Critical Linking: The Most Read Stories, July 22 – 28, 2012

Here are the most read stories from the last week in Critical Linking…


To get to the million-dollar mark for debut fiction this year, it apparently helps to have a female teenage protagonist.

Surprisingly unsurprising.


Indeed, the casual mention in Gatsby might lead one to believe that it was just a city he’d read about or a place he saw on a map. But it’s something more than that. The reason Lake Forest became such a significant place to one of America’s great writers is simple: his first love was from there.

Gatsby just radiates interesting angles.


Publishing got rich on Pamela Anderson’s diet book but got famous on Faulkner.

You can crack on the publishing biz if you like, but might I suggest just a smidge of, say, history?


How many serious books can even a dedicated reader conquer in a year? No more than forty, I should think. 



‘One of the points in our guidelines will be “review the book and not the author.”‘

The Wild West review days on GoodReads appear to be over.


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