Twenty Twenty, April Twenty Twenty Book Club, Marvin discussed on Books and Boba
Month. Two of the great lockdown of twenty twenty. I'm here in L. A. Is it really months to? I mean I mean we started. It's been it's been a month. It's like it started at the end of March. No it started like the weekend. That the lockdown. Yeah it started the weekend. South by South West was supposed to happen which was like the thirteenth of March. I guess it's because I was still working By the by the end of March like myself isolation start until done so time has no meaning. Yeah I know you work out bookstore. So how how's that been for you? All we are gearing up to do virtual events. So we've just been doing a lot of technical tests and Like everybody has to be really innovative at this time which is good but also kind of bad kind bad because you know like independent bookstores. The thing that makes them special is going to the store getting like personal staff recommendations like the vibe there so you don't really get that through a computer screen which is unfortunate but also the author talks are more More available like readily available Internet. It's twenty twenty where we promised like virtual reality by now we should be able to virtual reality but they have like they have the ours now or you can like do commutes where you can like be in an office meeting. It's just that the cost for it is very expensive. I know but I'm talking about like the like sensory virtual reality working just plugging something to my neck and to experience things online too sane so before we go over news actually Marvin. How are you doing sorry I was talking about? Are you safe? Are you keeping your? I've I've been keeping busy. I've been home for the last month. barely going on. Maybe like you know. The last time I went out was to stock up on groceries like earlier this week but before that hadn't been out of the House for me be like for at least two weeks you know. I mean luckily enough to have a yard so I can go outside and breathe fresh air every once in a while but It's been I don't know if you feel this and maybe the freelance nature of my work. But I feel like I've been busier than I've ever been before and because you're at home like every day just feels like one long work day and I don't know it feels feeling as well I think it. I think it's also because you don't have that separation of of just like okay. I'm going on my commute now and I'm going to place where I work and then once I leave that's when I stopped work. Lee Don't have that boundary when you're at home so like you said all of the hour is just kind of blend together. The workday means nothing. I'm eating at odd hours. I'm staying late. It's it's like. I'm back in college but less fun because I'm not seeing anybody anymore. Yes you are more of the extrovert out of us. So you're probably suffering a little bit more. I mean I haven't looking for ways to you know socialize so I been playing like online board games with friends having virtual happy hours. And maybe that's the reason why my brain went to like. We should have a better ways to socialize. Virtually and I think that's like the next frontier of telecommunications in our post virus world because This outbreak isn't going away anytime soon. No matter what anyone says like until there's a vaccine who like people say eighteen months but that's a. That's like a very optimistic prediction. You know who knows when life will return normal if life will return to normal not to put a bleak Topper conversation but like the world is changing you know and who knows what it looked like on the other side. I think on top of the world changing America's just been so broken in so many ways in terms of just like health care and like a capitalism work culture. I think I think this pandemic is proving to a lot of Americans right now. That like all the stuff that's been happening so far has not been great. Right tying healthcare to your workplace is not great because people are getting laid off and they don't have their health insurance anymore. Yeah we're seeing the cracks and like you know as people who books a lot of genre fiction in particular you know we've been predisposed to be at least aware of all these flaws. But I think we mentioned this before even like after reading severance and seeing kind of like all these things that people have observed is completely true and we have learned. Nothing from reading. Fiction speculative fiction about this type of situation. Well the people who can actually make a change in like in in like healthcare and like a government. They have not read those books. They're not the type to to read The TOPI- version. There are the people who watch game of thrones and say I want to do so it sounds like you're talking about like the people who watch parasite for example end just like man. This is why you never trust the help. Yeah exactly are the worst. Well one bright spot in this is at least people are still writing books and making book deal so at least for the foreseeable future. We're going to have new stories and you know who knows what kind of new stores will come from this time and because books aren't just limited to physical things people can still right and be paid to write stories which is which is great. This is just reminding me of like. I remember when I was out like a book. Event Book Launch Event. And I was reading on my phone and this old lady like saw me and she said as she said to her old lady friend of young people don't read anymore. They're always on their phones and like it's an excuse me. Karen but it's just like now a Lotta people are reading through digital books because that is like the only way to buy new books nowadays unless you WanNa like wait very long time and it's just like you. Maybe you should not be snobbish about about digital books and how you know like proper. Reading is reading with a physical copy. I don't know that's just. It's just something that popped up and now I kind of feel. I don't know validated as like an avid digital book reader but moving on our April Twenty Twenty Book Club pick again is Mimi. Lee gets a clue by Jennifer Jay Chow which I actually finished last night so the wall. Maybe there's the benefits isolation I is. I have more time to you. Know do stuff But Yeah I love how is it how is it far? I enjoyed it. It's It's an interesting take on detective fiction I won't say more until discussion at the end of the month. But it's It's a pretty cute story of it. Did I. Deliver on on a happier book? Flew to deliver a light read. This is like a book that is is not particularly challenging But has a lot of great moments and is just overall. I really fun read and definitely a good break from all the you know All the existential Despair that we're faced with every day in real life. So thank you for for doing that. Are you not entertaining them? And speaking of thanking re-re. I wanted to also thank you for compiling all the Book News. We actually have a ton of news episode which is which is A contrast to the last few we've kind of had to dig for for as American League News. Yeah that's the strange thing about publishing you know like book deal comes out but the deal was being made like maybe two years ago. All of the all of the books that were being written like two years ago. Now they're coming out No our first book deal. Marvin can you take the lead? Sure Penguin team. Canada acquired two books in a why Douala by debut author Sheron Jae Jao pitched as Pacific Rim meets the handmaid's tale the first book iron widow is setting a world with a Patriarchal Military System. Where male pilots of giant magical? Mecca are treated like celebrities and female pilots. Must serve as their concubines. The novel's heroine is eighteen year. Old Wounds again. Who embarks on a journey to avenge her sister's murder? Publication is slated for fall. Twenty twenty one for the first title and the Second Book is slated for fall. Twenty twenty two. This sounds amazing I don't know if you know but was not an is a legendary figure in Chinese history. She that she is a real life. Empress of China like she started her own dynasty in imperial China and the story is like she started as a concubine for the emperor of the previous dynasty and pretty much arranged for her to succeed him. I think I've seen a documentary on her. I never remember the names of of like of like important historical figures it's been entire for struggle dramas and movies based on her life in China. Well it sure on book sounds pretty bad ass considering that there's like like Mecca robot young and I am all for that as a as a gundem fan not just make up a magical So like ESCO Floyd type thing you know Escalona. It's been so long watch that show and I don't know if you follow on twitter. But she made a post recently about announcing this book deal and following up on twitter. Promise that if she ever got a publishing deal she would Do you her author picture in her. Because I guess he's a Avid cost player as well and so she did the photo shoot with her wearing a calcium which is pretty amazing. So check that out. That's that is the promised to make as as an author that is you know. That's quite the dedication of right so our next book deal is bought an island with you. A why a debut by Malani Moreno set in Contemporary Hawaii. This own voices novel features. Two boys struggling with identity and loss in their community. After other boys in their town go missing. Publication is planned for Spring. Twenty twenty one between the trend of awesome own voices. Books is this like. Is this a niche of of like like Hawaiian Crime novels? 'cause I feel like kind of common to have like a deaths or like a missing persons case in quote Unquote Paradise. Like I feel like that that has to be a trope a very like unlike very like niece trope.