Rule of Two (Star Wars: Darth Bane, Bk 2)

Posted on 30 September 2014 | No responses
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Still not a fan.  I pretty much detest Darth Bane and have very little interest in what he’s doing.  Even when he was in mortal peril, I wasn’t that concerned because he’s on the cover of the third book.  He’s gonna make it, much to my chagrin.  Speaking of book covers, can we discuss how horrible this cover is?  Bane’s head is shaped very oddly and he doesn’t have lips.  It’s weird.

But yeah, I didn’t really care that much about Zannah.  She just wasn’t that great of a character to me.  Johun was alright, but kind of pointless.  I continue to hate how characters are introduced, heavily described, and then killed off.  It just makes me really not care about anyone.

The writing in this series just doesn’t do anything for me, which is weird because I really liked Annihilation, which is the same author, but these drive me nuts.  For one thing, the fact checking is off.  There’s one time that Johun is called Joshua.  There’s also a time when Bane’s head is referred to as shaved, when I thought the first book established that he was bald because the mines.  He doesn’t shave his head.

I’ve started the final book of the series.  I made it to page 6 before checking the end to see how many pages I have to slog through (300 more, btw).  But then I hit a non Bane/Zannah stretch and am enjoying it more, so we’ll see how it goes.  I’m definitely excited to be done with this series.


Path of Destruction (Star Wars: Darth Bane, Bk 1)

Posted on 22 September 2014 | No responses
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So I’ll be honest with you: When it comes to Good vs. Evil, I pretty much always land on the side of good.  I like puppies and rainbows and happily ever after.  I like rebels, but generally that’s because they’re fighting against the status quo and making the world a better place.

So going into this book, I had some reservations.  Obviously Darth Bane is Sith, not Jedi.  It’s difficult for me to cheer for him when he’s defeating Jedi.  I was interested in his story, but I didn’t like him.  Even when he was rebelling against the Sith Lords and the status quo, I wasn’t always cheering for him.  Sometimes I was, but several times I wanted him to fail and stop being such a pompous ass.

Beyond the fact that the main character didn’t work for me, I had several issues with the writing.  Too much time was spent on things that ended up not being important at all. I was annoyed by the amount of detail that was thrown in about things like sabacc that never went anywhere.  I felt like it was included just to pad the word/page count of the book.  And while I won’t spoil it for anyone that happens upon this, I didn’t like the way the book ended.

So now I have two more Darth Bane books to read. This could definitely be a struggle. I am curious to see where the story goes from here, but I’m definitely looking forward to getting to the books where the good guys prosper.


Annihilation (Star Wars: The Old Republic #4)

Posted on 10 September 2014 | No responses
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I liked this!  The action was good and kept me interested.  I like Theron as a protagonist.  I liked that he wasn’t a Jedi so he had to figure things out on his own and use computer skills to solve problems.  I ended up liking the secondary characters more than I thought I would at the beginning, especially Teff’ith.

I’m skipping the rest of the Old Republic books for now and moving on the Darth Bane series, which is well reviewed on Goodreads.  I may go back and fill in gaps at some point, but at this point, I don’t own any of the other early books and I do own the entire Bane series, so here I go.  (Thank you, McKay Used Books!)


I really do like to read!

Posted on 3 September 2014 | No responses
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I’ve been a bit of a reading funk lately.  I’ve spent more time watching tv or sewing (or watching tv while sewing) or just generally doing things that are not reading.  But I do love to read and it is good for me, so I am trying to get back to reading.  I probably will never read as much and as fast as I did for the years this blog was more active, but I will be pushing myself to spend more time reading.

Lately, I’ve been getting back into being a crazy fangirl about Star Wars.  I’ve been playing with the idea of reading the Star Wars Expanded Universe books, but really had no idea where to start.  At DragonCon, a panelist mentioned that she did a read through of the majority of the books (you can see her postings here) and I decided to follow her lead.  She did it in like 6 months and I have no desire to try to read through that fast, but it is a good starting list.  I took some stuff of her list that didn’t interest me as much and added a few things that weren’t on her list.  We shall see where it takes me.  You can find my list on Star Wars Legends link above.

