Archive for October, 2012

Clock Rewinders on a Book Binge 14

Oct
07
8 COMMENTS • This post is filed under: Clock Rewinders

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Clock Rewinders on a Book Binge is where Tara @ 25 Hour Books and Amanda @ On a Book Bender shamelessly plug each other, share the fantastic posts, giveaways, or whatever else we’ve found and loved by other awesome bloggers (or authors!) during the week, and talk about the books we plan on reading in the coming week. [Description and banner borrowed from On a Book Bender]

The Corner Newsstand
(This week on Creativity’s Corner)

Behind the Desk
(My life behind the scenes)

  • This week was all about the GRE for me! Study, study, study – and hardly any reading at all. I feel slightly guilty about that, but I’m still just not in the mood, I guess.
  • I found out about something that may mean REALLY BIG AWESOME NEWS next week. We’re waiting for approval from one more person, and then I can tell you, but in the meantime, I could use any luck you want to send my way!

Around the Corner
(Blog posts I found awesome since the last post)

  • Alissa (The Grammarian’s Reviews) wrote a post on blogging versus personal life. It got me thinking about my personal reasons for blogging in a way I haven’t before.
  • Kristilyn (Reading in Winter) talked about things she’s learned since she started blogging. Oh, and it’s her blogiversary month, so you’ll probably want to stalk her for all the great posts she’ll be doing!
  • YALSA’s “The Hub” had an interesting discussion of the next big thing in fantasy. Since I’m a pretty much only a fantasy/sci-fi reader, and I like YA, I found it fascinating.

GoodReaders’ Digest
(Books I’ve read in the past week and books I plan to read next. Also includes stats for the Unbreaking the Shelves Challenge)

Read:
  • I didn’t finish anything this week guys. *hangs head in shame*

Currently Reading:

  • Unseen Academicals by Terry Pratchett (still)

Unbreaking the Shelves stats:

Get my “Embarrassed I haven’t read yet” shelf under 45.

  • Beginning total: 65
  • As of 10/7: still 62

Keep my to-read-now list as close to 250 as possible. Expert level: bring it down to 235.

  • Beginning total: 253
  • As of 10/7: 259

Added:

  • I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga (to-read-soon)
  • Loki’s Wolves by K.L. Armstrong & M.A. Marr (to-read-now)

Read 15 books off of my Series Completion list

Series Completion
2/15

EXPERT LEVEL: Read a total of 57 books from the TBR list (overshooting my original GR year goal by 25)

Total Books
10/57





Book Review: First Grave on the Right

Oct
04
2 COMMENTS • This post is filed under: Book Review

First Grave on the Right Cover Title: First Grave on the Right (Charley Davidson #1)

Author: Darynda Jones

Summary: [from GoodReads]

Charley sees dead people. That’s right, she sees dead people. And it’s her job to convince them to “go into the light.” But when these very dead people have died under less than ideal circumstances (i.e. murder), sometimes they want Charley to bring the bad guys to justice. Complicating matters are the intensely hot dreams she’s been having about an Entity who has been following her all her life…and it turns out he might not be dead after all. In fact, he might be something else entirely.

My Review

I don’t know when it happened, but I seem to have developed a liking for grim reaper paranormals! There are so many things that can be done with them because the lore on reapers is all so vague. Every version is different and that makes them just that much more interesting.

First Grave on the Right relies heavily on the ghost love that is indirectly related to reaper lore. Charley, as a grim reaper is the only one who can see the ghosts and therefore the only one who can help them along to the light. This allows for an incredibly interesting ghostly “peanut gallery” (think the princes in Neil Gaiman’s Stardust), There are a few beautifully poignant moments when the dead interact or at least react to those they left behind, but for the most part they delivered one-liners that served as comedy for the whole book.

I would have to say my favorite character in the whole book was Reyes. I’m still not quite sure exactly what he’s supposed to be and that slight mystery was delightful! That was just as much the mystery as the murders, and both were paced just perfectly. Each little tidbit of information made me want more. I’m still almost as confused as when I started. But that’s okay because all gorgeous heroes need a little bit of mystery, right?

While this book definitely wasn’t my usual, I enjoyed it a lot more than I expected to. It had a sort of Sookie Stackhouse flair to it, but it didn’t overpower the more interesting parts. I’m very glad I chose to try this one, and I will definitely be reading the next book!





Book Review: Tiger Lily

Oct
02
7 COMMENTS • This post is filed under: Book Review

Tiger Lily CoverTitle: Tiger Lily

Author: Jodi Lynn Anderson

Summary: [from GoodReads]

Before Peter Pan belonged to Wendy, he belonged to the girl with the crow feather in her hair. . . .

Fifteen-year-old Tiger Lily doesn’t believe in love stories or happy endings. Then she meets the alluring teenage Peter Pan in the forbidden woods of Neverland and immediately falls under his spell.

Peter is unlike anyone she’s ever known. Impetuous and brave, he both scares and enthralls her. As the leader of the Lost Boys, the most fearsome of Neverland’s inhabitants, Peter is an unthinkable match for Tiger Lily. Soon, she is risking everything—her family, her future—to be with him. When she is faced with marriage to a terrible man in her own tribe, she must choose between the life she’s always known and running away to an uncertain future with Peter.

