Monday, February 4, 2013

Curse of Kings

It took me ages to get into fantasy books.

For most of my life, I had no interest. I didn't want to read about some made-up place that never existed and people running around with swords and elves and trolls and dragons and whatnot. I wanted stories set in reality, in the modern day. Fantasy films were fine, but I only had to spend two hours watching those. Reading a fantasy book was altogether different.

I never read The Lord Of The Rings. My brother did, and whenever he spoke about it I could sense the frustration in his voice whenever he talked about the endless songs and silliness. I liked the movies, of course. Well, I liked the parts in the movies where they focussed on the humans. Hobbits I could do without.

And then I read a review of a book called The Blade Itself by Joe Abercrombie. The review said this book had blistering action and fascinating characters and the whole thing was held together by acerbic wit. And that was the thing. Wit. Humour. For me, fantasy books just seemed so incredibly po-faced, like they took themselves way too seriously.

So I picked up The Blade Itself, and I loved it. I loved everything about it. I loved every single thing about this book and it was fantasy, so I asked myself— what else have I been missing out on? And the series that was recommended by quite simply everyone was George RR Martin's A Song of Fire and Ice— which later became known as the Game of Thrones books, thanks to the TV show. So I read that, and I loved it. I read the next one and the next one and the next one. I loved them all.

All this is a (very) roundabout way of introducing Curse of Kings, by Alex Barclay.


Alex is a friend of mine. She's a crime writer by day, and has recently become a fantasy author by night. I love her crime novels. I never know what the hell is going on until the final few pages, and I am technically in love with her main character, Ren Bryce. Ren Bryce is the most awesome woman in the world, and I don't care that she doesn't actually exist. She exists for me, and that's what matters.

Alex's crime novels are thoroughly modern and laced with one-liners and sarcastic asides, so when she told me she was writing a fantasy novel for younger readers, I was thrilled.

(Unless she's reading this blog. If you're reading this, Alex, I wasn't thrilled. I was the opposite of thrilled. I was un-thrilled. I was de-thrilled. It takes a lot more than YOU to thrill ME ands that's no mistake. Damn right. Darn tootin'. I'm going to stop talking about this now. Hell yeah.)

Curse of Kings has it all. It has kingdoms and heroes and villains and secrets and mysteries and swords and killing and monsters and monsters and monsters. Did I mention it has monsters? It does. Lots of them. And they're all... weird. Oh, and the book also has lamprey eels. Do yourself a favour. Search Google Images for lamprey eels. Go on, I'll wait. Just type it in and take a look... go on...


Yes. There are things THAT disgusting in real life.

I'm not going to go into detail about the Big Mystery in Curse of Kings, because even mentioning what the mystery hinges on could spoil it for you, and I wouldn't want to do that. Hopefully it'll take you as much by surprise as it did me.

And if all that doesn't convince you, take a look at  one of the coolest book trailers I've seen in a long time. And pay attention to the man whose quote they use on the cover. He sounds like he knows what he's talking about.




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ChapterHouse-Reads said...

FIRST!

ChapterHouse-Reads said...

Alex Barclay? I believe I've heard of him. Most Bloglandians are chatting about him. I heard his name at the local blog ball last year!

ChapterHouse-Reads said...

OOps! Googl'ed him. Its apparently a her.

ChapterHouse-Reads said...

oh right, HI DEREK!!!!!

Saefou said...

Oh, how I've been awaiting a new post from Thy Golden God. AND HE NEVER STOPS MAKING ME HAPPY!
I will most defiantly read this awesome book!

ChapterHouse-Reads said...

You know, I think I might just do a blog post on this derek!
Thanks

Zanida Laufeydottir Queen of Asgard (Zafira Kerias) said...

DEREK THERES A FIRE WHERE MY MINION FRIENDS LIVE!!!

*scared*

Flip and Bibble said...

Well, I'll certainly go hunting my local library for those...but like everything else I want to read, any books anyone ever mentions to be good that I want to read especially, it won't be there when I need it.

Flip and Bibble said...

ZAF!!! I hope your minion friends will be okay...they probably will be...just have faith and stuff...it's worked for me loads of times! What kind of fire? How big?

Zanida Laufeydottir Queen of Asgard (Zafira Kerias) said...

