November 30, 2010

Gifts Inspired by Some of Your Favorite YA Series

Reelz Channel recently posted a Fan Gift Guide listing some great YA book-related gift ideas (just in time for the holidays).

In this post, I'd like to display a few of my favorites from that list and add a few of my own finds.

I hope you find something you like. If you have a favorite book-inspired gift idea that isn't listed, let me know. :)

Twilight Saga

The Twilight Saga: Eclipse SPECIAL EDITION DVD/Blu-Ray
This Special Edition DVD/Blu-Ray will be released on December 4 and includes an audio commentary with Robert Pattinson & Kristen Stewart & an audio commentary with Stephenie Meyer & Wyck Godfrey.

Bella's Bracelet
Sterling Silver Bracelet with Tiger Eye Wolf Charm and Crystal Heart Charm
Bella's Gloves
Twilight inspired gloves in a medium gray.

The Hunger Games

Katniss Charm Bracelet
The nine charms on this bracelet symbolize Katniss: her life before, during and after the arena. (Available while supplies last)

Mockingjay Necklace
Vintage Steampunk-ish

Hush, Hush

Black Wing Necklace
Inspired by the book "Hush Hush" by Becca Fitzpatrick and her fallen angel Patch.

Mortal Instruments

Tessa's Clockwork Angel Pendant
This lovely pendant is a representation of the one worn by Tessa in Clockwork Angel. Handmade from bronze, copper and actual clock gears.


Book Cover Shoes
All 4 book covers on one pair of shoes!


Art Keepsake Box
Perfect for stylishly storing jewelry and mementos, this hardwood box showcases a ceramic tile.


The Mystery of Incarceron Illustration Print
A dramatic and intricate print inspired by the fascinating world Catherine Fisher created in Incarceron.

November 26, 2010

Secrets from Beyond the Grave by Perry Stone

Have you ever wondered what happens after you die?

In Secrets from Beyond the Grave, Perry Stone uses a blend of Bible knowledge, prophecy, and spiritual insight in an attempt to answer that question and many others concerning death and what comes after.

Perry Stone touches upon a variety of subjects in approximately 241 pages (paperback), including the mysteries of the Bermuda Triangle, Stonehenge, wormholes, multi-dimensions, near-death experiences, and so on. Stone not only gives his insight on these subjects, but approaches them by offering different viewpoints and possibilities, and narrowing them down by using evidence from the Bible.

Throughout the book, it’s clear that Stone has done his homework—the amount of research that went into this book is astounding. He brings a fresh, well-written perspective to things I’ve heard before, new (to me) facts that affirms what I already knew, answers to questions I’ve struggled with, and intriguing evidence about things I never really thought about before reading this book.

I thoroughly enjoyed Secrets from Beyond the Grave, especially when Stone discusses the Bermuda Triangle and the nine areas that resemble the same strangeness, and the stories he relates of people who have had a near-death experience. Though sometimes technical and scientific, Stone’s book is easy to understand and filled with a lot of fascinating ideas that are backed up by scripture. It’s well-organized with headings and subheadings; however, it sometimes felt like the author was jumping around – giving more details about something that he discussed earlier in the book – or being a little repetitive (which can be good if you’ve forgotten something you read in a previous chapter). Also, while there’s a lot of Biblical evidence, there’s still a bit of speculation within the pages of this book. Thankfully, the author is quick to affirm when something is just that—speculation.

I would recommend this book to anyone who is curious about the mysteries of life and death. It’s really not as ominous as it sounds. :)


Happy Reading!

November 24, 2010

Want a signed ARC of Desires of the Dead?

Kimberly Derting is giving away a signed copy of the much anticipated sequel to The Body Finder at Supernatural Underground! Simply click on the link to be directed to the post.

All you have to do to enter is leave a comment about your favorite (or least favorite) thing about the snowy weather. Also, the contest is open to international entrants, but you have to hurry because the contest ends at midnight Pacific time November 25th! So hurry up and go enter!

I hope your Thanksgiving is filled with good food, good books, and lots of giving thanks!! :)

November 19, 2010

15 Famous Books Inspired by Dreams recently posted an article listing 15 famous books inspired by dreams. I've only read about six on this list (#1, #3, #4, #6, #8, #9), and I can live with that. :)

Here is the complete list:

1. The Twilight Series by Stephenie Meyer: From Stephenie Meyer's dreams of a sparkly vampire talking to a puny human woman came the media juggernaut about sparkly vampires and the puny human women who love them.

