April 25th, 2009

Lioness Rampant

Title: Song of the Lioness: Lioness Rampant: Book # 4
By Tamora Pierce
Pages: 308
Rating overall A

Reasons for picking up this book: Orginal started reading the series for a school assignment, natually got sidetracked for the series, came back becouse I really liked and wanted to finishes reading.

What I liked best about Song of the Loness book 4: Action! This whole book is filled with action! Something I love in books is a good fight seen.

What was the worst part! (I'm gooing to try and put this part under cut( key word there) if, not,  BIG SPOILIERS for people who have not read the book!!! Just don't read this part if you haven't read the book or don't wan to know the ending) 

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Overall, great series! I recommend this to anyone!

Reading Next: If my Library has it Terrier by Tamora Pierce! I wanted to read Wild Magic by Tamora Pierce but the library verison had been check out forever,so, I going to order it off amazon tomorrow! As you can see I'm in a Tamora Pierce reading mood!

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The Speed of Dark by Elizabeth Moon

The Speed of Dark The Speed of Dark by Elizabeth Moon

GoodReads Summary: Corporate life in early 21st-century America is even more ruthless than it was at the turn of the millennium. Lou Arrendale, well compensated for his remarkable pattern-recognition skills, enjoys his job and expects never to lose it. But he has a new boss, a man who thinks Lou and the others in his building are a liability. Lou and his coworkers are autistic. And the new boss is going to fire Lou and all his coworkers--unless they agree to undergo an experimental new procedure to "cure" them.

My review

Rating: 4 of 5 stars

"Splendid and graceful... A lot of novels promise to change the way the reader sees the world; The Speed of Dark actually does."

~The Washington Post Book World

Really, this quote says it all. I have a new appreciation for autists, their thought processes, and their experiences.

Myself, having very limited experience, felt the author (A parent of an autist.) expertly conveyed the life of a high functioning autist. I really appreciated this book and highly recommend it.

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Complaint/Warning about The Hollows series

Deciding I needed something fun to read, I trotted over to the nearest bookstore to pick up a Kim Harrison book. I've been avoiding them based on the punny titles, but I was feeling adventurous and I had a ten dollar bill that was burning a whole in my pocket.

Not being familiar with the The Hollow series, I grabbed one of the paperbacks and flipped to the front for the series list. For a Few Demons More was listed first. Grabbing a copy, I paid, headed home, and settled in to read. Within minutes, I was completely lost. This was obviously not the first book in the series. What's more, it was completely inaccessible to anyone who hadn't read the earlier books (and I've had lots of practice reading things out of order while waiting fro books to come in on inter-library loan).

I headed to Wikipedia only to find out that I had purchased book five and that Dead Witch Walking was actually the first book in the series. That's right, rather than listing them chronologically (which every series book on my bookshelves do), they listed them newest to oldest.

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Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden


Memoirs of a Geisha is a compelling tale of tradition, womanhood, war and forbidden love. The world of Geisha is becoming a forgotten tradition of style, grace and art, and Golden's novel brings these magical women back to life.

The story follows Nitta Sayuri from her childhood in the fishing village of Yoroido, through the omininous events which lead to her settling in the Geisha district of Gion. Despite moments of interjection from the narrator about her life as an elderly woman, tension and terror for young Sayuri's future are still well sustained. As her social life picks up pace, we are whisked along with her. The rivalry between the prominant Geisha's Hatsumomo and Mameha enriches the novel, propelling it forward and adding moments of heart-stopping social war.

As we follow Sayuri from about the age of 9, it gives the reader the opportunity to learn the basics of the Geisha life. It explores tradition as she does, cleverly written so as not to sound patronising. A chance encounter with the Chairman gives her hope, and through this we see her bloom. Watching Sayuri's dealings with both love and war shows how far she has come, not only as a highly succesful Geisha, but also as a compassionate and resourceful woman.

The writing style subtly changes from childlike descriptions and anologies to the ponderings of a young woman. The only problem I encountered is that the analogies become a little tedious towards the end, describing things that a layman could quite easily follow.

What I love about this novel is its unravelling plots and schemes, and the way it challenges Western views of the Geisha as a prostitute. It encourages the reader to consider their own morals and values without judging. It's also really interesting to see the war from the Japanese side, and the effects of those who never considered it would affect them. I have learned so much about this specialised way of life, teaching history through glimpses of a forgotten world.

I recommend this book to everyone, especially those who love Japanese tradition. It's subject may seem detatched to begin with, but the moral problems Sayuri faces appeal to all. It is enthralling and magical, not to mention moving.
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I'm making a trip to Barnes & Noble tonight and I'm in the mood for some books that feature a personified Death! Any suggestions?

ETA: I've already read The Book Thief. It's my favorite book. I've also already read A Dirty Job. So something different? Please?