Books!

May. 25th, 2010 07:16 am
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Day 1: My favorite song
Day 2: My favorite movie
Day 3: My favorite television program
Day 4: My favorite book
Day 5: My favorite Quote
Day 6: My biggest pet peeve
Day 7: A photo that makes me happy
Day 8: A photo that makes me angry or sad
Day 9: A photo I took

Day 10: A photo of me taken over ten years ago
Day 11: A photo of me taken recently
Day 12: Whatever tickles my fancy

Day 13: A fictional book:
The Mountain's Call by Caitlin Brennan (Judith Tarr). Really excellent fiction, especially for all those horse women out there!

Day 14: A non-fictional book
Day 15: A fanatic
Day 16: A song that makes me cry
Day 17: An art piece
Day 18: Whatever tickles my fancy
Day 19: A talent of mine
Day 20: A hobby of mine
Day 21: A recipe
Day 22: A website
Day 23: A YouTube video
Day 24: Whatever tickles my fancy
Day 25: My day, in great detail
Day 26: My week, in great detail
Day 27: My month, in great detail
Day 28: My year, in great detail
Day 29: Hopes, dreams and plans for the next 365 days
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Are you on www.shelfari.com? If so, add me (I'm under "Lurath" there, as I am everywhere).

I need book recommendations!

I can also give YOU recommendations, depending on what you like. I'm what people would call a voracious reader.
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The Onion Girl by Charles DeLint

****- (4 out of 5)

This was the first novel by Charles DeLint I read after my sister bought it for me for Christmas. I can see where he gets his reputation and feel he well deserves the “World Fantasy Award”. The Onion Girl, while about the well-characterized Jilly and her adventures in Newford and the “otherworld”, has a whole other cast of well thought out characters and good supporting characters that I found myself growing quite fond of (Toby and Pinky the prostitute, for example). Even though I am told that this is a returning cast of characters I didn’t feel like I needed much background because they spoke for themselves.

DeLint’s style is different than a typical authors—he write in first person, but moves the first person speaker around so that throughout the course of the novel we hear from as many as 10 different characters for varying lengths of time. I gave this book a 4 partially because the transitions between characters were sometimes abrupt, though I overall really liked this style once I got used to it.

Another reason for the 4 was that I felt that there was a strong similarity in personality and prose of two of the characters among the group of Newford friends the story follows, and I kind of wanted to see something fresh and new among their collected group as far as the bouncy acceptance of most things was concerned. I have a feeling that it would be clearer to me as I read more of the Newford books. At any rate, this is a very strong 4!

The whole concept of this universe DeLint has created is fascinating and well thought out. Most of the creatures and occurrences, while weird, seem perfectly natural and believable within DeLint’s careful prose. He incorporates a lot of Native American myth and draws from other historically magical and fantasy sources in fresh ways. His writing is also fairly upbeat and fun to read, his digressions signifigent, and the story itself is interesting.
Oh, and the cover art is great too!
I’m not going to do any spoilers with this one because you should really just read it!
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I'm going to start writing book reveiws for the books I have been reading, and will eventually read. I feel my opinion of these books is valuable having read quite a bit from diffrent genres, and studied literature officially for 4 years. And the first will be:

The Fall of Atlantis by Marion Zimmer Bradley

*---- (1 out of 5)

The title sounds interesting, if cliché, which is why I purchased this book at a library book sale in the first place (plus I’d heard the author was good). However I was sorely disappointed. First, the wording and language of the novel is rather awkward—I realize Bradley was trying to do something with the language of these people to make it unique feeling but it made the writing feel very heavy-handed and almost painful to read. I was over a third of the way through the book before I got used to the style and I was definitely tempted to put the book down and not pick it up again during this time. The main characters include the two sisters Domaris and Deoris, a crippled (from torture) guy named Micon, a priest named Rajasta and another guy named Riveda, along with a whole horde of minor characters with more personality and depth than some of the main characters.
I would say that this is a plot-based story, even though Bradley is clearly trying, and failing, to make it character-based. The characters in this novel are flat, boring, and predictable. The actual plot, that there are cities (including Atlantis?) being threatened by dark magic, never really becomes realized. Instead the book focuses on childbearing without any sex scenes, and does so poorly. The women see giving their partners sons as their duty, and their actions seem entirely focused on these things even though the rest of the plot moves beyond the main characters.
Atlantis really never plays a part in the main storyline, though Micon was from there, so the title is misleading. The magic in the story is obscure and intangible, as is the culture of these people—despite there being lengthy descriptions of how the priest chaste is laid out.

Some spoilers in here, not that you are missing much! )

I wouldn’t read this if I were you.

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