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Reading List April2012

So, I haven't posted in a while and I guess that is bad but on the plus side I have resisted from moaning about my life and posting shitty poem after shitty poem for a few months now. Hopefully my inner emo will stay beaten down for years to come. Those of you who have been watching my facebook may know a little of what has been going on but for the rest of you here is a brief synopsis:got a high paying job by accident, have had to stop working at the bookshop, it's my last year of university (eek!), come home from work late to find the corpse of a close family member, not-boyfriend has now been boyfriend for 6 months (not including the over-a-year-long courtship), I think I am becoming a little paranoid, I think I would not be becoming as paranoid if strangers would stop offering me candy and trying to talk me into their cars.

As for books.. well, it has been so long that I have once again forgotten everything that I have read since I last posted here... sorry :(. Okie dokie, foregoing the Terry Pratchett and Patricia Briggs books - which everyone can just assume I was completely giddy over and would be 100% biased if ever asked to review them - I have been reading some Robin Hobb. This is a rarity for me because I usually have a low tolerance for books that are written in that nature-loving hippy way. I have a garden of my own, I plant things, and enjoy trees but when I want to read I expect to be made to feel happy, sad, confused or thoughtful, not to be hit in the face with a huge clod of eco-guilt and propaganda. Still, I do think that Robin Hobb is a very adept writer her books made a nice change from the usual.

Magic's Pawn by Mercede's Lackey. It is the first in a series, I managed to finish this one but I don't think I will even attempt to battle my way through the rest. The main protagonist of Magic's Pawn is a misunderstood young man named Vanyel. He has been mistreated and has in defiance become whiny, flamboyant, self-centered and irritating. The good news is that the author has done this on purpose and has managed to make her point very well understood. The bad news is that she has done it a little too well, to the point where part way through the book you may find yourself almost screaming "just let him die already" into the pages as the 'hero' once again remains on the verge of death through emotional trauma. I'm not playing this up either, it happens so many times that it is just ridiculous.

The Bifrost Gaurdians (volume 1) by Mickey Zucker Reichert. This trilogy contains two stories that are not connected except for taking place in the same universe and one story containing characters from both of the first two stories. It all takes place in a land of dragons, swordmasters and magic wielders where the norse gods are real and require mortal 'heros' to help fight their battles. The interesting thing about this book is their choice of heros. The first is a man dragged from his on death in our world during the Vietnam war and given the body of an elf. The problem: fighting in the war has taken him to the brink of insanity and has left him powerless against flashbacks of death and destruction that may cause him to unwittingly harm his only allies. The hero in the second story is a thief who has also left behind a traumatic past but unlike the first hero his past drives him to levels of extreme pacifism that may end up causing the deaths of the people he cares most about. The overall theme of this book is about finding the balance between good and evil and whether violence can ever be used for good. It is delivered in a refreshingly creative way in a fantasy world that has been brought to life in amazing detail. I thoroughly enjoyed this book.

Amelia Peabody Mysteries (the first 8 books) by Elizabeth Peters. Please don't misunderstand, I have only read the first eight so far but by no means do I intend to stop there. A very brief description of the books: 1881, egyptology, archaeology, murder mystery, female detective, steamy romance (within the bounds of marriage). The characters are perfect. It is almost shocking to realize how life-like they become. Elizabeth Peters has written this series as if each book were a journal entry (or series of entries) written by Amelia Peabody herself. Through this style of writing the reader gets a unique insight into the thoughts, ambitions and often the self delusions of the main character. To not be carried away by one of these books would be far beyond my own humble powers of self control.

Brokedown Palace by Steven Brust. It is a strange story about a family that don't get along. The only thing is that the family happens to consist of the four sons of the king of which at least one or two could be on the verge of insanity. It is a strange book to see reflections of your own life in since I have never had a sibling attempt to kill me just for offhandedly saying that the house needs repairing. But nonetheless it holds a strange sort of truth to it to the point that we should always try to listen with an open heart and even the strangest of reactions may have some logic to them. And the other being to be careful what you hold close to your heart because it will change the way you see/hear things and not always for the better. There isn't much else I can tell you about this book. To be perfectly honest I was so caught up in the mysteriousness of everything that I rushed through reading it just to find out the ending and even after reading the entire book I am still slightly confused by it all.

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