Title: Strange the Dreamer
Author: Laini Taylor
Rating: 5/5 Stars
Series? Yes. 1 of 2.
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Disclaimer: I received a review copy of this book from Hachette Australia/Date A Book in exchange for an honest review.
Laini Taylor weaves a languid and otherworldly dream with her latest release. Strange the Dreamer is a lesson in yearning. Readers will long for this vibrant world where science and magic exists side by side, where dreams and reality defy distinction, where there’s secrets and mysteries – none as perplexing as the puzzle of the lost city of Weep. Describing Strange the Dreamer is an exercise in futility, it’s as impossible as recalling the true name of Weep. I’ll try my best though, just for you!
‘Lazlo couldn’t have belonged at the library more truly if he were a book himself.’
For most of Zeru, Weep is a fable, a mere legend of a splendid city dreamed up to entertain children and fill the pages of a storybook. For Lazlo Strange, Weep is a compulsion, he’s been riveted by stories of its marvels as a child – and he’s determined to remember the Unseen City. Lazlo also dreams that one day, he will be able to walk down its legendary lapis lazuli roads and meet the the city’s famed Tizerkane warriors. For the junior librarian, it’s an impossible dream – yet he continues to hope and hunt for signs of the lost city within The Great Library of Zosma.Read More »
Title: When The Moon Was Ours
Author: Anna-Marie McLemore
Rating: 5/5 stars
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When The Moon Was Ours is a mesmerising magical realism that reminds us fairy tales are and magic belong to everyone, regardless of your race, gender, or sexuality. Written in exquisite prose and narrated in rhythmic cadence, here is an audio book I would recommend to anyone who’s ever felt different and unheard. MOON is imbued with love, hope, and dream. It’s the perfect respite from a world filled with intolerance and fear. Given the devastating result of the US elections, we need books and voices like MOON in our lives, now more than ever.
MOON begins with a girl who lost the moon, and a boy who fights every day to bring its light back into her life. The story of Miel and Sam is one well known to their town, turned mythic and strange with numerous retellings. However, the narration takes us beyond the fairy tale of a girl made from water and a boy named Moon. It shows us all the players in the tale in all of their messy, complicated glory. Through the journey these characters undergo, MOON brings in questions that challenges perception of culture, gender identity, and family.Read More »
Title: A Closed and Common Orbit
Author: Becky Chambers
Rating: 4.5/5 stars
Series? Companion Novel to The Long Way To A Small, Angry Planet
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Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Note: This review will contain spoilers for the prequel The Long Way To A Small, Angry Planet. Common Orbit can be read as a standalone, although you will be spoiled for part of Small Angry Planet’s ending.
I read Small Angry Planet earlier on this year and it catapulted into my all time favourite list, it’s a scifi bursting with heart and soul. Needless to say, I have been anticipating the release of Common Orbit ever since.
Companion novels are a mixed beast for me, although I love revisiting the world, I am always afraid I won’t love it as much as the original if the characters I grew to love are no longer around. My fears were quickly dispelled as Common Orbit prove to retain all the heart that made me love Small Angry Planet. It also stood on its own two feet as an excellent, thought provoking novel that examines the meaning of family and identity.
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I’m just in a mood for venting, so I thought it was a great time to do the Unpopular Opinions Tag. Everyone loves a bit of controversy now and again. Apologies in advance if I have insulted any of your favourites, but that’s just the nature of unpopular opinions.
1. A Popular Book You Didn’t Like
The first one that comes to mind is Illuminae by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman – which I feel a bit bad about since they’re fellow Aussies. A huge disappointment, because I was really looking forward to reading it. Behind the superficial trappings of the epistolary format and wicked-cool designs, the book hides a relatively run-of-the-mill sci-fi fare. It skimmed much too close to the plot and details in Battlestar Galactica for my liking, particularly because BSG did everything so much better. I also found the characters shallow and underdeveloped. Everyone else on the blogosphere seem to include this book in their Top 2015 list, so I’m definitely in the minority here.Read More »