Amaimon wrote:Woo! I'm in.~ Thank you! c:
Selinea wrote:What other Orson Scott Card books would you recommend?
James Patterson - What books do you like by him and why?
^Kinda tweaked it.Orson Scott Card... There's a few that I remember reading, but can't remember the exact details. Eesh. I should read them again. But. These were definitely good reads. They're sequels from Ender's Game.
Speaker for the Dead
Children of the Mind
Shadow of the Hegemon
Shadow of the Giant
James Patterson's Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment pulled me in, and I've stuck with the series ever since. The idea of mutant teens with wings plus everyday teen drama and how they manage to deal with it just intrigues me since I can't handle my own all that well. That, and Fang is my hero. Daniel X and the rest of that series are fun reads, too. The graphic novels stick right with the books, and the artist is, in my opinion, amazing.
My mom says that I'm horrible at reviews, and bases my interest in the book on my reactions to it. So I wouldn't ask me to review anything. (I guess it works. She hasn't brought home anything I wouldn't read lately. o3o)
... /Schwarzenegger accent. I'll be back.
Selinea wrote:(Hopefully I won't have to wait several months this time.)
Uh, I hope you realize I'm not the guild leader. I just...seem to post "welcome new member" more than anybody else. (I have no idea why that ends up happening)
Okay, I will continue with that series then. The aye's have it! (Basically, a couple people have told me that Ender's Game was the only good book, and a couple other people have told me that the entire series is great, but I think more people have now said to read the entire series, so I will.)
I actually didn't like Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment. Max was way too much of a Mary Sue and none of the characters intrigued me beyond Fang, who didn't show up much in the first book and acted like a total villain half the time. I'm also just not a big fan of James Patterson's writing style. It's like...he's too description heavy when I don't want him to be description heavy, and glosses over the parts I wanted to read more of. Maybe I'll just read the graphic novels for the plot. I agree, it looked like the artist did a really good job, I just never checked it out from the library because I wasn't a big fan of the first book.
Just your reactions to a book is exactly what this guild is for. I mean, if someone wanted literary critiques on the themes and symbolism, you'd just google official reviews and look the book up on spark notes. I have an entire system based off of plot fluidity, logistics, characters development, descriptions/imagery, and English mechanics/sentence structure that I use when I edit someone's story or leave a review on fictionpress, but I rarely post all that stuff here towards books I read for fun because a single character could make you fall in love with a book series. An overload of imagery might make you dislike a book. (One of my friends doesn't like The Hunger Games because she said the book focuses on describing what people are wearing too much. I think that's an incredibly bizarre reason to not like a book, but hey, to each their own.)
I wasn't a big of The Devil's Hearth
, but my quote of the week has been stuck on something from that book for almost forever, because just certain lines in that book really spoke to me. And The Swan Thieves
was the most beautiful book I've ever read. (Not best, not most interesting, not most unique, but most beautiful) There was something about the descriptions of that book that just worked well for me. Yet I find it one of the most unquotable books ever. I always describe it as a book that's about art that's like a work of art. It's absolutely beautiful and you can't just look at a sentence just like you can't just look at a corner of the painting. (The plot is really slow though. Read it if you like drinking in descriptions.)
Foxesrule wrote:I love books, let me in! Username:
Foxesrule. Favourite books/authors/genres:
Adventure stories, fantasy stories...And pretty much anything to do with animals. Recommend ONE book! Tell us why itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s great!
Umm...Hard choice...Err... The secret country! It's unique, fantastic writing...Pretty much everything you want from a book. (If you like fantasy and adventure stories with a little twist.) Apparently, I forgot the name of the author... Once I had read it, I wanted to read the sequel and the other book the author had published! Another good thing is that pretty much everyone can read it. Or, I would say 9-100. It's brilliant!
(I'm surprised I didn't choose one of my favourite fox stories...
Welcome new member!
So The Secret Country
is like Bridge to Terabithia
only then made real? A quick search on google tells me it's by Pamela Dean. Sounds interesting, making a library run after I post on here so I'll look that up.
I think you'd like The Squire's Tale
by Gerald Morris. It's a really cool medieval fantasy series based off of the Knights of the Round Table.
And have you read the Redwall series? Animals and adventure galore.
I generally find myself posting more about books that I'd think would find a bigger audience which is why I didn't include this book in my previous post, but I also really loved Zoo City
by Lauren Beukes. If any of you have ever seen District 9
, the movie, it has a similar tone. It's set in South Africa and really gets into the social problems and racial issues, but also like District 9
, it has a lot of sci-fi/fantasy elements thrown in so it's not at all dry or boring. So if you liked District 9, or if you liked the theme of Cry the Beloved Country
but not the plot, then Zoo City
is for you. If you want lighthearted fun reads as you're reading, then Zoo City
is not for you, although there's some dark humor in Zoo City
too.So, question for everyone.
What kind of book characters would you prefer:A.
All black and white characters (Ex: Um...don't really know...The Boxcar Children? A couple of the Redwall books? Haven't read many books series lately that dealt in all black and white. I got it! Pure adrenaline thrillers like most of the Bond movies, or Seven Deadly Wonders by Matthew Reilly also deal in black white.)B.
Mostly black and white characters (Ex: Harry Potter is the most obvious example. It was pretty clear who's good and who's bad, but a couple characters are mixed, like Snape.)C.
A couple black and white characters (Ex: Most epic fantasy books, mystery books, etc. The Sword of Shannara, The King of Lies, etc. You have a little group of main characters that definitely good, and then everybody else out there has their own agenda.)D.
All gray area (Ex: Mortal Coils, or better yet, the second book of that series, All that Lives Must Die. Sometimes, even the main characters make questionable moral decisions that make you think less of them.)
And obviously, it's not a clear cut four category thing. It's more of a spectrum. I could have easily made like, nine choices or fifteen choices to this multiple choice question instead of four. I'm just curious where people lie on the spectrum.
I think that while I read all over the spectrum, I appreciate group B books the most, because all black and white is just too...fluffy and boring. (Okay, I realize I just called gory action books fluffy, but they are due to the way that they don't make you think.) But I'm also reading for enjoyment most of the time, and diving into something like Zoo City
can be exotic and interesting and absolutely great for class, because you get to discuss a book that was actually cool, but it's not the kind of book I would want to read twice a week every week.
I also hate it when books shift to a radically different place on the spectrum. If a book starts out in group B with a mostly clear line between good and evil, I don't want it slide down to group D and make it so that all the bad characters gain redeeming qualities and all the good characters gain flaws that make it impossible to root for them. On the flip side, if you start out with tortured, conflicted characters, I hate books where those characters suddenly decide to become a total hero or total villain. It's like the author decided that characters must stick to clichés rather than just being people.
Things are picking up in here!
(And I thought my last post was long. This one is equally massive.)