The Friday 56: William Shakespeare’s Star Wars

the-friday-56Hosted by Freda’s Voice, The Friday 56 follows these simple rules:

  • Grab a book, any book.
  • Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader.
  • Find any sentence (or few, just don’t spoil it) that grabs you.
  • Post it.Shakespeare's Star Wars

Published last summer, Ian Doescher’s work falls somewhere between ‘Zounds!’ and ‘Revolutionary’. I’ve only read snippets so far (I’m waiting to get it out at the library), and can already tell that the force is… um yeah I better quit while I’m ahead.

Luke – …Verily, I loathe the cruel

And noisome Empire, aye, yet nothing ‘gainst

It have I pow’r to do at present. Fie!

It doesn’t get much better than that, people. Have a good weekend!

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Top Ten Tuesday: Best Young Adult Series

As hosted by the Broke and the Bookish, this week allowed me to choose any genre I wanted. I read all genres and found it tough to narrow it down, however I have a lot of YA books in my repertoire, and thought to keep it to YA series, since I just finished Cress, the third book of Marissa Meyers’ Lunar Chronicles series. Even this is a little tough! I don’t include Harry Potter or Anne of Green Gables books, which usually fall under Juvenile fiction. I figured I’d give some other books a shot at being on the list.

Graceling#1 Graceling Realm Series, Kristin Cashore

These are some of my all-time favourite books, which I’ll read over and over again.

Cinder#2 The Lunar Chronicles, Marissa Meyer

I’m loving these fractured fairy tales! Retelling the Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel and Snow White stories, they focus on a future time when Lunars, colonists from the Moon, threaten to take over Earth. Cinder is a main character throughout the novels, and the supporting cast are great entertainment.

Hunger Games Trilogy#3 The Hunger Games, Suzanne Collins

Even though the last two books are not that great, there’s still a lot to salvage; evidenced by the great movie adaptations.

The One#4 The Selection Novels, Keira Cass

Again, not the greatest writing, however I love the story that Cass tells here. I’m also looking forward to the conclusion to the trilogy, The One, which comes out in May!

Angus, thongs and full-frontal snogging#5 Confessions of Georgia Nicolson Series, Louise Rennison

I’ve only read the first of the ten books in this series, but plan on pulling the other ones out on the beach this summer!

Heist Society Series#6 Heist Society Series, Ally Carter

This is a fun little series of wealthy teens with abnormal abilities to steal high-security items from museums and other collectors. The relationship between Kat and Hale makes this series a page-turner.

Ender's Game#7 The Ender Quintet, Orson Scott Card

This one’s a little different. I loved Ender’s Game, merely enjoyed Speaker for the Dead, and don’t have any plans to continue in the series. However, I really loved Ender’s Game. So, yeah.

Vampire Academy#8 Vampire Academy Series, Richelle Mead

I expected very little from this series, which I judged both by its awful cover, and by the word ‘Vampire’ in the title. It ended up being very enjoyable, and main character Rose kept my attention with her spunk and tenacity. Her relationship with Dmitri didn’t hurt, either.

His Dark Materials#9 His Dark Materials, Philip Pullman

Now 15 years old, this series was greatly enjoyed by me in the past, and is due for a re-read (which it hopefully lives up to!).

Wicked Lovely Series#10 Wicked Lovely Series, Melissa Marr

I only read the first in the series a few weeks ago. Marr creates a detailed world where Fairy royalty and other mythical creatures walk among us. I love the covers, and will definitely get around to the second one eventually.

Bonus! Least Favourite YA Series (From Best to Worst)

#1 The Divergent Trilogy, Veronica Roth

I don’t hate it, in fact I loved it the first time. Unfortunately the re-read didn’t live up to expectations. Looking forward to the movie though!

Uglies#2 The Uglies Series, Scott Westerfeld

Not enough interest there for me. But kudos for being one of the ground breakers in the genre!

#3 Chemical Garden (Wither), by Lauren DeStefano

Started with an interesting idea, then went a little crazy with it.

#4 The Matched Trilogy by Ally Condie

Again, started with a really cool concept, and made it weird and ugh.

City of Bones#5 The Mortal Instruments (City of Bones), Cassandra Clare

Though I never really enjoyed this series, it sucked me in to read all the books. There were a few too many things going on in this series, though.

#6 The Caster Chronicles (Beautiful Creatures), Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

Not sure if having a male main character was weird, or not, but this book is just a little bit better than the movie.

Legend#7 The Legend Series, Marie Lu

It looked like it would be so good, and it just…. wasn’t.

#8 The Gemma Doyle Trilogy ( A Great and Terrible Beauty), Libba Bray

See previous entry on said awful book.

#9 House of Night Series (Marked), P.C Cast and Kristin Cast

I haven’t read this one! But I’ve read the back cover, and a few reviews and that was enough to turn me off forever!

#10 The Wolves of Mercy Falls (Shiver), Maggie Stiefvater

Shiver is one of the worst books I have ever read. Like in the top two.

