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review 2018-12-15 02:25
So that took me a long time...
Murder of Crows - Anne Bishop

I finally took this out of the library again and finished it.   And I  I still really, really hate Simon and even all the rest of the Others.   Look, commit to being vicious or don't, but this 'we kinda are, kinda aren't' bullshit is bothering me. 

 

And yes, I'm going to compare to Rocket again.   When Yondu asks him if he's a professional asshole or what, Rocket's like, yeah, pretty much a pro.   He's a d-hole, knows it, and owns it.   And so while he is completely an asshole, he's pretty much a consistent asshole, funny, and I love him.   Simon's so wishy washy and wishy washy to such a degree, I just wanted someone to slap some consistency into his character. 

 

Which is a shame: the actual storyline moves along at a nice pace, it goes into the truly dark territory that I think is a hallmark of Bishop's work, and I think her storytelling just gets better and better.   She does have a tendency to write vicious characters with hearts of gold, but they didn't feel as inconsistent in the Black Jewel world as in this one.

 

I got into the world and storyline, but the characters were, for the most part, so confusing due to their being written so inconsistently that I had a hard time connecting with any of them or finishing them. 

 

Please, please let the next book be better since I took out the next two...

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review 2018-12-15 00:58
[REVIEW] The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden
The Bear and the Nightingale - Katherine Arden

I loved this book. Hell, I don’t even know what to say about it except I want to gush. I read this in 24 hours and I can tell you that it was completely worth it.

My poor heart is aching.

It is such a beautiful, heartbreaking story that grabs you and never lets you go. There is not a single character I hated (well, Konstantin aka Frollo cause it’s practically impossible to like him). Every character was fleshed out and you felt for them, you knew them, you grew attached and worried about them. 

The prose is lovely and atmospheric. Even if right now the heat is sweltering, through Arden’s words I traveled to a wintry Russia full of mystery and snow. It’s so easy to dive into the world and the story and want to stay there forever, to the point that you will resent anyone that tries to distract you.

I loved the lore, the commentary on women’s lives during this era, the familial bonds that tied the story together... I loved it all.

 

 

Reading progress notes

 

5% - The prose is lovely and the book is so atmospheric. I’m half in love with it already.
 
17% - I’m intrigued with the stranger. And I’m terrified for Pyotr’s family. I think his marriage won’t be a good one.
 
22% - Oh, Olga. I feel for you and your wish for a raven-haired prince. And I feel for Vasya.
 
30% - Hating Konstantin already.
 
41% - This fucker is in love with her, isn’t he?
 
81% - "Nothing changed, Vasya. Things are, or they are not. Magic is forgetting that something ever was other than as you willed it.”
 
84% - "All around them was winter, the shroud of bitter snow, the earth like iron, the river like blue marble."

This prose. Can I marry it?
 
90% - I'm in tears.
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review 2018-12-14 20:54
[REVIEW] The Cruel Prince by Holly Black
The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air) - Holly Black
Holy hell. I need to pick up my jaw from the floor. This book is full of twist and turns, it zigs when you think it's going to zag and now I'm a jumble of emotions.
 
Reading progress notes
 
pg. 49 - Jeez, this bullying is anxiety-inducing. And also rage inducing for good measure.
  
pg. 97 - I am really tense right now.
 
pg. 148 - Jude is just asking for trouble and upping my anxiety. Also, I don’t trust Locke."
 
pg. 172 - My face throughout the chapter I just read: D:
 
pg. 200 - *jaw drops*
 
pg. 242 - I cannot believe this is happening but I like it...?
 
pg. 244 - THEY ARE KISSING. THEY ARE KISSING OMG. *FLAILS*
 
pg. 275 - OMG I DID NOT EXPECT THIS AND OMG WHAT IS HAPPENING
 
pg. 280 - Oh, Jude. Even I know that he's saving Cardan out of interest.
 
pg. 283 - WHAT IS HAPPENING!?
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review 2018-12-14 20:41
[REVIEW] Cuckoo Song by Frances Hardinge
Cuckoo Song - Frances Hardinge

I didn't know what to think but there is such beautiful melancholy attached to this book. How grief can break up a family, how memories bind them together, how the world falls apart and rebuilds itself. I loved every character, they were a breath of fresh air. They felt human to me. Deeply flawed but it didn't stop you from caring for them, it didn't stop you from understanding that behind their unreasonable behavior, terrible pain accompanied it. 

And the prose? Oh, the prose! It's still amazing to me how an author can wrap a blanket of familiarity around you or destroy your heart using words.

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review 2018-12-14 19:00
Deadpool does Christmas
Deadpool (2018-) #7 - Skottie Young,Nic Klein

And it is fabulous.   It's pretty much everything you'd expect, but just hilarious.   Violent, angry, potty-mouthed... and he tries to ruin Christmas for everyone. 

 

Love this author, this illustrator and this series!

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