sulwen: (books)
I spent part of this morning compiling a reading list.

My husband and I own a lot of books. A LOT. We've spent every Christmas since we've been together asking for bookstore gift cards. This has resulted in more books that I can possibly keep up with, especially considering how much of my reading has actually been fanfiction over the past two or three years. It's time to work through some of the list.

These are all books we own that I have not read and want to read. They are in no particular order.

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It looks incredibly daunting, to see it like this...wow. I need to spend less time online, clearly! I'm a fast reader, but that doesn't matter if I can't tear myself away from my laptop.

Anyone read any of these? Got comments? Recs? Warnings? I'd be curious to hear!
sulwen: (books)
There are a couple books coming out soon (ok, and one not-at-all-soon) that I am totally going to buy and devour the instant they're released. Here's a short list.

The White Road by Lynn Flewelling - May 25

Naamah's Curse by Jacqueline Carey - June 14

"The Wise Man's Fear" by Patrick Rothfuss - March 1 (I'm just so, so happy it has an announced release date!)

Currently, I'm reading Heart's Blood by Juliet Marillier, and it's just lovely so far. She's fabulous at writing likable female protagonists, which is a rare gift, and her worldbuilding and romances are absolutely top-notch. I could read a hundred more like this!
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Just got back from the Patrick Rothfuss book signing. He was super-casual and cool and amazing, and it was just generally an awesome and inspiring experience. If anyone out there reads fantasy and has not yet come across The Name of the Wind, I whole-heartedly recommend it!
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I'm not attempting the fifty book challenge this year. Instead, I'm just going to read, and keep a list, and see where it takes me.

1 - Naamah's Kiss by Jacqueline Carey 5/5

I love Carey and it was fantastic to see her return to form with this novel, the first of a new trilogy. I think she does much better with female protagonists, so that was nice to see here. Moirin is a lovely character and a worthy successor to Phedre. And oh yes, there's sex. Lots and lots. It's not as dark and violent and kinky as it was in the first trilogy, which is a bit sad, but there's much more f/f action, and I do appreciate that when it's done well. I'm very excited to read more!
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Oh, Scott Lynch, how do I love you? Let me count the ways!

1 - YOU DON'T CAPITALIZE GOD IN YOUR LJ. This is a huge, huge thing for me. I don't capitalize god either, and sometimes people get pissy at me. YAY YOU.

2 - On a similar note, you list atheism as one of your interests. HELL YES.

3 - Other interests of yours that make you awesome: age of sail, British television, brunettes, Dark Tower (EEE!!!), Firefly, geek women, George R. R. Martin, Ian Mckellen, Neil Gaiman, Star Trek, Star Wars, Stargate, and Tolkien.

4 - YOU EVEN HAVE A LIVEJOURNAL. THAT HAS OVER 900 ENTRIES.

5 - You posted on inauguration day about how fucking happy you were to see Bush leave office. YAY YOU.

6 - You find the thought of fanfic about your work "immensely flattering."

7 - You named your main character after a Final Fantasy character. That's just awesome.

8 - You'll sign my book if I mail it to you. That's...I have no other word...AWESOME.

9 - You collect old Choose Your Own Adventure novels!

10 - Finally, and most importantly: you are an absolutely fantastic writer. You make my heart pound with excitement. You make me laugh and cry. You take me away from the world for a while, to visit your beautiful, interesting, meticulously crafted one.

