Some New Trend


Juanita Gives You Free Books :: TMI by Carrie Rollwagen
July 31, 2009, 5:01 am
Filed under: News, Reviews, Contests

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Some dogs like to eat homework … ours likes to give it away. Just comment on this post and let us know what you think of Some New Trend (or anything, really), and we’ll put your name in the Dog Bowl of Magic and Literature. Juanita picks a new name each week, so you’ll have a new chance to win every Friday.

This week’s giveaway is TMI, by Sarah Quigley. Becca is sweet, but kind of naïve. She has trouble keeping her mouth shut, so she decides to start a private blog where she can spill all her secrets. Problem is, the blog doesn’t stay private, and her oversharing becomes a big problem. Hmm, oversharing on a blog. We, uh, wouldn’t know anything about that. Really.

The winner of last week’s giveaway, Once Dead, Twice Shy, by Kim Harrison, is … Elisa! Send an email to info@somenewtrend with your mailing address, and we’ll get your book in the mail soon.

If you’ve won a book but haven’t received it yet, be sure to let us know. Resend your address and we’ll double check the outgoing mail.



The Funny and the Profound :: Downtown Owl by Kevin Wilder

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klosterman_2BOOK REVIEW :: BY KEVIN WILDER

The Dog Lover was like an anti-humanist version of Ralph Nader, except 8 inches shorter and less interested in seatbelt technology.

For Chuck Klosterman’s fifth book, and first novel, he returned to familiar territory. The story takes place in the North Dakota town of Owl, and follows at least three citizens in 1983-1984. Mitch is a smart, girl-obsessed teen athlete whose class, along with the rest of the school, is reading Orwell’s 1984 to draw comparisons. Horace is a seventy-something man, who’s received his share of hardships, like dealing with the loss of his wife to a rare sleep disorder, and being cheated out of her life insurance money in a scandal. And Julia just moved to Owl for a teaching job, only to find out that every man in town is pursuing her.

There’s a lot to love about Downtown Owl. The good parts are great. The great parts are funny. Klosterman is able to juggle several non-interlinking stories at once. Sometimes, however, the narrative seems to go nowhere. In several longwinded portions, he gives into his editorial tendencies, talking extensively about sports and other topics that digresses from what’s ultimately interesting about the story: the characters, and their efforts to understand what is normal.

I heard an interview a while back where the author admitted finding difficulty in the process of writing fiction. Keeping this in mind, this book might be his winning inception. Can I admit, though, that I feel the same way about Chuck Klosterman as I do Kanye West? The very minute I think he’s glittering with respectability, he’ll say or do something to get under my skin. I loved what he wrote in a copy of my friend’s book, but hated it when he decided not to review King Dork, claiming the subject matter was too elementary. He might have hilarious views on some things and inaccurate opinions on others, but maybe we all can be blame for this. And furthermore, if from time to time  you wonder if you’re truly normal, well, you might have just found something in common with these characters, which might be a good enough reason to read this book.



List Wednesdays :: Earth Facts (Seriously!) by Kevin Wilder
July 29, 2009, 6:45 am
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I struggled for a while before coming up with today’s list. And while I’m still not sure these facts about THE EARTH have anything to do with anything, I thought they were interesting. If you have a list you’d like to see in an upcoming week, send it on!earth 1.white-background.300

Estimated Weight (mass): 5,940,000,000,000,000,000,000 metric tons
dotEstimated Total Age: 4.6 billion years
Current Population: 6,446,131,714
Surface Area: 510,066,000 sq km
Land Area: (148,647,000 sq km) 29.1%
Ocean Area: 335,258,000 sq km
Total Water Area: (361,419,000 sq km) 70.9%
Type of Water: 97% salt, 3% fresh



More Punk Than You :: Please Kill Me by Carrie Rollwagen
July 28, 2009, 8:19 pm
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BOOK REVIEW :: BY CARRIE ROLLWAGEN

If you like punk rock, or if you’re one of those girls who wears a Ramones shirt around like in Chapter Fourteen, please please read this book. Or, you know, stop wearing that shirt.

The narrative is told by people who were actually in bands or involved in the scene somehow. Legs McNeil and Gillian McCain piece together all these bits of interviews and articles to make more than a coherent story. They make magic. Seriously, a lot of this text flows so well from narrator to narrator and paragraph to paragraph that you’d think it’s fiction. The fact that it isn’t makes it all the more impressive.

Sometimes punk rock is authentic, sometimes political, sometimes dangerous, sometimes just silly and goofy. The book is the same. It’s amazing and fun to read. Plus, it gave me insane lucid dreams, which seems pretty punk to me.



Chapter Seventeen :: Josh by Kevin Wilder

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WHAT HAPPENS AT THE PARTY :: BY KEVIN WILDER podcast_itunes

AS I REFLECT ON THE BIZARRE chain of events that have led me to this place, I realize the limitations of my still-young memory. I can’t even remember the pre-upgraded, before-summer version of Josh Bates. At what point my social status reached the juncture where I could park my Eagle Medallion in front of Bryanna Summerson’s, then ride in her convertible to a girl like Rose McPheerson’s is beyond me.

Bry steps out of her car and straightens her dress. She licks her hand and presses it to my forehead, fixing my bangs. “Very nice.” When she turns around I mess it back up.

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Juanita Gives You Free Books :: Once Dead, Twice Shy (Madison Avery, Book One) by Carrie Rollwagen

ODTWSome dogs like to eat homework … ours likes to give it away. Just comment on this post and let us know what you think of Some New Trend (or anything, really), and we’ll put your name in the Dog Bowl of Magic and Literature. Juanita picks a new name each week, so you’ll have a new chance to win every Friday.

This week’s giveaway is Once Dead, Twice Shy, by Kim Harrison. Booklist says this book is for “ardent fans of the good-looking undead.” Love it! What a way to describe fans of Twilight.

The winner of last week’s giveaway, Also Known As Harper, by Ann Haywood Leal, is … Alexa! Send an email to info@somenewtrend with your mailing address, and we’ll get your book in the mail soon.

If you’ve won a book but haven’t received it yet, be sure to let us know. Resend your address and we’ll double check the outgoing mail.



SNT Abroad :: Château Laurier by Kevin Wilder

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Our Canadian pal Krista Montelpare has been reading SNT from the get-go, and spreading the word for others to do the same. Earlier this week, she sent me a photo of a sticker she slapped outside the luxurious landmark Château Laurier hotel in downtown Ottawa:

SNT at Chateau Laurier

Check out Krista’s blog. If you’d like to decorate your city with stickers, we still have a few lying around our apartments. Email us quick. We’d hate for them to be covered in dust, or come home to find Juanita eating them!