Book Crush: “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian”

Since I participate in massive amounts of reading it was about time I took the time to tell you all about literature near and dear to my heart. I am going to starting off on this ongoing series of “Book Crushes” with a young adult book written by (my author crush) Sherman Alexie author of The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in HeavenWar DancesReservation Blues and more.

The best-selling Native American author Sherman Alexie brought us his first young adult novel in 2007, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian. This semiautobiographical coming-of-age tale is about Arnold Spirit, aka Junior, a Spokane Indian from Wellpinit, WA. Junior is a 14-year-old aspiring cartoonist whose life is filled with poverty, constant bullying and frequent family death. Junior decides to do the impossible, leave his poor reservation school, and transfer to the rich white school in Reardan. To his surprise he finds himself making friends with the geeks, jocks and even dates the most popular girl in the school. His fierce courage to try to break away from the melancholic life he seems destined to live on the reservation is inspiring and captivating.

Junior comically laments about his miserable life which will have you laughing from the first to the last page. Alexie’s skillfully crafted prose is coupled with cartoonist Megan Kelso poignant yet humorous drawings that reflect the character’s art. In the novel Junior says, “I think the world is a series of broken dams and floods, and my cartoons are tiny little lifeboats.”

Few novels have the power to simultaneously make you laugh out loud while breaking your heart. Junior attempts to overcome poverty, his handicap and racism while delivering a positive message in a subtle style that is ideal for readers of all ages. Sherman Alexie leaves you with one of the most honest, original and unforgettable adolescent characters you will come across in a novel.

I absolutely adore this book and you will too. It is deemed a young adult book however I’m positive all ages will fall in love with this story.

Picture of the Week- Deathly Hallows

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 comes out midnight on Thursday Nov. 18th and of course I’ll be in line with the other muggles and a cup of Butter Beer to keep me warm.  It’s only fitting to have this weeks Picture of the Week dedicated to Potter and pals.

The image I decided to feature is the Deathly Hallows symbol which is simple and to the point.

“The symbol of the Deathly Hallows. The vertical line represents the Elder Wand; the circle, the Resurrection Stone; and the triangle, the Cloak of Invisibility” (Harry Potter Wiki).

Previous Potter Posts:

Harry Potter Tattoo Tuesday

Latest Deathly Hallows Trailer

Deathly Hallows Trailer Part 1

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Featurette

New Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Poster

[Source Harry Potter Wiki]

Tattoo Tuesday- Shakespeare Edition

It’s Tuesday again and you know what that means!  This week is dedicated to The Bard.  I just adore Shakespeare and it was about that time to show it off, with other people’s tattoos lol!  Literary tattoos are my all time favorite because literature means so much to me (I got my Bachelors in Secondary Ed- English).  I feel like literary quotes can not only be deeply personal but also has the ability to share the commonalities of the many people who can relate to that quote/author/book or character.  If you have any literary tattoos (or geeky tattoos in general) let me know so I can feature you, if you’d like in a future Tattoo Tuesday.

What are your favorite Shakespeare plays?  Some of my favorites are Hamlet, Richard III, Othello, Macbeth, A Mid Summer Nights Dream and Romeo and Juliet. If I start listing my favorite Shakespeare sonnets we’d be here all day!  I haven’t read all of his plays, but a good portion of them.  I do have his complete works and plan on getting it to once I get through this comic book binge that I’ve been on, if I ever get through it, which I probably won’t.

***Click on the images for the source link.  A lot of them have the longer versions of the quotes.***

 

"Rich gifts wax poor when givers prove unkind." - "Hamlet"

"Hamlet"

"Hamlet"

"Hamlet"

"Hamlet"

"Macbeth"

"Macbeth"

"Macbeth"

"Romeo and Juliet"

"Romeo and Juliet"

"Feather of lead, bright smoke, cold fire." - "Romeo and Juliet"

"All's Well That Ends Well"

"As You Like It"

"As You Like It"

 

"I am not what I am" - "Othello"

"Julius Caesar"

"so long as men can breathe or eyes can see, so long lives this and this gives life to thee." -"Sonnet 18"

Megan Fox with "King Lear" tattoo, "We will all laugh at the gilded butterflies."

