A combination of suggestions from several people, as it seems many want to talk about the various animals that people in fantasyland ride. So be they horse, bear, or other let’s talk about favorite rides.
Thursday, March 26, 2015
Tuesday, March 24, 2015
Wednesday, March 18, 2015
8. You do not want anyone. ANYONE. borrowing your books. How do you politely tell people no when they ask?
9. Reading ADD. You’ve picked up and put down 5 books in the last month. How do you get over your reading slump?
I very, very rarely buy books I haven't read. Half the books in that middle row: The grand total of brand new books I've bought in the past 3 years - Throne of Glass, Lynburn Legacy, and Graceling series. So usually it's just when I already own a series and KNOW that I'm going to reread it. But now any books by the above authors will be auto-buys.
And I'm tagging anyone who hasn't done this tag and wants to!
Monday, March 16, 2015
I'm sure by now many of you know that Terry Pratchett, author of the Discworld series (and many, many other things) died last week. I'm actually a little surprised at how upset I was to hear about it. I think part of it is founded on a personal matter - my uncle was diagnosed with a very rare form of early-onset dementia. He died very young, and I tend to avoid any books/movies with Alzheimer's or dementia because it upsets me. So I imagine a lot of that is coming into play with Terry Pratchett.
But it's also really weird when you've just found something you really, really love, and when the creator dies...it feels a bit like you've missed the chance to get to know them. Which is...weird. Because I can still get to know him the way I would have when he was alive - I plan to read pretty much all of his books at some point, and him being alive has nothing to do with it. I likely never would have met him or had any contact with him at all, so it's not like I actually would have a personal relationship with him. And yet...I still feel that way. Does any of that make sense? And if I, a very new fan, feel this way I can't imagine how his long term fans are feeling.
And it got me thinking...how will I react when my favourite authors die? Tamora Pierce and Robin McKinley are both in their 60's now. And I imagine I'm going to be absolutely devastated, because as I've mentioned before, they really have shaped my life in a way. It feels a bit like I grew up with them - not as close or important as family, but kind of like that kooky uncle you don't ever see. They're still IMPORTANT even though I've never met them. And...how do you explain to normal people that you're really upset because some author you've never met has died? Because I can't imagine if I found out that I would just be a little sad and move on...it's not something I do well at haha. It's all a bit morbid and I feel a bit weird mulling all of this over, but there you are. Death makes me contemplative in all the uncomfortable ways.
Sunday, March 15, 2015
So...I have this incredibly unlucky talent. Anytime there is a parade in the city I'm currently living in, I don't know about it. So I literally walk out the door and am MOBBED by people and it's like I've just stepped into a Disney World line or something. It's super disorienting. (And also I ALWAYS work on said days. I made it on time today somehow though!) So...happy early St. Patrick's Day everyone!
On the other hand there's a reason I try to avoid parades (particularly the St. Paddy's day ones) - here's a look at a typical St. Patrick's in Chicago. In fact, that's only a small part of Chicago. (The 10:45 PM report miiiight be the best thing I've ever read on one of these.) I LOVE reading the posts on St. Patrick's Day! This blog does a report every year and it's always hilarious. And now I can doubly enjoy it since I am in no danger of having to wander out in that mess! I do feel really, really bad for the cops though. It's a rough time for them.
Otherwise..not much has been happening on my end. A lot of grunt work in getting things together for some job applications/auditions, the cats are still fighting, and it's finally sort of warm! So you know...mostly good stuff?
LITERARY REFLECTIONS: WHERE MY GIRLS AT (PART I) - I had never actually noticed this before - I mean I definitely noticed that bisexuals are very rarely depicted in any media I've come across, but I hadn't noticed that there are significantly more gay men than lesbians.
Fixed by Camel: On Gender, Books, and Children - This is something I'm thinking a lot about as I have created this picture book reading monster, and I'm trying to pick up at least one book that he might not have picked up because it looks girly. Not sure about the success so far though...
No Boys Allowed: School visits as a woman writer - I can't remember the last time I was so infuriated by something. It's just...SERIOUSLY PEOPLE.
Book Event—Marie Rutkoski and Sara Rees Brennan - I would have KILLED to go to this!
QUEEN OF SHADOWS COVER REVEAL, TOUR DATES, (MINI) QOS EXCERPT, & MORE! - I'm not even going to say anything. This is my reaction: :-D !!!!!!!!!!!
The Winner’s Crime‘s Marie Rutkoski On YA Heroines, Romance, and That Next Book - Such a good interview! And I waaaant this book!!!
Read Two Never-Before-Seen Fairy Tales by the Grimms’ Favorite Folklorist - Because I will always post all things fairy tale.
Brian Jacques’ Spirit Lives on, Here is a Weasel Riding a Woodpecker - YES!!! I seriously squeed when I saw this.
“Are they going to say this is fantasy?” (Ursula K. Le Guin) - So this doesn't make me feel any fonder for Kasuo Iziguro..
Why Books and Cats are the Perfect Companions - This is so cute! ...and so true. You try reading when an 18 pound cat decides that he needs to be closer to you and decides to lay on top of your arms! Lily is usually content to just curl up in my near vicinity though, so she's a bit better with the reading.
Authors Who Need To Collaborate Their Fantastic Braincells And Cowrite Books - I thought I was just going to nod like "yeah that would be pretty cool"...and I was SO WRONG. I NEED these to happen. ALL OF THEM. (Rick Riordan and Lemony Snicket? Veronica Roth and Pierce Brown?? I'd read the hell out of those books!)
The 8 Essential Kinds of Books That Every Kid Should Own - I couldn't agree more! (And it's nice having a list without specific books)
15 YAs That Get It Right - Books on difficult topics that just really nail the experience.
How a book club is helping to keep ex-offenders from going back to jail - Incredible.
Writing Women Characters as Human Beings - A really great post! One of the best ones I've seen on the topic.
PSA: BOOK DRIVE FOR CHILDREN WITH AN INCARCERATED PARENT - This is really, really awesome!
Is Ladyhawke the Best Fairy Tale of Them All? - This is a REALLY interesting look at how LadyHawke is constructed (trope wise) and how it throws them all out the window.
Nathan Fillion and Alan Tudyk Raising Funds for New Series: “It’s the Quickest Way to See Us Back on a Spaceship” - OH MY GOD GUYS!!! It sounds like in a lot of ways it'll be like The Guild (As far as seeing famous geeky people in a geeky show). I am SO EXCITED ABOUT THIS!!
It’s Buffy The Vampire Slayer’s 18th Anniversary! Share Your Favorite Episode Here - Yup this pretty much covers all my favourite episodes - Once More With Feeling, The Body, and Hush.
Marvel Movies Need to Step Up Their Soundtrack Game - Yes, yes SO MUCH YES. Soundtracks are absolutely imperative for me to really, really love a movie.
Thursday, March 12, 2015
This is a weekly post that I often see over on Stephanie's blog, and I've been meaning to join in for AGES. And this week is Fae, which is MY THING, so how could I not do this one? (Pictures link to the books' Goodreads pages!)
I'm very picky about my Fae. They aren't magical cute beings - they are nasty, tricky, completely inhuman, and have intricate long plotted power plays. And generally think mortals are toys. So it's clear who fills the most obvious and who I think absolutely nails this the best:
Tuesday, March 10, 2015
So on that note..here's what I've been reading!
I finished Hyperion this week, and while I struggled in the beginning, I'm really glad I read it. For once I was actually probably more invested in the mechanics of the story telling than the story telling itself. Not that I didn't like the story telling, I was just fascinated with the author's choices in how he chose to tell the stories. I'm definitely looking forward to making my way through this series!