New Books

Aug. 4th, 2010 09:30 am
I haven't read a good book in a while. I mean one of those books that you devour in one sitting because they're just so goddamn good. And I really need something new. I've re-read my entire bookshelf in the last month and now I'm getting antsy!

Oh, and as you can probably tell by this entry, I'm not dead!
I finished re-reading the fourth Fever book the other day and I must admit I'm still having trouble trying to figure out exactly how I should feel about the events that take place in the first part.

Cut for discussions of rape. Also includes major plot spoilers for the whole series. )
I'm loving Castle at the moment. I don't care about the murder mysteries. I watch it purely for the awesomeness that is the Castle family.

I'm still writing. It's coming in fits and spurts but it's coming. I'm not writing as much as I should be because I'm currently in one of my book junkie moods. I'm devouring my way through one or two books a day.

I've finally got around to reading Karen Marie Moning's Highlander series. It doesn't live up to the epicness that is the Fever series, but it had it's moments. I read it mostly to see if I could dig up a few clues as to what or who Jericho Barrons is. I find the idea of waiting until December almost unbearable. I don't want Fever to be over, but at the same time I want that last book in my hands right now.

I'm re-reading Fever for the third time in a year. I'm placing it right up there in my top three, along with The Black Jewels Trilogy and The Forbidden Game Trilogy. If I haven't already pimped this series out enough, I'm strongly recommending it to all those that love a kick-ass heroine, a fast-paced adventure, a suspenseful mystery and a story with bite and grit. I adore this series and find there's a serious lack of fandom to share my squee with.

I've little else to update you all on. I'm sure I'll be sharing the piece I'm working on with you once it's done, but for now, it seems to be radio silence until I have something worthwhile to say.
Date tonight. Weeee. I'm looking forward to it. In fact, I'm looking forward to the whole weekend because it's a long one! Woooo for Bank Holiday, that's all I can say.

So he finishes work at midnight and then we're going to have drinks and watch films and relax. He's buying a bottle of Jagermeister because we both love Jagerbombs, so I think it might get messy. Just sayin'.

Tomorrow night I'm out again, except I'm not out-out, I'm out-in at a house party for my best friend's boyfriend's (mouthful) birthday. Last time I went for a few drinks at his house (last Saturday, in fact) I ended up wearing shit-kickers, three inches of eyeliner and a feather boa. His makeup collection actually rivals mine, which is depressing, I think.

Anyway, on Sunday I'm out with the best friend (John), my brother and friends for Bank Holiday. Possible foam party at the Pier, but probably a bad idea considering I'll be wearing a thin, yellow summer dress that's already slightly see-through as it is. Then maybe-possibly going back to Martyn's if I'm still awake and not too drunk at 4am when he finishes work. Woooo! Epic weekend.

Thennnnn it's only four more days at work and then I have a week off because I'm going to Prague again. Love Prague! I'm taking my mum to see the Jewish Museum and Prague Castle and Charles Bridge and all that lovely stuff. She's never been before but I think she's really going to like it.

I've been so lazy this week. I haven't done anything except go to work, come home and collapse. I've just been so tired. The nights are so hot that I'm just not sleeping. I have two episodes of Leverage to catch up and I haven't even cracked Dreamfever yet. I think I'm going to wait until I'm not so drained after work because I really want to enjoy it. It also doesn't help that I have three other books on the go, either. My mum insisted I try Diana Gabaldon so I've started reading Outlander during my lunch break at work. I started reading Marr's Fragile Eternity and quite honestly found the first few chapters a little dull. So when I finally got my copy of Thorn Queen I was more eager to read that. So, yeah, should really finish them before I start anything else. I probably won't, though. Sigh.
I finished Vicki Pettersson's latest book a few days ago and I'm still in awe, to be honest. I don't think I have any Pettersson fans on my list, but just in case: Spoilers. Majorrrrr. )

