29 July 2009
If you're wondering why I am not dancing around with glee over passing there is a reason. When I arrived home from the class I realised that I had missed a call from one of my grandmother's cousins. (Thursday being the first anniversary of my grandmother's passing.) I immediately rang her back and apologised for missing her call. Her response: 'I was shocked that you might be out.' I still don't know how I feel about that comment. I'm sure she meant well, but... And I'm confused (and concerned) - should I have stayed home and not gone to dance class? Have my slighted my grandmother and various family members for doing so? And how is one meant to remember family members?
I am very honoured to have been awarded the Kreativ Blogger Award by the lovely Kati of Katidom. Thank you Kati!
The Kreativ rules state that: once you receive this award you are to list seven of your favorite things and then nominate seven other blogs. I'm actually going to be incredibly naughty and not list seven favourite things...I started to do so and all that sprang to mind was reading...and not being harassed by my family. At that point I decided to stop and move right on to the blog nominations *grin*
Seven nominated blogs (in no particular order):
- Ana & Thea from The Book Smugglers
- Azteclady (who I think delurks at Karen Knows Best)
- Bridget Locke from Reading, Writing, and Life...Oh My!
- Heidenkind from Heidenkind's Hideaway
- Kristen of Fantasy Cafe
- Kris of Kris 'n' Good Books
- Renee from Renee's Book Addiction
Because you all deserve it!
27 July 2009
Don't worry, for those of us who can't source the book, aren't entralled by a particular month's book selection or are just plain overwhelmed with books, there is a month-by-month membership. Aymless, you're very considerate *grin*
And the book for the month of August is: *drum roll*
* Practice Makes Perfect (Julie James)
22 July 2009
No, I'm not. There is method to my title madness *grin* Please bear with me. Your Joking is actually the title of a book (and of a [now retired] New Zealand racehorse), but more on that later.
I was lighting the fire last night, as you do in the middle of winter, and perusing the paper as I scrunched it. (Because you never know what tidbit you'll happen upon when scrunching paper IMO.) What I found was a book review:
"Excepted" instead of "accepted"? As in "no excuse excepted". I can't bear the use of "invite" instead of "invitation" - to have someone say to me, "I can't except your invite" would, I believe, provoke justifiable homicide. In fact, I'd probably kill myself for having the bad taste to invite them in the first place.
The title of the book? Your Joking. And yes, the error is deliberate.
So, I was wondering - what have you seen lately (in a book, magazine, newspaper and/or advertisement) that required a judicious serving of grammar? And, more importantly, does a lack of grammar in a book bug you?
Updated to run a spell check. Only I could write a post about grammar and misspell the word! *hides head in shame*
19 July 2009
16 July 2009
Caveat: I don't mean any disrespect to either the author or her work, so I apologise in advance if I cause offence - it is not my intention to do so.
So, yesterday I reached the halfway point of Twilight (Stephanie Meyer) and I'll just burst if I don't talk about what I've read so far....so I will (talk about it that is, not burst) *grin* And yes there are spoilers in this post for anyone out there who, like me, has avoided the Twilight phenonomen to date!
Ummmm. Where to start? Not sure... Edward sparkles...sparkles...in the sun! All I can think of is one of those globes that you shake so the glitter flies everywhere. Do you know the ones I mean? If I shook him (Edward), do you think the sparkles will move? *realises post is going wildly off tangent and attempts to correct course* And I'm sure I remember people mentioning that he broods and stares at Bella...a lot! But I don't remember anyone saying that brooding is all he does... I can't understand why Bella is so enthralled by him. Yes Bella *looks at Bella* I get that Edward has the looks of a fallen angel:
I couldn't imagine how an angel could be any more glorious. There was nothing about him that could be improved upon.But I don't think that is love IMO - it's a full-blown infatuation. And yes, I believe that is a symptom of being a teenager, although I wasn't a normal teenager by any stretch of the imagination so I've never really experienced an infatuation *grin* And I will freely admit, the rest of the book could prove me completely wrong but...what part of Edward telling you he is dangerous do you not get Bella? *realises 'the finger' is up and promptly puts it down* When did I become all parental?
