thanks to andrew day, our friend and designer extraordinaire, and shawn for my fabulous new blog. it can be found at http://shamptonindustries.com/her/blog. update your readers, links, etc. i won't be posting here any longer and soon this blog will just vanish, like keyser soze.
eventually there will be his blog and our blog, in addition to her blog. a place for all things shampton.
also coming soon - http://www.etsy.com/shop/shamptonindustries!
kathy bought one at renegade san francisco and it sparkled like nobody's business in the sunlight. it almost made her even more crushable than she already is. i hesitated buying one for myself because i'm not sure wearing it while sewing yoyos while sitting on the couch or in my studio packing orders or while i'm baking pie, all while in my pajamas, would really do it justice.
maybe i'll just opt for one or two of these.
(i actually had this post written before this tweet: @giantdwarf Please help me understand why someone would possibly do this to me? Trying to not cry! http://srslyliz.com/2010/08/12/diy-starlet-crown/. i had it saved as a draft but it seemed pretty clear that today was the day. long live the starlette crown! accept no substitutes!)
i finished last night and i'm not ashamed to admit that feed made me cry. it also made wish next may was here already so book 2 in the trilogy would be out.
the characters are well drawn and likable - except for those that really are not supposed to be. the story was fast moving and compelling, propelling me through the almost 600 pages in a just a few days.
these are not zombies who rise from the dead for no good reason. there is a virus, a virus that began as the cure for the common cold. things went awry. most metropolitan areas were saved after many casualties but wide swaths of land were lost to the infected. no more road trips, no more alaska. no more beef, pork, ponies or dogs over 40 pounds (sorry monkey.) areas are classified by their hazard level and traveling through those area requires licenses and blood tests. lots and lots of blood tests. all these details seemed entirely plausible. these details and more made this book terrifying.
i know i'm not saying much about the plot. there are 2 reasons for that - i want you to read it yourself. i can't think about the plot too much or i may cry. again.
yeah. it was that good. so good i'm talking about it two days in a row.
may seems a long way off. but my crush induced googling of mira grant on sunday led me to discover that her name is actually seanan mcguire and she has a another series of scifi/fantasy books. more books to add to the pile. yay.
time to invest in a machete.
its no secret that i a) love horror and b) love to read. so the horror reading bender i've been on shouldn't really be a surprise to anyone. the latest, and best by far is feed by mira grant.
set in the post-zombie outbreak world of the not-too-distant future, feed follows two blogger/reporters, georgia & shaun mason and their tech wizard, buffy, as they follow republican senator peter ryman on the presidential campaign trail. a trail littered with zombies and conspiracies. stuff happens. scary, compelling stuff. so compelling i stayed home from lollapalooza yesterday to read. (i know, NERD. but zombies beat arcade fire any day. what.)
here's a few reason's why:
we saw phoenix ages ago at the double door. they ROCKED. it remains one of my most favorite shows ever. it was before lost in translation and they were on the verge. they have, in the intervening years, become one of my favorite bands. so, i was really excited to see them at lollapalooza. they did not disappoint.
at one point thomas mars said that it was the biggest crowd they'd ever played for. they were totally living the rock star dream last night - thousands of adoring fans all singing along and dancing to their music. they all just looked so happy and like they were having SO MUCH FUN. all kinds of awesome.
extra bonus points for funky squaredance.