WWW Wednesday 12/10/2014

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What are you currently reading?

Bridge of Sighs by Richard Russo

 

What did you just finish reading?

Breeder by KB Hoyle

The Suicide Index by Joan Wickersham

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

 

What do you think you’ll read next?

Before I Go by Colleen Oakley

Backpacks and Brastraps by Savannah Grace

A Dance with Dragons by George RR Martin

I am also overdue to read The Iliad, but I am saving that until after the readathon. I’ll be hitting that up as soon as this week is over, so we’ll see how many books I get though! I keep putting it off, and I need to get to it!

A Feast for Crows

Can I just tell you how excited I am for the next season of Game of Thrones? When last season ended, I could not remember what was going to come next. Even when I finished reading A Storm of Swords, I was left with a feeling of hesitation and fear, because so much happens in that book that surely nothing else could happen to top it. What else could possibly happen?

But, this is George RR Martin we are talking about. His brain never stops working, and his world never stops turning.

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I have a lot of thoughts on this one, so I’m going to continue with my list, as I have been doing:

  • Martin starts introducing a lot of random narrators in Feast. The chapter headings, aside from our most lead roles (Jaime, Cersei, Brienne), are not necessarily people’s names anymore, but descriptors. A narrator might only have one chapter, or they may have a different description each time. It gets a very confusing. Just give me their name so I know who the chapter is about. Be consistent! I’m not sure why he started doing this all of the sudden.
  • “Drowned God”–You get baptized by actually drowning the boys and then giving them CPR (breath of life). If they live, they are blessed and loved by God. Holy Shit.
  • I’ve always wondered if Syrio and Jaqen were the same man. Jaqen almost seemed to know Arya already, was so keen to help her, and so good at killing. Could Syrio have escaped Death and changed faces?
  • When this past season came out, I heard so much about Lady Stoneheart, and why didn’t we see her…but she is just now coming about at the end of this book. I didn’t even remember who she was when people were talking about her. She didn’t really fit into the storyline so soon after the Red Wedding, but I wonder if maybe we will see her in this next season. She’ll have to fit into Brienne’s questing, you’d think?

The biggest thing I’m struggling with, between the books and the show is the utter lack of Theon/Reek. For all anyone knows, up to this point, everyone thinks he is dead. Ramsey attacked him, and there was a brief mention of him being flayed, but no one has heard hide nor hair of him since. But in the show, we’ve already seen his torture. Asha stormed in, tried to rescue him. Ramsay even cleaned him up and used him to be Theon again. The timeline is completely off. I know I’m going to see him soon, but I can’t figure out why that plotline was sped up so much. It’s so out of place. His story is the one I have the hardest time grasping, for some reason.

I was talking to someone at the pub the other night, and they told me Martin based the series off the Wars of the Roses, which, now that I hear that, makes absolute sense. Why I had never realized that…I feel like an idiot now. It makes a lot of plot points much clearer. I really want to do more research into his writing process and where his world is based. Now that I’m rereading everything again it just all seems so familiar. I am completely in love with it all.

WWW Wednesday 12/3/2014

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What are you currently reading?

The Camelot Conspiracy by E. Duke Vincent

 

What did you just finish reading?

A Storm of Swords by George RR Martin

Breeder by KB Hoyle (This is an ARC and part of a blog tour, so the review won’t be posted until Dec. 10.)

I Grew My Boobs in China by Savannah Grace

 

What do you think you’ll read next?

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba

The Masqueraders by Georgette Heyer

A Feast For Crows by George RR Martin

Favorite Series

I am absolutely loving my second read through of The Game of Thrones. The world of Westeros and beyond is completely fascinating and there is just so much depth to everything George RR Martin has written. It’s hard to believe this is fiction and fantasy instead of something out of our history books. I want it to be real. I expect to look at an old map and find the Seven Kingdoms somewhere. This is almost more of my legend than King Arthur and his court.

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Can you tell which ones I’ve gotten though? I’m a little hard on my paperbacks. These are going to be torn to shreds in a few years.

A Storm of Swords

I did not realize JUST how much happened in A Storm of Swords. I knew this book covered most of the last season of the show, but I also knew that Martin spread the timeline out over two books. (A Feast for Crows covers the same chronological timeframe for the most part, just with different character POV.) It didn’t register with me, though, that I would see all of the really major BOOM BOOM BOOM plot points here. For those of you who have read the books, or seen the show, you know exactly what I’m talking about.

For those of you who haven’t…I won’t tell you. Just get ready. Be prepared to set aside time for this book. And wine. Lots and lots of wine.