 

Breathers: A Zombie Lament

Diablo Cody (Juno, Jennifer’s Body, United States of Tara) is set to produce the adaptation of the zom rom com (zombie romantic comedy) novel Breathers: A Zombie’s Lament by S.G. Browne.  The screenplay was written by Geoff LaTulippe (Going the Distance).  Rumor has it that Joseph Gordon-Levitt (newest Hollywood it-boy who deserves it) and Scarlett Johansson (who makes up for her lack of acting skills with curves and good looks) are going to star in the film.

Breathers info via Screen Rant:

Breathers tells the tale of a regular man named Andy (presumably Gordon-Levitt’s role) who is resurrected and returns to the world of the living as a zombie.  Society as a whole is prejudiced against Andy’s kind and the undead gentleman is therefore forced to find his way in a world that denies him even the most basic of human rights.  Johansson would assumedly play Andy’s human love interest, Rita.”

Now if you still have a bad taste left in your mouth brain from Jennifer’s Body, remember Cody is only producing this zombie romantic comedy.  The director is still up in the air so I hope that JGL and ScarJo will attract a prominent director. 

PS- I Love Zombies! 

[Source Screen Rant]

F*ck Me Ray Bradbury

Great authors are what us Lit Lovers daydream about!  I wonder if Ray Bradbury has seen this?  Probably not since he said that, “We’ve got too many Internets.”  Either way thank you Rachel Bloom for this sci-fi naughtiness!  And get a free Download of the video here!

Warning: Lyrics are NSFW because of the frequent use of the F word and mentions of ejaculating on books and such.

[Source Geek Girl on the Street]

H.P. Lovecraft Literary Podcast

I’ve been in a Lovecraftian mood recently and stumbled upon of the best podcasts I’ve ever laid ears on.  It’s the HP Lovecraft Literary Podcast. It is nowhere near new but I had to share this discovery with you all.  Chris Lackey and Chad Fifer are the hosts and they do an outstanding job.

Even though many Lovecrafts stories are short, they are also dense and this helps readers untangle their way and better understand and hopefully appreciate Lovecraft.  Each week they go over one or two of his stories and to be honest you don’t even need to reread or even read the stories prior to the podcast.  They give an in-depth summary and discuss the background of the story, history and things of that nature.  But what makes me love this podcast so much is it’s actually funny.  They made me literally LOL.

Something else I like is that if they don’t like a story, they say it and they say why.  They love Lovecraft but also say whether they think a story is good or bad, they don’t blindly believe everything is gold.  They also address Lovecrafts overt racism in his stories.  You can download them (free of course) on iTunes or visit their website HPpodcast.com and listen and download them there.  They are on currently Episode 52 but I’ve started from the beginning and I’m on Episode 13.

Also check our their Facebook page.

Novel-T: Shirts for Lit Lovers

I first saw these Novel-T shirts on Gaming Angels and I fell in love!  Novel-T’s are jersey’s for the all-stars of literature.  There are two teams, the American Canons and the National Puncs.  They have either the author or a character’s name on the back, and an image associated with that author/character.  The shirts cost $24.95 and are made in Brooklyn.  You can order them here and they are available at select Borders Bookstore locations.  Also $1 of every Vonnegut or Trout shirt sold is donated by Novel-T to Doctors Without Borders and  $1 of every other shirt sold is donated by Novel-T to 826NYC.

My favorites are Poe (with the Raven),  Thoreau, Quixote and Gatsby.  I think the Bartleby and Emily Dickinson shirts are funny.  I also think they could have picked a much better image for Alice in Wonderland than a cupcake.  I will probably get one in the future if I can narrow my choice down to one.  I hope they do more of these!  Check out the Novel-T website to see all of the shirts I put a few more I liked in the slideshow below.

