And by smokin', I mean smokin'! The forecast varies from channel to channel, but they all agree on one thing: it's going to be hot here in Phoenix for the next several days-- maybe even 120° (49°C). Even I agree that 120° is hot. The last time it got up to that fabled temperature, I was laughing my butt off. The day before, I'd flown out of Phoenix to visit my grandparents, so I was reading about the heat wave that shut the airport down from the comfort of a kitchen table in central Illinois. Two days later, I was driving out in the country when the Springfield radio station told me that, with the humidity factored in, it was 126° on those country roads I was driving through the corn and soybeans. At least this time, humidity won't be such a factor, and I'll have my swimming pool to hide out in!
Denis and I went to The Poisoned Pen Wednesday to see Linda Castillo, author of the Kate Burkholder mystery series. You'll be able to read more about that in a few days. In the mean time, I'd better shut up and start sharing these links!
Bookish News & Other Interesting Stuff
- How Rick Springfield lost and found his signed Stephen King book.
- With the emphasis on "valuable" studies, it's no wonder that we're raising a generation of kids who can't think or write clearly. It probably all ties into the decline and fall of the English major.
- One of my favorite authors died this week-- RIP Richard Matheson.
- Photos of last weekend's Super Moon from around the world.
- The evolution of Seattle's Elliott Bay Book Company, with memories from readers and writers.
- Check out some of the sites in Florence and Venice that appear in Dan Brown's Inferno.
- A new bird species has been discovered in the capital city of Cambodia.
- Americans between the ages of 16 and 29 are heavy technology users, but that doesn't mean they don't read.
- If at first you don't succeed: chef Jamie Oliver finished reading his first book at age 38.
- Is 21-year-old Samantha Shannon the next J.K. Rowling?
- An amazingly untouched royal tomb has been found in Peru.
- Denis and I will be heading down to Bisbee soon. I wonder if we'll run across this handsome guy?
- The obsessives who shaped America.
- How Shirley Jackson wrote "The Lottery."
- Restrictions on in-flight devices may soon be relaxed.
- eReading habits two years later.
- Why big publishers think genre fiction is the future of eBooks.
I ♥ Lists
- From one of my favorite blogs: My Ten Greatest Science Fiction Film Characters of All Time.
- Crime Fiction Lover's five books that got them hooked on crime fiction.
- 7 surprising (or not) household items that invade your privacy.
- 30 abandoned places that look beautiful.
- 16 photos of women writers at work.
- The top ten classic spy novels.
That's it for this week. Don't forget to stop by next weekend when I'll share a freshly selected batch of links for your surfing pleasure!