Sunday, October 12, 2008

Sunday Salon: Reading and Writing

The Sunday

Today is my first go at Sunday Salon even though I signed up a long time ago. I read Nadia's of The Bookworm's post and became inspired.

I'm juggling three books right now. Coraline by Neil Gaiman is the first, which I am reading as a part of Carl V's RIP3 Challenge. This is an interesting Young Reader book that involves a young girl named Coraline who ends up in an alternate world much like her own except everyone from her real life is known of as the "other" in this place. The others in this book are strange and have buttons for eyes. It is freaky in a deliciously creepy way.

On an interesting note, Coraline has been made into a movie. It releases Feb 6, 2009. Here is a quick behind the scenes look.

I'm halfway through Heart of Stone by C.E. Murphy. This is the first book in her Negotiator Trilogy that follows a New York City lawyer, Margrit Knight. I'm finding this book really cool. Why? Well, lets just say that those stony gargoyles that are supposed to remain perched on the tops of gothic inspired buildings, don't. I'm a fan C.E. Murphy's writing. I think the draw is in her female protagonists. They do not easily fit into any preset heroine mold, which is refreshing.

The last book I'm juggling is Games of Command by Linnea Sinclair. I have most of Ms. Sinclair's back-list, but this is the first of me reading her work. I'm halfway in and wondering why I waited so long to read one of her books. Kel Paten is just lovely, and Jace Serafino isn't so bad himself. Oh, and the ladies are great as well. Excellent book so far.

With any luck I will have reviews up for all three of these books sometime next week.

Finally, I have entered the NaNoWriMo or National Novel Writing Month. Beginning November 1st I will have exactly one month to pen a 50,000 word novel (175 pages). No pressure, huh? Luckily for me I've connected with some seasoned NaNo writers in my region and they are a lot of support. I've already told myself that I'm just going to have fun with it. If I finish--great, and if I don't, then at least I tried. :)


  1. Glad you're doing a Sunday Salon post :)
    I really liked Coraline. It is freaky, but so good. The Linnea Sinclair book sounds good too.
    Good luck with your writing.

  2. Hey, Brie! I thought I was the only one to read that Heart of Stone. I liked it, and you're right about this being a unique female protagonist. I loved the secondary characters, too, and they made me eager for the next.

    And good luck with NanowriteMo!

  3. I am doing NaNo also. *gulp*
    We should be NaNo buddies :D
    Ohh Games of Command is so good! Paten is one to die for hero.

  4. Hi Brie ... sounds like you're really busy right now. :-) Good luck with the NaNoWriMo (what a cute name). Games Of Command was my first Sinclair book too ... I'll be waiting to read your take on it. :-)

  5. Thanks for the support everyone. Katie, I'll add you as a buddy. :)

    CJ, How could I forget about the secondary characters? You're right, they are great.

    Nadia, I'm glad I picked Coraline to read. I probably would have never picked it up if not for this challenge.

    Jace, I'm a tiny bit busy. :p. I should have my thoughts up on Games soon.

  6. Katie and Brie, Wow, you're going to try writing!!?? That's so exciting! Good luck with that! Me - I'll just stick with the reading :)

  7. KEL-PATEN!!! As soon as we hit his POV, I fell and fell HARD. mmmmmmmm. His love makes me love him all the more.

    ADD me as a NaNo friend!

  8. I added you, Ciara!

    And ditto to all Kel-Paten lovers.

  9. Congrats and best of luck to you on joining NaNoWriMo! That's awesome!

    Jill and I will be the resident readers. =)

    Loved the Coraline clip! I'm looking forward to it and since it's being released on my husband's birthday, I think I'll get him to take me out to it for his birthday. So nice of me, huh? ;)

  10. Ohhh, you'll definitively have to review the C.E. Murphy when you're done... I've been wanting to try it out, but I'm not too sure... I want to know what you think of it!! :)

  11. I'm sure your husband will love that, Christine. ;)

    Nath, I'll be sure to post the review for Heart of Stone as soon as I'm done. :)

  12. Glad you're liking Games of Command! It's one of my most favorite Sinclair books yet. I do so want Kel Paten!

    Murphy is another I've had my eye on too. I really need to at least add one tot he TBR pile.

  13. You're doing NaNo! Sweet. You must post up a link to your profile so everyone can friend you up. :D

    I figure that writing is a natural progression for book worms. You can't help being consumed by the desire to write and love of the written word when you read so many great stories.

    (And in case you haven't guessed from my excitement, I've also signed up to do NaNo this year and will, I hope, complete it. I've even purchased a copy of No Plot? No Problem which is basically a short--about 175pg.--book of hilariously good wisdom, advice, and encouragement.)

    Finally, judging from all the comments, I simply must pick up a copy of Games of Command. I want to fall hard for Kel-Paten too.

  14. Hi Ann, It is so cool that you are participating in NaNo too! The NaNo button on my side bar links directly to my profile, so add me as a friend, okay.