Christina’s Review: The Panopticon by Jenni Fagan


Christina’s Review: The Panopticon by Jenni FaganThe Panopticon by Jenni Fagan
Published by William Heinemann on 2012
Pages: 324
Format: eBook
Goodreads
two-stars
Pa`nop ti`con ( noun). A circular prison with cells so constructed that the prisoners can be observed at all times. [Greek panoptos 'seen by all'] Anais Hendricks, fifteen, is in the back of a police car, headed for the Panopticon, a home for chronic young offenders.She can't remember the events that led her here, but across town a policewoman lies in a coma and there is blood on Anais's school uniform. Smart, funny and fierce, Anais is a counter-culture outlaw, a bohemian philosopher in sailor shorts and a pillbox hat. She is also a child who has been let down, or worse, by just about every adult she has ever met. The residents of the Panopticon form intense bonds, heightened by their place on the periphery, and Anais finds herself part of an ad hoc family there. Much more suspicious are the social workers, especially Helen, who is about to leave her job for an elephant sanctuary in India but is determined to force Anais to confront the circumstances of her birth before she goes. Looking up at the watchtower that looms over the residents, Anais knows her fate: she is part of an experiment, she always was, it's a given, a liberty - a fact. And the experiment is closing in. In language dazzling, energetic and pure, The Panopticon introduces us to a heartbreaking young heroine and an incredibly assured and outstanding new voice in fiction.

If you are sensitive to drug usage… E, acid, cocaine, marijuana, Percocet, etc… do not read this book.

If you are sensitive to young teenage sex and vulgarity… do not read this book.

If you are sensitive to the “F bomb” being dropped five to ten times in a conversation… definitely do not read this book.

If you like straight-forward, concise writing… writing with full sentences and a clear path or story that is easy to follow… you probably do not want to read this book.

The Panopticon follows a teenage girl, Anais, on her journey through sex, drugs, violence, teenage angst, and run-ins with the law as she has been moved from one home to the next throughout her life. She did not know her parents and her adopted mother she lived with for a few years did not last. The book begins with Anais being taken to the Panopticon, a circular celled living space with a watch tower to keep an eye on the residents, after being found with blood on her school uniform along with a cop in a coma. In the Panopticon, Anais meets other characters who have been brought in under rough conditions and encounters with the law. She forms a unique, familial bond with these members… one that experiences highs and lows and brings these outcasts together in a harsh community. In addition, to haunt Anais’ moves, the experiment is following her and calculating her every action…

This book was a unique read selected as our September book club pick. A thriller that played with my brain, the book was too jumpy and vulgar for me. It was hard to follow, especially as Anais was tripped out on drugs and intertwining her emotions, hallucinations, encounters and thoughts in a series of partial sentences and rolling events. This dramatic teenage series of events left me unsatisfied in the end. The book felt incomplete and I felt the beginning and results that developed along Anais’ journey did not link back up to the end well.

The book did not meet my expectations, and I had some misgivings about Anais’ character and other events that occurred throughout the book, some with results left unanswered and me just floating there. These questions will continue to be left unanswered, and sadly, I do not have the desire to think further into them. However, I am interested in hear how others interpreted the book and what they thought of the events that took place throughout. Looking forward to the book club discussion, but unfortunately, I do not recommend this book to others for a casual read.

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Christina’s Top Ten Books She Really Wants To Read But Does Not Own Yet


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Top Ten Tuesday is the popular meme created and run by The Broke and Bookish.

Top Ten Books I Really Want To Read But Don’t Own Yet

I love to swing by thrift stores and library book sales to find the gems that are donated… I hope to come across at least a couple of these soon to add to my shelves and start reading these books I have wanted to read, some for a while now, but don’t own yet.

