Dead Authors Were Once Good-Looking Too…

Some fangirling every now and then won’t hurt… Enjoy! 😉

(If you have ideas on who to add on the list, feel free to tell me in the comments!)

Ernest Hemingway in 1918

Ernest Hemingway in 1918

Anton Chekov in 1889

Anton Chekov in 1889

John Steinbeck

John Steinbeck

Jack Kerouac in 1955

Jack Kerouac in 1955

Jack London

Jack London

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Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban – J.K. Rowling

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“I solemnly swear that I am up to no good.”

 

Harry Potter yang kini berusia tiga belas tahun sedang dalam masalah besar. Ia tak sengaja menggelembungkan bibinya yang menyebalkan, Bibi Marge. Peristiwa itu mendorongnya kabur dari Privet Drive dengan membawa koper besarnya dan sangkar Hedwig. Harry kemudian terjatuh dan hampir tergilas oleh Bus Ksatria ketika ia melihat sesosok makhluk hitam besar yang menyeramkan. Sesampainya Harry di Leaky Cauldron, ia disambut oleh sang Menteri Sihir sendiri, Cornelius Fudge. Betapa herannya Harry, masalah dengan Bibi Marge sudah terselesaikan dan Harry sendiri luput dari hukuman karena melakukan sihir secara tidak sengaja. Harry mendapat kesan bahwa sungguh aneh Menteri Sihir sendiri yang mengurusi perkara remeh seperti dirinya. Dia belum tahu bahwa narapidana Azkaban yang meloloskan diri—Sirius Black—yang adalah tangan kanan Voldemort, konon mengincar dirinya. Harry dan kawan-kawan pun kembali ke Hogwarts yang telah diberi pengamanan ekstra oleh para Dementor Azkaban yang mengerikan. Hogwarts tak terasa seperti rumah yang aman lagi, dan nyawa Harry terancam. Murid-murid Hogwarts dicekam teror ketika tersiar kabar bahwa Sirius Black telah menyusup ke dalam Hogwarts. Ini hanya berarti satu kemungkinan—bahwa ada pengkhianat di antara mereka yang membiarkan Black masuk ke dalam Hogwarts…

Yang baru dalam buku ini:

–          Bus Ksatria, yang adalah alat transportasi bagi penyihir yang tersesat. Bus dua tingkat berwarna ungu cerah ini bukannya terisi oleh bangku-bangku penumpang, tapi beberapa tempat tidur. Bus ini bisa melompat dari tempat satu ke tempat lain dan segala benda: pohon, rumah, kotak pos—melompat menghindari bus ini yang sedang meluncur dengan serabutan. Seru kali ya, kalau di dunia nyata benar-benar ada bus seperti Bus Ksatria…

–          Dementor, penjaga Azkaban yang menyeramkan. Rupa mereka seperti orang tinggi berjubah hitam dengan tangan basah berkeropeng terjulur. Mereka menghisap segala kebahagiaan dari manusia yang ada di sekitarnya, dan membawa dampak lebih buruk kepada mereka yang mempunyai teror di masa lalu, seperti Harry.

–          Profesor Lupin, guru Pertahanan terhadap Ilmu Hitam yang baru. Meskipun beliau selalu tampak lusuh dan sering sakit, Lupin adalah guru Pertahanan terhadap Ilmu Hitam terbaik yang Harry dan kawan-kawan pernah miliki. Lupin nantinya mengajari Harry mantra Patronus yang berguna untuk mengusir Dementor.

–          Crookshanks, kucing jingga berekor sikat-botol milik Hermione. Crookshanks sangat ganas terhadap Scabbers, tikus Ron, yang sekarang tampak kurus dan mengenaskan setelah pulang berlibur di Mesir bersama keluarga Weasley. Hal ini membuat Ron dan Hermione banyak bersitegang di dalam buku…

–          Hagrid menjadi guru Pemeliharaan Satwa Gaib yang baru. Pelajaran pertama mereka sangat mengesankan—Hagrid membawa sekawanan Hippogriff sebagai obyek pelajaran mereka, namun sayangnya pelajaran pertama ini dikacaukan oleh ulah Draco Malfoy.

