Happy 40th Anniversary to Tuck Everlasting! #Tuck40th

One of my favorite books from when I was a child is celebrating its 40th anniversary, so when the lovely people over at Macmillan asked if I wanted to participate in the celebratory blog tour, I was all for it. Tuck Everlasting is a book that became dog-eared and ragged in my hand as I read it over and over again. I’m so excited that it has had such a lasting presence for 40 years, and can’t wait to share it with the kids in my life when they get a bit older.

A special 40th Anniversary edition with a foreword by Gregory Maguire (the mastermind behind the Wicked series) is coming out on January 20. You can preorder it here and I highly suggest that you do. I just received my copy in the mail and it’s beautiful. It made my nostalgic heart grow a little.

As part of the anniversary celebration, Macmillan is asking book bloggers are the interwebs one simple question:

What if you could live forever?

Oh man, that’s the ultimate dream, right? Then I would have all the time to read all the books and see all the television shows and consume all the stories that I could possibly ever want. Living forever without the fear of sudden death and illness would lift a weight that likes to follow me around during day-to-day life, so I absolutely would dream from Winnie Foster’s spring.

Except.

Because there has to be an except. Would immortality be worth it without being able to bring your loved ones along? Can I have that caveat? That I would absolutely live forever, but only if my significant other and my family could come along with me? I would love to have all the time in the world to explore careers without fearing that I was stuck wasting my time doing one thing for the rest of my life. I could be more adventurous knowing that some of the worst consequences couldn’t apply for me. But it would only be worth it if I wasn’t alone, that I didn’t have to face the rest of eternity without someone with me.

So I suppose my answer is yes, but with a caveat. The rest of time is a lonely place to be on your own.

What about you? Would you dream from the well of immortality? What would you do with all that time? And do you have fond memories of reading Tuck Everlasting as a child like I do?

 

Tuck Everlasting
Natalie Babbitt

Farrar Straus Giroux
40th Anniversary Edition Comes out January 20

Preorder it Here

Doomed to - or blessed with - eternal life after drinking from a magic spring, the Tuck family wanders about trying to live as inconspicuously and comfortably as they can. When ten-year-old Winnie Foster stumbles on their secret, the Tucks take her home and explain why living forever at one age is less a blessing that it might seem. Complications arise when Winnie is followed by a stranger who wants to market the spring water for a fortune.

Half Birthday Giveaway! Win Three Different Bookish Prizes!

Dear lovely WFTM readers,

Right this moment our fearless leader is getting ready for the holidays.  He’s demanding that we assist him.  That means that currently Leslie is covered in flour from baking, Fernando is washing dishes and Mandroid is covered in tape from attempting to wrap packages.  It doesn’t matter when you’re reading this; that’s what we’re currently doing.

So we’re going to take a small vacation from blogging, to dive into the holiday craziness and then take a few days to recover and regain our sanity.  Starting tomorrow, Saturday, December 17, Working for the Mandroid will be putting up the out-to-lunch sign until the first of the year.  We expect you all to behave yourselves while we’re gone.  Puruse the archives, check out parts of the site you haven’t seen before, and maybe even sign up for the 2012 Sci-Fi Reader Challenge we’re hosting.  It’s going to be fun!  There will be prizes!

Speaking of prizes, in celebration of Working for the Mandroid’s six month anniversary as well as Leslie’s birthday next week, almost hitting 400 followers, Christmas, and all the other assorted reasons to have parties at the end of the year, we’re giving some stuff away.

Prize A is a book of your choice up to $15 from the Book Depository.  That means this prize is open INTERNATIONALLY as long as you live in a country where BD ships.

Prize B is one of the books below, all published by indie or small press.  Try out something new and maybe you’ll enjoy it.  We have YA and adult titles to choose from.

             

Black & Orange by Benjamin Kane Ethridge (adult – supernatural)
Monsters of LA by Lisa Morton (adult – short stories, monsters)
All Things Dark & Dastardly by Kaye George, Mary Ann Loesch & Steven Metze (adult – short stories, supernatural, urban fantasy)
Devil’s Hand by ME Patterson (adult – supernatural)
God’s Eye by AJ Scudiere (adult – supernatural)
Into the Path of Gods by Kathleen Cunningham Guler (adult – historical romance, fantasy)
Lucas Trent: Guardian of Magic by Richard Blunt (MG/YA – magic)
The Prophecy of Zephyrus by GA Hesse (MG/YA – fantasy)

Prize C is a random grab bag of swag.  When the contest is over, I will go through my bucket of swag and fill a padded envelope full of things.  It will include buttons, bookmarks and possibly some posters and reading samplers.

 

Prize A is open internationally as long as you live somewhere that BD delivers.  Prizes B and C are open to those with US mailing lists.  Since we don’t know when Mandroid will stop being our holiday slave driver, we’re setting the end date to January 6.  That should give us plenty of time to read A Game of Thrones get through the holidays and remember what a blog is and how to run one.  All three winners will be chosen by the magically powerful Random.org and have 48 hours to respond to my happy little email or another winner will be chosen.

You can't tell, but there are lots of sharp little teeth in that mouth. And that bottle of Snapple? GIANT! It just makes him look a foot tall...So there.  Contests for you.  Lots of baked goods and even some downtime for us.  We’re all happy.  This means you won’t break everything while we’re gone, right?  I’m leaving Rufus the Dragon in charge while we’re away.  He might look all sweet and cuddly, but he’s a dragon.  So he does dragon-y things like… drink Snapple and watch Firefly on repeat.  But he’s also very, very scary!

