The Wolf Quest Saga

January 4, 2009 at 2:31 am (Book Review, Uncategorized)

I am not sure what to say about this book.  It was offered up for review, and sounded interesting, as I sometimes enjoy werewolf stories.  I was even more excited to see that the author lived in the Houston area, which is where I am located.

The book has a wonderful cover and a very interesting plot summary describing a race of werewolf like beings called the Wolfernians.  The story is set in a modern setting with a young male protagonist coming of age.  It is targeted at a teen audience, and appears to be a promising read.

Then I opened the cover and read the author’s introduction.  In very poorly edited text the author describes his love of werewolves and a desire for books that feature werewolves as “good guys”.  I am somewhat turned off by the poor editing, but I figured it for a pre-published work, so read on.  I turned it over and discover that no, it is the final released version of it and I was dumbfounded.

This is the first book to review that I just cannot recommend for anyone to read.  The plotline sounds really interesting and engaging, but the way it is written it is impossible to finish.  There are so many typos and grammatical errors that I kept wanting to take a red pen to the page, and the writing style reminds me of teenage anime fanfiction.

I must credit the author with some very interesting plot ideas, and I feel that this book needs several more stages of development and editing to be ready for publication.  Should this happen, I will be delighted to read it again, I think the topic would be very appealing to teens.

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Yet another giveaway

July 16, 2008 at 4:53 pm (Uncategorized)

There is a giveaway for what seems to be an incredible new book series and fantasy world.  Check it out on fellow librarythinger’s web blog at http://thefriendlybooknook.com/2008/07/16/the-questory-of-root-karbunkulus-by-kamilla-reid-giveaway/

Wish me luck – because I would love to read this one!

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reading meme

July 15, 2008 at 12:35 am (Uncategorized) ()

I bumped into this book meme over at http://readerville.wordpress.com/ and it looked fun as a way to know more about my reading/reviewing process.

1. Do you remember how you developed a love for reading?

My Mom spent a lot of time with me when I was tiny reading to me and teaching me how to read. BY the age of 3 I had my favorite story memorized and it looked like I was reading as I recited the appropriate words on each page. By 4 I was reading on my own and by kindergarten (4.5 years) I was reading at a 2nd grade level. I have always from that point forward devoured books as fast as I could. During summers my father would have to take me to the library several times a week sometimes I would go through all 10 books in a day or two, until he got sick of all the driving and handed me one of his science fiction books. I was probably 8 or so.

By that point I was reading fiction for adults instead of teens. By the age of 13 I was reading advanced works of fiction like Michael Moorcock which isn’t the easiest read (topic or prose). In junior high I was assessed as reading beyond high school level.

What are some books you read as a child?

My first favorite was Chicken Little, transitioning through to Dick and Jane. Later on it was the boxcar children, Sweet Valley High, Babysitters Club, etc. I also loved non fiction. In elementary school I devoured all of the books on dinosaurs, and the librarian introduced me to the mythology section. My early reading of Scandinavian Folklore has had an enduring impact on my interests, life and eventual career.

What is your favorite genre?

For fiction my favorite genre is fantasy. A well written sci fi novel or true to life fiction can still get my attention though. Most importantly it must be well written, with an engaging plot – however my favorite feature is dialogs and characterization. Some of my favorite novels, in analysis, are not very challenging reading (though I love a challenge) or have a very complicated plot – David Eddings repeats the same plotline a million times in his novels, but he writes such amusing dialog with strong female characters, that I will read them again and again because they can make me respond to the characters.

For non fiction I love monographs on Viking archaeology, history, medieval history, and medieval accounts. I also enjoy memoir and books on education.

Do you have a favorite novel?

OUCH. That is hard – I have so many that I love. Kushiel’s Dart comes to mind. It is a rich world drawn from history and fantasy alike. Other favorites have included the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Also, it really depends on my mood – do I want a serious read, or do I want one of those guilty pleasure fluff fiction novels to keep me entertained.

Where do you usually read?

Depends on fiction or non. I tend to read non fiction at a table or desk where I can take notes. Fiction is read any where I get a chance, in bed, relaxing in the bath, eating at the dinner table. If my nose is in a good book, I cannot put it down…

When do you usually read?

Whenever I can. I enjoy it more than most things, so whenever there is down time I usually have a book in hand. More so now that I am in a M Ed program.

Do you usually have more than one book you are reading at a time?

Yes. I have spent 21out of 28 years of my life in some form of education or other and I read books for school and work and pleasure.

Do you read nonfiction in a different way or place than you read fiction?

Yes. Depending on the purpose of the non fiction, I often take notes or need to sit somewhere where I can focus on it better.

Do you buy most of the books you read, or borrow them, or check them out of the library

I buy most of my books, rarely use libraries unless working on a special project, but I also borrow them from friends.

Do you keep most of the books you buy?

Yes.  Definitely.  Until the floor makes funny creaking sounds.

If you have children, what are some of the favorite books you have shared with them? Were they some of the same ones you read as a child?

I have no children.  I do have 2 beautiful nieces.  I read to them from Dr. Seuss and Shel Silverstein

What are you reading now?

For school a book on inclusive classrooms, adolescent development

For fun I am reading “Reading Lolita in Tehran” with several books in the cue.

Aberrations is on my list next (likely started before I finish the current book, followed by Up for Renewal

Do you keep a TBR (to be read) list?

–not a formal list as such, but I do keep track in my mind what I would like to do next.

What’s next?

I plan to take over the world, one book at a time 🙂

What books would you like to reread?

Not sure – would like to read Shakespeare again, as well as a number of classic works that I hated in high school.  I loved Shakespeare’s comedies, but hated some of the other stuff they had us read.

Who are your favorite authors?

Jacqueline Carey, Anne McCaffrey, Raymond E Feist, Jochens, Jessie Byock, HR Ellis Davidson…

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A little introduction

July 2, 2008 at 10:19 pm (Uncategorized) ()

I started this blog so that I could share my thoughts about the books I am reading. Some books are for pleasure (guilty or otherwise) and some are required due to reviewing agreements or classwork that I am engaged in.

I am a 28 year old student and educator both. I teach for an afterschool program while getting a Masters in Education in Curriculum and Design focused on middleschool students in out of school time. It isn’t the exact degree name – but that is a really long degree name. I currently hold a BA in History and Anthropology focusing on Medieval Europe and archaeology respectively. I have worked for a while in archaeology – a field school in Sweden, and closer to home, a historical public archaeology dig in Houston.

I have a wide variety of hobbies and tend to indulge them in cycles. My current hobby obsession is raising and breeding fish. I have a variety of freshwater fish from river fish to African cichlids. I also love to cook and brew mead, invent recipes, and am even writing those down these days. I sew, make costuming and garb, embroider, cross stitch, crochet (badly), and embellish fabric. I also enjoy painting, wood burning, jewelry making, dancing and playing the flute. And singing – mostly Irish drinking songs.

Most of all, however, I love to read. I read a variety of books, and enjoy everything from young adult fiction, manga, science fiction, fantasy, non-fiction, memoirs, history texts, etc. Authors, if you would like me to review your work, feel free to send me a message, and I will give you my contact info.

I keep a librarything at http://www.librarything.com/catalog/krisvalkyrie

As I continue reviewing books I will likely have contests up here, so keep posted.

Kris

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