Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Gearing Up!

'Tis mid-week, hump day if you will, and I'm in the midst of a split shift day at the college. I taught from 7am to 11:00 and I'm back there again tonight from 6:30 'til 11:00pm. It makes for a wonky day, but as long as I get a nap somewhere in the middle I'm generally good to go. If I don't get a nap, well, the students have hell to pay. At least I get to take it out on someone not living in my house. *angelic smile*

I've been a bad, bad girl. As I mentioned in a previous post, I have a whole pool of possibilities for the 24 Hour Read-a-Thon coming up on Saturday. I mentioned Francesca Lia Block's Pretty Dead out of that pile, and I read it ahead of schedule. Now I've dipped into Jessica Abel's Life Sucks.
Here's a quick blurb:
Life sucks for Dave Marshall. The girl he’s in love with doesn’t know he exists, he hates his job, and ever since his boss turned him into a vampire, he can’t go out in daylight without starting to charbroil. Undead life in its uncoolest incarnation yet is on display in this cinematic, supernatural drama told with gallons of humor and hemoglobin. In striking, colorful, B-movie sty;e artwork and light-hearted, intelligent writing by Jessica Abel, Gabe Soria, and Warren Pleece, Dave Marshall’s story comes alive – in a vampiric kind of way.
I know! I know! I said before that I'm burned out on vampire fiction, but apparently I'm on crack and have no idea what I'm talking about. First, Pretty Dead grabbed me by the nosehairs and refused to let go. Vampires! Now I'm all invested in Life Sucks. More vampires! The sad part is that I had NO IDEA that Life Sucks is about vampires. No, I'm not dense--really I'm not. I just thought it was angsty teen fiction. I've heard endless good things about Abel and figured I had to give it a go, so I sort of jump in blindly.
So far I'm really enjoying it, and it's offbeat vampire fiction, so that makes it all OK. The characters are young and angsty, and it almost reminds me of a Ghost World type of situation. Very snarky and indie-cool. I suspect I'll have it done long before the Read-a-Thon, so I'd better start reloading my pool of goodies!
How's your week so far?

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