Friday, March 31, 2006

The Wall and the Wing, by Laura Ruby

THE WALL AND THE WING, by Laura Ruby (HarperCollins, 2005) is a wonderfully and ironically zany new novel by the author of LILY'S GHOSTS.

In an alternate New York City, Gurl is the only one who can't fly. What she can do, though, is become invisible, a talent which allows her to escape nightly from the Hope House for the Homeless...until she's caught by the House matron, who blackmails Gurl into stealing for her so she can maintain her extravagant lifestyle (that includes expensive plastic surgery, caviar, and other luxuries). There are a lot of twists and turns, and a lot of quirky characters, including fellow orphan Bug, gangster Sweetcheeks Grabowski, creepy mechanical monkeys, a cat who makes effective use of indoor plumbing, and a mysterious Professor. It's enormously fun getting to the bottom of who's doing what to whom and why.


Well, not with me, with Cynthia: You can find it here. Also, if you haven't been to her web site lately, she recently did a complete reboot with web designer Lisa Firke.

Monday, March 13, 2006

Talent, Lifer or Mandarin

Interesting that the tie-breaker is "Talent"...yeah, and I'm wasting time...

I'm a Talent!

You're a risk-taker, and you follow your passions. You're determined to take on the world and succeed on your own terms. Whether in the arts, science, engineering, business, or politics, you fearlessly express your own vision of the world. You're not afraid of a fight, and you're not afraid to bet your future on your own abilities. If you find a job boring or stifling, you're already preparing your resume. You believe in doing what you love, and you're not willing to settle for an ordinary life.

Talent: 59%
Lifer: 26%
Mandarin: 59%

Take the Talent, Lifer, or Mandarin quiz.

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