Now that Wimbledon is over*, I figured I should do a post to prove I’m still here. And I do actually have a couple of things to talk about!
Lois McMaster Bujold (finally) moved her blog from MySpace and is now posting on Goodreads. As a result, you get LMB-related linkage:
An interview at Amazing Stories – I liked this part where she talked about her writing style:
Paragraphs have their own internal structure and rhythm, like little prose poems, flowing out of what went before and pointing to what’s next. Sentence length gets varied for cadence and effect.
Also LMB-related – her book SHARDS OF HONOR (the first Vorkosigan book)** is part of the current SF ebook Humble Bundle (four more days to go). If you haven’t heard of the Humble Bundle concept, key points: pay what you want, DRM-free ebooks, a portion of the proceeds go to charity (you can choose the percentage), and pay more than the average (currently $10.48) to unlock six additional books.
I bought the first Humble Bundle, but am still pondering this one – I already have two of the books and the others aren’t really that appealing to me, but I love the concept and want to support it (though with 51,000+ bundles sold, they probably don’t need me). There is another SF bundle at StoryBundle (slightly different rules but same concept – not sure when this one ends), but I like the Humble Bundle selection better.
LMB and some of the other authors in the Humble Bundle also did a Reddit AMA (hint: click on the poster’s name if you want to see all of his/her replies). Is it just me or are Reddit AMAs becoming more popular as a promotional tool?
I did a bit of a blogging experiment during June, which you may have noticed – I accepted several ARCs for review. I’ve done that before on a very occasional basis, but this was the first time that I had more than one at the same time (which may make me a rarity in the book-blogging world?). I was trying to shake up my blogging habits a bit, and was wondering whether focusing on reviews/ARCs would change my sporadic blogging patterns and inspire me to blog more.
Ummm… no – I think I came out with a new-found respect for those bloggers who regularly post reviews. While I selected books that appealed to me, it still felt a bit like homework – I would turn on my Kindle, the NetGalley arc would be sitting there, and I’d feel guilty if I chose to read something else. I feel the same about reading challenges – as soon as I have to read a specific book within a set timeframe, I start finding excuses not to read it. And even though I gave myself a decent amount of time to get the reviews up, I ended up cutting it very fine.
Conclusion? While I’m glad I did it so I can now stop wondering if the reviews/ARCs route is something I want to pursue, it’s not something I’ll repeat anytime soon.
While on the subject of blogging, two posts I liked:
- Jessica @ The Hypeless Romantic did a fascinating post about how book blogging has changed over the past few years - so many things she said resonated with me
- Holly @ Book Harbinger shared her thoughts about her current blogging slump – I think a lot of bloggers (myself included!) feel this self-imposed obligation to blog
- Murray reaction: Everyone in my office: “Thank goodness he won”. My non-UK friends: “Yay Murray!”. I’m starting to suspect Murray has a bigger following outside the UK.
- Great tennis blog: The Changeover. Hilarious yet insightful analysis – here’s their Twitter commentary round-up on the Murray-Djokovic final.
**I liked SHARDS OF HONOR and it is the first book in the series, but I tend to recommend THE WARRIOR’S APPRENTICE as the gateway book into the Vorkosigan series (though I do know lots of other people suggest SHARDS). I think it’s because of my personal experience: I read SHARDS (as part of the CORDELIA’s HONOR omnibus) first, and while it was decent, I wasn’t hooked on LMB’s books until I read THE WARRIOR’S APPRENTICE. At which point, I promptly went out and bought every single remaining book in the series.