Book Review: A Discovery Of Witches, Deborah Harkness

December 1, 2011 Leave a comment

After reading chivalrous knights, the Wall, the Narrow Sea and etc. I’m surprised that shifting to another genre was really a quite a shock for me. I’d gone excited by the book because it’s about witches. And I haven’t read a good novel with wushu-wishi powers.
It was an amazing ride from the first page down to the last one. I stayed up late at nights to make a good progress here and risk being caught asleep in the class. It’s well worth it. It has power over me, I think I’m bewitched by a book about witches.
A Discovery of Witches is one of the most that piqued my five senses. At first I was very tiresome with the talk. “What does it smell? Taste?” Almost every chapter the word “wine” never lets out of sight.
I found the romance at the beginning troubling. For it really as in it is really like Twilight, Bella and Edward all over again, only Bella was a witch(very hazardous thought) and Edward well a vampire still yet centuries centuries way old. A damsel in distress. But as the book goes on, I’d accepted the fact that I liked it better and I am so being an idiot for comparing it in the first place.

Diana Bishop, I really admire her character in FULL mode! A historian of science, a yoga follower, the lady who rows the boat, a runner, and discovers that she has a thing for vampires. And most of all a WITCH. Damn. How can she walk while her eyes are closed? I liked how she stated about not using magic or not entertaining it more, but also hated for her stubborness about it. Look where it got her.

And dadum, here comes the vampire, Matthew Clairmont. I just can’t stop thinking about the deal about possessiveness and the “Bundling”. Yeah, heard of it? And he reminds me of Edward as obliviously stated above. Far from being the vampire we know him for, the Vampire thing here in the book is a little bit realistic and where when the wind blows the scent of the blood will not make them crave, flinch maybe.

In the end, the book was still fascinating. Hoping for more actions when suddenly it ended. How pitiful. I can’t wait for the next book. I highly recommend it to those who are very bored and looking for some stomach-turning, and cheeks to be flushed.


Book Review: A Dance With Dragons, George R.R. Martin

December 1, 2011 2 comments

“I think life is a jape. Yours, mine, everyone’s.”

The fifth of the planned seven novels in the fictitious world of A Song of Ice and Fire series.

The novel was concurrent to the fourth book Feast. Where the Feast failed to surprise and interest me the Dance instantly devoured me in it’s first pages where the skinchanger Varamyr told what happened after the scattering of the wildlings in the recently attack to the wall.

The war of the five kings is already losing its name and laying low with only two kings at hand.
Stannis Baratheon stationed himself and his armies at the Wall to seek the trust of the northmen to support him to attack again. Heeding the advice of Jon Snow, he seeks the mountain clans to win them as well. Capturing Deepwood Motte the army is bound to get to Winterfell to confront Roose Bolton, the Warden of the North. But they found themselves frozen and snowbound as the water is in its lake.

Across the far east, Daenerys Stormborn Targaryen struggles to keep peace in Mereen the newly conquered city. With the Son of Harpy and the Harpy himself tries to intervene and seems to plot against the Queen.

On the wall, Jon Snow the 998th lord commander of the brothers of the Night Watch has his own problems. Food to get them through winter, people to garrison the other castles, and the thousands of wildlings that he let through after a peace agreement made by him and Tormund Giantsbane.

You know, after reading the book. I almost ripped out my hair from my head. Shouting like a crazy fitting is happening. I’m so absorbed in the world Martin produced out of his wits(I said that a million times na siguro). The characters were hell of a bomb after bombs.

Jon, poor Jon! I nearly cried out to what happened to him in his last POV! It was damn, shit, and nasty things I’d said couldn’t claim out what happened!

And oh boy! My little Tyrion the giant o’ Lannister! Who would have thought that she will have a new girl! Appropriate of age, the innocence and especially, appropriate of the height herself! Whenever I thought about it, I just couldn’t laugh, from the passionless kiss to Tyrion saying seven hells when he said something about liking the lips(or nose??) of Penny.

For Daenerys Targaryen, I’m not sure about what I really felt now about her? How couldn’t she had known that there’s a mischief behind her marrying Hizdahr. Bugger him! Stupid baby crying for mercy! Fire and blood! You must remember who you are, the dragons know.

Other characters from Feast also appeared in this book as referred to the author’s note. And so the timeline emerged again.

I wanna cry thinking about how long will I wait to come upon the sixth book.

Winter has come and the northmen knows that a laugh can choke you to death. Will the southron lords and ladies survive the winter? A year of winter? A decades. Come the winds of winter to bury the secrets of the green summer.

