March 3, 2007 archive

Reading Through The Decades Challenge

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**UPDATE: October 12, 2007 – I completed this challenge!! My favorite read of the challenge was East of Eden, by John Steinbeck. My least favorite was For Whom The Bell Tolls, by Ernest Hemingway. This was a fabulous challenge that gave me a flavor of the decades from which I was reading. I plan to participate in Michelle’s Decades Challenge in 2008 too!!

Michelle over at 3M’s Booklist has come up with a new challenge…read 15 books in 15 consequetive decades over the course of 2007. She’s being liberal with the rules. You can pick less than 15 books and you can overlap challenges. Oh, and there is a prize too (a book of your choosing from that is priced $15.00 or less…the more books you chose, the more chances you have to win).  You have until June 30, 2007 to sign up for this one…so make haste!

UPDATE April 6, 2007:  I just realized that I am currently  reading a book published in 1940, so I have added this one to my list to make 7 books. I don’t have to buy any (phew!) and some of them meet other challenges. So, here goes:

1940sFor Whom The Bell Tolls, by Ernest Hemingway (completed 4/7/2007 – read a review here)
1950sEast of Eden, by John Steinbeck (completed 10/12/2007 – read a review here)
1960sTo Kill a Mockingbird, by Lee Harper (completed 3/21/2007 – read a review here)
1970s Terms of Endearment, by Larry McMurtry (completed 5/26/2007 – read a review here)
1980sDinner at the Homesick Restaurant, by Anne Tyler (completed 6/23/2007 – read a review here)
1990sEast of the Mountains, by David Gutterson (completed 10/1/2007 – read a review here)
2000sLost Geography, by Charlotte Bacon (completed 8/25/2007 – read a review here.)

To Read participant reviews of books read for this challenge go here.

Piker Press Site – Down But Not Out

March 13, 2007 –

Sand Pilarski has written a brilliant article about what happened to The Piker Press. I wanted to reiterate her thanks to Josh Brown for rescuing The Press from the black hole of cyberspace. THANK YOU JOSH!!!!!

MARCH 9, 2007 –

The problem has been solved, and readers are invited to return to the pages of the Press.

March 7, 2007 UPDATE:
Infinology, the “host” of the Piker Press site is just horrible. Not only have they not responded to multiple emails asking why our site is down, but they don’t answer their phones either. They just take the money, and do nothing to sort out the problems. I can’t say this enough: DO NOT USE INFINOLOGY! That said, the Pikers have found another host and are working like demons to transfer the gazillion files. Thank goodness we have some wonderful tech people who don’t get fazed by error messages. With some luck, the Piker Press should be back up no later than March 12th. Thanks for your patience.

**UPDATE:  The lizard man and his entourage are working round the clock to restore the Press to its readership. The forums are still open (follow the link) AND submissions are still welcome.

The Piker Press site has been down for a week now. Attempts to resolve the problem have so far been unsuccessful…BUT please don’t give up on the Pikers! We will keep working on the problem until it is resolved; and I’ll let you know here on my blog when you can once again enjoy reading the work of some very talented writers!

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