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Ok, I admit it.  I am addicted to purple sweaters.  I have...a few.


Oh, and if anyone wants to hear Terry Pratchett's Printz Honor acceptance speech, it's here.


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Nov. 30th, 2008 03:12 pm
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A few more reviews...

Eleven )Rapunzel's Revenge )Nation )Nation )


Stargirl )
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I slogged through Small Gods by Terry Pratchett and in the end it managed to delight me and surprise me a little bit.  The Discworld books are always fun and almost always make me stop and think in the end.  This time it was about faith.  The religions in the book are contrived; mocking the type of religion a lot of people have, where faith is only done by rote in an effort to look out for oneself.  In Small Gods, gods exist only if humans believe in them.  Brutha has a blind faith in the god Om and that faith brings Om back into power, but Brutha's faith is only complete and powerful once he questions it and sees through the things others have done in religion's name--things he once would have gone along with, without considering why.

Some of the ideas made me cringe a little, but hey, if faith can't stand up to some poking and you never examine it carefully, then what good is it?

I've also been reading Some of the Kinder Planets by Tim Wynne-Jones, which I borrowed from the mwt library.  It's out of print, but he's written lots of other books, including the Rex Zero ones, and A Thief in the House of Memory and The Boy in the Burning House, both of which I've heard good things about.  Can he possibly be related to Diana Wynne Jones, only with an extraneous hyphen? Anyway, the short stories are so good that they make even a non-writer like me think of writing.  He makes it seem that effortless, taking ordinary situations and making them extraordinary.

EditSome of the Kinder Planets does not seem to be out of print, according to Amazon.

Have I mentioned that I am a champagne junkie?  A champagne ho?   I love love love the stuff.  A surprise bottle of it showed up in the refrigerator.  Woot! 
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Read a couple of things recently and enjoyed them both.

Sourcery by Terry Pratchett, one of the Discworld series, is the funniest one I've read so far.  The plot wasn't much to speak of, but the book was hilarious.  I love his style of writing and will keep reading my way through the series.  They are always fun, light reading, this one lighter than most.

I finally read Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson and will be adding it to the library's collection as soon as I get back to school tomorrow.  For those who have read it, I don't need to tell you that every word is brilliant.  Speak tells the story of Melinda, a high school freshman with a secret.  At first, all we know is that she is an outcast at school, shunned by her friends after calling the police during a wild party.  Melinda's voice is funny, scathing, and filled with pain.  She is terribly unhappy with all aspects of her life--friends, family, her looks, her weight, and we soon discover that she is in agony and depressed after being raped at the party.  She barely speaks to anyone but over the course of the school year, with the help of her art teacher, begins to come to grips with what happened to her.  Ms. Anderson nails the voice of a high school girl.   Everything in the book is commonplace, but it all carries deeper meaning; the trees, seeds, snow, Melinda's closet, The Scarlet Letter, the role of art and plays, free speech.  It's just awesome. 

Happy Easter, all!
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Reaper Man:  Another fabulous Discworld book.  It was good throughout and the end was better than fabulous.  How does Terry Pratchett write books that are funny and clever, then suddenly they are profound and touching and very wise?

Melusine by Sarah Monette:  I liked it.  It reminds me very much of Lynn Flewelling's Nightrunner books.  Hunky, tortured heroes, lots of action, evil magicians.  I've started The Virtu, the second book in the series.  My one complaint has to do with the language.  The setting is an exotic fantasy one and the author uses lots of made-up words to mean dates and periods of time.  The terms are never defined by our standards, which is fine.  It was kind of fun to try to figure out what they meant.  But Mildmay speaks in a lower-class vernacular, with lots of swearing and that got repetitious after awhile.  He uses phrases that seemed jarring to me, "barbecue sauce" and "numbnuts" are two that  come to mind.  Those are minor things, though, and I especially liked the way the narration went back and forth between the two men.  It kept things interesting.

The Folk Keeper by Franny Billingsley:  This one really wasn't my thing.  Something about the heroine put me off.  The book reminded me very much of the movie "The Village" with the same sort of menacing, unseen evil always there, waiting to pounce.  It was beautifully written, however, and the main character's voice was unusual and well done.

Mort

Feb. 2nd, 2008 09:40 pm
checkers65477: (library science)
I'm trying to post about the books I like, so a few words about Mort by Terry Pratchett.  It's the fifth Discworld book I've read, and my favorite so far. 

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