27 March 2013
That was a lovely book. I don't know how much I'll remember of it in a month but it was nice. I also started Les Miserables over xmas at my parents house in Oklahoma but got nowhere with it. Perhaps I need an annotated version.
I did just receive my order of the Puffin hard bound copies of Anne of Green Gables and The Secret Garden. Two books I read nearly every spring, and neither of which I have ever owned a copy of (my most read versions were both my sister's copies). They arrived slightly dinged and with smushed head and tail sections and the text block on bob is slightly warped, all of which made me sad as I intend on collecting a shelf-full of these adorably printed books (many are on my Guardian top 100 book list to read anyway) and another of the "grown up" Penguin Classics versions. I do intend to read them so I decided that the poor quality isn't really an issue. Especially at $11.55 each. They're not heirlooms, they're meant to look nice all lined up, which I will do. I really do love the graphic repeating textual motifs. Now whether they are good design or appropriate is another question entirely which I am by wont to get into. I am a sucker for matchy-matchy and shiny, and these books fulfil both, while also (one assumes) being readable.
No new book endeavours on the horizon. I spend most of my free time inexplicably hunched over my phone reading nothing in particular, but I'm hoping to at least make that more interactive and useful time spent.
It's rather interesting to note, too, that I take books and letter writing supplies with me to my many doctor's appointments but apparently have such a quality set finally sorted out that I rarely spend enough time in a waiting room to get anything out, much less read/write. I suppose that is a good thing.
I'd update this with pics & links and all that but I'm composing from my phone and in a lot of pain from some dental work so don't have the capacity to fight with the app to do so.
If you're reading this, sorry. Heh. I'm obviously terrible at this. :)
20 June 2010
Widgets for the three books from Macmillan (Tor):
03 September 2009
17 February 2009
I did, and am now struggling to find good stuff to read. That's actually out.
I picked up Scott Lynch's Lies of Locke Lamora and LOVED IT OMG. I'm currently trying to not read the second book, Red Seas Under Red Skies too quickly because I don't want it to be over yet!
As with George R. R. Martin's Song of Ice and Fire series, Scott Lynch is in the midst of still writing/publishing this one. New books in each series appear to be out sometime later this summer.
I hate waiting!
Anyway, I'll post a quickie overview of the Lies of Locke Lamora and Red Seas Under Red Skies soon. So far they are the first two books I've read (that I'll admit to) this year so far. I also finished the last of Terry Goodkind's Sword of Truth series, The Confessor, in January, but I started reading it in December, so I'm not counting it.
04 July 2008
Books Read since last update:
A Storm of Swords (A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 3)
A Feast for Crows (A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 4)
Terry Goodkind: Debt of Bones (Sword of Truth Prequel)
Terry Pratchett: Color of MagicThe Best of Mrs. Beeton's Household Tips(imported paperback)
King's Dragon (Crown of Stars Volume 1)
Prince of Dogs (Crown of Stars Volume 2)
I've just begun the third volume in the Crown of Stars series by Kate Elliot. Not terribly loving it (it's obnoxious... actual words with one letter changed to make it "fantastical" annoy me to no end. It's a lame crutch used by uncreative writers.) But the story is appealing and there's a lot of books in the series and they're long books, so they'll keep me occupied while other, better books, get published and/or get put into paperback (I rarely buy hardback books, I'm hard on bindings and it's difficult to read a hardback in the bath.)
01 February 2008
Title: Game of Thrones (Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1)
Author: George R. R. Martin (he TOTALLY looks like an epic fantasy novellist should, doesn't he? Seriously, check out his photo. Brilliant! He also has a rather neat-o website. I shall be perusing more! I also added his not-blog to my LJ friends list. Handy!)
Publisher: Random House / Bantam Dell / Spectra
Publish Date: 1997
Type of Book: Fantasy
Date Started: 29 December 2007
Date Finished: 28 January 2008
Acquired from: Barnes & Noble (ugh)
Purchase price: $7.99
Rating (out of 5): *****
THEY KILLED HIM AUGH! NO FAIR!
I totally had a crush on Ned. Bastards. I do see how it's completely necessary for plot advancement, but, c'mon, couldn't you have waited a little longer? *pout*
Well, finished book one. On to book two.
Info post with rating to follow.
13 January 2008
So liking this. At first it was a "dive right in there" sort of world, they just start you out and plop you in the middle of the story, and things explain themselves as you go along. Not my favourite way to start a book, but definitely interesting. The beginning colours how you view the rest of the book as you're reading. You keep it in mind while you're watching the characters make judgements based on information they don't have.... that you do. So very like a mystery but crowded out with high fantasy. Totally loving it.
Sometimes the vocabulary is a bit... repetitive. I think he's used the word "gordet" way too many times. There's GOT to be another way to say "protective neck armor". I AM having to look up words, which is nice. Mostly ones that are "this author has a thesaurus and picked out a word for courageous that sounded more fantasy-y" (ie doughty).
Oh, then there's all the fantasy animals I've only sort of heard of, like direwolves and manticores and such. There's even an overshadowing of extinct-but-maybe-not dragons and all sorts of beasties that lurk in the shadows. Too much fun!
Anyway, I'm totally digging this series. I'm a bit bummed that it's only four(ish) books, but it's taking me a while to get through them, so I'll just enjoy them while I'm here.
Just to point out, each chapter is from the viewpoint of a different character, so you get everyone's story. It's similar to the way Terry Brooks handled the Sword of Shannara and Terry Goodkind wrote the Sword of Truth books. However this time it's formalized, with each character's name titling the chapter. I really kind of like this rigid form.
Speaking of Terry Goodkind, I plowed through the Terry Goodkind Sword of Truth books and I heard (saw) that the final book, the Confessor, is out. I'll be picking that up as soon as it's in paperback and will definitely blog it. I'm extremely interested in the ending. Every book in the series has had the same general structure - stuff is good, shit goes wrong, they work it out, shit might go bad again. I'm wondering how they'll end the cycle. Anyway, that's for the future.
I almost forgot! Game of Thrones even has the "highborn girl that doesn't want to be a lady, but a swordswoman". I LOVE those books! It's just about got EVERYTHING. Loving it!
(I read this, but didn't blog it. I was on vacation in Oklahoma visiting family for the holidays. I intend to start up again when I'm not so addicted to Puzzle Quest... still.)
Title: Sword of Shannara (Sword of Shannara, book 1)
Author: Terry Brooks
Publisher: Orbit / Del Rey / Random House
Publish Date: 2006
Type of Book: Fantasy
Date Started: December 2007
Date Finished: 22 December 2007
Acquired from: Border's
Purchase price: $7.99
Rating (out of 5): ****
11 December 2007
So I picked up the Sword of Shananara and something else. I haven't actually started either one. I've been playing Puzzle Quest.
I fully intend to do a closing post on Forest Mage and and update with whatever I start, but it definitely won't be until I'm done with PQ. It's ... ABSORBING.
MUST SWAP MANA GEMS!!!