Well, as a short-story writer, I don’t think there are any weaknesses to the genre itself. I guess I would say that the difficulty of the form is that one must create an entire world in five to 30 pages, as opposed to 300. There is very little room for fat – you must be economical. And you must begin as close to the end as you possibly can.
Q. If you lived in a house that was haunted by ghosts, which of the ghosts in the Walker’s house would you not mind haunting yours – and why?
Oh, lord–I would hope none of them! I do actually have an old house and several of my guests have reported strange experiences–so it’s possible I do have ghosts. But hopefully our lives won’t converge in such…explosive ways.
Yay Lauren Oliver! Yay new books! YAY ALL THE THINGS!
WHEN THE CAT WON’T STOP PAWING MY BOOK WHILE I’M TRYING TOR READ
I’m just like:
Grace Blakely is absolutely certain of three things:
1. She is not crazy.
2. Her mother was murdered.
3. Someday she is going to find the killer and make him pay.
As certain as Grace is about these facts, nobody else believes her–so there’s no one she can completely trust. Not her grandfather, a powerful ambassador. Not her new friends, who all live on Embassy Row. Not Alexei, the Russian boy next door who is keeping an eye on Grace for reasons she neither likes nor understands.
Everybody wants Grace to put on a pretty dress and a pretty smile, blocking out all her unpretty thoughts. But they can’t control Grace–no more than Grace can control what she knows or what she needs to do.
Her past has come back to hunt her … and if she doesn’t stop it, Grace isn’t the only one who will get hurt. Because on Embassy Row, the countries of the world all stand like dominoes, and one wrong move can make them all fall down.
Official cover AND back cover copy AND a two chapter excerpt?! Oh happy day!
All Fall Down: an Embassy Row novel, coming January 27, 2015.
Can. Not. Wait.
WHEN SOMEONE SAYS “I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT TO READ”
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Exactly: we love talking books, and we love matching readers with books they’ll love, too!
Happy Talk Like a Pirate Day!
Because it lets us post Jack Sparrow gifs, which perfectly capture book talks. For example:
Books with complicated plots:
Until you get to the ending that just didn’t work for you:
We love Talk Like a Pirate Day. =)
No one would surrender to the Dread Pirate Westley.
First poster for @imitationgame/@imitationgameuk with Benedict Cumberbatch
Courtesy of Blackbear Pictures
Now here’s a movie that has our interest - about British mathematician Alan Turing, whose revolutionary concept of a universal machine (the predecessor to the computer) was then brought to life by the same man a few years later.
Interest piqued? Check out Alan Turing: The Enigma by Andrew Hodges.
Every book has it’s audience. Sometimes it’s an audience of one person - sometimes it’s an audience of twenty. And every book has some one who loves it, and some people who don’t. Every one of those books in a bookstore has a reason to be there - some person that it’s going to touch. But you can’t expect it to get everybody.
And you can’t say: “Well, there’s something wrong if this book didn’t mean the same thing to everyone who read it.” The book shouldn’t make sense to some people, because we’re all different. And thank goodness. How boring would it be if we all felt the same way about every book?