Four

Once a book was published, that used to be the final word from the author. Fans were left to speculate on what happened in the background–I mean, that is what fandom is for, right?

But we’ve become so obsessed with our theories and fanfiction that the authors are starting to catch on to our games. It is becoming profitable now for them to release extensions of their original books and series so that we can keep going with our favorite characters and worlds.

And…WE LOVE IT!

JK Rowling teases us relentlessly with Pottermore. Patrick Rothfuss gave us Auri’s story while we wait for the third Kingkiller Chronicle. George RR Martin put out a huge encyclopedia of his World of Ice & Fire.

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Veronica Roth was not to be left behind. Four tells the same story as Divergent but from Tobias’ point of view. It is a bit of a prequel and a bit of a mirror. The writing is the same, fantastic action drama. A few of the pieces don’t QUITE line up, because Roth did originally start Divergent from this perspective, before switching to Tris, but it’s just a really cool way to read the story.

My only wish now is to get this from one of the antiheroes. Can we have Peter, PLEASE?!?!?! I would LOVE to get inside his twisted little brain. Or Caleb, so we can watch is brutal betrayal. There’s so many options for rewrites!

Sigh…I know it’s a long shot. See what happens when you give the fandom a little something extra? We never can get enough!

 

Fulfills PopSugar #5:  A book with a number in the title

The Slow Regard of Silent Things

I will be really honest with you. I am a little giddy right now. Maybe ecstatic.

The very first review I ever did for this blog was Patrick Rothfuss’ Kingkiller Chronicles–The Name of the Wind and The Wise Man’s Fear. I had just finished both books, and I had been blown away. Go check out that post if you want to know more, and if you haven’t read them yet, WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?!

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While the third book in the trilogy isn’t due out until next year sometime, Rothfuss just released a novella about one of the characters in the series, Auri. My wonderful husband preordered a signed copy (my first ever signed book!) of The Slow Regard of Silent Things, and it arrived yesterday.

He had given me the tracking info–and I think the UPS man was a little surprised because I was practically waiting at the door for him. Hiiiiiii give me my book now! Kthnxbi!

I had looooooved Auri in the Chronicles, so I was so happy when I heard this story was coming out. She is such a special character–extremely shy and skittish, and very mystical in the way she interacts with the world. She knows things that no one else knows. But she doesn’t do well around new people–she’s almost autistic in her social interactions–that’s really the best way I can describe her to you. At least that’s how she comes across in the Chronicles.

But then, in The Slow Regard, her mind just explodes into brightness and force. She is the only character. Or I should say the only animate character, unless you want to count a firefly like object. She is princess of the underworld, almost a faerie like creature down there. She understands everything about everything–how every piece fits together perfectly to keep the world turning. And if one of those pieces stops working, or gets bumped out of place, everything crumbles. She spends her whole life balancing on a fine wire, holding everything together, figuring out the puzzles and mysteries of inanimate life.

I know those two words don’t seem to fit together, but it makes complete sense to Auri.

Rothfuss cracks me up because he is so underconfident in his work that he has Author Notes at both the beginning AND the end of the story apologizing that this is not a normal kind of book. He is so sure that we are going to hate it because there’s only one character, and Auri makes soap for 8 pages.

But Patrick, if by some miracle you see this review…

I don’t often give 5 stars to a book, even though I love many. So rarely do I call a story perfect. This is a perfect story. Now, it does help to be familiar with the Kingkiller world in advance. Things do fit better that way. But, even without it, I think people will enjoy this. They don’t HAVE to know who “he” is to feel the wonderful sense of anticipation that is coming. The naming is in the story, but not in such a way that they will be confused, because Auri is so different from the other Chronicle characters.

Guys, read this novella. It is simple, it is sweet. Auri is one of the loveliest characters I have ever read. I want to read it again already.

Trees of Reverie September Readathon Daily Bookish Challenges Day Fourteen

You’ve just started to work at a bookstore or library – what are your top ten go-to book recommendations?

  1. Harry Potter Series by JK Rowling
  2. Kingkiller Chronicles by Patrick Rothfuss
  3. Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austin
  4. The Thorn Birds by Colleen Mccullough
  5. Secret Garden by Frances Burnett
  6. Bel Canto by Ann Patchett
  7. The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein
  8. Game of Thrones by George RR Martin
  9. Quiet by Susan Cain
  10. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

Trees of Reverie September Readathon Daily Bookish Challenges Day One

A curfew has been placed on book purchases for the remainder of the year and you are only allowed to purchase TEN more books for the rest of 2014. Which books will you buy?

Honestly? I don’t have that difficult of a choice here. My top ten books that I really NEED to buy and haven’t are the full set of Harry Potter books. I’ve just been reading them on Kindle Unlmited and I can’t believe I don’t own them yet. I’ve been seeing the new UK editions that everyone is posting and they are GORGEOUS.

The other three are also simple. Patrick Rothfuss’ Kingkiller Chronicles, including the 2.5 novella coming out in October.

Must haves that I need in brand new hardcovers. I could never have them in used copies (although I do have HP #6 in a used hardcover because it was free and I couldn’t resist). I must have them in matching editions.

 

If you want to play along, here’s the link to the original readathon post!

Favorite Series

Series are becoming more and more popular these days, both with publishers and readers. We get to see our beloved characters continue on, and the publishers make boukou bucks from returning fans. It’s the same reason movie houses try to stretch one book into a trilogy (cough cough Hobbit cough cough).

