milleniumgypsy: (Marvel Loki reading)
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I hope that your reasons for having books picked for you to read are better than mine midgardian.

Who was your buddy for the month? [ profile] witchery
What books did they select for you to read? 1. Dracula and 2. In the Woods
What did you read? I only had time to read Dracula (I got caught up reading Storm of Swords! n_n'')
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DraculaDracula by Bram Stoker

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I do enjoy this sort of book, though I think that it went on a bit longer than necessary. I was much more caught up in the beginning of the book, but the second half seemed to stall, and nothing terribly exciting happened. Even the very end, which should have been a page-turner as it is the climax of the work, I found less intriguing than the middle part with Lucy.

Sometimes the characters really had me shake my head as to what they were thinking I mean really you leave Mina alone while you hunt for Dracula, and completely miss that she's showing the SAME SIGNS as Lucy did when Dracula was visiting her and instead chalk it up to what, female fragility? -sighs- I realize the time period, but really.

I thought that the male characters were interesting. I'm so used to males being all ~manly men~, it was nice to see vulnerability. That was actually one of the more appealing parts of the book to me. And even though Mina did spend a fair amount of time sighing and such, she had strength too, which I thought was also good. I thought it was really good for the time.

I felt that it was a comforting read, and I think that it would be a good bedtime story. I'm not sure that says wonderful things for the "horror" appeal of the book, but modern horror is different and I wouldn't expect the same sorts of things from a classic book.
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Recommendation: yes or no? Yes

I thought it would be neat for me to post this here too, and pimp the comm as well! :3
milleniumgypsy: (Marvel Loki reading)
Essential Thor Volume 2Essential Thor Volume 2 by Stan Lee

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

My last reaction for this set of comics:

Wow Thor. Just... wow. lol
Thor/Jane and Thor/Sif spoilers ahead.
What sadness lengthens Thor's hours? )
My reaction to Jane:
loki oh for heavens sake

Things I was excited about in this (besides anything with Loki in general):
The introduction of the Warriors Three (Fandral, Hogun, and Volstagg), the Infinity Stones, the introduction of Hela (Loki's bb!) and the Destroyer armor.

I was so happy during the first part of the book because Loki was prominently featured. At about the halfway point though Odin threw Loki into the Void. He appeared a couple of times after this but is still not back at the end of this book. He was still in the Tales of Asgard comics... until Odin threw Loki into suspended animation forever for things he hadn't done yet (obviously not for forever actually, since these comics are from the past). He was still not back in these by the end of this book.
Loki is my favorite character. This does not please me.

The colonizer aliens were odd, though I could see how they might have influenced the story for the Avengers movie. I thought the Hercules storyline was interesting, though after a while I really wanted to get back to my Norse gods, which we did.

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Also! I finally made a reading Loki icon. I want to make one from stuff from the movie instead of just the promo stuff, but for now this will have to do. I swear every time I do a book post, or comment about books, I'd be thinking 'BUT THERE'S ALL THE STUFF WITH LOKI READING WHILE IMPRISONED WHY DO I NOT HAVE AN ICON OF THIS' but now I have fixed it. lol
milleniumgypsy: (FMA- Ed reading)
I recommend this book to no one. You can read the other books and pretend this one doesn't exist if you like. It's one of the most awful books I have ever had the misfortune of reading. And at nearly 700 pages, there's probably better things that could be done instead. Like watching paint dry. It would be less infuriating.

The Land of Painted Caves (Earth's Children, #6)The Land of Painted Caves by Jean M. Auel

My rating: 1 of 5 stars

I just finished this book and I have to say I was really disappointed. I started reading this series when I was only a child, and while I know I wasn't as discerning at 10 as I would be today, I am sad that the series went so far downhill. I listened to this book on audiobook and if I wasn't busy doing something else while listening I wouldn't have been able to finish it. It was just that bad.

I know Ms Auel is getting on in years, and I feel like that might have had something to do with it. I felt like I was listening to the stereotypical old person reciting stories from their youth that they forgot they told you about already. In fact, they just told you that story 5 minutes ago! Ten times!

