Then I made the mistake of reading it!
The fact that I finished The Long Weekend at the end of another long weekend is fitting and totally unintentional.
Read the Hitchhiker’s Guide books again! Today if nowhen else! Do this in memory of the hoopiest frood of them all!
“A towel is about the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitchhiker can have. Partly it has great practical value. You can wrap it around you for warmth as you bound across the cold moons of Jaglan Beta; you can lie on it on the brilliant marble-sanded beaches of Santraginus V, inhaling the heady sea vapors; you can sleep under it beneath the stars which shine so redly on the desert world of Kakrafoon; use it to sail a miniraft down the slow heavy River Moth; wet it for use in hand-to-hand-combat; wrap it round your head to ward off noxious fumes or avoid the gaze of the Ravenous Bugblatter Beast of Traal (such a mind-boggingly stupid animal, it assumes that if you can’t see it, it can’t see you); you can wave your towel in emergencies as a distress signal, and of course dry yourself off with it if it still seems to be clean enough.”
Sci-Friday on Books…and stuff is here to celebrate all manner of science fictiony goodness – and fantasy too! They go hand in hand Sci-Fi and Fantasy.
Now Sci-Friday was supposed to launch (into space fnar!) last week but with problems on Blogger this did not happen.
Now this is not as big a problem as I thought because – the British Library is launching it’s Out of this World: Science Fiction but not as you know it today – how is that for serendipity? Maybe the distant space gods have chosen me as their prophet to spread the gospel (probably not).
Now I love Science Fiction (and Fantasy) it is genre fiction that made me the voracious reader I am today! So Sci-Friday will be my space to celebrate the books and authors I loved as a child and the authors that I respect as creators of the weird and fantastic today – yes I still love the authors that write for me even if they have no idea who I am but I say respect because a grown man professing love for a wide range of people across the world would be weird and geeky – which actually does describe me (sort of).
So authors of the weird and fantastic I love you all! Thank you for writing the works you do, this is just to let you know that I will be tracking you down one by one to say a big thank you and maybe… just maybe give you all a BIG HUG!
I will be going to Out of this World on Saturday.
Today is Thorsday – now I am cursed on thorsday I was supposed to have a revieof a Thor graphic novel butw noooooooooooo! Work and stuff got in the way – so next week Thorsday will launch and I will try and keep it as oriented on Aesir and Vikings as possible!
I would tell the Thor joke but it is not actually that funny
You know yhe one that ends:
I am Thor I am Thor!
You are thor? I’m tho thor…
Thorsday will be here same time next week!
Welcome the the first in a series of reviews and articles about webcomics! I thought I would use Wednesdays for this feature as it is the middle of the week and usually at this time people could use something humourous (sometimes) to read. Also it rhymes.
Apparently (according to wikipedia anyway) webcomics have been around since 1985. I was bitten by the webcomic bug some five years ago and am still finding some interesting titles.
To begin I would like to introduce you to one of my favourite series of the moment:
I have been a fan of Weregeek since it began in 2006 and have featured it in two of my newsletters over at TeenLibrarian as I have found it to be a brilliant tool for educating people on LARPS, collectible card games, Dungeons & Dragons, Shadowrun and other obsessive tendencies of geek kind.
It is also a fantastic (free) read! The overarching story concerns Mark.
Mark was once just an ordinary guy with an office job and a blonde girlfriend. Except that every once in a while he had a strange urge to hang in front of a tabletop RPG store and stare at its wares pointlessly… Then one day, after a run in with the local vampire coven and The Hunters, he discovered a mind-blowing truth: there is a secret society out there, The Masquerade… OF GEEKS! And he is one of them, “a human by day and a geek by night”…
The story also follows his friends, and colleagues in their real lives as well as in the fantasy worlds they enter through their role-playing games. It also pokes fun at pop culture…
Weregeek was created and is written, drawn and edited by Alina Pete and Layne Myhre.
Give it a read, if you are a geek you will enjoy the in-jokes and positive portrayal of geek culture. If you are not a geek – read it and you may discover that actually you are a geek after all!
So if you just want to enjoy a good laugh with a few soap opera, fantasy, horror, gaming and mystery tropes thrown in then Weregeek is for you!
