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Old 07-16-2011, 05:15 AM   #4751
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I'm reading THE HUNGER GAMES right now.

So far I am 'enjoying' it, but there hasn't really been any fighting yet. Just a bunch of eating and politics and such. (Truth: I'm having no trouble reading it, but my brain keeps screaming about many different things. Not sure if this is a writing thing or just not being use to reading a dystopian)

I'm rolling my eyes at the Peeta v.s. Gale situation that I can see forming, because of the way that Katniss behaved in her thoughts before v.s. after she is chosen. What a mess. (Really not a fan of love triangles and with one guy not even physically present and constant interruption for her to remember him? Yawn.)

I guess I'll have to see what I think once they're done being fattened like turkies and actually get to the slaughter. It's weird for me, though. There is all of this stuff happening and yet I can't sympathize with any of the characters the way I'd like to (spoiler: because I know Katniss won't die since there are sequels), Peeta is kinda 'meh' to me and none of the adults is worthy of my respect. If they don't want this to happen, they are cowardly. If they do, they're a bunch of weirdos treating human beings like cattle at a slaughtering house.

I knew I'd have a rough go with this book. (Which, yet again, is not a -bad- book per se, just clearly outside of my comfort zone.) God save us all if I decide to read WITHER. I remember actually cursing when I read the description of it to my boyfriend last month. Yet I keep being tempted to pick it up. *shakes head*

Anyway, we'll see how I feel about THE HUNGER GAMES once something actually starts happening, I guess.

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I'm editing this to add that I finished THE HUNGER GAMES. (I started it yesterday afternoon.)

All I can say, at the end of the book, is that I feel so sorry for Peeta that I actually shed a tear. Katniss was alright, but I just wanted to keep choking her for going on about Gale when Peeta seemed so sincere. (And my money says she ends up with Gale when all is said and done; the classic "first boy" rule. We do *meet* Gale first.)

I also feel a great deal of sympathy for Haymitch. There is no question why he is constantly drunk, between the guilt of watching other kids die in his own tangle with the Games, the fact that he has no family (as he likely had no desire to reproduce and risk a child being thrown into the Games -- who can blame him?) etc.

I also really liked Cinna.

And as much as I grumbled about the amount of food and pampering, it was put to good use as a contrast within the various parts of the book.

All in all, I enjoyed it. Not sure if I want to read the other two books or not -- I've read things about Mockingjay that made me avoid reading any of the books at all (Spoiler: A lot of character deaths? Pass.)

I'm glad I bought it and I'm glad I read it. The tense was different then I am use to (I think it was first person present tense?)

Anyway, I'm rambling way too much here. I guess I'll need to sleep on all this and then actually write about it on my blog or something. Thanks for putting up with my rambling. .
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Old 07-16-2011, 06:39 PM   #4752
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Why is it that these places and charity shops never seem to have any YA books in 'em? Do teens hoard their books?? (Must confess I am loathe to get rid of any unless they are Really Bad!)
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Old 07-16-2011, 08:02 PM   #4753
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Old 07-16-2011, 11:24 PM   #4754
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NoGuessing, I'm reading ADWD too.

Neverwhere and American Gods are amongst my favourite books - really excellent and enjoyable.
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Old 07-17-2011, 12:49 AM   #4756
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Not quite there yet, Parametric (about a third of the way through), but I'll be sure to join you when I can!
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Old 07-17-2011, 05:03 AM   #4757
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Old 07-17-2011, 05:33 AM   #4758
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That was a DNF for me.

Read Every Little Thing in the World-- rec'd by some girl who is addicted to books. V. good. And now I'm rereading The Martian Chronicles, Ray Bradbury.
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Old 07-17-2011, 05:02 PM   #4759
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Just finished The Tree Shepherd's Daughter by Gillian Summers, which I enjoyed a lot. It's nice to read about someone who discovers she is a magical girl and does not respond to this new found power/responsibility by spending every waking moment trying to decide who should be her boyfriend. It was funny too, set amongst sekritly magical folks who work at a Renaissance Faire and pretend to be normal folks pretending to be magical folks.

Now working on reading Everlost by Neal Shusterman!
I read that one a couple years ago! I thought the setting was pretty interesting and I loved that cat. Not as much as Angus maybe, but I still loved him.
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Old 07-18-2011, 08:05 AM   #4761
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Been meaning to finish this one ever since I put it down a few weeks ago. Might pick it back up once I finish Where She Went (:
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Old 07-18-2011, 10:47 AM   #4762
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I've just finished reading Wither by Lauren DeStefano, part of The Chemical Garden trilogy. It was certainly one of better stories I have read in a long time.

Lately I've been getting so sick of paranormal teenage romances and it seems like there's nothing else out there. But Wither was such a breath of fresh air.

It's about a dystopian future where people only live into their early twenties and teenage girls are kidnapped and forced into polygamous marriages in order to keep the species alive.

There were a few logistics things that had me wondering, but overall it is a very strong story and certainly worth a read.
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Re-reading the third time, Peter Mayle's book:

1. One year in Provence
2. A Good Year

I enjoyed his way of writing; funny, his choice of words and entertaining...
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Just finished Beauty Queens. Definitely an interesting book. Started out funny and silly, with most of the characters living up to reader expectation of Ditzy Beauty Queen Stereotype. I enjoyed the last 3/4 of the book a lot more, which was sweet and touching and funny and a bit of Feminism 101 thrown in there. I liked the diverse cast and it seemed like she had a lot to say--also a nice antidote to the outbreak of useless swooning fembot protagonistas trying to please their boyfriends. Bonus points for including loads of queer characters without being tokens. Definitely a message book, but a highly amusing one.

And then Level Up, a short little graphic novel. Sweet story but not much happened.

Now working on Eon: Dragoneye Reborn. This is seriously not the kind of fantasy I like (elaborate magical systems requiring chosen ones and dragons and tedious prologues regarding ancient mystical whatnots) but darn it if it's not incredible entertaining. (Not counting the prologue) I was hooked from the first page.
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I finished Amy and Roger's Epic Detour last night. So, I'm torn about this one. It was a really slow starter, and I think 10-15K could have easily been cut out. I did enjoy it though and got teary eyed at certain parts, yet I don't feel like it's on my list of top books for the year. I'm not sure why because usually books that make me cry go way up on my list.

Not sure what to read next. I'm in the mood for a paranormal, yet I don't feel like starting the ones that I have. Doing a re-read of Jellicoe Road is starting to sound appealing too, which I should probably pounce on because I rarely ever feel like doing re-reads. But then there's that stack of 15 books that I have to get through. Decisions decisions...
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Just finished 'The Adoration of Jenna Fox'. It was fairly amazing.

Now I'm re-reading 'City of Ashes' until I go to the library next.
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Sat and read it in one evening.
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Most paranormal/romances nowadays remind me of Twilight. They're mostly very formulaic.
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