Tuesday, November 03, 2009

When's Dinner? I'm Hungry!

Do you NaNo, too? Check out John Green's latest video about it (and his hair) (warning-- that's a direct link to YouTube, so it'll start playing right away.)

Even better, IF YOU ARE A MAC PERSON, Scrivner is offering a free trial for NaNo-ers. AND, if you win, you can then buy it for 1/2 price! Which I'd be all over, except I'm a PC, and it only works with Mac. Poo. It looks really, really neat. Alas and Alack.

And now, two reviews from the vault, as I need to do my writing for tonight (they're both short, because I don't have anything to add to the discussion of them.)

City of Bones Cassandra Clare

Clary has started to be able to see things that aren't there. After her mother is taken by demons, Clary (and her best friend Simon) quickly finds themselves in a world of demon hunters, including hotttttt (and infuriating) Jace. If Clary's going to save her mother, she has to deal with all sorts of recent history and politics.

Soooooooo not for me. I figured everything out way too quickly and wanted to smack Clary for missing the painfully obvious. Every big reveal was something I had figured out chapters ago. A lot of people found this funny, but I'm not one of them. And Holly Black's cover blurb promised "Funny, Dark, and Sexy" but I didn't find it to be any of that. I could actually go on for pages, but that would move into the petty and mean and not overly helpful or useful. If I were funnier, I could go for comedic-like some of the great Twilight takedowns, but I'm not, so I won't. Oh well. Everyone I know loves this series to death and so I'm glad I read it, but I won't read the others.

Graceling Karen Cashore

Katsa is Graced with a special killing ability that's exploited by her uncle the King. In her work with the secret council that she founded to offset her Uncle's dirty work, she discovers an international plot. With the help of another Graced one (Prince Po) she sets off to save a kingdom and a princess. Lots of adventure and girls kicking butt. Not really my thing, but good. I can see why it's so popular.

But, HOLY HOT GRACELING ACTION BATMAN! I was not suspecting it to go there. I thought it would stay cleaner for the younger teen set, but nope. It went there. And those are the parts I loved, and why I enjoyed reading it.

There's a companion novel/prequel out, Fire I probably won't read it, because it won't have Katsa or Po and I was more interested in their relationship than the world they inhabited.

Books Provided by... my local library

Reasons I picked them up both were required reading for my small group discussions at Books for the Beast

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Alicia said...

My advice? Read Fire. It's even better than Graceling. True, there's no Katsa and Po, but Fire's got relationship happenings as well.

HWPetty said...

I didn't love City of Bones either. But I bought the first two books at the same time, so I (eventually) read the second book, and it's night and day from the first.

I'm not sure if I just had too high expectations for the first and too low expectations going into the second or what, but I loved the second book and it made me anxious to read the third.

All that to suggest that you might give the second book a try. It's out in paperback, and it might change your mind a little.