38-40

Mar. 30th, 2010 06:19 am
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38. Elantris by Brandon Sanderson
Adult, Fantasy, 615 pages

I really enjoy this book; the characters have depth, the plots intertwine convincingly, and the resolutions are satisfying on all levels.

39. *A Wizard of Mars by Diane Duane
Young Wizards series, book 9
Young Adult, Fantasy, 550 pages

A Wizard of Mars is a fantastic addition to the Young Wizards series. The story is tight, the characters are wonderful as always, and it's just a great read.

A more complete review will have to wait until I've reread it.

40. *A Girl's Guide to Guns and Monsters edited by Martin H. Greenberg and Kerrie Hughes
includes Vicki Nelson story by Tanya Huff
Adult, Science Fiction/Fantasy, Short Stories, 299 pages

This book has a great title, doesn't it? It does. Unfortunately, the title is the best part of the book. I love good short stories, but these stories are mostly on the mediocre side.



40 / 160 books. 25% done!


21 / 80 *new books. 26% done!


3 / 7 ^non-fiction. 43% done!


11158 / 48000 pages. 23% done!

76-81

Jun. 15th, 2009 11:03 am
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76. Blood Price by Tanya Huff (272) A/Fan

Book one in the Blood series, a supernatural crime novel. I was not expecting a whole lot from this book, so I got just what I wanted: it was fun, a little sexy, and an enjoyable fluff read.

77. Blood Trail by Tanya Huff (304) A/Fan

This book has interesting werewolf pack dynamics, with, of course, the Henry/Vicki/Mike dynamics mixed in. I enjoyed it - this whole series is nice sexy fluff reading without being over-the-top and I like it a lot.

78. Blood Lines by Tanya Huff (271) A/Fan

Creepier than the previous books, but still an enjoyable read.

79. Blood Pact by Tanya Huff (332) A/Fan

The creepy character in this book is not actually the zombie, but the scientist, or rather, the assitant. The ending makes me cry every time, and was a complete shock the first time I read it. Fantastic.

80. Blood Debt by Tanya Huff (330) A/Fan

There's not a whole lot I can say about this book without giving too much away, but the tension between Henry and Vicki is astoundingly well done, and Mike is amazing. Even Tony is given more page time, and has clearly grown.

81. *Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson (592) A/Fan

Vivenna, eldest princess of Idris, has been trained from birth to become the wife of the God King of the neighboring Hallandren. Her youngest sister Siri has spent her seventeen years avoiding her royal lessons. So neither is prepared when their father bends the treaty and sends Siri to Hallandren instead of Vivenna.

But that's only one of several threads that weave through Warbreaker, and only two of half a dozen main characters, all of who are distinct enough to make switching between threads easily followed and fascinating to read.

I very much liked it. There is a slew of interesting characters, some of who are not quite what they seem, and all of who are interesting to read about. The settings are a bit askew from the typical fantasy world, and the magical system is another unique Sanderson one. He has a knack for coming up with unusual forms of magic. The breath-magic in Warbreaker is very interesting in how it's generated and how it can be used. However, the color aspect of it, which was supposed to also be important somehow, never quite made sense. Almost...but not really.

Definitely recommended, especially if you like his other books.



81 / 150 books. 54% done!


40 / 75 *new books. 53% done!


2 / 10 ^non-fiction. 20% done!


25125 / 45000 pages. 56% done!

40-44

Apr. 21st, 2009 09:04 am
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Still behind on posting. First books of April:

40. *Hero of Ages by Brandon Sanderson (576) A/Fan

Like Well of Ascension, I liked this book very much up until the end. It was well plotted with believable characters that I cared about, in situations that made sense within the plot and the universe. I have really liked the unique magic system from the beginning of the trilogy. But the end fell flat and the final resolution really just wasn't interesting.

41. The cat who said cheese (book 19) by Lilian Jackson Braun (272) A/Mys

I'm not sure I ever exactly understood exactly what was going on in this book. The later Cat Who... books are in general not as good as the earlier ones.