So have fun and we hope you get to read lots of wonderful things while we’re gone.  You’ll have to tell us all about it when we return.  Stay safe and we’ll see you in 2012.

And don’t break anything.  There’s no one here to fix it.

Leslie, Fernando & Mandroid (and Rufus the Dragon)

 

Here’s the form thingy to fill out for the contest.  Base entry fee is a GFC follow.  Other points can be obtained by following on Twitter, subscribing through email, liking us on Facebook and commenting on things (because Leslie gets really excited when people comment and has a New Years resolution to respond more quickly to comments.  It’ll give her practice.).  All the gizmos to get the extra points are on the left hand side bar.  Sign up for the 2012 Sci-Fi Reader Challenge while you’re over there.  You don’t get extra points, but it’ll be a party!

CONTEST NOW CLOSED

Since we’re not going to be around to advertise properly, we’re giving bonus points for daily tweets if you want them.  For each tweet, fill out this separate little form.  It records date and time automatically, so don’t try to game the system.

CONTEST NOW CLOSED

Happy Half Birthday to Working for the Mandroid!

What follows is quite possibly the most self-indulgent post I have ever written.  This is saying a lot considering most of my posts are pretty self-indulgent.

 

Six months ago today, I rebooted Working for the Mandroid.  "Rebooted?" you might be asking yourself, "But what was it before?"  That's a good question and I don't really have an answer.  It was a hodge-podge of pop culture babblings, heavily leaning on my Supernatural fandom and my second trip to Comic Con.  I started WFTM at the insistence of Fernando, who noticed that I seemed disconsolate with life and hadn't written much of anything in a really long time.  I opened with a short post regarding a Joss Whedon poll in EW that struck me as ridiculous.  I tried to stick to some advice from Fernando - keep the posts short, use lots of video, put most everything behind cut tags so scrolling is a minimum on the main page, post when you find something interesting - but found that I disagreed with most of his suggestions. I focused primarily on television with only one book review posted in the two and a half months WFTM was alive though I did argue that Wonder Woman deserves to wear pants and that robots have needs too.  Most likely due to the lack of focus and direction, WFTM fell quiet on September 25, 2010 with a review of the first Supernatural episode of season 6.

We got tied up in buying a house and then moving into a house and then unpacking a house.  Suddenly my daily commute went from 25 minutes a day to two or more hours each day.  Whatever mild depression caused me to start WFTM in the first place came back in full force.  Then two things happened around the same time to kick start me - I discovered I'm a Reader, Not a Writer and Kathy's amazing book giveaway hops (and therefore the amazing book blog community) and my Squarespace account started coming on its renewal date.  I told myself, "I read a lot of books.  I don't know anybody who reads much.  I can make ONLINE BOOK FRIENDS AND TALK ABOUT BOOKS!" and I jumped back into the blogging world on June 16, 2011... with a review of the Ryan Reynolds’ Green Lantern movie.

But the next day!  The next day I posted my first review, Paolo Bacigalupi's The Windup Girl, and we were off.  I pestered Fernando to redesign things to make it easier to read, to make it seem more like me, to make it distinguishable.  It took a few months, but he finally did redesign the site and I think it's pretty neat even if Mandroid has yet to find a spot to hang out on the homepage.

I discovered memes, then I discovered In My Mailbox and that all these lovely people were going to introduce me to all these awesome books.  I tested the waters with a graphic novel review, which has become a sparingly used feature but at least provided an idea of the comic-love behind WFTM.  We went off to Comic Con for the third year and I picked up more books than I could carry.  Literally.  Next year we're bringing an extra suitcase for books alone.

Over the following months, I've hosted giveaways, met some awesome fellow bloggers, made potential friends that actually live within driving distance of me, and wrote a lot of things I wouldn't have otherwise.  I actually listened to the entire audiobook of Twilight and posted a review that I thought would get me flamed, but instead it got some of the most interesting (and nice!) comments of all my posts.  It, along with a post about my marathon of The Vampire Diaries season 1 from the first incarnation, is probably my most well-trafficked post.

More recently I gave myself a personal reading challenge for November and succeeded even if I didn't read nearly as many books as I wanted.  I dove into the Reader Challenge thing and started up my own for 2012.  We have 20 participants and counting for our sci-fi challenge and I'm so excited about where that's going.  I posted an incredibly enthusiastic post about Cinder that got me added on my first major publisher book tour.  And, finally, Fernando wrote his very first post.  He's not a writer by nature, but I'm hoping he'll put together some content now and again, particularly regarding things I'm not as interested in.

Which brings us to here and today.  It is our six month anniversary and I think the site has gotten better.  We have nearly 400 GFC followers and 355 followers on Twitter.  In the last thirty days, we’ve had nearly 2,000 page views and 700 visitors (which boggles my mind in a way you can’t even know).  People still visit the blog despite my obsessive tendencies to Supernatural and the character of CastielSome people even stop by my thinky thoughts posts and share their thinky thoughts too.  I occasionally feature some great artists that people might have not discovered before and I hope to do more of that in the future.

 

So a million thank yous to all of you who have visited, commented, entered contests or just put up with my incessant mutterings on Twitter about baked goods and boredom at work.  Thank you to all the authors and publishers who’ve kindly offered their books for review, swag for contests and interesting guest posts for me to share with my readers.  And of course, a million cookies and hugs to Fernando for keeping us looking pretty, running well, and only yelling at me every now and again to get off the computer.  Even though it’s already grown beyond my wildest dreams, I already have a long list of resolutions for 2012 as we work to become a better Working for the Mandroid.  We hope you stick around and hang out with us.

Wonderful robot art by Dot from Dabbled.org