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A Few Interesting Books...

I have not made much speedy reading progress recently, but I have been steadily ploughing my way through.

During the school holidays, I bought two new books: The Secret Commonwealth by Phillip Pullman and Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo.

The Secret Commonwealth is the second book in The Book of Dust series. Many times, rosewater is mentioned and it makes me hunger for rosewater cake. I really like how Pullman writes, and I am grateful to him for making the books so long. More time reading!

It is unenjoyable in some aspects, though, because Lyra and Pantalaimon (her daemon, which is like an animal projection of her soul) argue and eventually separate. 

I have not yet read much aside from the first few pages of Shadow and Bone, but I do look forward to picking it up. It appears to be set in an alternate universe version of Russia, which is unusual and I have high hopes for this novel.

I also downloaded to audiobooks, City of Bones by Cassandra Clare, and The Cruel Prince by Holly Black. These two authors seem to be quite popular at the moment, so I thought I should have a look (or more like a listen!) to some of their books. The first thing I must note is that they both have a little bit of queer representation, which makes me happy because there has not been a lot of that in books I have read recently.

They are both magical fiction (or, I should probably, say Fantasy) and although they are quite cliché in some aspects I still enjoy them. I would recommend these books.

My one problem with City of Bones is that from the very begging I guessed that the main characters Clary and Jace would get together. This kind of thing gets a bit boring after a while, where the male MC saves our female protagonist from various horrifying monsters and dangerous situations, and then they fall in love. That is not to say that I dislike the characters, merely that I would enjoy a story where this trope is non-existant. 

The Cruel Prince is a book that I’m really liking so far. It has gone off the expected course, she has not fallen in love with the villain (yet at least) and come the characters are different to the usual YA Fantasy characters. Jude, the protagonist, wants to be a knight in one of the fairy courts from what I can sum up, and she has to fight for the role. She lives with her sisters, her parents’ murderer and his wife and child. It’s a bit different from the normal and I’m liking it.

‘Enjoy your reading,

Sekhmet out.

10 comments

bookwithbane

You'll find that Cassandra Clare matures in her writing a lot. The contrast is especially evident if you read the sequels to the Mortal Instruments or the Prequels.

20th Oct, 19
sekhmet

Good to know!

20th Oct, 19
bookwithbane

In reply to sekhmet

Am I right in assuming that your name comes from Egyptian mythology? Goddess of a couple of things if I recall.

20th Oct, 19
sekhmet

In reply to bookwithbane

Correct! She is the warrior goddess of healing, and she takes the form of a lioness. She's pretty cool.

20th Oct, 19
bookwithbane

In reply to sekhmet

I always love hearing about strong goddesses such as Sekhmet or Freya.

20th Oct, 19
aahanadudani DAB member

Agree with this one. Especially apparent in characterisation and plot of The Infernal Devices. Queer rep is so good in The Dark Artifices too...I can't get enough of it...there's bi + trans + poly + autism rep just off the top of my head!! She's incredible.

And w the Clary/Jace thing, it gets a lot more complex :) def not your regular boy saves girl and they fall in love trope I promise...

26th Oct, 19
bookwithbane

In reply to aahanadudani

She definitely makes leaps and bounds in her diversity, characters and originality, which is a huge leap from her plagiarising days

26th Oct, 19
aahanadudani DAB member

In reply to bookwithbane

Touché! I look to her mainly for diversity and worldbuilding which I think are her strengths... her characters often feel recycled from one series to the next but I can't help but get attached to them anyway lol. Ah yes the plagiarism...does leave a bad taste in the mouth but there seems to be something problematic with so many similarly prolific YA writers of late unfortunately

26th Oct, 19
inky State Library Victoria

I'm reading The Book of Dust at the moment so I didn't read your spoiler! I also love the way Philip Pullman writes. I saw him interviewed last year and he said he hears the sentences like music.

21st Oct, 19
inky State Library Victoria

I have added The Secret Commonwealth to the database!

21st Oct, 19