Saturday, August 12, 2017
Wednesday, July 26, 2017
|As a bibliophile, there are very few things more appealing to me than a magic system based on language, and a group of librarian spies. Add to that the diverse and intriguing cast of characters and this book is definitely a win. This book is well-written and engaging, and left me wanting more of this world and the characters. The series is about a group of librarian spies (yeah, librarian spies, how awesome is that) whose goal is to collect rare books or editions of books that are specific to particular dimensions in order to tie the Library to those dimensions. Along the way they encounter Fae, dragons, wizards, and all sorts of other interesting characters. The type of magic we become most familiar with is the Language, (which is similar to me to the concept of being able to manipulate an object or person if you know its true name) which changes based on the grammar and idioms of specific worlds.|
|The Masked City was a great continuation of the Invisible Library series. It's just as fast-paced and well put together as the first one, with intriguing new characters and places. I wish we'd gotten to experience more of the actual culture of alternate Venice than we did, but I enjoyed the little glimpses that we got.|
The Burning Page
I got an ARC of the Burning Page through Goodreads Giveaways, and was not disappointed. We get more of the actual Library in this book, which I found really interesting, and a bit of background on Irene, plus a few new mysteries, which keep the book from feeling like it wrapped up the series. The Lost Plot is planned for release next year, and I'm hoping it will be just as good as the first three!
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Fangirl has been on my TBR list forever, and I finally picked it up a couple of weeks ago. I usually read fantasy, so I was honestly a little surprised by how much I enjoyed it despite how little seemed to be going on. I loved Cather, and Rowell's portrayal of anxiety was incredibly close to my personal experience, which I really appreciated. I also appreciated the depth that went into the supporting characters, I'd love to have more of them.
I picked up Carry On immediately after Fangirl, largely because I wasn't ready to leave Cath's world, and reading her fanfiction seemed like the next best thing. I didn't enjoy it at all. When I read Fangirl, I thought that her fanfiction was basically just Drarry fanfiction with the names changed to avoid a lawsuit, and the entire time reading Carry On, the similarities to Harry Potter drove me crazy. The way it was written also made it feel as if it were the third book in a trilogy, rather than a stand alone novel, and I think that's part of why I didn't feel attached to any of the characters. I found the way the spells work really interesting (it reminded me a bit of the Language in Genevieve Cogman's Invisible Library series) but aside from that, I didn't feel that Carry On had much to offer.
I finished Fangirl yesterday and really enjoyed it, so today I picked up Carry On. I was excited to read about the world Cath loved so much, but I just can't get into it. Did anyone else feel that way? #fangirl #rainbowrowell #rainbowrowellbooks #carryon #carryonsimon #rainbowrowellfangirl #rainbowrowellcarryon #bazandsimon
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Tuesday, May 17, 2016
Daeonica is mentioned several times in the book, and while we don't get to hear the entire thing, I've been wondering if Daeonica might be a different version of the story of Lanre and the Chandrian (though obviously with different names) which shows Lanre in a more positive light. This is more of a feeling that I have than a fully-flushed out theory, but I think it could fit. Arlidan mentions stories in which Lanre sells his soul (though Ben says that this is nonsense), and we know that in Daeonica Tarsus sells his soul. I think the "hell" mentioned in Daeonica is actually the realm beyond the Doors of Stone. I'm not sure if the revenge that Tarsus says he's bringing down would be on the world that stole Lyra from him, Selitos, or Iax himself. Also, in Wise Man's Fear, when Kvothe is researching the Chandrian, he mentions that the names are easier to come by, but most of them are stolen from the Book of Path or Daeonica.
Saturday, February 13, 2016
I think that Roderic Calanthis is most likely the king Kvothe kills. When Kvothe was helping to prove to the Maer that he was being poisoned, he sacrificed sipquicks (also known as Calanthis) in order to protect the Maer. Personally, I think that was foreshadowing to Kvothe killing King Calanthis to protect the Maer. I think the Maer will abjure his actions in an attempt to not be seen as a conspirator, which would explain Kvothe's contempt for the Penitent King. If the previous king was killed by someone who is associated with the Maer, that would also explain the unrest, as well as the title of "Penitent King". Given that the soldiers travelling through Newarre wear the Maer's colors (despite not being in his lands), I think that this is the most likely.
Sometimes I hope that the king Kvothe killed is Ambrose, but I also think that's what Rothfuss expects us to think, so it probably won't be. I think there's also a chance that he's the penitent king. He has a lot to pay penance for, and it would explain why Kvothe was so horrified by the idea of toasting to the Penitent king (though there could easily be other explanations as well).
I'm wondering about Vashet's "poet king". While a large part of me is hoping that it's just a red herring (because that large part of me wants Kvothe to have gotten his name of Kingkiller, and his sword's name of the Poet Killer, by killing Ambrose), I wonder if her "poet king" is instead the one he kills. She mentioned him enough times that I think he'll be important somehow.
I've heard people theorize that Simmon will be the king Kvothe kills, but it's mentioned more than once that he's terribly far down the line, and I can't see anything that would bring Kvothe to kill him.