søndag 28. april 2013

Ukens smakebit: Fables vol. 10: The Good Prince

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Ukens smakebit fra meg kommer fra Fables vol. 10: The Good Prince av Bill Willingham et. al. Det var nest siste boka jeg leste for vårens Read-a-thon. Boka har en interlude omtrent midt i som er ganske spoilerfri, den ene sida (som er helt spoilerfri) var så søt, midt oppi alt det mørke som skjedde ellers, at den bare måtte deles. Så, s. 100 fra The Good Prince er ukens smakebit:

Dewey's Read-a-thon: a running update post

I almost started late again, I got a little distracted by my bookshelves....

Here was supposed to be a picture of the books I'm planning on choosing from this time, but Blogger is being cranky. I've chosen vol. 2-18 of Bill Willingham's Fables and Seraphina by Rachel Hartman.
 Fables because I loved vol. 1 and have been meaning to read the rest of the series for a while now, and Seraphina because I like dragons.

ETA: Yay! Pictures work again. My reading pile:

This year I even have breaks planned: pudding cups and veggie stewp for snacks, and knitting and Legend of the Seeker DVD for entertainment.

Let the reading begin! :)


14:01: Started reading Fables vol. 2: Animal Farm.
14:54: Oh, poor Colin! *sniff* Willingham & co are brilliant at creating their stories and illustrations.
15:20: The hour 2 mini challenge! It's book spine poetry, which is always fun. Here's mine: Mini challenge, hour 2.
16:07: Finished Fables vol. 2 and started Fables vol. 3: Storybook Love.
- Animal Farm was really, really good. There were some plot twists I didn't see coming, one I sort of expected, but not in the way it did, and just an overall engaging story. Can't wait to see what happens in vol. 3.
16:32: Jack from Jack and the Bean Stalk is such rascal. Entertaining (and lucky), yes, but still a real rascal.
17:02: Oh, Prince Charming, you sleaze! Briar Rose, Wolf, and Fly are pretty cool though, while Blue Beard is quite ruthless.I think vol. 3 is my favourite so far.
17:35: I love it when there's continuity in a book series, especially when it's a story arc that goes on for several books. Also, Wolf and Snow are so snarky fun together, love their friendship. Why didn't I read Fables sooner?
18:16: Finished Fables vol. 3: Story Book Love. Awww and ouch! both at the ending. Also, wow! Did not see those twists coming; and what do you , turns out Prince Charming has a redeeming quality, sort of. Maybe. He's certainly clever. The Fables' characters are all so interesting and complex (Snow and Wolf especially), and the world building is quite good.
18:21: Started Fables vol. 4: March of the Wooden Soldiers.
18:50: So many feelings about Blue Boy's story, so many angsty feelings. I never thought a fairy tale character would make me want to cry, but the first part of March of the Wooden Soldiers just tore my heart.
20:20: Finished Fables vol. 4: March of the Wooden Soldiers. It's still fantabulous.
21:35: That was a nice break with some tasty watermelon. And now on to Fables vol. 5: The Mean Seasons.
21:52: Participated in Midnight Book Girl's book spine poetry mini challenge. My entry. :)
22:34: Hee, I love Snow (and Bigby the emo wolf).
23:10: Finished Fables vol. 5: The Mean Seasons. This one wasn't as heartbreaking and intense as vol. 4, but still very good. There was more humour and bridging information I'm guessing is necessary for setting up the next major arc. Off to start Fables vol. 6: Homelands.
00:30: It's getting late here so I thought I'd try out a  new tea I bought, hopefully it will live up to it's name:

