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Book Talk: Wrapping Up the *Children of God* Read-along

Book Talk: Wrapping Up the *Children of God* Read-along

Children of God Mary Doria Russell Ballantine Books (1999), Paperback (ISBN 044900483X / 9780449004838) Fiction (speculative/SF), 464 pages Source: personal copy Reason for Reading: Re-read as co-host of a Read-Along with Heather J., following the March 2010 Read-Along of The Sparrow Opening Lines: “Sweating and nauseated, Emilio Sandoz sat on the edge of his bed with his head in what was left of his hands. “Many things had turned out to be more difficult than he’d expected. Losing his mind, for example. Or dying.” Book Description: The only member of the original mission to the planet Rakhat to return to […]

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Sunday Salon: Reading ARCs, and a Read-Along announcement!

Sunday Salon: Reading ARCs, and a Read-Along announcement!

It’s exciting to snag those advance reader copies, isn’t it? There’s a thrill in knowing you’re one of the first to read an upcoming book, and then being able to talk it up and help it become a hit. However, those advance copies are nearly always marked as “uncorrected proofs,” and as such, they may contain typos, grammatical errors, and factual mistakes. And as hard as I try not to let those things distract me, sometimes they really do. Therefore, I find the actual experience of reading an advance edition just a bit problematic. There have been times, when reading […]

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Question Time–Now With Answers! (Part One)

Question Time–Now With Answers! (Part One)

I’m offering a bonus entry in my Blogiversary Giveaway to anyone who asks me a question (and you can still enter until this Saturday, if you haven’t already!). Since several people took me up on that, I thought I’d answer some of the questions today. Others will be addressed next week, so stay tuned. Several of the questions I’ve received specifically addressed blogging, so I’m going to field all of those in their own post. Today I’m responding to some of the more random ones, like “favorite things”…including books! I usually have a hard time giving just one answer to […]

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BEA/BBC Aftermath: Personal Highlights…and that means people!

BEA/BBC Aftermath: Personal Highlights…and that means people!

This is the last piece of my three-part reflection on conference comparisons. After some consideration of conversations and conference-goers in the previous post, this one gets more personal. * Some people come for the people, and you see them talking with each other, walking around, and eating together. There are also events that go on around a conference that have no association with brands at all. They happen when two or three bloggers meet up for coffee or breakfast; when a small group goes out to dinner together; when bloggers team up to make the rounds of the expo floor; […]

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Weekly Geeks’ 10 Things, plus Top 10 Book-Blogging Things!

Weekly Geeks’ 10 Things, plus Top 10 Book-Blogging Things!

The current Weekly Geeks theme revisits one of Dewey’s original topics for the meme: Ten Things About Books and YOU. Here are mine: The current population of TBR Purgatory is 326. I give up book-buying for Lent every year, and this year it’s been surprisingly easy to stick to it. For one thing, I’m getting better about wish-listing books so I won’t forget I’m interested in them, but I think the bigger factor is that I’m really aware of how big TBR Purgatory is now – and feeling the weight of it! There really aren’t as many books in the various […]

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Reading Plans for 2011 (Weekly Geeks/Sunday Salon on Monday)

Reading Plans for 2011 (Weekly Geeks/Sunday Salon on Monday)

It’s that time of year…and I had planned to talk about it in this week’s Sunday Salon, but I didn’t get a chance to write one. However, when Weekly Geeks posted it as this week’s topic, I decided I’d make my response a special belated Salon post as well. Becky asked: Do you plan on participating in any reading challenges in 2011? Are you planning on hosting any reading challenges? Are there any challenges you are looking forward to that haven’t been announced yet? Regardless of your challenge plans, are you starting to plan ahead for next year? Do you […]

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Sunday Salon 5/2: The “weekend after the Festival” edition

Sunday Salon 5/2: The “weekend after the Festival” edition

Question of the Week: Does the publisher know you’ve reviewed that? Do you share links to your reviews with the publishers who provided the books? I usually don’t, and I’m wondering whether I should start doing it. When I first started receiving review copies, I usually did try to e-mail the publicist who made the book available to me and let her know when I’d posted the review…if I remembered. Things have changed over the last couple of years, though, and that’s much less likely to happen. Most of my review copies these days come directly from publishers – via […]

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