So the Oscars is this Sunday and like every year since, like, 2000, I’ve only managed to see about 1 or 2 of the films nominated for awards. So keeping up with the tradition, I’ve managed to watch Argo, which pretty much has caught my attention ever since it started getting nominated in a number of different award guilds. Contains some spoilers ahead!
Shadow of Night (All Souls’ Trilogy #2) By: Deborah Harkness
A Discovery of Witches introduced Diana Bishop, Oxford scholar and reluctant witch, and vampire geneticist Matthew Clairmont. Drawn to each other despite long-standing taboos, these two other-worldly beings found themselves at the center of a battle for a lost, enchanted manuscript known as Ashmole 782.
Book two of the All Souls trilogy plunges Diana and Matthew into Elizabethan London, a world of spies and subterfuge, and a coterie of Matthew’s old friends, the mysterious School of Night. The pair’s mission is to find traces of Ashmole 782, but as the net of Matthew’s past tightens around them they embark on a very different–and vastly more dangerous–journey.
I read A Discovery of Witches (review) last year and greatly enjoyed it so I was eager to check out the second book in the trilogy. I spent the weekend re-reading A Discovery of Witches in order to read this one. Contains some spoilers ahead!
The Sorrows of Young Werther By: Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Visiting an idyllic German village, Werther, a sensitive and romantic young man, meets and falls in love with sweet-natured Lotte. Although he realizes that Lotte is to marry Albert, he is unable to subdue his passion for her, and his infatuation torments him to the point of absolute despair.
This book has been on my radar for a very long time but for whatever reason I never got around to reading it. It’s considered a classic in portraying unrequited love but as I read it, I realised it’s much more than that. May contain some spoilers ahead!
Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created here at The Broke and the Bookish. This meme was created because we are particularly fond of lists here at The Broke and the Bookish. We’d love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!
This week’s topic: Top Ten Favorite Characters In X Genre
Interesting topic for this week! For the genre, I chose FANTASY. Not surprising, lol, but it was a little difficult mentioning my favourite characters…for example, I could’ve gone on and on with The Lord of the Rings (Gandalf, Aragorn, Pippin, etc.) but I restrained myself to two per book/series =P
In no particular order:
Eomer from J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings (review #1, review #2, review #3) — I <3 this character, so much that I wrote about him for the Nov/Dec issue of Femnista. He doesn’t get as much attention as other characters in the book but he plays such a crucial role in leading the Rohirrim through the events of The Two Towers and The Return of the King. He may not have a destiny or a prophecy about him like Aragorn did, but his loyalty to the realm and his courage really helped see his people through hard times.
Faramir from J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings — I totally felt for Faramir in LOTR; he was always thought least of/last in his father’s mind and he’s fighting in the frontlines against the forces of Mordor. It takes a lot of…strength, for lack of a better word, to continue following his father the way he did despite of the fact that his father did not treat him or love him as he ought to have. On top of it, he’s a very wise character, which is beautiful to see amidst the chaos and war around him.
Vin from Brandon Sanderson’s Mistborn series (review #1, #2, #3) — I absolutely loved this character from the start, she’s smart, she’s got skills and she knows how to take care of herself. It was wonderful to watch her evolve out of her distrustful, closed-in shell into a caring and confident character basically saving the world. How much more kick-ass could this character get?
Breeze from Brandon Sanderson’s Mistborn series — It was a toss-up, I love the other characters in this novel (Elend, Kelsier, Ham, Dox, Saze, etc.) but Breeze gets a spot on this list because he always had the best lines. I was in stitches whenever he gets into a conversation with Ham or someone else in the crew, they’re fantastic, he’s great.
Death from Terry Pratchett’s Discworld novels — I’ve always enjoyed the character of Death in the Discworld novels, there’s just something quaint about his attempts in understanding what it means to be human and alive. A lot of the time he’s off or misses the point by a stretch but he tries. And when he’s serious, well, watch out.
