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Busy days! I had a duct tape program yesterday and projects the kids made were just amazing. We used Stick It for inspiration, which has some great projects and lays everything out in an easy to see way. I also made a powerpoint with videos from YouTube on the history of duct Tape and how to make a duct tape sheet. Some day I will remember to try out Prezi for this sort of thing. As it was, I couldn’t get the sound to come on until I pressed a button on the top of the keyboard (user error). Oh, and I made this:
What have I been reading?
Hellbent by Cherie Priest This is the second book in the Cheshire Red Reports series (first book is Bloodshot), which features Raylene, a century old vampire. She’s a thief for hire but has a soft spot for those who win her over. So far she has collected a navy seal drag queen, two orphaned children and a blind vampire. They all live in a brick warehouse in a Pioneer Square area of Seattle. This episode (because I think this would make an awesome TV series) or perhaps I should say season, has Raylene splitting her attention between finding some magical artifacts and helping her misbegotten family.
This I love about the series:
How well Cherie Priest talks about Seattle. I didn’t put the book down once to try to figure out how a person got from place A to place B without falling in a large hole. Usually books set in Seattle bother me with holes in the geography (how does one walk from Wallingford to Capitol Hill in less than an hour?), but I know that’s just me.
Raylene is awesome with her OCD and constant chatter. She’s a great character and I have come to realize that I am a character person. Her chatter is all relevant and interesting and helps build the story. Other characters are less developed because of her dominance, but you get just enough of them keep the flow.
The travel–while the home base is in Seattle, Priest isn’t afraid to take her characters all over the US. How does a vampire travel? By car and airplane of course–at night! That timing can be a little tricky when you have to be in a dark room by the time the sun rises. There isn’t a lot of sight seeing in some of these trips, but you do get a feel for the location, and certain places are more fleshed out.
There’s a lot of action and adventure in this series. It won’t let pleasure readers down. I’ll be recommending this book to adults and teens. Officially out August 30th. Bloodshot is available now!
Yes, I did carry a towel around with me today. Because that is the kind of nerd I am! Yes I have read all the books, although it was later in life. Before the movie. Yes.
Ok, so I’ve been talking to myself too much lately. I was walking to the p-patch after I got home from work and realized that I left my dvds there. Sadness! And I said it out loud. I heard a sort of snort behind me and a jogger went by. All I could do was laugh at myself too.
I am going on vacation tomorrow and I will lose a week of check out on the videos. There are two tv series in there. No way I am going to be able to finish them now.
The Mister bought me plane tickets to see him for my birthday. Probably the best present ever (next to the very cool step stool I got last year from my son). I can’t wait to see him and to spend a few days in the sun. The rain today really clinched it for me.
My Teen Advisory Group worked on their video to promote the summer reading program this week and I think it is going to turn out wonderfully. We’re editing it when I get back and it should be up in the first week of June. I tabled at the local high school today and gave away copies of Leviathan and Boneshaker, along with candy for library cards and information on volunteering. It was fun and I rarely felt like I was selling something no one wanted to buy ;) It turned out to be good I brought the towel, because it started raining on my way back to the bus so I used it to cover up the box of goodies that I had with me and I remembered not to panic.
Scavenger Hunt forms are flying out of the branch right now. I’ve gone from worrying that there wouldn’t be any interest to worrying that there will be too much–but I doubt that will happen. Right?
What am I reading? I just finished The Alchemist by Paolo Bacigalupi and it was worth the wait (the hold list is long for this one). Magic both heals and hurts in this alternate world. In a middle age-esc time the alchemist is racing to find a cure for the dreaded bramble that takes over land every time magic is used. He wants his daughter healed, but only magic can fix her damaged lungs. Magic that has been banned to keep the bramble at bay. Finally he finds the answer, only to be held hostage by the lord he hoped to ally himself with against the bramble. The ending isn’t all sunshine and roses, but it is hopeful.
Oddly enough, when I went to try to get The Scar again, there were 33 holds on it. That’s from none when I randomly chose to download it 3 weeks ago. What is going on? Is everyone going China Mieville crazy?
I was away visiting friends and family, trying to find the sun. I did find the sun in Davis, but unfortunately the temperature was still in the 40’s and 50’s. Too cold! And the day we went to San Francisco, the wind was fierce!
Author Patrick Ness (Knife of Never Letting Go) has posted the Top 10 adult books to read before you become an adult on the Guardian UK. Do you agree?
What am I reading? The Boy and I listened to 3 books in the car during our driving trip. Heist Society by Allie Carter, sort of an Oceans Eleven with teens, Eighth Grade Bites by Heather Brewer, young vampire grows up as a normal kid, and Foundling by D. M. Cornish. All 3 were decent and the first in a series, but the last one was really engaging.
Foundling is the first book in the Monster Blood Tattoo series. The reader is superb (audiobook!) and the story is complicated but effortless. You fall into the world of young Rossamund, a boy with a girl’s name and an orphan who was raised in a maritime foundling home. When he reaches a reasonable age, he is set loose to become a lamplighter; someone who lights the lamps along the roads and maintains them. He doesn’t even make it out of town before the adventure begins.
D. M. Cornish masterfully creates the fantastic land of Half-Continent and makes you believe it exists. It is different enough from our world to be engaging, but same enough to give something to hold on to. Good for teens and tweens (and adults, in my opinion). Enjoy.