First things first. Oh my god, it's going to be a long, long year until next November.

Wheel of Time is the thing that got me on the internet. Well, no, that's not quite true. I was on the internet before that because of Harry Potter. But Wheel of Time was how I started really getting into fanfiction. It was how I started on livejournal. It was the first fandom where I found friends and a niche and pretty much everything. It's funny to think that next year, it's going to be over.

I need a reread, is what I have decided. Thirteen books. A lot of years. One dead author.

This is a big deal.

But enough reminiscing. I finished the last Wheel of Time book late late late last night, after a full day of babysitting, because I had to get through it. And I loved it. I really, really did.

Now, a cautionary note. This is kind of less of a real review than a lot of flailing and some thoughts of mine.

the actual review, with spoilers )

And now I go hunt down internet speculation about the next book, because holy crap, cliffhanger ending. (We need a rendition of "One Day More" here, guys.)

Serious poll, though:

[Poll #1641865]

Also. People have not requested presents. D: Where are you all? (This message will be repeated. I know you're out there!)

Furthermore, remind me to talk about Why I Do NaNo, also some meta on tragic characters. I need to go find a poem to live with for a few days, too, and do my Stat Homework...why is life so busy, guys?

This is perfect timing...

Day 28 - First favorite book or series obsession
This is hard to pin down? I think Wheel of Time. While, as mentioned above, Harry Potter first got me onto the internet and doing some things, Wheel of Time has lasted longer, meant more, and consumed more time. I mean, look at my LJ username. Right there, that says something about it, not to mention that it remains my name everywhere else (partly because I really like it and no one else ever uses it). My first LJ friends outside of RL were people I met because of my Wheel of Time fanfiction. I made friends with another RL person because of books, particularly Wheel of Time. It's just been a big deal for me, and I'm seriously attached to it.

David Eddings and The Sight are other possible nominations, but ultimately, I think Wheel of Time is more to me than both, and more of an obsession. I mean, the fact that I'm still with it says that all by itself, doesn't it?

Longest lasting fandom, for the win. HATERS TO THE LEFT.

days to come: book meme )
...sort of. First of all, I finally went through and did a grand total stats toll of my deathfic. For the purposes of this count, Deathfic is defined as fic focused around or on the death of one or more major characters.

Total: 23
A Song of Ice and Fire: 6
Caliban Leandros: 1
Doctrine of Labyrinths: 2
The Silmarillion: 14

I would just like you to look at those numbers for a moment. Just. Yes, look.

Moving right along.


So, because of that book of disappointing short stories, I got thinking about short stories I do like, and I decided that I wanted to have a collection of them somewhere. You know, like a recommendation post. And the more I thought about it the more I liked the sheer organization of this idea. And I could even give people the books I have them in! Or a link to them if they can be found online!

...so yeah, that's what this is. Recommendations, including a little blurb about what I loved. Though the links and book citations so to speak will have to wait a little. I have AP Government homework to do, whoooops.

ophelia of the spirits has a new album, also. this makes me happy. )

That's what I've got, for now. Of I go to read for three classes, and wonder why I have never listened to much 30 Seconds to Mars before now. *is so secretly an emo kid it disgusts her sometimes*

And goodnight. Much love to you all. I'm sure there is something I'm forgetting to do.

(Probably babble about elves. I haven't done that in a while. Some of you are probably grateful for this.)

Also, Haiti fic. Tomorrow, you slacking little bitch.
I am going to confess. I am a fan of post-apocalyptic fiction. I am a sucker for post-human books and TV shows like The World Without Us and Life After People and the like. I have always been interested in huge catastrophes, and as I grow I become more interested in the effect of those catastrophes on the people who survive them - and not the catastrophes we know, but on a greater scale. The kind where the World Ends As We Know It and no one is feeling fine.

