What is that parrot over in the far right column of my blog, and what are its broader intentions with the book in its claws?

I will answer only the first question.  It's the Booksquawk parrot!  Booksquawk is a new book review site with contributions from a TON of authors among whom I'm really honored to be numbered.  We'll be posting a review a day, but for the grand opening special, we've got eleven all at one go.  Shoo, run off and look at them!

My first review there is for Jon Meacham's American Lion -- a book on Andy Jackson, part of my background research for Burning Bright.  (While it looks like Jackson's role in Burning Bright isn't going to be vast, and I probably have more than enough information about him already to write it, he is a fascinating topic of study...so I keep giving myself increasingly thin excuses to read more Jacksonalia.)

Given that all Booksquawk contributors are working writers, it is perhaps not too too surprising that our tastes in reading are broad and cover...pretty much every kind of fiction, non-fiction, and "perplexing what-is-it" that can be imagined.  Topics of reviewerly meditation this week range from the slaying of giant fantasy snakes to the social and political development of post-colonial Africa.  And Jane Austen is popping up all over the place, despite that we didn't review any of her books (well, I guess technically she is listed as one of the authors of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, but...I am sure you understand my hesitation to call that her book, heh). 

Our OFFICIAL categories (one per day) are:  general fiction, science fiction/fantasy, non-fiction, anarchy day (where the Bastille is knocked down regularly once a week and anything can come running out of the gates),  young adult, romance/women's fiction, and mystery/thriller.  Go check it out!

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