Thursday, November 9, 2017

The Wishsong of Shannara

So, everyone agrees that The Sword of Shannara is LOTR fanfic, right? I think I covered that rather extensively and with many, many GIFs right here. I didn't write a review of The Elfstones of Shannara, which I rather regret (the not writing the review bit, not the reading of it bit), but it was completely delightful. It was much more original than its predecessor--then again, pretty much anything would be--and the battle scenes were vastly improved (I actually read all of them!).

And now I've finished the last of the original trilogy, and my feelings are torn. Brooks finally gives us a strong female lead, kills off Allanon (whoops, spoiler?), and moves away from the conceit of Magical Object Saving Everyone to Flawed Person Saving People For Now, which is much more interesting. Strangely, lot of the plot points seem to have been pinched from Star Wars*, and those that are not are simply ... odd. Yes, I realize that Star Wars is a story built on archetypes, but when I'm reading a book with powerful twins battling the darkness within and without in order to save the world, with the help of a swathed-in-robes wise man, a badass fighter, a scoundrel, and a sort of prissy twit, well ...

Am I completely obsessed with Star Wars?

Thursday, November 2, 2017

The Poet X

The first thing that grabbed me about The Poet X was the cover: the girl with the glorious hair and inky swirls of movement surrounding her like a dark angel. If you think the cover is beautiful, just wait until you get to the gorgeous, breathtaking words inside.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Top Ten Not-So-Mainstream Unnerving Reads

I am an equal opportunity scary book reader. I don't need to confine my creepy books to October (especially since I'm not a Halloween person) but I know that the turning of the season and the dying of the light tends to engender a thirst for stories that make us shiver. So here's a list of books that are neither Uncle Stevie nor straight up gore 'n guts--books that are a little bit odd and a bit harder to find.

If I've reviewed the book, I've linked to it.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

It's Kind of a Funny Story: Then and Now

I am horrified that I never posted a review of It's Kind of a Funny Story here. I name check it often in other reviews and on Twitter when I'm recommending books, but I never migrated my review from Goodreads to this locale. Shame.

Then I started wondering how 2017 me would read this book as opposed to 2011 me. Aside from being less decrepit and cynical, how did 2011 me differ in the way she looked at books? Quite a bit, actually. I need to reread this, which I've been avoiding ever since Vizzini's death, since that hit me quite hard. When I do, I'll update this even further. But for now, my original review follows, with commentary by snarky, bitter 2017 Pam in blue.

I suppose I shouldn't be surprised at my ignorance in this review. It was six years ago. But it's still embarrassing, you know? When you try to be outraged but just end up sounding sheltered.

One final note: books about mental illness are highly specific in their appeal and helpfulness. What one person finds comforting may be extremely triggering to someone else. This is the book that made me feel less alone in my depression and anxiety, but it might not be a good choice for you.

TW: suicide, depression, anxiety

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Update: NYCC and more!

Hi everyone! I will be at NYCC Friday afternoon and Saturday. Yikes! If you see me there and I don't say anything, it's probably because of sensory overload. Say hi, though!

I've been spending a lot of time learning new skills for the cosplay I created (not that it's very good! It could be a lot better), but learning to sew and pattern and distress fabric is time consuming. I've been doing that after work instead of reading and reviewing.

Additionally, I've been hit with a strange and distressing reading affliction: nothing sounds interesting. I've started at least ten books that I should be chomping at the bit to finish, but I'm not. Yay depression (not really. Depression can go die a thousand fiery deaths).

So I'm quiet right now.