Saturday, October 31, 2009

The Books of October

The Good, The Best, and all The Rest


The Good
Heartsick by Chelsea Cain
Sweetheart by Chelsea Cain
Evil at Heart by Chelsea Cain (sense a pattern?)
Creepers by David Morrell
The Year of the Flood by Margaret Atwood

The Best Book of October:

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. Recommended by one Carrie Harris, this well read YA book is about a death game occuring in a futuristic setting. I read it and then gave it to my roommate who also devoured it. I don't remember books being this violent when I was a YA, but I like it!

Runner-ups:

Speak
by Laurie Halse Andersen. The second book I've read by this author, I was impressed by how the author handled serious subject matter (rape) in a creative and innovative manner.

Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn. A modern mystery with a deeply scarred heroine and a gothic tint to it, and I loved it.


The Rest

The Rest are not "bad" books. The books I do not like or wish to read, I stop reading. Period (these books are never listed by the way). And while the books below may not have hit me in just the right way, I did take the time to finish each and every one of them.

Darkly Dreaming Dexter by Jeff Lindsay
Eyes Like Stars by Lisa Mantchev
Patient Zero by Jonathan Maberry
A Good and Happy Child by Justin Evans

I'm always open to book suggestions for the future (though with Nano starting tomorrow, I don't think November holds many books for me).

In Honor of Halloween, I give you Jack! (The Pumpkin King)



Happy Halloween!

Friday, October 23, 2009

Hey where did I go?

Not much to report on the writing front. I've been steeling myself up for NaNo. Less than ten days away!

On the movie front, I finally went and saw Paranormal Activity, and while I'm not sure if it is in fact one of the scariest movies ever (as promised in the ad), it certainly is worth catching a viewing of. Most higher budgeted movies have trouble accomplishing what PA accomplished.

Mercedes posted about her favorite music to write with, and I thought I'd add my two cents. I love music that is slow and eerie to write with, for instance:

Bon Iver - "Skinny Love"




or the ever loved Portishead's "Glory Box"



Enjoy

Monday, October 5, 2009

The Books of September

Never found missing library book. Have also yet to pay library fines...

Here's a list of new books read in September

The Good

The Girl's Guide to Hunting and Fishing by Melissa Bank
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror by editor Stephen Jones - volumes 7,13, and 19
*worst list keeper ever. Forgot Cabal by Clive Barker*

The Best

The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan: this post-apocalyptic YA book made my eyes moist up a bit... must have been my contacts. I honestly didn't know a Young Adult book could be like this, and reading this book helped me open up to the YA market.

Runner-ups:

Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Andersen. Another wonderful YA book, this one about anorexia. It takes a look at anorexia in teenage girls without reading like a lifetime movie. It's chilling, surreal, eerily beautiful, and it is neither cheesy or overly sentimental.

Sandman Slim
by Richard Kadrey: This book kicked ass. End of story.

The Rest

Faithless by Karin Slaughter


Have started outlining and making lists for Nano. Me writing 50,000 words of shorts without prepartion would be the opposite of good. You can buddy me by clicking on my awesome Nano Badge

Good writing peoples!

Thursday, October 1, 2009

I like rules. Except for the ones I break.

I have decided that this year, I want to participate in NaNoWriMo. I think a month focused on stressed productive writing will do me some good. I do better with deadlines than I do without. But after I decided that I was going to write 50,000 words, I realized there was still one little problem.

I don't any novel ideas. (pun!) Not a one. Oh wait maybe, maybe, ah no. Not. A. One.

But then I thought, what the hell, why not just write 50,000 words of stories? Some exploring of forums led me to find out that this would make me a NaNo Rebel.

Sold.

So heres to November and the stories that it will bring.

And heres to deadlines.

Cheers all.