Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Crows rule, and last chance at REAWAKENED ARC

A new study shows that crows are the smartest non-human animal, including chimpanzees. Take that, you damned dirty apes!

As some of you know, I'm not fond of non-human primates. They freak me out. Maybe I'm particularly susceptible to the Uncanny Valley, an innate revulsion to things that are almost human but not quite. Like mannequins or clowns or [insert easy celebrity joke here].

But I was able to get past my pithikosophobia recently to read the Y: The Last Man graphic novel series. I loved it despite the monkey.

(I should add that I didn't like the ending, partly because my favorite character was killed, and between that and Harry Potter and The Dark Tower and The Sopranos and Deadwood and Twin Peaks and Six Feet Under, I am forever swearing off series. My favorite characters always always always bite it in the last few episodes or final book. Not that I have room to talk, but hey.)

Where was I? Oh yeah--I hate monkeys, but I'll still read about them if the rest of the story is good.

How is this relevant to The Reawakened? Well, when I wrote this book, I figured it was the last in the series, so I would go for broke, write it exactly the way I thought it should be written and not worry about what people thought. Some of you will love it, and some of you will hate it. I respect that.

One of the risks I took was making two of the lead characters have the Aspect of Snake. Many people don't like snakes. But I always try to subvert stereotypes in my work, turn traditional symbols of evil (like crows or snakes) into something redemptive, and turn traditional symbols of good (like the sun or the color white) into something oppressive (i.e., the Ilion nation).

The Snake Spirit's domains are fire and sex (and, to a lesser extent, memory). So when our two Snakes, Sura and Dravek, meet for the first time, things get figuratively and literally H-O-T. This is bad for a lot of reasons I won't go into in this post. But Snake is one bad-ass Spirit who will not be denied.*

So....for a chance to win an Advance Reader's Copy of The Reawakened, all you have to do is answer the following poll in the comments (or e-mail me at if you feel shy):

Snakes are:

a) cool
b) gross
c) scary
d) sexy
e) more than one of the above (please specify)

That's it! I'll take entries through 11:59pm Eastern time Sunday night, then draw a random name to win an autographed ARC of The Reawakened. These suckers are pretty scarce, so it's a nice prize if you can get it.

If you comment as anonymous, make sure you check back to see if you won, or leave a way for me to get in touch with you.

Also, there's one more day to enter the drawing for autographed copies of Eyes of Crow and Voice of Crow. That's two free books for one lucky person. Read them now and get ready for The Reawakened's November 1 release.

Good luck!

Now playing: Our Lips Are Sealed - The Go-Go's
via FoxyTunes

*Ask Indiana Jones and Neville Flynn if you don't believe me.

EDITED TO ADD: This just in: THE REAWAKENED just got a Top Pick review from Romantic Times--that makes it 3 for 3 for the trilogy! Hat trick, bay-bee! I'll post the review tomorrow.

EDITED TO ADD MORE: The winner of the REAWAKENED ARC is...flip! Flip, please send your mailing address to jeri AT Congrats, and thanks to everyone who entered!

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*rubbing hands together* this is my last chance for an ARC!

I dislike to look at snakes. My answer is b-gross. They just creep me out because they have no legs.

When I was younger my sister had one and I thought it very sad that the cute little mice she had in a cage was merely for food! The snake passed away from an illness, but one of the cute mice survived a long lived life in MY room. Her name was Miss Mouse :).

Posted by: Blogger Amy C at 9/24/2008 4:03 PM

I must comment here also

Snakes are normally gross and scary to me but if the story has a tall dark haired snake it could be very sexy.

Posted by: Blogger MEME at 9/24/2008 4:04 PM

Amy: That's so funny about the mouse outliving the snake! I couldn't keep mouse-eating snakes--I'd get too attached to the mice. They'd have to be insect-eating snakes. Or better yet, monkey-eating snakes!!

MEME: You'll like Dravek, then. He's tall with black hair and black eyes and...well, soon I'm going to write a post about how the entire carefully planned book went off the rails when he walked onstage. I've never had that happen before.

Posted by: Blogger Jeri at 9/24/2008 4:15 PM

Snakes are cool, I love watching the snake cage in zoos. On the other hand running into a rattlesnake hiking in the desert is one of the most scary experiance I have had. Of course imagining the sinuous undulating aspects of, ahem...very sexy but of course the snake scene in Indianna Jones is completly gross.

See what law school has done to me.

Posted by: Anonymous Anonymous at 9/24/2008 4:16 PM

Snakes are both scary and cool. For me it's all about context; if I see one in the wild, I'm freaked out but if it's a pet or safely in a cage I'm fine with it. And I think it's cool that you are subverting the stereotype of snakes being evil; after all, the Romans used snakes to represent the genius of the household, while non poisonous snakes inhabited the temples of Asclepius, the Greek god of healing.

