Monday, October 29, 2012

New Discount Online Bookstore

Looks like there's another option for indie authors to get some exposure and a chance for readers to pick up some interesting reads at discount prices. There's a new online book store that will be set up to sell ebooks at discount prices for a short amount of time. Rather than sell an ebook amid hundreds or thousands of others, this bookstore will only sell a limited number of books for a limited time. It seems like a really good idea, particularly for authors and readers who might be overwhelmed by the vast number of ebooks popping up everywhere. The author will benefit by the limited number of books competing for readers' attention, and the readers will benefit from discount prices being available for a couple of weeks instead of a couple of days. I do know there are a few of these stores out there already -the 99 Cent Network springs to mind and it's one that has has been a round for a couple of years now I think. As far as I know, it's a fairly successful outlet for selling books.

The new bookstore is set to launch in November and here is where you can find out more about it:

The Bookplex

Monday, October 22, 2012

Path of Needles by Hannah Kollef

Path of NeedlesPath of Needles by Hannah Kollef
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Path of Needles made me think that this is exactly what you would get if you mixed pre-sanitized fairytale folklore with YA urban fiction. And it's the mix that makes this such an engrossing read. It's a bit of an understatement I think to just label the novel's genre 'fantasy.' The author has done a remarkable job of weaving the darker (but likely more realistic) elements of folklore - the ones that warn of more dangers than those found by just going into the woods alone - into a modern urban setting with realistic characters. I think the author has done a wonderful job by adding subtle hints of fairy tale in with the obvious story line and character parallels. Overall, I was impressed.

The author's style is easy to read and fills you with so many unanswered questions that you have no choice but to keep turning the pages. However, I think the one area where the author's writing really shines is that of creating those gritty visual images of New York city - the people, the park and just about every other setting in it. And while I wasn't particularly fond of any of the characters, I think they are probably fairly realistic as well (the teens I mean - because no, I don't think transforming fairytale-like creatures are particularly realistic).

Given some of the subject matter, this is definitely for an older YA audience. And if you're intrigued by the folklore enough to look it up, as I was, you'll probably know more about the different interpretations of the path of needles and also conclude that the story is geared toward an older YA reader. It might not be to everyone's taste either. It is gritty and urban. But if you enjoy novels by authors like Cassandra Clare or Libba Bray you'll probably enjoy this.

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