The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman (The Invisible Library #1) (DNF)

This is an unfinished book review as I did not complete the book in question.  Sometimes a story doesn’t hold my interest enough or there’s a a fatal flaw in the writing that makes it impossible for me to read; however, I feel that I should still put up my impressions of the story and explain why I was unable to make it through.  These reviews will vary in length depending on how much of the novel I was able to complete.

Title: The Invisible Library
Series Title: The Invisible Library
Author: Genevieve Cogman
Date Added: June 14, 2016
Date Completed: July 26, 2016
Percentage Read: 17%
Genre: YA, Fantasy, Mystery

Pages: 329
Publication Date: January 15, 2015
Medium: Paperback

“The first installment of an adventure featuring stolen books, secret agents and forbidden societies – think Doctor Who with librarian spies!

Irene must be at the top of her game or she’ll be off the case – permanently…

Irene is a professional spy for the mysterious Library, which harvests fiction from different realities. And along with her enigmatic assistant Kai, she’s posted to an alternative London. Their mission – to retrieve a dangerous book. But when they arrive, it’s already been stolen. London’s underground factions seem prepared to fight to the very death to find her book.

Adding to the jeopardy, this world is chaos-infested – the laws of nature bent to allow supernatural creatures and unpredictable magic. Irene’s new assistant is also hiding secrets of his own.

Soon, she’s up to her eyebrows in a heady mix of danger, clues and secret societies. Yet failure is not an option – the nature of reality itself is at stake.”


I really liked the concept of this book: a secret and eternal library as the hub of multiple worlds.  It definitely seemed like what it claimed, librarians with a Doctor Who twist.  The novel starts out strong with the main character Irene masquerading as a serving girl in one of the many alternative worlds in order to get her hands on a book unique to that universe.  It was adventurous, bold, and fast paced, but my issues came in the after when the world of the library was introduced.

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The State of the Writer: 7/30/16

<–The State of the Writer: 7/23/16          The State of the Writer: 8/6/16–>

A weekly post updated every Saturday discussing my current writing projects and where I stand with them.  This will include any and all work(s) in progress (WIP) be they creative writing, essays/analyses, or reviews of any type.

Project: Story
Title:
The Broken Rose
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Type: Fanfiction (FFVII) Novel
Current Word Count: 273,688
Prior Word Count: 273, 963
Word Difference: -275
Status: Editing
Progress: 2nd Edit of Chapter 2

Chapter 2 - Gentleness

I decided to go with the above picture for Chapter 2.  It may look familiar to you, which would make sense if you’ve been following along with these posts.  Its unaltered form is featured in the SOTW post for 7/16/16.  I doctored it up a little bit (as in threw a filter on it), but the original image (or a source for it) can be found here on the tumblr -Just Be SpLendid-

I am still plugging away at Chapter 2.  It’s been nearly a month, and I’d say I’d be finished by the end of this weekend, but I need to do a third edit on this chapter, since the second one has led to some changes and additions.  I have started a new process though, which I never in a million years saw myself doing.  I’ve been getting up at 5:30 on workdays and 6:30 on Saturdays (or rather this Saturday as this is the first week for this process) in order to edit first thing in the morning.  I found a post by a fellow night owl, H L Petrovic, who proclaimed that writing first thing in the morning before the chaos of the day was an actual viable, option.  While I don’t have any children to run after (thank god right now), I still too often find myself mired in too many projects, but editing is my number one priority, and I grow incredibly anxious when it doesn’t occur.  I’d urge anyone who has the ability to try out early morning writing or editing sessions for a week.  For me it was a bit confusing because I’d forget I’d edited since I’m so used to doing it at night, but now I’m nearly done Chapter 2 (I’m hoping the third is a breeze), and the evenings can be spent on aught else.

So I know I was tossing this idea around last week.  The idea of posting The Broken Rose a little at a time.  This would not be a weekly schedule like Northern Lights was but rather a “post as you edit” deal.  I’m thinking of starting around Chapter 5 as in I’ll post the first five chapters once I edit them then post chapters as they’re completed.  My trepidation around this is due to the fact that I’m a perfectionist, and I often go back and fix or alter things in the beginning even when I’m in the midst of working on the end.  Threads may need to be tied together, and in this particular tale I created a plot point later where Sephiroth believes Aeris doesn’t remember exactly who he is/what he did though she did know his name and old designation of general.  I believe I started thinking about this and therefore gearing the writing towards it around Chapter 7.  Either way since this is going to be a long term project as stated before, my plans for it have to change.  I do something different in every story, and with this story I’m going to post chapters before I’m completely done.

