Have Fun Defending the Castle! | Games, Gamers and Gaming

With great mobile titles like Fieldrunners and the ubiquitous and addictive Plants vs. Zombies, tower defense games—in which the player or players defend a location from hostile forces using various weapons and technologies powered by regenerating resources—were a very big thing in video games for quite some time.

The Walking Dead: Games, Gamers & Gaming | February 2013

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Taking the Walking Dead game out for a test run.

Mystery News | February 1, 2013

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Dates and locations of upcoming mystery conferences, plus publishers to follow on Twitter.

Spring Fling 2013: Pairings and Threesomes from University Presses

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Near the end of each year, I have the pleasure of meeting with lots of university press reps so they can show me their Spring catalogs for the next year, indicating their forthcoming lead trade titles as well as some mid-list treats they feel sure LJ’s readers will find compelling. There’s a lot of exciting stuff coming in Spring 2013 from these publishers. Here are pairs and threesomes that seemed to form themselves from the academic Spring 2013 catalogs that came to me via press appointments.

Simon & Schuster’s New Self-Pub Venture Raises Eyebrows on Cost

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On Tuesday, Simon & Schuster tentatively dipped its toes into the lucrative self-publishing market with a service called Archway, launched in partnership with Author Solutions, Inc. (a company owned by Penguin parent company Pearson, but separately operated). The announcement has raised several eyebrows both for the service’s cost—which is thousands of dollars more than similar […]

Geeky Friday | X Men Library Archive, The Hobbit Anniversary, Happy Birthday Stephen King

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Greetings from Filth City! Earlier this week, the results of a survey conducted by Travel & Leisure magazine revealed that New York is the nation’s dirtiest metropolis. Gee, what a shock. Any subway rat or tenement roach could have told you that!   Not Too Dredd-ful Shockingly, the reviews for Dredd 3D actually are decent. […]

Geeky Friday | Scammed Rowling Tickets Go Poof!, Adult Swim NY ComicCon Schedule, Scary Muppets, Indy Marathon Last Call

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To promote her forthcoming book, The Casual Vacancy, which is being billed as her first title for adults, J.K. Rowling will be making a single appearance at Lincoln Center on October 16. Due to what is being categorized as a “security breach,” some crooked bastard tried to turn it into a double appearance by putting […]

Not Dead Yet

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Just wanted to update you that I’m now doing a new column for Library Journal titled, Not Dead Yet, located at: http://lj.libraryjournal.com/category/opinion/not-dead-yet/. I’ve been doing the e-Views blog for a long time, and wanted to move into something different, so I pitched this column to my editors at LJ and they liked it, et voila! […]

The Charleston Calendar Contest: Capture Your Library’s Value for SAGE

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For their Charleston Calendar Contest, SAGE Publications is “inviting all academic librarians in the U.S. and Canada to submit a photo that represents why your library has value. These can be photos of your library, of yourself, of the most important aspect of your work as a librarian, or of something else that best captures […]

Gale’s Heart of a Champion

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The Michigan Library Association just announced their inaugural Heart of a Champion awards, and Gale, part of Cengage Learning, is one of these 2012 recipients. The award was presented to Gale “to honor the vast advocacy efforts the company undertakes on behalf of all libraries, in Michigan and around the country. If you haven’t seen […]

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