Jan 20, 2010

Happy Doubly Delayed New Year!!

Yep, so this is how it works, we are pretending the last week totally didn't happen and I am RIGHT on schedule. That okay with you? Gooooood!
Now it is time for the Doubly Delayed Happy New Year!

I already posted some goals for 2010, so you have some idea of what's in store for this year. But in case you missed it, there is going to be LOTS of dystopia and science fiction bouncing around. In honor of this new focus I am unveiling my new blog design! Yay! I am also planning on reviewing more now than I ever have before. I have never considered myself a book reviewer, more an explorer of books. And while I do still hope to look at books in my own unique way, I want to be more diligent about doing a bit more of a review style.

Also upcoming will be my saunter into a college dystopian literature syllabus. I picked this course over some of the others that I found because I will only have to reread one book. I also desperately need to finish The Iron Heel and hopefully this will force me to get that done.

Previous to starting this I am hoping to read Fahrenheit 451 for the first time and to reread 1984. I was supped to read Fahrenheit 451 last year; I PROMISED myself I would. but that didn't happen. And though I am disappointed, I am trying to look and move forward.

I will not be getting a laptop as soon as I had hoped but I am trying to work out more stress free ways to blog rather than cramming it all into one library visit.

Are you planning on doing anything new in 2010?

I hope your New Year is filled with many blissful things and many blissful books.

Jan 19, 2010

Skin Hunger

The story presented in Skin Hunger by Kathleen Duey is told in switching time narratives. We know there is a time span between them but we don't know how long or short. One is set in the forward time of the narrative where we see through the eyes of a young man who is a student of magic. The other time is connected to a point in past time told by a young lady whose mother died in child birth.

Both narratives, in part, involve the observation of two men, Franklin and Somiss. The girl observes the men learning magic, trying to regain information of the old songs and spells. the boy observes the men teaching magic and techniques on how to utilize it.

One of the driving points of interest for me was the uncertainty of the two time periods. I desperately wanted them to converge and connect and sometimes in moments, I thought they did, and I pushed through the story even more.

Each time period provides little morsels of information that form the story only at the point where they join together in your mind. My mind became consumed with understanding each of these two men from every angle.

Kathleen Duey's storytelling in the novel is nothing short of masterful. Without her storytelling this book would have not help my interest. The topic and darkness of this book is beyond my normal interests. But the book is really rooted in the gritty reality of life. There is something to be said about a work that looks unabashedly in the face of tragedy and just states it, without guilt or pity. This is the sorrow of life, look at it.

In an interview with the National Book Foundation Kathleen states:
The book reflects reality, I think. I intend it that way. History is a
braid of individual lives, all shaped by decisions, uncertainties, ideals,
ambitions, reasons, insanities, loves, hatreds, and all the rest. But a few
people in every era, often unwilling and unprepared, serve as catalysts. The
book follows two people in each of the storylines who are shoved into their
fates, and have to find ways to live, and to live with themselves--as we all do,
every day.

Jan 17, 2010

Library Loot - January Week 3


Library Loot is a weekly event co-hosted by Eva and Marg that encourages bloggers to share the books they’ve checked out from the library. If you’d like to participate, just write up your post-feel free to steal the button-and link it using the Mr.Linky any time during the week. And of course check out what other participants are getting from their libraries!

Checked Out
a cool moonlight by Angela Johnson
Alcatraz Versus the Evil Librarians by Brandon Sanderson
Flight of the Pheonix by R.L. LaFevers
When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead
The Demon's Lexicon by Sarah Rees Brennan
The 7 Professors of the Far North by John Fardell
The Flight of the Silver Turtle by John Fardell

Renewed
Rivers of Fire by Patrick Carman
The City of Gold and Lead by John Christopher
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Returned
Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick

The first two weeks I did really good taking it slow on library books and this week I just went out of control! I was trying to find some middle grade science fiction and ended up just wandering the Juvenile section of the library.

Hush, Hush was a pretty quick read. I like to make sure I get the New Arrivals right back because we can only renew them for a week.
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