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Here's to the year 2009. pt.2

2 JAN
2010

The Horse and His Boy by C.S. Lewis.

It took me quite some time to finish this one again. I would keep getting distracted by reading something else. Aslan does have a great many inspiring things to say to Bree, Shasta (Cor), Averis, and Hwin. What he says to Bree and Averis are quite marvelous. I cried when I finished it this time. I find as I get older, and read the same books I did when I was a child makes me realize how much I didn't comprehend. Maybe it is the signs of maturity.

Prince Caspian by C.S. Lewis.

This was such a pleasure to read again. It was very different from what I remembered how it was. I think I was in the third grade when I had read it. The Chronicles of Narnia has been such an enjoyable experience all over again. I especially loved the detail of Caspian meeting all the Narnians. I feel mournful that so much time passed since Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy left Cair Praviel. Reepicheep is the most hilarious character I have ever read about. Quite cheeky. I was a little thrown when the battle had already started before Queen Susan’s horn was even blown. The duel between Edmund and Trumpkin was so well described that I also wished that they had included the archery contest in the movie as well. I loved Aslan's reaction to Trumpkin throwing him up into the air like a child was an adorable factor in the story. It shows how loving Aslan is to all. I completely tear up when it comes to anything Aslan has to say. I feel that we need someone that will scare off the pants of the bad guy then embrace them in friendship after they have sincerely apologized.

The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, The Silver Chair, and The Last Battle by C.S. Lewis.

Honestly Dawn Treader was the least exciting of the Chronicles of Narnia than I remembered. But how I adore Reepicheep. I love his courage, his wit, and his perseverance. However I didn't enjoy that this is Edmund and Lucy's last and final visit to Narnia. Remembering this gave me a feeling of melancholy for the rest of the day.

Merchant of Death,Lost City of Faar,Never War,Reality Bug, Black Water, Rivers of Zadaa, Quillan Games by D.J. MacHale

Okay, I left this series on the shelf for quiet some time and just didn't think about again until I got out of my funk. (hey a death in the family will do that to anyone so bite me!) This series in itself is a marvel to the literary world, and I'm ashamed that I didn't read it sooner. The plot through the first 7 books is: interesting, heartwrenching, comical, terrifying, and captivating. I really wanted to finish the last three books before the end of the year, but found myself out of time. I highly recommend these books for anyone that needs to discover something about themselves.  

Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr.

Now my interest was piqued. It's been quite a while that I was excited to finish a book. I read it with gusto.

Ink Exchange by Melissa Marr.

It was ok. Nothing outstanding, but I'm starting to have the sinking feeling that this author is trying to be like O.R. Melling in an urban way. I really don't enjoy the way I'm so biased about books. With anime I'm able to be completely indifferent and unbiased. I haven't been able to completely detach myself that way with books. Maybe it's because it takes a little longer, and imagination weaving to read a book than to watch a English subtitled anime.

Vampire Academy, Frostbite, & Shadow Kiss by Richelle Mead

Highly addictive reads. I had the feeling I was watching a Buffy the Vampire Slayer episode. Once the heroin finally sleeps with her boyfriend he turns ultra evil. If it's made into a movie, Eliza Dushku would be the perfect female protagonist just for this series.

The Light-Bearer's Daughter by O.R. Melling

Fantastic read. It had a steady plot, and I loved the entire feel of Ireland that seeps from this book.  This a book that literally sucked me in along with the characters that I was crying at the same times they were.

New Moon, Eclipse, and Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer.

Needless to say I was a little pissed after reading these books. I found the characters Bella and Edward very shallow. The reasoning for the masses to be fawning over this saga is detestable, and reflects highly on the view of actual romance in today's culture. Teenage mentality on romance has sunken down to a cesspool of stupidity. This is like a lowly WB network show with paranormal slapped on top of it. They're worse than Smallville, Dawson's Creek, Gilmore Girls, The O.C. Desperate Housewives, and Brittney Spears all rolled into one. Sorry to those who actually found the books to be good, but I found them to be literary trash.

FableHaven: Secrets of the Dragon Sanctuary by Brandon Mull.

This is simply an exciting series. I enjoyed this series so much that I didn't get distracted by anything else for a day and a half. The kid's really liked me reading this to them. It had quite a few eerie and terrifying sections in the plot.

Princess Ben: Being a Wholly Truthful Account of Her Various Discoveries and Misadventures, Recounted to the Best of Her Recollection in Four Parts by Catherine Gilbert Murdock

Completely Hilarious and ludicrouse book. My gods the great peals of laughter that burst forth from me. Simply if you love to laugh, or you need cheering up. This book is for you.

Midnight for Charlie Bone, Charlie Bone and the Time Twister, Charlie Bone and the Invisible Boy, Charlie Bone and the Castle of Mirriors, Charlie Bone and the Hidden King, Charlie Bone and the Beast by Jenny Nimmo.

Not really to my taste, but it was interesting. It was also very short with a cliff hanger at the end of each continuing in the next book which there is never anything wrong with that. I'll just have to see how it turns out in the next book. I detest the evil grandmother and her sisters with every shred of my being.

