Today’s MUSING MONDAYS post is about boys and reading…
Have you ever finished a book, then turned around and immediately re-read it? Why? What book(s)?
– Just One More Page
The only book I could remember where I in fact re-read it after finishing (if not most of it) was Ian McEwan’s Atonement. The ending of the novel, and the revelation that came with it, completely haunted me; I couldn’t stop thinking about it. So I went back to re-read most of it again and see whether there were any hints that pointed to the revelation (which is difficult; a lot of stuff can go either way). McEwan really crafted a novel in Atonement where you really end up thinking about the nature of writing stories and about what is real, what is perspective. Not to mention the fates of the characters left me a bit sad and wondering about what could’ve been. Fantastic novel…but otherwise, I can’t think of another novel that I’ve re-read straight after reading it the first time around.
By: Juan Gomez-Jurado
Okay, I admit, I picked this up on a whim. I was strolling along the bargain section of the bookstore looking for a fantastic read (picked up Lax’s The Spanish Bow for only $5.99 in hardcover in that section and Cohen’s Jane Austen in Scarsville: or Love, Death and the SATs was an enjoyable read). I saw God’s Spy and read the premise; it seemed interesting enough. Murder in Rome, crazy psychopath on the loose, intrigue in the Vatican. I thought, Why not? So I picked it up. Kinda wished I didn’t. Read More
The Abhorsen Trilogy: Sabriel, Lirael, Abhorsen
By: Garth Nix
I read Sabriel many, many years ago (let’s not count exactly how many years ago) and absolutely loved it. The concept of a necromancer putting down the dead, using bells to control the dead, travelling through death and so forth were intriguing and different from other fantasy series and trilogies I’ve read. But Sabriel ended fairly self-contained so getting around to the rest of the trilogy.
Until now, that is.
The rest of this commentary will be focusing on Lirael and Abhorsen specifically, although I may make references to Sabriel (and therein lies SPOILERS, as always ;)). Read More
Day of Empire: How Hyperpowers Rise to Global Dominance — and Why They Fall
By: Amy Chua
Well, it’s been a long time since I’ve done one of these! Before I start, I just wanted to apologize in advance if the following review sound a bit…well, not up to par. I’m still battling bits of the cold at the moment after spending the past weekend fighting sickness off. 🙁 But anyways…
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!
– Should Be Reading
And here’s my teaser for this week: “The others continued to talk for a while, but the dark future weighed heavily on them all. Sameth, for his part, couldn’t stop thinking about the book and the bells.” – p. 376, Lirael by Garth Nix.
Finally got around to reading the rest of the trilogy after reading Sabriel years ago. Highly enjoyed the first book so I’m quite excited to really get into this book 🙂