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I just have to know!

**This posts contains spoilers for the book The Selection by Kiera Cass**

Last March I started reading an advanced copy of The Selection by Kiera Cass. At the time, I had just read The Hunger Games and Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins. I needed a break before reading Mockingjay and decided to give The Selection a shot. The cover is what caught my eye and the synopses sounded intriguing. In a post-American world, 35 girls compete to win the prince’s hand in marriage. As many reviewers later put it, it was The Hunger Games meets The Bachelor.  Granted, just coming off reading The Hunger Games, I found that the books had several similarities, but nothing that could be considered plagiarism. I actually didn’t get very far into reading the book. The tone of it irked me, though I couldn’t really put my finger on why exactly. So I put the book down with no intention of picking it back up again.

Now, a year later I’ve started listening to audio books to help check books off my “to read” list a little quicker. When browsing online for downloadable audio books from my library, I came across The Selection. Sure, I remembered my dislike of the little bit that I read, but I was also curious. What happened after I’d stopped reading? My curiosity was too much and I decided to go ahead and listen to it.

The SelectionIn the futuristic world of The Selection, there’s a caste system in 35 different provinces and moving between castes is extremely difficult but not impossible. The royal family is the ones, twos and threes are still fairly well off, fives are artists, and eights are essentially the homeless for they are the bottom rung. There are strict rules and horrible consequences (pregnancy out-of-wedlock is grounds for jail and there are public beatings for stealing). The narrator of the story is America Singer, a five whose family does okay for themselves but could always use just a little more. Upon the urging of her mother and her secret boyfriend Aspen (a six), America enters the Selection. Not surprisingly – she is the narrator, after all – she is chosen as one of the lucky girls to be whisked off to the palace and try to win over Prince Maxon’s heart. Aspen takes himself out of the picture, but America cannot stop loving him just because he breaks up with her.

America quickly alliances herself with Maxon, promising friendship and help in making his decision for future wife. In exchange, he will keep America in the contest for as long as possible; each of the girls’ families are compensated monetarily each week she remains at the palace. Being a five, America’s family can use the extra money. Through the days, Maxon and America come to know each other and start confiding in each other. Maxon dismisses girls as he learns that some are not his type, but he keeps his promise and America stays. There is, of course, one fiercely competitive girl, Celeste, who is awful to the girls when the cameras aren’t around and sickeningly sweet when the Prince is around. There are also rebel forces (two different ones, in fact), who attack the palace, which throws a political twist and physical threat into the plot.

The reviews on Good Reads are mixed. Those who didn’t like it hated it and those who like it loved it. I’m one of the few that is split down the middle. I both loved and hated it. The things that I didn’t like were the ambiguous nature of the monarchy. How did the United States go from a democracy to monarchy? Early on in the book, America* alludes to a fourth world war but it isn’t until much, much later in the book that more history facts come into light. While I was glad to eventually have an explanation, it wasn’t a clear one. Too early on in the book, the reader is asked to take faith that the United States has suddenly become a monarchy and not ask why. Writers should avoid this tactic, unless the writer is an established one that the reader can trust has a reason for delaying important information. To suspend the believability for so long was a bad choice on Cass’ part. I think that she should have given more history at the beginning, through the homeschooling that is frequently mentioned but never seen, or action, like America reading the slightly singed history book, then more people would have been drawn in.

