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Started Venom by Fiona Paul ) yesterday and finished it today.

I really liked it. It's the first book in a trilogy and I just put a hold on book 2 at the library. Not sure when I'll get it, but hopefully soon.

Today I started The Hangman's Beautiful Daughter by Sharyn McCrumb )

It's ok so far. Not really sure where the story is going yet as it shifts around a bit. I'm not sure if it's focus is the family or the town.

Book 14

Jun. 24th, 2017 10:04 pm
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I started this while on vacation last week and finished it a couple days ago.

Joyland by Stephen King )

While I enjoyed this story, I've decided that King has gone soft. He no longer writes horror stories. This was a crime novel with a bit of supernatural mixed in. I see now where his son (Joe Hill) gets it from. Though the only book from him that I've read is Heart Shaped Box and it had more horror in it than King's work does any more.

The one thing I didn't like about the book was the feeling that it could've gone more in depth with how the ghost "moved on." It never said anything happened, which was disappointing.
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I've been struggling for several months now with writing my Labyrinth fic. I'm stuck in a rather important part of the story and just don't know how to get it to work.

I've been listening to my "Stevie Nicks" station on Pandora all day (it plays lots of singer/songwriters from around the 70s/80s) and when These Dreams by Heart came on, it reminded me (as it often does) of a book I read as a kid. This book has stuck with me ever since I read it in late elementary/early middle school. I've read it several times and it's always brought the same feelings for me.

It's called Dangerous Spaces by Margaret Mahy )

I'm hoping for some inspiration, but if nostalgia is all I get, I'll take it.

Book 12

May. 24th, 2017 01:00 pm
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(yes, 12, because I still haven't finished Scarecrow of Oz...)

I started and finished Killjoy by Julie Garwood ) a couple weeks ago.

It was ok. It ended the way I knew it would. I was unaware that it's part of some kind of set, apparently the last one in the set. Oh well. I did get aggravated at one point because the main character learns super important information, which she then ignores/forgets/whatever for several chapters. It just felt very OOC considering she's supposed to be this amazing analyst that uses random obscure information to solve cases. But I guess if she had remembered it sooner, it would've cut the story by about 200 pages and lost a lot of angst/drama. I just feel like the author made a HUGE deal about her finding out everything she could about the information super early for her to just forget it. If the info wasn't going to be used right away, put the investigating bit about it later in the story.

Heartless

May. 3rd, 2017 11:16 am
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Finished it a couple days ago. I really liked it. It didn't end how I wanted it to, but I knew it wasn't going to and it had a good ending. I loved how it was Alice in Wonderland, but not (obviously). All the characters were there, but different and more fleshed out. I remember reading Alice and having a hard time following it. It had story, but then it would just randomly have poetry thrown in. It felt very disconnected. I can't remember if I read Looking Glass or not, I have it, but I don't know if I've read it.

I'm not sure if there's a sequel, or plans for a sequel, but I would love more about Jest. Maybe about his journey to Hearts and why he went (other than because his Queen told him to). And maybe more about Hatta as well.
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Currently reading two books at once.

Started Scarecrow of Of ) a while ago, but am only occasionally reading it. Not sure I really like it.

So then I started reading Heartless by Marissa Meyer ) the other day. I really like it so far.
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Finished this the other day. It was nice to visit some of the characters from the other books. And they FINALLY addressed the fact that Toto doesn't talk! In a rather hilarious way, I might add.

Next in the series is Scarecrow of Oz, but I haven't started it yet. I'm still thinking I'll take a break from the series for a bit and read some of the other books I have laying around.

Book #9

Apr. 13th, 2017 10:20 am
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I'm still reading Tik-Tok of Oz, but I decided to take a break from the Oz series for a bit and read some of the other books I've gotten recently.

Yesterday I picked up The End of Oz by Danielle Paige ) (I know, not much of a divergence from the Oz series) It's the final book in the Dorothy Must Die series. I really liked it. The pace was good and even though it was the last book, it introduced new characters. It also wrapped up the story nicely.

There is another book set in the same universe coming out, but it goes back in time to tell the story of one of the new characters introduced in the last book. I'll probably get it as I love everything (pretty much) connected to Wizard of Oz and because I really enjoyed the series.

