I rated this one higher than the last volume. Is it just because I'm so happy that (view spoiler)[Hazel finally end up back with her parents at the enI rated this one higher than the last volume. Is it just because I'm so happy that (view spoiler)[Hazel finally end up back with her parents at the end? (hide spoiler)] Is it because of the superhero kindergarten teacher doing her every day kindergarten magic? Is it the consistent pro-diversity message? Is it the frequently brilliant one-liners that may you want to put the book down to write them down somewhere and maybe possibly get them tattooed on your body forever? Current favorites: "...anyone who thinks one book has all the answers hasn't read enough books." and "..death if fucking predictable... but life has science experiments and free time and surprise naps and who knows what comes next?"
In some ways, this volume gets repetitive -- but that repetition is all about how love is what drives all of us -- what we'll do to protect it, what we do when we lose it, and what we'd do to get it back. I can stand to read more about this kind of love. ["br"]>["br"]>...more
Lots and lots of revelations in this volume! Like who killed Rachel, and (maybe, sort of), why she didn't really die, and who she is. Is this maybe buLots and lots of revelations in this volume! Like who killed Rachel, and (maybe, sort of), why she didn't really die, and who she is. Is this maybe building to a conclusion? Lot of mysteries still to go, though. Like why Jet is half-dead, or whatever she is, how they're going to get ahead of Malus, and why Rachel was killed.
I cannot even with the words putting together how good this story is.
The book promises the end of the world. It opens with an entire continent being rI cannot even with the words putting together how good this story is.
The book promises the end of the world. It opens with an entire continent being rent in two. By the end, if you haven't been tempted to finish the job, if even with only your own bare hands, then I'd suspect you weren't human.
Of course, it is the suspicion of humanity, or lack thereof, that is the entire problem of this book. This is a world where the world ends a lot. No one seems to know how many civilizations have come and gone, new civilizations are built around the ruins of the old. The entirety of culture is about surviving these world-ending events.
In this world are orogenes, often called "roggas" by those who suspect them of not being human -- of being dangerous monsters instead. Dangerous they certainly are -- capable of stealing energy from the air, from living things, from the earth itself to quell earthquakes, cool volcanoes, move massive sections of rock.
Anyone who has ever read the X-Men, or, you know, history, may suspect that in general, orogenes are not treated well. Still, there are scenes that will take your breath away, that will make you weep or rage, that will make you ready and willing to watch the whole world burn.
The ending is so cliffhangery. The next book not projected to drop until August. It hurts me. ...more
I love Pollitt, so I knew I was going to love this book. I am so tired of all the hand-wringing way we talk about abortion in this country, and this bI love Pollitt, so I knew I was going to love this book. I am so tired of all the hand-wringing way we talk about abortion in this country, and this book was a near-perfect antidote to that. I want to buy copies and press them into the hands of anti-choicers in my life. In the meantime, it's certainly changed the way I talk about abortion and reproductive justice issues. Not that I was so apologetic about it in the first place, but still.
Pair with Mother Nature by Sarah Blaffer Hrdy for straight talk perfection. ...more
It seemed long past time that I read Sabriel, one of Karen's favorite books, that she bought me for my birthday. It's not exactly a djinn book, but thIt seemed long past time that I read Sabriel, one of Karen's favorite books, that she bought me for my birthday. It's not exactly a djinn book, but there are marids and necromancers and magic. It's not exactly polar fiction, but there is a lot of snow. Though early in the book, there were two instances describing snow that shook my faith in the author -- causing me to look up from my book and wonder if the author had ever seen snow before. Luckily, my suspension of belief was limited to only those two moments.
In general I was immersed in Nix's world, and often appreciated its complexity. There were a few moments that didn't seem fully realized, that the story didn't seem to an exist in a universe with a history stretching back farther than the earliest plot points of this particular story. Mostly it was an intriguing and complicated world, and I suspect it may have only bothered me because I was holding it up in my mind for the scrutiny of my friend eventually asking me, "So, did you love it?"
