So, I have two potential job offers now. The one from B&BW, and one at Target…and tomorrow I go back to Hot Topic for a second interview…
I have to call Target and ask them some questions about hours and the drug testing that I’d need to do, etc…because really between them and B&BW, I’d kind of prefer to go with Target at this point, since they have a greater possibility of keeping me after the holidays…but if HT were to offer me a job, I’d be very tempted to go with that over the other two, since they told me they like to keep on a lot of the holiday hires and that job would be the best overall fit for my music radio background…
But we’ll see what happens. I’ll probably go to the B&BW orientation anyway, even if I don’t go with them after all, just because there is a lot that they haven’t told me…like what my rate of pay might be, which Target has at least already told me…
Anyway, hopefully I’ll figure this out soon. Please pray for my decision or wish me luck on it…whatever is your thing.
In the mean time, have some vampires.
Immortal: Love Stories with Bite
Edited by P.C. Cast
The success of Stephanie Meyers’ Twilight series has reopened the not-so-new question of why people—teenagers, specifically—are so fascinated with vampires. There are a lot of potential answers to that question, but P.C. Cast thinks that the two best answers are that vampire stories involve sex and immortality, two things that tend to be important to teens.
These seven stories use typical teen situations to highlight those aspects of vampire fascination, while still managing to take occasional, unexpected turns.
So, after doing some maths, I estimate that out of the books I myself have chosen (as opposed to being asked to review them), slightly more than 80% of my reviews have been for books that I would recommend with few or no reservations. That other 19-ish percent…well…what can I say, other than “oops”?
I like vampires for my own, unrelated-to-Meyers-and-her-annoying-series reasons, and I happened to see this book on a sale shelf at the bookstore, so I bought it. As I’ve said before, I don’t like Meyers, but since the teen/young adult sections are now overflowing with vampires, I thought maybe this would be a good way to take a peek into what sort of things the other authors were churning out.
Mostly, I regret it.
I think that my first problem with this book is that my opinion on what makes vampires interesting goes a little deeper than the editor’s shallow explanation of sex and immortality, and I should have known better than to bring that kind of thinking to a set of stories written for young adults…but…eh. What can I say? College ruined me by making me think so critically! 😛
There were three stories, however, that had some interesting elements, so tell you a bit about those.
“Amber Smoke” by Kristen Cast
This story starts out with no vampires of any sort…instead, there are the Furies from Greek mythology, and they send their collective son out into the world to capture and make a vampire out of this girl who is stressed out about making it to a party on time. Cast takes a lot of liberties with mythology, and gets some of it badly wrong…and I even have reservations about calling this a vampire story at all…but the description of the Furies was really interesting and unexpected.
“Changed” by Nancy Holder
Again…the story was interesting, but I kind of have trouble with thinking of it as a vampire story until we get to the end. Otherwise, it’s kind of like a zombie-apocalypse story, except that the “zombies” are a type of vampire. The “vampire birds” are a curious invention that I can’t make up my mind as to whether they add to the story or not. There are also some inconsistent parts about whether the city (Manhattan…where all monsters originate) has water and power, etc or not. The characters were interesting though, since the girl who is the main character isn’t either a vampire or pining after a vampire, but after her gay friend who she feels like she has to protect from the vampires. That was kind of unexpected.
“Free” by Claudia Gray
I think this might have been the best story in the collection. It reminded me a bit of Anne Rice’s vampire books because it’s set in antebellum New Orleans, but Gray focuses a lot more on race and gender than on vampirism. Plus, the main character isn’t after one of those two supposedly most appealing vampire features, so I feel like it was an improvement on the editor’s idea that people are only interested in vampires because they’re pretty and don’t age.
Anywho…this book was decidedly not awesome, but if you ever wanted some brain candy, there are far worse choices than this. (I’ll probably save the book and give it to my sister for Christmas…she’ll never know…)