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What Am I Reading? 2/27/12 February 27, 2012

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I can’t believe it took me this long to get around to reading this book, honestly. I love Terry Pratchett, and I enjoyed the one book I’ve read by Neil Gaiman. I also had no clue that this was originally written in 1990 – from the buzz it recently generated, I assumed it was a much more recent creation.

What’s the book about? It’s 1990s England, and all hell is about to break loose. Literally. The Antichrist has been born, which heralds the coming Apocalypse. Angel Aziraphale and demon Crowley aren’t too pleased about this. They’ve spent the last 6000-odd years living on Earth and aren’t keen to see it destroyed. So they decide to find the Antichrist and stop him. Witchhunters Sergeant Shadwell and Newt Pulsifer (armed with sadly antiquated technology) are on a similar mission. Unfortunately, due to a mix-up at the hospital, the Antichrist appears to have been misplaced…

The book is hilarious and irreverent (usually hilariously irreverent) as you can expect from the two authors. It also makes a few clever comments on the nature of good and evil without really getting preachy about it. Half the jokes probably flew over my head because I’m not British, but I enjoyed it anyway. I’d definitely recommend this book.

(Ironically, looking at the official book summary, I used a few of the same phrases. Odd. Perhaps it means something.)

 

What am I Reading? 8/22/11 August 22, 2011

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Ozbook03cover.jpg

Didn’t know there was more than just the Wizard of Oz? Actually, Baum wrote fourteen Oz books. The first is one of my least favorites, to be honest.

 

What am I Reading? 8/08/11 August 8, 2011

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I hadn’t even known this was originally a book. Naturally, I didn’t have high hopes. This was lucky. By chapter two, Jaws had already established itself as sexist, racist, and homophobic. The sexism was the worst, I think. We were listening to it on tape, and skipped a few tracks when we heard part of this conversation:

Hooper: So what kind of fantasies do you have?

Ellen: Oh, the usual ones women have. Rape…

Me: *choking on a Skittle* Whaa?

Anyway, not going to recommend this. It wasn’t super well written either. The writer used roughly 50% more words than necessary. My shark expert friend would probably also confirm that a lot of the shark’s behaviors were inaccurate. I’ll take the on-screen gorefest any day.

 

What am I Reading? 08/01/11 August 1, 2011

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http://www.evanovich.com/novels/novel/54

Frequently dirty but always hilarious, this is a book in the series my mother forbade me to read when I was younger. She seems resigned to the fact that, at my age, she really can’t bar me from consuming everything paper-based in the house. There are moments of literal laugh out loud craziness, especially when a certain two hundred pound ex prostitute is involved. Of course, this time an almost Battle Royale group seems to be involved…

 

What am I Reading? 07/04 July 4, 2011

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Happy Fourth, blah blah. I hope the idiots shooting illegal fireworks off in my neighborhood at midnight get arrested. Moving on.

http://www.amazon.com/Before-I-Fall-Lauren-Oliver/dp/006172680X

Summary: High school senior Sam is the stereotypical mean girl, with her crew of nasty friends. Then everything changes when she ‘dies’ in a car wreck and pulls a total Groundhog Day, repeating the day of her death over and over again. She’s not sure why this is happening and has to figure out why she’s been given what seems to be a second chance.

Thoughts: This was a book I didn’t think I’d like. I believe someone gave it to me for Christmas (yes, atheism or no, my family celebrates Christmas and I go along for the ride. It’s mostly pagan anyway). I then left said book on the bookshelf for months before finally picking it up. Then I didn’t stop reading.

At first, I thought I had it all in hand. The ‘mean girl with her coterie of other mean girls and the jerk boyfriend when she’s meant to be with the dorky-yet-adorable childhood friend’ has been done before, I think. But the writing was good, and it took some unexpected turns. Yes, she learned life lessons about being nice, etc. However, the ending isn’t what you’d expect, but it’s the one that has to happen. All in all, a good read.

 

 

What am I Reading? 6/20 June 20, 2011

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http://www.amazon.com/School-Story-Andrew-Clements/dp/0689848293

Summary: A twelve year old girl, Natalie Nelson, has a mother in the editing and publishing industry. When she writes a book , her friend Zoe convinces her to publish it, but Natalie doesn’t want her mom to know she wrote it. The two girls – using a pen name, a helpful teacher, and a rented office – pretend to be an adult author and a book agent respectively to get the manuscript noticed.

Thoughts: When I was younger, I loved this book. I actually haven’t read it in years, but during an annoyingly sleepless night, I grabbed it to keep me company. It’s a fun book, but I wish getting something published was that easy.

 

What am I Reading? 6/13 (Plus an Announcement) June 13, 2011

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http://www.randomhouse.com/features/markuszusak/books.html

Summary: Nineteen year old cab driver Ed Kennedy is nobody – until he stops a bank robbery. Suddenly, someone’s noticed him, because they send him a playing card in the mail. The card, the ace of diamonds, has three addresses written on it. At each address is a mission for Ed to make someone’s life a little bit better. The only questions are: who is sending the cards, and why?

Thoughts: I liked this book… until the end, which made me go ‘Huh’. But other than that,  I liked the message. Still, I prefer Zusak’s other book, The Book Thief.

And now for the announcement. The glorious scholarship search of Fastweb.com matched me up with a contest from Create Real Impact. The idea: do some piece of art (writing, video, music, image) to convince people not to text and drive.

Being a writer, I went with the creative writing option. Most people submitted their entry through google docs or by creating a new blog for just that entry. Since I have no idea what google docs is and think creating a new blog for one post is a waste (and very confusing for anyone who just happens upon it) I’m posting my entry here. Lucky you.

I’ll admit, it’s not my best (or favorite) piece of writing ever. It’s meant to dissuade people, which means it’s a heck of a downer. When my next post appears – in its one thousand word glory – feel free to skip it over. Otherwise, I’m not responsible for any scarring that may occur.