Friday, 25 February 2011

Follow Friday & Book Blogger Hop

BBH is hosted by Crazy-for-Books and FF is hosted by Parajunkee's View,

Book Blogger Hop



BBH Question is:
Do you ever wish you would have named your blog something different?


No, I don't think so. Sometimes while I'm hopping through other blogs I see a name and get inspired for another that I would like. But I chose my name instinctively because I want to read books from all around the world and if there are other planets with books I'd love to read those too. And some words are very universal as well, like love and hope etc.

FF Question is:
Share your current fav television show! Tell us a bit about it...


Uuuhm, I LOVE and adore House. Hugh Laurie is too good for television. He is an amazing actor and House is a great character for him. My dad is the son of a doctor and my mum was a nurse so when we watch the show they sometimes guess what disease it could be before House does.

I also, and I'm quite ashamed to admit it, enjoy Gossip Girl. It's upbeat and ridiculous and a sort of guilty pleasure. It helps me relax to be honest. I'm just sad Jenny left because she was my favourite character, but now I'm rooting for Dan and Blair.

So how about you?

Thursday, 24 February 2011

REMINDER: Release date of 'My Mother the Man Eater'

Tracy Krauss, author of ‘edgy inspirational’ fiction, is launching her book MY MOTHER THE MAN-EATER on Feb. 24 at amazon.com. You can help Tracy achieve ‘best seller’ status by purchasing the book at amazon.com TODAY!


About the book:
Loaded with humor, action, intrigue and romance, My Mother the Man- Eater is the story of a woman whose search for meaning in life finds an unexpected outlet. Joleen Allen is on the hunt for a man. Unfortunately, every time the mother of five meets one, he falls for one of her daughters instead! At forty-four, Joleen has lived a tough life. She became a mother at 16, and her five daughters are now grown. Her ex-husband, Harold, is out of prison and back in the picture, looking for revenge. He’ll stop at nothing – even murder – to ruin Joleen’s reputation as well as her relationship with their daughters. My Mother the Man-Eater makes for some truly tempting and redemptive reading.

About the Author:
Tracy Krauss is a prolific author, playwright, director and artist. Originally from a small prairie town, she now resides in Tumbler Ridge, BC, known for its scenic mountain vistas and many waterfalls. She received her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon and currently teaches high school Art, Drama and English. .

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Tuesday, 22 February 2011

Teaser Tuesday

This is a weekly meme hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading.
•Grab your current read
•Open to a random page
•Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
•BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
•Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

I bought The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown over a year ago I think and I still haven't taken a single look inside. That's me and I don't care. Well, I do care, but it's not about me right now. Here's my teaser:

Langdon felt like he had just emerged from some kind of subterranean birth canal. Born again. He turned immediately to Katherine. "Are you okay?"
Her eyes were red, and she had obviously been crying, but she nodded with a resolute stoicism.

I haven't read anything from this book, so now I'm really exited. Although I did think the movies were sort of mwaah, if you know what I mean. The Davinci Code did baffle me but the story wasn't that amazing. Angels & Demons is simply an amazing title and I loved how they ran through Rome. I was there half a year later and we visited a lot of the sites where they filmed and it was fun! :)

So how about you? What's your teaser and what did you think of the two Dan Brown books?
Page 244/245

Monday, 21 February 2011

In My Mailbox

This meme is hosted by The Story Siren.
Last week I was flooded by review requests, so I got a number of books!

To review:
  • A Dance of Cloaks - David Dalglish
  • The Goblin Market - Jennifer Huddock
  • Vestal Virgin - Suzanna Tyrpak
  • Lovers and Beloveds - MeiLin Miranda
Bought/Netgalley:
  • Death of a Salesman - Arthur Miller
  • Why Jane Austen? - Rachel M. Brownstein
Isn't the cover for A Dance of Cloaks amazing? I've got a lot of reading to do but I'm definitely looking forward to it! So how about you?

Saturday, 19 February 2011

Book Blogger Hop

Book Blogger HopThere's a Book Blogger Hop Question!!! :)
Better late then never, right? BBh is hosted by Crazy for Books!

So here I go, I love the question this week BTW :

What book(s) would you like to see turned into a movie?

Where should I start? I always wanted to see the Never-Ending Story turned into a proper (!) movie. It has been filmed a couple of times but neither versions did the book justice in any way. In my heart I am secretly convinved I am the one who has to write the script for this movie, but that may just be wishful thinking on my part!

