I don't read a whole lot of YA novels but I had heard good things about Dia Reeves' Bleeding Violet and it sounded different so I checked it out. The book didn't quite work for me but I was glad I had read it and I thought Reeves an inventive writer with a nice hand at characterization. I also think she has a good understanding of teenagers. Over at Diversity in YA Fiction, Reeves writes about the rarity of black YA speculative fiction writers in On The Dark Side.
I can't remember if I ever read The Girl, The Gold Watch, and Everything but I definitely saw the movie as well as it's sequel The Girl, The Gold Watch, and Dynamite. I don't know if they were any good but I loved them when I was a kid. I hadn't realized the novel was written by John D. MacDonald, one of the great mystery novelists. The book is apparently an overlooked classic - at least according to this site it is. Head on over and check out some other overlooked spec fiction novels.
God, I love this Lois Lane, Reporter cartoon. There is nothing I can add to it. Just go read it.
Theodora Goss has a terrific post up entitled Thoughts On Writing that I found inspiring and personally relevant to my own field. I like the way Goss thinks.
And Chuck Wendig has some advice for writers at 25 Things Every Writer Should Know
Sam Sykes has an interesting post up about escapism and fantastic races in Where Have All the Cow-Men Gone ( I bet they're with the flowers...)
Patricia Rice has something to say on Fictional Political Correctness.
A 4-Star Review Does Not Always Mean Buy This Book. As someone who has recently started blogging about books, this gave me some food for thought. Being consistent with my reviews is something I am working for but not sure I have yet achieved. (Of course, I haven't written very many.) ETA: I just signed up for the Book Blogger Convention on May 27th. Starting at nine in the morning (yikes! that's a little early for this night owl and the subways suck at that hour), it's a full day on blogging about books. I'm hoping to learn a lot. Sometimes, I feel like I don't know what I'm doing.
This month's releases in urban fantasy and paranormal romance over at Fiction Affliction.
And just for fun, here is Adweek's The 30 Freakiest Commercial of 2010