Friday, September 28, 2012

Reading, writing and answering interview questions

So... that blog tour's just starting for Divide by Zero and Peter Joseph Swanson is kicking it off with an interview over on gather. Just go to http://www.gather.com/viewArticle.action?articleId=281474981665350 and see what questions he asked... well, you can see how I answered them too, and ask your own questions in the comments if you want, or in the comments here...

Meanwhile I'm still trying to catch up on all those book reviews after my vacation, so here's the next batch: Enjoy reading. Drink coffee. Oh yeah, and eat chocolate (see the interview above).

Starting with another very English book, When god was a rabbit by Sarah Winman is set in Essex and Cornwall (amongst other places) and tells the story of a misfit girl, her misfit brother, a family displaced, and the anchor of someone to talk to--in her case a rabbit called god. Laugh-out-loud funny, heart-breakingly sad and deeply enthralling, this is a good one to enjoy with a 4-star elegant complex coffee.

Next is a very American book, Angels, Chimps and Tater Mitts, by Mike Ball. Subtitled What I've Learned So Far, this collection of essays on modern life is gently funny, poking fun at Paris Hilton's Christmas list, football, politics and the sort of religion that cares more whether Christmas is Holidays than whether the hungry are fed. A thoroughly enjoyable read, this one goes well with a 2-star easy-drinking coffee but be careful, you just might find he makes you think.

The Last Seer and The Tomb of Enoch, by Ashland Menshouse, is a children's adventure story set in America with an enjoyable eclectic and interesting cast of characters, with Aubrey and his inhaler, Native American and African American schoolfriends, an overweight genius inventer, and a classic but redeemable towering bully. Ghosts, bigfoot, witches and legends abound and the plot's truly intriguing, but the novel's long, deeply detailed, and probably not one for slow readers. Enjoy with a 5-star dark intense coffee (but keep some fresh juice around when enjoying the humor).

Cataclysm, return of the gods, by the other Stephen King, continues a theme of gods (with a small g) and mythology. The science is a little too odd for me, but the premise is intriguing--a universe that flips between magic and technology every two thousand years, making Armageddon a somewhat different prospect than we've all imagined. When a young mother finds she's married to a god, well there's lots of mythology, humor and danger to be dealt with in the aftermath. Enjoy with a 2-star lively cup of coffee.

And finally, if you're feeling like it's time to get down to work after reading all these books, Dr. Liz Hardy's E-Learning 101 will help you get over any nervousness about the process and technology of learning over the internet. It's even got dogs to keep things lighthearted, and their pictures portray the emotions of the frazzled student most excellently. Enjoy with a 2-star lively easy-drinking coffee.


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