I had to read The Winter's Tale for something I'm translating, and while any "A++++++ 5 stars would read again" review is kind of beyond irrelevant at this point - ehhhhhh. The onset of Leontes' jealousy is too sudden to get any dramatic traction, as is his repentance and - well, nigh *every* single plot development, and the denouement hinges on us rooting for Susan Smith here to get his wife and (surviving) kid back. Please remember this the next time someone tries to tell you that The Taming of the Shrew is not meant as a straight take on Shakespeare's views of marriage.
Side note: Good God, was Paulina the most aggravating "all talk, no walk" character. Good job on not serving that kid up on a silver platter to be turned into Purina Wolf Chow, lady. Really excellent, there.
Still Currently reading Eragon by Christopher Paolini, am almost halfway through now.
Book 1 2012:- I started Eragon back in march 2011 while heavily pregnant, and only just getting some me time back as my son is now 6mths old. I read alot when his down for his nap or gone to bed for the night, Am almost halfway through now and am hooked
Genre:- Fantasy, magic very descriptive and detailed
Pages:- 497 currently upto 234 45% done
Thoughts:- Having seen the film before reading the book i was very sceptical, but ever since i started the book i've been hooked. The detail of the dragon and how Eragon trains to become a Dragon rider is brilliant. Will add a more detailed review once im finished.
Hugs Emma x
Hello, this is my first post in this community, please let me know if it's not appropriate in any way. Nice to meet everyone ^^
1) Eulalia by Brian Jacques I saw a copy of a Redwall just kind of randomly at an antique mall so I decided , why not, I would try it. I never seriously read Redwall before, except Triss in high school. This book (Eulalia!) is near the end of Jacques writing career, I think book 17 in the series, but fortunately each volume is standalone. The main character is supposed to be a badger, but one of the characters, a female boxing hare, overshadows him, I think.
Overall, I thought it was pretty charming. My favorite scene was when The hare was tied up by a bunch, but it didn't stop her from taunting them and kicking them in the face- she was completely unfazed no matter what the situation.
Of course, my major complaints for the series in general is that all the 'vermin' species are born evil, and are just unredeemably evil their whole lives, until they are killed. I know it's a children's book but that doesnt mean it has to be so black and white.
2) Muhyo and Rohji's Bureau for Supernatural Investigations by Yoshiyuki Nishi (manga volumes 1-10)
for the second week I read the first half of this under-rated Shonen Jump manga series about Muhyo, a diminuative practicioner of magical law and his assistant. Basically, if they find any supernatural creatures, usually ghosts, they sentence them to either Heaven, hell , or the River Styx (to be absolved of their crimes before eventually gaining access to heaven.) I like how the art style manages to be both cute and scary at the same time. What I like most about this series is that the plot is paced very well, and stays on one track the entire time.
The first volume is a bunch of one -shot stories establishing the characters. My favorite scene is when grumpy Muhyo calls Rohji useless. Rohji decides that he can cheer Muhyo up if he buys him a 'fancy chair' (???) Muhyo calls him stupid again and throws out the chair. Depressed, Rohji sits on the chair and STARTS EATING HIM because it is a DEMON. See, Muhyo was just trying to protect Rohji the whole time from the demon and he is just bad at expressing his emotions and all that. lol.
Volume 2 starts going more in depth into the magical law thing when they go to the Magic Academy and learn about Enchu, Muhyo's former classmate who turned bitter and is now the major villain of the series.
I really like this series and I would recommned it to people who like creative monster design, as it is some of the best I've seen. (My favorite is the owl of no return.) I think all the charactesr are likeable and relateable, and all in all it is a good read.
I finished A Feast of Crows by George R. Martin and reserved the fourth book in the series, A Dance of Dragons. I also read the first book in Sara Douglass' series The Wayfarer Redemption. While at the library I picked up 1Q84, the much acclaimed new novel by Haruki Murakami, who is one of my favorite authors. The reviews have called it a dystopian novel. I'm almost 1/4th way through it and so far don't think it dystopian; rather it seems to be more a dark fantasy. Perhaps I will see why it was called dysptopian the more I read. It IS very engaging, though. I read a bit and then stop to think about what I've read and ponder the threads connecting various parts of the two protagonist's lives.
This is my third book to read for 2012. I'm listening to Christopher Moore's Fool as a digital talking book. It's a very funny take on Shakespeare's Lear and is as off-the-wall as most of Moore's books.