E.L. James Creating ‘European Underwear’

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Fifty Shades of Grey author E.L. James became famous by getting her Twilight fanfiction published and taking over the bestsellers list. Now James has a new plan: A clothing line. Go James, strike the iron while it’s still hot.

The line will contain pantyhose, underwear and sleepwear. James described the lingery in her book as ‘European’. And now we finally get to see what that means…

Fifty Shades of Grey

Dissecting The Summer Reading Lists of 2012

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With the month of june coming to an end summer reading lists are popping up wherever you go. Here is a overview of some of the first prominent players:

Opah Winfrey;
About a month after the revival of her bookclub Oprah made a list of 33 summer reads. ‘O’s 2012 list’ does not have the level of her usual book club picks (worth clicking on), containing books by Karin Slaughter and Susan Fales-Hill. We picked five good ones out of the 33, for the rest you can visit the Oprah website:
‘Beautifull Ruins’ by Jess Walter
‘The Red House’ by Mark Haddon (also wrote ‘The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time’)
‘People Who Eat Darkness’ by Richard Lloyd Parry

Oh, we only picked three. You know, we really are your gatekeeper.

Goodreads.com as a very varied list as well including hypes like ‘Fifty shades of Grey’ (seriously, still?) and ‘Gossip Girl’. As well as books on their revival like the currently being made into a movie ‘The Great Gatsby’. The publicity for the  Luhrmann movie is obviously rubbing of on the paper version of the American classic. But at Bookspill we are delighted to see some classics (that also make excellent beach books) that also feature in our books top 100.

Here is our six out their fifty
‘The Perks of Being a Wallflower’ by Stephen Chbosky
‘1984’ by George Orwell
‘One Hundred Years of Solitude’ by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
‘Everything is Illuminated’ by Jonathan Safran Foer
‘East of Eden’ by John Steinbeck
‘Let’s Pretend This Never Happened’ by Jenny Lawson

During this summer Bookspill will look into and dissect more of the still to come big summer reading lists.

When Harry Met… His BIGGEST Fan

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Harry Potter publisher Bloomsburry is on a search for the biggest Harry Potter fan. It has been 15 years since the first book hit the stores and to celebrate Bloomsburry is giving away a free trip to the Harry themepark in Orlando, Florida.

Didn’t have any holiday plans yet (and you live in Ireland or UK)? All you have to do is write a letter that explains why you should be the the chosen one. Don’t go all crazy…Your love has to be declared in less then 50 words.

You have from Tuesday 26th June until Tuesday 31st July 2012 to submit your letter in a participating bookstore.

Who’s in on E-reading?

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E-reading, here is an update:

The publishing world is off course still mad about people not paying for content they feel should be payed for. They show this by replacing words like sharing and copying for stealing and pirating. We know, it’s getting old.

Another way to protect content is pricefixing. This is common in countries like France and The Netherlands. Books are not allowed to be priced under the agreed amount. This protected hundreds of small picturesque French bookstores from caving for the big multinationals. There is an upcoming trail to challenge these rules. But the date is set for june 2013. In a year the digital world could be looking in a completely different direction, so not to worry.

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100 Year Old Classic: ‘Moby-Dick’

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Remember Roald Dahl’s super smart and special girl Matilda? Her favorite book was ‘Moby-Dick’. A more intriguing recommandation wasn’t possible for some of our Bookspill editors. Time to pay some attention this classic novel first published way back in 1851.

Moby Dick is a whale, a white one, who supposedly took a bite out of captain Ahab’s leg. This wasn’t known by the main charater Ishmael when signed himself up for a whale hunting trip on captain Ahab’s ship the ‘Pequod’. After boarding Ishmael finds out that Ahab is not hunting for whales in general, but for one particular.

It becomes clear that Ishmael is stuck on this ship and Ahab is becoming increasingly insane, filled with feelings of revenge for a whale that nobody but him is sure of exists. We wont give anything more away, but it turns out Moby Dick does exist.

The book became the center of a canon in Western literature. The ship and the people on it become Ishmael’s world with very little influence from people outside of it. The thirty crewmembers on the ship are a most varied group of people, which makes the dynamics and relationships among them very interesting. Their relationship with nature, as they are in the middle of the ocean, give a brutally honest insight to the size of the human being.

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War Book Finally in German Language

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One of the Dutch classic childrens books about a boy in WW2 is translated into German. What’s remarkable about this is that it hadn’t happened before. Jan Terlouw’s ‘Winter in Wartime’ (‘Oorlogswinter’) is a famous book published in 1972 and translated into many different languages, but it took forty years for the German translation to ‘Kriegswinter’.

Terlouw states in Dutch newspaper NRC “As an adolescent you want the hero of the book to be one of yours.” In the book a young boy is hiding an English pilot in the winter of 1944/1945. The writer is judgemental over the naziregime, but doesn’t generalise German people as all bad. Terlouw is curious to how the book will received by the young German readers (as are we), calling the move special and courageous.

Kriegswinter Jan Terlouw

Rereading Everything King Wrote

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Guardian editor James Smythe got himself a nice project. He is reading and reviewing Stephen King’s complete bibliography in a chronological order. What’s interesting about this book reviewing project is that Smythe is a fan and an expert on King’s whole ouvre. He compares his reading experience now, as a professional book reviewer, to his reading experience as a young boy. He also discusses the movies a lot of King’s books have been turned into.

King is known as a writer who is very productive. His bibliography counts up to eighty books. So Smythe has his work cut out, he is currently in week three, reading ‘The Shining’. To follow him go here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jack Nicholson in ‘The Shining’ AAAAaaaahhhhhh!!!

The Google Images Dictionary

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Ever tried to Google for an image of an apple, shell or jaguar? Odds are that logo’s or cars came you way. UK-based artist Felix Heyes and Ben West created an innovative new dictionary containing solely pictures from Google Images results.

The pair took the first result for 21.000 words that are regularly in an English dictionary. The result is in their dictionary called ‘Google’. Ben West stated that the collection is an: “… unfiltered, uncritical record of the state of human culture in 2012. I would estimate about half of the book is revolting medical photos, porn, racism or bad cartoons.” Without ever flipping though the book ourselves, we would say that’s probably about right.

An Award You Don’t Want

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Elie Wiesel is the author of ‘Night‘. A thin yet scaring strong book on his experience in Auschwitz. If you haven’t read it YOU SHOULD. It’s one of the books each Bookspill editor is trying to force on people every chance we get.

 

 

 

 

 

Wiesel is in the news for returning a Hungarian award he won in 2004. He no longer wants it convinced that Hungary is “whitewashing” its collaboration with the Nazis, reports NY Daily News. The award is the Order of Merit, Hungary’s highest honor, for being a ‘messenger to mankind’.

Once again, we can count on the Nobel Peace Price winner (1986) to stand up for what he believes in and what he thinks is right. In a letter that was published on june 19th Wiesel stated: “it has become increasingly clear that Hungarian authorities are encouraging the whitewashing of tragic and criminal episodes in Hungary’s past, namely the wartime Hungarian government’s involvement in the deportation and murder of hundreds of thousands of its Jewish citizens.”

Wiesel is off course an author we like, full of courage and not afraid to make a statement. We aren’t either… Let’s put him on number 1.