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Room

A fairly brief review this week, dear readers, as I do my best to reintegrate myself into a routine of regular reading and posting. I hope to return to my former position of writing more consistently and in more depth in time, I assure you.



Room is a difficult book to discuss, because it is one that is best read in ignorance. The more one knows of the story and its characters, the less powerful the experience becomes. The above summary may tell too much already, as even broader generalities have the potential to dim Emma Donoghue’s work. It is a piece so different in its narrative decisions and presentation that prior knowledge of any sort has the unfortunate consequence of spoiling the emotional strength that comes as an essential component to its power, and so I urge anyone interested to avoid details as much as is possible.

Told from the perspective of a young boy who has grown up in the most troubling of circumstances, Room‘s language is a tad challenging to work through initially, because the protagonist’s worldview is one markedly different from the common reader’s.

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As the title suggest, Nutmeg, Katniss and I are going to be heading to Book Expo America (BEA) next week and we couldn’t be more excited. It also explains why we’ve been MIA lately.

If we seem very MIA lately it's bc @_KatKennedy is frolicking through Disneyland and @megsaysthings & I are impatiently waiting for #BEA14!

— Steph, KATniss & Meg (@Cuddlebuggery) May 23, 2014

As Meg delicately put it, we are going to be virtually useless until after BEA, so we’re taking a little hiatus.

HOWEVER

We wanted to let our readers know that we plan to do a diary videos of the event and the parties (along with live tweeting it)!

Finally, Kat and I are experimenting with vlogging again have uploaded two book hauls. Tell us what you think!

 

P.S. I’m speaking during the Software 101 panel at Book Blogger Con. So if you’re going to BEA and Book Blogger Con, please come and say hi!

One Man Guy by Michael Barakiva

One Man Guy is absolutely adorable. It’s a hilarious, insightful story about figuring out who you are and what that means and aside from a few minor issues, I thoroughly enjoyed every moment of it.

As per usual, the characters are my favorite part. Alek is fantastic, he’s just the right amount of principled and earnest to be admirable and endearing without getting irritating. He stands up for what he believes in and puts his heart into everything he does.  It helps that he’s smart and witty, with a way of cutting right through an issue with no bullshit.

“I think, when you’re our age, it’s really easy to do the easy thing. I mean, what adults don’t understand, or maybe they’ve just forgotten, is that most of the time we mess up, we know we’re doing something stupid, but we chose to do it anyway because it’s easier. But you’re different.

Jay Kristoff

1. Endsinger. End of your first series. Epic conclusion to a fantasy novel. It’s the bottom of the ninth – whatever the hell that means. What are you feeling right now?

It’s real strange, tbh. A whole mix of emotions. Sadpanda that I’m saying goodbye to this world I’ve lived in almost every day for the past 5 years. Proud that I gave these characters the send off they deserved. Really happy with the way the book turned out – it’s the biggest thing I’ve ever written, both in terms of sheer scale (there’s an epic battle scene that goes for around 200 pages and has around 9 character PoVs running simultaneously 0_o) and just raw page count. This series totally changed my life, so yeah, it’s strange and sad and cool to have made it all the way to the end.

 

2. Yukiko, Kin, Hanna and Michi had a rough time in Kinslayer.

Broken Hearts, Fences and Other Things To Mend by Katie Flinn

How much you enjoy Broken Hearts, Fences and Other Things To Mend (from here on known as BHFAOTTM because the title is such a handful to type and I am ferociously lazy sometimes) will entirely depend on your attachment to logic and ability to just go with it.

You know those books that make no damn sense and are hopelessly convoluted for zero reason but they’re peppy and fun so you’re entertained and sort of okay with it? (For reference, see any of the books in the Shopaholic series) This is one of those books.

Let’s start with the premise. See Gemma, an otherwise nice girl, did a pretty terrible thing when she was eleven. Through a complicated and alarmingly Machiavellian scheme (mental note, do not fuck with eleven year olds) she intentionally succeeded in ruining her best friend’s life. Granted, she had reasons (not reasonable reasons, but the kind of reasons that seem totally legit when you’re eleven) and she never intended for the situation to snowball to the extent it did, but snowball it did and now she has unexpectedly stumbled upon a chance to make things right.

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