Next to that I'd love to see a movie version of The Volsung Saga (Nibelungen Lied). You might not know it by these names but it's about Siegfried, who kills this dragon and becomes immortal by bathing in his blood except for one spot where he's still vulnerable. I think that by now you have guessed the story. It has been turned into a silent film and into a series but that doens't count!

So, what about you?

Friday, 18 February 2011

Follow Friday and Book Blogger Hop

 Follow Friday is hosted by Parajunkee's View and Book Blogger Hop is hosted by Crazy for Books.
Book Blogger Hop


The Follow Friday Question is:
If you are a fan of Science Fiction what is your favorite book? If you haven’t read Science Fiction before…any inkling to? Anything catch your eye?

Uuuhm, Star Wars books count as SciFi books I guess and I have read tons of those. I can't really name a favourite because there are so many I love! The Darth Bane-series (Path of Destruction (Star Wars: Darth Bane, Book 1)) are truly amazing, especially the first one. The entire downfall of the Brotherhood of the Sith is amazing, especially the end.

I also love the Star Wars: Legacy of the Force-series. They're the sequels, basically, to the movies and all the major characters are in there: Luke, Mara Jade (Luke's wife), Leia, Han Solo and all their children. I'm reading Sacrifice right now and it's incredibly intense!

 
The Book Blogger Hop Question is:
Don't know it yet!

What did I get up t this week?
So how about you? What did you get up to??

Thursday, 17 February 2011

Throwback Thursday

I saw this post on My Words...in words and pages and what you do is you talk about the books that are already on your shelves. I thought I'd look at the books I have bought but haven't read yet. Somehow I always end up buying too many books. It actually makes me quite sad to think of all those lonely books on those shelves upstairs. Anyway, to make a short story long, here I go. I made a list of 5.
Midnight's Children: A Novel


    The Mill on the floss
  • Midnight's Children by Salman Rushdie. I really feel like I was supposed to have read this book a long time ago. I have it upstairs, I have started it actually. But somehow I couldn't get myself to read on. Too much to do, too much else to read etc. These are some of the weakest excuses I have ever heard myself utter, but they're true. I did really like what I read, Rushdie has a style of writing that attracts me.
  • The Mill on the Floss by George Elliot. This was actually the first book I bought by Elliot. But shortly after I bought Middlemarch.  And once I started that one I wasn't able to focus on The Mill anymore. I read parts of the beginning of The Mill and I liked it. Somehow I didn't love it however. The characters were nice and everything but it didn't speak to me as strongly. I will however start again because the book deserves it
  • Hamlet  by William Shakespeare. I don't think I have to explain why I want to read this play. I've seen it on stage already and am going to see it again soon. I know the play, I just haven't read it yet. It is one of these plays that you should have read and should have an opinion about. I now, solemnly, swear that I will read it before the year is over.

Is there a book you have been dying to read and once you have a copy you forget?

Review: The Hawk and His Boy by Christopher Bunn

The Hawk And His Boy (The Tormay Trilogy)Christopher was kind enough to let me review this book for him and I don't know whether I have ever been so exited about a review-book. It has everything I would expect in a fantasy-book and it's an amazing first part of a trilogy.

The Hawk and His Boy consist out of four different stories that are all interlinked. The first and most central is the story of Jute, a boy who is part of the Thief Guild. He has to steal a box, but he ends up being "killed". He isn't however and falls into the hands of Nio, to whom the box belonged. Another story line follows Nio's "quest" to get the box back. He is a magician, who uses his magic for his own purposes, leaning on the Dark for this.

The Dark is what combines all these stories. Levoreth, the niece of the Duke of Dolan, is a reincarnation of the Levoreth that lived years ago, as were all other Levoreth's before her (every daughter is named Levoreth in this family). She turns out to be much more than just a Duke's niece and her story is intertwined with the Dark. Before I tell you the entire story here's the "official" summary:


One night, in the city of Hearne, a young thief named Jute is instructed to steal an old wooden box from a rich man's house. It should've been an easy job. Down the chimney, sneak through the house, find the box, and get out fast. On pain of death, Jute is cautioned to not open the box. Being a boy, and being rather curious, he can't resist a peek inside.
What Jute discovers in the box sets in motion a terrible chain of events that soon has him on the run for his life. Everyone wants him dead, from his former masters in the thieves guild, the rich man (a rather vindictive and unscrupulous wizard), to the anonymous client who hired the thieves guild for the job in the first place. The client just happens to be the Lord of Darkness himself, and he'll stop at nothing to have Jute dead, even it means plunging the whole land of Tormay into war.
Jute's odyssey brings him unusual companions: a guilt-ridden assassin, an overly talkative ghost, a self-doubting wizard who really isn't sure if he's a wizard or not, and a hawk who just might be able to teach Jute to fly. When Jute opened that old wooden box, he also opened the door to a strange and terrible world. And some doors, once opened, can never be shut. 
So what did I think of this book? Well, before I tell you let me tell you who Bunn was inspired by: J.R.R Tolkien, C.S. Lewis and George MacDonald. If you are inspired by these men you can't really go wrong. And Bunn hasn't. His book blew me away. The stories were rich and unique in a sense that they conveyed a universal message in a way I hadn't read before.

