ever_maedhros: (kahlan epic hair)
Star Wars: Before the Awakening
Greg Rucka

This was a well-written book, totally worth buying on Amazon because I was too impatient to wait on a hold list at the library. My only quibble is that the poor author did not have a lot of leeway or material to work with, and I feel the stories suffered for it. Everything had to be painted in broad strokes, especially with Rey, and I just wanted to know SO MUCH MORE about everyone.

Spoilers abound! )
ever_maedhros: (bale laurie)


Frozen was almost an instant favorite with me. The first few times I watched it, there was a familiar quality to the story that I just couldn't put my finger on, but I dismissed it, and sang along to "Let it Go" for the thousandth time. Then it hit me:
Elsa's and Anna's personalities parallel the personalities of Elinor and Marianne Dashwood.

To feel or not to feel . . . )
ever_maedhros: (rain arrow)
Shamelessly stolen from [livejournal.com profile] litlover12. I think you read my mind, because I was just thinking about wishing a clever meme would land my way. :D

If you're reading this, haven't done this, and would like to, consider yourself tagged, with glitter and lace to boot.

Pick a letter corresponding to the phrase, and I'll start spouting. :)

A. Author You’ve Read The Most Books From
B. Best Sequel Ever
C. Currently Reading
D. Drink of Choice While Reading
E. E-Reader or Physical Books
F. Fictional Character You Would Have Dated In High School
G. Glad You Gave This Book A Chance
H. Hidden Gem Book
I. Important Moments of Your Reading Life
J. Just Finished
K. Kinds of Books You Won’t Read
L. Longest Book You’ve Read
M. Major Book Hangover Because Of
N. Number of Bookcases You Own
O. One Book That You Have Read Multiple Times
P. Preferred Place to Read
Q. Quote From A Book That Inspires You/Gives You Feels
R. Reading Regret
S. Series You Started and Need to Finish
T. Three Of Your All-Time Favorite Books
U. Unapologetic Fangirl For
W. Worst Bookish Habit
V. Very Excited For This Release More Than Any Other
X. Marks The Spot (Start On Your Bookshelf And Count to the 27th Book)
Y. Your Latest Book Purchase
Z. ZZZ-Snatcher (last book that kept you up WAY late)
ever_maedhros: (THOR)
My To Be Read List is so long, I'm coping by revisiting Marguerite Henry. She's the reason I get at least one horse calendar every year. My first introduction to her was an old copy of Misty of Chincoteague that my Dad had as a kid. Totally and completely fell in love with her writing style, and her books launched me into an obsession with horses and an appreciation for Will James. This fever lasted through my preteen and early teen years, and only mellowed out after I got a book all about horse care. Then I realized that much as I loved horses, I would never be able to make the time and effort commitment necessary for proper horse care (let alone AFFORD it financially). So now I read about horses, and sketch horses, but devote most of my obsession to fandoms. :)
ever_maedhros: (lizzy)
I stumbled across a book title that got me really, really excited: The Heroine's Bookshelf: Life Lessons from Jane Austen to Laura Ingalls Wilder. ZOMG. Laura Ingalls Wilder shaped my girlhood, and Jane Austen shaped my teen years. Must. Read. This. Book.

But when I actually started reading it today, I didn't get far before I lost patience.

And nowhere is Lizzy's raucus, flawed, and decided sense of self more clear or more enticing than in the moments in which she does the exact opposite of what she is expected to do.


A nice thought, except raucus? Raucus, as in harsh or rough? (I looked up Wiktionary's definition, just to make sure I remembered the meaning right.) Raucus and Miss Lizzy in the same sentence? Wow, which version of Pride and Prejudice have I been reading? I'm sorry, but Elizabeth Bennet is not raucus, nor are her manners. Nor, even, is her "sense of self" as a connoisseur of human folly.

Reading further, the intense admiration for Austen is adorable, but the constant harping on self and sense of self drove me nuts. Is it really so hard to figure out who you are and who you want to be? It must be for some, though that's kinda hard for me to relate. For me, the hard part is letting other people figure out who you really are, because that requires a lot of trust.
ever_maedhros: (rain arrow)
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This book (which has an AWESOME cover) starts out quite promising and engrossing, then grows a bit disturbing and annoying. It ends before it can redeem itself.

The first page introduces a battlefield charmingly:
Ravens! Always the ravens.


Here is the rest . . . )
ever_maedhros: (Default)
(Here is Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, and Part 4.)

Chaos breaks out. Not the giant spiders are attacking, we'll all be spun cocktails in five seconds, run, Mr. Frodo, run sort of chaos. (Thankfully.) Just the social discomfort of the highest degree that seems trifling when read about, but very, very, very bad when actually experienced first hand.

Onward, ho! )
ever_maedhros: (murtaugh)
(Here is Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3.)

Chapter IV
The League of the Scarlet Pimpernel

Everybody's sitting happily at the well-laid table in the coffee room of the Fisherman's Rest—everyone, that is, except one of the following possible people.

a. Severus Snape
b. Eeyore
c. the Lone Ranger
d. those domino-playing guys who are NOT French

And the answer is . . . )
ever_maedhros: (kingdom of heaven)
(Here is Part 1 and Part 2.)

Chapter III
The Refugees

First off, the reader is expected to wade through the usual filler about politics, which said filler I skip through without even thinking.

What is with filler, anyway? Why put it there if nobody reads it? )
ever_maedhros: (Default)
(Here's Part 1, if you're curious.)

Chapter II:
Dover: “The Fisherman's Rest”

Just to let you know, not much happens in this chapter. Not much that's of interest to me, anyway. I'm reading this strictly for the Pimpernel, and the Pimpernel doesn't appear here. It's what I'd call a “filler” chapter—you're impatient to get it over with as you read, and you only see its real purpose in the book after you've read it through. And then you think you might have been able to do it better.

We're going to an inn, but it's not the Prancing Pony )
ever_maedhros: (liv flower)
This little masterpiece of a book is arguably one of my favorites of all time. Much as I love it, though, I do have to admit, Orczy's writing style can be just a wee bit much for me. Thus, most of this commentary will focus on praise for my favorite characters, and jokes aimed at Orczy whenever she gets too excited or sentimental about stuff. You have been duly cautioned. :)

Onward ho! )
ever_maedhros: (Default)
Rules (if you actually feel like following them XD)
1. Comment.
2. I'll reply with a letter, if you so desire.
3. Post the names of five fictional characters whose names begin with that letter, and your thoughts on each. The characters can be from books, movies, or TV shows.

[livejournal.com profile] litlover12 gave me the letter A.


1. Aragorn, Lord of the Rings
Also known as Elessar, Wingfoot, Son of Arathorn, Heir of Elendil, Heir of Isildur, etc. etc. etc. One of the many incredible characters populating Tolkien's Middle Earth. I greatly admire this man's courage and discipline, even though I tend to overlook him just a tad, what with my Elf obsession. XD

4 more beyond this portal )

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