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February Wrap Up | ’17

Hello! Tomorrow is March! This month, I read six things: one physical novel, two manga, two audiobooks and one graphic novel. I kept it light this month, apparently. But I still read some pretty great things 😀 I’ve also started a lot of new books, but those’ll be covered in my March Currently Reading post that’ll pop up on Thursday.


Manga

Attack on Titan volume 11 by Hajima Isayama

Attack on Titan, Volume 11Read for the TBRTakeDown readathon! I’m almost caught up on this series. Only about ten volumes behind now.

…”Almost” is relative.

Either way, very much enjoying it 😀

4/5 stars

 

Mushishi volume 1 by Yuki UrushibaraMushishi, Vol. 1

Also read for the TBRTakeDown readathon, this was actually a re-read for me. I first read this probably eight or so years ago when I first bought it, long before goodreads was a thing. I remember liking it then and I liked it now. I have four volumes of it I think – not sure how many there are. Hopefully will get through them by the end of the year. Mushishi is a very trippy, slow-paced manga about spirit-y beings that inhabit the world and the man who interacts with them. It’s definitely a series that’s not for fans of action-packed adventure, but it’s interesting and thought-provoking. I definitely recommend it.

3/5 stars

Graphic Novels

Y: The Last Man volume 7 by Brian K Vaughan

Y: The Last Man, Vol. 7: Paper Dolls (Y: The Last Man, #7)Still working on this series – it’s pretty decent! The concept is pretty cool. This series follows a man named Yorick and his monkey, the last two males on the planet after something wiped the rest of them out. It’s sci-fi, it delves into politics and really just human character. It’s really great.

3/5 stars

 

Books

Life, The Universe and Everything by Douglas AdamsLife, the Universe and Everything (Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, #3)

If you’ve followed my blog for any amount of time, you’ve seen this on my currently reading posts for a while now… two years to be exact. I’ve been reading this book for two years. Two years. And I’ve finally finished it, woo!

I was reading this book out loud with my SO and it honestly just took us this long to get through it. It was definitely enjoyable but man, I’ve never ever spent so long reading a book. It was crazy. But it’s over! And I loved it.

4.5/5 stars

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, #1)Hey would you look at that – I finished the third book in this series after two years, then I re-read the first one in the span of two days. Weird. I listened to this one with my SO and a friend as an audiobook on a roadtrip I took two weeks ago. We got through the whole thing in the span of the drive. It was pretty great. 😀 If you have been thinking about picking up this series, do it. Seriously, it’s a classic.

5/5 stars

The Black Prism by Brent WeeksThe Black Prism (Lightbringer, #1)

This is definitely my favorite read of the month. I loved this book. I loved this book. I actually wrote a full blabber about it if you’d like to look into it. But this series man. This series is going to be one of my favorites ever. I’m currently in the middle of the second book and loving it just as much if not more than this first one. Ahh it’s just so great.I can’t even go into it without spoiling the butt off you so if you’d like non-spoilery thoughts, seriously check out the blabber. I think I do a decent job of not spoiling. I hope.

5/5 stars, easily


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Reading Goals

Progress on 17 in 2017:

  1. A Dance with Dragons by George R. R. Martin – Currently Reading
  2. The Kiss of Deception by Mary E Pearson – Complete!
  3. The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
  4. Caliban’s War by James S. A. Corey
  5. The Traitor Comorant Baru by Seth Dickinson – Currently Reading
  6. House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski
  7. The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson
  8. Weaveworld by Clive Barker – Complete! (kinda)
  9. Queen of Shadows by Sarah J Maas
  10. Dragon Wing by Margaret Weis
  11. 14 by Peter Clines
  12. A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki
  13. The Edge of the World by Kevin J Anderson
  14. Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell
  15. The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness
  16. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (illustrated) by J. K. Rowling
  17. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (illustrated) by J. K. Rowling

Progress on 2017 Reading Goals:

Complete a Goodreads Reading Challenge of 50 Books: 15/50

Count how many books I own and determine how many are not yet read – Complete, minus incoming February book haul

Discard books I don’t like or lose interest in reading – None yet

Read all of the books on my 17 in 2017 list – 2/17


And that’s it! Tentative schedule for the next few days includes a T5W post, March Currently Reading and a Feb book haul. I don’t think I’m tagged in anything currently, I don’t think. So any tags that’ll be posted will just be me striving to feel included. :”D Happy reading!

