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I'd already read The Perilous Gard a couple years back, upon Clara's advice, but I found a really cheap copy over spring break. Since I didn't own it, I got it and read it again (after I came back because I had better things to do while in California). It's not my favorite cup of tea, but I liked it enough to be happy to read it twice. It won the Newbery in 1975, so there's that too.
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This book is not for the squeamish. Westerfeld has a brand new take on vampires, and these definitely don't sparkle. In fact, vampires are actually people that have been infected with parasites. Read More... )
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Lips Touch Three Times is a collection of three stories about three young women, love, and the otherworldly. As the title suggests, each story is somehow hinged on a kiss. Read More... )
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When I saw this book at the store I more or less shat bricks. It's Jane Yolen, who is brilliant, and a fairy tale retold and the Pied Piper and rock and roll and basically there was no way this book could go wrong. Except it really did. Read More )
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E. Lockhart remains a tiny god of writing. I liked The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks more, but The Boyfriend List is good too. Read More )
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This book made me remember why I love kids' books so much. It's one of those really solid, fun books that you can come back to over and over. It's about Nita who, while trying to run away from a bully, finds a book in the library called So You Want to Be a Wizard. Read more... )
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I finished The Woman in White today. I had originally been keeping up with the The Big Read V, but then life happened. Oh well. It's only been a week.

It's a fun detective sort of story. Young Laura Farlie marries the seemingly perfect Sir Percival Glyde according to her late father's wishes. Sir Percival (of course) turns out to be a right beast and just wants Laura for her money. So he and his partner in crime, Count Fosco, orchestrate an elaborate plan that involves faked deaths, misplaced identities, a dark secret regarding more than one person's parentage, and a secret society.read more... )
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The Princess and the Goblin by George MacDonald (1872)

I was a big fan of the cartoon of The Princess and in the Goblin in the 90s (right up there with The Never Ending Story), so I thought I'd give the book a try.

Princess Irene has lived a sheltered life in the mountains... )
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I read Kristin Cashore's Graceling today.
Now, I am one of those people who grew up on a steady diet of high fantasy. When I was a preteen I was all about the magicians and dashing princes and evil kings and unicorns who farted rainbows. At a certain point I stopped liking that genre. Maybe I had too much or I simply grew out of it or any number of things. So when I started reading Graceling I was less than thrilled to find that it felt like standard high fantasy fare. I am going to be honest, as a general rule I don't think well of high fantasy these days. I think it's stale and overdone and not going anywhere. I wasn't expecting to make it all the way through Graceling. But it has a number of things going for it.

Craft and feisty heroines, oh my )
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Am sick, which at this point has become common enough in my life that I'm not even surprised. With school comes illness. Dunno if it's the season or the stress or both or something else entirely.

Feel surprisingly aimless. I'm in one of those moods where I wonder to what purpose am I doing any of this?
Head is swimmy with sickness. Tylenol probably wearing off. Am desirous of a hug, but would be unwise to rub my germs onto others.

I read (Re)Cycler by Lauren McLaughlin. It was okay. Nothing I think everybody should rush out and buy. It ends with a whole lot of unanswered questions and an unsatisfying conclusion.
I guess next I'll see what all the hype is over Kristin Cashore's Graceling. It's been waiting on my shelf for me a while.

Somebody leave me something cheery. Or perhaps some kind of writing challenge or prompt or anything really. Maybe generating something new will get me out of my funk.
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Saw Peter Seller's Othello the other day. It was... not that spectacular, but I had already heard that so I came in expecting the worst and hence was not disappointed. There was just nothing good about it. I didn't hate it. I just didn't care about what I was watching. It was being advertised as Othello for a post-Obama world, whatever that meant, but I have no idea how exactly they addressed that in the play itself. The casting choices? Most of the actors were black, except for Desdemona, Iago, and Roderigo. Othello was Latino. Maybe the point was to remove race from the equation?

They also combined Bianca and Montano (the governor) and quite possibly somebody else too into one character. It was all extremely confusing. And then in a scene that made me deeply uncomfortable Cassius tries to rape Bianca/Montano/whoever. Normally Cassius just gets into a brawl, but for whatever reason peter Seller felt the need to turn it into rape. It was not addressed afterward at all and I wonder what exactly Seller intended to achieve through that deeply unsettling scene. And it made it even more strange and uncomfortable that then Bianca was Cassius' lover and in other parts his comrade and I don't even know.

Yea so not really a fan. Also, not a fan of Phillip Seymour Hoffman's Iago. He did steal the show though and Othello (John Ortiz) just could not keep up.


In other news I'm feeling better about myself today. This changes on a daily basis, so maybe tomorrow I will be back to crippling unhappiness, but for now I am feeling good. Basically, whenever I can force my mind out of all the boxes I feel good. The moment I start trying to find a label that fits most closely for me to conform to I start feeling like everything sucks forever.

Today is homework day. YEA HOMEWORK. Not. If I'm good and get everything done I'm reading (Re)Cycler by Lauren McLaughlin. I didn't love the first book, but it was good enough for me to keep reading. Mostly I'm interested in how McLaughlin is going to handle the story now that Jack is allowed to have a life.

If you're interested, it's about a girl who turns into a dude for 3-4 days a month. The boy part of her develops his own personality and identity and for the most part the book is about Jill trying to suppress her boy half with mixed results. There's nothing glaringly wrong with it, but I think that McLaughlin could have done way more with the topic. That's all.
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I finished The Amulet of Samarkand by Jonathan Stroud recently and to be honest I was a bit disappointed. I've heard good things about this book. Plus it's a New York Times Bestseller, but then, I find that a lot of the things on that list don't live up to the hype.

The Amulet of Samarkand )

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I finished Patricia A McKillip's Od Magic the other day after months of trying to read it in fits of starting and stopping.

Book Review! )

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