Archive for July, 2009

Lust Rears its Noisy Head in the British Library

I found this article to be hilarious, especially the author’s commentary on the fusty scholar who complained. Hee!

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Eek! I actually got this book a while ago…and completely forgot to mention it! *hangs head in shame*

The Prophecy of the Sisters by Michelle Zink, plus lots of bookmarks to hand out.

The teen section at my library will not experience a lack of bookmarks any time soon, thanks to everyone’s generosity. 🙂

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This is *so* wrong on *so* many levels: a gallery of Twilight tattoos.

No. Just…no.

From Confessions of a Bibliovore

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Race and Books

There’s a lot being said in the book blogoshpere right now about race. This most recent round started after Justine Larbalestier spoke out about her unhappiness with the US cover for her new book Liar. The flames were fanned when BoigBoing picked up the story; things really get interesting in the comments. (But let us not forget the epic debacle that was RaceFail earlier this year, just in case you think this is an isolated incident. Clearly this is only a symptom of a much larger issue.)

And all of this got me thinking about race and its portrayal in the books that *I* read. How many of the books I’ve read feature non-whites as the main protagonist, or at the very least as an important figure in the story? How many easily could, but don’t?

So I did some quick math. As of this writing, I’ve read 60 books in 2009, 15 of which prominently feature non-whites. That’s about 25%, which isn’t too shabby, but it could always be better. In 2008, 24 of the 106 books I read prominently feature non-whites; that works out to be about 23%, so I seem to be consistent.

(These are both rough estimates: I looked at the titles in my LibraryThing and counted the books that weren’t just about white people and then divided that number by the total number of books I read to get my percentage; I didn’t revisit the titles in any detail, so it’s quite possible my numbers are a bit off.)

ETA 08/06/09:
Behold the power of the Internet: Liar to get new cover; Justine Larbalestier’s take

Here’s the new cover

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As part of our summer reading program, kids get to pick a book from the book sale cart as a prize. One of the kids who was in today to claim a book chose Anatole by Eve Titus, which led me to shriek “OMG, I LOVE THAT BOOK!!!!!” He seemed pleased by my enthusiastic response.

And now I have requested all of the Anatole titles to revisit a cherished childhood memory.

Eve Titus also wrote the Basil of Baker Street series, which was the basis for the movie “The Great Mouse Detective.” I loved those books (and the movie!) as well.

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Every year Concordia Language Villages celebrates International Day; the highlight of the day is everyone dancing to the I-Day song. This year the song was “Mauja Hi Mauja” from “Jab We Met.”

Two of my favorite things, together! Life just can’t get any better. (Well, I guess it would be better if I was still able to work there every summer, but alas, I cannot.)

Sorry for the poor quality, but it has subtitles–and a tiny spoiler at the end, but it really shouldn’t be a surprise:

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Nick Ryves is a 16 year old with a bad attitude who’s almost always in trouble and can’t wait to quit school. He’s also handy with a sword, and a cold-blooded killer…of demons and wizards. Nick and his brother Alan (with their more or less insane mother in tow) have been on the run from said demons and wizards ever since their father was killed eight years ago. Things had been going as well as could be expected recently, but everything takes a drastic turn for the worse when Mae and her brother Jamie show up at Nick and Alan’s door. Alan agrees to help the siblings despite Nick’s protests, and everything seems to go even more horribly wrong from that point forward.

Although I wasn’t jazzed about this book when I started reading it, it really grew on me, and I was completely invested by the time I finished it. I am most definitely looking forward to the sequels, and I’m really interested to the how The Big Plot Twist plays out in them. I really grew to care about Nick and Alan, and Jamie and Mae, and I’m looking forward to seeing them again soon.

Sarah Rees Brennan’s website and blog

Source: review copy from publisher

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