Sorry I DID read the post and then i completely lost it D:

FIRE WHERE THEY LIVE D: damn

Zanida Laufeydottir Queen of Asgard (Zafira Kerias) said...

Garage fire but it can easily catch the trees and wells...it is like SUPER CLOSE to where Nicolette lives on the street

Rose Black said...

Yay! I don't know what I'm saying that about but yay and goodbye :D

Anonymous said...

[Plans to read Curse of Kings]
[Plans to read a lot of things]

Flip and Bibble said...

If it becomes major, like a threat to several households on the street, they'll evacuate, surely. My family was evacuated when there was a not-quite-so-severe fire underground across the road...

Anonymous said...

Hope everyone's okay, Zaf.

Zanida Laufeydottir Queen of Asgard (Zafira Kerias) said...

I am hoping D: Derek should know who I'm talking about its where Celine and Nicolette live

WHAT IS THIS?? Okay I blame Skulduggery

Flip and Bibble said...

...I've decided it would be really cool to have a character in the books as nothing more than a corpse with a name...like part of the detective work without really doing anything...

*random comment from nowhere like the dancing skeleton one*

Zanida Laufeydottir Queen of Asgard (Zafira Kerias) said...

OH!!! They used Derek's quote!!

YAY DEREK :D

Derek come on and say hi?

Flip and Bibble said...

I like that quote. It makes me want to read a book, but I have to finish the book I'm reading now...

Zanida Laufeydottir Queen of Asgard (Zafira Kerias) said...

Well I guess im hunting the library...

Ulcabhán Brave said...

DEREKq IM GONNA SEE YOU IN GALWAY!

Flip and Bibble said...

Here's the thing. I'm me and me is unlucky, so Derek will come on and say hi when I've gone to bed.

Zanida Laufeydottir Queen of Asgard (Zafira Kerias) said...

Watch him completely ignore us

DEREK COME?

Flip and Bibble said...

I want to sleep, but I want to stay here for the ever so slim chance he'll turn up...

Anonymous said...

[Watches]

Ulcabhán Brave said...

wHOOP"

Zanida Laufeydottir Queen of Asgard (Zafira Kerias) said...

Watch him completely ignore us

*sigh* and i had a question no less

Eli (Ulcabhán) Brave said...

AH!

Flip and Bibble said...

I have lots of questions and I never ask them...

Zanida Laufeydottir Queen of Asgard (Zafira Kerias) said...

Usually I ask sometimes but i just need him online but since it's Derek i doubt he'll come on

Eli (Ulcabhán) Brave said...

lAMPREY EELS ARE RADICAL

Eli (Ulcabhán) Brave said...

Look them up tehy are awesome

Flip and Bibble said...

True, true...I've had a few questions answered (and then I hyperventilated so much that I had an asthma attack...) but only the ones that were less important to me...

Anonymous said...

He doesn't appear to be on twitter either...

Zanida Laufeydottir Queen of Asgard (Zafira Kerias) said...

Yeah I have been checking Twitter

Well when I got the Christmas card from him i spazzed I can't wait until i get my book

Anonymous said...

I have to go...GRRGRRGRRGRRGRRGRRGRRGRRGRRGRRGRRGGRRGRGRGRGRGR

Flip and Bibble said...

You got a Christmas card from him? Omg!

...I want a Lamprey Eel...it shall be my familiar, and as I am Nemone Debonair-Penguin (can't be bothered to change screen name) so it shall be Nemo/Marlin/Coral Suave-Puffin!

flaring rhythm said...

"De-thrilled."

I can't even-

I am 100% done with you, my man.

But yeah that book sounds amazing! I MUST READ IT *points dramatically towards Waterstones*

P.S COULD YOU POSSIBLY GO ON BEBO YA'LL HAVEN'T BEEN ON IN AGES. It's driving us all insane-er...er...(Insanerer?), AND I'M NOT SURE YOU'LL COME OUT ALIVE IF OUR SANITY LEAVES US ANY MORE.

Eli (Ulcabhán) Brave said...

Ah"!

Zanida Laufeydottir Queen of Asgard (Zafira Kerias) said...