Let’s go back to that history book for a minute. It was quite an intriguing bit, once Cass got around to writing that scene. It was late in the novel, when America has been at the palace for at least a week and she describes a memory of finding the book in her parents’ bedroom. Not only are there burn marks on the book, but pages have been ripped from it. Through America’s thoughts, the reader learns that this is the only history book she’s ever seen, and her father says not to tell anyone about it. Curiouser and curiouser. Yet I feel Cass did two things wrong with this scene. First, she didn’t put it in the beginning of the book. If I were to read a book that has the United States as a monarchy and then immediately learn that history books are obsolete, possibly even forbidden, then I would sense a deeper theme coursing through the pages rather than a simplistic plot of down-on-her-luck girl becoming a princess. Many reviewers on Good Reads didn’t finish reading the book or skimmed much of it after reading the first part, much like I did my first time around. They probably didn’t even know that something’s up with how people learn and remember history. What if they had read this scene at the beginning of the book? Would they have stuck it out longer? I think so, or at least most of them would have. Second, Cass didn’t go anywhere with the scene. It was just there, thrown in with no follow-up. What were the things that America read? Did she ever ask her dad why they had the book if she wasn’t allowed to say anything about it? Why was it missing pages and singed? Maybe Cass is setting a foundation for the second book with this scene, but even if she is, the scene is out of place and I think loses a lot of its intrigue by not being mentioned again.

When the history lesson finally shows up, the book is two-thirds done**. This is way too late in the novel and I’m still a bit hazy on the details of it all, how the democracy crumbled and a monarchy was put in place. Having listened to the book, it’s hard for me to say whether or not the author skimmed over the details or I wasn’t paying good enough attention. It’s harder to go back through an audio book and pinpoint certain sections to listen to again.

Another hazy area was the reason for the rebellions. Cass establishes that there are two main rebel groups, but, again, this information comes later in the book and seems to be only something that concerns the royal family and not any of the provinces. It’s also not quite clear why the people are rebelling. Again, this could be because I didn’t pay close enough attention; I cannot say for sure. The rebels are mentioned only a handful of times, two of which were when they attacked the palace. But nothing ever resulted from the attacks. They were just another story element floating by itsself. Again, this could be foundation for the second book, but as an unknown author, Cass is asking her readers to have a lot of faith and patience that it will all come together eventually.

There were many other things that I can nitpick on that I wish Cass had done, but I want to move on to the good parts. First, the cover. Whoever designed that cover should get an award. I drew me in and many other reviewers as well. I want a dress like that! The basic plot and underlining political connotations (not much but some) were intriguing. Any writer could tell you it’s hard to come up with an original story, but Cass was definitely successful in that department (the execution was another matter). The best part of the book, I felt, was America’s emotions. Anger that the higher castes had no idea what life was like for the lower ones. Love and hurt from Aspen’s break-up. Jealousy of Maxon kissing other girls. And so on. I’d once read a dystopian novel where the main character/narrator quickly forgot about the love of her life when she met another dude just a short while later. America does start to develop feelings for Maxon, but she’s still hurt from Aspen and still loves him. That’s true to life. One doesn’t simply forget about a love – especially a first love – as soon as the break-up happens. The heart keeps on loving. The hurt keeps on hurting. Cass pinpointed those emotions perfectly.

The EliteSo, I’m torn. The book was entertaining, but I wanted more of it, more explanations, more detail. The second book, The Elite, is set to come out at the end of April. Of course, I have to know what happens. Does Cass explain the lack of history books? Does America’s feelings for Maxon grow deeper? Why are the rebels attacking? I just have to know!

(Also, what a great cover! I want that dress, too!)

*To avoid confusion, I’ll use America to mean the narrator and the United States to mean the country.

**This is an estimation; I don’t actually know because I listened to the novel and didn’t have a page count.

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Posted by on March 8, 2013 in Entertainment, Literature

 

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I don’t just read…

I talk a lot about books and writing on here. But I never talk about movies. I like them and often watch them so why not write about them? Here are some of my favorites.

One Week starring Buster Keaton

My sister turned me on to the works of Buster Keaton years ago and I’m glad she did. Besides being a cutie-pie, he was also quite hilarious (and a genius in the industry). Of the Keaton movies I’ve watched, my favorite by far is One Week. In it, Keaton and his bride get a DYI house kit that is only supposed to take a week to build. They get to work on it, but unbeknownst to the newlyweds, a jealous man changes up some of the instructions for the house. What results is hilarious and over-the-top absurd that you will bust a gut.

