I refuse to go on roller coasters, I will never see a horror movie, I’m scared of deep water and the dark, I will avoid th...moreI am, by nature, a chicken.
I refuse to go on roller coasters, I will never see a horror movie, I’m scared of deep water and the dark, I will avoid the aisle in the toy store where the bin of rubber snakes is, and the only time I’ve been in a haunted house, I hid in a corner and screamed for them to ‘turn it off’. (They didn’t.)
Like I said, chicken.
I’ve picked up Stephen King’s The Stand a dozen times without opening it. Something about the cover, with its ethereal symbolism, beckoned and terrified me: the white knight with his hidden face and the ‘dark man’ with a crow’s head sticking out of a jester-esque costume fighting each other on a barren landscape: the knight has a very long, silver sword and the ‘dark man’s’ arms are raised up over his head, ready to strike with a scythe.
My husband finally talked me in to listening to the audiobook version on my commute to work in the morning. The thought of listening to a scary story didn’t frighten me as much, when I knew I’d be multitasking between that, my morning coffee, and battling the Los Angeles freeways.
(This drastically backfired on me after a late night at work. The unfortunate timing of my departure after dark, the lonely freeways, and the main character’s encounter with the “Come-Down-Into-The-Dark-And-Eat-Chicken-With-Me Man” didn’t deter me from future listening sessions, but did make me grateful that no one could hear me scream inside my car.)
The Stand took me a solid two months to listen to. It’s 48 hours long. And I loved every minute of it. Mr. King even surprised me with a romance that twisted the plot in a new and complicated way. I was very sad to hear the recorded “Audible hopes you have enjoyed this program” that is tagged on to the end of all of their books.
I’m proud to say that I’ve read The Stand. Though, …now I’m afraid of stairwells and tunnels. And crows. And Las Vegas. “Ciabola, Ciabola, bumpty, bumpty, bump!” (less)
Set in a world where love has been outlawed, and everyone receives a lobotomy for their eighteenth birthday, Pandemonium continues exactly where Delir...moreSet in a world where love has been outlawed, and everyone receives a lobotomy for their eighteenth birthday, Pandemonium continues exactly where Delirium left off. (Thank God!)
The book flips back and forth between ‘then’ and ‘now’, which is confusing after a particularly intense scene, but it ends up being a terrific exercise for your brain in figuring out the main character’s motives. It also serves to mix up the timeline of an otherwise straightforward plot. This way, you see some of the magician’s tricks before they’re performed and then wonder how it looks from the other side of the table.
The first person present still bugs me. I thought I might get used to it after reading The Hunger Games, Matched and now this series, but no. I find it terribly distracting and I really hope that it’s a fad that goes away soon.
Don’t let my one complaint deter you from picking up this series. Lauren Oliver’s prose is elegant and flowing. You fall into Lena’s thoughts as easily as if they were your own and then congratulate yourself on how you turn a phrase.
My copy of Requiem, the third and final installment of the series, released on March 5, has already arrived on my Kindle! (less)
An infinitely readable book. Highly entertaining, and fast-paced. I have no doubt that Hollywood will soon turn this into a best picture nominee in th...moreAn infinitely readable book. Highly entertaining, and fast-paced. I have no doubt that Hollywood will soon turn this into a best picture nominee in the next few years. So, do yourself a favor, and read it before it's turned into a film.
I love Gillian Flynn's way with prose. It may sound cliche to call a book "hip" or "current," but this one truly is. I can honestly say that I've never experienced writing quite like this. It felt less like a book, and more like real people, telling their tale with every grungy detail of the human condition exposed as you listen.
Don't let anyone tell you too much about this book. It has twists and turns that will keep you up late at night turning the pages like I did.
The only reason this book doesn't get five full stars is for the last two chapters, which I will not spoil for you here. However, don't let that deter you from picking this smart and entertaining book up!(less)
Classic fantasy. I'm ashamed to admit that it took me so many years to finally pick The Wizard of Earthsea up.
Ursula K. Le Guin was the YA Tolkien of...moreClassic fantasy. I'm ashamed to admit that it took me so many years to finally pick The Wizard of Earthsea up.
Ursula K. Le Guin was the YA Tolkien of the 60's. Earthsea is a fully realized realm, where every isle has been painstaking thought out, down to the lay of the land to the languages and myths therein. I'd highly recommend for any preteen (or older reader) who loved The Hobbit, Lord of the Rings or the Harry Potter Series.
And as for the writing, it's astonishing to see how floral YA used to be allowed to be. I wonder if this book wouldn't hover somewhere between the YA and adult sections now, despite the main character being so young.
In short, Ursula K. Le Guin is a master writer and story teller.(less)