Showing posts from April, 2012

Feature and Follow Friday

As you all know, Feature and Follow Friday is hosted by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read, and is all about spreading some blogosphere love.

Question of the Week: What is one book that you would be nervous to see a movie adaption of because you think the movie could never live up to the book?

My Answer: There are a few, so I'm breaking the "one book" rule. Damn it, who needs rules. Okay, so first off- Angela Carter's "The Magic Toyshop". It's such a great book, a true classic. It has me quaking in terror for its female protagonist and loving the male protagonist for his defiance and helplessness and gazing into the air and feeling lobotomized because I can never, ever, ever write like Angela Carter, nobody can. My love for the English language is multiplied twelve-fold just because of the existence of this book. Enough said why I wouldn't want to see a movie adaptation of it. This book is so cosmically brilliant that it would make the screens explode if …


Author’s Note: written for a competition in one of WD’s critique groups. “Quack Remedies and Cosmetics” was the topic, and I decided not to write a story but make a list of really odd cosmetics and medicines. It was fun coming up with all these names and descriptions, and I had ten of them initially but I narrowed it down to five because I don’t want to, you know, hog all your time. (Although I actually do. Just being honest.)  Power to the Blogosphere! Keep reading 
An array of concoctions that will bewitch and enchant you! Ethereal and esoteric, brewed with slavish perfection and served with a side of sweet decadence! Give your senses the hedonistic delight they crave! Now Selling:
Envy of Rapunzel: this potion is still and silent, a pale lavender liquid the consistency of cream. The potion is ensconced in what appears to be locks of golden hair braided thickly around a glass bottle. There…

Follow Friday

Ah, been a while since I did one of these.
Anyway, as you all know, Feature and Follow Friday is hosted by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read, and is all about spreading some blogosphere love.

The question for this week is:

Q. Have You Ever Bought a Book Because of a Bad Review?

A: Yes, I bought the Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare after one of my good friends read the book and trashed it so much that I just HAD to read it. Of course, her being a Harry Potter fan and fan-fiction writer was the main problem here: she had heard about the whole plagiarism fiasco and we had both read Cassandra's HP fanfic- the Draco Trilogy- and she thought the Mortal Instruments was basically a recycling of DT.
Anyway, I read the book and sort of liked it: it was mindless fun if you ignored all the glamour-people and HP comparisons and glitter fizz. I liked Magnus Bane, at least.
Leave your FF links :) Happy Follow Friday!

Cover Crazy: The Curse Workers by Holly Black

I heart the Curse Workers series by Holly Black. 
Who wouldn't? Cassel Sharpe, the male protagonist, is an awesome character full of vulnerabilities and with a facade of bad-boy badassery, there is magic and lots of it, and then there are cigarillo smoking Godfather type men in suits and carrying guns. Come on. 
Curses and con. Magic and the mob. 
This series is just irresistible.
There are different covers for the Curse Workers series- the publishers are really ripping through those alternate covers- and in my opinion, the newest batch is the best yet. (Although the first batch captures the mafia look much better)
Here's what I call the "first batch":

Then there are these, the UK covers, which look sort of Gaiman-ish and awesome (Black Heart reminds me of Rowling's illustration in Tales of Beedle the Bard for The Warlock's Hairy Heart) but had me thinking of fairy tales the first time I saw them:

AND now these.

 These are incredibly good-looking, but I think the fir…

Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine where we feature the books we're waiting for!
So this Wednesday, I'm waiting for a book that's already come out but is not in India yet for some reason. I love my historical novel with a dash of fantasy, and there is HG Wells in it! Time travel plus intelligentsia. Yum. Too bad it happens to be absurdly expensive on the book sites that ship here.
(Isn't the cover awesome?!)

MAP OF TIME by Felix. J. Palma and Nick Caistor

Set in Victorian London with characters real and imagined, The Map of Time boasts a triple play of intertwined plots in which a skeptical H.G. Wells is called upon to investigate purported incidents of time travel and to save lives and literary classics, including Dracula and The Time Machine, from being wiped from existence.
What happens if we change history? The author explores this question in the novel, weaving an historical fantasy as imaginative as it is excit…