Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Cinder by Marissa Meyer - a video review






Links to stuff I mention:
Cinder by Marissa Meyer, Once Upon a TimeGrimmTin Man, The Hunger Games (no link provided because that crap is everywhere), Sailor Moon, Delirium by Lauren Oliver.

Supplemental reading:
Are Adult-Oriented Fairy Tales the Next Big TV Trend?
Spurred By Success, Publishers Look for the Next 'Hunger Games'

Macmillian Audio has  provided with an audiobook exerpt from Marissa Meyer's Cinder. You guys can give it a listen below.

24 comments:

  1. Wait. Whoa. WHERE IS YOUR DELIRIUM REVIEW? You can't just wink that you liked it.

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  2. I'm just about to start this, and reviews have definitely been mixed... Thanks for the review and words of caution!

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    1. You're welcome. I've noticed that they've been all over the place as well. It all hinges on the next book for me as to whether or not I'll invest in the entire series.

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    1. I'm writing that one right now (no video).

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  4. Haha 'no link because that crap is everywhere' I like that line.

    Interesting review of cinder. I looked at it but wasn't sure it looked good. Thanks for reviewing it.

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    1. It is! I can't wait to get past March 23rd. I'm Hunger Game'd out at this point and I haven't even seen the movie yet.

      Thank you. My review is iffy, so really use your best judgement. It's unique in that the setting is different from most young adult novels that fall into this niche.

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  5. I laughed so much in the first part of this video! Princes hanging out in flea markets. Haha. I think we had similar thoughts. It was an okay book, but I don't get all the hype (also...to me read MG, not YA). Can't wait for your Delirium review!!!

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    1. He's the crown price of some Asian empire and he's hanging out in a market. Suuuure. I'll chalk that one up to artistic license but she doesn't get a pass on fixing up an expensive old car just to escape (she has a damned hover craft available at all times--tracking devices be damned).

      The Delirium review should be interesting... I'm not sure if I can quite capture how I felt about it.

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  6. Haven't read this one but it's on my wishlist because I enjoy reading fairy tale retellings (some of my favorites are Beauty by Robin McKinley and The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale). I'm not in a hurry to read it though because I've seen mixed reviews. People seemed to enjoy reading it but they had problems with some aspects.

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    1. I'm not completely against them but I do feel like there's an upcoming onslaught. It's mostly the four book series thing for me, I just don't get it. Why four?

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    2. I'm not an expert in this series (and I haven't yet read CINDER), but I think I read that the next installments are set in the same world but focus on different characters, and are inspired by different fairy tales. SCARLET is the next one and she's like a Red Riding Hood (only undoubtedly cool). Cinder's story will continue within Scarlet's story, and characters' lives will intersect, but the POV will shift. The 3rd is called CRESS and the 4th is WINTER (which is Snow White, I believe). Betsy Bird (PB and MG reviewer with the blog Fuse#8) agrees with Mandie that CINDER could be viewed as a crossover MG book, but I wonder if that will change in the next books. I know from personal experience that you get edgier and more experimental with each book you write.

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    3. I'm actually not opposed to that idea. Having Cinder as a minor character in the next book seems like a good move. I just didn't see any way for her character to grow or change over the course of four books. So which one is CRESS based on? I wouldn't mind an edgier tone to the books; Tin Man was perfectly edgy but still young adult friendly.

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    4. To Chachic...if you dig retelling's of fairy tales you should definitely try Gregory Maguire's Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister...I won't even give you any info on it because basically I will ruin the ending but it's amazing. I haven't read any of his other books but I want to because of that one alone. REALLY amazing story!

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  7. What is the point of being a cyborg if you don't get gun arms. For reals, yo. Although when the time comes to transplant my consciousness into a robot, I'm going for K-9. Tin dogs FTW!
    Slick editing, though.

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    1. Thanks. I kept wanting her to yell Go Go Gadget Helicopter Hat so she could finally escape. Unfortunately she's not a very cool cyborg.

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  8. Your blog is awesome and I love the name and your about me.

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    1. No. You have a great blog name. Holy crap.

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  9. A clever sci-fi variation of the Cinderella story. Cyborgs, an evil queen, a deadly virus, and an evil stepmother. Very entertaining!

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  10. A terrific and unusual retelling of the Cinderella story in futuristic China-- well written with wonderful characters. Meyer is an author to watch.

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