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These three books make the first cycle of the Mortal Instruments series, and the only cycle I've read up til recently. Even when I first read these books I knew that Cassandra Clare used to write fic for the HP fandom, and that a lot of the fandom dislike or outright hates her now, but I wasn't in the fandom, and didn't really care. I asked a friend (who was in the fandom) if the Mortal Instruments was originally a fic, and she told me no, not really, although she DID have a fic called Mortal Instruments and she butchered many of her previous fics to use in these books. This, I didn't really have a problem with, and anyway the books seemed more like Buffy than like HP to me, and they're fun to read. Sure, they read a lot like fanfic, but that's part of the appeal - the pacing works better than a lot of the paranormal YAs I was reading at the time, and each chapter ends with something that makes me craving the next (something fic writers do because we release chapters independently from each other).

But in this new re-read, I'm looking at the books differently. I have read more on the whole Cassandra Clare thing, and found that in her fanfics, she had included dialogue from other books/TV series, verbatim. And she used descriptions from books like Pamela Dean's The Secret Country. (Pamela Dean herself doesn't seem to care, though?) This is often done in fanfic as tributes to different fandoms, but they're usually noted in a disclaimer at the beginning or end of their respective chapters. From what I read, Cassandra Clare never did do the disclaimer thing. And in this new reading of these books, I noticed something I hadn't before, because I'm reading them years later, after I've watched Buffy a million times over.

The books still contained dialogue that was originally from Buffy. Sometimes verbatim.

(Honestly, though, I actually enjoyed that. The references to Buffy appealed to the geek in me, even if the fact that it's plagiarism is still true.)

Do I still like this series? Yeah. A lot. It doesn't stop it from being enjoyable, to me. It's just a lot less shiny, I suppose.

And it did make me want to start reading the second cycle of the series.

//cross-posted from my book blog
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Oh yay more magazines, from my TypePad )

March's Books, from LJ/Blogspot )

This DW was supposed to be a kind of replacement for Typepad and a place to post backups of my fics, but I like it here so much that it's becoming a second place where I just cross-post everything :p So it's really more of an LJ-replacement, since I post stuff here that I don't even post on LJ these days >_>

Anyway, the Sarah Monette thing. After The Bone Key I read Somewhere Beneath Those Waves and I'm really in love with her writing (it inspired the last Juntoshi I wrote, although a few other books and a movie went into that fic too). I really want to read her Doctrine of Labyrinths series, but they're out of print, so I kinda begged Kit to help me order them through AbeBooks, and now I can't wait for them to arrive. Once I'm done with those I'll get started on her collaboration with Elizabeth Bear, although book 1 and 2 were published so far apart from each other that I'm scared to get into that particular trilogy until the third book is out. I don't want it to be like Megan Whalen Turner's Queen's Thief books, where it's a long, long, long wait for the next one to be out. (The gap between book two and three was, what, five/six years?)

So. I'm kind of obsessed with Sarah Monette right now, in that where has she been all my life?? kind of way. I bought a second copy of The Bone Key to give to Kit. I think for Daphne's birthday this month I'll get her Somewhere Beneath Those Waves.

I'm trying to slowly flatten my "misery tower" (or tower of misery), which is what I call the stack of books piling on my office desk waiting to be bought. Since I'm going to be really, really broke (dental surgery. my insurance covers it not.) I had to put back all the gender studies books that I had wanted for the paper I was planning to write (now I'm even thinking of withdrawing from my course, I need the extra time to take on part-time jobs) and I kept only the books I couldn't put back in the sales floor, which were either personal orders or signed copies:

+ Margaret Stohl and Kami Garcia's caster chronicles - three books.(I've read them when I was in Singapore, courtesy of their awesome, awesome library. Got copies signed when M. Stohl came to the store, but have yet to buy them.)

+ BokuImo photo book. (personal order)

+ Majou no Takkyubin, children's book. (personal order)

+ Shannon Hale's Forest Born, special edition. (With Allison Jay illustrated covers. personal order.)

+ Nihon Rettou photo book. (personal order.)

+ Sonny Liew's Malinky Robot. (It was buried under a stack of catalogues and I forgot to buy it when I was supposed to. Signed copy.)

I have to get these all by the end of May. What makes it difficult is that April's our anniversary promotion, and so many books I want, including Roland Barthes' Mythologies, will be 25% off. (T_T)

marineko: (bookish)
Daphne Lee, the columnist of The Star's "Tots to Teens", made a list of the 20 best Childrens & YA fiction. You could read about it in last Sunday's paper, which came with a 30% cut-out coupon for all the titles.

She's also GIVING AWAY one copy of each of these titles at this Facebook page. So if you're Malaysian and want to win a free book, check it out :D

All the books in the list are amazing, by the way. Especially the picture books.

