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Book Reviews [Feb. 24th, 2009|09:36 am]
Lanette
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Well, I have to share a few things with you.

First-I got into my car this morning and Craig had the safe non-snow tires put on for me while I was away!!! *melts* Is that the dang sweetest surprise ever??? It seriously made my day, as in made me tear up. That is the sort of thing that makes me feel so loved and cared for and just WOW.

Second-I read 7 books on vacation, and many of you recommended these, so I wanted to let you know what I thought. It was proven to me beyond a shadow of a doubt that some fantasy books DO have gay people.


1. The Firebrand By Marion Zimmer Bradley.
Ok, I made it to page 67 and stopped. My GOD Woman. If I hear one more feminist rant about how the man is keeping you down I'll have unshaved pits for the rest of the trip and already there was an irritating French woman yesterday who was negative all day saying, "I don't caaah if ze wethah is goot. I vil be gone tomowwow!" 2 attempts later, I removed my bookmark and decided I'm never reading this author again. Congrats to those who like her, and may they enjoy reading her forever more, but I like her books as much as I enjoy reading a shampoo bottle except for this doesn't result in clean hair, so actually I was more bored than reading rinse and repeat. I liked this book slightly more than the bore Mary Stewart, but not that much more. Maybe the two of them could get together and write a book that I would hate even more? For all of the women who have tried to get me to like this author I just really don't. I mean the element books I read were ok, but still not my favorite books. I need to give up on her. Hate to do it sister, but not so much my style.

2. (a-c)A Book Trio- Please note these aren't really a series but do refer to one another.

Swordspoint : a melodrama of manners / Ellen Kushner. A++++ Would read again 87 times over. The gay Es-E-Ex does make me squirm a bit too much, but this book is le awesome. Would buy. Love it. Read it in 1 day.

The privilege of the sword / Ellen Kushner. B-. Not as good as Swordspoint but still interesting. Gay romance and twists and turns are good, but a bit too much prostitution for me, however, would read again.

The fall of the kings / Ellen Kushner & Delia Sherman. C. Readable, but the whole history thing being revealed present tense discovering the past got tiresome and made it a bit dull to read. I liked it, but it's no Swordspoint. Read book 1 and skip this one unless really bored.

3. The crystal cave / Mary Stewart.

Ok, I tried, but the 3rd time I had to ask, "Umm, what is bracken?" I was well over it. I read to page 87 and then paid $23.97 to avoid reading anymore. Not a fan. Dry, dull, historical. This is like eating toast with no jam. There is nothing naughty or sex or that resembles pleasure in reading this book to me. It was hard not to crap bracken. No more to it.

4. The sword / Deborah Chester. A Please give me the next book NOW! I loved it. Awesome original magic. Cool wild characters. I cared about the people in it? yes! This is my kind of fantasy. Still, no Anne Bishop, but still good.

5. Twilight by Stephanie Meyers. Yes, I had to get this at the airport and I blame that dull Mary Stewart who I envision as a woman who could be described as "plain" or "practical" and given a nice chapstick. On the contrary Stephanie Meyers has had the bleach on her head for so long that it's leaked into her brain. I read the book in one day because the reading level is 5th grade according to my Mom. No words to look up here and the references to "Adonis" made me almost pee my pants with laughter and read the cheesy dialog to my Mom. Now I'm invested as I've bought the sequel, but I'll be reselling it for sure to get more books by Deborah Chester. Sort of like bad reality TV, at least it's entertaining, but like eating crappy snacks for a meal, it leaves you with a bellyache and still hungry and you are a bit worse off for having read it, but the cheetos dust on your fingers remains.
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[User Picture]From: matrixx
2009-02-24 05:57 pm (UTC)
Yes, that's exactly what I would say about Twilight. Just wait, it only gets worse.
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[User Picture]From: starrynytes4me
2009-02-24 06:01 pm (UTC)
I am ashamed to have spent $23 on those books, but I hope I can resell them to a tweener who will LOVE them and read them over and over.
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[User Picture]From: lizzymommy
2009-02-24 09:17 pm (UTC)
I'm ashamed that I spent $40 on the entire set for my daughter for the holidays because it was "The ONLY thing I want!!!!!!eleventyone!11"

