Links + Things: It's Been Too Long Edition

Links + Things: It's Been Too Long Edition

It's been a couple of weeks since my last link roundup, and I've collected a ton of interestingness to share with you--hope you enjoy! Also, I've found a bunch of good deals on good books lately that will keep you reading for awhile, so make sure to scroll down to check out these bargains. 

Video of Awesome! 

Dogs surfing for charity--need I say more? 

Required Reading

We can start with the money. White people sell, on the surface. The truth is people of color sell too, when their stories are given the proper exposure. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon is always a movie I like to point out. Amazing, award-winning film and not once have I heard anyone say, “That really could have used more white people.” It did well in the US market because it was a great film that got proper exposure. Marketing matters, people. When it’s really difficult to find positive and realistic stories about people of color, white and people of color alike think those stories don’t exist.
— Rebekah Weatherspoon

Romance Around the Corner hosted a fantastic week of posts celebrating and deconstructing heroines in romance-focused fiction. (I was thrilled to participate, with a discussion and recommendations for brave YA girls.) While all of the posts were thought-provoking and compelling, author Rebekah Weatherspoon's post about representation was the one that I kept coming back to. It has over 50 comments at this point, and that discussion is definitely worth reading as well.

Persis’s character was one a lot of readers of early drafts of the manuscript struggled to get a hold of, and the reasons they gave me were fascinating. Apparently, if you have a female character who is rich and beautiful and privileged, people are already coded to dislike her, even if she’s a good guy, so deeply ingrained in our cultural mindset is the archetype of the rich, beautiful, snobby villain.
— Diana Peterfreund

Angie tweeted this thought-provoking piece by Diana Peterfreund, which discusses the assumptions we make about female characters, and how those assumptions differ for male characters. Diana does a lot of interesting things with gender roles and expectations in her novels, and this makes me even more excited to read her upcoming novel, Across the Star-Swept Sea.

Further Reading

Cover Art News! 

Ink is Thicker Than Water by Amy Spalding, Dec. 2013

Ink is Thicker Than Water by Amy Spalding, Dec. 2013

Fractured by Sarah Fine, Oct. 2013

Fractured by Sarah Fine, Oct. 2013

Two fall books I've highly anticipated had covers revealed in the last few days--and they're both quite fabulous. Amy Spalding art directs her own covers (read our interview on the story behind the cover design of her first novel, The Reece Malcolm List, right here) and the little details for this one--Ink is Thicker Than Water--are quite striking. The Midnight Garden has the scoop. I quite enjoyed Sarah Fine's Sanctum, and I'm eager for the followup in this series, Fractured. If the first cover was thematically "fire," this one is definitely "ice." The Tor blog has a quick interview about the design for Fractured.

Cheapo Books

Notes: Click on the cover image for more information about the book. Please verify the price before buying, as they fluctuate frequently. Finally, if you want a cheap read, check out my review of the $1 novella, The Story Guy--I thought it was quite fabulous. 

  • I have not read Something Strange and Deadly, but it's been highly recommended by a number of reviewers as a satisfying paranormalish-type read. It's currently $1.99 for Kindle.
  • One of my favorite all-time YA novels, Twenty Boy Summer is on sale again, at $2.99 for the Kindle edition. Get on that if you haven't read this fabulous novel. 
  • The DUFF is another novel I haven't read, but I heard Kody Keplinger speak at an event earlier this year and she was so smart and engaging, that I promised myself I'd get to one of her books soon. The hardback of The DUFF is currently in Amazon's bargain bin section for $6.80 (the Kindle edition is $5.99, which isn't too bad either).  
Pivot Point
By Kasie West
Losing It
By Cora Carmack
Animal Dreams (P.S.)
By Barbara Kingsolver
What It Was
By George Pelecanos
  • Several Barbara Kingsolver books are inexpensive on Kindle right now, including Animal Dreams, which I loved. It's only $1.99 and would be a great place to start if you haven't read her older books.
  • I reviewed George Pelencanos' What It Was last year and thought it was another solid crime novel from this veteran writer (he wrote some very memorable episodes of The Wire). It's $2.99 for the ebook right now and definitely worth it if you want to try this author.
  • I don't read historical romances, but most people I know who do adore Sarah McLean and specifically mention Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake, so I had to include it when I saw it was discounted to $1.99 for the ebook. 

Happy a happy weekend! 

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