no harm could ever find her." 

Susan Johnson, The Broken Book (via quoted-books)