Teaser Tuesday: The Enigma

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

So from one of Alan Turing’s teachers . . .

My Teasers:

He held that the defeat of German had come about ‘because she thought that Science and materialism were stronger than religious thought and observance.’ He called the scientific subjects ‘low cunning’, and would sniff and say, ‘This room smells of mathematics! Go out and a fetch a disinfectant spray!’

– Alan Turing: The Enigma by Andrew Hodges

Books that you Read because of the Movie

Have you ever seen a movie and then decided to read the book the movie is based on?

Sometimes the movie is so fantastic and you just know the book has to be better! I mean, the book is almost always better. How could it be otherwise? Books have more detail, and more room for all the things that make a story good: character, plot, sorder.

Some movies like that for me include:

1. Interview With A Vampire
I saw Interview With A Vampire on TV and loved it! I found the book in the library and took it out soon after. I loved it, too. They weren’t the same, but they were close and I really liked it, too.

2. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone
Um . . . Yeah, I started reading the books after the first movie came out. Not sure how I missed them before that. But I’m glad I did, because later on, in future books, I understood things they never explained in the movies.

3. Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief

The Lightning Thief wasn’t as awesome as the first Harry Potter movie, but it was still exciting and made me all excited to go find out what really happened. Which I did and really liked.

4. The Bourne Identity
I love love |ove all the Bourne movies! But the book was a disappointment. It was just so dated! And it did not age well! IMHO

I want to read the first James Bond book, but I haven’t managed it yet. I will someday!

Best Books of 2014

The year is almost over and I am once again listing the best books I read this year. Not, mind, the best books that came out this year but the best of the 61 books I’ve read this year. The complete list of the books I’ve read this year is here. Though most of this year’s reads did indeed come out this year.

1) Stories of the Raksura by Martha Wells

Stories of the Raksura is a collection of two novellas set in the same world as the previous three novels (The Serpent Sea, The Siren Depths, The Cloud Roads). It’s been less than two months since I first got it (it came out on October 7 2014. I didn’t get that day, sadly.) but I’ve read and reread both stories a few times since.  I really, truly love this world. It’s delightful, fast-paced and really, really good.

2) Ancillary Justice by  Ann Leckie

Ancillary Justice deserved its Hugo. I haven’t reread this at all – I probably will sometime in the future – but it’s wonderful. Confusing for some people, but still really good. I love the main character. Her gender confusion is amusing. But the end is a little odd.

3) Color of Magic by Terry Pratchett

Color of Magic somehow makes a completely ridiculous concept work. It’s amazing. Really amazing.

4) Point of Dreams by Lisa Barnett and Melissa Scott

Point of Dreams is a charming book, where astrology has real meaning and includes a good mystery. Fantasy and mystery, along with a bit of romance. Nothing too explicit, though. Murder, ghosts and astrology! I love this whole series. I love this series. It’s good enough that I’ve reread bits and pieces of this book several times.

Do you seek out holiday books?

I read a post yesterday on favorite holiday books and I thought: I don’t have any favorite   holiday reads.

That’s not to say I don’t read holiday themed books – I do, if it drops in my lap. Sometimes they do, and they are usually romance books. Maybe mysteries.

But I don’t go looking for them, don’t seek them out. If I see them on library shelves? Okay. Maybe I’ll take one out.

None of the books I love to reread involve the holidays. None. Is that weird?

Maybe it’s because I read mostly fantasy and there aren’t a whole lot of holiday-themed fantasy books.

Teaser Tuesday: Night Broken

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

I’m doing a reread of Night Broken by Patricia Briggs

My teaser:

“I only like a little bit mean,” Adam confided in a low-husky voice that made my heartbeat pick up. “Withholding cookies is world-class mean.”

– Night Broken by Patricia Briggs

NOS4A2 by Joey Hill

GoodReads Blurb:

Victoria McQueen has a secret gift for finding things: a misplaced bracelet, a missing photograph, answers to unanswerable questions. On her Raleigh Tuff Burner bike, she makes her way to a rickety covered bridge that, within moments, takes her wherever she needs to go, whether it’s across Massachusetts or across the country.

Charles Talent Manx has a way with children. He likes to take them for rides in his 1938 Rolls-Royce Wraith with the NOS4A2 vanity plate. With his old car, he can slip right out of the everyday world, and onto the hidden roads that transport them to an astonishing – and terrifying – playground of amusements he calls “Christmasland.”

Then, one day, Vic goes looking for trouble—and finds Manx. That was a lifetime ago. Now Vic, the only kid to ever escape Manx’s unmitigated evil, is all grown up and desperate to forget. But Charlie Manx never stopped thinking about Victoria McQueen. He’s on the road again and he’s picked up a new passenger: Vic’s own son.

