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shastastwin
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I finished Piranesi (and The Prayers of Jane Austen). This is the fastest I've worked through a Christmas book haul in years. Giggle  

I knew I was in for a treat with Piranesi when the epigraph was from The Magician's Nephew! I kept looking for other Narnia references as I went.

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I think overall this is much more of a Ransom-style book than Narnia, although obviously Uncle Andrew's mindset and character had a great deal of influence on the story--Ketterly, the multiple worlds, the high-minded "lonely destiny" of the magicians/scientists. I noticed a reference to Tumnus and Lucy, and it seemed there were some other references to the Inklings and their books, but I didn't stop to keep track.

I was much more pleased with the ending than I feared I would be. I kept expecting the narrator (I'm not sure what to call him at this point in the story) to choose the House forever, and I'm very grateful he didn't. This synthesis of Matthew Rose Sorensen and Piranesi is the perfect ending of the story--blending the elements of identity that have been woven throughout the story into a new whole. That he and Raphael (not an idle name choice, with her biblical imagery of lanterns and her role as Ariadne) are able to visit the House whenever they like is just icing on the cake. This is definitely one I'll need to reread. I don't think I got nearly a third of what is going on here. It reminds me of Borges and Gene Wolfe--lots of intellectual aerobatics going on beneath the surface.

My next reading goal is to catch myself up on Dresden, as I have a story collection and two novels from that series to read now.

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Posted : December 28, 2020 3:30 pm
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Turns out Wintersong is not a retelling of Tatterhood but more inspired by a combination of The Goblin Market by Christina Rosetti and Heinrich Wilhelm Ernst's violin version of Franz Schubert's Der Elkonig. I didn't dislike it as a whole, but there were a lot of things that I didn't really like. And pretty much everything I wanted to happen didn't happen. It's the sort of book I probably would have liked when I was 16 (the author said she wrote it for her 16-year-old self), but as an adult there were too many parts that I wasn't comfortable with.

Also finished Harrow the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir. It's a good sequel to Gideon the Ninth, but the stylistic issues I had with the first one were somehow more bothersome in the second. And most of the narrative was in second person which I generally prefer in small doses. The lore continued to be intriguing, but I'm not sure I'll be reading the third book when it comes out.

 

Up next, YA's January book is Jane, Unlimited by Kristin Cashore. The main character goes to a magic house where she experiences five different paths her life could take and she must then choose one. The reviews make it sound like a continuous story within a story sort of narrative.

I also got several books for Christmas, including Diana Wynne Jones' Reflections, On the Magic of Writing and the first Temeraire book. And the deadline for voting for next year's scifi books was on Monday so hopefully I'll know what book to order for that soon.

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Posted : December 30, 2020 4:17 pm
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For Christmas, I was given a special edition of Pride and Prejudice.  It is the whole novel, but with pockets throughout that hold replicas of nineteen letters from the story.  I was also given a book about the making of the 1995 Pride and Prejudice tv series.  I can't wait to read both of them! Smile  

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Posted : December 31, 2020 6:24 pm
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@carley Ooh wow! I've heard of the new edition of P&P with the replica letters in it, but haven't seen it yet. It sounds like a wonderful way of getting "into" the story, as of course there are several points where a letter provides a crucial twist in the plot. (Especially Darcy's explanations after his disastrous proposal, and Jane's announcement of the dreadful news about Lydia...) Would love to hear your thoughts on this version when you've read it.

I also have a "making of" book about the 1995 TV series, possibly the same one you've got — it's really interesting and worth reading. Smile Happy New Year to you!

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Posted : January 1, 2021 1:39 am
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@fantasiaMary Emma and Company is one of the series I haven't read yet. So my vote is that you read it as soon as possible. Giggle  

I have now officially read it and enjoyed it ALMOST as much as the first three. But I think I'm going to take a break from the series for a bit now. As much as I really love every single book I've read in the series... 

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...with the exception of The Home Ranch, every book is a start-over-from-scratch story, and I want things to be stable for a bit.

And reading through the reviews without reading through spoilers, I think the general, overall favorite books are done and it goes down ever-so-slightly from here. Wink But I DEFINITELY plan to come back and finish this series later on.

Today I picked up my husband's brand new copy of Dune. I've been wanting to reread this one for years and hadn't as his copy was lost. But he got a new one for Christmas and I stole it. Devil Not really, he gets first dibs, I'll just pick along on it as I can. Smile  

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Posted : January 6, 2021 3:51 pm
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@shastastwin, I'm glad you enjoyed Piranesi! I do feel like a reread would be useful to try to ferret out some more references and allusions.