Book Review: A Feast For Crows, George R.R. Martin

December 1, 2011 Leave a comment

I slept with words swirling in my head. I woke up in the morning because words are spinning in my unconscious mind. I don’t know what’s happening to me. When I close my eyes, suddenly paragraphs are reeling but they doesn’t make sense. It’s like uttering sentences on and on without anything in it. Gods. Did the series made it to me? Or just this book? Because of the characters telling the tale?

I was uncomfortable at first, A Storm of Swords left the story with fire, hot and ablaze. And BUM! The story in the feast laid so low. The story became incomplete and really boring when the main characters weren’t there. Only Brienne, Jaime, Cersei, Sansa, Arya, Victarion, Ariane, Samwell, Asha, Arys(and had forgotten the others.

Even when some chapters are dreadful, the other chapters are REALLY worth reading. The characters of the Iron Islands(is that right?) are the ones who are really down to the earth super super boring. Endless talk of the Drowned God, who gets the Seastone chair, and how a dead man rises stronger and basta kung ano man yun again. What do I care, they’ll be dead as soon as somehow Martin wants them dead with only strokes of a pen and without spoiling any blood but ink. Huff.

And one more thing if you had seen a highborn maid of three-and-ten, with a fair face and auburn hair. Can you please just kill me? Once more I will hear of it, gods take me.

Categories: 2011 read, Book Review

Book Review: A Storm Of Swords,George R.R. Martin

December 1, 2011 1 comment

“Some battles are won with swords and spears, others with quills and ravens.”

A Storm of Swords picked up the BEST story where A Clash of Kings left off. The Seven Kingdoms were in the middle of the War of the Five Kings namely, Robb Stark, Joffrey baratheon, Stannis Baratheon, Balon Greyjoy and the deceased Renly Baratheon.

All claiming that they are kings and the imaginary kingdoms were theirs to begin with, some by rights, some by conquering and some by manipulation. Deadly as it looks, the Iron Throne seems to have these five admirers. Wanting to sit in the uncomfortable hundred swords made to a chair with their fat arses and to counsel boring problems.

Meanwhile, while the war rages on, a plot arises to deploy the wildlings over the wall to Westeros and spread madness and to steal wives from their homes spearheaded by Mance Rayder, King-Beyond-The-Wall. Giants, skinchangers, wargs, mammoths, and the Others, all thought to vanished from the Earth, err, world is most accurate than Earth I think, has come to put full terrors to the night.

Across the narrow sea, the last of Targaryens, mother of dragons, unburnt, khaleesi and should-be queen of Westeros as she said, are conquering cities with her own task forces and breaks the chain any slaves ever had. But the impossible is yet to cross.

Without Prince Rhaegar and the burnt King Viserys by her side, there’s really no one to put her trust with. And the damn prophecy is bugging her about the three persons who will betray her. But with decisions to make, passion, determination to the Iron Throne. She is yet to discover traitors and turncloaks within her armies and people. To claim what is hers, she should face the impossible of her desires so to rule.

George R.R. Martin presented us another of Monalisa in the sense. Beauty, splendid, wondrous and magnificent to describe the book only to be shattered by the daggers behind the cloak of comely happenings. When all shall think all had been in the proper places they find among themselves that it is not what it seems and life would be the price.

And there are surprises than my fingers can count. Who in their right minds should think that the bad guys and gals are the good ones, and the good lads and lass’s would be the cruel.

I’m surprised for the POV of Ser Jaime Lannister, he is not what we think he is. Monstrous in battle but with a surprising changeable heart, an incest affair yet it is true love even when it is gross. I’ve decided that Ser Jaime should be listed in the favorites. I liked him a lot though I liked Tyrion much more.

Arya Stark! Go boy! I mean girl! A Stark should be brave and hard! I’m having fits on how likely can she survive in the East.
Sansa Stark! Oh, poor Sansa! Married with the Imp. But kissed with Lord Petyr Baelish. Surprising that one! I don’t hate you anymore.

Tyrion Lannister, giant o’ Lannister! Hah! Mind sharp as a blade. I admire you to it. Hmm. I hope that you and Arya crosses paths in the East. Twang.

So much for my blabbering. To the next book. A Feast for Crows. I really really love this series.

“Valar morghulis,” she said, as loud as if she’d known what it meant.

“Valar dohaeris,” he replied, touching his brow with two fingers. “Of course you shall have a cabin.”

Book Review: A Clash Of Kings, George R.R. Martin

December 1, 2011 Leave a comment

Color filled each hall. Rainbow owns each character. Mr. Martin’s writing style is rich with hue. And yet some words are meant to kill, sharp as a Valyrian steel.

