Posts Tagged ‘Stephen King’
While Stephen King only published a print version of Joyland earlier this year, a $2.99 Kindle edition book review written by “Nick Walton“ has fooled digital book buyers on Amazon.
The book has been removed from the Kindle Store, but “Joyland (Hard Case Crime) by Stephen King, a review” had collected 72 one-star reviews–as many people thought they were buying a digital version of the King book. One reader explained:
Just like everyone else, I thought it was a King book. Disgusting by Amazon. They should monitor this. I was very upset.
It is Banned Books Week from September 22 until 28, and readers around the country are celebrating their favorite challenged books. You can also recognize Banned Books Week Heroes, join the Twitter Party or participate in the Virtual Read-Out.
Below, we’ve linked to free samples of all the books on the American Library Association (ALA)’s annual list of the most frequently challenged library books–follow the links below to read these controversial books yourself.
Follow this link for a list of “all the books challenged, restricted, removed, or banned in 2012 and 2013.”
Do you abuse the phrase “then suddenly” in your writing? You should check and clean up your manuscript.
Earlier this week, reddit reader Ryan DeJonghe got fed up with overuse of the word “suddenly” in a book. He used Kindle searches to do a brief survey of how writers use the word. Check it out:
Thanks to the Kindle’s search feature, I conducted a little experiment. This 2-D book has 55 uses of suddenly, including three uses of all of a sudden. This averages out to one suddenly for every ten pages. I went on to test some other authors. Stephen King in his early works had about the same average; his newer works about one in twenty pages. Neil Gaiman about the same–one in twenty pages. Then I tried Chuck Palahniuk‘s Fight Club. In 224 pages, there was not a single use of suddenly.
CBS has decided to renew its adaptation of Stephen King‘s Under the Dome, leading with an episode written by King next summer.
The show currently averages and Amazon 13.84 million viewers and Amazon reported that it is the most popular show on its Prime Instant Video streaming service. Here’s more from the release:
“We’re excited to tell more stories about the mystery of the dome and the secrets in Chester’s Mill, and are thrilled to have the master storyteller himself, Stephen King, tell the first one of next season,” said CBS Entertainment President Nina Tassler.
Amazon editors have released the company’s annual fall preview, highlighting the most pre-ordered books of the season.
We’ve included the complete lists below. The House of Hades by Rick Riordan led the print pre-order list and Never Go Back by Lee Child topped the Kindle pre-order list. Here’s more from the release:
The Amazon Book Editors have made their selections for fall’s top 20 big books, as well as a selection of new under-the-radar books. The Amazon Big Fall Books Preview also features the season’s most anticipated releases in biographies, comics and graphic novels, cookbooks, fiction, mysteries, nonfiction, romance and science fiction—plus upcoming releases for kids and young adults.
The International Thriller Writers (ITW) have revealed the winners of the 2013 Thriller Awards.
Below, we’ve rounded up free samples of the most suspenseful books of the year–did your favorite thriller title make the cut?
Past winners include 11/22/63 author Stephen King, The Bodies Left Behind author Jeffery Deaver and The Neighbor author Lisa Gardner.
What books scared you as a kid?
Video blogger Vsauce created a great video called “Why Are Things Creepy?,” exploring the nuances and science of scariness (video embedded above). Along the way, he cites the great Stephen King and shares a few scary books.
Below, I collected free samples of books that scared me as a kid. Add your suggestions in the comments section–we’ll keep building our list.