I loved some parts of this book so much it hurt. When Eleanor and Park first began to try to put their feelings into words, I was sure this book was sI loved some parts of this book so much it hurt. When Eleanor and Park first began to try to put their feelings into words, I was sure this book was skyrocketing into my favorites. By the end of the book, I wasn't as sure, mostly because the main storyline was less compelling to me than the way Eleanor and Park felt about each other. After reading the book I went and favorited so many quotes. Yes, the words are over-the-top and crazy, but love at that age was like that. At least it was for me. I could have and probably did write those words at one time. ...more
7/14/13 Finally caught up. It took close to two months of reading at my crazy pace, but there are around 480 chapters in Volume 1 and another 170 in Vo7/14/13 Finally caught up. It took close to two months of reading at my crazy pace, but there are around 480 chapters in Volume 1 and another 170 in Volume 2, and we aren't counting the Other Tales or More Tales of MU which I also read.
Dare I say it? I might like this even better than A Song of Ice and Fire, which has been my favorite series for more than a decade. Alexandra Erin is amazing. and she makes a living, albeit modest, purely out of donations on the strength of this series. That's something to marvel at, I think. I'm having a hard time picking up anything else to read. Everything sort of pales by comparison right now.
6/23/13 I don't know how to praise Alexandra Erin highly enough. I read through thousands of pages worth of words these past few weeks of Tales of MU, and finished the first year. Which was approximately 500 regular chapters, plus all the Other Tales. and nothing out there that I've read is like Tales of MU. AE's worldbuilding and characters are second to none.. in fact, I seriously considered ranking this above my all-time favorite series, A Song of Ice and Fire. Ultimately I think I'll rank it second, for now.. due to some frustrating issues that occurred somewhere in the 400s before AE realized that there were issues, neatly wrapped up Year One, and started anew in Year Two with all the things she's learned.
Yes, there's a lot of sex and a lot of kink here, and I'm not a huge fan of those parts. I could do without, but I also understand that they are an important part of the story and of Mackenzie's growth, and that AE specifically set out to write a story in which sex and story both exist. and, well, she's done that. She's also written fascinating characters. Two's growth in Year One is, hands-down, my favorite part of Tales of MU, but it's closely followed by AE's characterizations of Dee, oh, and well, everyone. I don't know how she manages to write such authentic voices for such different characters. It has to take tremendous intelligence and understanding of human nature. the portrayals of various different forms of abuse, including rape, the treatment of transgender issues, the prejudice, the flaws in each character, the parallels to our own world... there's just so much to love here and so much to be in awe of.
And the world-building! The humor is ever-present, but the history of the world, the magic system, the detailed class lectures..
There are flaws. Especially in the 400s I found myself going glassy-eyed at some of the chapters that contained nothing but back-and-forths between a couple of characters. and I love the details, I love the slow pacing (for the most part), I love that we got reports of every minute of Mackenzie's life, because I love the story and the characters and it felt like the archives would never end. But.. maybe AE did lose her way, just a little bit, sometime before the great finale. I wasn't around for the sporadic and further-apart updates, and I'm glad that things have apparently picked up and turned around for Year Two, of which I've only read a few chapters, but loved even more for the familiarity and maturity of the writing and story.
What can I say? Tales of MU isn't for everyone, and certainly not for everyone on my friends list. But for the people who might love it, there is nothing like it.
An old favorite. A lot of kinky sex, fantasy setting, but the characters are fascinating, personalities are so real, and I'd give my eyes to write as well as Alexandra Erin. This serial web novel is truly a gift among the riff raff on the internet. and I have a lot of catching up to do. ...more
Octavia E. Butler is one of my favorite authors. She writes science fiction, post-apocalyptic lit, and stuff like Wild Seed, which I'm having a hard tOctavia E. Butler is one of my favorite authors. She writes science fiction, post-apocalyptic lit, and stuff like Wild Seed, which I'm having a hard time categorizing, Wild Seed begins in Africa of hundreds of years ago with Anyanwu, an African woman born into a body that never ages, which she can control into doing anything internally or externally that she wishes, with knowledge and careful experimentation. Anyanwu has lived three hundred years, had many husbands, many children, and numerous descendants. She can make herself age outwardly or even change shape into leopards or birds, cure illnesses within herself, and impregnate other women in the shape of a man. She doesn't know why she was born this way and her children are not like her.
Along comes Doro. He is also special, but I'm an entirely different way. He takes people's bodies as his own, each time killing his old body and extinguishing his next body's soul. He's less than human in many ways, and he has spent his thousands of years of life practicing a human breeding program.. Seeking out humans with special psychic abilities and breeding them together. Anyanwu finds him alluring and repulsive, and becomes bound to him due to his threats against her descendants.
The story is rich and Anyanwu is a strong heroine, although she also suffers much due to the male-female dynamics here. As always, racial dynamic is also at the forefront. It's a lovely, gripping story, and I have to say--if I could be one storybook character, Anyanwu might be it....more
Maybe I am biased, loving Martin's work as much as I do, but Tuf Voyaging is a real treat. It's about a sarcastic lover-of-cats who coFirst read: 2002
Maybe I am biased, loving Martin's work as much as I do, but Tuf Voyaging is a real treat. It's about a sarcastic lover-of-cats who comes into possession of an old Earth Imperial seedship of the Ecological Engineering Corps, and turns himself into an "ecological engineer." The dialogue in this book is priceless--Haviland Tuf takes everything very literally, and responds with gravity and sarcasm that makes me laugh out loud. Tuf is a great character and the stories here are so engaging. I've read quite a lot of Martin's work, but other than his ASOIAF universe (including the Hedge Knight series, which is a must read for anyone who is a fan of ASOIAF), and the short story Sandkings, not too much has made a great impression. But Tuf Voyaging.. I remember the first time I read it and passed it along to my college boyfriend and how much he loved it. He bought his own copy, and then started buying copies for other people and harassing them to read it. It's that kind of book. ...more