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Cheap Books are Good Books!

So, the other day I made my first trip ever to Value Village, which shocked most of my friends and colleagues. Just another reminder of how I have failed to remain in touch with this generations shopping habits, but I digress. The purpose of this little adventure was to find clothes that suited my rather bizarre fashion sense – or lack of one, to be more precise – but somehow it did not quite work out that way. Alas, after finding only a few articles of clothing that met my picky criteria, I couldn’t help but notice a nicely stocked book shelf calling out my name. Although it paled in comparison to places like Chapters, the prices just couldn’t be beat, and I talked myself into buying two books that I have always wanted to get, but was too off-put by the price to actually purchase. I have yet to read them, but the premises sound most intriguing:

1. The Law of Nines by Terry Goodkind

“Turning twenty-seven may be terrifying for some, but for Alex, a struggling artist living in the Midwest, it is cataclysmic. Something about this birthday, his name, and the beautiful woman whose life he has just saved has suddenly made him – and everyone he loves – a target. A target for extreme and uncompromising violence.”

 

2. The Sandman by Neil Gaiman and Ed Kramer

“There is a dark king who rules our dreams from a place of shadows and fantastic things. He is Morpheus, the lord of dreams. Older than humankind itself, he inhabits – along with Destiny, Death, Destruction, Desire, Despair, and Delirium, hi Endless sisters and brothers – the realm of human consciousness. His powers are myth and nightmare – inspirations, pleasures, and punishments manifested beneath the blanketing mist of sleep.


I have read work by both authors, and I fell in love with their imagination coupled with their unique writing styles. However, I would still appreciate some feedback from those who have read these two works in particular, preferably without any spoilers 🙂

 

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I’m back!

Hello avid readers.

I apologize for taking so long to update, but it has been a very busy Summer for me, and I am sure it has been for most of you as well. I am still in the process of reading “A Dangerous Fortune”, which I would like to comment on as being a really intriguing read. However, I also started reading yet another book, something a little later and more suited to my interests:

“Young Sherlock Holmes: Red Leech” by Andrew Lane.

This is one in a series of books, detailing the life of the renowned Sherlock Holmes when he was a child, reliving the events that made him into the icon he is today. It is well written, although the wording is slightly more simplistic than that of the Ken Follett books I have been reading as of late. It still has that good old Sherlock feel, and if you are a fan of BBC shows such as Dr Who and Torchwood, then I think you will definitely find much delight by delving into this novel. Here is the synopsis from the back of the book, to help wet your appetite:

“Sherlock Holmes knows that adults keep secrets. But he didn’t expect to find the world’s most famous assassin apparently living in Surrey when he’s meant to be dead – and his own brother somehow involved. When no one will tell you the truth, sometimes you have to risk all to discover it for yourself. So begins an adventure that will lead Sherlock to America, to the centre of a deadly web – where life and death are cheap, and truth has a price no sane person would pay . . .”

I would definitely recommend that you check out this book, and you can post your feedback in the comments.

Another Ken Follett Masterpiece

A Dangerous Fortune” by Ken Follett

I just finished reading “World Without End” by Ken Follett not too long ago, and I must say that for such a lengthy book with so many different plot points, I felt as though I was going to cry as I read the very last page. I couldn’t wait to get my hands on another one of his novels, and fortunately my wish was granted!

I have only just begun to read A Dangerous Fortune, but it’s one of those books where once you start reading it, it’s nearly impossible to put it back down. It’s set in the late 1800’s, London, and it starts off right away with a murder and a criminal cover up. Here’s the synopsis:

In 1866, a schoolboy drowns in a mysterious accident. Present are Hugh Pilaster and his older cousin Edward, the dissolute heir to a banking fortune and Micky Miranda, son of a brutal South American landowner. Caught in the ensuing maelstrom are sly matriarch Augusta Pilaster, rich heir Solly Greenbourne and slum girl Maisie Robinson. Micky Miranda uses blackmail and murder to advance his family and threatens the whole British economy.

I’ll give more feedback once I finish the book, but feel free to post your own comments below, or even add some of your favourite books to the “Book Recommendations From You” page above.

Finally Finished The Fault In Our Stars!!!

The Fault In Our Stars” by John Green

Okay, so I bought this book pretty much the day it come out in stores, but I haven’t been able to read it until a couple days ago. That’s right, it only took me two days to read through this masterpiece because I physically could not pry myself away from it! Seriously, every single word kept my attention, and that’s not easy to do when you have a reader like me who gets easily distracted 😛 It’s a beautiful love story mixed with tragedy, comedy and John Green’s unbelievably mind blowing writing talents.

“Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten.”

Yes, this is my own personal copy of the book, which came with both John Green’s signature (BEST DAY EVER!!!), as well as a note from fellow nerdfighters of the Ottawa Nerdfighter Community:

Let The Hunger Games Begin!

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

The only reason I got into reading this book is because my brother bought it for me as a christmas present, but man am I thankful for his kindness! If it wasn’t for the piles of academic readings and assignments I’ve had to work on, I would never have put that book down. I managed to finish it today, and I was nearly crying by the end. It’s such an interesting concept that gets you thinking; ‘would you be able to do what Katniss did if you were in that situation?’ It really makes a normal, and even somewhat boring life seem wonderful 🙂

“In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV. Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen regards it as a death sentence when she steps forward to take her sister’s place in the Games. Butu Katniss has been close to dead before – and survival, for her, is second nature. Without really meaning to, she becomes a contender. But if she is to win, she will have to start making choices that weigh survival against humanity and life against love.”

What Would You Be Willing To Do For A Girl?

Paper Townsby John Green

Yet another amazing piece of work by the amazing John Green. This is the second book I have read of his, and it was just as good. It’s also the book I finished reading the most recently.

Quentin Jacobsen has spent a lifetime loving the magnificently adventurous Margo Roth Spiegelman from afar. So when she cracks open a window and climbs back into his life–dressed like a ninja and summoning him for an ingenious campaign of revenge–he follows. After their all-nighter ends and a new day breaks, Q arrives at school to discover that Margo, always an enigma, has now become a mystery. But Q soon learns that there are clues–and they’re for him. Urged down a disconnected path, the closer he gets, the less Q sees of the girl he thought he knew.”

I’m not big into romance literature, but this is the most wonderful love story I have ever read! It really is just amazing. Again, it’s a teen fiction, so it is a relatively easy read, but it is written really well.

The End of a Cycle

“Inheritance” by Christopher Paolini

I have to admit, it took me quite a bit of time to finish this book, but it’s not because it was bad or anything of the sort. I probably should have waited to purchase it when I knew I would actually have time to read it. This lack of time to dedicate to this particular book might have dampened my experience with it, but this one fact remains; it was a pretty damn good ending!

For those of you who haven’t even heard of the series, although I don’t know why you wouldn’t have, here is a synopsis for each of the four books . . .

Book 1: “Eragon

“Fifteen-year-old Eragon believes that he is merely a poor farm boy- until his destiny as a Dragon Rider is revealed. Gifted with only an ancient sword, a loyal dragon, and sage advice from an old storyteller, Eragon is soon swept into a dangerous tapestry of magic, glory, and power. Now his choices could save – or destroy- the Empire.”

Book 2: “Eldest

“Eragon and his dragon, Saphira, have just saved the rebel state from destruction by the mighty forces of King Galbatorix, cruel ruler of the Empire. Now Eragon must travel to Ellesmera, land of the elves, for further training in the skills of the Dragon Rider: magic and swordsmanship.”

Book 3: “Brisingr

“Following the colossal battle against the Empire’s warriors on the Burning Plains, Eragon and his dragon, Saphira, have narrowly escaped with their lives. Still, there is more adventure at hand for the Rider and his dragon, as Eragon finds himself bound by a tangle of promises he may not be able to keep.”

Book 4: “Inheritance

“Long months of training and battle have brought victories and hope, but they have also brought heartbreaking loss. And still, the real battle lies ahead: they must confront Galbatorix. When they do, they will have to be strong enough to defeat him. And if they cannot, no one can. There will be no second chances.”

The language of the books is relatively simple, but not too simple to the point where you would get bored of reading it. It is definitely more for those readers who are into fantasy, with the story revolving around magic, dragons, elves, dwarves . . . well, I think you get the idea. There was a fairly large gap between the time that the third and fourth book came out, but fortunately it comes with a summary of what happened in the previous books. Its popularity remained surprisingly high considering how long people had to wait. I won’t give too much away, but I will say that as hard as it is to come up with a good ending that ties everything up nicely, Paolini did a pretty damn good job. Oh, and there is a movie out based on the first book, but there are far too many inaccuracies, so do not replace the book with the movie or else you will become very confused!