Welcome to this week’s edition of Bookish news! It has been an interesting week, with the continued fallout over the Goodreads saga over deleted shelves and reviews and dinosaur erotica is the new thing (oh I hope not) to get your claws into…
First up, Goodreads has clarified their guidelines about their new shelving and reviewing policy which they outlined in their Feedback forum. They also have apologised and emailed to the affected members whose reviews and shelves were deleted a few weeks ago when the new policy was implemented. They also have offered to try to regain those shelves/reviews from a backup server so the users could back up their copies of their deleted data. Although many have remarked this was too little and too late to undo the damage and damaged trust about posting reviews on the site.
Meanwhile, one of their competitors, Booklikes, who seem to be the popular choice for Goodreads refugees have come out and posted their own guidelines about shelving and reviews. As well as outlying their policies on trolling and personal attacks, users who break the rules will be downvoted and have a ‘hidden’ status among the public feed and only their friends will be able to view their activity. And compared to Goodreads, Booklikes are more open to suggestions from their members and are implementing new features every week from hidden and exclusive shelves.
Some of you know that I have succumbed and bought books with wtfery factor, just to see the trainwreck first hand and then need a good dose of the brain bleach afterwards. Well it looks like this has gone mainstream, because dinoerotica is going mainstream. The books written by two authors who have produced a series of 17 page litefuckery classics such as TAKEN BY THE T-REX. I thought the Iguana type alien bondage erotica book I read last year was bad, or the hentai tentacles, the Monster Mash or Big Foot series which is a whole new sub-genre in the erotica section on Amazon and other sites. But I don’t think you can beat dinoerotica which since has gone viral and is selling well. I am just scared what else is on the horizon because WTFERY does sell.
This is a very bad year for major authors dying young, but the sad news that bestselling thriller author, Tom Clancy died earlier this week in hospital. He wrote seventeen novels and there is an upcoming movie adaptions of one his novels, which features one his most popular characters, JACK RYAN: SHADOW RECRUIT which is out this December.
News in Brief:
The trailer for THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG, the second Hobbit movie was released this week and it looks EPIC!
Sylvia Day has posted the blurb for CAPTIVATED BY YOU on her website, although no news on its release.
Julie Kagawa announced a brand new series which will focus on Dragons on her website. The first book in the TALON series will come out next year.
And now for books to watch out for!
Amy Plum has a brand new series starting next year. AFTER THE END which is set in a post World War 3 setting which is becoming a popular premise at the moment.
World War III has left the world ravaged by nuclear radiation. A lucky few escaped to the Alaskan wilderness. They’ve survived for the last thirty years by living off the land, being one with nature, and hiding from whoever else might still be out there.
At least, this is what Juneau has been told her entire life.
When Juneau returns from a hunting trip to discover that everyone in her clan has vanished, she sets off to find them. Leaving the boundaries of their land for the very first time, she learns something horrifying: There never was a war. Cities were never destroyed. The world is intact. Everything was a lie.
Now Juneau is adrift in a modern-day world she never knew existed. But while she’s trying to find a way to rescue her friends and family, someone else is looking for her. Someone who knows the extraordinary truth about the secrets of her past.
MISTWALKER by Saundra Walker sounds very atmospheric and eerie which I likey!
When Willa Dixon’s brother dies on the family lobster boat, her father forbids Willa from stepping foot on the deck again. With her family suffering, she’ll do anything to help out—even visiting the Grey Man.
Everyone in her small Maine town knows of this legendary spirit who haunts the lighthouse, controlling the fog and the fate of any vessel within his reach. But what Willa finds in the lighthouse isn’t a spirit at all, but a young man trapped inside until he collects one thousand souls.
Desperate to escape his cursed existence, Grey tries to seduce Willa to take his place. With her life on land in shambles, will she sacrifice herself?
And finally we have SALVAGE which had me at hello with the blurb and cover!
Ava, a teenage girl living aboard the male-dominated deep space merchant ship Parastrata, faces betrayal, banishment, and death. Taking her fate into her own hands, she flees to the Gyre, a floating continent of garbage and scrap in the Pacific Ocean, in this thrilling, surprising, and thought-provoking debut novel that will appeal to fans of Across the Universe, by Beth Revis, and The Handmaid’s Tale, by Margaret Atwood.