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Top 5 Problematic Characters

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GUESS WHAT DAY IT IS.

Every Wednesday at work, I just send this camel to my coworkers all day. ALL DAY. I’m a walking meme and I’m okay with that being my work persona. It’s neato. One day I’ll develop a sense of professionalism. One day.

Today’s topic is problematic characters – ones that are honestly pretty awful people but you can’t help but like. Hoo boy do I have a few. My brain says ‘No they’re terrible!’ but my heart says ‘ba-bump’.

If you’d like to participate in T5W, you can do so here.


5. The Dragon from Uprooted by Naomi Novik

UprootedThis character is such a weird character and if I met him in real life I feel like I’d make a point to avoid him. There are so many things wrong with this guy. He steals away a young girl from towns every so often, he makes them work, he’s a jackass to the main character, he’s arrogant. So many issues, so many things that would make real-life be go ‘nope’.

But in the book he was one of my favorite characters. sigh.

 

4. Naraku from Inuyasha by Rumiko Takahashi

Image result for narakuThis character is probematic in the sense that he was in love with a woman fifty years ago but since she was a priestess and turned him down, he allowed demons to infiltrate his body and transform him into some evil creature to subtly sabotage what romance she does manage to have and then continue his vengence 50 years later when the dead priestess is brought back to life.

OBSESSED MUCH?!

I love Naraku. He’s such a butt. And his theme music is always ‘dung dung dung duuuuung’. because he’s dung. 😀

3. Levi from Attack on Titan by Hajime Isayama

Attack on Titan, Volume 14Levi is one of the lead characters in the surveys corps. He’s an ass. He’s obsessive-compulsive when it comes to making his team clean, he’s ruthless when it comes to getting what he wants. He’s willing to proceed with plans that could potentially risk more lives than necessary. He’ll punch whoever in the face without hesitation.

But at the same time, he had a strong sense of right and wrong and everything he does that is wrong has an underlying end goal of something that is right. So I guess… not? so? awful? Maybe?

2. The Darkling from Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

Shadow and Bone (The Grisha, #1)I feel like anyone who reads YA likely will at least consider this character if he’s not on their list already.

The Darkling is one of those characters that while he’s awful, vindictive, manipulative, and all-around slimy, I stilllll shipped him with the main character. Still wanted it to happen. Buh.

But if met in real life, I have a feeling that this character would just rub me the wrong way. Would not be a fan.

1. Hakkai from Saiyuki by Kazuya Minekura

Saiyuki, Vol. 4Hakkai is by far my favorite person on this list. He’s a youkai made, one of the few that retained his sanity when the minus when spread throughout the land, driving the rest of the youkai crazy.

The best part about his problems are that looking at him, you have no idea that they’re there. He’s not a jerk like the others on this list. He’s not inconsiderate. He’s not ruthless. On the contrary, he’s the most well-mannered of the bunch of main characters, the most likely to make friends with those they’re staying with, or make accommodations for others.

But his back story, man. Yikes. This guy is messed up.

But at the same time, even with his back story, you read it and find yourself feeling sorry for the guy amidst your disgust. Like your view of him changes forever but you still want him to end up happy.

Buh. I need to reread this series again. <33

 

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Posted by on 11/08/2017 in Books, Top 5 Wednesday

 

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October Currently Reading | ’17

October Currently Reading

Hello! From yesterday’s post if you read it, you’ll know I didn’t finish any books this month. Well, I’m reading quite a few, all of them really effin big. So there’s that.


The Broken Eye by Brent Weeks

The Broken Eye (Lightbringer, #3)I haven’t actually picked this one up, recently. It’s fallen on the backburner, which is unfortunate since both of the previous books in the series were five star reads for me. Will I read this eventually? Yes. Soon? ….Maybe.

 

 

 

 

Embassytown by China Mieville

EmbassytownThis one last month I switched over to a physical copy to read because I really wasn’t digging the audiobook. Well guess what. I discovered why I didn’t like the audiobook.

Guess why.

THE AUDIOBOOK IS MISSING THE TEN PAGE PROLOGUE. I WAS MISSING SO MUCH CONTEXT. NO WONDER I WAS TOTALLY OUT OF JIVE WITH THAT DAMN THING.

Am liking the physical book much better.

Fool’s Errand by Robin Hobb

Fool's Errand (Tawny Man, #1)I’ve started a new buddy read!! 😀 I’m reading this book with Zezee, who has been slowly going through Hobb’s collected works with me! This is our I think fifth or sixth buddy read together. She’s a good buddier. She’s a good reader. She’s a good buddy-reader.

The book is pretty wonderful so far, too. Apparently I love Hobb’s books to the point that I actually got nostalgia when I read from Fitz’ POV again. It was like coming home. 🙂

Also, I make a point to get the corniest Hobb covers I can find. I think they’re swell!