Yea i got a Christmas card lol

Nicolette Celine and i sent him a letter in June and we got a Christmas card xD

So then in December we wrote a second letter back to him and i sent my one copy of Scepter of The Ancients

Flip and Bibble said...

I'm putting the quote 'Doors are for people with no imagination' in next to my name in my year book...we're allowed 20 words, you see.

Flip and Bibble said...

I want to write a letter and maybe send one of my drawings, but first I want to scan them onto my computer...

Zanida Laufeydottir Queen of Asgard (Zafira Kerias) said...

Aah well he does reply but it does take a while partly because Derek procrastinates

He had Adra's Death Bringer book for a few weeks and then the cats liked her book

Niamhy Jay said...

I think I might read that book Derek! Only because YOU recommend it!
Also HI DEREK!! GET ON TWITTER!! You are sorely missed on there!!
Also did I say Hi?!
I did?
Oh, well, I'll say it again anyway HI DEREK!!

Valkyrie V. - Ivy said...

I'll have to look into it, Derek!


(As soon as I've reread the entire series, plus finished the Harry Potter one, and probably a few others. BUT I WILL GET TO IT!)


ALSO! DEREK! IRELAND!

I'm almost certain Amanda and I will be coming March 28th. Almost. Well, probably. But DEFINITELY sometime between March 28th through April 7th. And one of those days/nights we'll be in London.


Just to give you a heads up!

*gives him a levitating head*

Eli (Ulcabhán) Brave said...

Bye!

Flip and Bibble said...

...Plus I don't know the address to send letters to...and my handwriting sucks...

Eli (Ulcabhán) Brave said...

SNOWING SO HEAVY! HOPE SCHOOL IS CANCELED! G2G

Zanida Laufeydottir Queen of Asgard (Zafira Kerias) said...

I only know at the Dublin event is when I'm being Skyped so i can hardly wait for April

Zanida Laufeydottir Queen of Asgard (Zafira Kerias) said...

My handwriting sucks and go on the HarperCollins sight its on the sending to authors stuff

Flip and Bibble said...

...I need to know where he will be and when...i want to meet him! I've never met anyone famous before...I would probably babble like an idiot...and drop things...

Zanida Laufeydottir Queen of Asgard (Zafira Kerias) said...

I'm American so theres a fat chance i'll meet in person but NJ is going to try to Skype me so i can meet him which will be interesting I bet he'll comment on my accent

Flip and Bibble said...

I feel stupid. I can't find the sending to authors stuff...

Flip and Bibble said...

I'm English...I think that's a win for me?

Zanida Laufeydottir Queen of Asgard (Zafira Kerias) said...

Yeah that is Engliminions Iriminions Aussieminions and Kiwiminions are lucky Ameriminions and Candiminions arent not at all

Valkyrie V. - Ivy said...

I'm American, but I'm going to Ireland.


HI DEREK. I SHALL BE MEETING YOU SOON.

Flip and Bibble said...

...welp, it's 11 now. I'm off to bed.

Zanida Laufeydottir Queen of Asgard (Zafira Kerias) said...

Val I envy you I would do ANYTHING to go to Ireland to meet Derek and te truly sad thing is I probably never will meet him, like in person now via Skype different story

Zanida Laufeydottir Queen of Asgard (Zafira Kerias) said...

Bye B-J!

Flip and Bibble said...

Before I go: Where on the HarperCollins site?! Talk me through it step by step or something!

Valkyrie V. - Ivy said...

I got lucky, since this has been planned since I started reading Skulduggery. Also, my mum lets everyone go on a trip for their fourteenth birthday, so...


But I got REALLY lucky that Amanda can come.

Skyril A.K.A the Vociferous Chatterer, Loyal Forever and Always, The Ever-Present, the Pluviophile said...

Nice!
~is looking this up in about two minutes and probably adding lots of books by Alex to my already healthily voluminous list of "Want to Reads" on Goodreads~

:-3

skavalli said...

Hi Derek,

I know it wasn't exactly the point of the post but I've just tried a sample of The Blade Itself and I think I already love it. Thanks for the recommendation - I will try Curse of Kings but I'm already invested in Logen. And it's the first of a few books which is lovely, nothing beats have a really good series ahead of you (I discovered you and SP only three months ago).

