Linger Teaser & Boy vs. Girl (and winners)
Next month, we are thrilled to host Na’ima B Robert as she kicks off her blog-tour for her new book, ‘Boy vs. Girl‘, coming out on July 15th, 2010. Not your traditional YA author, Na’ima brings together her experiences from her rich multicultural heritage, strong beliefs and changing life to take you to a world where faith and family can tear you in opposite directions, and staying true to yourself can really be a matter of life and death.
Make sure you come back and check it out!
Thanks to everyone who took part in our Maggie Stiefvater fangirling giveaway! We really enjoyed reading people’s answers to the question, many of which were pleasantly surprising – Shakespeare, of course, makes the lineup for any mention of poetry, but not overshadowing masters like Rumi and old-world masterpieces like the Lady of Shalott. Great answers, everyone, and thank you for sharing.
- Llehn, who wins a signed copy of Lament;
- Bee, who wins a signed copy of Ballad, and
- Deb and Kinsey, who are runners-up, winning signed coverprints.
It’s still a month until Linger is released, and Scholastic have released a teaser of Maggie reading the prologue and chapter 1, which you can listen to here.
But…I listened to it, and although I think Maggie is hilarious and awesome, both as a speaker, writer and actress (and artist, musician, chef, etc. etc. – this is a woman of many talents), I must admit I read Linger very differently. VERY differently.
To me, Linger was understated, subtle and quiet – very funny, but I found its overall tone more muted and gentle than Maggie’s reading suggested. So I did my rebel-without-a-cause thing and recorded my own version of how it sounded to me before remembering you can’t email Maggie anymore. So, Internet, you can listen to it until I change my mind and get rid of it, or Scholastic send a hitman after me – whichever happens sooner.
Trust me, guys, audiobook-style reading is harder than it looks. Apart from spending an age figuring out how Audacity worked, and trying to increase my mic volume, what I finished up with is a choppy recording that doesn’t even accurately translate what is in my head. I kept messing up the inflections, finishing a breath when I should’ve finished the sentence – I improvised one such error with MAD STYLIN’ so (I think) you couldn’t tell unless you were following it with the text – AND I apparently can’t pronounce ‘Minnesota’ (hello, what WAS that?) despite having pronounced it correctly my whole life. It was all choppy and snippy because I kept stopping because I made mistakes that were TOO BAD TO IGNORE, and OH GOD, my email notifier kept pinging (you can hear it once, if you listen carefully) and then! THE PHONE RANG. It made me weep tears of blood.
This happens to everyone, apparently, though. Including Maggie:
I also got really really thirsty. And hungry. And frustrated. It’s amazing it sounds so calm and not, like, this:
…when words fail you, say it with anime.