Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Bookwormism Update!

Just cross-posting a couple of things from my Tumblr account (but cramming them in a nutshell). Here’s what I’ve been up to lately:

Haruki Murakami Entry (WIP edition):

There’s a design competition at Nowness about Haruki Murakami’s books, and apparently anyone who knows how to draw (traditionally and digitally) and take pictures can join! So I thought, why not? I registered and passed my work last October 9. I’m not really confident about it—there’s a bunch of talented people in the contest—but I think it’s worth a shot. Here’s the WIP edition of my drawing:


That’s Miu, a character from Sputnik Sweetheart. I portrayed her with half-black and half-white hair, as symbolized by the doppelganger stuff present in the book (the two Mius are like yin-yang imo). The finished art shows lots of other elements, but I’ll just talk about it when the contest is over. A miniature Sumire appears in the picture, too!

According to the site,  six eligible entrants whose works receive the most votes within the voting period will each receive a complete library of Haruki Murakami’s oeuvre, including a signed first edition of 1Q84…each prize of a Haruki Murakami boxed library and signed first edition of1Q84 has an approximate retail value of $251.25USD. Total retail value of all popular-vote prizes: $1,507.50USD.

It’s already a big prize for a Murakami fan! I’m not expecting to win, but I hope some kind of a miracle happens, haha!

Lit Revisit: Of Walking Dead and Pretty Horses

A friend from Tumblr just reminded me how awesome the anthology Zombies vs. Unicorns is, and in an instant I felt a snappy nostalgia kick. It hasn’t been that long when I last read it, but the flurry of books that came my way made it seem like I’ve read it so long ago. I’m still on the same team, though: ZOMBIES! My favorite story is still Love Will Tear Us Apart by Alaya Dawn Johnson. I simply can’t get enough of the crass music-loving, homosexual half-zombie Phil Grayson (he reminds me of David Levithan’s Will Grayson, to be honest, not just the name).

Here’s some book-photo porn from the other day:


Now that I look at it, my bedroom wall complements the book without the black dust jacket! It’s the hodgepodge of colors I think. :) Here’s the naked version of ZvU:


…and the colorful back of the dust jacket:


I have to admit, I sometimes don’t follow the old adage “don’t judge a book by its cover.” I didn’t apply that when I spotted ZvU on the bookstore shelf for the first time. Fortunately the content justifies the candy-colored scribbled beauty of the cover. Go here to see my review.

Will I ever be under the Larrsson Spell?

Guess what I’m currently reading? The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson! I have to admit, the first few chapters were a tad hard to go through. I can easily understand the journalism lingo, but I got lost in Larsson’s labyrinthine world of business. The jargon never ceased to give me massive metaphorical nosebleeds! But on the upside, I learned a few new terms (my favorite are “golden parachute” and “tin-can economy”).

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I’ll be starting Part II: Consequence Analyses when I log out. :p I’m really loving Lisbeth Salander’s character, and I can’t wait till she crosses paths with Mikael Blomkvist! They’re both stubborn in very different ways, I’m sure their meeting will be interesting. Also, I’ve noticed that the epigraphs are always related to violence against women. My wild guess is that it has something to do with Lisbeth Salander’s past, which made her the way she is in the beginning of the novel. Her boss Armansky pried into it through their mutual acquaintance but whatever it was, it wasn’t mentioned…yet.

Can’t wait to finish it!

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