Skyril A.K.A the Vociferous Chatterer, Loyal Forever and Always, The Ever-Present, the Pluviophile said...

Also, fantasy, Eragon was the first long book I really loved so yes, I like the fantasy stuff. I haven't actually read the LOTR, though, but I've read a few fantasy novels. They're kind of hit or miss, in my opinion, and I'm realizing I'm a bit of a futuristic earth kind of gal. Unfortunately, it seems all that world is becoming that so I'm not... all THAT original.

But that's ok.

I'll most often use proper grammar and like boiled peanuts and be original. :-3

Zanida Laufeydottir Queen of Asgard (Zafira Kerias) said...

I'll NEVER get to go to Ireland

And Derek won't go to America so..... Hmm what if I go off in an email to them?

Miss Cain; The Aussie Ninja Stalker said...

HULLO!!

Zanida Laufeydottir Queen of Asgard (Zafira Kerias) said...

Hi Miss Cain!

Miss Cain; The Aussie Ninja Stalker said...

Hiya Zaf!!

Valkyrie V. - Ivy said...

I just posted a picture of my new room, if you want to see it...


http://bringingskulduggerytothemasses.blogspot.com/2013/02/an-actual-update-thing.html

Zanida Laufeydottir Queen of Asgard (Zafira Kerias) said...

Was hoping Derek would come sneakly little Irishman hiding

nights.raven said...

This sounds awesome!!! I'll definitely look into getting it :D :D :D :D


Hi everyone! just stopped by real quick to see if he posted something :D *hands them all cookies*

*puts out a special plate of cookies for the Golden God* Just in case he comes on after i've left :D

hi/bye everyone!!

Miss Cain; The Aussie Ninja Stalker said...

DEEEEEREEEEEK!
WHEEEEREEEE ARRRRRE YOUUUUUU???
*looks around*

Hi/bye Raven!!

Zanida Laufeydottir Queen of Asgard (Zafira Kerias) said...

I think we lost him to writing ah well im not gonna complain

Ugh gtg eat

Skyril A.K.A the Vociferous Chatterer, Loyal Forever and Always, The Ever-Present, the Pluviophile said...

~happily noms one of Rae's cookies~

Miss Cain; The Aussie Ninja Stalker said...

*sighs*
I better go get ready for school.
Byeeeeeee!!

Skyril A.K.A the Vociferous Chatterer, Loyal Forever and Always, The Ever-Present, the Pluviophile said...

skulduggerypoetry.blogspot.com

By the way, it's no necessarily poems about Skul-man, despite what the name of the blog suggests. It's for poets from Blogland to post poems :P
And I recently posted one, hence, the stray blog link... If that is at all perspicuous...

Skyril A.K.A the Vociferous Chatterer, Loyal Forever and Always, The Ever-Present, the Pluviophile said...

Bye, Miss Cain!
Learn something useful!

Skyril A.K.A the Vociferous Chatterer, Loyal Forever and Always, The Ever-Present, the Pluviophile said...

~surprised at the quietness~
I suppose the word hasn't gotten around that there's a new blog post... or perhaps it's because everyone's either eating or going to school. After all, I'M eating... Well, a virtual cookie, anyway... ~noms with relish~
No, not that nasty green stuff... Relish, as in, you know... enjoyment... ~needs to stop using relish since I keep thinking of that nasty green stuff when I do so~

Skyril A.K.A the Vociferous Chatterer, Loyal Forever and Always, The Ever-Present, the Pluviophile said...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gosY-UrpHcA

SO BEAUTIFUL

Skyril A.K.A the Vociferous Chatterer, Loyal Forever and Always, The Ever-Present, the Pluviophile said...

~walks around whistling Do you Hear the People Sing~

I can't stop whistling that

Skyril A.K.A the Vociferous Chatterer, Loyal Forever and Always, The Ever-Present, the Pluviophile said...

Er, shame I have to go in ten minutes. I might've gone all the way to two-hundred otherwise.

Skyril A.K.A the Vociferous Chatterer, Loyal Forever and Always, The Ever-Present, the Pluviophile said...

For the fun of it.

Skyril A.K.A the Vociferous Chatterer, Loyal Forever and Always, The Ever-Present, the Pluviophile said...