YOU. ARE. AWESOME.
sulwen: (books)
1 - The Mirador by Sarah Monette 5/5
2 - Wicked Gentlemen by Ginn Hale 4/5
3 - Transformation by Carol Berg 4.5/5
4 - The Phoenix by Ruth Sims 4/5
5 - I Am America (And So Can You!) by Stephen Colbert 4/5
6 - Sing the Four Quarters by Tanya Huff 3/5
7 - Regeneration by Pat Barker 5/5
8 - Atonement by Ian McEwan 3/5
9 - The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson 4/5
10 - Luck in the Shadows by Lynn Flewelling 5/5
11 - Yarn Harlot - the Secret Life of a Knitter by Stephanie Pearl-Mcphee 5/5
12 - How Not to Write a Novel by Howard Mittelmark and Sandra Newman 5/5
13 - The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro/ White Teeth by Zadie Smith/ The Story of Lucy Gault by William Trevor 3/5, 2/5, 4/5
14 - The Elegant Universe by Brian Greene 5/5
15 - Red Seas Under Red Skies by Scott Lynch 5/5
16 - Bag of Bones by Stephen King 5/5
17 - Tangled Webs by Anne Bishop 4/5
18 - Stalking Darkness by Lynn Flewelling 5/5
19 - Kushiel's Mercy by Jacqueline Carey 4/5
20 - No Plot? No Problem! by Chris Baty 5/5
21 - Hearts in Atlantis by Stephen King 4/5
22 - The Terror by Dan Simmons 5/5
23 - Traitor's Moon by Lynn Flewelling 4/5
24 - The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams 5/5
25 - Shadows Return by Lynn Flewelling 4.5/5
26 - Raised by Wolves: Brethren by W. A. Hoffman 5/5
27 - The Magicians and Mrs. Quent by Galen Beckett 4/5

Really interesting concept: take a Jane Austen/Henry James/Bronte sisters kind of story and stick it in a fantasy world. It was a fun and very different read, although the middle was quite slow. Plus, there was gay, and I totally called it from the very beginning. I'll probably read the next one.

On a side note, I'll definitely be attempting this challenge again next year. I'm honestly shocked at how little I read this year, although I do hope to get to 30 before the month is out. Despite losing, it was a great way to keep track of what I read, when, and how much I liked it.

I may also keep track of the number of words of fanfic I read next year. Writing down every piece would be far too much to handle, but I think I could keep a running WC tally. It's probably astounding.
sulwen: (books)
1 - The Mirador by Sarah Monette 5/5
2 - Wicked Gentlemen by Ginn Hale 4/5
3 - Transformation by Carol Berg 4.5/5
4 - The Phoenix by Ruth Sims 4/5
5 - I Am America (And So Can You!) by Stephen Colbert 4/5
6 - Sing the Four Quarters by Tanya Huff 3/5
7 - Regeneration by Pat Barker 5/5
8 - Atonement by Ian McEwan 3/5
9 - The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson 4/5
10 - Luck in the Shadows by Lynn Flewelling 5/5
11 - Yarn Harlot - the Secret Life of a Knitter by Stephanie Pearl-Mcphee 5/5
12 - How Not to Write a Novel by Howard Mittelmark and Sandra Newman 5/5
13 - The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro/ White Teeth by Zadie Smith/ The Story of Lucy Gault by William Trevor 3/5, 2/5, 4/5
14 - The Elegant Universe by Brian Greene 5/5
15 - Red Seas Under Red Skies by Scott Lynch 5/5
16 - Bag of Bones by Stephen King 5/5
17 - Tangled Webs by Anne Bishop 4/5
18 - Stalking Darkness by Lynn Flewelling 5/5
19 - Kushiel's Mercy by Jacqueline Carey 4/5
20 - No Plot? No Problem! by Chris Baty 5/5
21 - Hearts in Atlantis by Stephen King 4/5
22 - The Terror by Dan Simmons 5/5
23 - Traitor's Moon by Lynn Flewelling 4/5
24 - The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams 5/5
25 - Shadows Return by Lynn Flewelling 4.5/5
26 - Raised by Wolves: Brethren by W. A. Hoffman 5/5