NOS4A2 was my first horror book ever. Well, the first horror book that I actually read as horror (I’ve read other books from the horror shelves that felt urban fantasy to me.)

The first interesting thing is the misspelling of nosferatu in the title. Based on the title, I was expecting a Dracula like vampire. That’s not what I got.

Instead, the main character is this creepy, anti-Santa, emotion-sucking nosferatu. There are emotion-sucking vampires in other books, yes, but this particular vampire is not like them.

The best part of NOS4A2 is the epilogue. It is sweet and touching and really beautiful.

I am not sure I know what is the worse part. Maybe the middle. I was really ready to be done halfway through the book. It just seemed to go on and on and on. It was almost an effort to make myself read, until things got good again.

The second annoying/interesting part is the same part: chapter headings. Sometimes a chapter ends, but the sentence continues into the next chapter as the title.

So one chapter ends like so:

There was only her breath and roaring, raging static, that endless waterfall of sound, rising in volume, building to a maddening intensity and then building some more until she wanted to cry out for it to stop, the word coming to her lips, stop, stop it, her lungs gathering air to shout, and that was when the bike thudded back down in

This is an amazingly long sentence, 62 words, but it’s not finished and I will admit, the first time I saw a sentence like this, I thought my copy was damaged. But the next page is the first page of the next chapter and it is entitled:

Haverhill, Massachusetts

This method of chapter titles was confusing the first few times I saw it, but I got used to it.

 

Vic is the main character. She has the power to create a Shorter Way Bridge. This power wrecks her life. If she hadn’t had it, she would never have encountered the evil anti-Santa vampire without it. Perhaps I should say meeting the villain ruined her life. (But villains do that, don’t they? The ruin lives.)

He kidnaps her and she escapes. But she’s haunted by phone calls from the other children he’d kidnapped ever since.

It makes her a bad mate for the hero of the book: Lou. He’s over weight, loves bikes and Vic both. He deserves someone better, someone able to be with him.

But they have a child together and when he’s in danger, Vic is amazing. That’s when the story really gets going. I wish it had happened earlier. I mean, amazing. She finally gets her stuff together.

If it wasn’t for the epilogue, I don’t think I would like the ending. The epilogue saves it.

 

NOS4A2 wasn’t especially scary. It didn’t give me nightmares. Maybe that means it isn’t horror. I don’t know.

Except for the nosferatu, I am not even sure what horror elements are present in NOS4A2. Maybe it is very unusual horror? I don’t know enough about the genre to say.

 

Would I read this again? No.

But it is a decent read. Not great – it needed to be about 200 pages shorter – but decent.

what should i read next?

whatshouldireadnext.com is a website where you type in a book title or author and it gives book recommendations based on it.  

I typed in: Ancillary Justice.

The first ten it gave me:

  1. Jacqueline Carey – Dark Currents: MURDER–INVESTIGATION / POLICE
  2. Ann Aguirre – Perdition: MERCENARY TROOPS / PRISONERS / SURVIVAL / CRIMINALS
  3. Rachel Caine – Working Stiff: ZOMBIES / FUNERAL HOMES / PHARMACEUTICAL INDUSTRY / PARANORMAL FICTION / UNDERTAKERS AND UNDERTAKING / SUPERNATURAL / SUSPENSE FICTION
  4. James Blish – A Case of Conscience (Del Rey Impact): MANICHAEISM / ETHICS / LIFE ON OTHER PLANETS / FAITH AND REASON / RELIGION AND SCIENCE / CONSCIENCE–RELIGIOUS ASPECTS / SCIENCE FICTION, AMERICAN
  5. Ben Aaronovitch – Whispers Under Ground: ENGLAND–LONDON / MAGIC / MURDER / SUBWAYS / WIZARDS / GRANT, PETER (FICTITIOUS CHARACTER) / FICTION / DETECTIVE AND MYSTERY STORIES
  6. William Olaf Stapledon – Odd John and Sirius: SCIENCE FICTION, ENGLISH / EVOLUTION (BIOLOGY) / MUTATION (BIOLOGY) / GIFTED PERSONS
  7. Colette – The Complete Claudine: Claudine at School, Claudine in Paris, Claudine Married, Claudine and Annie: COLETTE, 1873-1954 / AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL FICTION, FRENCH / GIRLS / MANNERS AND CUSTOMS / YOUNG WOMEN / FRANCE / SOCIAL LIFE AND CUSTOMS / TRANSLATIONS INTO ENGLISH
  8. Richard Kadrey – Kill City Blues
  9. Ben Aaronovitch – Rivers of London: POLICE / WIZARDS / SUPERNATURAL / PARANORMAL FICTION / FANTASY FICTION
  10.  T A Pratt – Poison Sleep (Marla Mason, Book 2): MAGIC / WIZARDS / PSYCHICS

I imagine the things in capital letters are what these books have in common with Ancillary Justice. Some of them anyway. Ancillary Justice cannot be AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL FICTION. Kill City Blues apparently has nothing in common with Ancillary Justice . . .