Without A ClueWithout a Clue starring Michael Caine and Ben Kingsley

I know there’s been a rush of Sherlock Holmes movies and TV shows (and even spin-offs in book series), but this one is my favorite. Far from any other Holmes movie, this one has a unique twist: Watson is the brains behind the operation and Holmes is merely a front man. When Watson gets fed up with Holmes taking all the credit, he kicks him to the curb and starts investigating on his own. However, everyone thinks that Holmes is the real genius of the duo and won’t let Watson get anywhere close to crime scenes and clues. Watson begs Holmes to come back for one final case.

There is such subtle humor (as well as the obvious) that I watched the movie several times before noticing the little things. The dialogue is also sharp and riddled with humor. To truly appreciate the movie, I suggest watching it no less than three times.

Noises OffNoises Off… starring Michael Caine, Carol Burnett, Christopher Reeve, Marilu Henner, John Ritter, and Nicollette Sheridan

Besides having a wonderful cast, the movie has a unique plot. What goes on backstage while you’re watching the performance up front? Originally a play,* this three act movie goes from riduculous to “I can’t believe they just did that!” There’s the star who is drunk off his ass all the time, the guy who gets nosebleeds if anything violent happens, and (of course) the dumb blonde who’s in  her undies a good chunk of the time.

The first act is the night before opening night when the cast is going through a final dress rehearsal. This sets the audience up for what is supposed to happen of the play that is being put on. Getting this kind of information is important as the jokes for the second and, especially, third acts rely on the audience’s knowledge of the play. During the second act, hardly a word is spoken by the actors on screen because they’re all backstage while the play is being performed. They can’t talk or they’ll be heard so a lot of the communication that goes on is all in pantomime. Then there’s the third act, where it’s no-holds-bar as the actors are on an all-out war with each other (for reasons you find out in the first two acts).

Noises Off… is funny and witty and fascinating to watch on screen and on stage.

The PrestigePrestige starring Christian Bale, Hugh Jackman, Michael Caine, and Scarlett Johansson

(I know, I’m starting to see the Michael Caine pattern, too. But can I help it if he is such a brilliant actor that he’s in everything that’s good?)

This is another movie that gets better with each viewing. The first time through will leave you reeling with all its twists and turns. The second time through you can see how it all fits together. A third time through is best if you’re a Christian Bale fan (guilty as charged!)

This is a movie about two rival magicians, Alfred (Bale) and Robert (Jackman). With each performance, they show each other up. When Alfred performs a trick that transports him instantly from one spot to another, Robert will stop at nothing to figure out how it is done. He even travels a great distance to meet with Nikola Tesla (a real-life inventor known for his work with electricity) whose latest invention may be of use in Robert’s show.

There’s not much more I can say without giving away the twists. Just go watch it already!

The MuppetsThe Muppets starring Jason Segal and Amy Adams

It’s been awhile since a good Muppet movie has been made, at least in my opinion. Muppets from Space was just okay; I felt it lacked the hilarity that the Muppets are known for. The three best movies were from the 80s: Muppets Take Manhattan, The Great Muppet Caper, and The Muppet Movie. Until last year, nothing else came close to these three movies (except maybe The Muppet Christmas Carol – also starring Michael Caine). But then Jason Segal saved the day.

One of the co-writers of the script, Segal stars as Gary, a human who has a Muppet for a brother. When Gary, his long-term girlfriend Mary, and his brother Walter head off to Hollywood, they discover that the Muppets aren’t nearly as popular as they used to be. The gang has disbanded and Gary, Mary, and Walter take it upon themselves to get them back together and save the Muppet studio from being taken over by an evil oil tycoon.

The movie not only has the surprise and subtle humor that the other Muppet movies had, but is also filled with songs that reflect the style of Muppet songs past. I felt, after watching the movie, that it was a wonderful tribute to the Muppets’ history. This is a movie, I feel, will live on with the other great Muppet movies. Jim Henson would be proud.