Don't get me wrong, I am enjoying the book. I loved Jacob up until the point that I realised I was old enough to be his mother (has anyone else felt parental reading this book or is it just me?). But I do think it is rather....verbose (if I may be so bold). But, there are some passages that have left me beyond incredulous:
I don't mind. Please don't worry about offending me, or frightening me, or whichever. That's the way you think. I can understand, or I can try to at least. Just explain however you can.This is a teenager? Aren't teenagers by definition never meant to understand anything? Plus, that's a very calm acceptance of the rather large purple elephant in the room! *looks back at post* Infatuation 101. Got it! Which leads too:
"You spied on me?". But somehow I couldn't infuse my voice with the proper outrage. I was flattered.Flattered? He is spying on you, watching you sleep (and thus invading your private space? And he's done it more than once. *heads towards Oxford English Dictionary to read the definition of 'stalker' in case it has been amended recently* And then we have:
And I was filled with compassion for his suffering, even now, as he confessed his craving to take my life.Say what? Compassion? Maybe this is just me *nods at Kris* but...WTF?
I have requested the DVD from my local library to watch tonight (or perhaps this weekend) [yes, I am insane, but I want to see 'the hair'....] and am planning to collect it after I have visited the blood suckers (I mean the Blood Donation Service) this afternoon. I find it rather amusing that I'm going to donate blood this afternoon at the same time I'm reading about vampires. And I have remembered the advice of all of you who suggested I read the book before I watch the movie - I'm hoping half an hour hooked up to an IV will see me finish it. Plus I really want to see the nurses' faces when they realise I'm reading a vampire book *grin* I'm such a rebel!
So, have you read/seen Twilight? Thoughts? And if so...should I continue with New Moon at some point?
14 July 2009
12 July 2009
Abandoned as a child and raised in a brothel, Gabriel St Croix has never know tenderness, friendship, or affection. Although fluent in sex, he knows nothing of love. Lost and alone inside a nightmare world, all he's ever wanted is companionship and a place to belong. Hiding physical and emotional scars behind an icy facade, his only relationship is with a young boy he has spent the last five years protecting from the brutal reality of their environment. But all that is about to change. The boy's family has found him, and they are coming to take him home.I finished reading the book at the end of last month and have attempted to cobble together a few of my wayward thoughts. Where to start? Firstly, did the book work for me? Yes and no. I know I appear to be fence sitting, so I will try to explain. Broken Wing is at its heart Gabriel's story; the story of his path from darkness, despair and hopelessness. The writing is beautifully descriptive, creating a world at once alien and yet at the same time not:
Sarah Munroe blames herself for her brother's disappearance. When he's located, safe and unharmed, despite where he has been living, Sarah vows to help the man who rescued and protected him in any way she can. With loving patience she helps Gabriel face his demons and teaches him to trust in friendship and love. But when the past catches up with him, Gabriel must face it on his own.
Becoming a mercenary pirate and a professional gambler, Gabriel travels to London, France and the Barbary Coast in a desperate attempt to find Sarah again and all he knows of love. On the way, however, he will discover the most dangerous journey, and the greatest gamble of all, is within the darkest reaches of his own heart.
Gabriel crouched on bended knee, hunched against cold stone above an ancient alley fetid with the smell of piss and vomit and cooked sausage. A door slammed in the distance. The sound of cursing, a man's and a woman's, was followed by slaps, screams, and then silence. Far away, the sound of a guitar drifted to him, melancholy in the cold night air.The world described in Broken Wing I connected too; unfortunately, for the most part, the characters I did not. When we first meet Gabriel, he is simply marking time:
Again and again steel kissed flesh. Not too deep. Now now. Not yet. Dead inside, lifeless and empty, the crimson bracelets offered a needed proof that for now, at least, he was still of this world.Yet he still attempts to save a child from the fate he himself met:
Then the child had come, and something inside him, something weak and treacherous, had betrayed him. He'd wanted...needed...to protect the boy, to keep him safe and innocent.As hard as I tried though, I couldn't completely connect with Gabriel...there were fleeting moments, but it was as though I experiencing echos filtered and reflected, not the raw emotion I wanted, I needed:
'Gabe? Gabriel'?' Her voice floated above the water, insistent, concerned'. 'Gabe?', a little sharper now, cutting clearly through the hiss and swoosh of surf on sand. He turned slowly in her direction, swaying with the force of the water, confused, as if he didn't recognise her.I discussed this with Kerry, concerned that somehow I was obviously missing what was right in front of me. We hypothesized that perhaps the author was aware of the target audience and had deliberately not taken that step into detailing the true darkness haunting Gabriel, the darkness that I felt so strongly when I read Melusine (Sarah Monette). Then again, it may be that, this being the author's first book, such detail will be apparent in future novels. I don't know. All I know is that I didn't have the intimate connection with Gabriel that I longed for. The story was fascinating, but...I wanted to reach Gabriel's heart, and I wasn't able too. And I fully accept that it was more than likely me than the book..
