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May 05, 2013

Sunday Morning Book Thread 05-05-2013: A Clean, Well-Lighted Place For Books [OregonMuse]


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The Reading Room At Casa de Muse


No, not really. I wish it were, though. Those chairs look mighty comfy.

Good morning morons and moronettes and welcome to the the award-winning AoSHQ's comfortable and warmly inviting Sunday Morning Book Thread.


What the Landlord Has Been Reading Lately

Apparently, there's more in ace's apartment than back issues of Busty Lesbians Quarterly. Earlier this week, he posted a review (and recommendation) of a book he's been reading called The Monster of Florence. I noticed that Ace didn't bestir himself to include an actual link to where one might purchase the book that he spent several hundred words recommending, so I just did. You're welcome. The Kindle price is a not-completely-outrageous $8.89. Ace already gave a pretty good rundown on what The Monster of Florence is about and why it's interesting, so I'm not going to repeat any of it here. Go read it, if you haven't already. MoF now on my Amazon wish list.


Bestsellers

I was curious as to what other people are reading on their Kindle devices, so I searched Amazon for and found their list of Kindle Bestsellers for 2013. Here are the top 10:

1. Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks
2. Hopeless by Colleen Hoover
3. Gone Girl: A Novel by Gillian Flynn
4. Wait For Me by Elisabeth Naughton
5. Alex Cross, Run by James Patterson
6. Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garci
7. The Silver Linings Playbook: A Novel by Matthew Quick
8. The Forgotten by David Baldacci
9. The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult
10. The Host: A Novel by Stephenie Meyer

A number of these have made the New York Times bestsellers list, presumably in their paperback or hardback editions. Me, I haven't read, or even heard of, most of them. I must live in a completely different world.



Moron Cover Art


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No, not that kind.

More than one moron author has commented about recommendations on who does cover art. What follows is one that appeared near the end of last week's thread, so perhaps many of you didn't see it. It's from a moronette who does cover art, advertising her services:

For those inquiring about ebook covers, I am a moron in Los Angeles (yes, it is lonely). And I am a cover designer. My sister, the only other conservative in our family, just had her book hit #89 on some Canadian itunes list with my cover on it. I think that's good, right!?Contact me at coversbykaren.gmail.com if you'd like more info. My site is coversbykaren.com if you want to see it.

Again, her email address is coversbykaren.gmail.com. Hopefully, she'll get some inquiries and (maybe even some business) from some of you morons.

Another need for self-published authors: Good editors. Every author needs a good editor. This point can't be emphasized enough. I've read a number of self-published Kindle books, and it's disheartening to encounter typos, missed punctuation, and other basic editing mistakes over and over again. It really detracts from the reading. Case in point is OSP's book Amy Lynn. It's a great story. but all of the typos and malapropisms just about drove me nuts. OSP, whoever you paid to do this for you, you didn't get your money's worth.

Books By Morons

Moron commenter 'Tom in Korea' has written a children's book, My Teachers are Zombies, about a group of students who discover that one of their teachers is not what she appears, and is, in fact, one of the ambulatory undead. We've probably all had teachers like this, only these students realize they must act before everyone's brain gets eaten.

Tom also points out

There's also a message of skepticism for authority. I'm also sure the highly intelligent morons here can catch the subtext of teachers eating their students' brains

Amazon says Tom's book is written at the 4th grade level, so this means that nearly all of you morons should be able to read it without moving your lips very much.


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I never knew that moronette commenter baldilocks is also an author until last week, when she happened to casually mention it on last Sunday's thread. Perhaps I should read her blog more often. Her novel Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game is a story of two university students who fall in love, but things are never simple: he's white and she's black, and they must learn to successfully navigate the perceptions and expectations of their friends, family, etc.

Baldilocks also says she's working on a couple of other stories. Hopefully, we'll be seeing them soon.


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So that's all for this week. As always, book thread tips, suggestions, rumors, and insults may be sent to OregonMuse, Proprietor, AoSHQ Book Thread, at aoshqbookthread@gmail.com.

So what have you all been reading this week? Hopefully something good, because, as we all know, life is too short to read lousy books.

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