June 23rd, 2010

Kindle app

46-50 (Mercy Thompson series)


46. Moon Called (Mercy Thompson, Book 1) - Briggs, Patricia
47. Blood Bound (Mercy Thompson, Book 2) - Briggs, Patricia
48. Iron Kissed (Mercy Thompson, Book 3) - Briggs, Patricia
49. Bone Crossed (Mercy Thompson, Book 4) - Briggs, Patricia
50. Silver Borne (Mercy Thompson, Book 5) - Briggs, Patricia

So, this is a werewolf series, with plenty of vampires and fae and witches, too. The heroine shapeshifts into a coyote. This puts her at odds with the werewolves and such. She much weaker than them physically, and she's an outsider in their testosterone-laden pack-based world. Magic works strangely around her, and she smart and stubborn, so she's always the only one who can save the day. You know, the usual. I generally liked the series, but as with most of these I like the mystery better than the romance. I think Briggs handles the gay characters better than some (*cough* P.C. Cast *cough*).

Collapse )

Up next, two more Briggs books set in the same universe, but not about Mercy Thompson (yay, because I'm a little sick of her, and not only because of the situation mentioned above).

P.S. - How is there no werewolf tag?

P.P.S. - I wrote up a not-terribly coherent rant on my personal journal related to ONE of the problems I have with the Mercy Thompson books, and with other "genre" books I've been reading. Inspired by the movie "10 Things I Hate About You," I call it "the beer-flavored nipples problem."

Books 11 - 20.

11. The Koran (transl. NJ Dawood)
Worth of reading, though repetitive (probably on purpose). A lot.

12. St John Of The Cross - The Dark Night Of The Soul (Finnish translation)
Needs concentration from reader, but good experience.

13. A. Rice - Interview With The Vampire
Finally getting round to reading the last two books I haven't read yet. I read the books not in order, but it doesn't make me confused. Funny and sad to see Daniel so eager and naive even after the story (knowing the mess he'll be later).

14. The Pillow Book Of Sei Shonagon
Gossip from Heian era court. Very easy to imagine the view, and delicious. :)

15. A. Rice - The Vampire Armand
See above. I prefer this over "Marius", and it has good movie-like scenes all over. A good way to end my reading. :)

16. Finley - The Rosary Handbook
What it says; the basics.

17. St Catherine Of Siena - The Dialogue
Great symbols; saw the church she's kept in now this spring when I was in Rome.

18. Time Out 1000 Books To Change Your Life
19. Time Out 1000 Films To Change Your Life
To see what I've missed. I could easily see how they had to fit things so that the sum would be 1000 though there'd for sure been more to mention from all who wrote *lol* Well-picked by-theme categories. Got more out of the books one, but both are still pretty equally good.

20. Woolf - A Room Of One's Own (Finnish translation)
Slim but packing a lot, and a lot of the frustration can be still found in some ways for us now; some predictions read funny but interesting now, too.
  • Current Music
    Buzzcocks - "I Can't Control Myself"

Book 26

Title: Say You're One of Them
Author: Uwem Akpan
Themes/Topics: Slavery, War in Africa, Children, Graphic Violence

This is a tough book to describe.  It is a collection of short stories set in different locales in war-torn Africa.  A simple summary of my feelings would be uncomfortably educational.  The violence is graphic and horrific and the presence of children in each tale makes it all the more awful.

Even so, the stories are filled with hope because they show that even when faced with extraordinary situations, obstacles, and bigotry, the human spirit can remain strong. 
bear jew

(no subject)

Title: Geektastic: Stories from the Nerd Herd
Author: Holly Black and Cecil Castellucci
Year of Publication: 2009
Genre: YA, anthology
Pages: 403
First Line: --

Summary: With illustrated interstitials from comic book artists Hope Larson and Bryan Lee O'Malley, Geektastic covers all things geeky, from Klingons and Jedi Knights to fan fiction, theater geeks,a nd cosplayers.

Source: Back of book

Review: Like I did for The Poison Eaters I will be doing this by individual story.

1. "Once You're a Jedi, You're a Jedi All the Way" by Holly Black and Cecil Castellucci. Not wonderful. I felt there was something missing throughout. And I was kind of confused through a lot of it. But it wasn't awful, either. I probably wouldn't have started off an anthology, as an editor, with one of my own stories, especially when the anthology had better ones to offer, but, whatever.

2. "One of Us" by Tracy Lynn. I don't remember this one. I'll have to flip to the story to refresh myself. (I say that because I think the memorability of a story is important. And I'm doing this only by looking at the table of contents.) OH! OH! This was actually a really good one. Very interesting and pretty funny. Maybe memorability isn't a great judge? No, it is, but, this one was good. Really.

3. "Definitional Chaos" by Scott Westerfeld. I was totally expecting more from Westerfeld. This story was super confusing throughout.

4. "I Never" by Cassandra Clare. Awesome. I loved the idea of this (although it's a total "don't do this at home, kids" story). It was super cute.

5. "The King of Pelinesse" by M.T. Anderson. Uh-oh. I don't remember this one, either. Oh. This one was odd. An interesting idea, but I'm not sure I liked it. Kind of creepy.

6. "The Wrath of Dawn" by Cynthia and Greg Leitich Smith. Well. No. This was disappointing, also. It wasn't horrendous, but I wasn't impressed.

7. "Quiz Bowl Antichrist" by David Levithan. This story was pretty awesome. Sometimes I really like Levithan, other times I don't. This time I did. Fairly original, very funny.

8. "The Quiet Knight" by Garth Nix. A great idea. I loved the main character. I was annoyed that Nix changed the spelling of one of the character's names towards the end for no reason -- like, it was a typo/editing issue. And it was annoying.

9. "Everyone But You" by Lisa Yee. I vaguely remember this. But not really. Oh, right. This was weird. I felt like it didn't belong in this anthology. Or any anthology, really. I didn't really see the point. I mean, I did, but...I don't know. Not impressed.

10. "Secret Identity" by Kelly Link. Also not remembering. Okay. I just didn't know the title. This was totally creepy. Like, woah, ew. It was an interesting idea, but oh my God, so gross. Far too forgiving of the main character, I think. And some parts didn't really make sense to me.

11. "Freak the Geek" by John Green. I was really looking forward to this one but was disappointed. It's the only thing I've ever seen written by John Green (and I think I've read it all) in a girl's point of view. There was a reference he made that I was all excited about, but other than that, I was not impressed.

12. "The Truth About Dino Girl" by Barry Lyga. I loved this until the end. The end was awful and horrific and I hated it. Seriously. You'd have to read to understand, but it was just really awful. (And not in a "bad writing" kind of way, the character was just. . .oh my God.)

13. "This Is My Audition Monologue" by Sara Zarr. Totally weird. Indulgent. Disappointing.

14. "The Stars at the Finish Line" by Wendy Mass. I. Loved. This. It was super. Interesting idea, good characters, I loved it all.

15. "It's Just a Jump to the Left" by Libba Bray. Another creepy one. And not because of the RHPS references. It was just. . .Cawley was odd, and, just, ugh. Creeps. Anyway, unimpressed again. Characters were annoying.

Overall: The stories that were good were REALLY good. Aside from that, I was disappointed.

Worst part: The creepiness of so many of the characters. Seriously.

Best part: Mass' story. Wonderful.

Grade: C+

Other Books by This Author: Black and Castellucci each has individual novels as well as work they've done with others. I'm too lazy to list it.

46 / 50 books. 92% done!