supercheesegirl: (poetry - it's crazy!)
Not my favorite of Claudia's books, but still strong. Last book read in 2015.
supercheesegirl: (sandman - delirium)
My husband recommended this to me as a very dark but strongly feminist graphic novel. I didn't know anything else about it when I began to read, so for some reason that description didn't match up with the male-dominated dystopia presented here. I really don't enjoy dystopias. The characters here are really deep and interesting, so I'll keep reading, but I honestly didn't get a sense that these kickass women, despite their kickassedness, could ever beat this shitty system. I'm interested to see where the story goes.
supercheesegirl: (books - narnia lucy)
Originally read this in January 2014. Reread it the other day, when I read the entire book out loud in one afternoon. It's rather a long book for that. I'm not sure my daughter understood most of it (she's not quite three and a half) but she kept telling me to keep reading, so I did.
supercheesegirl: (books - narnia lucy)
At this point Riordan is just following a recipe he created: choose mythological system, import to modern day, add plucky hero/ine, and initiate mythologically-appropriate doomsday sequence. Add sword and stir. But Riordan does it so well at this point that it's just really fun to read.

I ordered this, read it, then gave it to my dad for Christmas.
supercheesegirl: (sandman - delirium)
This was a lot of fun. Would be suitable (and extremely enjoyable) for bright and interesting girls as young as 8 or so, but it was those things for me as well. It was a bit silly, and at least three of the five leading characters tended to blur together, but that didn't really matter much.
supercheesegirl: (book - medieval)
I had completely forgotten that I'd read this book before, to the point that when I found a nice hardback at a used bookstore, I bought it and saved it for months, knowing that I would savor the last of GGK's early novels that I hadn't yet read. I made it all the way through the prologue and into the first chapter before I realized: I'd totally read a scene where armed men are going to steal something off a holy island in the dark. Had GGK truly written about such a thing twice? ...Well, no. He hadn't. So I was cheated of a "new" GGK book to read. But I reread the whole thing anyway, and the ending was still sweet.
supercheesegirl: (books - can't talk reading)
This was definitely a compelling read, but I'm left feeling a bit let down by the ending. Read more... )
supercheesegirl: (books - hammock)
Plot: young woman with messed-up life gets act together by learning to train abused dogs and help them get their acts together. This was charming, and a bit deeper than I'd expected going into it. Recommended if you like books about dogs (though the stories about the dogs' histories can be upsetting, it's still a book about resilience and recovery and starting over, and so you know all these dogs are going to be okay).
supercheesegirl: (sandman - delirium)
This graphic novel opens with Nimona, a teenage girl, apprenticing herself as a sidekick to the villain Ballister Blackheart. Didn't she mention she's a shapeshifter?

Seemingly simple with a small cast of characters, this book has a lot to say about heroes and villains, expectations, and the shapes we assume. The author has a gift for character names; Ballister Blackheart and Ambrosius Goldenloin start out more as caricatures of a villain and a hero, but eventually grow into fully developed characters with a complex relationship. Nimona herself is the most complicated character, the most powerful but also the most hurt, but she still retains her innocence and optimism. And I love the medieval/feudal world with its advanced technology, like a neat twist on steampunk. Recommended.
supercheesegirl: (books - narnia lucy)
Post-apocalyptic steampunk for the win! The first 50 pages or so are slow, but necessary for world-building and to set the stage for what comes next. It's worth powering through: once our hero gets to Manihiki, things really take off. I enjoyed this a lot. Finished November 18.
supercheesegirl: (sandman - delirium)
Finished on November 9. I really like the way they're exploring every aspect of this concept. Interested to see what happens next.
supercheesegirl: (books - can't talk reading)
Really solid fantasy. Couldn't put it down (much to the annoyance of my family) and loved the twist at the end.
supercheesegirl: (poetry - it's crazy!)
According to Goodreads I started this on August 20; I've just finished it now on November 9. This was difficult to read on an emotional level (it took me 2.5 months) but I'm very very glad I read it.
supercheesegirl: (hp - crabbe/goyle)
Reread this on 10/31/15. Interesting to reread about Ginny's involvement with the diary in light of future revelations.
supercheesegirl: (capt. jack)
Finished this on 10/27. It took me a really long time to read it - it's a very large book. Good, but Grania was kind of annoying at times. Also, I think Llywelyn overemphasized the relationship between Grania and Queen Elizabeth a bit. But overall a fun read.
supercheesegirl: (poetry - it's crazy!)
Poetry, finished on 10/3/15. I really loved this.
supercheesegirl: (books - narnia lucy)
Reread this last week (finished on 10/23) because f is all about stories lately, and we happened to be at the library when they were doing a Harry Potter event, so naturally she wanted to know what was going on and why all these people were dressed up in long robes. You can see where this is going. Now I have to tell her Harry stories pretty much daily and I needed a refresher. Like I minded much.
supercheesegirl: (books - cute reading)
Full title: The Whole-Brain Child: 12 Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture Your Child's Developing Mind, Survive Everyday Parenting Struggles, and Help Your Family Thrive. Finished on 10/7/15.

I enjoyed this, but not as much as No-Drama Discipline. Despite the many realistic examples provided here, it felt more theoretical than NDD. Maybe it's just the fact that NDD is so targeted at one specific aspect of parenting? Regardless, I'd be happy to own, and refer back to and reread, both books for years to come.
supercheesegirl: (conan the barbarian)
This book was awesome. The description on the back cover is ridiculous and doesn't really describe how great this book is. I think they probably describe the Rat Queens as "Hannah the Rockabilly Elven Mage, Violet the Hipster Dwarven Fighter, Dee the Atheist Human Cleric and Betty the Hippy Smidgen Thief" because some asshole thought only D&D players would buy this book and they wanted to get the categories out of the way? Whatev.

Yes, it's about a band of female mercenary warriors, and they're hot chicks and they drink beer and stuff. And yes, it's probably one of the most violent graphic novels I've ever read. If that's enough to get you interested, it's fine to stop there as long as you go pick up the book. But they're doing so much to play with fantasy tropes here! This isn't just making a typical band of mercenaries into chicks so they can draw some boobs. Each member of the Rat Queens is a sharp, interesting, and fully realized female character, with backstories I can't wait to read more about. When did you last read a fantasy novel where the dwarf was actually a real character and not just a bearded beer gut with an axe? Plus they're playing on the stereotype of dwarf women being hidden away in their caves and never seen. And subverting the "orcs are evil" concept. And I don't even know if a "smidgen" is a normal halfling-type race or if they just made it up for this book, but Betty is the best character and she's like two feet tall. She's so smart, and it's so totally against type. Besides just the willingness to have characters in a fantasy with names like Betty, Dave, and Gary instead of names like Galadriel and Fafhrd! And sexuality is handled in a positive way!

Seriously, I finished this book and then flipped back to the beginning to read the entire thing again immediately. I am in love. It is rare that I get so into a graphic novel or recommend a book so strongly. If you are interested in women in sword-and-sorcery fantasy, buy it!

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