Category Archives: Mutterings

Ranting.

So. Now that we can clearly see how much I fail at staying active, I think we can continue.

I’ve been reading a lot of Sookie Stackhouse lately, the series that inspired True Blood. I’m so far up to book seven, which I plan to begin reading shortly.

I’ve already watched all the episodes of the TV show. It’s pretty good, and it has Alexander Skasgard who is well. He’s fairly good looking.

I also read Inheritance, the last offering to the Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Paolini. It’s incredibly satisfying when predictions come true, but also a bit disappointing. Thankfully not all my predictions actually came true, hooray! There were still a few things I was annoyed at, however.
Like The Menoa Tree.
It was a tad anti-climactic.
I don’t know, I found the novel as a whole not great. It just seemed… unfinished to me, not the ending, I was expecting that, but there are so many loose ends that were given a quick fix, if that at all.

After reading Inheritance, I decided belatedly to read the other books in the series, but as I was busy studying for exams at the time, I got Eragon on audiobook. It took an incredibly long time to get through it, and I couldn’t help but think of how I would have finished the entire series four times over while I was listening to it. I honestly can’t be bothered getting the rest of the series on audiobook however, it takes too long. It did manage to put me to sleep each night, however, so that was soothing.

I am also procrastinating re reading Isobelle Carmody’s Obernewtyn series so I can read the newest release. Have you seen the length? It’s daunting, even for me.

But, with school holidays comes books that I’ll be studying next year that I need to read, these being A View from the Bridge, by Arthur Miller, Home by Larissa Behrendt and The Road, of which I need to find out who the author is so I can actually buy it…
Anyway, I’ve bored myself enough. Farewell!

~T

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Withering and thieving.

Wow. I have not posted in a fairly long time.

During this lengthy hiatus, well… I don’t know what happened. I sort of lost interest for a bit in maintaining a blog. But I shall try again!

Well, a stand out book that I’ve read in the past week was Wither by Lauren DeStefano. Set in a dystopian future, where a medical miracle went horribly wrong, causing the healthy generation’s children to have a life expectancy of 25 for males and 20 for females. To keep the human race active, brides are recruited by force for young wealthy males for the sake of reproduction, which is how Rhine Ellery comes into the story, being drugged and allowed to survive out of the selection of young girls because of her eyes. Those not chosen are taken around the corner and shot. Rhine isn’t one of the girls who looks forward to her new fate, so naturally attempts to escape. Her sidekick-love interest takes form in one of the servants within the household, while her friends and general support system are her brother, who she was taken away from, and her “sister wives”. (I found that term to weird. I couldn’t get past my initial impression that there was some serious incest relation going on… :/ )

Overall, the book was enjoyable. Predictable. Fairly graphic in its descriptions of violence. But I am a sucker for doomsday-the-end-is-nigh stories (No, I don’t believe that the world will end in 2012.) so as a dystopian future novel, I enjoyed it. The genre always makes me feel freaked out about society today, all the advancements in technology and whether it’s actually getting us anywhere. They kind of leave me with a lump in my throat at how the future could end up. (No, I don’t take the novels as factual. I just like reading them for the same reason people like watching horror movies – cheap thrills and scares)

I really do love dystopian fiction. Speaking of more ending-of-the-world, I also read Matthew Reilly’s newest: Scarecrow and the Army of Thieves. For those of you unfamiliar with Reilly’s work, well. All his novels are very much large ridiculous action, extremely fast paced, but still manages to maintain a plot. Apparently a few of his books (Jack West Jnr Series, Scarecrow) have deals with movie/TV companies, so that will be pretty awesome to see how the large-oh-so-overly-large action sequences are adapted.

Now not related at all to books, but on the subject of movies, I cannot wait for the adaption of Girl With A Dragon Tattoo to come out in December. It’s not a remake, just another adaption, with David Fincher directing, Daniel Craig starring and Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross composing. That means the soundtrack is already guaranteed to be amazing. Anything Reznor does is amazing.

Okay. I think I should stop.

 

~T


Heart Still Won’t Settle

Ah, it’s been so long.