There were parts though that tugged at my heartstrings:
He'd even started to believe that maybe she was right. Maybe he deserved to love and be loved as much as anyone else did, but he couldn't believe it anymore.The second half of the book I enjoyed immensely. I found at times that Gabriel and Sarah were too sweet (for me) when together, so the straight historical feel of the second half was a welcome relief. I loved the rich descriptions, the vividly drawn secondary characters. But I have to admit that Gabriel himself did have (dare I say it? ) Mary Sue tendencies. He was brilliant with horses, languages, musical instruments, tactics...the list is endless. Not that that is a bad thing, but something I noticed.
And I know many have queried why Gabriel stayed away so long - two sentence for me explained it beautifully:
'I couldn't return to you mignonne. I didn't know how'.However, IMO Sarah was very quick to understand and forgive. Humanity just isn't that patient or forgiving.
Will I read another book by this author? *nods* I think Judith James writes very well...I just don't think I connected with this book as well as others have. FYI -KristieJ has written a wonderful review of Broken Wing here!
The Broken Wing Challenge still runs until the end of July, so you still have *checks calendar* 18 days to go!
08 July 2009
There are books out there *waves hand wildly* that make you think, books that wring every drop of emotion from you and leave you exhausted...and then there are books that simply say 'Let Me Entertain You'. These are books that you don't actually require conscious thought to read. Like those movies that have the unwritten subtext: 'To fully enjoy this movie, please disengage your brain at the door'.I like those movies, especially when my brain has been over thinking (which is most of the time I will grant you) and I just want to sit and vegetate and...be entertained. And I concur, when you're not in the mood to vegetate, such movies strip you of a number of hours of your life that you will never get back, but they have their place *grin* And so too do their book 'brothers'.
I was talking to a friend this morning about Twilight, which is current 'In Transit' to my local library. I've heard many and varied things about Twilight and I think I've come to the conclusion that it is a 'Let Me Entertain You' book. Now, I could be completely wrong; I'm more than happy for the book to prove me wrong.
But, I'm curious - have you ever read a book that screams out 'Let Me Entertain You'? (Not literally though, because that would be slightly scary.)
04 July 2009
For those of you who are curious, my exam consisted of 11 exercises:
02 July 2009
I love to read but I just feel like the zing has gone... (And yes, this post is all about my relationship with books, not with a male.) Have you ever been in a reading slump? Any ideas on how to cure this gratefully received *grin* I did think about re-reading a keeper, although I'm worried that my opinion of the book will irrevocably change) or perhaps reading a new book from a series that I love. Oh! *acts surprised and fails miserably* What a coincidence! The latest book (Branded By Fire) from one of my favourite series will be released in *checks watch* five days! Oh, and FYI - Nalini is holding a countdown party for Branded by Fire at her blog (with lots of book giveaways).
01 July 2009
The 2009 Support Your Local Library Challenge total to date: 31 books (3 books this month)
A list of all the books I've read to date (from 01 January 2008) can be found at Library Thing
Favourite book of the month? Actually I don't have one...
Books I 'did not finish':
* Imaginary Friends (Anthology) [However, I did read one short story from the anthology - Stands a God Within the Shadows (Anne Bishop)]
* Love Is Hell (Anthology) [However, I did read one short story from the anthology - Love Struck (Melissa Marr)]
Currently reading: Gale Force (Rachel Caine)
And the book I'm most looking forward too next month is: Branded By Fire (Nalini Singh)
What have you read in the past month?