I was going to do a focus on this last year, but got distracted by A Song of Ice and Fire, among other things, and didn't finish my shelf full of post-apocalpytic novels. I still had them, though, and I've been working my way slowly through them. Among others, this would include In the Country of Last Things by Paul Auster, Lucifer's Hammer by Larry Niven andcetera, and The Forge of God by Greg Bear. Not, by far, complete reading. I still have Alas, Babylon and A Canticle for Leibowitz to get through, for example, and I might also throw books like Perdido Street Station and Iron Council in here, for various reasons.

There is also Life As We Knew It which if you ask me is not worth reading, let along paying money for. ppfft. Waste of time, that was. :|

So the problem I always have with the things I like is when people don't know the terminology I use. Or when I say 'fantasy' they ask what kind of fantasy and don't recognize the names - though this doesn't happen so much anymore. I am still immensely pleased when someone knows the authors I name, but that's a tangent. Post-apocalyptic fiction, though, in recent years, is easy. I can name one book, usually, and people get what I'm talking about. The Road by Cormac McCarthy.

It's gotten a crapton of recognition - he is a well known writer as is - and lots of notice, a movie already made (with Viggo Mortensen, no less!). I picked it up with some optimism and some skepticism.

rest of review here, some small spoilers though there's not much to spoil )

That's all out of me. This has been stewing for a while. Am now reading The Atrocity Archives, definitely a drastic change in genre - and probably a much needed one. After that, I think I'll dive headlong into some urban fantasy again - Caitlin R. Kiernan - and see how that goes.

As always, anyone with dissenting thoughts is welcome to tell me what I have missed.
I'm going to try to be coherent here. I know I won't quite manage, but I will make my best effort.

First and most importantly: was it "good?"

Oh yeah. Yeah, it was good.

Things happen. The pace is picking up. It's a return, for me at least, to the wonder of first picking up the earlier books, unable to stop reading, just - hooked. While I have since read a number of criticisms of the series and a number of very highly acclaimed fantasy serieses, Wheel of Time, I am pleased to see, has lost none of its shine. I would recommend to people who were discouraged by the slow bit in the middle of the series to pick it up here after reading a summary of whatever books they don't want to read. But of course, I am probably biased.

So was it good? Yes. And I'm satisfied.

I should note before going any further that I made a point of not looking up at what point Brandon Sanderson started writing; but I couldn't tell. Just personally. Well done Brandon, I'm proud of you, at least. Haters to the left!

Spoilers start here. )

I feel ridiculous for feeling like the guy in the prologue was going to die. I have clearly read too much GRRM lately.

So yes, in conclusion - I liked it. I liked it a lot. I liked it a lot a lot. And I'm very curious as to how other people will react.

And really, really need the next book right about now.

ETA: OH YES my new project is making a fanmix that tracks Rand's character arc. Because. If anyone has suggestions they are welcomed with joy! For any point, really. Though I already know I am using this song for sure for this book. Is my Rand song.
I finished Corambis today, and you know what that means. You're in for a book review! :D You lucky people.

But I'm doing this one a little differently, or trying to. I'm going to look back at the series largely as a whole and try to be as little spoilery as possible. So - here goes.

I picked up Melusine because it was one of those many books that I went to the bookstore, picked up, looked at, and put back. Several times. Eventually, I said 'fuck it' and went to the library to check it out. I started the book one night and stayed up until 3 am finishing it. Before I was very far in, I knew that this series was a keeper. And went through the next two just as quickly. The end of The Mirador left me curious and wondering where things were going to go, as well as a little depressed. Several weeks ago Corambis arrived, but I was in the middle of a book and felt bad starting another, so it sat on my windowseat staring at me in reproach until I finally surrendered and started reading.

At about 5 o' clock yesterday.

Length cut, only slight spoilers )

More favorite moments in this book than I can count. I'll have to go back and read it again. And soon. But I swear I'll finish my other material first, really! XD

Lise is pleased. The board rests.

(additionally, we have been watching Harry Potter the First in Spanish and it reminds me of 1) how omg little they were and omg adorable little Hermione is in her bitchy know-it-allness, and 2) how much I friggin love Snape. o__o I need to go back and reread. Think I'll go hunt down bits now.

