August 04, 2019

Tooting Your Trumpet #3


Some people toot their own trumpet. I mean to toot yours. On the first Sunday of every month, I'm sharing your posts, your sites, anything interesting I stumble upon during my internet vagrancies. This month on TYT...
  • TUNNELVILLE (a YA novel, the second installment in the Mad World series by Erin Callahan & Troy H. Gardner, that recently got a makeover)
  • LIBRARY MISCONCEPTIONS (a funny post on Shayna's blog Clockwork Bibliotheca - and the first one in her "library series" - where she discloses all the weird things librarians get told on a daily basis/people assume about them)
  • FEEDBOOKS (a site where you can find copyright-free books to download!)
  •  DIVERSE BOOKS (a list on Kristen's blog Metaphors and Moonlight)

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Tunnelville (book) - by Erin Callahan & Troy H. Gardner


Please note: the link above will bring you to my review of the old version (while the links below are for Amazon purchase). Nothing major has changed since then, but the book feels more together in the new version, though I loved some of the vignettes that have been forgone in the name of pace.

The three YA books Erin and Troy have co-authored so far (Wakefield, Tunnelville and Perfection) are the first half of the Mad World double trilogy, originally published by a small press. After Book 3 came out - that is, in June 2013 - the two of them have been working at refining their craft, while also tending to their individual projects. Now, since the rights for the first three installments were reverted to them, Erin and Troy have decided to go indie, and to kick off Wakefield, Tunnelville and Perfection again, before they start publishing the second half of the series. This involved a whole rebrand, of course, starting with the covers. But it also involved a lot of trimming cutting in order to make the books tighter and get a better hold on the pace (mission accomplished!).  Both Tunnelville and its predecessor Wakefield are a strong and entertaining mix of adventure, conspiracy and magic in a contemporary set.

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Library Misconceptions (post) - by Shayna


Shayna (a.k.a. Prototype_SR04) is a librarian who blogs at Clockwork Bibliotheca. To my delight, she recently decided to start a post series about library life, and the one linked above is her first, where she shares some of the most common ideas she's heard from people about library work/workers, and challenges them (in a funny and non-judgmental way of course!).

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Feedbooks (site)


Feedbooks is a site where you can not only buy ebooks, but also find a selection of DRM-free titles to dowload. There are five languages to choose from (English, French, German, Italian and Spanish) and a whole lot of genres. Public domain books are, for obvious reasons, mostly old, but some of them are classics - I was pleasantly surprised to find a couple of Agatha Christie's thrillers among them, because apparently, those are public domain titles in the US (go figure). There are even a few Doctor Who novelisations!

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Diverse Books (list) - by Kristen


Kristen just added a new tag to her blog's menu: Diverse Books (in the sci-fi/fantasy genre, that she specialises in). It's divided into sections (Books with LGBTQIA+ Rep, Books with POC Rep, Books with Disability Rep, Books with Religion Rep, Diverse Books I Haven’t Reviewed, Diverse Games❗, Blog Posts I Have About Diverse Rep, Other Resources), most of which, in turn, are broken down into categories. Along with her already established Books with Disability master list (again, sci-fi/fantasy-related), a useful and always updated resource!

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That's all for now folks! See you the first Sunday of every month for more!

24 comments:

  1. Cheers to Kristen for that list! That must have been a ton of work to compile.

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  2. I love posts like this because they help me find posts I've missed, and with the book blogosphere being so diverse and active it's easy to miss a lot! Thanks for sharing! :)

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  3. I love that Kristen made a list! I know she's always looking for books with disabilities, and I'm happy she has enough now to compile her own list. :)

    Lindsi @ Do You Dog-ear? 💬

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    1. Also, think of all the work that must have gone into it!

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  4. The fact that I have made it onto all three installments of this series is astounding to me, and I am completely over the moon! I love this extra boost of encouragement.
    Feedbooks, I have instantly bookmarked. I'm a huge classics fan, so I will not say no to free ones - heck, there were some there that I hadn't heard of by authors I knew!
    I love that Kristen is doing this. That's really difficult, and I imagine even more so in her preferred genres. Difficult, but important.

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    1. Don't worry...you can pay me later 😂.
      Seriously - I like to boost good and/or unusual things. Not my fault that you seem to regularly produce them! 😉

      And I'm glad that some of my links were useful!

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  5. Ohmygosh! Even with you reminding me, I somehow managed to forget all about Tunnelville! I'm making myself a note right now to pick up a copy. Eesh. This reading challenge has really taken over everything. I've enjoyed crushing my backlist, but I'm ready for it to be over so I can go back to reading whatever I want at a more reasonable pace. 😂

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    1. Plus do some buddy-reads with yours truly 😂 😉.

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    2. *Hangs the Do Not Disturb notice out of her door*

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  6. I'm joining in on an indie feature next month so I'll check out Tunnelville to see if it might be something I'd like to review for it.
    I just started following Shayla but somehow missed this series of posts. As you know, I'm new to library readign but have found the whole purchasing angle interesting. I had no idea how much went in to it and the costs involved.
    And kudos to Kristen. I had featured this too. It's a big undertaking & accomplishment.

    Karen @ For What It's Worth

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    1. If you want to try the Mad World series, definitely start with Book 1, Wakefield (which is free right now for Kindle), or nothing will make sense to you. But Tunnelville's ebook is $3.34 at the moment, so grab it till it's cheap!

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  7. Lovely post! really like the sound of feedbooks- I'll have to check it out.

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    1. I'm glad I was able to recommend you a site that might be up your alley 🙂.

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  8. What a fun idea! Great way to find new blogs and fun posts. I need to check out that one about the library. I work in a community college as a librarian, but I've worked in a public library too!

    -Lauren
    www.shootingstarsmag.net

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  9. This is a really neat feature Roberta! I love Kristen's blog and that she shared that intensive list with us. And now a tag!! It's so smart. I will have to check out the librarian post too. Thanks!

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    1. You're welcome, and thanks for visiting!

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  10. I love this idea - I need to read Kristen's list!

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    1. Coincidentally, lots of people seem to have had the same idea lately, since I keep seeing blogger-love posts around the blogosphere LOL. But the more, the better!

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  11. Thanks for sharing these post, Roberta! I love that Shayna has started this blog series about librarians. Being a librarian used to be my dream job and I love learning more about the experience!

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    1. She wrote another (funny) one in the meantime: https://clockworkbibliotheca.blogspot.com/2019/08/library-life-and-i-quoteunusual-favours.html

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