- Books! Books!
- June 29th, 2011
Title: I Shall Wear Midnight
Author: Terry Pratchett
This is a Discworld book only it's not really meant to be a Discworld book, as far as I can tell? It's not mentioned as part of the series at least, I don't think, but it's set in Discworld. Don't make me explain that further. But! It felt a bit darker than most Discworld. It's about a young witch named Tiffany Aching who lives in a place called the Chalk, which has a baron, and she's the only witch around. There's also a ghost of a bad idea giving everyone a bad feeling about witches. So it takes on this theme of witch hunting, only it's a witch as the main character. It was really good. I hope there's more Tiffany Aching stories to come.
Title: The Princess Diaries
Author: Meg Cabot
Genre: Young Adult
I know, I know. But the elibrary had it, and it's young adult! So I read it. And you know what, it actually wasn't that bad. Very girly, but pretty cute actually. It's almost nothing like the movie, which made it more interesting for me. And I always wanted to be a princess. Having someone show up and tell me I'm the princess of a European country is like, second in my book of 'stuff that would be awesome' (with #1 being to get an acceptance letter to Hogwarts, naturally). I didn't realize there's like, twenty of these books... but for now I'm continuing with the second.
Title: The Billionaire Takes a Bride
Author: Who the fuck cares
I had never read a romance novel before. I had told myself I would read only romance novels after graduating, but I never got around to it. And then, checking out ebooks at the library, I couldn't help but notice that most of them are romance novels. So I checked out the first available one I found, which was this. The plot: smart girl breaks into handsome billionaire's flat (they're in England) to steal a disc for her best friend, who will apparently lose her job if she doesn't get this disc! Only the billionaire is THERE already! And she gets CAUGHT, and makes up this story about a LOST HAMSTER named HECTOR and there's sexual tension. That is seriously the whole book. The two worst parts are, 1. The author actually explained everything that was going to happen, right down to the TWIST at the end AND the sequel, in a letter to the readers before the book even began, and 2. there was NO sex in this book, whatsoever. I was under the impression that romance novels were erotic and had funny synonyms for "passionate parts" as Tiffany Aching would call them, but no. None. I was highly disappointed.
Title: Cat's Cradle
Author: Kurt Vonnegut
It's typical Vonnegut, and I'm not sure much more can really be said. There's a guy who's a writer and prescribes to this religion Vonnegut made up called Bokonism, and he tells the story of his Bokonistic fate and a substance that could destroy the entire world. It starts out with him writing a book about the day the atom bomb dropped on Hiroshima. It was great, and I actually liked it more than Breakfast of Champions.
Now I'm reading some Kerouac interspersed with more silly books.
Also, a quote, from the Kerouac: "Hell, man, I know very well you didn't come to me only to want to become a writer, and after all what do I really know about it except you've got to stick to it with the energy of a benny addict."
The fun part about this book is I found it on the side of the road, and its previous owner was very enthusiastic about writing notes in it for about three pages, then there's maybe a note a page, and the very last mark of all is a circled few words on page ten. Something about that really tickled me.