Thursday, September 30, 2010
DRACULA IN LOVE by Karen Essex
This dark and brooding book tells the timeless tale of Dracula from the perspective of Mina. Most of the story actually doesn't involve Dracula at all, but looks at what Mina's life is like as a Victorian young lady. This actually made the story more interesting for me. From her horrid boarding school to how she must marry in order to be a proper, young lady the romantic viewpoint of most Gothic novels is shattered within this tale. Dracula is NOT the romantic figure, but is still enigmatic to young Mina.
This is not your average vampire, romance story for it looks at the underbelly of the tale and it is definitely not pretty at times. I would recommend this book as an example that romance stories are not always what they seem.
A big thank you goes out to Doubleday Books who sent me this ARC for review. Due to my late review, this book is now available for purchase online and at Bookstores everywhere. Note: I was not compensated in any way for my written review of the novel.
WHAT A DIFFERENCE A DOG MAKES by Dana Jennings
Let me begin by saying that I love, love, love this kind of book. You know what I mean, someone gets a pet who winds its way into its owner's hearts and changes their lives for the better (sappy I know). This book is another in the long line of stories about beloved pets who help their humans get through a tough situation.
This is the story of Bijou, who at 12 years of age helped both his father, Dana, and his brother, Owen get through some pretty serious illnesses with love and basic dog-ness. Using Zen-like wisdom (with every chapter being a lesson), Bijou teaches his people to live in the moment, the now of life, and most importantly, to not take everything so seriously.This is a short read, but one that will make you laugh, and look at life from a different perspective.
Another big thanks to Doubleday for giving me the opportunity to read the galley of this book which is currently available online and at your local book store.
Friday, September 17, 2010
Well, it has been some time hasn't it? Let's just say that life got interesting (family, teeth (yuck), etc.) for a few weeks and then school started and this semester is INTENSE (work wise). I think I have all my ducks in a row now and will be back in earnest next week.
Most of my postings will be to my other blog as I have been reading Advance Reading Copies of books that I have received (sadly, I'm way behind on them also). I plan on reading an ARC and then a 1001 book, so you should see something from me in this blog next week.
If anyone is interested the classes which are eating most of my time right now are:
Beginning Classification: Not just learning how to list books,but learning the language of classification, yikes! Actually, it's not that hard, just a little scary.
Information Literacy: This highly debated topic (just what is "literacy"?) is actually very interesting and the class delves into the topic of how to teach the art of searching and other basic computer/information tools to others.
Children's Literature, ages 5 to 8: I LOVE this class as it looks at the psychological and sociological issues surrounding children's lit. Very interesting.
I am going to be lazy and basically use the same post for both of my blogs. So you don't have to look in two places today. Any future posts will be blog specific. I hope all of my readers had a great Summer and are enjoying the coming Fall!