  1. Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn – First, I have to say how excited I am because we will be reading this book for our October book club pick! After Gone Girl, this book was an easy selection. Gone Girl invoked a passionate discussion as well as strong opinions about the read. When it came to my selection for a book, I was looking for a thriller/suspenseful book to fit the Halloween season, and this one jumped out at me. Can’t wait to own and read this book soon!
  2. The Last Full Measure by Jeff Shaara – I have read Killer Angels and Gods and Generals by Michael and Jeff Shaara. As someone who grew up just outside of Fredericksburg, VA, I love Civil War history, and these earlier books I have read from the father-son authors were a more personable side to the history tales, creating a fictional story in a significant, past event. The Last Full Measure is another Civil War based novel on the third year of the war following Gettysburg, focusing on Robert E. Lee and Ulysses S. Grant.
  3. The Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins – Shame on me for not reading these yet… I have wanted to for a while, and have seen the movies. Every time I go to pick up the series, however, I am hooked on another series! (Currently, this is the Song of Ice and Fire series; Before, it’s been re-reading J.R.R. Tolkien’s books or Ken Follett’s) I know these books have come across thrift shops before, so I will keep my eyes out and purchase the series soon (hopefully!)
  4. Twelve Years a Slave by Solomon Northup – I have been eager to read this book since the movie first came out in theatres. I have not yet seen the movie, and I want to wait to watch it until I have read the book. I have been recommended this book by others in my history classes, including professors, and will hopefully have this one on my shelf soon too. It is a memoir following the graphic life of Solomon Northup, a free man captured and sold into slavery.
  5. Dangerous Women by George R. R. Martin and others – I came across this book when browsing Goodreads one day. There are numerous authors who have contributed to this compilation, including Martin, amongst others. The tales of heroes and villains mixed together sounds like it will be an entertaining read to pick-up casually and read, but put down as needed.
  6. The Chardonnay Charades by Ellen Crosby – I own and have read The Merlot Murders by Crosby, and have since added the The Chardonnay Charades to my soon-to-own-and-read list. I was between this book and Sharp Objects for October’s book club read, and in the end selected the latter. The Chardonnay Charades is the second book in Crosby’s “Virginia Wine Country Mysteries” series, and is set in Atoka, Virginia. Michelle has told me she heard about the great Civil War history intermingled throughout the book… noticing a pattern yet with some of my historical books on this list?
  7. The Confessions of Nat Turner by William Styron – O look…another historical fiction book set during the nineteenth century on my list! I have wanted to read this book for two reasons: one because the story of Nat Turner, a radical abolitionist, is one to know and understand reactions to slavery and abolition during the nineteenth century; two, because Styron is a Virginia native, and I am big on supporting local authors (and wines!)
  8. North and South by John Jakes – Ok… this Civil War theme is just ridiculous now. This book has been on my to-read since I first saw the TV mini-series that came out. The author incorporates history into this novel that follows three generations of two families who were torn apart during the great civil war of the nineteenth century.
  9. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy – A classical masterpiece I have yet to read… I would like to both own and read this book. I want to read this book more because it is such a classic that has left its impact in the literary world. Tolstoy focuses on the Napoleonic Wars time period in this historical fiction classic.
  10. Willful Impropriety: 13 Tales of Society, Scandal and Romance by a compilation of authors – This is another book that came across my Goodreads as one I may be interested in. Again, another bundle of short stories that I can pick up and put down at my leisure… this book seems like one I may enjoy, possibly for a book club read. The compilation follows historical romances written by numerous authors.

pj - christina

Calvert’s Review: The Medea Complex by Rachel Florence Roberts


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Calvert’s Review: The Medea Complex by Rachel Florence RobertsThe Medea Complex by Rachel Florence Roberts
Published by Createspace Independent Pub on 2013-11-01
Genres: Fiction, Psychological
Pages: 272
Format: eBook
Source: Author
Goodreads
three-stars
***Based On A True Story***Anne wakes up in a strange bed, having been kidnapped from her home. Slowly, she realizes she is in a lunatic asylum. 1885. Anne Stanbury – Committed to a lunatic asylum, having been deemed insane and therefore unfit to stand trial for the crime of which she is indicted. But is all as it seems? Edgar Stanbury – the grieving husband and father who is torn between helping his confined wife recover her sanity, and seeking revenge on the woman who ruined his life. Dr George Savage – the well respected psychiatrist, and chief medical officer of Bethlem Royal Hospital. Ultimately, he holds Anne's future wholly in his hands. The Medea Complex tells the story of a misunderstood woman suffering from insanity in an era when mental illnesses' were all too often misdiagnosed and mistreated. A deep and riveting psychological thriller set within an historical context, packed full of twists and turns, The Medea Complex explores the nature of the human psyche: what possesses us, drives us, and how love, passion, and hope for the future can drive us to insanity.