I wonder if Minnie remembers me.

Skyril A.K.A the Vociferous Chatterer, Loyal Forever and Always, The Ever-Present, the Pluviophile said...

She and I kept commenting impressively stubbornly until there were... what was it... 350... almost 400? comments on that post on which Derek Landy called for all minions in order to get Laura to do an interview :D

I mean, obviously, we didn't post ALL of the comments, but we were still there after everyone else left :P

Skyril A.K.A the Vociferous Chatterer, Loyal Forever and Always, The Ever-Present, the Pluviophile said...

Less than five minutes.

Skyril A.K.A the Vociferous Chatterer, Loyal Forever and Always, The Ever-Present, the Pluviophile said...

I REFUSE TO ANSWER THAT QUESTION ON THE GROUNDS I DO NOT KNOW THE ANSWER!
~points dramatically~

Skyril A.K.A the Vociferous Chatterer, Loyal Forever and Always, The Ever-Present, the Pluviophile said...

That was said by somebody.

Skyril A.K.A the Vociferous Chatterer, Loyal Forever and Always, The Ever-Present, the Pluviophile said...

Other than myself, obviously >.>

Skyril A.K.A the Vociferous Chatterer, Loyal Forever and Always, The Ever-Present, the Pluviophile said...

Ok

Skyril A.K.A the Vociferous Chatterer, Loyal Forever and Always, The Ever-Present, the Pluviophile said...

90

Skyril A.K.A the Vociferous Chatterer, Loyal Forever and Always, The Ever-Present, the Pluviophile said...

I will give you bowls of lollipops and confetti and bid thee FAREWELL!

Skyril A.K.A the Vociferous Chatterer, Loyal Forever and Always, The Ever-Present, the Pluviophile said...

Tata!

NOM Ominous said...

OOOH
yes!

Zanida Laufeydottir Queen of Asgard (Zafira Kerias) said...

Okay what do you call a place where you would park your car?

Willow Von Stratton said...

Hello all!

lamprey eels are disgusting and...interesting (i guess) at the same time.

Bethany said...

i'm the exact same when it comes to fantasy. and, dear god, tell me those eel/leech hybrids are not real.

NOM Ominous said...

Knows what he's talking about?! I think next time they should used YOU.

Lavender Hope said...

We're still on the first page!!!

I'll be sure to check it out, Derek! Promise! ... Maybe! Uh... Yeah!

Will be here in 20 minutes or so... Maybe.

Unknown said...

99th !!!

Unknown said...

And 100th!!

Unknown said...

The thing I love about these commenting online is that nobody can make me shut up!!! That's probably because no one is listening (reading?) so, essentially, I'm talking to myself which means I'm going crazy!!! But I guess I've always been slightly insane.(My brother is even more effective at driving me insane than a faceless one. Figures.)

Lavender Hope said...

Hi! I'm back but distant! And lunch might be ready soon!
...
Oi... I try to make a video(which failed) and now I'm typing like how I speak...
*clears throat*
Yeah. Distant.

Lavender Hope said...

Hi Ally! We're all crazy here!

You should see my blog... The one with missing letters...

Unknown said...

Hello everyone!


I just watched Cats. And I want to play Jemima. Right. Now.

Except I can't dance. :(

Lavender Hope said...

Hi Sev!

CATSSSS!!! I love Memory!

And we have a kitten here who looks like Mastofalies(I'm pretty sure that's NOT how you spell it...)!

Lavender Hope said...

And I have no idea if that was even the cat's name...

But it's black with a white spot on it's front and white paws. And it's fur is so soft!

Anonymous said...

Aloha.

I'm annoyed.

Then again, it could be worse.

Sev, if you haven't already, don't read my Eff/Fabi MC chapter.

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Unknown said...

Mistoffelees.

I think......

I don't know what my favorite song is, maybe Macavity? Or Growltiger. But they didn't do it in the one I watched D:

Unknown said...

Fabi, why not?

Anonymous said...

[Grimaces]

Sorry about that. The Internet connection is really bad here...

Anonymous said...

You hate it. [Nods]

Lavender Hope said...

What's up, Fabi?

Oh, and glad you like how I did the blog title. *has read your comment* :)

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Unknown said...

