Showing posts from July, 2012

What science fiction has to teach us about the Aurora Shooting

I have to write about this because it's been rolling over in my mind and I need to talk about it. I'm not going to post any pictures because I don't want it to be the main focus of this piece and I don't want to promote the shooter's image. That you can see all over the place, anyway. You've all heard the details by now, so I'm not going to talk about that, either. You know what happened. I've written, re-written, and edited the hell out of this post.  There are things I wanted to say about this that I decided to reserve for another day.This isn't a conversation about gun control, or a psychological profile. I'm not any kind of expert on that. I am, however, an expert on American drama and literature, so I'm going to work with what I know. I do think it is important to construct narratives around these tragedies and acts of violence. I'm reminded of Ray Bradbury's short story "A Piece of Wood." In this story, a sol

Follow Friday #9

From the Parajunkee Hop: Q: Summer Reading. What was your favorite book that you were REQUIRED to read when you were in school? It's hard to pick one, but I can summarize by author: Anything by Toni Morrison (especially "The Bluest Eye"), Kurt Vonnegut, Faulkner and Ehmingway, and of course, the all time favorite, "The Bell Jar" by Sylvia Plath.  

Fifty Shades of Comic-Con

Fifty Shades of Comic-Con I wanted to write a quick post about Fifty Shades of grey--not because everyone else is (which they are) but because I'm trying to figure out what this book is so popular and whay it has sold the way it has and what makes it so special. Maybe learn some tricks of the trade,too, but there a few things that confuse and puzzle me about this book. And no, it's actually not the BDSM factor.

The not so final word on 50 shades

There's a lot of hype, in case you've lived under a rock, about 50 Shades of Grey. Perhaps you've heard of this book somewhere? Well, I've heard mixed reviews about it and I found out a few facts that were puzzling to me. One--that this book started out as Twilight fan fic. Say what?! What's amazing is that someone thought that writing Twilight fan fic was a GOOD idea. Second...really? Apparently the characters are so close in personality to the infamous Twilight characters, that would be enough to turn me off. Ana is a self-depreciating weak willed character who lets her life be run by Edward. I mean, Christian. I hate weak female characters that stay weak through the whole series. It's okay if you begin a story weak, then experience something, then learn from it, then change into someone stronger, but to not learn anything at all about yourself and always put a guy's needs in front of yours all the time is just plain silly and sends really the wron

Follow Friday #8

  Q: Christmas in July! Someone gives you a gift card for two books (whatever that costs). What two books will you buy?   Well, I just added Alice Hoffman's "The Dovekeepers" to my Amazon Wishlist, and I'd have to pick from the hundreds of others on the same list, but I think I'd have to try to pick up other books in the Yasmine Galenorn worlds, because I only have three, and it doesn't seem like nearly enough! 

Follow Friday #7

Q: What drove you to start book blogging in the first place? Basically to rant and rave about the books I love--and hate. And since I've started, I can say something I've never said before. There are some books that I hate. There, I said it. I've read some pretty spectacular books (I know I'm woefully behind on reviews) but there are times when a book comes to me highly recommended, or it gets 5 stars on Goodreads, and I read it and I'm blown away by the poor, poor quality, and I wonder if people actually read (or edited) the book in question in the first place. I've also learned that my "Leave No Book Unread" policy is not a good rule for me anymore. If the book doesn't engage my interest, it will languish forever in Bad Book Hell.  I'm also a college teacher, so I want to keep blog/opinion/rants/reviews in a separate venue than my professional persona. The other reason I started a book blog is because I am a writer, and I wanted

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Q: Jumping Genres: Ever pick up a book from a genre you usually don’t like and LOVE it? Tell us about it and why you picked it up in the first place.     I pretty much stick to the genres I like, although I like to venture out of my comfort zone now and again. I used to have a terrible bias against non fiction, since I have to read so much of it as a teacher, for my classes, it got old, repetitive, and was often dull. Nothing compared to imagination and fantasy worlds of fiction! But then I realized it was really the types of non fiction I was reading, and since I like to read people's diaries (!) I started moving more towards memoir in my non fiction choices, and that's helped a lot.