My original GoodReads challenge was 52 books this year, one for each week.  Considering we’re this far into the year and I’ve only read 15, that’s unlikely to happen!  So I am readjusting my goal to 30 for the year.  So I need to read 15 more books this year.

Book #16: Star Wars: A New Dawn by John Jackson Miller (in progress)


January 2013 Recap

Posted on 21 February 2013 | No responses
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Already forgot for the month of January!  I do like keeping “stats” so I will try to remember this monthly!

Books read in January: 4
Pages read in January: 1143
Avg pages per day: 37
Avg rating: 3.25

Books read towards YA Challenge: 4

Favorite book this month: The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien
Least favorite book this month: Stealing Parker by Miranda Kenneally


2013 Classics Challenge

Posted on 2 January 2013 | No responses
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One of my goals this year is to read some classics that I’ve never read.    I think my goal will be to read at least 6 classic novels this year.  Here are some things I’d like to read:

  • Les Miserables by Victor Hugo
  • A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
  • Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
  • A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
  • The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas

Books Read:

  1. Lord of the Rings Trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien (finished 3/23/13) – I liked these books, but I had a hard time staying into them when there were pages and pages of walking.  I liked the battles and when stuff was actually going on.

 


2013 Feminist Reads Challenge

Posted on 31 December 2012 | No responses
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I am trying to not start too many challenges this year, but this one looks like a good one!

The 2013 Feminist Reads Challenge

I am going to start with the Medium Challenge and commit to read 5-10 books that feature strong female characters or support feminist ideals in 2013!  I haven’t decided which books they will be, but I will update this post as I read them.
  1. Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein (2/2/13)
  2. The Cadet of Tildor by Alex Lidell (4/27/13)

Blog fail…

Posted on 19 December 2012 | No responses
Category: 2012, Me |

I ended up not even keeping up with what I was reading monthly.  Sad!  I was derailed in August because I did a Sci-Fi Lit class where I was only reading parts of books and some were eBooks, so I lost track of how many pages I’d read.  Then I got busy and stopped reading as much, which happens in the fall a lot, and I moved, which took up a lot of time.  Now I am back to reading quite a bit, but I’m rereading instead of reading new books.  But I do love the Harry Potter series so much!

It wasn’t a bad year, though.  I didn’t finish the alphabet challenge, but I did finish the PBS YA Challenge.  I’ll be attempting that challenge again in 2013, so I’ll put up a new post soon.  I’m going to attempt to do monthly posts again, maybe with a small tweak to the format.  I like that I am reading whatever I want to, not because it fits a challenge category or whatever, so I hope to continue that as the year begins and not get caught up in finishing the challenges and stuff like that.  We shall see!


July Recap

Posted on 1 August 2012 | No responses
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Books read in July: 7
Pages read in July: 2,287
Avg pages per day: 74
Avg rating: 3.45

Books read towards Alpha Challenge: 0

Favorite book this month: Between Shades of Grey by Ruta Sepetys
Least favorite book this month: Household and Children’s Stories by The Brothers Grimm

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Books read in 2012 YTD: 60
Pages read in 2012 YTD: 21, 180
Avg pages per day YTD: 99
Avg rating YTD: 3.45

Books read towards YA Challenge YTD: 33/33
Books read towards Alpha Challenge YTD : 21/26
June-August Reading Challenge: 7/10
Fantasy and Science Fiction Class: 1/14


June Recap

Posted on 1 July 2012 | No responses
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Books read in June: 6
Pages read in June: 2,108
Avg pages per day: 70
Avg rating: 3.83

Books read towards Alpha Challenge: 3

Favorite book this month: Queen of Attolia by Megan Whalen Turner
Least favorite book this month: I don’t really have one this month – I liked the stuff I read.

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Books read in 2012 YTD: 53
Pages read in 2012 YTD: 18,893
Avg pages per day YTD: 104
Avg rating YTD: 3.45

Books read towards YA Challenge YTD: 33
Books read towards Alpha Challenge YTD : 21


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