I think it's impossible to really understand somebody, what they want, what they believe, and not love them the way they love themselves.
-Orson Scott Card, Ender's Game

"Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn't go away."
-Phillip K. Dick

Saturday, January 21, 2012


Series I want to start reading sometime this year[If the moods right]:

Dune Chronicles by Frank Herbert...Book #1
I saw parts of the movie and thought it was quite peculiar. The stranger things are at times, the more I find myself interested in them. I've heard a lot of terrible things about this book, but that's not going to stop me from reading it at some point.
Ember series by Jeanne DuPrau...Book #1
One morning I was having a terrible time sleeping so I was flipping through the channels and I came across the movie The City of Ember I hadn't heard of it so I turned it on because the title sounded interesting, it just so happens that it's Steampunk related which is right up my alley. I later found out there's a book and I got totally stoked because generally books are better than the movies made after them. I read on and discovered it's an entire series, that got me interested. I definitely can't wait to start this series!

Legacy of the Drow series by R.A. Salvatore...Book #1
You might not know this, seeing as I have yet to post any reviews about R.A. Salvatore books, but I am a huge fan. Actually I might have reviewed The Dark Elf Trilogy. I cannot recall as I'm typing this. If so, my mistake. I actually read this book in high school, but I was terribly rushed because I was borrowing it from a friend, and one of his other friends requested to read it. I never got around to reading the next book because I couldn't find it anywhere but online. I'll pick it up one day and give it another go around, I know I wont be disappointed.
A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket...Book #1
I think I might have read this ages ago, but I can't remember. I ended up watching the movie at some point and found myself wanting to read the books because I came across them at some point on goodreads or otherwise. It's been on my to reads list for a while, and I hope that I eventually get around to reading it!
Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer...Book #1
I've come across this book on many blogs, and the more I read about it, the more interested I become. Seeing that it's about androids, it sounds like it's something I'd enjoy. Not only is it Science Fiction, but it's also Steampunk, which makes it that much more interesting. I definitely want to read this at some point, hopefully in the near future.

Shadow series by Orson Scott Card...Book #1
Okay, so I'm not even close to being done with Ender's Saga, so before I start this series I know I need to finish that first. I'm tempted to skip some of the saga and just head right into Shadow, but I know I probably wont. I am interested in finding out more about the world that Orson Scott Card has developed.

Space Odyssey series by Arthur C. Clarke...Book #1
I've come across this book a few times around the net, and the title itself is captivating, so I read up a synopsis and found myself interested. I also wrote a smidgen about Arthur C. Clarke in my research paper about the History of Science Fiction Literature, and that seemed to trigger my desire that much more. I know I will eventually pick this book up.

Spiderwick Chronicles by Holly Black...Book #1
I think I might have read the first book of this a long time ago, but since I don't remember it's best to start at book 1. I saw the movie and absolutely adored it, so naturally, I want to read this. ;)
Time series by Madeleine L'Engle...Book #1
I've been wanting to read this for more than 5 years. I've read about it around the net multiple times, and all I've heard is good things about it. I'm hoping to enjoy this!

Xanth series by Piers Anthony...Book #1
I came across this a while back when I was browsing for something to read. I never did get around to reading it. A friend of mine has read the whole series and loves it. I'm almost afraid to start it because the series is so long. I'd be afraid of not finishing it ever. Haha. I'm really slow at reading series. Though I've heard good things about it, and I know I should give it a shot at some point, I want to.
Series I want to continue with this year [If the moods right]:

Earth's Children series by Jean M. Auel...Book #3.
I own the first 4 of this series and I plan to obtain the rest as I can. No disappointments so far with this series, other than the jumping around, which in itself just built up the story, so not really a flaw, but I would like to read more about Ayla as opposed to other characters.

