supercheesegirl: (sandman - delirium)
This volume was awesome - everything that, as a girl, I'd been hoping for from a particular storyline. Yay! (And I finished it yesterday, so it still counts for last year!)
supercheesegirl: (books - Matisse reading lady)
I'd read most of the stories in this collection before, but it was still worth picking up - many I hadn't read in years, and I've found that most Le Guin tales stand up beautifully on multiple rereads.

It took me a while to get going in this collection because it starts off with four stories from Orsinian Tales, which quite honestly is among my least favorite of her books, but she definitely chose the right stories to include here, because "Brothers and Sisters" and "A Week in the Country" build up to "Unlocking the Air", which I'd forgotten and which made me cry. "Imaginary Countries" was new to me and I loved it. Similarly, several stories at the end of the book are from Searoad, which is a book I loved, so I was happy to run into those stories again.

Other highlights, for me, include "Gwilan's Harp" and "Half Past Four". I personally hate "Direction of the Road" and have disliked it every time I've come across it, but its inclusion here I actually quite like, because Le Guin chose the stories herself and the fact that it's here makes the collection overall feel, to me, like she really did select them and put in the ones she most liked. I feel like, when the author's hand (or capricious whim!) shows like that, it makes me feel closer to her; it's less a random collection of stories and more the items she particularly wanted to highlight from her long career. If she likes it, I'll pay attention.
supercheesegirl: (sandman - delirium)
A fun read. I like seeing some surprising growth in Prince Charming's character; I like Beauty and Beast, and I adore Frau Totenkinder.
supercheesegirl: (sandman - delirium)
This was excellent. The first story, about what Jack did after leaving Fabletown, was fun and all, but it was completely overshadowed by Boy Blue's adventure in the Homelands. What a kickass character he's turned out to be. I loved the twist on the adversary's identity, too (which, although F thinks I'm lying, I swear I suspected).
supercheesegirl: (sandman - delirium)
This was decent, but it really just felt like we were killing time and wrapping up lose ends, moving players to the places they need to be for the next major storyline. I love Snow and the cubs, though.
supercheesegirl: (sandman - delirium)
This was pretty much awesome. It kept me turning pages late into the night.
supercheesegirl: (sandman - delirium)
(F has been requesting these from the library, and some poor student seems to have lost volume 2 - volumes 3 through 10 are scattered around my house, just waiting for me, and even worse, F decided to skip vol. 2 and come back to it later! Do you know how maddening this was?! Thank you, Interlibrary Loan.) This volume was solid. The major conflict seemed to wrap up a little too neatly, but I was glad to visit The Farm.
supercheesegirl: (books - book head readers)
This book was both a pleasant surprise and a disappointing letdown. I found it on the lending shelf at the train station so I had no expectations about it, so I was delighted when the plot, characters, and overall world really drew me in. However, based on the detail and writing early in the book, the ending was a disappointment - I thought there was too much reliance on obscure magical bullshit that made things more confused instead of clearer, and the last few lines were flat. I didn't expect anything going into this, but based on the book itself, I expected more from the ending.
supercheesegirl: (sandman - delirium)
I LOVED this. The art is beautiful and the story is really compelling, and it's compellingly told, which is just as important. I'm kind of terrified, because I'm really sensitive to stories where babies are in danger and their parents die, but I'm happy to report that the family unit survives the first volume (that shouldn't be a major spoiler; you know the writers have to have a lot more planned for these folks before they kill anyone off). Brian K. Vaughan started off so strongly with Y: The Last Man and then disappointed and saddened me with the ending, so I'm really worried about getting too involved with this, but too late now, I'm along for the ride.
supercheesegirl: (books - Matisse reading lady)
This was an interesting read. It started out with a lot of nods to Augustine's Confessions, which the narrator would have been familiar with, but then the writing becomes much more modern in style. I think it would've been hard to sustain that tone for the length of a novel, and doing so might've made the book less compelling for modern readers, but that shift made the story less believable to me. Also, while the ending made sense for the story, I found it upsetting. Horsley really wants to criticize historical treatment of women in the church, and I get that, but for me it was depressing that here's the era where it all started and over a thousand years later we're still dealing with it. So only three stars from me.

Anyway, NOW I AM ALL CAUGHT UP WITH MY BOOK POSTS OMG
supercheesegirl: (zelda likelike)
Full title: Reality Is Broken: Why Games Make Us Better and How They Can Change the World. I really enjoyed this book. McGonigal comes at the topic of gaming from some angles I've never seen before. She doesn't guilt anyone, herself included, for being a gamer; rather, she thinks that with the skills serious gamers have developed, they're an untapped resource with the potential to change the world for the better. I did think some of the later chapters went on a bit too long and relied a little too heavily on McGonigal's own work, but considering she's at the forefront of a movement here I think we can forgive her. Highly recommended for anyone with a passionate interest in gaming or anyone (like, which I discovered midway through the book) who could use gaming concepts in their work to make the world better (AND HOLY SHIT HOW DID I GET HERE, to a career where I can read a book about video games and it's related to my job?! Finally medical publishing surprises and delights me!)
supercheesegirl: (books - can't talk reading)
This was a lot of fun. It was fun to see Will grow into the mentor role for a new young apprentice, and it was great to see Flanagan giving a female character a really central role. On the other hand... ) But, leaving the plot holes aside and acknowledging this for what it is, I really enjoyed this and would recommend it to anyone who likes YA.
supercheesegirl: (books - can't talk reading)
I enjoyed the stories in this volume, but it wasn't my favorite - too many returns to things that happened a lot earlier in the series that I didn't remember anymore, and the horses got too psychic for me. Recommended for big fans of the series. (I did really get a kick out of the archaeologist framework, though.)
supercheesegirl: (books - can't talk reading)
I really enjoyed this and appreciated some of the character development - Percy and his friends are growing up and starting to see some complexity in the world and in their own actions. It's not just gods vs evil anymore, and I appreciated that. Unhappy that the next installment doesn't come out until next fall.
supercheesegirl: (sandman - delirium)
Really enjoyed this. The only thing I didn't like was the way we skimmed through about 12 years in one page; although we know what happens to Clementine from the very beginning, I still felt like the ending came up too fast.
supercheesegirl: (sandman - delirium)
This was a reread for me because F got it from the library; he hadn't read it yet. I'm glad he liked it because I liked it the first time around and never got to read the rest of the series, so now we can read them together.
supercheesegirl: (books - Matisse reading lady)
This was captivating. I was continually surprised by the plot twists. (Jesus am I glad Freya's not a twin! Twin girls are CRAZY!) The ending took me to a much darker place than I expected to go, but there was a lot of beauty in it too. I'm going to remember this for a long time.
supercheesegirl: (misty mad)
I have such a huge backlog of books to post, you guys. It's going to take me so long to catch up.

Anyway, Lighthousekeeping. This book was a mixed bag for me. I really liked the beginning, but then the story went too nonlinear as Silver grew up. I had nothing to grab onto, and the language wasn't enough to keep me engaged. The last few pages were very lyrical and lovely, however, which helped redeem it. Three stars is generous on this one. I really wanted to love it!
supercheesegirl: (books - hammock)
I haven't yet relinquished my long-held hatred of Nicholas Sparks's books, but this was surprisingly satisfying. I knew exactly what the end would be, but getting there was really enjoyable. I got all teary at the end; the last few paragraphs were kind of lovely.

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