I haven't actually read the final version of this book, but the stories Seanan had posted on her livejournal, which I spent several hours formatting i...moreI haven't actually read the final version of this book, but the stories Seanan had posted on her livejournal, which I spent several hours formatting into a nice, readable ebook version using Word and Calibre. (Yeah, I'm a bit anal retentive. I put it to good use.)
I had sped through the first set of Velveteen stories that were on Seanan's website and was despondent that there were no more. And then discovered there was a book collection, which had a volume 2! And then I was despondent again because there was no ebook version available, but then a GR reviewer noted that the stories were available online...
My Google fu found one of the stories on her livejournal, and then I spent a night carefully crafting my own personal ebook so I could read the stories on the train to/from work.
As much as I loved the first collection, these were the stories where shit gets real. The first few stories were a tad disjointed and it was obvious that Seanan was still figuring out the universe and Velveteen. These stories, however, all that was done. And the stories rocked. I resented the time I wasn't spent reading because I wanted to stay in Velveteen's world forever.
In the first collection, we find Velveteen lost, without friends and a purpose, and nearly at the end of her rope. The last few stories set up Vel for the next stage of her life, which is played out in technicolor glory in these second set of stories. Vel's grown up, and ready to live her life again. And when The Super Patriots, Inc. threaten that, she's ready to fight for justice or go down trying.
I'm a bit sad this is the last we'll see of Vel (for now...) but the book ended satisfyingly, though with enough loose ends that another story arc may be possible at some point in the future. I certainly hope so.
When I first heard Brandon Sanderson wrote a superhero book, I immediately went for my credit card and then had this reaction: What do you mean it's n...moreWhen I first heard Brandon Sanderson wrote a superhero book, I immediately went for my credit card and then had this reaction: What do you mean it's not out yet? I have to wait for Sanderson's superhero book? *pouts*
But it was totally, completely, utterly, 100% worth the wait.
Despite me having shelved it on my "superheroes" shelf, there are no superheroes. Because that implies the super-powered are heroic. In the Steelheart world, power corrupts, and super power corrupts absolutely.
In a world where the superpowered do and take what they want, rule through fear, and crush all opposition, the non-powered are second class citizens. David remembers the world before, and he wants to join the resistance. Steelheart, the seemingly invincible Epic that rules the city, killed David's father on the day he first took power, and David wants revenge.
I could not put this down. The story grabbed me and would not let me go. I became personally invested in this world Sanderson created and the characters that inhabit it. As always, his worldbuilding is top notch. The idea of Epics is fascinating and I really want to see more in this universe. (less)
Funny how I loved the last book of the series the best.
This book was bittersweet. It was, IMO, the strongest of the recent books in the series, and it...moreFunny how I loved the last book of the series the best.
This book was bittersweet. It was, IMO, the strongest of the recent books in the series, and it was also the last book in the series. I know, I know, Debora said there will be other books in this world and we'll see the characters again. But... this book seemed so final. There was foreshadowing of the future scattered throughout (which makes sense as the Lost Witch in the title is a precog), and there were a number of scenes that had me tearing up as the characters consider an eventual world without Moira.(less)
It took a bit to get used to the narrative style of this book, which is a bit jarring, but does make sense...moreThis book made me start crying on the train.
It took a bit to get used to the narrative style of this book, which is a bit jarring, but does make sense since the narrator is Death. Death wouldn't care about spoilers and interjections because he already knows everything.
I loved this book so much. There are few books that I want to stop reading before the end because they are so good, and you know the ending will be horrifically sad, and you want to freeze the characters before things go bad. This was one of them.
