zetasyanthis: (Default)
So... I've been reading a lot this year, and wanted to share a few books that have really hit me hard in the last few months. I'm not going to touch on all of them (see my Goodreads for specific reviews), but I wanted to call out a few that were so very, very special. (As always, my complete (and freshly updated) recommends list is here.)
Technically, I read this last year, but it was so beautiful and so wonderful that I couldn't help but share it. Rue's given a pretty bad hand at the start, but she's amazing and eventually finds her way. I never expected a message of hope so profound from what I thought was a simple adventure book, but I should have known better after reading Ventus. Thanks, Karl. <3
The Slow Regard of Silent Things
The Wise Man's Fear
This series by Patrick Rothfuss absolutely blew me away. It's fantasy, and beautifully written, but what really makes it are the characters, torn and broken as they are. If anything, I read these too quickly, and should have given myself more time to cry while reading them. I do not even have the words to explain my heartbreak here.
This broke my heart in myriad ways, and I really needed to cry those tears. In many ways I'm both Regan *and* Luna, and I don't think I've ever cried so hard before.
Respect... Holy moly, is that a loaded word with me. I too grew up in a household that preached respect while really speaking of obedience. Can't say I was as brave as Pen in this book, but I wish I'd been. >.<
Different tack on this one... This is probably one of the most important books I've ever read as far as shaping my world view. It tells the story of a Jewish journalist who traveled to Germany after World War II to find out why what had happened had happened. My therapist actually picked up a copy of this one, and she liked it too. Hard read, but very topical, and I highly recommend it.
And because I follow this subreddit, here are a couple of *awesome* writing prompts that have come up lately!

zetasyanthis: (Default)
I always bring a ton of books with me when I travel, regardless of what I plan to be doing.  So far, of the books I brought with me, I've finished two of them!  Quick little reviews follow:

The Green Fairy by Kyell Gold (6/5 - Masterpiece)
This is probably one of the best books I have ever read, and I don't know if my words can do it half the justice it's worth.  Still, I have to try...  Kyell himself, normally a writer of gay erotic fiction, describes it as a 'non-erotic gay non-love story,' and although that's technically correct, it doesn't even begin to touch on the mastery in this book.  Swapping back and forth from a confessional letter from the days of revolutionary France and a modern day coming of age story, this book manages to mix the two with the help of a little Absinthe and a whole lot of self-reflection.  There are only two things I have ever described as a masterpiece up until this point.  This is now the third.

The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by N. K. Jemisin (5/5)
Nominated for the Hugo and Nebula awards, this book is a hell of a read as well, though a little jerky to get started with.  The author intentionally switches tense, time, and place at a moments notice, requiring you to stay on your feet and really pay attention, lest you lose important details.  That said, her use of foreshadowing and tiny little nudges/brush-strokes all along the read really pays off at the end.  Gods, godesses, their lovers, and intricate power struggles twist and turn like the great spire of Sky itself being woven from the finest golden thread.  The finish is every bit as amazing as you'd expect it to be, and I can't wait to read the rest of this trilogy!

The Broken Kingdoms by N. K. Jemisin (5/5)
I can't say much about it, since it's part two of the trilogy and I don't want to give spoilers, but wow...

The Kingdom of Gods by N. K. Jemisin (5/5)
A finale I could never have imagined when I started the first of these three books...  Absolutely magnificent.

I'll update this as I go and add whatever else I manage to finish this trip.  I'm going to try and log the books I read from now on and see if I can't at least throw out a review from time to time!


zetasyanthis: (Default)
Zeta Syanthis

September 2017



RSS Atom

Most Popular Tags

Style Credit

Expand Cut Tags

No cut tags
Page generated Sep. 21st, 2017 12:11 pm
Powered by Dreamwidth Studios