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~ Iben
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29/11/2011

The Will of the Empress by Tamora Pierce

Circle Reforged #1

I've just had something akin to a Tamora Pierce Read-A-Thon. I read the series Circle of Magic which consists of 4 books about 4 young mages age 10-11. Really, the books are also aimed for that age group, but I still greatly enjoy reading them.

Pierce is a master in her field and the characters are and their achievements magical. I can't press enough how much I wish for all youngsters to read these books, they are a big part of what really sparked my joy in reading when I was a kid. This however is a review of the book that comes after those 4 AND the 4 that came after those (The Circle Opens).

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The four mages of Tamora Pierce's Circle of Magic and The Circle Opens books are together again, but things aren't what they used to be. Daja, Briar, Tris and Sandry have grown up and grown apart since their days together at Winding Circle, and Sandry's especially disappointed with the change. When Sandry's uncle requests that her three old friends accompany her on a visit to Sandry's vast lands within the Empire of Namorn, the young mages discover that they've landed in a trap. Namorn's iron-willed Empress has plans for Sandry and her companions, and she has wily and powerful mages to help her. But so, of course, does Sandry - if only she can get them to work together...
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I've read The Will of the Empress once before and back then I wasn't all that impressed with it. Sandry, Daja, Tris and Briar are now 18 years old and full of anger, angst and general grouchiness. The 3 others return to Emelan, which Sandry never left and they've all grown up and seen and done things they would have rather been without. Soon after though they set off to Namorn together where Sandry is in fact a duchess (or something like that, I forget the details).

The empress, Sandry's cousin, turns out to be a ruler you're not supposed to cross and she wants to press the 4 mages into her service. Obviously they aren't having any of that and thus things turn bad. The book also deals with several issues such as women being forced into marriage and mistreated as well as homosexual love. In the previous books it's been hinted that a couple of characters were gay, but only in this one is it full out described as being such (nothing erotic, simply a matter of feelings and acceptance). It's as such a really good book, and though I quickly got annoyed with their inability to talk to their supposedly very best friends about their issues, I really enjoyed reading about them all again and I think I understood it better this time (I was too young to fully grasp it, the first time around). However the book lacks the more innocent and the more aw inspiring magical touch the story has in the first four books. Now they're all pretty much invincible and you never really feel even remotely worried for them.





560 pages / published in 2006
Review by Iben Jakobsen, BoB, 2011

27/11/2011

Mail Box News

Am super excited, just got home from visiting my parents (and working at my old job back home) and in my mail there was a lovely package from one of my favourite online book stores.

Angel by L.A. Weatherly


10 days ago I belatedly celebrated my birthday and my new apartment and my amazing friends bought me some lovely gifts. One of these were Angel Fire (#2 in the series). My friend Maria told me she did intend to get me the first one too, but just couldn't find it, but thought book 2 looked so good, I had to have it no matter what! I've been wanting to read Angel, like, ever since it first came out, so couldn't be happier for the opportunity to finally get my hands on it (since I've got a handful of unread books lying around I couldn't justify before now to buy the book).

23/11/2011

The Hulk about Twilight

I just read this and it kind of blew my mind. It's really long and in all caps but he's got a lot of really good points - http://badassdigest.com/2011/11/17/film-crit-hulk-smash-hulk-vs-twilight/

As you probably know I'm a big fan of the books, but he so perfectly explains why - it's the utterly overwhelming infatuation. He explains all the issues and without being condescending his point is basically awareness - we need to be more aware of what we read and how books like Twilight are just empty calories.

20/11/2011

Breaking Dawn pt. 1

Last night I watched Breaking Dawn pt. 1 and holy hell did I enjoy it!
I think mostly they hit it head on, really nailed it.

My only beef with it was Bella looking terrified rather than nervous but happy walking down the isle, the lack of background info on Leah and her and Jacob in wolf form and him being more RAWR-F-U-ALL. I did love the added wolf action, there was so much more tension and drama than in the book.

I love how they made Bella look while preggers and I love that Edward looked.. less.. stupid. His hair was more controlled and his lipstick less painfully obvious.

The honeymoon was great, though a bit too "yes you're having sex, we get the point, move on." However, her attempting to seduce him was brilliant!!! I love the humour they incorporate in these films, it's great :)

The film lasted 2 hours or so and I think they could easily have made it 20-30 min longer just to add in some extra details and stuff, but I guess I can just look forward to the extended and deleted scenes when it comes out on bluray.

I just reread the entire book series before watching the film, and i was really into the whole mood of it, and the film didn't disappoint. All in all, a great experience and I can't wait to go watch it again.

Also, be sure to stay put in the cinema when the credits are rolling, there's more!!!

10/11/2011

Best Foot Forward by Susie Kelly

Sorry about me repeatedly falling off the grid here, I've been so busy with school and everything.

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Why would an unfit, 50-something Englishwoman embark on a solo walk across France from La Rochelle on the west coast to Lake Geneva over the Swiss border? And why would a total stranger from San Antonio, Texas come to live in her crumbling French farmhouse to house-sit for a multitude of boisterous and unpredictable animals? With no experience of hiking or camping, not to mention using a compass, Susie Kelly found out the hard way that it is possible to be overloaded and ill-prepared at the same time. Scorching days, glacial nights, perpetual blisters, inaccurate maps, a leaking tent and an inappropriate sleeping bag were daily vexations, but as she hobbled eastwards, the glory of the French landscape revealed its magic and the kindness of strangers repaid her discomfort in spades. While Texan Jennifer Shields copes heroically with lost dogs, erratic electricity, old men hiding in bushes, and a language she cannot speak, Susie doggedly tramps 500 miles over unknown terrain, frequently lost and either too hot or too cold. This is a tale of English eccentricity, the American pioneering spirit, and of two women old enough to know better.
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A few weeks back I was contacted by Black Birdie Books, wondering if I would be interesting in reading a new book by Susie Kelly. After reading her The Valley of Heaven and Hell - Cycling in the Shadow of Marie-Antoinette and absolutely loving that, I didn't hesitate to accept this one.

Let me start out by saying - it did not let me down! I love Kelly's style of writing, she's so much fun to read. I laughed and cried along with her and it's just so easy to be caught up in her journey. She's so easy to relate to as she suffers but keeps on going. I love the travel descriptions and though it's not as heavy on the information about the areas she passes through as The Valley of Heaven and Hell book, I still feel like I've learned a lot about rural France and am once again inspired to want to go there myself.

My only beef with this book, are the parts where we hear from Jennifer. It feels like she wrote them rather than Susie Kelly, and it is jarringly different. Much of it feels like she's basically just reciting what happened, whereas Kelly has much more of a natural flow to hers. Thankfully those passages were very short and did not disrupt my overall feelings for the book.

Again I highly recommend this book (like the other) to everyone who, well likes to read. It's such a positive experience and for me it was also a much needed break from all things fantasy and over the top YA.





259 pages / published in 2003 (re-published in 2011 as a digital version)
Review by Iben Jakobsen, BoB, 2011

02/11/2011

Apartment :)

Apartment is a bit of a mess right now but thought it was time to show it off :)