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A belated Happy New Year to all.

Hoping against hope of achieving at least some this time, I made some resolutions for 2014, namely:

- get in shape more; yes, losing weight would be an important sub-goal but it`s not just that, as I noticed on my last vacation when a simple hiking trip nearly made me collapse: I`m in lousy, lousy shape, I was never very sportive but it used to be better than that

- trying out my new keyboard, no, I can`t play but I bought it (two years ago) to actually learn to play a bit and since then it`s sitting there, gathering dust

- getting together with a couple of old buds where we have been saying we should get together some time for ages now

- read more books; again, I love it but in recent years haven`t read all that much because when I get home from work, I usually slump right in front of the computer and stay there till bedtime and on the week-ends I catch up on all my shows

- go out a bit more, I love going to the movies but, like with reading, rarely do these days

For the last two, I would actually welcome some recs. Like what kind of movies you guys are looking forward to. I usually miss so much because I don`t even know what`s coming out.

But I`d especially grateful for book-recs. In the spirit of starting out, I just finished the Ruby Red Trilogy by Kerstin Gier, a cute little time-travelling fantasy romance tale which was actually quite enjoyable and have the Hunger Games lined up. Which is not to say I only read youth lit, my taste buds are actually pretty diverse, fantasy, Sci-Fi, romance, comedy etc. Not too much into autobiography and stuff that gets marketed as "the rousing tale of one woman`s dramatic journey to..."
Or as I like to call it "you move to the African bush, what did you expect, lady?" I can love protagonists who are dark and broody and even mean but stupid is a deal-breaker.

So hit me. Metaphorically. :)

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lovis
Jan. 2nd, 2014 10:40 pm (UTC)
Have you read Good Omens? You should, you know? ;)

Let's see, what else?
1. The Gun Seller by Hugh Laurie - yes that one - and while we're there...
2. Making History by Stephen Fry
3. Lamb - The Gospel according to Biff by Christopher Moore
4. Eureka Street by Robert McLiam Wilson
5. Life's That Way by Jim Beaver (the one autobiography you might want to read?)

aaand of course: all the Jane Austen ;)


eta: sorry for all the edits - I can't think today

Edited at 2014-01-02 10:42 pm (UTC)
astri13
Jan. 2nd, 2014 10:48 pm (UTC)
Oh, so many recs. Cool, thanks. :)

Have you read Good Omens?

I`ve heard of it, of course, but haven`t read. So, it will go right to the list.

aaand of course: all the Jane Austen ;)

I think I still have "Northanger Abbey" unread. My undisputed fave is - cliché cliché - Pride and Prejudice. :)
scolaro
Jan. 3rd, 2014 08:28 am (UTC)
My undisputed fave is - cliché cliché - Pride and Prejudice. :)

Ah, never read it, but I have this particular "version" on my own list: Pride and Prejudice and Zombies
astri13
Jan. 3rd, 2014 04:02 pm (UTC)
Hee. With zombies? I think there is everything with everything these days. :D
legoline
Jan. 3rd, 2014 09:40 am (UTC)
Just chiming in to say I started reading "Good Omens" but for some reason I can't get into it :((
astri13
Jan. 3rd, 2014 04:03 pm (UTC)
I know that happens sometimes. I couldn`t finish the first LOTR because I found it so godamn boring and yet these books are beloved by so many.
lovis
Jan. 5th, 2014 05:42 pm (UTC)
P&P is the mother of all novels - people who don't love it just suck ;)

But Northanger Abbey is fun, too. Quirky.
scolaro
Jan. 3rd, 2014 08:11 am (UTC)
Good Omens was the first one that popped into my mind as well! XD
angels3
Jan. 3rd, 2014 12:20 am (UTC)
I hope you accomplish everything on your list. Have a wonderful 2014
astri13
Jan. 3rd, 2014 04:03 pm (UTC)
Aww, thank you. And wishing the same for you.
katje0711
Jan. 3rd, 2014 01:21 am (UTC)
I'd hardly call The Hunger Games youth books. They might be young in the books, but they are very bloody and serious. Excellent books. I can't remember, have you read The Dark Tower series?
astri13
Jan. 3rd, 2014 04:05 pm (UTC)
I know HG are much more sophisticated than a lot of "youth" lit but since the protagonist is a youth, I tend to put it in the genre at large.

