The Glass Minstrel E-Book Giveaway at TNA

I’m actually a few hours late (go, day job!), but better late than never. ¬__¬ Anyway, the promised e-book giveaway for The Glass Minstrel is now up at The Novel Approach. You’ve got till Aug. 24 (hey, two days before my birthday!) to toss your name in the hat. Good luck!

To spice things up a bit:

The best interpretation of the Trepak Dance as far as I’m concerned. See? Only the best for you guys. 

Three-Part Series on Shoujo and Gender Roles at The Mary Sue

A bit of a heads up for those who enjoy this subgenre: The Mary Sue is posting a three-part series on shoujo manga/anime and gender roles. Mostly the focus is on female characters in male dress, and the first title discussed is The Rose of Versailles.

The Rose of Versailles

This is one title I really should check out. It’s a classic, and if I enjoyed Revolutionary Girl Utena, it’s best to go back several years and explore its forebears. You know, the same way I went back and dove into Kaze To Ki No Uta and Toma No Shinzou for classic shounen ai titles. At any rate, there’s quite a bit of stuff over at The Mary Sue, and I’m not just talking about shoujo, either. Much geekery can be had over there for us girls (and boys who support geeky girls).

Now Available: The Glass Minstrel (2nd Edition)

Well, here ya go. :D The second edition of The Glass Minstrel is available in e-book format. If you purchase your copy directly from the publisher, you’ll receive a 20% New Release discount, and that’ll be offered for a week.

And here’s the blurb:

It is the Christmas season in mid-19th century Bavaria. Two fathers, Abelard Bauer and Andreas Schifffer, are brought together through the tragic deaths of their sons. Bauer, a brilliant toymaker, fashions glass Christmas ornaments, and his latest creation is a minstrel with a secret molded into its features.

When Schiffer sees Bauer’s minstrel ornament in the toy shop, he realizes that Bauer is struggling to keep his son’s memory alive through his craft. At first he tries to fault him for this, but then recognizes that he, too, is seeking solace and healing by reading his son’s diary, a journal that reveals, in both painful as well as beautiful detail, the true nature of Heinrich’s relationship with Stefan.

Fifteen-year-old Jakob Diederich is the son of a poor widow. The boy is burdened with his own secret, and he develops an obsession with a traveling Englishman who stays at the inn where Jakob works. The lives of Bauer, Schiffer, and Diederich intersect during the holiday as Schiffer tries to focus on his family in the present, Bauer struggles to reconcile his past, and Jakob copes with an uncertain future.

Echoing the sensibilities of melancholy 19th Century folktales, lyrical prose and rich period detail quietly weave a moving tale of redemption, hope, and haunting, but timeless, themes.

Go here to get a copy. Hope you enjoy the book if you do snag one!

Just As Good the Second Time Around

Posting this just because.

Yeah, I saw the movie for the second time last night, this time with the staff from the shop. That line about Jackson Pollock in the film received the loudest cheer (and expressions of grossed-out-ness) from our row, unsurprisingly.

It’s a quiet Saturday hereabouts, and I’m supposed to take my bike out for an hour-long spin. Not feeling it today. Pfft.