The Bartimaeus trilogy was awesome. I don't know if it would have been quite so without those witty footnotes though.

Correction: The Bartimaeus trilogy is awesome, and since the footnotes were part of how our favourite spirit things - yeah, yeah it really wouldn’t be the same without those. 

SORRY I'M LATE TO THIS PARTY. 1, 2, 4, 18, 38, and 45?


1: What was the last book you read?

2: Was it a good one?

4: Would you recommend it to other people?

Red Glove by Holly Black.

I really enjoy the world of these books (this is the second book in the series, the first is called White Cat). The magic system is fun, and the way it effects the characters (magic users and non-magic users alike) is pretty interesting, too. The protagonist is kind of odd, he does things that just don’t make sense sometimes, and the plot kind of meanders around like it doesn’t know what it’s supposed to be doing until you get to the last sixty pages of the book, but it’s a fun read regardless.

If anything I’d recommend the series for the magic system.

18: What is your favorite book series?

I don’t pick favourites, as mentioned, but since I’ve already mentioned Bartimaeus I guess the next I’ll mention is Fablehaven by Brandon Mull - WHICH I’M PRETTY SURE you suggested or mentioned to me in the first place.


HEY YOU OwO - 7 (8 if applicable), 10, 13 (if you had to pick just one, alternatively gimme a list of your favs), 20, 21 (or characters), 38, 45
7: What was the last bad book you read?
8: What made you dislike it?
So, Here, There Be Dragons was the last bad book I read, but I already talked about it a bit in the last ask (whoops), the last-last bad book I read was Allegiant by Veronica Roth - the thrilling conclusion to a series that slowly, painfully went from ‘Cool concept, questionable execution’ to ‘Why is anything.’
I thought the first two books were passable, but Allegiant was grasping at straws in terms of plot, desperately trying to make an issue out of a non-issue (or an issue that should have been small for the final book in the series, anyway). A good chunk of the concepts and technologies just don’t make sense. Character motivations are simple at best and nonsensical at their worst. The ‘bad guys’ (all of them) had really bizarre ways of dealing with their issues, and nothing was actually resolved by the end of the book - or nothing felt adequately resolved, at least, there was some text reassuring use that things were getting fixed as if by magic, but it didn’t feel like any of the actions made by the characters taken in the book lead to those things being resolved.
Answered 10, and don’t feel I could expand on my answer!
13: What’s your favorite book?
I already talked about how I don’t really pick favourites but some books I tend to enjoy more than others, so I don’t have a favourite, but if I’m picking another book that really stuck out to me I think I’d go with Jonathan Stroud’s Bartimaeus Trilogy. The whole trilogy.
20: What is your favorite genre?
LIKE MY TASTE IN MUSIC I don’t actually have a favourite genre. I tend to gravitate more toward things with fantasy elements, but bottom-line is if a book has strong characters (as in well-written, well-thought-out, not literally strong) and the narrative works to support those characters then I’ll probably like it. Bonus points if there’s a gripping, clever plot to go with it.
21: Who is your favorite character in a book series?
This is a bizarrely broad question. I’d need a series to choose from or something. The first characters that come to mind are Jean Tannen and Locke Lamora (the gentleman bastard fandom being all over my dashboard probably has something to do with that) but they really are memorable characters.
38: Where is your favorite place to read?
HMMM. Don’t have a favourite place to read, sometimes I like to read on the balcony (when it’s raining, it’s nice), but otherwise avoid reading outside because sunlight and pages makes unhappy eyes. Otherwise at my desk or on a couch or chair, I can never get comfortable reading laying down.
45: Which author would you like to interview the most?
I’m honestly not interested in interviewing any authors.
10, 13, 14, 17, 28

10: Has any book ever influenced you greatly?

I’m not actually sure - so I guess the answer is ‘no’, since I feel like if a book influenced me ‘greatly’ it wouldn’t be something I’d have to sit around thinking about. I think just about every book I’ve ever read has influenced me somehow (including those trashy romance novels), but nothing sticks out to me has having given me some sort of EPIPHANY or anything.

13: What’s your favorite book?

YOU KNOW that I don’t really pick favourites, I have a REALLY hard time with it because it’s hard to compare things that are so different. Nothing’s perfect, by any means, but I spend a lot of my time while reading picking things apart. How things could be worded better, how nonsensical the events transpiring are, a better way to do x thing - so books that make me forget all that shit tend to wind up as my ‘favourites.’ Sure, I can look at their flaws in retrospect, but it’s pretty rare that while reading I won’t be criticizing at least something. Then there are some books that sort of resonated with my personally so I have a SPECIAL FONDNESS for them despite them not having that effect.

The last book to sweep me up like that was The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scotty Lynch (which was almost a year ago now).

14: What’s your least favorite book?

I’m honestly not sure. The most recent book I read that was immensely disappointing was Here, There Be Dragons by James A. Owen. That book was a mess - Characters doing things for no real reason, making zero intelligent decisions, has references that seem to be insulting certain authors (only to have our protagonists be those authors at the end of the novel), clumsy foreshadowing or set-ups where there those things were even present (which they largely weren’t), and fumbled attempts at being clever, witty, and wise.

Apparently a lot of people really like it though, if Goodreads is anything to go by, so maybe I read a different book than everyone else did.

17: What is your favorite book you had to read in school?

Does Hamlet count? No?

