July 12th, 2009

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Pride & Prejudice & Zombies

Book #23
Pride & Prejudice & Zombies
Jane Austen & Seth Grahame-Smith
Fiction; humor
317 pages

"It is a truth universally acknowledged that a zombie in possession of brains must be in want of more brains." So begins Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, an expanded edition of the beloved Jane Austen novel featuring all-new scenes of bone-crunching zombie mayhem. As our story opens, a mysterious plague has fallen upon the quiet English village of Meryton-and the dead are returning to life! Feisty heroine Elizabeth Bennet is determined to wipe out the zombie menace, but she's soon distracted by the arrival of the haughty and arrogant Mr. Darcy. What ensues is a delightful comedy of manners with plenty of civilized sparring between the two young lovers-and even more violent sparring on the blood-soaked battlefield as Elizabeth wages war against hordes of flesh-eating undead. Can she vanquish the spawn of Satan? And overcome the social prejudices of the class-conscious landed gentry? Complete with romance, heartbreak, swordfights, cannibalism, and thousands of rotting corpses, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies transforms a masterpiece of world literature into something you'd actually want to read.

This book was one of the most unique stories I have ever read. I will admit that I am not the biggest fan of reading classic literature, but when zombies, violence and mayhem are added into the mix, it certainly does make for an interesting read. I thought it was commendable how Seth Grahame-Smith changed the wording but it still felt like one was reading Pride & Prejudice. I didn't think that this book was outstanding, but it was very humorous, nevertheless. If you're a fan of zombies and Austen, then this book is definitely worth reading at least once.

Books read this year: 23/50.
Pages read this year: 8795/15000
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Would anyone be interested in buying the Fables graphic novel series, volumes 1-9? They are in brand-new perfect condition, never been read. I'd like to get $100 for them (that price includes shipping in the U.S.), but will consider any decent offer. I also have 1001 Nights of Snowfall, which is a volume of backstories of the characters. I can add that for another $10.

Normally I'd just return them to the bookstore for store credit, but my kiddo needs diapers, so I'm trying to get cash. :)
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The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

The Book Thief The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

My review

rating: 5 of 5 stars

World War II is associated with many things: Nazis, Hitler, Pearl Harbor, the atomic bomb, the Holocaust--a lens of persecutors and endless victims. Very rarely do these experiences and tragedies come to us from the perspective of Nazi Germany. Would we feel a little bit like villains or traitors if we chose to listen to the other side or would we feel the scope of the war on an even more massive scale such a perspective could provide us? In a refreshing (albeit sober) presentation, Markus Zusak chose a neutral narrator to speak to us from deep in the heart of Germany. Who better to know every side of a multi-national war than the one who sees all sides, one who isn’t prejudiced, one whose job it is to always be there in the end for all of us? Who better than Death?

Death is a weary and exhausted narrator. Constantly confronted with the highs and terrible lows of humanity, this full range spectrum offers a never-ending work day and insures a distinct lack of vacation time. To accommodate this, Death routinely interrupts the rigorous schedule of collecting the souls of the dead with as many distractions as possible. Colors are high on the list of favorites; in the context of the narrative, such concentrations appear poetic. There are even entire blocks of text bolded to denote their difference and perhaps, their significance in the existence of one worker who never stops.

Death’s reprieves are additions that add a unique perspective and commentary to the narrative of Liesel’s life. They also serve as plot devices, sometimes foreshadowing events and spoiling certain endings, but always in the spirit of Death as a character--one who frequently loses track of time and the significance we as humans attach to chronological events. Despite this, Death is a narrator with a heart and so touched with Lisel’s life, determines to explicate her traumas and joys as she might have: with a story read chapter by chapter, with a beginning, middle, and an end.

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personal statement hoopla

So I'm drafting my personal statement for applications to British universties. I don't know what the equivilant is in other countries but it's basically where you try to sell yourself so that universities offer you a place on their courses. Anyway, the idea is you have to stand out from the crowd and demonstrate enthusiasm and skill for your subject: in my case English Literature. So I'm looking for a good reading list for the summer - I'm trying to steer away from clichés like Pride and Prejudice or 1984 that everyone has read, but at the same time they need to be respected works. The sort of thing I'm considering at the moment are: Lolita, Songs of Innocence and Experience, The Age of Innocence and Little Dorrit. I'm sure many of you will despise this clinical and sceptical approach to literature, but I can be superior once I've actually got a place somewhere. Thanks so much for any suggestions!
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The Homeless Moon

The Homeless Moon (2008)
Written by: Michael J. DeLuca, Jason S. Ridler, Scott H. Andrews, Erin Hoffman, Justin Howe
Genre: Short Stories
Pages: 43 (Chapbook)

This is a rather odd review for me to write. For starters, if you click on the title of the chapbook, you'll find out rather quickly that you can read this chapbook for free as a PDF. Or, if you must have a print copy (and if they have any LEFT from 2008), you can pay for the shipping and they'll send you one.

