We're still busy cleaning up after last week's flood. It doesn't help that a series of storms is barging their way through. I know how badly this rain is needed, but I can't help sulking over the loss of my favorite place to read. So... without further ado, here are the links I've been saving for you. Enjoy!
►Books, Movies & Other Interesting Tidbits◄
- You are what you read.
- HarperCollins will be publishing a new novel by Michael Crichton.
- What The Last Samurai reveals about American literary culture.
- Scientists have found a new type of antibiotics hiding in the human nose.
- The immense popularity of cozy mysteries.
- This made me smile: Researchers are saying that men may be able to avoid dementia by marrying intelligent women. (When I showed Denis the article, he said, "I did!")
- Did Scots introduce Americans to fried chicken?
- The hidden adult themes in Beatrix Potter.
- Read books, live longer?
- The hidden animals you see in this image say a lot about your personality.
- It's the publishers' dilemma: should they judge a book by its data or trust the editor's gut?
►Channeling My Inner Indiana Jones◄
- Researchers have discovered "friend books"-- the Facebook of the sixteenth century.
- Sand Creek is the story of individuals...soldiers, warriors, victims, heroes, and criminals.
- Sharks, secrets, and the sinking of the USS Indianapolis.
- Found: A 3,000-year-old ball of yarn.
- 1.7 million-year-old foot bone offers the earliest evidence of malignant cancer.
- Legends say China began in a great flood. Scientists just found evidence that the flood was real.
- Scientists just solved a 100-year-old art mystery with a particle accelerator.
- Did Rembrandt use mirrors and optical tricks to create his paintings?
- A priceless Roman mosaic is on show in St. Albans, England.
- A skeleton which could be 1,000 years old has been found on the grounds of Hillsborough Castle.
- Archaeologists have discovered a sixth-century royal palace that is linked to King Arthur.
►Channeling My Inner Elly Mae Clampett◄
- An acoustic buoy just detected one of the planet's biggest animals in New York's waters.
- A huge, once-hated fish is now seen as a weapon against the Asian carp. (Everything was put on this planet for a reason. We're all in this together!)
- If you don't want someone else playing with your toys, you need to bring them inside....
- Just wait till you see what makes the killer whale known as J2 Granny so special!
►The Happy Wanderer◄
- Tour the London of yore with a gigantic new photo map.
- I'll bet you've heard of the Bermuda Triangle, but have you heard of the Lake Michigan Triangle?
- On the road with Stephen King.
- Vulcan Point: an island in the middle of a lake, in the middle of a volcano, in the middle of a bigger lake, in the middle of a bigger island, in an archipelago, in the Pacific Ocean.
- Sarah Winnemucca, the first Indian woman to write a book highlighting the plight of the Indian people.
- James Alan McPherson, the first black writer to win the Pulitzer Prize for fiction, has died at the age of seventy-two.
- Did you know that Beatrix Potter was a mycologist?
- David Bald Eagle, Lakota chief, musician, cowboy, and actor, has died at the age of 97. What a fascinating life!
- Have you ever heard of The Matilda Effect?
- You can hold Abigail Goldman's crime scenes in the palm of your hand.
- A scientist for the Smithsonian, Robert Kennicott's death was a mystery. 150 years later, his skeleton helped solve it.
►I ♥ Lists & Quizzes◄
- 95% of people have a difficult time matching these popular quotes to their novels.
- Twelve memorable closing lines.
- Ten weird habits of book lovers that non-readers do not understand.
- Twenty-one book pins for bookworms.
- The working titles of famous novels from Pride and Prejudice to 1984.
- The 200 happiest words in literature.
- Twelve Mr. Penumbra's 24 Hour Bookstore quotes that will make yo fall in love with books all over again.
- Whose Whodunnit, a quiz to see if you know the creators of the world's most famous literary detectives.
- Forbes' list of the world's highest-paid authors.
- The best cities in the world for book lovers.
That's all for this week! Don't forget to stop by next Friday when I'll be sharing a freshly selected batch of links for your surfing pleasure.
Have a great weekend, and read something fabulous!