@abook4you

The @abook4you website is linked to the @abook4you Twitter bot. The website crossposts to Facebook, Google+Tumblr, and Instagram. You can see a full description of the bot on the About page.

The content on all four is mostly generated on a fully-automated basis, focusing on book recommendations, alongside reviews from both critics and readers. Additionally, they all feature a stream of book-related quotes.

The bot is possible due to the explosion in access to public databases through APIs (Application Programming Interfaces), and scripting. The Twitter bot is able to respond autonomously to unique mentions requesting a book recommendation, as long as a genre is cited. However, the 140-character limitation does not allow for much, so the website vastly expands the amount of information that can be presented.

In addition to more data, the bot functionality has been enhanced to manage content on the website. Apart from posting, storing and indexing, it is now possible to solicit a genre-specific recommendations via a form request, and if the query is successful, a user-generated post will result. Similarly, a search query can be made via a separate form request, with a user-generated post also created if the query is successful. In order to assist with the search query, a Google custom search tool is also available. Lastly, fully functional membership and social tools have been deployed, and there is a forum for members to have their say. In summary, visitors, and members can populate the website with content that they generate.

Developed pro-bono, and for the fun of it, by @replies4u (feel free to see more bot examples at http://www.r4utools.co.uk).

A gay-lesbian book recommendation: Sympathy by Olivia Sudjic

A critic review (source NY Times) can be read at: http://nyti.ms/2yublAO.
“Sympathy” is self-consciously clever, riddled with a network of allusions similar to that of Marisha Pessl’s “Special Topics in Calamity Physics” — also a story about a seemingly precocious girl with a missing father that could be mistaken for a particularly engaging young adult novel.
Book description from Google Books:
One ofEntertainment Weekly’s “16 Debut Novels to Read in 2017” One of theObserver’s “New Faces of Fiction for 2017” One ofElle UK’s “Six Top Debut Authors of 2017” One of i-D/Vice’s “10 Brilliant Emerging Female Authors to Read in 2017” An electrifying debut novel of obsessive love, family secrets, and the dangers of living our lives online At twenty-three, Alice Hare leaves England for New York. She becomes fixated on Mizuko Himura, a Japanese writer living in New York, whose life story has strange parallels to her own and who she believes is her “Internet twin.” What seems to Mizuko like a chance encounter with Alice is anything but–after all, in the age of connectivity, nothing is coincidence. Their subsequent relationship is doomed from the outset, exposing a tangle of lies andsexual encounters as three families across the globe collide, and the most ancient of questions–where do we come from?–is answered just by searching online.   In its heady evocation of everything from Haruki Murakami to Patricia Highsmith to Edith Wharton,Sympathyis utterly original–a thrilling tale of obsession, doubling, blood ties, and our tormented efforts to connect in the digital age.
The book is rated 3.23/5 at goodreads.com, from 264 ratings. See 62 reader reviews at: http://bit.ly/2yuUSwf.
Buy it or see reader reviews on amazon.com at: http://amzn.to/2yE8u8B.

A western book recommendation: The Hot Kid: A Novel by Elmore Leonard

A critic review (source AV Club) can be read at: http://bit.ly/1QhQMd1.
…a showdown with police in which a gun moll shoots her felon boyfriend in the back, and an ending that brings the arrogant Webster back to his roots. After 50 years and 40 novels, Leonard shows no signs of losing his touch.
Book description from Google Books:
Carl Webster, the hot kid of the marshals service, is polite, respects his elders, and can shoot a man driving away in an Essex at four hundred yards. Carl works out of the Tulsa, Oklahoma, federal courthouse during the 1930s, the period of America’s most notorious bank robbers: Dillinger, Baby Face Nelson — those guys.Carl wants to be America’s most famous lawman. He shot his first felon when he was fifteen years old. With a Winchester.Louly Brown loves Carl but wants the world to think she is Pretty Boy Floyd’s girlfriend.Tony Antonelli of True Detective magazine wants to write like Richard Harding Davis and wishes cute little Elodie wasn’t a whore. She and Heidi and the girls work at Teddy’s in Kansas City, where anything goes and the girls wear — what else — teddies.Jack Belmont wants to rob banks, become public enemy number one, and show his dad, an oil millionaire, he can make it on his own.With tommy guns, hot cars, speakeasies, cops and robbers, and a former lawman who believes in vigilante justice, all played out against the flapper period of gun molls and Prohibition, The Hot Kid is Elmore Leonard — a true master — at his best.
The book is rated 3.73/5 at goodreads.com, from 3646 ratings. See 341 reader reviews at: http://bit.ly/1QhQO4x.
Buy it or see reader reviews on amazon.com at: http://amzn.to/2tS72i3.