Quote: Her breathing was soft against his neck for a miracle had occurred.  She’d fallen asleep encased in his arms, withered limbs splayed on wide shoulders.  The general didn’t want to put her down, but Aeris deserved the soft bed.  Fixing the blankets and sheets around, Sephiroth steeled his heart for her cries.  The warmth of the covers did help her trembling, but his sharp eyes still caught slightest quake.


Project: Book Reviews
Title(s):
Various
Genre:
Fantasy
Status:
Active Progress

This week I plan to update three book reviews: the unfinished City of Bones and The Invisible Library (also unfinished) in addition to Mistborn: The Final Empire.  All the remaining reviews that need updated are unfinished, and I have no full reviews to complete at this time.


What are you currently working on?  Is it a creative writing project, essay, review, or something else?  Have you just started something new or are you wrapping up a long term project?

<–The State of the Writer: 7/23/16          The State of the Writer: 8/6/16–>

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The State of the Reader: 7/27/16

<–The State of the Reader: 7/20/16          The State of the Reader: 8/3/16–>

A weekly post updated every Wednesday detailing my current reading projects and where I am with them in addition to what new titles I’ve added to my to-read list.  Title links go to Goodreads to make it easier for interested parties to add any books that might strike their fancy.  I attempt to use the covers for the edition I’m reading, and I’ll mention if this is not the case.  If you have a Goodreads account feel free to friend me!  I’d love to see what you’re reading and/or planning to read.

Content Warning: Some discussions of rape as it pertains to narratives.  Some discussions of suicide as it pertains to narratives.


Books Finished This Week: 1

Title: The Rape of Lucrece
Author: William Shakespeare
Date Added: December 11, 2015
Date Started: June 25, 2016
Date Finished: July 26, 2016

Rape of Lucrece, The

I have a lot to say about this narrative poem.  In reading it I realized I’ve seen and used the paradigms in it numerous times.  My paranormal romance novel arguably has the meta-motif of using the assault of a woman to motivate a male character.  This of course causes her erasure from the narrative as a physical entity (it’s symbolically similar in this regard to what happens in FFVII :\)  I’m not sure how proud I feel about that.  There are of details that may balance out my trepidation; however, I feel less wary about how I’m planning on using one in my next project The High Lord.  The “if you don’t fuck me I’ll blackmail you” is still pervasive in both narratives and real life.

My plan is to review Lucrece in the same format as Paradise Lost, which is in video.  As the only equipment I currently possess is a laptop (with camera) and iPhone (also with camera, but a cracked screen and no memory), it may be a while before this happens.  I’m planning on procuring equipment at some point, though I still don’t really have a place to record.  I’ll keep you all posted (if you’re interested).


Books Unfinished This Week: 1

Title: The Invisible Library
Series Title: The Invisible Library
Author: Genevieve Cogman
Date Added: June 14, 2016
Date Started: July 17, 2016
Date Declared Unfinished: July 25, 2016
Final Progress: 17%

The concept of this book was really interesting.  It was marketed as something Doctor Who fans would really flock, too, and indeed I can see why that would be so.  The characters couldn’t seem to settle on any kind of solid personality though (like the Doctor can’t settle on a form…see what I did?), and there was too much info dumping.  I usually like that, but it could’ve been better woven in.

I’ll be writing an Unfinished review of this where I’ll elaborate more.


Books Currently Reading: 1
Change from Last Week:
-2

Title: The Mystical Qabalah
Author: Dion Fortune
Date Added: August 13, 2012
Date Started: Unknown

Mystical Qabalah, TheMedium: Paperback
Progress: 69%

I’m still on the chapter about Malkuth.  For some reason I thought I was supposed to finish the one on Yesod last week, but apparently I was supposed to complete Malkuth.  Ah well.  I finished (and unfinished) two books this week.  I’ll finish up Malkuth before next Wednesday.  I’m nearly finished the book proper…after ten years.  I suppose that’s accurate.  A year for each Holy Sephiroth (I’ll show myself out…)

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The State of the Reader: 7/20/16

<–The State of the Reader: 7/13/16          The State of the Reader: 7/27/16–>

A weekly post updated every Wednesday detailing my current reading projects and where I am with them in addition to what new titles I’ve added to my to-read list.  Title links go to Goodreads to make it easier for interested parties to add any books that might strike their fancy.  I attempt to use the covers for the edition I’m reading, and I’ll mention if this is not the case.  If you have a Goodreads account feel free to friend me!  I’d love to see what you’re reading and/or planning to read.

