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November 17, 2015

H2O by Virginia Bergin

When I look for books, sometimes my only reason for buying it is that is has a cool enough cover. And that was totally the case for this book series. H20, originally titled “The Rain” has this excellent cover with an ominous intro line.

 “It’s in the rain…and just one drop will kill you.”

I was actually almost to the register, and buying books for my nephews when it caught my eye. So up it went into my book pile, and by the end of the night I had read the whole thing.

H20 is written as the diary of Ruby, which can get annoying if you don’t like stream of consciousness story telling. But if you know me and my feelings about Meg Rosoff, you know that I don’t mind it at all.

Here’s the thing. Virginia Bergin, isn’t nearly as talented at the fine line between the art of a diary written for a story, and an actual teen diary. So that’s where the similarities in the writing style end.

Nonetheless, Ruby’s story caught me. It’s a tale of death, destruction and sloppy stupid teenage mistakes that literally anyone would make if one day, rain started killing people. In fact, that’s how the story starts. She’s at a Jacuzzi party, kissing the boy she’s been wanting to kiss for ages. The the parents get home and see an unsanctioned party with half-nude teens and panic. They’ve been listening to the news and they know that there’s something very wrong with the storm that’s about to roll in. I’ll spare  you the details, but typical teen crap happens, and cute boy Ruby was kissing- goes out in the rain.

That’s when this book finally gets real. The rain does it’s thing, and that teen boy starts to bleed out from the inside. Then begins the stupid idiotic mistakes Ruby makes during this colossal world apocalypse. She tries to save dogs, cats and other little creatures who have been munching on corpses infected with rain. She repeatedly runs out in light, but deadly drizzle wearing flip flops. She wastes precious clean bottled water to dye her hair, and finally she steals makeup from every single store and experiments with it.

She makes countless other mistakes throughout the book, but those are her worst offenses. Regardless, it’s almost refreshing to see a YA protagonist who unabashedly cares about things you’re not supposed to care about during an apocalypse event. This is a teen girl, on her own, there’s literally nothing normal about her situation. So why would we expect her to be like the heroines of other dystopian novels, who are 100% ready to protect themselves and fight. Of all the books I’ve read where the world goes wrong, I honestly think I would react most like Ruby. I probably wouldn’t fight back, or hoard supplies well. I would go find the fastest car I could, and drive it around an abandoned town picking up nail polish and puppies.

That’s not all Ruby does, but you know to find out what happens in a book, you should probably read it. All in all, I give H2O, 3.7 stars. It’s a little slow, some of the writing is sloppy. But if you want something that feels like a genuine reaction to a world ending freak event. It’s worth it. Oh by the way, it has a sequel.

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May 2, 2012

Judgmental Bookseller Ostrich!

I’m trying this post again, because my code was acting funky, Sorry for the repeated posts!

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April 30, 2012

Publisher/Author/Agent internet Directory

I’m going to update this regularly, because there are A LOT of pages for these websites.

Egmont USA
http://pinterest.com/egmontusa/

Penguin
http://pinterest.com/penguinteen/
http://pinterest.com/penguinbooksusa/

Random House (Around the World)
http://pinterest.com/randomhouse/
http://pinterest.com/randomhousekids/
http://pinterest.com/randomhouseau/
Random House Twitter Directory

Scholastic
http://pinterest.com/scholastic/

https://twitter.com/#!/Scholastic

April 10, 2012

The McKittrick Hotel

The McKittrick Hotel is not some swanky resort, nor is it a broken down roach motel somewhere on route 66. The McKittrick is a theatre installation — if you accept the phrase, put on by Punchdrunk and Emursive (two sweet theatre groups). The show is called Sleep No More NYC, and it’s Macbeth. The point of the show is that you get to interact with the characters and witness the private moments in their lives. I watched a fight between Lady Macbeth and Macbeth over the decision of murdering Duncan. I watched the revelry of Hecate and the witches after Macbeth committed the murder. I wandered through the halls of the McKittrick, and read the secret papers of Macbeth, Macduff, and Banquo. Each room smelled different, each place had its own feeling, and it was all enhanced by the anonymity of the mask each guest of the hotel had to wear.

The feelings that place inspired in me, fear, excitement, curiosity, etc. reminded me of a book. Yeah, weird right? Most things remind me of books, but this time it was less of the idea of the book and more the feelings the places in the book were meant to inspire. That book is (drumroll please): The Night Circus

This story  has a specific feeling to it. There’s a storyline, and a cast of characters, but they almost take a backseat to the circus itself.
The circus is a greater character to follow than you would think. Through the perspective of the human characters you see the ways in which they are manipulating the circus. Adding rides and tents, and snacks. Morgenstern turns to a  third party at that point to show the circus through those who are unused to the  atmosphere, and you see it through a new set of eyes. First those of Heir Thiessen who stumbles upon the circus by accident and is so overcome by the sights and sounds that he takes to writing about them. Then a little boy who sees the circus for the first time, and most often a general third party voice that bids you to imagine yourself in the circus, and you follow your path as the section sees fit.

Going to the McKittrick, walking through each section of the warehouse, up stairs, through narrow hallways, and through strange doors brought back to me the feeling of the Night Circus. (Especially since I attended the saturday show in which “events culminate at 2am”) I was genuinely awed, particularly at one point when I was walking through a dirt-packed graveyard and thought “Wait am I still inside?” Mainly due to the scent of fresh damp dirt.

Essentially if you want a singular novelized experience, read the Night Circus, you won’t regret it.  It’s departures from its original narrative (think Steinbeck in Grapes of Wrath, but no turtles ambling across the street.) make the experience of the novel more complete.  Also If you get the chance to check out Sleep No More NYC, DO IT. Make a run to the warehouse now and buy your ticke. I guarantee you will love every second of the time you spend there.

My Souvenirs!

February 6, 2012

Books! Books! Books!

This month I’m planning on reviewing several things, and it might be easier if I make a list, so that I keep on track.

First off is the follow-up to Demi-Monde.

Then I think I’ll go for The Revisionists.

The Mirage (out tomorrow!) will hopefully be next when I get my hands on it.

Also Bedbugs, which I’ve been meaning to read for months.

It’ll be a fun, steampunky, ghosty, alternate reality, ball of wibbly-wobbly timeywimey awesomeness in books. :]

January 23, 2012

Queries

Queries are the backbone of any literary agent’s business. As long as they are accepting queries, they are open for business, thereby there is even the slightest possibility that an author can get their book represented and subsequently published. As a result of that there are plenty of articles written on how to write they ever important query for an author. On the opposite hand, aspiring agents (like me) aren’t so lucky. How are we supposed to know if we should request pages? I think it’s a matter of personal taste, but it’s not just about what you prefer. If you’re working for an agent, and they have specific guidelines (ie: romantic fiction, or science fiction) you have to accept or reject queries based on their tastes as well.

Long story short, keep that in mind if you’re trying to get an internship with an Agent, they way you answer the queries they send you is important

If you don’t know what a literary agent is/does Nathan Bransford gives a pretty good general overview on his blog!

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