Thursday, January 5, 2017

A fantastical book of horrible romance

Honestly, my goals have not changed much, aside from branching out slightly more than usual. My reading rate actually has decreased (although considering my usual social isolation that is probably a good thing). Although with the number of books that I still read I have given up on counting the number of pages and hours.As for this book alone, it was quite easy to get through, things like filler were prominant they didn't get in the way and instead helped build character while advancing the plot. The Exiled Queen (The Seven Realms Series) - by Cinda Williams Chima
There is a portion in the book where the main character named Han goes to school for the first time in his life, there he has to learn how to completely act differently, the process of this helps build both his and the second MC's character. That said, the romance in this is horrid, it is overplayed and in many cases simply unrealistic (that is worse in the other books). The writer also loves the trope of the hero coming in at the last second to save the damsel in distress, they don't try to do anything new, it is almost like a rebelling of some epic fantasy (epic fantasy being mideval dragons and such). Both the plot and the questions that it portrays are shallow, and in some cases themselves questionable. Although I do praise them for one, that one being "Question everything", and that itself is a principle that I abide by. It has the main character ward off religious fanatics and traitors alike, that symbolizes almost directly the people and groups that may try to influence someone.
And yet for some reason after all of this I absolutely adore this book, the series, and the author that wrote it. Maybe it is the fact that she knew how to advance a character, maybe it is the fantastic world that she counjored up to enthrall the reader regardless of the fine details, who knows?.

Friday, December 16, 2016

The One Year Overlord

Re:Monster is a light novel, it is what I would consider to be among the best of fantasy
This was extrodinarily difficult, mainly due to the fact that it has 6 volumes out, and it still needs to be translated from japanese to english, so I need to mentally adjust the grammar to that of an acceptable standard.
My favorite part would have to be around when the main character (Gobu, Oga, Appo, Oba-(add Rou at the end of each) fights a the Dragon empress in a dungeon, it is a culmination of all events that transpired before then and seemingly wraps it up, although there are many more things to be explained and so it lives on.

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Darker Than Shadows, Yet Brighter Than Night

(Spoilers) The Merchants of Venice is a wonderfully dark tale that has a very underwhelming ending.
I have been reading much more lately compared to a couple of weeks ago, as the last one said, mostly Shakespeare. Speaking of whom, that is who wrote this one as well.
I must say that my favorite would have to be when the main antagonist, a jewish lender is abandoned and robbed by his daughter to marry and convert to a christian. The husband says "Adieu! tears exhibit my tongue. Most beautiful pagan, most sweet Jew! if a Christian did not play the knave and get thee, I am much deceived. But, adieu: these foolish drops do something drown my manly spirit." This starts off a massive fight involving the jewish father that swears that if he doesn't get money from his friend that borrowed money he will take a pound of flesh from that closest to his heart.

Monday, November 28, 2016

I fathom not the mind of a madman, but instead the mind of an honest man

No, that line is not from Shakespear, it is an original, however, the intended book is indeed another play from Shakespeare.
Macbeth is a wonderfully dark and gruesome tale of madness and greed. The change that lord Macbeth goes through in the play is astounding, he goes from a general that is heralded as a hero, to a mad king who was to be overthrown for reasons upon reasons.
Macbeth while returning from a journey encounters three witch sisters that tell him of a prophecy that he will become the duke of two lands and then the king. Macbeth is a cousin to the king so that was possible, and it was then that a messenger found him and told him that he was to become the duke of two lands that were taken from the enemy.
He then tells his wife, Lady Macbeth who then pressures him to invite the king over and then kill him in the night.
So many things happen and an honest man is essentially forced by both man and fate to kill honest men "Civil hands spill civil blood" a quote from "Romeo and Juliet", which is quite fitting since in there the main characters are also fighting a losing war against fate.

Thursday, November 3, 2016

From black to white and back again

Othello is a very contraversial one, a black military general named Othello marries Desdemona, the much beloved daughter of a noble. One man named Iago tries consistently throughout the play to ruin Othello so that he may take his place as general, and only the audience can see his true self.
I have been reading an awful lot of Shakspeare lately, oh well.
This is quite fitting for the name, Othello is a game that is played by trying to flip all white tiles to black, or black tiles to white depending on your own color, Iago is trying to flip them white and gain control, while Othello is losing more and more pieces.

Thursday, October 27, 2016

There exist more things in heaven and earth, than can be dreamt of in your philosophy

Hamlet, perhaps the second most famous play of Shakspeare. No. Of the world, second only to "Romeo and Juliet". This is the classic example of Shakspeare's writing, darkness and sorrow haunt the hallowed lines, treachery and death are commonplace.
There are also many existential questions and phrases, my favorite of which is in the title. It refuses to water anything down, christian burial rights are dictated by law, not moral, love is decided by not the heart, but the instinct.
So much happens to Hamlet that you just start to feel sorry for him, his father was killed by his uncle, his mother stopped caring about his father and instantly started to kiss up to his uncle, his girlfriend goes mad, his schoolfriends betray him and are two steps from killing him for a sack of gold, and so much more.
This unrealistic treatment somehow garners the sympathy of the reader, and all around it is just great.

One of the only plays from Shakespeare that don't involve the death and suffering of everyone involved

The Tempest, by William Shakspeare
The Tempest starts off as a story of revenge and hatred, however, due to Prospero (The main character and victim) having a daughter that charmed, and had been charmed by the prince, he decides to forgive the king and his treacherous brother in exchange for his dukedom back.
This is the happiest ending that I have ever heard for a play from Shakspeare, the villains learn their lesson, the young find love, so on and so forth.
With this being the most calm and placid story, I am left feeling disappointed, the works of Shakspeare are much better in the form of tradgedie, the dark and sorrowful tone is used perfectly with the grammar from that time, and honestly, they are more original.