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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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amedia
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!
eldritchhobbit
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
eldritchhobbit
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.
eldritchhobbit
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.
eldritchhobbit
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.
chorale
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)
eldritchhobbit
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.
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eldritchhobbit
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.
ankh_hpl
Mar. 25th, 2014 06:26 pm (UTC)
Love the userpic. Go Team Ravenclaw!
eldritchhobbit
Mar. 29th, 2014 07:58 pm (UTC)
Yay team! :D I couldn't resist that icon.
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