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Monthly Recs: Oldies

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Hello! Continuing my pre-written posts here, this month’s Monthly Recs theme is oldies! By Oldies, it means books published before 2010 (before 2010 is old?!?!) but hey, who am I to judge.


Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton

Jurassic Park (Jurassic Park, #1)Published in 1990

If you’ve seen the movie and liked it, I guarantee you’ll like the book. There’s so much more to the book than to the movie – there’s more archaeology, more backstory, more science – it’s all so cool! I listened to this on audio book last summer and adored it. I’ve seen gone on a Michel Crichton buying spree and own the majority of his books now. 😛 I haven’t purchased his latest book yet but I’ll get there soon enough!

From Goodreads:

A billionaire has created a technique to clone dinosaurs. From the DNA that his crack team of scientists extract, he is able to grow the dinosaurs in his laboratories and lock them away on an island behind electric fences, creating a sort of theme park. He asks a group of scientists from several different fields to come and view the park, but something goes terribly wrong when a worker on the island turns traitor and shuts down the power.

Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine

Ella EnchantedPublished in 1997

This is one of those books that’s nostalgic for me. It was one of the ones that when I was little, I would rent out from the library and read over and over again. It’s a more fantastical take on the Cinderella story, but the female main character actually has a personality and can think for herself. It’s a lovely, fresh breath of air. Every time I mention it on here, I want to go back to read it. (Don’t watch the movie, it’s doo doo)

From Goodreads:

At birth, Ella is inadvertently cursed by an imprudent young fairy named Lucinda, who bestows on her the “gift” of obedience. Anything anyone tells her to do, Ella must obey. Another girl might have been cowed by this affliction, but not feisty Ella: “Instead of making me docile, Lucinda’s curse made a rebel of me. Or perhaps I was that way naturally.” When her beloved mother dies, leaving her in the care of a mostly absent and avaricious father, and later, a loathsome stepmother and two treacherous stepsisters, Ella’s life and well-being seem to be in grave peril. But her intelligence and saucy nature keep her in good stead as she sets out on a quest for freedom and self-discovery as she tries to track down Lucinda to undo the curse, fending off ogres, befriending elves, and falling in love with a prince along the way. Yes, there is a pumpkin coach, a glass slipper, and a happily ever after, but this is the most remarkable, delightful, and profound version of Cinderella you’ll ever read.

Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden

Memoirs of a GeishaPublished in 1997

This book was one of my first bouts into adult fiction back when I was a teenager. The story has stuck with me (and the movie is fantastic, btw). It follows the (fictionalized) memoir of a young girl who is taken into a Geisha house and trained in the arts of being a Geisha. It’s somewhat historically accurate for the time, but mostly it’s just a fascinating and engaging read. I really, really enjoyed this book.

From Goodreads:

In Memoirs of a Geisha, we enter a world where appearances are paramount; where a girl’s virginity is auctioned to the highest bidder; where women are trained to beguile the most powerful men; and where love is scorned as illusion. It is a unique and triumphant work of fiction – at once romantic, erotic, suspenseful – and completely unforgettable.

Rave Master by Hiro Mashima

Rave Master, Vol. 1Published in 1999

Yet another nostalgic one on my part. This series is a pretty long one, but it’s very easy to get into – it has action, humor, and all sorts of goofiness. It’s along the lines of One Piece and Fairy Tale in the out-there-ness sometimes, so if you like either of those, you’ll likely like this too 😀

From Goodreads:

The Continent of Song is in chaos. The sinister secret society known as Demon Card is using the power of Dark Bring to destroy everything in their path. The only things capable of stopping Dark Bring are the Rave stones. Unfortunately, the Rave Stones were scattered around the globe in an explosion 50 years ago, so now they must be collected by the Rave Master in order to stop Dark Bring once and for all.


And that’s it! Happy reading! :”D

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Posted by on 08/12/2017 in Books

 

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Monthly Recs: Auto-Read Authors

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Hello! I’ve decided to pick up a new meme – this one is monthly, so I figured it’ll be doable to keep up with. :”D It’s called Monthly Recommendations and you can find out more about it here if you would like. Basically, they give you a topic each month and you make a post about it. So here is mine, woo.

