What I'm reading
I am in nerd flip-out mode over William Shakespeare's Star Wars: Verily, A New Hope. It's like someone took my two biggest nerd-loves and combined them. Also, it works really well. Star Wars starts off with a Prologue and text falling across a screen. This book starts off with "PROLOGUE. Enter Chorus. It is a period of civil war..."
I also finished Needful Things, which was boring and did not live up to expectations. I read Girl Parts as well, and am still figuring out what I think about it before I write a review. On one hand, I like that the second half of the book is all about Rose learning how to take sexual agency for herself (rather than for others).
On the other hand, it seems like yet another book that says, "You need to have sex to be a whole person." This book was described as "hilarious" on the jacket cover. I thought it was very grim -- cringe-worthy grim. I guess if you find teen suicide and sexual exploitation and harassment hilarious, cool. I won't deny that it definitely has its funny parts, but if you come away from Girl Parts laughing and saying, "That was so hilarious!!!" then you've probably missed the point.
What I'm writing
I'm in the middle of the mother of all re-writes right now. I thought that I'd rewritten a lot during my first round of edits...haha. HAHA. HAHAHAHA.
I've also written reviews of After the Snow, The Reformed Vampire Support Group, and Partials. Examining has been a neat experience, but the truth is that I don't write enough articles and reviews often enough to make a lot of money at it. I don't really mind. I like doing the reviews.
On the blogging side, I also wrote a post Monday following the #solidarityisforwhitewomen twitter-splosion. It doesn't have many comments, so I'd be interested in hearing what others think about the white-washing that happens on book covers.
What else I've been up to
Painting the house. Petting the cat. Playing Oblivion like crazy. Cleaning my room -- I'm finally unpacking everything from college -- and moving my bookshelf. I have this lofted bed with a desk underneath. I moved the bookshelf so that I can actually pull out the chair from the desk and sit down.
What inspires me right now
The awesome cover art for Throne of Glass. Well, for my edition. All previous editions I've seen have a glamorous girl with flowing golden hair and fake brilliant blue contact lenses with a knife strapped to her arm, throwing the camera a coy look over her shoulder and looking flirty. I would never in a million years guess that that book was about an assassin. This cover, on the other hand:
I saw that and was all, "FUCKYEAH!" It reminds me of the anime-inspired art style one of my friends uses. Also, she just looks badass. She stares at the viewer boldly while advancing, rather than throwing coy looks over her shoulder. True to the book, artistic, enticing, and it looks dangerous. I haven't actually read it, but if it turns out not to be as awesome as the cover I will be VERY disappointed.
I've had a bee in my bonnet about book covers lately. Maybe I should do another post.