Haven`t read Dark Tower either though the name sounds vaguely familiar. Will look it up. Thanks. :)
leelust
Jan. 3rd, 2014 02:39 am (UTC)
Happy New Year!
And read Hunger Games. Like ASAP. It's an awesome books and not just young-adult you know.
astri13
Jan. 3rd, 2014 04:05 pm (UTC)
I will. Read it, I mean, as soon as possible. :)
leelust
Jan. 3rd, 2014 06:33 pm (UTC)
Let me know what you think! And who will your fav character there cause I had a lot of different opinions about characters there and who Katniss should stay with (with some one or no one I mean).
scolaro
Jan. 3rd, 2014 08:25 am (UTC)
Happy New Year to you too! :)

As lovis already pointed out, Good Omens is a must!
Also by Terry Pratchett, I'd recommend Monstrous Regiment.

Evergreens:
Tamora Pierce: The Song of the Lioness
Val McDermitt: The Mermaids Singing

Comics/Graphic Novels: Blacksad, Allein and (because it's supercute and there are only two books): Nävis.

Edited at 2014-01-03 08:26 am (UTC)
astri13
Jan. 3rd, 2014 04:06 pm (UTC)
Thanks, my rec lists keeps growing steadily. :)
katikat
Jan. 3rd, 2014 08:40 am (UTC)
Movie wise, I'm looking forward to 47 Ronin with Keanu Reeves and Jack Ryan with Chris Pine this month.

Book wise, my favorite book of all time is "Almost Like Being in Love" by Steve Kluger. It's a hilarious gay love story that I re-read on regular basis because it puts me in the best of moods.

Edited at 2014-01-03 08:41 am (UTC)
astri13
Jan. 3rd, 2014 04:07 pm (UTC)
Movie wise, I'm looking forward to 47 Ronin with Keanu Reeves and Jack Ryan with Chris Pine this month.

I`ve heard of it, didn`t know Chris Pine was in it, too. But it sounds interesting. Will see if I can drag someone to it. :)



legoline
Jan. 3rd, 2014 09:52 am (UTC)
Oooooooooooooh, BOOKS :D

Last year, I read all of the Percy Jackson books by Rick Riordan because they have just the kind of humour I sdore and I got to learn about Greek mythology as a plus (which I knew very little of prior to that). In case you've seen the movies and found them unimpressive, the books are way better. And if you find the books ARE your kind of thing, Riordan is currently writing a second series set in the same universe called "Heroes of Olympus", which, in my opinion, is even more awesome.

I recently read Maureen Johnson's "The Name of the Star", which is a YA urban fantasy set in London and quite enjoyable--at least I liked it enough to buy the second book, which I still have to read :-)

Other than that:

"The Name of the Wind" by Patrick Rothfuss
"The Kite Runner" - Khaled Husseini
"Keys to the Kingdom" (series) - Garth Nix
"To Kill a Mockingbird" - Harper Lee
"The Color Purple" - Alice Walker
"A Star Called Henry" - Roddy Doyle
"The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ" - Philip Pullman

...and for something completely different, anything by Paul Auster.

Oh, and if you like historical romance, I quite adore Courtney Milan's "Brothers Sinister" series because despite the title, the heroes in these books are awesome and not the usual alpha-holes you so often find in these kinds of books, and the heroines are quite awesome, too :)


astri13
Jan. 3rd, 2014 04:11 pm (UTC)
I watched the Percy Jackson movies and found the first one to be moderately entertaining, the second a bit less so but if you recommend the books, I`ll put them on my "check out" list. I`m a huge Greek mythology buff already which is pretty much the reason I looked into the movies in the first place.

>I recently read Maureen Johnson's "The Name of the Star", which is a YA urban fantasy set in London and quite enjoyable--at least I liked it enough to buy the second book, which I still have to read :-)

Other than that:

"The Name of the Wind" by Patrick Rothfuss
"The Kite Runner" - Khaled Husseini
"Keys to the Kingdom" (series) - Garth Nix
"To Kill a Mockingbird" - Harper Lee
"The Color Purple" - Alice Walker
"A Star Called Henry" - Roddy Doyle
"The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ" - Philip Pullman

...and for something completely different, anything by Paul Auster.


So, so many recs. Thanks. Will see if I can fill my kindle with some.