I started reading the Medea Complex way back in January. It was really slow to start for such a short book. The novel does pick up about halfway through, but never truly reaches a climax in the narrative. The ‘mystery’ that ties the characters together does not get much attention until two thirds of the way through the book, and is never really given enough detail to explain the motivations of Edgar and Anne Stanbury. The epilogue, while interesting historically, has no direct connection to the rest of the novel. It is an obituary for a character we neither meet or encounter indirectly. It is intended to lend credence to the idea of infanticide, but instead just seems out of place. I believe it would have been better served either as an addition to the sources included in the back, or as an article for an existing character to stumble upon, perhaps as a catalyst towards putting the pieces of Anne Stansbury’s mind together.

The novel looks at a very dark and intriguing period in mental health. However, the story itself disappoints. The short chapters that bounced between character perspectives combined with the thin layer of plot applied over historical research made the Medea Complex both frustrating and boring.

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Friday 56: Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins


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This meme is run by Freda at Freda’s Voice.

Rules:
*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader
(If you have to improvise, that’s ok.)
*Find any sentence, (or few, just don’t spoil it) that grab you.
*Post it.
*Add your (url) post in Linky. Add the post url, not your blog url. It’s that simple.

annaSo, when this goes live, I will be on a plane to Las Vegas. And on that plane, I will be working my way (likely pretty quickly) towards page 56 of my current book: Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins. Yes, you may start gushing now! It is my first time reading this much-raved about book and I’m trying hard to go into with no expectations, but we’ll see!

He shrugs and I pause, debating whether I want to know the answer to my next question. Probably not, but I ask anyway. “How long have you and Ellie been dating?”

St. Clair thinks for a moment. “About a year now, I suppose.”

I am only on like page 3, but I get the significance of this already, just based on what’s on the back of the book. :)

Have you read this popular book?

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The Book Scoop: Hugo Awards and Crowdsourcing New Releases


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Here’s the weekly round-up of bookish news and articles that I found interesting. And it’s barely more than the first scoop of what’s available out there.

Hugo Award Winners Announced for 2014
The annual awards for science fiction, the prestigious Hugo Awards, have announced their winners for this year. With fifteen categories spanning both the written word and dramatic presentations (movies, television shows) the awards celebrate science fiction and its different forms. This year’s big winner for Best Novel goes to Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie. I’ve heard so much buzz about Ancillary Justice this year that I’m not very surprised it won! And for those Game of Thrones fans out there amongst us, the ‘Red Wedding’ episode of the television series (actually called “The Rains of Castamere”), won for Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form. Congratulations to all those who took the prize and had the honor of being nominated!

BBC’s The 10 Best New Books to Read
It seems that there are a few new lists being released by news outlets on which books to read. I think it’s that time in the book season. I’m not complaining though—I love these lists! It’s made me aware of quite a few books I might have missed otherwise. I have actually not heard of any of the books on BBC’s list of the Ten Best New Books to Read, but Let Me Be Frank With You by Richard Ford caught my attention along with The Story of Land and Sea by Katy Simpson Smith.

Favorite Required Reading Picks
In the second top ten list of the week, Huffington Post gathered the staff to discuss what their favorite summer required books from school were. It’s nice that not all required reading books are disliked, that their merits are appreciated by their students. I’ve read a few from this list and remember them somewhat fondly (if I remember them at all! Damn bad book memory!). There are a few that I have actually never heard of and I look forward to checking them out!

Publishing Imprint Takes Readers’ Votes on Next Book
Have you heard of Swoon, a young adult imprint of Macmillan Publishing? They have a pretty cool way of selecting which books to publish—they ask you. Taking the lead from more and more services that use crowdsourcing, Swoon allows readers to vote on which books should get published as well as which narrator should record the audiobook. How cool, right? According to the New York Times, there is a growing movement towards more input from the crowd in the publishing world. While it results in readers getting more of a say in what they would like to have made available to them, it doesn’t mean that everyone’s books gets published. The article really is an interesting read, and I plan on keeping an eye on this. Trends can become the way through time…

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Christina’s Top Ten Books People Have Been Telling Her That She MUST Read


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Top Ten Tuesday is the popular meme created and run by The Broke and Bookish.

