snacky: (I <3 books)
Guys. GUYS!

Judy Blume just replied to one of my tweets! JUDY BLUME!



I am never washing this tweeting hand again. :D

I geeked out at work and my boss was like, "PRINT SCREEN! PRINT SCREEN!" then suggested I get it framed. Judy Blume, omg. I haven't been this giddy since I met Paul Westerberg.
snacky: (I <3 books)
Am reading The Secret Country by Pamela Dean. I know this book is beloved in fandom: someone explain to me why. I am up to chapter 8, and I'm kind of hoping that Laura is killed by her own clumsiness and soon.

Seriously, I thought that child must have some kind of condition/handicap to be so clumsy that she literally cannot go two sentences without falling and/or injuring herself, but the other children (and adults) are snide to her about it, so I figure that can't be it.

Patrick is also very annoying. I like Ted mostly, and could like Ruth more if we got to know her better. Ellen is just very dull. So dull that even the author forgot she had written her out of a scene, had her speak up, then had her return a few paragraphs later.

I think the premise is great, and so far the plot has been very slow, but I have hopes for it. I just really hope that the characters get better as they go on. Like, I can't figure out why these kids would spend any time playing together since all they do is bicker and tell each other to shut up. Sample dialogue:

"I was right!"

"No, you weren't, fool!"

"Don't call names!"

"Shut up!"

"You shut up!"

"Goddamn!"

"Stop swearing!"

"You pig." <- said "mildly" but still.

Also, so far, most of this has been from either Ted's or Laura's POV. Ted's is much better than Laura's - we get a lot more information and insight from him, but Laura just tends to think about how she falls down all the time and how everyone is mean to her.

I have read reviews that say the first book is not so good but it gets better in the other two. I guess I am just disappointed because I've seen so many people rave about these books, that I expected much better from them. So tell me what makes them good?
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My last two texts from [personal profile] musesfool were about two different books that I read first and she was currently reading.

Text from the other day: "Holy crap she killed ------!"

Text from 20 minutes ago: "Holy shit she killed -----!"

I am amused by this pattern.
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I repeat, you all must read these books. I can't remember the last book series that I read that I loved as much as these. There's history, romance, adventure, drama, excitement, tragedy, but above all, these books are about family, and the FitzOsbornes are one of the greatest fictional families ever.

*ALL THE FEELINGS EVER: spoilers for The FitzOsbornes at War )


*Seriously, I am going to spoil you totally if you click that cut.
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So, probably too early in my job to take off the afternoon and go home sick so I can read, right?

Right, I thought so.

But FitzOsbornes OMG! *grabby hands*
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You guys, you should totally read these books. Like, stop what you're doing and read them right now.*

I have [personal profile] stepliana to thank for introducing me them, and oh my god, I started reading them the first week I was at work and I was so busy, I had no time to read but I kept reading them on my breaks and whenever I could find a free minute, and in the end, I pretty much mainlined them on a Saturday.

The first book, A Brief History of Montmaray, introduces us to the FitzOsbornes, the royal family of the tiny (fictional) kingdom of Montmaray, located off the coast of Spain. Sophie FitzOsborne is a princess of Montmaray, and the narrator, recording the daily goings-on in the kingdom in a journal her brother Toby (heir to the throne), off at school in England, has sent her for her birthday. She lives in a crumbling castle with her intellectual cousin Veronica, her younger sister, the tomboy Henry, and her uncle, the mad King John. Also on the island are the few remaining villagers and Rebecca, the family's housekeeper. Rebecca's son Simon, Veronica's nemesis and Sophie's secret crush, is also in England, but visits Montmaray from time to time. The princesses spend their days trying to keep the castle from falling down around their ears, and tending to the animals on the island. It's relatively uneventful, until one day, Nazis arrive on the island, and nothing is ever the same again on Montmaray.

The second book, The FitzOsbornes in Exile, follows the family's adventures in England, in the late 1930s, with World War II looming. And the third book in the trilogy, The FitzOsbornes at War is soon to be published, and it can't happen soon enough for me.

These books are wonderfully written, full of fantastic characters. I love the marvelous FitzOsborne family - carefree Toby, tomboy Henry, brilliant Veronica, the mysterious Simon, and Sophie, "Machiavelli disguised as a debutante." I love how smart and resourceful they are - especially the girls. I love the humor and emotion in these books - I kept finding myself giggling, or welling up at unexpected moments. They're the best kind of historical fiction too - there's so much going on in the world in the late 1930s, and the FitzOsbornes are right there in the middle of the action, and it's heartwrenching because you know where their world is headed, and what kind of troubles are ahead for the FitzOsbornes and their friends.

The FitzOsbornes are my new favorite fictional family, right up there next to my beloved Pevensies. If you liked I Capture the Castle, or if you like historical fiction, or if you just can't get enough of strong, witty, smart, strong, multi-faceted characters, you will love these books and reread them again and again, like me.



*because you will love them as much as I do and you'll want to write fic for them and then I can request it for Yuletide, and muahahaha, my cunning plan, revealed!

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May. 24th, 2011 11:24 pm
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[personal profile] bedlamsbard linked to a list of 50 Books For An Eleven Year Old.

It's a pretty good list, but I found myself being critical of both the amount of "boy books" on it (interesting, because the creator of the list is a father of two daughters) and of the amount of more recent books that aren't all that great, imo.

So of course, I made my own list... )

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