Let's start with some bookish links of the local variety . . .
I remember how highly anticipated the new books in this series were back when I worked in a bookstore. We always had standing orders for these (the only other series I remember having standing orders for was UNP's Journals of the Lewis and Clark Expedition). Anyway, the final book became available this month. It's called A Memory of Light and you can see what it looks like being printed and assembled in a photo essay on the Tor website.
"All Hagel All the Time"
After it was hinted that Chuck Hagel could been nominated for secretary of defense, author Charlyne Berens's phone started ringing. Here she is talking about what the last few weeks have been like for her. (Hint: pretty busy)
Her biography of Hagel has just been released in paperback. You can find it wherever fine books are sold. :)
Free Samples of the 2012 NBCC Finalists
GalleyCat has kindly pulled together a bunch of links so we can read free samples of all of the National Book Critics Circle (NBCC) finalists. I was happy to see some University Presses on that list--congrats to University of California Press, Harvard University Press, University of Chicago Press, and Northwestern University Press.
I'm a big mystery fan so I always look forward to the Edgars. I loved Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn and I think that's the only one on the list that I've read. Based solely on the titles and covers, I have added two of the nominees to my TBR list. The first one is All I Did Was Shoot My Man by Walter Mosley (ok, this one is also based on the author).
The second is More Forensics and Fiction: Crime Writers' Morbidly Curious Questions Expertly Answered by D.P. Lyle, MD. (holy moly is this right up my creepy alley). Here is the description
How do hallucinogenic drugs affect a blind person? Will snake venom injected into fruit cause death? How would you perform CPR in a helicopter? What happens when someone swallows razor blades? How long does it take blood to dry? Can DNA be obtained from a half-eaten bagel? D. P. Lyle, MD, answers these and many more intriguing questions. . . . From traumatic injuries to the coroner’s office, the questions and answers are divided into five parts, making it a compendium of the incredible information that lies within the world of medicine and forensics.
If that video left you confused, here is R.L. Stine explaining it to you.