01:00: Well, I certainly didn't see that coming.
01:23: Finished Fables vol. 6: Homelands. The tea was not aptly named, so a quick trip outside it is.
01:35: Mid-Event Survey
1) How are you doing? Sleepy? Are your eyes tired?
- I am definitely feeling the late hour.
2) What have you finished reading?
- I have finished vol. 2-6 of Fables, the graphic novels series.
3) What is your favorite read so far?
Vol. 3 and 4 of the Fables. Great writing and illustration.
4) What about your favorite snacks?
- That would have to be the watermelon, but I've got my eye on som pudding cups so that might change.
5) Have you found any new blogs through the readathon?
- No, I'm afraid I've been quite bad at visiting other blogs.
01:40: Starting Fables vol. 7: Arabian Nights (and Days).
07:23: Guess I couldn't make it without a nap this year either. Oh well, naps are nice. Onto the last half of vol. 7. :)
08:08: Finished  Fables vol. 7: Arabian Nights (and Days) and started Fables vol. 8: Wolves.
09:08: Finished Fables vol. 8: Wolves and started Fables vol. 9: Son of Empire. Such a complex and well thought out world building in Fables, it makes for more depth and interesting stories in each volume.
10:48: Finished  Fables vol. 9: Son of Empire. Love the Q&A section at the end, so funny. Started Fables vol. 10: The Good Prince.
13:12: Finished Fables vol. 10: The Good Prince. To finish off the books read this time, I'm reading It's a Book! by Lane Smith. It's funny, and it fits with the storytelling theme of the other books
13:30: Finished It's a Book!, and completed the End of Event Survey:
01) Which hour was most daunting for you?
- About 3am, which would be hour 13. I was too tired to read, so an extended nap was in
02) Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year?
- All of the Fables-books I read. The story is engaging and well read, and the illustrations really bring it all to life wonderfully. This series is what Once Upon a Time wishes it could be.
03) Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year?
- No. :)
04) What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon?
- The whole event is like a well oiled machine.
05) How many books did you read?
- I read 10, which I'm happy with.
06) What were the names of the books you read?
Fables vol. 2: Animal Farm - Bill Willingham et.al.
Fables vol. 3: Storybook Love - Bill Willingham et.al.
Fables vol. 4: March of the Wooden Soldiers - Bill Willingham et.al.
Fables vol. 5: The Mean Seasons - Bill Willingham et.al.
Fables vol. 6: Homelands - Bill Willingham et.al.
Fables vol. 7: Arabian Nights (and Days) - Bill Willingham et. al.
Fables vol. 8: Wolves - Bill Willingham et. al.
Fables vol. 9: Son of Empire - Bill Willingham et. al.
Fables vol. 10: The Good Prince - Bill Willingham et. al.
It's a Book! - Lane Smith
07) Which book did you enjoy most?
- I really liked all of them. March of the Wooden Soldiers was probably the most emotional though.
08) Which did you enjoy least?
- None of them, I loved all the books I read.
09) If you were a Cheerleader, do you have any advice for next year’s Cheerleaders?
- N/A
10) How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time?
- I am very likely to participate again as a reader.

The books I read:

lørdag 27. april 2013

Hour 8 Mini Challenge: Book Sentence

Midnight Book Girl is holding the mini challenge for hour 8, and since it's another book spine poetry challenge I just had to participate.

Here is my entry:

the unfinished angel
mistress of my fate

Hour 2 Mini Challenge: Book Spine Poetry

I love book spine poetry! It's amazing the the poetry that can be created from the spines, some fun, some serious, some thoughtful.

The Ballett Book Worm is holding the challenge of hour 2, the book spine poetry challenge. If you want to participate or look at what has been put together, here's where you can find them: Book spine poetry challenge.

Well, here's my attempt:

tell me your dreams
what came from the stars

fredag 26. april 2013

onsdag 17. april 2013

Onsdagsfundering: Positive forfatteropplevelser i sosiale media

Det virker som det skjer oftere og oftere at en forfatter gjør dårlig inntrykk ved hjelp av sosiale medier. Kanskje de har fått en anmeldelse eller omtale de ikke liker, en leser har skrevet noe forfatteren helst skulle hatt ulest, de har en krangel med en annen forfatter etc etc. Det finnes mange eksempler ute i bloggland og de får ofte mye oppmerksomhet; jo mer ubehagelig oppførselen har vært, jo mer oppmerksomhet blir det gjerne. Ofte etterfulgt av at den aktuelle forfatteren havner på diverse "skal aldri lese bøker av denne forfatteren"-lister (som igjen har ført til uheldig oppførsel fra forfatteren i noen tilfeller).

Det jeg lurer på er om noen har kjøpt bøker av forfattere rett og slett fordi forfatterene har gjort et veldig godt inntrykk på sosiale medier? En forfatter du kanskje ikke har hørt om tidligere eller hvis forfatterskap ikke har interessert deg spesielt, men som på grunn av sin oppførsel på nettet har gjort et så godt inntrykk at du har kjøpt bøkene deres i håp om at en så interessant/kul/spennende/morsom etc person også er en interessant/kul/spennende/morsom etc forfatter.

Jeg har gjort det med noen forfattere. Jim C. Hines for eksempel. Via Twitter ble jeg oppmerksom på en del bloggposter Hines hadde skrevet om problematiske covere på sci-fi og fantasy romaner, spesielt Cover posing for a good cause-prosjektet (hvor han fikk med seg flere andre forfattere) som brukte humor til å belyse det han ønsket en diskusjon om. Jeg leste gjennom flere av bloggpostene til Hines og kikket gjennom kommentarfeltene for å se hvordan de ble moderert (hva som ble akseptert av kommentarer osv), resultatet var at jeg kjøpte de fire utgitte bøkene i The Princess-serien, nytolkninger av kjente eventyr, uten å ha kikket på omtaler og anmeldelser som normalt. Oppførselen til Hines på nettet var rett og slett en så positiv opplevelse for meg at jeg ønsket å lese bøkene hans uten anbefalingene jeg vanligvis støtter meg til. Jeg har ikke fått lest bøkene enda, men jeg gleder meg.

Har du hatt en slik positiv opplevelse av en forfatter på nettet, en som førte direkte til kjøp av bøker?
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