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Read With Me: March Books

Cover of "Wit"

Cover of Wit

By Mandy Webster

I’m a bit late this month, I know… most of this month’s books are supposed to be humorous, although I did manage to also get through The Hunger Games (great book, by the way) so far this month. Anyway, here’s the quick list:

Next month’s list will likely be considerably shorter, considering I’ll be working on a 15 page final paper. But come May, I’ll be out of school for the summer and on to some “fun” books. Read more…

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Neil Gaiman on Internet Piracy

By Mandy Webster

A friend of mine shared this video on Facebook, and I just had to pass it along. In this video, author Neil Gaiman (The Graveyard Book, Good Omens) discusses his views on copyright, piracy and the commercial value of the web.
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Used Books: The Royalty Controversy

Half Price Books in downtown Berkeley, California.

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By Mandy Webster

Discount books. We all love to get a deal, especially on a good read. Some of the best deals can be found at rummage sales, online resellers like eBay and Half.com and in used bookstores. Chains like Half Price Books purchase used books for next to nothing and resell them at a price that is usually quite affordable to the general public.

However, many authors are unhappy with the fact that they earn no royalties from the re-sale of their books. To some, this is the Napster Limewire of the book world.

As with any controversy, there are two sides to this debate. Personally, I can understand the concerns of individuals on both sides. As a writer, I can understand why authors will wish to be properly compensated for their work. But a writer’s work is art. Unless, of course, they work in the corporate world, where they are paid by the hour and have no rights to the work produced while on the clock. Read more…

Book Review: Tantalize

A Nine-banded Armadillo in the Green Swamp, ce...

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By Mandy Webster

Tantalize. Cynthia Leitich Smith. Candlewick, 2007, 2008

Cynthia Leitich Smith obviously read too many Twilight books (and possibly Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West) before writing her YA gothic fantasy novel, Tantalize. The parallels between these stories are too apparent for this to be a fluke. If I hadn’t already suffered through two and a half of Stephenie Meyer’s vampire/werewolf tomes, I might have been able to take Smith seriously. But, by the time she began introducing were-armadillos into the story, I was through. Were-armadillos? Seriously? That’s when I gave up and returned Tantalize to the library. Read more…

Read with Me: December Books

Cover of "Wintergirls"

Cover of Wintergirls

By Mandy Webster

OK, I admit it. I am the worst blogger ever. Here we are 10 days into the month, and I am just now telling you what to read. (As if you can’t decide for yourself, right?) I try not to make excuses for myself, but the reason is that it was the end of the semester and I had tons of my own writing to do. Anyway, here’s what’s up for December:

  • Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson: Guess what, I’ve already finished it! I picked this out of a bargain bin while shopping the Thanksgiving weekend sales at an outlet mall. When I got home, I started reading and just couldn’t put it down. So, if you’ve already read this one, let’s start talking. I loved this book, and Anderson is quickly becoming one of my all-time favorite YA authors. Read more…

Read with Me: November Books

Here’s my list of books to get through this month. Read along with me on one or several, and tell me what you think!

  • Tantalize” by Cynthia Leitich Smith: This is a YA novel mentioned by my professor this semester. My book lists will likely include at least one YA read each month, as those are quick and easy to get through.
  • Creating Character Emotions” by Ann Hood: I am reading this book because I’m struggling to give the characters in my own stories the proper emotions. This specific book was recommended by my professor. Read more…

Discussion: The Poisonwood Bible

Cover of "The Poisonwood Bible"

Cover of The Poisonwood Bible

Last spring, a friend of mine gave me a copy of The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver to read over the summer. Of course, I didn’t get around to it until just recently. Overall, I have really enjoyed the book, and the other night it even made me cry, which takes a lot. The problem is, the book is just way too long.

What I mean is, it seemed to me like the story ended when the Price family left Kilanga, but the book just keeps going and going after that. Read more…