Content Warning: Some discussions of rape as it pertains to narratives.


Books Finished This Week: 2

Title: The Slow Regard of Silent Things
Series Title: The Kingkiller Chronicle
Author: Patrick Rothfuss
Date Added: October 30, 2014
Date Started: June 25, 2016
Date Finished: July 14, 2016

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Though the volume is slim it is bursting with poignancy.  I’ll be working on the review for it tonight right after I post this.  I gave it a 5 star rating so you have an idea of what I thought.

Title: Spectrum
Author: Aidan J. Reid
Date Added: June 9, 2016
Date Started: July 16, 2016
Date Finished: July 16, 2016

I read Mr. Reid’s spectacular short story in less than 24 hours so it didn’t even make the Books Currently Reading list.  I had no compunctions about giving this 35 page short 5 stars.  The review for it is right here.

So both of the books I finished this week received a perfect score!  I don’t know if that will ever happen again hehe.  Either the finishing two books in a week or the perfect score.


Books Currently Reading: 3
Change from Last Week: 0

Title: The Mystical Qabalah
Author: Dion Fortune
Date Added: August 13, 2012
Date Started: Unknown

Mystical Qabalah, TheMedium: Paperback
Progress: 69%

I made my goal set last week of completing the chapter on Yesod.  I’m currently on the section on Malkuth, the lowest of the Sephiroth.  The goal this week is to finish that.  Mini-goals seem to be working out well for this volume.

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The State of the Reader: 6/15/16

<–The State of the Reader: 6/8/16          The State of the Reader: 6/22/16–>

A weekly post updated every Wednesday detailing my current reading projects and where I am with them in addition to what new titles I’ve added to my to-read list.  Title links go to Goodreads to make it easier for interested parties to add any books that might strike their fancy.  I attempt to use the covers for the edition I’m reading, and I’ll mention if this is not the case.  If you have a Goodreads account feel free to friend me!  I’d love to see what you’re reading and/or planning to read.

Books Currently Reading: 3

Change from Last Week: 0


Title: Windhaven
Authors: George R R Martin and Lisa Tuttle

WindhavenMedium: Paperback
Progress: 51%

I finished the second part of this and am finally on the third.  I’m hoping I…fly through it.  The “One-Wing” section did pick up a bit, and the “The Fall” part appears to have similar stakes to the first section.  It’s a nice bookend.

Title: Paradise Lost
Author
: John Milton

Paradise LostMedium: Paperback
Progress:
74%

Finished Book IX and am almost finished Book X.  Still waiting/hoping for the part where God takes one of Satan’s wings.  The internet better not have lied to me.  The current part is sooooo boring.  Adam is bitching about his lot after the fall and blaming Eve (of course) paired with more Christian rhetoric about why the man rules over the woman and how she’s going to bear her children in pain *vomit*

You know…it’s funny.  When I was around eight, I decided I was never going to have children because of the pain associated with childbirth.  Then I found out that they can alleviate it through modern medicine (…kind of), and this was one of the first times I experienced religious uncertainty.  If I could have a baby and not be in pain, I’d want in on that, but God had totally decreed in the Bible that women were supposed to be in pain so it had to be wrong to not feel any during labor.  It bothered me and caused no end of anxiety even at a young age.  Now that I’m older I do eventually want to have children if circumstances permit.  I’m also wiser in knowing it’s not going to be entirely painless.  I’m also utterly skeeved out by the process, ugh, but I still want the result.

Title: The Mystical Qabalah
Author: Dion Fortune

Mystical Qabalah, TheMedium: Paperback
Progress: 62%

No progress on this one.  I’ll probably get back to it once the other two are done and the WIP is finished.  I feel as though I said the same thing last week.  Huh.

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