So, honestly, I was a horrible student and failed to read most of my books for school (or, not on time, anyway, school actually crushed my will to read things as it so happens, only really started reading again in earnest once I was done with that business). Of the ones I did read… Cat’s Eye by Margaret Atwood would probably be my favourite - though that was for an ISU so maybe that doesn’t count either.

Life of Pi by Yann Martel, if we’re strictly going by curriculum books (but, I mean, that was the only curriculum book I actually read).

28: Which movie has done a book justice?

Well. The Twilight movies are pretty spot-on, aren’t they?

I’m actually okay with movie versions of books changing things, books play like movies in my head - sometimes I think it’d be neat to see how someone else envisioned something I think would look awesome in motion, but otherwise if I wanted something exactly like the book… I could just read the book.

So that said the first thing that came to mind was Cloud Atlas (book’s by David Mitchell), the movie’s a lot of fun, I don’t think it sets out to say the same things the book does, but there’s a lot of room for interpretation for both. The movie is definitely a lot more accessible than the book is.

Thanks for asking, Steph!

Nothing is more frustrating than protagonists in a YA Dystopian novel (any novel, really, but it seems to happen the most in these) having and following through with an obviously flawed and ill-thought-out plan when there is a much better solution to their problems readily available.

Books now have Deleted Scenes

I’m not sure if this is going to be a trend, and certain forms of book ‘deleted scenes’ have been around for a long time (usually in the form of short stories or separate novellas to compliment a series). A friend lent me their copy of Allegiant by Veronica Roth (I read the first two books, I have to finish what I’ve started) and I just noticed the gold sticker on the front.


We have director’s cuts for our films because less essential pieces of the movie are removed for theater screenings so that people don’t have to sit through over three hours of film (though lately we’ve been pushing that idea). We remove scenes from books because they just don’t fit - they add nothing to the character development or plot, and result in things like messy pacing. You don’t remove sections of the book for the hell of it, or because people only have X amount of time to read a book. You remove sections because they are not necessary.

So this little boastful sticker is saying one of two things to me.

1. Lucky you! You get to sit through a scene that means nothing in the grand scheme of the book!

2. Lucky you! You get to sit through an essential piece of material that has, for some reason, been deleted from other versions, thus potentially ruining the experience of other people!

It’s more likely the first thing, and that sort of information is bound to be interesting to fans of the series, but why release it like this? It just struck me as immensely bizarre that this is apparently a Thing.

So an anon dumped this in my askbox:

rules: in a text post, list ten books that have stayed with you in some way. don’t take but a few minutes, and don’t think too hard — they don’t have to be the “right” or “great” works, just the ones that have touched you. then tag ten friends.

So I’m GOING TO DO IT. Books are going to be in no particular order, I’m not going to tag anyone specifically to do this - but if you like books I’d love to see you put together a list (so I’m staring down quite a few of you).

Going to put the reasons underneath them so it’s ALL GOING UNDER A READ MORE.

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I think that if voldemort really wanted to kill harry potter the night the spell didn’t work on him he could’ve just picked him up and thrown him out a window given the fact that he was a one year old infant

That’s the problem with some villains they always…

I was joking. I actully love Voldy as a villian. It’s one of those sort of tragic flaws that leads to the downfall sort of things. It’s also part of the reason Voldy was such a good villian. His lack of praticality in that regard made sense. He also probably ahd to prove(as much to himself as anyone else) that his magic was stronger then Harry and his love charm thing. Just slicing his throat or some such wouldn’t have done that.

YEAH, all right, cool. (Never pass up an opportunity to ramble about characters, never.)



I think that if voldemort really wanted to kill harry potter the night the spell didn’t work on him he could’ve just picked him up and thrown him out a window given the fact that he was a one year old infant

That’s the problem with some villains they always want to do things the complicated way. And you’d think that after what happened the last time he tried to use the killing curse on Harry he wouldn’t have done it a second time.

It’s his character, though. It’s been a while since I read the series (and I’m not 100% sure how serious you’re being, Kylin, I’m pretty sure OP is joking around but I CAN’T TELL IF YOU ARE) but Voldemort saw magic as power, his magic as power. He was one of the best at it, and since childhood he had been able to use it to control things, to make others fear or respect him.

When the main source of his power (the magical ability he had used up until that moment to basically get everything he had in his life) not only failed him but backfired on him it obliterated him (physically and mentally.) He also had that disdain for muggles and all that, throwing a child out a window is something a muggle could do, and we are so much better than that with our fancy-fart magic.

Attempting it a second time is going back to his faith in his magic - well now Harry’s love protection as been broken, so surely, surely he cannot stand up to my power anymore. Surely Harry Potter, like everyone else he meant to dispose of, will crumple before his power without the protection of his mother. (I don’t think it was explored in the books, but I wonder how much Voldemort hated Harry for having that - having not just someone, but a parent, who loved him so much that that love manifested as a super powerful charm of sorts.)

ANYWAY, sorry if you were also joking around/making a joke and what not, I just really get into characterization and why characters sometimes do stupid things and stuff. LOVE IT.

The Republic of Thieves - Some thoughts

I finished it! And I have some thoughts on it (that I want to get down and out of my head for the purposes of not forgetting and for my peace of mind (otherwise I will dwell on this for days - and I’ve already spent my time at work dwelling on this enough as is, thank you very much)).

Why do I always write these things at absurd hours of the morning/night.

Spoilers and such below.

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