February 2nd, 2016

plot bunny hunter

January 2016 reading - slow start

January 2016 reading:

1. A Night of the Seven Kingdoms, by George R.R. Martin (355 pages)
Dunk is a former urchin from Fleabottom in Kings Landing squiring for an old knight, when the knight takes ill and dies, knighting Dunk before he passes. Dunk travels to Ashford and winds up meeting a mouthy boy named Egg on the way, who insists on being his squire, and so begin the adventures of Dunk and Egg. Good read.

2. Dracula, by Bram Stoker (336 pages)
I didn't expect this to be as riveting as it was. It starts a bit slowly and is written in diary and correspondence form as was wont of the time it was written--not in vogue now, but still a classic style. The story, characters, and wonderful descriptions caught my interest quickly and didn't let go. I love that I now understand a lot of references often made in vampire tales to this book. Reading it was long overdue!

January pages: 691

Pages to date: 691

Progress: 2/52

January 2016 comics/manga reading:

1. Naruto: Volume 22, by Masashi Kishimoto (192 pages)
2. Naruto: Volume 23, by Masashi Kishimoto (200 pages)
3. Naruto: Volume 24, by Masashi Kishimoto (200 pages)
4. Naruto: Volume 25, by Masashi Kishimoto (200 pages)
5. Naruto: Volume 26, by Masashi Kishimoto (200 pages)
6. Star Trek Ongoing, volume 9: The Q Gambit, by Mike Johnson (152 pages)
7. Suicide Squad: Volume 5, by Matt Kindt (208 pages)
8. Harley Quinn: Volume 3, by Amanda Conner (176 pages)
9. Saga: Volume 2, by Brian K. Vaughan (168 pages)
10. Guardians of the Galaxy & X-Men: Black Vortex, by Sam Humphries (312 pages)
11. The Walking Dead: Volume 23, by Robert Kirkman (136 pages)
12. Rocket Raccoon: Volume 2, by Skottie Young (136 pages)
13. Crossed: Volume 7, by Christos Gage (192 pages)
14. GTO: Volume 12, by Tohru Fujisawa (192 pages)

January pages: 2,664

Pages to date: 2,664

Progress: 14/200

Book #5: Necessary Lies by Diane Chamberlain

I just finished Necessary Lies by Diane Chamberlain, a historical fiction novel set against the backdrop of North Carolina's eugenics program.

Jane Forrester is a motivated woman of the '60s. Despite her husband wanting her to be the typical housewife, Jane wants a career. She interviews as a social worker and is hired immediately. As part of her assignment, she meets the Hart family. Jane is chastised for not being able to separate her emotions from her work, especially when she learns that the state of North Carolina still has a eugenics program.

I really enjoyed this book. From the writing style to the character development, Chamberlain is a great storyteller. Though I never know from historical fiction how much of it is an accurate portrayal versus poetic license, I never realized that the eugenics program went on so recently in the US. There's something terrifying about that.

I really enjoyed Chamberlain's writing style.

Do you have any suggestions of other, similar books?

Book #5: Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransome

Number of pages: 365

I was read this book when I was young and enjoyed it a lot. When re-reading it, I also discovered that this is the first in a series of 12 books (plus one incomplete at the time of Arthur Ransome's death), which I would also like to read.

The plot is one that I probably took more seriously than I should have when I was a kid, as now I can see that most of what happens is harmless kids' games. I really enjoyed the story of how the "Swallows" of the title set out to sea while on holiday and got into a rivalry with the "Amazons", and I remembered one of my favourite jokes; one of the Amazons changed her name from Ruth because she was told Amazon pirates were "ruthless".

I loved how the book showed the extent of the children's imaginations, for example them pretending their mother was a native whenever she came to visit their camp or making up an epic tale of surviving a violent storm at sea.

The story had a very simple plot, introducing characters like "Captain Flint", said to be a former pirate, who also thinks the children have broken into his houseboat, and ending in an exciting treasure hunt.

I found myself enjoying this book as much as I did as a boy.

Next book: A Dance with Dragons, Part 2: After the Feast (George R.R. Martin)