I have a couple auto-reads that I’d like to mention:


Neal Stephenson

Neal StephensonBook that made me smitten with this author: Snow Crash

Goodreads Synopsis:

In reality, Hiro Protagonist delivers pizza for Uncle Enzo’s CosoNostra Pizza Inc., but in the Metaverse he’s a warrior prince. Plunging headlong into the enigma of a new computer virus that’s striking down hackers everywhere, he races along the neon-lit streets on a search-and-destroy mission for the shadowy virtual villain threatening to bring about infocalypse. Snow Crash is a mind-altering romp through a future America so bizarre, so outrageous…you’ll recognize it immediately.

You should read if: You want a Ready Player One that’s not juvenile, what it could have been if it had been a more fleshed out, character-driven book.

Books I own by this author: Snow Crash, Diamond Age, Interface, Quicksilver, Confusion, System World

Robin Hobb

Robin HobbBook that made me smitten with this author: Assassin’s Apprentice

Goodreads Synopsis:

Young Fitz is the bastard son of the noble Prince Chivalry, raised in the shadow of the royal court by his father’s gruff stableman. He is treated as an outcast by all the royalty except the devious King Shrewd, who has him secretly tutored in the arts of the assassin. For in Fitz’s blood runs the magic Skill–and the darker knowledge of a child raised with the stable hounds and rejected by his family.

As barbarous raiders ravage the coasts, Fitz is growing to manhood. Soon he will face his first dangerous, soul-shattering mission. And though some regard him as a threat to the throne, he may just be the key to the survival of the kingdom.

You should read if: You want to fall into a 90s fantasy kick for about 6 months…. because that’s what happened when I picked up this book.

Books I own by this author: Assassin’s Apprentice, Royal Assassin, Assassin’s Quest, Ship of Magic, The Mad Ship, Ship of Destiny, Fool’s Errand, Shaman’s Crossing

Naomi Novik

Naomi NovikBook that made me smitten with this author: His Majesty’s Dragon

Goodreads Synopsis:

Aerial combat brings a thrilling new dimension to the Napoleonic Wars as valiant warriors ride mighty fighting dragons, bred for size or speed. When HMS Reliant captures a French frigate and seizes the precious cargo, an unhatched dragon egg, fate sweeps Captain Will Laurence from his seafaring life into an uncertain future – and an unexpected kinship with a most extraordinary creature. Thrust into the rarified world of the Aerial Corps as master of the dragon Temeraire, he will face a crash course in the daring tactics of airborne battle. For as France’s own dragon-borne forces rally to breach British soil in Bonaparte’s boldest gambit, Laurence and Temeraire must soar into their own baptism of fire.

You should read if: You like fantasy or historical fiction. This is both! It’s so good – so well thought out, so tactical, so heart-twanging! It’s one of my all-time favorites

Books I own by this author: His Majesty’s Dragon, Throne of Jade, Black Powder War, Empire of Ivory, Victory of Eagles, Tongues of Serpents, Blood of Tyrants, Uprooted

Alan Campbell

Alan CampbellBook that made me smitten with this author: Scar Night

Goodreads Synopsis:

Suspended by chains over a seemingly bottomless abyss, the ancient city of Deepgate is home to a young angel, an assassin, and a psychotic murderer hungry for revenge or redemption. But soon a shocking betrayal will unite all three in a desperate quest…. The last of his line, Dill is descended from legendary Battle-archons who once defended the city. Forbidden to fly and untrained even to wield the great sword inherited from his forebears, he has become a figurehead for a dying tradition. Now he lives a sheltered existence in one of Deepgate’s crumbling temple spires under the watchful eye of the Presbyter who rules the city. Spine assassin Rachel Hael has better things to do than oversee the Presbyter’s angel. Each dark moon she must fight for her life among the city chains, hunting an immortal predator with a taste for blood. But when a traitor brings enemies to Deepgate’s doorstep, Dill and Rachel are forced into an uneasy alliance with the city’s oldest and most dangerous foe. They must journey down into the uncharted chasm to save their sprawling metropolis and themselves from annihilation. Once they descend however, they learn that what lies below is far more sinister than what they’ve been taught to expect.

You should read if: You like steampunk, fantasy, fascinating worlds, anti-heroes

Books I own by this author: Scar Night, Iron Angel, God of Clocks, Sea of Ghosts


I figured instead of me saying ‘AHHH THEY’RE SO GOOD, READ THEM!’ over and over for each author, I’d let the synopses of their works speak for themselves. If you have read any of these authors’ books or plan to, do let me know. :”D Happy reading!

 
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Posted by on 07/15/2017 in Books

 

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