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SHAUN SMITH'S SUNDAY SUNDRIES

A WEEKLY ROUNDUP OF INTERNET CURIOSITIES FROM THE BOOK WORLD

Elves
It seems odd that a man with 12 million books in print feels he has to justify his oeuvre. Nonetheless, famed Fantasy novelist Terry Brooks explains why he writes about elves.

Name
Alistair Fowler takes a look at how famous writers have gone about choosing names for their characters.

Jam

SHAUN SMITH'S SUNDAY SUNDRIES

A WEEKLY ROUNDUP OF INTERNET CURIOSITIES FROM THE BOOK WORLD

Dreamy
"Oh look! It’s a new issue of Literary Tiger Beat featuring the dreamiest female teen characters."

Mark
Do you need an apostrophe, or don't you?

Muscles
"...and along the way I knocked up the housekeeper." Watch the trailer for Arnold Schwarzenegger's autobio. Or maintain a small portion of your sanity and don't. (Interesting to note his name is not on the book's cover.)

Celeb

SHAUN SMITH'S SUNDAY SUNDRIES

A WEEKLY ROUNDUP OF INTERNET CURIOSITIES FROM THE BOOK WORLD

Demented
Seriously, who has the time to do cost analyses of being the hero/ine of classic kids novels, adjusted for inflation?

Hipster
I have no idea what the hell this is, but the bandana-wearing hipster wannabes amongst you will probably love the David Foster Wallace Endnote Generator.

Schlemiel

SHAUN SMITH'S SUNDAY SUNDRIES

A WEEKLY ROUNDUP OF INTERNET CURIOSITIES FROM THE BOOK WORLD

Sage
Some pretty decent writing advice for youngsters from old-man Coupland. (Looking almost Hemingwayesque in that beard Doug!)

Strokes

SHAUN SMITH'S SUNDAY SUNDRIES

A WEEKLY ROUNDUP OF INTERNET CURIOSITIES FROM THE BOOK WORLD

Pop
Flavorpill has a gallery of the best pop-up books for adults. (It's not quite as dirty as it sounds, but still fun.)

Penny
Feeling cheap? A new search engine finds books with price tags of one penny.

Search
Speaking of search engines, Online Colleges rounds up 50 of the best for readers.

Booze

SHAUN SMITH'S SUNDAY SUNDRIES

A WEEKLY ROUNDUP OF INTERNET CURIOSITIES FROM THE BOOK WORLD

451
In memory of Ray Bradbury, Tumbler "All The Covers" shares a collection of Fahrenheit 451 covers.

Jackets

SHAUN SMITH'S SUNDAY SUNDRIES

A WEEKLY ROUNDUP OF INTERNET CURIOSITIES FROM THE BOOK WORLD

Poemotion
Here's a video of one of the coolest books I've seen in a long time: Poemotion by Takahiro Kurashima. It is a very simple form of animation, that uses printed patterns viewed through a scree that you slide across the page. Sorry, that doesn't do it justice.

Crafty
Got some old books? There's a new book out about how to destroy them, and make some art (or at least craft) in the process. All is explained by video, of course.

Dull

SHAUN SMITH'S SUNDAY SUNDRIES

A WEEKLY ROUNDUP OF INTERNET CURIOSITIES FROM THE BOOK WORLD

Adams
The e-book reader is the “new” stone tablet, and that’s a good thing. Or so said Douglas Adams (via promotional video) back in the early 1990s.

Orange

SHAUN SMITH'S SUNDAY SUNDRIES

A WEEKLY ROUNDUP OF INTERNET CURIOSITIES FROM THE BOOK WORLD

Cute
Author Tahir Shah interviews his own children, Ariane and Timur, about his book The Caliph's House, which chronicles their experience moving to Casablanca. It's a cute and refreshing video. The kids are dressed in pyjamas and one has even found a mistake in the book.

Bookies
Who needs books (aside from movie producers)? Here (c/o Book Browse) are trailers for eleven movies coming out this summer based on books. The first one makes me want to punch my computer.

Flash

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