Feb 7, 2013

Review: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

It’s rather fitting that this is going up on a Thursday, don’t you think?

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

By Douglas Adams

Classic Science Fiction with a Zany Voice
Hardback, 215 pages

Published by Crown

Released August 3, 2004 (25th Anniversary Edition)

My Summary:
Arthur Dent’s life has gotten rather stressful, first he wakes up to find his home is being demolished, and worse, his friend Ford Perfect facilitates the debacle only to inform him the world is ending before whisking him in to outer space and informing Aurther he’s an alien. Not only that, but he’s a write for the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy and the two of them are on a ship controlled by a race that does not like hitchhikers at all.

My Review:
I’ll admit, it took me an embarrassingly long time to get around to reading this.  Overall it’s a very interesting book and I do enjoy the rather slapdash feeling the plot gives, but the ending is so odd, it’s hard for me to know exactly how I feel about the book.

There were several points of author interjection that I didn’t’ see the need for, and several plot points that seemed to sprout from nowhere and vanish just as quickly.

I don’t think I was underwhelmed… I think I was just waiting for more? Perhaps I’ll have to read the rest of the series to find that complete satisfaction.

Buy, Borrow, or Brush Past:
Definitely borrow this one, after all, the classics help us understand how modern literature is going to shape up.

Feb 6, 2013

My February Reads

Etiquett & Espionage by Gail Carriger -  I loved Gail's Parasol Protectorate Series, so I have high hopes for the Finishing School series. And I'm in love with the saturated colors they went with. Basically, I don't see much chance of this going wrong - especially with a main character named Sophronia! It should be interesting to see how Gail's saucy banter translates into a YA series.

The Frankenstein Series by Dean Koontz - This series was foisted upon me by my mother (note the broken spines - they've been read by at least two people before me). The fifth book should be heading my way... soon? I'll have to make a call to be sure about that. I know very little about these books other than what I assume the basic plot is, and that my mother thinks they're funny.  We'll see how I feel at the end of the month!

Feb 5, 2013

Review: Hourglass


By Myra McEntire

Contemporary YA with a Time Travel Twist

Paperback, 390 pages

Published by Egmont USA

Released on May 8 2012

My Summary:

Life is never easy when you’re different. But when being different means you see dead people and ripples of the past, life can have you two steps away from a mental institution. Or in Emerson’s case, two steps out of one. When her brother hires a consultant from the Hourglass, Emerson finds she’s not alone in her oddity, and in fact, what makes her different could save a life.

My Review:

I genuinely enjoyed this book. Even though I’m a little leery of the time travel premise, I think this novel definitely approached it in a new and refreshing way.

Myra’s voice and the lovely southern affectation came through so beautifully and made me smile simply for the way I felt wholly immersed in small town TN.

Every time I read Emerson Cole, I thought Emerson Cod from Pushing Daisies. They are not at all the same.

There was a moment when I was very worried. Worried that Michael was going to turn into a jerk bag. Worried that this novel was going to fall into the same hole so many before it had…. I do not understand why seemingly intelligent in all other respect girls fall for jerk bags, and so I was very happy when it turned out that Michael was not one – though for a brief moment it seemed he would be.

I think my only major complaint with this novel is the fact that like so many others all the “Specials” are Uber Hot. It’s like an affliction. But all of the other characters she meets who have some form of gift are described as hot. Which always bugs me.”

When I finished this book, I wanted to find Myra and kiss her. I hate the trend now days of leaving your trilogy’s first two novels open ended. I WANT A DANG CONCLUSION. And I was really worried that this one wouldn’t tie anything up and It would taint the rest of the novel. Luckily, it did wrap up and Though there are something’s that do not end, the main point of the novel is concluded and I will love Myra for that forever.

Buy, Borrow, Brush Past:

This gets a BUY rating from me. In fact, it’s already gone on my “Push this on anyone” list. So if you ever ask me for a book rec, this will be one of the ones we go through as we try to find the right one for you ;)

Feb 1, 2013

January is Over, Time for an Update!

31,000 words later….

So January is done. It’s gone and good riddance! I’ve never been a big fan of the first month of the year, I think it’s probably the same reason people don’t like Mondays. (Cue the only song from my favorite band that most people in the US actually know)

January is usually a rough month for me. I’m still dealing with the aftermath of a focus-less December and I tend to find myself ALL OVER THE PLACE. This year, January wasn’t that much better, but I think keeping track of things helped out a lot.

This last week let me finish two more books toward my goal (I finally got around to reading The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – I still don’t know what took me so long – and then I read the first book in a series I read books 2-4 of 10 years ago!) I got in 31,116-words toward the million w/c goal, and I made a rather impressive dent in my revising. Overall, I’d say I’m getting back into the swing of things!

In the end, January saw me working on 7 different projects. 1 revision, 1 setup for a COMPLETE AND TOTAL rewrite and 5 novels that are in various states of drafting. In total, I ended up with 96,878-words written (that’s a little over my goal of 83,500, thankfully – I will need to get a running start so I don’t completely flounder in Nov/Dec).

I wrote 21 of the 31 days this month (which is pretty typical since I don’t write on weekends or Holidays. And I didn’t do any writing on the Friday before we moved house.) for an average of 4613-words/day. My Smallest writing day was Jan 7th with 302 words. My best writing day was Jan 23rd with 8761 words.

I worked on Revising Novel #6 for a meager 5 days. I’d be able to say I was done with this part of the revision, if I’d just pushed myself a little more this month.

We’ll see what February holds!