Here’s my roundup of book news (and other fun stuff) around the web for the week! Sometimes I add stuff throughout the day on Friday, so be sure you check back over the weekend too!
Also, don’t miss my list of gift ideas for book lovers at the bottom of the post. I’ll try to offer up new ideas every week until the end of December.
Interviews, articles, and more:
- I offered my 2 cents in the SF Signal podcast this week on gift giving for the SF/F fan!
- At the Pitchdark blog, Gretchen McNeil gives us Ten Surefire Ways to Survive a Teen Horror Novel, and it’s hilarious!
- Stephen Blackmoore, author of City of the Lost, is giving away ARCs of his upcoming novel DEAD THINGS, so go get ’em!
- Fantasy author Jim C. Hines is cover-posing for a good cause! Do go check it out!
- io9 gives us their Top 10 Rules of Space Opera!
- Mira Grant (aka Seanan McGuire) is interviewed at RT Book Reviews
- I’m a Texas girl, so The Mystery People’s Top 5 Texas Crime Novelists of 2012 really caught my eye!
- There’s a rather ginormous YA giveaway going on at Criminal Element right now!
- It’s BOGO over at Strange Chemistry for ebooks! Choose from authors such as Gwenda Bond and Cassandra Rose Clarke!
- I reviewed STORM DAMAGE by Ed Kovacs over at Crime Fiction Lover
- John DeNardo of SF Signal is at Kirkus with his best bets for scifi and fantasy in December
- SF Signal’s Mind Meld this week is on great winter reads!
- Galleycat has a mixtape of most overlooked books of 2012
- Paul Weimer interviewed one of my favorite authors, Marianne de Pierres at SF Signal!
- DavidPrestige kicks off Crime Fiction Lover’s series of Top 5 Crime Novels of 2012 posts from its contributors!
- What’s this? Why, it’s the cover reveal of Chris F. Holm’s next Collector novel, THE BIG REAP at The Founding Fields!
- The lovely Chelsea of Vampire Book Club is giving away COLD DAYS by Jim Butcher and ICED by Karen Marie Moning!
- Children’s and YA ebook sales rose 196% in August. Galleycat has the scoop!
- ATTN Writers! Here’s how to submit your manuscript to Amazon’s 2013 Breakthrough Novel Award Contest!
- READY PLAYER ONE author Ernie Cline lands a new book deal!
- CITY OF THE LOST author Stephen Blackmoore has some big news, and it’s rather awesome!
- Speaking of news, Iron Druid Chronicles author Kevin Hearne has just made an awesome announcement on his blog!
- There’s a pretty awesome project over at Indiegogo called Triumph Over Tragedy which features over 30 authors such as Robert Silverberg and Alex Bledsoe who have contributed short stories for Sandy relief! Go contribute!
- Library Journal has posted Best Books of 2012: Staff Favorites, and Myke Cole’s CONTROL POINT is on the list!
- Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell is coming to TV and Tor.com has the scoop!
- The results of the Goodreads Choice Awards for 2012 are out!
Excerpts and such:
- Read THE FINITE CANVAS by Brit Mandelo at Tor.com
- I really enjoyed STORM DAMAGE by Ed Kovacs and Criminal Element has an excerpt for the next book, GOOD JUNK
Fun stuff (some book-related, some not):
- What if The Little Mermaid was a horror movie? (video) via io9
- Flavorewire has 15 of the Sexiest Book Covers of all time! (NSFW)
Gift Ideas for Book Lovers (and beyond!)!!
- Flavorwire has your 2012 Blu-ray Gift Guide!
- I never have the money for one of these but love to covet them...cashmere scarves at RedEnvelope
- How ’bout 50 Gifts from 50 New York Neighborhoods?–via Flavorwire
- Love comics? Then you’ll love these bookmarks by ComicBookCollages! (via Etsy)
- JezebelCharms does lovely things with literary quotes and jewelry! (via Etsy)