An arts book recommendation: Letterman: The Last Giant of Late Night by Jason Zinoman

A critic review (source NY Times) can be read at: http://nyti.ms/2yrQZYU.
…a book that does impressive triple duty as an acute portrait of stardom, an insightful chronicle of three rambunctious decades of pop-culture evolution, and a very brainy fan’s notes.
Book description from Google Books:
New York Times comedy critic Jason Zinoman delivers the definitive story of the life and artistic legacy of David Letterman, the greatest television talk show host of all time and the signature comedic voice of a generation.In a career spanning more than thirty years, David Letterman redefined the modern talk show with an ironic comic style that transcended traditional television. While he remains one of the most famous stars in America, he is a remote, even reclusive, figure whose career is widely misunderstood. In Letterman, Jason Zinoman, the first comedy critic in the history of the New York Times, mixes groundbreaking reporting with unprecedented access and probing critical analysis to explain the unique entertainer’s titanic legacy. Moving from his early days in Indiana to his retirement, Zinoman goes behind the scenes of Letterman’s television career to illuminate the origins of his revolutionary comedy, its overlooked influences, and how his work intersects with and reveals his famously eccentric personality. Zinoman argues that Letterman had three great artistic periods, each distinct and part of his evolution. As he examines key broadcasting moments—”Stupid Pet Tricks” and other captivating segments that defined Late Night with David Letterman—he illuminates Letterman’s relationship to his writers, and in particular, the show’s co-creator, Merrill Markoe, with whom Letterman shared a long professional and personal connection.To understand popular culture today, it’s necessary to understand David Letterman. With this revealing biography, Zinoman offers a perceptive analysis of the man and the artist whose ironic voice and caustic meta-humor was critical to an entire generation of comedians and viewers—and whose singular style ushered in new tropes that have become clichés in comedy today.
The book is rated 3.71/5 at goodreads.com, from 1103 ratings. See 172 reader reviews at: http://bit.ly/2xJujzS.
Buy it or see reader reviews on amazon.com at: http://amzn.to/2yvQLQJ.
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A literature book recommendation: Inside the Wave by Helen Dunmore

A critic review (source Guardian) can be read at: http://bit.ly/2yDWynp.
In a career of great distinction, Dunmore has not only acted on the advice – as both novelist and poet – but has offered the reader a chance to share her remarkable alertness, imaginative range and generosity of spirit.
Book description from Google Books:
Poems about mortality, illness, being alive, and the borderline between the living human world and the underworld. Inside the Wave is British poet Helen Dunmore’s first new poetry book since The Malarkey (2012), whose title-poem won the National Poetry Competition. Helen Dunmore is also the author of 15 novels.
The book is rated 3.86/5 at goodreads.com, from 7 ratings. See 1 reader reviews at: http://bit.ly/2yEl2gb.
Buy it or see reader reviews on amazon.com at: http://amzn.to/2yEetu2.

A nature book recommendation: Strange Labyrinth: Outlaws, Poets, Mystics, Murderers and a Coward in London’s Great Forest by Will Ashon

A critic review (source Guardian) can be read at: http://bit.ly/2yzMuf3.
What emerges is a work of what you might call reality-non-fiction, having something in common with that other great local export…
Book description from amazon.com:
Strange Labyrinth
The book is rated 4.00/5 at goodreads.com, from 27 ratings. See 8 reader reviews at: http://bit.ly/2yAma4E.
Buy it or see reader reviews on amazon.com at: http://amzn.to/2xR6VAI.