The Wise Man’s Fear by Patrick Rothfuss

The Wise Man's Fear (The Kingkiller Chronicle, #2)So, funny thing with this book. I heard going into it that it was polarizing among fans, that you’d either like it or you wouldn’t.

Well, lemme tell ya. I’m seeing it, dude. I’m seeing it.

This book. This book. I’m about 600-something pages into it (audiobook so not certain) and it is completely ridiculous. It will be getting a full-length spoilery blabber that will be written likely while I’m drunk off my ass. I’m so looking forward to it. I need to finish it at this point. I have to. I wanna tear it a new butt.

 

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And that’s it! 😀 Happy reading!

 

 
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Posted by on 10/01/2017 in Books, Currently Reading

 

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September Wrap Up | ’17

August Wrap Up(1)

Happy almost-October! And you know what October means! That’s right! Delicious beers for everyone.

In fact, yesterday my work had a beer exchange – 24 of us went in with a case of beer each and swapped, grabbing one of everyone else’s beer. We each left with essentially a two-dozen-beer sampler of fall deliciousness.

I brought Dogfish Head Punkin Ale (which… if you like pumpkin or beer at all, this is definitely one of the better pumpkin beers)

Why am I talking so much about beer? Because I didn’t actually finish any books this month, therefore have no books to talk about. 😀 Oop.

I’ll tell you what though, son. Give you a tiny preview. I’m about 2/3rds through The Wise Man’s Fear by Patrick Rothfuss, and it’s driving me crazy. I’m already writing out the ranting review I’ll have for it. Yeesh. IT’S SO RIDICULOUS.

Onto fantasy bingo and blog activity


r/Fantasy Bingo 2017

I’m the template provided by Millenium_Dodo here, which you can as well if you’re participating. 😀

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Blog Activity

12 posts including this one – Yeah buddy


Reading Goals

Progress on 17 in 2017:

  1. A Dance with Dragons by George R. R. Martin – Complete!
  2. The Kiss of Deception by Mary E Pearson – Complete!
  3. The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss – Complete!
  4. Caliban’s War by James S. A. Corey
  5. The Traitor Comorant Baru by Seth Dickinson – Complete!
  6. House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski
  7. The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson
  8. Weaveworld by Clive Barker – Complete!
  9. Queen of Shadows by Sarah J Maas
  10. Dragon Wing by Margaret Weis
  11. 14 by Peter Clines – Complete!
  12. A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki – Complete!
  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 – Complete!
  16. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (illustrated) by J. K. Rowling – Complete!
  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: 37/50

Count how many books I own and determine how many are not yet read – Was complete, need to do again.

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

Read all of the books on my 17 in 2017 list – 9/17


And that’s it! Happy reading!

 
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Posted by on 09/30/2017 in Books, Wrap-up

 

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Top 5 Fancasts

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Top 5 WednesdayHappy Hump Day! Today’s topic is fancasts, which honetly, I haven’t done a lot of. When I read, in my mind I tend to picture people of my own creation, not celebrities, so know this list actually took some work to come up with, hawhaw.

If you’d like to participate in T5W, you can do so here.


Aneurin Barnard as The Dragon – Uprooted by Naomi Novik

In the book, the dragon is described as rather young-looking though he’s obviously not. I think (this particular picture of) Aneurin Barnard kinda conveys that. Young, but hella tired looking from being so old, hawhaw.

Raini Rodriguez as Elisa – The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson

Aside from me thinking Raini Rodriguez is totally adorable, I think she’d make a good fit for the main character Elisa in The Girl of Fire and Thorns.

Christopher Lloyd as Pellinore Winthrop – The Monstrumologist by Rick Yancey

I hope that if this series is ever made into a movie or tv show that: 1 – it’s not done in a YA fashion. You know how those movies turn out. This book is way too dark for a YA twist on it. 2 – that the mad scientist is cast as Christopher Lloyd. He seems to have a knack for it, don’tcha think 😛

Chloe Grace Moretz as Viola – The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness

This one is kind of cheating. The picture I added is the age I think she would have been good for playing Viola… the actress currently though is about 20 years old, so I kinda missed the mark. But! If the movie was made about 7 years ago, she would have been perfect.

Abby Wilde as Kelsea – The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen

I know at this point, Emma Watson has pretty much been cast as Kelsea, but I feel like from the description of her in the book that Abby Wilde would make a much more accurate portrayal. She’s very close to what I pictured in my head when I read the book.


Lemme know what you think! Happy reading!

 
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Posted by on 09/20/2017 in Books, Top 5 Wednesday

 

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September Currently Reading

September Currently ReadingSo, it has dropped from about 85 degrees F to maybe 55 degrees F here in the last two days. It’s full-on fall weather now AND I HOPE IT STAYS THIS WAY. I hate the heat so much. I’m very much a fall and winter person.

