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All right, Ms Kagawa, I can forgive a HELL of a lot for 'My dad is there, right? I don't want him to be alone when he turns back from being a piano.'
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So, I have this horrible addiction to YA paranormal romance, specifically of the 'urban faerie' subgenre. It's like brain candy. When done well, it's like it's a genre specifically invented with me in mind. When done poorly, I stomp around in disgust, flinging insults.

For the uninitiated into this unrelentingly soap-operatic and alternately dark-and-shiny set of fictitious worlds, I will note that Holly Black's 'Tithe' series sets the bar for awesome, and the Bordertown anthologies and novels set the bar for 'outcasts will identify with these situations'.

Right now, I've blown through all the Holly Black, Emma Bull, Will Shetterly, Pamela Dean, Melissa Marr, Cassandra Clare, Maggie Steifvater, Seanan McGuire, Charles de Lint, Neil Gaiman, Becca Fitzpatrick, Lesley Livingston, Janni Lee Simner, Aprilynne Pike, Cyn Balog, Herbie Brennan, AND OF COURSE the Sharyn November anthologies, and the Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling ones, and NATURALLY all the more grown-up good stuff like Jim Butcher and John C. Wright and Mike Carey and John Connolly and etc etc etc...

...so while I'm waiting for my favorites to churn out new books, I'm fishing through whatever the hell's available in Amazon's kindle store. I discovered Julie Kagawa! She is more or less on par with Melissa Marr and Aprilynne Pike. IE, engaging while you're reading it, good for escapism, entertaining, lots of regurgitated mythology and Shakespeare and new and old World of Darkness tropes, but not amazing. I was cheerily reading through and gobbling it all up because there *are* relatively new takes on some old ideas in there--

--and then I finished the first book and started on Winter Passage, which is the novella between The Iron King and The Iron Daughter.

And I realized what irritated me about the heroine, Meghan Chase:
(Spoilers herein.) )

Thank you.

Gina DC, Continuity Cop
(and admittedly not your target demographic)

For ref?

May. 15th, 2008 06:18 pm
evilbeej: (Marvel: Kitty-- All Smiles)
I *do* like Twilight. It, and its sequels, are hilarious brain candy. They are the literary equivalent of playing Bejeweled. (Sparkly and pretty and you sink hours into them without realizing it.) They are *fluff*. They are NOT deep. They are ridiculous and fun.

I like them much better than Harry Potter.

I'm not sure why people keep *comparing* them to HP, as teen vampire romance != coming-of-age wizard story, other than OMG IT'S HUGE AND POPULAR WITH THE KIDLINGS AND THERE ARE CREEPY FANGIRLS ALL OVER THE INTERWEBS... I mean, I have thus far not found ONE SINGLE PIECE of slashfic written about Twilight on the whole interwebs, so obviously it's nothing like Harry Potter.

But, okay, comparing them like EVERYONE ELSE SEEMS TO, I do like them better than HP. There's much less of a chance of getting really thoroughly attached to the main characters and then therefore being upset when they act like idiots (as in HP)-- they're helpful because I can look at them and go 'GOD DAMN I am so happy I never have to deal with being in high school again'.

[livejournal.com profile] joiedecombat found a post on teh LJs that really does, in fact, pin down why the books are sooooo popular, and why I thoroughly enjoy them. And it really does boil down to 'om nom nom wish fulfillment crackfic'.

That is all.

Edit: If someone would like to write some Twilight slashfic and prove me wrong, it will both fulfill Rule #34 and make me laugh my ass off. Just saying.

Books meme.

Oct. 4th, 2007 03:57 pm
evilbeej: (Who: Hello Class!)
Meme snagged from [livejournal.com profile] infinitepryde.

These are the top 106 books most often marked as "unread" by LibraryThing's users (as of today). Bold what you have read, italicise what you started but couldn't finish, strike through what you couldn't stand. The numbers after each one are the number of LT users who used the tag of that book.

