August 10, 2010

Amy Graham versus Genghis Kahn:
Digital Revolution Smackdown
Today we'll be featuring a debate between two experts on the so called Digital Revolution in publishing, Ghengis Khan, and our own Amy Graham.

Amy
vs.
Genghis

KB: While some people are excited that the walls of traditional publishing are threatened by an environment in which everyone can publish content online, others believe that the filters of traditional publishing are a vital part of maintaining the integrity of literature. Genghis let's start with you.
Genghis: I'm in love with everything digital, the whole thing is like a virus which saps people's strength, a knife which cuts the ties that bind and a solvent that dissolves the glue that holds structures together. It's like racing to storm a walled city and finding that the walls are already down, and the defenders staggering around in a drunken stupor. The possibilities here are incredible!
Amy: While it's exciting to have all this information at our fingertips, no one has the time to first of all sort through it for quality, and secondly to determine the integrity of its authorship and its information.
KB: Is see. Genghis do you not see any downside here?
Genghis: Let's face it, at this point Civilization is just a bonfire waiting to happen, and digitization is the torch. The mad delirium of unregulated expression can only end in cleansing with fire and sword. Where is the Khwarezmian Empire now? In the same hollow grave that awaits you all!
Amy: I think Genghis and I have different hopes for the future. Traditional publishing may not be perfect, but it serves a vital purpose. Not just in separating the wheat from the chaff, but in editing the wheat.
KB: Good point. Hmmn. Moving on, are there any books that have particularly delighted you lately?
Genghis: Well, I have to admit that I love Patrick O'Brian's Aubrey Maturin novels. Jack was a great man, he knew wisdom, his leadership was very strong, and he was formidable at the table. Maturin's cunning is something we all could learn from. Very enjoyable.
Amy: I enjoyed The Cookbook Collector, by Allegra Goodman. It has great character development, reminiscent of Austen, and is set in turn of the this last century. I haven't read a book I so thoroughly enjoyed in quite some time.
KB: Excellent. Thank you both.

Here they are! Our weekly picks for the two best: two hardcover, two paperback, and two children's books. The very best new arrivals to leap out of the box and onto our shelves this week. Call or email us if you want more information on any of these titles, or to have us hold you a copy. Or stop in and check them out in person. We'd love to see you. Thanks as always for sharing your reading with us!

 

The Tower, the Zoo, and the Tortoise



The Tower, the Zoo, and the Tortoise
By Stuart, Julia
2010-08 - Doubleday Books
9780385533287 - Hardcover   See Other Formats
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This new novel, which has been drawing comparisons to Chocolat and The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society is set entirely in The Tower of London. You can read read an in depth review of it by hitting the more button to the right. ...More

 It's a slow week for hardcovers and a strong one for paperbacks, so we're taking Sir Walter Scott's advice that "The willow which bends to the tempest, often escapes better than the oak" and going with three paperbacks. Whew!
 
 
The Children's Book



The Children's Book
By Byatt, A. S.
2010-08 - Vintage Books USA
9780307473066 - Paperback   See Other Formats
List Price $16.95 - Your Price: $13.56


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And the biggest paperback release this week is A.S. Byatt's Children's Book, widely acclaimed as her best work since Possession. ...More

The Fallen Sky

The Fallen Sky
By Cokinos, Christopher
2010-08 - Jeremy P. Tarcher
9781585428328 - Paperback
List Price $16.95 - Your Price: $13.56


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How can you not be intrigued by a book recounting the cultural and scientific history of meteorites told from a highly personal point of view? ...More

Once on a Moonless Night



Once on a Moonless Night
By Sijie, Dai
2010-08 - Anchor Books
9780307456731 - Paperback   See Other Formats
List Price $14.95 - Your Price: $11.96


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Sijie's first novel since Balzac and The Little Chinese Mistress is built around the elegant literary device of an ancient scroll recording a lost Buddhist sutra, whose very possession is a crime. The scroll begins, "Once on a moonless night." ...More

The Ask and the Answer: Chaos Walking: Book Two



The Ask and the Answer: Chaos Walking: Book Two
By Ness, Patrick
2010-08 - Candlewick Press (MA)
9780763648374 - Paperback   See Other Formats
List Price $9.99 - Your Price: $7.99


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Have you ever read a book series and found that every time you look back on it you find yourself thinking more of it? That's the sort of series Chaos Walking is. The books develop almost exponentially, rising higher and offering the reader an ever broadening view. This leads us to...

The Chaos Walking Quiz

Have you read The Knife Of Never Letting Go
☐ Yes
☐ No
If you checked yes then I have good news. The Ask and The Answer is out today.
If you checked no then I have good news and bad news. The bad news is that you have a problem. The good news is that it's easily remedied. Click here for the cure!
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The Toymaker



The Toymaker
By De Quidt, Jeremy
2010-08 - David Fickling Books
9780385751803 - Hardcover   See Other Formats
List Price $16.99 - Your Price: $13.59


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This is a wonderfully creepy tale of a toymaker who puts the living hearts of birds into his toys. Aaaaah. Filled with rich language and atmosphere this is a book just right for middle grade readers who like a good scary story. ...More

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