Friday, February 29, 2008

March Hiatus

I know, I know. Despite the fact that I haven't been posting anything much, I'm still taking a hiatus in this upcoming month. Don't worry--I'm not giving up on blogging altogether. And maybe I'll even post a book review or two during March...but that's only a maybe. I've been very bad about keeping up with everyone's blogs, so forgive me if I haven't read your stuff like I usually do. Or if I'm not answering questions...I'm still here. It's just that right now I'm double-busy. But now that I'm on hiatus, it'll FINALLY give me some extra time to write. I've been working on this one project for over a month...I'll give you a sample when it's polished to perfection! (Right now it's resembling something worse than the plot lines of High School Musical, and to me that be very bad indeed >.<)
Best regards,

Thursday, February 21, 2008

A Curse Dark as Gold by Elizabeth C. Bunce

A Curse Dark as Gold

Charlotte Miller and her sister are left practically destitute after the death of their father.
Charlotte has never believed any of that superstitious nonsense--the curse that is said to be on their mill and its male heirs...
But after one too many things gone wrong, Charlotte is forced to find help from an outside source.
Enter Jack Spinner, who changes Charlotte's life (not always for the better) and turns her whole world upside down with his magical abilities.
Curse is a retelling of the fairytale "Rumplestiltskin".

This book was extardordinary. Dare I say...golden?
After that whorl-wind of an ending, I'm still trying to figure out whether I liked it or not.
One thing that definitely shines through is the writing--Elizabeth C. Bunce's ability to capture her readers in the creepy atmosphere of Curse is amazing.
This is one book you don't want to miss!

Sunday, February 10, 2008

Bicycling. Blogging. Books. Tennis????

Sorry that I haven't exactly kept to my two-posts-a-week goal. My current schedule is hardly condusive to blogging. Or reading.
Despite the latter fact, I bought Elizabeth C. Bunce's A Curse Dark as Gold today. I didn't think it was coming out for awhile...but I saw it at the bookstore, so I picked it up.
Then I went bicycle shopping. I haven't ridden since before my age was two digits. (Maybe six? Maybe eight?)
As soon as I get my new bike (I already know what I want--I'm picky: it has to have 21 speeds, an aluminum frame, 24" wheels ,hey, don't look at me like that, I'm short!, front and rear suspension, and please please be light blue, blue, or green, no pink or purple!), I know I'll fall right off. But oh well--I've decided that I'm going to bike my way around campus (whichever college I end up choosing).
Ooh--exciting news on that front! This week I was accepted to Stephen F. Austen University. YAY YAY YIGGEDY YAY! I thought it was so funny--my acceptance letter said "You're a Lumberjack!" and I was like, what???? (My brain kinda fries after tennis practice), then I figured out that the lumberjack is the school's mascot. (*breathes a sigh of relief* I cannnot do anything involving an axe or tree cutting).
Anyway, speaking of tennis.....
The season just started up again. In celebration I made this *very simple* little ad for a tennis supply store. It's animated is on the most basic level--but I still love it:

I'm thinking of adding it to the Gogu Graphics website.

I am so, so sorry I haven't been able to keep up with everyone's blogs the way I want to. I will try to do better this week....

Monday, February 4, 2008

The Host by Stephenie Meyer

The Host by Stephenie Meyer is not yet published so I'll do my best not to spoil anything for those of you without an ARC (Muchos Gracias to Em for ARC, by the way ^_^).

Wanderer is a "soul": a parasitic alien who can only survive inside a host body. But she has never really felt like she belongs in her souls' worlds, though she's visited many planets (hence the name).
When she is inserted into a rebel human body, one of the last survivors of the aliens' takeover, she never could expect this--Melanie, the host, has survived and remains in tact along with Wanderer's soul.
Melanie isn't willing to give up on surviving: she torments Wanderer with dreams and memories of another surviving human: a young man. Jared.
Wanderer soon recognizes her own feelings for this man she has never met--and leaves the ever-serene (ever-boring) world of the souls for a much more turbulent one: a camp of non-inserted humans living in the desert. Melanie's world. The Host arrives in May 2008, published by Little, Brown.

At the beginning I had such mixed feelings about the book (having read Stephenie Meyer's other series, The Twilight Series). But after a couple of pages or so--I was transfixed. An alien who falls in love with the same man as her host loves? It was fascinating--along with the fantastical descriptions of the host bodies of other planets (dragons, flowers, singing's all there, I tell you). For some reason, even though there are aliens and a few mentions of spaceships, I would classify this book more as Fantasy. But genres aside--I think I love this book EVEN MORE than the Twilight series (heresy! I know!). Once again Stephenie Meyer has dazzled us with a deeply psychological struggle. It is, without a doubt, a character story. If you're for a more plot-driven story, you might like this book too. There are more outside forces at work--and quite a few action scenes.
I think you can already tell, but, I just have to say: I love this book and was pleased once again by my favorite author. Kudos!