ClueClue starring Tim Curry, Christopher Llyod, Martin Mull, and Michael McKean

This is yet another movie that I think gets better with each viewing. I remember seeing this in the theaters in 1985. The movie has three endings (two false and one real) so when we went to see it, we had to pick a theater at random.Depending on which theater you went to determine which ending you saw. I can’t remember which ending we saw in the theater, but the great thing about DVDs is that you can view all the endings (or have the DVD randomly pick one for you).

Yes, this movie is based on the board game. Who knew that a movie based on a game could be done well (certainly not the people who made Battleship**)? It’s a dark and stormy night and a group of strangers gather in a mansion for a dinner party. They soon learn that each are being blackmailed by the same man. The mysterious and unknown host of the party has gathered everyone together to murder the blackmailer. Each guest is given a weapon (rope, revolver, lead pipe, etc.). The lights are turned off and when they’re turned back on, the blackmailer is dead. But no one fesses up to the crime so the group figures that another person is in the house. They split up and search the mansion room by room and by the time the night’s through, the pile of bodies has started to grow.

The character names are, of course, the same as the ones for the board game, but during introductions you learn more about each one. Miss Scarlet, for instance, runs a brothel and Professor Plum is a psychiatrist who has affairs with his female patients. Each has a motive and opportunity for murder, but who really did it? With the three different endings, the writers had to make sure that each would work on its own. For example, two different people are missing from one scene because they are supposed to be murdering someone else in another room. Yet at the end of the movie, only one of these people is guilty, and who is guilty depends on which ending you’re viewing. Either way, though, both guilty parties had to be taken from the scene so that either ending was congruent. (It’s a little confusing, I know, but if you watch it enough times, you’ll see it.)

StardustStardust starring Claire Danes, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Charlie Cox

This is one of the few movies I saw before I read the book. The book was decent, but the movie is just spectacular and beautiful, I really shouldn’t compare the two.

Tristan (Cox) lives in the small village of Wall. When he sees a shooting star fall to Earth, he vows to go find it and bring it back to his love, Victoria. What he doesn’t know is that on the other side of the wall, for which the village is named, is a magical world called Stormhold. He also doesn’t know that the star that has fallen is the beautiful Yvaine (Danes). She’s stubborn and unwilling to go with Tristan until he binds her and forces her to journey with him.

Meanwhile, the king of Stormhold has passed on. Of his seven sons, only three remain. The one to find his ruby first will be the new king of Stormhold. The race is on to find the ruby, which, unbeknownst to them, is in Yvaine’s possession.

There is also the witch Lamia (Pfeiffer) who seeks the fallen star. She and her sisters have lived hundreds of years and, boy, does it show. Consuming a star’s heart will let them live longer, look younger, and use more magic. Will Tristan get Yvaine to his Victoria before the other two find and kill them?

The movie is all adventure, some comedy, and a love story all rolled into one.

Of course, there are other movies that I love, but this is a good start. More will come later, although I don’t know exactly when.

*I’ve seen the play performed. Absolutely brilliant. I would also recommend seeing that version.

**Okay, I’ve never seen the movie Battleship, but the previews just looked absolutely stupid.

 
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Posted by on February 11, 2013 in Entertainment

 

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Good to great reads

Like most people, I have a list of books I want to read.  Some people keep their lists in their heads.  Others, like my mom, have a sheet or two of paper with titles scrawled all over them.  Mom keeps hers in her purse.  Whenever we talk about books, which is often, and I say, “You need to read…”, she pulls out that rectangular piece of paper and a pen.  Diligently, she writes the title and author down in her small and delicate handwriting.