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Posted by on 02/28/2017 in Books, Wrap-up

 

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On Borrowing Books: A Harrowing Tale of Betrayal

Today is a mix of sharing my book lending policy and telling the story of how it came to be.

I grew up surrounded by books. Both my parents are readers, so since I was little I was schooled in the ‘don’t dog-ear’, ‘don’t tear pages’, ‘don’t get books wet’ dogma of owning books. Yes, good, I’ve adopted those mannerisms and a few more of my own personal tastes, such as ‘I don’t care if the spines of my books are cracked, but I won’t crack yours, don’t worry’ and ‘I’m warning you now that if I borrow a book of yours, it’ll take me forever to read it, but I will take care of it and you will get it back‘. I’m also a huge believer in the ‘if you ruin it, buy a new copy’ ideology. It’s great, I dig it.

None of these above things should be shocking to many people (except maybe the spine cracking thing, but like I said, I only do that to my books and only if they’re those stiff mass market paperbacks because I need to get them open, man). Complete reasonable, right?

Well, let me tell you a story, son. It’s gonna rustle your jimmies, believe you me. Prepare yourself for a novel.


The tale of how Emily’s official book-lending policy was born

Before this story occured, my book lending policy was ‘borrow it, take care of it, return it’. Pretty simple but rather vague. In some ways, what happened was due to my own lack of detail in what I expected when someone borrowed one of my books but in other ways, this person totally and completely betrayed my trust and she is now dead to me. 

When I was 18 years old, I was a freshman in college. I went to the local community college about two miles from my parents’ house and worked in the campus bookstore between my classes. After a semester or so, people began congregating in the bookstore as it had been upgraded to have tables and food and stuff like that. So, people would come in and spend their downtime there. Therefore, being there myself about 15 hours a week, I made friends with some of these people. A big group of us formed, maybe eight or so, that became really close. We all liked similar things – movies, books, anime, food, art, science – stuff like that. So we would all chatter, them at the tables and me behind the cashier’s counter.

At this point, I was already neck-deep into reading manga. This was when Death Note had first come out and was insanely popular. I’m talking people who didn’t know what anime was knew what Death Note was. It was all over – this was about 2008, 2009, mind you. So obviously, I had all 12 volumes and had at that point reread them a few times. And one day, I was talking up the series to my group of friends. One of them, Kat – not even gonna change her name because it’s so generic in the first place that you’ll never know who I mean anyways – expressed interest in reading them and asked to borrow my copies. Kat and I had been friends at that point for a few months. She was funny and kind and loved hot chocolate. So I, without laying out what I wanted from her in doing this, said ‘sure’.

I lent her the first six volumes. She kept them for two months. No big deal – I don’t mind long borrowers as I am definitely a long borrower myself. Case in point, I have books both from my mother and friends I’ve had for well over a year. But my point is, I know where they all are and if the owners want them back before I get to them, all they need do is ask. They’re safe, they’re clean, they’re protected. So the length of time she had them didn’t bother me.

But. When she gave them back, volume five and six were sticky. Sticky! What in the world was she doing that they were sticky! First of all, she gave them back without comment, no warning that I would likely lose a few skin cells when picking up those two volumes. Second, she made no apologies when I pointed the stickiness out to her. She just shrugged, muttering something about pop (soda for all you non-western-pennsylvanians). I was irritated but the stickiness came off with a wipe of a cloth, so I wasn’t too steamed. That should have been my line there. That should have been my ‘no you don’t get to borrow anymore books’ limit. But it wasn’t.

