Saturday, August 29, 2009
Friday, August 28, 2009
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Monday, August 24, 2009
Coming 12/22/09 from Bloomsbury...
Nimira is a music-hall girl used to dancing for pennies. So when wealthy sorcerer Hollin Parry hires her to sing accompaniment to a mysterious piano-playing automaton, Nimira believes it will be the start of a better life. In Parry's world, long-buried secrets are about to stir. Unsettling rumors begin to swirl about ghosts, a madwoman roaming the halls, and Parry’s involvement in a group of corrupt sorcerers for whom the rules of the living and dead are meant to be broken for greater power. When Nimira discovers the spirit of a dashing fairy gentleman is trapped within the automaton, she is determined to break the curse. But even as the two fall into a love that seems hopeless, breaking the curse becomes a perilous race against time. Because it's not just the future of these star-crossed lovers that's at stake, but the fate of the entire magical world.
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I think this book holds a lot of promise, so I'll definitely be checking it out (:
Friday, August 21, 2009
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Faith Adeline: Marquis, first of all, why don't you tell everyone what the book is about?
That said (and I hope I’ve dispelled any natty prejudices one might have toward erotica), Whipping Girl is the story of Karen Bouchet, a lonely teenage girl struggling to cope with the recent death of her mother and the stigma of mental illness. She imagines these things as obstacles that stand in the way of more stable relationships with her father and older brother, as well as the romance, friendships and popularity she years for and believes are so easily obtainable to her peers. In short, normality.
Some writers—weaker ones, I think—plan out each chapter as a bridge to the story’s climax so that the bulk of the narrative adds length, but really does nothing more than bide time. I, on the other hand, wanted to ensure that each chapter built and maintained an emotional attachment to my Watergate-era Lolita and all the other characters. I wrote each chapter with brief but meticulous style, describing the clothing, settings, props and even the weather to create a compelling sense of reality in unreal places—perfect fare for a screenwriter if Whipping Girl ever makes it to the big screen. Pick up the book at any point and you’ll be thoroughly engaged.
To answer your question, though, I’d say my favorite chapters involve Telina’s punishment and interrogation. Not simply because I’m a whip-crazed freak, but for the fact that the reader’s so deeply immersed in the characters’ passions and motivations that the sexiness, the veritable majesty of terror and pain comes alive in ways it could never have otherwise. Yes, the whippings are my favorites, only because up to this point I took care not to sacrifice quality for cheap effect.
Marquis: Quite a few, some of which were written in the seventies which is when Whipping Girl is set:
Gone With The Wind by: Margaret Mitchell
The Godfather by: Mario Puzo
Star Wars by: George Lucas
One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest by:Ken Kesey
Ordinary People by: Judith Guest
Interview With The Vampire by: Ann Rice
The Whip by: Catherine Cookson
The Reincarnation of Peter Proud by: Max Ehrlich
A Small Dark Place by: Martin Schenk
The Shining by: Stephen King.
Sex In History by: Reay Tannahill
Saturday, August 8, 2009
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
The Piano Teacher is about a young woman from England who marries and moves to Hong Kong with her husband because of his job. She finds work as a piano teacher to a girl named Locket Chen, who parents have a fairly good standing in their society. As Claire continues to teach this young girl, she meets and soon begins an affair with their driver, Will Truesdale. Claire unwittingly finds herself stuck in the middle of Will's past, and as she continues the affair, she finds herself changing into a woman she never knew she could be.
I really enjoyed The Piano Teacher, it was an easy read. The alternate time periods (one was 1942 and one was 1952) and the changing of the character points of view really worked for this story, I liked going into the Will and Trudy storyline, and then the storyline with Claire and Will. Out of the three main characters, I really connected with Trudy, even though we never saw her own point of view. I really enjoyed her character. Will was an enjoyable character to read, also. Claire was the only character I had a hard time connecting with and liking.
It was well written, albeit a little slow in some places. The descriptions were good, and the emotion of the story really showed (especially during Will's point of view).
Overall, I'd give it a 8/10
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
I'm a huge fan of Japanese Literature, so when I found this challenge, I knew I had to join (: It's hosted by Dolce Bellezza which you can find here. It started on the 30th of July and it's set to end on the 30th of January, 2010.
- Loop by: Koji Suzuki
- Spiral by: Koji Suzuki
- Birthday by: Koji Suzuki
- Dark Water by: Koji Suzuki
- Real World by: Natsuo Kirino
- Grotesque by: Natsuo Kirino
- The Housekeeper And The Professor by: Yoko Ogawa
- Diving Pool: Three Novellas by: Yoko Ogawa
I might add more as the months go by, but right now, here's the list I have!!!
