It's a fact of life: everything you do has consequences. How silly of me to forget that. This summer I became reacquainted with a former favorite, iced tea. (It took Denis several years, but now this Englishman no longer turns his nose up at it... he even likes it!) My reacquaintance is due entirely to Lipton's Diet Raspberry Iced Tea Mix. No calories, no sugar, no sodium, no carbs-- but a wonderful, refreshing taste. I have to stop; I'm making myself thirsty.
Well, I had my teeth cleaned yesterday, and my suspicions were confirmed. Those dark areas that had begun appearing on my teeth? Tea stains. Come on, Murphy! Here I am, being good by staying away from soda, and what do you do? Stain my teeth! So I'm back at the drawing board in an effort to outsmart Murphy and his law. (Denis would tell me that I'm not dealing with Murphy's Law, but Sod's Law, but we're on the American side of the pond.)
On brighter notes, the monsoon season blessed us with more rain today, which is always good, and I had a wonderful time at the Poisoned Pen last Monday when Louise Penny was there. You'll be hearing more about that tomorrow!
I'd better round up what few links I found this week, or y'all will be giving me some consequences of your own. Let's get to it!
Bookish News & Other Interesting Stuff
- I've just posted my review of Inger Ash Wolfe's A Door in the River (I highly recommend the entire series), and most of you who've already discovered the delights of Inspector Hazel Micallef probably know that the author's name is a pseudonym. The real Inger Ash Wolfe has finally been revealed.
- Because I have some latent pirate DNA or summat (Britspeak for "something"), I found this article about a shipwreck being revealed off the coast of Alabama in the aftermath of Hurricane Isaac very interesting.
- I could care less about the flap over Kristen Stewart's love life, but this well-written article made me realize that I should. I'm very glad that I'm not a young woman trying to make sense of all the mixed signals in today's world!
- There are daily blogging topics for the 2012 Book Blogger Appreciation Week.
- I was quite chuffed (Britspeak for "surprised and thrilled") to learn that Sunny Frazier, author and acquistions editor for Oak Tree Press has begun her very own version of my weekly round-up. In it, you can find out what the Oak Tree Press authors have been up to-- and if you're anything like me, you'll find some new authors to read. (I didn't just hear someone groan, did I? Don't forget, I'm an Enabler!) Here's the first week's round-up, and here's the second week.
Even I occasionally crawl out from under a rock to find out what's been going on in the world. This week's topic, as far as books go, seems to be all about authors who've created fake accounts to heap praise on their own books and to trash the books of rivals. For some reason, this is being called sock puppetry.
Am I surprised? Not a bit. Anyone who's dealt with the wonderful world of Amazon book reviews knows how some reviewers take competitive to a whole new (and stupid, pointless) level. Crime fiction writers have been particularly vociferous about it, and here are some links:
- The first I heard of it was from reading this article about R.J. Ellory (one of whose books I've read and enjoyed).
- Stuart Neville names another author whom he believes to be a sock puppet.
- Then an entire busload of crime fiction authors started talking about this and what they believe should be done.
- Then Amazon's Canadian site revealed the identities of thousands of people who have posted anonymous book reviews on their United States site.
- And-- as usual-- Bernadette of Reactions to Reading summed up my opinion about the entire mess perfectly in Hit 'em where it hurts.
I ♥ Lists
That's it for this week. I hope I found at least one goody that tickled your fancy. Don't forget to stop by next weekend when I'll have a freshly selected batch of links for your surfing pleasure!