How Ancient Legends Gave Birth To Modern Superheroes

http://io9.gizmodo.com/how-ancient-legends-gave-birth-to-modern-superheroes-1792144697?utm_campaign=socialflow_gizmodo_facebook&utm_source=gizmodo_facebook&utm_medium=socialflow

This article is a review of the book “The Evolution of the Costumed Avenger” By Jess Nevins.

After the introduction an excerpt from the book is presented, this excerpt begins the exploratory process of this text by challenging all ‘definitions’ of superheroes.  A bit dry for what most people would think of as a ‘fun’ read but this certainly does set up the tone and premise of the book.

A quote from the author Nevins is: “A lot of previously ignored or overlooked characters become fair game when we talk about the lineage of the superhero. I think redrawing the boundaries is important, because now we can see that the superhero wasn’t a 20th-century invention, but rather the weaving together of many different heroic traditions that date back centuries or even millennia, and the recapitulation of a wide range of historical character types.”

This is a fascinating analysis of superheroes and the historical characters that influenced, consciously or subconsciously, their creation.  If you like DC, Marvel, etc, and/or history, myths, legends, etc. then this will probably be a fascinating read.  Some day when I am feeling more philosophical I will have to go over this text and find out where some of my favorite heroes come from.

Book to TV Adaptations

https://www.bookstr.com/article/book-to-tv-adaptations-to-look-out-for-in-2017/2982?trr_article_source=post-ribbon-module

Often books get turned into movies and occasionally into a television series.  This is a list of those that will be coming out this year.  It is interesting to see which authors have had thier material picked up, JK Rowling; Niel Gaiman; Lemony Snicket; Margaret Atwood; and more.  Another tidbit is that a number of these are being created by ‘non-traditional’ networks.  BBC is picking up Rowling’s series (Written as Robert Galbraith), Starz is premiering the Gaiman Series, Netflix Lemony Snicket; Jay Asher; L.M. Montgomery (Anne of Green Gables); and Hulu is adapting A Handmaids Tale by Atwood.

Okay, Starz and BBC are probably not considered non-traditional networks but I would have thought that Niel Gaiman would be produced by the BBC.

This will be a very interesting year for television and books.

Random Audio Additions

In Addition to reading the article “Is Audio Really the Future of the Book” http://daily.jstor.org/the-future-of-the-book-is-audio/

I have been listening to a great number of Audio Books.  Due to a family health problem I have not had a lot of free time or attention to do much extracurricular library research, though I have been able to get through an inordinate amount of audio books.  Many of them were ‘re-reads’ but some were new.

Among the re-reads are:

Origin in Death; Conspiracy in Death; Indulgence in Death; Promises in Death; Salvation in Death; Betrayal in Death; Judgement in Death; Loyalty In Death; Witness in Death; and Brotherhood in Death by J.D Robb. As well as Top Secret Twenty-One by Janet Evanovich.

The New Audio Books that I have read are:

Apprentice in Death by J. D. Robb and Turbo Twenty-Three by Janet Evanovich.

These 13 Audio books have certainly pushed forward my goal for the Year, though I will still probably not make it.

I also re-read several Shelly Laurenston Books, namely:

The Mane Squeeze; Beast Behaving Badly; Wolf With Benefits; Bear Meets Girl; Big Bad Beast; Mane Attraction; Mane Event; Bite Me; and The Beast in Him.

I guess I was more prolific than I though by reading 9 books to escape what reality I could not change.  I thoroughly enjoyed reading all that I could.  I will hope to continue reading even prolifically for the next few weeks until the years end.

How to Share Kindle Books with Your Friends and Family When You Don’t Have Amazon Prime

http://www.iphonelife.com/content/how-to-share-kindle-books-your-friends-and-family-when-you-don%E2%80%99t-have-amazon-prime

You can only lend ebooks out once and for 14 days.  (not once per person, etc. Once per book.)

Magazines and newspapers cannot be lent out at all.  Some books cannot be lent out.

The process is pretty easy as long as you are used to going to the ‘Manage my content’ part of Amazon.

This is useful and agrees with what I know of kindle book lending, namely I still cannot loan out my J.D. Robb books!

Speed Reading Does Not Work

http://kernelmag.dailydot.com/issue-sections/features-issue-sections/16352/speed-reading-does-not-work/

This article essentially proves the statement they make in their title.  While moving your eyes occurs during reading it is not the source of slow reading.  Speed reading is the bunk everyone likes to think it is, if you think you are speed reading what you are really doing is skimming and inferring a lot from your previous knowledge.  In addition the test that prove comprehension are rigged, and those apps just flashing one word at a time are not helping you read faster, they are just making it harder to comprehend what you are reading.  Yet another example of you can do it quick or you can do it right.