Julie Andrews

I'm a library assistant in a public library and a library science student in the San Jose State University SLIS program. This blog is to track my progress in school and to note things of interest to library students, staff, and patrons. Expect to find reviews, essays, musings, and links.

Current Courses

LIBR 287 - Gamifying Information
LIBR 298 - e-Portfolio

Completed Courses

All of 'em!

“The Blogger’s Apprentice” Books

Over on my The Blogger’s Bride post, K requested I look at The X’s Apprentice, and also note the gender of the Apprentice and the X. So, yes, I do take requests!

These are only fiction titles found in our library catalog.

The Sorcerer’s Apprentice (Nancy Willard) M/F
The Sorcerer’s Apprentice (Ted Dewan) M/M — Of note, the apprentice is a robot, with male pronouns.
The Sorcerer’s Apprentice (Felicity Trotman) M/M (retelling)
The Sorcerer’s Apprentice (Inga Moore) M/M (retelling)
The Sorcerer’s Apprentice (James Ponti) M/M – Disney movie novelization
The Wizard’s Apprentice (Jackie French Koller) M/F
The Shaman’s Apprentice (Lynne Cherry) M/M
The Puppeteer’s Apprentice (D. Anne Love) F/F – The puppeteer is disguised as a man.
The Tiger’s Apprentice (Laurence Yep) M/M – And it’s actually a tiger!
The Midwife’s Apprentice (Karen Cushman) F/F
The Printer’s Apprentice (Stephen Krensky) M/M
The Ink-Keeper’s Apprentice (Allen Say) M/M (a bit of a guess based on the cover image)

The Beekeeper’s Apprentice (Laurie R. King) M/F (Sherlock Holmes is the beekeeper)
The Quilter’s Apprentice (Jennifer Chaiverini) F/F
The Heretic’s Apprentice (Ellis Peters) M/M
The Warrior’s Apprentice (Lois McMaster Bujold) M/M
The Baker’s Apprentice (Judith Ryan Hendricks) F/F
The Alchemist’s Apprentice (Dave Duncan) M/M (Nostradamus is the alchemist)
The Alchemaster’s Apprentice (Walter Moers) M/M (The apprentice is a cat-like creature)
The Philosopher’s Apprentice (James Morrow) M/F
The Healer’s Apprentice (Melanie Dickerson) F/F
The Herring-Seller’s Apprentice (L. C. Tyler) M/F – He’s not actually a herring-seller, pity. It’s really an author and his agent.

One thing I instantly notice is there are no YA titles. Which is odd, considering most apprentices would be YA age, wouldn’t they? Maybe they’re Journeymen by then. (Oddly, only 2 titles with Journeyman, one OSC’s Alvin Journeyman and the other The Glasswrights’ Journeyman by Mindy L. Klasky. That apostrophe is in the correct place. And that one does happen to be YA.)

Lots of magic-related or academic sort of professions there. There aren’t a lot of hands-on type craftsman, which would be more typical of apprenticeships. Where’s the carpenter, the gunsmith, the blacksmith, the other-smiths?

The masters are typically male, as kind of expected. The only ones that are women are a quilter, a baker, a healer, a midwife, and the puppeteer who has to go about as a man.

In at least some of the cases where the apprentice is a girl and the master is not, she’s definitely bucking trends to be that. She might be ‘the only girl’ or ‘the first girl’ or it might simply be uncommon. I can’t give exact numbers without actually reading some of the books.

Or where it’s an M/F relationship and the girl is a little older, it probably involves a romantic relationship developing at some point. That seems to be the case in at least two of the titles listed above.

Absolutely none of them had a female master teaching a male apprentice!

The Highlander Romance Books

Anyone who knows anything about romance books will not be surprised that Scottish Highlanders feature prominently in them. Which brings up the whole issue of cultural appropriation. (Yes, even if your great-great granddad was Scottish on his mother’s side.) I can’t find a good specific post about that to link to, so I’ll link to the FeministSF Wiki page on Racefail ’09, aka the Great Cultural Appropriation Debate of Doom 3 (or 2). I’m sure if you follow enough links, someone will mention all the guys in kilts running around in American-written romance books.

Here is a list of all the romance paperback titles in our library catalog with the word ‘Highlander’ or ‘Highland’ in them.

