I still have a ton of blogger tags/awards to get through, and I can’t even claim to be doing them in order. Today this is the one I’m awake/aware enough to go through, so…
First, I found this on The Writing Hufflepuff’s blog so you should check her out. She does book reviews mostly and her blog is just set up really neatly. I use Goodreads a ton, so this is the perfect tag for me. Please feel free to friend me there if you use it, too!
What was the last book you marked as read?
The Quantum Ghost by Jonathan Ballagh. I just finished reading it this morning. Such an excellent mid-grade novel. I’ve also read and reviewedThe Quantum Door, which was good, too, but Ghost was even better.
What are you currently reading?
I’m currently reading six books, but that number will probably jump back up to seven before I post my State of the Reader update this Wednesday:
- Saga Vol. 1 by Brian K. Vaughn and Fiona Staples
- A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas
- An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
- The Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Historia by Patrick Thorpe
- The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater
- The Poetic Edda by Anonymous
What was the last book you marked as ‘to read’?
Primitive Mythology by Joseph Cambell, the fist book in his Masks of God series. I initially had The Power of Myth on there in its stead, but a friend told me that I could just watch the interviews with Bill Moyers, so I threw that on my Amazon wish list.
<–The State of the Reader: 5/10/17 The State of the Reader: 5/24/17–>
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.
Samples Read This Week
- Nightshade City by Hilary Wagner: Kept (RWTR) – This is a story in the tradition of Redwall, and initially wasn’t sure if I should think of the rats as anthropomorphic or as more like the rabbits of Watership Down, able to speak in their own language, but still quintessentially rabbits. Since this book opened with a chase, I couldn’t decide whether to imagine them running as rats do or running as humans do. I think they might have been running as rats, but they wear clothes and have a hidden city beneath Topside (the world of humanity). The story seems fascinating. A fascist dictator has taken over their city, terrorizing frightened citizens, but two brothers Vincent and Victor escaped forced impression in the Kill Army, and they eventually team up with another rebel to take back their city.
- The Book of the Dun Cow by Walter Wangerin, Jr.: Passed – I was quite excited for this, but the main character comes off as a chauvinistic ass in rooster form, and the writing isn’t my style.
- Talon by Julie Kagawa: Kept/Purchased (RWTR) – Dragons that can take human form, trying to keep out of the sight of St. George with rogue dragons in the world for unknown purpose. The story drops you right into the lives of twins (which are rare among dragon kind) as they try to adapt to live among humans.
- The Monster Within by Kelly Hashway: Kept (RWTR) – Another book that starts out perfectly. Sam has been dead for four days, but her boyfriend Ethan has figured out a way to call her back from the grave. The story opens with her clawing her way out of the dirt, but how Ethan did it is still unknown (though he does admit he had help), and Sam is more than just a revived human…she’s not a zombie, not a vampire, but some kind of weird halfway in between that has to feed of of humans to survive. I’m dying to know where this will take us 😉
- Robbed of Sleep by Mercedes Yardley: Passed – I don’t seem to have an affinity for short stories (unless they’re written by GRRM). There was a brief one page story that was okay, but the second longer one just didn’t do much for me even though I know it could’ve been interesting. Ah well.
- Radiance by Grace Draven: Kept/Purchase (RWTR) – HOLY SHIT THIS BOOK IS AMAZING. Omg, where do I even begin. Well, I knew I was going to purchase it not even a chapter in. So Ildiko is betrothed to marry Brishen, a Kai prince, a humanoid, but not human people. What the book did was brilliant. It not only showed the bride’s disgust, fear, and horror at marrying what she considers a monster, but it showed his point of view as well. To the Kai, humans are just as horrifying, and the way Brishen describes our eyes was just perfect. The Kai have no iris or pupil, just a blazing yellowy-white orb that’s light sensitive since they’re people of the night. To them our irises and pupils that contract with the light must be hella creepy, and it really made me think though I’ve obviously thought about eerie eyes before. Anyway, they wind up meeting by chance just before the wedding, though neither knows whom the other is, and it’s both hilarious and perfect. They both still find each other odd, but realize their personalities click, though it’s not until the end Brishen finds out her name. I bought this book immediately, and I can’t wait to read it. I may have to shuffle some of the order around.