With enemies threatening to tear them apart, the lovers seem doomed. But it’s the arrival of Wendy Darling, an English girl who’s everything Tiger Lily is not, that leads Tiger Lily to discover that the most dangerous enemies can live inside even the most loyal and loving heart.

My Review

I love Peter Pan. Ever since I was a little kid I loved the idea of a kid who could fly and talk to fairies. I’ve wanted someone to retell the story for years – to me Peter Pan is just as much of a fairy tale s the ones with anonymous authors.

Unfortunately, this one didn’t live up for me, but that was more my expectations than anything else. I couldn’t see how anyone could do a retelling of Peter Pan without retaining the mystical, magical feeling I love about it. Anderson certainly found a way to do without it though, showing us a darker side of Pan (and even Wendy) that I’m not sure I like. It made me incredibly uncomfortable to see my childhood hero as the capricious, nearly-trickster in Tiger Lily (though looking back, this is not all that far from the original novel, which is probably why I rarely manage to reread the entire book). I’v built an image of the perfect Pan in my head and having that torn apart almost hurt me physically.

Despite my self-inflicted pain, I can see why so many people loved the book. It is a great contemporary novel. It forces you to look at your own behavior and wonder what the consequences of your thoughtless actions are. We can’t always see that we’re hurting people, which is why a book about the people being hurt is so important.

What made this book good for so many people is ultimately what made it so hard for me – this book is about the many facets of hurting. There are those being hurt, those that are hurting others, those that are somehow hurting themselves, and that is so antithetical to what Peter Pan means to me. You can keep your issues and your hurt – I prefer my Peter to be joy and happiness and imagination and light!





Media Monday: Premiere Week

Oct
01
5 COMMENTS • This post is filed under: Media Monday

It’s finally here! Premiere week for so many of the shows I’ve been looking forward to! Some were good, some were so-so, and I’m here to review them all! Please keep in mind that I’ve only seen one episode of each of these shows and my opinions may change if I choose to continue watching them.

Elementary

Elementary

Image belongs to CBS.

I’m hesitant to review this after only one episode. With any show the very first episode is going to require a lot of exposition, and Elementary seemed to have more than most. For one thing, they had to set up their version of the relationship between Sherlock and Watson – their very first exchange had me halfway to the remote, my heart sinking. But I toughed it out, and they redeemed it a little bit at least.

My main complaint about the story is Sherlock’s bi-polar switches from extremely astute and sociopathic to almost too human. The appeal of Sherlock Holmes for me is how frustratingly oblivious he is to humanity. Watson is necessary because he (or she) has to pull Sherlock back and be the public relations person in their partnership. While this did show up once in the episode, there were many times that Sherlock got emotional. To me, that means that he probably won’t be all that sociopathic – he’ll have too much empathy for others’ emotions. That’s the best part of Sherlock’s character. We love the sociopaths all the more just because they ARE so crazy – who doesn’t love Sheldon on Big Bang Theory right?

If I hadn’t watched the BBC’s version of Sherlock first I would have ended up loving this. I will probably continue watching for at least a few more episodes, in hopes that this Sherlock straightens himself out and stops feeling so much!

Once Upon a Time

Once Upon a Time

Image belongs to ABC

AHHHHH! It’s back! It’s got magic! AND Mr. Gold didn’t go completely… magical, which I was really worried about because he’s my favorite!

Right from the start the show has a very different feel. It’s not just that they remember who they are, or that there’s magic. I felt slightly uncomfortable watching because that familiar town I was so excited about was completely gone. Of course it didn’t take too long before I was just as hooked again. What is going on in Storybrooke, what happened to fairytale land and where the EFF did that wraith thing come from! I’m sure it came from mythology or fairytales somewhere, and I just cannot think of where!

I am so excited to see where the story goes and I cannot WAIT until the next episode!

Revolution

Revolution

Image belongs to NBC

Essentially The Hunger Games made for TV – talk about something that sounds like it’ll be great! I didn’t catch the entire episode, because Hulu was acting screwy, but I found the concept interesting. The backdrop was a strange mixture of medieval and modern. Every few scenes I would jump and think that somebody screwed up because there would be a piece of clothing or a random house in the back of the scene that was so obviously modern, but I think that’s the point of it. Once I get over jumping at every “anachronism” I think I could really get to enjoy the show.

There is a tiny tiny part of me, though, that wishes this were a book. As a TV show it will be really easy for them to sink into “monster-of-the-week” type writing (and considering the creator’s first big hit was Supernatural it’s probably something they’re good at) instead of focusing on the long term arc, which is the part I’m always the most interested in when it comes to television. A book would be all about the long-arc – that’s the only story we’d get – plus, I could get there faster than waiting a week between each episode! I’ll continue watching though – if they can continue the long arc, allowing it to surround the weekly episodes instead of hop over them, this has the potential to be a great show!

 

[As a side note, anyone else wish there were a TV channel where writers must submit their long term plan along with the spec script? Those long arcs are what keeps me interested in a show, plus knowing where you’re going beforehand makes for a much more coherent show in the first place! Ah well, we can’t have everything we want.]





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