Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Assorted Projects Etc.

So I'm working on a stunt. I will be posting it here, starting hopefully on February 1st. Be true friends and share when they start appearing. Share them on FB, on Twitter, on Tumblr, on... I really can't think of anymore. Google+? Our Google overlords will make us all start using it eventually.

Anyway, share and all of our wildest dreams will come true.


AND I'm writing this rad story based on Cemetery Drive by MCR.


I was sick and now I'm behind. On everything.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

December 2013 Book Reviews

Got off track, with all my blogs. It happens from time to time. Tends to happen when I get sick. Or overwhelmed. Or busy with art. Or ALL THREE. Eee gads.

So here's what I read over the holidays:
(I will post reviews from previous months as time allows. I will also try to pull the numbers together from 2013, but I didn't keep track as well with all that was happening.)

 Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan

This book is unbelievable. I'm not kidding. I have no idea how Robin Sloan did this. What kind of brain comes up with things like these? I really don't want to explain ANYTHING about this book, because it's lovely as a complete surprise. I'll just say this: it combines history, bibliophilia, and science maybe-soon-to-be-fact fiction into this insane but totally believable world. Robin Sloane's book, and his world, are a delight to explore.

ps. This book glows in the dark.
pps. Ernest Cline (Ready Player One) and Robin Sloan are on my watch-very-carefully list.

 The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

I adore Neil Gaiman. I adore his writing too. I'm one of those fans that automatically reads anything new, and this book was no exception. My parents gave it to me for Christmas, because they know books are the best gift. I read it in an evening. It's a poignant, dark, slightly terrifying tale about one boy's journey into a realm of myth and magic and his subsequent loss of innocence.

Neil's writing is so evocative and atmospheric, the settings so palpable. I feel I've walked the English countryside with his characters.

Loved it.

William Shakespeare's Star Wars by Ian Doescher

This was a gift I received in the mail on my birthday. It's all of Episode IV in iambic pentameter. Seriously. The whole film. And it totally works.

This is the kind of stunt I would be tempted to do. Ian Doescher, you are a fan after my own heart.

I'm sure this book is much more entertaining if you've memorized the original script, which of course, I have.

Thank you, Geary. You know me well.

Lovely, Dark, and Deep by Amy McNamara

YA fiction. Really, a treatise on loss and grief. I have experienced sensations similar to what this main character goes through, so I could identify, but those more interested in a plot driven tale might be a little bored. This book is character driven and Wren's road through her veil of tears is a tough one.

Warnings on some sexual situations? Language? I can't really remember. But there might be some of that. So sensitive readers be aware.