Scorpio Races AWESOMENESS!

I’ve posted before about Maggie Stiefvater, an author whose books I fully enjoy, primarily the Wolves of Mercy Falls trilogy.  Well, in October she’s releasing her next book, a standalone piece called The Scorpio Races.  It looks very exciting, it’s all about Irish water horses and the myths surrounding them.  It looks great.

As I said, that’s coming in October.  BUT!  A lucky three people will be able to receive Advanced Reading Copies, or ARCs, of The Scorpio Races.  All one needs to do to enter is embed the trailer for the book on their blog, Facebook, or Twitter.  And that’s what I’m doing here.

Because it would be so awesome to get an ARC.

I should tell you that the trailer was animated, scored, and performed by Mrs. Stiefvater herself.  She did trailers for the Mercy Falls books as well, and personally I think the work is stunning.  It definitely makes me want to read the book.

So that’s it for today.  I just thought I’d sneak this in here now even though I already posted once today.  The Scorpio Races is just that awesome.  Also, if any of you are fans of Mrs. Stiefvater, or just want a chance to win this, the contest page is here and here is the post on her blog where she announced the contest.

Happy reading!

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The Suspense Is Killing Me

I have a question for the general authoring population:

Can’t we just have one book where we don’t know the entire plot going into it?

Now, before you object to this, just hear me out.  Obviously I don’t mean the entire plot.  I mean the premise.

Think about it.  Everyone knew before reading Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (Philosopher’s Stone, of course, to some people) that he was a wizard.  Therefore, Hagrid’s big reveal doesn’t really mean anything except to get the main plot started.

Wow. Shocker.

The same thing happened with (sorry, haters, but I gotta put this in) Twilight.  WE KNOW MR. TALL, DARK, AND HANDSOME IS A VAMPIRE.  It’s just a fact.

REALLY?!?!

And again in (sorry again, but it’s on the brain) Shiver.  We know Sam is a werewolf.  Whoop-de-doo.  Nothing is a surprise for the readers, at least not in the first few hundred pages, when all the main characters get the most surprised, generally.

Aww...I'm not even going to poke fun at this one.

For once, just once, I would love to read a book where something wasn’t already known.  But, alas, this spoiling has many sources.  One, the fandom.  Once a book gets popular, the basic plotline is spread to the rest of the human population.  Even to people who have never read the series.  Another source would be the summary on the dust jacket/back of the book.  In an ideal world those would be eliminated altogether, and we would choose our books by reading the first few pages.  I would love that, personally.

Or, I guess, you could just not read the dust jacket.  Which would mean I would have to control my excessive habit of reading anything within ten feet of me.

Darn.

The point is, in a world with little suspense in the premise of books, readers like myself don’t get to really experience the character’s world along with the character.  Somewhere in the back of our minds, when reading the first few chapters of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, we were saying, “Come on, come on, just find out you’re a wizard already and get this ball rolling.”  The book is just boring before the big reveal, or the introduction of the conflict or whatever.  And I think that’s a big part of what makes people stop reading it, saying it’s “too boring.”

They know what’s coming and they think it’s taking too long getting there.

In this context, we don’t get to fully enjoy the book.  As I said before, we don’t ride the adventure with the characters, and in turn that just ruins the feeling of being immersed in a story.

So, starting now, I’m going to make it my goal to read at least one book without knowing anything about it but the title and cover art.  We’ll see what kind of shenanigans I get myself into.

Happy reading!

(P.S. Another thing kind of related to this: I think it would be a very interesting experience to read a book (other than Bree Tanner) where the narrator dies at the end.  Any suggestions?)

Forever Release

So…Forever released yesterday.

This is what Forever looks like. At least the US version.

If you follow this blog you know that Forever is the final book in the Wolves of Mercy Falls trilogy.  The first book was Shiver.

It’s a great series.  Seriously.  It’s awesome.

I’m saddened that it’s over.

So I got my copy of the book when I got off work yesterday.  I also attended a signing for the author, Maggie Stiefvater.

This is the result:

It’s so pretty.  Look at the pretty.

Today I finished Forever.  It was excellent, a stellar way to end the series.  This is a slower type of book, but very satisfying.  I’m not going to review it formally because I don’t want to ruin the book on the second day it’s out, and anyway I don’t think I’m very good at writing reviews.  I don’t look for writing style (though this book is written excellently) when I’m reading a book.  I tend to get caught up in the story.  And, of course, that doesn’t make for a good review because it’s spoilers galore.

But I’ll try to review it in my own way, as best I can:

Forever was suspensful.  Like I said, it was slower, but sometimes you needed that to take in all the revelations that went on.  And a lot did happen in this book, with all four of the narrators.  It had its incredibly sad moments and its unbelievably happy moments, and I think it ended on the right foot, even if it was bittersweet.

It was refreshing to read a book that was different.  It seems now that most of the books I read are chock-full of action.

Not to say that this book was devoid of it.  It had its tense moments.

In any case, I liked it.  If you like werewolves and love stories, definitely check it out.

Friday will be the Day of the Deathly Hallows Review.  I promise I’ll do my best to actually talk about the movie in depth.

Also, there will be pictures.

Stay tuned.

And happy reading.

Just a Short Post About Stuff

Okay, so tonight I have a bunch of little stuff that I think I should post about.  I’m not really counting it as a real post, so that’s why it’s another Double Post Day.  Here goes:

1.  In case you haven’t followed the fandom much since ’07, or if, like me, you’ve been living under a rock for the past year and a half, there’s this exciting new thing called Pottermore.  I’m assuming it’s going to be an epic Potter role-playing game with cool exclusive stuff (ebooks!!!) from J.K. Rowling.  Here’s the announcement video:

2.  Also Harry Potter related, I’m going to the midnight premier of Deathly Hallows: Part 2.  More on that later (probably much later, as I will have slept for many, many hours and then gone to work the next day).
3.  You might be wondering why I’m reading three books at once in the sidebar there.  One, I usually pick up the first thing that’s within my reach.  Two, I have to reread Shiver before Forever comes out.  And three, I’m actually technically reading four* because I cannot stop myself from peeking at new books.  So there.
4.  I still cannot wait for Forever to come out.  Did I mention I’m going to a book signing for it?  Yeah.  That right there is your daily serving of EPIC with a side of AWESOME SAUCE.
5.  Hunger Games movie.  Also cannot wait.  Am wanting the months to go by faster.  Cannot stop thinking about it.  Did I mention the movie comes out ON MY BIRTHDAY?????????  So, really, Suzanne Collins/Lionsgate is giving me a birthday present.  THANK YOU, UNIVERSE.
6.  No, really, universe, thank you.  From the bottom of my heart.  Thank you.

This would be the universe.

*The fourth is called Subject Seven, and I’m not putting it in the sidebar because I’m desperately trying to not read it right now.  I think it’s a hopeless cause, though.  *gasp* *cough* Must…resist…must…finish…Shiver