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The Worst of 2018

Last year, including comics, I’ve read a little over a hundred books. Some were really great, some were really bad. So let’s move on with the bad.

Disclaimer: this is my personal opinion. It’s one of those instances where we can indeed disagree, and still both be right (unlike some other instances). Let’s read what we want to read!

The Worst of Dracula

  1. “Princess Dracula” by John Patrick Kennedy: You know how you sometimes hear such things as “this person can’t write those people” (“can’t” as in “unable”, not as in “not allowed”), be it white person trying to write a black person and overthinking it, or, as in this case, a man writing a woman. Well, for the first time, I think, I’m witnessing an example of someone having no damn clue, and merely imagining what they’d like to see in this yucky erotic sorta way that is mighty unpleasant to read. E.g. heroine spends maybe two thirds of the books in cold weather, in the forest, stark naked, reminding you of that now and again. No concept of “we need to do something about this problem“, no, what for, bare ass on pine needle bed, fun!
  2. “Dracul” by Dacre Stoker: This book got into the Best list too. The reason why it’s here is because it was one stretched “Historian” by Kostova remake, with Stoker instead of that young woman from Kostova’s book. It’s good if you like that kind of clue-searching for vampires 10 years after the fact that you MIGHT have seen one. But this is not my cup of tea, no.
  3. “Anno Dracula: Johnny Alucard” by Kim Newman: If you think Anne Rice writes high and mighty, describing everything in unbelievable detail, especially things that don’t matter one bit, well… Here’s Kim Newman for ya. He’ll tell you all about it, explain the history of it, tell you a side story on it, explain you the mechanics, and then mention maybe thirty names, just so you’d know how well read he is in the topic he’s writing a fantasy novel about. The only reason I will absolutely continue is because if you’ve not died of old age, or grew a beard like Geralt in The Witcher 3 game, after a too long dialogue – it’s good stories he tells.

The Worst of Fantasy

  1. “Cruel Prince” by Holly Black: I positively hate “frienemies” concept. He treats her like dirt, trash, abuses her. She is afraid of him, hates his guts. Then bump, they run into one another, and she can’t help but to like him oh so much. In my humble opinion this book is why people look down on YA genre. It sends a very shitty message to young women and girls out there. A pig is a pig, being hurt by someone is no excuse to treat someone else like trash. Nor the fact that everyone else does it, and expects it from you. There’s a word for people who change face in convenience, a word I won’t mention.
  2. “Bored of the Rings” by The Harvard Lampoon: A parody. I’ve read many parodies. This is merely an immature joke. Not even that, it’s simply immature, childish, and not funny. Changing letters in words to make them dirty words is not good writing.
  3. “Wolfsong” by TJ Klune: First of all, writing style changed a chapter or two in, and left me very confused. Admittedly it changed for the better, but what the hell anyway? Second of all, so imagine Twilight, that part where Edward leaves Bella, and her life is over, so you just watch her sit in her room, stare out the window. This is that. Packmaster leaves, and he waits. And waits. And waits. Packmaster decided, of course, that it’s best and safest to NOT contact the man you love and went out to protect, because he’s hunted by every bad guy out there, because he’s just that special. You’d KNOW if he die, so no reason to make sure you’d be warned of danger before that. And the guy just waits, and waits. And waits.

The Worst of Vampires

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  1. “Parasite Life” by Victoria Dalpe: Let’s call things by their names. This girl here tells you what a seductress she is, and how that’s likely due to her vampire nature. While in truth she forced herself onto her friend, then guilt tripped her into helping her, and continued to guilt trip her into feeding her blood. This girl is a predator, a rapist, and I don’t know if author wanted us to be disgusted by her, or is it her way of thinking about these sort of things, but I do hope the latter is not the case. Either way, I don’t want any more.

The Worst of Misc.

  1. “Call me by Your Name” by Andre Aciman: I refused to review this book. It got real popular, real fast, and played well on naive romance seekers who love to love. In truth, the main character is too young, and emotionally very unprepared for the things that are happening. It starts with such nasty scenes as with him sleeping, and this student guy, the main love interest, coming in to what? Watch him sleep? The boy then imagines, hopes, prays that he’d come closer and do things with him, while he’d pretend he’s still asleep. It continues into things actually happening later on, luckily in less rape-y fashion. Still, hero right away regrets what happened, and runs into the arms of a girl who had feelings for him. After having sex with her, he then once again regrets it, and runs back to the guy. All in all, this is a love ladder. Everybody loves the ones who don’t love them, and those love interests use them. I understand why some people choose to only see the best parts of this book, but I cannot. I read a lot of LGBT romances, a lot of homoerotica, and not one book has made me sneer as this one did.
  2. “Welcome to the Night Vale” by Joseph Fink: This is merely not my cup of tea. Those who loved the podcast will likely love the book. To me, this was bitterly annoying. Here’s a thing. It’s completely normal. It’s not really normal to you, but it’s completely normal to them. So let me just point at it six times, and tell you how normal it is.
  3. “Vortena” by Neven Iliev: How about we stop writing of heroine rape in attempts to develop her character, hm? This book is very much a joke, a parody, it’s funny, it’s dirty, and dirtily funny. And then one of the heroines gets raped, and becomes suicidal. I’m sorry, but that left a bitter taste for the rest of the book for me. The only reason I intend to continue with the series is because the being apologized as genuinely as he could, and the woman accepted it, gaining more than she lost. It is not my place to tell a survivor whom to forgive, so I’ll accept this, even if I don’t feel like it was right, by any means.

