Archive for November, 2011

November 29, 2011

Books for 2011: The Magicians

I cannot recall where I came across the book “The Magicians” by Lev Grossman. I think it was because somebody commented somewhere that Allison Harvard of ANTM looks like Alice Quinn in the said series.

While I did forget about the comparison, somehow thinking about it, I do think Allison fits the bill. But one person is fictional, whereas the other is living and breathing.

At any rate, I started reading The Magicians two days ago, and although for some reason I find myself not exactly bored by it, but I am not totally enamored by it as well. Yet, I cannot seem to put the book / ebook down. It’s like, despite the fact that I do not care much about the characters, I still care enough to read. And it is not like i have nothing to read – because I do have other books to read – I keep on reading.

The writing is not bad, in fact, I believe it is quite good. Lev Grossman manages to describe something but not really describe it at all… it’s foggy. But then again, I guess that is what the book is all about, some place that is there but is not.

Right from the time I started reading, I decided parts of it were smelling like “The Chronicles of Narnia”. Though I have not read the books yet – and you can crucify me now – but I am familiar with the story, so this book has a layer to it that screams Narnia. But it’s really not the main story… and parts of it smell like Harry Potter, and even has references to Harry Potter, but it still isn’t it.

After a while, I just decided to continue reading and stop minding the references and perhaps just tag it as cool because the references are there but not really.

I am not sure if I have the stamina to continue reading though. But since I have this dislike for unfinished books, I think I shall keep on reading and hope for the best. Since it is interesting enough, I think I shall read on…

What do you think? Have you heard about or read this book?

Allison Harvard of ANTM

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November 24, 2011

X down, Y to go: Protector Series

I know I have not been updating my 100 Books for 2011 list for MONTHS now, but that does not mean that I have stopped reading. I haven’t. But I also haven’t been writing down what books I have finished because too many things have been on my mind over the last few months.

It is a good thing, however, that I have somewhat broken free of those things that were binding me, so I can post now as freely as I want. I shall start with an update on my reading achievement. So, I just finished the Protector Series (also known as the Aphrodite Series) by Julie Kenner. This series is composed of four books that I started reading in June, but after reading the first three books, it took me quite a while to start the fourth.

I am truly a sucker for books with superheros, witches, romance, and most recently, dystopian themes. Yes, fiction.

The Protector Series features a group of Protectors (superheroes) who deal with their existence in the mortal world and battle evil Outcasts – naturally. The four books are the following:

  1. Aphrodite’s Kiss (2001)
  2. Aphrodite’s Passion (2002)
  3. Aphrodite’s Secret (2003)
  4. Aphrodite’s Flame (2004)

So far, my favorites in the series are the first and the last one. The first one, because Ms. Kenner was able to somewhat make my eyes explode with the senses that Zoe encounters. It’s kind of psychedelic… but that’s just me. The last one, because Ms. Kenner was able to fully close the story arc somehow and give one recurring character retribution. And the emotions, though not as intense as the first, were more vivid compared to the second and third.

At any rate, these four books are now going to add to the 100 Books for 2011 collection. However, I am quite afraid that I may not be able to complete such a goal, perhaps next year I will set my sights on a number lower than 100.

Have you read any interesting books today?

November 19, 2011

FAIL!

Today is going to be a very long day. Aside from a deadline, I also have activities at the kids’ school to attend to. The thing is that apparently the activity will take up a whole day, which means the rest of the world can kill me now. I just learned about it, and …. $#!@$!^!@$#$@

My friend says I am overly dramatic, fatalistic and all those other –ics, but that is okay. I guess we all need some color in our lives.

Like what I said in my previous post, I decided to join the NaNoWriMo and attempted to write my own novel. The sad thing is that I have been so busy lately that I was able to write for the first day, and then stopped completely! November 1 had a flourish of ideas, thoughts, and fire enough to light up a whole room…. a little exaggerated, but you get my drift. I felt like I could really DO IT! And then the whole shebang started to go up in flames and I am left with no more additions to the story, and it is now November 19. Still, I think I can make that story come alive later on.

Maybe I will post the story here, like a running update. But I am quite shy and I fear that it would be butchered to death. Truth be told, it was in gradeschool that I started writing stories, and it was there that I left my *cough* talent *cough*.

Maybe just for fun, I will post the story here. Unedited.

Whooohooo!!

Good morning, everybody! I wish you all a productive and happy day ahead of you. I wish your hands move like the wind and churn out work like you are SuperProductive!

Cheers!