Three words: gay pirate romance. That alone would be enough to make this book awesome. But more than than...it's good. REALLY good. The writing is lovely, the story is exciting, the historical detail is wonderful, the romance is heartwarming and heartwrenching in turns, the characters are interesting and appealing, and there's just exactly the right amount of sex. I honestly could not think of a single way to make this book better. And guess what? THERE ARE THREE MORE.
sulwen: (books)
1 - The Mirador by Sarah Monette 5/5
2 - Wicked Gentlemen by Ginn Hale 4/5
3 - Transformation by Carol Berg 4.5/5
4 - The Phoenix by Ruth Sims 4/5
5 - I Am America (And So Can You!) by Stephen Colbert 4/5
6 - Sing the Four Quarters by Tanya Huff 3/5
7 - Regeneration by Pat Barker 5/5
8 - Atonement by Ian McEwan 3/5
9 - The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson 4/5
10 - Luck in the Shadows by Lynn Flewelling 5/5
11 - Yarn Harlot - the Secret Life of a Knitter by Stephanie Pearl-Mcphee 5/5
12 - How Not to Write a Novel by Howard Mittelmark and Sandra Newman 5/5
13 - The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro/ White Teeth by Zadie Smith/ The Story of Lucy Gault by William Trevor 3/5, 2/5, 4/5
14 - The Elegant Universe by Brian Greene 5/5
15 - Red Seas Under Red Skies by Scott Lynch 5/5
16 - Bag of Bones by Stephen King 5/5
17 - Tangled Webs by Anne Bishop 4/5
18 - Stalking Darkness by Lynn Flewelling 5/5
19 - Kushiel's Mercy by Jacqueline Carey 4/5
20 - No Plot? No Problem! by Chris Baty 5/5
21 - Hearts in Atlantis by Stephen King 4/5
22 - The Terror by Dan Simmons 5/5
23 - Traitor's Moon by Lynn Flewelling 4/5
24 - The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams 5/5
25 - Shadows Return by Lynn Flewelling 4.5/5

The fourth book in the Nightrunner series was much better than the third, but still not quite up to the awesomeness of the first two. I loved that it was once again really focused on Seregil and Alec, although I wasn't a huge fan of them being seperated for most of the story. The writing is still quite good, and there were some serious surprises - I think I actually gasped aloud once or twice. This really felt like the first half of a story, so I'm excited to see where the fifth book takes us. I'm so happy she's continuing the series! Nitpicks aside, Seregil and Alec are some of my favorite characters ever. I love them, and I love their relationship, and I love the series because of it.

So. I'm never, ever going to win this challenge. I spend too much time reading fanfic instead of reading actual books. Bad me.
sulwen: (books)
1 - The Mirador by Sarah Monette 5/5
2 - Wicked Gentlemen by Ginn Hale 4/5
3 - Transformation by Carol Berg 4.5/5
4 - The Phoenix by Ruth Sims 4/5
5 - I Am America (And So Can You!) by Stephen Colbert 4/5
6 - Sing the Four Quarters by Tanya Huff 3/5
7 - Regeneration by Pat Barker 5/5
8 - Atonement by Ian McEwan 3/5
9 - The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson 4/5
10 - Luck in the Shadows by Lynn Flewelling 5/5
11 - Yarn Harlot - the Secret Life of a Knitter by Stephanie Pearl-Mcphee 5/5
12 - How Not to Write a Novel by Howard Mittelmark and Sandra Newman 5/5
13 - The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro/ White Teeth by Zadie Smith/ The Story of Lucy Gault by William Trevor 3/5, 2/5, 4/5
14 - The Elegant Universe by Brian Greene 5/5
15 - Red Seas Under Red Skies by Scott Lynch 5/5
16 - Bag of Bones by Stephen King 5/5
17 - Tangled Webs by Anne Bishop 4/5
18 - Stalking Darkness by Lynn Flewelling 5/5
19 - Kushiel's Mercy by Jacqueline Carey 4/5
20 - No Plot? No Problem! by Chris Baty 5/5
21 - Hearts in Atlantis by Stephen King 4/5
22 - The Terror by Dan Simmons 5/5
23 - Traitor's Moon by Lynn Flewelling 4/5
24 - The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams 5/5

23 - This book was really quite a disappointment after the first two. It definitely didn't suck me in, as the plot was boring and there was far too much time dedicated to establishing the setting. But Seregil and Alec are still some of my favorite main characters, and it was awesome to get to see them in an established relationship after the first two books of getting them together. I'll probably get the fourth book, but after this one, it's certainly not a priority.

24 - A reread. I've read this many, many times, and it still makes me laugh out loud. Awesome from the first word to the last!

I'm never going to catch up on this challenge. I spend too much time reading fanfic these days!

