Book meme

Nov. 21st, 2010 10:46 am
velessa: (Prince of Tennis - Eiji sleeping)
Stolen from [livejournal.com profile] alittledffrnt

The BBC believes most people will have read only 6 of the 100 books listed here. Bold those books you've read in their entirety, italicize the ones you started but didn't finish or read an excerpt.

Book List )
velessa: (Golden Compass - Lyra & Pan)
Yoinked this list from [livejournal.com profile] riki_kiki_taco, bolded the ones I've read. Seems like an awful lot of these were written after I was a kid, though.

Top 100 Children's Novels )
velessa: (Golden Compass - Lyra & Pan)
Yoinked this list from [livejournal.com profile] riki_kiki_taco, bolded the ones I've read. Seems like an awful lot of these were written after I was a kid, though.

Top 100 Children's Novels )
velessa: (Takarazuka - Death)
David Eddings has died D=

He wrote my still-favorite series to this day, The Belgariad. I can always go back and read those books and enjoy them over and over every bit as much as the first time I read them. I also really enjoyed The Mallorean, The Elenium, and The Tamuli. Didn't like his later stuff written with his wife much, but still, he will be truly missed. =(
velessa: (Takarazuka - Death)
David Eddings has died D=

He wrote my still-favorite series to this day, The Belgariad. I can always go back and read those books and enjoy them over and over every bit as much as the first time I read them. I also really enjoyed The Mallorean, The Elenium, and The Tamuli. Didn't like his later stuff written with his wife much, but still, he will be truly missed. =(
velessa: (Golden Compass - Lyra & Pan)
Just got back from finally seeing The Golden Compass. All I can say is it was FANTASTIC. This trilogy is bound to be my Star Wars or Lord of the Rings.

They managed to do a truly amazing job adapting it from the book; I was really, really impressed. This is probably the best book-to-movie I've ever seen. Pretty much everything important was in there, the things they changed and/or left out were insignificant, and I could easily understand why they changed the things they did. It did not piss me off the way book adaptations usually do, at all.

Like most movie adaptations of books, I was afraid they were going to totally butcher it and get all kinds of things wrong or leave out all kinds of important things. Plus there's everything I've heard about purists being mad that they removed too much of the Church-bashing to appease a wider audience, but I didn't see this at all. There are more than ample references to the "Magesterium" and how they tell people what to think and how they fear free will/thought and any authority other than their own. There's really nothing subtle about it, so I don't see where the book purists are getting the idea that it's been toned down too much. And as an agnostic I obviously don't care what religious folk think of it. I think that part of it they got just right.

What I'm not sure of is why they switched the order of two major scenes in the book, and I wish they had told the story of Iorek's banishment better. Those are about my only big complaints, though. That and the guy playing Lord Asriel needs to be meaner; he didn't strike fear into me the way he should. On the other hand, Ian McKellan did a better job than I expected as Iorek (he's so not at all how I imagined his voice), and Nicole Kidman is absolutely *perfect* as Mrs. Coulter. Lee Scoresby and Hester are totally perfect as well, exactly as I imagined them!

All in all this movied gets a huge THUMBS UP! from me. I can't wait to see the next one!
velessa: (Golden Compass - Lyra & Pan)
Just got back from finally seeing The Golden Compass. All I can say is it was FANTASTIC. This trilogy is bound to be my Star Wars or Lord of the Rings.

They managed to do a truly amazing job adapting it from the book; I was really, really impressed. This is probably the best book-to-movie I've ever seen. Pretty much everything important was in there, the things they changed and/or left out were insignificant, and I could easily understand why they changed the things they did. It did not piss me off the way book adaptations usually do, at all.

Like most movie adaptations of books, I was afraid they were going to totally butcher it and get all kinds of things wrong or leave out all kinds of important things. Plus there's everything I've heard about purists being mad that they removed too much of the Church-bashing to appease a wider audience, but I didn't see this at all. There are more than ample references to the "Magesterium" and how they tell people what to think and how they fear free will/thought and any authority other than their own. There's really nothing subtle about it, so I don't see where the book purists are getting the idea that it's been toned down too much. And as an agnostic I obviously don't care what religious folk think of it. I think that part of it they got just right.

