I’m not going to do full blog posts for The Habitation of the Blessed & The Fall of Arthur but
of the former I used an entire tab of sticky notes marking passages in which Cat Valente’s writing made me want to give up and never write another word so yeah read that.
of the latter, really of Tolkien’s unfinished poems I would say The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrùn is more worth your time as it was closer to completion. Only 50 pages or so of this one is the actual poem by Tolkien (but that is excellent) mostly it’s just Christopher Tolkien’s notes (which I always find fascinating but I also love when he gripes about how disorganised his father was) so if you’re into notes and things like that like I am it’s a good read, but if you want actual narrative substance I’d look at something eeeeelse.
Review for Shatter Me
I got multiple anonymous messages on tumblr telling me to read this book because of a certain amoral love (?) interest. But I kept putting it off because, you know, YA dystopia. And, well, I read it very quickly and I’m… conflicted.
I liveblogged it on my blog and I spent a lot of time being baffled by the prose. Ok, here’s the thing. Purple prose and flowery prose is great when it’s done well (think Cat Valente’s Deathless or Laini Taylor’s Daughter of Smoke and Bone) but it takes a long time for a writer’s prose to get to a point where it doesn’t just sound ridiculous and pretentious (Cat Valente’s early work is messy messy messy). So, this was… a prosaic mess. She used the word Shatter 7 times (I kept count because, you know, if it’s in the title it’s going to be noticed), she kept likening the protagonist to butter (I… I’m still confused), all the make out scenes the protagonist was on fire (it was always fire. every time. fire.) she used hyperbole to the extreme (like i was genuinely concerned for Juliette’s well being because her jaw kept falling off and her organs were always rearranging themselves).
Step 1: wander the poetry section of the school library.
Step 2: pull anything that looks interesting because you don’t read nearly enough poetry.
(Also Persepolis 2 because I haven’t had the chance to read it yet)
- Cinder by Marrissa Meyer
- Scarlet by Marrissa Meyer
- Seraphina by Rachel Hartman
- Rachel Rising #1 by Terry Moore
Also lets take a moment to appreciate my absolutely ridiculous Karen Miller collection. #books
I finally have the entire Gemma Doyle trilogy & the copies of Trickster’s Choice and Trickster’s Queen I won off eBay came in pristine condition. What a time to be alive #books