Monday, July 30, 2007

Great resource!

For those of you reading this because you just know I'm a librarian and have the inside scoop on what's coming out and what's good I have news.

First off - I totally have you fooled! If it isn't the latest romance or bestseller in the genre in which I usually read, or if it hasn't been drummed into my consciousness by repeated advertisements and glowing reviews (Joe Hill's Heart-Shaped Box), I am just not going to remember it.

Second - There is a better alternative!!!!

Buzz Girl advertises herself as "A publishing insider [who] gets the skinny on tomorrow's bestsellers." She gives the highlights of new publications coming out from the major houses. Not the midlist, not many new authors, just the highlights. Very useful for my profession and quite possibly useful for your reading pleasure.

But please, all three of you, please continue to read. I need to feel important.

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

If I've said it once I've said it a thousand times...

I mean it fellas. It's a fanny pack, not a cod piece. When you reach down there to whip out your library card I'm not sure what you're actually gonna whip out - know what I mean? So please, from the bottom of my heart


Mixed Bag

Things that make the day go faster
After a week of weird smells we gave up and called the pest control dudes. The former rat decaying in the ceiling has been removed and, well, removed.

What book I'm listening to
Had to give up on Vanishing acts by Jodi Picoult. Just not the thing for me to listen to while still grieving the loss of my father. That and it just seemed to be a downer. I dunno.

Current dominant thought: film and music
Finally saw Evita. Thanks to DVR and "digital" cable. Nope, wasn't as good as it could have been. In fact, I'll bet the stage show, which I haven't seen, did a lot more impressive job with the pagentry, riot, and other scenes. Nope. Director made some choices that kind of flattened it out. It didn't even showcase Madonna so much. Odd. But the music is still with me. The music is as moving as ever.

I watch too much reality tv. Big Brother, Hell's Kitchen, Top Chef and So You Think You Can Dance. So shoot me. We all know I'm just killing time until Project Runway starts again. Make it work, people!

Keeping the World Away by Margaret Forster, Release date: August 2007. Could be of interest to Da Vinci Code enthusiasts

Acacia by David Anthony Durham. Might have been released in June. I do not like Fantasy but I will try this. It has had a lot of blog-buzz.

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Sure way to make teen patrons laugh

Tell them you saw saw kids krumping on TV and you thought it was cool. Then follow up with your appreciation of Dave Chappelle.

Slays 'em every time.

Thursday, July 12, 2007

Mary Called Magdalene by Margaret George

I've been meaning to read this one for some time. It has been on all the "If You Liked the Da Vinci Code Read This..." lists so I've been passing it along to my readers also. Judging by circulation, I guess they like it. Now I'm also going to pass the title along to those who liked The Red Tent by Anita Diamant.

Women of the Bible, the relationship between Mary Magdalene and Jesus, life around the sea of Galilee? It's all there. I've only gotten to the third chapter and I also suspect some sort of mystical mystery will be afoot as well.

Don't know how far I'll get before leaving my mother's house but I hope to snag a copy at the library when I get back so I can finish reading it.

Saturday, July 07, 2007

Declaration by Gemma Malley, RA Copy, due out Oct 2007

Set in a dystopian future, this book will be a good read for the YA crowd. In fact, my niece took my copy back to college with her for a light read. Well, non-course-related read.

The book does a nice job of exploring what might happen if one could live forever. If everyone could live forever. Overcrowding, limited resources, and who gets access to resources and who does not. Those born without permission are warehoused in orphanages and taught that their only goal in life is to be Useful. Few are born without permission.

It has a lot of Britishisms but should still be accessible to the US YA reader. It's also good for the adult reader who wants a quick read.

What I'm Reading Now
The Hunt by Allison Brennan. As in The Prey, Brennan has a fast-paced story with good characters and a mystery.

What I'm Hearing Now
Nothing. I still have Cornwell in the car but the car is in Arizona and I'm not

Musical Motif du jour
Pie Jesu and Alleluia have now left my mind. I guess I was mentally singing my father to heaven. His service was also all about the music. I'm gonna miss him a lot. At the moment, the sounds of robins, mourning doves, cedar waxwings, and owls seem to be my music.