There are quite a few things that you will be beaten over the head with in this book.

Like... Ayla has a strange accent! It tooootally shows that she's foreigner. Hey, we're meeting someone new! Did you know that Ayla had a strange accent? She must have come from far away. Did I mention she has an exotic accent?
Seriously, this happened every time she met someone new. She met a lot of people. The wording of what happened when people noticed her accent hardly changed. It also added nothing to the story as the new characters rarely commented on it.

Also, Ayla has animals! People are shocked and awed when they see them! If you ever forget, Ayla has animals! That listen to her! This surprises people! Over and over again.

The One Who is First is fat. Like, really fat. Since you're likely to forget, Auel nearly always says something like "the large woman" or "the corpulent woman" any time she's in a scene, usually multiple times. It's ok though, because she's also powerful and all knowing, which she will also tell you. Often.
I assume she's fat so that Jondalar is conveniently no longer attracted to her.
I don't have a problem with the character being overweight, but I really don't think it needs to be mentioned at all times for no real reason. Can't she just be herself without the fat label attached?

Of course, she will also remind you every ten seconds that Ayla and Jondalar are like, totally hawt.
We get reminded that Jondalar is 10 feet tall with eyes so blue they'll melt the panties right off of you and that he has a schlong the size of a mammoth at every conceivable (and inconceivable?) moment. Apparently the fact that Jondalar is more handsome than a sparkling vampire gives him a free pass in life. I don't really remember this as being a big issue in previous books, but it was continually brought up in this book.

Seriously though, every good guy in this book is insanely handsome and like 7 feet tall. It's kind of ridiculous.

Auel will also really get into the realism of the scene by mentioning that people need to go "pass water", and will make sure that you follow them on their harrowing adventure to find a bush to pee behind. I'm not going to go count the number of times she felt the need to let me know when the characters needed to relieve themselves, but it was far too many considering I never needed to know in the first place.

Introductions were also long and tedious and there for no apparent reason. I feel like the introduction tedium was less than the previous book, but I don't really need to hear the thoughts of Ayla as she wrestles with how formal her introduction needs to be either.

We also hear The Mother's Song again! A lot. After the first couple of times I started to fast forward through it. Sure, I can fast forward through it and I could skip over it in print... but if I'm not going to ever read it why waste the paper? Is she being paid by the word?

Also, did you know how to count? If you don't, we're going to sit through a lecture on how to count. If you count on all ten fingers and put one down one as a placeholder, you can count past ten! ZOMG. I realize this was a novel concept but I don't want to listen to a 10 minute lecture on HOW TO COUNT. Or another lecture on colors!

The first third of the book was filled with rehashing of stories from previous books, which is unnecessarily repetitive. I read those books already, I know what happened.

The middle of the book follows Ayla as she explores caves for her training. I felt that I was following the author as she went one some tours of painted caves. There's painting of a horse! Look, there's a painting of a mammoth! There's some hand prints! There's dots! There's another horse!
It would be potentially more interesting if there was speculation on how or why the paintings were made, but all of these paintings were made by "the ancients", so the ancients we are following have no idea what any of the caves mean.
It was a slide show without slides. That was all.

Then we get to the end. There is the Great Reveal! Which is that when a man and a woman get it on they make babies. Oh dear. This was not the great reveal I would have wanted for the finale of a book series.

I don't know what really happens to Ayla in the future. Does she become a religious leader? It seems like the First has been pushing her into this since the last book, and that's actually annoying because Ayla doesn't even want to be really. She wants to be a wife and a mother, and a healer. WHICH SHE ALREADY WAS. It's like, somebody wants to be a doctor, and they have all the training and they are THE BEST DOCTOR EVER, like the House of her time, but someone says 'Well, you need to get a law degree first! Say goodbye to your husband and child because you're not going to see them much!'