Ender's Saga by Orson Scott Card...Book #2
Ender's game is one of my favorite books of all time. I've read it twice. The first time I had to read it for English class in Junior year of High school. It was either Ender's game or some boring book that I wasn't interested in, naturally, I chose Ender's Game because the story was appealing. The second time was for my book club in 2011. ;) Suggested by me of course. I've known for a while that it was the first of a series, but never got around to reading it, I hope I get around to that soon! Only about 3 more books in this short series, then I can get around to some of the other Ender series, like Shadow.
Halo series by Eric Nylund...Book #3
Okay, so he didn't write #2 of this series, but it was still okay. I did enjoy #1 greatly, not so much the second one but only for the reason that I've played the game and the game is better in my opinion. Of course, I did enjoy the insight into the minds of the aliens. Therefore, I definitely want to give this one a read when I get the chance. I hope it's as good as #1 was. It reminded me a bit of Ender's Game. ;)

Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins...Book #2
I don't usually read series when I know they are popular; however, that didn't keep me from picking this book up. I know I've read books in the past that are considered popular books, but at the time of reading them I had no idea. This book, I knew was popular. What made me want to read it more than I already wanted to is because it's one of Blair Butler's favorites, and I'm a fan of her so...Yeah. I picked it up short after that, and couldn't set it down. I was captivated. Can't wait to read this!

In Her Name series by Michael R. Hicks...Book #2
I believe I found out about Michael because we tweeted on twitter, I'm not sure. I read his first book and it's amazing. I also interviewed him for a paper last semester about the History of Science Fiction Literature.  He's a really nice guy, and if you haven't read In Her Name: Empire, what the hell are you waiting for? Go pick it up!
Indian in the Cupboard series by Lynne Reid Banks...Book #3
A while back I came across this book in goodreads but I have yet to read it. I enjoyed the first 2 when I was a kid and kept wanting more, I think I had the chance maybe to read this and I forgot as a kid. I was just getting into reading at the time. I just today found out that there's 2 more that follow it. I can't wait to finish this series. Really it's more of a Quintet then a series, but close enough. ;)

Resident Evil series by S.D. Perry...Book #5
There is more than one Resident Evil book series floating around, but this one seems to follow the games, not that I mind. Sure, I love the Resident Evil movies, not so much the games, but I do enjoy these books, so don't get me wrong about that. For a while, I was burning through these books. I only stopped for...well I don't even know what reason, maybe I just needed a reading break. I'm definitely going to pick this one up at some time and give it a go. only 2 more books to go in this series. ;)

Song of Ice and Fire series by George R.R. Martin...Book #2
Okay, so this is definitely a popular series going around right now due to the mini series they've concocted; however, when I read the first book I didn't realize it would become so popular. The first was okay, nothing special in my opinion, and the only reason I want to continue reading is because my friend Xandra loves these.
Sword of Truth series by Terry Goodkind...Book #4.
I just finished reading book #3 and I'm hoping that this ones not a disappointment. I hope to read more about Cara and more about Kahlan. Hopefully I can see a shred of the old Richard still in there. I own the first 3 books and plan on purchasing the 4th sometime this summer if things go as planned.

There are many other books I want to read that I didn't add to this list, but hopefully this gives you an idea of the kind of books I plan on reading in the future. Though I might stray from the series and go for some solo novels, because I enjoy those as well. Just because a book or series isn't on this list right now, doesn't mean it's entirely out of bounds, it just means I didn't come across it on my good reads shelf as I was making this.

Friday, January 20, 2012

Blood of the Fold by Terry Goodkind

Genre: Fantasy/Magic/Romance

This is the 3rd book in the Sword of Truth series by Terry Goodkind. It's about the Blood of the Fold, which basically wants to take over and be rid of magic. Richard, Kahlan, Zedd, Sisters of the Light, as well as Mordsiths and Gars fight against the Imperial Order and the Blood of the Fold so that everyone may remain free from the dreamwalker Jagang, who has taken over the Sisters of the Dark with his own mysterious Dreamwalking powers. The only safety from Jagang's dreamwalking powers is Richard Rahl himself.

Back Cover:
In a fantasy world as rich and real as our own, Richard Rahl and Kahlan Amnell stand against the ancient forces which besiege the New World--forces so terrible that when last they threatened, they could only be withstood by sealing off the Old World from whence they came. Now the barrier has been breached, and the New World is again beset by their evil power.

War, monsters, and treachery plague the world, and only Richard and Kahlan can save it from an armageddon of unimaginable savagery and destruction.

Terry Goodkind, author of the brilliant fantasy bestseller's Wizard's First Rule and Stone of Tears, has created his most masterful epic yet, a sumptuous feast of magic and excitement replete with the wonders of his unique fantasy vision.