–          Profesor Trelawney, guru Ramalan. Wanita yang kelihatan seperti serangga besar berkilauan ini meramalkan kematian Harry dengan pertanda Grim, anjing hitam besar penjaga kuburan.

–          Desa Hogsmeade, pemukiman sihir terbesar di seluruh Inggris. Murid-murid Hogwarts diijinkan untuk rekreasi ke desa ini pada waktu-waktu tertentu. Di Hogsmeade ada banyak tempat menarik, mulai dari toko permen Honeydukes, Zonko’s Joke Shop, tempat minum Three Broomsticks, sampai dengan Shrieking Shack, tempat paling berhantu di seluruh Inggris.

–          Peta Perampok, yang berisi peta Hogwarts lengkap dengan lorong-lorong rahasia yang belum pernah ditelusuri Harry dan titik-titik berlabel yang menunjukkan setiap orang yang ada di Hogwarts.

–          Dan beberapa hal lain yang kalau dishare di sini bisa jadi spoiler….

Angka tiga adalah angka favorit saya, tapi buku ketiga Harry Potter ini sayangnya bukan favorit saya. Rasanya di paruh kedua buku cerita mulai agak hambar dan endingnya antiklimaks. Yah, but it’s still OK. JKR still amazes me as usual. 🙂 Di buku ketiga ini kisah tentang Harry mulai gelap dan cenderung seram, walaupun tetap ada bagian lucu-lucunya. Yang menarik dari buku ini menurut saya adalah perkembangan hubungan persahabatan antara Harry, Ron dan Hermione. Kadang-kadang pertengkaran hebat yang terjadi dengan sahabat justru malah akan merekatkan persahabatan itu lebih erat lagi… Dengan adanya segala tantangan yang mereka hadapi, mereka jadi semakin teguh berdiri di samping satu sama lain dan saling membantu. That’s what friends are for… :’)

Memorable Quotes:

“Itu menandakan bahwa yang paling kautakuti adalah—ketakutan itu sendiri. Sangat bijaksana, Harry.” – Lupin

“…tapi aku harus bilang kalian, aku kira kalian berdua akan hargai teman kalian lebih daripada sapu atau tikus. Cuma itu.” – Hagrid, menanggapi pertengkaran antara Ron dan Harry dengan Hermione

“Kaupikir orang-orang yang kita cintai, yang meninggal, benar-benar meninggalkan kita? Menurutmu tidakkah kita malah mengingatnya dengan lebih jelas daripada kapan pun, waktu kita dalam kesulitan besar? Ayahmu hidup dalam dirimu, Harry, dan menunjukkan dirinya paling jelas waktu kau membutuhkannya.” – Dumbledore

Dan….

“Mischief managed.” 😉

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Detail buku:

Harry Potter dan Tawanan Azkaban (judul asli: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban), oleh J.K. Rowling
Diterjemahkan ke bahasa Indonesia oleh Listiana Srisanti
544 halaman, diterbitkan Maret 2001 oleh Gramedia Pustaka Utama (pertama kali diterbitkan tahun 1999)
My rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

6th review for  What’s in a Name Reading Challenge 2013 | 2nd review for Read Big Challenge

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Para peserta bisa memasukkan link reviewnya di Linky di bawah ini. (Click on the blue frog and then “add your link.”) Linky dibuka sampai dengan hari Senin, tanggal 1 April 2013 pukul 23.59 WIB.



The Three Musketeers – Alexandre Dumas [Re-read]

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If you seek for action and adventure in classic literature, then The Three Musketeers might be an excellent choice. Despite the title, The Three Musketeers centers on the journey of the young Gascon, d’Artagnan, to be one of the King’s Musketeers. An incident with a gentleman in Meung made him lost his recommendation letter to M. de Treville, the captain of the Musketeers. When he was running after the abovementioned gentleman, d’Artagnan bumped at one, two, three men and ended up making duel appointments with them, on the same day. The three men were not else than our famous three musketeers; Athos, Porthos, and Aramis. Just when they meant to start the duel, Cardinal’s Guards appeared. Then they—the four men—rose their swords together against the Guards. It was the start of the unbreakable friendship between the four men.