42. The cat who sniffed glue (book 8) by Lilian Jackson Braun (288) A/Mys

The mystery in this book doesn't make a whole lot of sense, and the answer sort of comes out of left field, but the rest of the story is as fun as any other Cat Wh...o book.

43. The cat who could read backwards (book 1) by Lilian Jackson Braun (256) A/Mys

Qwill wants the crime desk at the newspaper, what he ends up with is the art beat. It turns out to be more exciting than he anticipated, though, when his new acquaintances start dropping like flies. He takes care of his landlord's cat - the soon-to-be-famous Kao K'o Kung - who helps him solve the case and even saves his life.

Qwill is a fun character, if a bit sexist, and this is a great start to Koko's career as a mystery solver. These books are enjoyable fluff.

44. The cat who ate Danish Modern (book 2) by Lilian Jackson Braun (192) A/Mys

Taken off the newspaper's art beat, Qwill is now assigned to the Fluxion's new interior design magazine. What could go wrong photographing interior design? With Jim Qwilleran and Koko, his unusual Siamese cat, around, what couldn't happen? Robberies, raids, murders, the list goes on. This is the book in which Qwill finds Yum Yum, his second Siamese cat.

For all the murder and mayham in the Cat Who... books, they're light and fluffy (just like a cat!).



44 / 150 books. 29% done!


23 / 75 *new books. 31% done!


0 / 10 ^non-fiction. 0% done!


13174 / 45000 pages. 29% done!

38, 39

Apr. 20th, 2009 09:18 am
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I'm a bit behind on posting (again) so, last books of March:

38. Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson (643) A/Fan

I really like this book. I enjoy the unusual kind of magic in this fantasy world, the dynamics between the characters, and the mystery in the plot - they're fighting against something they don't really understand and don't know how to fight. It's also very well-written.

39. Well of Ascension by Brandon Sanderson (573) A/Fan

I really enjoy this book as well, for the most part. It is a good sequel to Mistborn, a complex plot with characters I care about and a world I believe. Also, I really like Sanderson's writing style.

But I really didn't like the end.

*possible spoilers*

This is book two of a trilogy, so the end of this book is clearly a setup for the next book, and I get that, but...there was this big huge build-up throughout the entire book and at the end, we discover it's all a lie. And something else big happened right at the end, too, and there was also this weird character throughout the book, who was involved in the stuff at the end...so there are at least three important things in this book that really weren't explained at all. Presumably they'll be explained in the third book, but I don't like that much just left hanging. I didn't have this feeling of being left hanging after the first book, and there was a big setup in that for this one. So, as much as I liked the rest of the book, the end left me dissatisfied.



39 / 150 books. 26% done!


22 / 75 *new books. 29% done!


0 / 10 ^non-fiction. 0% done!


11590 / 45000 pages. 26% done!

127-130

Oct. 31st, 2008 08:34 am
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127. A Knot in the Grain by Robin McKinley (192)
128. Wise Child by Monica Furlong (228)
129. Juniper by Monica Furlong (198)
130. Survivor's Quest by Timothy Zahn (416)

I've been sick and loopy (due to prescription meds) all week, so the idea of reading new books is pretty much beyond me. These are all books I've read before - all except the Zahn are books I've read many, many times before.



130 / 150 books. 87% done!


63 / 75 *new books. 84% done!


5 / 10 ^non-fiction. 50% done!


35204 / 40000 pages. 88% done!

Abandonded books:

Alcatraz vs the Evil Librarians by Brandon Sanderson

I tried. I really, really wanted to like this book. I think the characters and the story and the humor have a lot of potential, and I generally think Sanderson is a great writer, but something about this book just rubbed me the wrong way. Perhaps it was the way that Alcatraz kept talking to the reader, which I tend to find uncomfortable. I think I would have liked it a lot better if it had just been a straight fantasy book rather than one of those books that insists that it's not actually a fantasy book, it's really actually true!

101 Most Influential People Who Never Lived by Dan Karlan, Allan Lazar, and Jeremy Salter

The idea of this book is fantastic. The excecution? Not so much. I was expecting a book by people who had researched how various characters had influenced Western society. With, you know, actual research and credentials and stuff. Not a couple guys sitting around trying to think up who they thought were the most influential fictional characters. I was extremely disappointed by this book.