2. Much of H.P. Lovecraft's Works: It probably comes as little shock to anyone even tangentially familiar with the work of horror master H.P. Lovecraft that the man pulled his inspiration from the vivid nightmares he suffered most nights. Any novel or short story featuring the Great Old Ones especially drew from the more twisted corners of his subconscious.

3. Pilgrim's Progress by John Bunyan: Though no definitive answers exist regarding whether or not John Bunyan launched the classic Pilgrim's Progress because of his dreams, he certainly pulled plenty of inspiration from their structure. So while nobody knows for certain, the fact that he so diligently paid attention to how they operated in order to pen his unearthly prose still earns him a place on this list.

4. The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson: As with most of H.P. Lovecraft's terrifying tales, this horror classic also sprang into existence because of its writer's graphic nightmares. In this case, a "fine bogey tale" tormenting him as he slept grew into one of the most famous and genuinely scary English-language novels ever penned — most especially considering its all-too-human antagonist and protagonist.

5. Misery by Stephen King: Another visceral, memorable novel revolving around humanity's ugliest tendencies unsurprisingly popped straight from respected author Stephen King's sleeping life. While dozing off on a flight to London, he found inspiration in a chilling nightmare about a crazed woman killing and mutilating a favorite writer and binding a book in his skin. The final product, of course, came out just a little bit different.

6. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley: Following the death of her and Percy Bysshe Shelley's daughter at only 12 days old, the heartbroken Mary Wollstonecroft Godwin dreamt of the child coming back to life after massaging her near a fire. She wrote of it in the collaborative journal she kept with her poet lover (later husband), and most literary critics believe it later grew into one of the most iconic, influential horror novels of all time.

7. Stuart Little by E.B. White: One of the most memorable and beloved characters from children's literature sauntered into E.B. White's subconscious in the 1920s, though he didn't transition from notes to novel until over two decades later. From there, the tiny boy with the face and fur of a mouse became a classic that continues to delight both adults and kids even today.

8. Much of Edgar Allan Poe's Works: Though separating fact from fiction when it comes to Edgar Allan Poe's internal life remains a difficult task, most literary critics believe his legendary, hallucinatory poems and short stories stemmed from troubled nightmares. Considering how frequently dreams and dreamlike imagery and structure crop up in his oeuvre, it's a more than safe assumption.

9. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte: Part of the eponymous character's personal arc stems from her highly detailed dreams, both asleep and diurnal slips in and out of consciousness. Though she may not have necessarily pulled inspiration from her own personal dreams, Charlotte Bronte wielded the common literary device of prophetic, subconscious visions, carefully aping their real-life hallucinatory, stream-of-consciousness structure.

10. Fantasia of the Unconscious by D.H. Lawrence: Really, most of D.H. Lawrence's more lilting, dreamlike works such as Women in Love could qualify for inclusion here. However, Fantasia of the Unconscious so perfectly maps out such experiences and explains their importance and inspiration in such great detail it edges out any other competing works.

11. Book of Dreams by Jack Kerouac: Everything readers need to know about this novel comes straight from the title. Beat poster boy Jack Kerouac kept and published a book comprised entirely of his dreams, spanning from 1952 to 1960 and starring characters from many of his other works.

12. Jonathan Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach: Considering the heavy spiritual and philosophical core of Jonathan Livingston Seagull, it probably comes as little surprise that it initially sprung from Richard Bach's daydreams of a drifting seabird. Interestingly enough, he could only finish the original draft following another series of subconscious visions!

13. The Apprenticeship of Big Toe P by Reiko Matsuura: Though available in English and enjoying cult rather than mainstream attention, the novel of a woman who wakes up with a penis for a toe became a bestseller in its native Japan. Her incredibly original premise, meant to explore gender identity and relations, came to her through a most unusual dream she eventually adapted into a favored work of fiction.

14. Twelve Stories and a Dream by H.G. Wells: "A Dream of Armageddon," specifically, though some claim that many of H.G. Wells' other classic science-fiction works likely sprouted partially from his dream life. As the title describes, this harrowing work speculates on the dangerous directions in which mankind's technology could ultimately lead it.

15. "Kubla Khan" from Christabel by Samuel Taylor Coleridge: One of the most famous examples of dream-inspired literature, the famous poem — printed in the book Christabel – wafted into Samuel Taylor Coleridge's brain from a combination of sleep and opium. One of his most beloved works, he described it as a "fragment" rather than a whole, though most critics these days analyze it as the latter.

Happy Reading!