Other Stories: Despite the fangirling, somehow, it still comes around to books.

this is how i roll AVATARI’ve toyed with the idea of putting up another blog where I could write about non-book-related things and occasional personal stuff, but then I remembered that I put up a disclaimer that there will be non-book stuff in this blog because it’s The Girl Who Read and Other Stories after all, and stories are everywhere, not just in books. Besides, it’s just a pain to maintain too many blogs.

So, lest I protest too much, I will just go ahead and write, and…yeah, I’ll probably do this every weekend.

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Waiting On Wednesday: “Deadlocked” by Charlaine Harris

 


Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event hosted at Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

 

I doubt it’s still Wednesday anywhere else in the world, so my usual “I come from the future” excuse won’t work today. The truth is, this really is just a late post because, unfortunately, there is still procrastination in the future. 😛

Deadlocked (Sookie Stackhouse #12)
by: Charlaine Harris

With Felipe de Castro, the Vampire King of Louisiana (and Arkansas and Nevada), in town, it’s the worst possible time for a body to show up in Eric Northman’s front yard—especially the body of a woman whose blood he just drank.

Now, it’s up to Sookie and Bill, the official Area Five investigator, to solve the murder. Sookie thinks that, at least this time, the dead girl’s fate has nothing to do with her. But she is wrong. She has an enemy, one far more devious than she would ever suspect, who’s out to make Sookie’s world come crashing down.

Publication Date: 1 May 2012

Dead Reckoning left me hanging, so it’s a relief to know this book will be out in less than a month.

Charlaine Harris has an excerpt of chapter 2 up on her website (click!), and if my math and logic are any good, I’d say the “devious enemy” being referred to in the synopsis is probably werewolf/Sam’s GF/Alcide’s enforcer Jannalyn Hopper. Sorry, Sookie, it really is difficult being the most desirable woman in the supernatural community. 😛

It will be intriguing to see how Sookie and Bill will work together to solve the murder in question. I still can’t forget what happened in the last season of True Blood, where Sookie essentially went all Team Switzerland on us Eric/Sookie shippers. Then again, Sookie is in a different place now when it comes to the books. Just don’t give me a Sookie/Bill reunion, please!

Oh, and I just have to say Charlaine Harris does excellent work when it comes to her characters. Even though I watched True Blood before getting into any of the Sookie books, I can still un-imagine Anna as Sookie, Stephen as Bill, and Alex as Eric because the book characters are very vivid. And that’s saying something considering Alexander Skarsgård’s compelling portrayal of Eric.

I hope that Harris will use this book to start wrapping up any loose ends going into Book 13, which is the alleged last book. While I love the series, it really does have to end some time, and this conflict with King Felipe de Castro of Several States, and the revelations in the Faery world are all good set-ups for the finale. Sookie’s journey has been a very long one, and she deserves her peace and happiness.

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Honorable Mention for Waiting on Wednesday : Darth Vader and Son  by Jeffrey Brown! Super cute and super sweet! Coming April 18th. 🙂

“The Strange Case of Origami Yoda” by Tom Angleberger


Title: The Strange Case of Origami Yoda
Author: Tom Angleberger
Read Date: 7 January 2012
Goodreads Reading Progress Status Updates: Click here.  
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

In this funny, uncannily wise portrait of the dynamics of a sixth-grade class and of the greatness that sometimes comes in unlikely packages, Dwight, a loser, talks to his classmates via an origami finger puppet of Yoda. If that weren’t strange enough, the puppet is uncannily wise and prescient. Origami Yoda predicts the date of a pop quiz, guesses who stole the classroom Shakespeare bust, and saves a classmate from popularity-crushing embarrassment with some well-timed advice. Dwight’s classmate Tommy wonders how Yoda can be so smart when Dwight himself is so clueless. With contributions from his puzzled classmates, he assembles the case file that forms this novel.

This was such a fun book to read, and should appeal to Star Wars fans of all ages! The stories that form the case file are typical middle school tales about crushes and bullies and embarrassing situations that kids go through, but the addition of Origami Yoda’s antics and the hilarious doodles on the pages make the ordinary stories more fun.

Click to view the text in a better resolution

It fascinates me how kids will readily believe the advice of a finger puppet but will balk at following what their parents and elders tell them. Then again, there’s something compelling about a green Jedi Master who not only talks in riddles, but in riddles in jumbled-up words! And I’m sure even adults will think twice about everything that Origami Yoda says; I sure did.

Q: Origami Yoda, my hair always gets messy even if I comb it in the morning. People make fun of me and my mom rags on me about it. What should I do?

Yoda: Hairdo like Yoda you must have.

Q: You mean bald?

Yoda: Yes.

And now I shall attempt to fold some Yodas of my own based on the instructions in the book. I’m not an origami whiz, so May the Force be with me. o_O

Ride this bus I will

 
I was out on an office errand for most of today, so I decided to bring The Strange Case of Origami Yoda along. (Yes, I finally have a copy, courtesy of a certain special someone. 😀 ) I had to suffer the long lines (twice!) at the bank, so I had plenty of time to read.

Here’s a shot of one of my favorite doodles. Click to see it in a better resolution and try naming all those characters! 😛

That school bus blimousine is awesome.

It also amuses me that the author named the school after the Ralph McQuarrie, who worked on concept designs for Star Wars. Like the blimousine, he is awesome, too.