45-46

Apr. 30th, 2008 06:27 pm
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45. Elantris by Brandon Sanderson (615)

This is a well-written fantasy novel that I enjoyed even more the second time around.

46. *Four and Twenty Blackbirds by Cherie Priest (285)

I really like Cherie's blog ([livejournal.com profile] cmpriest), so I decided to check out one of her books. This will make her the third author whose books I read after I was already a fan of their blog. I am not a big fan of horror, though, so I made [livejournal.com profile] blue_ant read it first, so she could tell me if I'd be able to read it or not.

Eden is an orphan who occasionally sees the ghosts of her dead relatives, has a cousin who keeps trying to kill her, and that's just the beginning of her family dysfunctions. She finds out just how crazy it all is when she starts probing into her family's past - but if she hadn't, things could have turned out a whole lot worse...

I did like it, although not quite as much as I expected. Eden never seemed to take much of anything seriously, and the book was in first person, so the whole book had a rather sarcastic tone and a pretty even level of emotion. Which on the one hand, meant it wasn't especially scary, even for a horror-phobe like me, but on the other hand...it felt like it should have been scarier.

47. The Shockwave Rider by John Brunner (246)

This has been one of my favorite books since I first read it in high school. It is definitely dated, with an optimistically organized and truthful version of the internet (or "data net") and pessimistic views of the US future, but I've always enjoyed the way the story is told - it starts out as a series of flashbacks that eventually work up to the present time, and has random thought-provoking (to various degrees) quotes and questions peppered throughout the book.



47 / 110 books. 43% done!


18 / 75 *new books. 24% done!


2 / 10 ^non-fiction. 20% done!


14440 / 33000 pages. 44% done!

Currently reading:
Sunshine by Robin McKinley
Steampunk edited by Ann & Jeff Vandermeer

108-112

Jan. 3rd, 2008 03:36 pm
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Originally posted in September of 2007 in [livejournal.com profile] fiveforsilver:

108. Old Man's War by John Scalzi (313)
109. The Ghost Brigades by John Scalzi (317)

I very much like these books. I would like to reread The Last Colony, the third book in the trilogy, which I've only read once, but I lent it to my sister some months ago and she hasn't returned it yet (hint hint).

110. *Night Watch by Sergei Lukyanenko (455)

I have seen the movies Night Watch (dubbed) and Day Watch (with subtitles) and I really liked both of them - even the dubbing in the first one didn't bother me after I got used to it, though the subtitles are astonishingly well integrated into the movie, in a way I've never seen before. So, my sister lent me this book, which I believe both movies are based on.

I will have to reread it - I kept comparing it to the movies, not in quality because both the movies and the book are very good, but in plot and even somewhat characters, which are different. I understand why the changes were made for the movies, and I think they did a wonderful job, but it makes what is already a dense and somewhat confusing story even more so.

So, I really liked the book, but I don't think I can really judge it properly without reading it again.

111. *The Well of Ascension by Brandon Sanderson (573)

I really enjoyed this book. I couldn't put it down. I stayed up late reading and so on and so forth. It was a good sequel to Mistborn, a complex plot with characters I cared about and a world I believed. Also, I really like Brandon's writing style.

But I really didn't like the end.

possible spoilers )

112. *Dragonhaven by Robin Mckinley (342)

I was very disappointed with this book.

Long review. Contains spoilers. )

Zokutou word meterZokutou word meter 112 / 100 books (112.0%)
Zokutou word meter 53 / 50 *new books (106.0%)
Zokutou word meterZokutou word meter 36,953 / 30,000 pages (123.2%)

101-107

Jan. 3rd, 2008 03:30 pm
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Originally posted in September of 2007 in [livejournal.com profile] fiveforsilver:

Last two books from August:

101. *Evolution's Darling by Scott Westerfeld (290)

I got this book from the library because I love Westerfeld's YA science fiction and fantasy books. This, I didn't like so much. I couldn't really connect with the characters, I didn't really care about them. It didn't have anything to do with the fact that one of them is an artificial intelligence - I've read numerous other books with AI characters that I liked or loved. This seemed more like an exercise in how many weird things could be packed in one short novel. And there was a lot of sex. Really strange sex.

