Archive for January, 2007

The Tuesday List (TBS)

Well, I have a new car and a new dryer. On the reading front, did I get very far on my books? No…but I did start some new ones…without finishing the others first. Here’s the list for this week:

Sandry’s Book by Tamora Pierce – I’m listening to this one on CD in my new car. (My old car only had a cassette player.)

The Gardener by Sarah Stewart – A picture book about a young gardener in the 1930s who has to go live with her uncle in the city for a while.

Cocktail Party Cheat Sheets brought to you by mental_floss – I’ve only gotten through 4 more pages. It’s really well written though.

Doctor Who: I Am a Dalek by Gareth Roberts – Still only halfway done with this one.

A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking – This is the tenth anniversary edition. I’m working my way through chapter one.

There you go. As always, if you have a book to recommend to me, just comment here. You still have two days left to enter into the 451 Press Comment Contest, and a book recommendation definitely counts.

Posted on 30th January 2007
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Film Roundup: Updates

It occurs to me that I have mentioned quite a few books that are being made into films over the past few months. So, as a service to my readers, and because I like to compile information, here are the status updates for the films so far.

Alatriste: Appeared in US theaters 22 December 2006. No DVD yet.
Blood and Chocolate: Due in US theaters on 26 January 2007.
Bridge to Terabithia: Due in US theaters on 16 February 2007.
Casino Royale: Available on DVD – March 13, 2007
The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian: In pre-production. Current release date – 16 May 2008.
The Dark is Rising: In pre-production. Current US release date – 28 September 2007.
Eragon: Still in some theaters. Not well reviewed.
Flicka: Available on DVD – February 6, 2007.
The Giver: In pre-production with 2007 release date.
The Golden Compass: In post-production. Current US release date – 7 December 2007
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix: In post-production. Due in US theaters on 13 July 2007.
Miss Potter: Currently in US theaters.
Nancy Drew: Due in US theaters on 15 June 2007.
The Ruby in the Smoke: Has appeared on BBC TV. No sign of a DVD yet.
A Spell for Chameleon: Still listed as “announced” with a theoretical release date of 2008.
The Spiderwick Chronicles: Currently in production. Due in US theaters on 15 February 2008.
Stormbreaker: (aka Alex Rider – Operation Stormbreaker) Currently available on DVD.

Posted on 24th January 2007
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The Tuesday List (TBS)

Well, what with my car being declared totaled and my dryer dying, I’ve been a bit busy. I have gotten a bit of reading done, though.
Here’s the list for this week:

The Salamander Room by Anne Mazer – This was a recommendation. I’ll let you know what I think of this picture book.

Cocktail Party Cheat Sheets brought to you by mental_floss – I’m one third of the way into this. I can feel my brain getting bigger.

Doctor Who: I Am a Dalek by Gareth Roberts – Halfway done.

Rurouni Kenshin: Meiji Swordsman Romantic Story by Nobuhiro Watsuki – I have yet to begin number 21. I did watch the second DVD of the anime, though.

A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking – This is the tenth anniversary edition. I’ve just begun.

So, there you go. Now, I’m off to read car websites in the hopes of finding something that I can afford. Happy reading!

Posted on 23rd January 2007
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Reading Fanfiction (TBS)

The other day, Jamie over at Fiction Scribe posted on the subject of fanfiction, and it got me to thinking about the genre. I have read a great deal of fanfiction in my time. At one point, I even wrote a bit of it. I have some friends who are writers of magnificent fanfiction. (Frankly, I think that they’ve spoiled me with their Stargate SG-1 fics…but I digress.) I have even read fanfiction that became an official tie-in novel (Susan M. Garrett’s Forever Knight tie-in Intimations of Morality. I have both versions.) Lately, I have been reading way too much Doctor Who fanfiction. (No surprises there.) There is such a variety of skill level and topic out there, even within just the one fandom. I have encountered some incredible imagery and several well-plotted adventures. Of course, there are also those stories that make you want to tear your hair out, but after a bit you get a feeling for authors that you like. Then, as with any other genre, you can find similar authors, and go from there. For me, the allure of fanfiction is the chance to see what might have been, or to get into the mind of the character. In case you are interested in reading some fanfiction yourself, Fanfiction.net has a wide variety of topics, and is bound to have something for everyone. What is your opinion of fanfiction? Do you read it?

Posted on 18th January 2007
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Coming to The Big Screen: The Dark is Rising (TBS)

Okay. I’m feeling a bit conflicted about this one. The Dark is Rising is one of my favorite series ever. No, seriously. I adore this series. I have seen Susan Cooper in person, and she autographed my copy of Over Sea, Under Stone. There, in fact, lies my first quibble. The Dark is Rising is book two of the The Dark is Rising series. Over Sea, Under Stone is book one. Walden Media has decided to start with book two for some reason. I admit that book two may seem a bit more exciting that book one, but if they wish to make a film of book three at some later point they will have to figure out some way to introduce the characters from book one. In any case, this project is listed as being in pre-production at this point with a release date currently set for September 28, 2007. There is no word on the cast as of yet. I wonder who they will choose to play Merry Lyon? Now, I would love to seen this series on film, but only if it is done well. The fact that they are not doing book one first, doesn’t really inspire my confidence. Please do a good job, Walden Media.

