Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Wyrd & Wonder Blog Tag, prompts 11-18

list of prompts

11. Stunning debut: Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell or A Stranger in Olondria (Both World Fantasy Award winners)

I LOVE this one! I have read it twice and listened to the audiobook once. My review.

One of the best books I have read this year. My review.

12. Spine Poetry OR Mother's Day: Mother's Day makes me think of the Broken Earth Trilogy (N.K. Jemisin) again, and the mother-daughter relationship between Nassun & Essun. I mentioned those books already in my first set of prompts.  

For mothers and sons, the scenes between Morwen and Turin in The Children of Hurin are one of the highlights of the book, I think. (I also really like the little we see oMorwen and Nienor, but it's very brief.) 

13.  Maps!: How about this interactive map of Middle-earth from the LotR Project? It is a thing of beauty.  

14. Fave trans or enby characters: Desire of the Endless, in The Sandman comics series:      

I am not the only one who thought of Desire; someone else picked them for this prompt on Twitter.  

There are also the main characters in The Black Tides of Heaven, which I have reviewed.    

15.  Current read: One Hundred Years of Solitude
I posted last week about the beginning of this book, which is set in the fictional town of Macondo somewhere in Latin America.

This time I will share some quotes I liked: 

Death really did not matter to him but life did, and therefore the sensation he felt when they gave their decision was not a feeling of fear but of nostalgia. (130) This part is from the point of view of Jose Arcadio, who is about to be shot. 

“Tell me something, old friend: why are you fighting?"

What other reason could there be?" Colonel Gerineldo Marquez answered. "For the great Liberal party."

You're lucky because you know why," he answered. "As far as I'm concerned, I've come to realize only just now that I'm fighting because of pride."

"That's bad," Colonel Gerineldo Marquez said.

Colonel Aureliano Buendia was amused at his alarm. "Naturally," he said. "But in any case, it's better than not knowing why you're fighting." He looked him in the eyes and added with a smile:

"Or fighting, like you, for something that doesn't have any meaning for anyone.” (148)

Aureliano is Jose Arcadio's brother.

I am most of the way through now and not sure what to think of the book as a whole.

16. Male characters: I will cover this in a separate post, together with the female characters (#19).

17.  Amazing magical artifact — The Luggage:

Image via Discworld wiki

's magical, intelligent suitcase from the Discworld series. It is made of Sapient Pearwood and has hundreds of little legs. 

I will do #18 separately on Saturday. 

Update: did #Stack
Saturday on Twitter:
I read most of my stack over the weekend. Now I have reviews to write.

That's all for now!

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