broke part of the story early, after receiving "accidental" emailed memos. The rest of the announcement? A website full of Potter material Rowling claims she's been hoarding for years, and (finally -- I mean, honestly) e-book versions of all the books. Despite her announcement, little is known about Pottermore. [CORRECTION: After I readied this for posting yesterday, the blog Underwire on Wired.com offered details of what Pottermore will mean -- lots of them. Click on over for those details.] The free site will open to a select few in July and to the public in October.
Charlaine Harris fan (or just an HBO fan), you are well aware that True Blood season four starts this Sunday night. Although I love both the books and the television series (the two are very different), The Book Bench pointed out a writer who feels strongly that the HBO series bests the books. So much so, in fact, that she listed her 10 Reasons Why True Blood Is Better Than the Books It's Based On. To hype the season premiere and encourage subscriptions, many cable and satellite providers are participating in a free HBO preview June 24-27. Check with your provider for details.
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this article from EW's book blog Shelf Life: "'The Hunger Games': A doubter finally dives in" details writer Rob Brunner's initial refusal to believe in the dystopian YA series (much like I did). However, also like me, he immediately realizes the folly in his holding out -- and promptly stays up all night to fix how very behind he is.
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With my trip to Africa less than two weeks away, I am heavily into my reading prep. (This, of course, is a prep necessary only in my own mind -- not because it's actually a requirement!) I am currently reading two novels set in East Africa: Baking Cakes in Kigali by Gaile Parkin and The Camel Bookmobile by Masha Hamilton. Baking Cakes is set in Rwanda, but the main character is a native Tanzanian. Bookmobile is set in Kenya, and the main character is a young American woman. I am enjoying both. Although neither is set in Tanzania, where I will be traveling, both countries border Tanzania and (hopefully) both books can teach me something about the region.
I am also in search of lots of audiobooks and e-books to keep me entertained (and ease or distract from my anxiety) while I am traveling. If you have suggestions, please let me know! I can't do "heavy" books in either format; I just can't concentrate as much on audio or e-books. My favorite audiobooks have been those in Lisa Gardner's D.D. Warren series, which are narrated by multiple voice actors.