Friday, November 28, 2014
Monday, November 24, 2014
Mistborn has a unique magic system that immediately interested me. Through Vin the reader learns about the ten powers and their associated metals, making it easy to learn. The political intrigue, action, and world building immersed me. It's been a while since I've felt satisfied with a fantasy read and this definitely hit the spot. The first book ends with a satisfying conclusion and leaves the door open for the rest of the series. I eagerly await for the second book to arrive at my doorstep.
Books in the Series:
The Well of Ascension
The Hero of Ages
Friday, November 21, 2014
The overall narrative is less technical than many books and specials on the topic, which I think many readers will find accessible if they are interested in the topic.
Monday, November 17, 2014
Dinah's training as a midwife takes her on journey's to many strange lands, including Schechem, where she falls in love with a prince and also experiences the most horrifying event of her life. Eventually, her experience as a midwife carries her to Egypt where she lives out the rest of her life of loneliness and ultimately happiness.
There are a number of things I didn't like about this book. Written in first person, the character speaks of the past, but often interrupts her own story with insights she gained while looking back, which causes an inconsistent narrative. Because of this, the author also does a lot of telling, rather than showing.
Women being set apart during menstruation is common in many cultures, so the idea of these women participating in a Red Tent seems possible to me, though Judaism has no such tradition. The idea that women menstruated every month during that particular time period is debatable and the idea that they all menstruated during the new moon is even less believable. The study that many people base this on was a small sample during a short period of time in a modern setting and could easily be explained away by the inconsistency caused by health, stress, and diet. While I enjoyed the "sisterhood" aspect this created for the novel, it bothers me because many people (ones I personally know, even) don't just consider this book biblical fiction, but also historical fiction.
And while I do enjoy a bit of creative retelling, the changes the author decided to make when it comes to the events leading up to the destruction of Schechem are in direct contrast with the original narrative.
If taken all by itself it would be an okay read, but when put in the context of the Biblical story it is supposed to be based off of it is often in direct conflict. Although I am a part of a Red Tent community myself, which I love, I cannot recommend this book due to the contradictions and inconsistencies.
Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret - Judy Blume
Like Water for Chocolate - Laura Esquivel
The Joy Luck Club - Amy Tan
Friday, November 14, 2014
I found that the typeface was a bit small, even for my eyes, so I had to take breaks while reading. Another thing that bothered me was finding the captions for the illustrations were often only reprisals of the information in the main portion of the book, instead of tidbits or explanations of the pieces.
I feel this is an excellent book that provides well-balanced information with a plethora of illustrations that people will find entertaining and informative.
Daily Life of the Pagan Celts - Joan P. Alcock
Heroes of the Dawn - Timelife