Book #9

Apr. 3rd, 2017 08:28 am
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I couldn't finish The New Jim Crow. It read too much like a text book. :( I took it back to the library on Monday. I did find the movie online and watched that. It's sickening what's going on.

But I did finish Patchwork Girl. Not sure why people kept telling me I would love it so much. She actually comes off as super arrogant and I couldn't stand her half the time. The story itself was ok. I've found that a lot of the "beloved" characters of Oz are pretty arrogant and it's mildly irritating. I think it's supposed to come off as ignorance/naivety, but it fails miserably. But the stories are fun, so I keep reading them.

I started Tik-Tok of Oz )

Book #8

Mar. 3rd, 2017 02:57 pm
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I'm still reading Patchwork Girl, but a friend told me I should read The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander ) after talking about the movie/documentary The 13th.

I told him I wasn't sure if I could watch it, given the subject matter. I just wasn't sure I could handle it emotionally. So he suggested the book that it's based on. I put it on hold at the library (all 20 copies were checked out) and it just came in yesterday, so I went and picked it up today.

I haven't started it yet, but it's just under 300 pages and hopefully doesn't read like a textbook. It's been a while since I've read any non-fiction. I'll be sure to share my thoughts when I'm done/as I go.
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Finished Road to Oz and went right on to The Emerald City of Oz )

I'm not sure I like Aunt Em all that much, and they don't seem to mesh well with Oz, but maybe that will change. I did like that we got to see the Nome King again! And how they dealt with him and his allies in the end.

I'm now making my way through The Patchwork Girl of Oz )

I was once told by someone (I don't remember who) That I would really like this one. I'm not sure why. It doesn't really stand out to me yet.
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The Oz books are only around 200 pages, so if it seems like I'm going through them really quick, that's why.

I love that each book opens with the author writing a note to all the children that write to him begging for more books. He seems like he was an amazing person.

Ozma of Oz ) was clearly part of "The Return to Oz" movie as well. I remember being terrified of Princess Langwidere's cabinet. I much prefer Emerald City's take on her. I love her masks. Except the cat one. That one is weird.

Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz ) This one I'm not sure I liked so much. The people they encountered weren't very nice, but I didn't like how it always ended up with kill or be killed. Too much random killing. And it contradicts book 2! The whole story of how Ozma became Tip is changed. :(

And now I'm almost done with The Road to Oz ) The senseless killing continues... But I love Polychrome!
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I started The Circular Staircase by Mary Roberts Rinehart ) on my Kindle shortly after the first of the year. I finally finished it last week. It isn't long, only 200ish pages, I just wasn't reading much. I liked it though.

After I finished that, I hunted down all 14 Oz books on my Kindle. I have them in omnibus form, but the book is so big and the font is super tiny. It's like reading a phone book from the 80s. I finished The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum ) in a couple days. I have this in book format too and I read it several years ago, but I think that version is different from the one on my Kindle. That or I've forgotten more than I thought I had. It was fun to read again and recognize some of the characters from the newer adaptations/interpretations that I've been reading/watching lately.

I'm now reading The Marvelous Land of Oz ) It's strangely making me nostalgic for Return to Oz, the 80s movie that was terrible even when it was new. I think I had more nightmares from that than I did The Wizard of Oz and I was much older when I saw it. But I'm getting now where a lot of the weird things came from, it wasn't because it was the 80s, it was in the book.
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I've back dated this entry because I finished these before the new year, but didn't write it down. It's actually Feb right now as I write this.

I finally finished Dust. I really liked it. It was longer than the 100 pages I thought it was, but I'm not sure how long it really is. My Kindle is weird about page numbers, I'm not sure if there's something wrong with it, or if that's just how they all are. But the story was really good. Missing/kidnapped children being saved by another kid, epic battle between the kid and the creepy old guy/kidnapper.

I also read Darker than Midnight by Maggie Shayne ). I found out after finishing it that it's book 3 in a series, but I don't feel I missed too much by not reading the first two. There was reference to another case/character a lot, but it's easy to piece together the needed information to follow this book. The story was good, I found it hard to put down sometimes. There were points where I felt it was going too fast as far as character interactions go, but at the same time, it was addressed in the book as being too fast, so it worked out ok in the end. I am curious about the other book that was referenced, so I might try and find it to read as well.
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I have failed miserably at updating. I was avoiding all social media for a while (I'm still only on a little here and there for my own mental health) and then life got busy.