Book Meme

Sep. 27th, 2008 05:12 pm
sulwen: (book)
"The Big Read reckons that the average adult has only read 6 of the top 100 books they've printed."
1) Look at the list and bold those you have read.
2) Italicize those you intend to read.
3) Underline the books you LOVE.
4) Strike out the books you have no intention of ever reading, or were forced to read at school and hated.
5) Reprint this list in your own LJ so we can try and track down these people who've read 6 and force books upon them ;-)

The List! )

Total read: 31
Intend to read: 6
Loved: 11
Hated/Never going to read: 6

Seriously? People have read, on average, six of these? That's SAD.
sulwen: (books)
1 - The Mirador by Sarah Monette 5/5
2 - Wicked Gentlemen by Ginn Hale 4/5
3 - Transformation by Carol Berg 4.5/5
4 - The Phoenix by Ruth Sims 4/5
5 - I Am America (And So Can You!) by Stephen Colbert 4/5
6 - Sing the Four Quarters by Tanya Huff 3/5
7 - Regeneration by Pat Barker 5/5
8 - Atonement by Ian McEwan 3/5
9 - The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson 4/5
10 - Luck in the Shadows by Lynn Flewelling 5/5
11 - Yarn Harlot - the Secret Life of a Knitter by Stephanie Pearl-Mcphee 5/5
12 - How Not to Write a Novel by Howard Mittelmark and Sandra Newman 5/5
13 - The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro/ White Teeth by Zadie Smith/ The Story of Lucy Gault by William Trevor 3/5, 2/5, 4/5
14 - The Elegant Universe by Brian Greene 5/5
15 - Red Seas Under Red Skies by Scott Lynch 5/5
16 - Bag of Bones by Stephen King 5/5
17 - Tangled Webs by Anne Bishop 4/5
18 - Stalking Darkness by Lynn Flewelling 5/5
19 - Kushiel's Mercy by Jacqueline Carey 4/5
20 - No Plot? No Problem! by Chris Baty 5/5
21 - Hearts in Atlantis by Stephen King 4/5
22 - The Terror by Dan Simmons 5/5

This book was pretty close to perfection. It was amazingly, AMAZINGLY written. It sucked me in from the very first page to the very last. I got extremely attached to the main character. I feel like I learned a LOT from reading it, just because of all the incredible historical detail. It was just completely awesome in every way. I would recommend it to anyone, and I'll definitely be reading it again. Along with all his other works... :-)
sulwen: (books)
1 - The Mirador by Sarah Monette 5/5
2 - Wicked Gentlemen by Ginn Hale 4/5
3 - Transformation by Carol Berg 4.5/5
4 - The Phoenix by Ruth Sims 4/5
5 - I Am America (And So Can You!) by Stephen Colbert 4/5
6 - Sing the Four Quarters by Tanya Huff 3/5
7 - Regeneration by Pat Barker 5/5
8 - Atonement by Ian McEwan 3/5
9 - The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson 4/5
10 - Luck in the Shadows by Lynn Flewelling 5/5
11 - Yarn Harlot - the Secret Life of a Knitter by Stephanie Pearl-Mcphee 5/5
12 - How Not to Write a Novel by Howard Mittelmark and Sandra Newman 5/5
13 - The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro/ White Teeth by Zadie Smith/ The Story of Lucy Gault by William Trevor 3/5, 2/5, 4/5
14 - The Elegant Universe by Brian Greene 5/5
15 - Red Seas Under Red Skies by Scott Lynch 5/5
16 - Bag of Bones by Stephen King 5/5
17 - Tangled Webs by Anne Bishop 4/5
18 - Stalking Darkness by Lynn Flewelling 5/5
19 - Kushiel's Mercy by Jacqueline Carey 4/5
20 - No Plot? No Problem! by Chris Baty 5/5
21 - Hearts in Atlantis by Stephen King 4/5

