I'm a well read technosexual who's bluntly honest about all things, although I try to be most honest about myself.
In the end, I wasn't crazy about the Twilight storyline, although I liked it well enough on my first read. Add that with the fact that I didn't love Riley ever, and I knew this would be 'meh' for me. I wanted to read it for completion's sake, and also because I'd already bought it in a Humble Bundle. I also figured it would be a quick read, before my mind wandered too far or got too nervous. I was right.
This actually had a lot of good information about Riley and Sam, and what their long term plans were, and how they choose to be together instead of feeling tied down to each other. There was also a lot of Sam saying she would go on missions if the government called upon her again, and that she didn't need Riley's permission. And that, yes, she was partly okay with him going with Buffy because he wanted to, and she knew he'd come back to her in the end, but that, yes, it was partly because it would make her feel better about going later on.
I particularly liked the character development for Sam. It wasn't enough to make me really love this, though. The art was great, but the story, and even the fun parts between Riley and Sam, never overtook the fact that I don't particularly like Riley - and it turns out I don't particularly like Sam either.
I can focus on nothing today. Unsurprising: as much as I want to deny it, my interview is tomorrow and I'm incredibly nervous!
I'm going to see if some digital comics/books do it for me more than paper books now.
Switching back to Black Powder War. I just prefer the way mass markets rest in my hands: they're more comfortable, especially with the cyst acting up today.
The Dragon is a man who doesn't like to be wrong, or upstaged. How frustrating for him, then, that Agnieszka can do spells that he's been trying to do out of a book full of spells that he proclaims unteachable.
I feel not at all badly for him, though!
I'm loving this! Crying so hard, but it's because I know what will happen soon. And the fact that I've come to care for the main character so quickly says something about the quality of the writing.
"He only spluttered himself into exhaustion and then sent me away, and I didn't mind his shouting at all, now I knew there no teeth in it to rend me."
I have no clue what to think of The Dragon now...
"'If you don't want a man dead, don't bludgeon him over the head repeatedly,' the Dragon snapped."
How about this: if you don't want to be bludgeoned over the head repeatedly, try not attempting to rape a girl who'll fight back? Or how about if you don't want the prince do die in your house, don't let him try to rape a girl who'll fight back?
The Dragon deserves a punch in the crotch, himself.
Yes, every single Novik book will have tons of updates, apparently.
"But I didn't care: I didn't feel I owed him beauty."
Beautifully done. I believe I will love this after all.
Early into season one, episode two of Robots in Disguise.
"'All my toys were broken?' I said helplessly, seizing on the only part of this I even understood at all. 'They're--yes? All my clothes were always worn out, our rag-bag is all them--"
I know I shouldn't be giggling, but I am.
So, RiD seasons two, and the mini-series season three, just came up on Netflix. Yay! I checked earlier in the week and nothing more than season one.
I've seen these, but not on Netflix. I've been meaning to rewatch this as season two is far superior to season one. Am I marathoning the whole thing? Yup. I like to have something on while I read, so I'll be finishing Uprooted to this.
I already miss Temeraire. I'm going to give this more a chance, especially since people who have read both the Temeraire series and this say they prefer this book. I'm just like *flails, I miss him*
To be fair to me, so far this seems far more somberly told in some ways, and I just came off a particularly somber, and sober, and depressing bit of Temeraire. It had just gotten exciting again, too!
To be fair to Novik, that's already in my mind. I can't tell how it'll go, and I keep reminding myself that Temeraire not only started out fairly somberly, but in a manner that held my interest not at all. (It wasn't until Temeraire himself hatched that I got into this series.) Temeraire, and the changes he wrought on Laurence's life, brought about that lightness that is part of what I love about that series.
So this could change suddenly and drastically: Novik has taken a totally reasonably somber book and turned it into something light, funny, and fun, and did so in an equally reasonable manner. I'm holding out hopes that she changes this in a way that draws me in, and sooner rather than later.
I really want to keep reading this series, partly just to say I got it done before Readercon. I'm in a bit of Temeraire fatigue, however, something I've spoken of before: if I read too much of a certain character in to small a time spent, I start longing for something else, even with my favorite characters!
That being said, I promised I would start reading Uprooted after brunch. I've been putting it off, mostly because I regret moving onto something else. I also know I"m reaching the limit, that point where I will go, 'ugh, enough,' and shun this series for far too long. I'm going to move onto Uprooted, and hope that it's different enough that it'll give me more enthusiasm when I get back to this book.
"Temeraire was wide-eyed and transfixed by the low monotone finality of her words, his own ruff wilting slowly down to lie flat against his neck, and by the time she had finished he was huddled small away from her, clutching Laurence still closer with both his forelegs shielding him like a cage."
I am just really digging how protective they are of each other. Also, reading this more slowly than I had hoped, but doing things. Went out for a walk in the park with my dad yesterday, and took my sister out to AC Moore, Starbucks, and dinner, because she was too tired to drive herself.
I'm going to brunch with my whole family and they have live jazz there. So, the tradeoffs are nice.
Still, I think I'll be done with book four by early March, if I'm lucky, at this point! I plan on starting Uprooted since that was voted on as the one for me to start, and I plan on starting when I get back from brunch. I hope to have two thirds or so of this book finished by then. I'll swing back and forth between Uprooted and Black Powder War, then.
Granby: "You can't ask a dragon to carry gold, then give it back."
Temeraire, wistfully: "It does sound like a good deal of gold..."
Everyone else: "So, moving on."