My list, however, is too long to fit on one or even two pieces of paper and my list grows every day that I’m at work.  So, I use an online database to help keep track of what I want to read and what I’ve already read.  Years ago I started with Shelfari, but have since changed over to Good Reads (Shelfari requires an Amazon account).  Good Reads has so many great features, like setting your own goal and then keeping track of how far ahead (or behind, like me) you are.  You can see what your friends are reading and update them on your progress of your current reads.  The best feature above all, though, is the giveaway page.  This is where users can go and enter for a chance to win ARCs (that’s Advanced Reader’s Copy for those of you not in the know) of books.

The first time I looked at the list of ARCs, there were over 700 titles.  I browsed them all, not wanting to miss anything.  While browsing, I learned about some new books and found others that were already on my to-read list.  Of course, I entered my name to win copies of several books.  The nice thing about this is that it tells you how many copies will be given away, how many people have entered, and how much time is left to enter.  I haven’t won anything yet, though.

I could go on (and on and on) about Good Reads but I won’t.  Hopefully I’ve whetted your appetite enough that you visit the site yourself.  If I know you, friend me!

 
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Posted by on July 7, 2011 in About me, Entertainment, Literature

 

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No rest for the wicked

For my birthday and Christmas, Fred bought us tickets to see the musical Wicked.  It’s a twist on Wizard of Oz, from the viewpoint of Elphaba (aka the Wicked Witch of the West).  Basically, the first half of the play tells why she is green and how she came to be known as the Wicked Witch and the second act brings about her demise (and the making of the Tin Man and the Scarecrow as well as the ruby slippers).

[While I don’t want to spoil anything for those who want to see/read it (yes, it was a book first), I do want to share my thoughts about it.  I will do my best not to spoil anything but my apologies if I do.]

The set and costumes were beautiful.  I can best describe it with the word “steampunk”.  The set was made up of clock gears and hands.  A metal dragon resided over the stage and was brought to life by the flying monkeys at the start of the play.  Glinda floated in on a “bubble” in the opening song, wearing a sparkling ball gown and waving a wand.  I was awestruck as soon as the first chord was struck and the metal dragon opened his mouth.

This was the first time I’d heard the music and, while some of it was hard to understand, I still enjoyed it.  Among my favorite songs are “Popular” (sung by Galinda) and “Defying Gravity” (sung by Elphaba and Galinda).  But what I loved most about the play was the underlining themes: be yourself, stand by your beliefs, and fight for those who can’t.  Elphaba was cast as wicked when all she did was stand up to those who oppressed animals.  Personally, I love stories like this, people rising above their oppressors or fighting a small group that holds all the power.  So, when Elphaba belted out the last chorus of “Defying Gravity,” chills ran down my arms:

And if you care to find me, look to the western sky.
As someone told me lately,
Everyone deserves a chance to fly.
And if I’m flying solo,
At least I’m flying free.
To those who’d ground me,
Take a message back from me.
Tell them how I am defying gravity.
I’m flying high defying gravity
And soon I’ll match them in renown.
And nobody in all of Oz,
No wizard that there is or was,
Is ever gonna bring me down!

 
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Posted by on January 22, 2011 in Entertainment

 

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Not so lovely

***I will spoil this movie/book so anyone who wants to see/read The Lovely Bones, do not read on.  You have been warned.***

One of the few movies I opted to watch before reading the book was The Lovely Bones.  Mom was with me (taking care of me, actually, as I had pneumonia) and we both wanted to see it.  So we sat down one night and watched it.  For those of you who haven’t and won’t see/read it, the story is told from a dead teenager’s view from the place between Earth and heaven.  After Susie Salmon is murdered but before she can move on, she must first let go of her family.  She finds it difficult, though, as she watches them struggling to come to grips with her death.  Her father and sister try to find the killer while her mother takes solitude away from the family on an orchard.  Grandma (played by Susan Sarandon) comes to try to hold the family together despite her constant drinking.