@dot, Jane, Unlimited sounds like it could be a lot of fun - hopefully it is!

What great gifts, @Carley! Grin If that Making-Of book is what I think it is, my mom has it - unfortunately for her, it's been well-loved and is not in great shape anymore. But we've enjoyed it. Giggle

@fantasia, did you get your husband Dune for Christmas? Wink

I speedread through a reread of the Percy Jackson series over the past week - I'm actually quite surprised because I never make it through rereads of series. Giggle It held up well to my memories; they were fun, though I liked the first half better than the second half. I have now moved on to something completely different - the complete stories of Edgar Allan Poe. Tongue I don't think I'll be speedreading it, but I had to start something while I waited for my library books to come in, and it's been sitting on my shelf for a while.

Speaking of, Rhythm of War is supposed to be heading my way now. Granted, that doesn't necessarily mean much because there's another book that must've gotten stuck in the corner of the truck or something since it's been listed as "in transit" for two weeks now. Tongue

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Posted : January 6, 2021 8:15 pm
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I should put A Christmas Carol on my list to read since I have never read more than a snippet, I only have 150 other books on my Goodreads to-read shelf. Giggle  

I finished Chosen People by Robert Whitlow, and even though I enjoyed it, instead of starting the second book, I started reading Civil War Commando by Jerome Preisler. But then I had to switch to Promised Land because it's due back at the library on Saturday. However I was enjoying reading Civil War Commando way more than I am Promised Land.

Oh, great, chapter 9 arrived yesterday, I am getting so far behind on The Silent Bells. And the siblings are getting a little crank because I won't share what I haven't read. I would love to know how many chapters it is going to be.

I have set of my Goodreads goal for the year at 130 books. I finished 144 total books in 2020, but missed my goal of 24,000 pages. I am going to try for it again this year, but I am already off to a slow start.

These are my books finished in 2021 so far:

  • God's Very Good Idea by Trillia J. Newbell - 4 stars
  • Grandfather's Christmas Tree by Keith Strand - 3 stars
  • Just Right For Christmas by Birdie Black and Rosalind Beardshaw - 3 stars
  • Grace Canceled by Dana Loesch (audiobook) - 4 stars

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Posted : January 7, 2021 2:01 pm
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@fantasia, did you get your husband Dune for Christmas? Wink

Nope, his parents did. Wink  

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Posted : January 9, 2021 11:46 am
ValiantArcher
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SnowAngel, last time someone asked, N.D. Wilson didn't even know how many chapters it was going to be. Giggle He thought maybe up to 30. I just got Chapter 10 - have you gotten it yet?

Gotcha, fantasia. Giggle

Rhythm of War did actually arrive and I started it Saturday; it's been slow going so far due to my schedule (I haven't even made it to the first Interlude Crying ). I'm kind of regretting not actually rereading or at least thumbing more through the preceding book - it turns out I remember pretty much nothing about what's been happening in the world, just some of what has happened to the characters. Tongue My favourite thing so far is

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is Adolin dragging Kaladin out to the bar and Kaladin realising he's been outmaneuvered a few times. Giggle Also, surprisingly to me, I enjoyed Navani's flying ship and her joy at it and the fabrial research - she's always been low on the list of characters for me.

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Posted : January 13, 2021 6:08 pm
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shastastwin
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I caught up on Dresden Files (Battle Ground was a rough book emotionally, more so than I'd anticipated, and I'm still not sure I'm happy with how everything panned out).

I'm currently reading Dark Disciple, a Star Wars novel based on unproduced episodes of the Clone Wars TV show. It focuses on Asajj Ventress, who's been a favorite antagonist of mine since she was introduced in the original Clone Wars animation that aired between Episodes II and III.

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Posted : January 14, 2021 1:37 pm
SnowAngel
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Posted by: @valiantarcher

SnowAngel, last time someone asked, N.D. Wilson didn't even know how many chapters it was going to be. Giggle He thought maybe up to 30. I just got Chapter 10 - have you gotten it yet?

Oh, I hope it's not quite that long. Nope, I am still waiting for chapter 10.

I'm still reading Civil War Commando by Jerome Preisler and I started Fortitude by Dan Crenshaw. I had hoped to finish Civil War Commando yesterday, but I ended spending Sunday afternoon playing board games with the siblings.

SnowAngel

 

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