Musical Interlude: Pearl’s Dream and Duality

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Isn’t Bat For Lashes amazing?  I keep wanting her new album to come out soon.  What I love about Pearl’s Dream and the album Two Suns in general is the sense of story-telling it evokes.  I love the theme of duality without.  It is a concept that has stayed with me.  It made me think about how you can be more than one thing – that in essence we are all more than one thing and that there can be both good and bad in a person.

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YA Book Lust aka My Imaginary Book Haul

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Recently I have been considering getting back into reading Young Adult literature.  When I hit eighteen I decided that I was an adult and that as such I should only read ‘adult’ books.  However since I got into reading blogs I’ve realised that a lot of maturer adults then I love YA and that it is okay to read it at any age.

This led me to a really entertaining search on Goodreads and down below is a list of books that I really want to read soon.

 

I’m especially looking forward to reading Unspoken and The Demon’s Lexicon by Sarah Rees Brennan because I follow her blog and she is awesome.  I also can’t wait to sink my teeth into Timeless by Alexandra Monir because the synopsis is particularly interesting to me.  If you want to check out any of these books then the pictures are linked to their respective Goodreads pages (hopefully – I’ve never done this before!)

Book Review: The Pillars of the World (Tir Alainn #1) by Anne Bishop

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Goodreads synopsis:

 The youngest in a long line of witches, Ari senses things are changing for the worse. For generations, her kin have tended the Old Places, keeping the land safe and fertile. Now, she finds herself torn between the world of mortals and the world of Fae, who ignore what occurs in the mortal world, for the roads between the two lands are vanishing into thin air.

I began ‘The Pillars of the World’ with an open mind because many fans of the Black Jewels series online pointed out that Tir Alainn wasn’t as good and Tir Alainn fans claim that you have to be open to it.  I didn’t really know what to expect and I did enjoy the book, especially at first.  I found it a light read but as time wore on, my views on it changed a bit.  I’m going to start with what I liked about it first though.

I adored Ari.  I thought that she was a great lead character and she was well-developed. I really did feel for her, alone in her cottage.  The big bad of the series – Adolfo – was given a point of view early on which made him much more menacing than any other villain I had read by Bishop.  Seriously, he was a great villain and he was reasonably well-developed too so the reader knows why he is the way he is.  Many of his scenes and thought processes are disturbing to read and are graphic, so I wouldn’t recommend this to the lighthearted.  Another point of view that I thought was brilliant in this book was Morag.  She is Death’s Mistress and can kill people at will.  She became my favourite character of the entire series.

Now onto the bad.  The love triangle was predictable, and became more and more predictable as the book went on.  I also didn’t like what I call the petty evilness of certain characters in this book (and the rest of the series for that matter) – I would have liked to have seen some character growth, but this isn’t a spoiler review so I’m not going to name names.

Despite the predictable resolution to the love triangle, the ending of the book is actually quite good.  I did kind of predict that it would happen, but like what happens to Janelle at the end of Daughter of the Blood in the Black Jewels Series, the end is better because you see it coming.  You spend most of the book dreading it.  The end provides some great set up for the next book in the series and a secret is revealed that makes the treatment of witches by society and the fae even more awful.

Musing Mondays (July 9)

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Musing Mondays is a weekly event held by Should Be Reading where bloggers are asked to answer a musing on reading and books in general.  This weeks musing is:

Have you ever read a book that, at the time, you didn’t feel a strong connection towards, but as time goes by you find yourself thinking about it a lot?

My answer is a definite ‘yes’.  This happens to me all the time, so much so that I can nearly predict that it will happen when I’m reading the book.  Some examples of when this happened for me are:

Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

Tigana by Guy Gavriel Kay

The Watchmen by Alan Moore

Night Watch by Terry Pratchett

That’s all I can think of off the top of my head, but I do know that this happens frequently with me.  The opposite to this also can happen where I love a book when I read it, then once I’ve finished it I begin to see problems with it that never crossed my mind before.

Blog post where I forget I’m supposed to be a music snob.

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I’ve found some new-to-me music lately, and to be honest if you are a music snob then you should click out of this right now.  I’m about to put up a Nickleback song.  I used to be a music snob, and I am still a bit like that.  You wouldn’t think it by the majority of songs I post about here, but once upon a time I had ‘standards’ and would only listen to what Kerrang! and occasionally what Q and NME told me to.

Anyways onto what I can only call ‘summer music’.

The first song is ‘Gotta be Somebody’ by Nickleback.  I’m not a Nickleback fan at all, but this song is a Summer song and I have it on loop as I write this.

I know this came out in like 2008.  I had no idea that this existed.  See above, and well you know why I haven’t heard it before.  I don’t listen to the radio.  I am strange.

The next song I actually found through the movie ‘The Sorcerer’s Apprentice’ which I decided to watch recently, because I’ve seen the ending a million times and Sky Movies is constantly repeating it at the moment. (Note that I am not a movie snob at all.)  It is ‘Secrets’ by One Republic

I don’t have much to comment about this song other than that I like it and I have a faint recollection of One Republic being big a couple of years back.  The lyrics are good.  That is all I have to say.

Musing Mondays (July 2)

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Musing Mondays is a weekly meme/ event held by Should Be Reading where bloggers are asked to answer a question about books, reading habits ect.

This weeks musing is:

When you’re stuck for a book to read next, what do you do?

My answer is that it is sort of different every time.  Sometimes I take time away from reading – usually about a week.  I find that that can clear my mind.  Most of the time I spend a couple of days looking through my to be read pile and fish something out that is different from what I’ve just read.  Then other times, if I am lucky I go and buy new books!   Usually I prepare a list on One Note of books that I am going to buy and because I only buy two/three times a year I get really excited and that ends the slump.  New books in my experience are the best way 🙂