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review 2016-01-15 02:30
Midwinterblood
Midwinterblood - Marcus Sedgwick

Have you ever gotten the feeling that a book was written specifically for you? Like, if you made a list of everything you love in a book, this one book could check everything off the list?

 

I think Midwinterblood is that book for me. It seriously has everything I want: a remote setting, a lot of death, history, elements of traditional ghost stories, unusual religions, a complex plot, excellent writing, and a whole lot of creepy weirdness. It’s even a composite novel, so it’s structurally interesting. I had planned on reading a few chapters before bed one night, and I ended up staying awake all night to read this. It’s a beautiful book and a new favorite.

 

Midwinterblood is about a Scandinavian island where the residents get reincarnated in different forms every time they die. It focuses on two souls, Eric and Merle, who search for each other in every life. Sometimes they are lovers, sometimes they are siblings, sometimes one is much older than the other, sometimes they aren’t even human. The novel is told in 7 parts and moves backwards. It starts in 2073 and ends before the time of the Vikings.

 

I love the way that the stories are linked together. There are a lot of reoccurring images and themes. The book starts out mysterious, but everything comes full-circle in the end. I liked the suspense of not knowing how Eric and Merle would connect in each story. In some stories, they’re together right away, but in others, it takes a while for their paths to cross. I loved trying to figure out the connections.

 

I know that this is a short review, but I really think this book is best if you don’t know much about it before you start reading. The plot is so intricate that everything I want to rave about is a spoiler. I guess I can say that my favorite section of the book is “The Archaeologist.” A team of archaeologists excavate the ancient mounds on the island and meet a strange boy who knows a lot but can’t communicate very well.

 

I’ve seen this book labeled as horror, but it’s more eerie than scary. It probably won’t give you nightmares. If you like weird books, you need to read this one. Immediately.  

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text 2015-12-02 06:00
Ramblings Regarding November Reading
The Eye of the World - Robert Jordan,Michael Kramer,Kate Reading
The Great Hunt: Book Two of The Wheel Of Time - -Macmillan Audio-,Robert Jordan,Michael Kramer,Kate Reading
Revival - Stephen King
Midwinterblood - Marcus Sedgwick
Ink and Bone: The Great Library - Rachel Caine
A Darker Shade of Magic: A Darker Shade of Magic, Book 1 - Tantor Audio,V E Schwab,Steven Crossley
The Beast Within: A Tale of Beauty's Prince - Serena Valentino

Favorite book of the month: I actually refuse to answer this. It is impossible. See below for reasons.

Honorable Mentions: I had a phenomenal month. Going to go with:

The Eye of the World by Robert Jordan

The Great Hunt by Robert Jordan

Revival by Stephen King

Midwinterblood by Marcus Sedgwick

Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine

A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

 Book That I Didn't Expect to Like As Much As I Did:  The Beast Within: A Tale of Beauty's Prince by Serena Valentino, because let's be honest, this could go very very wrong, and it took some really weird turns.

Longest in pages: Revival by Stephen King (surprise, surprise...), at 416 pages

Longest in minutes: The Eye of the World by Robert Jordan at 1,802 minutes (this would have beaten the above had I read it instead of listening.)

New Authors To Follow: Rachel Caine, Robert Jordan, Marcus Sedgwick

 

Total books ingested: 46

Re-reads/listens: 2

 

Total books read: 41 (Jiminy Bloody Cricket, though admittedly many of these were comics)

Total pages read: 7892

Average pages per book: 192

Average pages per day: 263

 

Audiobooks ingested: 5

Minutes spent listening: 5068 or just under 84.5 hours

Average minutes per audiobook: 1013.6 or just under 17 hours

Average minutes per day: 168.93 or just under 3 hours

 

I think I'm developing a problem, here.

 

Scores:

1: 2

2: 4

3: 29

4: 11

5: 0

Did not finish:  1

 

Average: 3.06

 

Reviews Written/Published: 18

 

This is moderately late because maths.

 

I got through a lot of books this month. I'm definitely developing both an audiobook problem and a Wheel of Time problem (oooh, I get new credits on December 2, and I know what I'm buying). I'm loving listening to the books, too.

 

I had a great month with new authors and with new series. I am moderately behind on my reviews (let's face it, I'll always be behind on reviews), though I have some scheduled out so I don't overwhelm people. Does anyone else write them in clumps?

 

I read a whole lot of comics via Scribd, which was fun and got me into another new reading thing, because clearly I do not have enough to read on my plate. I also read The Great Gatsby for the first time, since apparently I was the only person not assigned it in school. That was actually kind of fun.

 

I have absolutely no plans for my reading next month, which is fun (except for the next Wheel of Time book. I may be obsessed.) I'm going to spend a chunk of time cleaning out my TBR list of stuff I actually, on second though, do NOT want to read and tidying up my Goodreads account (and eventually my Booklikes account, but much as I love it here, sorting out the shelving process is an entirely new undertaking).

 

I do want to finish a few things to round out the year, though, including Winter. Anyone else have any other ideas on stuff I totally ought to read? How was everyone else's November?

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review 2014-06-22 00:00
Midwinterblood
Midwinterblood - Marcus Sedgwick Violent and haunting and beautiful.
Perfection.
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review 2014-05-10 19:03
Midwinterblood / Marcus Sedgewick
Midwinterblood - Marcus Sedgwick

Have you ever had the feeling that you've lived another life? Been somewhere that has felt totally familiar even when you've never been there before, or felt that you've known someone even though you are meeting them for the first time? In a novel comprising seven short stories each of them influenced by a moon - flower moon, harvest moon, hunter's moon, blood moon - and travelling from 2073 back in time to the dark of the moon and the days of Viking saga, this is the story of Eric and Merle who have loved and lost one another and who have been searching for each other ever since. In the different stories the two appear as lovers, mother and son, brother and sister, artist and child as they come close to finding each other before facing the ultimate sacrifice.

 

This was one of my choices for book club this year, during our “Year of Reading Fluff.”  Unfortunately, I was out of the country when the book was discussed and I just got around to reading it last night.  I enjoyed the structure of the book, it being essentially seven short stories which weave together to provide the whole tale. 

 

I liked the otherworldly feel of the book, beginning, as it does, in the far future.  I hadn’t re-read the blurb on the dust jacket and hadn’t recently read reviews on the work, as I prefer to go in blind and discover what a book is all about.  I was glad that I took that approach, as it allowed me to gradually piece together what was going on, as I think the author intended the reader to do.  I know that I did re-assess at the beginning of the second chapter/story, going back to read the previous chapter heading and to get my bearings.  The reincarnation aspect reminded me strongly of H. Rider Haggard’s She, a treasured book of my childhood [I think I was the only one to sign it out of our school’s library and I signed it out so many times that when it was withdrawn, the librarian offered it to me.  I accepted].  Add to that some archaeology and a Viking story line, and this book was right up my alley.  As a teen or young adult, I would have been smitten.  And it took me until the next morning to realize the significance of the first protagonist’s name, Eric Seven

 

There is, necessarily, at least one death in each chapter, sometimes bloody—but it’s rather necessary if reincarnation is to take place.  If you are squeamish about that sort of thing, this is not your book. 

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review 2014-05-07 23:32
"Well, so it is"
Midwinterblood - Marcus Sedgwick

“He wonders if a few moments of utter and total joy can be worth a lifetime of struggle. Maybe, he thinks. Maybe, if they're the right moments.” 

 

 

This is my first Marcus Sedgwick's book and I'm telling you is not going to be the last. I love how Marcus writes, It has a mood, a feel (the words) almost like they're alive (?) all seven stories are fantastic and have a creepy air to them.

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