So, recently I’ve read The Dark Devine by Bree Despain. This book was on the infamous List Of Books I Wanted For Christmas But Never Received.
I’m happy that I didn’t get it. It wasn’t great, nor does it belong in my burn-it shelf on Goodreads. I’ll read the sequel when I have nothing else to read and time to spare.

Time to spare. Sigh. I remember when I had that luxury. Right now, I’m a week away from mid-semester exams. After spending my Careers class (which is a joke, it is just a name for our free period, so that parents can be under the impression that we are always working) making several lists of my subject study priority order, and cross-referencing it with my Order of Give a Fuck, I came up with my final top 3; Italian, Maths and Health & Physical Education. Though I don’t really care about maths, but I suck so much at algebra (the unit for the term) that I need to be able to understand enough to pass the exam. I’ll be dropping maths next year, so all shall be well. I don’t know why I was forced ot purchase a $200 calculator though. Italian I’m pretty good at, though my grammar sucks. Non parlo italiano molte bene. Studio is my Studio Art, and I’m in the advanced class. So I am definitely not wanting to stuff up.

Okay, with that out of my system, back to books.
I read the first three books of Strange Angels, which when I picked them up from the library, I thought it was just a trilogy. No. It’s not. It’s a five book series. I liked the first book a lot, but the third one annoyed me. The second was average. I reserved the 4th and 5th (which is yet to be released) so I’ll read them when they come.

I also picked up Thirst #1 by Christopher Pike, which is the first three books starting The Last Vampire to Red Dice. I’m a bit into Black Blood now, though I’ve put it down for a few days because of the whole exam shenanigans.

Also, with this other library I’m now joined with, I have come to the conclusion that the librarians are rude. Back at my local library, my image of a librarian was created with smiles, new recommendations and pretty darn amazing service, no matter how much I complain. At this other library, I’m pretty much ignored. Even when they’re scanning my books. Possibly because I am always there in my school uniform as I go after school. And end up getting home after 17:00 because the silly bus is always late.

Hey, speaking of late, it’s 2:02 am. That sucks. I’m getting up in five hours.
I probably won’t get to sleep for another half hour. Grr.

 

~T


To skip, or not to skip?

shadowkissI’ve pretty much devoured reading the rest of the Vampire Academy series. Here’s the annoying thing, though: I’m missing the fifth book.

I have the sixth book. To skip, or not to skip?

I have Spirit Bound reserved at the library. I’m considering throwing my ‘I hate buying books in the middle of a series’ mindset out the window.

Sigh. Such a stressful life, right?

The annoying thing is that I don’t have anything else to read at the moment. I’ve been meaning to raid the school library, but I’ve been avoiding it because all bar one of those librarians are scary. Possibly stalkers. They’re the only people in the entire school that actually sit in front of their computer and watch people on the cameras. Eeeeek.

Also, Goodreads says I’m 8% ahead of my goal of reading 150 books this year. That’s a blood promisenifty tool.

Grrr. it’s only 23:00, and I have no book to read. This is a dire situation. I don’t feel like watching a movie. I could go for a healthy GTA session. Run down innocent bystanders, drive motorcycle passengers off a cliff… that sort of thing.

(Hey, am I in the mood to play GTA because Niko Bellic is Russian? So is Dimitri in Vampy Academy? How’s that for psycho analysis?)

 

~T


Vampire Academy. Wow.

Why have I not read Vampire Academy before?
Because of my high expectations created by hype from a series being shattered, maybe?

I just finished Vampire Academy. I definitely want to buy it. I already own the last book, so really. Though that means that I have the temptation to skip books 2,3,4 and go straight to Last Sacrifice.

I really want the next book. Now.

When I first began reading it, I thought the POV would switch from Rose to Lissa. It’s just kind of expected, for the one with the talent to be the main character. (It reminds me of Sea Glass by Maria V. Snyder. Not with the story, just with how the side character is the protagonist. Then again, I still haven’t read the Poison Study trilogy, so that’s just how it came across to me. )

So, the next time I’m out, I am definitely buying the rest of the Vampire Academy series.

