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Tuesday New Release Day: Freud; Seskis; Baxter; Vaillant; Puertolas; Oates

Out this week: Mr. Mac and Me by Esther Freud; One Step Too Far by Tina Seskis; Munich Airport by Greg Baxter; The Jaguar’s Children by John Vaillant; The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir Who Got Trapped in an Ikea Wardrobe by Romain Puertolas; and The Sacrifice by Joyce Carol Oates. For more on these […]

Sorry Not Sorry

Unpopular opinions: we have them. A spirited behind-the-scenes discussion about the pop culture trends we just aren’t that into blossomed into this blog post, in which we confess how much we really don’t like that thing. Or, conversely, like that … Continue reading ?

Drowning Mermaids by Nadia Scrieva

So apparently, in addition to being the Knitter in Residence here at SBTB, I am also the the aquatic romance reviewer. When Amanda sent me a book about a mermaid stripper, you know I had to read that, right? It’s as crazy-sauce as I could have hoped. Show More Summary

10th Anniversary Giveaway Celebration: Part 2

The party continues today as we move closer to our 10th anniversary. Snow? What snow? We have MAYHEM! We’ve been counting down each month looking back at some of the most popular pages in the site’s archives over the past year. And now – more fun! Ready for more giveaway mayhem? Givea-hem? May-away? Whatever? It’s time for more! Mr. Show More Summary

Comics Panel: Moomin and Squirrel Girl delight, Sam Zabel And The Magic Pen stimulates

Christmas gift-giving season is long over, but if you feel like buying yourself a present to bust those winter blues, Drawn & Quarterly has you covered. It has been publishing Tove Jansson’s Moomin strips since 2006. Although MoominShow More Summary

CRASH & BURN Is Lisa Gardner's Most Complex Novel

Book Review Jackie K Cooper CRASH & BURN by Lisa Gardner Lisa Gardner pulls out all the stops in her latest novel CRASH & BURN. This is a novel so complex and challenging that readers will be going back to the first of the novel to read sections over and over again. Show More Summary

What Tom Stoppard Says About Consciousness in His New Play

This interview with Tom Stoppard took place in the coffee lounge of the National Theatre London in a break in rehearsal of his new play "The Hard Problem." Your new play "The Hard Problem" opens at the National Theatre on Jan. 31, 2015. Show More Summary

Not Enough

“Oh, speaking of dust, I am pretty sure I have a dust allergy. A debilitating, truly severe dust allergy. But I can’t dust this place, because I have to leave everything as it was that fateful day, untouched, preserved, still, because I am crazy and should be on disability. Also, between us, you see this […]

Great Feats

You may have not known there’s a national arm wrestling championship. Joshua Davis found out when he saw an eye-catching flyer. When he found himself drafted onto Team USA, he turned the experience into his first big magazine piece. At The Rumpus, an interview with the author of Spare Parts.

Newswire: Exclusive DC preview: Gotham Academy #4 delivers all-ages mystery and romance

Gotham Academy has quickly become one of DC Comics’ most engaging titles, taking an all-ages look at Batman’s world through the views of various students at the titular institution. The series started strong and has only improved asShow More Summary

Newswire: Alec Baldwin is writing his memoirs

For too long, reclusive and taciturn actor Alec Baldwin has shielded his every word and thought from the public. But no more: The Wrap reports that Baldwin has signed a deal with Harper, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, to put out a memoir. Show More Summary

6 Must-Read Books for Overwhelmed Stepmoms

Are you married to a man with kids from a previous relationship? I bet you never thought how hard being a stepmom is. In the rush of love, when you see the world through gorgeous love goggles, no one tells you that you're going to want...Show More Summary

Never Let Me Go Falls Short of Its Potential

Note: Spoilers ahead. You may not wish to read this review if you haven't yet read Never Let Me Go. I feel betrayed and confused. Parts 1 and 2 of Kazuo Ishiguro's Never Let Me Go are written with painstaking care, immersing us in the neurotically analytical mindset of our narrator, Kathy. Show More Summary

Tom Petty to Share Credit for Sam Smith’s ‘Stay With Me’

Representatives for Mr. Smith acknowledged that his song was unintentionally similar to Mr. Petty's hit "I Won't Back Down."

Cat Woman, Cat Lady: Aliases of Womanhood in 'You Animal Machine (The Golden Greek)'

Helene Pappamarkou, Melena the Leopard Girl, Yagureté or "true carnivorous beast": these names are aliases, and Eleni Sikelianos jumps into each one in her genre-refusing essay-memoir-invention You Animal Machine (The Golden Greek).Show More Summary

It Spaketh

You might think the signs would be obvious. The buildings are organic, the sky is filled with dragons, and everyone you talk to speaks languages you’ve never heard of. But you may still need some help figuring out your environs. Herewith, a few ways to tell if you’re in a high-fantasy novel.

The Page 40 Test

But by paying close attention to how a writer constructs sentences, we can begin to see how the larger structure of the novel is built.

Two Kinsale Audiobooks, $6.95 and a Laurens for $1.99

The $6.95 Audible sale continues, and includes some Laura Kinsale titles that are a steal at that price. First, the sale prices are for Audible members, but if you want to subscribe, you can sign up for a month free and see how you like it. Show More Summary

Creating Voices for Women in History: Meet Author Heather Webb

Heather Webb's first novel gave voice to Josephine Bonaparte in Becoming Josephine, with the backdrop of the tumultuous French Revolution. Her latest release, Rodin's Lover, explores the lines between passion and obsession through the lens of Camille Claudel, a sculptor and muse to Auguste Rodin. Show More Summary

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