The plot is good and the acting was great.  So why didn’t I like this movie?  For one, it was trippy.  When Susie is in the in-between, images move and change, sometimes with correlation between them and sometimes not.  At one point, I turned to Mom and asked, “Did I drop acid?” because I didn’t know how else to explain the weird and off-putting imagery.

The other thing that really drew me away from the movie was the end.  Susie watches from the in-between as her killer disposes of her body.  Earlier in the movie, she found that her body was hidden in a safe in his basement.  Scared that Susie’s father was on to him, the killer decides to get rid of the safe in the town sinkhole.  He drives out to the sinkhole and pays some guy to help him roll the safe across to it.  I realize that to build tension, the killer had to take a while to dispose of the body.  However, I kept yelling at the TV that he should have parked closer to the sinkhole and not a fucking mile away (it wasn’t really that far but it felt like it).  What an idiot!

Then there’s Susie.  She is watching all of this happen and decides to make a big move.  She comes down from the in-between and possesses a girl who lives by the sinkhole (and is watching the safe being rolled across the ground).  This girl has been hanging out with Susie’s crush since the murder.  So now that Susie’s in possession of this girl’s body, one would think she would alarm the people that her body is in the safe and that creepy neighbor is really the killer.  But she doesn’t.  Instead, she makes out with her crush as her body sinks to the bottom of the hole, lost forever.  No wonder she was murdered.  She was an idiot as well!

Now, this is to say nothing of the book.  I haven’t read it but I probably will one day.  I’ve heard the book is good so I won’t let the movie disparage me from enjoying it.  But let me save you the trouble with the movie.  Watch something else unless you like feeling like you’re on acid while you watch idiotic people make mistake after mistake.  In that case, this movie is for you.

 
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Posted by on October 21, 2010 in Entertainment

 

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Author visits are a bibliophile’s dream

For me, hearing my favorite authors speak is like seeing a favorite band in concert but far better.  For one, it’s a lot more intimate.  Also, chances are a lot higher that you can get a picture taken with the author as well as speak with him as he signs your books.  Sure, the hysteria may not be as high, but that really depends on the author and his fan base.  I’ve never seen gobs of screaming teenage girls trying to bust down the door to meet some author.  Still, people will line up hours ahead of time for a chance to hear and speak with the author.

Over the past seven years I’ve had the opportunity to meet several authors who’ve come to the bookstore.  Twice I shook Tony Dungy’s hand.  He was very polite and nice (some authors can be divas).  I also got to meet Janet Evanovich, although I didn’t have a chance to talk with her except for a hello.  I was too busy working; she was too busy signing books.  At the end of the night, though, she gave thanks to all the booksellers who worked the event and we got a group picture taken with her.  Then she signed my t-shirt, which our Community Relations Manager had made special for staff during the event.  It read “Team Evanovich”* and then gave the date of the signing.  You wouldn’t believe how many customers were offering to buy the shirts off our back!  Hearing Elizabeth Berg talk was great.  She was quite funny.  Of course, when Nicholas Sparks came to our store, I didn’t meet him.  I wasn’t scheduled to work and that was fine by me.  It was probably a good thing, too, because who knows what might have come out of my mouth when faced with him.  (Probably I would have said something like, “It gives me great hope that if someone like you can get published, then I can, too.”)

In exactly one week, one of my favorite authors, James Dashner, will be coming to my bookstore.  I’ve written about him before on my blog but in case you don’t remember or are too lazy to look at older posts, he is author to The 13th Reality series and The Maze Runner trilogy.  The second book in the trilogy, The Scorch Trials, comes out tomorrow.  You can read my short, non-spoiler review of it here.

Why do I love his books so much?  The concepts of the books themselves fascinate me.  What would I do if I woke up in the middle of a maze with no memory other than my name?  What would I do if I was told I could save not only my own Earth but other parallel versions of it, though it might mean risking my life?  Dashner creates worlds of fantasy while keeping at least parts of the real one in tact so it’s easier (for me, at least) to believe that these events actually could happen.**  Not only that, but Dashner takes the awkward kid and makes him the hero, but does not shy away from admitting that even they have their faults.  He keeps his characters human rather than building them up to be superior and completely flawless.  Humor, suspense, action, teen angst and awkwardness are just some of the elements that Dashner puts into his stories.

