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* Why did the 2013 YA post-apocalyptic film How I Live Now receive such little attention? Meg Rosoff's novel, on which it was based, won the British Guardian Children's Fiction Prize and the American Printz Award for young-adult literature, and I expected there to be considerable excitement about the adaptation (especially with Saoirse Ronan in the lead role). I quite liked the novel, and I thought the film was well worth seeing. Consider it recommended!

* I just used my "Gothic Tradition" course as an excuse to reread Roger Zelazny's A Night in the Lonesome October. So, so good.

* I'm currently reading War Dances, which won the PEN/Faulkner Award in 2010, as I'm gearing up for my interview of Sherman Alexie when he visits Lenoir-Rhyne University later this month. My "Native American Experience" students are reading one of my favorite Alexie novels, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, which won the National Book Award as well as many other well-deserved honors. I'm so pleased they'll have an opportunity to hear and meet him.

This is making the rounds again, and I thought I'd pass it along in case it's useful.

"Growing moon. Angry cat. Feather on the wind. Autumn comes. The grass dies."
- A Night in the Lonesome October, Roger Zelazny


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Mar. 10th, 2014 05:31 pm (UTC)
That Roger Zelazny book sounds like a hoot - I've added it to my Amazon wishlist, which is rapidly becoming simply a handy-dandy virtual stack of books to read.

The movie looks too dark for me, but I share your puzzlement that something so highly-awarded goes unremarked. :-(

I knew about half the hints on the Google poster, although I always thought of the dash as a minus sign in that context, but the other half are new to me and very welcome!!!!

Thank you as always for the wonderful links and tips and recs--oh my!
Mar. 14th, 2014 09:26 pm (UTC)
So glad these are helpful! I didn't know half of those Google tips, either, so I was grateful for this chart.

The Zelazny book is amazing. It's divided into 31 sections, one for for each day of October, so it would make perfect month-long reading during any month.

It sounds like you use your Amazon wishlist like I use mine. :D

I love your icon! <3
Mar. 14th, 2014 09:33 pm (UTC)
PS. chorale commented below that How I Live Now is only $2.99 for Kindle. Yay!
Abbie Culbertson
Mar. 11th, 2014 02:33 am (UTC)
My good friend, Hannah, claims Meg Rosoff as her favorite author and was just telling me about the film adaptation! I shall certainly give it a view.

I love informational posters. Informational posters are things that I love.
Mar. 14th, 2014 09:28 pm (UTC)
I'd love to know what you think of the film! The novel is wonderful, and I was impressed by how well the movie captured the dreamlike and intimate feel of the writing. (Does your friend have a recommendation for "If you loved How I Live Now, you should read ___ by Meg Rosoff"? I've meant to read more by her, and I never have.

This poster really was informational. I saw, I read, I learned!
Abbie Culbertson
Mar. 29th, 2014 06:25 pm (UTC)
According to Hannah, if you loved How I Live Now, you should DEFINITELY read What I Was by Meg Rosoff. It's Hannah's favorite, and she said she's forever honored to recommend it.
Mar. 29th, 2014 07:59 pm (UTC)
Fantastic! Many thanks to you and to Hannah. It's going on my "Must Read" list right now.
Mar. 12th, 2014 02:30 pm (UTC)
The only one of these that I knew was the use of quotation marks. My Search Fu is very undeveloped, so thank you for these tips.

And thanks for the recs! I have put both books on my Amazon wishlist, too. I like Zelazny, although I find the Amber series too long and undisciplined a work. I only read the first two novels.

Happy Wednesday.

ETA: I just bought the Rossoff novel. It was available at a great price on Amazon for the Kindle—only $2.99! amedia will want to know this.

Edited at 2014-03-12 02:40 pm (UTC)
Mar. 14th, 2014 09:32 pm (UTC)
My Search Fu is likewise undeveloped, so I thought this was great. I'm so glad it was useful to you, too!

I haven't made it through all of the Amber series either, to be honest. Lonesome October is a standalone, so it's not a long-term commitment! :D

>ETA: I just bought the Rossoff novel. It was available at a great price on Amazon for the Kindle—only $2.99! amedia will want to know this.

Oooh, thanks for this! I'll alert her. I do hope you enjoy it. I love YA dystopian/post-apocalyptic fiction anyway, but I thought it was particularly powerful.
Mar. 13th, 2014 03:00 am (UTC)
I kept waiting for this movie to come and never heard one thing about it. Definitely on my to watch list now! The book is one of my favorites.
Mar. 14th, 2014 09:34 pm (UTC)
I'd love to know what you think of the film. The book's almost always better than the movie, but I thought this adaptation captured the dreamlike quality of the writing and the power of the relationships really well. I was impressed.
Mar. 25th, 2014 06:26 pm (UTC)
Love the userpic. Go Team Ravenclaw!
Mar. 29th, 2014 07:58 pm (UTC)
Yay team! :D I couldn't resist that icon.
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