In the meantime, France was torn between loyalty to the King or to the Cardinal. Our four heroes were all in the midst of political intrigues, heroic battles, and also amorous adventures. D’Artagnan fell for Madame Bonacieux, who was the queen’s most trusted lady-in-waiting. His romantic inclination towards Mme Bonacieux made him aware of the queen’s secret affairs; he came to recognize a mischievous plan that would be carried out by the Cardinal to humiliate the queen and to start war between France and England. He would make use of Duke of Buckingham’s love to Anne of Austria to carry out his plan. We would see how the four friends fought to save the queen’s honor against Cardinal’s agent, the lovely but deadly Milady de Winter.

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This is the second time I read The Three Musketeers, and although the edition I read this time is retold by Clarissa Hutton, I enjoyed it anyway. In fact, my second experience in reading The Three Musketeers is more enjoyable than the first one. It felt funnier in many parts and the story is more engaging. I guess the style of translation affects the sense of the story and the enjoyment in reading, for I first read it in a translated version into Indonesian language and this time I read it in English. I love The Three Musketeers as a work of historical fiction of  17th century France as well as an adventure and romance, and as a story of bravery, loyalty, and friendship. The version I read is a Young Readers’ Edition (of which I thought the vocabulary used is rather unfamiliar for a young reader) with illustrations by Brett Helquist (the illustrator of Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events). The illustrations made this book even more collectible. And if you wonder if I would want to reread The Three Musketeers in the words of Alexandre Dumas himself, then my answer is yes.

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Favorite Moment:

When Athos saw the need of a private conference between him and his three friends, he made a wager with people at the inn that the four of them would have breakfast at the bastion St. Gervais for at least an hour, no matter what the enemy would do to dislodge them. It was a brilliant and really courageous idea, and they don’t even need to bring their muskets because they would find muskets of the fallen Frenchmen and Rochellais lying around the bastion. Aramis then claimed at the end of the passage; “Oh, Athos! Truly you are a great man.”

Memorable Passages & Quotes:

It was scarcely eleven o’clock, and yet thus morning has already brought him into disgrace with M. de Treville, who could not fail to think the manner in which d’Artagnan had left him a little cavalier. Besides this, he had drawn upon himself duels with two men, each capable of killing three d’Artagnans.

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“Where can you find love like mine—a love which neither time, nor absence, nor despair can extinguish? It is now three years, madame, since I saw you first, and during those three years I have loved you.” – Duke of Buckingham

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“Is the king accustomed to give you reasons? No. He says, ‘Gentlemen, go and fight,’ and you go. You need give yourselves no more uneasiness about this.”

“D’Artagnan is right,” said Athos. “Here are our leaves of absence from Monsieur de Treville, and here are pistols from I don’t know where. Let us go and be killed. D’Artagnan, I am ready to follow you.”

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“Love is a lottery you are very fortunate to have lost, believe me, my dear d’Artagnan.” – Athos

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“I shall have no more friends,” said the young man. “Nothing but bitter recollections.” And tears rolled down his cheeks.

“You are young,” replied Athos, “and your bitter recollections have time to change themselves into sweet remembrances.”

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I read this book together with Fanda, Althesia, and Maria.

24th review for The Classics Club Project | 4th review for Books in English Reading Challenge 2013 | 4th review for Back to the Classics 2013 | 3rd review for Books on France 2013 Reading Challenge | 2nd review for 2013 TBR Pile Challenge | 2nd review for TBRR Pile Reading Challenge: Historical Fiction

Book details:

The Three Musketeers (original title: Les Trois Mousquetaires), by Alexandre Dumas
384 pages, published September 2011 by HarperCollins (Illustrated Young Readers’ Edition retold by Clarissa Hutton and illustrated by Brett Helquist) (first published 1844)
My rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

Jane Austen, Love Her or Hate Her? – The Classics Club’s March meme

The question for The Classics Club’s March meme is:

Do you love Jane Austen or want to “dig her up and beat her over the skull with her own shin-bone”? (Phrase borrowed from Mark Twain).

1. Why? (for either answer)?

2. Favorite and/or least favorite Austen novel?

 

Honestly, I can’t decide just yet. I have only read two books of her; the first was Pride in Prejudice in Indonesian translation. With this one I had bad experience, since the translation failed to bring the atmosphere of Austen’s Regency England, and to be honest, I think that it was flat and boring. And then I tried reading Northanger Abbey, which I liked better than Pride and Prejudice, but still I didn’t go further than giving it three out of five stars.

