The problem with having a “don’t break the spine” rule? I can’t tell if I’ve read a book before. Revived is an easy read, so by the time the story started to feel particularly familiar, I was 100 pages in.
I couldn’t stop reading the book now though: I pushed through. I knew the twists and turns long before I should have. I knew the ending and the epilogue. I started to get premonitions (or flash backs?) about what was coming.
Considering I read Revived and forgot it, but think I enjoyed it both times, I wouldn’t discourage you reading it.
This book was addictive. Not only is the writing typical Levithan–accessible, fast-paced, emotive–but gets inside your head. Each morning as A is ripped from one body and wakes up in a new one, you feel like you’ve been doing this for a very long time. Just as A has. Then A wakes up as Justin and falls in love with his girlfriend. Everyday explores the idea of gender and sexuality. A does not have a gender. Hen* experiences sexuality as both male and female. A is able to clearly explain that gender and sexuality is fluid, and you believe hen.
It’s difficult to describe a book that completely mesmerizes its reader with imagery–I wanted to join this circus and follow it across the world. Marco and Celia are trained by separate magicians from a young age to compete in a tournament of skill sometime in the future. The competition flourishes in the circus setting as Celia and Marco try to out do each other with living carousels, cloud mazes and (my favourite) ice gardens. An enchanting exploration of what the mind is capable of creating for both writer and reader. The most beautiful book, visually, I have ever read.
A review in one hundred words. (Written while in Africa, early September.)
What struck me reading Finnikin of the Rock this time was the sense of overwhelming love the Lumaterean people have for their royal family. Every single person loved the family as if they were their own parents and children. The stories they tell are about the royal family as if they were telling fairytales. I don’t know if any one country and every single citizen in that country has ever felt for its royalty as this fictional country does for theirs. It literally broke my heart to read, this time, understanding the love they have for those they have lost.
I read this book in two days. I admit, this is uncommon for me. It’s an easy to read book, but I would not say it is an easy book. The book portrays a woman with a peculiar type of amnesia: at the end of each day, when she sleeps, she forgets her entire day. Each day she needs to be reminded of everything she should know. Until she starts keeping a journal; she starts to discover the real story and it’s going to rip everything she knows (sorry, is told) apart. A beautifully written book with a heart-stopping conclusion.
Haunting. That’s the best word for it. Her Fearful Symmetry shows what closeness can do, and how much love impacts the people it touches. Closeness is portrayed as a curse, as something that one needs to be released from. All the characters are tortured by it, and none of them are really ever released. Love, from mothers to daughters, from husbands to wives, from sisters to sisters, is repeated over and over again throughout the novel in various pairs and different generations. The symmetry in the title is a exactly this: closeness and love. Closeness is love; love is closeness.
Today, I launched the BnE Media website. It has been a serious exercise in patience and determination. I am quite proud of the website. We didn’t design it (after some failed attempts with freelancers), but the content is all ours.
(When talking BnE, I tend to talk in the third person. It makes it easier on everybody.)
Now that we have a website, we can start marketing. But the marketing will work better when we have the app. Which is soon. I’ve got a demo on my iPad and, geez, it looks awesome (if I do so say so myself).
I’ll tell anyone that will listen: I’m a Joss fan. I will watch whatever he writes, directs or creates. The dialogue was wonderful and very Joss-esque. Witty, sharp and cutting. I laughed as hard as everyone else in the cinema; I jumped in my seat; I could feel tears welling up in my eyes when people died. It really was fantastic dialogue. Sadly, I will never watch the movie again. While the dialogue was brilliant, the problem was the two hours of fighting out of a two-hour-fifteen-minute movie. Besides that, a perfect fifteen minutes of dialogue. One, maybe two stars.