Of course the fact that he has Alan Rickman's sexy sexy voice might have a little to do with remembering this. omgAlan. Talk to me in that voice all night long. Mmm.)

...it doesn't even matter that I can't hear his voice in the movie itself. I hear it in my mind.

Began brainstorming for possible new story. Commitment, I fail at it. XD Also, things I Need to Do: a. Write Corambis based fic. Jot notes. b. catch tags properly c. finish "At the Mountains of Madness" d. sleep moar. e. crush the Egyptian empire. f. Make musical FST for Felix/Malkar (!) e. talk self out of anything stupid

My life, she is busy.

minviendha: (your sanity!)
( Mar. 24th, 2008 03:09 pm)
I feel like I've been absent from teh intarwebs lately, but I LIVE. I'm sure you were all relieved for the ceasing of spam. However, a few things of note have happened/amazing things been discovered...

1) I got sick. I am now suffering the first cold of the year. I hate these things. They always hit me harder than they should.

2) The amazing [personal profile] dame_grise introduced me to the wonderful world of "Le Chevalier D'Eon," the best fantasy/twisted historical/anime EVER. A trailer is here and the first episode (the first 8 in English, the rest in subtitled Japanese) here. After the first one, it's basically just follow the links to the rest. I am so addicted and DAMN do I have ships for it. So writing fic. My favorite characters are Maximilien Robespierre and Durand. Watch for them. At any rate, that's been one of the things that's been swallowing me. Also, teh pretty. And the story's absorbing as well...only thing is violence, there's quite a bit of swashbuckling, which I don't mind but I know some do.

3) After finally setting down the first omnibus of the Chronicles of the Cheysuli (I just couldn't get through it! Sorry. I will try again, though) books have come back into the picture full force. Most recently, two of them: Madhouse by Rob Thurman and a series, by Carol Berg (who wrote another trilogy I enjoyed. A lot).


This has been Lise, reporting from the West Coast of Nowhere. See you next time.

I amuse myself, at least.

Oh, and icons! A few.



Have fun. Icons of Le Chevalier especially Maximilien coming soon.

Don't look at me! XD
minviendha: (lucivar fandom posts)
( Feb. 2nd, 2008 11:54 am)
I finished Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell yesterday. I am here going to attempt to write a coherent review/summary of my thoughts about it. I hope. Suffice it to say that it was good: read it. I may be a little spoilery, though I will do my best.


I like writing reviews. I only do them rarely, but still...they are highly fun and entertaining and all that whatever.

Maybe I'll go and write something actually original now. On the off chance that I actually ever finish FullMoon would anyone want to read the whole thing and give me an honest opinion of its quality? I like it, but... *chews nails* Just a question.
minviendha: (kelpie in moonlight)
( Dec. 24th, 2007 08:33 pm)
I finished Perdido Street Station.

The ending made me cry. My favorite character was Yagharek, hands down.

I kind of want to join as him on DF...mostly I just love him, though. MEH, YAG, I LOVE YOU. D:

....anyway. On to Archangel by Sharon Shinn...I'm only a little ways in but it is fascinating already. :D!
If anyone actually read the monster, here's the place to let me know what you thought, good, bad, whatever.

To save my inbox from blocks of text.

Love you guys? And you can kill me now for spamming the flists.

(The WTF panda is solely indicative of the WTFs I fully expect to receive. XD)

ETA: For reference, the link to the memories set of them, in order.

Here.
minviendha: (teh sex)
( Aug. 10th, 2007 11:49 am)
Thought I'd do a book update, since I haven't for a while. *checks last list* So we left off with Dancers. What have I read since then...

*goes to get list*

Sinner
by Tess Gerritsen. This one is a thriller - I loved it, but be warned that I like my thrillers morbid. Some people may not like some of the rather...gruesome details. But I enjoyed it, zipped through it in about a day...I love this author and everything I've read of hers so far. This isn't my favorite, though - not by far. For those, I'd recommend Vanish, Gravity, and Bloodstream, if you want better ones than this.