I fell in love with the characters. With Liesel, who loved books in a way only a fellow bookworm would understand. With Max, who just wanted a glimpse of the night sky. With the Hubermanns and Rudy, and even the mayor's sad wife. And even with Death, who must bear witness to everything humanity does. (less)
This book gave me all the warm fuzzies that the original Wool Omnibus did, while furthering the story that was started in First Shift of how the silos...moreThis book gave me all the warm fuzzies that the original Wool Omnibus did, while furthering the story that was started in First Shift of how the silos first started. I really appreciated seeing life in a silo from a new POV, a porter named Mission who is living in Silo 18 during a time of upheaval. His perspective was so different from Jules, and one I really enjoyed. We also see Donald again, and learn more about how exactly the silos are controlled.
A must read for those who have read the other books. I can't wait for the next book.(less)
I was eagerly awaiting this book and it did not disappoint. This was a fairy tale in the oldest sense of the term, when the stories were dark and the...moreI was eagerly awaiting this book and it did not disappoint. This was a fairy tale in the oldest sense of the term, when the stories were dark and the monsters were terrifying, and the good guys even more so.
I did not want to put this down. Gaiman's dreamlike storytelling style suited this book, and after I finished the book, I wandered around in a fugue-like state until my head remembered what was real and what wasn't.
It's hard to pinpoint what exactly I liked about the book because it was all so very good, and it's hard to tease it apart because I lived it so completely in my head. (less)
This is the first book by Octavia Butler I've read, and I am slightly upset at myself for waiting this long. I did not want to put it down.
Butler writ...moreThis is the first book by Octavia Butler I've read, and I am slightly upset at myself for waiting this long. I did not want to put it down.
Butler writes a story that completely sucks you in and makes you check some basic assumptions about race at the door - or at least, it did me. My initial mental image of Kevin was black, until Butler explicitly described him as white, and I was surprised at my shock and mental shuffling.
Butler's story also brought slavery to life in a way that history books, slavery narratives, or historical fiction did not. Seeing antebellum slavery through modern eyes made the story more real, and I could relate with Dana's reactions, which are of course based on modern sensibilities that I myself shared.
This was not an easy book to read but it was a book I'm glad I finally did. (less)
This is Thursday Next, better than ever. The plot is Fforde-level convoluted, which means you read and try not to think too hard because your brain mi...moreThis is Thursday Next, better than ever. The plot is Fforde-level convoluted, which means you read and try not to think too hard because your brain might hurt, but you know that you like it because it's utterly brilliant.
In this book, Thursday is appointed to be the head of the Wessex Library System, and must deal with budgets while also dealing with the more mundane things of time travel paradoxes, a scheduled smiting from God, a mindworm of a daughter that never was, duplicate Thursdays, and yet another evil Goliath plot.(less)
Why didn't I learn of this book's existence 15 years ago?!? I loved it!
It's fitting that I first learned about this book from the Selfish Knitters &...moreWhy didn't I learn of this book's existence 15 years ago?!? I loved it!
It's fitting that I first learned about this book from the Selfish Knitters & Crocheter's board on raverly. Because Valancy would fit right in - she could be our mascot, even! (Sorry, Veruca.) For the first 29 years of her life, she lives a strictly controlled and browbeaten life, surrounded by family that takes her for granted, controls her, and expects a meek and mild-mannered woman. Then, she learns that she's dying and decides to live her life on her own terms.
And stops being one of these:
I loved everything about this. LOVE LOVE LOVE. I found a new comfort read.(less)
I started reading this on the train ride in to work. I finished at 1:30 in the morning. IT WAS THAT GOOD.
It took a little effort to get into the book...moreI started reading this on the train ride in to work. I finished at 1:30 in the morning. IT WAS THAT GOOD.
It took a little effort to get into the book because the world is so complex and Hartman just drops the reader into it with very little context clues. However, once I figured out the world and the characters, I sped through the story. I LOVED her dragons. They were so different from any one else's dragons, and their culture and politics were fascinating. The entirety of Hartman's worldbuilding was fantastic. There's a whole backstory that I really wanted to know more of, from the political treaty to the romance between Seraphina's parents.
I really want to see more of this world, and I'm sad I have to wait a year for book two!(less)