Fabi, I haven't read it, so.....

Anonymous said...

Ugh.

I should stop impatiently reloading...

Anonymous said...

I'm stuck at the dance studio.

I used to help out in a younger class at this hour, but they canceled the class, and only told the people who were in it, not me.

Anonymous said...

Sev, then don't.

Lav, Yeah, it's cool.

Unknown said...

I love Chip.


Chip:
Little push little shove
They could WOOSH
Fall in love

Wardrobe:
Ma cherie
Won't it all be top drawer

Lavender Hope said...

Oh. That sucks...

Thanks. What about the font? Does it look different?

Lavender Hope said...

I forget the Beauty and the Beast musical... I watched it once, but it was a while ago.

Anonymous said...

It started cursivey, but changed back as it finished loading.

Unknown said...

Lav, I saw it on Tuesday, so I am newly obsessed.

Mob:
We don't like
What we don't
Understand
In fact it scares us
And this monster is mysterious, at least

Anonymous said...

It could be worse. There could be a tap class upstairs.

Actually, I'm not sure there isn't...

Oh, it's just really inexperienced ballerinas. The nine-year-olds are louder than the teenagers.

Toe-ball-heel. [Nods]

Lavender Hope said...

Yeah. It's happening to me too... *wonders why then has a thought*
I think... I may have had too many different types of font...

I changed all the text of whatever I could to a different font each...

Anonymous said...

Msd, wifi keeps flickering.

Lavender Hope said...

*nods at Sev*
Understandable.

I tried ballet once... By once, I mean for a day... :P I just wanted to try it out. But I took tap dance around that time.

I tried a lot of things... And gave up...

I'm a giver upper...

Unknown said...

If I were in Beauty and the Beast I'd like to be: *takes deep breath*

Belle
Beast
Mrs. Potts
LeFou
Lumiere
or a random person because all the songs are epic

Anonymous said...

I'm not a giver-upper. I'm not really a try-everything person either.

Lavender Hope said...

Okay, Fabi.

Like- I used to do drums, tap dance, violin... Theater(the musical kind)...

There's probably more that I forgot...

Lavender Hope said...

Did the Beauty and the beast musical you watched have the song 'A Change in Me', Sev?

Anonymous said...

I used to do soccer. I was good a defense, but the coach always up me as a forward...

People always say I just have to do basketball. That's probably why I don't. XP

Unknown said...

I've taken piano since first grade and I'm in eighth now
I started voice lessons in sixth grade
I've been doing acting stuff since fourth or fifth grade. I auditioned to be a Munchkin in 3rd but I didn't get in.
And now I feel like listing all my roles
Orphan/Pickpocket in Oliver!
Enid Hupes in Legally Blonde
Cinderella's Mother/Jack's Mother/Giant/Birds in Into the Woods
Mr. Tumnus in LWW
King/Woman/Boy/Mark Twain in Big River
Random assorted roles that I can't remember

Unknown said...

Lav, yeah it did. I don't like it as much as Home or If I Can't Love Her though. Or any of Gaston's songs

Lavender Hope said...

I play basketball for fun sometimes. I guess I'm okay, but not great. And I don't usually play. I just like to practice my shooting.

*remembers another thing*
Martial arts. And piano. My dad actually stopped taking me to the martial arts classes... For no reason.

Unknown said...

There's a boy in my grade. He played Peter, but he's a terrible actor.

He's always talking about how martial art-y he is. And then on opening night he punched me in the nose. And instead of apologizing, he said it was self defense.

Ummmm, no....

Lavender Hope said...

*gasps*
I love into the woods!

My choir class used some songs from that play(and A Change in Me), and I got to be Little Red!

Unknown said...

I got pretty sick of it. I performed it in the spring, and then again that summer

Anonymous said...

I take drama, too. Not as much as dance, but a bit.

I've been:
The Little Ren Hen in 'Stinky Cheese Man'
Egeus/Peaseblossom in A Midsummer Night's Dream
Helena in (a different production of) A Midsummer Night's Dream
The Old Lady in Mandy and the Old Lady
The Grandmother in The Emporer's New Clothes
Mrs. Gulch in the Wizard of Oz
The Sleepy Watchman in Much Ado About Nothing
Mrs. Jewls in 'Sideway Stories From Wayside School'
Aunt March in Little Woman
Mrs. Pearce in My Fair Lady
Olivia in Twelfth Night
Last-minute Alice in Alice and Wonderland (on book, as understudy)

Lavender Hope said...