*shudder* I had a long lecture with her about expectations, abusive relationships, etc. *more shudder*

As a senior in highschool, her vocabulary was worse than my littlest's (kindergarten at the time), so the reading level is totally appropriate for her, but *again...shudder*

:)

Are you a Mercedes Lackey fan at all? OOOOOH! ! ! ! What about Diana Gabaldon's "Outlander" series? Talk about your mature, developed characters and adult sexxors! Mmmm...
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[User Picture]From: starrynytes4me
2009-02-24 09:26 pm (UTC)
I didn't take to most of the Mercedes Lackey stuff, but the retold classic fairytales were ok. I like her better than the "go go women" styling of the Firdbrand autor here.

If you haven't read the Black jewels books by Anne Bishop, get on it. She's my favorite OMG read read read 7 times try not to lick book author.
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[User Picture]From: lizzymommy
2009-02-24 09:33 pm (UTC)
I'm a HUGEHUGEHUGE fan of the Black jewels books...as is my husband a fan of me reading the Black jewels books. *ahem*

:)

My suspicion is that you might really enjoy the Outlander series I mentioned. Adult relationships, really well written, beautiful words (about 99% of the time - one of the 6 books is a longer read for me...the pacing was off), and you just cry when the series is over because you want to read MORE about Claire and Jamie. It's technically more like historical fiction/romance with some paranormal stuff in there (the basic premise of a 20th century woman thrown back in time through a circle of standing stones - so 20th century Englishwoman in 18th century Scotland just before the second uprising) YUM! Everybody I've gotten to read them has loved them - including my hubbyman!

:)
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[User Picture]From: kill
2009-02-24 05:59 pm (UTC)
I'm so glad you liked Swordspoint! I think there's something for everyone in each of the books. For me, I loved the Fall of the Kings, but that's because I love history and discoveries of secret histories and stuff like that. But yeah, Swordspoint got me hooked.
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[User Picture]From: starrynytes4me
2009-02-24 06:01 pm (UTC)
I thought Swordspoint was a true original and memorable story and I loved it! I liked all 3 of those books, but The Sword was really my kind of novel. I loved that one.
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[User Picture]From: circumspectly
2009-02-24 06:33 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry you didn't like The Crystal Cave! I don't do the whole es-e-ex thing...in life, or in books, evidently! hee. *sigh*
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[User Picture]From: starrynytes4me
2009-02-24 06:40 pm (UTC)
You poor dear, you had no way to know that I'd have no tolerance for the word Bracken or that lack of fun makes me revert to a toddler in terms of patience in about 10 pages. My lack of intellect could not be predicted. Her work is fine indeed and historical, but the pacing made me need a nap and turn to Stephanie Meyer in despair.
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[User Picture]From: pollyhyper
2009-02-24 08:38 pm (UTC)
The only MZB book I like is the Mists of Avalon, and even with that one I really just like the story, not her writing. Cabana-Boy and I concluded that she has THE world's worst editor.
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[User Picture]From: starrynytes4me
2009-02-24 09:27 pm (UTC)
She needs to be spanked. that's the only solution. Hopefully by a man in public. that ought to make her hostile! *giggles*

I envision her in tie dyed smocks and birkenstocks while writing.
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[User Picture]From: pollyhyper
2009-02-24 09:38 pm (UTC)
I dunno, I see her lounging around her home office wearing something like this:
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[User Picture]From: starrynytes4me
2009-02-24 10:10 pm (UTC)
I love the Pyramid catalog stuff. *giggles* She would wear that to pose on the cover.

