The weekly web ramble (4/15)

Links from the web jungle


– School Library Journal on the Harper Collins vs. libraries e-book kerfuffle

– Peter Jackson shares tantalizing video from the set of The Hobbit

– In honor of National Poetry Month, MediaBistro unearthed a reading of Roald Dahl‘s Cinderella (from Revolting Rhymes):


– Gail Carriger shares her favorite sources for Victorian London and steampunk research

Holly Black on her curse workers series and diversity

Richelle Mead reveals some details about her upcoming Vampire Academy spin-off series, Bloodlines

Aimee Carter, author of The Goddess Test, explains why Hades wasn’t so bad

Deanna Raybourn‘s take on the new Wonder Woman

– Plus some of her favorite sources for Victoriana and poisons research

Catherynne M. Valente on Russian Myth and Folklore


– Read an excerpt from Divergent, Veronica Roth‘s upcoming (and much buzzed) dystopian YA

Ilona Andrews gives us a snippet from her upcoming book, Fate’s Edge (The Edge #3)

Check out an excerpt from Blood Magic, a paranormal YA from Tessa Gratton

– has Kim Stanley Robinson’s dystopian SF short, The Lunatics, up for our reading pleasure

– A short by Cory Doctorow,Chicken Little, is also up on – this story was originally printed in Gateways, an anthology of original stories inspired by science fiction great Frederik Pohl

– A peek at The Girl in the Steel Corset by Kady Cross

– Read the first two chapters of Uncommon Criminals (Heist Society #2) by Ally Carter (you just have to scroll down a bit)