Tell Me by Shel Silverstein
Tell me I'm clever,
Tell me I'm kind,
Tell me I'm talented,
Tell me I'm cute,
Tell me I'm sensitive,
Graceful and wise,
Tell me I'm perfect--
But tell me the truth.
- Current Music:Car Radio by twenty one pilots
Okay so this is my third book this year, and it's a children's poetry book at that. However, I used to love Shel Silverstein as a child, much like I enjoyed Dr. Seuss, and it's just interesting to read over the poems now that I'm an adult and have a way different perspective. Or rather, developed one.
So it was rather enjoyable, a bit nostalgic and even somewhat sad.
Anywho, here is a list of books I plan to read in the next several weeks, some of which I started on (The vampire one, because it's an encyclopedia of short stories or poems that are vampire-ish related). Not in any particular order.
- Every Thing On It by Shel Silverstein
- A Light in the Attic by Shel Silverstein
- The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith (BKA as J. K. Rowling)
- The Vampire Archives editd by Otto Penzler
- Current Mood: tired
- Current Music:Basic Instinct by The Acid
First, it's the writing. The whole thing was kind of confusing and read like a descent into madness (which maybe was the point, but if so, I've seen it done better). But apart from that, the conversations didn't read too... realistic. They, at least for the first half, read like something that Dr. Seuss may have written in one of his stories (not to knock Dr. Seuss as I was very much a fan as a child).
Secondly, nothing really seemed to happen. People spend a week in this haunted house, and all that happens is that doors get banged on and rattled. And the House just gives this feeling of creepiness. And then there is the writing on the wall, and the supposed blood spattered in one of the rooms, but overall, pretty uneventful. But maybe I'm just being harsh about my expectations for the horror/suspense genre.
Thirdly, the backstory for the house, was not remotely interesting or even creepy.
Lastly, the ending was totally weak. It ... frankly, sucked.
I just hope that this isn't what all of Shirley Jackson's writing is like, cause I wanted to read her book 'We Have Always Lived in the Castle'.
Honestly I wanted to put the book down and stop reading before I was even half way though, but I kept hoping it would get better. And I was curious to see how the book would differ from the film, and what the deal was with the house. But you get no answers, whatsover about what was the cause for the haunting, or what was even haunting the House. And apart from Hugh Crane leaving this creepy book for his daughter to learn from, you didn't really get the sense that he was an evil bastard that was the reason for the house being haunted.
- Current Mood: annoyed
So first book of the years, What's a Witch to Do by Jennifer Harlow.
So what can I say about this book. It was... entertaining enough. Perhaps bit too... woman in her late thirties fantasy, what with there being an attractive doctor and "hot" werewolf going for the protagonist who is described as an overweight witch. But... I guess it was humorous and at least the protagonist was a stick-figure teenager with no personality.
I had half a mind to stop reading when she called Harry Potter fans hipsters. I was like really? How are Harry Potter fans hipsters?
I'm gonna go ahead and say that this book must've been influenced by Carmilla. It has that lesbianish vibe, though that may simply be because it takes place in an all girl's boarding school. Although, you don't know for sure if the girl was really a vampire, or it was just a delusion by a girl experiencing a psychotic break.
Either way, interesting book. Fast read. Slightly depressing, but not in a way that was overly angsty,
- Current Mood: tired
I need to stop reading so much fanfiction and just get back to books.
Okay, so I've just reading The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky. I've had this book for like over a month and in reality I've probably read it a grand total of three days. But considering how thin it is, and the fact it is written in letters, its pretty sad it's taken me this long.
Anyway, the book itself was good. I mean the writing is a bit... everywhere and very simple. It does have it's poignant lines/moments. I didn't really expect the big reveal at the end, even though it was clear that the character was unstable and there had to be a reason for it. However, it's always awful to read such things, even if they are fictional.
I guess the book ends on an uplifting note, but I don't think it's quite so well achieved. The Lovely Bones was better in that aspect.
Not to knock the book. The book was great.
- Current Mood: morose
Anyway, I've read another book. The Cuckoo's Calling is a mystery novel, written by one Robert Galbraith (better known as J. K. Rowling).
Of course the book was extremely entertaining and good. J. K. Rowling simply has a way of writing that is so engaging. She's descriptive without being boring, and though the humor might be dark and morbid at times, the book managed to be quite amusing despite the subject matter.
It's simply, a book worth reading.
Apart from that... my life has been... interesting lately. I spent about two weeks in and out of the Hospital. I was admitted for like a week after I had surgery. It hasn't been much fun, but I'm feeling better these days, even though I still have a gaping wound in my lower back for which nurses visit every four days or so to change the "dressing". But I'm at least happy that the wound is healing well, and I hope it continues to do so because I'm not sure how mush more my sanity can take.
- Current Mood: tired
- Current Music:The Resistance- Muse
So I've read my second book: The Vampyre, A Tale by John William Polidori. It's your typical gothic vampire classic. It was a quick read. Not a bad book, but then I might be biased because I like Vampires (the good old ones, not the crappy Twilight version ones).
This book is available on Google Books for free. Which is how I read it.
Apart from that, I don't think I have anything else to add. So toodles!
I started a new Fanfiction account, as I signed up for a really long challenge on the HPFC Challenge forum. The Pen name is: Pen Name FTW. I have posted about five stories on that account. Thus far the only one I've finished is a Bill/Luna drabble fic. The four others vary somewhat in genre and characters, but are all works in progress.
As for my Hades'Queen account, so far the only thing I've really been working on for it lately has been my Once Upon a Time Fic, With Eyes Wide Open and a newly posted fic, The Wallflowers. However, The Wallflowers isn't actually something I'm presently working on or particularly new. It's something I was working on for quite sometime and have only recently started posting, in the hopes that feedback would inspire me to continue to write it. Thus far, I'm still blocked for it.
Apart from that, I don't think I have much else to add.
- Current Mood: uncomfortable
- Current Music:Move Along by The All-American Rejects
So I've read the first book, Appointment with Death, which means I have only about 18 more books to go on my Agatha Christie list. Although, I'm quiet certain I read the Clocks and forgot to mark it. Or perhaps I only read about half of it. Shrug.
Anyway, the book was good. I think I especially liked this one because there was a psychologist or psychiatrist in it and gave it a bit more of a psychological aspect to it. Although, there is some psychology to most of Hercule Poirot's cases, this one seemed to almost center around it as in the first half it is a mostly about Miss King and Dr. Gerard's observation of the family in question.
The ending was... unexpected. Honestly I thought it was going to be someone inside the family, which had been observed through most of the book, who had committed the murder. The culprit was someone who you hardly gave much thought to and didn't suspect at all. But it was for the best as I really didn't want it to be someone of the family. I was fond of them.
Although, if it had been Ginevra I wouldn't have really minded. However, it wouldn't have fit. Because if I pictured her committing a murder, it wouldn't have been premeditated and I picture something a bit more violent. Like a stabbing. She just didn't have the presence of mind to commit a murder that might go undetected.
Well for now, that is all. I have laundry to get back to.