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Thursday, February 14, 2008

Zombies, Bookworms Carnival, and Booking Through Thursday

If you have ever read a book and thought this could be improved by the addition of a zombie, then here is the contest for you. Writer Maureen Johnson is running a contest where you can rewrite a short passage from a book and add in a zombie. She is having 2 rounds, the first round deadline is February 14th! The second round takes place from February 16th-February 21st.

So hurry up! It's not hard. I popped off two already, which I will no doubt share at some point for a Weekend Fiction Break. I know you all have immense piles of books, surely one of them can be spiced up by a zombie!

In non-Zombie news, the February Bookworms carnival is up! And it is pretty darn amazing. The host this month, Renay, put a lot of work into it. Check it out, and you'll be adding tons to your tbr pile.

Here’s something for Valentine’s Day.
Have you ever fallen out of love with a favorite author? Was the last book you read by the author so bad, you broke up with them and haven’t read their work since? Could they ever lure you back?

I loved Beauty, The Blue Sword and The Hero and the Crown by Robin McKinley. Loved, loved, loved. Like reread constantly and did not get sick of them. It took me anther three books to realize I didn't like her other stuff. I didn't like The Outlaws of Sherwood, but I still went and purchased Spindle's End. Hated it. Checked out Rose Daughter from the library and couldn't finish it. I didn't want to give up on Robin McKinley, but to tell you the truth, I gave her three chances and my heart was just broken after that. Maybe a special valentine's day miracle will bring me back as a fan.

(Side note: I forgot it was Valentine's Day until I was looking at the BTT link. Don't tell my husband.)


Debi said...

Oh, I'm so sorry about your experience with Robin McKinley. I guess it's just lucky you read "the treasures" first, huh? Just think if you'd read the duds first, then you never would have given the others a chance. (My way of looking at the bright side.)
Annie and I are going to be reading Beauty for school soon...relieved to hear it's one of the good ones!

Melody said...

Kim, I'm sorry to hear about your reading experience with Robin McKinley. I have never read her books, but you have definitely piqued my curiosity!! LOL.

Happy Valentine's Day! :D

gautami tripathy said...

As I never read her, I can't comment. But our favourite authors do disappoint us now and then.

Happy Valentine's day!

My BTT post!

Kim L said...

debi-feel no apprehension about Beauty, it is one of my absolute absolute favorite books of all time. I unwisely lent it to a friend, who lost it, but someday I will no doubt buy it again.

melody-if you read the ones I mentioned, I'm sure you would enjoy them!

gt-thank you! happy valentine's day to you as well.

Melody said...

Hey Kim, you're tagged! ;)

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the carnival plug. :D

As for Robin McKinley. I read my first title by her last year, Sunshine, which I loved to death. I thought everything she did in that novel was fascinating -- even the bad things. I haven't tried any of her other books, though, so I'm not sure how it's going to translate. Mostly I sadface because she doesn't allow fanfiction, and I always sadface when I hear authors I like do that.

Kim L said...

bottle of shine-no prob, I loved the carnival! I'm sure I'll be back to check it out.

I actually do plan to read Sunshine this year for one of my reading challenges. I've got my fingers crossed. Do you write fanfiction?

Nymeth said...

After reading and loving Beauty last year I have put several other Robin McKinley books on my wishlist...I'm a bit wary now! I think I'll read Deerskin next, let's hope it's one of the good ones.

It's a shame when authors are hit or miss like that, but it sounds like her good books are definitely worth it.

DesLily said...

Sometimes I think authors rush books out just because of deadlines and it's expected of them by their publisher. It only takes away from the good they have done before it.
But then again.. I do believe some people only have one or two good stories in them... and that's certainly not to say that they shouldn't be published!

Kim L said...

nymeth-I haven't read Deerskin. I'll be curious to hear it if it a good one or not.

deslily-maybe that is the problem. You'd think the important thing would be the writing, but of course that's not always true. The money's always the thing.