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Showing posts from April, 2011

Teaser Tuesday (3)

Here's my teaser for today, and here's the link for this weekly host at Should Be Reading which posts the rules. 
"You say that like I have a choice. These are the ideas that come to me. These are the ideas that have always come to me. If it can bleed me,eat me, or fuck me, I want to write about it. -L.K. on why she writes about sex and monsters in 'Flirt' Afterword

Friday Reads (4)

Friday Readsis a weekly meme supported by readers and other bookish folk from all over the world where everyone posts what they are reading this week. This week I'm tackling:

Waiting on Wednesday (4)

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.

Today I take a slight departure from both National Poetry Month and my usual waiting on wednesday fare to something a little different than my normal urban fantasy/paranormal romance/young adult genres. I do love to read the occasional memoir, especially of women, so I was interested and curious when I came across "The Last of the Live Nude Girls" by Sheila McClear. 
I'm facinated by the lives and stories of women who have lived and worked in the sex industry. I'm a huge advocate for a dialogue about sex in this country, and I think we need more first hand accounts of what its really like in the trenches, so to speak. It's a really tenuous line to cross and the debate circles around in several circles: is sex work empowering or degrading to women? Can it/is it both? I can't wait to see what Ms. Mc…

Trailer Thursday (4)

In the spirit of National Poetry Month, I'd like to post some excerpts of poetry slams, one of my very favorite types of poetry. Love it!

Poet Profile: Eileen Myles

Poet Eileen Myles brings moments out of time and shows the reader, through the particular lens of her perspective, the significance of that moment, or sometimes a shared universal experience in matters like love, war and death. Many of these moments can be found in her volume of poetry, School of Fish. In this volume of poetry, she brings to the reader personal moments of experience.
The moments Myles presents in her poems range from the dark explorations of the possible reasons behind her father’s suicide, to the more mundane: sitting on a park bench watching her dog chase geese in a park.
She writes of stripes of light, of her dog Rosie and city animals; she writes of water and homeless men; she writes of her father and food; she writes of being a lesbian and what it might be like if she were a man. In this collection, Myles states her poetic manifesto in The Lesbian Poet. She writes about her identity as a lesbian poet, and the responsibilities she has to both men and women. In many of …

Morning Pages (4) National Poetry Month

What is National Poetry Month? 
National Poetry Month is a month long poetry party celebrating poets and poetry, began in 1996 by the Academy of American Poets. The concept of NPM is to gain some attention to individual poets and poetry in general to the media, to what poetry is, and to celebrate living and dead poets. The goals of NPM are to bring notice to the accomplishments of the American poets, expose more people to the awesomeness of reading (and watching, and performing) poetry, expose poetry to the public, make poetry more important in our education system, increase poetry sales, and encourage people of all ages to write their OWN poetry. This week I'll be posting some poetry themed teasers and audio and video clips highlighting my favorite poets and poetry.

Friday Reads (3)

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. This week I'm tackling:
When I find an author I like, I have to read their other stuff. I haven't read much steampunk, but I'm enjoying what I'm reading so far. 

Trailer Thursday (3)

Book Review: Bloodshot by Cherie Priest

BLOODSHOT by Cherie Priest
“Bloodshot” is a kind of mixed genre novel combining urban fantasy, mystery and just a little bit of romance. All these elements are flawlessly blended into a literary concoction you’d love to just stay at the bar and knock back with. And Ms. Priest’s main character, Raylene, is definitely the kind of character you’d like to have a drink with, if she’d accept it. It’s almost a staple of the urban fantasy genre that the kick ass heroine must in fact kick some ass, and that’s something Raylene does with aplomb, ranking right up there with Anita Blake on body count (a compliment to both authors, by the way). Raylene is hired by the mysterious and blind fellow vampire Ian to hunt down and steal his medical records from the government that experimented on him. A blind vampire…that’s pretty cool, we so seldom, if at all, think of vampires as having any kind of real “disabilities”, being immortal and having special powers and everything. Raylene, as some other review…

Teaser Tuesday (2)

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: "The scent of evil flowers was stronger, like we were bathing in jasmine perfume, but underneath was heat, dry grass, and then lion. The scene in my mind came into focus again like crystal, all hard edges and unbelievably brilliant in color the way dreams so seldom are."  Pg. 97, "Bullet" by Laurell K. Hamilton

Morning Pages (3)

In this week's Morning Pages, I thought I'd post a writing prompt I borrowed from Writers, which has an excellent database of prompts for daily journal writing, to kickstart a story, or provide inspiration for something you've already got going. And if my comment section would work, I'd love to see other people's responses...Prompt: You always look out of dark windows wondering if something is out there. One night when you look, a small face with bright eyes appears at your dark window. Write about what you would do if you saw such a face, about who/what it is, and why he/she/it is there. 


Fantasy Friday (2)

ANGEL BURN REVIEW Title: Angel Burn Author: L.A. Weatherly Published By: Candlewick, May 2011 Genre: Young Adult/Urban Fantasy

Summary: Two exceptionally different teenagers simultaneously discover their talents and fall in love as they fight to save the world from strange angel invaders. Alex is dark, Willow is light, but each seems to hold the key to balance the light and dark within each other.
I don’t like to waste too much time on summaries, they are easy enough to find on goodreads or amazon or the author’s website, so you can read it for yourself.

My Review:
Structurally and creatively, this is a very well crafted and constructed novel.
Structurally speaking, we have a story written consicely, with no extraneous information of over description, composed of small chapters that help the reading clip along. We have characters that are well developed and grow and change from beginning of the novel. It contains the Aristitlean unities of build up, rising action, climax and denoument.

I k…