I am fine with a mother wanting a career, that's a good thing. I'm not fine with someone being pushed into a career that they don't necessarily even want. I've been annoyed with the First since the last book because she's scheming to make Ayla into what she wants her to be, damn what Ayla actually wants.

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milleniumgypsy: (FMA- Ed reading)
So today I finished reading the Hunger Games trilogy. Mockingjay was actually harder for me to get through than the Hunger Games was in ways. I haven't written a review yet, partly because I don't know what to say. It certainly ended on a better note than I was expecting, much like Les Mis where my expectations based on what others had said was that everyone was going to die and everything was going to fail and nothing happy would ever happen.

Some thoughts about the book, not terribly spoilery.

Peeta reminded me of Harvey Dent- the charasmatic good guy that the other characters felt was the best of the group. Joanna reminded me of Tamsien from Lost Girl. I think Joanna was a brunette but in my mind she was the blonde Valkarie in my mind. lol

The reason I had more problems with this book than the others I think is it's starting to deal with the characters facing all the broken parts inside of them. It made me think of all the broken parts inside of myself. There are times that I look at myself and think, where is that girl that I was and how far am I from her now?
milleniumgypsy: (FMA- Ed reading)
Catching Fire (Hunger Games, #2)Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Considering I rated #1 at 2.5, I'm surprised to be rating the second book at a 4. This book is so much better than the first. The first book was just following Katniss as she was a pawn in the Capitol's awful game. She defied the Capitol in the end of that book, but her reasons for doing so weren't entirely clear even to her. In this book she is, and it turns out that others are also.

I still have problems putting the bloodlust that people in the Capitol are supposed to have with the people from the Capitol that we've met. The Capitol people that we've met make me think more of vapid pets than bloodthirsty monsters. They're stupid, kind of unrealistically so. That's one complaint that I have for the book actually, that that isn't fleshed out better. I know that people are able to be entertained by bloodsport, gladiators used to fight to the death for real after all, but I have a hard time applying that to what we've seen of the Capitol people. I'm sure that there are plenty of more bloodthirsty Capital citizens, it's just now what we've been actually shown and that's where my issue is.

I felt like this book meant a lot more than the previous though, and I assume that this is part of the reason that this series is so popular. I didn't like the first book very much, but it was probably necessary to set the tone for the rest of the series.

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The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I'm not sure if I should give this book a 2 or a 3. I feel like I should give it a 2.5.

I know a LOT of people love this book, and because of that I wanted to give it a try even after watching and hating the movie. Now, I had some personal reasons for hating the movie that aren't entirely relevant (if you're about to head into remote wilderness for weeks to do something that you're afraid is going to get you killed this time, the Hunger Games is not the right movie to watch right before). But I didn't want to let a bad movie adaptation make it so that I didn't read the book, assuming that there was something in the book that I was missing that made it so wonderful.

And I did like the book way more than the movie. I think in the movie we were missing a lot of important context. The knowledge of how the world worked made me only want to destroy the Capitol instead of the entire world. It was important to know what was going on in Katniss's head to really portray what was going on between characters.

I liked Katniss. I could identify with her. I also liked that she didn't seem to make arbitrarily stupid decisions just to advance plot.

The action was fast paced the story kept me engaged and interested in what was going to happen. Even if at times I wasn't sure I wanted to see what was going to happen next. I was relatively ok with the level of violence (I can't go into a story like this envisioning rainbows after all) until the very end. The last scene in the arena was too much and in a way ruined the book for me. (Note: I had a spoiler bit here, but I can't get it to lj cut for some reason and the spoiler link didn't work from the html given on goodreads. Too tired to figure that out so I just took it out).

I'm unsure of what it says about society that the series (and movie) are so popular. I'd hope that people are waiting for the Capital to be overthrown, but there's just something about so much excitement about a story of a bunch of teenagers killing each other for the entertainment of others that bothers me.

I'm not really sure how this is all supposed to play out. I'd hope that somehow in the end they change the world for the better but that seems unrealistic. If they aren't able to do something with the world in the next couple of books, it will just be depressing.

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