Tuesday, December 18, 2012

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Happy Tuesday! Have some news:

Brilliance Audio (digital not available in libraries) enters print and ebook market with new imprint.

The 2012 "I Love My Librarian" Winners! Congrats!

Baker & Taylor expands its collection management team.

Ebrary adds more foreign language content, publishers.

Don't Hide Your Harlequins: In Defense of Romance.

NPR talks Best Romances of 2012

Everything is bigger in...Seattle? Their 25 top books of 2012!

The snark is great, but there is news here too: Simon & Schuster agrees to sell ONE ebook title to libraries.

Just for fun:

72 years of the Batman Logo (fascinating!)

Why IS there a "b" in the word doubt?

And before you see The Hobbit, some theaters showing a commercial for Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time. Pretty good marketing, that.

Best Covers of the Year: Part 2

For Best Covers part 1, click here. It has been a pretty darn good year for covers. Let's get to the rest of the list!

It takes all the conventions from the urban fantasy book cover playbook (broody, pouting heroine plus weapon, plus posing) and elevates them. The background is outstanding. Looking at her sword arm, I was hoping she was part cyborg. Maybe she is. I need to read it to find out.

I love everything about this cover (except maybe the overabundance of words on it.) It is gorgeously drawn. It is gorgeously colored. The details are perfect. You get a sense of her walking through the forest, with the movement of the leaves and her positioning. The lantern even looks like it might mid-swing.

My favorite cover that looks like a movie poster. In fact, I am already in line to see this movie because it looks awesome. The detail on that cover is pretty impressive.

Funniest cover: Every time I see this cover, it makes me laugh. Every single time. I hate zombies. I hate clowns. But this cover? This is funny.

And for your non-funny zombies, this one really stood out. It shambled to the top of the zombie heap. There were some good (and by good, I mean gross) zombie covers this year, but this one made me hesitant to close my eyes at night.

Have I mentioned that I hate zombies?

There were a lot of beautiful, scenic covers this year. Covers that made me want to be wherever the cover depicted. This was my favorite. It looks like that chair is waiting just for me. The colors are beautiful. It's so still and just...still. 

This book cover, for me, was extraordinary in that it employed so many of my pet peeves and I still thought it was beautiful. The different fonts? I wish the author's name was at the bottom, so as not to draw attention to the fact that it is in a different font. The blurry, unfocused background? BUT, the art is simple and elegant. The colors are understated and lovely. There were a lot of "between the wars" books that employed a similar style, and this was my favorite of the bunch.

When I first saw this cover, I was struck by the pearls. There are many other things to look at, of course. You could be struck by the gorgeous lavender of her panties. You might wonder about the feel of that rug (?) under her. You might be curious about her positioning. I can't take my eyes off the pearls, and the way they're being used. This series is being re-printed with different covers. The new covers are pretty, in their own right, but they're lacking the...imagination and seduction of the originals.

I'm curious about what is going on. You've made me turn my head sideways to try and figure it out. The colors are a mix of happy (with the green and the rose petals and the gorgeous color of her dress) and murky. That water looks kind of disgusting. Absolutely nothing about this cover leads me to believe that there will be ghosts when I open the book...but there are.

So, I laughed when I first saw this cover because it reminded me, instantly, of Xanadu. I'm not sure why. But, it really is very pretty. It isn't the first image that comes to mind when you see the title has vengeance in it, and that's not a bad thing. It looks light and airy at first glance. The more you look at it, though...

So what if two of my favorite artists, Waterhouse and Turner, had a baby? I think it would be this cover. The story itself is inspired by The Lady of Shalott (poem here, painting here).

I hope next year produces as many great book covers as this year. Happy Holidays, everyone!

Monday, December 17, 2012

Best Covers of the Year: Part 1

After a year's worth of cover goodness (and badness), these are the ones that seem just as beautiful now as they did when I first saw them. When I looked back on the covers from this year, a lot that I had marked as wonderful had really lost a step or two when taking a second look. Maybe that is because taste can change over the course of a year, or maybe they shine less bright when compared to an entire year's worth of competition.

As usual, these are only the things that caught MY eye this year, and I would love to hear your opinions on these, or any other covers that caught YOUR eye in 2012.

When I saw this one, I could not stop staring at it. It is one of the most realistic post-apocalyptic scenes I've seen on a cover, and it works. If you look at it too long, it starts to look like the clouds are moving...that's your cue to go to the next book.

I normally ignore reprints, because we often already have the book. That saves some time in my life. But, this one is simply outstanding. (And, as it turned out, we did not have any copies of this anymore.)

There is something crisp and clean and fresh about this cover, wouldn't you say? Oh sure, I get a chill when I think about her arms and neckline, but it looks so pristine. This turned out to be my favorite "winter scene" cover of 2012. Now if only she were wearing a coat...

