sandman - delirium
I was entertained at first, but I think I just didn't get it? It was a weird little book. And I like Gorey.

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capt. jack
I really loved this, and there was a lot less in the way of gruesome deaths which I appreciated, but feeling a bit peeved at the ending. I know it'll get resolved in the next book, but I don't have time to read another one of these right now! (Using my Captain Jack icon in recognition of the excellent pirating that occurs in this book.)

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books - hammock
I think I like Miss Marple better in a longer format, as the short stories get a bit formulaic when you're reading them all back to back, and a novel gives Miss Marple more room to improvise. But's she's always a fun, solid read.

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books 2014: The Lies of Locke Lamora, by Scott Lynch

books - can't talk reading
Wow. What a delight.

I discovered this book as I was preparing for a business trip and trying to decide what book to take on the plane. My husband F suggested I read the first paragraph of several books and take whichever one drew me in. I picked out a few paperbacks, and then he handed me this book from his library stack and suggested I check it out too. Ten pages later, I said, "Dammit, I can't lug a hardback on the plane." Luckily it was waiting for me when I got home. I spent the past week enjoying it thoroughly.

Some writers just tell a story where the plot has rising action and a climax and a denouement. Lynch (as I announced to my husband several times while I was reading) lets you think he's telling that kind of story, and then he flips you on your head. And then he does it again. The plot gets thicker and thicker. Coupled with Lynch's Whedonesque willingness to kill off characters you thought were in it for the long haul, this is a novel full of surprises, twists, and turns. Violent and dark (some of those characters die in very creative ways) but sharp and funny. And it's well-told; there were very few passages in which it read anything like a first novel. The city of Camorr is vividly imagined; same goes for the characters. It was freakin' fantastic, is what I'm trying to say here. Highly recommended.

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books 2014: The Bird Artist, by Howard Norman

books - petals
I finished this last night and I'm still trying to decide how I feel about it. Fabian got on my nerves sometimes with his cluelessness, but Margaret is a great character, and I thought the book gave a really sensitive and nuanced portrayal of a young person making poor decisions and having to work through them and live with them afterwards. Three stars only because I needed a light vacation read, dammit, and this wasn't it.

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books 2014: Twin Spica, Vol. 2, by Kou Yaginuma

sandman - delirium
Loving this series. I give this volume three stars only because it ended on a cliffhanger and F hasn't gotten the next one from the library yet.

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books 2014: The Hundred-Year House, by Rebecca Makkai

books - Matisse reading lady
This book was so good that I spent half of it worrying that Makkai would screw up the ending. She did not screw up the ending. Really excellent.

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books 2014: The Crazy School, by Cornelia Read

misty mad
This book has been on my To Read shelf for years and I can't remember how it got there; either I picked it up at a used book sale or my mom gave it to me. There's a Borders sticker on the back cover but I was not involved with acquiring this book at that location, since I would not have paid actual money for it (the back cover copy is interesting but not as compelling as all that). I finally took it off the shelf to read the other day. It was a fine book and all, but my biggest problem with it is that nowhere on the book does it indicate that (1) it's a murder mystery, and (2) it's the second one in a series. I kept waiting for some big reveal about the person Madeline cared about that she had to kill out of self-defense back in Syracuse, but no, because it was in the first book. Also, I was totally thrown for a loop when the murder happened. Who looking at that big butterfly on the cover would think this was a murder mystery? I mean, I do like murder mysteries. I love Agatha Christie. But I like to read murder mysteries when I am in the mood for one, and I was not currently in the mood for one. I wanted a regular ol' novel, with violence levels much lower than those of a murder mystery novel. Overall, this book was fine, but I just couldn't get past my own issues.

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TV update: Vampire Diaries

muppet *headpiano*
Today I watched the last episode of season 3 of the Vampire Diaries. Which, according to my past entries on LJ, I have been watching since OCTOBER 2012. That's practically f's entire life. Sigh.

The last episode was really dramatic and exciting, though! Why am I LJ-cutting this? Everyone else presumably saw this over two years ago?Collapse )

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