What I'm not sure of is why they switched the order of two major scenes in the book, and I wish they had told the story of Iorek's banishment better. Those are about my only big complaints, though. That and the guy playing Lord Asriel needs to be meaner; he didn't strike fear into me the way he should. On the other hand, Ian McKellan did a better job than I expected as Iorek (he's so not at all how I imagined his voice), and Nicole Kidman is absolutely *perfect* as Mrs. Coulter. Lee Scoresby and Hester are totally perfect as well, exactly as I imagined them!

All in all this movied gets a huge THUMBS UP! from me. I can't wait to see the next one!
velessa: (Bleach - Hanatarou - clueless)
I'm in need of a new fantasy novel to keep in my purse and read on my lunch breaks. I just finished up Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials trilogy (loved it), but now I don't know what to move on to. Some recommendations would be welcome. Here is a list of series/books I've loved and those I've hated, to give you an idea of my taste:


Books I Love
The Belgariad by David Eddings - still my favorite series of all time; I also really enjoyed his Mallorean, Elenium and Tamuli series. The new stuff he's written with his wife (The Dreamers? or whatever), on the other hand, is awful.

The Liveship Traders by Robin Hobb. Also enjoyed the follow up Tawny Man and prequel Farseer series, although not nearly as much as Liveship. Unfortunately her new one about the soldier son is really very lame so far.

Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling - loved by one and all with any sense. =)

His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman - parallel universe hopping kids with talking animal companions? Woohoo!

The Vampire Chronicles by Anne Rice - well, the first four at least. Memnoch the Devil got WAY too religious and I quit after that.

Xanth by Piers Anthony - enjoyable up to a point. You can only take cloned books with lame puns for so long before you tire of them, but they were fun to read for a while.

Dinotopia - people and dinosaurs living and working together, yay!

[shameless plug] Sword of the Guardian by Merry Shannon - a most enjoyable Rose of Versailles-esque novel with a totally awesome crossdressing main character. Lots of good fun!

Books I Hate
Anything by G.R.R. Martin - I tried to read that first Fire and Ice book or whatever and nearly threw up. I threw the book away. Author writing violence toward animals = automatic SICK FREAK BASTARD I HOPE YOU ARE TORN TO PIECES SLOWLY BY RABID DOGS thoughts from me.

The Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan - Mr. I-have-50-million-characters-and-plotlines-so-you-have-to-read-a-guidebook-just-to-keep-track-of-what's-going-on-and-by-the-way-everyone-in-my-books-are-complete-assholes-so-you're-sure-to-hate-reading-about-them-for-the-rest-of-your-lifetime-because-that's-how-long-the-series-will-take-to-complete Jordan can kiss my ass. The story was good for a while, but I couldn't get over the fact that I completely hated every single character, and I got sick of reading 700 pages of NOTHING HAPPENING so he could milk the series for all it was worth until he DIED without even finishing it. Way to go.

Dragonriders of Pern by Anne McCaffrey - I read the first book and liked it until the dragons started traveling through time. Um, WTF?? Keep your sci fi out of my fantasy thanks. Magical creatures are supposed to be plenty magical without giving them superpowers!!

Recluce series by L.E. Modesitt - oh my GOD. How can you create a fantasy world with powerful wizards and make it more boring than watching paint dry?? UGH!

Small Gods by Terry Pratchett - all religion. Enough said.

Wicked by ...some dude. I wanted a book about the Wicked Witch of the West. Instead I got 300 pages of political and religious ranting/preaching. Not my idea of a good time.

Lions of Al-Rassan by ...some other dude. You took medieval Spain and wrote a fictional story set there. Wow. Aren't you creative. How this got listed as "fantasy" I'll never know. Also, way too much religion and historical crap for me. I want to read FANTASY books dammit.