I felt this book was rather flat. Not quite as emotional as the first two books in this series were. I felt disappointed until almost the very end when Kahlan finally makes an appearance. Yeah, she's hardly in this book at all until the end. If you're a fan of Kahlan, you might find this book disappointing until near the end.

I did find myself laughing somewhere near the end because of things Kahlan, Cara and Berdine say. They were probably the best parts of the entire book.

We find out more about Gratch as he grows up. Richard himself is obviously growing and is no longer the same character he was originally; which, I guess isn't a bad thing, seeing as there's character development, but the more I get to know him the less I seem to like him. I definitely liked him more in the first 2 books.

I guess it wasn't a terrible book because I did finish it, and that was without to many breaks in between. The story was okay, but seemed to be lacking a certain something. I hope the 4th book in this series is better. If you enjoyed the first 2 books, you may or may not find this book disappointing. It's worth a read, if for nothing more than to lead you to book 4.

Shame on anyone who thinks evil of this.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

The Price of Salt by Patricia Highsmith

Genre: Classic/Romance/Lesbian/Fiction/Mystery

I can't say more than this is a story about falling in love so unexpectedly that your heart wants to leap right out of your chest, that it burns deeply within you, and that even water can't spoil the fire.

Goodreads Synopsis:  
Now recognized as a masterwork, the scandalous novel that anticipated Nabokov's 'Lolita'. "I have long had a theory that Nabokov knew 'The Price of Salt' and modeled the climactic cross-country car chase in 'Lolita' on Therese and Carol's frenzied bid for freedom," writes Terry Castle in 'The New Republic' about this novel, arguably Patricia Highsmith's finest, first published in 1952 under the pseudonym Clare Morgan.

Soon to be a new film, 'The Price of Salt' tells the riveting story of Therese Belivet, a stage designer trapped in a department-store day job, whose salvation arrives one day in the form of Carol Aird, an alluring suburban housewife in the throes of a divorce. They fall in love and set out across the United States, pursued by a private investigator who eventually blackmails Carol into a choice between her daughter and her lover. With this reissue, 'The Price of Salt' may finally be recognized as a major twentieth-century American novel.

It was brutal to read this book. It was as if I was seeing the world through Therese's eyes...Never knowing if Carol truly loved her until the very end. I felt myself wracked with emotions, from happiness to sadness; all the feelings that make up what it means to love. I feared at times, I would hate this book, but as I reached the end, I found that it's one of my most favorites. I only put it down once to sleep, then I returned to complete it as I awakened. I love it because it makes you feel what it means to love a person, truly and whole heartedly, even though at times you may not truly understand how deeply those feelings go. It reminds me that you can't run from what your heart wants, even if it hurts like hell. I recommend this book to anyone who fancies a story about falling in love.

Shame on anyone who thinks evil of this.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Red Harvest by Dashiell Hammett

Genre: Noir/Crime/Detective/Classic/Mystery

Red Harvest is the first book of a short series written by Dashiell Hammett called The Continental Op series. It's about a detective whose name I can't recall ever being mentioned within the course of this novel, perhaps it was mentioned just so infrequently that I didn't capture it. He's from San Fransisco and for some reason wants to stir up some mischief in a town called Personville, which keeps being called Poisonville. He finds himself in the middle of a crime he's sure he didn't commit...I'll let you read to find out what happens.

Goodreads Summary:
The Continental Op first heard Personville called Poisonville by Hickey Dewey. But since Dewey also called a shirt a shoit, he didn't think anything of it. Until he went there and his client, the only honest man in Poisonville, was murdered. Then the Op decided to stay to punish the guilty. And that meant taking on the entire town...

For this being the first Noir novel I've read it wasn't too bad; however, I felt like it was lacking something to make it capture me.  I didn't find myself connecting with any of the characters, but the story was an alright read. Dinah was an okay character, though too stereotypical. I do admit though that I got lost a few times in the dialogue, but later found myself back into the story a couple pages later. The ending seems flat to me, like it needs a little something more. It's an okay read if you're looking to start reading some Crime Detective books, it's a classic after all.

Shame on anyone who thinks evil of this.