Remember that time the DC FYA Book Club stalked Mike Mullin, author of Ashfall, and its sequel, Ashen Winter? That was some fun times. I mean, where else could you learn -- over Sangrias, of course -- that as well as writing awesome books, an author happens to be a professional gum-scraper, black-belt holder in Songahm Taekwondo, and a guy who knows a lot about poo?
Well, now that Ashen Winter is almost here (teaser chapter), Mike got together with a group of bloggers (who are his favorties, but shh, don't tell!) to come up with some fun ideas and do a grassroots type of promotion! So for my part, I've come up with a playlist of the top 5 songs for Darla, the kickass girl Mullin's protagonist Alex meets and falls in love with. (And after meeting Mike's wife, we understood his inspiration for writing super-strong, awesome ladies!) While there aren't a lot of songs about curing rabbit meat or tanning their hides, or making bicycle-powered mills for grinding corn, I've chosen a list that not only suits Darla's personality, but that I think she would listen to on repeat. You know, if there was any electricity left to charge her ipod.
1. Sixteen Tons, as performed by Eric Burdon from -- what else? -- Joe Versus The Volcano
I think Darla would enjoy the irony of this particular version, but she'd also dig Johnny Cash's.
2. Eve of Destruction by The Turtles
Darla is obvs. a rock star in her own right, so she'd not only have a lot of classic stuff like The Turtles, but also only the best of today's bands, like:
3. Sons and Daughters by The Decemberists
This is the part of the playlist where Darla gets motivated.
4. Eye of The Tiger by Survivor
And what could be a more appropriate theme for a chick as formidable as Darla but a silly, un-politically-correct song from an all-girl punk band:
5. My Boyfriend's Learning Karate by Thee Headcoatees
Darla would certainly have a giggle over that, and when you're trying to survive the end of the world, what's better than a little laughter?
Check Bending The Spine for a review today, and come back here next week for my review!