What’s up, fellow readers? I found I had more progress – and frankly more fun- when I switched off the computer, so that’s what I did, for the most part. But I’m not jumping off the online world entirely for the Readathon. I said before (I think) that I’m going to update every six hours, so here you go. The first update! *bells and whistles*
Though it’s more six-ish hours right now, as I sort of stretched 7am to include 7:42 am and onwards. I’ll try and make up for it, I swear!
Anyway, so far, I’ve re-read all 435 pages of Assassin’s Apprentice, of which I’d forgotten huge swaths and ugh, I LOVE THAT BOOK. I’m about 50 pages into the second one so far, and I seriously think this world and this series needs more love. I love that Robin Hobb takes a medieval-esque world and puts her own spin on it entirely. There’s politicking and creepiness in spades, and I love it so much. I’ve gotten a wish for more fantasy that focused on politics ever since reading Game of Thrones and the succeeding books, but even this one isn’t quite as political, it’s still alliance and diplomacy heavy, along with backstabbing and treachery, and I kind of adore it. Even the magic restrictions in place are saturated with how they’ll affect the running of the kingdom, there’s danger outside Buckkeep (the palace) and within, and Forging is damn terrifying as the outside threat, and I hate Regal… and I basically got lost in the world all over again. It’s not a pleasant place per se, but unlike GRRM’s Westeros, it’s not all doom and gloom and endless deaths of people you love. There’s still humanity and goodness to be found, even if people still get routinely caught in really rough decisions.
I do wish that the narrative could branch out to other viewpoints occasionally, since Fitz can be over-angsty for my taste. But I can sort of forgive him because if anyone ever had reason to be angsty, it’s that kid, who grew up shunned, in a very awkward position because of the fact that he’s the bastard of the King-in-Waiting who was forced to abdicate due to the scandal. Add to that the fact that when he tried to learn the magic of the Skill, which could have made FitzChivalry an invaluable tool to his king and greatly lessened the power of the people who want to kill him (Fitz, not the king, though Shrewd does have his share of enemies), he got an instructor who makes Severus Snape look like a viable candidate for Teacher of the Year.
The other story I read, in between starting the second book of the Farseer Trilogy, was “Hatchling” by Laini Taylor, who wrote Daughter of Smoke and Bone, one of the few YA romances that I didn’t want to throw against the wall. And holy crap, was “Hatchling way darker than I was expecting. There’s all sorts of freaky background, creepy demons, characters who are uncomfortably sympathetic given the horrible things they’ve done, and absolutely gorgeous writing. I loved it, but it freaked me out. Not in a “check-under-the-bed” way, but a “Dear God, Ms. Taylor, what the HELL is your imagination?” way.
Anyhow, all told I’ve read about 555 pages of combined book and novella, and had three cups of tea and some cookies. And before I get too deranged-looking and sleep-deprived, here’s a snapshot of what I’m reading now:
As you can tell, I’m looking glamorous and elegant as usual </sarcasm> I did want to show off the sweater though, because I made it myself and am rather proud of how it turned out. I’m less proud of my hair and the bookmark falling out of Royal Assassin but you can’t have everything.
Hope the reading is going well, everyone! Six(ish) hours down, 18 more to go!