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Book Reviews [Feb. 24th, 2009|09:36 am]
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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.

[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..

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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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