But I did have time to read! I FINALLY finished Dracula. Once I got used to the way it was written, I liked it. However Hollywood totally made up the Mina/Dracula love story. Dracula having a wife/family is never mentioned. At all.

Then I read a little novella (pretty sure that's what it should be called, it's just over 100 pages) on my Kindle, The Herald of Autumn by JM Guillen ).
It was ok. I liked the idea of it, but I feel like it really could've been fleshed out more. There's so much more there that could have been done. I guess it's part of some huge series all about different characters, but the same universe. I doubt that I'll read any others.

I started Dust by Arthur Slade ), but I haven't finished it yet. I like it so far, though it's short like Herald.

I read Utopia by Lincoln Child ) and really enjoyed it. The idea of the theme park sounds amazing.

I just finished Yellow Brick War by Danielle Paige ) which is book three in the series. I really like this series, they are quick reads because the momentum of the story just keeps going. Unfortunately I have to wait until the next book is published to finish(?) the story. :(
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I am still reading Dracula, but it's on my Kindle and I've discovered that if I read on it too long, it gives me a headache. :(

So I've read a couple books while reading it.

I read Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by JK Rowling ) a while ago. I've seen all the movies and this was pretty similar. There were some minor differences, but not many. I keep expecting them to be different since everyone who read them says the movies got some things wrong.

During the hurricane, I started Snow White Must Die by Nele Neuhaus ). I finished it last night. It was good. Took some getting used to since it takes place in Germany and I'm not familiar with the cities it was referencing. I don't know if they're real cities or not. A couple I knew, but it takes place in a small town and I'm not sure if that's real or the author made it up. It also jumps from character to character with no real break, that was confusing at first. And there was a LOT going on. Main story and side stores, lots to keep straight. But I enjoyed it.

Book meme

Oct. 5th, 2016 11:43 pm
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Saw this on [livejournal.com profile] tinnny's page and thought it looked fun, so I'll try.

1. What’s the last book you read? What did you think of it?

Currently I'm reading Dracula by Braum Stroker. It's pretty good, the style took some getting used to. It's written from different character points of view in journal entries and letters. I'm about halfway through and it only just now used the word vampire and talks about what they do.

Prior to this, I read Doctor Sleep by Stephen King. It was good, but mildly disappointing as it wasn't nearly as terrifying as its predecessor, The Shining. It's all supernatural and no horror.


2. What’s the worst book you’ve ever read, and why?

The worst book? I don't know. I hated The Hobit. To the point that I only had about 50 pages left and I just couldn't finish it.

And I couldn't get through Madame Bouvery either. I couldn't stand the main character. I don't think I even made it halfway before I quit.

3. A book you found overhyped, and why.

Umm...I'd have to say Catcher in the Rye. I remember everyone in HS talking about how AMAZING it was. I read it afew years after graduation and just didn't see what everyone was talking about. It was boring.


4. Ereaders versus physical books is such a false dichotomy. Instead, tell me what other formats (phone apps, tumblr fiction, twitter haikus) you read in.

I prefer actual physical books, but I've read things on my Kindle app on my phone and I now have my daughter's old Kindle, so I read on that too. I also read fanfic on my phone via the internet.

5. Which genre(s) don’t you read? Why not?

I don't read much non fiction. I read for enjoyment mostly.

Within the fiction genre, there isn't much I don't read. I tend to stay away from religious type stuff because I'm not very religious. I tried some erotica, but it was pretty awful. Though that may have been the author, I don't know. The story itself was good, but the erotic bits were laughable. It was like it was written by a high schooler.

6. If you read in more than one language, is there a difference between the experience of reading in your native language(s) and reading in other languages?

I only read in English, not fluent in any other language.

7. If you’re not a native English speaker, how much do you read in your native language versus how much you read in English? How do you feel about that? // If you’re a native English speaker, go find a book in your second/third/etc language, or in translation, to add to your to-read list

I don't know any other languages. :(

8. The book you read when you’re stuck in bed sick.

I usually sleep if I'm that sick. Or watch TV/movies. But if I'm looking for a comfort book, I'll grab either American Gods by Neil Gaiman or The Princess Bride by William Goldman.

