Linda Unplugged

Hi folks! The Blabbermouth here.

I’ve tried very hard to unplug since last Friday afternoon at 5pm. Hardly Tweeting. Barely looking at Facebook. Haven’t gone near my e-mail. You see, I’m “on vacation.” I was trying to get through some more queries, but I’ve decided that I’m just. not. doing it. I really need a break. I bought 5 magazines at the bookstore today, not even books! I’ve got a bunch of full manuscripts to get through in the next week or so. And house guests! I’ve got so many people coming and going I feel dizzy with it! But you know what?! I’m going to somehow sneak in a book before the New Year. That means an actual book, with pages and everything.

What should I read?!



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10 responses to “Linda Unplugged

  1. Anything by Jasper Fforde. I’ve just started my third in his Thursday Next series, and I’m well and truly smitten.

  2. Suzanne

    Alice Hoffman’s “The Red Garden” is a gorgeous collection of interconnected short stories that spans the generations of a single town. You may gave already read Practical Magic, but if not, also good. Happy (non-work) reading! The possibilities are overwhelming.

  3. Still pushing The Buddha in the Attic. Besides being extraordinary, it’s short enough to really savor and still have time for between everything else you’ve got going on. Happy holidays!

  4. Sarah

    If you haven’t read Ender’s Game, it’s a wonderful book, and incredibly up-to-date considering it was written in 1977. I thought it might be too sci-fi for me, but it’s really a character story with high stakes on every level. Pictures of Hollis Woods is another good read, and The Scorpio Races — brilliant, but very intense.

    Enjoy your break! I guess this means I can stop looking for sparkles in my in-box. Just kidding. Okay, not really. But I’ll stop looking for a while.

    I wish you peace, and beautiful days filled with family and friends. Happy holidays!

  5. I just finished The Sisters by Nancy Jensen which I found compelling, thought it’s more like a book of loosely connected short stories rather than a novel. But considering everything else you want to do with your time, shorter pieces might fit into your days perfectly.Enjoy being unplugged. I plan to do the same.

  6. The Shack, if you haven’t already done so. Pertinent at this time of year. I loved it because it made me think outside of the box. As did the Naughts and Crosses trilogy, by Malorie Blackman. Okay, they are supposed to be for young adults but she does it so well! Also, I’m attempting to write in alternating voices mimicking her. It is easier said than done.

  7. This might seem odd, but GLINDA OF OZ is excellent when thinking how the world might get along better with itself. It is, incidentally, a story written during the age of steam and early radiation research – steam punks take note!

    • Does it actually use steam elements? That would be cool. I never read any Baum. What a fabulous suggestion! Thanks!

      • I don’t recall references to actual steam, but the contraptions/sinking island would fit well into a modern steam punk novel. Apparently Baum was influenced by the Columbian Exhibition in Chicago. GLINDA was the last Oz book Baum wrote himself – I think it’s one of his best, better than THE WIZARD OF OZ (which is very different from the movie).