Vanish by Tess Gerritsen. Yes, again. Oh, this one I enjoyed immensely. It had some interesting statements to make and actually had some applicability outside of the book to make you think, which is somewhat rare in a thriller unless it makes you fear serial killers climbing in the window. I would recommend that people read it. It has more sexual content than some of her others, but still not much - and a fast and entertaining, if at times frightening and painful in some ways, book to read.

Body Double by Tess Gerritsen. Last one, I swear. I liked this book. Details were revealed slowly, there was more than one thread to the case, it wasn't all what it seemed at first. Also, it wasn't all just about the first murder - it became something else entirely, which turned the story into a wholly different case.

Hannibal Rising by Thomas Harris. Oooo, Dr. Lecter. This book made me love him even more. I just love the ambiguity of his character, and getting to see his development was highly interesting. And his sense of justice is strangely, brutally appropriate. I can't decide whether I liked this one or Hannibal better of this quartet.

Hannibal by Thomas Harris. I loved this one. Lots more Lecter. And I liked that the more conventionally good guys weren't really all that good: i.e. the police, the victim; it was more about how Hannibal himself is in some ways more human and humane than those who are supposed to be. It was an interesting reversal.

Airs Beneath the Moon by Toby Bishop. This book was interesting. I'm still not sure what to think about it. The concept was interesting, but I wished that the author had focused more on the girl's struggles to fit in and not so much on the bigger picture. Sometimes it seems like fantasy authors forget that they can do that, which is one of the reasons I love Anne Bishop and Robert Jordan so much: because they can see the big picture while still giving readers snapshots, and sometimes pages, of character and scene. That's what I don't like about Tolkien, actually - no matter how much language and backstory he came up with, it remains that I still find the characters are sort flat. There, I said it. Don't lynch me.

Holy Fools by Joanne Harris. Ohhh. This was wonderful. I loooooved Guy LeMerle. Indeed, the best villain ever. And hellllo ambiguity, which we all know how much I love. I'd recommend it to anyone. One of those books that isn't a thriller but kept me awake in the middle of the night, reading.

Natural Selection by Dave Freedman. Compared to Jurassic Park, it was mostly the cover that caught my attention, and it wasn't that good. It was disappointing, actually. A lot of violence and 'car chase' type scenes, and not much else. I wouldn't recommend it that much, unless you like that kind of thing.

Belladonna by Anne Bishop. I liked this one less than Sebastian. But I loved the ending. I'd recommend it, but not as highly as some other books, probably mostly only to Anne Bishop fans.

Forge of God by Greg Bear. I loved this book. Read it voraciously and probably want to read it again. It was excellent, beautifully written, and surprisingly and refreshingly fatalistic. There was no last minute escape. I'd recommend it even to non science fiction fans, actually. Probably not to those totally hostile to sci-fi, but to those who are ambivalent - only the second sci-fi book I've found that I enjoyed. I hope to find more.

Books to Read (Vol. II)

The Memory Keeper's Daughter - Kim Edwards
Moonshine by Bob Thurman
Dragon Prince by Melanie Rawn
Interview With the Vampire by Anne Rice
Shapechanger's Song by Jennifer Roberson
Moon Called by Patricia Briggs
Chocolat by Joanne Harris
Hero With a Thousand Faces by Joseph Campbell
The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch
A Game of Thrones by George RR Martin
Archangel by Sharon Shinn
The Chanur Saga by CJ Cherryh
Foreigner by CJ Cherryh
The Bone Doll's Twin by Lynn Flewelling
The Gunslinger by Stephen King
Ship of Magic by Robin Hobb
Mad Ship by Robin Hobb
The Hidden Stars by Madeline Howard
(and numerous short story collections).