 

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The Best of 2018

Last year, including comics, I’ve read a little over a hundred books. Some were really great, some were really bad. Let’s start with the good, and then next Thursday I’ll tell you all about the bad.

Disclaimer: this is my personal opinion. It’s one of those instances where we can indeed disagree, and still both be right (unlike some other instances). Let’s read what we want to read!

Best of Sci-Fi

  1. “The Tea Master and the Detective” by Aliette de Bodard: An amazing Sci-fi, Space Opera book. Very Sherlockian, with a great detective whose intelligence comes off as arrogance. I recommend it very much. And since it’s short, if you hate it, it won’t take long anyway.
  2. “Cinder” by Marissa Meyer: I’ve read her “Heartless” in the past, about the Red Queen from Alice in Wonderland. That one was very unique, and very, very well written indeed. Well, this one’s just as unique. It got some cyberpunk elements to it too, so keep it in mind if you’re into the harder sci-fi driven cyberpunk.

Best of Crime

  1. “Ghost Man” by Roger Hobbs: This book rekindled my love for crime books and showed me that I prefer the ones told from the criminal point of view. Especially if they know what they’re doing. Jack slid through danger like an eel, thinking on his feet, and came out the better for it.
  2. “Vanishing Games” by Roger Hobbs: Yep, second book to the Ghost Man, this one is just¬† as amazing. At first I was dreading it’ll become a fatal romance, like Bonnie and Clyde or something, but it didn’t.

Sadly author died a couple years prior due to an overdose. It is very sad when people die, especially from things preventable. Even more sad when they had a mind like this.

Best of Horror

  1. “Misery” by Stephen King: I had to re-think my views on Stephen King. You see, I don’t much like his books. I find his plots too stretched out, and often lacking in actual blood curdling horror that one can’t help but expect from a man dubbed the King of Horror. But this book was terrifying.
  2. “I, Zombie” by Hugh Howey: I’ve read his Wool books, and oh boy were they dull. They sometimes get recommended as “if you liked Metro 2033 by Dmitry Glukhovsky“, well, no. Yes, they’re similar, but no. Yet this book, now, this is something different. It’s terrifying, horrible, and will make you take a moment when you close it. The very idea is different to start with.

Best Misc. 

  1. “Peter, Darling” by Austin Chant: You don’t have to be part of LGBT or Trans community to appreciate the sentence Peter uttered: “I like to fight, that’s what boys do“, and I apologize if that’s not a direct quote. Have you ever caught yourself doing something because you were told you ought to like? Even as a book blogger, have you never felt a need to read certain books, like them, because everyone else did? This is a great book to take if you want to, finally, sift through what is YOU authentically, and what was applied to you from the outside.
  2. “Bangkok 8” by John Burdett: In Lithuanian we only got first three books translated as a trilogy. And after reading them all, I see why. You’ll be happiest if you read the first book. You’ll be happy with the first three. And you’ll be even more happy if after those three, you’ll pretend the rest don’t exist. This one was beautiful, with a character, Sonchai, unlike any other man.
  3. “The Adventures of Charls, the Veretian Cloth Merchant” by C.S. Pacat: I will forever be grateful to C.S. Pacat for her books, for the world she created. It took an outright sledgehammer to my little bubble I lived in. It was getting dark in there, so I appreciate it. This particular book was so clever and funny, I fell in love with every character all over again. And the very last sentence had me laughing out loud.
  4. “Strange Practice” by Vivian Shaw: If you want a classic but modern story of vampires and monsters, with fine adventures, and somewhat familiar, but not yet overused characters, this is the book for you. It was fun, amusing, and very interesting to read.
  5. “Band Sinister” by K.J. Charles: I often say “this KJC book goes straight behind Magpies books“, but I think I finally found the one. This one is my favorite right after the Magpies. It was fluffy, lovely, and fit my own preferences of having people of common mind around you.

Best of Dracula

  1. “Into the Fire” by Jeaniene Frost: I’ve exchanged a couple of sentences with the author, and I’m real pleased to say she’s very genuinely kind person. Her Dracula series are definitely among my very favorite Dracula series out there, and I am very sad I’m done with them.
  2. “Dracul” by Dacre Stoker: This book goes both on best and worst of 2018. For the book itself is a lot like Kostova’s “Historian“, except with Bram Stoker following vampires. I like the concept, and I like how it was born out of actual biography, life as we know it, of Bram Stoker.

 

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Just reading | by pewdiepie

Here’s someone with a full time job that requires more work than a lot of people think. Here’s someone who found means and time to travel, see sights, appreciate things. And also someone who read 72 books in 2018, and I am honestly happy and impressed. Impressed not because I didn’t even expect someone this busy to read that much, and it is much, yes, but also impressed by what was read, and how he motivates people who watch him to do the same: 10 pages a day everyday is better than 300 pages and a full stop.

