Happy Easter everyone! It's been an interesting week. I started the Japanese themed read and so far I'm enjoying it. Today I'm waiting for the Classics Club Spin number, in order to learn which classic from my list I will read. Well, let's see what happened in the literary world this past week.
- A few days ago the finalists for the Hugo Awards were announced! The ceremony will take place on 22 August and after it a list with the top 15 nominees in each category will be publicized.
- The fangirl in me was really excited this week because the cover from the new novel of David Mitchell was revealed. As most of the other novels' covers (honestly the only one that I don't particularly like is Ghostwritten's cover), I found this cover amazing. Both in the UK and US edition, it will be the same. Slade House will be published on October 27th. What do you think? Did you like it?
- George R. R. Martin is in the news, again! But this is actually exciting because he gave an exert from The Winds of Winter. It is a Sansa chapter and it is a first taste of what the next installment in the A Song of Ice and Fire series is going to be like. Plus he claims that he hopes to finish it before Season 6 premieres in Spring 2016.
- The Millennium series has a sequel ten years after the author's, Stieg Larsson, death. After the successful trilogy (The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, Played With Fire and Kicked the Hornet's Nest), a fourth novel will be published on August 27th. It's called The Girl in the Spider's Web and it is written by David Lagercrantz, who got the approval of Larsson's estate.
- Sir Salman Rushdie, the Booker-prize winning author, joined a forum and rated some well-known and classic books thinking that it was private, as he said later. For example, he rated Lucky Jim by Kingsley Amis with one star and To Kill A Mocking Bird with three stars. If found it very interesting to actually see the true taste of the writers, even if he was "just fooling around".
- Any Archer fans? Well, in this animated show the main character, Archer, says as many literary references as other profanities and here you can watch a video with the most of them. Enjoy!
- Did Jane Austen show the way to the #RealisticYA and #VeryRealisticYA hashtags? Well, this twitter trend surely reminds of Northanger Abbey, which parodies the melodramatic narratives of the 18th-century gothic novels.
- This week's quiz is a relatively difficult one. Can you recognize these beautiful works of literature from just the first line?