Top Ten Books People Have Been Telling Me That I MUST Read

I really utilize my Goodreads “to-read” shelf to keep track of the books recommended to me by others that I have to read. After going through this shelf, below are 10 books I hope to read soon after I finish my last semester of grad classes (or during)…

  1. A Song of Ice and Fire, books 4, 5 and 6 by George R. R. Martin – Prior to learning of this TV series, a friend of mine who has contributed to playingjokers.com, Ellen, recommended this series to me. I am now three books in, and hooked! I’ve mentioned before, but Martin’s writing style reminds me of Ken Follet’s, another one of my favorite authors. I have only recently started watching the TV series, but intend to keep the books first before watching the corresponding seasons. I am three books in, and have books four and five on my shelf staring me down to pick them up and start reading…
  2. Born Fighting by James Webb – This recommendation only came to me in the past couple of weeks from one of my best friends who is currently in California. She texted me about a book she was reading that she thinks I would like. I instantly added it to my “must reads soon” books. This book follows the culture and path of the Scots-Irish to America and how they helped shape America.
  3. A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson – I have had this book on my “to-read” shelf for a few years now… I am ashamed I have not yet read it! My hobbies include camping, backpacking, and hiking. Because of that, this book was recommended by a few friends, and I am looking forward to diving into it during one of my hiking trips. The author focuses on the Appalachian Trail, a trail I love to hike here in Virginia and hope to explore in further in it stretch from Georgia to Maine.
  4. Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen – I have not seen the movie that came out, but was recommended this book by others in the book club and who knew about or saw this movie. I recently came across the book for sale at a thrift store and purchased it with intentions of reading it soon.
  5. 11/22/63 by Stephen King – My boyfriends’ mom and I share book recommendations, between book club and casual readings. The last book I recommended to her was Lexicon by Max Berry, and she recommended this one to me. I am sad to say, I have not read a Stephen King book yet! So I intend to start, and this is the first I will pick up. This book is set both in present-time and around the death of J.F.K and has a little sci-fi/historical fiction combination in its subject and style.
  6. The Civil War by Bruce Catton – Another one with connections to my boyfriend… we were visiting his grandparents and I was staring at their book shelf with a wide variety of historical books (my favorite). This book I noticed they had two copies of, and they offered one to me recommending it as a great overview of the War. I can’t wait to start!
  7. Soul by Soul by Walter Johnson – This book was recommended to me by a professor I had in grad school. We were talking about the movie Twelve Years a Slave (based off a book), which had just came out. Our professor mentioned this book and said it was gripping, brutal, but a must-read. The author focuses on slavery in Antebellum America, particularly in the slave markets themselves.
  8. City of Dreadful Delight by Judith R. Walkowitz – During one of my first grad classes, we read the book Nights Out by Walkowitz. Her writing style and subject selection drew me in, even on a topic I normally would not pursue to read on m own. The professor told us if we liked her new book, we would like this older book, City of Dreadful Delight. This book focuses on the Victorian London and the sexual dangers, including prostitution and Jack the Ripper, that plagued the times and streets.
  9. Team of Rivals by Doris Kearns Goodwin – This book was recommended to me by some classmates who were assigned this book by our professor to read and present to the class. (I was assigned a different book on Lincoln and did not have the opportunity to read this one as well) Many people may be familiar with Goodwin’s book because Team of Rivals was the book the movie Lincoln was based off of. While I was not a huge fan of the movie, I am looking forward to reading this book for a more in-depth analysis of Lincoln and his colleagues.
  10. Panopticon by Jenni Fagan – I have added this book to my recommended reads because it is the next book selected in-line for our book club read! This is September’s book, a thriller with an interesting description… you’ll see more on this book as we dive deeper into it for the book club. This is my current casual read selection I have picked up and started.

