Monthly Archives: February 2011

Bogus to Bubbly

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Author: Scott Westerfeld

Publisher: Simon Pulse (2008)

This book is essentially about this world Scott Westerfeld created which includes a nifty Hoverboard manual, a glossary of terms, and in depth walk through his inspirations for names, slang, and anything else you can think of that you ever wanted to know about the Uglies. Additionally, there’s an alternate beginning for Extras in the male’s perspective (I read this before Extras) and lots of other fun things.

This review will be short because I loved reading about Westerfeld’s inner workings and as a writer, this illuminated aspects of his writing process and what could work for me.

A fulfilling read from beginning to end. Check it out!

MFA Trepidation

New Year, huh? At this moment, MFA programs are being bombarded with applications filled with unseen and unknown writers ready to take the plunge into the world of writing. Well, at least that’s what some think this MFA is about. Continue reading

Death With Interruptions

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Author: Jose Saramago

Publisher: Harcourt (2008 in English; 2005 in Portuguese)

death (that’s right, death with a small d), has decided to stop killing people in this unnamed country. The minister doesn’t know what to do. The country is in an uproar with all these people hanging in limbo between death and life. The maphia (yes with a ph and not an f) take matters into their own hands. But that’s not what this story is about. death eventually starts killing people again in which she sends violet colored envelopes to folks telling them they have a week left to live, to give them enough time to get their things in order for their demise. When an envelope is returned to her not once, twice but three times, she visits the cellist who has managed to evade her death letter and things change for her.

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Freddy’ Krueger’s Tales of Terror: Blind Date

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Author: Bruce Richards

Publisher: Tor (1994)

This is funny – just for fun, I’m going to include the synopsis on the back of this book.

Alicia has it all: good looks, talent and the start of the football team for a boyfriend. Why then is she hanging around with “weird” Evan, the nerd? Evan is the biggest dweeb in school and Alicia feels sorry for him and for all the cruel jokes her friends play, but sympathy only makes it worse. the nicer she is to Evan the more they beat him up. Then Alicia’s friends begin to disappear. A dead cat with its eyes plucked out is found in the trunk of a car and a terrible accident is about to happen. But will it really be an accident?

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Specials

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Author: Scott Westerfeld

Publisher: Simon Pulse (2006)

Tally Younglood is now a Special with her friend, Shay. Instead of running away from Dr. Cable, Tally, Shay, and a bunch of other Cutters work for her now. When Tally learns that Zane is back from the hospital, she tries everything in her power to be with him again. Continue reading