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[DEC 2014] Mirror Empire / Mirror Empire - Week 1: Chapters 1 - 15
« on: December 14, 2014, 06:54:29 PM »
If "female" is being used in the biological sense instead of the cultural sense, then I suppose that would be the case. English usage conventions are terrible about differentiating between them though.

[DEC 2014] Mirror Empire / Mirror Empire - Week 1: Chapters 1 - 15
« on: December 13, 2014, 03:49:38 PM »
A small note regarding semantics: procreation has to do with biological sex, gender (and the myriad permutations thereof) are culturally assigned. One doesn't always have anything to do with the other.

[DEC 2014] Mirror Empire / Mirror Empire - Week 2: Chapters 16 - 26
« on: December 12, 2014, 10:56:20 PM »
Lilia has the worst luck in the universe. :P

I like the way doubles have been handled and how  being able to jump between one world and the other has opened up avenues of conquest for some and means of escape for others. I also find it interesting that the Dhai cultures seem to be opposites between one side of the mirror and the other.

[DEC 2014] Mirror Empire / Mirror Empire - Week 1: Chapters 1 - 15
« on: December 11, 2014, 05:01:14 AM »
I actually started reading this book early last month before getting sidetracked. I love how it takes all the strangeness and makes it seem familiar.

[NOV 2014] Neverwhere / Neverwhere - Week 3: Chapters 9 - 14
« on: November 27, 2014, 12:19:00 AM »
I love the scene in the museum. I like how it shows the difference between being noticed and remembered with Richard and Jessica. He really needs to figure out how to make himself memorable to the people he cares about.

[NOV 2014] Neverwhere / Neverwhere - Week 2: Chapters 5 - 8
« on: November 26, 2014, 07:21:29 PM »
It seems like this section was a demonstration of the power of a person's reputation and standing in their environment (as demonstrated by Door and the Marquis in the Earl's Court). Also, I'm enjoying Mr Croup's and Mr Vandermar's frustrations with their employer.

[NOV 2014] Neverwhere / Neverwhere - Week 1: Prologue, Chapters 1 - 4
« on: November 21, 2014, 10:18:50 PM »
It's been a while since I reread this book. :)

My first impression is that Richard Mayhew is a man in search of a personality. He's generally an affable fellow, but he is also completely and utterly eclipsed by the characters around him, be it Jessica or the Marquis. He's almost chameleon-like in his ability to take on aspects that he thinks are desirable to the folks around him.

I think the only real thing of note with Richard is that he sees beyond exteriors to act as a decent human being to another human being most of the time. That's a really special talent by itself, but Richard needs to advance beyond the veneer of a personality to actually having one.

[NOV 2014] Neverwhere / Neverwhere - Who's reading with us?
« on: September 23, 2014, 07:42:27 PM »
I'm in. I've read it before so I should be able to contribute even when sleep deprived. :)

I'm bowing out of nominating anything this time around as there is a very good chance that I will be very busy in November. Will have to see what happens though.

I'm in, although there is a chance I will have something come up at the end of the month.

[JUL 2014] Red Rising / Red Rising Week 4: Finished!
« on: August 15, 2014, 07:43:05 PM »
Very true. Although I did actually finish it, which is not usually the case for me and book club reads. :P

I'm pretty much zombied out right now, I've read Those Across the River and loathed it, and I feel a great swell of indifference for reading Heart Shaped Box. I will see Nightwatch and toss Let the Right One In instead. :P

I'll second Mort and Something Wicked this Way Comes.

[JUL 2014] Red Rising / Re: Red Rising Week 4: Finished!
« on: August 11, 2014, 02:15:13 AM »
I actually got rather bored with it towards the end. I just didn't feel all that much tension with regards to Darrow and his winning the Game and it seemed like there should be.

I would like to put forth a couple for this one:

Maplecroft by Cherie Priest
Lizzie Borden took an axe and gave her mother forty whacks; and when she saw what she had done, she gave her father forty-one....
The people of Fall River, Massachusetts, fear me. Perhaps rightfully so. I remain a suspect in the brutal deaths of my father and his second wife despite the verdict of innocence at my trial. With our inheritance, my sister, Emma, and I have taken up residence in Maplecroft, a mansion near the sea and far from gossip and scrutiny.
But it is not far enough from the affliction that possessed my parents. Their characters, their very souls, were consumed from within by something that left malevolent entities in their place. It originates from the ocean’s depths, plaguing the populace with tides of nightmares and madness.
This evil cannot hide from me. No matter what guise it assumes, I will be waiting for it. With an axe.

I'm actually reading this now and I really like it.

Annihilation by Jeff Vandermeer

Area X has been cut off from the rest of the continent for decades. Nature has reclaimed the last vestiges of human civilization. The first expedition returned with reports of a pristine, Edenic landscape; all the members of the second expedition committed suicide; the third expedition died in a hail of gunfire as its members turned on one another; the members of the eleventh expedition returned as shadows of their former selves, and within months of their return, all had died of aggressive cancer.

This is the twelfth expedition.

Their group is made up of four women: an anthropologist; a surveyor; a psychologist, the de facto leader; and our narrator, a biologist. Their mission is to map the terrain and collect specimens; to record all their observations, scientific and otherwise, of their surroundings and of one another; and, above all, to avoid being contaminated by Area X itself.

They arrive expecting the unexpected, and Area X delivers—they discover a massive topographic anomaly and life forms that surpass understanding—but it’s the surprises that came across the border with them, and the secrets the expedition members are keeping from one another, that change everything.

Because wild places that eat people are cool. Also there are several places where the Creep-o-meter jumps up to 11.

[JUL 2014] Red Rising / Re: Red Rising Week 2: Chapters 13 - 24
« on: July 30, 2014, 07:49:46 PM »
Others have mentioned the Ender's Game similarities, but I'd say more Battle Royale than Hunger Games with a dash of Lord of the Flies thrown in just to be annoying.

For all the the hype that the Golds have been getting about being "the best of the best" everyone's brains sure fell out and they all seem to be relearning that in order to be the one that stands highest, they need to make sure that they have people underneath to support them. Also I would think it's a massive mistake to discount the unexpected people who made it out of the murderous crucible. There's clearly something there that wasn't obvious at first glance. Titus the brute will fall because that's what he's there for, but it feels obvious.

The reasoning behind culling the best of the best seems faulty to me. I suppose it's trying to emphasize that they see everyone as disposable even up to the highest ranks, but I don't really see there being anything more concrete than an ideological theory about social darwinism held up as the reasoning.

Also, it occurs to me that Earth and the other terraformed colonies must be hotbeds of rebellion a great deal of the time. I haven't seen mention of an alien threat (yet) so I don't quite see the need for a huge fleet of ships otherwise.

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