His style of writing is very accessible which is sometimes not the case with fantasy books that are so complex as this one. By keeping his use of works "simple", meant in a positive way, he is able to convey much more than if he had used lots of difficult plot twists and weird words. I think he has also achieved to tell multiple stories at the same time without confusing the reader. That is an achievement on its own, yet it does add to the credibility of the book. In a normal world several things would be happening at the same time and it's the same here. All stories have certain elements in common, such as place and theme, yet are different which keeps you interested.

My favourite storyline is probably the one following Levoreth. She is this Ur-woman who, I think, embodies Mother Earth in a way. I found her fascinating. She is one of these characters that doesn't let you go. While I loved all the other story lines and characters as well I found myself wanting to read about her more. This might just happen in the next two books because she's very important to the story. I also loved the Hawk. I think this has to do with the fact that I love hawks and always wanted by own, the way that Harry has Hedwig. The Hawk in this book had me doubting sometimes as to whether he was good or bad. That might just be my paranoia or the author's genius, but it's a good character.

I was especially proud of myself for recognizing the language in which some of the ancient words in the books are written. These are mainly spells and names of books, yet the characters' names are also inspired by ... Old English. I think this is one of the best foundations you can have for a book and a character. A character's name should represent part of his identity, just like Saruman in the Lord of the Rings.

I'm going to shut this review short now because otherwise I'd go on forever! I give this book ...
 /


4/5 Universes!!!

I didn't want to go for the entire 5 Universes, because I think a book or author should maybe have withstood the test of time a little bit longer before falling into my 5 Universe-category, but I did love this book.

So what do you think? Have I got you exited for this book?

Wednesday, 16 February 2011

Waiting on Wednesday!

It's that time of the week again! WoW is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.

I always sort of fear this meme because I'm so bad at keeping up with what's being published.
My Mother the Man Eater
However, I am exited for 'My Mother the Man Eater' to be launched on the 24th of this month!! Hop over here to read the interview with the author Tracy Krauss and the review!

But I don't think that counts so I did some research and I'm genuinely exited for this: 'You Think That's Bad' by Jim Shepard. It's a collection of short stories and here's the summary:
And doesn't the cover just look amazing?? Imagine being able to do that!! Anyway, what are you wainting for? And have you ever been reall disappointed by something you were waiting for?
Following Like You’d Understand, Anyway—awarded the Story Prize and a finalist for the National Book Award—Jim Shepard returns with an even more wildly diverse collection of astonishingly observant stories. Like an expert curator, he populates the vastness of human experience—from its bizarre fringes and lonely, breathtaking pinnacles to the hopelessly mediocre and desperately below average—with brilliant scientists, reluctant soldiers, workaholic artists, female explorers, depraved murderers, and deluded losers, all wholly convincing and utterly fascinating.

You Think That's Bad: Stories
A “black world” operative at Los Alamos isn’t allowed to tell his wife anything about his daily activities, but he can’t resist sharing her intimate confidences with his work buddy. A young Alpine researcher falls in love with the girlfriend of his brother, who was killed in an avalanche he believes he caused. An unlucky farm boy becomes the manservant of a French nobleman who’s as proud of his military service with Joan of Arc as he’s aroused by the slaughter of children. A free-spirited autodidact, grieving her lost sister, traces the ancient steps of a ruthless Middle Eastern sect and becomes the first Western woman to travel the Arabian deserts. From the inventor of the Godzilla epics to a miserable G.I. in New Guinea, each comes to realize that knowing better is never enough.

Enthralling and unfailingly compassionate, You Think That’s Bad traverses centuries, continents, and social strata, but the joy and struggle that Shepard depicts with such devastating sensitivity—all the heartbreak, alienation, intimacy, and accomplishment—has a universal resonance.

Tuesday, 15 February 2011

Teaser Tuesday

This is a weekly meme hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading.


