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30 Days of Books: Day 14

 Day 14 – Favourite character in a book (of any sex or gender)

Hmmm. Not easy. Doing the Belgariad re-read with Alex has made me fall in love with Polgara all over again, and remind me of how much I love Sparhawk. But I’m also a massive fan of Surreal in Anne Bishop’s Black Jewels series (along with pretty much all the other characters) and of Phedre & Joscelin from Jacqueline Carey’s Kushiel books. What can I say, I’m a character whore! 🙂

Nearly halfway…

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30 Days of Books: Day 13

 Day 13 – Favorite childhood book OR current favorite YA book (or both!)

Heh. Black Beauty? It’s my first book memory, and one that influence my reading for many years, with horse books being my food of choice for a long time. After I outgrew horse stories though, I kind of skipped YA fiction and went straight to Mills and Boon, Harlequin Historicals, Virginia Andrews and Dean Koontz and Stephen King. I’ve read more YA targetted fiction in the past few years than I ever did as a teen. Probably Flowers in the Attic was my favourite then, and Lightning by Dean Koontz in late high school (ooh, which qualifies for the read more than five times day!). I did read the Alanna books from Tamora Pierce back then, which are still made of win, and were one of my early forays into fantasy.

More recently, I adored Scott Westerfeld’s Midnighters series, and love Liar by Justine Larbalestier. And lots more, thanks to all my YA reading for judging in the past two years!
Am I halfway yet? No? Oh.

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30 Days of Books: Day 12

Day 12 – A book or series of books you’ve read more than five times
 
Black Beauty by Anna Sewell. The White Dragon by Anne McCaffrey. There’s a bunch of books on my shelf that I’ve read in the past three years or so that would totally qualify for this category if I only had time to reread anymore!!
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30 Days of Books: Day 11

Day 11 – A book that disappointed you
Oh, where to start… I’ve talked in other places about my disappointment with the second of KJ Taylor’s griffin books (The Griffin’s Flight), but my disappointment had more to do with my own expectations (raised greatly by the first book, mentioned in the previous post) than any true fault with the book. I was frustrated with Demon Moon, the first of Meljean Brook’s paranormal series, because I adored the short set in that world that I read in an anthology, which prompted me to buy the first three books of the series! I haven’t yet worked up the courage to try book 2. A great number of the YA books I read while judging this year disappointed me in their "happy endings" or parochial gender issues – c’mon people, teens know bad stuff happens and that things don’t always end well!

But probably the most disappointing book I’ve read this year was from one of my favourite series, JD Robb’s In Death books. It’s an early book I’d somehow missed reading, and I was stoked when I realised that. However, I really didn’t enjoy Ceremony in Death like I usually do this series, for many reasons. Apart from the supernatural elements (which detracted from the usual SF feel of the books), there is a LOT of point-of-view jumping around, sometimes from paragraph to paragraph, which is, to me, a sign of lazy writing. Aof a disappointment, and that’s the first time I’ve ever said that about one of the In Death books!
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30 Days of Books: Day 10

 *sigh* Got sidetracked. Will attempt to finish these before Aussiecon4 next week!

Day 10 – A book you thought you wouldn’t like but ended up loving

This is interesting, because I read a lot of review books that I wouldn’t ordinarily pick up, and many of them I love. Additionally, doing the judging for the WA Premier’s Book Awards this year saw me read a bucketload (and that’s a big mechanical apparatus bucket, not a little water bucket!) of YA & kids books that I might not have otherwise, and I found the same with that. One of the books that made the Children’s shortlist matches this description for me, but I’m not going to name it, because I don’t think that’s a good idea, so I’ll go with The Dark Griffin by KJ Taylor. I was terribly impressed with this, but hadn’t expected to be!
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