I did very much like the end of the book, but it didn't make up for the rest of the weirdness.

102. *Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson (643)

I read really liked this book. I enjoyed the unusual kind of magic in this fantasy world, the dynamics between the characters, and the mystery in the plot - they're fighting against something they don't really understand and don't know how to fight. It's also very well-written.

(I left the original of the above entry in place here because there are a couple of comments from the author of Mistborn there :)

103. Peeps by Scott Westerfeld (312)

Great book. The writing is excellent, the story is intriguing, and the characters are believeable. It's fun to read a different take on the vampire myths.

Midnighters Trilogy by Scott Westerfeld
104. The Secret Hour (383)
105. Touching Darkness (439)
106. Blue Noon (505)

I like these books - I just love Westerfeld's writing style and ability to create distinct, believeable characters in unique settings. Well, ok, the high school setting isn't exactly unique, but the secret hour certainly is.

107. *The Riddle of the Wren by Charles de Lint (289)

This book was disappointing. I read de Lint's urban fantasy The Blue Girl earlier this year and thought it was wonderful, so when I was at the library, I picked up another of his books. This one is high fantasy, though, not urban, and it is...just...blah. Everything is Standard Fantasy; Standard Fantasy main character, Standard Fantasy plot devices, Standard Fantasy help along the way. It's just boring.

Zokutou word meter 107 / 100 books (107.0%)
Zokutou word meter 50 / 50 *new books (100.0%)
Zokutou word meterZokutou word meter 34,953 / 30,000 pages (116.5%)

57-63

Jan. 3rd, 2008 12:51 pm
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Originally posted in May of 2007 (multiple posts combined) in [livejournal.com profile] fiveforsilver:

Last book of April:

57. *Wicked by Gregory Maguire (407)

Umm.

It was okay.

Review may contain spoilers )

I'm glad I read it, to know what people are talking about, but it's not a book I plan to read again.

58. *Inkspell by Cornelia Funke (635)

Sequel to Inkheart. I bought this book because I was tired of waiting for it to be available in the library.

I liked it. I thought this was better than the Inkheart - particularly since, as I reread my review, I liked the last quarter of Inkheart best. I look forward to the release of the final book.

59. Searching for Dragons by Patricia C. Wrede (242)
60. Calling on Dragons by Patricia C. Wrede (244)
61. Talking to Dragons by Patricia C. Wrede (255)

The 2nd, 3rd, and 4th books in the Enchanted Forest Chronicles. The 1st book, which I guess I left at my parents' house, is Dealing with Dragons. The 2nd involves searching for a missing dragon, the 3rd involves searching for a missing sword, and the 4th...the 4th is a quest in which the objective isn't known until it's found. But oddly enough, it works. There are lots of fairy tale references - quirky fairy tale references. All in all, they're fun books.

62. Quest for a Maid by Frances Mary Hendry (270)

Another YA book that I still enjoy greatly, this one historical fantasy. Meg's father is a shipwright and her eldest sister is a witch. The plot shifts between things of major importance - the death of the king and who's to succeed him - and things of local importance, like Meg's betrothal and adventures with her friends; but they're also all mixed together.

Meg reminds me a little of Lyra from Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials, though Meg is a nicer girl from the beginning.

63. *Elantris by Brandon Sanderson (615)

I finally finished Elantris, a bit late for online book group discussion it was for, but that's ok. I really enjoyed this book; once I got started with it, I could barely put it down, and it took me only a day, day and a half to read it. I thought the characters had depth, the plots intertwined convincingly, and I really liked the resolutions.

I will probably reread this book some day, unlike many of the new books I've read recently.



63 / 100 books (63.00%)
35 / 50 *new books (70.00%)
19416 / 30000 pages (64.72%)


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