I've underlined the ones that I've never seen a copy of in our house. Also note, I have put in italics the books that I started, COULD have finished, but didn't get around to, books that I've started and someday INTEND to finish, and books that I started and then gave away because I couldn't actually bring myself to throw them out the window.

The list! )
evilbeej: (Who: Theta Sigma)
"You seem to fit the part all right. Your technical record is first-class. Your disciplinary record stinks to high heaven." He eyed his listener blank faced. "Two charges of refusing to obey a lawful order. Four for insolence and insubordination. One for parading with your cap on back to front. What on earth made you do that?"

"I had a bad attack of what-the-hell, sir," explained Leeming.

(From Next of Kin, by, yes, Eric Frank Russell.)
evilbeej: (Cos: Cos is Cos is Cos)
Nerd test result. )

Books I've read recently that I feel the need to review sometime later this afternoon:

Ironside by Holly Black
The World Without Us by Alan Weisman
Territory by Emma Bull
Lord of Light by Roger Zelazny
Forests of the Heart by Charles de Lint
Crooked Little Vein by Warren Ellis

Back to you on that.
evilbeej: (Cos: Legends-goober)
Oh lord.

I've been falling all over myself trying to find and reread the books I love in a particular way for particular things, trying to inject my brainmeats with glamour, so to speak. Trying to cram my head full of the magic that lurks behind trees, in tin cans rusted and mixed with vines and dirt and snow on the hill by the train tracks, under the broken bricks in the backyard, in the hollow between the twin trunks of the cauldron tree next to the old grill, in the overgrown stream that leads under the road from the waterfall so often clogged with leaves and algae. Trying to find the talisman between the cracks in the pavement, the book in the library that tells my story, the faerie gold to pay for carbonated water in siphon bottles nicked from a strange house's pantry, the names of the stars and just the right intonation to use when reciting the Breastplate of St Patrick, the ghost who carved his name in the bed and hid the key to a cipher under the solid oak drawer in the dresser, the blue paint to make myself frightening and the red thread to embroider charms on the insides of my outside-in clothing.

I forgot that the good guys took over the YA fiction section and that it's full to brimming with raw, roiling beauty and danger and adventure and stories I haven't read yet.

I've just read through, staying up all night because I couldn't stop reading, Tithe by Holly Black. And I can't give a review, because it's so clever, so lovely, so twisting and dark and bright and true, that I can't bear to give any of it away.

You all should read it too.
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Reading list:
Postman, N., & Weingartner, C. Teaching as a Subversive Activity. New York: Delacorte Press, 1969.
Jay, Anthony (Ed.). The Oxford Dictionary of Political Quotations. New York: Oxford University Press, 1996.
Lasn, Kalle. Culture Jam. New York: Quill, 2000.
Pelton, Robert Young. The World's Most Dangerous Places, 4th Edition. New York: HarperResource, 2000.
Engles, F. & Marx, K. The Communist Manifesto. New York: Washington Square Press, 1964.
Bullitt, John M. Jonathan Swift and the Anatomy of Satire. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1953.
The National Citizenship Test (1965, Bantam Books)
Goldin, Judah. The Living Talmud. Chicago: Mentor Books, 1957.
Campbell, Joseph. Myths to Live By. NYC: Bantam Books, 1972.
Guenther, H.V. Tibetan Buddhism in Western Perspective.Emeryville, CA: Dharma Books, 1977.
Armstrong, Karen. The English Mystics. London: Kyle Cathie Ltd., 1991.
The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran.
Invisible Cities by Italo Calvino.
Points of Rebellion by William O. Douglas.
Civilization, Past and Present, Vol I by Wallbank and Taylor, USC Press, 1942.
MI6: Inside Her Majesty's Secret Service by Stephen Dorril.
Understanding Media: The Extensions of Man by Marshall McLuhan.
A Dictionary of World Mythology by Arthur Cotterell.
Fighting Chance: Ten Feet to Survival by Arthur Robinson, Ph.D., and Gary North, Ph.D.
Dictionary of Theories by Jennifer Bothamley.
Bulfinch's Mythology by Thomas Bulfinch.


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