Curiosity Killed the Cate

Not yet, of course, but I’m sure someday it will…

Good & Good July 31, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — catherineeliza @ 12:43 pm

ice creamIce cream and libraries may not go together like peanut butter and jelly (melting cream and sugar in library book pages; the stuff of nightmares!), but there’s a group of people that think an ice cream flavor inspired by public libraries is just what the reader ordered!


Who am I to disagree?


How do you like the following suggestions, or can you think of something even better?

Gooey Decimal System: Dark fudge alphabet letters with caramel swirls in hazelnut ice cream.

Sh-sh-sh-Sherbet!: Key Lime or a chocolate/vanilla combination.

Rocky Read: Vanilla with chocolate-covered nuts, chocolate chunks and raisins.

Writer’s Block: Coffee with fudge chunks and nicotine stains.

Chick Lit: Fat-free Peach-Mango swirl with pieces of Chicklet chewing gum.  

Chexy Librarian: Demure vanilla on the outside, chocolate-covered cherries and Chex cereal pieces on the inside.

Twilit: Pale-white lemon sorbet with red shoestring licorice and the hair of Robert Pattinson.

Over-Goo Fudge: Chocolate with marshmallow and fudge.

Bookworm: Vanilla with gummy worms and annelid chunks.

Periodicals Cream: Glossy strawberry syrup, some eye-popping sprinkles, but mostly regular vanilla.

Chocolate Chip Bookie-Dough: Banana with chocolate-chip cookie dough. Decent odds.

Of Ice and M&M: M&Ms, Chocolate powder, Vanilla, Fresh bananas. It’s a good plan, but it never fully works.

Out-of-Print Pistachio: Even the nuts have freezer burn!

Reading Rainbow: PBS-sponsored Rainbow sherbet.


Probably won’t last long… July 23, 2009

Filed under: Movies — catherineeliza @ 10:39 am
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Apparently this is a leaked trailer, so it’ll probably disappear soon.


This is just the beginning July 21, 2009

Filed under: Books — catherineeliza @ 5:10 pm

Monster Blood TattooRossamund Bookchild (unfortunate name for a boy), a foundling raised in a Marine orphanage, has always dreamed of the dangerous life of a vinegaroon (sailor), hopefully fighting lots of monsters and saving civilization, thereby earning his very own monster blood tattoos. Instead, he’s saved from being the oldest foundling in the building by being recruited by the lamplighters, which sounds quite safe and dull to Rossamund. We join him as he enters the wide world at last, and we all learn a thing or two about where to find real monsters and what’s safe and what isn’t.

I think the cover of this book is a little misleading; while monsters are a big part of this world, they’re not such a big part of this story. This book is mostly laying the foundation for the very rich fantasy world we are entering, which is not to say there’s no excitement, but I worry that readers looking for immediate action and possible gore will be disappointed, while readers who will be enchanted by the richness of this imagined world won’t pick it up! Also, the size of the book is a bit daunting, but almost a quarter of the book is a hefty addendum for the detail oriented.

I really enjoyed this book, and I look forward to moving on to the sequel for more action and to see if my hypothesis of a great secret (I KNOW I know something Rossamund hasn’t yet figured out) is correct. I highly recommend supplementing your reading of this book with a visit to the author’s website as well – a feast for the eyes.


Betrayal July 20, 2009

Filed under: Books — catherineeliza @ 5:30 pm

Layout 1Shannon, I don’t blame you; I know where my anger is to be directed, and it’s Bloomsbury USA, oh yes it is.  How can I make you see what a betrayal this cover for the next Bayern book is?  How, when I shouldn’t even have to tell you!

I totally get it.  Someone’s decided this new cover is more eye-catching, more likely to sell, and maybe you’re right (I don’t think so, but you could be); for people that are starting the series now, maybe this series of covers is just what they want.  But what about us?  What about all the people who have been collecting these beautiful hardcover books as they come out, and now our fourth book is a radically different (and in my opinion, inferior) design than the rest? 

I think this abrupt cover change totally unfair and disrespectful to loyal Bayern book fans; just in case you were wondering.