Just remember to start at the beginning
For those of you that do not enjoy reading off the computer, Weregeek is also available in print form from the Weregeek Store
Sarah Rees Brennan asks: Why are readers so hungry for the Hunger Games?
Carrie Ryan looks at how the Gamemakers shape the truth for television.
Jennifer Lynn Barnes rejects both sides of the series’ love triangle and declares herself Team Katniss.
Does real-life media training look anything like Katniss’? Ned Vizzini says yes.
Who holds the real power in Panem
Trauma and recovery among Hunger Games survivors
Muttations in the real world
What the rebellion has in common with the War on Terror
The Girl Who Was on Fire answers lingering questions, provides new points of view, and will remind every Hunger Games fan why they love the series in the first place.
Having read The Hunger Games trilogy twice I was getting itchy to return to Panem for a third time when I heard that they were making a movie. My heart leapt for joy as I have a fondness for dystopias. My heart was still go-going in my chest when I bumped into a competition being run by Smart Pop Books – pay them a visit – they have some amazing things on their site!
Reviewing a collection of essays is not the easiest thing in the world, with a novel you can give a brief synopsis and write about the story structure, characters and all the good stuff the story holds but in such a way so as not to give it all away and make the review reader want to go out and buy or at the very least borrow the book.
It is slightly more complicated with an essay collection (at least for me). SO I will just say that the essays are witty, thought-provoking, deep and above-all readable. They can be used for personal enjoyment but also for group discussion and sharing.
The blurb on the back cover says it perfectly:
In The Girl Who Was on Fire, thirteen YA authors take you back to Panem with moving, dark, and funny pieces on Katniss, the Games, Gale and Peeta, reality TV, survival, and more.
Go on! Grab a copy! join some of the best-known authors of YA fiction (and maybe even discover some new ones) and be taken back into Panem and The Hunger Games.
I think he would make a convincing Dan McEvoy… feel free to disagree!
Today marks the fifth anniversary of Teen Librarian.It was on the 15th May 2006 that the first edition of Teen Librarian Monthly was sent out to 12 librarians. I ma pretty sure that most of them still subscribe.
The first issue is still readable here
If you are interested in writing for TLM please e-mail me at editor(at)teenlibrarian.co.uk
I am not too sure what I think of Jim the main character – utter philistine when it comes to art and culture but a VERY compelling character. Honest about his aims and values.
Is he evil? At present I have no idea so I will withhold judgement until the end!
I was meant to read it through last night but I was at the Headline bloggers evening and went to the pub afterwards with some of the publicists and fellow bloggers and ended up drinking and talking books until 11pm and was in no fit state to read or do anything except fall semi-comatose into bed.
We were shown a fab short film about their current and upcoming books, although I was blown away by the opening visuals of a pop up book that was just fantastic, it introduced all the genres that Headline produce and was beautifully made. It was made by a graphic designer and I would really love to see the actual book…
The quiz was great fun with the team I was in not getting into the top three but having a cracking time nontheless!
We got to meet some fantastic authors,
The ace Jenna Burtenshaw – I have been a fan since I read Wintercraft.
Jonathan L Howard – an author I have heard about and now finally have a copy of of Johannes Cabal: Detective
Not pictured but also in attendance were Geraint “City Boy” Anderson – meeting him was a memorable experience, he is a very entertaining character. I enjoyed his City Boy column in The London Paper am interested to find out what his fiction is like.
Julie Cohen Julie Crouch and Jill Mansell – three authors outside my reading sphere but fantastic to be around and truly wonderful people – good company to have in a pub (and possibly out of the pub as well).
Today (Satireday) I went to a blogger meet-up at Waterstone’s in Piccadilly. Spent the afternoon comparing notes on blogging, YA books and chatting about books and hanging out.
I met Carly Bennett, Caroline Rose, Kirsty, Michelle, Sarah, Non and someone whom I can only remember as the French guy – I am so sorry but I cannot remember his name. Coffee and much fun was had and a trawl around the YA section of Waterstone’s before home to Doctor Who, the episode written by Neil Gaiman and the best episode to date that I can recall seeing and that includes the heartbreaking one where David Tennant said goodbye to Billie Piper on the beach >ahem<
anyway I must get back to American Weather!