Critical Linking: The Most-Read Stories, October 7th – 13th, 2012

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


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.

UPDATE: I found a picture. PRECIOUSSSSSSSS….










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.


Hilary Mantel is a strong presence among past Booker winners too – Wolf Hall, which won in 2009, comes second with takings of £5.4m and almost 631,000 copies sold. That’s only half the sales of Yann Martel’s novel, but Wolf Hall has sold more over the past year and may continue to gain.

Life of Pi is the most commercially successful Booker winner of all time. (I still can’t believe it won.)


The Chinese novel, perhaps, had no Victorian heyday to teach it decorum; certainly both Su Tong and Mo Yan are cheerfully free with the physical details that accompany sex, birth, illness, and violent death.

Yesterday, Mo Yan received the Nobel Prized for Literature. In 2005, John Updike reviewed his novel,Big Breasts & Wide Hips.

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