Wedding Night, Sophie Kinsella

Wedding-Night-coverI love Sophie Kinsella despite the fact that she can be a hit or miss. Her hits are just that good (for me). Wedding Night, her 2013 release, is unfortunately a miss.

Older sis Fliss always looks after Lottie, and when Lottie breaks up with her long-time boyfriend, Richard, she is ready for one of Lottie’s Unfortunate Choices; rash decisions Lottie always makes after a break-up (like a bad tattoo, or joining a cult). But even Fliss is surprised when Lottie elopes with an old beau, and she is determined to prevent them from consummating the marriage, which would disallow the possibility of an annulment. Fliss teams up with best man, Lorcan, and together with Richard, who is now determined to win Lottie back, and her son, Noah, they plan to break up the marriage, traveling to the Honeymoon destination Ikonos, and teaming up with hotel staff to create the worst honeymoon ever.

So the book is a little insane, and there is not much else to redeem it. The comedy fell flat and the romance was far from compelling. Rarely do I have so little good to say about a book, but it’s looking like this will be a pretty short review. I’m always baffled by the roller coaster of Kinsella’s works. Her 2012 release, I’ve Got Your Number is one of my favourites of Kinsella’s, and of the entire chick lit genre. Wedding Night was far too easy to put down, and a burden to finish.

The Friday 56: Cress

the-friday-56Hosted by Freda’s Voice, The Friday 56 follows these simple rules:

  • Grab a book, any book.
  • Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader.
  • Find any sentence (or few, just don’t spoil it) that grabs you.
  • Post it.

Decided to choose a book which I’m currently reading, Cress by Marissa Meyer. It is the third book of the Lunar Chronicles trilogy. I enjoyed the first two immensely, and have high hopes for this one.

“Nainsi, Kai’s android assistant, appeared in the office doorway, holding a tray with jasmine tea and hot washcloths. Her sensor light Cressflashed. “Daily reports, Your Majesty?”

“Yes, thank-you. Come in.”

He took one of the washcloths off the tray as she rolled by, chafing his fingers with the steaming cotton.

Nainsi set the tray on Kai’s desk and turned to face him and Torin, launching into the day’s reports that blissfully had nothing to do with wedding vows or eight-course dinners.”

Meyer’s fractured fairytales are always creative and entertaining. In Cress, the titular character is imprisoned in a satellite which orbits Earth. Looking forward to seeing where the story goes from there!

Orange is the New Black, Piper Kerman

Orange is the new BlackWell, I wanted to see what all the hype is about. It was on the express bestsellers at the library, and you gotta snatch up those books while you can! I didn’t regret it.

This story, off of which the netflix series of the same name is based, is the autobiography of Kerman’s year-long(ish) stay in a minimum-security prison for a ten-year-old drug charge. After graduating Kerman had, well, explored her wild side, you could say, by dating a girl who lived the high-flying lifestyle of a drug distributor. After being roped in to launder money, Kerman cut her ties with that crowd, broke up with her girlfriend, moved to the west coast and fell in love with a nice guy, and began a normal life. A path which would have continued until she was named by her old associates a decade later and sent to prison.

I never knew that I wanted to know what it would be like in prison, but I certainly did. It was fascinating to see what a different world it is. Her experience is a decade old by now, but it still feels fresh. You can feel Kerman’s fear and apprehension. While a minimum security prison can give you many ‘freedoms’, it still clamps down on so many others.

Kerman details her day-to-day existence in prison. She introduces a myriad of characters that are hard to keep track of, though they all feel vibrant and real. Which, you have to remind yourself, is because they are real. Each chapter roves around various happenings and subjects, kind of like a stream of consciousness which flows and develops.

Above all this book made me feel claustrophobic and frustrated. Like I needed to vent out my feelings, as if I were the one being repressed. Few services are well-provided in prison, surprise, surprise. It can be hard to keep sane there, and from Kerman’s experience I get that you need sense of purpose, a routine, and as much control over  your life as possible in order to survive there. Advice I will hopefully never need!

A few weeks after reading this I watched the Netflix series. I was impressed with where they took the story, and how some of the characters came to life. If you enjoy this book, you’ll likely enjoy the show as well (and vice versa).Orange is the new Black netflix

Trains and Lovers, Alexander McCall Smith

Trains and LoversHaven’t you ever wanted to travel anywhere by train? This desire is what prompted me to pick up McCall Smith’s 2012 novel about 4 passengers who happen to share a compartment, and subsequently, their stories with each other. Each has had a different experience with love, and the author has an adept way of drawing you into their life.

It is an easy read, and contemplative, subtle, intelligent, and enchanting. Each passenger shares a unique story of love and you kind of feel like you’re on that London-Edinburgh train with them. I loved the perfect amount of closure McCall Smith provided, and the best part is the last line; where one of the passengers, Kay, states: “Loving others…is the good thing we do in our lives.” How true.

This wont’ be one of the best books I’ve read this year, but it was thoroughly good. Not more, not less.

