The Dinosaur Daily 8.17.2014

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17th August, 2014

Today’s Dinosaur Daily does not come from any media source, but it does talk about media and our reading habits.

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Tales of our favorite heroes and villains don’t always come from books.  Media, with all of its entertainment and insight, is brimming with stories to be told and shared.

This is a blog where I review books (and other bookish things), but I, and I suspect I am not alone in this, don’t solely turn to books for entertainment . And this is the part where I admit that one thing I’ve denied its virtue for so long – television. I was, and, to an extent, still am one who proudly kept my mind pure with lots of books and very minimal TV. But then, one late night with boredom and tiredness aching all over, I stopped to watch just one episode of Dr. Who. Science Fiction and campy action has always pleased me, but the show became more than that. And that is the beginning, that is my confession of becoming a Whovian. And more, it is how I learned to love the television. I imagined a team of writers and designers bustling over scripts and sets just to bring a story to life. There is something magical in that.

And after making it through all of the new seasons twice, I realized the show extends to all corners. There are books and art dedicated just to the show. So, with a little bit of money I made a trip to the local book store and picked up a book that I am quite excited to read, titled Dr. Who: Tales of Trenzalore: The Eleventh Doctor’s Last Stand. Apparently it is number fifty-two in a series, but no matter. I needed this one.

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If you’ve ever watched the show, you will likely understand that the Doctor regenerates when he is about to die, and that this moment is a farewell to the doctor of whom we were growing more and more fond. I needed the book that I chose because it relates directly to an episode I am not ready to watch, “The Time of the Doctor” – and another farewell. It’s interesting isn’t it how I feel more prepared to watch the episode having the supplemented book to complete the picture? And also, I know that after watching the episode, that doctor will still have more stories for me. There’s actually a plethora of Dr. Who themed books, based on each of the doctors and I believe this is something I will be indulging in.

Dr. Who is not the only TV series with book series dedicated to it. Here’s a list of several more, including Pretty Little Liars, Dexter, and Supernatural. There’s something for everyone. My question is – how much are these books used to supplement the series? How are they written? Are they engaging and informative to the series? I can’t help thinking this would make a great weekly feature. Of course, I might need to watch different television shows so I don’t feature a Dr. Who novel every week, but then again, Dr. Who is pretty fantastic.

Has anyone else read this kind of supplementary book? How was the experience?

 

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June 15, 2014

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Source: BookBub

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Fellow readers,

You may have the privilege of already having discovered the joys of Book Bub, but for those that have not read on.

A friend told me of this yesterday and I thought I’d share. Bookbub (link above) is a website that offers discounted and sometimes free books. It’s incredibly easy to sign up and it suggests books based on your preferences. I think this is the start of  new, beautiful relationship.

Yesterday I got these two books for free!

Ties That Bind by Carolyn Arnold

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Goodreads Synopsis:

When a woman is found strangled in her home, Detective Madison Knight and her partner Terry Grant rule it an isolated incident. But when another woman is murdered with the same line of neckties, they know it isn’t a coincidence. Now they must figure out the connection so they can stop a potential serial killer before he gets to his third victim.

Gravity by Abigail Boyd

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Goodreads Synopsis:

A lost friend, a new love, and a town full of secrets… One night in the town of Hell, Ariel’s best friend goes missing. Those around her believe Jenna ran away, but when Ariel is tormented by nightmares and paranormal activity, she realizes Jenna’s disappearance was part of a bigger mystery. Ariel’s obsession with haunted houses and horror movies makes her the perfect detective. 

But to complicate matters, a handsome newcomer named Henry Rhodes plagues her with unwanted attention. Though he doesn’t believe in the supernatural events, she enlists his help and that of quirky nerd Theo. What is making the lights at school flicker? And why did Ariel dream of the old abandoned Dexter orphanage? When Ariel finally discovers the truth, it’s much worse than she ever feared.

I got these new reads just in time for my family vacation! I have a Nook and with an app on my phone, it makes it easy to access new books anywhere. Book Bub helps me save money on new books and is simple and fun to use. I recommend it.

The Dinosaur Daily: Book Bloggers and Your Book

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May 18, 2014

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Article: DIY: How to Pitch Book Bloggers; Published May 12, 2014 by Publisher’s Weekly; Written by Allison Schiff

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To authors and book bloggers everywhere – here’s a great article about marketing yours or someone else’s book. With the increased number of independent authors and self-publishing platforms, it is no challenge to find a new book to read. The only issue is that most indie authors have to do all the work themselves on getting their book to market. This is a lot of hard work. And since most books aren’t written in a day, every author wants his or her book treated well – it is his pride and joy.

Book bloggers make an excellent market for authors to promote their works. This is something every author can take advantage of, since every blog has a unique set of readers. It can be terrifying sending your book out for review, but it is a fast way to spread the word about your work. Most bloggers know that your book is a hard-earned masterpiece to you, but every review has to be allowed honesty. As Schiff remarks in her article, it is important to do one’s research before sending his or her book for review. Make sure your book is in good hands. Most bloggers will try to say something nice about your book even if it wasn’t really to their taste, but still make sure to visit the blog before choosing to promote your book on someone’s site. In return, it is important to be professional with book bloggers. As Sue Gerth of Bookalicous Babe mentioned, no one wants to be told to do something, so even though so much of this exchange is done through various social media and email, always remember to be professional.

