Friday, March 2, 2012

Irrepressible Library: The "I'm so behind" Edition

It is a truth universally acknowledged that as soon as I get into my writing a bazillionty-eleven books will pop onto my radar that I absolutely HAVE to read, and I will inevitably never get around to 75% of them because I read too slow and that makes me sad. And the worst part about it? I don't WANT to read faster. I want to keep tasting the words and hearing the music that exists only inside my head, and it's like I'm willingly depriving myself of all sensory perceptions good and lovely.

After another string of abandoned novels, I now have a list of them that I can't wait to get my hands on. Where were all these books three weeks ago when I was surly and had nothing suitable on my bookshelves? I'm currently reading The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern, and there's really only one thing to say: It's amazing. I was wary at first, because I'm always wary of books that come out and become huge hits, especially by a new author. With my luck I'll buy it and then it will be out the next week with an Oprah stamp and they'll be discussing it on The View. Ugh, I'm annoyed just thinking about it. In any case, this book is different. It is beautifully written and it's easy to get lost in the world. She tantalizes you with the characters, and I am just steeping myself in the words. It's amazing how much of a difference beautiful language can make. I can fall into this book and forget I'm riding the train, which is everything. I was a little thrown off at first because she takes you through the circus in a second person POV, and I couldn't get into that. I got over it quick, though, once I was in love with the characters and the circus itself. Definitely one for the rereads shelf. Of course, I still have half the book to enjoy before I need to put it down. I ended up buying this on the Nook, 1) because the hardcover was huge and expensive since it's shelf in the general fiction section and I could buy the e-book half price, and 2) I'll be able to bind my own copy to flip through when I inevitably fall in love with it. Here's a link to a wordy interview with Erin Morgenstern, that I admit I haven't read yet but I can't wait to! Part 1, Part 2.


Two teen books that sounded super awesome and I was able to get both of them from the library (really loving that library these days): The Freak Observer by Blythe Woolston and The Way We Fall by Meghan Crewe. Woolston was interviewed on Nova Ren Suma's Turning Points blog series and the Crewe book has a glowing review from Seanan McGuire, who I'm thinking is a friggin genius and I'm super excited for Discount Armageddon that's out soon. It has a cheesy cover but sounds oh-so badass. Speaking of, read this interview of Seanan McGuire on Terribleminds. Don't be turned off by the porn-ish picture at the top, because it's actually a really great interview.

This post is getting out of hand very quickly. I'm just too excited for organization!


I also want to read One Salt Sea by Seanan McGuire because it goes underwater and it would be good research, but it's the fifth book in the series and I don't want to skip the first few, because that would ruin the rest of the series, which I hope to read someday. By the way, did you know Seanan McGuire is Mira Grant? The Feed series is AWESOME, and I can't wait for the last one, Blackout, which is out in June. I listened to Feed and Deadline on audiobook, and I haven't decided if I'm going to continue that and go out of my way to get it or if I'll just buy the paperback. I don't have a subscription to Audible anymore so the audiobook will be expensive, but the recordings were so good and their voices so engrained in my head that it will be sad not to have them.

I also want to mention Hyperion by Dan Simmons, the first book of the Hyperion Cantos. This book won the Hugo award for Best Novel in 1990, and it's been mentioned or recommended several times by the Writing Excuses crew. It's a fantasy (science fiction?) retelling of The Canterbury Tales, essentially. Seven pilgrims are travelling together to find the monster Hyperion and kill him, and they trade tales as you slowly find out more about the characters and why they are all going to Hyperion. It's supposedly awesome. I saw that it was available on paperbackswap, so I got a really awesome beat-up mass market copy. I mean that seriously. When Phil buys used books for me he always chooses the best copy. I buy the copies that are beat up from use, the ones that are loved. That's probably why I loved Among Others so much. It's like those books are still connected to the people who've read them, and that makes them magic. Interesting that I feel this way about people through books when I'd really rather stay away from most.

And finally, Partials, by my dear favorite Dan Wells. It's the first book in his YA trilogy, where most of the world's population has been wiped out by the soldier-robots who were supposed to protect humanity. After the John Cleaver books, I will read anything by him, including his forthcoming adult novel The Hollow City. This just came out on Tuesday, and I have it on reserve at the library. Hopefully I'll be one of the first people in line to get it when they are released. I would love to buy a copy, but since I'm FOLLOWING MY BUDGET DAMMIT like I'm supposed to, I'm going to wait for the paperback.

If all goes well, you'll be seeing reviews of some of these books soon.

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