Critical Linking

Critical Linking: February 21, 2012

Jeff O'Neal

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Jeff O'Neal is the executive editor of Book Riot and Panels. He also co-hosts The Book Riot Podcast. Follow him on Twitter: @thejeffoneal.


“One thing I would like to see is a place where I could sign up for newsletters that would send me the author, title, blurb and link to an excerpt from specific publishers, authors, and/or tropes. Like I would love to receive an alert for every sports book, every friends to lovers romance released once a month in my inbox.”

Not sure that a newsletter is the way forward, but this is interesting. Seems like what is being looked for here is the creation of standardized “micro-genres.” I like this idea.


“Any discussion of comics, once all participants have exhausted their enthusiasm for their favorite heroes, will inevitably visit one if not all five of these books. Whether you love them or hate them, being familiar with these volumes will ease your entry into the realm of illustrated adventures.”

If you are new to, and interested in, graphic novels, then these five are a pretty good starting rotation.


“The answer, it turns out, is that while they may be more hairy than your average wedding guest, werewolves appear to spend more time at weddings than their vampire counterparts.  Of the 2,231 books in our corpus that spend a substantial amount of time talking about Vampires and/or Werewolves, werewolves go hand-in-hand with wedding themes more often than vampires.”

Sometimes, it helps to remember that information is not the same thing as meaning.


“The covers on the L train tend to be the prettiest, most highly designed which I appreciate. But I think the G train is my favorite because of the range of books read on it. I’m often introduced to authors I never knew existed on that line more than others.”

Seconded. The G train is the most interesting subway line in New York City. Perhaps not unrelatedly, it is also the only line that doesn’t go into Manhattan.