August 19th, 2010

han shot first

Green by Jay Lake

A young girl is sold into a slavery of high society where she’s forced to endure cruel punishments for picking the wrong piece of fruit or speaking when not spoken to. Always in defiance of her new home and resentful of the change, this girl is subject to the masochistic tendencies of her instructors. Their demands prove to be too much and she’s driven by the encouragement and training of her Dancing Mistress to be the arbitrator of her own life, but it won’t be easy. More than likely, it will be bloody.

That is what I thought I was going to get. I was wrong. Green is one of those books I had a tough time reading. And in all honesty, I didn’t finish it. Let me explain. At first, it was vaguely reminiscent of Memoirs of a Geisha. A young girl is sold off by her own family and expected to train rigorously to become an extraordinary courtesan. The courses are exhausting and draining, the expectations are high, the women are vicious. The similarities were intriguing, if coincidental, as far as I was concerned since they ended as soon as I noticed them. This isn’t saying I expected a storyline that shadowed Arthur Golden’s book, but finding where the two complimented each other was the silver lining in what was continually turning into a confusing story of divergent plot lines better suited to individual novels rather than one.

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You can also read this review at my book review blog, Jawas Read, Too!

I Quit!

I am very very close to giving up on Jane Lindskold's 'The Thirteen Orphans'. I'm over 150 pages in and nothing has happened! Way too much talking and backstory and not enough interaction. There have been two one-page physical confrontations and even they have been dull.

I'm not one to give up on books easily; I'm pretty stubborn about finishing a novel, especially if I can't return the book and get my money back. I can't remember the last book I had to give up.

Which books did you give up on? Why did you and have you ever thought about going back to give it a second shot?
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may I ask for an advice?

I want to read a book (or many, many, many books) about Victorian Era. And it has to have some magic in it. Werewolves or vampires are optional, but wizards or witches are essential. 

PS I've already read "Gemma Doyle trilogy" (LOVED it), and "Soulless" (didn't love it) and Bewitching series by Marissa Doyle.
So if you know some book where the characters live in Victorian England and do some magical spells (and are not bloodsuckers or werewolves), I'd be totally thankful for a suggestion.