This novel is actually a few related stories. The first two take up most of the book, and they're both awesome. The last few shorter ones aren't nearly as good, and for those I take away one point. But still quite a good read, and one I've been meaning to get to for a very, very long time.
sulwen: (books)
1 - The Mirador by Sarah Monette 5/5
2 - Wicked Gentlemen by Ginn Hale 4/5
3 - Transformation by Carol Berg 4.5/5
4 - The Phoenix by Ruth Sims 4/5
5 - I Am America (And So Can You!) by Stephen Colbert 4/5
6 - Sing the Four Quarters by Tanya Huff 3/5
7 - Regeneration by Pat Barker 5/5
8 - Atonement by Ian McEwan 3/5
9 - The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson 4/5
10 - Luck in the Shadows by Lynn Flewelling 5/5
11 - Yarn Harlot - the Secret Life of a Knitter by Stephanie Pearl-Mcphee 5/5
12 - How Not to Write a Novel by Howard Mittelmark and Sandra Newman 5/5
13 - The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro/ White Teeth by Zadie Smith/ The Story of Lucy Gault by William Trevor 3/5, 2/5, 4/5
14 - The Elegant Universe by Brian Greene 5/5
15 - Red Seas Under Red Skies by Scott Lynch 5/5
16 - Bag of Bones by Stephen King 5/5
17 - Tangled Webs by Anne Bishop 4/5
18 - Stalking Darkness by Lynn Flewelling 5/5
19 - Kushiel's Mercy by Jacqueline Carey 4/5
20 - No Plot? No Problem! by Chris Baty 5/5

This is my fifth or sixth time through this lovely little book. I read it whenever I miss NaNo, and it does a great job of scratching the itch. Chris has a real talent for motivation, and I usually find myself picking up an old project or starting a new one every time I read his book. Highly, highly recommended for any writer.
sulwen: (books)
1 - The Mirador by Sarah Monette 5/5
2 - Wicked Gentlemen by Ginn Hale 4/5
3 - Transformation by Carol Berg 4.5/5
4 - The Phoenix by Ruth Sims 4/5
5 - I Am America (And So Can You!) by Stephen Colbert 4/5
6 - Sing the Four Quarters by Tanya Huff 3/5
7 - Regeneration by Pat Barker 5/5
8 - Atonement by Ian McEwan 3/5
9 - The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson 4/5
10 - Luck in the Shadows by Lynn Flewelling 5/5
11 - Yarn Harlot - the Secret Life of a Knitter by Stephanie Pearl-Mcphee 5/5
12 - How Not to Write a Novel by Howard Mittelmark and Sandra Newman 5/5
13 - The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro/ White Teeth by Zadie Smith/ The Story of Lucy Gault by William Trevor 3/5, 2/5, 4/5
14 - The Elegant Universe by Brian Greene 5/5
15 - Red Seas Under Red Skies by Scott Lynch 5/5
16 - Bag of Bones by Stephen King 5/5
17 - Tangled Webs by Anne Bishop 4/5
18 - Stalking Darkness by Lynn Flewelling 5/5
19 - Kushiel's Mercy by Jacqueline Carey 4/5

The last book of the Imriel trilogy in the Kushiel's Legacy series. I love her writing style, and the plot here was definitely a big improvement on books four and five, but I just don't care as much about Imriel as a character as I did about Phedre, and I never will. Phedre's trilogy will always be perfect to me, and I will read it again and again. There are certainly parts of Imriel's trilogy that I'll read again, but I just don't see myself reading the whole thing. However, I'm still totally devoted to the series and will absolutely be buying the next book when it comes out.
sulwen: (books)
1 - The Mirador by Sarah Monette 5/5
2 - Wicked Gentlemen by Ginn Hale 4/5
3 - Transformation by Carol Berg 4.5/5
4 - The Phoenix by Ruth Sims 4/5
5 - I Am America (And So Can You!) by Stephen Colbert 4/5
6 - Sing the Four Quarters by Tanya Huff 3/5
7 - Regeneration by Pat Barker 5/5
8 - Atonement by Ian McEwan 3/5
9 - The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson 4/5
10 - Luck in the Shadows by Lynn Flewelling 5/5
11 - Yarn Harlot - the Secret Life of a Knitter by Stephanie Pearl-Mcphee 5/5
12 - How Not to Write a Novel by Howard Mittelmark and Sandra Newman 5/5
13 - The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro/ White Teeth by Zadie Smith/ The Story of Lucy Gault by William Trevor 3/5, 2/5, 4/5
14 - The Elegant Universe by Brian Greene 5/5
15 - Red Seas Under Red Skies by Scott Lynch 5/5
16 - Bag of Bones by Stephen King 5/5
17 - Tangled Webs by Anne Bishop 4/5
18 - Stalking Darkness by Lynn Flewelling 5/5

