October rewind

Oh shut up it's not that late. Or, I'm sorry, but here it is. Yey. 

Inkheart – Cornelia Funke
Okay, so I was really excited about this book, because the premise seemed freaking awesome, people reading people out of books and all that. I don’t necessarily think the book was bad, it just disappointed me. I wanted it to be so much better. I just didn’t really care. I think there were too many characters for me to care about, and so I didn’t care. I think it was a little annoying. It might have helped if there weren’t so many adults, I feel like there were too many and it made it feel too safe. Also Capricorn wasn’t scary, he was bored. I wanted the book to be a lot better. So I dunno, thumb to like the side, cause I liked the concept and I liked Meggie.

The Girl Who Circumvented Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making –Catherynne M. Valente
This book was freaking awesome. It’s very Alice in Wonderland-y. The writing is just beautiful and September is amazing. She is strong and tough and she is resourceful and she’s badass. She is also sort of flawed, which is freaking awesome. I love her so much. I love Saturday, I love the Wyverary. If I had a daimon I would have a Wyverary. He is delightful. I am really looking forward to the second book and I can’t wait to read it. All the thumbs up.

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams
This was a reread. I have read it before, and Douglas Adams was a fraking genius. I love the writing, I love the story, and the characters, Zaphod is spectacular, Marvin is lovely. I love what an idiot Arthur is, I like the humor and the jokes and the surrealism and I love the weird story. I’m excited to reread the rest. Thumbs up.

Ship Breaker – Paolo Bacigalupi
Ship Breaker is a book set in the future where the main character, Nailer, works light crew. He goes into beached ships and strips off the things that can be sold. He and a friend finds a stranded ship with a lot of valuable stuff to sell. They also find a girl, Nita, who is still alive, the sole survivor. They then have a choice, save this extremely rich girls and have a chance to get out, or strip all the valuables they can take before others notice the ship. I loved the book. I generally like Bacigalupi’s writing, it’s honest and it’s raw and I like it. I loved this book and I’ll find the companion novel and read that too. I got a bit annoyed at Nailer though, no matter how much Nita tries, or how hard she works, he still sees her as this rich girl who can’t do anything or who doesn’t know anything. If she does something wrong he get’s furious instantly. She does really try and I feel like he could try to be more understanding too. I still liked the book, and all the other characters are good. I do think that Nailer is believable because he has lived his entire life in poverty and disadvantage and I understand how he would be angry, I just got annoyed. Thumbs up.

Confessions of an angry girl – Louise Rozett
It was okay. It wasn’t a literary masterpiece, but it was enjoyable enough. It wasn’t meant to be a masterpiece though, it was meant to be chicklit and it worked well as that. The characters were believable and I liked them. So, you know, well done.

The Gargoyle – Andrew Davidson
Some spoilers. I really liked it. It’s a bit weird. I really liked the stories that Marianne Engel told the main character (who didn’t have a name). I liked the little stories, they were cute and interesting. I liked that we got to know Marianne and the main character in the present day and their past life at the same time. I liked that there was no real explanation at the end. Supposedly Marianne and the main character have lived before and been together in the past. Marianne supposedly translated Dante’s Inferno before the first ever translation came out. This book is found in Marianne’s possession at the end, and it’s never really explained and I liked that. Things are never proved or disproved and I liked that. It’s annoying that the main character doesn’t seem to have any reaction to his accident. He was burned to a crisp, lost toes, his penis and his looks. He must have had some sort of trauma, but he comes across as the same asshole he was before the accident, that seems unlikely. No one is that good at compartmentalizing, unless they’re a sociopath. That was annoying, but I did like the rest enough. Thumbs up.