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OMG! Back! With the first book of the series I have not yet read prior to recapping!

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Okay, this one didn’t take several months to produce!  Success!

Recap of recap pt 1:  Anita Blake has been called out to raise a pack of zombies by Big Shot Lawyer Stirling.  He’s disputing ownership of a hill with the Bouvier siblings, two gorgeous fairies with flowy chestnut hair and weird-ass green eyes.  But there’s a lot of icky murdering happening out in the environs of Branson, MO, and Anita has to bring out the big nipples guns to deal with it – namely the always frilly Jean-Claude.  Oh yeah, and there are two Skele-pires.  Sorry for that fail on my part.

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Did you hear last week that Annie Proulx has said she hates all the Brokeback Mountain fanfic her fans send her?

She said: “They constantly send ghastly manuscripts and pornish rewrites of the story to me, expecting me to reply with praise and applause for ‘fixing’ the story. They certainly don’t get the message that if you can’t fix it, you’ve got to stand it… Brokeback Mountain has had little effect on my writing life, but is the source of constant irritation in my private life.”

Gawker has an example of a “pornish rewrite.”

Dear Author pulled this quote claiming that 33% of content “around” a book is fanfic. Wow! I guess this is more true in some cases than others. One could argue all those romance novels involving Mr. Darcy prove that Jane Austen fanfic is practically a cottage industry. (Indeed, I think we can blame the whole Regency romance genre on Austen. I mean, so to speak.) And we all know how rampant Harry Potter and LOTR fanfic is. But 33%? Really?


Posted on: September 23, 2008

Jezebel put together a list of 75 books every woman should read.

Of those listed, I have, sadly, only read 17 of them. But! Some of my favorite authors and books are on there, so I feel like it’s a strong list. And I’d add Love Medicine by Louise Erdrich. And The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan. And, uh, probably a lot of others.

What would you add to the list? Or, in the interest of being gender neutral, what books do think everyone should read?

Books to the ceiling,
Books to the sky,
My pile of books is a mile high.
How I love them! How I need them!
I'll have a long beard by the time I read them.
--Arnold Lobel

From the moment I picked up your book until I laid it down, I was convulsed with laughter. Some day I intend reading it.
--Groucho Marx

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