Halloween Book Review/Recommendation: A Murder of Crows

It was we crows who took your daughter, in case you were wondering. She didn’t run away.

Here's the basic premise of Deanna Knippling's latest book – the crows have found a human girl who tells stories and, being somewhat… possessive of stories, carry the girl away to live with them.

But the girl is shocked to silence by the flurry of wings and talons and beaks and (let's be honest) bird shit, and won't talk – won't tell the stories that drew the crows to her in the first place.

Awk-ward, you might say. *

The solution to this problem is that the girl's new feathered foster family tell her the human stories they know: a way of priming the pump and reminding her who and what she is.

Those stories, and the interstitial moments with the girl and new and old family, form the bones of A Murder of Crows – as a fine a skeleton as you could want for Halloween.

Deanna had me hooked from that first, wonderful line, and the short stories were exactly what I wanted, this time of year, both in subject and length.

Are you in the same kind of mood? Need a little macabre for chilly autumn nights?

Allow me to make a recommendation…

A Murder of Crows: Seventeen Tales of Monsters and the Macabre – Kindle edition by DeAnna Knippling. Literature & Fiction Kindle eBooks @ Amazon.com.
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Why Google+

I've quoted Guy Kawasaki before to explain the differences I see between places like Facebook and Twitter and Google+, but this article really focused on the Google+ microcosm and nicely explains why I continue to find it the best fit for me for almost everything I do with social media.

Why Google+ is the place for passions
The single biggest controversy about social media is whetherGoogle+ is a dying wasteland of non-activity or a hive of conversation and engagement. Mike Elgan is here to explain why it’s the latter.

This is What Happens Now

"This week, a prominent woman in games talked about Gamergate. She said she wished things weren't the way they are, that she was afraid and didn't want to be. The attack that followed said it plain as day: You should be afraid. This is what happens now. This is what happens when you speak up."

Felicia Day And Gamergate: This Is What Happens Now
Earlier this week, Felicia Day wrote a blog post. In it, the well-known actor eloquently expressed something that a great number of people in the video game scene have been feeling lately: She said she was afraid.

Excellent, EXCELLENT short science fiction film

As they say, a must-see.

Originally shared by +Friends of NASA

Ambition: The Film [A Must See!]
Ambition is a collaboration between Platige Image and the European Space Agency (ESA). Directed by Tomek Bagiński and starring Aiden Gillen and Aisling Franciosi, Ambition was shot on location in Iceland, and screened on October 24, 2014 during the British Film Institute’s celebration of "Sci-Fi: Days of Fear and Wonder", at the Southbank, London.
Excellent work ESA and Platige Image!

Rosetta: The ambition to turn science fiction into science fact:

Credit & Copyright: ESA/Platige Image
Duration: 6 minutes, 39 seconds
Release Date: 24/10/2014

+European Space Agency, ESA

The Future of the Book


"In which standards are always in steep decline, and things keep getting better."

I don't worry about the future of stories any more than I worry about the future of travel; people need stories the same way people need to go from Point A to Point B.

See, when it comes to travel, getting to point A to point B is usually the entire point, and if people argued non-stop that switching from horses to cars (or cars to trains, or trains to airplanes) was going to 'destroy travel', they'd been (rightly) seen as idiots.

Yes, switching to a car from a horse profoundly changes the "travel experience." Yes, I know it's just not the same for you without that 'horse smell'. Got it.

But you still got to Point B just fine?

And Point B is where you wanted to go? Yes?

Then shut up.

That's how the ebook versus paper debate strikes me: people debating the vehicle, when it's the thing inside that actually matters.

via +Mark Brueschke

The future of the book