Untamed Highlander (Donna Grant)
Wicked Highlander (Donna Grant)
Tempting the Highlander (Michele Sinclair)
My Immortal Highlander (Hannah Howell)
The Angel and the Highlander (Donna Fletcher)
The Highlander’s Sword (Amanda Forester)
To Conquer a Highlander (Mary Wine)
Devil’s Highlander (Veronica Wolff)
Seduced by a Highlander (Paula Quinn)
Tamed by a Highlander (Paula Quinn)
Captured by the Highlander (Julianne MacLean)
Claimed by the Highlander (Julianne MacLean)
Highlander’s Curse (Melissa Mayhue)
In Bed With a Highlander (Maya Banks)

Highland Promise/Vow/Hearts/Conqueror/Champion/Lover/Destiny/Warrior/Honor/Bride/Wolf/Wedding/Fire/Captive/Thirst/Sinner/Barbarian/Protector (Hannah Howell) — That’s 18 different books
Highland Vampire (Hannah Howell/Adrienne Basso/Deborah Raleigh)
Highland Scandal (Julia London)
A Highland Duchess (Karen Ranney)
Highland Hellcat (Mary Wine)
Highland Master (Amanda Scott)
Highland Heat (Mary Wine)
Highland Heiress (Margaret Moore)
Taming the Highland Bride (Lynsay Sands)
Sins of a Highland Devil (Sue-Ellen Welfonder)
Heart of the Highland Wolf (Terry Spear)
Temptation of a Highland Scoundrel (Sue-Ellen Welfonder)
Claimed by the Highland Warrior (Michelle Willingham)
Seduced by Her Highland Warrior (Michelle Willingham)

You can definitely see at least one thread running through these. Highlanders are wild and need taming. You could easily substitute ‘Barbarian’ or ‘Werewolf’ in most of these. When they’re not sinning, they’re off seducing people. I guess that’s why they’re popular romance book subjects?

Branching out a little bit, we get titles like these:

The Devil Wears Tartan (Karen Ranney)
The Devil Wears Plaid (Teresa Medeiros)
Real Men Wear Plaid! (Rhonda Nelson)
Must Love Kilts (Allie Mackay)

The Scottish Companion (Karen Ranney)
A Borrowed Scot (Karen Ranney)
Secrets to Seducing a Scot (Michelle Marcos)
Scandal in Scotland (Karen Hawkins)
One Night in Scotland (Karen Hawkins)

Really, guys, you have the whole history of the human race for your historical romances. You have an entire planet. And yet you’re fixated on a century or so of time in a small part of a small part of a small country. Why not branch out a little? And I don’t mean branching out to Wales, as much as Wales is cool. (Even cooler than fezzes.) Although Wales would be a start! I don’t find any titles with Wales or Welsh* in them.

Is it the kilts? Is it honestly the kilts? Because lots of societies in time and space have men in robes or variations on loin cloths. Aren’t those kind of sexy too?

One final thought before I conclude. While some of the ‘Highland X’ ones are clearly women (You don’t think Highland Hellcat is about a guy, do you?), I find myself assuming that all of the ‘Highlanders’ mentioned were men. And I don’t think I’m wrong. Even though roughly half of the Highlanders in existence must’ve been women. Somehow it turned into a gendered word.

UPDATE: Here’s the ones with ‘Laird’ in them.

Sold to a Laird (Karen Ranney)
Taken by the Laird (Margo Maguire)
In the Laird’s Bed (Joanne Rock)

Book Trailer Wednesday – Hollowstone by Dennis R. Upkins

I asked the Outer Alliance Google group for some suggestions. You can expect to see more of their suggestions in the coming weeks.

Here’s one that starts ‘An elite boarding school’. What’s not to like about that? I love school stories.

I’m relatively new to watching book trailers, so I hope by featuring one every week, I’ll learn more about what goes into making a good one. It’s still a pretty new field and there’s lots of creativity and innovation going on.

“The Blogger’s Bride” Books

By request, I bring you The X’s Bride. This is a followup to The X’s Daughter and The X’s Wife books.

This is only fiction books found in our library catalog.

The Dragon’s Bride (Jo Beverley)
The Raven’s Bride (Lenore Hart)
The Doctor’s Bride (Patt Marr)
The Mercenary’s Bride (Terri Brisbin)
The Border Lord’s Bride (Beatrice Small)

The Prince’s Cowgirl Bride (Brenda Harlen)
The Prince’s Pregnant Bride (Jennifer Lewis)
The Earl’s Mistletoe Bride (Joanna Maitland)
The Admiral’s Penniless Bride (Carla Kelly)
The CEO’s Accidental Bride (Barbara Dunlop)
Acquired: The CEO’s Small-Town Bride (Catherine Mann)

Many of these are romance titles, moreso than The X’s Wife were. I guess that makes a little bit of sense, since ‘bride’ implies a wedding as a major plot point, which is generally very romantical. One thing that did surprise me in compiling this list was how many of the brides had adjectives applied to them. Of course all the adjectives are there to be shocking. A prince is marrying a cowgirl? What? She’s pregnant?! Or broke, or an ‘accident’. And I guess CEOs never come from small towns.. or something.

The counterpoint titles:

There are some with ‘groom’ in the title, but they never explicitly belong to anyone. Thanksgiving Groom, The Convenient Groom, etc. And only about half a dozen of those.

