I tried, but I did not like this at all. The main character was really unlikeable, and not in that bitchy fun Regina Georg...moreDNF, stopped around page 100
I tried, but I did not like this at all. The main character was really unlikeable, and not in that bitchy fun Regina George kind of way, but more in that I'm the entitled asshole at Starbucks kind of way.
I also didn't really enjoy the writing style, in particular the conversation. Each pause and umm is painstakingly typed in, which got really old really fast.(less)
After an extremely shaky start I really enjoyed Some Girls Bite. I really disliked how her transformation was just brushed off (though by the end of t...moreAfter an extremely shaky start I really enjoyed Some Girls Bite. I really disliked how her transformation was just brushed off (though by the end of the book the seed is planted that there is something very shady going on, so maybe it's not so bad after all). The writing is a little off to start, but it smooths out quickly with a lot of great banter. There's a lot of information to know about vampire society, but this information is revealed at a very good pace without any boring info dumping.
The men in this series are pretty well done, Even though I disliked Ethan a whole lot. I really don't get what Merit saw in him, pretty much every guy was better. Hell, I'd take semi skeevy Jeff over Ethan's all too Christian Grey attitude. I really liked Morgan actually, so I'm excited to see where that relationship goes.
I really liked Merit though and I think there's a lot of great options for her character. Usually by the end of book 1 the romantic interests are pretty much locked in, but I feel like there are many ways her story could develop. I'm looking forward to her developing her powers and becoming more kick ass. I really hope she doesn't turn all Ethan angsty, that would be disappointing.
Overall I am really enjoying the Chicagoland vampires series and I'm really excited to start the next book!(less)
I am a huge fan of the Song of Ice and Fire series. I think it's absolutely brilliant and by far the best epic fantasy I have ever read. The character...moreI am a huge fan of the Song of Ice and Fire series. I think it's absolutely brilliant and by far the best epic fantasy I have ever read. The characters are complex and they live in a rich world with long running history, religions, and cultures (not to mention some fantastic geography, the backbone of any good fantasy in my opinion). I love discussing the different themes and events that occur in the series so I was very interested in this collection of essays about the popular series. However, we get kind of a mixed bag. Some of the essays are thought provoking and worth the read, but others just felt like filler.
A word of warning, do NOT read this book if you haven't read the first five books in the series! These are discussion essays and will contain major spoilers!
My favorite essay in the collection is probably The Brutal Cost of Redemption in Westeros by Susan Vaught. This essay talks about how seemingly good characters, such as Robb Stark, make terrible choices due to lack of foresight and are forced to pay the consequences. The essay also looks at characters that start off unlikable, such as Sansa Stark or Jamie Lannister, adapt to their situation and struggle towards redemption, often having to make terrible sacrifices in order to do so.
Other notable essays in the book are An Unreliable World by Adam Whitehead, which discusses how over time events can be skewed and exaggerated, with average men being made into heroes and demons. I especially enjoyed the discussion of Lyanna Stark and Rhaegar Targaryen and the uncertain truth to their relationship.
In Of Direwolves and Gods by Andrew Zimmerman Jones we look at the different religions that are present in the Song of Ice and Fire series. It analyzes the influence of these religions on Westeros society and also compares them to modern religion's influence on today's society as well. The end point is summed up quite nicely in a quote from Varys "Power resides where men believe it resides. no more and no less."
And finally in the essay A Different Kind of Other by Brent Hartner we look at the role of outcasts in ASoIaF. Through this essay we realize that many of the main characters are viewed as unnatural or minority in some way - Arya and Brienne defy feminine social norms; Jon Snow the bastard; Tyrion the dwarf; Bran who is disabled; and Daenerys the literal outcast queen. This essay looks at how people who don't conform to social expectations can develop into the strongest and most heroic characters of all.
There are other essays that touch on subjects of rape and feminism, post traumatic stress disorder, the use of magic in Westeros, and more publishing business topic such as adapting the books into graphic novels and a television show, the collection of prequel novels, the future of publishing in a digital age, and the expectations of the fantasy genre as a whole. These essays are interesting, but not really stand out.
Overall the collection is just ok. There are a few interesting points, but most of the essays are disappointing. I would recommend this collection to the true die hard fan who really wants to dive into more thematic discussions but would say pass to the more casual reader (less)