I enjoyed it. I would not be averse to reading the rest of the trilogy, but they aren't jumping right to the top of my to-read list, either. I liked the bells, the charmed cat, the flying machine, the concept of the boy turned to wood (though his character seemed a bit YA simplified.) A lot of lovely ideas here!...more
I'd been thinking about getting this for a while, as I'd loved some of Grunbaum's blog posts. I hesitated, though, knowing it was the kind of thing II'd been thinking about getting this for a while, as I'd loved some of Grunbaum's blog posts. I hesitated, though, knowing it was the kind of thing I wanted to share with Jefferson, and I wasn't sure it would be appropriate. So when I was at the bookstore, I made sure to flip through the sex session, and it looked okay. I mean, sure, plenty of talk about penises, maybe a tiny bit of language, but, um, 10-year-olds should know that animals have sex? And sometimes have weird genitalia? Whatever. I bought it.
Sure enough, we read about half of it cuddling on the couch together, giggling, then both caught up on what the other had read with us. We both agreed it was funniest when the narrator was having discussions with evolution, rather than just describing something. And, of course, the entries Jefferson chose to read to my parents when they visited were all from the sex section. Of course.
Often I wanted more actual science information about an animal, but this is a humor book, and I suppose I know how to google.
The cover design of this book snagged me as I was browsing at the Strand. It's practically everything I want in a book -- striking cover, small formatThe cover design of this book snagged me as I was browsing at the Strand. It's practically everything I want in a book -- striking cover, small format, French flaps! I mean, it is Jules Verne, who I always feel I should like, but still I'd never managed to successfully finish reading one of his books. But I'd never heard of this one. Then I looked at the synopsis, and it sounded like polar fiction to me! Of course I had to buy it.
As the main characters of the story are the Gun Club of Baltimore, who, when we last saw them, managed to send men to the moon and back using a giant cannon, it seemed at first that we should be rooting for them. But also, from the very beginning, the story felt like a cautionary tale against unrestrained capitalism. The Gun Club buys the North Pole, which they expect to be a treasure trove of coal, if only one could mine it. But, of course, they have a plan -- to use even large cannons this time, to turn the entire Earth and give it a new axis of rotation.
Other than one section where I gave myself a headache trying to envision the result of their little adjustment (picturing 3D rotations not being my strong suit), for a good portion of the book what I most wanted was to hunt down all the members of the Gun Club and shake them within an inch of their lives. Because they can do this thing, and it will benefit them, there's never any question of whether they should do it, even when they predict that large inhabited areas of the earth will then be underwater. That's somebody else's problem. Especially since this whole thing is a scheme to get more coal, it's easy to image this all as a modern climate change allegory. There, to, there's a few people I'd like to see rounded up and put in jail.
Anyway, for all that, the book was surprisingly enjoyable. Pushed through the dry parts (Oh, Verne has some dry parts!) just fine. Maybe now it's time to retry some of the more classic Verne stories? ...more
I didn't even make it to Chicago before I realized that I'd radically underestimated the number of books I was going to need to make it to NYC. See, tI didn't even make it to Chicago before I realized that I'd radically underestimated the number of books I was going to need to make it to NYC. See, the NYC trip was supposed to be all books all the time, and I expected to board the train back home with all the new books I could carry, so I'd tried to minimize the books I brought there, to leave more room for new books. Well, I minimized too far.
So I was excited to see a Barnes and Noble on the way back to the train station after the Art Institute and Millennial Park, even if it was a college Barnes and Noble with limited selection. I wandered around for ages before finally settling on this, which I'd been meaning to read, I'd just intended to borrow it from Karen. Oh, well.
It was a great book for the back half of a long train ride when one might get a little impatient with back to back books. Abbott's writing rides that mystery/thriller line already, and in this case the mystery is such that you are constantly wondering if there isn't a supernatural element as well. A girl has a seizure. A normal, healthy teenage girl. And then another girl. And another. The town panics and starts pointing fingers. It's the polluted lake with its weird algal blooms. It's asbestos in the school. It's vaccines! Girls are freaking out and parents are getting hysterical and you start to wonder how long before someone's head is on a plate.
