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YouTube "presentation" of Kurt Vonnegut Reads Slaughterhouse-FiveKurt Vonnegut, Jr. Reads Slaughterhouse-Five, an album released by Caedmon Records in 1973 containing not just Vonnegut’s delivery of excerpts from his famous sixth novel, but his stories of the book’s conception.
Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Announces 2013 Nebula NomineesScience Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America are pleased to announce the 2013 Nebula Awards nominees (presented 2014), the nominees for the Ray Bradbury Award for Outstanding Dramatic Presentation, and the nominees for the Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy.Best NovelWe Are All Completely Beside Ourselves, Karen Joy Fowler (Marian Wood)The Ocean at the End of the Lane, Neil Gaiman (Morrow; Headline Review)Fire with Fire, Charles E. Gannon (Baen)Hild, Nicola Griffith (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)Ancillary Justice, Ann Leckie (Orbit US; Orbit UK)The Red: First Light, Linda Nagata (Mythic Island)A Stranger in Olondria, Sofia Samatar (Small Beer)The Golem and the Jinni, Helene Wecker (Harper)...
IMO interesting reading list from a cybersecurity perspective!
From theterebrate blog:For the past decade, I have had this notion that there must be a definitive Cyber Security Canon; a list of must-read books where the content is timeless, genuinely represents an aspect of the community that is true and precise and that, if not read, will leave a hole in the cyber security professional’s education that will make the practitioner incomplete. ...With that in mind, I propose the following 20 books for consideration
Just got through John Dixon Carr's 1935 masterpiece locked room mystery, THE HOLLOW MAN featuring his detective Dr. Gideon Fell. It is a marvelously intricate puzzle of a novel. Unfortunately it lacks all the earmarks of a good novel; like characterization. All the dialogue serves the rather complicated plot which is finally explained at the end in such detail that, even if the reader were that interested, they wouldn't be for long. I like "puzzle books"and many books by Carr, but in this one he sacrifices far too much to the plot. It would have worked better as a short story as it lacks the soul to be successful as a novel. I do recommend Carr's historical novels though, especially those based in London or New Orleans.
Jack Kerouac’s On The Road Turned Into Google Driving Directions...Gregor Weichbrodt, a German college student, took all of the geographic stops mentioned in On the Road, plugged them into Google Maps, and ended up with a 45-page manual of driving directions, divided into chapters paralleling those of Kerouac’s original book. ...Published as a Free eBook Can ALSO buy the hardcopy of said eBook buy the original book from Amazon
value and interest will vary significantly....
Understand that this is ONE viewpoint, suspect MOST readers would/could compile a somewhat different list
Amazon's 100 Books to read in a lifetime
from Pew Internet E-Reading Rises as Device Ownership Jumps The proportion of Americans who read e-books is growing, but few have completely replaced print books for electronic versions.The percentage of adults who read an e-book in the past year has risen to 28%, up from 23% at the end of 2012. At the same time, about seven in ten Americans reported reading a book in print, up four percentage points after a slight dip in 2012, and 14% of adults listened to an audiobook.Though e-books are rising in popularity, print remains the foundation of Americans’ reading habits. Most people who read e-books also read print books, and just 4% of readers are “e-book only.” Audiobook listeners have the most diverse reading habits overall, while fewer print readers consume books in other formats.... download full report:
Might be of some interest and worthy of some further distribution, to bring the newest generation into the club of those who ENJOY reading...
From a News Release from the LIbrary of Congress “Readers to the Rescue” Online Game Encourages Young People to Read Classic BooksNow Available on Read.gov
A new interactive game, called "Readers to the Rescue," is now available on the Library of Congress’s reading-promotion website, http://www.read.gov/The game, developed by students at the Laycock Center for Creativity & Collaboration at Brigham Young University, is a visual game set inside a library inhabited by a cast of storybook characters, among them Pinocchio, Humpty-Dumpty and Sleeping Beauty. Users are asked to "rescue" characters who have been stolen from the book’s pages by placing other book "heroes" in the blank spaces in a story, which results in one of 36 possible short animated films. At the end, readers are able to unlock a classic children’s online book to read."Readers to the Rescue" is a collaborative project of the Library of Congress, Brigham Young University and the Ad Council. To create the game, BYU’s Laycock Center brought together students from advertising, animation, film, graphic design, music and theater. In just two months they came up with the format for the game, designed all of the characters and created the 36 mini films.A goal of this initiative is to recognize the modern, media-driven world children are growing up in and that reading online, or in any format should be at the center of literacy efforts."It doesn’t matter where you read, it matters that you read," said Jeff Sheets, director of the Laycock Center. "We tried to use the same technology that takes these kids away from reading to bring them back to reading."
RIP Steven Fromholz
From the Houston Chronicle: Steven Fromholz, a gifted and esteemed songwriter who was named poet laureate of Texas in 2007, has died, according to his family. He was 68.Fromholz's "I'd Have to Be Crazy," which was covered by Willie Nelson, was probably his best-known work, though "Texas Trilogy" - an epic narrative centered around central Texas Bosque County - was his career-defining piece, a richly detailed and characterized trio of songs ("Daybreak," "Train Ride" and "Bosque County Romance") that was covered by his admirer Lyle Lovett Lovett, who called Fromholz a "friend and teacher," said "Texas Trilogy" "isn't a song, it's a transcendent Texas bible, a local setting with universal meaning.""Steven Fromholz and his work will be remembered, enjoyed and studied as music and literature forever," Lovett said. "His insight into human nature was equaled only by his ability to write about it in such detail that he made his listeners feel as if they were standing in the shoes of his characters, seeing what they saw, feeling what they felt."
RIP Neal Barret Jr
Obituary from Locus onlineNeal Barrett, Jr., 84, author of acclaimed fantasy The Hereafter Gang (1991) and a number of celebrated short stories, among other works, died January 12, 2014.Barrett began publishing SF with “To Tell the Truth” in Galaxy (1960). His notable short fiction includes “Perpetuity Blues” (1987), Hugo and Nebula Award finalist “Ginny Sweethips’ Flying Circus” (1989), Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award finalist “Stairs” (1989), “Cush” (1993), and “Radio Station St. Jack” (2008). His short work has been collected in Slightly Off Center: Eleven Extraordinarily Exhilarating Tales (1992), World Fantasy Award finalist Perpetuity Blues and Other Stories (2000), A Different Vintage (2001), Way Out There (2004), and retrospective Other Seasons: The Best of Neal Barrett, Jr. (2013).
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