Posted on 17th January 2007
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The Tuesday List (TBS)

Behold! I am actually on vacation. I’ve even slept. This is *so* not normal. Let’s see how much I can get read and reviewed in the next two weeks. That’s the kind of challenge I enjoy. Here’s the list for this week:

Cocktail Party Cheat Sheets brought to you by mental_floss – So, are you a knowledge junkie? I am. So far I’ve learned about Alexander the Great and Attila The Hun. I suppose you wouldn’t be surprised to discover that I also subscribe to mental_floss the magazine.

Doctor Who: I Am a Dalek by Gareth Roberts – I haven’t made it through this one yet. I *do* have time this week, though.

Bad Kitty by Michele Jaffe – Is in my crunched car in the shop. Yeah. Gotta get it out of there.

Rurouni Kenshin: Meiji Swordsman Romantic Story by Nobuhiro Watsuki – Almost done with number 20.

Now, if I can just stop reading fanfiction long enough to finish some of this stuff. That would be a good idea, eh? Have a well-read week!

Posted on 16th January 2007
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Reviewed Elsewhere (TBS)

I finished Doctor Who: Aliens and Enemies by Justin Richards yesterday, and I ended up reviewing it over at watchingdrwho.com. I enjoyed it. It was the same blend of information and entertainment as Doctor Who: Monsters and Villains, that featured many of the Ninth Doctor’s foes. This new tome of The Doctor’s enemies (and a few friends) was worth spending my gift certificate on. If you want to hear more of my views on the subject, read my full review.

Posted on 11th January 2007
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Review: Nancy Drew’s Guide to Life (TBS)

Have you ever read any Nancy Drew mysteries? I did. I loved those mysteries, and the slightly updated ones from the 1980s. Well, for those of us inspired by Miss Drew, Jennifer Worick gives us Nancy Drew’s Guide to Life. This tiny tome provides advice on all sorts of topics and even notes the adventure that inspired it. From Survival Strategies, “When bound and gagged, you can still tap out HELP in morse code to attract attention,” to Dating, “If a guy takes you on a roller coaster repeatedly, it might be because he likes it when you cling to him” this book has all sorts of helpful advice. It also features an attached bookmark with a tiny magnifying glass at the end. Illustrated with all sorts of classic Nancy Drew images, this book is more fun than its small size might suggest. My favorite piece of advice? “If you see something resembling a shark in a river, don’t fret. It’s more likely to be a small submarine operated by thieves. – The Mystery of Lilac Inn.” This is the sort of book that you will find in the gift section of major book stores. So, get it as a gift for yourself. Hey, the advice could come in handy someday. (Did you ever wonder if Carolyn Keene and Franklin W. Dixon were the same person? Well, according to Major Authors and Illustrators for Children and Young Adults, 2nd ed. – “”Carolyn Keene” is the collective pseudonym of the Sratemeyer Syndicate, which published the popular and enduring “Nancy Drew” novels” and “Edward L. Stratemeyer, Andrew E. Svenson, Harriet S. Adams, and James Duncan Lawrence were among the authors who contributed to the “Hardy Boys”.” So…they kind of were the same person. Or, the same people at any rate… Mysterey solved!)

Posted on 11th January 2007
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Blood and Chocolate: The Film (TBS)

Yes, it’s true. Yet another book is coming to the big screen. At this rate who know what they might decide to film? It looks like I might actually attend the theater regularly this year. This time around it’s Annette Curtis Klause’s Blood and Chocolate that is being translated to film. I wonder if they will do The Silver Kiss next? It would make sense to do Werewolves and then Vampires, right? (Sigh. Okay, just me then.) Blood and Chocolate is the story of a young female werewolf who falls in love with a human. As you can imagine, this does not work out as well as she would like. It doesn’t help that her pack is in something of a crisis at the moment. Will she reveal herself to an outsider? Agnes Buckner (”Linda” from 24) plays Vivian, the werewolf, and her beloved Aiden is played by Hugh Dancy from Ella Enchanted. Now, I may have a weakness for werewolves, but I’m thinking that I’ll have someone else see this film first to let me know how scary it is. As you know, I am not too big on scary films. As usual I am left wondering how far they strayed from the book this time around. I suppose that only time will tell.

Posted on 10th January 2007
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The Tuesday List (TBS)

Remember last week when I thought I’d have more time to read? Well, I laugh at me from last week. At least I did finish the Doctor Who book… In any case, here’s this week’s list:

The Amulet of Samarkand by Jonathan Stroud – Is the book for Book Club this week.

Doctor Who: I Am a Dalek by Gareth Roberts – This book is pretty short. I have hopes that I may finish it this week.

Bad Kitty by Michele Jaffe – Still not making too much headway on this one, but not for lack of wanting to.

Rurouni Kenshin: Meiji Swordsman Romantic Story by Nobuhiro Watsuki – I’m halfway through number 20.

Wish me luck on my reading this week. I work three 12-9 shifts, and I have to get ready for my vacation. On this vacation I am going absolutely nowhere, so, hopefully I will have more time to read next week.

Posted on 9th January 2007
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