Edited to add:
Glory Road by horrible yet somehow famous author whose name I'd prefer to not remember (as I'm doing since I can't remember it). Oh, Heinlein. Probably the WORST BOOK EVER WRITTEN. This guy has got to be the most sexist pig on the face of the planet, as is his main character. Apparently the most powerful person in the universe is a drop dead gorgeous woman, except it turns out her only purpose in life is to grovel at the feet of this deadbeat who for some reason is the only one who can complete some important task. And if she dares to disagree with him or voice her opinion on something or not love him, he'll just walk and not do the thing he agreed to do. Oh, and then he's given all the power and money and loving in the world, and he's unhappy about it because he's bored from not being in charge of everything! I nearly put this book through a paper shredder, I was so disgusted. I probably would have except it didn't belong to me, thank god.


So if that helps you get any sense at all about the type of books I like, please help me find some new ones to read! I would appreciate it! =)
velessa: (Bleach - Hanatarou - clueless)
I'm in need of a new fantasy novel to keep in my purse and read on my lunch breaks. I just finished up Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials trilogy (loved it), but now I don't know what to move on to. Some recommendations would be welcome. Here is a list of series/books I've loved and those I've hated, to give you an idea of my taste:


Books I Love
The Belgariad by David Eddings - still my favorite series of all time; I also really enjoyed his Mallorean, Elenium and Tamuli series. The new stuff he's written with his wife (The Dreamers? or whatever), on the other hand, is awful.

The Liveship Traders by Robin Hobb. Also enjoyed the follow up Tawny Man and prequel Farseer series, although not nearly as much as Liveship. Unfortunately her new one about the soldier son is really very lame so far.

Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling - loved by one and all with any sense. =)

His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman - parallel universe hopping kids with talking animal companions? Woohoo!

The Vampire Chronicles by Anne Rice - well, the first four at least. Memnoch the Devil got WAY too religious and I quit after that.

Xanth by Piers Anthony - enjoyable up to a point. You can only take cloned books with lame puns for so long before you tire of them, but they were fun to read for a while.

Dinotopia - people and dinosaurs living and working together, yay!

[shameless plug] Sword of the Guardian by Merry Shannon - a most enjoyable Rose of Versailles-esque novel with a totally awesome crossdressing main character. Lots of good fun!

Books I Hate
Anything by G.R.R. Martin - I tried to read that first Fire and Ice book or whatever and nearly threw up. I threw the book away. Author writing violence toward animals = automatic SICK FREAK BASTARD I HOPE YOU ARE TORN TO PIECES SLOWLY BY RABID DOGS thoughts from me.

The Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan - Mr. I-have-50-million-characters-and-plotlines-so-you-have-to-read-a-guidebook-just-to-keep-track-of-what's-going-on-and-by-the-way-everyone-in-my-books-are-complete-assholes-so-you're-sure-to-hate-reading-about-them-for-the-rest-of-your-lifetime-because-that's-how-long-the-series-will-take-to-complete Jordan can kiss my ass. The story was good for a while, but I couldn't get over the fact that I completely hated every single character, and I got sick of reading 700 pages of NOTHING HAPPENING so he could milk the series for all it was worth until he DIED without even finishing it. Way to go.

Dragonriders of Pern by Anne McCaffrey - I read the first book and liked it until the dragons started traveling through time. Um, WTF?? Keep your sci fi out of my fantasy thanks. Magical creatures are supposed to be plenty magical without giving them superpowers!!

Recluce series by L.E. Modesitt - oh my GOD. How can you create a fantasy world with powerful wizards and make it more boring than watching paint dry?? UGH!

Small Gods by Terry Pratchett - all religion. Enough said.

Wicked by ...some dude. I wanted a book about the Wicked Witch of the West. Instead I got 300 pages of political and religious ranting/preaching. Not my idea of a good time.

Lions of Al-Rassan by ...some other dude. You took medieval Spain and wrote a fictional story set there. Wow. Aren't you creative. How this got listed as "fantasy" I'll never know. Also, way too much religion and historical crap for me. I want to read FANTASY books dammit.

