I just hate it when The Parents start their lectures. as if everything in the world is my fault? whatever.
ANYway, here are a couple of books I borrowed from the library and actually found interesting. (Most of the other books were pure literary trash though, complete waste of time if u're actually looking for a plot)
The hundred thousand kingdoms by N.K Jemisin
I admit the literary style of writing isn't polished (she's a relatively new author), but the plotline abt the Gods was good. 3 sample chapters are available on the author's website. Here are some extracts:
“Once upon a time there were three great gods. Bright Itempas, Lord of Day, was the one destined by fate or the Maelstrom or some unfathomable design to rule. All was well until Enefa, His upstart sister, decided that she wanted to rule in Bright Itempas’s place. She convinced her brother Nahadoth to assist her, and together with some of their godling children they attempted a coup. Itempas, mightier than both His siblings combined, defeated them soundly. He slew Enefa, punished Nahadoth and the rebels, and established an even greater peace—for without His dark brother and wild sister to appease, He was free to bring true light and order to all creation.”
"It is said the Nightlord cannot cry.No one knows the reason for this, but of the many gifts that the forces of the Maelstrom bestowed upon their darkest child, the ability to cry was not one of them.
Bright Itempas can. Legends say his tears are the rain that sometimes fall while the sun still shines. (I have never believed this legend, because it would mean Itempas cries rather frequently.)
Enefa of the Earth could cry. Her tears took the form of the yellow, burning rain that falls around the world after a volcano has erupted. It still falls, this rain, killing crops and poisoning water. But now it means nothing.
Nightlord Nahadoth was firstborn of the Three. Before the others appeared, he spent countless aeons as the only living thing in all of existence. Perhaps that explain his inability. Perhaps, amid so much loneliness, tears become ultimately useless. "
The Magicians by Lev Grossman
Interesting style. The main protagonist (Quentin) is a magician, but he isn't quite The-Chosen-One stereotype who saves the world. Instead, he is quite fallible and subject to human and moral failings. Some reviewers have commented that the human relationships here aren't strongly written out. I beg to differ since it is Quentin's inability to treasure Alice and find happiness that brings abt tragic consequences. Everyone wants to be happy, but Quentin's quest to find a perfect fairytale land where he can automatically be happy is the real tragedy. He keeps trying to find meaning, the happiness promised in fairy tales , but in doing so he has forgone the possibility of finding happiness in reality.....
The Last Twilight by Marjorie M. Liu
Well, I basically recommend the whole Dirk & Steele series. Quite a dark plot line with human trafficking, torture, human experiments, ESP, dark magic, crazy villains (morally mad but brilliant intellectually). The good guys seem to win but the villains never die. In fact, as the plot progresses, the villains seem to be achieving their goals.....
P.S. The sex is kept at a minimum in this series, definitely an improvement from brainless sherrilyn kenyon or Laurell K Hamilton bimbotic romance novels, but still I would prefer pure fantasy stories where romance is barely described in detail.
Feast of Souls (Magister Trilogy, Book 1) by C.S. Friedman
hmmm..... this was only so-so. I was only greatly intrigued by the settings of how magic comes at a price. The Magisters can only master magic and long life by stealing/siphoning the life forces of other beings. Only men have shown able to master this magic, but into the picture comes Kamala a woman who has surprisingly mastered the art despite her gender. However, her transition to Magister is siphoning away the life force of a prince. What will happen?
AND the books below are ones that I BOUGHT. Lovely additions to the messy library I keep at home = =
Mortal Coils by Eric Nylund
It's a little like Rick riodan's percy jackson series, but for a more mature audience. Yes, the twins are godlings too, but's where similarities end. Their parents are on opposite sides, one "good" one "bad". However, the shades of mortality are grey and good and evil are never truly separate from one another. How do the twins survive this landscape of murderous gods and fallen angels?
Greatly anticipating the sequel: All That Lives Must Die
The Red Pyramid (The Kane Chronicles, Book 1) by Rick Riordan
And of course, Rick Riordan of Percy Jackson fame has written a new series. This time, the setting is of Egyptian gods and Pharaohs. Readers who loved Percy Jackson will probably enjoy this series too :)
The Shadow Queen: A Black Jewels Novel
Shalador's Lady: A Black Jewels Novel by Anne Bishop
I would really love to give this a good rating since I loved the Black Jewels trilogy, but this plot is wearing thin. These 2 new books in the series has a rather weak female character Cassidy. characters introduced to us in this 2 books share rather weak similarities with characters in the black jewels trilogy. Yes, the world and the time settings are continuous, but really! Shouldn't there be more outstanding characters? Compared with previous characters like Saetan, Jaenelle, Daemon, Lucivar, these new characters are weak weak weak! so disappointing.
It's not a terribly boring read, but it's not a compelling book either.
A Conspiracy of Kings by Megan Whalen Turner
Starting with The Thief, there are so far 4 books out in this series. Wonderful intriguing plot! I absolutely love it! :) Eugenides is a wonderful character. He is sly and entertaining, constantly surprising the reader with his wit. U absolutely have to read this SERIES!