Monday, September 7, 2009

William Blake's "The Tyger"

We're reading Blake's Songs of Experience in my British Lit class and I've absolutely fallen in love with his illustrations. Thought I'd share this one of "The Tyger".

Thursday, August 6, 2009

My summer of boredom...

Not that anyone cares, but I know it's been quite awhile since I've written. And it's not because my summer has been full of exciment and thrill, trust me. I think it's just that I got in the habit of not writing after many months, and it has just stuck with me. I wish I had something interesting to write about, like summer trips, new story ideas, or book reviews (I've been rereading the Harry Potter series--I'm on the third book now, hooray for Lupin! Hooray for Sirius Black! Hooray for butterbeer!), but I don't. All I have is an old story idea I've been working on for what seems like ages (and I'm only 9 pages, not even 5,000 words into the story!), some bored hours spent shelving in the Dewey Decimal system at my new job at the library (I know--I stopped working at the bookstore and switched to the library, my aren't I adventurous. Actually, when I found out I had the job, I had this ridiculous notion that I'd be facing dangerous monsters and tricky enchantments in the lower levels just like Lirael; ha, I have never been more wrong in my life, unless you consider the Dewey Decimal system to be a monster).
Anyway, I have absolutely nothing good to show you, so I thought I might include a picture from my travels in Amsterdam last summer (instead of doing one big post on my trip, I'll include one picture with every post I write, including a description of said picture).



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This is the view from the kitchen of my cousin's apartment in Amsterdam, Netherlands. I just love love love the apartments in Amsterdam (well, okay, I could do without the ankle-twisting dutch staircases)--especially if they have those cute little garden houses in the back like this one does!

More later,
Sookie :-)

Sunday, June 28, 2009

One of my favorite books


This is from one of my favorite books by Ellen Hopkins. Identical is one of those books that are so terrible, scary, but good, you just don't think you'll make it through. However, Ellen Hopkins really makes you care about her characters, makes you want to see Kaeleigh and Raeanne's struggle for freedom, even if it's not such a happily ever after ending. Identical is hauntingly, but wonderfully written in Ellen Hopkin's usual style.


Raeanne
Mirror, Mirror

When I look into a
mirror,
it is her face I see.
her right is my left, double
moles, dimple and all.
My right is her left,
unblemished.

We are exact
opposites,
Kaeleigh and me.
Mirror-image identical
twins. One egg, one sperm,
one zygote, divided,
sharing one complete
set of genetic markers.

On the outside
we are the same. But not
the inside. I think
she is the egg, so
much like our mother
it makes me want to scream.
Cold.
Controlled.
That makes me the sperm,
I guess. I take completely
after our father.
All Daddy, that's me.
Codependant.
Cowardly.
Good, bad. Left, right.
Kaeleigh and Raeanne.
One egg, one sperm.
One being, split in two.

And how many
souls?

much love,
Sookie

ps. sorry, I know this isn't much of a review, but I'm not sure any review would do this book justice--it's just got so much to it. I would recommend this book for ages fourteen or older. It is definitely NOT a light read (but in this case that's a good thing).

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

The Water Mirror (Dark Relfections, Book 1) by Kai Meyer



Merle is an orphan in Venice in the 1800's. But her Venice is a much different Venice than we know. Of course there is the Doge's palace, the gondolas, the canals and such, but this Venice is also home to stone lions (some with wings) that prowl the city, mermaids with sharks' mouths that swim in the canals, and, of course, the Flowing Queen--a goddess of the mermaids and the source of the canals. Merle and her new found friend (who is blind) Junipa are apprenticed to Arcimboldo--the magic mirror maker. For both girls this apprenticeship means a new found freedom from their orphanage, it also means an end to Junipa's blindness as well (but at a stange cost). While apprenticed at Arcimboldo's shop Merle meets a master thief under the age of fifteen, a mermaid with legs, The Ancient Traiter (the last talking, winged lion), and the Flowing Queen herself! Among many others.

I thouroughly enjoyed The Water Mirror. For the most part it was interesting and had wonderfully crafted world with many inventive creatures, who wouldn't want to ride on the back of a huge, winged, obsidian lion? But although I enjoyed it, the book was strangely put togeteher--some things needed to be explained (although I suppose the author was trying to leave loose ends for the rest of the books in the trilogy to pick up). From what I've heard of the next book in the trilogy, The Stone Light, I'm not sure I want to read it. But The Water Mirror is definitely worth reading if you love well-woven fantasy--which I do.