Pooka Quick Pick: Lure of the Dead

luredeadTitle: Lure of the Dead
(The Last Apprentice: Book 10)
Author: Joseph Delaney
Genre: YA (Fantasy)
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Pub Date: August 21, 2012
Hardcover: 432 pages
Is There a Pooka In This Book?: No. But three poor rabbits are roasted on a spit over a fire and consumed.
Pooka Rating: 2.75 out of 5 Nibbles

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Pooka Quick Pick: The Creeps


Title: The Creeps: A Samuel Johnson Tale
Author: John Connolly
Genre: Fiction / Fantasy
Publisher: Atria Books
Pub Date: October 22, 2013
Hardcover: 321 pages
Is There a Pooka In This Book?: No. Boswell’s just a good dog.
Pooka Rating: 3.5 out of 5 Nibbles

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Book Review: This Is What Happy Looks Like

This is what happy looks like.


Birthday presents, snuggling under handmade afghans, cardboard box forts, spot-on Sphinx impressions, slaves feeding you strawberries, and This is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith.

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Book Review: Kill Me Softly

I’m not the young Pooka I once was. Instead of spending my New Year’s Eve at a wild party, drinking and dancing, eager to watch the glittering ball drop and desperate to be kissed, I spent it with my boyfriend and another couple, playing cards, laughing, and calmly drinking wine.

Even so, the New Year’s Eve hangover is a difficult thing from which to recover. The only difference is that as you get older, your hangover has less to do with the wine and more to do with the late hour.
… And maybe a little bit to do with the wine.

So at the start of 2014, I was looking for a book that didn’t require an exhaustive amount of mental energy. That’s where Kill Me Softly comes in.


Title: Kill Me Softly
Author: Sarah Cross
Genre: Young Adult (Fantasy)
Publisher: Knopf Publishing Group
Pub Date: April 10, 2012
Hardcover: 331 pages
Is There a Pooka In This Book?: No. The animals are all a bunch of birdbrains. Or squirrel-brains.
Pooka Rating: 4 out of 5 Nibbles

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Pooka Quick Pick: “Daily Rituals: How Artists Work”

There’s not a single, solitary, living Pooka who has a daily routine. We’re much too spontaneous for that. My kind prefer to live by the seat of our pants — or at least we would, if we wore any pants. We like to run, and jump, and careen about, and try to embody the phrase “catawampus” as fully as possible. (The word is a misnomer if ever I’ve heard one. Cats are known for being cool, composed dickheads – not for being lovably off-kilter and a little askew. “Bunnywampus” has a truer ring to it, if you ask me). We do what we like, when we feel like doing it, and however we feel like doing it. None of this “She went for a walk, every day, without fail, leaving the house at 7:30 a.m. exactly, by way of the kitty-door, and returning precisely 45 minutes later at 8:15 in the morning, a bell around her neck signaling her departure and arrival like clockwork.”

A Pooka lets herself be taken over by feeling. She exists in the moment – and every moment of every day is different. It can never be lived again, and a bun knows to live it uniquely – kick a leg out here, shake her head around there, flop an ear down, flop it up, do a 180 degree turn-jump, and then lay down, only to jump up and run diagonally from one side of the room to the other as fast as Pookily possible. Then maybe she’ll sit down to drink more cups of strong, sludgy coffee – with a splash of milk – than she can count on one paw. And finally, if the mood strikes her, she may type out a way-too-lengthy review on her laptop with her non-opposable digits. Her blog posts come randomly and sporadically, and she rejects all forms of schedule and organizational principles.

If you need a visual, never fear. I hate to disappoint.
Here’s a video of some of my Pooka pals, pookin’ around, being their jazzy selves, kicking their heels up, and leaving the very notion of “routine” in the dust:

My lack of discipline does lead me to do things in a way that’s not always ideal, however. Which is why my first review of 2014 is of a book that I read and finished in 2013: a book about artists and their routines.


Title: Daily Rituals: How Artists Work
Edited and With Text By: Mason Currey
Genre: Non-Fiction
Publisher: Knopf Publishing Group
Pub Date: April 23, 2013
Hardcover: 278 pages.
Is There a Pooka In This Book?: Mark Twain was almost certainly a Pooka.
Pooka Rating: 3 out of 5 Nibbles

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Feature & Follow #10

I haven’t done a “Feature & Follow” post in awhile and it’s probably long overdue. It’s the only real activity I participate in that allows me to connect with other members of the blogging community. Sometimes I feel like a Lone Pooka (less well-known than the Lone Wolf, but just as bad-ass & solitary). Answering this week’s question, posed by Parajunkee & Alison Can Read, is my attempt to rejoin the pack (if only in a very minimal way).

They ask,
Q: “Which books did Santa stuff your stocking with this holiday season?”

A: It may surprise you to know that I received zero books this Christmas. There’s an easy explanation for that: I asked for zero books this Christmas.

My small apartment is stuffed with more than enough book-filled bookcases at the moment, and I may be moving soon. The last thing I need is to do is add more weight to what’s already sure to be a backbreaking burden. I have a surplus of unread reading material on my shelves, in addition to the two stacks I currently have checked-out of the library. The only real book desire I have is a complete flight of fancy — an unrealistic dream. I lust after Penguin’s new Drop Caps set (which would never fit in a Christmas stocking).

Seriously. Have you guys seen this shit?

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Book Review: “Notes from Ghost Town”


Title: Notes from Ghost Town
Author: Kate Ellison
Genre: YA (Mystery/Supernatural Romance)
Publisher: Egmontusa
Pub Date: February 02, 2013
Hardcover: 327 pages.
Is There a Pooka In This Book?: Nope!
Pooka Rating: 3.75 out of 5 Nibbles


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