Critical Linking: April 19th, 2013


Aside from acclaimed author Haruki Murakami, his Japanese publisher must be over the moon as his latest novel, Shikisai wo Motanai Tazaki Tsukuru to Kare no Junrei no Toshi(“Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage”) is on its way to become one of the fastest selling Japanese novels of the past few years. Bungeishunju Ltd. said that they have ordered one million print copies of the book that went on sale just last April 12.

Does any country love a literary author more than Japan loves Haruki Murakami?


First hatched as an idea at Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society, the DPLA is now realizing its vision of being “an open, distributed network of comprehensive online resources that draws on the nation’s living heritage from libraries, universities, archives, and museums in order to educate, inform, and empower everyone in the current and future generations.”

Amazing resource.


Over the past year, Apple and Goodreads had begun discussing integrating Goodreads’ service, which allows users to share and rate what they are reading, into Apple’s iBookstore, which sells digital books, according to people familiar with the matter.

Probably juiced the price a little. Smart move, Goodreads.


Unlike most historical novelists, she writes without sentimentality. Her two hefty volumes on Thomas Cromwell, brutal adviser to King Henry VIII — the King who destroyed the English monasteries and beheaded two of his six wives — have captured the British reading public and carried off all the prizes with the vigor of the narrative and minutely evoked detail of Cromwell’s day-to-day life. Amazingly, she makes a man renowned for nastiness into a sympathetic hero.

Hilary Mantel is one of two authors on Time’s 100 most influential people list. She is amazing and a definitely a phenomenon in England, but which writers is she influencing, exactly? Like it or not, E.L James, George R. R.  Martin, and Suzanne Collins probably are all most influential.


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