was a pretty good month, six books in the bag. Finished a challenge, read some
amazing books. I’m pretty happy with it, let’s go for it.
amazing. The princes are amazing, the princesses are completely badass. This is
the second book in the League of Princes trilogy. The princes are shanghaied by
Briar Rose to find a sword that was stolen from Liam’s family. Briar has an
evil plan to take over the world and the princes need to get the sword back and
somehow keep it out of Briar’s hands. Meanwhile there is funny-ness and jokes,
and the slapstick is hilarious. The princes are surprisingly good at being
heroes, and at the same time they are awful at it. I like seeing Fredrick
coming into his own and being a sort of badass. He tries, bless him. It’s
hilarious. Healy is an amazing writer, and I think the book would work well for
both boys and girls, the princes are cool and interesting, and silly, the
princesses are amazing and cool. And I can’t wait for the next one.
this over like ten days and at times I got annoyed, not because of the book,
really, it was my fault. I had put it off and therefore, because of an A-Z
challenge, I had to read it and couldn’t read anything else, and yeah. Anyway.
We, the Drowned is a book set in Marstal in Denmark, sort of, from about 1845 to
1945. Marstal is a town based around the shipping industry. The men go out to
sea when they are about 14, and some of them come home, and others don’t. The
town is pretty much a town of women and children, and they are used to it. Yes.
The story loosely follows the Madsen family. It starts with Laurids Madsen in
the 1840s, who has lucky boots and they get him through a war, I can’t actually
remember which war. He then signs on a ship after the war and disappears. His
son, Albert Madsen, refuses to believe he’s dead so he signs on and follows
him. The book chronicles his life, when he’s a shipping magnate and the First
World War makes Marstal rich. Then after Albert dies and his lover’s son, who
sees Albert as a sort of grandfather who goes to sea after his mother tries to
refuse him, and he fights on the side of the Allies in the Second World War.
It’s so dense, and so full of little interwoven stories and pasts that haunt
you. It’s interesting and rich and it’s like seeing the history of Denmark, and
to a certain extent Scandinavia as a whole, through the men who went out to sea
and the women they left behind and I really liked it. Carsten Jensen is an
amazing storyteller, he’s impressive.
probably one of the funnier books I read this year. It’s also my favourite
vampire book I’ve read in a long time. A lot of the book’s appeal is Pearl, the
main character. She is snarky, hilarious, she’s tough and she grows a lot. I
like the fact that we see how much her change is bugging her. She is a vampire,
a born vampire, who is out with her boyfriend, the ridiculously named Jadrien,
one night, and she is stabbed by a unicorn, and afterwards she can walk out in
sunlight, awesome, now she can find little teenage snacks for the vampire king.
Slight hitch: Pearl starts to actually like the kids she meets, she starts to
like people, oh the horror. I like the characters, the vampires are exactly
insane and ruthless enough. The unicorn aspect is high-larious. I feel like
Pearl a bit when she figured out the reason, but that would be spoiler-heavy,
but it was just so good. It was so anti-twilight, the vampires are cold,
calculated geniuses, who have found out how to work the 21st century
to their advantage. Bravo Miss Durst.
things, oh my God. I think when I read the first one I described it as
Supernatural in book form. And the second book is equally Supernatural-y. And
it is amazing. I realize it was a while since I read the first one, because I
was a bit confused, but you know, I remembered the bigger plot points, sort of.
In the previous book Cas Lowood is a ghost hunter who moved to Thunder Bay to
get rid of the ghost of Anna Korlov, or Anna Dressed in Blood, and he fell in
love with her instead. Anna went through to the other side to save Cas, and now
she’s in Hell. She starts haunting Cas, and he decides to get her out. And
yeah, it’s awesomeness. Anyway. The book is cool, we’re introduced to creepy
English dudes, which always helps. Carmel and Thomas are there, and they are
even better, Carmel is just no nonsense. Also, Kendare, I realize your name is
a bit… interesting, but don’t make the names so so stupid. Carmel? Really? And
Jestine? Is that a name? I think it probably is, but why you make the girls
have silly names? It just bugged me. I realize Cas’ name is Theseus Cassio
Lowood, but I don’t mind his name for some reason. Anyway, rant over. The books
are awesomesauce. I sort of got annoyed that this was the last book, I want to
know more about the creepy English guys and how Cas lives his life post this.
Kendare is a great writer, there is so much good character development, and
they are so true to themselves, AAH. I loved it.
to find authors who begin with X. I’m glad I found this dude though. I don’t
read enough poetry, I’ve discovered. He writes sort of epic poetry, how else to
describe it? He tells stories with his poems, which is really cool. He writes
about being a gay Hispanic man. It’s tough and hard and it’s interesting and
new, and I really liked it. It’s interesting. The book tells the story of a gay
Hispanic man in his forties and the life he lives. It’s really cool. I’m not
good at this, I liked this book.
okay. I expected more from it than I got. It wasn’t as exciting as I thought it
would be. I realize it was probably quite revolutionary when it came out,
because; time travel, and it is amazing in that sense, he is sort of prescient
in that he sees the development of the world. Also he imagined TIME TRAVEL, in
1895! It was just a bit sort of boring. It’s about a man, referred to as the
Time Traveller, by an unnamed narrator. He presents his invention, a time
machine, to a bunch of stuffy scientists, and then tells them the story of
travelling to the year 802,701 A.D. where he meets the peaceful and vegetarian
Eloi. They basically just hang around doing nothing to their slowly
deteriorating buildings. They’re small, childlike adults. He tries communicating
with them, but he struggles. When he goes back to his time machine he discovers
it’s missing, and he discovers the other race, the Morlocks, who live under
ground, and scare the Eloi. And the book is him telling the story of him trying
to find his time machine again so he can go home. It’s interesting to see how
the world falls apart, and people dying out, and it’s interesting to see how he
reacts to this new world, but it was a bit boring. Sorry H.G. it’s interesting,