Read them? Loved them? Hated them? Want to lynch me? Let me know.
minviendha: (teh sex)
( Jul. 7th, 2007 01:55 pm)
Here is the compiled list of all the books I read on my trip and my thoughts on them (in brief, obviously). Or else this post would be astronomical. So here you are, everyone:

1. The Invisible Ring, Anne Bishop. I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of this one. Not nearly as good as BJT, but still enjoyable. Set in the same world but with different characters. It made me happy every time Lucivar and Daemon were mentioned. And the reference to Jaenelle very nearly made me squee.

Yes, I know.

2. Good Omens, Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman. Thank you thank you thank you to [profile] zorpisuttle for recommending this one. Seriously. I think I laughed more during this book than I have in a long time. So damn good. I want to write fanfiction, but I don't think I could manage it without butchering canon. *chews fingernails*
And besides, there's not much I wouldn't give for some mad hot Crowley sex.

3. Silence of the Lambs, Thomas Harris. This one was my second favorite of the triad of Lecter novels. And I have to echo Mimi here: Ooooh, Dr. Lecter! Secksy, in a psychopathic sort of way. Grisly, but good reading. And I liked it, anyway.

4. Red Dragon, Thomas Harris. Mmmmph. I didn't like this one so much. There was very little Lecter, and Will Graham was annoying. And the Dragon dude was just...weird. Grisly, but without the quality of Silence of the Lambs.

5. Nightlife, Bob Thurman. Been planning on reading this one for a while, finally got around to it, loved it. The narration has a snappiness to it that I like, and the voice is uniquely modern and thoroughly enjoyable. I'm looking forward to reading the next one, and will be sure to give people updates, if they want them.

6. The Bell Jar, Sylvia Plath. Sweet and sad. I sort of love Esther. Parts of this one felt eerily real to me, personally. That was a little scary.

7. Revelation, Carol Berg. Read this as a follow up to Transformation in the same series. I enjoyed it immensely, but not nearly so much as the first one. I wanted more Aleksander/Seyonne interaction. (You know, the slashpurtunities just occurred to me there. Must write that down.) I also felt like it had a little too much information in it. I got a little lost about halfway through: took me a while to find my way again. The emotional ending was the best part. No, I'm serious. Really.

8. Restoration, Carol Berg. I liked this one a lot. This may be my favorite. It effectively showed the dark sides of power, even power for good reasons, and it made me think more than other books have. I enjoyed it. I didn't really like the romantic angle, though. It just sort of showed up, and it felt a little tacked on.

9. Grania, Morgan Llewellyn. There was one character in this book who really got on my nerves: Evleen, the Druid woman. I realised why halfway through - she was clearly, obviously, and unashamedly a mouthpiece for the writer's views on Christianity. I hate it when people do that in fanfiction, let alone published works. She also used third person omniscient, which I don't like and is really hard to do without seeming clunky. She didn't manage it. The story was good, though, and I love Grania's character.

10. Case Histories, Kate Atkinson. Oh, this one was good. One of the best mysteries I've read in a while. Can't say much without giving stuff away: suffice it to say that the ending of one mystery in particular had me very, very surprised.

11. Sebastian, Anne Bishop. Am definitely reading Belladonna. Duuuuude. Sebastian. Yum. Anyway, I loved this one too. It was excellent, flowed along well, no awkward third person omniscient. I like. I like very much. And Sebastian is terribly sexy. *actually thinks about snagging him for DF*

*and probably will*

12. The Last Templar, Raymond Khoury. A Da Vinci Code rip off. There are better thrillers. There are better ripoffs, too. Don't read it.

13. The Dancers at the End of Time, Michael Moorcock. OMG. So good. It was bizarre and delicious. Picked up this one off my book list I got for Christmas at W.H. Smith, a UK bookstore (and omgwtf all the covers were so purdddddyyy I want purdy covers!!! squee) and read it in about a day.

I can't decide who I heart more: Jherek or Amelia? The best part, hands down, is Jherek in London.

