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text 2014-08-11 19:25
Why aren't there more architects in fiction and literature?

Architect and lawyer Jay Wickersham takes a stab at explaining why architects do not generally make good lead characters for fiction. Here's a clue: how can an author make sitting behind a drafting desk for untold hours seem exciting? He also points out a few books that successfully use architects in leading roles. 


Check out Mr. Wickersham's interesting article in the most recent online publication of The Boston Society of Architects.


Source: www.architects.org/architectureboston/articles/novels-character-flaw
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review 2012-12-30 00:00
Who is Audrey Wickersham? - Sara Shrieves Audrey is really interested in witchcraft and spells, and always has been. Upon entering a shop, she begins searching for ingredients for a possible spell. Agnes, who works there, takes her to a special part of the shop called the "annex". Audrey is drawn to a particular jar, and when surprised by a shout telling her not to touch it, she knocks the jar flying, and finds the contents are being thrown all over her, and even inside her. She is then told that the contents of the jar was in fact an infectious worm called the "Zomorwai", and is forced to take a shower, go home and rest. Audrey wakes up feeling strange the next day. She is unsure of what's happening to her, and is losing herself to the curse within. Returning to the shop for more answers, she is informed that she is slowly turning into a zombie. With a council wanting to eliminate her, can Audrey, her father, a vampire friend, and Agnes help save her from what she is becoming? And, more importantly, can she really stay true to herself, or will she lose to the desire of eating who's most important to her?

I received this book from the author Sara Shrieves from a discussion thread on Goodreads. This is the first book I have read from her.
There are quite a few characters in this. You have the main character Audrey, Audrey's father, Agnes who works in the shop, and their gay neighbour Bruce, who all go on a journey with Audrey to help find a cure. There's also Kirk, who is a good friend of Audrey's, and they develop a relationship throughout the story. Finally, you have a few members of a council who intends to eliminate Audrey because of what she is becoming.
Audrey is quite a fun character. She has occasional sarcastic remarks, is quite hilarious at times, and is a typical spunky young adult.
The storyline I found quite interesting, as there are quite a few supernatural beings involved, like zombies, vampires and witches. So it's nice to have them all squished into one novel.
The structure of the book is nice. The chapters aren't too long nor too short.
The ending of the book is good, as there is a lot of action involved, so it keeps you interested.
I really like the cover design of the book. It is very well designed, and looks amazing. I love how you have half a human face, and half a zombie face. It really draws you in.
Overall, I'm going to give this book four stars because I enjoyed the story, I liked the characters, and I liked the general structure of the book. Whether it is worth buying, it is up to you. If you really like stories involving zombies and other supernatural creatures, then go for it. Especially as zombies seem to be a thing at the moment, what with the TV series "The Walking Dead". I'm not entirely sure if I would read this again, but in general it was a really good book and I do recommend it with two thumbs up.

Happy reading =)
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review 2012-12-23 00:00
Who Is Audrey Wickersham? (Volume 1)
Who is Audrey Wickersham? - Sara Shrieves (Book provided by the author through ARR #63 in the We ♥ YA Books! group, in exchange for an honest review.)

This novel was a fast and funny read as far as I'm concerned; I wouldn't put it in my all-time favourites, but it definitely made me smile more than once, for its main character and her quirks first. Audrey's misfortune is absolutely appaling, yet she has somewhat of a humorous way of telling about it, when her attitude could've been much more angst-ridden (and thus probably more difficult to stand in the long run—that may be because I'm myself the kinf of person who's cry for five minutes, then throw in bad jokes all the time just to deflect the fear and pain). She's also determined to take things into her own hands (even though this leads her to other mishaps), and not to let other people only try to figure out a solution.

Another thing I appreciated is the role played by her father: in a lot of novels, the protagonist's parents often get shoved out of the way very quickly, and the teenagers left to their own devices. Here, her father is clearly part of the plot, with a fierce desire to help and protect, proving his love for his daughter by the simple fact that, for starters, he's not rejecting her. And let's not forget Bruce, who I absolutely loved for his own quirks.

What may or may not undo this book for a lot of readers, I think, is its 'over the top/cheesy slash movie' feeling—in that either you like such tropes, or you don't. I'm usually at ease with those, especially when they're used on purpose, which seems to be the case here; but I suppose this would deter other people from enjoying this story. There was also Kirk's matter: the characters suffers, in my opinion, from being introduced too fast for who he is, and he would be more enjoyable if the reader could get to know him better before that.

I originally gave 3 stars to this novel, but truly, it was more like 3.5, and now that I'm writing this review, I've decided to up it to 4. It *was* a very entertaining story, and I like the author's take on zombies and on how they come to be created.
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review 2011-10-12 00:00
The Wickersham Family in America - Gay W... The Wickersham Family in America - Gay Wickersham Davis Truly a masterful effort on the part of Gay to put together this massive record of the Wickershams.
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