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For me, Austen is 19th century chick lit. But, please allow me to say that “To every kind a book there is a season, a time to read Austen and a time to read Dickens, a time to read Twain and a time to read Brontë, a time to read Shakespeare and a time to read Poe, a time to read Hodgson Burnett and a time to read Conan Doyle, a time to read Montgomery and a time to read Wilde, a time to read Kipling and a time to read Hemingway.”

(If there was a Bible of classics literature then Ecclesiastes 3 should sound like the above)

Blame it on Joe Wright AND Matthew Macfadyen that I should love the 2005 adaptation of Pride and Prejudice. (Now, do you think that disliking a book and at the same time loving its adaptation is impossible? It happens to me.) I also watched the 2007 BBC miniseries of Northanger Abbey, which I also liked a lot more than the book. And I watched two versions of Sense and Sensibility; the 1995 adaptation and the 2008 BBC miniseries. And one more, the 2007 TV movie of Persuasion, which I enjoyed the least from all the titles I mentioned above.

Watching an adaptation of Pride and Prejudice made me want to give another chance to Ms. Austen, lest at first I couldn’t enjoy her writing because of the limitations of translation. And I currently have a copy of Sense and Sensibility waiting to be read. I have a feeling that it would be my favorite of all Austen’s novels, because from watching the adaptations I learned that I love the story, and it relates to my personal life. As for other titles from Ms. Austen, I haven’t had interest in them yet.

Last of all, it won’t be complete discussing Austen without mentioning her fictional heroes. I mean, they are like Disney princes to me with all their charm and good looks and in some of them, great wealth. Add charismatic actors to play these Austen’s heroes and you get ladies swooning.

My Top 3 Austen Heroes:

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Edward Ferrars from Sense and Sensibility as portrayed by Dan Stevens in 2008 BBC miniseries

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Fitzwilliam Darcy from Pride and Prejudice as portrayed by Matthew Macfadyen in 2005 movie adaptation

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Henry Tilney from Northanger Abbey as portrayed by JJ Feild in 2007 BBC miniseries

Okay, I slipped a little bit of fangirling in this meme post, my bad. 😛 However, if you want to know more about Jane Austen’s heroes, you might enjoy reading this post. Now let us go back to the main question, do I love or hate Jane Austen? I am still in between about her novels. But in the case of the adaptations of her novels, I would say LOVE, well, at least the titles I have mentioned above. 😉

Great Expectations – Charles Dickens

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Mind you—this will be a long review.

Young Pip was a poor orphan, to begin with. He lived in the marsh country with his old sister and her husband, Joe Gargery the blacksmith. One Christmas day, by the tombstone of his father and mother and brothers on the churchyard, he met an escaped convict from a prison-ship. This convict with a forceful threat ordered Pip to get him a file and wittles and some food. Pip was afraid to steal some food from his cruel old sister, but the more he was afraid of the threat of the rough fugitive, and so he granted his wishes. The convict was then captured by the soldiers. Then news came from Uncle Pumblechook that Miss Havisham of Satis House—she was described as an immensely rich and grim lady who lived in a large and dismal house and led a life of seclusion—wanted a boy to go and play at her house. Shortly, Pip was sent to Satis House.

A young, very beautiful girl not very far of age from Pip received him with a scornful air. Pip saw Miss Havisham for the first time in her dressing room, as the strangest lady Pip has ever seen or shall ever see. Miss Havisham looked like a rotten bride, in a withered bridal dress and a long veil like a shroud. She ordered Pip to play cards with Estella, the scornful beautiful girl, and they played. Pip then paid a regular visit to Satis House until at some point Miss Havisham bestowed him with a kindness; she funded Pip’s apprenticeship to Joe. At first it really was Pip’s dream, to be a good blacksmith like Joe, a person he admired with all his heart. But his meeting with Estella changed everything. Pip didn’t want to be a blacksmith anymore; he didn’t want Estella to think that he is common anymore.

