Monday, November 26, 2007
In anticipation of the forthcoming movie version, I finished reading The Golden Compass over Thanksgiving. What a fun fantasy novel this is! It is set in a parallel universe, very similar to ours but definitely NOT ours. Lyra is our main character; she's a young girl living in a boarding-type situation in Oxford, England who has a tendency to listen in where she probably shouldn't. She ends up going on a quest to save a friend from a serious torture situation and in the end, she winds up in a position to change the fate of this universe. I will warn you that this book, while it does come to a sort of conclusion, cliff-hangs into the next book. I have been tearing the library apart looking for the second book, The Subtle Knife; the system says it's checked in, but it is Missing in Action. As you can imagine, it's driving me nuts, and I have a replacement copy on order. :) I'm picking up a copy from the public library that I put a hold on over break!
Some of you may be familiar with the controversy brewing over the movie (and therefore the book). The author, Phillip Pullman, is a well-known atheist, and so there is a great deal of protesting going on about this story. All I can say is that it must get more sensitive in the following books, because I picked up on very little in Compass that seemed offensive. That's not to say it's not there-- I might have missed it-- but very little threw up red flags to me. If you would like to find out more about Pullman and the controversy, start with the Wikipedia article on the books which the title of this post is hyperlinked to. From there, you can do more research if you're interested.
Has anyone else read this? Would you like to chat about it?
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
All right, folks-- let's share. What are you currently reading? It can be a class novel or a free time novel. I'm curious! What do you like or dislike about it? Are the characters well-rounded? Can you guess what type of music they like or what their favorite movie would be? What is the setting? Is it well described to the point where you can see all of the details of the time and place? How is the action of the plot? Is it fast-paced, or kind of dragging? Give details! Answer any to all of these questions, and come up with your own stuff to share. Invite responses and lets get a conversation going!
Thursday, November 8, 2007
I was just messing around looking at author's websites, and I wanted to strongly urge you Uglies series fans to go to his blog and see what he has to say; it's a highly entertaining look at an author's day-to-day living. It seems a bunch of people sent him pics of their Specials-inspired Halloween costumes (mostly involving elaborate face "tattoos") that are worth perusing. Check it out!
I'm off to a conference in Denver tomorrow and Saturday; hopefully I'll return Monday with some neat-o ideas to share with you. I'll be checking in as time allows, but with me or without me, do carry on your conversations. I love your chatting!
Monday, November 5, 2007
The results of the Teen Top Ten Voting have been announced, and New Moon has been selected as the top pick of the year! The title above is hyperlinked to the YALSA website where you can find the entire top ten in order. Check it out, see what you think and voice your opinions here if you want. I'll be interested to see what you have to say!