Posted by: Blogger Kimberly B. at 9/24/2008 4:41 PM

I love snakes. I have always liked snakes even as a kid. They are sexy and cool.

Posted by: Blogger flip at 9/24/2008 4:44 PM

Congratulations on the Hat Trick! can't wait ti read the review.


Posted by: Anonymous Anonymous at 9/24/2008 6:54 PM

Well, I like snakes. I think they are sexy and smooth, and beautiful.

Just wanted to add my 2 cents.

Posted by: Anonymous Anonymous at 9/24/2008 11:31 PM

ooOOOOooo! Snakes! I like snakes,so I would say they are cool. They intrigue me. But, since I am fearful of the poison ones and cobras (though they look pretty cool), I have to say they are scary, too. Cool things can be scary, and I think snakes are both. Plus, the way they move is pretty awesome. ^^

I think of Jafar slithering and darting about, not that he is cool, but he does have that ever so energetic "ecstatic" that cracks me up.

Tiffany M.

Posted by: Anonymous Anonymous at 9/25/2008 12:35 AM

My answer is scary and cool.

When I was little I was deathly terrified of snakes. Where we lived they used to chase us in the yard (black racers).
As a teen one of my friends had a boa named Damian. That didn't bode well.
Becoming an adult I realize they have their place BUT that place is not around me.
My children (teens) thought it would be funny one day to bring a dead one into MY HOUSE.
Needless to say they no longer think pranks like that are funny.
The only reason they are cool is because they eat RATS!

Posted by: Blogger Heather at 9/25/2008 12:41 AM

It's e for me, I think snakes are sexy and cool. My kids would freak out when I would want to hold one at the local pet store. Fun times, lol.

Posted by: Blogger Cathy at 9/25/2008 1:06 PM

I would have to say that I would definitely like him. I like my men tall, my hubby is 6'4" and I am 5'1"..

Posted by: Blogger MEME at 9/25/2008 2:18 PM

Snakes are:

a) cool
b) gross
c) scary
d) sexy
e) more than one of the above (please specify)

C for me. I get creeped out walking in fields with tall grass because I've always lived in areas with rattlesnake populations. According to one of my bio professors, humans are born with an instinctive fear of a snake's rattle.

Metaphorical snakes are less scary.

Posted by: Blogger Liviania at 9/25/2008 4:16 PM

Hey Jeri! I am thinking scary and cool. Cool as creatures, not so cool when you walk up to a rattler in the wild:)

Posted by: Blogger Tammys at 9/25/2008 4:55 PM

Hey Jeri! So excited about your upcoming release. In regards to your question I'd have to say all of the above.

Snakes are definitely cool creatures, both figuratively speaking and literally. They have a calm head and a steady, unrelenting take to everything. Gross, of course-- have you ever seen one devour its prey? Shed its skin? Felt their scales moving across your skin as they tighten their muscular bodies around a wrist? It's not a pretty sight. While amazing, not exactly a savory thing to watch (Thank you Discovery Channel :D ). Scary, definitely. I think most people would cringe at the thought of being bitten by a snake- especially ones with nicknames such as the '7-step snake'..take 7 steps and poof, the lights go out for good. Sexy? Darn straight they are. Using words such as 'serpentine' or 'side-winding' have long been used to describe movements on a dance floor, or particularly graceful individuals.

All in all I believe that snakes should be both revered and respected. Cold-blooded, ruthless killers though they may be, snakes are one of natures most perfect predators. They should be respected as such.

Have a great day! :)


Posted by: Anonymous Anonymous at 9/25/2008 5:36 PM

Snakes are definately c - scary.

Ever see the Witches of Eastwick? Well my sister did. When she bought my brother a Red Tailed Boa for his birthday the first thing she did was put it in my bed while I was taking a nap. Kudos to me for not jumping up and screaming when I woke up and realized there was a snake slithering on my body. But that paralyzing terror and lack of breath always comes back at the mention of snakes. Definately scary.

Posted by: Blogger claritysheen at 9/26/2008 1:37 PM

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Posted by: Blogger claritysheen at 9/26/2008 1:38 PM

Okay!!! I have to say that they are both COOL and SEXY. Sorry, girls, but i actually have a ball python by the name of Angel and have had him for almost eleven years. I love snakes soooooo....that's my opinion and I am sticking to it. LOL!!!

Posted by: Blogger Chesh at 9/26/2008 11:39 PM

My answer would be C-Scary! I'm deathly afraid of them, when I see one I run in the opposite direction!

Posted by: Blogger tetewa at 9/27/2008 9:54 AM

The winner of the REAWAKENED ARC is...flip! Flip, please send your mailing address to jeri AT

Congrats, and thanks to everyone who entered!

Posted by: Blogger Jeri at 10/01/2008 10:24 AM

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