Beach Vacation Read #7: You have to understand. I started this book on the night The Walking Dead aired its mid-season finale, and I have a very goodBeach Vacation Read #7: You have to understand. I started this book on the night The Walking Dead aired its mid-season finale, and I have a very good imagination. I didn't even watch the mid-season finale, just read detailed reviews and watched highlight clips, but when I curled up in bed and turned off the lights and listened to the wind howl outside in the only night of bad weather we had on the beach, I turned the lights back on and reached for A Moveable Feast. You know what's the most ideal antidote for zombies? Hemingway.
ETA Apr 2010: August, HA! Amazon delivered my copies this weekend! (Yes, plural. One for me, and one for my mother, and one for....)
ETA Mar 2010: ThisETA Apr 2010: August, HA! Amazon delivered my copies this weekend! (Yes, plural. One for me, and one for my mother, and one for....)
ETA Mar 2010: This book is coming back into print! Amazon has it listed as available for pre-order, scheduled to be released in August 2010. Say it with me now: Yaaaaaay!
Original Review When I was very little, this was one of my favorite books. The cover has been loved completely off of my copy, and every page has crayon scribbles (although I don't recall if it was me that made them /sideways glance at younger brother). I've tried to find another copy in better condition, but it's been out of print for the better part of twenty years and the prices of used copies are astronomical. Pity! It should come back!...more
Enchanting. Extraordinary. Deserves far better cover artwork. Was this Neumeier's first book? The language is tinted a little lavender in spots, mostlEnchanting. Extraordinary. Deserves far better cover artwork. Was this Neumeier's first book? The language is tinted a little lavender in spots, mostly in the beginning, gorgeous and lyrically descriptive in others, mostly toward the end, but all within what you'd expect from such a fantasy/original fairy tale sort of work. I enjoyed it so much more that Neumeier's other book I read, Lord of the Changing Winds (review). Reminded me of McKillip and some of McKinley's writing, and a little of Stardust. Very nearly five stars for me. Highly recommended.
Stellar snagline on the cover flap, repeated in part within the text of the book:
The Kingdom's heart is the City. The City's heart is the King. The King's heart is the Prince. The Prince is missing.
Kicking off the Atlanta Business Trip, Read #1: In which my days are largely too exhausting to allow me to focus on a new story and so I reach insteadKicking off the Atlanta Business Trip, Read #1: In which my days are largely too exhausting to allow me to focus on a new story and so I reach instead for something old and comfortable I've read twenty times before. Okay, maybe just ten. At least five.
Honestly, it felt like I had five minutes of spare time at a given stretch and I was not at all in the mood to start a new book. I was more in the mood to open an old book at any random page to read for just a few minutes. Sometimes it's nice not to have the urge to stay up all night reading to the end.
Howl's stands as almost certainly the first of the Wynne Jones' books I've read (I came to her late as an adult reader) and remains my very favorite. Plus, it's great fun to contrast with the film adaptation.
Atlanta Business Trip Reading List (October 2012) #1| Howl's Moving Castle...more
On October 5, 2004, Octavia E. Butler visited my graduate university to give a lecture and book signing. I was really impressed by her. She actually sOn October 5, 2004, Octavia E. Butler visited my graduate university to give a lecture and book signing. I was really impressed by her. She actually spent several hours at the university, giving a public interview with one of the professors, then a short lecture to a large auditorium, then a book signing. I even skipped class in order to attend.
The interview was really fascinating, where Butler answered questions about how she worked to write Kindred and how she felt about the characters and how the result all turned out. The professor kind of threw Butler for a loop once, when she pulled an interpretation of the book out of left field, and Butler blinked, and slowly said she didn't write with that interpretation at all in mind, but that she was of the opinion that any interpretation the reader reaches is a valid one. I thought she handled the question particularly well.
In the lecture, Butler talked mostly about how she writes, her writing style, her relationship with her fans, and the book she was currently writing, Fledgling. The signing afterwards was very informal, but I didn’t try to stay and chat. Butler had lots of professors and awestruck students who were all trying to catch her attention. I got my book signed, said a polite thank you, and left happy.
Fledgling turned out to be the last book Butler wrote. She died unexpectedly in early 2006. I feel incredibly fortunate to have had the chance to meet her.
The book: Was good. A time-traveling story dealing with love, gender, race, racism, and responsibility. It was beautifully and rather painfully done. I never would have found it if it hadn’t been for the author visit, and I’m rather sad about that....more
St. Louis Business Trip Read #2: Indulgence purchase from local independent bookshop, Left Bank Books, which I had earmarked to visit the moment I leaSt. Louis Business Trip Read #2: Indulgence purchase from local independent bookshop, Left Bank Books, which I had earmarked to visit the moment I learned its downtown location was less than two blocks away from the conference hotel. Fabulous store. Fabulous staff. Snuck in for an hour's browsing between close of conference and ride to the airport, and indulgence indeed. Started on the flight home, but got sidetracked after landing and took a few weeks to get back to it.
Four stars? Four and a half? Don't get me wrong; this book was good and I'm already mentally reserving a generous space on the bookshelves to house the rest of the series, whenever the hell they publish, but I retained a distressing ability to be able to put the book down, and, in some instances, not pick it back up for days on end. ...Now whether that is a product of the book not being quite as good as holy-fabulous or of the fiendishly busy schedule I've been keeping the past couple weeks is a matter of some debate.
I'll shake out the starring situation once I finish the series; five stars will stand quite nicely for now. In the meanwhile, I'll treat the mass-market copy I currently own as a reading copy to foist into my friends' grubby hands and I'll keep on sharp lookout for a pretty, pretty copy to add to my collection permanently.
This is one of my very favorite children's books, and I'm sorry that I don't see more members as owning a copy. It's a wonderful collection of humorouThis is one of my very favorite children's books, and I'm sorry that I don't see more members as owning a copy. It's a wonderful collection of humorous "scary" stories suitable for Halloween and readers all ages. The illustrations especially are a treat!...more