9. Fiction or non-fiction or both? In what ratio? Where do you draw the line between the two?

I think I kinda answered this in #6...

10. The book(s) you bought because the cover was pretty, and whether it was worth it

I buy a lot of books because the cover grabs my attention. Good thing I mostly shop at used book stores!

The first one that comes to mind though, is Pure by Julianna Baggott. Totally worth it. It's a dystopian young adult novel. First book in a trilogy. There was a nuclear event that caused an explosion and if you were in the blast zone, you fused with whatever or whoever was close to you. But if you were safe in the dome, you're still pure.

It was really good. I've heard the series might be made into a movie.

11. The worst book hangover you’ve ever had

I don't know. I'm not sure I've ever had one. I remember crying when I read Where the Red Fern Grows and being sad after. But I was also 10, so yeah.

12. Do you have to finish one book before you start the next one, or do you read multiple books at the same time?

Usually, but not always. I read several books at a time in HS. Right now I'm reading Dracula on my Kindle, but I checked out HP and the Chamber of Secrets from the library and read that.

I'll also read fanfic while reading a book sometimes.

13. The fictional character you want to believe you resemble and the fictional character you actually resemble.

Um, none? I've had a few characters I've related to in some ways, but none that fit either of these.


14. The book that, in hindsight, really should have clued you in to the fact that you’re _________ (queer/in love/doomed to be an academic/etc).

None. Pretty sure this has to do with my answer to the previous question.


15. The book that you reread over and over again and get new things from every time.

American Gods. This is why it's my favorite book.


16. The book that you don’t dare reread for fear it won’t be the same any more.

None that I can think of. If I don't want to reread something, chances are it's because I didn't like it. Or it was good, but not enough to want to read again.


17. Preferred bookshelf organisation scheme.

My books are sorted by genre, then by author, then alphabetically by title.

Or they would be if my shelf wasn't a terrible mess right now.

18. Do you theme your monthly/yearly/etc reading (eg Year of Reading Women)?

Nah. I read whatever looks good at the time.

19. That book with a twist that felt like a blow to the chest. Tell me about it. (But warn for spoilers if necessary!)

Hmm. I can't think of any right now, I usually figure out the ending before the end.

Although there was a twist in the Gemma Doyle Trilogy by Libba Bray that took me by surprise and was kind of a shot to the feels. I don't remember which book in the series it was though.

20. The coolest bookshop you’ve ever been to.

Probably Curious Books in East Lansing, MI. It's a used book store that is packed full of books and there are multiple rooms. I love the smell and the feeling of books for days.

21. The book you gave up on, and the reasons why.

Well, I've already mentioned two, but I also gave up on the Earth's Children Series by Jane Auel. I think it was book four of six and I just stopped. Two of the main characters were split apart when everything could have been fixed by a simple conversation. It made me so angry I couldn't finish it.


22. The book you finished even though you hated it, and the reasons why.

I don't do this any more. I don't remember what the last one was.


23. The book you expected to hate, didn’t, and then got angry about not hating.

None. I read for fun, I don't read something if it doesn't look like I'll like it.

24. The book that you got into because of the movie/TV series/etc, and the relative merits of each version.

I've started reading The Walking Dead comics because I love the show. The story line is a bit different, things happen in a different order, but overall it's pretty similar, but I've only read book one so far. I think that's like the first twelve comics.

I'm starting to read the HP series after enjoying the movies. I'm only through book two and it seems pretty similar as well.

I bought The Princess Bride because I love the movie so much. There's a ton of excessive random narration in the book, but it's still one of my favorites.

I've also been reading Constantine Hellblazer because I liked the movie and really loved the show. I just bought book four, but haven't read it yet. The TV show followed the first two books pretty well. I've only found bits and pieces of the movie in the books. There is a comic based off the movie, but I really like the books I'm reading.

I know there's more, but I can't think of them now.


25. The only book care question that actually means anything: do you write in your books? If so, in pen or in pencil?

Never!

26. Do you read reviews of books? Before or after you read the books themselves? Why? Why not?

Sometimes. If I do, it's before. If the blurb isn't good enough to convince me, or if I'm unsure if I'll like it, I'll read some reviews.