- Lumière by Jacqueline Garlick: Kept – The premise of a world trapped in twilight is interesting. It reminds me of (the obvious) Twilight Princess and the Dark City, Treno in Final Fantasy IX. The main character has a fresh, crisp voice with obvious English inflection, and I’m curious about her strange malady.
- After the Woods by Kim Savage: Kept (RWTR) – What drew me to this was the insta-action it starts with, and the fact that the catalyst for the story occurs without it being said. Neither we nor the main character really know what happened, because she’s repressed the memory. I like that she uses snarky deflection (yes…I can like snarkiness, but it has to be for a purpose and not just for the sake of being snarky), because that’s something I can relate to (I am the deflection queen!).
- Ruined by Amy Tintera: Kept (RWTR) – If you’re looking for a book about hatred and vengeance for a worthy reason, look no further than Ruined. I love the double entendre involved in that titled, because the main character’s lost kingdom is literally called Ruina, and its people are called Ruined. I want to know why the two allied nations hate them so much, though I think it’s a simple reason of hating/fearing their power.
- The Moorchild by Eloise Jarvis McGraw: Kept – Recommended by my studious friend at The Ink Garden, the language in it reminds of the books I loved growing up. The beginning is a bit winding to the point, but I didn’t mind at all.
- The Guardian by Elizabetta Holcomb: Passed – I was teetering on a fine edge with this one. It didn’t really grab me, but it had really good reviews that praised the characters and the writing. I didn’t find the latter that compelling; there was a lot of telling instead of showing. It was only $0.99 on Kindle, which isn’t a lot to spend, but I just couldn’t see myself staying interested in it, so I ultimately decided to pass.
- Dirk Gently Holistic Detective Agency by Douglas Adams: Passed – It almost feels like blasphemy to pass on this, since it’s by the author of the illustrious and irreverent Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, but I think I may just not be in the mood for this kind of parody right now.
Books Purchased This Week: 6
Series Title: Talon
Author: Julie Kagawa
Date Added: May 24, 2016
Date Purchased: May 12, 2017
<–Question of the Week: 7/10/16 Question of the Week: 7/24/16–>
The Question of the Week is posted every Sunday and will consist of a question followed by my answer and explanation to the same. Some questions will only require a simple answer that could potentially be followed by an explanation. Many questions will be writer oriented, but not all. Everyone is encouraged to answer in the comments and discussions/follow up questions are more than welcome!
What’s your favorite/most influential non-fiction book?
Joseph Campbell’s The Hero With a Thousand Faces.
The Hero’s Journey is a universal motif found in stories and narratives across genres, media, and the ages. It’s hard for me to express how influential and magnificent this volume is, but I consistently assert it’s something everyone should read, especially those of us involved or interested in creative projects. It solidifies many of my ideas about the universality of stories and how there are ties that bind them all together, connected by motifs, tropes, and paradigms that feed off both the zeitgeist and collective unconscious.
This book is one of the best sources of connectivity I’ve ever found. It prompted me make this macro using the hero’s path quote, words that will never cease in their resonance.
“…we have not even to risk the adventure alone;
for the heroes of all time have gone before us;
the labyrinth is thoroughly known;
we have only to follow the thread of the hero-path.
And where we had thought to find an abomination,
we shall find a god; where we had thought to slay another:
we shall slay ourselves; where we had thought to travel outward,
we shall come to the center of our own existence;
and where we had thought to be alone,
we shall be with all the world.”
I can with almost complete certainty say that this is my favorite quote of all time, and Hero has been one of the most influential and useful volumes to me as a writer. I have plans to read more of his work such as The Power of Myth and Primitive Mythology (though I have some trepidation about what that might entail).
What’s your favorite and/or most influential non-fiction book? How has it helped you with endeavors (creative or otherwise)?
I look forward to your answers in the comments!
<–Question of the Week: 7/10/16 Question of the Week: 7/24/16–>