Thursday, May 17, 2012

DNFs For Now


I'm striking out all over the place. Although, I do realize it's it's probably not the books' fault. 

Corsets and Clockwork is not doing it for me. I find the stories a little uneventful for my taste. I know, again, probably not really, but in my current reading withdrawals, it is what it is. I was looking for some pretty heavy steampunk and in the first three tales it was hit and miss. I got a taste of atmosphere, but not enough to satisfy me. This may also be a side effect of the short story format. Likewise, I found the love in each story a little unconvincing.

Major Pettigrew's Last Stand is simply too "quiet" for my current mood. I will most definitely come back to it as I like the writing and I find the Major compelling so far.

Still reading I Am An Executioner though the auhor has ticked me off and made me not trust him by ending two of the three stories I've read with "I'll let you decide" type endings. Not just ambiguous but by writing something akin to "I'm not going to tell" or "You can decide." WHAT-EVER. More than once is a cop-out!

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  1. You have a lot going on right now. Quiet books generally don't work for me no matter my mood.

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  2. I have pretty good luck with them most of the time, but after the CRAZY awesomeness of my previous reading, just can't do quiet.

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  3. I think it's interesting how it's not just the book, but the mood we're in that affects whether or not we're open to a certain kind of story and when. Right now all I want is fluff...and the fluffier it can be, the better. Normally, I hate that, but this is the time of the year that my brain needs to rest...no hefty stuff right now please.

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    1. Isn't that odd, Patti? I was thinking about it last night on my way home. Wicked is a good example. COULD NOT get into it the first time, but the second attempt, I ate it up and loved it.

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  4. That picture is terrifying! What is it from?

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    1. LOL, Kim! That's the Care of Magical Creatures book (prop) from Harry Potter. Somehow a book with teeth seemed a fitting visual for this post.

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  5. Wow! Major Pettigrew wasn't the book for me either when I read it long ago. Hopefully you can find a book that fits your mood right. Maybe a re-read?

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    1. A re-read sounds good. I'm also considering Son of a Witch since I loved Wicked so much. Also leaning toward some Alice Hoffman. We'll see!

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  6. Books definitely have to fit your mood, don't they? I've owned Major Pettigrew for a while but I have a feeling it's a book for a quiet day during the summer holiday, rather than a busy evening after work.

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    1. Absolutely, Sam. They do for me, anyway. That's why I've always been rather horrible with reading deadlines (in school and in reviewing).

      Will try Major Pettigrew again soon.

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  7. Pettigrew is definitely a quiet book -- you're spot-on with that description! I read it last year for the Indie Lit Awards and didn't enjoy it nearly as much as others seem to. I didn't dislike it, by any means -- but it wasn't a life-changing read for me. That being said, it was enjoyable -- hope you get to take another crack at it someday!

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    1. It seems like it'll be just a "nice" read, Meg. We'll see!

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  8. I glanced through some of the stories in Corsets and Clockwork and noticed they certainly fit a mood (or even an age range). I picked it up for Adrienne Kress's contribution. I think that was one of my three that I actually read.

    I seem to be in a non-quiet-book mood of late, too

    ~L (omphaloskepsis)

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    1. L, not pleased with it at all. It just seemed way too light. Maybe more than a bit YA. I liked the second story, about the mermaid, though.

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  9. You are not alone, tHis past month and a half I have a very difficult time getting into a novel...I have given up on several, won't name them so as not to ruin it for anyone, it is probably my mood. I am starting a Europa Edition and will see how it goes, if not I will go to "BRING UP THE BODIES".......

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    1. Good luck with your Europa edition, Madeleine. With the release of BRING UP THE BODIES I'm really interested to get into WOLF HALL.

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  10. Feelings about a book really are a lot about timing. I definitely recommend you give the Major another chance when you're in the mood. It's one of the things I don't like about scheduled reviews; I often think I would like the books better if I were in the mood for them when I read them.

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    1. Lisa, exactly. I will most surely give Major another try when my reading has settled down a bit. And yes, I have that problem with scheduled reviews, too.

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  11. I was going to ask what the hell that thing was. HP. Makes sense.

    Yeah - after taking a break from Outlander, you're still so steeped in the story, I imagine it's hard to get into anything else. I get that way from time to time, especially if I've finished a series. That's usually when I go to a light read or an old favorite.

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    1. LOL, Jenn. I'm gonna get back to Outlander probably sooner than I'd anticipated. Steeped is exactly the right word.

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  12. I did enjoy Major Pettigrew, but you're right, it's a quiet book. Not really the best post-Claire and Jamie book unless you need something totally different.

    And seriously? He's ended two stories like that? That is ridiculous.

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    1. Emily, RIDICULOUS! I couldn't believe my eyes. Totally turned me off to the collection. I thought for a minute there might be some overarching purpose or statement to be made, but then I decided I don't care. lol

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  13. I hate it when I read something so fantastic it ruins everything that comes after. Sometimes, it's just best to watch a couple of movies and then give it another go. But, I hope you find something wonderful that grabs you by the hair, soon.

    And, yes . . . mood is everything. I've set a LOT of books aside, lately, knowing I'll come back to them because I liked them but they just weren't right for the moment.

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    1. Me too! Movies might be the ticket. Lord knows I have enough saved on my DVR that I haven't watched. Oy!

      Mood is everything for me, too. I'll try Pettigrew again soon, but right now Alice Hoffman's THE RED GARDEN seems to be the winner.

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  14. Oh, just go on and read Drums of Autumn already. Nothing is going to do until you do! :P

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  15. Major Pettigrew IS a slow, quiet read. I wound up enjoying the second half better than the first...and I listened to the audio, which suited me fine. The reader is very good.

    If you need a recommendation (or two) for something that will grab you by the nose hairs, how about Gone by Mo Hayder. Or The Homecoming of Samuel Lake by Jenny Wingfield. Both are excellent!

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    1. I'm looking forward to it when I get back to it, Les.

      Thank you for the recs!!! I'll look into both of these. :)

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  16. I become a restless reader sometimes, too! I don't have any ideas on how to solve it except to just keep looking for the right book :-)

    I've got to agree with Heather, though- clearly there is only *one* book you really want to read right now!

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    1. I figure it'll come along sometime, Aarti. I'm pretty sure I'll finish THE RED GARDEN by Alice Hoffman. It seems to be the right mix of decent writing and intriguing stories.

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  17. You know, the best thing you can do at this point is head back to Jaime and Claire. It's hard to read anything, no matter how wonderful, when you are in the midst of that series. I found I had the same problem when I was reading those books. Nothing compared! I am sorry to hear that you are having some reading snafus.

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    1. I found a book, Heather! I'm surprised as anyone. But I admit, I was re-reading snippets of Outlander all week while I was trying to decide on another book. hahahah!!!

      DRUMS OF AUTUMN is in my very near future.

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  18. That picture is horrifying/awesome! I haate it when I get in a book rut -- esp if I'm slated to review something. It's the worst! I hope you find something that will grab you!

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    1. LOL, thanks Audra! I hate book ruts, too. I neeeeeed to be immersed, daily, in a book. NEEEEED.

      I finally found a good follow up. More on that tomorrow in The Sunday Salon.

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  19. I haven't read other two, but I did read "I am an Executioner" (as you know since we've been tweeting about it)!

    It's definitely a book you can't read straight through, because some of the stories are confusing and frustrating (like the Elephants in Captivity which is the hardest thing EVER to read!). But there are hidden gems amongst the confusing stories. My favorites were the one about the tiger, I am an Executioner, and the alien one at the end.

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