Some New Trend


Chapter Nineteen :: Josh by Kevin Wilder

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KISS AND NO MAKEUP :: BY KEVIN WILDER

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YOU HATE THIS, DON’T YOU.

Five words. One-syllable each. A single oversimplified sentence whispered to June over coffee before leaving the Food Court fountains.

If my life were a popular television series, a deep voiceover speaker could announce “Previously, on ‘Josh Bates’ Existence’…” Some important clips could then play from my recent past and prepare the patient audience for some closure the present day would reward. But life is rarely this straightforward. It’s one big difficult decision after another. People can only turn into themselves once, and the whole time secretly wonder if it’s the person they were meant to be.

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Juanita Gives You Free Books :: Taken By Storm by Carrie Rollwagen
August 7, 2009, 10:49 pm
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photoSome 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 Taken By Storm by Angela Morrison. Forbidden romance! Deep sea diving! Mormons! Need we say more?

The winner of last week’s giveaway, TMI, is … Krista! 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.



Dead Like Me by Carrie Rollwagen

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SERIES REVIEW :: BY CARRIE ROLLWAGEN

deadlikemewasherAs you already know if you’ve listened to this week’s podcast, or if you’re one of the friends I’ve called on for errands (thanks for the Sprite, Kevin!), I’ve been in bed for the past week with the flu.

Is it swine flu? I’ve been asked that, say, 40 or 50 times since coming back to work yesterday. The answer: I don’t know. I like to think not. But it was bad.

I’m not sure how people survived the flu before they had Netflix Instant Queue. Oh, what’s that, historians? They didn’t? Well, I’m not surprised. I’d have been bored out of my mind without it.

I survived this week on lots of fluids, rest, Theraflu, and a quite a few movies. After exhausting my library rentals (all the Harry Potters, Robin Hood, Princess Bride) and my Netflix discs (Season 4.5 of Battlestar Galactica, Mad Men), it was time to explore new territory from my Instant Queue.

I’ve had Dead Like Me in my queue for awhile, but I just wasn’t in the mood. I figured it’d be dark and gloomy, derivative of Six Feet Under. In fact, it’s brilliantly original and completely entertaining.

George, Dead Like Me’s heroine, is a college drop-out with an attitude problem. (This “problem” is just a general sense of “why bother” that many of us go through, very often as teenagers.)

In the first episode, George is killed by getting hit on the head with wreckage falling from space, and that’s when things get interesting. Turns out she’s chosen to be a Grim Reaper. As such, she gets to keep her body and all the benefits (eating waffles, kissing boys) that come with it. But she has to deal with death daily.

I don’t think I’ve ever seen storytelling that explores the meaninglessness of life so well without getting depressing. The characters are interesting and the plots and dialogue are really funny. I love that Dead Like Me lets George have her melancholy without trying to weed it out.

For George and her fellow reapers, death is literally a part of everyday life, as routine as having coffee or going to work. For many of them, including George, death is also a license to really start living. I’m looking forward to Season Two.



List Wednesdays :: iPhone Apps For Writers by Kevin Wilder
August 5, 2009, 10:37 pm
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refurbished_royal_typewriter_red_1Any writers out there? How about writers that’ve jumped on the iPhone bandwagon? A couple weeks back I came across this post from The Editorial Engine telling us about 12 iPhone apps for writers. Check it out!



Sine coffea nihil sum :: Assassination Vacation by Kevin Wilder

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BOOK REVIEW :: BY KEVIN WILDER

“Going to Ford’s Theater to watch the play is like going to Hooters for the food.”

“Like Lincoln, I would like to believe the ballot is stronger than the bullet. Then again, he said that before he got shot.”

“You know you’ve reached a new plateau of group mediocrity when even a Canadian is alarmed by your lack of individuality.”

Wow! Who knew assassinations could be this much fun? (*Correction: Who knew learning about assassinations could be this much fun. -Ed.)

Sarah Vowell, in addition to being one of America’s favorite cultural critics and social observers, happens to be an authority on the subject. During the introduction, she speaks of her obsession with presidential deaths, and how nearly every conversation somehow lead to this topic. It’s her expertise and sense of humor, combined with what might be the world’s most adorable voice, that make Assassination Vacation a total winner.

Maybe like me you’ve been to Ford’s theater. But did you know that Abe’s son Robert Todd Lincoln happened to be nearby when a total of three presidential deaths occurred? Also, did anyone ever tell you that President Garfield’s assassin was part of a weird nineteenth-century vegetarian sex cult? Vowell’s here to inform us this, along with a lot more. The anecdotes associated with her travels to these historical sites also occasionally make their way into this book, since after all, it is a vacation.

I recommend the audiobook, that way you’ll get to hear the original music. And even better, voices for former presidents and tour guides are provided by people like Dave Eggers, Jon Stewart, Catherine Keener, Stephen King, Conan O’Brien, and several others. How do you beat that?



Chapter Eighteen :: June by Carrie Rollwagen

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MAKE A WISH :: BY CARRIE ROLLWAGENpodcast_itunes

I PASS CINNABON, AND I THINK about the first time I spent the night at the Bates’ house, when we had cinnamon rolls for breakfast and Josh made a joke about bringing home the bacon. I pass WaterBoyz, and that reminds me of Josh because, you know, Josh is a boy. I pass the pretzel stand and I think about him because … well, no reason. I just think about him all the time. It’s like I’m channeling him, somehow, tuning into a station that’s all Josh, all the time.

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Juanita Gives You Free Books :: TMI by Carrie Rollwagen
July 31, 2009, 5:01 am
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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.