There are several books here I’ve never heard of: A Case of Conscience, Odd John and Sirius and Colette – The Complete Claudine.

I don’t think Colette – The Complete Claudine is even science fiction or fantasy or paranormal in any way. It probably doesn’t include ships and AI. I am not at all it is interesting. Why did whatshouldireadnext.com cough up this title?

A lot of the others look like fantasy and look at least a little interesting.

The best thing about it – the reason why it works! – is that I’ve never read any of them before.

What’s the most terrifying book you ever read?

This is a question that a BookEnds asked: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/10/26/books/review/whats-the-most-terrifying-book-youve-ever-read.html

The writers chose books for various reasons, including how real the book felt.

He who controls the past controls the future. He who controls the present controls the past.

For me, the scariest book I ever read is Nineteen Eighty-Four. It’s dystopian, not horror, but the way they changed the newspapers after publication? Yeah. Not taking it back, not apologizing for a print error, but changing it altogether.

That kind of thing wasn’t possible when it was written, it wasn’t possible in 1984, but it is possible now. And that’s scary.

I love ebooks and reading online in general, but that kind of thing is possible and it scares me. It really does.

National Novel Writing Month and National Blog Posting Month

NaBloPoMo_November

Nationalnanowrimo-logo Novel Writing Month and National Blog Posting Month start today. 

I’m not doing NaNoWriMo. The current WiP doesn’t have another 50,000 words in it. I’m still slightly stuck, so the word count isn’t moving very fast. And I really don’t want to start something new.

If I were on schedule, I could have and it would have been so much fun! (I actually have ideas for several novel -length ideas!) But I’m not so . . . No.

But I thought maybe I could do National Blog Posting Month. You have to post something each day of the month. The closest I’ve come to that is the A-Z Challenge, where you post every day but the weekends. Me, I barely managed it this year. I used the weekends to write some of the week’s posts.

I’ve been blogging for 4 years how and I’ve never managed to blog everyday for a month, weekends and all. I may, however, have gone for a whole month without blogging.

So I’m not really very confident about my ability to do so now. But I suppose it will be an interesting challenge.

Sunday Stealing Meme

I’ve discovered a new meme: Sunday Stealing! http://sundaystealing.blogspot.com does this meme.

I don’t know how often I will do this meme, but today’s topic is about books so I did it!!!

You answer these questions. I copied and pasted the list.

1. Favorite childhood book?

Charlotte’s Web by  E.B. White

2. What are you reading right now? 

I want to start The Rook by Daniel O’Malley, but still have to get the book.

3. What books do you have on request at the library?

LOL I’ll probably request The Rook by Daniel O’Malley!

4. Bad book habit?

Um . . . reading the ending first.

5. What do you currently have checked out at the library?

Nothing!!!

6. Do you have an e-reader? 

Yes, a Nook simple touch. I love it.

7. Do you prefer to read one book at a time, or several at once? 

Several, that way way I always got something.

8. Have your reading habits changed since starting a blog?

Not a lot, not.

9. Least favourite book you read this year (so far)? 

This is a hard one. There have been hardly any bad ones this year. I have no idea.

10. Favorite book you’ve read this year?

Hands down, Ancillary Justice by  Ann Leckie is the best thing I’ve read all year.

11. How often do you read out of your comfort zone? 

Not very. Maybe once a quarter.

12. What is your reading comfort zone? 

Reading in the genres of fantasy, sci-fi, romance, mystery.

13. Can you read on the bus? 

No.

14. Favorite place to read? 

Bed!!!

15. What is your policy on book lending? 

I’ve got no issues with it.

16. Do you ever dog-ear books? 

Sometimes, but only if I know I will never, ever sell it.

17. Do you ever write in the margins of your books?

Rarely and only if I know I will never, ever sell it.

18. Not even with text books? 

I usually sell text books, so no.

19. A book you didn’t expect to like but did? 

The last book like that was Drown by Junot Diaz.

20. What makes you love a book?

Good world building and characters and plot. Decent writing.