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Books 6 and 7 [Sep. 21st, 2009|08:46 pm]
NaNoReaMo ~ National Novel Reading Month

kiwiria
Book 6: Julie and Julia: My Year of Cooking Dangerously by Julie Powell, 356 pages
A non-fictional book that reads like fiction. I wasn't too impressed by how Julie came across, but I loved the idea of the book, and was utterly fascinated by some of the dishes she cooked! I definitely recommend it to others, but stay away from it just before dinner time. It'll invariably make you hungry for good food, and there's just something utterly unsatisfying about heating up left-overs when you've just been reading about Rognons de Veau à la Bordelaise or Tournedos Rossini.

Book 7: Secret of Sirens by Julia Golding, 318 pages
I loved this book! I've only recently discovered Julia Golding, but she's quickly becoming a favourite author. SoS is the first book in a quartet about mythical creatures and absolutely fascinating. Can't wait for the next book in the series!


2566 / 5000 pages. 51% done!
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Book #4 for the month [Sep. 21st, 2009|10:46 am]
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annathepiper
Actually finished this on Friday but forgot to post: The Folk of the Air, by Peter Beagle, checked out from the library. This had been recommended to me so I decided to give it a shot.

The protagonist goes to San Francisco to stay with an old schoolmate of his, and winds up falling in with the League of Archaic Pleasures, a clearly thinly-veiled fantasy novel analogue of the SCA. ;) His schoolmate appears to be the lover of a woman, Sia, who very well may be a goddess, and she is challenged by a young girl in the League who's summoned forth an entity who has it in for Sia. Badly.

There's some wonderful language in here, but the plot is kind of scattershot. Our hapless protagonist, Joe Farrell, does not so much affect the action as observe it as he finds himself in the middle of it all, and the book's a bit too heavy with the Look How Quirky We Are characters. Quite glad I read it though.

Next up: an ebook by Doranna Durgin, which is a media tie in to the Ghost Whisperers TV show, and after that, Rosemary and Rue by seanan_mcguire!
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Books 3-5 [Sep. 17th, 2009|08:37 pm]
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kiwiria
Book 3: Ash by Malinda Lo, 264 pages
Fairytale meets faery-tale. Ash is a quick read and a charming story. Retellings of Cinderella come in many shapes and sizes and while not exactly innovatory on other points I loved the addition of faeries and the novel idea that the prince may not be the catch he usually appears to be.

Book 4: The Ship Between the Worlds by Julia Golding, 256 pages
In style the plot reminded me of a mixture of Peter Pan, Treasure Island and Pirates of the Caribbean. A sweet book for kids and YA, and charming enough to entertain me as well.

Book 5: Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson, 245 pages
Had I read this when I was younger, I think I would have loved it. I still found it both well-written and interesting, but I was very obviously above the target age.


1892 / 5000 pages. 38% done!
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Book #2: "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix" by J. K. Rowling [Sep. 15th, 2009|11:54 am]
NaNoReaMo ~ National Novel Reading Month

lady_findel
[mood |awake]

I finished my reread of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix last night.

It's my least favourite book of the series, because it really gets under my skin. I want to throttle Harry Potter for half of the book and the other half I'm comiserating with him. I think that's pretty much what the other characters feel, too. That said, I do think The Order of the Phoenix is better written and better paced than most of the other books. Although I hate Harry for half of the book, J. K. Rowling did the right thing in making him this pubescent teenager. It surprised me that Harry Potter wasn't having any tantrums in the other books.

So this was book 2/5.

Coming up next: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.

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Book #3 for the month [Sep. 14th, 2009|10:58 pm]
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annathepiper
Just finished Aristoi by Walter Jon Williams, an SF novel from 1992, which had been recommended to me. Checked it out from the library, and took longer than anticipated getting through it, not only because I went out of town over the weekend, but also because the thing has a protagonist with multiple "daimones" in his head, and several points where more than one of them are carrying out disparate actions that you had to read through very carefully.

The setting's the far future, and humanity has evolved a super-class of gifted individuals called Aristoi who can manipulate nanotechnology in both the real world and the virtual. The Aristoi are the benevolent absolute rulers of the various worlds they all rule, and under their guidance, humanity has moved past a lot of the strifes it suffered in earlier eras. But human society has also grown stagnant and complacent, and one Aristoi has taken it upon himself to create secret worlds from which he'll launch an entirely new society--one which could possibly destroy the one the Aristoi have created.

Good book overall, and I'm quite glad I checked it out. Now I'll have to see if I can pick up the pace a bit now that I'm back from Canada!
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Books 1 and 2 [Sep. 5th, 2009|10:33 am]
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kiwiria
Book 1: The Host by Stephenie Meyer, 619 pages.
A reread. Much better written than the Twilight series, and I really enjoyed the plot as well. I hope she'll get around to writing the sequel too.

Book 2: The Demon King by Cinda Williams Chima, 508 pages.
I was given this as an ARC to see if it would be suitable for translating and publishing in Denmark. It's amazing! But very obviously the first in a series, so I hope to get to read the rest as well.

Total page count: 1127

1127 / 5000 pages. 23% done!
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Book #2 for the month [Sep. 4th, 2009|07:54 am]
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annathepiper
[Current Location |47.7207,-122.2820]

I have a new iPhone on which I've been reading ebooks, and one of the many I have picked up is a freebie from Harlequin: Stranded with a Spy, by Merlin Lovelace. Um... Let's just say I'm clearly not the target audience for this thing. ;) The suspenseful bits were okay, but when not one, not two, but three women in the cast are moved by raptures by thousand-dollar shoes, all I can think is "well hell I can get a perfectly good laptop for that!" 'Cause I mean damn, if I'm going to put down a thousand bucks on shoes, they had damn well better make me breakfast, access the Internet, and let me levitate to work.

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Book #1: "Assassin's Quest" - Robin Hobb [Sep. 4th, 2009|12:27 pm]
NaNoReaMo ~ National Novel Reading Month

lady_findel
[mood |bouncybouncy]

Yesterday I finished book 1/5.

It was a great book. I spent approximately 9 months in reading the whole Farseer Trilogy. Normally I don't read that slow, but with all the suspense I had to limit myself to one chapter a day to get anything else done. If I had some days to spare, I would just read the books in a few days, but there was too much going on to do that.

Some thoughts, not really spoilers, but just to make sure...Collapse )
Next book coming up: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.

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Book #1 for September [Sep. 2nd, 2009|11:07 pm]
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annathepiper
Actually started this several days ago but finally finished it today, so I'm counting it as a September read: the anthology On the Prowl, featuring work by Patricia Briggs, Eileen Wilks, Karen Chance, and Sunny. I picked it up out of interest in the Briggs work, since it's the establishing short piece for her Alpha and Omega books, which are the spinoffs from her Mercy Thompsons. I liked her piece, Wilks', and Chance's well enough, although Sunny's goes straight off into erotica land and that's not my cup of tea (though I'll grant her prose was fine).

I'll be posting a more formal review when I get caught up on my review queue!
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Joining in the fun [Sep. 2nd, 2009|04:55 pm]
NaNoReaMo ~ National Novel Reading Month

lady_findel
[mood |bouncybouncy]

Hello everybody!

I'm joining in as well. I'm not aiming to high, I'm going for five books this time. Any book over that is an added bonus. I'm hoping to reduce my TO READ-pile of over 50 books. Wish me luck, because it seems I buy books faster than I read them.

I'm currently reading Assassin's Quest by Robin Hobb. I'm also in the middle of a reread of the Harry Potter books, with Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix coming up next.

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