Saturday, August 15, 2009

Weekend Special #4

Again, it's the Weekend Special blog post. If you don't know, this is just an open invitation for you to comment on what you're currently reading/watching/writing/etc. and let the rest of the world comment with you. And please include SPOILER warnings, if they should apply.

By the way, if you missed the Neil Diamond concert that was on CBS last night, you should be very sorry and disappointed in yourself. Possibly ashamed, even. Suffice it to say that it was beautiful.


Krista said...


Well, as I'm at a breaking point in The Name of the Wind I like to pick up light Young Adult books, so I've just picked up The Bartimaeus Trilogy book one The Amulet of Samarkand by Jonathan Stroud. I was recommended this book by a friend of mine, and I'm only about 30 pages in, but so far it's pretty good. Funny, likeable characters, the writing style is simple yet engaging, and it starts off with some pretty good action.

Movie: I just watched I Love You, Man the other night and it was kind of funny. Not the funniest movie I've ever seen or anything, but some parts made me laugh. It's not a movie I'd watch more than once I don't think, but as a one time movie it was pretty good. I thought Yes, Man! was funnier, though...

logankstewart said...

Ah, The Name of the Wind is always refreshing to hear about, whether it's someone reading it for the first time or a re-read. Such a beautiful, memorable novel.

I agree. I wouldn't watch I Love You, Man again.

Events just took an unforseen turn in Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell and I'm really curious to see how this book is going to conclude. There are so many plots going on with so many different characters, but I'm liking it.

David Wagner said...

I've missed 2 out of the last 3 nights reading... one night I was up way too late actually working! Imagine that! Up til 2:30 am working! Then last night, I was up til that time watching Man vs Food on Netflix Watch Instantly... killer show...

Anyway, my current book is still The Virtues of War, by Steven Pressfield. After a slow start, it rocketed right up into greatness. Still holding strong. I'm looking forward to diving back in tonight. I'll have a full review soon.

Krista said...

Hey, Logan! I look forward to your review for Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell. I've Never heard of it before.

By the way, there's this cool Zombie award for you over on my blog. Enjoy!

Krista said...

I thought I'd reply to your question over here. I hope you get emails on posts this far back...LOL!

The Sword of Shannara- I really enjoyed the overall of the story. I also don't feel it was a rip off of The Lord Of The Rings at all...

--------Book club discussion below spoilers----

I found myself skimming over the drawn out portions of the chapters and getting to the good parts every time. I think it has a lot to do with it being his first book and there was just so much detail he felt he needed to add, it seems. All in all though I really enjoyed the book too.

I think my favorite characters were Hendel and Flick! I really like old Hendel and his love and respect for the crew. I was really sad when he passed away, but he died a honorable death, as did the Troll Keltset. I thought it was exceptionally funny and brave when Hendel went to rescue Balinor and the elves, then Hendel ended up getting trapped in the dungeon, too - I did NOT see that coming. LOL!

I felt Flick grew as a character more than any of the others. I mean he was not this brave and daring person, but in the end he had courage enough to rescue the Elven King and forfeit his life instead of just running back to Allanon.

In the end I felt more of a connection with all the other characters more than I did for Shea. I also didn't feel as though Shea grew as much as the other characters did. They were all pretty good characters, though.

Overall it was a wonderful tale of courage and love for ones friends.


Very good book! I haven't been able to get to the second one yet but it's sitting on my shelf for another day...

Thanks for letting me share my thoughts with you!

logankstewart said...

Thanks for sharing, Krista.

I'm glad you enjoyed TSOS. Brooks was my first love in the fantasy realm, after all. He's a great storyteller, and many of the Shannara books are fun to read. (I've read all 28 books or so he's published, and enjoyed most of them.)

The type of fantasy is definitely different between Brooks and other contemporary authors, like Rothfuss, Sanderson, Martin, or Abercrombie. But, it's enjoyable to go back and read the High Epic Fantasy tales, too.

The sequel to TSOS, The Elfstones of Shannara was pretty good, if I remember. Brooks develops a type of magic that I really liked, and the characters were great. Elfstones is largely viewed as Brooks' best Shannara work.

Let me know when or if you start it.