Edited to add:
Glory Road by horrible yet somehow famous author whose name I'd prefer to not remember (as I'm doing since I can't remember it). Oh, Heinlein. Probably the WORST BOOK EVER WRITTEN. This guy has got to be the most sexist pig on the face of the planet, as is his main character. Apparently the most powerful person in the universe is a drop dead gorgeous woman, except it turns out her only purpose in life is to grovel at the feet of this deadbeat who for some reason is the only one who can complete some important task. And if she dares to disagree with him or voice her opinion on something or not love him, he'll just walk and not do the thing he agreed to do. Oh, and then he's given all the power and money and loving in the world, and he's unhappy about it because he's bored from not being in charge of everything! I nearly put this book through a paper shredder, I was so disgusted. I probably would have except it didn't belong to me, thank god.


So if that helps you get any sense at all about the type of books I like, please help me find some new ones to read! I would appreciate it! =)

Santa Cruz

Jan. 8th, 2006 11:23 pm
velessa: (Prince of Tennis - Ryouma & Momo sleep)
I had a fun day with Josh in Santa Cruz this weekend. I hadn't been there in a long time, and the only reason I ever go there in the first place is to go to the Boardwalk. My parents were both very surprised that we didn't go to the Boardwalk; I guess that's the only thing my family (me included) thinks there is in Santa Cruz. But no, for once I didn't actually go to the Boardwalk; I did get to try a lot of new things instead.

First we went to the Santa Cruz Mystery Spot, which is a cabin built on a hillside at a weird angle. So the entire thing is tilted and you have to stand on a pretty big slant the whole time. There are a lot of optical illusions going on because of all the oddly slanted pieces of wood that are supposed to make you think gravity is working differently. It's kind of amusing and interesting, but it's not like it's inexplicable as they'd like you to believe. I think the enjoyment factor was maily due to the entertaining tour guide we had. ^^ What I was surprised by was how busy the place was! There were lots of people there, and this this is way back in the mountains in the middle of nowhere. I'm guessing the popularity was due to the fact that there was an article in the paper about it a few days ago; that's how I heard about it anyway. The gift shop had paperweights with real scorpions in them, eww!! >_< They should've had banana slugs, that would have been more appropriate...

After the Mystery Spot we went to the Tea House Spa. I had no idea what this was. It's a nice little place where you rent a room for an hour that has a hot tub and a sauna in it and you get tea to drink. More firsts for me because I'd never been to a place like this, I can't remember the last time I got in a hot tub, and I don't drink tea. The tea was spearmint and actually pretty good; I have this expectation that all tea is bitter and icky, which is why I'm very wary of it and reluctant to ever try it. And the hot tub was (duh) hot! I think I'm too sensitive and just don't deal well with extreme temperatures. Sitting in the water took some getting used to, although it was nice, but I couldn't stay in it for too terribly long. I think I spent more time leaning against the cool rock wall than actually submerged in the water itself. ^^;

Next we went walking around downtown Santa Cruz, which I'd also never done before. It's like an anime convention! There are lots and lots of young people, many in *cough* interesting outfits wandering around everywhere. Which makes perfect sense for the liberal college town that it is. We found a sushi place for dinner, and I tried another new thing: I ate sushi that actually had *gasp* raw fish in it for once. It tasted much as I expected...like raw fish. I ordered some sushi types that had other kinds of seafood (that were cooked), crab and prawns, yum! While I like seafood (as in shellfish), I don't actually like fish all that much, which is why when I get sushi it usually has something other than fish in it. It was really good stuff.

After dinner we found a used bookstore where I found the books I needed to fill in the missing pieces of my David Eddings series. Now all I need is Polgara the Sorceress and I'll have all of his books that I want. =)

Finally we went back to San Jose, and I had to go home so I could get up for work bright and early in the morning. All in all I had a lot of fun and thought it was a very nice way to spend the day; I wouldn't mind going back again sometime. ^_^
velessa: (Takarazuka - Zunko red)
So it poured all day today, which made driving to SF and back barrels of fun! /sarcasm
Well at least I didn't kill anyone. SF gives me a headache though, seriously; nothing but psychos everywhere.

