Thursday, June 11, 2009

i've got book blahs.

Every few months I find I feel booked-out. Nothing appeals to me, I can't even think of genre I want, no formats can catch me at all. I'm in that a little right now. Give me a few days to zone out on old DVDs and computer games, and my brain will reset itself. In the mean time, these have been my lunches:

So You Want to Be a Wizard, Diane Duane. I fought through fully half of this book, but it just wasn't worth my time. For a YA fantasy novel that's older than me, this is fantastic! For a YA fantasy novel, this bites! The story seems to jump around quite a bit, I'm not always sure what's going on or why, but if you've got insatiable readers who demand wizardly series, it might be worth a shot.

Fate, by Jennifer Lynn Barnes. I'm not so impressed with this as her other work. The author/narrator felt older: less like a teenager, more like an adult still trying to remember how to express like a teen.
I didn't like how we'd skipped so much time since the last book. It's the little bits of life, the learning to handle a new situation, that make me feel like I really know the character. Like other series I could name, these books focus on the big adventure that comes along infrequently without really covering the daily going-to-school-ing that lets us get a handle on the character, why she feels and why she acts the ways she does.

1 comment:

Ms. Yingling said...

Know the feeling. I tend to reread old favorites until I feel like reading again. The Duane is really challenging, but the rest of the series is much easier. Shame about the Barnes-- it's been hard to get. I'm giving away some Harry Potter paperbacks on my blog if that sounds good!