News & Notes – 1/18/14

January 18, 2014 Challenges, Patrick Rothfuss, Sherlock (BBC), Simon and Schuster 16

News & Notes is a weekly Saturday post featuring book- and publishing-related news, links to interesting articles and opinion pieces, giveaways on this and other blogs, and other cool stuff.

Books & Ebooks in the News:

    Worth Reading (or listening to): 


      For Writers & Bloggers:


          Book and Movie Announcements: 

          • Patrick Rothfuss confirms he has 2 novellas and a short novel releasing before Doors of Stone.  A novella centering on Bast will come out in the Rogues anthology this year; another novella will focus on Auri.  The novel is about Laniel Young-again, a character in a legend mentioned while Kvothe is chasing bandits in The Wise Man’s Fear.  The author mentioned all three in an AMA on Reddit this week; there are a lot of other interesting tidbits in the chat as well.
          • Sherryl Woods’ ‘Chesapeake Shores’ series is coming to TV.  Hallmark will adapt the popular contemporary romance series, set in a small town on the Chesapeake Bay and featuring the members of the O’Brien family.  Hallmark has experience with filming small-town romance; they recently adapted Debbie Macomber’s Cedar Cove novels into a series featuring Andie MacDowell.  (Hollywood Reporter)   If you’re not familiar with the books, you can read my reviews of the entire Chesapeake Shores series and the latest novel, A Seaside Christmas by clicking the links.
          • Astrophysicist Neil DeGrasse Tyson is rebooting the documentary series Cosmos with 13 new hour-long episodes on Fox and the National Geographic channel.  This is going to be awesome!  He and the writers explain why they’re doing this in the video at the above link; below, you can see the trailer for the new series.

          Free & Bargain books and Giveaways:

            Awesome lists: 

              Useful stuff:

              • Luzme is an ebook pricing service that will help you find the best price on ebooks in your country.  The service is available for the US, UK, Canada, Australia, India, Germany, and Spain so far. You can also set it to alert you if the price on a particular book drops.
              • Did you know Goodreads can show you your stats? — complete with a pie chart of which categories you read most in a year and a breakdown of each year’s reads by the star ratings you gave them.  Go to your My Books page and click Stats.  Then click on various years, etc. and see what you come up with.  The graphics are decent, too, if you want to take a screenshot for your blog.


                Just for fun:  

                • Sherlock, the Musical (above)  Alas, this song is all there isBut it’s well-written and surprisingly well-produced, and a whole lot of fun as it gently mocks the show.  And as Stubby the Rocket points out over on, the performers do a really good job of mimicking Cumberbatch’s and Freeman’s acting styles.
                • Who’s Your Literary Boyfriend? (a quiz from Barnes & Noble Book Blog).  I got Mr. Darcy, with Peeta as a runner-up — but where is Gilbert Blythe? 


                  Bookish Quotes:

                  That’s it for this week!

                  I’m always on the lookout for interesting articles, lists, and links for News & Notes, so please let me know if you see (or write!) anything that might be good for this feature.  You can leave me a comment or send me an email — my address is on the About/Review Policy/Contact page.

                  16 Responses to “News & Notes – 1/18/14”

                  1. Stephanie Shepherd

                    You are so awesome to pull this together every week – there is so much great news in here. I’m happy Anthony Horowitz is being knighted! I really liked House of Silk and love Foyle’s War (though I was disappointed that the show wasn’t based on a series of books). I love the Sherlock Musical video and agree with you that Gilbert Blythe she be on the list of best fictional boyfriends! Finally, love the closing quote. Thank you!

                    • Lark @ The Bookwyrm's Hoard

                      [blushes] Aw, shucks, you’re too kind! I really do enjoy doing these, though sometimes they take a while to pull together.

                      Ooh, Foyle’s War books – that would be awesome, especially if they did a bunch of stories that hadn’t been filmed. But then, Michael Kitchen’s performance is part of what makes the show so amazing, and you wouldn’t get that in a book. I haven’t read House of Silk yet, but it’s on my list for this year.

                      Gilbert would be my first choice of fictional boyfriends. I like the dedicated, committed nice guys. Which says a lot about why I chose my husband, and how wonderful he is! 🙂

                  2. Jan

                    So many very good links and stories! I don’t have time to red them all, but I plan to read a lot of them…lol. I’m a big Sherlock fan so that should be good and I’m always on the lookout for new science fiction/fantasy authors. And you have some great posts from last week I need to checkout. I spent so much time on my blog I didn’t do much else…lol.

                    • Lark @ The Bookwyrm's Hoard

                      You’re going to love the Sherlock music video. [grins] And I really need to browse that women SFF authors list myself. I’ve skimmed it and I already know she’s got some great names on there, but there are also a bunch I’m not familiar with that I’ll have to try – in my copious spare time, of course!

                      No worries – I know what it’s like to spend a lot of time focused on your blog (or something else) and not have time to do much browsing. There are only so many things you can squeeze into a day!

                    • Lark @ The Bookwyrm's Hoard

                      Thanks! I’m glad you enjoyed it. And yes, I was pretty excited about the Rothfuss news myself. Only I really, really want to have a release date for Doors of Stone! Oh, well, he’s not finished with it, and I’d rather he got it right than rushed it into publication. Thanks for stopping by!

                  3. My anxious life

                    I went to DC a few years ago and it was a nightmare getting around the mall since they were putting in new grass… so I wonder if they will move everything off the grass now??

                    • Lark @ The Bookwyrm's Hoard

                      They’ve had to do the ‘putting new grass in’ thing every few years. The big events are pretty tough on it. I gather they aren’t moving things off the grass, but they are requiring something-or-other to protect the grass, and it wasn’t going to be practical or affordable for the NBF to provide it. I’m not sure where the new requirement will leave other annual festivals, like the Folk Life Festival. Or, for that matter, the 4th-of-July fireworks and the big Memorial Day concert.

                  4. Bea

                    I wondered why the Festival was moving, interesting. I read the goodreads reading challenge earlier and I disagree with him but it was also interesting.

                    • Lark @ The Bookwyrm's Hoard

                      That was my reaction too – interesting position, but I don’t agree. I think he believes that by setting a numerical goal, people will be all about the numbers and not about the books. Well, a few might – but for the most part, people on Goodreads are there because they like to read, however fast or slowly they may do it. The content of what they read is still going to matter to them more than the numbers.