We saw the movie Memoirs of a Geisha, and I really enjoyed it. It was pretty much what I remembered from the book, except for the whole World War II and American Occupation part...I just checked the book and while it was in there, I don't remember it at all. I think it was kind of lightly glossed over in the book, whereas in the movie they seemed to make a big deal out of it. It seemed totally unnecessary to drag it out the way they did in the movie. Anyway the entire thing was very beautiful, and I loved the actors they hired (even though most of the women weren't actually Japanese!). I thought the chick who played Hatsumomo was especially excellent as the cruel monster she's supposed to be. And Ted Levine was in it! That kind of had me laughing because now I pretty much only see him as Captain Stottlemeyer from Monk.

I need to reread the book now to find out what else I've forgotten or the movie missed out on.
velessa: (Takarazuka - Zunko red)
So it poured all day today, which made driving to SF and back barrels of fun! /sarcasm
Well at least I didn't kill anyone. SF gives me a headache though, seriously; nothing but psychos everywhere.

We saw the movie Memoirs of a Geisha, and I really enjoyed it. It was pretty much what I remembered from the book, except for the whole World War II and American Occupation part...I just checked the book and while it was in there, I don't remember it at all. I think it was kind of lightly glossed over in the book, whereas in the movie they seemed to make a big deal out of it. It seemed totally unnecessary to drag it out the way they did in the movie. Anyway the entire thing was very beautiful, and I loved the actors they hired (even though most of the women weren't actually Japanese!). I thought the chick who played Hatsumomo was especially excellent as the cruel monster she's supposed to be. And Ted Levine was in it! That kind of had me laughing because now I pretty much only see him as Captain Stottlemeyer from Monk.

I need to reread the book now to find out what else I've forgotten or the movie missed out on.

finished

Feb. 5th, 2004 12:27 pm
velessa: (death)
well I stayed up all night two nights in a row, but I finally finished Fool's Fate at 5am this morning. it's kind of a shame I had to rush through it, but I had to finish before my workload becomes insane (as in right now), and I couldn't stop reading it anyway. no more fun reading for about four months now :( today I have a quiz where I have to write out a memorized japanese dialogue that is way too freaking long for a little bitty quiz in my opinion. I don't think I'd even be able to memorize it and write it from memory in english. oh well.

finished

Feb. 5th, 2004 12:27 pm
velessa: (death)
well I stayed up all night two nights in a row, but I finally finished Fool's Fate at 5am this morning. it's kind of a shame I had to rush through it, but I had to finish before my workload becomes insane (as in right now), and I couldn't stop reading it anyway. no more fun reading for about four months now :( today I have a quiz where I have to write out a memorized japanese dialogue that is way too freaking long for a little bitty quiz in my opinion. I don't think I'd even be able to memorize it and write it from memory in english. oh well.
velessa: (Default)
and what terrible timing since the new semester just started. I wonder if I'll get any schoolwork done before I finish the book. why am I only getting Fool's Fate now? well, I once ordered the UK version of one of the Liveship books (Ship of Destiny I think) so I could read it as soon as it came out. while the book was great, the british spelling and punctuation annoyed me so much that there's no way I was going to read another book that looked like that. that is probably a silly reason to wait 4 or 5 months longer than I have to for a book I'm dying to read, but that's what I decided to do for all the Tawny Man books. and it doesn't bother me, I usually forget the book is out because I'm too busy to read, anyway. besides, I much prefer the American covers and punctuation marks that don't drive me crazy.
velessa: (Default)
and what terrible timing since the new semester just started. I wonder if I'll get any schoolwork done before I finish the book. why am I only getting Fool's Fate now? well, I once ordered the UK version of one of the Liveship books (Ship of Destiny I think) so I could read it as soon as it came out. while the book was great, the british spelling and punctuation annoyed me so much that there's no way I was going to read another book that looked like that. that is probably a silly reason to wait 4 or 5 months longer than I have to for a book I'm dying to read, but that's what I decided to do for all the Tawny Man books. and it doesn't bother me, I usually forget the book is out because I'm too busy to read, anyway. besides, I much prefer the American covers and punctuation marks that don't drive me crazy.

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