Hmm.

Have you heard of the musical called Once on this Island?

Unknown said...

Lav, yeah I've heard of it.

G2G. Bye!

Anonymous said...

Bye, Sev!

Is it based on the Gloria Whelan book? I've never heard of t...

Lavender Hope said...

That's cool, Fabi. :)

...I kinda miss performing...
*would say what roles she played but can't spell some of the names*

Lunch was called...

Anonymous said...

Gtg... Bye!

Lavender Hope said...

Bye Sev!

Not sure if it's based on a book, but it's a love story...
*tries to explain it, but can't*
Look it up. It's pretty good.

I did a solo in a choir recital at school using a song from that.

Lavender Hope said...

Bye Fabi!

Guess I'm going too. Bye Blogland!

Jophiel said...

DEREK!!!! COME ON!!!!

Hey all!

Bye Fab! Bye Lav!

Anonymous said...

Ok, I'm here again.

And home sweet home!

Anonymous said...

[Glitterninjatacklehugs Death, if she's still here]

Anonymous said...

[Realizes it's been over 20 minutes]
[Grimaces]

Distant until I say I'm gone...

Lavender Hope said...

*has finally read the email from Author Tackers about Erin Hunter's contest*
WHAAAAT!?? No way!
*reads what it's about*
I'm not the ultimate fan!!! D: I didn't read all the books!
*didn't read three* NNNNOOOOOOOOO!!!!!
*dies*

In other words, hi...

Anonymous said...

Hi again, Lav!

Lavender Hope said...

Hi Fabi!

The contest prize is that ten winners get their name in the dedication of the next book... The ultimate Warriors guide... But I'm not the ultimate fan!!! I bet there are people who've done crazy fan things... WWWHHHAAAA!!! No fair!!!
*sighs*
Sorry. Tantrum over.

Anonymous said...

You can still enter...

Unknown said...

Woohoo!!!! Cheers 2 being insane!! We're a dying but crazy breed of human beans!! The 2 groups in life
Insane
Normal

Lavender Hope said...

But what can I say that'll prove I'm an ultimate fan if I haven't read all the books yet...? It can only be 500 characters long...
*starts thinking*

Anonymous said...

Hi, Ally!

Lav, you could mention being in South Korea... Do they sell the books there, or do you have to get them long-distance? The latter could be a point in your favor.

Lavender Hope said...

Hi again, Ally!

Beans! XP did you get that from the Borrowers?

Lavender Hope said...

Weeelll... It's only for US people... So I was thinking I could just give my home information when I do it... Not being in a different country.

Also, all the books are available in e version, so I could get them easily. It's the money thing that's a little harder. Speaking of that... *goes to add the gift card sent as a late Christmas present from her mom to put on the e-reader*

Anonymous said...

Ah. I see.

Hmm...
[Has never read the Warriors series, so can't really be of much help]

Lavender Hope said...

Well, actually, they DO sell some of them here. In English.

But I think it's cheaper as an ebook.

Lavender Hope said...

It's okay. The contest is pretty long, so I might have enough time to read the rest and be able to say that I did. It ends in April.

Anonymous said...

Ok. Good luck with it!

Lavender Hope said...

Thanks!

Lavender Hope said...

Sorry. I gotta go now. Bye!

Anonymous said...
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Anonymous said...

Oh, bye!

Anonymous said...

I'm still here, distantly... Until I say I'm not, or until 7:00-ish in Blogtime.

Lavender Hope said...

Never mind. Dance practice was moved to a little later. So here now!

Anonymous said...

Ok, hi again!

I like behind-the-scenes tours... So much inspiration for writing!

Lavender Hope said...

Behind the scenes as in the extras in movies?

Anonymous said...

A museum.

The stuff they don't display...

Anonymous said...

Did you know that the Burke Museum actually has an Egyptian mummy? And [whispers conspiratorially] those aren't even it's real feet!

Lavender Hope said...

Ohh. I've never been to a museum before... Except in Korea, but it's probably really different.