Sabriel from Garth Nix’s Abhorsen trilogy (review) — I love the concept of the Abhorsen and putting the dead to sleep unlike other necromancers who do the opposite. What I especially love about Sabriel’s character is how calm and collected she is throughout it all; the undead would be pounding on her doorstep and while she’s frightened, she doesn’t fall apart. She grits her teeth and finds a way, which is comforting for the people around her. And the reader.
Eddard Stark from George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire (review #1, #2, #3, #4, #5) — Oh, Ned. I liked him from the moment we were introduced to him–quiet but level-headed and thoughtful, always trying to do the right thing–and just felt for him the further I read. I love that he adhered to this inner code, even if it got him into some really sticky situations later on. Much as I understood why Robert chose Ned to be his Hand, knowing full well that Ned would take it out of loyalty, it sucks because Ned knows that King’s Landing is not his place. He’s not a politician and in many ways, his ways just don’t fit with the way that the Seven Kingdoms really works. Well, anyways, he has a special place in my heart =)
Jaime Lannister from George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire — You may say that he is an odd choice given, err, events from the first book, A Game of Thrones (review). Without going into details, I will say that his has to be the best character arc I’ve read in the series, it’s one of those things I’d love to talk on and on about but can’t at the risk of spoiling everything =P I also love his quote in A Clash of Kings about taking oaths, it’s one of those moments that show that there’s a lot more going on in Jaime than expected.
Lyra from Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials trilogy — His Dark Materials was the first trilogy I ever read and despite of the increasing danger that lay ahead for Lyra, I enjoyed the adventure that she went on. I thought Lyra was a very cool character =) It’s been a long time since I’ve re-read it but I always liked how resilient and clever she was.
Hadrian Blackwater from Michael J. Sullivan’s Riyria Revelations (review #1, #2, #3) — I guess it’s a bit weird to be talking about Hadrian without talking about his partner and friend Royce Melborn, but between the two, I was more fond of Hadrian. There’s something about his sticking to his ideals even when the going gets rough, how he tries to do his very best in any given situation. He’s optimistic and if I recall correctly he can be a little clueless sometimes which is adorable. Yet he’s a skilled warrior so it’s best not to mess with him (separately or with Royce).
And that’s my top ten list for this week! Which characters from what genre did you feature on your list this week? Please let me know, I’d love to read it =D
By the way, please let me know if you’re having any trouble commenting in this post (or any other post here). I think it was last week that I mentioned that I had recently changed domains (formerly rulethewaves.net) and while everything transferred smoothly, I’m getting a lot of spam bots again and have been switching plugins here on WP to counter them xP
TEASER TUESDAYS asks you to:
– Grab your current read
– Open to a random page
– Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
– BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
– Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!
Happy Tuesday! I have one teaser to share with you all for this week’s TT (it’s been a while since I’ve done this meme, decided to change my format a little):
‘You don’t think we’re being too philosophical?’ I wondered aloud, worrying at my lip with my fingers.
‘This is the court of Rudolf II,’ Hoefnagel said drily. ‘There is no such thing as too philosophical.’
– p. 547, The Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness
Slowly learning a bit about what the Czech Republic was like in the 16th century through this book, lol…
I spent last weekend re-reading the first book in the All Souls trilogy, A Discovery of Witches (review), so that I can read the sequel (got the paperback some time ago in the post). Oh man, it’s such a good follow-up to the first book, I can’t seem to put it down, lol. There’s just so much history and there’s quite a number of interesting developments both with the overall plot and with the characters =)
So that’s my teaser for this week, what book are you reading at the moment? Let me know, I’d love to read your TT =)
Edit: Forgot to mention, please let me know if you’re having trouble commenting in this post (or any other post here). I had recently changed domains (formerly rulethewaves.net) and while everything transferred smoothly, I’m getting a lot of spam bots again and have been switching plugins here on WP to counter them xP