Monday’s Awesome Title #5

Hyracotherium Cover Hyracotherium
Marc Zabludoff

This title is not awesome because it’s a silly pun. It’s because there’s actually such a creature as a hyracotherium! Say that five times fast. Then type it five times fast. 🙂 Are two hyracotheriums called hyracotheria? Might have to read the book to find out!

Even the author name is pretty cool on this one.

For the curious, he’s a link to the hyracotherium Wikipedia page.

“The Blogger’s Wife” Books

In a followup to my post about book titles following the pattern of The X’s Daughter, I bring you The X’s Wife.

These are all adult fiction (I didn’t find any teen or juvenile fiction that fit the pattern). This list is not exhaustive; it only includes books I found in our library catalog.

The Doctor’s Wife (Brian Moore)
The Doctor’s Wife (Elizabeth Brundage)
The Witch Doctor’s Wife (Tamar Myers)

The Samurai’s Wife (Laura Joh Rowland)
The Captain’s Wife (Douglas Kelley)
The Soldier’s Wife (Margaret Leroy)
The Sea Captain’s Wife (Beth Powning)
The Sailor’s Wife (Helen Benedict)
The Centurion’s Wife (Davis Bunn/Janette Oake)


The Senator’s Wife (Karen Robards)
The Senator’s Wife (Sue Miller)
The Emancipator’s Wife (Barbara Hambley)
The Diplomat’s Wife (Pam Jenoff)

The Rector’s Wife (Joanna Trollope)
The Pastor’s Wife (Jennifer AlLee)
The Heretic’s Wife (Brenda Rickman Vantrease)

The Pilot’s Wife (Anita Shreve)
The Photographer’s Wife (Robert Solé)
The Headmaster’s Wife (Jane Haddam)
The Saddlemaker’s Wife (Earlene Fowler)
The Kitchen God’s Wife (Amy Tan)

The Tiger’s Wife (Téa Obreht)
The Shape-Changer’s Wife (Sharon Shinn)

The Killer’s Wife (Bill Floyd)
The Sniper’s Wife (Archer Mayor)
The Time Traveler’s Wife (Audrey Niffenegger)

Fewer titles this time, but you can see they fall roughly into the same categories. Some of the professions are even duplicated from the The X’s Daughter list.

And the counter-example here? The Queen’s Husband (Jean Plaidy). That is it. One title.

One thing that makes this list different from the The X’s Daughter books, is that the X in the Daughter books could be a woman. For example, I know in The Bonesetter’s Daughter that the Bonesetter is a woman. But with these, I would be very surprised if any of the wives were wives of female diplomats, sea captains, or saddlemakers.

None of them break gender expectations in the least. How about The Nurse’s Wife? The Kindergarten Teacher’s Wife? The Fashion Model’s Wife? No? *sigh*

Bonus points if you can find all the titles that would fit Amelia Pond. 🙂
Extra super bonus points if you can find the other Doctor Who reference.

In lieu of book trailer, I give you AWESOME

I didn’t post a Monday title this week. It was Labor Day and I was traveling. I could dig up a book trailer for you, since it’s Wednesday now. But instead, I present to you this coolness of total awesomeness.

Mysterious Paper Sculptures

Random acts of sculpture! Book-related sculpture! Library-related sculpture!

I can’t tell you how awesome it is on so many levels. You’ll just have to go read and view the art for yourself.

How to Embed YouTube Videos in Your Posts

Turns out it’s incredibly easy to embed YouTube videos into your WordPress posts. But it’s also quite difficult to figure out how! If you do a Google search trying to learn, you’ll find all sorts of old ways to do it and/or complicated ways to do it. Plugins and embed code and manually editing code. And it turns out none of that is necessary (anymore).

Step 1. Find a video on YouTube.
Step 2. Click ‘share’.
Step 3. Copy the link.
Step 4. Paste the link into your post. Just as plain old text. Just paste it in.


Now if it’s too big, you can change that this way:

Go into WordPress Dashboard->Settings->Media and change the width and/or height under the Video heading. That’s it!

I changed my width to 400 because that works well with my theme and is the right size for my netbook. I’ll test it later on a bigger screen, but I think it’ll be okay.

Book Trailer Wednesday – Spork-Fed by Jenny Engel/Heather Goldberg

I’m not someone who does a lot of cooking-cooking, but I’m addicted to The Food Network. I’m also vegetarian, so this book trailer caught my eye. Does it make you hungry?

The book is Spork-Fed: Super Fun and Flavorful Vegan Recipes from the Sisters of Spork Foods. (Not that I’d ever heard of Spork Foods before.)

Monday’s Awesome Title #4

Skein of the Crime cover Skein of the Crime
Maggie Sefton

You may have noticed by now a fondness for puns in titles. If they’re well-done and unusual, I think they’re great.