So that's one reason this is, in short, an odd review. The other, more important reason this is an ODD REVIEW is that I know every single one of these writers. All of them were my classmates at the Odyssey Writing Workshop in 2005, and one of them was my roommate!

Consider that a warning of sorts in terms of how objective I'll be. I've read their work before, so there's a tendency to want to compare their stories to what I've read before, especially if I've critiqued the story in the chapbook. However, I'll give my honest opinion, but my official rating is going to be odd. Since all of my ratings are essentially based on my purchasing of the material, well, you can see how the current ratings don't apply.

The premise: I didn't recognize a discernible theme holding the stories of this first chapbook together. The only connecting factor is that the writers attended Odyssey 2005, and have formed a kind of group. Is it a critique group? I don't know, to be honest. But they call their online blog "The Homeless Moon" and decided to put together a chapbook to showcase their fiction. This chapbook they handed out at ReaderCon 2008. There are three stories I'd label as fantasy, one I'd label as science fiction, and one that simply defies genre of all kinds. So really, there's no premise to this: it's just a batch of short fiction. :)

My Rating

No Rating: this was free for me, and it's free for you too, because you can download it from the website as a PDF. Just go here to download not just this first chapbook, but the second too! In terms of summarizing, I can objectively and safely say that the writing in each of the stories is very strong, and each story is unique to its author. Critiques for the chapbook as a whole include wishing there was a unified theme (I was kind of hoping all of the stories would relate to the moon, but at least two did), and I also noticed a number of formatting errors, where lines weren't indented correctly, and I recall noticing a number of typos as well. But you know what? The chapbook is free, so who am I to complain? The stories are enjoyable, though not all of them sat well with me. I love the DeLuca the best, and that story alone is worth reading the chapbook. If you're a mythology buff, I dare you not to fall in love with Hoffman's story as well. The Homeless Moon writers are definitely making their mark on genre fiction (it's not a huge mark, not yet, but wait, one day!), so getting a chance to sample their work for free is more than worth it. The chapbook is only 43 pages, and doesn't take that much time to read at all. So read it. And enjoy.

Review style: I will review each story individually, though I reserve the right to use the term "review" loosely. Will there be spoilers? I'll speak in generalities the best I can, focus more on the technique and the ideas driving the story rather than any specifics. So if you want a story-by-story review, just click the link below to go to my LJ. As always, comments and discussion are most welcome.

The Homeless Moon Chapbook

Happy Reading!

Kay Hooper

This is my first post here. I am not really good in English and writing. So just bear. Here is my review.

I found books by Kay Hooper that I hvnt read. I was so excited.
Kay Hooper is not my fav author but I read most of her books and quite like it..

So, I really have a high hope that I’m going to enjoy it.

1. If There Be Dragon

Synopsis: What was a woman like Brooke Kennedy doing running a guest lodge alone in the Montana wilderness? And why was her best friend so worried about her? Those were the questions Cody Nash asked himself after agreeing to cancel his tropical vacation to go on a mission of mercy into blizzard country. For the strong and self-assured woman he found didn’t need or want his help — but she was in trouble. Brooke had isolated herself from the world for reasons she wouldn’t or couldn’t say. But Cody didn’t need to be a psychic to sense that Brooke was afraid. Even more, her fear had intensified from the moment he arrived. Now, as a dangerous storm strands them together, Cody must learn the well-guarded secret of this beautiful, gifted woman — if he can convince her to give him the one thing he needs to save her from a self-imposed exile: her trust.

My comment:

The book has nothing exciting about it except first 2 interesting chaps. After that, the story is so plain and monotous.

I didn’t really mind about the finishing/ending since this is a romance novel. So definitely, hero n heroine will be together.

But the chapters after 3 and before epilogue really lame.

I read to the end of the book just to finish it up. Along the way, I kinda hoping it will get better. But no such luck.
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