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L. C. Tyler Interview

LC Tyler’s great love of reading shows through in everything he writes. The author of the Herring Mystery series, he rapidly established himself in a crowded genre with these lugubrious comic novels.

We finally caught up with him to ask about his works so far and plans for the future.

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Show Notes

Author Website | Author Blog | Amazon UK Author Page
This show’s music: “Beneath the Iron Heel of Pagan Rome” by  Harlan Williams on the album The Glass Desert, available on Magnatune.com
Additional plug: the new Amazon Kindles

LC Tyler not only writes crime fiction, he is also a fan of the genre. His books reflect his breadth of reading, as does the interview today. These show notes are packed with references for you to explore.

Upcoming cozy mystery discussions at Bookstacks

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Posted by on October 16, 2011 in Bookstacks News, Cozy Mysteries, off the shelf

 

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5 questions with Emerian Rich

This time we called on our friend, author and podcaster, Emerian Rich who also writes teen romance under the name Emmy Z Madrigal. We bribed her with a promise of a link to her site from our prestigious organ and then put her to the questions.

The Questions

What was the last book you read and who was it by?

It was actually something silly. Withering Tights by Louise Rennison. I did enjoy it though! I like to alternate between YA books and horror. It tends to make me less bored of what I am reading. The adult one I am reading that is fabulous (but I haven’t finished it yet) is the 3rd book of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies titled Dreadfully Ever After by Steve Hockensmith.

What is a favorite book from childhood?

My first love of books started when I came across the S. E. Hinton series. The Outsiders; Rumblefish; That Was Then, This Is Now, etc… Ponyboy and Sodapop were my heroes! I also loved how S. E. Hinton weaved her stories into one another. Characters from one book might make an appearance in the other, much like my college-age favorite, Anne Rice. I love it when an author does that!

What book do you absolutely hate but were forced to read?

Some will say I am sacrilegious, but the true answer is, the Bible. I am not against Christianity, but growing up a minister’s child, the Bible was always a mandatory item. As a child I hated always having to memorize passages!

Are you a book collector, avid library patron, or do you use the revolving door at the used book store?

All of the above. I love reading and I love books. Actually, I’m packing up my home library now and am finding it hard to let some go.

What book would you recommend to others?

Besides my own? Hehhee.
New – The Pride and Prejudice and Zombies books, the two written by Steve Hockensmith (not the 1st one).
Old – Anything Jane Austen or Anne Rice
YA- The Blue Bloods vampire series by Melissa De La Cruz

 
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Posted by on June 22, 2011 in 5 questions, Bookstacks News

 

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Off the Shelf Interview with Jane Nissen (show notes)

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In this episode of Off the Shelf, Kghia and Simeon interview British children’s publisher, Jane Nissen, who has been responsible for restoring so many classic children s books to print.

She started as a reader for Kaye Webb of Puffin Books and worked for a number of publishers before starting her own imprint on her retirement. The breadth and depth of her knowledge  of the field is remarkable, and it was a privilege to have interviewed her.

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Show Notes

Publishers’ Website: http://www.janenissenbooks.co.uk/
This week’s music: Take me to your Library from the album Take me to your Library by Monty Harper

 
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Posted by on June 5, 2011 in Bookstacks News, off the shelf

 

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MK Hobson Interview And Show Notes


MK Hobson one of this years Nebula Award nominees was our recent guest on Off the Shelf. Her new book, The Hidden Goddess, comes out today. In this interview, she talks about her work, historical fantasy in general, and gives us a glimpse into publishing from the author’s point of view. She is smart, charming, and has a tempestuous relationship with William Wordsworth.

Note: this is the first podcast Kghia Has recorded. Mary was a patient guest, and Gabi is a fantastic editor.

