Monthly Archives: July 2013

The Rosie Project

The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion is like reading a romance starring Sheldon from the Big Bang Theory.  The humour in here is dry and perfect, similar to The Hundred Year Old Man.

An uptight genetics researcher decides he requires a wife, and sets out to interview potential candidates.   To simplify the process, he creates a detailed and exhaustive questionnaire, to eliminate unsuitable prospects quickly.   He hates mess, hates unpredictability, and hates spontaneity.  Which means, of course, that he has no idea why spending time with Rosie is so much fun, since she is quickly disqualified as wife material.

This was a very sweet story, with great writing, and wonderful characters.  A thinking person’s love story – especially an overthinking person.  Perfect for a read at the cottage, or on the beach.  Highly, highly recommended.

Happy reading!

Christie

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Damn You Harrison Ford!

I am very angry with Harrison Ford.   Here is why:

I loved the book Ender’s Game. The author of Ender’s Game, Orson Scott Card, is a big, big douche.  I have been considering not going to the movie because I don’t really want to give Card more money to support his homophobic douchery.  Harrison Ford is IN THE MOVIE.  The movie looks amazing.   He is ruining my decision making ability (this is not hard).

This happens to me a lot.  I find out about an author, or a musician, or a director, or an artist… and suddenly things I loved are ruined by the people who created them.  Do you shun the thing you love because of the person who made it?  If you already own the art in question, do you get rid of it, or only boycott future works?  What about artists who are dead and gone, and no longer profit from their art – is your conscience clear if you get it now?  I’m starting to be tempted to just not find out about authors, because I don’t want to lose anything else I love to reality.

I think I’m going to skip the movie, and this makes me sad.

(un)Happy reading!

Christie

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New Catching Fire Trailer from Comic-Con

I knew you’d be excited with me.

Christie

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Teen Tuesday: Graceling

I’ve been eyeing Graceling by Kristin Cashore for a while, because I love the cover.  I finally got around to picking it up yesterday, and it was definitely worth the read.  The premise is that in the world of Graceling, there are individuals with what are called “graces”, skills of supernatural intensity. The skills can be anything from cooking to fighting to climbing trees, and the individuals who possess them are identifiable by having eyes of two different colours.  Gracelings can be useful, but are also feared and generally friendless. Katsa, whose grace is killing, is feared more than most, and is also struggling with her role as an unwilling assassin for her uncle, the king.

What the book is really about is realizing that you don’t have to let others define you – you can define yourself.  That you have more power than you think.  Also it is about really awesome fighting sequences, and kicking evil butt.

The writing is good, the romance is unconventional, and the villain even more so.  Highly recommended for fantasy fans of all ages, I will be picking up the other two in the series immediately.  May cause a desire to learn martial arts.   Will likely cause missed bedtimes and ignoring of family members.  Bring food and drink with you, because you won’t be getting up for a while.

Happy reading!

Christie

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Teen Tuesday – The Giver (Guest Post)

 

While I am by no means a teen, except in spirit, I find I really enjoy well-written teen-lit, and I also love seeing young readers discover wonderful stories.

 

One of the books I had a love-hate relationship with was The Giver, by Lois Lowry. I was enthralled by the characters and by the description of the world they lived in, but I hated the ending! Did the main character live? Did he die? Was what he saw real, a dream, a death vision?  “YOU CAN’T STOP NOW!” I bellowed at the book.

 

Until recently, I snubbed the book, wonderful as it was, because I couldn’t bear to have not the least idea of where it was going. Then I came upon Gathering Blue, ©2000, and Messenger, © 2004. I wouldn’t call them sequels exactly, but they are written about other societies occupying the same period of time as in The Giver.

Gathering Blue takes place in a tiny village where there is nothing but selfishness. People who are sick or who have something someone else wants are simply done away with. A young woman born with a twisted leg is deemed useless as she can’t do any work and no one would choose to marry her. She is saved from death when it is discovered she has a tremendous gift for stitching stories with coloured threads. She must learn which plants she can use for the many colours she will need, she must learn the art of dying various threads, and she must sew stories for the all-powerful Guardians. She and Thomas and Matt, two other young and talented villagers, need to band together to fix a very sick society that the elders have ruined.

 

The “blue” of Gathering Blue refers to the colour blue, which is only available “yonder”.  “Yonder” turns out to be the location of a third village, called Village, the setting of Messenger. Here all the threads (a fitting analogy) are tied together from all three books.

 

While each tale could stand alone, they fit together like a three-fingered glove.

Am I satisfied with the ending now? Yes and no …, but I am addicted to her writing.

 

People who enjoy dystopian literature and who want to know how The Giver ended will enjoy these books. They may not answer all your questions!

 

ABN

Adolescent By Nature

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Breaking Book News

Some big news in the book world.  Some of it is only big for me, some of it will cause some major changes, but all of it is going to be interesting.

1)

That’s right, Penguin and Random House have merged.  The official day one for the now global publishing company was July 1st, and they are going to be a powerhouse.  I wouldn’t be surprised if we see some more mergers in the near future as other publishers scramble to have the same kind of reach.  The official website is www.penguinrandomhouse.com

2)

New Discworld book! Terry Pratchett has announced there will be a brand spanking new novel out before Christmas, called Raising Steam.  It will be out October 24th, and I will  be snatching up the first copy I can.  I will hurt old ladies if necessary.

3)

Although Maurice Sendak swore never to write a sequel, apparently some people have decided to do it for him – or at least try.  HarperCollins has filed an injunction with Kickstarter against a couple of guys who are trying to raise funds for an illustrated poem they’re touting as the spiritual sequel to Where the Wild Things Are.  More info here on Galleycat.

 

Happy reading!

Christie

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The Game of Thrones Characters You Used to Know

Thanks to parody duo Not Literally for the video, and Mashable for the tip.

 

Happy <snort> reading.

Christie

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