"Play!" Pip and Estella play cards. Image source

“Play!” Pip and Estella play cards. Image source

When Pip was older, a lawyer named Mr. Jaggers came to Joe’s house to announce that Pip has a benefactor who wishes Pip to be “immediately removed from his present sphere of life and from this place, and be brought up as a gentleman, in a word, as a young fellow of great expectations.” Before Pip could start living a life of great expectations, there are two requirements he must agreed on. First, that he will always bear the name Pip, and the second, the identity of his benefactor would remain a secret, until the person him or herself chooses to reveal it. Pip must not ask or try to find out who his benefactor was. Pip was sure that his secret benefactor was Miss Havisham, and his bringing up to be a gentleman was intended to match him with Estella. This would lead us to the second stage of Pip’s great expectations, where he would live in London, being brought up to be a gentleman, befriend a cheerful young man Herbert Pocket and a clerk with dual sentiments, Mr. Wemmick, meet the ever more elegant and beautiful Estella on many occasions, and at length fell into debts.

On the second stage the story gets funnier and not as grimly told as in the first stage. Pip would also learn the history of Miss Havisham. He would desperately fall in love with Estella, and would meet a rival of pursuing Estella in form of a Bentley Drummle, an ill-tempered fellow. Pip’s perseverance in loving Estella amazed me; she doesn’t deserve it, frankly saying, as she was heartless, and she was set to wreak Miss Havisham’s revenge on men. Pip came to acknowledge what Estella really was, and still he loved her.

Was this the effect of some sort of spell Miss Havisham uttered to him? “Love her, love her, love her! If she favours you, love her. If she wounds you, love her. If she tears your heart to pieces—and as it gets older and stonger, it will tear deeper—love her, love her, love her!” I gathered a few quotes that could explain Pip’s love for Estella here, and I came to a conclusion that it was Pip’s decision to love Estella, no matter how cruel and heartless she was.

Moving onto the third and last stage of Pip’s great expectations, Pip would learn the true identity of his benefactor, and it was a dangerous truth. It is a stage when Pip’s great expectations turned into great disappointment, great struggle and great misery. There would come a time when Pip regretted meeting his convict and Miss Havisham, and there would be times when Pip makes mistakes. Through the full three stages we will see Pip’s growth, and how he copes with all things happened in his life.

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From the very first time of my acquaintance to the story of Great Expectations, I have always thought it is some kind of a Cinderella story, with a rather unusual fairy godmother. I have watched and written a review of the 2011 BBC miniseries here (in Indonesian language). Well, this is the very first Dickens novel I have read in unabridged version and original language. Written as an autobiography of Pip, this work is a bildungsroman as well as a work of mystery, gothic fiction and social criticism in Victorian England. Dickens’s writing is amazing as usual, although I had a hard time understanding some dialogues of the characters, mostly parts of Joe and Magwitch. I think that you will need extra patience to read Dickens, as his works are mostly slowly narrated and could strike you to boredom if you cannot bear it. And still as usual, in Great Expectations Dickens made a wonderful story consists of colorful characters. From Pip we could learn perseverance, undying love, and the willingness to forgive, from Herbert optimism and cheerfulness, from Joe kindness and fatherly love, from Mr. Jaggers professionalism, from Miss Havisham the choice she made to avenge her ghastly fate. Can I say that human nature from its best to its worst can be found in Dickens’s works? If it’s true, then it will be my reason to love this book, along with its extraordinary story.

[A Little Thought About the Ending – Spoiler Alert!]

 

Not that I hate it, but it’s still hanging. I wouldn’t call it perfect like some Dickensians would. The re-marriage of Estella was mentioned, but with no further explanation. Has she been happy? Surely after eleven years, Estella has been through many things that could have shaped her into a more “humanly” figure. She said it herself on the final words of the novel (“I have been bent and broken, but—I hope—into a better shape.”) Could it be that there is an invisible happy ending for Pip and Estella? Call me mainstream for wanting happy endings, but I believe in second chances, and I believe even an Estella deserves a second chance. Or maybe it is my greatest desire to see a happy ending for Pip after all the trials and sufferings he has been through.