Mister Monday by Garth Nix.

Now this was a good read. It centers around a kid named Arthur who happens to have asthma. On his first day to a new school he has an attack where Mister Monday shows up and bequeaths him a key and an atlas. From there his world is turned upside down. From being chased to being thrown into a coal pit the kid just doesn't give up. The book had an outstanding plot with sudo-religious references.

Grim Tuesday by Garth Nix.

Mr. Nix has done it again. He made a very realistic world of the House come alive. I felt the soot that the Far Reaches were clouded with. The tightness in my lungs from not being able to breath clean air. I felt enormous empathy of the indentured slaves.  I'm starting to love the character Auther. He makes me think of PJ in his place, and feel pride in his accomplishments.

Drowned Wednesday by Garth Nix-

Loved it. Go read this series now. This book in the series was the most meaty so far if you pardon the pun. The depth of Drowned Wednesday really made me stop and reflect on many many things.

Sir Thursday, Lady Friday, and Superior Saturday by Garth Nix.

I'm finding that there are three main patterns all through out these books.

1. Being named after days.

2. Each trustee of the Will being afflicted with one of the seven deadly sins.

3. Parts of the Great Will of the Architect taking the shape of an animal.

Sir Thursday being by far the most humorous. Friday was somewhat eerie. The silence that radiated from the sleepers and the Night Fliers. Friday's part of the will was the least crass of the other parts of itself and was a welcome change. I really liked the part of how it ate the clothes off of a Night Flyer and said that she loved only the wrappings. Saturday was described as well as Grim Tuesday. Though I didn't quite like the way the office workers acted when someone got a promotion. Maybe it was just a little too close to the truth of how people really want to act. The raven was hilarious. Her take on death was a great way to put it. It was also enjoyable to read about the Old One again. (From Mister Monday.) I can't wait for Lord Sunday out in March 2010.

Evermore by Alyson Noel.

Not very much was exciting about this book in fact it was boring, and I'll leave it at that. I'll continue with the next two books, but if things don't pick up soon I'm going to drop them.

The Twelve Kingdoms:Sea of Shadow & Sea of Wind by Fuyumi Ono

This is also another instant favorite. Ono was able to describe a whole new world bluntly, and with acute clarity all at the same time. I was simply amazed and impressed. Who doesn't love Taiki? What a sweet little kirin! Ono wrote this addition to the series fantastically. Seeing me at the book store must be a comical site when there is a new release.

Eragon, Eldest, & Brisingr by Chistopher Paolini-

This was wonderful. The descriptions were excellent the action believable. I found this to be very advanced. It has various feud/political power struggles. Paolini has an interesting grasp on this, and seems to have thought this out to an exhausting extent. Also I think that his best friend must be either a thesaurus or a dictionary. There has been several words that I've had to look up, but he doesn't come off as pretentious in his writing. He possesses talent that, I must recognize, is greater than any young writer out there today. I look forward to what he will have to write outside of the Inheritance cycle. Saphira is just too damn funny. I also like the dwarf Orik. I can't believe the antics he pulls when he drinks. I'm really interested in Roran's story, but also it's quite apparent that he is very ignorant about a great many a things. He seems very single-minded, but his fight scenes are remarkable. He also seemed to be blind-sighted by Eragon's popularity, and power. I don't understand the concept of love; even though I am married with children. The reason that love makes people do considerably stupid things. Protecting one's offspring is more of a feral instinct than anything. And love a combination of how well two work together, chemistry of hormones, andacceptance of compromise. If all three are able to be applied evenly then I suppose it can be counted as a successful relationship that can last. This I wager is the concept of love. Trust should not be an issue if these three points are intact. For each one's practicality and caution will make them choose comfort over the embellishments of temporary sation. Paolini has broached the subject of religion that I can whole heartedly agree with. I can also understand Eragon's turmoil in realizing much of this, because I myself realized much of this the moment my son was born. I'm surprised to see that Sloan was still alive, but the state of him tore at me. I did feel somewhat saddened by the man, but at the same time I didn't. I think it made me feel contempt for Katrina. I really don't enjoy her feeble demeanor compared to all of the other female characters in this tale. I find very little sympathy for her plight. Eragon has certainly grown from being the simple farm boy he once was. How he put away his petty feelings against Sloan has shown just as much. I love Islanzardi's comparison of Eragon to Brom. So much of the ground work depended on Brom, and am saddened by the fact that he died in the first book. However it is interesting that we are finding out so much about Brom's history. I have to admit that the more and more I found out about him I started to tear up, because he is the exact type of character I would classify a hero. I also deduced that he was Eragon's father just from Islanzardi's comment, and damnit I was right. Which you don't find out until much later on in the book. The debate of the dwarves was amazing. I was completely absorbed in the inter-workings of the politics. I am of the opinion that Paolini should run for the Montana U.S. Senate seat. He has a brilliant mind for fictional politics to where I would see very little trouble of the politics of reality.

