Kaitlyn's Grimoire of Literary Marvels

So many books, so little time.

It only took a month!

Deerskin - Robin McKinley

I've been a busy bee as of late! So busy in fact, that it took me a month to finish a 300 page book. It shames me to even admit that. Really though, aside from being busy, I had a really hard time getting into this book. While Robin Mckinley can write, quite beautifully I might add, I felt like an observer throughout the entire book and not part of the experience.

 

I just didn't click with the story. It felt very distant, like watching an event from far away that you're briefly interested in only to go about your business a moment later. I wanted to like it, and I still think I'd give some of her other books a chance because she really does have a very poetic writing style that I was quite fond of, but this particular book fell really flat!

 

Here's hoping my next book choice goes better! (And hopefully doesn't take me a month to trudge through!)  :)

 

And on that note, the next book I'll be reading is: The Alloy of Law By Brandon Sanderson. As a big fan of the Mistborn series, I'm really excited to step back into the world of Scadrial and see how it's changed!

Stardust - Neil Gaiman

Everyone has a different idea of what makes a good book. Ask around and you’re likely to get many different answers.  The characters, plot, setting and even the skill of the writer can greatly affect how one views a book. For a person who values good characters, ones that they can bond with and relate to, they may love a book that another may find poorly written and dull.

 

For myself, reading has always been about the experience. There is beauty in all words, and even the most poorly written story can still move and stir the depths of one’s soul. A good book for me is one that can open a door to a new world, one that draws you in and makes you lose yourself within those pages. And when you flip to that final page, it is a book that can make your heart ache, whether it be with joy or sadness, anger or pride. A good book is one that stays with you, one that you think back on with the same fuzzy remembrance of a half recalled dream. For a time, you lived in that world, and while the details get lost and fade just like all good memories, you still remember the feeling.

 

Stardust was one of those books. As I finished the last page, I closed the book as I always do, but I did so delicately, as if too sudden a movement would chase away the feeling that it left me with. If ever magic did exist, I found it within the pages of this book.  For a time, Stardust let me walk into a world that was so unlike my own, to taste and touch and smell of a dream. After I finished reading, I simply sat for a time and pondered the sunlight pouring through my window, listened to the far off sounds of traffic and the chirping of birds.

 

 I felt magic, pure and fleeting, but for a time it was there and that’s all that matters.

Warbreaker - Brandon Sanderson

Warbreaker has been on my ever growing list of books to read for quite some time. I’d been saving it, knowing that it would be a single novel that I could enjoy without having to dedicate myself to reading a series. Having read (and loved) some of Sanderson’s other work, I was really looking forward to this one.

Unfortunately, having now finished it, I find myself a little disappointed. While the unique magic system and world building that Sanderson is known for is present, I felt a strange detachment from the characters. If there is something I really love in books, it’s the characters! The fact that I couldn’t really connect with any of them made for a very tedious read through the first four hundred pages of the book while I waited for something to happen.

After that four hundred page mark, things really picked up and I found myself actually intrigued by the events happening in the books. I actually started to feel something for the characters, but that close to the end, it was a bit too late.

So, in all, Warbreaker was an interesting read, but it failed to effectively get me invested in the characters and the plot dragged quite a bit through the middle. Without that page turner of an ending, I probably would have given it two stars but the ending redeemed it, so I’m giving it three!

The Lies of Locke Lamora  - Scott Lynch

The Lies of Locke Lamora was an interesting reading experience to say the least. At the start, I wasn’t really all that into the book. Camorr, while it held a certain amount of horrifying charm, wasn’t the setting that I typically enjoy. With so much of the beginning of the book focused around developing the city, I really only kept reading because I liked the characters. They intrigued me. I really wanted to see just what sort of trouble Locke and the rest of the Gentleman Bastards would get themselves into. And even though I shouldn’t have been rooting for the little Bastards, I was. Little did I know that the Gentleman Bastards wouldn’t just steal from unsuspecting nobles, they’d also effectively steal my heart.

With most books, I can tell when I shift from indifference to actually liking what I’m reading. But this book was different. Somewhere along the way, something happened. It was a gradual build up, a slowly boiling pot of emotion and when it all finally came spilling over, I realized I loved this book. Every last bit of its brutal, cringe worthy, shark infested, foul language ridden pages will forever have a place in my heart and I won't soon forget it.

Currently reading

Batman: Knightfall, Vol. 1
Doug Moench, Chuck Dixon
Progress: 341/640 pages
The Republic of Thieves
Scott Lynch