Books and Reading, v. 2014
Continued from v. 2013.
Tuesday, 3 May 2016
Life, the universe, pies, hot-pink bunnies, world domination, and everything
Continued from v. 2013.
Bryan Fuller (creator of NBC Hannibal) is on board to co-direct a TV adaptation of American Gods!!!!!!!
Good luck! I personally love these books, despite their flaws. They are in fact dark and depressing, but the story and characters are compelling enough that you keep reading even while crying your eyes out. (Will warn you that there is some graphic violence, especially in later books — not to deter you, just so you go in informed.)
I mean, it is pretty dark, but your father’s opinion shouldn’t hold you back. That series contains the best books I’ve ever read (at least in the past 3-4 years).
Yeah, really the death toll is exaggerated by the fandom. The deaths are generally the ones you least expect, though, which I’ll elaborate on once you’re through the series for fear of spoiling it. I imagine that’s responsible for the reputation, in part.
That’s great! Who are your favorite characters so far? The series does an excellent job at changing your opinions on characters as you progress.
There’s definitely a looot of foreshadowing in the first book, which makes it great to come back for a reread after you finish the series.
Yeah, Catelyn is underrated a lot. She’s a remarkable character.
Finished the book yesterday. Definitely reading on.
I heard that this book was going to be horribly dark and depressing from pretty much everywhere. I think that desensitized me. I didn’t think it was that bad.
Probably it gets worse later. I guess I’ll see.
I think people who think it’s too dark are overblowing it. The hardships make the triumphs more glorious. And characters don’t get away with mistakes–everything they do has consequences, good or bad. The characters seem incredibly real, and it’s easy to root for most of them. The ones you’re not rooting for are just as fun to observe and hate.
Reading this inspired me to actually apply for the teen book reviewer opening at my library. Who knows if it’ll lead anywhere, but I appreciate the nudge anyway.
It’s out? …It’s out!
I’ve been waiting for that book since literally middle school. So… nine years?
Book of Dust is the other one I’ve been waiting on.
WAIT CLARIEL IS OUT I MUST OBTAIN IT IMMEDIATELY
I’ve read it in translation, never the original Spanish. It’s quite an experience.
I’ve neglected it for a similar period and I’ve got decent reading comprehension but I can’t conjugate worth cake anymore. I envy you.
I was not! Bookmarked for later.
Has anybody else here read the Queen’s Thief books? They’re very important.
There’s something so elemental about Susan Cooper’s writing. The Dark is Rising sequence was amazing.
You might enjoy them, even though they’re intended for a younger audience. They’re beautifully written and chock full of allusions to English & Welsh mythology.
Wow, I remember that book! It was amazing! Thank you for reminding me; I’ll have to reread it myself. It was the perfect thing for my little Shakespeare-girl heart.
So today I finished my binge-read of the entire Percy Jackson/Heroes of Olympus series.
someone hold me
A while ago I read Cinder, the first book in the Lunar Chronicles series. Cyborgs. Telepathy. Plucky heroes running around a futuristic city. My needs are simple. (Yes, I know I should read Malindo Lo’s Cinder. I will! I don’t know much about it except that it involves lesbians and an epic adventure of some sort… and that’s all I need to.) A week or two ago, I remembered it and that the sequel had been released, so I read Scarlet, and found out that Cress existed, and just finished that, and there’s about four short stories and the final book and a prequel and *collapses* merrrrp.
It’s one of those situations where I can see so many flaws in the thing I like, but LOVE IT ANYWAY. The technology isn’t that unusual for soft SF, yet it somehow blends the futuristic and fantastic anyway
HPMOR has just released Ch103, after effectively a year-long hiatus, and will start the final arc in two weeks.
Funny story: on Saturday, I was meeting some of my boyfriend’s friends for the first time over dinner, and in a conversation about witches and wizards and warlocks and “are they different? gendered?”, one of the girls I’d never met mentioned “a book series where the witches and wizards really don’t like each other” so of course she meant Dealing With Dragons and we had a nice moment over that.
It’s a good thing we had this conversation here the day before or else I might not have remembered Cimorene’s name, or something embarrassing like that.
One of my favorite series ever! Have you read Sorcery and Cecelia or the Enchanted Chocolate Pot which is by Wrede and Caroline Stevermer?
Has anyone read The Strange And Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender?
I’ve only read part of Tale of Genji but it was actually pretty cool! I oughta read the whole thing at some point.
Yeah… I honestly didn’t really like those books (the Kane Chronicles, that is)
I feel like he did so well with the Percy Jackson/Heroes of Olympus books and he tried to do it again and it didn’t really turn out as well. But that’s just my opinion. I know a lot of people who just love those books.
Also, now he’s writing about Norse mythology. I wonder how that will be.
Have any of you read The Circle by Dave Eggers? It’s about the eminent takeover of social media and end of privacy and I kind of hated it in a way that makes me want to discuss it in minute detail. I had to read it for class and then the instructors only allotted 1 hour to discuss it which is Not Enough. It isn’t super well written but it provokes thought and makes me want to fight somebody.
WOW Watership Down is a good book. Honestly, I didn’t really like it in the beginning, but I loved the second half. And the ending. The ending was perfect. Why did I wait this long to read it?
I actually already did. Some of that stuff is… In a word, interesting. In another… Yikes. Also, I couldn’t help but notice that nobody said a thing about Bluebell. I mean, how could you not like Bluebell? But I digress. Still, though. Think about it. Bluebell, that is. Oh god am I turning into one of… THEM?!?! I have a sudden urge to type “Chuck Norris” in all caps over and over… I am finding myself typing constantly with ellipses… Help me,
Obi Wan Kenobi (insert name here). You’re my only hope! Wait what? A Star Wars reference? What is happening to me???
Thirding Jade and Rosebud’s recommendations for John Dies At The End. Very, very weird, hilarious, and often seemingly a Random Events Plot, but it all comes together in a pretty good sci-fi adventure by the end. Contains alternate universes, Lovecraftian monsters, and horrible puns during fight scenes. John is a great character who’s obnoxious, irresponsible, narcissistic, and always making inappropriate jokes, but at the same time a kind and pure cinnamon roll who unquestioningly stands by his friends. (Plot’s still kind of overstuffed, though.)