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The only real individual thought I have noted down for this one is regarding Arya:

I always forget how long Arya’s journey is. Everyone else’s lives vary and are exciting, noteable. But Arya fades into the background so much, even though she probably has the hardest battles of everyone. Her pain is constant, with no end in sight, wave after wave of older men taking advantage or using her for her name or ransom, taking her in a direction she doesn’t want to go. She is wholly driven, almost made sociopathic by her motivations and circumstances. She kills without emotion or remorse, even her “prayers” are murderous and revengeful.

 

WWW Wednesday 11/26/2014

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What are you currently reading?

A Storm of Swords by George RR Martin

 

 

What did you just finish reading?

I Grew My Boobs in China by Savannah Grace

Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury

First There Wasn’t, Then There Was by Troy Blackford

 

What do you think you’ll read next?

Breeder by KB Hoyle (This is an ARC and part of a blog tour, so the review won’t be posted until Dec. 10)

The Camelot Conspiracy by E Duke Vincent

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba

Teaser Tuesday 11/25/2014

 

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

 

“In his dreams the dead came burning, gowned in swirling green flames. Jaime danced around them with a golden sword, but for every one he struck down two more arose to take his place.”

 

–George RR Martin, A Storm of Swords

Something Wicked This Way Comes

I’ve touted my love of horror on this blog before:  Stephen King, Joe Hill, Thomas Harris. I did not expect to find it when I picked up Ray Bradbury, but I sure did. Something Wicked This Way Comes is old school horror at it’s finest.

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Set in quiet, classic little town, Bradbury’s novel is creepy from the very beginning. We have two young best friends, with birthdays at midnight on Halloween. A storm is coming quick, so says the lightning rod salesman, got to prepare!

Except that storm isn’t thunder and lightening. It’s a circus that comes in the middle of the night–which made me want to don my black and scarlet. Unfortunately, this isn’t Morgenstern’s circus, but something much more sinister.

There is a lot of philosophy in Bradbury’s book–most of it surrounding the concept of Death. The moral of this story is all about how you live your life, saving each moment in time. Death is nothing, an idealistic myth we’ve created so we don’t have to think about now.

It was interesting to read this immediately after reading Blackford’s book, because they were so closely related. I unintentionally gave myself a course in mortality philosophy. Funny how that works out sometimes, huh? And now I’m going to go play a little more George RR Martin’s game.

WWW Wednesday 11/19/2014

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What are you currently reading?

Flesh and Blood by Michael Cunningham

 

 

What did you just finish reading?

A Clash of Kings by George RR Martin

Fairies by Skye Alexander

My Days with Princess Grace of Monaco by Joan Dale

 

What do you think you’ll read next?

Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury

I Grew My Boobs in China by Savannah Grace

A Storm of Swords by George RR Martin

A Clash of Kings

My Game of Thrones journey continues with George RR Martin’s second book:  A Clash of Kings. Second books can sometimes be a let down, or filled with long, uninteresting scenes as we wait for the action to ramp back up. And at first, I was a little afraid that was going to happen. There wasn’t much going on, there was a lot of action pausing going on. Conversations and battle planning, strategizing. “What are we going to do next?”

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But, it never takes long for Martin to draw you back in. That’s why these books are so enthralling. Even though there is so much going on, so many characters to keep track of, and goddammit, every body freaking dies…you just can’t help but run to keep up, because you have to know what is going to happen next.

And it’s even better rereading this, I have to tell you. There is so much I missed on the first go round–I swear, if someone had a camera watching my face as I read this, they’d see me leap out of my chair, or pump my fist, or slam my hand on my desk. It’s probably quite comical.

Here’s some thoughts that I noted down from Book 2 (spoiler alert):

–Samwell Tarley is one of my very favorite characters. I love how he talks about books, the wonder of them. Tyrion (who is another favorite of mine) appreciates learning and knowledge too, but as a weapon. Samwell gets pure joy from reading all night, he loses track of time, gets lost in the pages and goes from one subject to another without stopping.

–Eureka Moment–There’s a Reek that precedes Theon! I remember being so confused by this whole storyline previously, and I knew when I watched the show that something was missing. I completely missed that Ramsey had already had a “pet,” and that’s how he ends up capturing Winterfell.

–The relationship with the Starks and their wolves is so much more intense in the books. The wildlings are going so far as to call Jon a Warg towards the end of Clash of Kings, and I never realized he had the same abilities as Bran. It makes sense, that they would all have that trait…Arya talks about being a wolf too, but I always just thought that she was projecting. Rickon too talks about his dreams into ShaggyDog. I really like this connection, and I’ll be interested to see where it goes.