Me, being the impressionable and approval-seeking 18-year-old that I was, didn’t want to lose a friend, so when Kat asked for the remaining six volumes, I hesitantly gave them to her.

Big. Mistake.

Six months, she had them. Again, length of time not an issue. I asked her if she had gotten to them yet about three months in, just curious. She said ‘yeah I did – they’re in my car. I’ll grab them for you next time I’m in there’.

And then they proceeded to stay in her car for another three months, presumably bouncing around in her back seat, getting sat on, getting wet and goodness knows what else. When I pressed her for them again six month in – like I said time wasn’t an issue but she had said she’d finished them and at that point I wanted another reread – she went out to her car and got them for me.

There were two things that struck me when I saw my books, my poor poor books.

  1. The covers were in awful condition. They were bent, had obviously been wet at one time or another, and one of them looked dirty – like it had been on the floor and people’s shoes had been on them. They were just in bad shape.
  2. Three of them were missing. I had lent her volumes 7-12 and she returned 7-9. Volumes 10, 11 and 12 were nowhere to be seen.

I remember looking at her, saying ‘Where are the other three?’

And Kat, kind and funny Kat, looked me right in the eye and said, “You never gave them to me”.

Despite having said she’d finished the series, she claimed I never gave her the last three volumes. I had definitely given her those books. My friend Kat died that day, lost forever. My hot-chocolate-loving Kat had been replaced by a monster, a scourge upon humanity. I remember my mind going a bit blank when she said that. I looked at my three manga, sitting there in awful condition, and thought about the other three that I would never get back again, and took a really deep, really slow breath. Kat just sat there looking at me, no shame.

“I did lend them to you, you finished the series you said. Volume 12 was the last one.”

“I must have been mistaken.”

“…”

“…”

“I definitely lent you six books”

“Well I only have three”

At that point, my other friend Shannon (whom I’m still best friends with) noticed what we were talking about. She looked at the books and to me and picked up the context real quick. Taking in the look on my face, she quickly jumped in, distracting Kat while I picked up my three books and went in the back room and tried not to cry. Looking back now, I likely over-reacted but at the time, I was livid. 

I was so mad. Why, why had she lied? We both knew she was lying. We had spoken earlier about the series when she had first told me she finished it and we talked about the ending. She knew the ending! She had obviously read all 12 books, so why say otherwise now? Honestly, even if the books had been utterly demolished, all she had to do was buy me new copies and all would have been fine! Instead, she had either decided that volume 10-12 were so great that she wanted to steal them (but not the rest for some reason) or they had been so badly damaged that she didn’t even want to attempt to return them and instead of fessing up she tried to claim that she had never been given them in the first place.

I was just. So. Mad. I was soooo angry. My 18-year-old self had at the point never had to deal with someone lying to my face about something we both knew she was lying about, but I had no proof other than my word to point it out. I didn’t know what to do – I hadn’t developed the coping skills for this.

Even just thinking back on it now, I’m getting irritated. Like, I still don’t understand her motivation. Did she not realize her so blatantly lying about this would ruin any trust I had in her? Like, what did she expect to happen? Seriously!

So obviously, I cooled down in the back room, tried to tidy the covers of the three books I had gotten back the best I could, and walked back out in the main area where Shannon, Kat and the others were. Kat had left by then. Shannon was still there, looking at me. And weeeeirdly enough, Kat never showed back up in the book store again, at least not while I was working there.

Maybe she hadn’t expected me to call out her lie and when I had done so, she fled? I don’t know. But really. We were both adults. I went in the back to handle my shit so I could talk to her like one afterward, but she couldn’t even have the decency to let me do that. She borrowed my books, got some sticky, got some dirty, got some wet, and then lied to my face about borrowing others in the first place. And then she left and I never saw her around again. I’m not kidding – I haven’t seen her since. She disappeared. She had been on my facebook but when I checked, she wasn’t on my friends list anymore. She had either removed herself and blocked me so I couldn’t search for her or she just deleted her account. To this day, I have no idea what happened to her or what happened to my manga.

