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what is this feeling i’m feeling?

it’s the strange and long-lost feeling of boredom!

beloved and i are both home sick today with sore throats.  i’ve already finished a book, started another book, gotten halfway through that book and cast it aside in disdain, and gotten halfway through a third, much better book. in between that, i took two naps and drank a quart of orange juice mixed with sprite zero. beloved is watching season 7 of the gilmore girls while working on his thesis and gorging on cherry cough drops. nina the cat is in cat heaven. she loves when we stay home all day.

i’ve been the happy recipient of several teen fic ARCs lately, and i think it’s time to share some of the best. i am, however, going to be honest.  it’s my duty, both as an english lit major and a librarian.

i give you…

GEEKTASTIC: Stories from the nerd herd
edited by Holly Black & Cecil Castellucci!

first off- how amazing is that title? i know, right? and second- i read an ARC. the final product may change.
as with any collection of short stories written by several different authors, i had difficulty rating this. the stories celebrate the various lifestyles of teen geek, taking the reader from cons to the rocky horror picture show, with several stops for (sadly unfunny) comics along the way. my reactions to the stories were as varied as the stories themselves.

lowlights included the opening piece, in which a klingon and a jedi fall in lust at a con. which is unfortunate because…its the opening piece, and the idea for the story is what launched the whole anthology. it’s a great idea, but weakly executed. i was so bored with scott westerfeld’s piece that i didn’t even finish it, but i plugged on through the collection because i knew that john green was waiting for me in the second half! and yet…while his story had a handful of my beloved green zingers, i found the effort rather uninspired…dare i say even lackluster?

i know, i know. john green whose very feet i would kiss.

so how did this turn into a four-star review? well, i’ll tell you: david levithan’s story “quiz bowl antichrist” which made me feel so many feelings i nearly wept. garth nix, lisa yee, & m.t. anderson were also highly enjoyable. and KELLY LINK, OH MY GOD, KELLY LINK!!! perfection!! and barry lyga! man, can that guy celebrate geekitude! and wendy mass’ piece about astronomy geeks which put me in raptures! and a solid finish with libba bray!

overall, definitely worth picking up, though i suggest skimming and skipping in tune to your personal tastes.

random note: i’m also pretty sure that james kennedy ought to have participated in this somehow. that’s a compliment, james.

rating: four stars!

i was going to add a photo of the cover but it has been so long since i’ve blogged that i can’t figure out how. plus, i’m bored again and i’d better publish this before i wander off and lose it to our fickle internets.

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nurgle

i am just here to say that i am going to start blogging again soon. i don’t know when. but soon.

haha.

teen suggestion box

when i was hired for this job, i was assigned to collect graphic novels (teen & adult), video games, and anime. i recently took over teen fiction and teen non-fiction. (yay!)

in the teen fiction section, there is a suggestion box. today i went to empty it out for the first time.

my favorite suggestion:

“NEEDS MORE PICTURE OF BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE.”

my other favorite:

“you should get some jonas brothers book marks!”

blogger’s block

things are calming down after the rush of new city/new home/new job/new kitty cat, so i’m trying to blog again. i make no promises since we still have comcast (we’re going to cancel after the summer olympics and see if we can find some internets that don’t poop out every 5 seconds).

i’m self-absorbed, so i’m going to start out with one of these meme thangs.

What were you doing five years ago?

hooooo boy. summer after my sophomore year of college, i was back home with my parents, dating an extremely hairy boy, and working as a sushi waitress with my best friend pixi. my work uniform consisted of polka dot warrior headband, hairnet, kimono, white capri pants, and white slip-on sandals from walmart. pixi and i were also night custodians for her father’s company, which was hilarious. and gross.

What are five things on your to-do list for today (not in any particular order)?

  • walk down to the pharmacy and get some soda.
  • go visit rae, mr. rae, and little e.
  • clean out cat box.
  • read book on front porch.
  • convince beloved to go car shopping

What are five snacks you enjoy?

  • whole grain pop-tarts
  • yogurt smoothies
  • chocolate soy milk
  • cheez doodles
  • greek yogurt with honey

What five things would you do if you were a billionaire?

  • pay off student loans for myself and beloved (one practical thing)
  • spend a summer in crete lying on the beach and eating yogurt
  • spend the fall in athens writing a book and drinking wine
  • buy a condo in downtown seattle
  • shop shop shop for myself, beloved, family and friends.

What are five of your bad habits?

  • hatred of exercise, except for walking and monthly tennis
  • addiction to diet soda. my bones are slowly being replaced by aspartame.
  • always making someone else drive
  • cannot pass used-book store without buying something
  • am anti-social when in the middle of a really good book.

