Bookswaps are Awesome! But I went overboard.

IMG_5480A little while back my book club the ya book council held a book swap at the Glendale Public Library  Montrose Branch and I was super excited because I wanted to get rid of some titles I had accumulated over the years that I didn’t really want to hold on to.  I live amongst stacks of books… which is scary because I am consuming most of my books in electronic mediums. Continue reading “Bookswaps are Awesome! But I went overboard.”

In which I exchange words with Stephenie Meyer and stand in more line than I’ve ever stood in at the Grove*

The previous record long line I waited for at the Grove was for the iPhone 4.  I believe that was the point in which I decided “no more” and decided that I would have my new iPhones shipped to me instead of picking them up at the store.  That was the day I met Donald Glover and I think Adam Pally but that was before Adam Pally was Max Blum.  And of course if you ask them they wouldn’t remember me because I didn’t introduce myself and also, not someone significant enough to remember.  My words.  😉

Stephenie Meyer is an author, and this past Friday (the 15th of March in the year 2013 common era) she made an appearance at the Barnes & Noble bookstore at the Grove in sunny Southern California.  I had hoped for a little discussion of the book or movie but I realize in hindsight with all of the people there for signing there would be no way that all of us could be held in one space short of an auditorium or the Hollywood Bowl.  Her previous works are rather well known: Twilight, New MoonEclipse, and Breaking Dawn.  These books involve Pacific Northwestern Vampires I believe and were made into successful movies.  I haven’t seen the movies nor have I read any of those books.

She has also written a book called The Host which involves an invasion by extra terrestrial aliens who come and infiltrate human bodies.  There’s a movie coming out in the very near future based on this book and the Barnes & Noble event was in support of the book and movie.  I did not manage to finish the book before attending the event.  Not only was Stephenie Meyer was there but also the films stars’ Max Irons, Jake Abel and Diane Kruger.  Sadly I had hoped that Saoirse Ronan would be there (a previous Facebook post indicated such) but no such luck.  I had even watched Saoirse’s Graham Norton interview to try and learn how to pronounce her name but … that was in vain.

I arrived in the morning shortly after Barnes & Noble opened and found myself in a very long line to buy books to get wristbands to come back later to get in a line that didn’t move for over an hour.  There was a lot of waiting in line today.  Multiple lines.  I should have timed it all; but I can say I didn’t finish before 4:30pm (event was scheduled to start at 2pm).

Now the words I exchanged with Stephenie were very mild and I admit I wrote that headline to strike peoples interest more than the significance of words.  They were a simple “hi” and “thanks” for signing my books.  If wikipedia is correct and Mrs. Meyer is 39 she is very well preserved.  (Perhaps her knowledge of vampires is drawn on personal experience?  She’ll stay eternally young)

I also had one of the books I had signed by the cast because … really I came to see Max and Jake.  They also signed a poster (the actors) and I got a free set of buttons.

I do wish though that I had a companion who waited in line with me.  It’s so hard in these trying modern days to amuse myself only equipped with an iPod nano, an iPad, an iPhone 5 and a Sony Reader.  They run out of batteries eventually … with people, you just add more candy and it seems to fuel them for a bit.

Speaking of Candy, the nice people at Dylan’s Candy Bar sampled us some gummy teeth and gave us a 10% coupon.  Granted the last time I wandered in the prices were amusingly pricy but … I don’t really need to eat large amounts of candy.  Candy is a treat to be enjoyed sparingly.  Or at least that’s what I think.

I do fear that I was surrounded by girls half my age.  Nobody seemed to think it unusual that I was there and I appreciate that in Hollywood even I seem to be acceptably normal.  Anything else I can mention?  Oh…I was slightly proud of the fact that I was civil to Mrs. Meyers as I cannot say that I enjoyed the very long wait (not her fault) nor have I enjoyed the book (probably her fault).  I will say I respect her.  I don’t have a body of work to speak of and even if I did, who is to say that my writing wouldn’t be poor, rife with characters that people find annoying and awful.

Oh I can’t write a review of The Host.  I think I’m now over half way finished and color me shocked:  I want to finish.  So even given all the indications I’ve provided that I object, I still intend to finish the book (at least before I see the movie).

So many books to read, so little time.  This post may be long and not sense making which is symptomatic of me being very tired.  I didn’t sleep a lot the previous night because I was so excited about seeing Mrs. Meyers (and Max and Jake).

If for some reason Stephenie Meyer reads this and I hope you know better than to read blog posts regarding yourself, thank you for coming.  It’s very nice of you to make time to come out and see the hundreds if not thousands of fans.