Honestly if she would have stuck around, I would have been very mad at her for the longest time, but I would have forgiven her eventually. It would have taken a while, but I could have done it. My books were ruined and she had lied but it wasn’t the end of the world. I would move on. I have moved on. But the fact that she avoided me for the rest of my life still confuses the hell out of me. Why? Why? Like, I think I’m a fairly reasonable person. I tend not to hold grudges. Sure I was very, very angry in the moment but it would have passed . I just. Buh.

The whole ‘Dead to me’ thing? That resulted from a combination of her treatment of my books, her lying to my face and then her throwing the friendship away over it. That is why she’s dead to me. That is why this grudge, out of all things, has stuck. If she ever shows up in my life again, you betcha I’m calling her out on her shit, man. Not in an angry way, but more of a ‘what the hell happened there’ kind of way. Really. I mean, it’s almost a decade later, but my jimmies were so rustled over it. And while I’m not actively angry over it anymore, it still bothers me that I didn’t and still don’t understand the motivation behind her behavior. So Kat if you’re reading this, whaaaaat the hell happened?!


So right, after that, I made a very detailed ‘If you borrow this book’ policy. None of my other friend have had a problem with it.

Emily’s book borrowing policy as it currently stands

If I borrow your book:

  • I will not crack the spine
  • I will not dog-ear the pages
  • I will not write in your book
  • I will not get it went, bent, dirty, etc
    • If any of the above happened accidentally, upon returning it to you I will offer to buy you a new copy. I will still return your original to you either way, but you choose if you want a new copy as well.
  • I will likely keep your book for a long time, but I will warn you that I tend to do this before you decide if you want to let me borrow it
  • I will always always get your book back to you.
  • If you want your book back before I read it, just ask for it.
  • I will not lend your book out to anyone else

If you borrow my book:

  • I don’t care if you crack the spine
  • Don’t write in it
  • Don’t dog-ear the pages or in any other way bend or damage the book
    • If any of the above happens accidentally, kindly offer to get me a new copy. Depending on how bad the damage is, I may or may not take you up on it. I tend to not care about a bend or two, but just the offer of a new copy anyways lets me know that you acknowledge what happened
  • You can keep my book for as long as you need it, but know I’ll poke you about it every so often just to get a feel for where you are with it
  • Always give my books back
  • Don’t lend my books to anyone else

I like to think my policy is pretty reciprocal. Most of my friends I give books to without thinking about it now – they’ve borrowed so many that I know they’ll do the above without me having to ask, which is nice. New people though, get this lecture (and likely the Death Note story behind it as well).


So there’s my harrowing tale of betrayal and why I’m now such a stickler when it comes to borrowing books. I’ve had a gruesome past and I’ve grown from it /dramaticexit

 
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Posted by on 02/16/2017 in Book Discussion, Books

 

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Top 5 Non-Written Novels

Top 5 Wednesday

Aaaaand it’s hump day again, whop whop. This week’s topic is non-written novels – manga, comics, audiobooks, yada yada. And hey would you look at that, I like all of these things. If you’d like to participate in T5W, here is the link to join the group!

If you’re even a semi-regular viewer of this blog, none of these titles should surprise you.


5. Fruits Basket by Natsuki Takaya

Fruits Basket, Vol. 1  (Fruits Basket #1)23 volumes long. (I own 9 or so, but have read all 23)

This series I started reading when I was in high school (actually, all five series I’ve listed I’ve been reading since high school. Each one has been read over and over throughout the past decade). This particular series is a light-hearted comedy with hints of romance following a girl who finds herself taken in by her classmate and his family after she’s discovered living in a tent on the family property. She then stumbles across the family’s secret – the family is cursed by the signs of the zodiac, each one transforming into an animal when hugged by the opposite sex.