What team are you on?

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Tattoo Tuesday-Children’s Books

My brain nearly jumped out of my head with excitement as I explored the beautiful bounty of literary skin art on Contrariwise.org (and a few other sites).  Out of all of my many obsession literature is by far the one dearest to me.  It tickles my soul to see so many people who felt a such a deep connection with an author, novel, character, quote, etc. and were inspired to put it on their body.  This weeks theme I’ve decided to do a tribute to Children’s Books and authors.

My earliest and fondest memories of literature was Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughtersbecause that was the first time I read about princesses who looked like me.  I can’t forget about our family’s Bible sized book of Brothers Grimm: Fairy Tales; the table of contents was sprinkled with check marks to signify which stories we read (some stories had a few check marks!).

There are a so many wonderful Children’s Books I couldn’t possibly include them all (that could be its own blog!) but don’t worry Tattoo Tuesday will happen as long as Tuesdays and this blog exists, but most importantly as long as I don’t forget!  If you comment (and answer the question below) I’ll make sure to try to include your favorite book the next go ’round.

Reminisce with me in the comment section:  Which is/are your favorite children’s book(s) and why?

If you are interested in having me feature your geeky tattoo on a future Tattoo Tuesday feel free to email me at girlgonegeekblog[at]gmail.com.
***Click on the image to read more about the inspiration behind each persons tattoo***

 

English translation: “And now here is my secret, a very simple secret; it is only with the heart that one can see rightly, what is essential is invisible to the eye.” - Le Petit Prince (The Little Prince) by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

Le Petit Prince/The Little Prince


"Anansi the Spider: A Tale from the Ashanti." By: Gerald McDermott's

Peter Pan by J. M. Barrie

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Tattoo Tuesday- Harry Potter

This is the first post in a series of geeky tattoos I will do every Tuesday.

Today’s theme is Harry Potter.  The Deathly Hallows countdown begins! 

If you are interested in having me feature your geeky tattoo on a future Tattoo Tuesday feel free to email me at girlgonegeekblog[at]gmail.com.

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 READER SUBMISSION: Jenna’s tattoo: “I saw this design by Karen Hallion and *had* to have it as a tattoo. Just finished it yesterday. Kat Harris at Blackstone Ink did it :)”

Re:Joyce


Raise your hand if you’ve read Ulysses… Okay now raise your hand if you understood it… I thought so. But don’t be ashamed readers because even I, an avid literature lover, failed miserably at attempting to navigate through the dense and unfriendly jungle of Ulysses.

The novel Ulysses, written by Irish author James Joyce, has been called, “A demonstration and summation of the entire movement [of Modernist literature].” The novel takes place in Dublin on Thursday June, 16th 1904 revolving around the main character Leopold Blooms.

Best selling author and BBC broadcaster Frank Delaney said, Ulysses is often called the worlds most famous and most irritating novel- irritating because it’s deemed so obscure and inaccessible.” Irritating and yet still brilliant, this novel is almost always ranked in the 100 best English-language books of all time.

Do not become plagued by the irritation and obscurity of Ulysses anymore! In honor of Bloomsday Delaney is launching “Re:Joyce”, a weekly 3-5 minute podcast aimed at making Ulysses accessible to us common folk.

In each podcast Delaney will take a small passage from Ulysses and explore its myriad of references. Basically doing all the hard work for us, all we have to do is listen. Delaney makes one of the best, but also one of the most intricate novels, understandable and does so in a way that isn’t the least bit dumbed-down. He does this in a way that is entertaining, insightful and even humorous.

Even if you aren’t interested in the literary canon as much as I am, you will undoubtedly impress anyone at the next dinner party (or any other event that small talk is required) with your thorough understanding of Ulysses thanks to this podcast.

Listen to the 5 minute weekly Ulysses podcasts and feel free to follow him on twitter @FDbytheword

















Marilyn Monroe “reading” James Joyce Ulysses