Chilly weather makes me wanna be under a blanket with fluffy socks, coffee and a book. It’s perfect reading weather. :”D


Currently, I am reading two novels:

Embassytown by China Mieville

EmbassytownThis one I feel like I should be loving, but I’m not. I’m honestly on the verge of putting it down. Not DNFing it, just… changing my reading format. Currently, I’m listening on audiobook and usually that’s all fine and dandy, but the narrator has the most irritating voice and the quality of the recording is kinda flat, like all the ‘s’ sounds comes out almost like a static noise. I feel like if I would pick it up via physical copy, all my irritations with the thing would totally disappear. I’m too busy being annoyed by the narrator that I’m barely paying attention to the plot… hence it’s not sticking with me, hence I’m not liking it, blah de blah.

And honestly writing this out has solidified my choice of switching formats. I’ve had a physical copy forever so I’ll just read that one. I’ll eat the scribd credit I spent on the thing I guess. Better than forcing myself through 6 more hours of that.

Aside from my irritations, this book sounds pretty decent: It’s about a woman who is used as a simile by an alien race whose language has no concept of things that aren’t currently present. Like, if they need to make a comparison, the object in question and the comparator both need to be present, hence, she’s always dragged around with them. The language itself is fascinating too: That’s the one thing I do like about the audiobook. The language sounds so neat! It’s like two voices layered on top of each other – the aliens have two mouths and speak simultaneously. For humans to speak it, they need a partner with a close mind-connection, enough so that they can each speak out one voice of the word in perfect harmony at all times.

Like I said, really cool. I really like the concept. I just… wanna change formats to enjoy it. Woof.

The Broken Eye by Brent Weeks

The Broken Eye (Lightbringer, #3)This one, I’ve been reading for ages. I’ve likely gone over the synopsis of this series a billion times at this point. Needless to say, I’m loving it. Just need to actually finish it.


And since I’m going to drop Embassytown as an audiobook, I’ll likely pick up another one pretty quick. I’m thinking The Wise Man’s Fear by Patrick Rothfuss but not 100% positive yet. Otherwise, that’s it. :”D Happy reading!

 
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Posted by on 09/03/2017 in Books, Currently Reading

 

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August Wrap Up | ’17

August Wrap Up

Happy Day-After-19-Years-Later-Day!

A lot happened this month for me. And still, somehow I managed to read a few books along the way. It was wonderful. 😀

August 1st, I got married. August 2nd, I left for honeymoon and didn’t return ’til August 15th. August 16th, I resumed work. August 20th, we started apartment hunting (we already lived together, just need something with a better location). We did that every day after work ’til August 28th, when we put a security deposit down on a lovely townhouse. 😀 We move in October! So… September and October are both gonna be a tad hectic with prepping for the move and all the other stuff that’s planned. Today, for instance: Going to a friend’s wedding. :”D

Wish me luck! I hope your August was lovely.


Books

The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness

The Rest of Us Just Live HereI picked this book up while on honeymoon and was very excited for it: It’s Patrick Ness, man. I love his Chaos Walking trilogy – it was my favorite of his writings. And after reading this book, I’d have to say that Chaos Walking still holds that title. After that great trilogy and the wonderfulness of A Monster Calls, this book kinda fell flat for me. I mean, it’s not bad by any means, it’s pretty much exactly what I expected going into the book. I just didn’t like it because I hated all the characters. I’m not talking a passionate hate or anything, it’s just they were all annoyingly one-dimensional, I guess. I don’t know. This book didn’t do anything for me.

Rating: 3/5 stars

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (illustrated) by JK Rowling and Jim Kay

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Harry Potter, #1)I finally read this, after pre-ordering it when it came out two years ago. I did so both because it’s on my 17 in 2017 list and because I actually like, want to read the things, y’know? With the third one coming out next month, I figured I should jump on it. Ideally I’ll get to the second one this month as well. As per usual, loved it. Illustrations are beautiful. Story is wonderful. Yada yada Harry Potter yada.

Rating: 5/5 stars

14 by Peter Clines

14This is definitely the weirdest book I read this month. Well, this year. 14 is one of those books you pick up knowing ahead of time that it’s supposed to be bizarre but then it still blows away your expectations with how incredibly odd it is. I really liked it! I wrote a blabber on it as well, if you’d like to know my full thoughts, but in summary, if you’re looking for something out of the norm, pick this one up. It was good.

Rating: 4/5 stars

 

The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

The Name of the Wind (The Kingkiller Chronicle, #1)Okay, I’m on this bandwagon now. I see why there’s so much hype about this series. It was really good! But, it wasn’t quite a five star read for me – that might change in the second book, we’ll see.