An excellent second volume of the Nightrunner series, with a heartwrenchingly lovely ending. I really love Seregil and Alec, and what's really remarkable is that I love reading about them doing plotty things almost as much as I love reading their slowly developing romance.
sulwen: (books)
1 - The Mirador by Sarah Monette 5/5
2 - Wicked Gentlemen by Ginn Hale 4/5
3 - Transformation by Carol Berg 4.5/5
4 - The Phoenix by Ruth Sims 4/5
5 - I Am America (And So Can You!) by Stephen Colbert 4/5
6 - Sing the Four Quarters by Tanya Huff 3/5
7 - Regeneration by Pat Barker 5/5
8 - Atonement by Ian McEwan 3/5
9 - The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson 4/5
10 - Luck in the Shadows by Lynn Flewelling 5/5
11 - Yarn Harlot - the Secret Life of a Knitter by Stephanie Pearl-Mcphee 5/5
12 - How Not to Write a Novel by Howard Mittelmark and Sandra Newman 5/5
13 - The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro/ White Teeth by Zadie Smith/ The Story of Lucy Gault by William Trevor 3/5, 2/5, 4/5
14 - The Elegant Universe by Brian Greene 5/5
15 - Red Seas Under Red Skies by Scott Lynch 5/5
16 - Bag of Bones by Stephen King 5/5
17 - Tangled Webs by Anne Bishop 4/5

Ah, Anne Bishop...the most entertaining hack this side of Dan Brown. This book, like the others in the Black Jewels universe, is full of seriously fucked-up gender politics, horrible made-up slang that peppers every page, and characters that are hardly more than fanfiction cliches. But damn if it isn't fun to read! This book took me about eight hours to get through - possibly a new record - and though it really didn't add anything to the series, it was quite pleasureable to see Daemon Sadi ("The Sadist") in action again. The perfect piece of fluff to follow an intense and emotional ride like Bag of Bones.
sulwen: (books)
1 - The Mirador by Sarah Monette 5/5
2 - Wicked Gentlemen by Ginn Hale 4/5
3 - Transformation by Carol Berg 4.5/5
4 - The Phoenix by Ruth Sims 4/5
5 - I Am America (And So Can You!) by Stephen Colbert 4/5
6 - Sing the Four Quarters by Tanya Huff 3/5
7 - Regeneration by Pat Barker 5/5
8 - Atonement by Ian McEwan 3/5
9 - The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson 4/5
10 - Luck in the Shadows by Lynn Flewelling 5/5
11 - Yarn Harlot - the Secret Life of a Knitter by Stephanie Pearl-Mcphee 5/5
12 - How Not to Write a Novel by Howard Mittelmark and Sandra Newman 5/5
13 - The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro/ White Teeth by Zadie Smith/ The Story of Lucy Gault by William Trevor 3/5, 2/5, 4/5
14 - The Elegant Universe by Brian Greene 5/5
15 - Red Seas Under Red Skies by Scott Lynch 5/5
16 - Bag of Bones by Stephen King 5/5