•Grab your current read
•Open to a random page
•Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
•BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
•Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

I just want to give a quick update of what I did today:
I'm now reading a paper on J.R.R. Tolkien's use of myths and legends as inspiration for his book. It's called The Influence of Legends and Myths on J.R.R. Tolkien's Works by Jitka Cernochova.  Not very exiting but it's really good! It's a rather long teaser, but science needs time and space you know!

Page 12
The theme of broken and reforged swords also appears in the Volsungsaga. The swords usually break after the death of their owners and could only be reforged for the use of their succesors who faced a challenging task. In the Volsungsaga, Odin broke Sugmund's sword and in obedience to Sigmund's last wish, the fragments ofthe sword, like those of Narsil in The Lord of the Rings, were preserved.
So whay's your teaser?

Tracy Krauss Interview!!!

My Mother the Man EaterTracy Krauss has not only been kind enough to elt me review ehre book (review here) but also agreed to an interview in which she discusses her inspiration and the religious twists in her book! So read on! 

Hey. Why don’t you introduce yourself first to the readers?

Sure. Besides being an author, I am also an artist, playwright and director, and high school teacher of Art, Drama and English. I’m actually pretty passionate about the creative process in general, so most of my time is spent on one of these pursuits.
Your book becomes very religious at the end. Was this something you knew you wanted to do or did it come to you while writing?
I like to classify my writing as ‘edgy inspirational’, although it has been called ‘Romantic suspense’ and ‘inspirational suspense’. My novels to date are all ‘Religious’, as you say, in that redemption through Christ is a major theme. In fact, when it comes down to it, that is really the whole point. In this book, I wanted to show that God does not care about a person’s past, or even expect them to be a perfect role model in order to use them. The fact that all the daughters also come to a saving knowledge of Christ did not seem far-fetched to me, either, since this was my own experience. Although my family were probably not quite as dysfunctional as the one in the book, we were not raised in a ‘Christian’ home and experienced quite a bit of trauma and dysfunction through the divorce of our parents, among other things. However, every single one of my five siblings and I have come to Christ as adults, along with all our spouses (except one) and our parents. To me it speaks about the power of prayer and the fact that nothing is impossible with God.

Do you yourself enjoy reading Christian Fiction and why?
Yes, I enjoy ‘Christian’ fiction if it is well written and has a story that grips me. However, there is a lot of ‘Christian’ fiction out there that is not worth the paper (or electronic formatting) that it’s printed on. Just because something has a Christian story line does not make it good.

Conversely, I also enjoy non-Christian fiction if it is well written and has a gripping story. My favourite genre is Sci-fi, fantasy, and suspense thrillers, although I’ll read almost anything. I’m not afraid to read outside the ‘Christian’ box, so to speak.

At the beginning of the book you’re not quite sure as to whether the mother is lying or the father. Did you intentionally try to get the reader to almost liking the father and then shocking them by the revelations at the end??
I love a good twist and I love surprises – in both what I read and what I write. I’m glad you had that sense at the beginning of the book, because that is exactly what I was going for.

All the daughters have very different characters. Where did you get the inspiration for them?
Part of what I do as a playwright and director is focus my actors’ attention on the motivation behind their characters’ actions. This transfers into my other writing as well. I spend a lot of time developing back-stories and bios for all my characters – some of which never sees the actual page – in order to understand them better.

How did you come up with the concept for this story?
Embarrassing as it is to admit, I first developed these characters while playing the Sims. I made a whole household of females and a bunch of corresponding males and then let the relationships happen! Of course, that changed substantially when I started writing the book (it became a mother and five daughters) but that’s where it all hatched.

How do you approach writing?
Once I have that initial inspiration, I develop my characters, as I said, and I write out a basic plot map. Then I gradually expand this as i map out the action for each scene or chapter. Once I know where I’m headed I begin the actual writing. I find the story line often changes as the characters surprise me with their dialogue etc., but at least I have a basic framework from which to work.

What was/is your favourite book?
I have too many all time favourites, but I still love Monster by Frank Peretti, and Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood. These are two great examples of what i was talking about before. Peretti’s book has a definite Christian message, while Atwood’s is far from it – believe me. But I love the mastery and surprise that both authors are able to achieve.

So what did you think? Leave your comments below!!

Review: My Mother the Man Eater by Tracy Krauss

My Mother the Man Eater My Mother the Man Eateris a story that keeps on changing throughout the book. It centers around the Allen family which consists out of the mother Joleen and her five daughters Jasmine, Jill, Jinger, Jennifer and Jade. You might see a pattern in the first letter of the names. Joleen works at a lingerie-department and is a mother of five that is still attractive to younger men and she is very aware of this. But what happens when her vengeful ex-husband returns?

