Me every day…
Me every day…
A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin is the first book in the Song of Ice and Fire series which has become highly popular due to the TV show’s success. This book is packed with variegated characters, bleak mythologies, battles, romances, and bloody murder. There is trouble stirring in the kingdom because of the death of the King’s right hand man. The lord of the North, Stark, has been asked to take up the new position. When Stark begins to uncover secrets about the Queen and her family that scream of treason, the fight for the Iron Throne begins. Underlying the treason and espionage that is occurring in the capital, whispers of magic and tales of creatures from across the Great Wall in the north begin to surface and hint at things to come.
Martin has written a story that, at the moment might feel overrated, still has a brilliance to it. He finds a way to juggle multiple characters and their stories. The first book is pretty empty of anything high fantasy but Dragons and other magics will show up in the next book, which is what I’m most excited about. Beware, some characters you will hate with ferocity and the book will make you angry because of the level of unfairness that falls upon your favorite characters. We just have to hope that justice will come eventually.
If you watch the show or are planning to, it is very impressive how similar the first season follows the first book. In my opinion, the first season did very well encompassing the characters and all the details. As a side note, I have heard that the second and third seasons are a bit more different than the books.
More books have broken my heart then men.
Inspired by a recent /r/libraries post and the fact that my own job search is starting to ramp up, I thought it might be a good idea to keep track of the different websites out there for finding LIS jobs. Speaking of which, LISjobs is now defunct and redirects to INALJ….
The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valente is a stunning work of art about a girl named September who is swept away to Fairyland by the magical and flamboyant Green Wind. Fairyland is almost as brilliant as she had always imagined such places full of magic would be, but the mysterious Marquise has tainted the glorious land with chains, blood and taxes. Through a serious of magnificent adventures, September is faced with difficult decisions, tricky creatures, horrific realizations, and loss but she makes friends such as a crimson Wyvern who is half library a blue boy named Saturday who help her on her journey.
This story is a tenebrous story, that while vibrant, teaches children and even adults that even places like Fairyland can be full of worry and hurt. With that said, this book and the others that follow it are beautiful and heart warming and everything that a fairytale should be.
J.R.R Tolkien, looking at flowers.
Apparently people hated to go for walks with him because he would stop and look at every tree for like 20 minutes.
I also like doing this so we would probably have had nice walks together
I like to think this is where Ents language came from. He was just simply saying ‘Hi’ to the trees. You can’t blame him it takes time.
The Girl Who Ruled Fairyland-For a Little While by Catherynne M. Valente is the prequel to The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making. This story is a breathtakingly colorful, sweet, specular, heart breaking, and fanciful!
All Mallow wants is to live peacefully with her books on the edge of a small town full of fairies with her talking bed, her pet ducks, read her books and learn Dry Magic. When everyone in Fairyland is summoned to the capital for a mysterious “tithe” that no one really knows about, Mallow decides that an adventure could be nice for once. She makes friends with the Winds, large cats, and other fantastic characters while enjoying the delicious colors and foods of the capital. But Mallow can tell that the city isn’t what it used to be, and one night she sees the god-king doing something devastatingly appalling she realizes that this gathering is for something far more sinister.
At this moment I’m in the middle of reading The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making, earlier I found out that this was the short story prequel. I have no words on how fantastic this story is. The language is vibrant and fanciful but the world that these characters live in is much darker underneath the fairy tale coating. Technically this story is for children, but anyone would love it; and Valente isn’t afraid to show children a more melancholy view of the world.
The Grimm Legacy by Polly Shulman is a fantastic story about a girl named Elizabeth who gets a job at the New York Circulating Material Repository…which is a library where people can check out objects. There are secrets to the library though: monstrous birds, magical objects, and a thief. Together with her new friends Elizabeth must find a way to save her beloved library.
This story is full of adventure, magic, mystery, and just a little sprinkle of romance. Shulman has created a story that captured me instantly, especially because I love libraries (even if this particular library didn’t hold books). The idea of Circulating Material Repository was a great touch to the story and makes me want to visit one!
Laugh With the Moon by Shana Burg is a book about a thirteen year old girl named Clare who’s father is dragging her to Africa after her mother’s death. While her father will be working as a doctor at the hospital, Clare must go to school like the other children in the village which means dirt floors, no cell service, no paper…and no lunch.
Clare has a really rough start but after she makes a friend named Memory, she starts to enjoy herself and make more friends. The headmaster of the school even asks her to teach English to the first-year students. When Clare and her friends get the idea to put on a play to help teach the students, the head master turns it into a huge production!
Things start to look up for Clare, but when a trip to the lake goes horribly wrong, lives are changed forever.
This story is very heart warming and sweet. Children and adults will love watching Clare grow as a person as she learns about different cultures and life styles. The characters might be young, but they all have to go through trials that change them into something better and stronger.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Wolves at the Gate by Drew Goddard, Georges Jeanty, and Joss Whedon is the third graphic novel in season 8. When Buffy’s scythe that was used to make all the potential slayers into actual slayers is stolen by vampires with Dracula’s power, the gang has to team up with the Prince of Darkness himself in order to get it back. During the battle potential lovers are lost, and Dawn, who is still ginormous, has to fight a mechaDawn. Also, Buffy has a rather surprising dalliance.