14. The Time Traveller's Wife, Audrey Niffenegger. You've heard of this one, I'm sure. Trust the hype. It's weird, it's a little hard to wrap your mind around, but it's good. And the ending is a little heartbreaking. Beautifully written, besides. Not Charles Dickens, but still beautiful.

Books Left to Read:

Holy Fools, Joanne Harris
Hannibal Rising, Thomas Harris
Airs Beneath the Moon, Toby Bishop
Ship of Magic, Robin Hobb (and the rest, if I like it)
The Lady and the Unicorn, Tracy Chevalier
Moon Called, Patricia Briggs
Belladonna, Anne Bishop
Moonshine, Bob Thurman
Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrel, Susanna Clarke
The Hidden Stars, Madeleine Howard
A Game of Thrones, George RR Martin
Bone Doll's Twin, Kate Flewylling or something like that.
The Gunslinger, Stephen King (and maybe more)
Shapechanger's Song, Jennifer Roberson (and the rest of the series.)
Kushiel's Scion, Jacqueline Carey
The Chanur Saga, CH Cherryh
New Spring, Robert Jordan
Chocolat, Joanne Harris
A Probably Future, Alice Hoffman
Dragon Prince, Melanie Rawn
Interview with A Vampire, Anne Rice
And maybe I'll finally get around to finishing Les Miserables, Victor Hugo.

And probably a reread of BJT in there somewhere.

And now, a meme.

Yes, it's me! Back from France! Did you miss me liek whoa?

I thought so.

I'm too tired and distracted to do a full accounting....suffice it to say that Paris itself was awesome, but I didn't really think that the people were that different. And I actually did get around to hugging a cathedral. And I read a total of something like...fourteen books. Reviews for a few of them coming shortly, I promise. Really.

Rotary Auction today. Despite jet lag, I'm going to drag myself out there and look at - guess what? - books. So there you go.

Off to go finish reading massive amounts of flist and replying to the Desperate Fans. It's hecka early. I should go eat breakfast, but I don't really feel like it. I'll see people today....I hope...?

Tah!

Oh wait. To celebrate my return, some memeness?

minviendha: (lucius=not impressed)
( Jun. 20th, 2007 09:18 pm)
I am very bored.

I have lots of book reviews to write. I think I will do that. Tomorrow.

The list:

    1. Bitten, Broken, Stolen by Kelley Armstrong
    2. Black Jewels Trilogy by Anne Bishop
    3. Farseer and Tawny Man trilogies by Robin Hobb

And after trip, a few more. I swear.

Are you entertained yet?
minviendha: (brick)
( Mar. 21st, 2007 10:42 pm)
Whee, polygamy and marriages to multi-gendered fictional people!

married to:
You may tease me about the Balto 2 one. Had to do it, though. Oh, the teenage angst.

Meanwhile. Added a few for the sake of being able to add them.

Review of Robin Hobb stuff coming up...eventually. Yeah.

Wubs to you guys! *is too lazy to actually do a meaningful update*
I present to you. The 10:00 review.

Enjoy.


Next Up for Review: Farseer Trilogy
Not angst, for once.

Expect a crapload of reviews soon to come. For:

Firekeeper Saga
Mythago Wood
Farseer/Tawny Man Trilogies
Contact

And maybe:

Black Jewels Trilogy
Malloreon/Belgariad
Kushiel Trilogy

When I read New Spring (finally) I will give a review of that. Anyway, on a side note, has anyone other than me and [profile] redsilkscarf read The Silver Wolf by Alice Borchardt? Thoughts on it, if you have?

I may have to reread it, actually. Just to see if it is as naughty as I thought it was in fifth grade.
minviendha: (Default)
( Jan. 30th, 2007 08:56 pm)
Sara Douglass. Oyah. I have a bone to pick with you.

Actually, it's my first book review. Technically a series review. For The Wayfarer Redemption series - BattleAxe - Crusader, annoying compound names and all.

Bear with me, here. May include very minor spoilers.


 Fun, fun, fun. Ish.

And then there's the compound names. But that's a whole nother rant.
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