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Go Buy These Books Now...

Posted on 2007.08.13 at 18:07
Current Music: cicadas
Yes, I'm still alive... I've been sewing, and writing (!!!), and reading... lots and lots of reading, catchup reading, mainly (which is not, contrary to your expectations, reading you do whilst eating hotdogs)... all the books that didn't mesh well with working on CURSE.

As you know, (Bob?  Dear Reader?), I usually start books with great suspicion and a little bit of fear... and I was particularly nervous coming into some recent reads by friends....  so it is with great delight that I announce that I absolutely LOVED these two books:

Sarah Beth Durst's debut, Into the Wild.   This is a sweet, fun book that turns everything you thought you knew about fairy tales on its ear.  Join Rapunzel's daughter Julie on a quest to save the world from the Wild--the dark and dangerous woods-with-a-life-of-its-own that feeds off of fairy tales... and has escaped into Julie's hometown, turning mundane objects, buildings, and people into fairy tale versions of themselves.  Brilliantly conceived and perfectly executed.  Durst knows her landscape well.  Brava!!

Heather Brewer's debut, Eighth Grade Bites.  I can forgive Heather for making me type the word eighth (twice, now), because EGB is hilarious.  I don't read a lot of "boy" books, but if they're all like this... I'm really missing out.  Sharp, funny, loaded with boy humor and inside jokes for vampire fans, EGB can best be summed up in two words:  "Dude.  Sweet."  Can't wait for 9th grade.


ex_kmessner at 2007-08-14 01:27 (UTC) (Link)
Glad to see your review of INTO THE WILD. I've been intrigued by this one since it came out but haven't picked it up yet. A trip to the bookstore is in order...
heatherbrewer at 2007-08-14 15:46 (UTC) (Link)
Yay! I'm so glad you liked Vlad. :)=

Thanks for spreading the word, doll!

P.S. Wanna win Vlad's hoodie? ;) Check out my "Win Things" page on my site: www.heatherbrewer.com!
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