Oh, and if you like historical romance, I quite adore Courtney Milan's "Brothers Sinister" series because despite the title, the heroes in these books are awesome and not the usual alpha-holes you so often find in these kinds of books, and the heroines are quite awesome, too :)

Heh, I don`t mind the alpha-holes for the most part (yup, I`m a bad boy-girl mostly *g*) but I do love some variety.
legoline
Jan. 3rd, 2014 04:38 pm (UTC)
I like the movies, but I think mostly because I know the books and have that kind of background knowledge about the characters and stuff to fill the gaps. Let's just say, they butchered the first book completely and when they decided to make the second movie they had to make do with what they had, and yeah...that sort of thing. The books are narrated through Percy's eyes and I find them highly enjoyable to read (and, like I said, educational since aside from some basic Greek gods I knew nothing about Greek mythology. )

In the "Heroes of Olympus" series the Roman gods show up as well and stuff gets interesting, and somewhat darker, I found. I still need to read the most recent one, "The House of Hades".

I could probably serve you with a gazillion recs on top of that :D Have you read the "Nightrunner" books by Lynn Flewelling?

Why am I the only person who doesn't like alpha-holes? :-P Well if you do, I can also recommend the like, first three or four novels of Julia Quinn's "Bridgerton"-series. The first four are called...uhm, The Duke and I, Romancing Mr. Bridgerton, To Sir Philip, With Love and An Offer From a Gentleman. I really, really like the humor in these but they do come with your fair share of alpha-holes :-)

Edited at 2014-01-03 04:38 pm (UTC)
astri13
Jan. 3rd, 2014 04:59 pm (UTC)
Let's just say, they butchered the first book completely and when they decided to make the second movie they had to make do with what they had,

I figured they made some significant changes because the first movie did a feel a bit rushed. And the second one really lacked character work. Hello Clarice, out-of-nowhere, who takes over the role the other girl initially had when the first movie started. And nice to give a couple characters significant common backstory that hasn`t been referenced before. At all. Jeez.

Normally, I don`t even mind some creative license because the media are so different, sometimes stuff just won`t translate well but the movie(s) should at least feel "round" in and of themselves.

I could probably serve you with a gazillion recs on top of that :D Have you read the "Nightrunner" books by Lynn Flewelling?

Nope. :) Like, I said, sadly I read very little in the last few years. Back in school, I covered at least 3 to 4 books each week. Sigh.

Why am I the only person who doesn't like alpha-holes?

Aww, I don`t know. I think for me it`s just this old fantasy of "taming the beast", you know? :D When a nice guy is nice to you, it`s no big deal because they are nice to everybody but when the resident meanie and bad boy is, it makes you feel special and strokes the ego.
legoline
Jan. 3rd, 2014 05:22 pm (UTC)
Hello Clarice, out-of-nowhere, who takes over the role the other girl initially had when the first movie started

Yes. That one bothered me because Clarisse is actually in the first book too, but they left her out in the film and just sort of had Annabeth fill both roles, which sucked. I laughed when she suddenly popped up blonde in the second movie because she actually *is* a blonde in the books too, and they apparently realised they couldn't have look Clarisse and Annabeth look too similiar :-) The whole bit in the first movie where Percy fights Annabeth, that's actually a lot of Clarisse they just squeezed into her character. But hey, who needs more than one female character?

Also in the book, the quest isn't actually to find Percy's mother but to retrieve the lightning bolt, and freeing Percy's mom is just something that they manage to do along with it. But Luke and Annabeth have an interesting backstory, and Thalia gets some interesting stuff to do and one of the most interesting characters is added in the third book and yeah, I just love these books :-)

Normally, I don`t even mind some creative license because the media are so different, sometimes stuff just won`t translate well but the movie(s) should at least feel "round" in and of themselves.
Yes. Word. My favourite Huckleberry Finn adaptation takes some big liberties with the book but it works well and is just a beautiful film. Same goes with the fourth Harry Potter film while the first one, that tries to stay close to the book, doesn't feel "round" at all.

Oh. Well, I'd recommend that series then. It's an entertaining adventure fantasy series with some homoerotic schmoop on top :-)

Hehe, yeah. I guess I could get into that but the whole "He had to possess her and take her now"-vibe I don't find very respectful to the women :D
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