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Stalking the Warlock

Cassandra Clare has posted an excerpt from her new book, The Clockwork Princess. And guess who pops up in it?

“And that there,” Magnus said, looking across the room at Will. “The boy with the angry looks and the eyes like twilight in Hell. That’s Will?”
“That is unfortunately Will,” Tessa acknowledged.
“He’ll be in demand tonight,” Magnus predicted. “He’s very pretty, and vampires like that.” He narrowed his eyes. “Black hair and blue eyes,” he added, with a sort of drawl. “My favorite.”



Wouldn’t it be Nice?

Wouldn’t it be great to have a Scott-la-themed Halloween Costume bash? So you have people dressed up as characters from the books, and they go around the streets handing out free scott-themed cookies! Because everyone loves cookies…

so Min and Mozzy can give out strat shaped cookies

ad Cal and Lace can give out peep cat shaped cookies

and Hunter and Jen can give out cookies that say “Cool Maven”

and Dess, Melissa, Rex, Jess and Flyboy can hand out Midnighters symbols shaped cookies (and anti-darkling cookies)

and the Smokies can give out cookies that say “The New Smoke Lives!”

and the Cutters can give out cookies that say “I don’t want to hurt you, but I will if I have to”

and Aya and Frizz can give out hovercam shaped cookies

and the Extras can give out, well… any ideas?

And after all the cookie freebies, everyone can go to a huge party. Which will be really cool, because it will be like being inside all of Scott’s books all mushed up together.

I wish.

(Okay, the cookie idea comes to you courtesy of this post in the Westerblog archives


Pirates 4 be BAD!!!!!

Okay, so Disney (man I hate those guys) recently signed Johnny Depp to play Captain Jack Sparrow in the latest Pirates of the Caribbean movie. And so I was happy. Until I remembered a conversation I had with my friend last year about Why There Was No Possible Way That A Fourth Movie Could Be Good.

For one thing, Davy Jones, Lord Beckett and even Comodore Norrington are DEAD. The only challenge that Jack will face in the next movie is (possibly) trying to get the Black Pearl back from Barbossa. Deja vu, anyone?

And another thing – the last movie was supposed to be, you know, THE LAST MOVIE. Every conflict, problem, issue, challenge or general storyline was been resolved. Will and Elizabeth are married, Will’s father has been freed, we found out who Davy Jones’ mystery lover is, the East India Trading Company has been defeated… And oh yeah. Jack Sparrow is no longer dead.

So tell me. What’s the new movie going to be about then?

Banned Books Week!

This week is Banned Books Week over at YA for Obama. So here are Maureen Johnson’s thoughts on the matter:

Also, there’s this fawesome post ( in the Westerblog archives (no, I do not spend all my free time going through them) with Scott’s thoughts on The Evil Book Banners. Plus, it contains the best description of Tally Youngblood I’ve ever read.

Bomb-throwing, eco-terrorist, self-harming, champagne-drinking, tattooed heroine…

So go and read some banned books! C’mon. You know you want to.

We Love You Alec!


Alec is so cute

I should really hate Magnus

But I can’t

Clary/Simon/Jace vs Bella/Jacob/Edward

Love Triangles seem to feature in many, many YA books. The Uglies series would have been nowhere near as interesting without Tally having to make the choice between Zane and David (still rooting for Zane-la, by the way).

But probably the most important Love Triangle in any YA fiction is the one between Bella, Jacob and Edward in the Twilight series. Still, why do I get the feeling that the one between Clary, Simon and Jace in The Mortal Instuments series is more… interesting?

Here’s a list (yes, I like lists):

 – Jace is much hotter than Edward. He’s just as supernaturally strong/fast/good looking, with the added bonus – he’s an annoying, sarcastic smart-arse. Edward is so polite it’s irritating. And you know how fawesome Jace has to be when I’m not rooting for the vampire.

 – Simon actually has a chance. Yeah, Jacob? No matter how old he is physically, mentally he’s about two years younger than Bella. And while Jacob is her best friend and all, I’m sure the bond between Clary and Simon is stronger.

 – Clary is way more interesting. At times, Bella is really pathetic. Oh Jacob, I can’t choose between you and Edward, even though I know I’ll choose Edward over you.

The whole Bella/Jacob/Edward LT was resolved really sloppily in Breaking Dawn. Imprinting on your best friend/crush’s daughter? There is something just vaguely creepy about that…

It’ll be interesting to see how things turn out in City of Glass.

Lovable Downworlders

Still hyper-excited about the release of City of Ashes. So, in honour of said hyperyness, I’m dedicating this post to the Downworlders I loves.

  1. Magnus Bane. How can you not love him??? He’s fawesome! And the whole Magnus/Alec thing is so very sweet 😉
  2. Raphael. Dios!
  3. Meliorn. Dumps Isabelle on her conceited butt. Has she ever had a guy turn her down like that?
  4. Queen of the Seelie Court. Do not mess with her.
  5. Maia. Probably the only girl (Sorry, werewolf) in the world immune to Jace’s charms.

Magnus is by far the best though.

(And don’t forget about this month’s discussion – Was Breaking Dawn a Total Flop?)

So… Many… New… Books…

So many new books!

– City of Ashes, the second book in The Mortal Instruments Trilogy by Cassandra Clare just came out over here in NZ, and City of Glass comes  out March 25th 2009 in the US of A

-Bogus to Bubbly (The Official Giude to the Uglies Series by Scott Westerfeld)  comes out on October 21st

-Leviathan, Scott Westefeld’s new book, comes out next year

-How to Ditch your Fairy by Justine Larbalestier has just been released

-Double Cross, the fourth book in the Noughts and Crosses series by Malorie Blackman comes out this November

And lastly, Cassandra Clare has revealed that The Infernal Devices, a new Shadowhunter series set in Victorian England, will probably be released around 2010. EEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!! :mrgreen:

Stray Thoughts About Book Collecting…

I don’t just read books. I re-read and re-read and re-read them. So I pretty much have to buy every book that I like so I can keep reading it. Over the years, this has become something of a hobby.

Some people get satisfaction from collecting stamps, or antiques, or personal belongings from their favourite celebrity in a creepy, stalker-ish way. Me? I collect books. Lots n’ lots of em.

In a Lotti perfect world, my room would be like, ten times bigger, so I could fit a few more bookcases in.