Mary Stewart's "The Crystal Cave", at the moment- because you can never have too much Merlin-related nerdery. Afterwards I'm considering re-reading Robert Jordan's "The Wheel of Time" series- I certainly want to have done a full reread by the time the 14th and final book comes out *excited, and also sad that it must end soon*
If you can stay calm when all around you is in chaos, then you probably haven't completely understood the situation
Teamwork means never having to take all the blame yourself
The Light at the End of the Tunnel is the headlamp of an oncoming train
Post by Annette Claus on Feb 4, 2012 13:16:53 GMT 9.5
That's really cool! I didn't know Victor Hugo wrote the Hunchback of Notre Dame!!! I love Les Miserables! I guess it makes sense when you think about the similarities of the two! How do you like it so far?
Post by elspeththequeen on Feb 4, 2012 18:51:57 GMT 9.5
I really love it so far! (And I LOVE Les Mis, BTW)
What's funny is that in the book, Quasimodo isn't the protagonist, it's actually Esmeralda, which is fascinating. And Frollo is not as horrible a person in the book. The writing is very interesting as well. Not too wordy, but descriptive.
Sometimes I think about having you executed JUST to see the expression on your face!
Life after death is as improbable as sex after marriage!
Post by Annette Claus on Feb 5, 2012 7:28:23 GMT 9.5
Ok, I love that Esmerelda is the protagonist! That makes it so much better! Now I think I will have to read that one day!! Right now I am reading a book called The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters, it started off a little slow but I think it is going to be very good! I have read at some other books of hers and they are very good! I have only read her books which take place during the 19th century, but this one takes place a bit after World War II. It takes place in a secluded house that has been in the same family for 200 + years and a doctor goes to visit a patient there, and soon he becomes entangled with the family's life and "begins to wonder if they are all threatened by something more sinister than a dying way of life" as it says on the back cover.
Post by Lane of Magic on Feb 6, 2012 18:49:08 GMT 9.5
Sarah Waters is such a wonderful writer! She’s becoming my favourite writer, actually (second only to Anne Rice). I’ve recently read “Affinity” by her, which was a very beautifully written book (but I’d already been spoiled, having watched the movie based on it, so I knew the story already). I’m currently reading “Fingersmith” and it’s such a good book! I find it excruciatingly hard to put it down, and I can’t remember the last time that happened! So I definitely recommend it. And I’ll make sure to read “The Little Stranger” as well – do let us know how you liked it, Annette Claus!
The other book I’m currently reading is Anne Rice’s “Taltos” (the third and last book in the Mayfair Witches series). The writing style’s a delight, and the characters are beautifully fleshed out – I’d definitely recommend the entire series.
Post by Annette Claus on Feb 7, 2012 1:18:13 GMT 9.5
Fingersmith is one of my most favourite books of all time! Just like you, I could not put it down! I think the story is phenomenal and the writing is brilliant! I watched the film a few months later and it was good as well, but nothing near as good as the book! Still you should watch it if you can!! Have fun reading Fingersmith!
Anne Rice's books look so good as well! She is another author I have never read, but I have been looking at her books for a while. I will take another look at the Mayfair Witches series!
Post by Lane of Magic on Feb 15, 2012 18:49:10 GMT 9.5
All right, I’ve finished “Fingersmith” and it was just… perfect. Brilliant plot, endearing characters that I really cared for, wonderful writing. I don’t remember enjoying a book this much, nor feeling so satisfied after finishing it. I loved it.
I’ve also finished “Tipping the Velvet,” by the same author, and this was another book I truly enjoyed (I suppose the few days it took me to read it might be a fair indication of just how entertaining and enthralling it was). I won’t give out any spoilers, but say that it is a really good book.
On to “The Little Stranger,” now!
EDIT: And I’ve finished it… Um, not my type of book, I’m afraid. The writing was great, I got the gist… (I think! In all fairness, it’s a pretty ambiguous story, which is a good thing). But I’d long lost all sympathy for the characters after a particular incident close to the beginning of the book (I don’t want to give out any spoilers, but whoever’s read it knows what I’m referring to), so I pretty much just wished them all dead. ^^; Some bit the dust, but… yeah, there we go. I think it’s worth a read, though, because it was fairly entertaining, just… not my cup of tea, I suppose.