This is sad. This is the extent of my photography for this week. A picture taken from my window at work. Probably taken at around 3:30. ugh.
Since Saturday is December 1st I will use today to do a book review for another Book Award contender: Skin Hunger by Kathleen Duey.
This is the first of a trilogy called “A Resurrection of Magic.” It is of the Fantasy genre and it is the story of two protagonists. The stories are told in opposing chapters. One of the stories is of Sadina, a young woman whose mother died at her childbirth at the hands of a fake magician. Because of this death, Sadina’s father hates magic and forbids it. As a young girl, Sadima discovers she has the ability to read the thoughts of animals and has to keep this ability a secret for fear her father will find out. One day she comes across a young stranger, a magician, who invites her to go live in the city with him where he and his friend are resurrecting the magical ways. She goes.
The second story is that of a young boy and takes place (I believe) centuries later. He is forced to go to a school for magicians where the boys are mistreated to the point that they starve to death if they cannot conjure up food for themselves.
As you read the story you begin to realize that the two teens are connected in a very specific way, but the are still questions about the “how” at the end of the book.
I’m not sure how I feel about this book. I don’t know if I like it or not. The boy’s story had lots of unnecessary swearing in it. I don’t have a problem with swearing (as you all know) but it just didn’t work. It’s like it was just there and didn’t serve much of a purpose. In Nick and Nora’s infinite playlist, all of the swearing in that book did work for me. So it’s not the swearing the bothers me, it just that it wasn’t used well in this book. I don’t think it was particularly well written. I have read LOTS of better written books this year. I don’t think it was a terrible book. It was certainly entertaining. I will probably read the next two books in the trilogy. But I don’t really understand why it was nominated for the national book award. It wasn’t out of this word spectacular. If you have read it I would be curious to know what you thought of it. Maybe I’m missing something?
There is absolutely nothing in the regular news that is interesting me today. Well, except for the fact that we are all gearing up for a huge snow storm that is supposed to come through at any time (great).
So, instead, I will tell you about a really fun new Flickr feature that I discovered today. Flickr Places. How fun is this? If you search for Spokane, you will see photos that are geo-tagged “Spokane” in a “nice page” format (as opposed to a list of results). What a great way to discover a place you miss or a place you dream of visiting. How fun!
If I had a superpower what would it be? Flying would be cool. But I’m afraid of heights. How about flying without the fear of falling?
Wouldn’t that suck? Having the power of flight and being afraid of heights?
Thanksgiving was fun, though! It was a beautiful, sunny day. I went out on a little walk in the morning and then went to my mom’s house for dinner. It was really nice to see my brothers and their families.
The washing machine is fixed! On a hunch, Rafael plugged it into another outlet and it worked! yay! Now we need to get an electrician in to fix the faulty outlet.
I love my new camera. I’m having fun with it. But not as much fun as I would like, since it’s so darn dark. ugh.
Taken yesterday. I’m stoked. I can take “blurry water” shots now!
Sure, the idea has appeal: an e-reader lets you carry hundreds of books, search or jump to any spot in the text and bump up the type size when your eyes get tired.
But the counterarguments are equally persuasive. Printed books are dirt cheap, never run out of power and survive drops, spills and being run over. And their file format will still be readable 200 years from now.
So e-book readers keep on coming and keep on flopping: the Rocket eBook Reader. Gemstar. Everybook. SoftBook. Librius Millennium Reader. The Sony Reader is in stores even now, priced at $350 and making literally dozens of sales.
Then on Monday, Amazon introduced its own e-book reader, called the Kindle. It arrives at $400 — reading material sold separately.
Are they completely nuts?
They go on to review the product. But why bother? It’s another e-book reader. BFD. Call me old-fashioned, but it’s gonna take a miracle to replace the printed book. You can’t curl up with a computer. I don’t care how small and convenient it is. It just doesn’t have the same appeal as a book. Good luck with this one, Amazon.
Note from the future (9/15/2011): HAHAHAHAHAHA!