Now I've read the last of my new books, but it's okay because Thorn Queen is out today and Dreamfever is coming on the 18th. For now I'm re-reading Marr's Ink Exchange for a refresher before I move on to Fragile Eternity.
I've turned into a book junkie lately. Not that I don't already read a lot, but for the past two weeks I just haven't took my head out of a book. I have e-books littering my Desktop at work. I come home, I eat, and then I disappear with a paperback. And it's been so good. Sometimes I go through periods (only short periods, thankfully) when I don't read at it, mostly because I haven't managed to find a book to keep me interested. This happens sometimes. My attention span tends to shrink. Then I go through what I call my junkie periods, like now, when I devour one or two books a day simply because I can't stop reading. The only problem with these periods is that the good material eventually runs out. It doesn't help that I'm a little fussy about what I read; unlike my mum, I can't read just anything. Part of me wishes I could. So then I get this push-and-pull thing going on, especially when one of my favourite authors releases a new book, where part of me wants to just sit and read the whole thing right then and there, while another part of me needs to draw it out and make it last.

I've been re-reading old series for the past few weeks (as mentioned in my previous post). I read the previous Kim Harrison book and then White Witch, Black Curse, which I've had for a long time. I do love Harrison and I think she's at the top of her genre, but I'm starting to feel like her series is stretching a little bit too far. While the last couple of books have been revelations in themselves, I felt that the latest book didn't really build on the drama of the previous book all that well. But spoilers )

I made my way through Karen Chance's Cassandra Palmer series again (and Midnight Daughter) and finally, finally removed the fourth book from my shelf, dusted it off and cracked the spine.Curse the Dawn. Spoilers inside. )

I also re-read Karen Marie Moning's Fever series again. I think it's definitely up there in my top ten. I can't really describe what it is I love about it. I think it's because I genuinely like and care about the lead character, Mac, and I'm finding her transition into a "hero" believable. The whole series (well, thus far) is fascinating, dramatic, tense, gritty, dark, fun and unpredictable. I find myself almost unable to wait until the 18th for the next installment. The next book is going to lead to one of those push-and-pull things. Part of me will want to lock myself in my room and never come out until I've devoured the whole thing. The other part of me knows that this is the second to last book in the series (another thing I think works for this series; Moning already has it planned out and she knows what she wants to say with it) and it's a year's wait until the final book. I don't want it be over and I'm not really a fan of her Highlander series, so I know I should pace myself, even though I won't.

And this is the downside of being a book junkie. I don't know how long it's going to be until I find another series of books that drags me in so completely that I never want to leave my room. There's something almost addictive about the feeling of absolute satisfaction that you get when you reach the end of a mindblowing book.

Until then I have the new Vicki Pettersson book to read. I re-read the first three Zodiac books and didn't realise how much I'd forgotten about the third book. I think because so much happened in it and I only read it once (I usually re-read a whole series before the next book comes out, so the first two were drilled into my brain), only the big plot points stuck with me. But The Touch of Twilight is definitely evidence that Pettersson is getting more comfortable with her world and her characters, because it was of those books that started off so puzzling and twisted, and then the pieces finally, finally clicked in the end. I love this series because each book is a puzzle, a mystery, the outcome completely unknown and unexpected. I hope the fourth book is just as exciting and unpredictable.

Okay, a whole post about books. I think that pretty much says it all, folks. Despite what it mean seem, I do still have a life. Sort of. I'm out getting drunk at least once a week. I call this Socialising, though I don't know if conversing with a brick wall while intoxicated counts. No, I'm exaggerating. I haven't been drunk in a long time but I have been out, because I find that if I don't go out and interact with real human beings (work colleagues and family not included) at least once a week, I start to feel my brain seeping out of my ears. And plus, I love to dance. I'm also a dancing junkie. A dancing book junkie.

