Monday, August 29, 2011

Game of Thrones Take 2

I can't believe I am finally saying this, but...I FINALLY FINISHED GAME OF THRONES!  I'm making it sound like it took me forever to read.  Not really.  Yes it did take me longer than other books but this book was double the amount of pages compared to other books I have read recently.  As I said in my previous posts, the reason I decided to finally read the series was because I saw the HBO show and fell in love with it.  I am SO glad I decided to read the books.  I found with the TV show there were so many characters that I would constantly forget their names.  When trying to talk to my friend about the previous night's episode, I found myself describing what the characters looked like, said, or how they acted, all because I could not remember their names.  Reading the books gave me that opportunity to get more of an in-depth look into all of the characters and now I remember their names.

I feel like I am behind in the times and the majority of the people in the world have already read this series but I am still going to give my two cents.  In the story, the Seven Kingdoms is being ruled by Robert Baratheon.  His recent Hand of the King was found dead (or murdered you say?) and he decided to travel north to Winterfell (a place where the motto is "Winter is coming") to convince Lord Eddard Stark to become his new Hand.  Eddard (Ned) reluctantly agrees to become Hand and make the journey to King's Landing with some of his children.  That's just the beginning, don't want to give away too much information ;)  The story is full of twists and turns and characters you love, hate, and love to hate.  My favorite just so happens to be the imp, Tyrion Lannister (played by Peter Dinklage, who I think does a FANTASTIC job).

I am definitely excited to move on to the next books in the series.  This time, however, I think I will get them on my nook instead of carrying around a heavy book everywhere I go.  Although I am a creature of habit and if I buy the first series of a book in paperback then I continue to buy it in paperback, but if I buy it on my nook it is a whole different story.  I am about ready to fly to Boston though so my nook would be an excellent companion, along with A Clash of Kings.  I guess only time will tell because I have already moved on to my next read.  What is it you ask?  You'll just have to wait and find out ;)


Monday, August 22, 2011

So close to finishing!

As you know I have been reading Game of Thrones.  An excellent book and I am having a great time reading it.  But it is a LONG book.  Having seen the HBO series first then deciding to read the book, I find I might have done myself a disservice.  I find myself stopping at a particular chapter and putting my book down until later in the day or until the next night because since I saw the TV show I know what is about to happen in the book and it is usually a sad part that I don't want to read.  But I am still pushing myself through and reading it and loving it.  Maybe by the end of the week I will finally be done and can finally write my review of the book.  That is one very BIG maybe though!

Monday, August 15, 2011

Distractions

Yes I do love to read but sometimes there are distractions that can keep even the most avid reader away from their book.  As was the case with me this weekend.  Sometimes it's another book that catches my eye, sometimes a TV show, most times a movie, or...crayons!  Yes I am an adult and yes I still love to color.  I went shopping this weekend with my family and headed over to the school supply area to think about getting something for my nephew.  Didn't think I would end up walking out with new crayons, markers, and over-sized Tinker Bell coloring pages.  I don't mind still being a kid at heart :)

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Game of Thrones

Last night I started reading George R. R. Martin's Game of Thrones.  I absolutely loved the HBO series and decided, after talking to a friend who is reading the books, that I really wanted to start reading the series before the next season premieres on HBO.  So far I am loving it and cannot wait to finish it and let you know what I think.  Hopefully the 800+ page book doesn't take me too long to finish!

Mona Lisa Eclipsing

I decided my first post should be about a book I finished last night.  This is the most recent book in the Monere series (paranormal romance).  The Monere are a race of people who, millions of years ago, lived on the moon.  When the moon became uninhabitable, the left and came to earth.  In a sense they are like vampires.  The sun poisons them so they only come out at night.  They are stronger and faster than humans and have the ability to shape-shift.  Each Monere Queen is given the title of Mona and can Bask (pull down the moon's energy to disperse to their people).  Mona Lisa is a mixed blood queen (a quarter human) who rules in Louisiana.   This series has followed her on her path to learn her heritage and what it means to be a queen.

Sunny is a great author and I love this series.  Even though this particular book was very good, I was a bit disappointed.  The back cover explains that Mona Lisa suffers a terrible accident and loses her memory.  When she awakes from her accident, she finds herself in the hands of a Monere rogue, who just so happens to be a mean ol' drug dealer in Mexico.  So you think the whole book will be about her trying to regain her memory and get away from this dangerous drug dealer...NOPE!  What the back cover indicated the whole story would be about actually only took place in the first quarter of the book.  The last three-quarters of the book was about Mona Lisa being a representative to show the human race who they are.  In a sense coming out like the vampires of True Blood.  As I said it was still a great story and I loved it, but I wish the story itself would have reflected the summary of it.  Not sure if there will be more books in this series.  The ending of this book set it up either way.