joonscribble: (Books&Lollies)

I'm now a little sad that I have to wait until August for the next installment. I'm even more sad to learn that this series will only be a quartet because it's a great series.

Below the cut is a non-spoilery review for a book filled with mystery, dinosaurs, platonic partnerships, romantic relationships, and a pretty well-drawn female narrator.
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joonscribble: (Books&Lollies)

I haven't done a book review in a very long time but I just got finished reading this YA novel that I found throughly enjoyable. The most accurate description probably is Sherlock mixed with shades of Elementary and a pinch of the supernatural as it involves the teaming up of an eccentric consultation and a likable female narrator as they investigate the supernatural during the late Victorian era. Don't let the pat description turn you off. It may sound like Sherlock-lite but it's truly a fun read.

Non spoiler review )
joonscribble: (Simone as Khoshekh)
I ended up reading the book first and had the audio version play for its 12 hour run while I did a bunch of chores around my apartment.

Below is my non-spoilery brief review.

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Overall, I'd say the book was enjoyable. Not the best thing I've ever read but like the podcast has real moments of truly great humor and heart.
joonscribble: (Books&Lollies)
It's been a long time since I've done a book review. Mainly because while I've been reading a lot of fiction, nothing I'd read had made much of an impression on me. But I finally got to this novel that had been sitting on my shelf for awhile and at its conclusion, I felt like it deserved a review.

Spoilers but Not If You Know Your Greek Mythology )

Overall, I recommend the book to fans of Greek mythology. And in true Greek myth fashion, it's not a lighthearted tale.
joonscribble: (bookdeath)
Post-defending my proposal, I've done a lot of sleeping and eating and some reading. I did some writing as well but while I set out to write more MCU fic that finally had Steve and Bucky say more than two lines each, I somehow ended up writing what looks to be another ficlet starring Zola and his daemon, Acantha. I get the uncomfortable feeling that Zola is becoming my rock when writing in the MCU verse.

Anyway, in between all of that, I read an advance copy of the newest installment in the Johannes Cabal series. I'd read and reviewed the first book in the series, Johannes Cabal, Necromancer (spoilers in the comments section) and thought at the time it was like a warped version of Hrothbert of Bainbridge. However, now I feel like I envision Johannes as the awful lovechild between Bainbridge and Sherlock. *shudder*

Non spoilery review )
joonscribble: (Books&Lollies)
...is coming to the US on Sept. 9th, 2014!

It's called The Bone Clocks and there's a fittingly confusing description of it here by Random House.

There are two different covers for it: the US version and the UK version.

There's also an official site for the novel HERE.

He seems to be getting a LOT more press for this novel than he did for The Thousand Autumns of Jacob De Zoet which makes sense since this novel is post the film version of Cloud Atlas. It might not have done very well but it certainly got more people reading his work which I always support.

The biggest surprise was finding out Mitchell is now on Twitter. I kind of hope it's his PR team that's doing the work because the idea of someone like Mitchell on social media makes me a little sad. The day he opens up a Tumblr account, it's all over.
joonscribble: (Books&Lollies)
The official publication date for the UK is Sept. 4th 2014.

Based on THIS the synopsis sounds like so many of David Mitchell's novels: improbable and really arduous. But I trust Mitchell completely so I'm all set to countdown until Sept.
joonscribble: (Books&Lollies)
This book should really come with a warning of intense gruesome violence, depraved sexual activities, and the author's overuse of Capitalization as was the 18th century Style he has written this Book in.

Non-spoilery review )
joonscribble: (bookdeath)
I've been driving myself cross-eyed with books I'm marking as ones to eventually buy. During my scouring of book reviews, I ran across this book which sounds like something that would happen if you took Supernatural and Buffy the Vampire Slayer, threw it in a blender, and filtered out the angels and vampires.

I don't think I'll read it but if genre fans do check it out, tell me how it is.
joonscribble: (Books&Lollies)
The tagline for this novel is: "A story about love, loss, and robots." And yes, the book is exactly what it says on the tin. And while I can't say it was a wonderful story, it was certainly intriguing for the most part.

Non-spoilery review )
joonscribble: (Books&Lollies)
The average cure for those sick of the Twilight franchise, McGreevy's horror novel focuses on the quaint town of Hemlock Grove that houses more terror than you can shake a stick at.

Non-Spoilery Review )

For anyone who has Netflix, Hemlock Grove has been made into a Netflix original series that will have up all 13 of its episodes on April 19th. You can watch all the various trailers for the series on youTube. The main one is HERE.
joonscribble: (Books&Lollies)
Here's a recent interview with David Mitchell in the New York Times. I had the pleasure of seeing him at Symphony Space last week, an event that reminded me how much I enjoy hearing him speak (even if he was seriously nervous).

As always, Mr. Mitchell gives pretty thoughtful responses to some basic questions. My favorite part has to be his thoughts on why we gravitate toward the fantasy genre:

"Many children are natural fantasists, I think, perhaps because their imaginations have yet to be clobbered into submission by experience. When you’re 10, there is still an outside chance that you might find Narnia behind the wardrobe, that the fur coats could turn into fir trees. The state of childhood resonates with life inside a fantasy novel. If you have no control over how you spend large chunks of your day, or are at the mercy of flawed giant beings, then the desire to bend the laws of the world by magic is strong and deep. I don’t mean that kids can’t distinguish fantasy from reality — the playground bully will clarify the matter gratis — but fantasy offers a logic to which kids are receptive, and escapism for which kids are hungry."

I also smiled that he mentions both Neil Gaiman and Ned Beauman as authors he's enjoyed. Beauman's Teleportation Accident has been on my To Buy List for 2013.
joonscribble: (Yay)
With the upcoming Cloud Atlas film about to release in October, the author David Mitchell is making appearance at the Symphony Space. I have tickets!!

Every time Mitchell released a novel since Cloud Atlas, he's come to New York as part of his book tour and I've always managed to catch him at his appearances at The Three Lives Bookstore. I'm really hoping that since this appearance isn't related to the release of a new novel, he'll be reading something from whatever he's working on currently. I hear he done this several times before in the UK where he makes more frequent appearances in between publications. Fingers crossed!
joonscribble: (bookdeath)
I've rarely read a book (if ever) that featured Asian characters or the "Asian American experience" and walked away from it feeling like it had much impact on my own ideas of what it means to be Asian American. While Don Lee's latest novel is hardly flawless, I found my mind buzzing with thoughts, feelings, and questions about what I had just read. But one thing that's clear to me is that The Collective is a rare type of a novel. And one I hope that heralds a new dawn for literature by Asian authors.

Non-spoilery review )
joonscribble: (HorriblyWrong)
I couldn't stop laughing while going through this article in the Guardian.

I just had this image of French parents reading their kids a bedtime story. And instead of it being "Goodnight, moon. Goodnight, cow jumping over the moon. Goodnight, light" it would be "Goodnight, isolated bed. Goodnight, creature living under the bed. Goodnight, broken nightlight."

If you go to her blog, the Kuma Kuma one is absolutely my favorite. Way to teach little kids ennui before they even hit double digit age.
joonscribble: (bookdeath)
Taken from [livejournal.com profile] book_memes:

Each person suggests up to five books that would define them; that is, by reading them you would get a sense about them.  What books would you suggest , that tell something about you? Explain a little about why you picked the book. Challenge: Define yourself by books.

The books under the cut are not necessarily all my favorite books. I did exactly what the challenged asked, which is pick five books that might best give an idea of what I'm like.

Describe Yourself In Five Books )

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