Percy Jackson and the Olympians: Lightning Thief, Sea of Monsters, Titan's Curse, Battle of the Labyrinth, and Last Olympian by Rick Riordan

This was a really great series. Makes me nostalgic of 9th grade and reading Homer's Odyssey.

Magyk by Angie Sage.

Fascinating through and through. Marvelous theory about ghosts, and how they can only travel to places they've only been to in their lifetime. It makes me wonder if any of the Taps Team has read this book. This book was ten times better than the Harry Potter books in my opinion. It has a lot more to the plot, and the descriptions had more depth. One thing even better it hasn't sold out to Hollywood yet.

Flyte & Physik by Angie Sage.

I really like how Sage writes. Simple, straight-forward, and exciting. Honestly this writer has me obsessed with this series. I just couldn't seem to read it fast enough. Marcia Overstrand is a hilarious and crotchety character. A lot has happened in the plot that was unexpected, and yet welcomed with glee on my part. It was very much like Eragon on the dragon part. I find the dragon Spit Fyre quite a hilarious creature who is always hungry. I simply adore these books.

Queste by Angie Sage.

Like the other 3 Septimus Heap books this one was an awesome addition to the adventure. It also shows the maturity evolving throughout the books. For a few moments my mind was boggled, by the fact the kids in these stories are growing up. Thank goodness that real kids don't grow up as fast as they do in books.

A Series of Unfortunate Events: The Bad Beginning, The Reptile Room, The Wide Window, The Miserable Mill, The Ersatz Elevator, The Vile Village, The Hostile Hospital,The Carnivorous Carnival, The Slippery Slope, The Grim Grotto, The Penultimate Peril, &  The End by Lemony Snicket

Vampirates: Demons of the Ocean by Justin Somper

I know just the title sounds completely ridiculous, but this book had me completely stone-walled with shock. I wasn't expecting this to be as fantastic as it was. The action was stellar, and the fact that Vampires were pirates actually made a lot of sense once it was explained in a whole chapter by the captain of the Vampirates.

The Amulet of Samurkand by Jonathan Stroud.

This book was absolutely brilliant. I found great humor in Bartimaeus' witicism. Though when the narration changed to Bartimaeus' point of view the use of foot- notes was extremely distracting yet very educational. I'm not very partial to the character Nathaniel, but I can see where this is going. His attitude I think will change dramatically over the corse of the next two books. How that will happen, I will look forward to.

Dragon's Egg by Sarah L. Thomson.

This book instantly sucked me into its world. It was very fast paced, and in my opinion was to short. I'm looking to see if it is a part of a series that I haven't heard about. It had completely fascinating points of views from the perspective of an innkeeper's daughter, and a runaway prince of the kingdom. They journey to take a dragon's egg to the fabled hatching grounds. No one in the kingdom had seen a dragon in almost a century, so it was assumed that the dragons were extinct until one showed up with an egg. The knight who the runaway prince was traveling with killed the dragon, and in its dying breath charged the Innkeeper's daughter with finishing his task.

Kitty and the Midnight Hour, Kitty Goes to Washington, & Kitty Takes a Holiday, Kitty and the Silver Bullet by Carrie Vaughn.

All I can say right now that this is an amazing paranormal series about werewolves and vampires. Not Charlaine Harris, but close enough that I just want to pick apart their brains to see what makes them write the way they do. I was pretty skeptical because as of late the Twilight saga has really turned me off on the aspect of Vampires and Werewolves. http://www.FantasticFiction.co.uk and goodreads.com recommended that if you like Charlaine Harris then this was a must read. So taking it on good faith of sites that hasn't let me down yet. I continued reading the books. Very good, but still it wasn't Harris or Rice. Thought for a minute that it would have a lot more to vamps than wolves. Still it was very intriguing, but I have no idea where this series is going. Kinda awesome that the author is giving CCR some credit. Quite a hilarious phrase stated in this book tha had me amused for a while  'a Southern politition shouting quasi-religious bigoted inanities.' Really liked that the farie folk were included in this series. Elijah Smith was exactly as I predicted. (That one tidbit also annoys the hell out of me.) Vaughn was able to depict the cruelness of Farie Kind very well. The 4th book by far has been the most humorous. A lot more to do with vampire/werewolf politics. Pecking order as Vaughn puts it. It also always seems that a lot of things Kitty says comes back to bite her in the ass. It's somewhat ironic.

Dark Lover, Lover Eternal, & Lover Awakened by J.R. Ward

When I started reading this series I was sure that I was going to stop reading them due to the amount of smut that went along with it. Laying that fact aside the plot itself kept me reading. It had one of the most creative magic systems I'd ever read about, along with a vampiric religious deity that defied any Jedeo-Christian sect I've read. Each book focused on one brother, and his pits, downfalls, curses, and physical flaws. He coincidentally meets a female who fills in the gaps of his personality, while in turn the brother fills in the shortcomings of her own. The only flaw other than smut is that you can't jump in and read them out of sequence without being utterly lost.

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