My Weekend Reading: Flock of Dodos

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Barrett Brown: jailed journalist, author, totally-not-spokesman for Anonymous, and general pot-stirring jackass*. (*note: term jackass used with utmost respect and admiration) Arrest did nothing to stop Barrett Brown  from publishing. From his new home in a Texas jail, he weighs in on everything from censorship to political history to jailhouse race dynamics to cookies. His work creates this… Read more »

15 Day Book Blogger Challenge: CONFESSIONS! 3/15

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Confession #3: Sometimes I like books because I like the authors. This is the less mean corollary to Confession #2. I’m not saying I like The Sandman or The Graveyard Book or Neverwhere  *  because Neil Gaiman has an enlightened view of copyright or because he is a shockingly (because he’s English…) ardent defender of the First Amendment. Despite the grudges I hold… Read more »

15 Day Book Blogger Challenge: Day 4

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What’s the last book your threw across the room*? This distinction must go to none other than @ajkeen’s #digitalverigo. Yes, that is a hashtag in the title and a twitter handle in the byline. Mr. Keen is just that clever. #digitalverigo is intended as a counterweight to the techno-optimism of Silicon Valley and the twenty first century in… Read more »

15 Day Book Blogger Challenge: Day 3

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It’s Day 3 of the 15 Day Book Blogger Challenge (I’m catching up!) Day 3′s challenge was: Who are your blogging BFFs? I’m going to take some liberties with this one (shocker, right?) by changing blogging BFFs to blogging inspirations. Not to take away from the friendly relationships I have with other bloggers. But BFF has such a personal… Read more »

15 Day Book Blogger Challenge: CONFESSIONS! 2/15

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And, yup, it’s even MORE from the 15 Day Book Blogger Challenge! (Yes, I’m still on that.) Here’s the continuation the first task, Make 15 Book Related Confessions……… Confession #2: Sometimes I don’t like books because I don’t like their authors.   I never finished the Liveship Traders books.  I got through the first two – which was quite an accomplishment… Read more »

15 Day Book Blogger Challenge: Day 2

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This is Day 2 of the 15 Day Book Blogger Challenge. Today’s challenge is: What’s your bedtime reading ritual? Well, gee, I don’t usually talk about ANY of my bedtime rituals on here, but if you insist…….. In all seriousness, though, I wish I had one. I wish I fell asleep reading stories. Sadly most of… Read more »

15 Day Book Blogger Challenge: CONFESSIONS! 1/15

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Ok, it’s Day 1 of the 15 Day Book Blogger Challenge. (Ok, actually Day 1 was a couple days ago…. shut up, I’m working on it! At least I’ve got the right week. I think) Anyway, Day 1′s challenge was: Make 15 Book-Related Confessions Now what happened when I sat down to confess my 15… Read more »

15 Day Book Blogger Challenge

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Good Books, Good Wine is doing a 15 Day Book Blogger Challenge, and, well, I’m sort of a book blogger. Right? I mean, in between the pirates and politics there are book-related things going on here! But, whatever. I like doing fun things, and a Book Blogger Challenge sounds like fun things to me! Here’s from April over at… Read more »

Hey TUEBLovers, Welcome to Cheapass Fiction!

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Hi there! I’m Aelius. I write. I’m also an avid TUEBL fan. You know that Facebook page everyone checks for the latest library news/panic/oh-my-god-where-is-TUEBL moments? I made that. After false DMCA takedowns (sent to Facebook…….. where exactly zero books are kept o_O ) forced the official page offline, I wanted to make sure that readers and… Read more »

Avoid the Piss in the Pool–Get on the Pirate Ship

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Last week, writer Andrew Hickey posted his thoughts on unprofessionalism in indie writing in a post entitled “Pissing in the Pool or  Why Readers Hate Indie Writers.”   In sum, the refusal of their authors to aspire to higher quality–in the product, in their writing, in their conduct–gives all indie writers a bad name.  “If you… Read more »