Jul 28, 2007

Another Meme / No Rest for the Wicked

Dark Orpheus tagged me for the 5 reasons why I blog meme:
  • I blog because of the great sense of community I found among fellow book bloggers. I’ve never quite been able to meet people who share my interest – I do know others who read, but not as voraciously as I do. Before I started my blog, I never really had people to discuss books with. Now I can see what people from all over the world are reading, what they think of what they read, what they have to say about my reviews… it’s wonderful and very enriching.

  • I blog because writing about books helps me sort my thoughts. Knowing that I’m supposed to write a little something about what I read makes me more attentive, more reflective. Sometimes, I sit down to write a review without quite knowing what I’m going to say, and surprise myself with what I come up with. Book blogging makes me think about what I read in ways I didn’t before.

  • I blog because I like writing – I always have. I’ve been keeping journals in every shape and form since I was 11 years old. Books are one of my favourite things in the world, so it makes sense for me to write about them.

  • I blog because keeping in touch with other bloggers has made me learn a myriad of things. I hear about books I wouldn’t otherwise hear about, I discover new perspectives about books I’ve read in the past, I get to know very interesting people, etc.

  • Finally, I blog because I like keeping track of what I read and of when I read it. Sometimes a book I read at a certain moment becomes associated with what is going on in my life at the time. It’s nice having a sort of book diary with little details like dates and such.
I'm tagging Jean Pierre, Kim and Tanabata for this one. But if anyone else wants to do it, I'd love to read your responses.



No Rest for the Wicked by Andrea L. Peterson

No Rest for the Wicked is a fabulous webcomic that I discovered just two days ago. It tells the story of November, an insomniac princess who hasn’t been able to have a decent night’s sleep ever since the moon disappeared from the sky. She concludes that the only way to cure her affliction is to discover what exactly happened to the moon and how to make it return, and thus her quest begins.

What first attracted me in this comic was the fact that it uses characters from well-known (and less well-known) fairy tales, such as "The Princess and the Pea", "Puss in Boots", "Hansel and Gretel" or "The Boy who Went Forth to Learn What Fear Was". You can find a complete list of the faerie tales that inspired this comic in the extras section.

Using these familiar characters, Andrea L. Peterson weaves a completely original and enthralling tale, reminiscent at times of Sandman and Fables. The story is sometimes humorous, sometimes deliciously spooky, and always very gripping. The writing is superb, and the artwork is beautiful. Like I said, I discovered this comic only two days ago, and already I have read the entire archive – it’s a fast an satisfying read that I very much recommend to lovers of fantasy, of fairy tales, and of good storytelling in any shape or form. The story is supposed to have around 12 chapters, and so far there are only four. I will be anxiously awaiting the next update.

8 comments:

  1. i also love this blogging community, its very cool! and you're right, one learns so much from interacting with other bloggers.

    i really enjoy reading what you have to say about books!

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  2. That webcomic looks really interesting. I'm going to go check it out! Thanks.

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  3. The webcomic sounds just my kind of thing, I will have a look at it tomorrow (I just got in from camping in a very wet field this weekend). I enjoyed reading your answers to why you blog as well :)

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  4. I'm with you on the sense of community with fellow bloggers. Reading is a mainly solitary activity, but it's wonderful to be able to see tht there are other bloggers/readers out there. And to be allowed to peek into their booklists from time to time.

    And the writing - having to sit down to write book reviews do force me to really think. There are times when I am surprised with what I end up writing. It's like something from deep within my psyche is drawn up by the acting of blogging.

    So much to learn from all the other bloggers out there. It's great!

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  5. All great reasons, which I share as well. Very glad you are blogging as it has been a great pleasure getting to know you.

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  6. Jean Pierre: Thank you, and likewise!

    Dewey: I hope you like it!

    Rhinoa: You were one of the people I had in mind specifically when I posted about the comic - I really think it's your sort of thing. Let me know what you think! And good to know you survived a wet camping trip - I've had quite a few ruined by rain myself in the past few years.

    Dark Orpheus: Yes, reading is a solitary thing, and if it wasn't for the blogging community, I wouldn't get to share my experiences with books all that often. I am rather shy, so I wouldn't just be able to approach a random person at a bookstore or library, as much as I'd sometimes like to. I'm very grateful that I found all you fellow bloggers :)

    Carl: Thank you, and I say the same about you!

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  7. Well said.

    I've named you as a Rockin' Girl Blogger. Thanks for doing what you do.

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  8. Thank you so much, Petunia!

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Thank you so much for taking the time to comment - interaction is one of my favourite things about blogging and a huge part of what keeps me going.