Showing posts from March, 2011

Trailer Thursday (2)

Before I post a trailer, I'd like to begin with a little quote about the Death of the Bookstore, which I've written about in this blog before. This quote comes directly from Shelf Awareness. I didn't write this quote, but I sure am pondering it. "J eff Pearlman offered a writer's perspective at  CNN  on the closing of the Borders store in Scarsdale, N.Y., where his third book,  Boys Will Be Boys , was written. In the not-so-distant old days, [Pearlman says] "Borders was cozy; safe; easy....Now, the shop is next up on death row.... At the risk of sounding like my great aunt, I love books. I love holding books. I love thumbing through books. I love marking up pages, I love perusing bookshelves, I love feeling the paper between my fingers.... Come day's end, I'm tired of staring at a screen. I do it all day, I do it through much of the night. I want a book. But do books want me?" There's a quote out there, I believe attributed to Neil Gai

Waiting on Wednesday (3)

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme sponsored by  Breaking the Spine  in which bloggers, authors and other bookish folk talk about books they are highly anticipating. Mine for this week is: This is a collection of four stories by four authors Ilona Andrews, Yasmine Galenorn, Allyson James, and Jeanne C. Stein.  Title: Hexed Release Date: June 7th, 2011 Published By: Berkley These four authors have collaborated to bring to the readers an anthology of murder, mystery and magic urban fantasy style, so it seems like a must have for any collection of urban fantasy and horror.  Ilona Andrews writes "Magic Dreams", where old legends and nightmares come to life. A shapeshifting tigress, Dali Harimau, finds herself in the middle of a battle with a dark being in a battle of wits, with the man she loves at stake. Yasmine Galenorn writes "Ice Shards", in which Isis Kuusi, a house sprite who lives with sisters, journeys to the frozen northlands to confront the crazed

Teaser Tuesday (1)

Here's my teaser for today, and here's the link for this weekly host at  Should Be Reading  which posts the rules.  This week's teaser: "But the other half of my motivations came from farther back in my brain, in the curious part that I inherited. It came from the spot in my skull that feels the burning need to unravel puzzles, finish crosswords, indulge in Internet games, and read all the mystery books I can get my grubby little paws on." -pg. 27, Bloodshot by Cherie Priest.

Morning Pages (2)

For a blog that mostly deals with reading and reviewing, I wanted to dedicate one day (at least)to some of the process that goes into the art and craft of writing. Here are some tidbits for getting started in writing. These are some of the basics. 1) Like with daily body exercise, the more you exercise, the better and stronger you'll be in your writing. A writer writes.  2)Carry a notebook wherever you go. If you ever get stuck for ideas, and need some inspiration, carrying a notebook with you at all times will give you a place to keep all your thoughts, interesting ideas or articles, and your observations. 3) Set aside a time every day for your writing. As in #1), a writer writes. Try working in small time increments. Try 10-15 minutes a day, and add time as you get into the habit of writing everyday.  4) Don't self edit, or self criticize as you write. That is the one of the main problems that keeps younger writers from writing. Eventually you'll probably be writing

Friday Reads (2)

I love the thrill of beginning a new book!  Friday Reads is a weekly meme supported by readers and other bookish folk from all over the world where everyone posts what they are reading this week. Today I'm tackling the second book on my 2011 Urban Fantasy list, Bloodshot by Cherie Priest.

Fantasy Friday (1)

This book is labeled under "urban fantasy" but I think it should be more of a paranormal romance than anything else. I began reading this book as a part of 2011 Urban Fantasy challenge, but to me this book really made promises it didn't quite deliver, both structurally and creatively. Structurally, this honestly seems like the first draft of a novel, and as I was reading I couldn't believe that whoever approved this for publication overlooked the structural problems of the plot. On one hand, I do think its brave for an author to just plunge the reader into a new fantasy world with no explanation of how the rules of the fantasy world work, but on the other hand a little more explanation and a little more world building would have helped. I'm a seasoned veteran at urban fantasy worlds, but what if this had been my first UF novel? I would have been even more lost. Also, the writing left me confused with its abruptness. Several times during the novel, I found mys

Shine by Lauren Myracle

Shine is the latest book by Lauren Myracle. It’s the story about 16 year old Cat living in the small poverty stricken town of Black Creek, and before the first chapter even begins, you are plunged into a murder mystery involving a young man named Patrick, a 3 rd shift gas store clerk who ends up tied to a gas pump with a gas nozzle down his throat, with the words “Suck this, faggot” scrawled on his chest. Whoa, brutal, I thought. And I read on. With an opening like that, how could I not? Cat and Patrick used to be best friends until Cat started closing herself off from all her old friends and kept only to herself and her books. Sounds like someone I know, I thought. This books tackles so many issues: poverty, class, gender and sexual stereotypes. Cat is surrounded by sadness: her father has given up on life, her mother is gone, her Aunt Tildy, who takes care of her, is a little checked out, and her brother Christian has let her down. Cat, like her idol Scout from To Kill a Mockin

Trailer Thursday (1)

T oday I'm posting trailers to books (or books) that I am either looking forward to reading, have already read and want to share or that might be coming out soon. Also books that are either in production or MIGHT BE made into movies. See the "Events" Page for more details.  Today's trailer: "Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters". By Jane Austen and Ben H. Winters What can I say, I'm a mash-up fan!  (I'm working on the comments section. I'm not sure why it won't let people post comments, I'm working on it!)

