Description : New technologies are changing our reading habits. Laptops, e-readers, tablets and other handheld devices supply new platforms for reading, and we must learn to manage them by scrolling, clicking or tapping. Reading Today places reading in current literary and cultural contexts in order to analyse how these contexts challenge our conceptions of who reads, what reading is, how we read, where we read, and for what purposes – and then responds to the questions this analysis raises. Is our reading experience becoming a ‘flat’ one? And does reading in a media environment favour quick reading? Alongside these questions, the contributors unpack emerging strategies of reading.They consider, for example, how paying attention to readers’ emotional reactions as an indispensable component of reading affects our conception of the reading process. Other chapters consider how reading can be explored through such topics as experimental literature, the contemporary encyclopedic novel and the healing power of books.
Description : Contrary to the apocalyptic pronouncements of paper media's imminent demise in the digital age, there has been a veritable surge of creative reimaginings of books as bearers of the literary. From typographic experiments (Mark Z. Danielewski's House of Leaves, Steven Hall's The Raw Shark Texts) to accordion books (Anne Carson's Nox), from cut ups (Jonathan Safran Foer's Tree of Codes) to collages (Graham Rawle's Woman's World), from erasures (Mary Ruefle's A Little White Shadow) to mixups (Simon Morris's The Interpretations of Dreams), print literature has gone through anything but a slow, inevitable death. In fact, it has re-invented itself materially. Starting from this idea of media plurality, Book Presence in a Digital Age explores the resilience of print literatures, book art, and zines in the late age of print from a contemporary perspective, while incorporating longer-term views on media archeology and media change. Even as it focuses on the materiality of books and literary writing in the present, Book Presence also takes into consideration earlier 20th-century "moments" of media transition, developing the concepts of presence and materiality as analytical tools to perform literary criticism in a digital age. Bringing together leading scholars, artists, and publishers, Book Presence in a Digital Age offers a variety of perspectives on the past, present, and future of the book as medium, the complex relationship of materiality to virtuality, and of the analog to the digital.
Description : When a little boy's pet dies, and he persuades his parents to bury it in an old Indian cemetary, reputed by legend to house restless spirits, a nightmare of death and destruction begins as deceased animals come back to life, in a new edition of the best-selling novel, featuring an introduction by the author. Reprint. 30,000 first printing.
Description : Listing markets, agents, publishers, and more, this comprehensive guide is an author's best reference. "One of the best guides to fiction writer's markets available".--"American Reference Book Annual".
Description : This book guides readers through the most salient theoretical and creative possibilities opened up by the shift to digital literary forms.
Description : Gilbert Grape, a resident of provincial Endora, Iowa, endures the eccentricities of his family and neighbors--including his mother, who is eating herself to death; his Elvis-fanatic sister; his retarded brother; and his married lover
Description : ‘Wow this book was amazing… totally thrilling and had me hanging on to every word… Leaves you wanting more… Well worth 5 stars, in fact I wish I could give it more.’ Bonnie’s Book Talk, 5 stars Her bare arms are scratched and bleeding as she runs through the forest. The light fades behind her but she must keep running. She knows what will happen to her if she stops… The body of Amos Price lies in a pool of blood on the polished floor of an otherwise empty house in the small town of Black Rock Falls. With no signs of a break in, and no clues left at the scene, Detective Jenna Alton is at a loss. But as the team begins to unpick the life of the reclusive victim, they discover a disturbing link between Amos and the disappearance of several young girls in the county going back years. Days later, Ely Dorsey’s body is found in a remote motel on the outskirts of town. Jenna fears not only that the murders are connected to the missing girls, but that the killer hasn’t finished yet. As Jenna tries to work out who will be next, the killer suddenly sends her deputy, David Kane, messages. Is she being taunted? Or does the murderer want to be caught? And will Jenna discover who’s behind these killing before more people die? An absolutely nail-biting thriller with plenty of twists, Follow Me Home is perfect for fans of Robert Dugoni, Karin Slaughter and Rachel Abbott. **Each Kane and Alton book can be read as part of the series or as a standalone** What readers are saying about Follow Me Home: ‘I absolutely love D.K. Hood… an amazing author!!... a book that I absolutely devoured! From cover to cover you’re gripped. I can’t wait for the next one!!’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars ‘A huge five star rating for a fantastic book… kept me gripped throughout and I loved it.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars ‘Wowsers… a cracking thriller… a tantalising read… thrilling and sometimes chilling… on the hook from start to finish.’ Jen Med’s Book Reviews ‘Five massive stars, a phenomenal read which will certainly have me coming back for more.’ Sweet Little Book Blog, 5 stars ‘I absolutely, totally, utterly flipping well LOVED this book… one of those stories that really does grab you by the throat and keeps your attention until the last word.’ Ginger Book Geek, 5 stars ‘I was completely addicted to the story. I flew through the pages and read the book in an evening – I would have struggled to put it down!!’ Donna’s Book Blog, 5 stars ‘The thrill of the investigation mixed with the intensity of the storyline was just phenomenal, I honestly couldn’t have asked for more in a book… A cracking novel which packs more than one punch.’ The Writing Garnet ‘It’s dark undertones and thrilling twists make for a compulsive read… If you love taut crime thrillers that keep you guessing then I recommend reading this gripping book.’ Dash Fan Book Reviews ‘I loved this book… had me gripped from the start… didn’t want it to end.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars ‘The best novel from this genre that I have read in a long time.’ Waggy Tales Dog Blog ‘Great addition to a great series. I loved the first two books in this series and number three does not disappoint… I never guessed who the culprit was!... Already looking forward to book four.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars ‘Held me breathless to the very end.’ Goodreads Reviewer ‘Until the last chapter the author succeeded in keeping the killer a secret and I kept racking my brain, but I would never have guessed who it was.’ B for Bookreview
Description : A novel about the frightfulness and ruthlessness of being in love Martin Lynch-Gibson believes he can possess both a beautiful wife and a delightful lover. But when his wife, Antonia, suddenly leaves him for her psychoanalyst, Martin is plunged into an intensive emotional reeducation. He attempts to behave beautifully and sensibly. Then he meets a woman whose demonic splendor at first repels him and later arouses a consuming and monstrous passion. As his Medusa informs him, “this is nothing to do with happiness.” A Severed Head was adapted for a successful stage production in 1963 and was later made into a film starring Claire Bloom, Lee Remick, Richard Attenborough, and Ian Holm.