Joleen sees dating as a game and she knows the rules by heart. She can't believe her luck when she is finally asked out by shy young man named Sam. Yet even she is in over her head when her week is filled with dates with four different men. And the fact that her ex-husband is trying to alienate her daughters from her and is suing her for money she never had doesn't help.

[laughing+-+Sept+2010.jpg]In the beginning I wasn't quite sure whether I'd like the book because I thought it would be a sort of chick lit. Joleen is a character that is almost hard to like. It is easier to like her friend who can't believe she is so lucky in scoring all these men. I found it hard at the beginning to separate the four men. There's Cody, her self-defense teacher, John Michael, her English teacher (evening classes), Vince, an advertiser who needed her expertise on lingerie and finally Sam, the shy truck driver.

As the book continues I really started to like all her daughters. They all have different characters, which is good, because that means that when the story is told from their perspective it gives you a new insight into the story. Jade is probably my favourite, mainly because she is closest to me in age and seems very reasonable.
The "criminal" side of the book is very entertaining. The ex-husband's shady dealings and their consequences on the family are gripping. I wanted to keep on reading, just to find out how Jill, a cop, was going to deal with her father's business.

A thing that I didn't like about the book was that all of them became Christian at the end. Don't get me wrong, I am a Christian, but it was to accidental that all of them became Christian. I understand that this is part of the book and I think it fits perfectly into the genre of Christian Fiction, yet it isn't my cup of tea. Also, I was slightly disturbed by the fact that all of the daughters ended up with the guys mentioned above. Yet before telling you too much about the story I'll get to the rating.
I give this book ...


3 Universes!!!!

It is a great read and I enjoyed it very much. However if you do not like Christian Fiction you'll be disappointed in the end. I enjoyed the "criminal parts" of the book very much and think that this author definitly has an entertaining story to tell in this book!

So what do you think? Something you might want to read? Hop over to the giveaway!!!

Lyrical Tuesday

The idea/rules:
  • Think of a song that has inspired you
  • Choose two sentences
  • Explain what they mean to you
  • Post a link to the song
  • Post the Button below and leave a comment with your link!
  • Be nice and visit other people on the list!

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My song for this week is: Far Away by Nickelback
This has to be one of the ultimate lovesongs and because it was Valentine's Day yesterday I thought, why not? I's just love to post the entire song, but I gotta stick to my own rules!
  • Been far away for far too longI keep dreaming you'll be with me
    and you'll never goI think most of us have been away from their loved ones once upon a time so you probably know what is meant with this lyric. Sometimes you're far away from these people and this longing is inside you to just hold them again. I can even get this feeling for someone who's downstairs while I'm upstairs, but you know what I'm trying to say.
  • 'Cause with you, I'd withstand
    All of hell to hold your handLove is all you need. I myself know that nothing is as strong as the love shared in a family! If I've got a really stressful week waiting for me than all I need is some family time. And I'd do everything for my family. I know this sounds cliche and all sorts of predictable, but I'd die willingly if that'd save anyone from my family.


So how about you?? Let us know in the comments!!

Friday, 11 February 2011

Follow Friday and Book Blogger Hop

Book Blogger Hop

Follow Friday is hosted by Parajunkee's View and Book Blogger Hop is hosted by Crazy for Books.



The Follow Friday Question is:
What is your favorite romance hero-type? Stereotype wise. Do you like the strong silent type or the brute macho man?
I probably prefer the silent type who then, in the heat of the moment, turns out to be a real hero and incredibly strong. Although I prefer to be surprised by a non-stereotypical character. I like to ead about a character for example that doesn't fall into stereotypes. That why I'm such a fan of Mr Rochester. He seems to be really rough, yet in the end he is the one who's insecure and not Jane Eyre. I was however almost in love with Heathcliff who falls into the bruto macho man category.


The Book Blogger Hop Question is:

Don't know the question yet!!

How about you??

Thursday, 10 February 2011

What's going down in Egypt - Live report (Part 1)

I know that this blog is about literature, but literature is inspired by real life. There would be no books if nothing ever happened. Writers are inspired by what happens in their lives and in the lives of others. So I thought I'd do something original. In ten minutes President Mubarak will address the Egyptian people. It is said that he will step down, ending his thirty year rule. For the last two weeks there have been huge demonstrations and now it seems as if what they always wanted is about to happen.