The opening of the Firebrand book is a bit ummmm, over the top pro-woman like a club over the head. I like we ladies, yes I do, but it struck me as political and I found it distracting, not engaging. I wanted to be welcomed and drawn into the world, not preached at.
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[User Picture]From: omcintyre
2009-02-24 09:50 pm (UTC)
Marion Zimmer Bradley actually died a few years ago. I would recommend The Mists of Avalon. It's in my top 5 favorite books.

If you're looking for pure fun and some adult themes I'd go for the Gabaldon books. Yummy!

Sorry you didn't care for the Mary Stewart books. I like historical novels with lots of info. *shrug* Gabaldon's books are hsitorical but they are loaded with fun, action, romance and yes - sex. The Mists of Avalon has history, too along with romace, spirituality (Goddess worship and the rise of Christianity), the role of women and their decline with the rise of Christianity, heartache.. It's told from the women's perspective of the Arthurian legend. Don't buy it.. check it out at the library and see if you like it. I hope you do.

Oh, and I agree, you should check out Mercedes Lackey.. she writes mainly youth fantasy, but some of it is pretty mature. I enjoyed the Queen's Own and that series along with the Griffon series..

Edited at 2009-02-24 09:54 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: starrynytes4me
2009-02-24 10:06 pm (UTC)
I got most all of these from the library. I hate to say it, but as much as I love to support female authors (and I LOVE Anne Bishop) I'm kind of looking for some new male authors at this point as well. I'm over saturated at the moment at reading just from the female perspective. I like some of both. I have read the mists of Avalon and I enjoyed it. I've read the Wheel of Time series multiple times as well as R.A. Salvatore books. I enjoyed the Cleric series very much although many of the books by males are too war focused (especially true of Salvatore). I'm a huge fantasy fan and really do stick to that genre of reading.

I really did see why people who like history WOULD like Mary Stewart but to me it is so dry I just can't grasp it. It's low charisma although strong in substance. Maybe it's too subtle.
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[User Picture]From: starrynytes4me
2009-02-24 10:32 pm (UTC)
p.s. There are many many fantastic writers that I do not enjoy. I love to read, but I'm super picky. Please do not take offense if I don't immediately love an author. In fact, in some cases I will try one series and loathe the writer when in fact I like them on another topic. I just didn't take to Mary Stewart but clearly she is a very bright woman making well researched novels.
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[User Picture]From: ebullientjenn
2009-02-25 12:46 am (UTC)
DUDE! I just finished Kushiel's Dart and it ROCKED. I'm sorry you didn't like Firebrand, I loved it, but it's been years since I read it.

Have you tried George RR Martin, the Song of Ice and Fire series? It's not complete, so just beware. But OMG so good! It's got the political intrigue of Kushiel but amped up more. The characters are just awesome.

I also was not a fan of Twilight. The teen angst just about killed me. I'm kind of enjoying listening to the Spiderwick Chronicles right now actually.

I need book recs though from you now!
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[User Picture]From: starrynytes4me
2009-02-25 01:01 am (UTC)
I loved George RR until he SOLD OUT and I left a SCATHING review of the last book which is a piece of crapola. Man he's greedy and slow.

I am insane for Kushiel's. Let me look up my favorite R.R. salvatore book for you if you haven't read it. Also, The Sword, The Ring and the Chalice as well as the series The Codex Alera are very good.
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[User Picture]From: ebullientjenn
2009-02-25 01:34 am (UTC)
I just checked Codex Alera out of the Library so I'm stoked for that. I requested.. Homeland by RA Salvatore. I keep going the library and picking up book 2 or 4 of a series, so then I have to go home and request book 1. Also I have a pet peeve about them not putting the numbers in the series on the book somewhere. HUGE pet peve!

I agree that the latest Martin book was not as good as the others, but it was still better than some of the fantasy schlock I've read. I'm invested in the characters at this point.
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[User Picture]From: starrynytes4me
2009-02-25 01:38 am (UTC)
I'm invested but I could have rang his greedy neck for pulling a Robert Jordan like that and also for not putting in ANY of the characters most people give 2 craps about. I thought that was just plain mean of Mr. George RR.

Enjoy the Codex Alera. I loved it!
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