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I'm so behind...
nilli wrote in booksnsuch
I'm not sure I remember every book I've read, but here's trying.

Title: A Clash of Kings (Song of Ice and Fire #2)
Author: R. R. Martin
Genre: Fantasy

Title: A Storm of Swords (Song of Ice and Fire #3)
Author: R. R. Martin
Genre: Fantasy

Two at once! These two were both really good. I would update my roommate every day on whether or not someone died again, because it's just crazy how many do. When I read a book, I sort of expect the main character(s) to make it through alive, so I'm always really shocked when they don't. And I don't believe this is a spoiler, because there are a lot of significant characters in these books.

Title: A Feast for Crows (Song of Ice and Fire #4)
Author: R. R. Martin
Genre: Fantasy

Everything slowed down a ton for book four, and what the real kicker here was? Apparently this is only half of it. Book 5 happens along the same time frame as this one, but focuses on a different set of characters. So now I get to read another book where all the characters are just kind of wandering around until the next exciting thing happened, which hopefully will be book six, and hopefully all but maybe two characters die in book five because if R. R. Martin keeps this up, the next year of the story will actually be books 6-9.

Title: Living Dead in Dallas
Author: Charlene Harris
Genre: Fantasy/vampires

Book two of the True Blood series. It was okay. Nothing too exciting, really. There's some part where there's this swingers club going on that felt extremely out-of-place? I don't know if I'll keep it up with this series.

Title: Twilight
Author: Stephanie Meyer
Genre: YA Literature/vampires

This book was as terrible as everyone says it is. It wasn't the poor grasp of vocabulary that Meyer shows, or how slow the story is, or how many times it describes how utterly gorgeous Edward is, or how Edward is essentially overbearing to the point of being abusive... it was how flat the characters were that bugged me most about it. We made more interesting characterizations when we were fourteen, and that's saying something. It's like she made Bella clumsy and counted it as a personality. Blegh.

Title: Odd and the Frost Giants
Author: Neil Gaiman
Genre: Children's lit/fantasy

As children's books go, this one is really good. The son of a viking (Odd) wanders off one day and runs into Odin, Thor, and Loki, who send him on a quest to save Valhalla from the Frost Giants. It's pretty true to Norse mythology, and of course Neil Gaiman is amazing.

Title: Water for Elephants
Author: Sara Gruen
Genre: Fiction

This book was really good, and I want to see the movie now. It's about a man named Jacob and switches between when he's 23 (I think) and 93. At 23 he ends up running off and joins a traveling circus train as their veterinarian. At 93 he's in a retirement home and a circus comes to town. I don't know how to describe it much more. There's a girl, there's a crazy animal keeper, there's an elephant. Check it out.

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A bunch of girls I worked with were really into the True Blood books and like everyone and their mom loves the show. I kind of won't read them on principle. And it seems like one of those series that never ends which is also what prevents me from caring about most TV shows.

I remember seeing trailers for the Water for Elephants movie and being really confused. Pretty much all I got was there is a circus, haha. Anything about running away to join the circus is good with me though, I'll try to check it out.

I just knew there were elephants, and that seemed cool enough to me to get a read.

I'll look into Interworld.

Oh, and Neil Gaiman does kids books right (shocking). I haven't read this one but I dig Norse mythology. Have you read Interworld? He cowrote it with some dude, and it manages to be a typical kind of cheesy YA novel while also being really damn good.

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