I have never been remotely tempted to read Terry Pratchett — any series of books based on a world carried around by elephants turns me right off before I’ve started — but this post by Mapletree7 at Book of the Day makes me wobble slightly in my resolve — or at least, so far as any teen readers in a house near you are concerned. Sounds just the thing for when you run out of Alex Rider books.
Kimbofo (Reading Matters) features "Take your imagination East", a series of books by Japanese and Chinese authors repackaged by Vintage with beautiful covers (featured at the link) and only £4.99 each. And what’s more, if you buy them at Foyles, and doubtless other bookshops, you can get them as a "3 for 2" offer. The list of titles is at the link: it includes The Sailor Who Fell From Grace with the Sea by Yukio Mishima.
Everyman and the plot against America is the title of a thoughtful (as ever) post by James of New Tammany College, comparing the two Philip Roth titles of these names, and concluding the opposite of some recent opinions.
Associated Content features a Harry Potter quiz, if you can find it among the ads. There is a spoiler warning and no promise of a prize, but will help pass the time until number 7 is out.
Talking of competitions, Debra Hamel has issued a haiku challenge: the prize is a copy of Francine Prose’s new book, "Reading like a writer". Just so long as she doesn’t enter herself (she deservedly won the recent Superman haiku competition).
And some news from the Rap Sheet (groan) – – the August edition of the Bloodstained Bookshelf is out (sounds intriguing), with notes of at least five new novels that sound worth reading. (The Rap Sheet is a blog that used to be a monthly newsletter in January Magazine. These newsletters are archived via the link above.)