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."