Found at Way Too Fantasy (go check it out!). Since my time is split between reading a longish book and learning to knit, it’s going to be a couple more days until the next review, and I thought I might as well do something fun in the meanwhile.
Favorite Book of All Time
The Gray House by Mariam Petrosyan. I only read it this January, but it was love from the first page that caused a month-long book hangover. I was obsessed (and I suppose I still am). The colourful characters, the strangeness, the vividly descriptive prose. I haven’t been able to shut up about it and it’s a book made for discussion.
Favorite Book Five Years Ago
2013 was still in the period when I was in the relatively early stages of exploring the genre and reading mostly off toplists…and since this means reading a lot of great books one after the other, I’m not sure I even had a single favourite. And my memory is terrible too. Probably either The Lies of Locke Lamora, The Lord of the Rings, Prince of Thorns or Name of the Wind.
Favorite Duology / Trilogy / Series
That’s a tough choice. I think I’ll go with The Balance Academy by S.E. Robertson. It’s a comfortable slice of life series about two healers, one magical and one mundane, who are forced to work together and slowly go from hating each other to being very close friends. The second book deals with them settling down in one of the towns they visited in the first one. I love it because it’s completely different from most fantasy, as unepic as it gets, with no action, relying entirely on characters…and it works.
Last Book You Read
Nice Dragons Finish Last by Rachel Aaron.
Last Book of Poetry I’ve Read
Not sure I have read any. While I read and collect poetry, it’s mostly poems I find here and there online.
What Book Most Influenced Your Life
I never really experienced the phenomenon of a book changing one’s whole outlook on life, the universe, and everything (heh). But as far as getting into a genre goes, I don’t think any book had an impact comparable to Eragon by Christopher Paolini. I was about 10 or 11. I loved Harry Potter, of course, but Eragon was what made me discover epic fantasy and seek out more books like it. And the third book, Brisingr, was the first book I read entirely in English, lacking the patience to wait for a translation. However, it’s not a series I’d recommend – I highly doubt it lives up.
Book That Made You Ugly Cry
I’m not someone who’d cry often while reading. At most, I mildly tear up once. Well, until The Unwomanly Face of War. I teared up almost once per chapter. The way those women’s experiences were dismissed after the war is heartbreaking. It’s an important book, and one I’d encourage everyone to read.
Book That Made You Laugh
There’s no book that made me laugh as much as The Lies of Locke Lamora and its sequels. It’s not comedic fantasy at all, but Lynch elevates swearing into an art form.
Character You’d Like To Be For a Day
A random tourist in the book I’m currently reading, City of Saints and Madmen. Ambergris sounds like a fascinating place to visit.
Book So Good You Dreamed About It
I probably dreamed about most of my favourite worlds at some point. A rather vivid story-dream inspired by The Lies of Locke Lamora is one that stuck in my mind, but there have also been dreams about The Silmarilion and The Gray House at the very least. The weirdest is probably a dream about Dune I had before I read the actual book and made me desperate to find it and read it, sure that I would love it. I did love it.
Book You DNF’ed
I was so hopeful going into it. A slice of life story about building a cathedral sounded exactly up my alley. And sure, it started off well enough. I liked it. But the longer it went on, the more obvious the flaws became and I quit a little more than halfway in, angry at the book and the time and money I wasted. Part of it was expectations, I expected a literary story and got a very dramatic medieval soap opera, but even so, it has flaws for days. Pancake-flat characters that are either paragons of virtue or utterly evil, the general subtlety of a bag of bricks to the face, a drawn-out, repetitive, contrived plot, graphic rapist POV every few chapters for no other reason than to remind us that the character is evil…such high expectations, such a colossal letdown.
What Book Are You Excited To Read?
The lucky few ARC reviews I’ve seen seem very excited. Can’t wait!!!!!
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