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(NOTE: This month, The Hungry Reader will be writing a novel in public. There is a minimum post limit of 1350 words per day. Commentary is appreciated and encouraged, but when the project is complete, all posts will be removed. Enjoy!)
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Thanksgiving has come and gone. It’s a week later, and if your family is anything like mine, you made too much food for a small number of people and you’ve still got tons of leftovers that you’re trying to get rid of before it all goes bad. If you’re NOT like my family, you probably had your whole extended family over for Thanksgiving and there was lots of beery yelling over football and the bird was all dry and the kids had to eat at a card table and someone got food poisoning from the cornbread stuffing and your mom had a crying fit because you don’t appreciate what she does for this family. (addendum: this is not the only way for your family to be unlike mine)
Anyway, we’ve got way too much food. We also have way too many cookbooks. My mom was part of a cookbooks-by-mail club for years and only recently has their flow begun to stem. We have cookbooks for all sorts of awesome things; Spanish food, African food, one-pot meals, three-ingredient meals, homemade versions of restaurant favorites, and quite a few books about appreciating garlic. Oddly enough, while scouring our bookcases, I only found one book that seemed to deal with leftovers:
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Kinda had to take a break from OctOgreFest for some other blogging duties this month… but I found something was worth ending the hiatus for.
Some of my admittedly few readers may have asked, where did the name The Hungry Reader come from? It wasn’t my original choice: in the year or so that I daydreamed about this blog before starting it, I was calling it “Dandelion Library,” after a series of books with a unique two-in-one structure. Eventually that title was abandoned, it sounded a little wimpy. I’d like to think that The Hungry Reader is a bit sharper-edged than that, despite my vague attempt to keep the articles clean enough for you to share with kids who may be reading these books for the first time.
Then the name “The Hungry Reader” struck me out of nowhere like a lawn dart to the center of memory.
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So how about that Beverly Hills Chihuahua movie, huh? Seriously, am I right?
Like all adults who are not pod people, I was filled with rage upon seeing the trailers for that film. Not just because it used hundreds of millions of dollars worth of CGI to create legions of my least favorite domestic animal in the middle of an Incan temple (how did they get to Peru?), performing the whitest rap since Bea Arthur sang “Do The Urkel”, proving beyond the shadow of a doubt that Mexican-Americans need to be oppressed much harder so they’ll stop embracing their most negative stereotypes. It was more than that.
It was that the animation was gorgeous.
The models themselves weren’t that impressive, but there’s this one scene where a dog jumps up in front of the camera and yells CHA-WA-WA~! and it just looks like pure Muppet. We’ve brought CGI to the point where we can actually simulating having a human hand inside an animal’s head. Why are we wasting this technology on such expensive ephemeral garbage when there are so many wonderful talking animal stories to be brought to life? Where’s my Cricket in Times Square movie? What about The Great Cheese Conspiracy? Could The Eleventh Hour be done justice as a film? And what about… uh… what about…
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It’s A Monster Party!, not to be confused with Monster Party, is a cute little story from England about monsters… kind of. It’s never made very clear whether the title refers to the size of the party or its guests, who are only referred to as ‘creatures’ in collective. Let’s look at some of the beasts who were invited to this party and see if we can classify them taxonomically…
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I have to admit I’ve had a bad week for updates. There is one reason alone for this, and I’ll bet you can guess it.
Seriously. Get equipped with Procrastination Cracker.
Thus, in lieu of an actual post, I treat you to the kinds of things that happen in my head. It’s not a real book– but it’s a book I actually dreamed about, last night, and got up to copy down before I forgot it.
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Since X-Men came out in 2000, there has been a new superhero movie every summer. Some would argue that this has brought greater awareness of the comic books they’re based on. I would argue that it has instead brought greater awareness of the superhero tropes that everyone was already aware of anyway.
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If you’re like me, and I know I am, you’re bleeding from the ears with excitement about Champions Online. If you’re not like me, perhaps some explanation is in order.
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First of all, I have to take issue with the name.
Richard, you were a fine and talented man, and I come to praise you, not to bury you; but let’s be honest, the best word book ever is Little Monster’s Word Book. (coming soon).
Your word book is strange and confusing and presents a world of chaos and anarchy. Let me show you what I mean.
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Another big break there between posts, largely due to being hospitalized for diabetic conditions thanks to too many Willy Wonka posts in a row. Anyway!