Bookish Topic Tuesday
What’s the difference between literature and genre fiction (basically everything not literature)? It’s something that’s a little controversial, because there is a belief among some that literature is the “serious” books that are “critically acclaimed”, while everything else isn’t quite so serious, and perhaps it’s more immature. Which is frankly and blatantly wrong. Not all genre fiction is trash, and plenty of genre fiction has some complex themes and is multi-layered, and has character development, and all the ‘good literature’ stuff.
Another book by John Green, the first I read was The Fault in Our Stars, and I liked LfA just as much as I did TFioS. His writing style just works with me, and the books are so easy to devour very quickly, because the writing just flows. I think it really is a very good high school story. More specifically it is a boarding school story, one centred around Miles, a kid who has come to find the Great Perhaps in another state, where his father went to boarding school. And it’s a very interesting story, filled with tragedy, love, humour and pranks.
Bookish Topic Tuesday
Speculative Fiction, Science Fiction or Fantasy?
In recent years the term Speculative Fiction (which is annoyingly cut down to SF sometimes, which is the same abbreviation used for science fiction, so definitely try to avoid that confusion) has become increasingly used in literary circles. It is a term which incorporates the genres of science fiction, fantasy, horror, supernatural, dystopian fiction, post-apocalypse and alternative history. In a way it is its own genre, but it’s also an umbrella genre. It allows books to be classified as speculative fiction when they may contain a number of genres like fantasy, horror, alternative history, etc. in the one book making it hard to narrow down the classification to a single genre.
So after reading The Silmarillion, I decided to go a bit further into Middle Earth, any further and I’d be reading the 12 volumes of the History of Middle Earth (which I may well one day do!). So this book is really a step up in the Tolkienite (Middle Earthian? Hobbit?) level. If the appendices weren’t your thing, and the Silmarillion wasn’t, then this book again won’t be your thing. It just contains even more information about Middle Earth, which can be fascinating for some, or boring for others. As the title suggests, these stories are actually unfinished, sometimes they end suddenly, other times they are scraps pulled together by Christopher, with large amounts of his editorial voice.
Bookish Topic Tuesday
So today I want to talk about book series (or is that serieses or serii?). It really is a staple when it comes to books, I know that’s especially true for me, as I tend to love a good series. It’s just something about the fact that there can be so much detail spread across several books, and numerous story arcs. And there’s always twists and turns and foreshadowing, and character development. It’s all very exciting, and sometimes within the confines of a single 400 page book, you don’t quite get the same ‘stuff’. I got thinking recently after finishing Parasite and The Waking Engine, about what a series really is. Because both of these books really just finished with the storyline unfinished, in the case of the former, it actually had a ‘to be continued’ at the end. So are the individual books in a series even books? Continue reading
I better get on to finishing The Cuckoo’s Calling then….
Exciting news though!
Originally posted on Pottermore News:
The sequel to last year’s acclaimed bestseller The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith, J.K. Rowling’s pseudonym, has been announced.
The Silkworm will be released in hardcover on June 24, 2014 by Little, Brown. The book is 384 pages, making it smaller than The Cuckoo’s Calling which had 464. The publisher currently has the book priced at $28.00.
I just finished reading my first ARC (Advanced Review Copy) via NetGalley, and it was a new experience, since I was reading it as an ebook. The book was, The Waking Engine, which is the debut novel for David Edison. I thought that the book showed great promise, and it is the first in a quartet, so I can’t wait to see where Edison takes it. The idea of the novel is to me, quite new and ‘fresh’, and most certainly exciting: when you die, you move on to another universe and get to live another life. This process continues until you are granted Death. The problem is, Death isn’t happening as often as it should, and this is causing all sorts of problems. Continue reading