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Show Notes

Author Website

Music during the episode is from A Diary of Occurrences by The Glimmer Room from Magnatune.com,

  1. Nebula Award
  2. Bustlepunk
  3. History “punk” timeline
  4. Don Quixote
  5. Whiskey Ring Scandal
  6. The Hidden Goddess

    The Hidden Goddess


    Harry Turtledove
  7. Eric Flint
  8. The Manchurian Candidate
  9. John Le Carre
  10. James Bond
  11. Joseph Campbell
  12. Erich Fromm
  13. Pulp fiction
  14. Dime novels
  15. Hoodoo (folk magic)
  16. The Hotel Astarte
  17. The Forsythe Saga by John Galsworthy
  18. Wobblies
  19. William Wordsworth
  20. Hell Notes
  21. Escape Pod
  22. Podcastle
  23. George RR Martin
  24. JK Rowling
  25. EL Doctorow
  26. Tim Powers
  27. Margaret Atwood
  28. William Dean Howell
  29. Gore Vidal
  30. Sinclair Lewis
  31. NK Jemisin
  32. Moonshine by Alaya Dawn Johnson
 
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Posted by on April 26, 2011 in Bookstacks News

 

5 Questions with Jandai Writer

Jandai Writer is, of course, the person on the Bookstacks team who compiles the quiz questions. She is also creator of the Myst-inspired puzzle island, Crux Isle, located in Second Life (slurl). It seem though she does not like answering questions herself. Still I persisted and this is the result.

The Questions.

What was the last book you read and who was it by?

The Fourth Bear by Jasper FForde

What is a favorite book from childhood?

The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams

What book do you absolutely hate but were forced to read?

I have spent many hours in counseling to forget such a travesty of the written word and do not wish to revisit such memories.

Are you a book collector, avid library patron, or do you use the revolving door at the used book store?

Book collector

What book would you recommend to others?

It depends on their taste. 😛

 
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Posted by on April 12, 2011 in 5 questions, Bookstacks News

 

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Five Questions with Barbara Hambly

You may remember when Simeon Beresford answered these five question, he mentioned Barbara Hambly’s Bride of the Rat God twice. It and several of the author’s other works have just become available as ebooks. Her publishers sent us a video of her talking about her work, and it got us thinking. We decide we would have to ask her those five questions.

The Questions.

Last book I read?

1776 by David McCullough.

Favorite book from childhood?

Gosh, there were so many, but I’d have to go with Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz (#4 of the series, counting Wonderful Wizard as #1).

Book I absolutely hated and was forced to read?

(Other than the math textbooks in High School?) Old Mother West-Wind (again, a kid’s book. Mostly since the age of about 10 I read fast enough that I didn’t really HATE books, I just got through the ones I found tedious).

Are you a book collector, avid library patron, or do you use the revolving door at the used book store?

I collect books idiosyncratically – both for research and for reading pleasure. I don’t have much time to read, and when I’m overworked and emotionally exhausted (as I have been since about 2006) I tend to re-read favorite fiction: it’s like having the emotional equivalent of a fluttery stomach, which will only tolerate certain things.

What book would I recommend to others?

WHICH others? Who are we talking about? Some people I think really should read Connie Willis’s To Say Nothing of the Dog, or Georgette Heyer’s A Civil Contract, or Fred Pohl’s Gateway; others really need to read The Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous before they go any further.

 
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Posted by on April 5, 2011 in 5 questions, Bookstacks News

 

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Off the Shelf Interview with Donna Fletcher Crow

A Very Private Grave, the latest by Donna Fletcher Crow

In this episode of Off the Shelf, Kghia and Simeon speak to Donna Fletcher Crow, author of many series’ of books, including: the historic mystery series The Monastery MurdersThe Cambridge Chronicles, Daughters of Courage, and the Lord Danvers Mysteries.

In Glastonbury, A Novel of Christian England, Crow spans 1500 years of Christian history in England, and her latest novel, A Very Private Grave, focuses on a modern heroine digging into the past to solve a murder. Join us to find out what she will be writing next.

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Show Notes

Musical Break featured Scotch Cap from the album Dancing in the Isles by Musica Pacifica on the Magnatune label.

 
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Posted by on April 2, 2011 in Bookstacks News, off the shelf