Saturday, October 31, 2009
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Every Halloween , I am disturbed by the number of children who jump out from the darkness and cry , “Boo!” If you have ever encountered such a person , you know that they are so upset that they are unable to finish the entire word , which is , of course , “Book.”
I am sorry to tell you that there are millions of children every year who can not afford a new book to read. Fortunately , there is a noble organization called First Book , which puts books in the hands of such children – more than 65 million books so far. Still , every Halloween , the ghastly cries of those growing up without new books rise into the night.
If you are as tired of hearing children cry “Boo!” as I am , you should probably do something about it. You might consider making a Halloween donation to First Book. For instance , $2.00 is an amount which here means “one new book.” And $20 is an amount which means “filling a backpack with enough books to make some a hunchback for Halloween.”
Wouldn’t you like to click here now to donate?
With all due respect ,
Lemony Snicket has written many alarming books for children including those in and he is one of 70 astonishing authors and artists , including , , and James Patterson , who contributed to Half-Minute Horrors , a collection of instant frights published in partnership with First Book. Half-Minute Horrors is available wherever books are sold.
Peter & Max: A Fables NovelBill Willingham (Author)
But let me tell you reading this book has made me want to check into the graphic novels these characters come from...
With Peter & Max: A Fables Novel, Bill Willingham offers a story of siblings and the damning hatred that betrayal, revenge and jealousy can lead too. Peter and Max are brothers and it all starts when their father gives the Family Heirloom Pipes to Peter, bypassing Max - the eldest son.
Remember the Pied Piper of Hamlin? He rid Hamlin of their rats and when he wasn't paid he rid them of their children. Why would he commit such a heinous crime?
I felt that the seesaw back and forth between time frames was distracting at times - but not to the point where I even considered putting the book down. All in all I really enjoyed this book and have great respect for someone who could hand me a book with this plot and make me love it.
One of the reasons you really need to pick up this book is the beautifully illustrated interpretations of the story by Steve Leialoha they are nothing short of inspirational.
I am off to check out Fables Vol. 1: Legends in Exile - I think this is a world I want to get further into.
PProduct Description from Amazon:
This story stars Peter Piper and his incorrigible brother Max in a tale about jealousy, betrayal and revenge. Set in two distinct time periods, prepare to travel back to medieval times and learn the tragic back-story of the Piper family, a medieval-era family of traveling minstrels. Then, jump into the present to follow a tale of espionage as Peter Piper slowly hunts down his evil brother for a heinous crime, pitting Peter's talents as a master thief against Max's dark magical powers.
Based on the long-running and award-winning comic book series FABLES, PETER AND MAX is its own tale. Readers don't have to be familiar with the comics to fully enjoy and understand this book.
Thursday, October 22, 2009
You get an idea of just how delightful and humorous this story will be when you read the author/illustrator's bio on the back book flap:
Back Cover - Flap excerpt: "As a child Emily Gravett was desperate to become a witch. She spent her time trying to fly, and attempting to cast spells on people who called her sweet."
Kids will spend hours in the center "split pages" matching and mis-matching tops and bottoms of magical creatures.
Gorgeous - this is going on my four year old grand daughter's book shelf!
From critically acclaimed author Emily Gravett comes Spells, the hilarious misadventures of a small green frog who just wants to kiss a princess.
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
2009 Teens' Top Ten
More than 11,000 teen voters chose Paper Towns as their favorite book in the 2009 Teens' Top Ten! The online poll took place from Aug. 24 through Sept. 18, with the winners announced during Teen Read Week by WWE Divas Brie Bella and Nikki Bella, with a special appearance by John Green. See the video.
- Paper Towns by John Green (Penguin/Dutton)
- Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers)
- The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (Scholastic)
- City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare (Simon & Schuster/Margaret K. McElderry)
- Identical by Ellen Hopkins (Simon & Schuster/Margaret K. McElderry)
- The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman (HarperCollins)
- Wake by Lisa McMann (Simon & Schuster/Simon Pulse)
- Untamed by P.C. and Kristin Cast (St. Martin's Griffin)
- The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart (Disney-Hyperion)
- Graceling by Kristin Cashore (Harcourt/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
Promote the Teens' Top Ten at your library with free downloadable bookmarks (PDF) from YALSA! The bookmarks are customizable, so you can add each book's location in your library, plus your library logo and contact information.
Sunday, October 11, 2009
Child of Fire: A Twenty Palaces Novel
Good! Now we can all start from the same place!
What really works in this much anticipated first effort from Harry Connolly is that the lead character starts this ride as much in the blue as the reader. He knows nothing about the mission or his role in completing it.
In Child of Fire: A Twenty Palaces Novel, Connolly creates a world that, while at times completely implausible, grips you from the opening pages.
Ray Lilly's thoughts play out in front of you in much the same way the noir detectives did...gritty, hard boiled with a heart. It is the heart that continually gets Ray into bad situations.
All the comparisons to Jim Butcher's protagonist in Storm Front (The Dresden Files, Book 1) are warranted - in fact Butcher wrote a glowing review of Connolly's style of writing, calling it "a truly dark and sinister world, delicious tension and suspense, violence so gritty you'll get something in your eye just reading it"
I am really eager to see more from Harry Connolly and would love a little more about Ray Lilly and the Twenty Palace Society.
Ray Lilly is living on borrowed time. He’s the driver for Annalise Powliss, a high-ranking member of the Twenty Palace Society, a group of sorcerers devoted to hunting down and executing rogue magicians. But because Ray betrayed her once, Annalise is looking for an excuse to kill him–or let someone else do the job.
Unfortunately for both of them, Annalise’s next mission goes wrong, leaving her critically injured. With the little magic he controls, Ray must complete her assignment alone. Not only does he have to stop a sorcerer who’s sacrificing dozens of innocent lives in exchange for supernatural power, he must find–and destroy–the source of that inhuman magic.
Saturday, October 10, 2009
Through the use of exercise and example Brosmer leads you on a pathway of exploration..."not just as a means of individual self-examination and expression, but also as a way to create and effect positive social change."
The exercises run from the intimately complex to the sublimely simple - my favorite is:
"Write Now: Take your calendar or day planner, and commit to a series of regular writing appointments with yourself. Keep them."
As women writers our stories are sometimes similar, but told from a different viewpoint and set of life experiences - I like the poem Brosmer quotes by Lisel Muller:
"Why We Tell Stories
Because the story of our life
Becomes our life
Because each of us tells
the same story
but tells it differently
and none of us tells it
the same way twice."
Destined to fill in the shelf of every woman writer...mine sits between The Artist's Way and Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within.