One step at a time.

Wish you best of luck with your reading in 2019, everyone!

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NonFiction: Reading Habits | Tag

I don’t know many book bloggers, so if anyone comes along: I TAG YOU! You’re tagged!! (introduce me, someone!) Yes, now that it’s out of the way, found this tag via Jenniely, and the original is possibly here at Dreamland Book Blog, since the original video is either unavailable for me, or at all.

1. Do you have a certain place at home for reading?
2. Bookmark or random piece of paper?
3. Can you just stop reading or do you have to stop after a chapter/ a certain amount of pages?
4. Do you eat or drink while reading?
5. Multitasking: Music or TV while reading?
6. One book at a time or several at once?
7. Reading at home or everywhere?
8. Reading out loud or silently in your head?
9. Do you read ahead or even skip pages?
10. Breaking the spine or keeping it like new?
11. Do you write in your books?

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1. Do you have a certain place at home for reading?
-No, I just read wherever is most comfortable in the moment.

2. Bookmark or random piece of paper?
-Preferably bookmark, but if there aint one, well, then there aint one.
3. Can you just stop reading or do you have to stop after a chapter/ a certain amount of pages?
-I do have to stop at either a page that ends with a full sentence, or a chapter.

4. Do you eat or drink while reading?
-Sometimes I drink tea or coffee. But I’d rather not, since it gets cold before I notice…

5. Multitasking: Music or TV while reading?
– Sometimes I listen to music. Other times I listen to sound machines. Here’s two of my favorites, with a lot to choose from (like Slytherin common room, or siren song): myNoise ; Ambient-Mixer
6. One book at a time or several at once?
– Several. Otherwise I get too attached to the one I read, and then lose the will to read more after I’m done.
7. Reading at home or everywhere?
– Everywhere!
8. Reading out loud or silently in your head?
– Silently. It’d take too long to read out loud.
9. Do you read ahead or even skip pages?
– I used to, but I don’t anymore.
10. Breaking the spine or keeping it like new?
– I keep it like new if I feel like this won’t be the book I’ll want to keep. So I save it, then someone else can enjoy it as if it was new. But if it’s mine, then the game’s on.
11. Do you write in your books?
– In those that I want to keep forever, yes. I mark things I enjoyed, I make notes, etc.

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NonFiction | Books too evil to read

Book Facts: Books that are so cursed that they’re too evil to read, page through, or even own.

Have you ever encountered these? Would you risk reading them, if you could?

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NonFiction: Tsundoku

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I’m always amused by this word:
Tsundoku
Collecting / buying books and never getting around to reading them


Abibliophobia
Fear of running out of reading material.


Bibliobibuli
Someone who reads too much
(those don’t exist, I think)

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Bookish | October releases that must be noted

While I don’t normally do release notes, I feel like there’s so many that I would like to read due to author, or will read due to author, or will read, because it’s a sequel to something I’ve read, and I have a hard time quitting series, I figured I’ll just go ahead and fill you in on what to expect too. Which, I know, is pretty darn pointless since you can go and find it on your own via goodreads!

Anyway. Here’s the octoberish spooky books that I know to work genre-wise:

  1. Elevation by Stephen King – I’m doing my best to slowly befriend King as an author. It’s going well so far, so I might even read this one.
  2. An Easy Death by Charlaine Harris – first in the new series “Gunnie Rose“. I don’t know if I’ll read it, I need to get over another set of books with Quinn in them first. But in the future…
  3. Shades of Wicked by Jeaniene Frost – first in new series “Night Rebel“. Don’t know whether I’ll read this one too, but I really do love her Dracula series, so I might just. Hey, maybe she even has her characters mention the Father in Darkness.
  4. Blood Communion by Anne Rice – another book in “Vampire Chronicles“, now better known as “Tales of Prince Lestat“. I don’t want to, but I will read it.

And then here’s for the things I am actually looking forwards to due to reasons:

  1. Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor – second book in Strange the Dreamer duology.
  2. The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy by Mackenzi Lee – second book in Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue, this one about Monty’s sister.
  3. Band Sinister by K.J. Charles – I will read anything she writes.
  4. Shades of Magic #1: The Steel Prince by V.E. Schwab – apparently a prequel comic to Shades of Magic, I’d not miss this, nono.
  5. Escaping From Houdini by Kerri Maniscalco – not a hundred percent sure yet if I’ll read this one in Stalking Jack the Ripper series, we’ll see. I’ve nothing against the series, but I’d rather have seen Hyde’s story, am not much into real life magicians.
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Bookish | Lord of the Rings

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Lord of the Rings trilogy was originally written as one book, and only split into three for release.

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Bookish | 11 most bizarre books

This one’s self-explanatory.

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Bookish | Tom Sawyer

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So, apparently, “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer” by Mark Twain was not just the first book ever written using a typewritter. It also has a very old video game! The game is really old, so as long as you find a digital copy and an emulator, these games can all be played on your PC (legality of your actions is fully on you!)

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