Picture Books
Pomelo Begins to Grow, Ramona Badescu & Benjamin Chaud
Fox and Hen Together, Beatrice Rodriguez
My Name Is Elizabeth!, Annika Dunklee & Matthew Forsythe
I Want My Hat Back, Jon Klaasen
Into the Unknown, Stewart Ross
World Without Fish, Mark Kurlansky
Drawing From Memory, Allen Say
The House That Baba Built, Ed Young & Libby Koponen
Again, Emily Gravett
Can We Save the Tiger?, Martin Jenkins & Vicky White

Middle-Grade & YA Fiction
Wildwood, Carson Ellis & Colin Meloy
A Monster Calls, Patrick Ness
Wonderstruck, Brian Selznick
The Phantom Tollbooth 50th Anniversary Edition, Norton Juster & Jules Feiffer
The Unforgotten Coat, Frank Cottrell Boyce
Daughter of Smoke and Bone, Laini Taylor
Chime, Franny Billingslet
Chronicles of Harris Burdick, Chris Van Allsburg, et al
Junonia, Kevin Henkes
The Scorpio Races, Maggie Stiefvater
marineko: (bookish)
♥ マイガール 2 by 佐原 ミズ
Black Thorn, White Rose edited by Ellen Datlow & Terri Windling
Elsewhere by Gabriel Zevin
How To Ditch Your Fairy by Justine Larbalestier
Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson (hardcover)
Book of a Thousand Days by Shannon Hale (hardcover)
The Green Glass Sea by Ellen Klages
Perchance to Dream by Lisa Mantchev
13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson
After by Amy Efaw
Whip It by Shauna Cross
Princess Academy by Shannon Hale
Making Mischief: A Maurice Sendak Appreciation by Gregory Maguire
Tramps Like Us (13) by Yayoi Ogawa
Tramps Like Us (14) by Yayoi Ogawa
Antique Bakery (2) by Fumi Yoshinaga
Antique Bakery (3) by Fumi Yoshinaga
♥ 君のために嵐がいる!!―2011年ワクワク学校&ツアー速報 (photo book)
♥ さらい屋五葉 5 by オノ・ナツメ
♥ さらい屋五葉 6 by オノ・ナツメ
Kaibutsu-kun Movie Box/Book (photo book)
The Chomsky-Foucault Debate On Human Nature by Noam Chomsky & Michel Foucault
Orientalism by Edward Said

rockin' on JAPAN Oct 2011 (Fujiwara Motoo)
MORE Dec 2011 (Arashi)
TV Guide (Sakurai Sho)

Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson (paperback)
Book of a Thousand Days by Shannon Hale (paperback)
Princess Academy by Shannon Hale (paperback)
This Lullaby by Sarah Dessen
Tramps Like Us (3) by Yayoi Ogawa
Tramps Like Us (7) by Yayoi Ogawa

Noli Me Tangere (Touch Me Not) by Jose Rizal
Nip the Bud, Shoot the Kids by Kenzaburo Oe
One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Introducing Cultural Studies by Brian Longhurst, et al
Black Swan, White Raven, edited by Terri Windling & Ellen Datlow

The Chomsky-Foucault Debate On Human Nature by Noam Chomsky & Michel Foucault
Nip the Buds, Shoot the Kids by Kenzaburo Oe
Noli Me Tangere (Touch Me Not) by Jose Rizal
House of Five Leaves (4) by Natsume Ono
♥ 謎解きはディナーのあとで by 東川 篤哉
Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan
How To Ditch Your Fairy by Justine Larbalestier
I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen
♥ マイガール 2 by 佐原 ミズ
This Plus That by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Jen Corace
Slinky Malinki Catflaps by Lynley Dodds
Looking for the Lost by Alan Booth
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* Weekly Geeks - Bookshelves
* Orange Prize 2011 Shortlist
* Eisner Award 2011 Nominees
* What I thought about books I read in March 2011

-> Since Gentle Madhouse is a shared blog, I'll only include posts by me here ^^
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* What I thought about books I read in January 2011
* What I thought about books I read in February 2011
* Man Booker International Prize - Finalists
* Booking Through Thursday: Cereal

More Stuff

Nov. 20th, 2009 12:18 am
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Today's been very stressful, more so for [ profile] happyichigo than for me. Because I take breaks in between the taking of books here and there and here again. Christmas promotion is tiring, sure, but it's a welcome break really. The whole replenish-return-display-replenish-return-display routine does get boring. Oh, and sales reports. I haven't done mine for this month yet!

One of my regular customers came in today. At first I was apprehensive to hear that she was looking for me since it's a busy day, and she's a very fussy customer who usually have very long lists of books to order, but today she just came to give me chocolates. Which was really nice of her. It really made the day much nicer.

After work I had tea with Jen and [ profile] happyichigo. Really shouldn't be spending, with the warehouse sale coming up and all, but we all needed to de-stress a bit after today. Then my mom picked me up (yay! I didn't have to take the train back! KLCC was way too packed today) and we had dinner at Nando's.

I'm reading John Green's An Abundance of Katherines and realised (1) the last time I was thinking/talking about this book I was confusing it with something else I've read, and now I wonder what's the actual title of the book I was thinking of, and (2) I am really enjoying this book, and will probably be getting Paper Towns next. I already have Looking For Alaska and Let It Snow on order.

Tomorrow - must work on my paper!
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...of my new BILLY bookshelf!

i love my new shelf! but you're not me so feel free to ignore... )

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