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It’s like a joke, but without the lead up or the punchline.

1) I came home from work on Tuesday E and I had both worked early and were pretty tired so we laid down in bed, facing each other to talk about what we wanted to do for dinner. In the middle of this conversation, she looks at me all serious like and busts out with, “You’re waiting for a train.” Two days later it still makes me giggle.

2) We were watching Top Chef last night which love, but doesn’t require all of my attention and so also simultaneously dicking around on the internets. E pulls up some old 80’s cartoons and programs on youtube—Pinwheel, anyone?—and there is the Simon the Chalk Boy cartoon. I loved it when I was little and it still has a fond place in my heart. So we watch the opening credits and who, who, Who should turn out to be the narrator? Bernard Cribbins. Seriously, Donna’s grandfather from Dr. Who narrated a children’s program something like 30 years ago. I love it.

Also, in my desperation after finishing The Knife of Never Letting Go and waiting for The Ask and the Answer—which is finally in my possession and I can’t wait to start reading—I picked up I Am Number 4. I’d heard some good things about it and some people are trying to make it into a big deal and we had it, so I borrowed it. It was good, it wasn’t amazing, but it was solid and cool, if a little bit contrived in the narrative flow. I liked the characters a lot and thought the pacing was actually pretty brilliant.

The one qualm I have with it is that the ‘author’ is a character from the story. I don’t know what is up with this trend, but I find it super irritating. When I see something like this, it makes me think that either the author is well known for another work and is trying to branch out, or the book is a amalgam corporate construct that makes me feel kind of dirty for liking. It’s an unnecessary gimmick for me to like the book. I think it’s an unnecessary marketing ploy for kids to like the book. Just stop.

Date: 2010-08-06 01:40 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] halfacork.livejournal.com
I actually read I Am Number 4 at Comic Con. We got a comp copy (and the warmest bestest sweatshirt ever) from some panel. Or Dave did. I think it was when I went back to the hotel to NAP, wonderful blessed sleep. I read it quickly and enjoyed it but wasn't in love with it. Something about the POV felt off. I just didn't buy it as a real character so much as a storyteller.

Does that make any sense?

Date: 2010-08-07 01:39 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nyagosstar.livejournal.com
i know just what you mean. it's the trouble with first person YA novels because they're written by adults who are trying to make pretty books and in the end never really sound like kids.

there are supposed to me more in this series, but i don't know that i'll be interested enough to read them when they come out.

Date: 2010-08-06 02:45 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] shanola22.livejournal.com
Isn't that written by Stephen Fry of A Million Little Pieces fame and someone else?

Which would explain why he's using a pseudonym I guess. *shrug*

Date: 2010-08-06 12:12 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sainnis.livejournal.com
It's James Frey, the guy that got skewered by Oprah for his 'not-true-enough' memoir. Holy crap...that's what I get for not listening to our sales rep.

Date: 2010-08-06 12:55 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] shanola22.livejournal.com
Oh, yeesh. I knew I had the first name wrong! My book knowledge diminishes...I may have to go into the west....
Edited Date: 2010-08-06 12:57 pm (UTC)

Date: 2010-08-07 01:41 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nyagosstar.livejournal.com
lol, i knew who you meant, it's all good. i had no idea it was him and it's probably better i didn't know since i went into the book without any preconceived notions.

still not that amazing, though.

Date: 2010-08-07 02:55 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sainnis.livejournal.com
I DIDN'T know it was James Frey until [livejournal.com profile] shanola22 said so (I was all excited thinking it was Stephen Fry, but then I was like oh, Million Little Pieces guy, how disappointing!). *sigh* (Don't feel bad, [livejournal.com profile] shanola22...not remembering James Frey's name is a sign of excellent character. XD)

I am so cranky about authors of middle grade/ya novels NOT putting their names on books. It's just starting to piss me off.
Edited Date: 2010-08-07 02:55 pm (UTC)

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