Alastair Cruciatus said...

Hello people! *tacklehugs everyone* I feel so physically/emotionally exhausted... It's honestly quite unpleasant... But anyway. I'll get good sleep and start feeling better soon enough. I've got a break off from school relatively soon, too... Mmm....
Wow sorry that was a poor introduction. You can all ignore that if you want. So how are all you lovely people today?
Happy birthday! (this is how tired I am right now)

Anonymous said...

Hi, Aretha!

Lavender Hope said...

Hi Aretha! Why so tired?

Anonymous said...

[Smashes silence with a baseball bat]
[Remembers that silence is golden]
[Winces]
I think I may have broken something valuable...

Alastair Cruciatus said...

Hey Fabi, Lav!
You know, I'm not quite sure... Probably a miz of things... Loads of schoolwork, and I'm sore (usually I kind of actually like sore pain- I'm weird I know- but this is, like, right around where my liver is and it hurts in a really umpleasant way. I keep rubbing/pressing against it anyway. I don't even know how that happened) and my friends being sick and tired and sore, and a lack of sleep. I don't think I'm doing enough fun stuff. I should get writing for MC, and schedule another ballroom dancing class soon...

Lavender Hope said...

No way! Nowaynowaynowaynowaynoway! No. Way!

The wife of the author of my favorite comic(Amulet, by Kazu Kibuishi) has a blog!!! And it's a book blog like Dublin Daes! I am soo going to follow her!

After I catch up on reading it...

Or maybe I'll just follow... And read later.

Hmm...

Lavender Hope said...

Ooh. That sounds painful... I think you should take a break and rest. *nods*

Anonymous said...

Hope you feel better, Ari.

Congrats on your find, Lav!

Hmm... How much should Eff destroy?

I'm writing a bit of a prequel short story...

Alastair Cruciatus said...

I should probably be sleeping right now, to be honest... But I have too much to do...
Thank you, though, Lav. And that's really cool about the book blog!

Fabi- do make sure you get silence repaired. I need it for dramatic purposes in a good number of stories.

Lavender Hope said...

I don't even know who Eff is...
*has GOT to catch up on these things and stop procrastinating*
By procrastinating, I mean talking too much on here... Not that I CAN'T do both at the same time but... I get distracted by talking.

Not anyone's fault but mine. Just thought I'd say.

Anonymous said...

There are still pieces of it...
[Looks at time in east coast-ish area]
And yes, you should be sleeping.

Lavender Hope said...

That sucks, Aretha...

Hope you can get a break soon. And catch up on sleep.

Anonymous said...

Lav, you're hardly the only one who is way behind on the MC. It would be nice if you could read it, but if you're going to have to leave Blogland soon...

Alastair Cruciatus said...

Wait, Lav, you're leaving? What? I didn't hear about this... Are you coming back? *tightly hugs Lav*

Anonymous said...

Who's a good historical figure to associate with a fictionally infamous gemstone?

Lavender Hope said...

Um... I'm not really sure yet... I don't WANT to, but I might HAVE to... If at all, it will be around the 22nd... Or sooner. Depends on what comes first.

Or I could be totally wrong and still be able to come on after the 22nd... Unless I move back to my old room... The one I stayed in with my mom's friend(she's also my friend's mom... Our families are pretty close, relation wise), who is like my guardian/aunt... She sort of banned me from talking on here... Which is why I haven't been on much until now. Cause I moved rooms.

Lavender Hope said...

What kind of gemstone?

Alastair Cruciatus said...

Oh. Well, I hope you get to stay. I'll really miss you if you go! *hugs again*

Anonymous said...

I hope you don't have to leave, Lav. [hugs]

Anonymous said...

A ruby.

A supposedly cursed one, that actually has a magical amulet stuck inside it.

Lavender Hope said...

*gets hugged* Me too...

Lavender Hope said...

So what kind of historical figure are you looking for exactly? If you're not sure, just try to guess. I know a few historical people, but I'm not sure I'd have the best information...

Anonymous said...

Somebody noble/royal, and possibly slightly evil.

I guess I could just make up a name...

NOM Ominous said...

OTHO!

NOM Ominous said...

Um... maybe I should go.. Bye.

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