Along with Stephen King's _On Writing_, Austin Kleon's _Steal Like An Artist_ is my favorite book about the craft of writing. While King's book is a sAlong with Stephen King's _On Writing_, Austin Kleon's _Steal Like An Artist_ is my favorite book about the craft of writing. While King's book is a sort of how-to, Kleon's is a WHERE and a WHY and a YES. Please read it. It's short (it takes about 15 minutes to read), but the principles within will stay with you and inspire you for a lifetime....more
This week’s book is The Complete Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson. Because I’d been feeling down and cranky and maybe just a little bit cynical.
“CaThis week’s book is The Complete Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson. Because I’d been feeling down and cranky and maybe just a little bit cynical.
“Calvin and Hobbes” is a syndicated comic strip that ran in U.S. newspapers from 1985-1996 and, unlike “Cathy”, “Family Circus”, and “Rex Morgan MD”, it wasn’t terrible. In fact, it was delightful, and a source of constant and consistent inspiration for my young writer’s mind.
This strip follows the adventures of an imaginative boy named Calvin and his best friend, a stuffed tiger named Hobbes. But it’s anything but childish.
Bill Watterson has struck the perfect balance of sharp wit and scathing brilliance, raising the question over and over again of why we (whether child or adult) are constantly made to squash our creative impulses.
Through “Calvin and Hobbes”, Bill Watterson challenges the reader time and time again to live freely and creatively, and to make the very most of the time we are given. Please give it a read if you haven't already.
Wow. Just wow. Reading this book felt like coming home to myself -- there's no other way of putting it. I've never identified with a character (the prWow. Just wow. Reading this book felt like coming home to myself -- there's no other way of putting it. I've never identified with a character (the protagonist, Mori) so much.
The main character's twin sister has passed away in the climax of a battle between good and evil... and we come in as readers to witness the aftermath.
This book is like nothing I've read before. It's a gently told tale that takes place just as the dust begins to settle, just as Mori's life begins to morph and change with the absence of her sister.
It's also a beautiful homage to the love of books and reading. Throughout this novel (narrated diary-style), we get unique insights into not only Mori's thoughts and actions but what she's reading as well. Mori loves sci-fi, and I love the way Ms. Walton has woven books (and the reading, processing of, and discussing them) into the story.
It's unique and very much unlike any other fantasy you've read. I urge you to give it a try. I for one can't wait to read it again.
* That pretty, pretty cover
* Rave reviews from two wonderful and well-read friends
* Insinuations that it is similar to LOST
How could I resist?
It is so hard to do horror right, in my eyes. Despite being a genre that gets looked down upon by critics and the public alike, good horror is difficult. It's so easy to be cheap -- so easy to be gory and cruel, to follow a common trope to its logical conclusion.
It's hard to write something both truly awful and truly beautiful.
But that is what Jeff VanderMeer has done in Annihilation.
Four female scientists -- a biologist, anthropologist, psychologist, and surveyor -- are sent to investigate the mysterious "Area X", where 11 expeditions have gone before them and never returned -- or returned changed.
You know me and my affinity for the Weird, so be prepared. This book is certainly Weird, and it's not for everyone. A quick scan of fellow reader reviews on Goodreads suggests that people tend to either love or hate this book. If I were you, I'd take my chances regardless. The narrator is unreliable and the science questionable, but I think you'll appreciate VanderMeer's beautiful, speculative, and deeply insightful writing.
This was my favorite book during my middle school and high school years. Kind of embarrassing, I guess, when I know others' favorites at that age wereThis was my favorite book during my middle school and high school years. Kind of embarrassing, I guess, when I know others' favorites at that age were high-and-mighty classics, but I guess there's no sense in being ashamed of what keeps (or kept) us going when we needed it most.
You probably won't get out of this book what I did, and that's okay. I'm sure you've got your own favorite, its cover weathered, its pages soft from turning. You know, that book that makes you smile every time you see it on its shelf. The one that reminds you who you are, or who you were. Both are important.
This book spoke to me about issues of loss, confused identity, the inability to fit in no matter how hard and desperately you try, and the struggle of a young artist. And obviously, it meant a lot....more