Bloglines’ last round-up?

Encouraged by Debra of the deblog, I am moving my rss reader from Bloglines to Google Reader — Google Reader was poor when it first started (too many reasons to enumerate), but now seems to be much improved.

I’m therefore ruthlessly culling my "keep as new" Bloglines entries, and will just mention a very few of them here, before archiving Bloglines (keeping it as backup in case Google disappoints).

Debra, again, this time at book-blog, reviews Jesse Kellerman’s Trouble. I’m not reading the review until I’ve read the book, as from all accounts it is a good one.  Jesse Kellerman is the son of Jonathan (Alex Delaware) and Faye (Pete Decker), and this is his first published novel. The Kellerman parents have just produced their second inanimate joint offspring, in the form of the book Captial Crimes.

Still on crime, but of a different subgenre, Susan Balée reviewed Kate Atkinson’s "One Good Turn" in last Sunday’s Philadelphia Inquirer. Thankfully, Susan likes the book. (I am grateful because it is on my Christmas list, long since burnt and sent up the chimney, so no chance of a recall.) In the same issue of the newspaper, Sarah Weinman reviewed "Seeking Whom he may Devour" by Fred Vargas, despite the name, a female author. As with the Kellerman book, I’m not reading this review yet as I plan to read some Vargas in the near future. 

Another new Harry Potter book has just come out, this one, by David Langford, called "The End of Harry Potter". Michele of Scholar’s Blog highly recommends it.  Michele writes that the book is a prize in the Guardian/Waterstone’s competition to guess the name of the last Harry Potter book (competition now closed; everyone is going to have to wait about 6 months to see who was right, I think). The competition page at the link doesn’t mention Langford’s book, though, it states that the prize is a signed J K Rowling bookplate. Incidentally, in another Potter-related post, Michele discusses a Guardian article about why Harry is going to die in the last book. She thinks the article is unconvincing and so do I (I also think it is plain daft), so I am not going to link to it.

Amy of Books, Words, and Writing, always an interesting blog, has some recommendations of gifts for readers. Very nice.

LabLit, the site for science in fiction/fiction in science, introduces a new weekly blogger, Frank Ryan. Frank is a "science thriller" author who is publishing and promoting his books "unconventionally" — he refuses to believe that science thrillers don’t sell. (Think Michael Crichton.)

If you’re a widgety type of person, check out this highly pictorial post by Steve Rubel of Micropersuasion: 30 things you can do with widgets. There are now tens of thousands of these little bits of code around and about the web, so check out Steve’s post if you want to add a bit of seasonal cheer to your blog.

I’ll leave you, and possibly Bloglines, with a part of the 1828 definition of an animal from Webster’s Daily: "An organized body, endowed with life and the power of voluntary motion; a living, sensitive, locomotive body; as, man is an intelligent animal. Animals are essentially distinguished from plants by the property of sensation."  I can’t resist sneaking in a sea-dragon: "A marine monster caught in England in 1749, resembling in some degree an alligator, but having two large fins which served for swimming or flying. It had two legs terminating in hoofs, like those of an ass. Its body was covered with impenetrable scales, and it had five rows of teeth."

11 thoughts on “Bloglines’ last round-up?

  1. I’ll be curious to know in what ways you find GR better than Bloglines. I tried the system a few months back and found it slower than BL. I also liked that I could go to BL and not have to sign in each time (maybe you can do that with Google, too, but if so, I don’t know how).

  2. So far I like the GR user interface much better than Bloglines, but I agree it is not the quickest. I also find that sending emails of excerpts to possibly interested friends is easier in GR becuase I can automatically send to anyone on my gmail contacts list without having to type it all in.
    Debra and I both independently began to go off Bloglines becuase it was getting unreliable. Sometimes no posts would show up on a blog that was actually posting, other times you would get 100 new posts on a blog that were actually all its old ones. I thought this latter problem might be to do with something like people migrating over to Blogger beta, but after some deblog/Petrona checking, it turned out not to have any obvious rhyme or reason.
    Debra is much more technoliterate than me and is finding Bloglines poor in relation to technorati tags, but I believe so far (one day in) she’s finding the same problem on GR.
    I think GR is probably good if you have other Google accounts, eg gmail (I have about 200 invites if you or anyone wants one, it is a lovely email system.
    I have to sign in to Google too (I have heard various complaints about this from bloggers who have migrated to Beta, and I’ve seen replies that say that Google eventually recognises you if you go there often enough. Does not happen to me). But as I do that most days to use my gmail, that is not a problem for me with respect to GR.
    The signing-in might also be related to your other settings, eg in internet options or other security settings. Since I installed IE7, which I do like a lot, I have to sign in to comment on any blog, every time, including my own. I am sure this is down to some default setting in the list of 500 or so in the IE internet sercuity settings, but I am not going to tempt fate by guessing which box to uncheck — I can’t understand what most of them are as I don’t speak IE7 language.

  3. Last night I decided I’d had enough of Technorati and I unsubscribed from all my searches. I increased my usage of Google Alerts instead. This is a shame because I don’t think Google Alerts picks up as many things as Technorati does, but I just can’t stand mass deleting all the old search results anymore.

  4. Hi, I just stumbled on your site — and WOW! Some great stuff happening here. 🙂 You’re in my bloglines, though I’ll definitely check out google again. I wasn’t that impressed a couple of months ago.
    Please also let us know what you think about One Good Turn. I read Case Histories, and while I liked it just fine, it didn’t really pop for me.

  5. Copy the full URL of the google alert, hit “add subscription” and paste it in. It’ll show up in google reader. It’s all RSS anyway. 🙂

  6. Oh, yes, and that will work in bloglines too.
    Just out of curiosity, have you tried the RSS reader in IE 7?

  7. Thanks, Michele, yes I do know — not only do I know via my own various sources but several people kindly emailed to let me know. They must think I’m interested;-)
    We also have two family presents for Christmas –books about what will happen in HP7. One of them features quite a good “Lord of the Rings” version.

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