Critical Linking: December 7, 2013

New Adult is a buzzy new category for books geared toward readers — mostly women — who have grown out of young adult books and are ready for some romance. New Adult has a promising future, if it becomes an easy-to-recognize genre.

In an effort to cement its presence — and highlight its authors within it — Simon & Schuster launched the Hot Bed on Friday. 

That’s an…interesting choice of name.

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Amazon Publishing has launched a new imprint, StoryFront, that aims to publish “high-quality short fiction across genres.” Amazon has already been experimenting with short fiction through Kindle Singles and Day One, a weekly literary magazine that launched in October.

A thing to watch.

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With its dystopian vision of Big Brother surveillance, historical revisionism and public mind control, it remains one of the great novels of the English language.

But George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four was almost never written after its author came close to drowning in a whirlpool after a boating accident halfway through writing it, his son has revealed.

Orwell is such a fascinating character.

 

 

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