But not forgotten, and indeed the backbone of the story are the more ordinary dramas of teen life. Complicated families. All consuming crushes. The uncertainty of burgeoning sexuality. These things Abbott does so well.
I couldn't put it down. And the resolution didn't drop a single one of all the many balls in the air. I may have to go read all of Abbott's back catalog. ...more
I had read the title story many years ago in an anthology of some sort, and loved it, but somehow never got around to reading anything else by Carter.I had read the title story many years ago in an anthology of some sort, and loved it, but somehow never got around to reading anything else by Carter. But the design for this 75th anniversary edition finally pushed me over the edge, and I slid this book into my bag of books to read on the train to New York, then finished it between Lansing and Chicago.
Carter is often credited with reviving fairy tails or popularizing modernized or reworked fairy tales. It is certainly true that after the watered down fairy tales most of us are given growing up, Carter restores the immediacy, the peril, the bloodiness of these tales. Her stories are also often described as being feminist versions, and while not all the women and girls may be unproblematic heroines, they are all given voices, and agency, and choices here. (With the possible exception of the story "Puss-in-Boots.") The stories are all strange and yet familiar. Though I think my favorites were the least familiar: "Erl King," "The Tiger's Bride," "The Lady of the House of Love."
My impatience with this book was rarely the book's fault, but more often just friction coming from the fact that this is an evolution story for the laMy impatience with this book was rarely the book's fault, but more often just friction coming from the fact that this is an evolution story for the lay reader, and I've already heard all the basic outlines so many times before. I'd bought this so many years ago, when the information would have been fresher, and I might have liked it better then. But, that's what it is.
There were some magical descriptive moments, and I appreciated some of the discussions on how scientific controversies were/are resolved. But a lot of familiar information plus some odd asides made large chunks of the book a slog.
Not sure exactly who I would recommend this to. In general, I think most readers would be better off reading a more recently written book. ...more
I was very sad when this came out, because I was on a self-imposed book-buying hiatus in advance of my trip to Book Riot Live. Luckily, Sandy took pitI was very sad when this came out, because I was on a self-imposed book-buying hiatus in advance of my trip to Book Riot Live. Luckily, Sandy took pity on me and lent me her copy.
I quite liked this volume, but was not as in love with it as I had been earlier volumes. Maybe I'm just sad that Alana and Marko are separated, maybe it's actually an artifact of reading the TPBs instead of single issues. The story is split into so many character POVs now that the advancement of the story over a TPB seems small compared to the long wait until the next one drops.
Karen took me to the bookstore to pick out a book (or two, or three) for my birthday, and this one jumped out at me for obvious reasons. (I'd had to gKaren took me to the bookstore to pick out a book (or two, or three) for my birthday, and this one jumped out at me for obvious reasons. (I'd had to get the full round of rabies shots after being bitten by a bat at work a few years ago.) I immediately jumped into it, then found out it was a favorite book of Mrs. Wolf! (Jefferson's 3rd grade "Western" teacher -- rapidly becoming one of my favorite people.)
But I wanted to love this book far more than I actually did. Maybe my expectations were too high, maybe it tried to do too many things in too small a book, maybe it rode the line too hard between academic and pop non-fiction, and I might have preferred it if it had fallen solidly on one side or the other, I don't know. But as the book moved forward and got closer to talking about rabies in modern times, I liked it more and more. The section on the invention of the rabies vaccine was great, as was a bit on an outbreak in NYC.
But it wasn't ever that I disliked the book, there was so much fascinating material here that I wouldn't ever say that. It was only that certain parts (especially the rabies and mythical monsters section) left me wanting more.
Here we learn that last volume's triumphant showdown with Lilith didn't solve much of anything, and there seems to be a serial killer at work as well.Here we learn that last volume's triumphant showdown with Lilith didn't solve much of anything, and there seems to be a serial killer at work as well. We also learn that Rachel learned some incredibly powerful magic from Lilith, back in the day. Plus, Zoe's darkness grows more delightful. The ending, though, is pretty ambiguous. Where is it going to go from here? Only one thing is really clear. There is a lot more to come. ...more