Saturday, April 18, 2009

The first Mini-Challenge

This first mini challenge is hosted by Jodie from Book Gazing.

here's what she said about her challenge:
First look over at your read-a-thon pile o' books. Isn't it gorgeous, don't you just want to pet it?

Look through the pile and take a picture of the cover you like the best, for whatever reason. It can be the prettiest, the oddest, the brightest...

Flip the book over and look at the blurb (or look on the inside of the jacket). Now here's the fun, little kid part - recreate the blurb anyway you want. What I'm looking for is some kind of tableau that expresses the main thrust of the book's plot (which the blurb should hopefully capture). You can recreate it using action figures, poppets, stuffed toys, lego creatures, models made from bluetack and paper clips, anything you can find around the house. If you're feeling really ambitious you can get people to help you out - dress them up and take a picture of them acting out the main idea behind the book. Mock it up quickly and have fun doing it :) Snap a picture of whatever you create. The challenge runs from 2pm - 4pm (GMT).

I definitely wanted to pet my stack of books, but then, I pretty much always pet my books when I just walk by. They are too pretty to not touch them!

The book I chose is the German edition of Tess Gerritsen's The Mephisto Club

I don't know why, but I just like the cover. The hand at the throat of the naked woman holds her life in hand, it's powerful, but it is also artsy, as it was taken from a painting.

Here are two pictures of my creation. I have to admit, there aren't many dolls or other figures around here. My brother is 21 and I'm 25, so it's been a while since we played with toys...

The backcover blurb said that the body of a woman is found apparently used in a satanic ritual and during the autopsie, Dr. Maura Iles realizes that the hand found next to the body doesn't belong to the body.

And a closer shot:


  1. I LOVE how you did this mini-challenge! I've still got to figure out how I'm going to approach it...

  2. See I'm just a year younger and I have tons of stuffed animals, ever if all my other toys (like Polly pocket and Sylvanian families) long since went to my smaller cousins. I think it's because I don't have pets.

    You drew a little hand next to here, that's pretty cool. Thanks for entering the challenge:)

  3. LOL that's cute. (or I mean scary sorry LOL) I gotta say though that book cover looks more like a naked person bending over. hehe

  4. LOL How satanic! Good job, that is funny!

  5. i love Tess Gerritsen's books. you've captured some of the creepiness!

  6. Oh, very cool!

    I recently read "The Mephisto Club" and I think your scene captures the book at least as well as the cover you've shown.

    Enjoy your reading!


  7. Thanks everyone! I'm glad you like it :-)
    And Jodie, yes, I drew a little hand. I just had to make the hand visible somehow. I think it might be somewhat important to the plot...