Things are hectic here lately. I was beginning to wonder if it was just me. It seems everyone else I know is run off their feet too.
If you’ve got a moment to spare, why not settle down with a few of my lovely literary links? I’ve got some good ones for you this time around! But because we’re all busy, busy people, I’ll try to keep it short.
My first two links have something to do with the number six…after all, this is my sixth Book to the Future Bookmarks post…
Six Degrees of Roald Dahl
Everyone knows the names Augustus Gloop, Violet Beauregarde, Veruca Salt, Mike Teavee and Charlie Bucket…but chances are, you’ve never heard of Miranda Mary Piker.
Here’s a bit of literary trivia for you: Roald Dahl’s classic Charlie and the Chocolate Factory nearly starred six child characters! In fact, Dahl originally envisaged as many as ten children entering Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory.
Part of me knows that even a professional like Dahl would have struggled to keep the book’s momentum going as he disposed of ten horrible little children, one by one. But another part of me really wants to know how Dahl would have engineered their demise…
There’s a new literary meme on the block, and it’s brilliant. Six Degrees of Separation is the brainchild of authors Annabel Smith and Emma Chapman. It encourages avid readers to form a link between six books – not to Kevin Bacon, but to any element that they might share in common.
I love this idea – I’m trying to find the time to sit down and write my own post!
Sgt. Peppers Clonely Hearts Club Band
This next link came to my attention on Twitter thanks to Walter Mason. I actually did a double-take to ensure this story wasn’t published on April Fool’s Day…
A Canadian dentist who bought a wisdom tooth reportedly belonging to John Lennon two years ago is planning to clone Lennon and raise the clone as his own son.
Here’s a quote from the article:
Explaining how he would raise the potential clone, Dr Zuk said: “He would still be his exact duplicate but you know, hopefully keep him away from drugs and cigarettes, that kind of thing.”
That kind of thing.
Fortunately, the technology to clone people doesn’t exist yet, but I guess tomorrow never knows…
“The Rosie Project” Project
Great news for everyone who loved Graeme Simsion’s The Rosie Project. Sequel, The Rosie Effect will be out later this year. You can find out more at Text Publishing’s website.
I have a fascination with the way books are presented and marketed around the world, and found this piece on Waterstones’ blog about the many different faces (and titles!) of The Rosie Project around the world really interesting.
A taste for good books
I’ve read and reread this article by Allison Gibson about the stories she craved during her pregnancy a few times now. It’s clever and moving – and funny.
I had always imagined that, as a pregnant woman, I would adopt a sort of Earth Mother persona: confident, innately nurturing, glowing from the inside out. It turned out that, in reality, I handled pregnancy with all the grace of George Costanza at a cocktail party.
When I consider the events of my own life, I find my memories have become irrevocably tangled with whatever book I happened to be reading at the time. And it works the other way around, too. Rereading a book will often bring back vivid memories of the last time I read that book.
And yes, book cravings: you don’t need to be pregnant to feel their pangs. I often find myself longing to read particular books – especially in times – times such as right now, for instance – when I have far too much to do to just abandon it all and spend all day with a book of my choosing.
“Daenerys rings like a bell through the night…”
So it turns out Stevie Nicks is a huge fan of HBO’s Game of Thrones. She’s written poetry about her favourite characters and wants to write music for the show. Go Stevie!
Stevie’s not the only one writing Game of Thrones poetry. Make sure you take a look Leah Umansky’s Game of Thrones poem, Khaleesi Says.
One more Game of Thrones link – in America, more parents are naming their newborns “Khaleesi” than they are “Nadine” or “Betsy“.
There are shortlists and longlists all over the place right now. I can’t keep up. The Stella Prize. The Kibbles and Dobbies. The Miles Franklin. The NSW Premier’s Literary Awards. I’m sure there are a few I’m forgetting. It’s a literary lollapalooza. Lisa from ANZLitLovers has fantastic coverage of all these awards (and more), as well as reviews of nearly every nominated book.
That’s it for this instalment of Book to the Future Bookmarks. If anyone needs me, I’ll be writing like a maniac. Fingers crossed, I’ll have new reviews online very soon.