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Goodreads Choice Awards Winners Revealed

goodreadsWith 24,686 votes, And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini has won the Best Fiction award at the Goodreads Choice Awards.

We’ve linked to samples of all the winners below.

All these authors were nominated and picked by Goodreads users. Did your favorite writer make the list? Read more

Stephen King Is the Most Popular Author on Amazon

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With the release of Doctor SleepStephen King has rocketed to the top of Amazon’s charts this week, currently ranked the most popular author at the online bookseller.

The novel is a sequel to King’s The Shining. While accepting the Mason Prize at George Mason University in 2011, King read an excerpt from the sequel. You can watch that video at this link.

Fox News host Bill O’Reilly is the fourth most popular author on Amazon right now, and his publisher just announced they would print 100,000 copies of Killing Jesus: A History–beyond the first printing of 1.2 million books.

Kindle Book Reviews Fool eBook Buyers

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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.

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The Most Frequently Challenged Books of the Year

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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.”

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PSA: Don’t Overuse the Word ‘Suddenly’ in Your Writing

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.

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Stephen King Shares the Best Opening Line He Ever Wrote

What’s the best opening line you’ve ever written? Stephen King revealed his favorite first line, a deceptively simple sentence he wrote in Needful Things: “You’ve been here before.”

King wrote about this passage in The Atlantic‘s “By Heart” series online. You should read the whole essay, it is filled with writing advice. Here’s more about the Needful Things opening:

All there by itself on one page, inviting the reader to keep reading. It suggests a familiar story; at the same time, the unusual presentation brings us outside the realm of the ordinary. And this, in a way, is a promise of the book that’s going to come. The story of neighbor against neighbor is the oldest story in the world, and yet this telling is (I hope) strange and somehow different. Sometimes it’s important to find that kind of line: one that encapsulates what’s going to happen later without being a big thematic statement.

(Via Karl Palsgaard

CBS Renews Stephen King’s ‘Under the Dome’

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.

 

Rick Riordan & Lee Child Have the Most Pre-Ordered Books

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.

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Free Samples of the 2013 Thriller Award Winners

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 KingThe Bodies Left Behind author Jeffery Deaver and The Neighbor author Lisa Gardner.


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What Books Scared You As a Kid?

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.

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