731 pages in two days. That's pretty incredible, even for someone who reads as fast as me. King manages to suck me in pretty thoroughly more often than not, but this was ridiculous. Some of my fascination was because I was creeped out, and for some reason, my brain is convinced that if I can only finish the story, the fear will go away - which it generally does. Some of it was that I was emotionally invested in the characters. But more than that, this was an amazingly written story. The main character is a writer, so I was constantly reminded of writing and reading as a writer, and paying such close attention to the craft of this book made me truly admire just how tight it is. Though I love King, there are certainly flaws that show up in his work. Pacing problems, especially at the beginning. Tangents that take us away from the main story. Far too many characters and so many names that you find yourself having to look back to remember which belongs to who. None of these appear in Bag of Bones. This is King when he's simply on, and there's just no better storyteller than that.
sulwen: (books)
1 - The Mirador by Sarah Monette 5/5
2 - Wicked Gentlemen by Ginn Hale 4/5
3 - Transformation by Carol Berg 4.5/5
4 - The Phoenix by Ruth Sims 4/5
5 - I Am America (And So Can You!) by Stephen Colbert 4/5
6 - Sing the Four Quarters by Tanya Huff 3/5
7 - Regeneration by Pat Barker 5/5
8 - Atonement by Ian McEwan 3/5
9 - The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson 4/5
10 - Luck in the Shadows by Lynn Flewelling 5/5
11 - Yarn Harlot - the Secret Life of a Knitter by Stephanie Pearl-Mcphee 5/5
12 - How Not to Write a Novel by Howard Mittelmark and Sandra Newman 5/5
13 - The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro/ White Teeth by Zadie Smith/ The Story of Lucy Gault by William Trevor 3/5, 2/5, 4/5
14 - The Elegant Universe by Brian Greene 5/5
15 - Red Seas Under Red Skies by Scott Lynch 5/5

Honestly, I was going to rate this down a point for having a rather slow and meandering first half - that is, until the ending shattered my heart. This book is wickedly clever, with beautifully drawn characters and a real knack for making you feel what those characters are feeling. All I can say is this: there better fucking be a sequel, and it better fucking resolve what happened at the end of this book.
sulwen: (books)
1 - The Mirador by Sarah Monette 5/5
2 - Wicked Gentlemen by Ginn Hale 4/5
3 - Transformation by Carol Berg 4.5/5
4 - The Phoenix by Ruth Sims 4/5
5 - I Am America (And So Can You!) by Stephen Colbert 4/5
6 - Sing the Four Quarters by Tanya Huff 3/5
7 - Regeneration by Pat Barker 5/5
8 - Atonement by Ian McEwan 3/5
9 - The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson 4/5
10 - Luck in the Shadows by Lynn Flewelling 5/5
11 - Yarn Harlot - the Secret Life of a Knitter by Stephanie Pearl-Mcphee 5/5
12 - How Not to Write a Novel by Howard Mittelmark and Sandra Newman 5/5
13 - The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro/ White Teeth by Zadie Smith/ The Story of Lucy Gault by William Trevor 3/5, 2/5, 4/5
14 - The Elegant Universe by Brian Greene 5/5

This was one of the most intense and challenging books I've ever read. I can't say I understood every sentence, but I do feel that I emerged with a solid general understanding of the theories of relativity, quantum mechanics, string theory, and M-theory. This book kept me interested and entertained throughout, and it seriously blew my mind time and again. I'm very glad I read it and would definitely recommend it to anyone I thought was smart enough to get through it.

I need to pick up the pace of my reading - I'll never make it to 50 books by the end of the year at this rate! If only I could count fanfiction and manga... :-)
sulwen: (books)
1 - The Mirador by Sarah Monette 5/5
2 - Wicked Gentlemen by Ginn Hale 4/5
3 - Transformation by Carol Berg 4.5/5
4 - The Phoenix by Ruth Sims 4/5
5 - I Am America (And So Can You!) by Stephen Colbert 4/5
6 - Sing the Four Quarters by Tanya Huff 3/5
7 - Regeneration by Pat Barker 5/5
8 - Atonement by Ian McEwan 3/5
9 - The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson 4/5
10 - Luck in the Shadows by Lynn Flewelling 5/5
11 - Yarn Harlot - the Secret Life of a Knitter by Stephanie Pearl-Mcphee 5/5
12 - How Not to Write a Novel by Howard Mittelmark and Sandra Newman 5/5
13 - The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro/White Teeth by Zadie Smith/The Story of Lucy Gault by William Trevor 3/5, 2/5, 4/5

I'm counting these three as one because I only read parts of each of them. I totally lost my motivation during the second half of this quarter, and therefore I only did the minimum amount of work needed to get by. Still, I think when you put them together they make up a whole book. I've read Lucy Gault before and liked it, and I'll probably finish Remains of the Day someday, but White Teeth just sucked.

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