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A Book a Week and Edge of Seventeen blogs do buddy review of “Ice”

IceWhat a great idea this is! Kiirstin at A Book a Week and Mandy at Edge of Seventeen just did a “buddy review” of Ice, the latest YA book by Sarah Beth Durst.

Each one first did their own review of the book itself, and then they interviewed each other about their opinions. I don’t know if I’ve seen that sort of thing before. Essentially, as they describe it, they’re doing a “book club” right online for us, and we are the beneficiaries of their discussion.

Being something of a mythology and folklore buff myself, I was very interested in what both Mandy and Kiirstin thought of the book. It sounds like Durst did a great job of pulling a fairy tale motif into the real world, though it also appears that the remoteness of fairy tale characters followed the motif as well, making some of the book’s characters rather hard to relate to.

Still, from the descriptions, this sounds like a book that people who enjoy myth and folklore might really be interested in. And I loved the book club format, and the dual-blog review and conversation! Really good idea.

Well done, Kiirstin and Mandy!

Minds Alive on the Shelves new location!

One of the friends in my blogroll is Lisa, from Minds Alive on the Shelves. And I’m very happy to announce that she is moving her blog to a new location, which I’ve linked to both here and in the margin.

Lisa does a lot of reading, since she travels so much, and writes really insightful and interesting book reviews, as well as participating in other book events. (She’s passed a book or a review opportunity on to me also, now and then.) I get a lot of great ideas for what I want to read, by keeping up with her. And on top of that, she writes book reviews for the cultural website, When Falls the Coliseum. Busy person!

The new site has a snazzy design, and I insist that you run over there immediately, because if you’re a bookish person at all, the rotating header photos alone will make you swoon! Different beautiful library photos. I’ve always said that I could live in a library, but living in the libraries in those photos would be the equivalent of living in a mansion.

Lisa has been writing at Minds Alive on the Shelves at Blogger, and at the moment there’s still some overlap. Some past reviews from the Blogger version have been copied over to the new site, and new posts are also going up. Eventually Lisa will be moving to the new website exclusively, but in the meantime, keep checking both. This blog makes a wonderful read, wherever you find it!

Free E-Day

FreeedayI’m very late with this, so my apologies. Some of my Twitter acquaintances are staging Free E-Day tomorrow, December 1st. This is a day to celebrate Indie Culture, featuring plenty of  art that will be given away for free.

So you’ll find free images there, free music, and lots of free writing to download. Also check out the schedule of events, to find web chats, online workshops and other special things that will be going on. It’s a little more formalized in this Bookbuzzr Free E-day brochure.

Here’s where to go if you’re interested in these areas:

  1. free designs
  2. free music
  3. free writing

I have a feeling this isn’t going to be the last we see of this sort of thing, especially from Dan Holloway. He’s the one I wrote about in an earlier post, Can you write a peaceful novel with no conflict at all? He’s got a lot of different ideas about things, and is very busy exploring the concepts of self-publishing, independent writing, free writing, and so many other things.

Anyway, if you’re interested in any of these things, rush over there and partake of all the festivities.

World Religion Reading Challenge for 2010

I really, really like this! J.T. Oldfield, at the Bibliofreak blog, has started up a reading challenge for 2010, and has created a new blog to follow it.

It’s called the World Religion Challenge, and it’s for the purpose of reading about the various religions. This can be non-fiction books, novels, poetry, actual religious texts, whatever relates. But that’s so broad that to help narrow it down, the challenge has been divided into four different Paths (sounds kind of Buddhist, huh, though according to the original post it’s also Taoist), and people can specialize a bit.

To see the detailed descriptions of the paths, see the post, Welcome to the World Religion Challenge! But these are the routes you can take:

  1. Bare Bones Path: the “Big Three” proselytizing religions, Buddhism, Christianity, and Islam.
  2. Penthouse Path: the “Five Biggies,” Hinduism, Buddhism, Christianity, Judaism, and Islam.
  3. Universalist Path: the “Five Biggies” plus any other religions.
  4. Unshepherded Path: any religions you want.

I really think I’m going to try this, though I haven’t done all that well with the Canadian books challenge I was going to try this year. But this one is right up my alley, considering my degrees and all. And I have shelves stuffed with books relating to the subject.

In fact, considering my bookcases, I’m probably made for Path #4.

So yes, I’m going to try it. Anyone else up for this? We’re supposed to sign up at that blog, and start making a list of our books.

(And! They’ve already devised some cool challenge buttons. Woo!)

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