If you are thinking of self-publishing a book or have already done so, read this article by Vincent Paul on his journey with self-publishing and marketing his book.

The Dinosaur Daily – The Potency of Children’s Literature

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February 23, 2014

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Article: 9 Life Lessons Everyone Can Learn From These Beloved Classic Children’s Books by the Huffington Post; Published February 3rd, 2014; Written by Amanda Sherker

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The child that reads is a child that learns.

Think about all those books you read as a child. Or maybe you didn’t read that many, but I bet you’ve got one book that stayed with you after all these years. These books, these characters, become our best friends even after the story is finished being told. For me, The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein was an enormous impact in my life; I was wild about climbing trees and Silverstein’s book taught me to appreciate nature and the sacrifice of others. Another favorite of mine is Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak. Max wanted to run away and so did I. But like Max, I learned to live my fantasy, and always return home. Where the Wild Things Are is one of the 10 books chosen by the Huffington Post in the post 9 Life Lessons Everyone Can Learn From These Beloved Classic Children’s Books. Chances are you’ve read most or all of these books listed, and I hope you will agree that some very valuable insights came to you as a child from reading these books or others like them.

This article by the Huffington Post popped up in my Facebook newsfeed, and I honestly expected it to be another article claiming the best 10 books and why everyone should love them, but it’s much more insightful. This article is about the heart of these classic books and why they are loved. Of course many more books could be added to the list, everyone was influenced differently as a child, but the point is that Children’s Literature, including picturebooks, has the potent power to make children (and adults) understand difficult concepts in their own corners of the world. It is a mutual understanding, interpreted by children all over the world. The picturebook isn’t as simple as it seems, they are beautifully complex pieces of art and the correlations between the visual and verbal narratives can say speak directly to the reader in his or her own language and understanding. This article is a good reminder for every reader to return to the lessons they learned as a child and reflect how it has affected them today. Maybe it is time to return to our favorite children’s tales to relive the memories and re-stoke the embers of insight.

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February 9, 2014

Today’s Topic: Is book to film really unoriginal?

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The popular media BuzzFeed is a highly attractive site that I myself visit *ahem* often. Many may have read the article “16 Books to Read Before They Hit Theaters This Year.” It’s exciting to see some old favorites (The Giver) and new hits (Vampire Academy) taking the silver screen for the chance to be visualized and re-imagined by audiences across the world. If you haven’t already, check out the article for the chance to get ahead by reading the book BEFORE the film. It really is a much better experience if you take the time to read the book first. Or maybe that’s just my opinion. Anyway, one of my cinema coworkers made the comment that screenplays are becoming so unoriginal, they (assumedly the script writers) need to draw from existing content to get any kind of idea for a new film. Well, as much as I adore an original screenplay, I admit I’m addicted to watching my favorite stories acted out. While some novels have become a visionary success on the big screen and others have failed entirely, if I read the book, I simply need to see it imagined by another. Seeing the film is like sharing my own journey through the novel. I don’t think adapting a novel to a screenplay is unoriginal at all; it re-navigates the story in many ways, and while sometimes it is sad to see an event or character imagined differently than expected, I can still appreciate the work put into the adaptation and the way it makes me feel. I think I speak for every reader when I say that every good book read is a life lived. Film gives words life too. Maybe I’ve worked at the cinema too long, but I find the two perfectly compatible. That said, I’d love to hear your opinion on the matter.

Check out the list. Many of these films are already in cinemas, so you better get reading. And come back next week to read my film review of  Vampire Academy.

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The Dinosaur Daily is a work-in-progress transition from my previous meme, The Daily Dahl. This meme is designed as a discussion post. My focus will generally be on publishing news, but sometimes may just be a poll or opinion piece.

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Today I wanted to talk about self-publishing. It seems to be covered in every medium of news that I’ve been reading, and as I just began to read another self-published book, I thought it would be fun to discuss the nature of this controversy.

I read an article in The Guardian (published 12/09/13) by Beth Reeks discussing her journey in self-publishing and how she was able to succeed and earn a three-book deal with Random House . The truth is, self-publishing is rapidly growing. Obviously this presents a major challenge for publishers and other distributors, but some have faced the challenge head on. I don’t want to focus on the impact this has on publishers though, I’d like to focus on the readers.

Beth Reeks started her career at age fifteen writing on Wattpad and promoting her book through various social media. She brought herself success as a writer and was even profitable in the process.  I’ve read some amazing self-published books and some that struggled more. Despite some bad reading experiences, I still love to pick up a book by someone who worked hard to share his imagination or knowledge with others. It takes gumption to get one’s book published and released to the public no matter which path the author chooses. Therefore, I have a lot of respect for the self-published.

What are your thoughts? Have you come across any self-published gems or have you been unsatisfied with your self-published reads?

 

Read the article here