23rd review for The Classics Club Project | 3rd review for Books in English Reading Challenge 2013 | 1st review for Read Big! A Hefty Challenge for a Knight Reader

Book details:

Great Expectations, by Charles Dickens
592 pages, published April 2012 by Penguin Classics, a Penguin English Library edition (first published 1860)
My rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

Quotes: Pip to Estella, the Agony of Romantic Love

I have never read a declaration of romantic love so strong, so desperate, and so agonizing as Pip’s love for Estella in Great Expectations. So here are some quotes from the book to put it in the picture.

Pip and Estella in the BBC 2011 miniseries

Pip and Estella in the BBC 2011 miniseries

A love against everything

“The unqualified truth is, that when I loved Estella with the love of a man, I loved her simply because I found her irresistible. Once for all, I knew to my sorrow, often and often, if not always, that I loved her against reason, against promise, against peace, against hope, against happiness, against all discouragement that could be. Once for all; I loved her none the less because I knew it, and it had no more influence in restraining me, than if I had devoutly believed her to be human perfection.”

A love that did not grow from a state of comfort

“I never had one hour’s happiness in her society, and yet my mind all-round the four-and-twenty hours was harping on the happiness of having her with me unto death.”

A love when hope is lost

“I know. I have no hope that I shall ever call you mine, Estella. I am ignorant what may become of me very soon, how poor I may be, or where I may go. Still, I love you. I have loved you since I first saw you in this house.”

What Estella means to Pip

“You are part of my existence, part of myself. You have been in every line I have ever read, since I first came here, the rough common boy whose poor heart you wounded even then. You have been in every prospect I have ever seen since—on the river, on the sails of the ships, on the marshes, in the clouds, in the light, in the darkness, in the wind, in the woods, in the sea, in the streets. You have been the embodiment of every graceful fancy that my mind has ever become acquainted with. The stones of which the strongest London buildings are made, are not more real, or more impossible to be displaced by your hands, than your presence and influence have been to me, there and everywhere, and will be. Estella, to the last hour of my life, you cannot choose but remain part of my character, part of the little good in me, part of the evil. But, in this separation I associate you only with the good, and I will faithfully hold you to that always, for you must have done me far more good than harm, let me feel now what sharp distress I may. O God bless you, God forgive you!”

Pip’s plea to Estella not to marry Drummle

“Estella, dearest Estella, do not let Miss Havisham lead you into this fatal step. Put me aside for ever—you have done so, I well know—but bestow yourself on some worthier person than Drummle. Miss Havisham gives you to him, as the greatest slight and injury that could be done to the many far better men who admire you, and to the few who truly love you. Among those few, there may be one who loves you as dearly, though he has not loved you as long, as I. take him, and I can bear it better, for your sake!”

A love that’s still there even after separation

“… I had loved Estella dearly and long, and that, although I had lost her and must live a bereaved life, whatever concerned her was still nearer and dearer to me than anything else in the world.”

Would you be as heartless as Estella when a man addresses these words to you?

Winners! Hotter Potter February meme & Guess the Books Giveaway

Yak, ini pengumuman pemenang untuk 2 giveaway yang dirapel jadi satu.

Yang pertama adalah Hotter Potter February giveaway yang diikuti oleh nggak kurang dari 27 peserta. Beberapa posting favorit saya adalah post Ika yang meliput gosip antara Hagrid-Madame Maxime a la Rita Skeeter, Ambu Dian yang memilih pasangan harmonis Mr & Mrs Weasley, Tika yang mendukung Draco-Hermione dengan banyak gambar dan quote keren dari Tumblr, Maddy Pertiwi yang pengen ngeliat Profesor Snape dan Hermione bermitra dalam ilmu Ramuan, Lila & Dhyn Hanarun yang memajang foto Hermione-Krum yang really-really AWESOME. Dan post meme terbaik bulan Februari menurut saya adalah…… Astrid dengan puisi yang simple tapi heartwrenching tentang Snape dan Lily. :’)


Posting lainnya untuk Hotter Potter February meme bisa dilihat DI SINI.

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*dan kemudian host galau memilih pemenang*

Dari awal saya sudah berkomitmen untuk menentukan pemenang meme melalui undian (kecuali saya menyatakan lain ketika mengumumkan pertanyaan meme :)). Dan…… pilihan Mister Random jatuh kepada…………

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Lila @ My Book Corner, berhak memilih salah satu buku dari keempat seri Tunnels.