So what I am doing is I am writing while I am watching and listening to the Live Stream from Al Jazeera English. It will be like a diary entry. Maybe I'll be so inspired by the event that I'll write something beautiful. Otherwise I and you will have a clear view of what happened. That's why I'm doing this in Courier. Courier gives everything this typewriter-esque style.

EDIT: This post has become HUGE!! But then again,what has happened has been important. I hope that if you read this you'll appreciate it.

19:59
Minister of Information says Mubarak might not be stepping down. He might have transferred his power to the vice-president. He can do that according to the constitution. He'd still be president but the Vice-president would be in control.

20:02
Tahrir Square is filled with people and tents. There are speeches being given, flags are being waved and slogans are being yelled. It is clear that the people expect to be rid of Mubarak. The tension is rising.

20:04
The speech is supposed to begin now, yet the State Television is still in the middle of the sports bulletin. This
speech is supposed to be live, yet it might have been pre-taped and played live. State TV can't always be trusted apparently. The Minister of Information would be the one to have seen the message if it was not live. I'm on the edge of my seat. I hope that Mubarak steps down. The Egyptian people have been hoping for this so much in the last days.

20:08
Instead of portraying the protesters as a couple of criminals without a lot of support as they have done over the last week now they are shown, on State Television, in their entire magnitude. The entire Egyptian population can see all the people on Tahrir Square, united by one wish. Democracy. Freedom.


20:10
State Television is now on their weather bulletin. The crowd is getting louder. I can hear drums beating. It is a huge gathering. I wish I was there. To be a part of such a crucial moment. Just like I wish I had been present at the Fall of the Berlin Wall.

20:13
The party spirit that can be felt while watching the Square might be premature. Yet according to the reporter this is the way that Egyptian anticipate these sort of events. I hope, I pray, that these people get what they want.

20:14
Instead of seeing the address by the President we now see a commercial for Egypt. It has been going on for two/three minutes now. That is pure propaganda.

'Quick, let's show everyone how beautiful our country is. Maybe they will be in a better mood and Mybarak is allowed to stay.'

The address was supposed to have started quite some time ago now.Apparently they're singing the national Anthem. It almost, almost, resembles the atmoshphere before a footbal match. The commercial promoting Egypt has now ended, but no Mubarak yet.

20:17
State Television is now showing pictures of the demostrations, which is quite something. They haven't ever shown the massiveness of this crowd. This is a significant change. Al Jazeera has always shown these pictures and is available for free in Egypt. State Television knew this yet kept on showing false images.

20:20
30 years under the same president. That is half a generation worth of time. There are so many people in the square now. State television is showing another news bulletin. Why would they be dragging this on? Everyone is waiting! The crowd has been told that TODAY all their demands will be met. Yet many people are afraid that (There are Tunesian flags being waved as well. It all started there!)it will turn into a military government.
There are still people entering the Square. Everyone wants to be there.


20:25
The address should have started 25 minutes ago. The State Television is simply showing the same images as Al Jazeera. Obama has been trying very hard to get onto the good side of history here.
I think governments should always support other governments as long as they represent the people.If the people rise aainst them they should be supported as long as they rise for a good reason.




20:29
And Egypt State Television still isn't showing Mubarak. But a business bulletin. I don't think anyone is waiting for that. I don't understand why they aren't showing the address. If it's live I'd expect that Mubarak had been on time. If this is their way of showing that this is live than it's not working. I wonder what will happen after tonight.

20:32
There are also protests in Alexandria, Egypt's second largest city. People are heading towards cofee shops which have televisions. There is a large screen on Tahrir Square, enabling them to see the address, if it ever comes, on the Square. Most people will not be happy if Mubarak simply refers power to Omar Soleiman. A slogan heard in the last couple of days has been:


'Get out Omar Suleiman, we don't want you either. '
State Television is showing a bulletin on state hospital. What is going on here? I hope that this isn't a big scam. Apparently it is highly likely that he will refer power, yet nothing else will change. Why?

If he doesn't step down it will push the people to have the 20 Million People Demonstration that they have beeb planning tomorrow. What I am now hearing are news-wire reports that:
  •  Mubarak will transfer his power to Omar Suleiman
  •  He himself will not stand aside
  •  He will change some parts of constitution apparently
  •  He will not seek re-elections
If that is all he has to offer than the crowd will not be happy.

20:42
No one knows why Mubarak is late. The Egyptians are actually joking about his lateness. The country has changed hugely over the last weeks. Egyptians say they have waited 30 years and don't mind waiting a couple of minutes for Mubarak to show up. More and more people are coming to the Square. I think everyone is expecting this night to be the birth of a new Egypt. Egyptian State Television. HERE WE GO!!

