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What I’m Looking Forward To

I don’t have a big budget for books – the majority of what I’ve been reading lately have been advance reader copies from publishers, and for that I’m extremely grateful.  I’ve also read a lot of books I would not have necessarily chosen to purchase, and expanding my horizons has been a real joy.

However, I did pre-order a couple of books, and am anxious for when they are released:
Your Camera Loves You (Now Learn to Love it Back!) by Khara Plicanic.  I want this book for two reasons:  I have a digital SLR camera and I want to learn all its ins and outs to improve my photography without it being too technical.  AND, the author is a friend of mine whom I’ve admired for years.  She’s sassy and energetic and positive and a BRILLIANT photographer.  (Release date: August 31, 2011)

Pirate King: A Novel of Suspense Featuring Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes by Laurie E. King.  I have not missed a single book in this series and really love this character.  The first book in the series, The Beekeeper’s Apprentice, introduces the prodigy Mary Russell who befriends Sherlock Holmes and he finally is matched in ingenuity and intellect.  King shows a side of the Sherlock Holmes character after his retirement from Baker Street that has been embraced by many die-hard Sherlockians, where other authors’ attempts at resurrecting him have failed.  If you haven’t read the books, start at the beginning.  It is worth it.

MOVIE ADAPTATIONS

I’m an unapologetic Harry Potter fan.  I cannot wait for the release of the final installment of the screen adaptations of the books, which will be in theaters in July.

And this Christmas, the American version of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo is expected in theaters.  I’ve read all three books by Stieg Larsson and watched all three of the Swedish movie adaptations.  With David Fincher directing, it should be a wild ride and the casting looks to be every bit as good as the Swedish version.

AND FINALLY!

This fall, at long last, library lending services for e-books will be available in Kindle format.  The Kindle was conspicuously absent from the lists of supported devices and formats for electronic lending from libraries, while the Nook has been boasting their compatibility as an edge over the Kindle.  I’m also tired of Nook users gloating about it.  Yay! More free reading!

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