Reading is hard...

Wednesday, 21 June 2017 11:56
lea_hazel: Pride flag (Politics: GLBTQ)
I've been book-blocked for months, now.

On Monday I broke that block by tearing through Seanan McGuire's Every Heart a Doorway like it was my damn job. I may have actually started reading it the evening before, I'm not sure. Regardless, I finished it on Monday night and felt that familiar hollow feeling of having finished reading a story before you were quite ready to let go.

I like her Toby Daye books a lot (I'm about five books in) but this one felt more personal. God knows I rarely feel myself connect with YA books, so it was quite unusual in that respect. I still have some thoughts to mull over but I will definitely review it eventually. Even though it's been nominated and won awards and probably everything's been said about it already.

Since my book-block has been magically cured, I'm figuring out what to read next to maintain momentum.

I had a technical difficulty with my phone app that required me to reset the account and set everything up again, but Kobo were actually quite helpful with the resulting mess.

DUDE. BOOK.

Wednesday, 7 July 2010 21:25
lea_hazel: Don't make me look up from my book (Basic: Reading)
I NEED THIS BOOK.

"If you like Norse mythology, dragons, atypical characters, and non-stop action, you’re sure to enjoy the roller coaster ride that is Black Blade Blues."

GREAT GOOGLY MOOOGLY, I NEED THIS BOOK.

Vampires vs. Elves

Saturday, 12 June 2010 20:12
lea_hazel: The Little Mermaid (Genre: Fantasy)
I don't know when the idea first occurred to me, but it's been brewing for a while. I'm pretty sure I first arrived at it through comparing the traditional rivalries between elves/dwarves and vampires/werewolves. It's kind of hard to compare dwarves and werewolves -- there are a few points where you could stretch a similarity, but it doesn't go that deep, IMO. Elves and vampires, on the other hand....

Elves are the higher beings of high or epic fantasy. Where they exist, they are stronger, more long-lived, wiser and -- most importantly -- more magical. Usually their critical flaw is some combination of hubris, arrogance and refusal to keep with the times. Diana Wynne Jones wrote in The Tough Guide to Fantasyland that elves are somehow "less gross and substantial" than humans, and that sentence stuck in my mind as being a central part of their appeal. Even though they have bodies and not just spirits, they're somehow more ethereal than any other fantasy species.

And, of course, they're beautiful. Vampires vs. Elves )
lea_hazel: Don't make me look up from my book (Basic: Reading)
I was planning on doing things today and instead I didn't do anything, so have a review instead.

Last week I finished reading Succubus Blues by Richelle Mead and I have mixed feelings about it. I went into this hoping that this might be the One True Urban Fantasy Series that I could fall in love with, and maybe some of my enjoyment was detracted by wanting this to be a book that it just couldn't be. Then again, maybe I cut this book too much slack because I wanted to like it.

First things first: the back cover blurb is terrible. It jumps ahead of itself in terms of one of the romantic plotlines, which I would have preferred to read as it unfolded with no previous knowledge. It oversells the "Sex and the City with agents of hell" angle of the book (as several reviews I read already noted), which is really a fairly small aspect of the book. However, it is quite interesting in the way it unintentionally revealed to me one of the major themes of the book. Now, this might be one of those things where I read way too much into something that the author never intended, but in this case, I rather doubt it.

Georgina Kincaid is a succubus, and she is pathetic. Some spoilers follow, but then suspense is not what you'd want to read this book for. )

Anyway. Yeah.

Musings.

Tuesday, 6 April 2010 17:04
lea_hazel: The Little Mermaid (Genre: Fantasy)
In my quest to find a palatable urban fantasy series (which reminds me, I should post a proper review of Succubus Blues), I got to thinking: I keep saying I'd love to see urban fantasy set somewhere other than Britain and the US, but what would a book like that be like? Trying to imagine an urban fantasy is the classic model, but set in Israel, is making my brain cramp up. Sure, it could be awesome, but it could also be just plain weird, and not in a good way. Hebrew is an odd language to write fantasy in.

On Flossing

Saturday, 27 March 2010 21:21
lea_hazel: Don't make me look up from my book (Basic: Reading)
"Apparently, even immortal shape-shifting warriors disliked having meat stuck in their teeth."

Just got Tiger Eye in the mail, started it late Thursday night and it is currently weighing in at awesome.
lea_hazel: Typewriter (Basic: Writing)
Dammit I am meant to be studying personality theory for my last test of the semester. Why am I obsessed with Goodreads booklists? And why, when I have a perfectly lovely fantasy novel in the working, am I coming up with the best goddamn title for an urban fantasy novel ever, no exaggeration seriously? What is wrong with my brain and why can't I commit?

DARN YOU CARL GUSTAV JUNG, DARN YOU TO HECK.

Werewolf Seeker

Wednesday, 19 August 2009 18:51
lea_hazel: Don't make me look up from my book (Basic: Reading)
On the topic of werewolves and paranormal romance, I just stumbled upon this creative review of two popular PR series about women shapeshifters. It's pretty solidly informative. For example, it highlights something that's been bothering me for a while.

Spoilers? Or is it too predictable to count? )

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