It’s cute, it’s funny and at times it gets kinda dark. It’s super good.

4. Death Note by Tsugumi OhbaDeath Note, Vol. 1: Boredom (Death Note, #1)

12 volumes long. (I own 9, but used to own all 12. Long story that I’ll likely make a post about at some point)

I’ve noticed this series becoming rather popular again lately, especially with people who haven’t really read manga before. Well. Good, I say! Buy manga! Read manga! If you liked this series and want others, check out this list, ask me for more recommendations! The manga sections of stores in my area have gotten smaller lately – buy more so the sections get bigger again! Do it!

If you haven’t read or heard of this series before, it follows a young man who picks up a notebook dropped by a shinigami, a god of death. When a name is written in the notebook, that person dies. This series explores good and evil and lawfulness and chaos and all the gray areas of life. And it’s a super good thriller. Ahhh I love this series. I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve reread it.

3. InuYasha by Rumiko Takahashi

InuYasha: Turning Back Time (InuYasha, #1)56 volumes long. (I own 25 or so but have read all 56)

Inuyasha was my gateway anime (and gateway manga). It’s the one I have the most nostalgia for and will be a fan of for life. I’m slowly collecting the episodes on dvd and now that I think of it, should look into finding a bluray box set or something.

This series following a young woman, Kagome, who is dragged into an ancient well on her family’s shrine only to emerge 500 years in the past, smack in the middle of the Japanese Feudal Era. This is the feudal era of myth though – full of demons and spirits and lore. The story takes off when Kagome finds Inuyasha, a half-demon who has been pinned to a tree and kept in a deep sleep for 50 years.

This series man. Action, comedy, romance, tragedy, drama, conspiracy, EVERYTHING. I love this series! Both the anime and the manga are fantastic, so pick whichever one you want.

2. Fullmetal Alchemist by Hiromu ArakawaFullmetal Alchemist, Vol. 1 (Fullmetal Alchemist, #1)

27 volumes long. (I own all 27)

Honestly this one might be tied with my number one. Depending on the day, these two can swap places. I’m very happy to see this series picking up steam with readers who are just getting manga as well. This series seriously deserves every bit of praise it gets. One of the most intensive, epic, funny, serious, emotionally draining, entertaining series I’ve ever read, manga or otherwise. It just has everything.

For those who haven’t read it, it follows a pair of brothers as they try to regain their bodies. When the boys were young, their mother died. They attempted the forbidden art of human alchemy to revive her but severely underestimated the price. In exchange for their mortal crime, Ed lost his arm and leg and Alphonse lost his whole body. Now only his soul remains, tethered to the suit of armor you see in the cover. This series, man. This. Series. I need to reread it. Again.

1. Rurouni Kenshin by Nobuhiro Watsuki

Rurouni Kenshin, Volume 0128 volumes long. (I own all 28)

My favorite series ever I think (maybe tied with #2). It follows a young man living in Meija Era Japan who during the bloody Bakumatsu revolution acted as a manslayer, killing hundreds of people. He now wanders aimlessly, having vowed to never kill again and protect everyone he can, but his past has a way of staying with him.

This series, if you hadn’t guessed, is historical fiction. The characters in it are based off real historical figures from the time period and between chapters, the author will give little blurbs of where he got his inspiration. I love this series. I’ve said that about every one listed here but I seriously love this series. It has action and comedy and suspense and plot twists and history and all sorts of stuff. I love it so much. 


So overall, if you take anything away from this post, it’s that if you don’t read manga already, you should really give it a chance. There’s some fantastic storytelling to be found here. Happy reading.

 

 
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Posted by on 02/15/2017 in Books, Top 5 Wednesday

 

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The #TBRTakeDown readathon is finito

This past week, I participated in the tbrtakedown readathon and overall, I think I did decently. I had planned to read five books and got through about three and a half of them.

Attack on Titan vol 11 by Hajime Isayama – Complete!

Mushishi vol 1 by Yuki Urushibara – Complete!