This is one great example where the title and the cover art are perfectly in sync. Plus, everything about it says deathly creepy beauty. The fallen leaves, the colors, and, even though she's in a bright primary color, she almost looks ghostly. I look at this cover and get creeped out, which, I suspect, is exactly the point.

There isn't much I can say about this. I'm partial to fantasy art, as most of you probably know. This is outstanding.

This is my pick for creepiest GOOD cover of the year. Just looking at that makes me want to swat at something.

My hot man cover of the year. There are lots of hot men covers, and Jaci Burton's covers are usually a shoe in for this category, but Taking a Shot was edged out of this award by font. Yes, font. And, sure, it helps that he's a firefighter. And a hot man. But when it came down to the two covers, font pushed this one over the edge.

I'm much more of a fantasy fan than a SF fan, as far as books go, but this one made me curious enough to go back and put book 1 on hold.

Dawn/Fire seem to be heavily cover thematic in 2012. But, once again, it is done really well in this cover. The bloody arrow and the overall medieval feel will make people wonder if they're getting fantasy Robin Hood or historical Robin Hood.

Steampunk plus vampires? Color is used, and not used, brilliantly on this cover. The font is pitch perfect. The pose, the look, the background.....everything is just done so well. It looks good up close and from afar, on and off the computer screen. Well done.

I spent way too much time trying to figure out what was going on here. The covers are darkly wonderful, even though I have no idea what is going on with those wisps. Is she losing body heat?

More to come!

Click My Link! December 17, 2012

From Oliver Sacks, "Reading the Fine Print": "Writing should be accessible in as many formats as possible."

The books that made the most "Best of 2012" book lists. (I love statistics!--Helga)

Cleveland Plain Dealer picks the Best Nonfiction of 2012

According to USA Today, the Holidays are the "Heartbeat" of Print Book Sales.

People are using ereaders to (gasp!) read more books!

Karin Slaughter's Will Trent series is coming to the movies. And possibly TV.

Chase Novak's (or Scott Spencer, whichever name you prefer) novel Breed will also be adapted for film.

The world really needed a Hunger Games-style reality TV series, right?

Literary Death Match also, possibly, coming to a tv near you

LeVar Burton reboots Reading Rainbow (In my next life, I'd like to be an app!)

Found: A new Hans Christian Andersen story!

John Ringo, David Weber, and Lois McMaster Bujold now available at Amazon in ebook format.

HuffPo shares the best Art Books of the year.

NPR offers 3 books to read before the end of the world (I've read 1. I've got 4 days...)

The Beginner's Guide to Cleaning Your Books.

Just for Fun

Terrible photos of bestselling authors.

An an "honest" trailer for the incredible Lord of the Rings trilogy. Loving the movie and loving this trailer are not inconsistent. :)

Happy Monday!

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Click My Link: December 13, 2012

Greetings!  Here is what I'm looking at around the web this morning.

Breakup letters from famous authors.

Curious about rap lyrics?  Check the encyclopedia   (this may be my new favorite thing today)

Medium Rare and Back Again: A Tolkien cookbook

Lit Ragger brings Literary Journals to iPads and phones.

Hans Christian Andersen's first fairy tale found.

Ownshelf helps readers share their digital libraries with friends.    (curious.....)

Teleread's 2013 E-Book Market Predictions

Just for fun:

A little bit of fun with Warm Bodies movie posters.  The movie comes out on February 1, 2013.  Interest in the book is heating up again. 

Happy Thursday!

Monday, December 3, 2012

Click My Link: December 3, 2012

Good Morning, and Happy December to you!

Our friend @librarymary40 talks about Baby Steps of Collection Analysis: Using Excel with Collection Data.

25 Notable books unfairly overlooked by the NYT. (Really? It was UNFAIR? Come on.)

Hatchet Job of the year? Zoe Heller vs. Salman Rushdie in the NYTRB. (This should be interesting.)

David Oliver Relin, co-author of Three Cups of Tea, dies at 49.

From the Mac Observer: Everything about Ebooks & Ereaders....pt. 1.

Ken Burns' The Dust Bowl documentary spurs new interest in an old title.

Are you an intelligent person on the planet? If so, Neil deGrasse Tyson thinks you should read (or have already read) these books.

What were the most popular songs of 2012? (so tempted to check the circ on these CDs to see if the numbers reflect that popularity.)

10 new "must reads" for December.

An online retirement party? 36 Famous Writers on Philip Roth's retirement

Should books be a part of emergency relief efforts? Hell yeah!

How the internet has become the bookstore front window.

On the tyranny of the happy ending: Has our pep-talk-prone culture led readers to shun tragic literary classics?

Hollywood's 25 Most Powerful Authors.

Just for fun:
The Battle of Helm's Deep like you've not seen before. Lego-ized and hilarious.

The Game of Thrones S3 trailer -- for your viewing pleasure.

Your favorite superheroes sporting mustaches. (someone mentioned it makes them all look like Tom Selleck!)