People’s game of thrones is finish but it came with a price. Shit rained in Westeros. Sudden “KINGS” had risen and all they want is to sit in the uncomfortable Iron Throne. Which is lame, as King Robert I said so, “pretty boring”.

Tyrion Lannister the Imp became one of my fave character(after seeing his face in the site of GoT), not just because of that but of his mighty wits. I didn’t favor for him much in the first book why? First of all he’s pervert. But also suddenly he’s not the only one with a bed warmer attitude.
So here Theon Greyjoy enters. I’m so grossed out at his coming in Iron Islands, when she meets “A”. Yeah, that’s it. Manhood touched by a sister? I’m gonna faint with that. Insolent! An asshole! Damn, he’s not making use of brains, isn’t he? If I meet him I will surely flung him to the ground and rip his guts. Thinking like he’s somebody else, when in truth no one even pay attention in his way. Though with the exception of the loyal people who had been beheaded.
Arya, beast with a sword but cloaked in a fashion of a girl. A warrior out of a girl. Her character is gripping, when it comes to her POV I’m full of life and keep reading and reading and reading. Unlike any other princesses she’s made of steel, hard steel, she wanted to live she acted as a servant. I forgot all about her highness and yourness, she need no knight? Agree?

I wonder when will the winter come? I’m afraid I have to wait longer, Mance Rayder, King beyond the wall is on the move, and he came some unnatural and phenomenal creatures with him.

A folly the south don’t know of this events happening in the north, once they know it, throats and heads will gush out bloods.

Let me indicate some more, the Direwolves! A shame they are not together! They are as interesting as the flowery characters, the green dreams, hopes, and strength the major char. got from them is major major big help!

‘n god, Daenerys Stormborn. Shit, another clash of tides will wash over Westeros if bells be heard.

I have every right to say this book made me crazy! I’m still drooling over this one. I’m also glad to comply with my challenge. Finishing this before one and a half week ends. Hehe!
Just so you know, I downloaded a .pdf file of this so I can “read” in the middle of the night without turning on any blinding lights! And equal to that first class in the morn it’s lucky I don’t snore. Cause if I am, I’m dead.

Book Review: A Game of Thrones, George R.R. Martin

December 1, 2011 1 comment

“Winter is coming”

The words of the Starks hung chilled in the air around Winterfell, their ancestors home. Sinister forces lurk beyond the Wall bringing with them the long years of disaster the people believe that you would die choking yourself while laughing.
The House of Stark is one of the seven great houses of the Seven Kingdoms and the ruler of the North. When the King of the Andals came and offer him to be the Hand of the King chain of events and problems lay before the members of the house. After the travel to the south, enemies have risen and are ready to out-throned the King Robert.
Lord Stark try to wound to the truth and when finally it is in his grasp, a terrible accident happened and murder was thus given. And in the sudden turn of the events, the lord and ladies, soldiers and sorcerers, assassins and evildoers are all a prisoner in the field of betrayals, where loyalty really lie, or who’s side will really win this coming war.
And still the words of the Starks are coming and yet they are not prepared to win another battle that will last for years.

Winter is coming.

This is the second longest book I’ve ever read after The Passage, and both never failed me. The realm is imaginary but still believable, where we witnessed eight main characters and a minor character in the prologue, and each one yet bring before me of what I called tragic lives.
This made me cringe, in some parts I never thought that I will never do but did was to gape at it unconsciously and close it before my classmates saw it and might laugh at me. I read it like tomorrow’s life would not be done if I didn’t got the time to read.
I’ve been attached to the characters as they are bound to the pages, most likely I liked Princess Daenerys of House Targaryens but knew that she will be bold and fierce as years made her, she no longer have the heart of a maiden in the end, but a heart that is to rule and knows no king and queen besides herself.
Less that I like is the Imp, Tyrion Lannister. It is just he’s so pervert and I favor to cut his manhood and his tongue. But I sympathized with him at the moments of his memories and time with his Lord Tywin.
And yes, Arya the Brave, who would have forgotten such a girl who attacked the fucking idiot Prince Joffrey. She does not have the princess’s attitude but she does have the man’s braveness, and I liked her for it.
Oppose for Arya is Sansa. I totally hate her at the beginning to the middle but came to settle down my arguments with her in the last pages of her POV.
Jon the Bastard, he’s a bastard and that’s enough for him. The brave bastard who took the oath of the Night’s Watch and became a thorough smart man.
Lord and Lady Stark. Their part-POV’s filled the book with intense in finding for the truth, battling the enemies plot to them and the agony for their children.
Well Bran is in the middle of likeness. I couldn’t believe the event happened for him, I felt the lost of hope and a surge for fighting the tears that welled before his eyes.