27. The book you’re embarrassed to admit you’ve read.

I don't know that I'm *embarrassed* about reading anything, but there are things I read that I don't talk about to people irl. Simply because I'd either have to explain what it is (fanfic) or is just not something you talk about in polite conversation (romance/porn/erotica).

28. The one where the fanfic was better than the original (and the relevant AO3 links, pls)

Well, currently, Once Upon A Time fanfics by totheendoftheworldortime79 on ff.net. Her pairing of Emma & Hook is WAY better than canon. Prepare for smut. I don't know what to pick, everything she writes is good! Although, I've stayed away from Unlocked and all its sequels because it's m/m/f with brothers. It's well written, but it just kinda squicks me out. Here's her author page: https://m.fanfiction.net/u/1433496/michellemtsu

29. Your vacation reading habits

I don't usually read on vacation, but if I do, I take whatever I'm currently reading.

30. The book you read the blurb of, constructed a version of in your mind, and were promptly disappointed by once you finally got around to actually reading it?

Hm. I don't remember ever being disappointed. Surprised maybe, but I can't think of any right now.

31. Bonus question: rec me something!

I always rec my favorite book, American Gods. Other than that, I'd have to know what kind of books you like. :)
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Finished Doctor Sleep a couple weeks ago. I liked it, but it was definitely more supernatural than horror.

We bought my daughter a shiny new tablet for her birthday, so I've inherited her Kindle. It's old, but I figured I could use it to download some public domain books from Amazon. I found a few that looked good and decided to start Dracula by Braum Stoker last night.

I own the movie with Keanu Reeves and Gary Oldman. And I liked the short lived show on NBC with Jonathan Rhys Meyers. I'm curious to see how much/what from each is true to the book.


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I liked Fear Machine, except for the ending. But considering there is plenty more story after it, that may change. I wish I could just buy the whole series so I didn't have to sit around so long between reading, but at $20/book, that's a lot of money. I might try to pick up the next one tomorrow since I've got some money right now.

I got books 2 and 3 of the Black City trilogy pretty much at the same time, so I was able to read those back to back.

Phoenix by Elizabeth Richards ) I liked that I got to learn more about a character briefly met in the first book. The actions of the main characters bothered me a little in some spots. I had to remind myself that that's how teenagers act and it isn't the author's fault. It actually probably reflects well on the author that she was able to make me feel that way. Most of this book was all conflict building to the final book.

Wings by Elizabeth Richards ) I liked all the plot twists in this one. The ending wrapped everything up nicely, though it did have a very Hunger Games feel to it (the movie at least, I've never read the books).

And I just finished Doctor Sleep by Stephen King ) I liked this, but this is definitely more supernatural than horror, as much of King's more recent books are. When I first saw the book I thought it was a sequel to Insomnia, given the title, but when I heard it was actually a sequel to The Shinning, I was a little more interested. This does have some elements that reminded me of Insomnia though.
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I am getting absolutely terrible about updating. I'm not sure if this is accurate or not. I may have read something between Gods of Mars and Warlord of Mars, but I can't remember.

Warlord of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs ) Thankfully this one did not end on a cliff hanger. It was one battle after another and introduced more races of the planet. I find myself really liking John Carter and wishing they had done more movies. I'm not sure if I will read the rest of the series or not. This one had a rather nice ending.

Black City by Elizabeth Richards ) I'm a sucker for post apocalypse YA fic. But I like this author's take on vampires. It's new and doesn't involve sparkles. :) The only thing I didn't like was that the relationship seemed to happen too soon. I felt it could have been timed better, especially since it's a trilogy.

John Constantine: Hellraiser, The Fear Machine by Jamie Delano, Dave McKean, & Kent Williams ) Still reading this one. Glad it's easier to read than The Devil You Know. I had a hard time figuring out what was real vs what was dream in that one. So far none of this made an appearance in the show or movie that I can remember. Of course, it may have been planned for the show, but since it got cancelled, who knows. His look here is more movie than show though. Long black trench coat instead of the khaki reporter style jacket. I'm still really enjoying the series and I just found out that DC is bringing Constantine back in their new rebirth stories! I've seen a few panels and it looks pretty good. Of course I still have to finish this series and the one from 2011, but I'm excited that they brought it back.

And I just picked up books 2 and 3 of the Black City trilogy to read once I finish Fear Machine.

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