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Link Salad (1)

Link Salad button copyWelcome to Link Salad! I know lots of bloggers do roundup posts with links to interesting internet content, and I’ve been coming across so much relevant information lately, that I wanted to start my own roundup of sorts. I’m not sure how often Link Salad will appear, but I’m hoping to make this a weekly feature. Here are some of the fun bookish things I found around the web this past week:

fifty-shades-of-grey-hardcover_510x329Fifty Shades of Grey is a book that just won’t go away. It’s still in the news, and now, after achieving bestsellerdom in paper and digital formats, it’s finally going to be published in, ahem, hardcover. Here’s the article from EW’s Shelf Life.

The Witch SistersAuthor Alma Katsu has written a new short story set in the world of her The Taker trilogy, and it’s only 99 cents on Amazon. I’ve read and reviewed the first two books in the trilogy, The Taker and The Reckoning, and loved them. Book three, The Descent, won’t be out until 2014, but in the meantime The Witch Sisters will help you bridge the gap until book three arrives! Click here to purchase it now!

Subterranean PressSteven R. Boyett, most fabulous writer of fantasy, horror and speculative fiction, has a free novelette in this month’s Subterranean Press called Hard Silver. He’s calling it “fantasy Western,” which is one of my new favorite genre mash-ups. Boyett’s last novel was Mortality Bridge (reviewed here), but it came out almost a year and a half ago, so I’m happy to see something new from him. You can read it for free here.

Madmans jkt Des1.inddAny aspiring authors out there? Are you trying to find an agent? Then you’ll be interested to hear what newly published author Megan Shepherd’s experience at querying her manuscript was like. Megan’s debut The Madman’s Daughter, a retelling of The Island of Dr. Moreau,  had a typically bumpy road to publication, and she gives YA Highway the scoop on how she finally landed an agent. You can read her story here.

Ghost Planet biggerAuthor Sharon Lynn Fisher tells USA Today the top five reasons she loves to blend science fiction and romance, another mash-up genre that I’m loving. Ghost Planet is her sci-fi/romance debut, and I loved it! (You can read my review here.) Check out the USA Today article here.

Shades of EarthBeth Revis, author of the Across the Universe Trilogy, did something unique to promote the last book in the series, Shades of Earth. She and her publisher launched a copy of the book into space. Yes, you read that correctly. You can see the video on EW‘s Shelf Life here.  Is it real? Is it fake? I’m not sure how they did it (if in fact they did), but it sure was a cool idea!

And just because this is so damn funny, I had to throw in this dog video (which has nothing to do with books, but I guarantee it will make you laugh…):

That’s it for this week! Thanks for stopping by:)

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Tammy’s Top Ten Posts on Books, Bones & Buffy

Welcome to Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish! This week they are asking bloggers to list the top ten posts on their blogs that will give readers the best idea of what your blog is all about. The posts I’m listing highlight the things I love most and will hopefully give any reader an over-all picture of my personality.

Fifty Shades of Purple Prose. (April 9, 2012).  I wrote this right before Fifty Shades of Grey took off into the stratosphere. Yes, I wanted to get my two cents in before everyone else did, and I also wanted to poke fun at the general public for making this book a bestseller (myself included!). My plan worked, and this has become my most visited post ever.

What Keeps Me Up At Night. (October 8, 2011). I wrote this as a love letter to Stephen King. I also wanted everyone out there in blog-land to know how much The Dark Tower series means to me, as well as give some background on my life as a book collector. Writing this post brought back so many memories, and also made me realize I want to write more posts like this in the future.

Tammy’s Top Ten Things I Learned at Camp NaNoWriMo. (July 10, 2012) I participated for the first time in NaNoWriMo this summer, and it was an eye-opening experience, to say the least! I urge anyone who has been thinking about writing a novel to check it out. Everything is explained in this post, and you can even sign up for the August camp, which is going on right now.

Curse of the Bestsellers. (October 12, 2011).  After several months of blogging, I began to notice that just about every book I selected for my “Read Me!” feature (which I have since abandoned) was also appearing as the main book selection in Entertainment Weekly. I didn’t want people to think I was stealing their ideas, so I wrote this post to defend myself.

Tammy’s Top Ten Books I Think Would Make Good Book Club Picks. (January 31, 2012). This is also the longest title of all the blog posts I’ve written! I love this post because the girls in my book club mean a great deal to me, and these are some of my favorite reads. For anyone in a book club that needs ideas, start here!

The Night Circus – Review. (September 30, 2011). One of my favorite books last year, The Night Circus recently came out in paperback, so I’d love more people to read my review of this magical and dreamy book. I also just realized how short this review is! I’ve definitely become more verbose since starting my blog.