Terima kasih buat Ryana @ Ryana’s Locker yang sudah bersedia menjadi sponsor!

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Sebelum saya mengumumkan para pemenang Guess the Books Giveaway, saya kasih tau dulu jawaban yang benar dari ketiga buku yang menjadi hadiah ya…..

Buku #1 adalah American Gods (Dewa-dewa Amerika) oleh Neil Gaiman

Buku #2 adalah Catatan Ichiyo: Perempuan Miskin di Lembar Uang Jepang oleh Rei Kimura

Buku #3 adalah The Invention of Hugo Cabret oleh Brian Selznick.

Ada link ke Goodreads di masing-masing judul buku, silakan diklik kalau mau lihat cover aslinya… 🙂

Dan para pemenang adalah……….

Buku #1 jatuh kepada Annisa Aprilliani
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Hotter Potter March meme & Giveaway!

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Hello, hello!

Setelah bulan lalu kita asyik nggosipin pasangan favorit kita dari seri Harry Potter, atau sepasang sahabat favorit, atau malah jadi mak comblang karakter-karakter Harry Potter, sekarang saatnya untuk menjawab pertanyaan meme bulan Maret!

Sebelumnya terima kasih buat 27 peserta Hotter Potter yang sudah berpartisipasi dalam meme bulan Februari dan 36 peserta yang sudah submit link review Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. Pemenang giveaway meme bulan Februari akan diumumkan tanggal 8 Maret 2013 bersamaan dengan pengumuman pemenang Guess the Books Giveaway.

Daaaaaaan…. Inilah pertanyaan meme Hotter Potter bulan Maret:

Dari semua makhluk/hewan ajaib yang ada di buku Harry Potter, apa yang paling ingin kamu jumpai di dunia nyata? Jangan lupa alasannya!

Oh, hi, Beaky. :D

Oh, hi, Beaky. 😀

Pertanyaan meme bulan ini adalah usulan dari Astrid. (Pssst, Astrid bakal jadi sponsor giveaway buat meme bulan depan lho!) Kalau bingung, bisa nyontek dari buku Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them karya Engkong Newt Scamander. Atau, intip LINK INI.

kaos keepcalm asrama

Satu orang peserta meme FAVORIT saya akan mendapatkan 1 (satu) buah kaos Keep Calm Asrama produksi Toko Kelontong Sihir. Sponsor giveaway bulan ini adalah… saya sendiri. :”> *blush* Karena barangnya tidak ready stock, maka pembelian hadiah akan dilakukan mengikuti PO bulan April 2013. (semoga bulan April buka PO, karena setahu saya TKS tidak setiap bulan buka PO untuk kaos, tergantung permintaan pembeli saja. #harapharapcemas)

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Perjalanan Waktu Sang Buku

Tulisan ini saya buat beberapa waktu yang lalu untuk mengikuti kuis di blog mbak Truly Rudiono. Walaupun nggak menang, saya tetap ingin share tulisan ini di blog, karena… this is what I feel about how will books and libraries be in the future.

Aku bermimpi kembali ke abad ke-15 di mana Johannes Gutenberg hidup, dan menyelamati beliau karena telah membuat buku tersedia bagi semua orang. Sungguh, inilah ledakan ilmu pengetahuan!

Ah, seandainya beliau tahu apa yang terjadi 6 abad kemudian. Beliau takkan pernah mengira bahwa akan tercipta suatu teknologi baru yang memungkinkan sebuah buku tidak memiliki wujud. Manusia menganggap teknologi ini sebagai upaya pelestarian alam, solusi atas berbagai kendala penyimpanan buku: ruang, debu, rayap, waktu.

Aku membayangkan, dengan agak ngeri, suatu hari di mana semua buku yang ada di dunia telah didigitalisasi, dan buku cetak menjadi barang langka.

Aku membayangkan perpustakaan di masa depan tidak lagi berisi rak-rak penuh buku, yang bisa kusentuh, kucium aromanya, dan kunikmati warna-warni sampulnya. Bahkan mungkin semua orang akan membawa perpustakaan dalam genggaman masing-masing sehingga mereka tidak perlu lagi mengunjungi perpustakaan.

Akupun berseru dalam hatiku: aku rindu… aku rindu…

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