"Temporality is part of the truth" -- Chuck Klosterman

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Smekday, the Cocteau Twins, and Repentance

Today I want to direct your attention to my latest book review over on my Shelfari to your left. Just hover over the book and see my review. I read the YA Sci-Fi tale called The True Meaning of Smekday by Adam Rex. It's a pleasant read and a tad silly, but when I read these kinds of books I always find myself thinking that I could write this if I wanted to.

Also, I've added a gadget from Playlist.com at the very bottom of my blog page. I decided for now to forgo the automatic startup of the music because I think it's a bit annoying when I open a blog and someone else's idea of good music infiltrates my ears, but if you want to open yourself up to one of the loveliest sounds on earth, scroll down and click play to consider Elizabeth Fraser's divine voice with some tunes from the Cocteau Twins and This Mortal Coil. You're welcome.

Lastly, I've posted a new piece of fiction on my author site brentwescott.com. It's a story I originally wrote and published when I was in college. Just a small, college literary mag called Entropy, but published is published. I recently revised and updated it a bit, so go here if you'd like to read "Repentance." I welcome feedback. Feel free to pick it apart or just tell me how brilliant I am.

10 comments:

  1. I want a widget that plays some of my favorite songs...

    That is so cool! How do you find these things? First you did the Shelfari, and now you have Hear This. You are officially cool.

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  2. I 2nd what Chanel said. I like the idea of a music widget, but I agree that it's annoying when they play automatically. I wonder if you could imbed certain tracks in certain posts. Hmmm.

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  3. Chanel and Bryan: I just click on links like "create your own" and follow the directions. If it were any more complicated, I wouldn't know how to do it.

    So you too can click on the "create your free playlist" or just go to playlist.com for your own widget, but only if you promise not to foist any music on anyone by keeping it on auto.

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  4. Here I thought you were going to poke more fun at those who predicted the Rapture for the weekend. Talk about misleading titles.

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  5. I suppose two of the three topics for the day could be somehow related to the Rapture. I guess I've had Rapture on the brain.

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  6. The "Smekday" book sounds interesting. I'll have to keep an eye out for that one. And your facility with the widgets makes me feel like a Luddite. I liked the story but it felt like a fragment. There was no lead-in and no firm conclusion, if you get my drift. It was good, but left too many questions unanswered. Unless of course, that's what you were going for.

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  7. And P.S. Thank you for letting me choose my own version of listening pleasure. Sites with automatic music get clicked off of quickly in my realm.

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  8. Books that don't live up to their potential irritate me. Why tease me with a premise and then not fully explore it?

    However, any book which features a protagonist named "Gratuity" and nicknamed "Tip" seems to deserve my attention.

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  9. darev: Thanks for reading the story. You're right about the fragment thing. I did intend for it to be just a snippet of life, but there's not much character development or at least not much backstory to give them any rhyme or reason.

    Doug: Some books have pacing problems. It's like the author gets bored with what he's doing and wants to write about something else. Have you read Hunger Games? The last part of the last book, Mockingjay, is like that. It's almost as if the author just decided she was done and had to wrap everything up in just a few pages. Annoying.

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  10. Annoying, yes, but I understand the desire to just be done lately.

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