Last summer I finished the first book of The Stormlight Archives, Way of Kings, and now that my current summer breakOkay, wow. Where do I even begin?
Last summer I finished the first book of The Stormlight Archives, Way of Kings, and now that my current summer break has started I decided to go ahead with the second—Words of Radiance. I have to say that this book is just as good, if not even a little bit better, than the first. I’m trying to gather my thoughts properly but the emotions that come with the story is just so overwhelming. There were moments when I starred in horror, laughed out loud, and even cried. Sanderson has woven a beautiful story filled with characters that have truly become alive in their own universe.
The story picks up where the last one ended. Shallan and Jasnah are sailing forth to the Shattered Plains in search of the ancient city of Urithiru, as well as the answer to stopping the inevitable return of the Voidbringers; all the while Shallan must uncover the meaning of these strange newfound abilities and the strange spren, Pattern, that has taken place as her new companion. Kaladin is learning to fit into his new role as a Captain of Dalinar Kholin’s personal bodyguard and continues to struggle with the division of lighteyes and darkeyes within his mind; though he is a Child of Honor, accompanied by the Honorspren Syl, he is still a man and subject to the mistakes of one. Dalinar is still grappling to interpret his strange visions and his need to reunite the Highprinces of Alethkar in preparations for the Everstorm; he is entangled around politics, plots, and scandal that threaten to destroy the very unity he is fighting to create. We also see more from the ever charismatic Adolin, our favorite bridgeman, and even this mysterious Assasin in White.
I can almost guarantee that if you enjoyed the first book, you are going to love this sequel. I for one cannot wait for the third installment and will be preordering me a copy the first chance I get. ...more
I first heard of Carmilla in my Victorian Literature class this semester. I was intrigued at the idea that this was the predecessor of Dracula, whichI first heard of Carmilla in my Victorian Literature class this semester. I was intrigued at the idea that this was the predecessor of Dracula, which I have not yet read, and thought it would be an interesting addition of examination for the end of term paper I'm writing. The paper, 10-15 pages long, is a topic of my choosing: the Victorian obsession with the occult and what it reflects back on the duality of their culture. While I DID find some interesting information in that regard, I found the book to be actually about the contaminating effects of the fallen woman on the angel of the house, and the threat it posed to the role of masculinity in the domestic sphere.
Carmilla is told in first person point of view from the narrator, Laura. She is a young woman of nineteen who lives in a countryside castle with her father and two governesses. As a child she vaguely recalls having been victimized by a beautiful, unearthly woman. But years have passed since that moment and she has dismissed it as no more than a dream as she eagerly awaits a visiting friend, Bertha the General's daughter. Instead she is found herself occupied by a completely unexpected companion when an aristocrat's carriage crashes on the side of their road and a woman of regal bearing asks Laura's father to take her young daughter in while she attend to urgent business.
Carmilla's, the noble daughter, presence changes not only the country side but the household as well. A plague has struck the area, targeting only young and attractive women. Laura, too, seems to be changing for the worse the more that she spends time with her strange and passionate new friend. It is almost impossible to disregard that Le Fanu intended the relationship born between the two women to be most certainly homoerotic. Carmilla has become obsessed with Laura and there's much sighing, fondling, kissing, blushing and caressing on her part, despite the obvious discomfort of Laura.
It's a very interesting story and a very short read. It could be tackled in an afternoon if you have the hour or two to sit and read without interruption. It was an enjoyable story and makes even more interesting material to dissect for my paper. I began reading it in anticipation of finding clues for the Victorian duality performance and instead got an interesting link between Victorian lesbianism and vampirism. ...more
Very interesting compilation of Bloodborne's lore. It doesn't cover everything but touches on quite a few subjects and the author does his best to tryVery interesting compilation of Bloodborne's lore. It doesn't cover everything but touches on quite a few subjects and the author does his best to try to make as straight forward a timeline as its actually possible. Would really be interested in reading more. While I didn't agree with all the interpretations made, a majority of them make an overwhelming amount of sense. The only theory of his that I was kind of iffy about was the scientific explanation of the Paleblood. Some subjects left out that could have been included were: Hemwick, Paarl, and a few of the other minor side characters. Overall very good, worth the read and download. Glad I found this!...more