Oh, and since this is a good opportunity to post a couple of things without losing them in the clutter (or creating even more):
The Cassie Edwards reference-book plagiarism exposé hits Publishers Weekly; Signet claims what Edwards did isn't wrong; Cassie Edwards claims she didn't know copying was wrong, then puts husband on phone to say she doesn't "lift passages" at all. All of this is from yesterday, so if there are any updates, I haven't seen them today (again, the internet connectivity problem). By the way, Smart Bitch Candy explains at the second link: "In short: plagiarism is an ethical issue. It’s concerned with what’s right and what’s not. Copyright infringement is a legal action, and is a way for somebody whose works have been infringed to say 'Bitch where my money?' It’s concerned with what’s legal and what’s not." Yes, there will be a quiz tomorrow. ETA: RWA Reponds to Plagiarism Accusations; Smart Bitch Sarah says, "I agree with Jane [from Dear Author] and Nora Roberts that the best option for rage and ire is to write reasoned, precise letters to Penguin, Signet, et al, and explain your reaction to their statement, and why you're so upset. It's one thing to vent on a blog. It is a much bigger thing to contact the people who run the company and let them know how upset you are, and your reaction to their statement regarding Cassie Edwards' novels."
Re: Empress Sissi: nc_bookworm did a catalogue search for me and came up with the following:
Amtmann, Karin. Elisabeth von Österreich: die politischen Geschäfte der Kaiserin. Publisher: Regensburg : F. Pustet, 1998.
Corti, Egon Caesar. Elizabeth, empress of Austria. Publisher: New Haven, Yale University Press, 1936.
Cunliffe-Owen, Marguerite. The martyrdom of an empress. Publisher: New York, Harper, 1899.
Des Cars, Jean. Elisabeth d'Autriche, ou, La fatalité. Publisher: Paris : Perrin, c1983.
Hamann, Brigitte. [Elisabeth, Kaiserin wider Willen. English.] The reluctant empress: Elisabeth of Austria. Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Knopf, 1986.
Hamann, Brigitte. Title: Elisabeth, Kaiserin wider Willen. Publisher: Wien : Amalthea, c1982.
Harding, Bertita. Golden fleece; the story of Franz Joseph & Elisabeth of Austria. Publisher: Indianapolis, New York, The Bobbs-Merrill company [c1937].
Haslip, Joan. Elisabeth d'Autriche, impératrice de la solitude. Publisher: [Paris] Hachette .
Haslip, Joan. The lonely empress: a biography of Elizabeth of Austria. Publisher: London : Phoenix, 2000, c1965.
Sinclair, Andrew. Death by fame: a life of Elisabeth, Empress of Austria. Publisher: London : Constable, 1998.
Tschudi, Clara. Elizabeth, empress of Austria and queen of Hungary. Publisher: London : Swan Sonnenschein ; New York : Dutton, 1906.
Wallersee-Larisch, Marie Louise von. Her Majesty Elizabeth of Austria-Hungary, the beautiful, tragic empress of Europe's most brilliant court. Publisher: Garden City, N.Y., Doubleday, Doran & Company, Inc. 1934.
Zanardi-Landi, Karoline Franzizke M. The secret of an empress. Microform. Publisher: London, New York [etc.] Cassell & co., ltd., 1914.
Of those, ter369 recommends the Hamann, and etoile_du_soir recommends the Hamann and a few others as well. The one I actually read a few years back was the Wallersee-Larisch, written by an actual lady-in-waiting to the Empress, and a hugely biased, sentimental memoir of a beloved friend. I would actually recommend it--not as a primary source of information, but then, I really enjoy reading first-person accounts, because if you've already done your homework and you know better, you can read contemporary sources not for what they say, but how they say them. There's a really beautiful, romantic account of how the Empress met her future husband as a teenage girl and he immediately fell in love that I don't believe a word of, for example. But I love it all the same.
And finally: Erin's dealing with seizures while waiting on her surgery, but she is asking people to continue with the MegaUpload clickage. Given the speed with which they capitulated on the $100 (I don't know if she's gotten it yet) after--I'm assuming--people raised hell (and probably threatened to reveal the owner's shady past) last time, it's probably worth keeping on.