What are five jobs you’ve had?

  • waitress at old folk’s home
  • assembly line at rear-view mirror factory
  • sushi waitress
  • barista
  • librarian!!

tah-dah.

beware!

at work we are attempting to index all of the old microfiches of the local newspaper to make them easier to find things in. we are only on 1909, which is ever so slightly discouraging, but i love reading through the news items. often they are things like:

“Miss Millie Titsbury entertained twenty ladies in her home on Thursday. A fine time was had by all.”

or

“Mrs. John Brigham of North Court has a fine recipe for Chicken Jelly that she is willing to share.”

or one time:

“Mr. and Mrs. Frank Weatherby traveled to the city in order to purchase a piano, but were obliged to return home without one due to indecision.”

But yesterday— this!

“As Mrs. George Payson was ascending the steps of a neighbor’s house on Tuesday evening, a big icicle fell from the roof of the porch, striking her on the head. She was knocked senseless and died from the effects of the injury at about midnight. It was a peculiar accident. Mrs. Payson was 60 years old and the wife of a prominent citizen.”  2.26.1909.

so be careful out there.

heavy handed lessons from a pop star (and some spoilers.)

avril1don’t get me wrong. i love avril lavigne, or at least i like her more than is normal for a graduate student. it began in my sophomore year of college, before i had noticed that i would go on being seventeen years old while everyone around me matured and shopped for breast pumps. i became inexplicably fond of the song “Sk8er Boi” and blasted it merrily through the dorm day in and day out. i thought it provided a welcome relief from j0hn mayer and jack j0hnson. others, perhaps, did not agree.

so imagine my delight when, in my daily round of tidying the library’s manga shelves, my eyes lit upon this two volume comic set starring avril herself!!

“look what i found!” i screeched to my fellow librarian, mr. e. he ridiculed me, and i took them home and read them. the first one was ok. hana loves avril. i can understand that. she also doesn’t have any friends and imagines avril climbing out of the poster on her wall to converse with her. i can’t quite understand that. hana’s parents are fighting, and she wishes everything in her life was different. so she does what any hip teen would do: she turns to the internet. buys a mail-order wish granting service. a few days later, a cute little red demon shows up in a box, and instructs her to break off his little horns and make wishes: 5 horns, 5 wishes. of course, things don’t really go the way she thought they would, but hana learns an important lesson about being careful what you wish for. right?

avril2WRONG. (this is volume 2 now.) the little demon grants hana’s selfish wishes in increasingly bizarre ways, and three people die in a freak boiler explosion. hana survives but feels so crummy that she dresses up like avril and jumps off a bridge. her body is never found. the end.

ARE YOU FREAKING KIDDING ME?? booooo, hissy.

i should note that avril did not actually write/illustrate these comics, but presumably did agree to endorse the series. pretty heavy stuff for the singer of lyrics like “she’s like so whatever/you can do so much better.”

a few words on vampires.

sometime around my first public library job, this book for teens came out. twilight by stephenie meyer. all the high school girls went gaga.

me: oh wow, you’re like the 80th person who’s asked me about that book this week.

girl: OMG, i’ve already read it 6 times. it’s about this girl who transfers high schools and falls in love with this guy and he’s a vampire. and then she wants to be a vampire too.

me: (thinking) that is the stupidest thing i have ever heard.

girl: i can’t believe you haven’t read it.

then the second one came out, and i went through the same thing at the next public library i worked at. and when the third one came out, i was working at yet another public library, where i was once more told that i could not live and breathe another day without reading these books. so i read them. and you know what? i LOVED the first one. could not put it down. that girl was right: bella DOES fall in love with this guy, and he IS a vampire.

but the second one was kind of lame, and much longer. see, this other vampire who isn’t bella’s boyfriend wants to eat bella. and then she starts hanging out with a werewolf. and the third one? was the longest YA novel ever in the whole wide world. there are a bunch of vampires in italy, and they also want to eat bella, and more werewolves, and something. dragged on and on and on and on. but it was okay, because i thought it was the last one.

this week, i found out that she is releasing a 4th on august 2. SIGH. and of course it will be obscenely long, but of course i have to read it because there is a particular event, which meyer could have kindly written into the 2nd book and put us out of our misery, but of course she didn’t, she’s stretching it alllll out- anyway, i NEED to know if this particular event is finally going to happen.

but what really goads me? about this 4th book? is that the list price is $22.99. for a YA book. come AWWWN.

so i’m just saying, this better be the last one.