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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 🙂

Book Reaction: Deadlocked by Charlaine Harris

 

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I’ve decided not to do a review of this book for two reasons.  Firstly, this is number twelve in the Southern Vampire Mysteries/ Sookie Stackhouse Series, so chances are if you have any curiosity or interest in the series you’ve already read many of the books.  Secondly, I just felt that any review I tried to write about Deadlocked would suffer because I didn’t overly like it, and without spoilers I can’t fully explain why.

Like a lot of fans I was really looking forward to Deadlocked.  Unlike the vast majority I actually liked the previous installment – Dead Reckoning – so I hoped that this would be more of the same.  At first it did show promise and then, about one hundred and fifty pages in I realised that I still hadn’t actually gotten into the book.  It was sort of enjoyable, I will give it that.  A lot of fans are angry because so much of the book is the mundane life of Sookie.  I agree that it got a little out of hand, but at the same time I actually like Sookie’s internal monologues.

The mystery story in Deadlocked is non-existent.  Jannalynn wasn’t a big surprise, because Sookie hates her and it was clear from the start that something was up between them.  I was a bit disappointed at how obvious it was.  More than that, I actually was a little baffled, because for several books there Jannalynn was a minor annoyance but not much more.  Correct me if I’m mistaken but I distinctly remember that when Sookie filled in as Long Tooth Pack shaman, Jannalynn was the most devoted in the pack to Alcide.  Deadlocked provided no explanation for this change of heart.

Like other fans I also didn’t like the treatment of Eric in the novel.  Or Alcide for that matter.  I think that it is less noticeable if you don’t think back to the older books.  There was a great absence of the early chemistry between Eric and Sookie.  As a matter of fact there was a great absence of any chemistry between any characters.  Pam didn’t even get the time to be her sarcastic self.  Sookie is suffering from a mental break – which is understandable – but that also means a lot of the humour is gone.  The series used to make me laugh out loud  at the tongue-in-cheek humour about how silly some of the supernatural stuff could be.  That was completely absent.

I’m not shocked about the Sam Sookie cliffhanger.  It makes logical sense.  Sookie is really, really broody.  She wants a normal life, with a normal family.  She wants a man who understands what she is and what she deals with day-to-day.  She wants someone who has a hard to read mind.  Sam fits all of those things perfectly.  There is a lack of any real passion between them at the moment, but there is another book to come.  I still have hope.  Some have suggested that T-Rex could be Sookie’s happily ever after too – I think this is an attempt for some to hope for a less predictable series ending.  Who knows?  It would be interesting, and Sookie did make a small comment early in the book that T-Rex had a fascinating mind, and she would like to spend time near him to read it.  So maybe there is hope that the series can pick itself up.

I think that Deadlocked is a 2.5 stars kind of book.  It is part of a great series, and has characters that are strong.  It’s just such a huge disappointment.  I didn’t hate it, I just didn’t really care by the end of it.  I’m not even going to mention the fairy thing.  I mean really?  Niall just shows up, saves the day and with a snap of his fingers takes away a plotline that has been building for several books.  Worst of all Sookie has no funny one-liners about the weirdness of it all.  She doesn’t start laughing like the Sookie of old. She just accepts it all like a cynical, exhausted person.  That last sentence pretty much sums up the book for me.

What did you think of Deadlocked?

30 Day Book Challenge – Day Eight: Book that Scares You

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Before I start I just want to make it clear that I am not a horror fan, in any context.  I don’t like horror movies or books or any other media.  The closest I ever came to that was when I used to get the Point! Horror series out of my local library.  I don’t get scared easily, but I just don’t like the concept behind such things. I hate gore.   There is a lot of sick stuff out there I don’t want to know about.

Therefore, it is apparent that for this question I don’t have much of a selection.  However, I think the scariest book I have ever read is probably on most people’s list.  It’s 1984 by George Orwell.

1984 is the king of dystopian literature.  It is terrifying because it is realistic.  History and even current dictatorships have shown us how dangerous propaganda is, how subtle and not so subtle ways to control people can take over a nation, making them oblivious to what is going on.  1984 is a desolate novel, and there are no good intentions from those in power.  They just want power and in order remain in power they have to control every aspect of human existence.  Big Brother basically wants to not only rule the world, but destroy humanity.  I don’t mean humans as a species, but the true humanity – people’s’ ability to sincerely be compassionate, to care, and –  most prominently for the story love.