Y: The Last Man vol 7 by Brian K Vaughan – Complete!

The Traitor Baru Cormorant by Seth Dickinson – In progress

Joyland by Stephen King – Not started

Attack on Titan, Volume 11Mushishi, Vol. 1Y: The Last Man, Vol. 7: Paper Dolls (Y: The Last Man, #7)The Traitor Baru CormorantJoyland

 

 

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I’m still currently reading The Traitor Baru Cormorant and am really enjoying it. I’m hoping to finish it soon but it’s just so damn dense, man. Dense in a good way, but wowwy I’ll feel like I’ve read 200 pages and I’m only at 50. Really. This book is jam packed. Really like it though, but hoo-boy.

After, I have a readathon or two planned so Joyland will likely fall to the wayside, at least for a little bit. I’ll get to it eventually. :”D


Happy reading!

 
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Posted by on 02/13/2017 in Books, Readathon, Wrap-up

 

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#TBRTakeDown progress update

Hello! Today is February 9th, the half way point in the tbrtakedown readathon. If you saw my previous post, I made a TBR that listed five books fulfilling five challenges. Here is my progress on them as of this morning:

Attack on Titan, Volume 11Attack on Titan vol 11 by Hajime Isayama – Complete!

Mushishi, Vol. 1Mushishi vol 1 by Yuki Urushibara – Complete!

The Traitor Baru CormorantThe Traitor Baru Cormorant by Seth Dickinson – In progress

Y: The Last Man, Vol. 7: Paper Dolls (Y: The Last Man, #7)Y: The Last Man vol 7 by Brian K Vaughan – Not yet started

JoylandJoyland by Stephen King – Not yet started

 

 

 

 

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Honestly at this point, I’ll be happy if I finish one of the two novels I have listed. I plan on definitely getting through Y: The Last Man so all the graphic novels and manga will be done, but I’m not sure I can swing both those novels. I started The Traitor Baru Cormorant the other day and so far am very much enjoying it. It’s one of those novels though where you feel like you read 200 pages of information and it turns out you’ve only read 50. This book is dense, man. I love it, but it’s soooo dense to me. My goal is to finish it by Sunday night when the readathon ends. Wish me luck!

 
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Posted by on 02/09/2017 in Books, Readathon

 

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Top 5 Tiring Book Trends

Top 5 Wednesday

It’s Wednesday!

Image result for hump day wop wop

I’m never going to get tired of that camel.


This week’s topics are trends I’m tired of seeing in books. Not talking just tropes, but also like trends focused around books, if that makes sense. Anyways, if you’d like to join T5W, here is the link to do so.

5. “The ______’s Daughter”, “The Girl with/on ______”, “The ______’s Wife”

This title trend, man. It’s everywhere, I’m sure you’ve seen it. I’m not knocking any of the books who have these kinds of names, just the names themselves. They’re. Everywhere. I think my first and third examples particularly are troubling. Obviously, the book is about the girl, but the girl isn’t being described as herself, they’re being described as ‘important because they’re related to this other person’. The second I think is just plain overused. 😛 Haw.

4. Releasing paperbacks months after the hardbacks

I am a paperback person. I love paperbacks. I’ll read hardbacks, but paperbacks are my babies. In the US at least, a book is released and it’s only available in hardback for months, sometimes a year before the paperback is released. Kind of hard to keep up with a series that way as I’m one of those ‘must buy all books in same edition’ people. So I can end up doing two things. 1. Bite the bullet and buy them in hardback, which is expensive. 2 Buy them in paperback, choosing to either wait a year to read them or borrow the hardback from the library and then later buying when the paperback is released. Both methods, they mess with my feng shui. Seriously. They’re my paperbacks and I want them now! D:

3. False stand-alone advertisement

This isn’t a huge epidemic or anything I suppose, but I’ve run into it two or three times now. A new book, advertised as a stand-alone is released! Great! I buy it, I read it! But guess what! Cliffhanger at the end! Not a stand-alone, nope nope. I’m invested in a new series now, dammit. I was not ready for this baggage, I was not ready for this responsibility. I didn’t sign up for this! But I need to finish it because I like it, dammit.

