Hope everyone’s summer has been treating them well. Thought I’d drop in and talk books a little bit. I’ve been on quite the reading binge – well for my slow reader standards anyway.
Let’s get right to it, shall we?
I’m 3/4 way done with the Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater. Am I impressed? No. Am I going to finish the series? Yes. Will I be disappointed? Mostly likely. With all the books from this author, I feel she fills them with angst that drones on and on — the action in her stories is all but the last 2 chapters and it feels rushed. Often times, I’ve put down the book and felt like “that’s it?” *Spoiler* For example, the whole big solution to Shiver – get a high fever and break it and you’re cured of being a wolf. I mean come on!!!! Where’s the magical element? Where the creativity? More than the writing and the books; I enjoyed the fandom surrounding The Raven Cycle. The fan casting was great, the enthusiasm was contagious even.
Moving on, my son got a ton of books for his birthday. My son is 8 – his books are age appropriate. But meh – who am I to discriminate. I read them all. We even read a few good ones together – a chapter every night. I have to tell you – there was no better feeling then my kid asking for “ONE MORE CHAPTER please I need to know what happens next.” (bless my adorable lil munchkin). Our most recent book was Return to The Isle of the Lost. What a cute book. Exactly what you expect from the Disney franchise; (no we’re not going to talk princesses vs women’s lib) there was a solid lesson, good conquered evil and friends stuck with each other. I loved it and my kid enjoyed it. Win Win.
However, the reading adventures haven’t been all Disney and paranormal teenagers. We’ve added some more mature flavor as well. Although I finished The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wrecker back in June – I can’t get it out of my mind. This is one of those books that stays with you. Essentially it’s a story of two immigrants who unwillingly find themselves in the turn of the century NYC. There is a villain, a love story, relationships and most of all fantastic prose. Good golly – the woman can write. I was initially taken to the story line but turned off by 500 pages. However, once I finished I felt like there wasn’t enough. I needed more. Lucky for me there is a sequel coming out. I may or may not read it – sometimes you should leave good enough alone.
I will be recommending this book to my book club and hoping that they will write a guest discussion for FIP.
What’s on the horizon?
I was fishing around Netflix one day and found MTV’s Chronicles of Shannara. Oh good lord I was hooked; I binged my way through the first and only season in one weekend. Craving more of this good stuff I posted on FB and my friends told me the show was actually based on books. I have my reservations because these are older books written in the 1980’s and I don’t know that they’ll have much to offer in ways of interesting plot lines (I fear most of it original ideas have been stolen already) but I’ve gotten the books … I plan on digging into those next. There are allot of Terry Brooks books but I think I shall start with the one the show is based on. I need me some more Austin Butler…even if only in my head.
Also on the list for the near future is much talked about The Heart by French author Maylis de Kerangal. The synopsis is so intriguing in that it foreshadows death – doesn’t promise a rosy ending. And I’ve heard so many great things about her writing.
So what have you been reading? Has anyone read any of the mentioned books? How’d you like them?