1984 is so scary because it is not only realistic and something that really can and has happened, but also because it is simplistic.  George Orwell didn’t need to have a big ending to the novel as long as he could shatter everything the main characters believed in.  There is no redemption or saving of the day.  You leave the story with a bleak awareness that a line just got blurred with what could have happened in a story, and what would probably happen in reality.

That’s all I’m going to say.  I definitely recommend that if you haven’t already, you really need to go read 1984.

30 Day Book Challenge – Day Seven: Book that you can quote/recite

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I love a lot of books, but I’m not a great re-reader.  I wish I was but I’m not.  I do love old books though.  I loved English classes at school, and ended up with an ‘A’ in my big final exams.  There are a couple of books that I can kind of quote from, but here’s the one I’m more interested in:

Macbeth by Shakespeare

It is my opinion that Macbeth is Shakespeare’s finest play.  I’ve read Hamlet too, but I just don’t like it as much.  I went to see this performed and everything.  The atmosphere of Macbeth is dark, and is similar to Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte in this way.  The character of Macbeth is the tragedy – he is/was a good man, corrupted by greed and a wife that is rather unnerving.  I don’t know if I’m supposed to provide evidence of my ability to quote here.  I’ll give it a go or two I suppose, but it has been a while since I read it.

‘When shall we three meet again – in thunder, lightning or in rain?’

I checked this so I am right – but it is only the opening sentence…

Laugh to scorn the power of man, for none of woman born shall harm Macbeth!

Right again!

Come ye evil spirits and unsex me here, fill me from the toe-top full of the direst cruelty

Okay I’m embarrassed now.  I’m better at paraphrasing.  This is wrong.  I haven’t read Macbeth in about three years though lol. Here’s the real thing:

Come, you spirits That tend on mortal thoughts! unsex me here, And fill me from the crown to the toe, top-full Of direst cruelty;make thick my blood, Stop up the access and passage to remorse, That no compunctious visitings of nature Shake my fell purpose, nor keep peace between The effect and it! Come to my woman’s breasts, And take my milk for gall, you murdering ministers, Wherever in your sightless substances You wait on nature’s mischief!

  • Lady Macbeth, Scene V

I’m going to stop now. Two out of three’s not bad right?  Now that I come to think about it I think I’m more of an appreciation of books person than a reciter.

30 Day Book Challenge – Day Six: Favourite Young Adult Book

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I don’t read a lot of YA.  I don’t have a problem with it, it’s just that I prefer adult books.  Back when I was a young teenager I did read some of them and do have a couple of favourites.  So it’s all good.

The one that I’m nominating as my favourite is All American Girl by Meg Cabot.  It is funny and smart.  Sam is a heroine that I could relate to at that age awkward and wanting to rebel, but also not wanting to really rebel she is also artistic and loves Gwen Stefani.  I love the Top Ten lists that she uses throughout the book as they add character.  Oh, and the entire premise that a normal girl is catapulted into the extraordinary life the President of the United States because she saves him is also pretty good.  And I can’t mention this book without mentioning David, who is a great male lead, and I had a bit of a crush on him when I was younger.

30 Day Book Challenge – Day Five: Book You Wish You Could Live In

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This one is a bit of a confusing one.  On the one hand, I think it is pretty clear that I love the Black Jewels Trilogy, but I don’t want to come across obsessed.  On the other hand, I love Harry Potter, but doesn’t everybody?

 I’m making a quick decision and I am not going to pick either one.  Instead, I’m going to pick a book which describes the place where I would like to live most.  I am cheating a wee bit, I know, but I can justify it.  I have more posts on the Black Jewels Trilogy than is strictly healthy.

On a less obsessive note,  I think it would be cool to live on Terry Pratchett’s Discworld.  I can’t name just one book, but I think the Witches books would be the best ones to live in.  Not only are Granny Weatherwax and Nanny Ogg hilarious, but they also always save the day.  So I’d never have to worry despite all the Big Bads running around.

Yes, I am aware that by now I probably come across as extremely lazy.  I am.  Why would I want to live in a book that has lots of hardship? lol