Monday, August 3, 2009
It’s about a middle-aged man named Carl Streator who is reporting on this sudden string of infant deaths due to SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome). While reporting, he finds that at every home, there’s a book of poetry turned to page 27; what he learns to be a culling song. This song has the ability to kill anyone who hears it that it’s directed to. He ends up teaming with a woman who sells haunted houses, her Wiccan assistant (Mona), and the assistant’s hippie boyfriend (Oyster) to try and get all the copies of the culling song so it won’t damage anymore lives than it already has.
The book is full of twists, the supernatural aspect makes it even more entertaining, and every character had their own distinct personality. Great book. Definitely worth reading and buying.
Inheritance had the workings to be a great novel, but fell a few pennies short. For one, I didn’t really connect with any of the characters. At the end of the novel, I found myself attached to Luigi the most, but not enough to really care about him. I think it was all a bit rushed, and the author should’ve taken her time and gave it some more length and depth.
For those who don’t know, the book is about a young woman who is studying to be a lawyer who walked into Guantanamo of her own free will to try and help some of the people inside that she presumed to be innocent. She knew that some were guilty, but believes in the right to a fair trial, which she tries her hardest to help these people get. She works as a translator for the government, and throughout the stories, she learns how some of the prisoners wound up at Guantanamo and what their lives were like beforehand. At the end of the novel, she wraps it up by giving recent updates of the prisoners.
I would definitely recommend this book to anyone. It’s worth buying and re-reading, solely because it reveals to us that our government can lie to us, and that we’re not the perfect country. And along the way, some of the stories will just break your heart.
This book doesn’t rely on gore or actual spirits to scare us. The house and the atmosphere is written so well, so clearly, the reader can practically feel the coldness seep into their skin. It sends chills down your spine, because it’s as if you’re there, you’re completely immerged in this house, wondering who is knocking in the middle of the night.
The scariest things, are the things you can’t see, and that’s exactly what Jackson demonstrates in this novel. I didn’t much like the characters, their constant mood swings just made them annoying. But, overall, I’d give the book a 7/10.
Fight Club by: Chuck Palahniuck is can easily be defined as a cult classic. People all around the world fell head over heels for Tyler Durden, and some actually searched for fight clubs, sure that they existed and that Chuck has based the book off of a real life fight club.
Fight Club starts with insomnia. A while, middle-twenties man can’t sleep, so he goes to support groups because he finds he can only relax when he’s there. In the arms of Big Bob, he lets himself go. He’s finally able to rest. (Until he meets the faker Marla Singer)
While on a beach, he meets Tyler Durden. And from then on, his life takes a pretty drastic turn. They form Fight Club, and shortly after Project Mayhem comes. In the end, the main character has to take a serious look at himself and his life.
The book, for me, was an easy, enjoyable read. I loved it. I first watched the movie (which was amazing) and just knew I had to read the book. I finished it in probably two days. It’s barely two hundred pages, and each page just leaves the reader wanting more.
My rating? 9/10
The story is just about this family and how they interact with these two people, how they behave and live as time passes.
Jane Austen is by far one of my favorite authors. So, when I picked up Mansfield Park, I already held it on a high pedistal in my mind, sure it would be fabulous. And don’t get me wrong, I liked it. It was an overall good book. But, I felt that the plot wasn’t as strong as it could’ve been, I didn’t really feel for any of the characters like I did for Elizabeth Bennet or Anne Elliot. I did, however, love the little bits of sarcasm that were true Jane Austen and how everything tied up in the end. Overall, I’d give it a 7/10.
At first, the main character (Jess) is abhorred by the conditions Sarah is in; left in solitary, drugged so much she can’t even talk, and wrapped in a straitjacket. As she keeps seeing Sarah, she forms a bond with her and learns of a paranormal talent that has resulted in her being locked up in the first place (she can set things on fire).
After growing closer to the girl, Jess begins to try everything she can to set Sarah free…
That’s the very main plot of the story, the basis of the novel. While the plot is strong, and the flow of all details is good, there was just something missing. It wasn’t a bad novel, but it wasn’t an outstanding novel either. Kenyon can certainly write, and I rather liked the character of Sarah, but I just wanted…more.
I’m certain that with time, Kenyon will become a great thriller writer.
I’d give it a 8.5/10