YABC the Young Adult Book Council

I am a member of a book club.  The Young Adult Book Council or YABC meets monthly and we’ve been meeting for over five years.  I think that’s pretty impressive.  I will admit that I haven’t been the best member … back in 2008 I didn’t read five of the selections.  In 2009 I didn’t finish two of the books and in 2011 I missed one of those as well.  I’m getting better but then again I also think the book selections are getting better.

One of the five books I didn’t read in 2008 was Breaking Dawn.  I haven’t read any of the twilight books and I didn’t want to read them out of order and I didn’t want to read all of them.  There’s always that one chance that I might actually enjoy them and then I would just feel awful about having been so harsh on my prejudgements.  This is one of those circumstances where I have a comfortable ignorance about Twilight and so forth.  However next week I just might get the opportunity to meet Stephanie Meyer and I’m going to try and read The Host before then.  Fingers crossed I don’t regret that plan.

On my iPad I keep a document in Pages containing the previous book selections in month and who picked it.  I have not always been especially proud of my selections.  At one point I selected Ned Vizinni’s Be More Chill and I finished it early realized that it was awful so I went to a challenged classic I had never read: The Giver.

Next weekend we’re doing a book swap.  I’ve been trying to find appropriate titles to use for the book swap.  It’s kind of hard because most of the books in my library I haven’t read so I don’t know if I want to get rid of them.  Also, I figured I should stay in an age appropriate realm.  You know, teenagers nervous about sex, not sex hounds dripping with fluids.  (And so forth)  Through the various boxes of books I have I did come across some of the old selections from those early years in the group and I don’t know if I should get rid of them…some of them I think I should read first 🙂

Young Adult Book Council (on the web)

Tower? Oh.

So this is like a review I posted on Goodreads and I’m reposting here, but with spoilers.

Tower? Oh.

Once upon a time…a few years ago I came across a book called the James Deans and I read this book that was not about a boy band with a 1950s theme.  This was my first introduction to Reed Farrel Coleman and he’s on my list of “mystery genre authors I will read.”  Sadly, that’s a small list but what you can do with a finite amount of life to read with.  I think the only other authors on the list are Don Winslow and Charlie Huston.

Tower is a book that was written by Ken Bruen and Reed Farrel Coleman about Nicky and Todd, two young men from Brooklyn and their lives and stuff.  Nicky is a violent sort filled with rage.  Todd loves Nicky but isn’t in love with Nicky, it’s not that kind of a book where two boys have their hearts broken by each other.  Nah, there’s women for that. Continue reading “Tower? Oh.”

The Legend of Zelda 25th Anniversary Special Orchestra CD

Last night I was on the elliptical machine when my iPod nano shuffled to Gerudo Valley, track 4 of The Legend of Zelda 25th Anniversary Special Orchestra CD.  The CD was a special pack in with The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword which I regrettably didn’t play as much as I have played the soundtrack.

I don’t think of myself as a super video game nerd, and my friends who do play video games can vouch for my lack of game playing ability.  But this collection of music I think stands out as good music, exceeding what I would have expected from a video game soundtrack or a television or cinema score.  Of course there are little moments when musical cues provide a thrill associated with memories of gameplay; if at anytime in real life I were to hear the secret notification and a key falls out of the sky I think it would be the best thing ever.  (Main Theme Medley, 0:48)


Track Listing for The Legend of Zelda 25th Anniversary Special Orchestra CD

  1. The Legend of Zelda 25th Anniversary Medley
  2. Kariko Village – Twilight Princess Theme
  3. The Wind Waker Symphonic Movement
  4. Gerudo Valley
  5. Great Fairy’s Fountain Theme
  6. Twilight Princess Symphonic Movement
  7. The Legend of Zelda Main Theme Medley
  8. Ballad of the Goddess from Skyward Sword

Yesterday I found out that Viz (VizKids) published a translation of the Legend of Zelda manga series and I may have purchased all ten volumes.  I was reviewing one for Edelweiss but didn’t realize there was a whole series.  I had finished Ocarina of Time Part 1 and wanted to continue on so I checked at the bookstore I was in and on the shelf I found all ten of them sitting there, waiting for me.  I immediately looked online and read about the ten volumes — hopefully soon to be more than ten with the upcoming release(s) for Skyward Sword — and perhaps as a rash impulse buy I grabbed all of them.

As a confession, I haven’t finished most of the games.  This is one of the reasons people give me grief about video games; that and lack of skill.  However the manga are helping me fill in the plot holes.  It’s a little better than reading spoilers online…Plus, if I don’t buy books, bookstores may cease to exist as we know them. :-/

Anyhow:  positive review, both for the CD and the Legend of Zelda Ocarina of Time Part 1.  One jar containing a fairy out of one jar slot.

Edit:  I forgot to mention that Koji Kondo is responsible for much of the Legend of Zelda music.