The thing that I love most about the books is that they grab you from the start and won’t let go until the very end.  When I first read The Maze Runner, it was really hard to put down.  I didn’t want to go to work; I wanted to stay home and read (and, no, that doesn’t happen very often for me).  The book took me through a tough journey, then another trial with lives lost, and then settled in to comfort me that all the hardships the characters went through were over.  Just as I was feeling relaxed about where the characters ended up, the last two pages of the book ripped that away.  Suddenly, nothing was what it seemed.  The characters weren’t safe and there was a whole other twist on top of that, too.  And the most frustrating part about it all: I had to wait almost a year before finding out what happened next.  Now, after reading The Scorch Trials, I have to wait at least another year before the final book will come out.  At least I have the next 13th Reality book to read first, but that’s not until April.

Next Monday, though, I will get to meet the man who so easily grips my attention through his writing.  I’ll be waiting with my camera, books in hand, trying hard not to jump up and down.  Hopefully I won’t make a fool of myself and say something stupid to him.  Hopefully I won’t be so in-his-face that I scare him away from ever coming back to our store.  I’ll tell you one thing that definitely won’t happen at this book signing or other book signings for that matter: I will not fling my underwear up onto his podium while he’s speaking.

*The signing was for the release of her book Motor Mouth which was about a woman race car driver who stumbled upon a mystery to be solved.

**I know they really can’t, but it’s a lot more likely than a bunch of dwarves with magic powers defeating dragons.  That’s the kind of fantasy I can’t buy into when reading.

 
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Posted by on October 11, 2010 in Entertainment, Literature

 

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If copper skin is realistic…

There is a suburb just north of the city in which I live, that has an Arts and Design District.  Now, the suburb is pretty ritzy to begin with but the Arts and Design District makes the rest of the suburb look like the ghetto.  The streets are built up so that apartments sit on top of business that run along the main streets.  I once looked into one of these apartments, just for fun.  It was quite expensive for such a little place, although it was very nice and had vaulted ceilings.  Anyway, you get the picture.

Throughout the Arts District there are statues.  There’s an old man sitting and reading a paper on a bench, a woman carrying a grocery bag outside of the butcher shop, and a man playing a violin by the music store, just to name a few.  Some have flesh-colored skin but others have copper skin.  It’s far from life-like.  Recently on the radio there have been commercials for the Arts District in which the woman exclaims how she loves the statues because “they are so life-like!”  What, is she blind?

One that always creeps me out, though, is a little kid watering flowers (or dirt, depending on the season).  First of all, I can’t tell if it’s a girl or a boy.  Second, it is one of the statues that has the copper skin and that just creeps the shit out of me.

So, one time when Jess was visiting, we went to the Arts District for lunch.  After, we came upon the little kid statue.  Jess jumped when she saw it.  It gave her the creeps, too.  “I just want to kick that kid every time I see it!” I told her.  Jess whipped out her camera.  “Go for it!”

Thus a tradition was born.  Jess and I went around to all the statues and posed with them.

As the Arts District continues to grow, more statues are erected.  Whenever Jess visits, we take a trip to the Arts District and pose with the new statues.

This was actually just one picture of a series we took where I go through all the emotions of seeing this guy (my supposed boyfriend) kiss this chick.  It ends in me kicking the girl.

Here’s my favorite:

As soon as Jess and I saw this statue, there was no need to discuss what had to be done.  Why else would a cop put his hand out like that?  Okay, so the plate says its name is “Hello there” so maybe he’s waving to a kid.  But, come on!  Doesn’t it look like he should be slapping someone’s ass?

 
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