Cupcakes & Machetes recommended that I watch An American Werewolf in London (1981), which was bloody and full of frontal male nudity, which you just don’t see in films anymore. And I have to say, the special effects folks didn’t make their werewolf sexy. He was pretty terrifying! An excellent movie for my Friday night horror watch.
Not long ago I interviewed Rebecca Frost. Did you start following her blog? Her posts really get me thinking. Though lots of writers include a blog element to their website, many just answer basics like, how long do you write, do you have a schedule, where do you write, etc., questions I don’t find inspiring but would be helpful to a young writer. Frost gets me thinking as a consumer of books, as a human in a community of literature . . .
For instance, in her post about perfection, she notes, “The other day I read a comment (about a knitting pattern, but it still applies) where someone said ‘If I’m paying $X, I expect it to be perfect.'” What are reasonable expectation when you pay for something like a book?
When Frost writes about how to encourage a writer, she has clear ideas shaped by her father, who simply read her work, and listened to her read it aloud every single day. Going away to college changed that relationship, so recorded herself reading and sent it to him, adding, “Somewhere [my dad] has 6 CDs of a Rebecca Frost original audiobook.” My heart! These posts lived in my brain all week and changed some thoughts I had about reading and writing. Click the links to go join the conversation.
THIS WEEK’S BLOG POSTS
I knew lots of folks would read my review of Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel because they enjoyed it so, but I was fairly “ho-hum” about the plot. Surprisingly, many readers forgot that a large part of the first half of the novel (I stopped around 50%) is about Arthur, the actor who dies in the first couple of pages. Giant flashbacks of his life trying to get acting work and his wife, Miranda, creator of the comic book Station Eleven. And then how he cheats on Miranda. We even get her history with her boyfriend before she meets Arthur. When someone tells me a book is a post-apocalyptic pandemic novel, and it’s got a great scary start with a mysterious flu taking over the hospital, I don’t except to read a novel about infidelity set . . . before the pandemic.
Because most readers loved St. John Mandel’s book, True Story by Kate Reed Petty didn’t get as much attention, but suffice it to say it’s another book that looks at sexual harassment and violence against teen girls, but with a twist on the theme — we don’t know if the assault even happened.
Closer to Home by Mercedes Lackey gave us a chance to look at books we’ve enjoyed that use a well-known story (anything Shakespeare, fairy tales, etc.) and rework the plot. Do you know of a good book that was a retelling of a famous tale? Head over to my review and leave a comment!
NEXT WEEK’S BLOG POSTS
Don’t you just love it when you find a self-published book that’s like a secret treasure, and you, a dragon-of-a-reader can add it to your hoard? Just kidding! I’m about sharing books, not hiding them away! Olivia Hill’s Ultra is a science fiction novel about three women who are part of a government experiment, complete with Area 51, Project MK Ultra, and a hotel called the Ali-Inn. Get it? Review Tuesday.
Susan Rosenberg was a political activist sentenced to prison for helping transport a moving truck loaded with weapons, explosives, and fake IDs across state lines. When she is convicted, her sentence is longer than any given before, and she’s sent to a new, experimental prison that nearly breaks her. This memoir will be reviewed Thursday.
BOOKS ADDED TO THE TBR PILE
Owned Books on TBR at Beginning of Year: 242
Owned Books on TBR Today: 223