Waiting on Wednesday (2)

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme sponsored by Breaking the Spine in which bloggers, authors and other bookish folk talk about books they are highly anticipating. Mine for this week is: Title: The Gathering (Darkness Rising, Book #1) Author: Kelley Armstrong Publisher:HarperCollins Release Date: April 12, 2011  It's a young adult shifter (romance?)novel regarding a young woman named Maya, set in a mountain town in Canada and a mystery surrounding the drowning death of her best friend. The most intriguing part of the story is when the mountain lions around town start acting strange, especially around Maya. Thrown into the mix is Maya's prospective love interest, Rafe, who only seems interested in Maya where her enigmatic paw-print birth-mark is concerned. You had me at mountain lion and paw print birthmark. It will be interesting to see where authors go with shifting outside of wolves. I actually live in an area where there are bobcats and mountain lions, I've seen

National Book Week

How did it get to be National Book Week and I didn't hear about it until now? Anyway, here's the game that's going around. A number of blogs are doing it, so I'll do it too! It's pretty much the same thing as Teaser Tuesdays so I'll save that for next week.  It's National Book Week. The rules are: Grab the closest book to you. Turn to page 56. Copy the 5th sentence as your status. Don't mention the book...Post these rules as well.  Here's mine: "I fear my poor heart will be enslaved."

Monday Morning Pages

I worked on few reviews this weekend, and wanted to post a link to go with some of the books a I reviewed. There's an interesting phenomenon going on in the far right conservative movement called Stay At Home Daughters, and I came across an article in Bitch Magazine that talks about this trend in YA fiction novels that have to deal with young women's experiences inside ultra-conservative families and religious practices. It led me to pick up a few books: Quivering Daughters , Keep Sweet and  Hidden Wives . They were compelling and offer a unique insight into this little known, and sometimes over-sensationalized phenomenon that gets a lot of hype in the media when something major happens. But the media doesn't go into depth about the lives of these young girls, but fortunately we have these amazing authors who can go there for us. Read the article from Bitch Magazine here . 

Friday Reads (1)

Friday Reads is a weekly meme supported by readers and other bookish folk from all over the world where everyone posts what they are reading this week. I've been participating in this for a while now and it's time to give it a mention on my blog. It has a pretty active twitter community as well ( #fridayreads ). This weekend I'm tackling some items on my ARC list as well as my 2011 Urban Fantasy Challenge: "A Brush of Darkness" written by Allison Pang.

Irish Lit and Celtic Myths

As a nod to the only American holiday where we celebrate drinking as a competitive sport....uh, I mean Irish Pride, I thought it would be appropriate to write a little something about one of my favorite Irish authors and playwrights, Lady Gregory (March 15, 1852-May 22 1932).  She wrote extensively about Irish folklore with a heavy emphasis on the fair folk and Celtic myths and legends. She was a contemporary and literary companion of Yeats, and the two collaborated often.  With Yeats she founded the Irish Literary Theatre and the Abby Theatre, now the national theater of Ireland, which is still in existence today.  If you are a writer looking for ideas, or a fan of all things fairy, Lady Gregory is an excellent place to start, and, in my humble opinion, an essential part of any myth, folklore and fairy lover's collection. Below I've posted a link to one of her books of Celtic fairy and myth, as well as to her best known play, Kincora, about Ireland's version of Brav

Waiting on Wednesday

I'm participating my first ever Waiting on Wednesday, which is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine , where talk about new released we're highly anticipating. My pick this week:  Title: "Hit List"  Author: Laurell K. Hamilton Release Date: June 7th, 2011 Published by: Berkley Hardcover Summary It's the latest in the Anita Blake vampire hunter series and I have not only read every single Anita Blake novel, I've also read everything Laurell K. Hamilton has ever wrote. According to buzz about this book, Anita will face new challenges as the triumvirate of Jean-Claude, Anita and Richard is threatened by a hit man sent to take out the three. For me, Anita Blake doesn't get old, as some criticism has been lobbed at her for that very reason. It has been interesting to see Anita Blake grow as a character from book one, and there is a new set of challenges for Anita per book. It takes a talented author to create a character so real she jumps

The End Of Bookstores | The New Republic

An interesting article written by author Nicole Krauss. Does shopping online compare to walking through a bookstore, holding an elegant volume of vanilla-smelling paper in your hand? Caressing their spines, touching their glossy covers? Not to mention you get to see what the book looks and feels like before you buy it. You have the benefit of being around other lovers of books. Like, actual human interaction. I used to get so excited walking into a bookstore I would have to detour my passage through the aisles and head right for the bathroom. Yes, that excited. Now, I don't have a choice where and how to buy books and it makes me sad. Living in one of America's most remote communities by almost-chance, almost-fate circumstance, the nearest bookstore is about 2 and 1/2 to 3 hours away. I have to order books online because our 2 mile long town doesn't brag a bookstore. So I rely heavily on technology for books, but if I had a choice, I'd walk down the aisles. The End Of

Why Books Turn Me On

Circulating around the world o'books the last couple of months is the excerpt from "Perfumes, the Guide" by Luca Turin and Tania Sanchez. (Published by Viking Press). Here's the quote that people have been posting: "Lignin, the stuff that prevents all tress from adopting the weeping habit, is a polymer made up of units that are closely related to vanillin. When made into paper and stored for years, it breaks down and smells good. Which is how divine providence has arranged for secondhand bookstores to smell like good quality vanilla absolute, subliminally stoking a hunger for knowledge in all of us." So there might be a reason why I get that tingly feeling whenever I walk into a bookstore (used or new, actually). It seems there's always a connection somewhere between hunger for knowledge and hunger for food, or why books are referred to as nourishment for the brain. And of course there is always a connection between food and sex and smell. My point is