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Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Testing this bad boy

I decided to try a post to see how it works. I've enjoyed reading many of the entries on good books and what people are reading. Hopefully, this post will work and I'll get the format right soon enough.

I am still stuck on bad fantasy... as much as I am sick of Robert Jordan, I just caved in and read Knife of Dreams and then the prequel (New Spring), which I actually rather enjoyed. Both books were far better than anything else I've read by him recently. Little Moiraine and Lan! So cute! Oh... does anyone else remember Jordan EVER discussing pillow friends before?

Finished Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell... (it is Emily's copy that Anna passed on to me, need to pass it on or return it). I was rather bored. I know Emily really enjoyed the book and Anna recommended it so I trudged through all 800 something pages, with each passing chapter, expecting it to get better and more exciting. Unfortunately, it stayed fairly even-paced throughout. I did enjoy the world Clarke created and actually found myself believing that England in the 1800s was full of fairies and magic. I found the writing of the Napoleonic Wars interesting. However, all in all, I was bored. I've been spoiled with bad fantasy novels (most of what I read apart from counseling related books in grad school) that are quick paced and exciting.

Alan recommended The Winter King to me by Bernard Cornwell and I promised him I would read it as soon as I graduated. It was another King Arthur story, full of bloodshed, raping and pillaging. Too little magic and the female characters were not heavily involved enough for my tastes. At least Guinevere was not Christian and annoying. It is part of a series but I don't think I will read the other books... too much raping for me. I much preferred Mists of Avalon and that version of Arthurian legend.

Read Wicked and Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister by Gregory Maguire. I really enjoyed Wicked but was disappointed in the latter. Wicked was full of drama and angst that Confessions lacked. Are the other Maguire books any good?

Just finished Lions of Al-Rassan by Kay... LOVED it. Tigana was okay but this book really haunted me. It was one of the first books not part of a series that I wished was a series so I could spend more time in that world. I'm reading Song for Arbonne at the moment but it has not invaded my brain the way Lions of Al-Rassan did.

I am on the look out for good, compelling fiction, preferably in different worlds or subcultures in this world. Magic is always a plus. I have trouble reading anyting depressing.... I can't take sad movies or sad books anymore. Fluff is generally okay too (read all the Dan Browns when procrastinating on my first 3 chapters).


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3 Comments:

  • I kind of liked Lost. Nothing was as good as Wicked, though.

    By Anna, at 7:43 PM  

  • Hi Lauren. Sorry we bored you with Jonathan Strange.

    Lions of Al-Rassan I think I've heard from multiple people (probably this list) is great. I'll look for it at the library.

    I only read Wicked. Liked it, a fair amount actually, but want Gregory Maguire to branch out and write a philosophical novel or a legal thriller or something.

    By evt1618, at 11:24 AM  

  • Yeah, it's a weird kind of self-typecasting to only rewrite fairy tales. Lost is a bit of a departure, but not completely.

    I liked Lions of Al-Rassan, but I think I remember liking Tigana more.

    By Anna, at 1:23 PM  

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