20:46
Mubarak is speaking. He says he speaks as a father to his children. He says he is proud of them. This is incredibly scripted. What does he want? He says he's going to implement all his promises. The people on Tahrir Square aren't happy.
He is speaing in a diplomatic language that only creates more problems.

He refuses to be dictated from the outisde e.g. USA. Nice. He is announcing that he will not be re-elected and ... . It doesn't seem like he's stepping down. The people in Tarhir Square are just staring at the screen. He isn't stepping down. He says he has laid down a plan to deal with this crisis and to respond to the youth's wishes. He says he wants support from the people but I don't think he will get 'broad consensus' from the people. 
(20:52) 
When listening to him I cannot believe what I am hearing. Tahrir Square is getting loud. It seems as if he isn't aware of what has been happening. He just keeps on rambling about these 'unfortunate and tragic events'. "His" people want to get rid of him. He has made constituational reforms. These better be good. He proposed the ammendment of six articles of the constitution. I don't know what articles these are, but I'm sure they'll explain later.

I am actually almost crying. I had been hoping for Mubarak stepping down. And he is talking about different laws being removed. Emergency laws are to be scraped as far as I understand. He says there should be confidence and trust. These aren't hard times, these are people fighting for their freedom. This is not about the conomy. He actually says that this is not about him, but about Egypt. He says that the young reformists are the first that will be victim to these hard times and to the negative impact it has on the economy.

Tahrir Square is screaming. Thousand voices sound as one. I don't know what it says, but Tahrir Square is screaming. Mubarak is right, Egypt is going through chane, but he has no part in this change. Nick Kristoff's Tweets say exactly what I mean. Dictators seem to live in their own world, unaware of what is going on. Tahrir Square isn't even listening anymore. Egypt will live on, but without him.

21:03
And that was it. He's gone. He's said what he wanted to say. Tahrir Square is angry. They scream : 'HE MUST/SHALL LEAVE!' The scream: 'IRHAL' which means leave. As one they yell this. Nothing new has come from this speech. No history has been written yet.

21:07
'All the signs were that something historic was about to happen. Have we misread the sign?' Al Jazeera. The Armed Forces had said all demands would be met and not one demand has been met.  The protest tomorrow is going to be huge.


21:11
People on tahrir Square are crying. State Television has changed its town but now they aren't showing any images of what is going on right now. They aren't showing the anger. No one can understand how Mubarak cannot understand what's going on in the country he claims to love. In Alexandria people are going to a military base.
Happy cheering and singing has been turned into yelling profanities at Mubarak.

21:18
The Army hasn't taken up a position which has caused some people to loose hope. The Egyptians had had so many expectations. How are they going to respond, what  are they going to do?

21:23
I'm going to stop updating now. There will be enough news papers on this tomorrow. It hasn't turned into the euphoric piece of writing I would have wanted it to be. There have been some amazing Tweets. This is a favourite:


What a fantastic Twitter hashtag - #reasonsmubarakislate. My fave: Changing Facebook relationship status to "It's Complicated."


21:29
OK, I can't stop writing. Did the Egyptian government really think they could get away with this? Apparently people are on their way to the State TV building.

21:34
Suleiman is now speaking. He is the Vice-President who has been shouldered with the delegations of Egypt. He is looking forward tor estoring 'peace and justice (to his new empire? Sorry. Star Wars Quote) to Egypt'. He says they should go home and join hands in rebuilding Egypt. He's insulting Al Jazeera but he is obviously showing he has no connection to the people whatsoever.

21:40
Suleiman is clearly just as delusional as his boss. Tomorrow will be huge. There will be so many people on the streets. What Mubarak and Suleiman have done is infuriate te people. They have treated them like little children and I think Egypt is about to Explode!

What are your thoughts on what happened so far?

Pictures -> Identity: 1945 - 2010

So, I have a school assignment that I thought I'd share here, which is assembling 10 pictures you think represent the years between 1945 and 2010 and saying how you think they had an impact on a person's identity and how that influenced writing. I'm not ranking them in importance, but from old (1945) to new (2010).

Of course there are a lot more events/photos that are important to our identities and how they have changed, but I thought these were some important ones. All of them have had an impact on literature. There are a countless number of books on the Atomic Bombs, 9/11, the Civil Rights movement and all of this blabbering about literature wouldn't even be possible without the Internet. So take a look at what I thought were some pretty important moments/pictures in the last (roughly) 70 years.