Looking at this list, as I mentioned, I am always looking for more book recommendations to add to my “to read” shelf and personal book shelf. If there are similar books to the above you recommend, by all means, PLEASE do!

pj - christina

Michelle’s Review: Solstice by P.J. Hoover


Michelle’s Review: Solstice by P.J. HooverSolstice by P.J. Hoover
Published by Macmillan on 2013-06-18
Genres: Dystopian, Fantasy & Magic, Greek & Roman, Legends, Myths, Fables, Love & Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 381
Format: Hardcover
Source: Purchased
Goodreads
two-stars
Piper’s world is dying. Each day brings hotter temperatures and heat bubbles which threaten to destroy the Earth. Amid this Global Heating Crisis, Piper lives under the oppressive rule of her mother, who suffocates her even more than the weather does. Everything changes on her eighteenth birthday, when her mother is called away on a mysterious errand and Piper seizes her first opportunity for freedom. Piper discovers a universe she never knew existed—a sphere of gods and monsters—and realizes that her world is not the only one in crisis. While gods battle for control of the Underworld, Piper’s life spirals out of control as she struggles to find the answer to the secret that has been kept from her since birth—her very identity…. An imaginative melding of mythology and dystopia, Solstice is the first YA novel by talented newcomer P. J. Hoover.

I’m very conflicted over Solstice. It was like it was two different books to me, one that I didn’t like and the other that I was more interested in. All together, it wasn’t quite my cup of tea.

It was the first half that didn’t make the cut for me. Earth is grappling with the effects of global warming. More and more people are losing their lives every day as the temperatures rise to more than dangerous levels and new storms become stronger. The description of that world entices me into the story. But unfortunately the execution was a little lackluster.

Piper is in high school with a very over-protective mother. She lives in a little oasis of a greenhouse while the outside world has to be misted with cooling gel and and watches the temperature rise and obeys the subsequent warnings. I grew weary of the amount I was told that Piper’s mother was over-protective. Now, by the middle to the end part of the book, I completely understand just how protective she was. But in the beginning, it became a little eye-roll worthy.

By page 56, there was a love triangle, which I really wasn’t a fan of either. Again, by the end, it comes into clearer focus why that has come to be. However, I imagine that for a reader more inclined to not finish a book than me, it would make a persuasive argument to put the book down before you get to the redeeming part.

The end of the book left me much more happy, but also wishing that the entire book had been that way. The big reveal was fun and I really enjoyed the ending. It’s just very unfortunate that the rest of the book wasn’t that way for me.

pj - michelle

Calvert’s Review: Hector and the Search for Happiness by Francois Lelord


Calvert’s Review: Hector and the Search for Happiness by Francois LelordHector and the Search for Happiness by François Lelord
Published by Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated on 2010
Genres: Fiction, Literary
Pages: 165
Format: Paperback
Goodreads
three-stars
A charming fable about modern life that has touched the hearts of more than two million readers worldwide. Following on the success of The Elegance of the Hedgehog, and already a worldwide sensation, Hector and the Search for Happiness finally comes to America, where readers will delight in its uplifting humor. As Hector travels from Paris to China to the United States, he keeps a list of observations about the people he meets, hoping to find the secret to happiness. Combining the winsome appeal of The Little Prince with the inspiring philosophy of The Alchemist, Hector's journey around the world and into the human soul is entertaining, empowering, and smile inducing-as winning in its optimism as it is powerful in its insight and reassuring in its simplicity.

Hector and the Search for Happiness is a very unique dichotomy. It covers adult themes like depression and love vs. infatuation vs. obsession, but is written like a children’s book. At first this was cute and quirky and I liked it, but as the story [as it is much closer to a short story than anything else] progressed it seemed out of place. The sentences were very stilted in a See Spot Run sort of way. This exhausts and bores the reader, as Gary Provost exemplifies in his 5 word sentence quote here, it also seemed borderline inappropriate and condescending when Hector encountered such things as prostitutes, drug dealers, and emotionless sex [which was ever so charmingly referred to as ‘doing what people in love do’]. The book is a great example of telling not showing. Francois Lelord makes a great deal out of the fact that Hector truly cares about people and that’s why everyone likes him, but instead of allowing the reader to come to that conclusion through Hector’s actions it is simply stated, several times. In fact, it is often stated, then paired with Lelord completely glossing over conversations and interactions by summarizing them in a sentence. This gave me the impression that Hector didn’t actually listen to anyone he spoke to, and instead just knew how to appear like he listened. I ended up finding Hector self-centered and condescending, instead of innocent and likeable.