Ode to Joss Whedon #1. (December 16, 2011). You might be able to tell from the crazy name of this blog that I love Buffy, and by extension, I love Joss Whedon and just about everything he does. Strangely, I haven’t written any posts about Buffy, but on occasion I like to highlight my favorite Joss Whedon projects. This is one that’s near and dear to my heart.

Ready Player One – Review. (November 21, 2011). Here’s another of my favorite reads of 2011 that has just been released in paperback. I loved everything about this book: the characters, the futuristic and hallucinogenic world that Cline created, and the blast-from-the-past 80’s vibe that infused every part of the story. This is a “can’t miss” book that everyone should read!

The Future of Us – Or How Two Writers From Opposite Ends of the Country Wrote a Book Together. (January 26, 2012). OK, this is the longest blog title I’ve written so far! The story was a fun and futuristic take on Facebook, but the real joy of writing this post was getting to hear the story behind the book, from the authors themselves.

Tammy’s Top Ten Horror Books (They Aren’t What You Think). (March 13, 2012) Or maybe they are what you think, but the reason I threw that into the title was to indicate that my Top Ten did not include any classics. I’m all about current book releases, and even though a few of these choices are on the older side, they are still what I would consider “modern.”

So now you know who I am! Leave me a comment and a link so I can get to know you better, too.

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Fifty Shades of Purple Prose

OK, I’ll admit it. I’ve been intrigued by Fifty Shades of Grey for a few weeks now. Since books are my thing, it’s especially gratifying when a book makes headlines. Even a book about (gasp) sex.  The fact that Fifty Shades of Grey started out as fan fiction on the internet, based on the Twilight books no less, interests me because it is now one of the most talked-about books on the planet. If you haven’t heard of it, where have you been?

Here’s what happened when I decided to see what all the fuss was about.  I started casually looking for it at places like Target and Costco.  Turns out there aren’t any copies to be had anywhere.  I finally went to Barnes & Noble, expecting to find a big display right near the front of the store. When I couldn’t find it, I went to the information desk for help.  I would have preferred to find a female employee behind the counter, but of course it’s a guy.  A young, fairly attractive guy who looks like he knows what I’m about to ask for.  So I ask him if they have Fifty Shades of Grey, and he says, no, there’s actually a waiting list for the book. Really?? I feel like I’m not the first one to ask him this question.  He very kindly asks me if I’d like to add my name to the list, with a bit of a smirk, I might add.  Putting my actual name on a list for this book seems like the wrong thing to do. So I decline, and decide to just download it to my Nook. It’s more discreet, and hey, it’s available right this second! Now no one will know that I’m going to read Fifty Shades of Grey.  Well, except for the nice man at Barnes & Noble.

Now that it’s in my hot little hands, I put aside the other book I’ve been struggling to get through and start to read. I expect the worst. I’ve heard the writing is terrible.  But actually, it’s not that bad.  The woman can string together the right words to form a well-written sentence, and no matter what you may have heard, the story has a certain compelling quality that made me want to keep reading.  The “story” (and I use that word loosely – plot kind of takes a backseat) follows college student Anastasia and her strange and erotic relationship with a young millionaire named Christian Grey. They meet, they are attracted to each other, and for the first ninety pages or so, they dance around each other a lot.  I’ll say this for her: James knows how to draw out the anticipation. She gives you a little bit at a time, and then wham, hits you hard on page 102. (Keep in mind, ladies, if you’re using my page numbers for reference, I’m reading this on a Nook.)

And so it goes.  Ana is asked to sign a contract with Christian if she wants to enter into a, ahem, relationship with him, a contract that bluntly states that Ana will submit to Christian in whatever ways he asks.  Of course she signs, otherwise this book wouldn’t exist.  As characters go, Ana is a terrible role model for women, but the book is not about strong women characters. Ana is the submissive in their relationship, after all. And from what I have read so far, the Twilight fan fiction thing is starting to make sense. Ana is very much like Bella from Twilight: young, confused, and smitten with a dangerous man who is bound to damage her in some way.  I have only read to page 162, so I can’t actually give you a fair review about how the book ends, but in case you’re wondering, yes, I do plan on reading the whole thing.  Not because of the riveting story, but I’m curious to see just how far James goes with Ana and Christian. Plus I haven’t even gotten to the part where he takes her into the “playroom”! And yes, there is a bit of purple prose.  It’s actually pretty difficult to write a sex scene without falling into that writing trap.

Two sequels are going to be released this year, and you guessed it, the movie rights have already been sold.  James is on the fast track to fame, if not infamy. The bottom line is this: if you’re looking to cut your teeth on soft porn, this could be a good place to start.  And if you want to skip all the in-between stuff, then wait for my “only the good parts” post coming soon.  I’ll be sure to keep track of them for you.

Fifty Shades of Grey by E. L. James is available as a trade paperback from Vintage, in addition to the digital version.

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