You might remember Tooty Nolan from my previous post, Hamster Fiction — The Next Big Thing? This author’s books are now available for download for under two dollars. If you’ve ever read his innovative and often bawdy and humorous work, you’ll know that’s a bargain.
If you haven’t read his work, check out the author’s new blog, Oh Look – It’s Tooty Nolan Again!, where you’ll find selected chapters from all of his books, including the brand new story, The Psychic Historian. (Purchase the e-book here, or read extracts from The Psychic Historian here). Tooty Nolan warns in his book description:
Warning: Contains Ribald material. Not suitable for younger children or prudes.
Support this struggling author and buy a book. Or, if you can’t spare the cash right now but you like his stories, leave a comment on his blog and let him know. Authors need cash, love, and feedback. Do what you can.
I have been coming across a lot of Indian blogs lately. While I haven’t been intentionally seeking them out, I do enjoy getting a different cultural perspective on things. Recently, I came across a post by “Guru” (an abbreviation of his name and not a claim to any special spiritual knowledge or powers).
The post is titled The Man Who Sold More Books Than Rowling and is regarding the author, Harold Robbins. Robbins apparently didn’t limit his story-telling to novels, but enhanced the story of his own life to journalists and even family and friends. As a result, when he died, newspapers didn’t print the true details of his life but the fantastical ones he had invented, which the papers incorrectly assumed to be the truth. (Read a biography of Harold Robbins at who2.com.)
Guru also has a book list on his site (books he wants to read) that avid readers might be interested in.
Guru, a Ph.D. and scientist, also blogs about a lot of sciency things, some of which are over my head (did you know that the presence of ferrotoroidic order is quantified by a vector, called the toroidization? yeah, me neither). But most of which are interesting even to the average person, such as this one about informational cascade, which looks at how the chances of people coming up with the correct answer to a question can be increased or decreased when they answer as a group.
Guru’s blog is called Entertaining Research and is full of interesting information, so check it out.