Another Non-Fiction Book From Kaite on the Friday 56

the-friday-56Hosted by Freda’s Voice, The Friday 56 follows these simple rules:Brysons Dictionary

  • Grab a book, any book.
  • Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader.
  • Find any sentence (or few, just don’t spoil it) that grabs you.
  • Post it.

Not that I’m trying to bore you readers to tears, but my current read is, yet again, of polarizing interest to the lovers of literature. Bill Bryson, one of my favourite authors, wrote this 2002 book after his experience as a copy editor for the London Times. Bryson’s Dictionary of Troublesome Words provides real examples of the many times writers fall into the numerous traps the English language. Full of misused, misunderstood, or misquoted words or phrases, Bryson’s book is full of interesting tidbits, and provides clarity for many.

decimate. Literally the word means to reduce by a tenth (from the ancient practice of punishing the mutinous or cowardly by killing every tenth man). By extension it may be used to describe the inflicting of heavy damage, but it should never be used to denote annihilation, as in this memorably excruciating sentence cited by Fowler: “Dick, hotly pursue by the scalp-hunter, turned in his saddle, fired and literally decimated his opponent.” Equally to be avoided are contexts in which the word’s use is clearly inconsistent with its literal meaning, as in “Frost decimated an estimated 80 percent of the crops.””

Excruciating!

Happy Reading,
Kaite

The Friday 56: Push

the-friday-56Hosted by Freda’s Voice, The Friday 56 follows these simple rules:

  • Grab a book, any book.
  • Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader.
  • Find any sentence (or few, just don’t spoil it) that grabs you.
  • Post it.

Precious“You was school?” Mama mimic me how I talk. I hate that! She know what I mean.
“You lying whore!”
“Not!”
“You is! The welfare done called here, saying they is removing you from my budget ’cause you not in regular attendance at school.”
JeeZUS! Where she been! I told her I got kickted out. I been home three weeks, twenty-four seven. She here when Mrs. Lichenstein’s white ass come here. I mean Mama what’s the deal! Who stupid, me or Mama?

Well without any context, and not having read this book before, that certainly seemed to escalate rather quick! This is definitely TBR, and the little I know about this book all lends itself to soon be ingested. I can’t wait! Have any of you read this yet?

The Friday 56: This is Not the End of the Book

the-friday-56Hosted by Freda’s Voice, The Friday 56 follows these simple rules:

  • Grab a book, any book.
  • Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader.
  • Find any sentence (or few, just don’t spoil it) that grabs you.
  • Post it.

Back to my non-fiction phase! The 010-028 section of the Dewey Decimal System is becoming my favourite, and I’m always finding books there I’d like to read. Today’s read, This is Not the End of the Book; Two Great Men Discuss Our Digital Future is a good companion to the current nature of my studies, library science. Authors Jean-Claude Carriere and Umberto Eco talk on a huge variety of topics which always find their way back to the main subject. Again, this excerpt is a little long, but Eco had a rather large paragraph and I wanted to include at least a little of Carriere’s response. Enjoy!

This is Not the End of the Book[Umberto Eco]: Speaking of the past catching us up, I use my computer to listen to the best radio stations from around the world, including about forty that specialise (sic) in playing golden oldies. A few American radio stations only play music from the 1920’s and ’30’s. The others concentrate on the 1990’s, which is already considered the distant past. A recent survey proclaimed Quentin Tarantino the greatest director of all time. The people they asked must never have seen Eisenstein, Ford, Welles, Capra, etc. That’s always the downfall of those kinds of surveys. In the Seventies I wrote a book called How to Write a Thesis, which has been translated into lots of languages. The first of my many tips was never to choose a contemporary subject. Your bibliography will either be thin or lacking in authority. Always choose a historical subject, I said. And yet most of today’s theses explore contemporary issues. How can you write a thesis about a guy who is still alive?

[Jean-Claude Carriere]: I think we have poor long-term memories precisely because of the way the recent past presses in on the present, shoving it towards a future that has taken the form of a giant question mark.
(His response continues much further on the next page)

I know, again, this is a little dry, but isn’t it fascinating? These are two great experts, with oodles of experience, just chattin’ away. I’m lovin’ it.

The Friday 56: Ender’s Game

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  • Grab a book, any book.
  • Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader.
  • Find any sentence (or few, just don’t spoil it) that grabs you.
  • Post it.

For a sickening moment he tried to retain his old up-and-down orientation, his body attempting to right istelf, searching for the gravity that wasn’t there. Then he forced himself to change his view. He was hurtling toward a wall. That was down. And at once he had control of himself. He wasn’t flyng, he was falling. This was a dive. He could choose how he would hit the surface.

Just came back from the theatre, and absolutely loved the movie. It’s been a few years since I read the book, but it’s still stuck with me, and I felt that the movie did it justice. I always suggest Ender’s Game when someone’s looking to get a taste of science fiction. It has all the elements of a great science fiction, and raises interesting questions. Any other fans out there?