Critical Linking: October 11, 2012

The coins featuring characters such as Bilbo Baggins and Gandalf the wizard will be legal tender in the country, New Zealand Post said, although their face value will be only a fraction of the cost collectors will be expected to pay.

Render unto Treebeard what is Treebeard’s.


Money talks, all right. And when you compare Penguin’s cashing out Wurzel’s track record for $33,000 against Random House’s $3,700,000 bet on Dunham, it’s easy to hear what it’s saying. It just doesn’t sound good.

Like it or not, books are business. Money talks, but as readers, we don’t have to listen; we can just read.


“This is a place where people can let their Jane Austen freak flag fly”

The tamest of all possible freak flags.


In particular, Luka and the Fire of Life contains a main character “Super Luka” who is given 999 lives and has to pass through a number of “levels” to steal the fire of life and use it to wake his father, who sleeps in a coma. Super Luka can punch a gold ball at the end of every level to “save” his advances — and the ball responds with a loud, satisfying “ping.”

It sure looks like Salman Rushdie wrote and published Super Mario Brothers fanfic.


 We have so many new forms now-there are so many new types of ingredients to try out, to see how they can be broken down and cooked into new things.

I think this metaphor needed a little longer in the oven. 

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