The few posts that did catch our eyes this week are:
Kelly's as ever insightful and thoughtful post Some thoughts on "new adult" and also "cross-unders." We've talked about "new adult" category so much this year, and yet there is more and more to think about, and the category still hasn't caught on as a legit publishing trend.
Another favorite blogger of ours, Sarah, has a lot to say on the subject of GQ's latest foray into readers advisory "Reading Man's Guide to Dirty Books." Our question is, how good and smutty those men-written book recommendations are if none of us ever heard of them, and surely among the three of us we've sampled plenty of smut? Plus, if these recs are in any way similar in their portrayal of sex to the latest Bad Sex in Fiction nominees, then well... no wonder we are not interested:
Back to Blood, by Tom Wolfe: "Now his big generative jockey was inside her pelvic saddle, riding, riding, riding, and she was eagerly swallowing it swallowing it swallowing it with the saddle's own lips and maw — all this without a word."
And as we continue this sex in fiction topic, here is another 50 Shades hilarious exercise in hypocrisy -
Publisher cracks whip over 'Fifty Shades' spin-offs. Infringement, haha!
Over at Publishers Weekly you can read a very interesting recap of a panel called “Pop Culture Publishing: Young Adult Megahits.” The participants of this panel discussed what makes a magahit and what effects YA megahits can have on publishing and entertainment industry as a whole.
Here you can see Laini Taylor's photographic inspirations for Days of Blood and Starlight. (We want to go there.)
Patrick Ness announced his next book. And so did Lili Wilkinson. Now, if only her books were readily available in US and didn't cost so much to get from Australia! We still haven't gotten our hands on Lili's previous release - Love-Shy.
Stacia Kane has a small holiday present for all of us, fans of her Downside Ghosts series - a snippet from a novella (from Terrible's POV!) which is to be published around Christmas.
Margo Lanagan has not one, but two short stories available online. Here is The Sky Swam from her upcoming collection Cracklescape. And a podcast of The Goosle.