My main problem is the main character. He grinds my gears. In my mind, he’s pretty much a Mary Sue character. Gah. I mean, he’s not a bad character, he’s just too good I guess. There are a lot of tropes in the book that stuck out me, a lot of them relating because to the ‘Kvoth has no flaws’ thing. Buh. So, I like it so far, but that main character needs some major character development.

Rating: 4/5 stars


r/Fantasy Bingo 2017

I’m the template provided by Millenium_Dodo here, which you can as well if you’re participating. 😀

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Blog Activity

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14 posts – Yeah buddy


Reading Goals

Progress on 17 in 2017:

  1. A Dance with Dragons by George R. R. Martin – Complete!
  2. The Kiss of Deception by Mary E Pearson – Complete!
  3. The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss – Complete!
  4. Caliban’s War by James S. A. Corey
  5. The Traitor Comorant Baru by Seth Dickinson – Complete!
  6. House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski
  7. The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson
  8. Weaveworld by Clive Barker – Complete!
  9. Queen of Shadows by Sarah J Maas
  10. Dragon Wing by Margaret Weis
  11. 14 by Peter Clines – Complete!
  12. A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki – Complete!
  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 – Complete!
  16. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (illustrated) by J. K. Rowling – Complete!
  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: 37/50

Count how many books I own and determine how many are not yet read – Was complete, need to do again.

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

Read all of the books on my 17 in 2017 list – 9/17


And that’s it! Happy reading!

 
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Posted by on 09/02/2017 in Books, Wrap-up

 

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Top 5 series that got better

Series that got better T5W

Happy Wednesday! (whop whop) This week’s topic is series that got better. This is an interesting topic because usually it goes the other way, haw. I’ll have to dig to see if I can come up with five. 😛

If you’d like to join T5W, you can do so here.


5 – Losing It trilogy by Cora Carmack

Faking It (Losing It, #2)I’ve only read the first two so far, but the second one is my opinion is much better than the first. Not saying the first was bad persay, it was just kinda… bland. The main character didn’t really have much personality other than ‘stereotypical super-shy virgin’, which in itself isn’t a bad thing, but hey, you need to have hobbies or a personality other than that one trait, man. Humans have that stuff, this character didn’t. The couple the second book Faking It focuses on is a lot more developed personality-wise and I enjoyed their dynamic a lot more. This is a new adult series so beware of boobs and wiggly bits if you’re a youngin’.

4 – The Remnant Chronicles by Mary E Pearson

The Kiss of Deception (The Remnant Chronicles, #1)This is another one I’ve only read the first two of (I’ll get to the third here pretty quickly) but the first book was just okay for me I think. Nothing really stuck out as interesting or unique and the goofy love-triangle they threw in there was a bit tiring honestly. It’s definitely still there in the second book, but the world itself is more fleshed out and I really, really liked the direction it took. The second book along with the world building, had better characterization as well. I think the ‘middle book syndrome’ that most series get was actually present in book one for this series and had solved itself by book two. I’m hoping book three will be even better.

3 – A Court of Thorns and Roses trilogy by Sarah J Maas

A Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #1)I feel like this one is going to be very popular on this week’s list for YA readers. It’s like the quintessential ‘was sucky and then ended up less sucky’ series. The first one is okay – I actually thought it was a decent book. I saw its issues but overall the book was not bad. The second book ended up being one of my favorites of this year, one of my favorites ever, which is strange since neither books 1 or 3 came anywhere near my favorites list. I think it was just so polar opposite from the first book that I couldn’t help but love it.

2 – The Chaos Walking trilogy by Patrick Ness

The Knife of Never Letting Go (Chaos Walking, #1)Let me start by saying that this series is amazing the whole way through. The only reason it’s on my list is because for me, the first book was about 4 stars and the last two were 5 each. Technically, it means the series got better as it progressed :”D

If you haven’t read this one yet, do it. Do it. It was super popular for a while a couple years ago, but it has earned all the notoriety it has received. AHHHH read it ❤

1 – The Liveship Traders trilogy by Robin Hobb

Ship of Magic (Liveship Traders, #1)I think this series has the most pronounced improvement of all the ones on my list. Note, I am about 100 pages away from finishing at this point, so it’s the most fresh in my mind as well. The first book Ship of Magic is good – I gave it about four stars, but the characters in there are all really grating on the nerves and emotionally, the series is exhausting…. well, that second part never really goes away. It’s consistently emotionally exhausting. But! The character arcs in this book are fantastic. I went from barely liking anyone to really liking (or in some cases really, really loathing) almost everyone. Seeing the development really made me fall for this series and made reading it a more intense and absorbing experience. It’s just so good. It’s so good. 


And that’s it! That’s it for me this bleary Wednesday morning. Happy reading! :”D

 
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Posted by on 07/26/2017 in Books, Top 5 Wednesday

 

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