Gosh I'm loving these covers. And this particular issue felt much more reminiscent of the 'old days' in Buffy, without being repetitive. I also love t...moreGosh I'm loving these covers. And this particular issue felt much more reminiscent of the 'old days' in Buffy, without being repetitive. I also love the topics being addressed, this one being about getting what you want.(less)
I wasn't sure that 'If I Stay' needed a sequel with the way it closed. But Gayle reminded me with this one that you can't just have some blaring trage...moreI wasn't sure that 'If I Stay' needed a sequel with the way it closed. But Gayle reminded me with this one that you can't just have some blaring tragedy and not deal with it. You can't have some life altering thing happen without showing the altering of life, how we as mere humans, flawed and all, deal with it. I think Gayle had a bit of guts on this one, starting a sequel with a very different person's point of view running the show and Mia (the main character in this duology) be only seen through another's eyes. Whereas the first story was through her eyes, though closed. And despite some of the parts that I felt were't as daring, and a bit 'okay, I've heard that one before,' that risk alone was impressive that she pulled it off and worth acknowledging.
A light but enjoyable read, told with the same tone as the first. The first had one thing this one didn't, a sense of immediacy. I don't know that the second needed that feeling but that feeling certainly played a role in my enjoyment of the first book.(less)
After reading Mistborn: The Final Empire I was in complete awe. Every moment intrigued me, chapter surprised me. The magic system was unique and incre...moreAfter reading Mistborn: The Final Empire I was in complete awe. Every moment intrigued me, chapter surprised me. The magic system was unique and incredibly fascinating. Sanderson went straight to becoming a favorite, just one book in. And I'll still continue on reading his books. Though this second book didn't give me that same feeling. I felt let down. The main premise dragged on much too long. Much was predictable, more and more as it progressed. For me, this book, though I did like it overall, fell into the trap that many second books in a trilogy do. They become mere transitions. Just a step, less a meaningful one, to get to the final piece. It wasn't until the very end of the story that I felt what I did with the first, this eagerness to turn the next page, to stop myself from peeking. I will finish the series because I must know what happens. I'm too deep into the world not to, but I do hope it wraps up in a way that the first book started, with a level of excitement and world building I haven't read since Patrick Rothfuss' writing.(less)
I have long been intrigued by the relationship between us and technology. It's naive to focus solely on what we get out of it, for with every give the...moreI have long been intrigued by the relationship between us and technology. It's naive to focus solely on what we get out of it, for with every give there is a take, and I'm really fascinated by the takes of technology. For years now I have been slowing down my use of it. Deleting profiles on social networks, unsubscribing from what I found to be filler, letting go of my cell phone and up until recently, limiting when I allow myself on and becoming more diligent and resourceful about my use of it.
Like Carr, I noticed many changes within myself, the number one being ease of distraction. Distraction with everything. Carr does such a great job of really showing you just how distracting the internet can be. Something always vying for your attention. Even the studies about hyperlinks that he shared really enlightened me. Me, being naive, would use hyperlinks on former websites because I thought I was being helpful to the readers. But, in retrospect, I was offering distractions. That particular study he shared stood out the most to me, how people who read articles without hyperlinks comprehended the articles much more whereas those who read them with hyperlinks were distracted, clicking from that hyperlink to another, not always finishing the original article and if they did, not comprehending it quite as much.
I noticed differences in talking to people about articles. It became apparent that many would talk about an article having only read the title or first couple of sentences. That is partly the internets role in their thinking. This pressure to do so much that you end up with abstract pieces from everywhere, easily mixed together, never really understanding one because you didn't allow for that deeper thinking that the internet doesn't encourage.
I was a bit disappointed that the book focused solely on reading comprehension and the role a distracted and newly wired mind (the result of internet usage) had on reading. I kind of wanted to know more, beyond reading. Every day, everything, how it has an impact because I know it does. And gosh would I love to read a book that discusses the emotional impact the internet has on individuals and society as a whole. I've seen an escalation in envy, comparison, self loathing, enhanced egos, disappointment in others due to a lack of a immediate response that the internet allows. I would love to read about that. In addition, the book was highly academically written which isn't always intriguing. However, I did find myself talking about it to others, passing on information I learned and even recommending it. I might check out more of what Carr has to say with his other works but I surely will continue reading more on this topic.
Without being spoiler-y, I feel this that this issue really brought everything back home. It came full circle. And I loved that, getting back to the b...moreWithout being spoiler-y, I feel this that this issue really brought everything back home. It came full circle. And I loved that, getting back to the basics with still other emerging aspects to explore. And the art in this one really impressed me. I absolutely love that cover and felt everything just got better in this issue. (less)
Historical fiction is a genre I read little of, though I have yet to be let down by it. This one, in all honesty, drew me to it for rather shallow rea...moreHistorical fiction is a genre I read little of, though I have yet to be let down by it. This one, in all honesty, drew me to it for rather shallow reasons. When I heard that this book was optioned for film and Jennifer Lawrence will be playing Agnes (yet another book to movie that I've read of which she's in and will later release - the other being 'The Glass Castle') I was immediately hooked. Not only do I (for the most part) enjoy reading a book before seeing the film adaptation, but I'm also a rather big fan of Jennifer's body of work thus far.
Honestly, I read that she was playing a murderer and I wanted to read it. I didn't know what I was getting myself into. I didn't know it was historical fiction or that the story is inspired by a true story that took place in the 1820s set in northern Iceland. But what I did end up reading I rather enjoyed. It isn't a thriller. It's truth hidden in fiction (though, really, that's all fiction) and the thing about truth is that bitter truth is more haunting than any piece of fictional horror writing. It's no wonder the story remained with Hannah Kent, after she first heard of it on a visit to Iceland. It's haunting and the more haunting thing, is this kind of stuff still happens but the way she accounts it all is done with such care for each individual and moment in time. I surely look forward to the adaptation.
I'm not really sure where to start. I feel totally wiped of all energy, every bit of it immersed in this story. All I look for in a book is for the au...moreI'm not really sure where to start. I feel totally wiped of all energy, every bit of it immersed in this story. All I look for in a book is for the author to take me on a journey, take me away. Oh Sanderson, what a job you've done.
Not long after reading The Wise Man's Fear and falling in love with Patrick Rothfuss' writing, I sought out another book that would take me on such an epic journey. A nice hefty book I'd want to spend days with. And, for some reason, it just always comes back to epic fantasy, a sub-genre I'm falling deeper in love with every passing story I read. The current top three writers of such stories are George R. R. Martin, Patrick Rothfuss and Brandon Sanderson (in my humble opinion). Having read Rothfuss (now my favorite author), and planning to read Martin, I knew, after a recommendation from a friend and watching interviews with him, that I just had to read Sanderson's work. The Mistborn series is probably his most well known work and, for me, it lives up to the hype.
It has everything I want in a story and more: strong female characters growing into their strength, people who I feel and hope for, eager to see what's next, turns I'm not expecting and even the 'evil' character was probably one of the more fascinating I've read. And holy magic system Batman. My gosh is that magical system so fascinating and intricate. I am in complete awe. I think I was 50 pages into this book when I went to the store and bought the next two to complete the series. I was hooked, and that says a lot because I'm a cheap bastard who relies much on the library. But this, my friends, is an author to send your money to. I can't wait to read the next one. Though I'm so exhausted (a sign of a good story - to suck you in so far you sometimes forget to breathe) but still diving into the next. I'm just thrilled to have found such an author and boy will I read everything he has and will write.