Reading Meme – Day Twenty-Nine

Day 29 – Current book obsession

That’s not really even a question, is it? My entire world was altered by Robert Jordan’s The Wheel of Time series. I have great friends and a loving husband because of this series. I was able to extract myself from a very bad situation because of the people I met because of this series. I’ve cos-played, traveled 8 hours by car to Atlanta (3 times!)  and even had a wedding ceremony at a convention for this series.

Sadly, Robert Jordan’s Wheel has moved past the rest of us lowly creatures, and he left us back in 2007 for great things in the next Turning. However, the successor chosen by Jordan’s widow, Harriet has given WoT fans every indication of a most satisfying, and true-to-the-series, conclusion. I don’t know a single Wheel of Time reader who won’t admit that Brandon Sanderson is this series’ absolute biggest fan. Which is as it should be.

Only one more book to go!

Reading Meme – Day Twenty-Eight

Day 28 – First book obsession

What counts as an “obsession” really? The first book that lead me to buy everything else the author ever wrote? Wow. If you look at it that way (and I hadn’t until I wrote that just now) then my first book obsession was:

I bought this book when it was first published way back in 1992. It was one of the few books I was allowed to buy (we weren’t poor, but weren’t rich and I tore through books like a hurricane), and every time I was allowed another I chose one from this author. This may actually be the very first series I had where the books were new and not hand-me-down or borrowed from the library.

I read the entire Secret Circle series, followed by The Vampire Diaries (you children didn’t really think the whole TV series was a new thing, did you?), then The Forbidden Game and The Darkest Powers. And I tried to love the Night World series just as much, but it is (as far as I am aware) still unfinished.

Reading Meme – Day Twenty-Seven

Day 27 – Favorite non-mainstream writer

I’m not even sure what this means by “non-mainstream writer”. So I guess I’ll just talk about the least-recognized writer that I can think of – which would be Tim Pratt. The series I was reading was, frustratingly, canceled by the publisher. The author has since published one book and a short novella online. Which was kind of him, since the last commercially published novel sort of ended in a cliffhanger.

The series is now, unofficially, complete. The author may write more, but has said that the last online novel does give the series an ending of sorts. So if you’re interested, please check out the Marla Mason series.

Reading Meme – Day Twenty-Six

Day 26 – OMG WTF? plot

Well, the plot point that made me shout OMG WTF was the end of Jim Butcher’s Changes. As a matter of fact, a lot of things in that book had me yelling things like that. So congratulations, Changes.

If I told you why, though, I’d ruin not only this book but the 10+ book series. So you’ll have to read it on your own.

Reading Meme – Day Twenty-Four

Day 24 – Best quote

That which yields is not always weak.

This was a prophecy of the dromonde given by Hyacinthe to Melisande, as a warning to her about Phedre. She didn’t really believe it, however, much to her folly. The book is Kushiel’s Dart by Jacqueline Carey.

Reading Meme – Day Twenty-Three

Day 23 – Most annoying character

Hm. This is a hard one. With the exception of certain Mary-Sues that shall remain nameless, I’m not sure that there are any characters I find annoying.

Except. I just thought of one.

Axis. Starman. From Sara Douglass’ series The Wayfarer’s Redemption, which is known as The Axis Trilogy in her native Australia.

This man annoys me to no end. I know he’s the hero. I know he’s semi-immortal. I also know that what he did to Faraday makes me want to strangle him, and pretty much made me want him to die for the whole rest of the series.

Yes, I still read the rest of the series. Because it was fascinating and intricate and I had to know how it ended. So there.

Reading Meme – Day Twenty-two

Day 22 – Favorite ending/climax

The problem with this question is the fact that so many of the books I read are parts of series, and the endings to books in a series aren’t quite as satisfying as those at the very end of a story.

So I’m going to go classic with this one and say my favorite ending is the one in Richard Matheson’s I Am Legend.

It’s very, very different from either of the ones they came up with for the recent film starring Will Smith, so if you haven’t read this I recommend you do so.

It’s a dark ending, of course, but very fitting for the story. In my opinion, without this ending, the title is no longer even appropriate. So give it a try, it’s fairly short so it shouldn’t be too strenuous.

[P.S. – I really, really wish the person who had borrowed this book from me would return it. Just sayin’.]

Reading Meme – Day Twenty-One

Day 21 – Favorite fictional romantic relationship

As opposed to non-fictional romantic relationship? Aren’t we talking about books here? … But enough of my sarcasm about how this one is phrased…

My favorite romantic relationship in a novel belongs to Allie Beckstrom and Zayvion Jones, as written by Devon Monk.

Zayvion values Allie for what makes her unique (still swooning over those fingerless gloves!), and Allie doesn’t wait for Zayvion to come and save her. Their differences are complimentary and they seem to value them (so far, the series isn’t complete). Plus, it’s an interracial relationship and for all of us involved in one, we still see too few of them in the media.

Plus, these books rock. Significantly – four books into the series they continue to rock. As a matter of fact, book #5, Magic at the Gate, came out November 2nd, so this is a great time to go out and pick up this series, if you’re so inclined.