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Archive for March, 2013

Thu, March 28th, 2013
Book Trailer Thursday: Get the Guy
Posted by: Annie Bostrom

Normally I wouldn’t take dating advice from people missing so many prominent teeth, but there’s something oracular in the impeded speech of these small humans. Pick up Get the Guy: Learn Secrets of the Male Mind to Find the Man You Want and the Love You Deserve for further anthropological study.


Mon, March 25th, 2013
Hostile Questions: John Green
Posted by: Daniel Kraus

It’s a red-letter day: Hostile Questions’ 1st birthday and our 50th interview. And if there’s a man begging to be brought up charges of Un-Author-like Conduct over past year, it’s none other than John Green. John Green. John Green. (I keep repeating his name cuz that’s what you’re supposed to do with John Green, right? […]


Fri, March 22nd, 2013
Diagram Prize for Oddest Book Title
Posted by: Sarah Hunter

It’s Friday afternoon, the perfect time for looking at ┬ácat pictures, discussing weekend plans, and eating doughnuts for lunch while counting down the minutes until quitting time. You’ve got a while until you can skedaddle, though, so how about spending the ┬ánext 5-10 minutes chuckling over the winner of this year’s Diagram Prize for Oddest […]


Thu, March 21st, 2013
Book Trailer Thursday: Hidden Cities
Posted by: Annie Bostrom

With more gut-drops than your average, this week’s book trailer for Hidden Cities: A Memoir of Urban Exploration attempts to, like the book it’s hawking, challenge our ideas of forbidden spaces. For me though, who thinks the subway is a pretty undesirable place even when I’m swiftly moving through it on a train, it only […]


Mon, March 18th, 2013
Hostile Questions: Megan Abbott
Posted by: Daniel Kraus

We had no beef with Megan Abbott back when she was plugging away at hard-nosed noir (Bury Me Deep) or sensuous coming-of-age-ness (The End of Everything). But then she had to go suck all the oxygen out of the publishing universe with Dare Me, an official Big Book that found Shakespearean drama in the world […]


Thu, March 14th, 2013
Book Trailer Thursday: A Little Book of Sloth
Posted by: Annie Bostrom

“Move over puppies, kittens, and piglets,” editor Ann Kelley warns. Sloths are the molasses-movin’ new game in town, subjecting us to their lazy yet indefatigable cuteness at every turn. All aboard the Bucket Express! (But please, take your time. Wouldn’t want anyone to pull a muscle.)


Tue, March 12th, 2013
Reading the Screen: The Informant!
Posted by: David Pitt

Here’s why Steven Soderbergh is a genius. Kurt Eichenwald’s The Informant (2000) is a wonderful book, a business book the way they’re meant to be written, with an exciting story (whistleblower exposes price-fixing in major industry), compelling characters, and a seriously out-of-left-field plot twist (whistleblower turns out to be a liar with an, um, especially […]


Mon, March 11th, 2013
Hostile Questions: John Barnes
Posted by: Daniel Kraus

John Barnes has published over 30 books. So I guess he thinks he’s a real smart guy? Let’s dig a little deeper into these so-called “books” of his. Hmm. Two collaborations with Buzz Aldrin. Well, I guess that’s not nothing. A 2010 Printz Honor for Tales of the Madman Underground. Fine, fine. I admit that […]


Thu, March 7th, 2013
Book Trailer Thursday: Hank Finds an Egg
Posted by: Annie Bostrom

Spring is just around the corner and you, like Hank, might find an egg: bird, easter, or Reese’s. Here’s one thing you could do with it. What does Hank do for the rest of the day? I would like to know everything about him.


Mon, March 4th, 2013
Hostile Questions: Christopher Paolini
Posted by: Daniel Kraus

Christopher Paolini may think he’s king of his kingdom, what with the millions of copies of Inheritance Cycle books sold and being a global publishing phenomenon and whatnot, but I am not the meager serf that I seem. Yea, I hast memorized every one of the gazillion words Sir Paolini has written, all in preparation […]





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