I found a very interesting biography of L. Frank Baum, Finding Oz. I’ve been rereading the Oz books and wondered what kind of man he was. As I discovered, Baum was in some ways as fantastical as any of his creations. His mother-in-law was a famous feminist at a time when feminists were despised, his wife a strong-willed woman who was not as idealistically focused as her mother but who nonetheless had her own way of ruling what she considered her territory. After trying a number of ways of making a living (selling lubricant, selling knick-knacks, running a baseball team, producing a newspaper), and failing miserably at all of them, Baum moved his growing family (four sons) to Chicago at the time of the World’s Fair. Schwartz gives the reader a clear blueprint of how previous events in Baum’s life came together to inspire “The Wizard of Oz,” and it’s amazing to follow his particularly yellow brick road.
When writers lament that allowing the couple to finally come together kills the tension in a book series, I always mention Jeaniene Frost. In her Grave books, Cat and Bones are still the hot duo they’ve always been, married or unmarried. This Side of the Grave is a continuation of the ongoing story of this vampire couple as they struggle to establish a safe position in the vampire world. Cat’s unusual eating habits and lineage make her a propaganda tool in the war of the ghouls vs. vampires, and she and Bones must visit Marie Laveau to enlist her aid in the war effort. Cat’s mom has a small part in this book; she’s in training at Cat’s old stronghold, to do the sort of job Cat did before she met Bones. (Justine is a character I’ll never trust or like, and she’ll go on my little list of Fictional Characters To Throw Under a Bus.) I really enjoy Frost’s style, and I’m always happy to read a new book of hers.
She also posted about Sam's family 394 duckpond100 2011-03-03 07:50
You will meet Sam's whole family in the novella in the Sookie Companion, "Small Town Wedding."
Saturday, March 5, 2011
Charlaine Harris Book and blog : she talks about reading new books, meeting Sam's family and the fast approaching Spring
Yes- that would be Reznor from 9 Inch Nails, amazing .
Hollywood is treating Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor pretty well these days. The industrial God picked up an Oscar last weekend for his score of The Social Network. Now he’s in talks with 20th Century Fox to not only score the upcoming adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith‘s Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, he may act in the film. Entertainment Weekly confirmed that Reznor is in negotiations to play Jack Barts–the vampire who kills Lincoln’s mom.Twilight pretty much killed the whole vampire thing for us, but with Reznor on board, we admit, we’d reconsider shelling out for a matinee.
I love these local writers stories, he works at the Mestle plant ...it might be good!
Dunkirk native William (Billy) Wdowiasz will be signing copies of his novel, "The Forbidden Vampire: The Inception," at The Book Nook on Sunday from 3 to 4 p.m. Wdowiasz, who currently works as a packing line operator in the Nestle Purina plant in Dunkirk, has been writing for pleasure since grade school. The experience of writing means a lot to him, so much so that he hand-writes his stories rather than typing them into a word processor.
"The Forbidden Vampire: The Inception" is the first in what Wdowiasz hopes will be a saga of four to six novels. From the conception phase to the actual writing, Wdowiasz refined his ideas for almost a year. Fascinated by vampires long before Stephenie Meyer's "Twilight," Wdowiasz cites "Nosferatu," Bram Stoker, Bela Lugosi, Anne Rice and, most of all, Christopher Lee (as Dracula) as forming his own version of what a vampire should be. Though these earlier portrayals created his initial sense of vampires, the "Twilight" Saga, "Underworld" Saga, and "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" all contributed to his ever-widening interest in vampires. Wdowiasz boasts that he would read (and enjoy) a story about the Count Chocula cereal mascot if only someone would write it!