Blog-o-update

Well, Spooktober 2014 is now finished. It’s a little earlier than I had planned, but I’ve run through all the posts I wanted to write. This naturally leads to my plans for the rest of the year.

I’m doing NaNoWriMo again this year, so my intention was to basically go dark until the end of November apart from a handful of NaNo posts, but I’m facing extreme temptation owing to the release of a certain novella in just a few short days:

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Yes, that’s right. Pat Rothfuss’ latest will soon be available for perusal and and I’m a-quiver with anticipation to uncover its mysteries. So here’s what I’m going to do.

I’ll start the Let’s Read next month, but it will update at a very slow schedule (it’s only a novella, remember, so there isn’t much to get through anyway) and if I need to delay further posts to focus on writing, I will. I’ll get my pointless literary exercise done, you’ll all get new Rothfuss blog posts and everyone will be happy! Except Rothfuss, he probably wouldn’t be happy if he read the posts. But he’s a successful published author whereas I am doing NaNoWriMo so I doubt he cares about what some blow-hard on a blog thinks.

Spooktober 2014: A Tale of Two Sisters (plus special bonus material)

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Back in the long lost era of the early 2000s The Ring came out and Hollywood went on a delirious bender of remaking Japanese horror films for American audiences. Most of both the original films snapped up in this frenzy and their remakes were pretty worthless, but the whole exercise did serve to draw people’s attention to foreign movies that they might have otherwise overlooked.

Somewhere in the middle of all of this director Kim Jee-woon’s Janghwa, Hongryeon became the highest grossing Korean horror movie of all time and some executive presumably went through a thought process along the lines of “hey Korea is close to Japan, right? And the kids these days like them J-horror movies, right? Let’s stick it in cinemas and option the rights for a remake!”

Said remake took its sweet time coming out (more on that later) but the original was released in the US under the title A Tale of Two Sisters and turned out to be decidedly not the cheap Ring knock-off that many people, including a teenage me, assumed it was going to be.

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The Iron Trial

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It’s time for another Middle Grade novel review, as I continue to indulge my stunted taste in literature!

Today we’re looking at the first in a planned series of five books, a collaboration between two authors, Holly Black and Cassandra Clare. Black is probably best known for The Spiderwick Chronicles, which I gather did quite well back when they were coming out. I haven’t read any of her stuff, nor am I familiar with her in general. Clare, on the other hand, I know all about. She’s the author of the Mortal Instruments series and its spin-offs/sequels and is semi-infamous for having come out of the Harry Potter fanfiction scene and arguably plundered JK Rowling’s behemoth cash cow for story elements.

(This is one of those situations where I said “arguably” in order to bend over backward for the sake of fairness, what I actually mean is that she totally did)

But forget all that, this is a brand new literary franchise, a chance for Cassandra Clare to prove to the world that she’s good at more than just pastiches of other people’s work!

So what’s this book about?

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