The results of the eponymous search for happiness are nothing revolutionary. The same overly simplified ‘life hacks’ one would find on Pinterest: happiness is caring for other people, is not comparing, etc. They are repeated a bit too often over the course of the incredibly tiny book for my liking, but done so in a way that you can skip over and not miss the story.

In the end, I think Hector and the Search for Happiness, along with the rest of Hector’s adventures, are best suited as coffee table or bathroom books. Something to occupy your mind and maybe a little thought provoking, but not particularly engaging. Since they are so short, they are easily finished in an hour or two, making them a decent beach read.

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Friday 56: Ink Exchange by Melissa Marr


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This meme is run by Freda at Freda’s Voice.

Rules:
*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader
(If you have to improvise, that’s ok.)
*Find any sentence, (or few, just don’t spoil it) that grab you.
*Post it.
*Add your (url) post in Linky. Add the post url, not your blog url. It’s that simple.

inkexchangeSo today, the book I’m reading is Ink Exchange by Melissa Marr.

Her eyes had dilated ever so slightly when her fears rose and faded. Later tonight, when she thought of him, she’d think he was just an odd man, memorable for that alone. It would be awhile until her mind would let her process the extent of her changing body. Mortals had so many mental defenses to make sense of the things that violated their preconceptions and rules. At times those defenses were quite useful to him.

When I first flipped to page 56, I was a little worried I couldn’t find something intriguing to post. But there you are! Keep your eyes open for my thoughts soon!

pj - michelle

The Book Scoop: What Publishers Do and 9 Standout Books


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Here’s the weekly round-up of bookish news and articles that I found interesting. And it’s barely more than the first scoop of what’s available out there.

The Nine Standout Books of 2014 According to Goodreads
Goodreads released their list of the nine standout books of 2014 this week. It’s a list based on the numbers: their popularity on people’s want-to-read shelves and their above average ratings. I –believe- that this is the first time Goodreads’ has offered us this mid-year review. So for fiction, The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd, All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr, and The Martian by Andy Weir. Of those, I’ve heard some great things about The Martian, am aware of All the Light We Cannot See, and haven’t heard of The Invention of Wings. They also offered up books in the nonfiction and young adult categories, of which I actually read one: The One by Kiera Cass. Go me! Check out the list—it’s nice to know what is popular before the year is out.

The New York Times Evaluates Book Subscription Services
With the news breaking of Amazon’s latest service to provide books for a subscription fee, in a model similar to Netflix with movies and television shows, The New York Times has offered some pretty interesting notes on similar services. Looking at not just the Kindle Unlimited service, but also Oyster and Scribd, they note the pros and cons to each. Personally, I think I’ll stick to the public library.

Outlander is Amazing
Well, clearly. But the popular book by Diana Gabaldon has been making buzz with its television show adaptation on Starz. The first episode is available for anyone to view online for a limited time and the consensus I’m seeing is that people are really pleased. And I received an email from my cable provider that they would be opening up Starz and Encore to be viewed by those without the subscription for this weekend, likely to allow for more subscriptions as people demand to watch Outlander.

Simon & Schuster Explain What Publishers Do
It’s not new news that publishers are working in a different environment than years before. Self-publishing has taken off, leaving some to wonder what the purpose behind the publishing houses are. Several of the other publishing houses have offered videos or documents explaining the processes behind the scenes at the publishers that add value to an author’s work. Simon & Schuster is the latest to do so, releasing a series of videos with their editors giving details, called “Behind the Book.” While it may or may not make a difference, it is certainly very interesting!

Hachette Not the Only Publisher to Argue with Amazon
Or would it be better to say that Amazon is the one arguing? Hachette and Amazon have been arguing over their e-book contract for four months now. But Kensington Publishing Corp, a small New York publisher, has announced that they have reached a new deal with Amazon. This new deal ends next July. The kicker? This deal took 18 months! While it’s probably safe to say that both sides could have been at fault, it’s good for us consumers to know that Amazon is using the same business practices on all publishers.

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