And my favorite, Big Pumpkin, by Erica Silverman (drat). "They pulled and they tugged and they tugged and they pulled ..."
Friday, October 30, 2009
Monday, October 26, 2009
- The Demon's Lexicon
- Clover Twig and the Magical Cottage
- Sideshow: Ten Original Tales of Freaks, Illusionists, and Other Matters Odd and Magical
- Sacred Scars
- Which Way to the Wild West? Everything Your Schoolbooks Didn't Tell You About Westward Expansion
- The Silver Door
- The Eyeball Collector
- The Miles Between
- The Deep
- City Boy
- The Runaway Dragon
I took The Miles Between to lunch this afternoon, but did not finish it (I did read the end). Late last week I went through two issues of Booklist and the most recent School Library Journal. I should have another cart of juvenile books in B & T by the end of the week. I love doing collection development for juvenile and young adult books.
Friday, October 23, 2009
This is the second time in as many months I have heard the term steampunk fiction and the more I learn, the less I understand. In theory I know steampunk is a sub-genre of science fiction that features advanced technology in the victorian era. I have since learned there are sub-genres of steampunk that include the wild west -- think Wild, Wild West with Kevin Kline and Will Smith. The closest I could get for juvenile fiction was a reference to The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman. I dug a bit for more:
- Tor.com: Steampunk 101
- Knowledge Rush: Who Is Steampunk?
- Internet Review of Science Fiction: Steampunk
Completely new to me was the term "post-apocalyptic fiction;" the PW article and my searching highlighted Scott Westerfeld and his new title Leviathan. A quick search of the library catalog revealed we have four titles by Westerfeld, though subject headings were a bit more generic using dystopias, adventure, and science fiction. This particular genre is easier to grasp:
Friday, October 09, 2009
A blurb on ABC evening news tonight noted YouTube had reached a milestone of one billion viewers per day.
For some reason, these two unrelated items resulted in a vaguely baffling childhood memory; I don't care, Pierre. So, I searched YouTube and found cranky Pierre.
Thursday, October 08, 2009
Each story is told in the distinctly different voice of the featured pair and tied together with short transcribed notes by the counselor. And while there are no clichéd happy endings, neither are there any real surprises. This is one of those novels where the end is not as important as getting there. It's about the journey.
Tuesday, October 06, 2009
Witness has a significantly disturbed character in Aunt Cheryl, moves along at a quick pace, and features teenage siblings that are surviving to the best of their ability, yet at the same time believably self absorbed. Once the siblings reunite and decide to take action things fall too quickly into place' final scenes are tidy and almost anti-climactic as they confirm the title and premise.
This evening I have a book in hand (actually on the end table) and forty-five minutes until NCIS.
Sunday, October 04, 2009
The new Tim McGaw song/video features live footage from the nfl kickoff game; check out the Steeler fan's with their terrible towels and a "got six" t-shirt. It almost makes me forget Tim's a Titan's fan. Well, no one's perfect.