Not that I am not completely onboard with book series…I love most of them! Unfortunately I just don’t OWN many of them! Sigh…

So, for this picture challenge, while my favorite series is probably Harry Potter or Kingkiller. I went with what I own.

Thomas Harris gets left out of the series list often these days…probably because his books are older, and they definitely aren’t for everyone. But man are they sooooooo good. Brilliant, really. I’m probably due for a reread of at least Red Dragon before Hannibal starts back up again this fall, since the show is catching up to the start of that book. Hmmmmm…need to fit that in somewhere soon.

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If you like thrillers, freaky deaky stuff, or interesting people with fascinating brains–you really need to check these books out. I’ve never read anything like them.

Favorite Fantasy

Fantasy has become one of my favorite genres in the last couple of years. Once a subject I held unrelateable, now I crave dragons and magic. I blame it on Harry Potter–totally a gateway fandom. Seriously people, read that series with caution. Once you are in, you are in for life.

But, it is no longer my favorite. Patrick Rothfuss holds that title now, with his yet unfinished Kingkiller Chronicle trilogy. I did my first review here on this, so go check it out!

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I’m hearing more and more people talk about this. One of the book blogs I follow on Tumblr started a book club recently called BookMad–supposedly to read books that everyone else hates. The first book on the list? The Name of the Wind. I couldn’t wait to hear what everyone thought of it, because I LOVED the book. And it seems, so does everyone who is reading it!!!!! So much for everyone hating it! I’m so happy that it’s getting such a great response, because now I have people to gab on and on about the different parts that I love so much. That’s the wonderful thing about the bookloving community–you never know what new reads and conversations you’re going to get into.

Anyway. Go check this book out soon. I promise you’ll be hooked if you are into fantasy at all. And. AND. Rothfuss recently announced that he’s coming out with a 2.5 book about one of his characters in OCTOBER. Holy crap I cannot wait for this book to come out. I’ve never lined up for a book sale, but…this might be the first!

The Good Thief

There are books that I connect immediately with, there are books that I find my groove after 30 pages or so. And there are books that I have to fight with tooth or nail to finish.

The Good Thief by Hanna Tinti was one of the third, unfortunately. It was a restless book, an impatient one. I had a very tough time connecting to any of the characters, and I could not really find any hook with the plot at all.

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I struggled right off the bat to find sync with the time period. Maybe it’s because I’ve had my head lost in the medieval world, swimming between reading Kingkiller and then watching Game of Thrones (which I watched from beginning to end in about a week’s time). I could not picture this in turn-of-the-century Industrial New England. It just wasn’t sticking.

After that, the characters just slid down the hill. The orphanage was one we’ve seen in every story since Dickens. In fact, most of this book felt like Oliver Twist. And maybe that’s why I didn’t like it. I’ve never been a Dickens fan. The problem is, I couldn’t even tell you who Fagen is, because there were too many grungy old crazy guys.

And then there’s the title. The Good Thief. Maybe I was too distracted by everything else to figure out where the “good” was. He fed a dwarf, I guess, when the dwarf’s sister was too sick to care for him. But that wasn’t really a main part of the story. Other than that, he was a graverobber, who sold dead bodies to a doctor.

*shrug*

This book was a miss for me. And unfortunately, as a result this is a HORRIBLY written review.

Now you see what I mean by STREAM OF THOUGHT?!

I promise, I have notes upon notes for the other book I’m reading. I really am enjoying this blog, and I hope you guys are too. Back to my beer and the gorgeous evening we have tonight!

Kingkiller Chronicle

When I was growing up, I lived in the land of reality when it came to my reading. I had no interest in Sci-Fi or Fantasy, as their worlds did not exist anywhere in my mind. I didn’t even read The Chronicles of Narnia until I was in college! The only exception to the rule was the occasional talking animal, such as in Charlotte’s Web. Wilbur is totally plausible.

All that changed when I ran out of things to read a few years back, and borrowed a roommate’s copy of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. My life was completely changed after that. Once my toes touched that sweet, cold pool that is the wonderful water of the gateway fandom, there was no turning back.

Bookworms everywhere will tell you that falling in love with HP is like taking a first hit from a really strong drug. You’ll never be able to find that same high every again, but you’ll never stop looking for it.

I’m going to anger a lot of nerds with this next statement. I think I’ve come as close as I ever will get with Patrick Rothfuss’ The Kingkiller Chronicle. Not that I think the trilogy is the “next” Harry Potter, though I’ve seen it called that. Oh no, I am not THAT blasphemous. Not quite. However, I do think that it’s the series that the HP generation needs now that we are all grown up.

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The story is about a young trouper, Kvothe, who loses his family early. He finds himself at the best magic school in the land, and after that it’s just a roller coaster of emotion and trouble.

I usually describe the trilogy as having all the wonderful wizardry from Harry Potter, the legend and travel lore from Lord of the Rings, and the society and scandal from Game of Thrones…without quite so much of George Martin’s need for death and destruction. And of course, you can’t have a great fantasy fiction without a few dragons.

The language in this Chronicle  is beautiful, and there’s even a made up written cipher that the Chronicler uses to record Kvothe’s story. A fan has recreated this on Tumblr, and, man, is it gorgeous. Click here to see it, I won’t copy it here for copyright reasons. There are some seriously talented and creative people. See what I mean about wanting to delve deeper into what I’m reading?

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The first two books are called The Name of the Wind and The Wise Man’s Fear and both are fantastic. Both took me a few days to get through, but I couldn’t put either down for long. The last book isn’t due out until 2015 and I can’t wait!

Have any of you read the first or both? What did you think?