It’s possibly because of the Russian Dimitri, or how Rose is such a smart arse, so akin to my own personality. It could be how Rose didn’t always do the right thing. I also liked how vampires aren’t a huge thing, and the kind of sub-species of vampire.

I really do love this series. It’s going to be hard not to skip to the last book.

 

In other news, during my shopping expedition, I saw Angel – James Patterson out. I didn’t get it. I think the series has gone on a bit too long. There is a limit of how far the story can stretch. I might borrow it from the library. Only if it’s already there – I’m not going to reserve it.

I also bought City of Fallen Angels. Just to fast track the library queue. I’m still 6th in that, so now that I own the book, it better be worth me buying it. The cover really annoys me – the model for Clary, her eyes piss me off because they look so fake.

Also, I don’t understand why for my birthday, christmas, any gift exchanging holiday, people buy me books. Most of them I don’t like. I’m really not one for classics, so owning the entire Jane Austen works doesn’t really do anything for me.
I would much prefer if their intent is to get me books, to give me a voucher. Just saying.

Okay, there’s my ranting for the day.
And darn, it’s only 2200, how am I going to spend the rest of my night?
Watching Beauty and the Beast is the answer.
Wow, I am in a really lovey-dovey mood.

 

~T


Books, Glorious Books…

My mother believes that I only read books on vampires. Only vampires, no other odd creatures in the mix. It is this belief that made her go out and buy 5 books for me.

These being:

Admittedly, the latter is not a vamp book.  I have already read the Meyer novella, when it was free on the internet. I am yet to even begin on the Vampire Academy books, but I now own the last one.

I don’t like not having the entire series. I might be okay with it if I have the first few books, but otherwise no siree. Really, having the last book sucks. Now I need to track down the five other books before Last Sacrifice so I can read it.

My mother also can’t differentiate between young adult books and adult books. Hence the Undead and Uneasy.

Anyway, my plan is to leave school early tomorrow to return to the shop she bought the books from, because the reason she got them in the first place was not only in an effort to try to show me that she doesn’t mind my head being filled with dead things, but because the books were super cheap.

Also, as mentioned in my last post, I joined the other library. Hooray! I also bought The Named by Marianne Curley, Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins, Juno of Taris by Fleur Beale and Jessica’s Guide to Dating on the Dark Side by Beth Fantaskey. So I’ve been pretty much cashing in on books lately. Which is quite odd. Mostly due to the fact that my entire stock f books comes from the library the majority of the time. Another thing; I HAVE LOST MY LIBRARY CARD! No idea where it is, which is a bummer because there are books waiting for me. So I want to kind of coerce the librarians into giving me a new card.

Okay, I’ve ranted the socks off you enough. Back to snoozing whilst watching Daria. Hooray!

 

~T


Apologies and Fluff

Oops.

Okay, so I haven’t been all that attentive to my blog lately. I could list things that caused my mutterings on books to take the back seat, but some other time perhaps.

Now, I need to share my grand plan of bringing more books to me!

I join another library!! There’s one right on my bus route, with more books than my local library! This is groundbreaking stuff!

The thing is, I need to convince a parent to come along with me, because I’m under 18. Why the library needs a parental signature and everything is unclear. I don’t really care though.

So I plan to tempt my mother to go op shopping, because the library is down the road from the op shop. Mother likes op shops. I like libraries. Win, win win!

In other news, I need to get to a Borders before all their stock is gone, since they’ve gone bankrupt or something, I didn’t really follow what happened specifically. But it means cheap books.

I’m also quite sick at the moment, and have a really annoying cough. But I’m on school holidays. And I have holiday homework. Mostly for my art subjects. Meaning that for one subject I have to draw apples and pears, and in another I  need to research Christian Dior. Woo! Fun homework at last!

And last night, I could not sleep. At all. So I finished reading all the books in my pile, including Entice by Carrie Jones. I really liked it, and will put the series on my wishlist. The book made me feel like travelling.

Now to go spend my internet time downloading Daria. #fangirlingovertrentlane

 

~T