Huff.

2. Cover changes

I don’t really need to explain this one, do I?

1. “I’m not like other girls” girl

This one actually has been getting a lot better recently. I’ve seen a huge decline in this trope in books. I feel like there’s been enough reader push-back against it that authors have started actually listening. A lot of us scream for strong female friendships, for women with more than one dimension to them, for characters that defy gender norms without putting those down who choose not to. I love it!

But let me tell you what son, every so often this trope slips into a book and when I come across it, I crack. It needs to go away.

 
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Posted by on 02/08/2017 in Books, Top 5 Wednesday

 

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The Black Prism by Brent Weeks | Blabber

The Black Prism (Lightbringer, #1)The Black Prism by Brent Weeks
The Lightbringer series, book 1
Fantasy
Listened on audiobook Dec 29, 2016 – Feb 2, 2017

No spoilers this time around. Safe to read.

The Black Prism is the first book in the currently-four-book Lightbringer series by Brent Weeks. I had heard of the author before, but I hadn’t read anything by him until now.

Let me tell you man, I’m a fan. From what I’ve heard, his writing is polarizing in a way that you’ll either like his style or you won’t. Well, I like it. I really like it, actually. After I finish this series, I’m going to go hunt down his other one.

This series follows the Prism, a man named Gavin Guile who can fracture light into its individual colors and then draft those colors into physical matter called luxin, which can then be used like any other building material. This magic system is unique in that the more the wielder uses it, the faster it brings him or her to death. I’ve never read about a system that kills someone as they use it before. Other people in this world can use the magic as well, but most can only draft one or two colors. Some, superchromats, can draft more than that, but only the Prism can draft them all. I love the way Weeks described the magic system – I understood the mechanics of it without having to think much about it. It just flowed naturally into the story.

This book follows Guile along with three or four other characters, shifting perspectives as needed. I think this is the first time I’ve read a multiple POV book where I was interested in each character. None of the chapters were boring, none of them left me wondering if they were necessary. Each character contributed to the storyline and each one was understandable if not likeable.

Another main character in the story, Kip, Gavin Guile’s bastard son, was probably my favorite character. He was just so funny. An overweight teenager, his story begins in a small village where he’s being bullied daily by other boys living there. The story takes off quickly, him coming to interact with the other main characters and not feeling sure of himself while he does it. So what does he do? He resorts to humor to help himself cope. Kip is hysterical and I feel like I’d find him as a good person if he were to magically appear in front of me as a real human. Sure, he has the mind of a stereotypical hormonal teenage boy at times and the reader sees that when reading from his POV, but he’s not wholly crude and him noticing girls is also dotted with humor. He was just entertaining to read all around and I really enjoyed it.

The Black Prism aside from having humor and fantasy elements also has war and political intrigue elements. The Seven Satrapies, the land where this story take place, has a bloody past that’s not quite settled, leading to tension and torment and warfare. Each Satrapie has a unique culture that’s highlighted throughout the book, lending to the world’s fullness and development. And there’s a magic school! Well, it’s there. The book isn’t focused on it, but it’s there. Still enjoyable to read though. :”D

Overall, I loved this book. I loved this book. The audio narration just made it all the better, too. This is the first time I went out of my way to find out the name of the narrator and see what else he’s narrated so I can listen to him more. The version I listened to was narrated by Simon Vance. I know there are other narrators for this book who apparently aren’t that great, so if you decide to try out the audibook, get the Simon Vance version!! 😀 Oh my gosh, I’m smitten.

Favorite book of the year so far, I think. It’s tied with A Court of Mist and Fury. It was just so wonderful. I need to get a physical copy so I can reread it and love it and scribble in it and love it and love it.

Rating: 5/5 stars 

 
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