Monday, March 30, 2015

[Bleeping] Book App is Making Authors Say "[Darn] You!"

In a stroke of irony fit for fiction, an effort by two Idaho parents to clean up their daughter's books has dredged up a fairly messy controversy. Clean Reader — an e-reader app designed to ferret out, and block, profanity in novels and nonfiction — drew significant pushback from some authors amid its recent launch. NPR
Anyone who works with words understands their power," she said. "Words, if used correctly, can achieve almost anything. To tamper with what is written – however much we may dislike certain words and phrases – is to embrace censorship.” –– author Joanne Harris The Telegraph
“I can’t forget the way it felt when a book I was loving let me down by throwing in something that offended me…. I know how much easier my life as a reader would’ve been if books had ratings or if I’d had access to the Clean Reader app.” Book Riot
Learn more about Clean Reader and the controversy.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

If you like (this popular teen fiction), try (this adult classic)

If you like Hunger Games, Matched, Divergent and Delirium…
… try some of the original, ground-breaking dystopian adventures.
  • 1984 by George Orwell
  • Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
  • Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
If you like Skulduggery Pleasant, Andy Lane or the Rangers Apprentice series…
… give these classic adventure stories a go!
  • Sherlock Holmes books by Arthur Conan Doyle
  • The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas
  • The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Orczy
If you like the Twilight series, Lauren Oliver, Lauren Kate or Cassandra Clare…
…you need to read the classic gothic romances. ALL OF THEM.
  • Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
  • Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
  • Cheri by Collette
  • I Capture The Castle by Dodie Smith
  • A Room With a View by E.M Forster
If you like Neil Gaiman, Harry Potter, Artemis Fowl, Diana Wynne Jones or Philip Pullman…
… you should try some epic fantasy or gothic tales!
  • Gormenghast by Mervyn Peake
  • The Earthsea Quartet by Ursula Le Guin
  • The Mistborn Saga by Brandon Sanderson
If you like Robert Muchamore, Anthony Horowitz, Lauren St John or Charlie Higson…
… you need some spy classics in your life.
  • James Bond by Ian Fleming
  • The Thirty-Nine Steps by John Buchan
  • Our Man in Havana by Graham Greene 
See more suggestions and book descriptions from The Guardian