I've applied for a job in my office (I'm actually covering some of the duties of this particular position as a temp) and I have my interview on Wednesday. Eep. I'm quite nervous. There's a twenty-minute Excel test, and while I'm pretty spiffy on Excel, I'm paranoid that they're going to spring something on me that I totally don't know how to do despite my experience. But we shall see. If I get this job, my life will be so much easier. Temping is starting to make life a little difficult.
You know, the double standards in fandom really do annoy me. I've seen numerous comments scattered across the internet regarding Christian Kane's physique in the latest episode of Leverage and dear God, people. When did a six-pack become the default? It's laughable how many fangirls have slated the poor guy simply because he's not chiselled to within an inch of his life. The best comment I read was that Kane should know better, train better and work better, because he's friends with Jensen Ackles, who is fitness personified. What? Even I, who knows very little about Kane outside of the roles he plays, can tell you he works his ass off on that show. He does his own stunts, people. He is not, by any stretch of the imagination, a slouch. He is also not Jensen Ackles.

But... that's not the point of me bringing this up. The whole point is, if this had been said about a female character or actor, there would be outrage. As women in fandom, I've found we often celebrate the females on our TV screens and in our books who do not fit the "conventional" mold of what a woman should look like. And amen to that. But when did it become okay to place these body restrictions on the men in our fandoms? How is expecting a six-pack and well-defined muscles from men any different from expecting a flat stomach and big breasts from women?

It irritates me because body issues are not a gender thing. They're a people thing. And this image of the perfect form isn't to be blamed soley on men. It's not just their problem. It's not just their responsibility to work on tearing that image down. It's ours. We do this to ourselves and to each other.

I'm not going to say more than that, because I think I've pretty much said what I needed to. It's just... gah. It's not the first time I've seen this and it riles me sometimes.

Speaking of Leverage, I'm now caught up. And I also have my brother hooked. It's so cracky! And fun! And now I'm reading a lot of gen fic. Because I love the team and I think I could watch them work a con all day, every day.

It's weird, though, because I'm totally a raging 'shipper and there are always pairings I want to see or pairings I love to watch on-screen etc. But the 'shipper fics just aren't working for me. I don't know. Maybe because I'm totally confused. Because, erm, Hardison/Parker all the way, baby, but at the same time I would watch Hardision, Eliot and Parker bantering all day. I would say they're my OT3 but I'm not sure that's true. In theory, it's perfect. In reality I don't see Eliot/Parker working. But at the same time I do. Just not on-screen. And off-screen it has to be done just right and the few fics I've read where this is so has been team!fic or Hardison/Eliot/Parker, because they're too awesome for words.

So, yes, my fannish love is just that logical. Recommend me team!fic if you know of any, please.

My thoughts on True Blood 2.06. Spoilers. )

[personal profile] grrlnoir! I would just like you know to know that I've been working on your Chloe/Peter piece! Yes, I know, I'm months overdue, but there just wasn't a storyline there. And now I think I maybe able scratch one out. I'm hoping to get it to you soon, darling. And I shall be writing your letter shortly!

I have many books I need to catch up. I'm currently reading the new Kim Harrison book, White Witch, Black Curse. After that I need to re-read the last Karen Chance book so I can finally get to Curse the Dawn, which I've had on my shelf since March. I really need to re-read Karen Marie Moning's Faefever series, too, because I'm hazy on some of the details and the next installment is out next month. And then there's Vicki Petterson's next book, City of Souls, coming out tomorrow, and the continuation of Richelle Mead's Dark Swan series (Storm Born was one of my favourite reads of last year) coming out in a few weeks.

And all the while I'm jonsing to re-read The Black Jewels Trilogy. I've yet to tackle Tangled Webs and I want the stories and the characters to be fresh in my mind.

A little lower down on my to-read list is Charlaine Harris' new Sookie Stackhouse novel and Melissa Marr's Fragile Eternity. So, hmmm... yup, that should keep me going for a few weeks at least.

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