Seen today in London at the Tower of London. By 10th November there will be more than 886000 ceramic poppies, one for each person killed in WWI.
when I realize the book I’m reading ends in a cliffhanger
We spent the day traipsing around Oxford today. Unfortunately today was matriculation, so not only were there masses of students and their families everywhere, but some rooms in the Bodlein library were closed for tourists. This is outside the Divinity School hall.
My parents are visting and will stay with me for the next five days, so there won’t be much, if any, time to read for me. I also have a hard time getting into “Ancillary Justice”. I’m in chapter four, but so far a lot of the stuff mentioned has made no sense to me. I know that it sometimes takes time to know your way around in the world created by an author, especially in Science Fiction, but this time I just don’t seem to be able to get it, which disappoints me. Everyone was praising this book so much, so I had high expectations. I hope that it gets better.
You have got to be kidding me! This is the second car alarm going off within 2 hours and it’s bloody 5:34 am. Can’t they build car alarms that only go off when the car is actually broken into and not whenever a damn fly is farting? This is especially annoying considering that today is my day off and I had wanted to sleep in.
Book #206 of 2014: The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell
I loved this book. The story had me right from the start, and in typical Mitchell fashion the separate blocks of the story came together brilliantly with Holly being the red thread through all of them. The last part was a bit scary, considering that Mitchell’s idea of the not so far future might not be too far off course. I can see easily how that future could really happen, though probably not as soon as 2043. I loved that Mitchell’s book The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet are actually part of this story via the lives of one of the horologists. If you liked Cloud Atlas you will most likely like this book as well.
Glass Series by Maria V. Snyder
This post contains spoilers.
Book #199 of 2014: Storm Glass
Book #200 of 2014: Sea Glass
Book #203 of 2014: Spy Glass
These books are part of The Chronicles of Ixia series and continue five years after the events in Fire Study this time with Opal Cowan as the main character, though the cast from the study series makes appearances as well. I liked the books well enough and it was nice to learn what had become of Yelena, Valek, Leif, Ari and Yanco. I didn’t like Opal though, she is too easily swayed, too whimsical at times and that she chose Devlen at the end made her lose any points she had gained throughout the series. This latter is also the main issue I have with these books. Why would a young and intelligent woman choose to be with a man that had tortured her on more than one occasion, who played on her feelings for others and used her for his own gains? For fucks sake, he pretended to be someone she trusted and slept with her, which technically is rape and even Opal acknowledges that fact. Sorry, but that makes no sense in my eyes, and don’t give me that love overcomes all crap. There is nothing romantic about falling in love with your abuser and torturer, and it is high time authors stop putting that idea into young persons heads. Sure it’s great that Devlen regrets his actions and that he tries his best to atone for the atrocities he committed, but that doesn’t change what he did to Opal. I found it hard enough already to like Opal, and I was really disappointed when Snyder made her marry Devlen in the end. The adoption of two orphaned children also was over the top. So overall I feel conflicted about these three books. Apparently there will be a new book in this universe in 2015 focusing on Yelena and Valek again, I’ll most likely check it out.
New number one on my list of things that I hate, hate, hate: fucking alarms that go off by accident and wail far too long before someone switches them off. Not a week goes by without some alarm, usually bloody car alarms, waking me in the middle of the night and wailing for a half an hour only if I’m lucky, or three days (I’m not kidding, when they finally switched that alarm off I cried) if I’m not.
let’s just stop time so i can read all my books without real life interfering
This week didn’t start too brilliantly. First I had a nightmare last night where zombies tried to eat me in my kitchen, but I managed to keep them at bay by throwing ham and salami at them, and when I had run out of processed meat I started to haul a deer carcass out of the freezer for the zombies to eat. My friend had run over the deer while she was horse riding, and I have no idea why she stored the deer at my place. She also ran over a bear cub whose dead body was stored in one of my cupboards and that I wanted to throw at the zombies as a last resort. Thankfully I woke up before it came to that. The next nightmare awaited me when I looked in the mirror this morning and discovered that my facial skin decided to have a massive breakout, just the thing you need on a Monday morning. To feel better I ordered 8 second hand books for about 3 GBP each that will be delivered in the course of this week, and yes I do feel better now.
Book #198 of 2014: The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J. Maas
This books contains five novellas telling some of Celaena’s story before the Throne of Glass novels take place. Knowing what I knew about Sam due to having read the novels I had an idea what would happen, but the final novella still left me an emotional mess, and yes there was crying. This universe Maas has created is just amazing and I really like her writing. I’m already thinking about re-reading Throne of Glass and Crown of Midnight, and I have no idea how I’ll make it to the publication of the next book.
Maria V. Snyder’s Study Series
Book #194 of 2014: Poison Study
Book #196 of 2014: Magic Study
Book #197 of 2014: Fire Study
I loved these books! They were well written, the characters were diverse and well developed, and the story sucked me in right from the first chapter. The world Snyder built wasn’t exactly original or very complex, but it was well designed to show the differences between the regimes and to explain the motivation of the characters. At first glance Ixia and Sitia seem to be very different countries but over the course of the books it becomes clear that they are not so different after all. I liked that Snyder didn’t go with the easy ‘one type of regime is the right way to go’ route but explored the weaknesses of both main political systems. I loved the way Yelena communicated with the horses, Kiki was amazing. Ari’s and Janco’s bickering also added some lighter tones to a, in parts, quite dark story. People being triggered by abuse and torture should tread carefully.
Book #195 of 2014: Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld
This book disappointed me. The book contains a story within a story with chapters alternating between Darcy’s story, a YA author about to publish her first novel ‘Afterworlds’ and her novel ‘Afterworlds’. The novel started out interesting, but I soon stopped caring about it, I just couldn’t get into it. As for Darcy’s part, I couldn’t stand Darcy, such a self centred, attention seeking, whining, immature girl. Overall it was a chore to make it to the end. The only thing that kept me going was the look into the process of getting a novel published which was somewhat interesting.