Bibliomancy For Beginners, Books, YA (Young Adult)

#imbibliomancy: Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor Book Review (Bibliomancy for Beginners)

We have a new book club segment for you guys.  The first friday of every month is going to be #imbibliomancy.  Where the newly legal members of our book club partake in a reasonable amount of alcohol before they try and discuss a book with you.

This was our first episode and it was an experiment that I am ready to call a success. Even though both Gretchen and Taylor can drink me under a table, I think that we somehow managed to pull together a pretty decent discussion while a great number of silly hijinks ensued. (i.e. everyone stealing my hats, and our mic falling into the left over pizza).

If you like fun and books by all means listen to us discuss the first YA choice from Gretchen in a while that we all liked.

itle: Daughter of Smoke and Bone
Author: Laini Taylor
Publisher: Little, Brown Books
Page #: 418
Genre: YA Fantasy

If you don’t want the book stuff we also have a shorter video where we pregame, chatting and eating pizza.  Equally entertaining, but less bookish.

Next month: One Rainy Day in May by Mark Z Danielewski 

Adult, Bibliomancy For Beginners, Books

Get in Trouble by Kelly Link Book Review and Discussion (Bibliomancy for Beginners)

Taylor and I have a special edition of Bibliomancy for Beginners for you guys!

We decided to try out the book club in podcast format.  You can find it on sound cloud at the moment and we are hoping to get onto iTunes soon.

We discuss the newest collection of short stories from Kelly Link and don’t always see eye to eye.

Adult, Bibliomancy For Beginners, Books

Bibliomancy For Beginners: Ep. 6 Wards of Faerie by Terry Brooks

I didn’t post this last week because I was on vacation and my internet sucked (which will be made apparent by the video if you choose to watch it) but I am posting it now and tomorrow I will post this weeks review but I will leave the link to this weeks video as well at the bottom of this post if you can’t wait one day.

Title: Wards of Faerie Author: Terry Brooks Publisher: Del Rey Genre: Adult High Fantasy Page #: 384

So for a story that isn’t YA there was a lot of frustrating romance in this book.  Right out of the gate we get instalove and spoiler alert there will be two, count them two, different love triangles.  The main plot of this book follows a small group of druids who are out to protect the land and the lands magic.  I wanted to call this book a prequel to the series because its basically just setting up what will happen later in the series.  That happens to be one of my pet peeves in book series.

I feel that each book should be self contained.  There needs to be a plot arch that occurs throughout the novel.  Yes, I understand this is a series and you have an end goal you want to happen by the end of the series but that doesn’t mean you ignore the fact that there needs to be an arc for this book as well.  People would argue that the ending is climactic but I would argue that it is like a minor battle at the beginning of a war.

I didn’t like this book at all if you can tell, it was just a meh book over all.  It was boring, the characters didn’t have much to them.  The few characters I liked didn’t show up very often.  There were several instances where I felt that things were being thrown in my face (which I have said before I find insulting).  For a name that even I, not the biggest fan of high fantasy, have heard of as being one of THE high fantasy writers, I was disappointed.

I am pretty sure that my club mates felt the same way but for a good portion of this video discussion I was having technical difficulties.  If you wanna watch us discuss our thoughts the video will be at the bottom of this post.

That was last week tomorrow will be this weeks book which was a YA fantasy book called Throne of Glass.  If you want to watch our discussion before my review post tomorrow check it out on my youtube page here:

I will talk to you guys tomorrow, for now the Pied Piper is calling me.

Adult, Bibliomancy For Beginners, Books

Bibliomancy For Beginners: Ep. 4. Magic for Beginners by Kelly Link


If you don’t know what Bibliomancy For Beginners is then what are you doing with your life?  Gretchen, from My Life is a Notebook and I along with two of our friends from college have weekly bookclub which meets Tuesdays at 8:30 EST and we talk about a book we all read that week.

This week was Taylor’s choice, Magic for Beginners by Kelly Link and it was a collection of short stories.

Title: Magic for Beginners
Author: Kelly Link
Publisher: Mariner Books
Genre: Short Stories, Fantasy, Adult
Page #: 297

I’m not really sure how to do a review for this book since within itself it holds several different stories, as an anthology of short stories is want to do.  I think I’ll talk about what I liked about this book or didn’t like and give a brief synopsis of my favorite stories.

While Taylor and I liked these stories very much it appeared as though our fellow cohosts were not such big fans.  I felt while reading this book that it was a writer’s playground where Kelly Link was trying to push her literary boundaries and do new things with her stories; like write a story in a story in a story in a story or one written entirely in question answer format.  I really appreciated this fact.  While throughout the book I also felt that the characters or the setting were underplayed to the point where they were no really memorable and used more as a vehicle with which to produce a story or new technique.  This was what our cohosts found disheartening.  They wanted to fall in love with characters and continue on with them for a novel not have a snippet of a day in the life.

If you want some really interesting stories that will have you thinking about the world and the way we view it then this is the book for you.  All of the stories have a unique view on the world that make you question the way you think.  They aren’t outrageous characters, they were all real people and while some were put into very strange situation they were definitely relatable if nothing else.  The way the Link describes their thought processes are extremely honest and unique.  One character is able to match the people she is closest to in her life to a paint color.  Humans naturally make connections and while you may not thing of your Aunt Netty as Burnt Pumpkin it might be the perfect thing to describe her as.  The views that you get by stepping into these characters shoes are brilliant.

Now the story for which this book gets its namesake is the strongest within and it is also one of the last you will read, that is if you read it straight through like I did.  For me the sequence of stories really built in their ingenuity and in their success in what they set out to do.  The namesake had an interesting concept set in a world that is basically our own.  It revolves around a group of friends who idolize a t.v. show with no set time or channel and doesn’t even use the same actor to play the same character show to show.  While two of my favorite characters that she created in all of the book make a very brief cameo at the end of the story (which I was extremely sad about) it is also one that has you wonder about how we become invested in the media we consume.  I know that I become obsessed with things like a TV show or a book for periods of time.

Over all I really enjoyed this book, and while it may just be the way I read and not the way every one reads or the things I value in a novel it was something I loved the whole way through.  If you want something light and amusing give it a go.

If you want to here what all of my friends had to say about the book and some of its stories watch the video here, but be forewarned there will be spoilers … and excessive laughing (at least on my part).

I hope you have a great day, and when this goes up I will be reading in a car, though I’m sure the Pied Piper will be calling me.


#FridayReads 5/24/2013

This weekend I am going to be reading The Innocent Mage for Bibliomancy for Beginners my book club held live on every Tuesday at 8:30 Eastern Time and continue trucking through House of Leaves.  The former being a high fantasy novel chosen by one of my fellow book club friends and the later being a post modernist beast filled with perfect (and a bit of horror)

So what are you reading this weekend?

#Friday Reads

For now the pied piper is calling me 🙂