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Sad news about Ian Banks

Sometimes sadness and laughter can mix. I was very sad to hear that Ian Banks has terminal cancer. He announced it on his website though many major UK papers also carried the news. The BBC carried the news as did the Daily Mail. This of course made me sad, as Ian Banks is an extremely talented author, and seems to be a wonderful person as well. What did make me laugh, however, was his wonderful way of proposing to his wife. He apparently wrote: As a result, I've withdrawn from all planned public engagements and I've asked my partner Adele if she will do me the honour of becoming my widow (sorry - but we find ghoulish humour helps). So sad,...

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Goodreads have become part of Amazon

I took the liberty of copying Philip Jones' blog in the Bookseller directly onto the website. I think it is not only well written but also important. First of all it brings up the information that Amazon has bought Goodreads, which essentially means that it will not longer be an objective and independent social network for bookworms. Or will it? I don't think so, but again, I may be wrong. I believe it depends on the members and how they want to play it. I hope it means more openness to all. Good reads for all (by Philip Jones, deputy editor of the Bookseller) The acquisition of Goodreads by Amazon serves as a reminder of how bifurcated the book business now...

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A series that changed so much is coming to an end

I remember when they released Horrible Histories about 20 years ago. My oldest kids were still in primary school, and dreaded the old history books. They essentially found them stuffy and heavy going. Along came the Horrible Histories and changed their perspective. I assume they changed the perspective of so many children and made history a more exciting and accessible subject for many. The author Terry Dreary has finished his 60th book, and will not write any more books, according to an article in the Daily Mail. I know there have been so many spin-offs and we at Bombadil wish Terry Deary all the best and thank him for the revolution he has started.

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