Monday, June 16, 2008
I've come to the sad realisation that books are dying.
The Book is Dead by Sherman Young is a fantastic example of what the media and our world is doing to our culture. Although the media can be a fantastic thing in our life and a modern idea for our generation’s existence, it also kills the one thing that we all need in our live. Good old books.
The point of this book is to not only discuss that books are obviously dying (which is scary because I aspire to be a publisher eventually) but also the fact that book culture - great ideas and a deeper conversation - will only survive if everyone starts using the new media technologies such as eBooks and electronic distribution.
Sherman Young isn’t one of those usual people who decide to grab an idea in our life and expand it into a book *cough* self help *cough* nooo Sherman Young is the, and I quote “Media Studies lecturer at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia.” So really, he knows his stuff.
What we sometimes fail to realize is that we are drowning in our own culture. We are being eaten by new technologies that seem to want to improve our availability to stories and communication. Even Sherman has proved this point by offering different ways to download his book on his own blog! While other comments state that they suggest different ways so it is available to them!
It’s all very scary and it all has to slow down. We need to appreciate what we have right now! In the now we have this beautiful creation where a bunch of papers stuck together is called a book and wow does it open our eyes to new beginnings, new ideas and most of all new worlds. In the now there are factories that create these beautiful pieces of work and the people working there have the coolest jobs ever! Their job is to meet the people that create these beautiful things and making their beautiful ideas into what we all call a BOOK. One day. And it may be very recent. Books will die. Publishers will lose their job and we will all be sucked into thinking we need these new technologies like eBooks.
And now I rate this book 5 out of 5. Spot on. And a good book to read! This is coming from the person who hates anything that’s non-fiction. Sorry but I don’t. But now I actually consider looking in the reference section at work every now and then, as this is where this creation is found.
Tuesday, June 3, 2008
Well while I wait for Helsinki to finish twilight debate (part 2) I shall review a book that is better than twilight...in my eyes
I present to you wicked lovely
Wicked lovely is about a girl named Aislinn...and she has The Sight. In other words, she sees faeries.
Faeries are creatures unlike your usual fairytale princesses. These are evil faeries. They kidnap mortals, they manipulate mortals and they are just downright mean. And this is where Keenan comes in. He is also a faery; however he is the Summer King and he wants Aislinn for his wife. Why? Because he’s been searching for one for about 9 centuries and is desperate and he seems to be certain that Aislinn is the one. He’s also a loser and I don’t like him.... (But I won’t go into that). While all this is happening Aislinn has to hide from the fact that she can see faeries, talks to faeries and now why she wants to avoid faeries even more. There is also another boy. Her friend Seth....who is known as the *Humana, Humana droooooooool* boy and is mine! But, he’s another story all together. Just when she is running from this problem Aislinn is faced with a choice. If she refuses Keenan she has to become a summer girl (who are these flirty little annoying things that die if they stay too far away from Keenan) however if she accepts him she has to do a quest...which I won’t tell you what that is. If she passes she will be the Summer Queen, Keenan’s wife. If she fails she will become the Winter Girl and therefore is forced to be bound by constant coldness and serve the Winter Queen...who is the mother of evil!
I think that this book is better than Twilight for the reason that not only is it a wonderful storyline with similar quirkiness and general feel to Twilight but it is written much better then Stephanie Meyer. And this is Melissa’s first novel so good effort...no offence to Meyer....I still love you!!!
I rate this book 4 and a half out of 5. The half a point taken off for making me so angry and crazy for the time of reading it because now I’m paranoid about them watching me...sorry friends!
The Blind Sisters
update: so far this book has become a duology...which i dont see why it had to be it ended pretty well but anyway awesome!
It is called "Ink Exchange" and it has the most win cover ever! i want her tattoo. damnit being painful to get! *shakes fist*