Back in October, I told you about Small Demons, a then-under-construction website that promised to tag the metadata in every novel. So you could see every song mentioned by name in American Psycho, for instance, or find every novel that ever mentioned "Eye of the Tiger." Tagged novels are not an essential pleasure, but they do provide plenty of opportunities for deep dives into the text. You can follow the action of a contemporary novel on a map, or find out how many novels mention Coca-Cola or CNN.
Small Demons is now in beta, and it has a slick user interface that allows you to look up a multitude of different topics: Titles, authors, series, locations, products, books mentioned in other books, songs, and so on. You can like whole passages of books and—of course there's a social aspect—share it with friends. Small Demons looks like it will live or die based on user interest—the information seems to be largely user-provided, Wikipedia-style. If enough people abandon the fusty and unimaginative interface of Goodreads for this, I could see it taking off. I could also see it winding up as another abandoned website in the infinite ghost town that is the internet. Go check it out and see if it's for you.
(Thanks to Slog tipper Bill for reminding me to go back and check out the site.)