10. The Atomic Bomb explodes in Hiroshima and Nagasaki - August 6 and 9, 1945
I know that this is still in 1945 so I don't know whether it counts, but these explosions had a huge impact on the world. Americans suddenly realized they lived in a country that had weapons that could kill thousands of people at the same time. Also I think that humanity passed a certain boundary at that point. These bombs could wipe out entire cities and at a certain point there were enough atomic bombs to destroy humanity multiple times. It did change peoples perception of war and of the vulnerability of life. The fact that humanity had come up with such an effective way of destroying itself was quite shocking and has inspired many doom scenarios and dystopian future novels! And of course it lead to multiple countries, including Britain, getting their own bombs. I think these actually are a good peace-keeper. Nobody is going to attack another country with atomic bombs is that other country has them as well. It would be self-destruction. So in a way, they help.

9. The Launching of Sputnik 1. - 1957
Sputnik 1
I don't think it's the picture as much that had an impact but more the consequence of the event. The launching of Sputnik by the Russians started our Space Age. It made people aware of the huge universe that was waiting outside. We were not alone, there might be other people/creatures/lifeforms just like us or maybe even superior to us out there. It changes human identity, because it might be we were not as superior as we thought. To this day we haven't found any "real" lifeforms, but the exploration of the universe has made humanity seem small and insignificant. More of this at picture 7.


8. I Have A Dream - 1963

Why I've been MIA lately

Some of you might have noticed I don't update this blog everyday. The reason for this is that I have been incredibly busy (and still am) trying to get my grades to where I want them to be.

HOWEVER

I love blogging, so you're not rid of me yet. I'll try and participate in my favourite memes, because it's an amazing way of meething other amazing bloggers and I'l keep on posting and reviewing myself only maybe a little bit less!

You migh however, on occasion, find a blogpost that is connected to my schoolwork, for example the IRA, the Russian Tsars, etc. Also, I've been writing some short stories again, entering a couple of competitions and writing a script for a short story. You'll probably see those coming by  as well!

SO, I hope this doesn't scare you away and I got a review coming up today!

Have any of you ever encountered problems in combining blogging with (school)work? Any tips on how to manage my time??

Tuesday, 8 February 2011

Lyrical Tuesday

Have you been inspired by a specific song this week? Has a Bruno Mars song made you love yourself? Has a Muse song rocked your world? Tell us in Lyrical Tuesday!!

The idea/rules:
  • Think of a song that has inspired you
  • Choose two sentences/parts/words/etc from the lyrics
  • Explain what they mean to you
  • Post a link to the song
  • Post the Button below and leave a link in the comment section. I can't use Linkytools anymore because I'm not really willing to pay up. 
  • Be nice and visit other people on the list!

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My song for this week is: Fuckin' Perfect by P!nk
  • Miss 'No way, it's all good', it didn't slow me down
    Mistaken, always second guessing, underestimated
    Look, I'm still aroundTo me this represents how I try and deal with life. I don't know for sure that every decision I make is the right one or that everyone will understannd where I'm coming from. But even if something bad happens to you you can still get over it!
  • Pretty pretty please, if you ever ever feel like you're nothing
    You're fuckin' perfect to me...Sometimes that's just all a person needs to hear. And you don't have to look perfect or always be nice to be perfect to someone else. And I myself know how amazing it feels to see someone glow when they realise you accept them the way they are. Everyone makes mistakes, but the choices you make after those mistakes are what makes you special! And perfectly human!

SO, what's your song???

    Friday, 4 February 2011

    Follow Friday and Book Blogger Hop!!

    It's Friday again, which means it's time for everyone's favourite memes!! FF is hosted by Parajunkee's View and BBH is hosted by Crazy for Books.


    The FF question is:
    Which book are you currently 'pushing'?
    I have to admit I don't really know what is meant with 'pushing' a book. It makes me feel sort of stupid but then again, I can't know everything. In case it means promoting I'm not currently promoting any book in specific. If it is meant in the sense of wat book I'm currently working myself through I have a whole stack of books:
    How about you? And does anyone know what 'pushing' means?


    The BBH queston is:
    Book Blogger Hop
    What are you reading now and why?
    Well, at this point I'm reading a number of books that were sent to me to review, such as 'The Eagle And His Boy' and 'My Mother The Man Eater'. Next to that I'm reading 'The Unsuspecting Mage' out of interest.  For school I'm reading 'To Kill A Mocking Bird'. Most people have already read it here in the UK, but because I'm from the Netherlands I haven't so I'm trying to catch up.
    The real reason I'm reading all these books is of course because I love to read!

    How about you? Are you currently reading anything even though you'd rather not read it?