Thoughtful Thursday – Character Crushes – June 19, 2014

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June 19: Do you have character crushes? Are there characters that you want to be your BFF?

 

I’ve got a serious hankering to take Luna Lovegood, Mr. Bennet, Vin Venture, and Jesse Aarons, Jr. out for lunch.  I might also want to have drinks with Door (from Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere) and, though she’s not a character so much as a caricature of herself, Anais Nin.

 

 

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Thoughtful Thursday – Book Series – July 12, 2014

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Reading Is Fun Again created Thoughtful Thursday. Each week, she posts a new bookish thought that she discusses.

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June 12: There are lots of different types of series. For example, there are series that are just one long story (e.g., The Lord of the Rings), there are series that follow a character on a set of different adventures (e.g., The Dresden Files and The Sookie Stackhouse novels), and there are series that are a collection of stand alone novels all within the same universe (e.g., Star Wars Universe). What is your favorite type of series?

 

I LOVE series!  I adore finding characters and worlds worth following through multi-book adventures (and believe me it doesn’t happen often enough), and I’m typically not picky about what sort of series it turns out to be.  Or rather, I wasn’t picky until I read the Mistborn series by Brandon Sanderson (you can see a few of my reviews here, here, and here).  Maybe it’s because Sanderson had a really great thing going with the first three books in the series – they’d fall into the “one long story” category – but the fourth shifted focus and suddenly, though Sanderson’s universe remained constant, Book 4 turned out to be a stand-alone novel, which I actively dislike.

I guess ultimately I’m just looking for consistency: if you’ve got a style that’s working for you, stick with it.  I’m a binge-reader (and a binge-Netflixer, too), so if I’m going to form an addiction to a particular series, it’s got to be predictable enough not to annoy me.  I’m a fan of LOTR, The Dresden Files, Sookie, AND Star Wars, so . . . I don’t care what sort of series I’m reading – I’ll find value in whichever venue you choose.  . . . Just as long as you don’t do a 180 on me.  What can I say?  I’m a creature of habit, even when it comes to my entertainment preferences.

 

 

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Thoughtful Thursday – Book Series – April 24, 2014

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Reading Is Fun Again created Thoughtful Thursday. Each week, she posts a new bookish thought that she discusses. Everyone is welcome to join. 

 

April 24: Assuming that you are late to the party with a book series (and the entire series is completed) and you want to read every piece of text within a series’ universe that you can get your hands on, in what order to you read the books, short stories, and novellas within the universe? Do you read the books first and then the short stories and novellas if you want more? Do you read the books, short stories, and novellas in order (either publication or chronological)? Do you read them in some other order?

 

As a book reviewer I’m very rarely late to the party… it’s honestly one of my least favorite bits about my job.  I’m definitely a “wait until the entire series is on Netflix to watch the first episode” sort of gal, so though some people might be excited to get Advanced Reader Copies of yet-to-be-published books, I often wish I could time travel to the release day of the last book in a series and then read them back-to-back all in one go.  Having said that, though, my general rule is to,

“Begin at the beginning…and go on till [I] come to the end: then stop”

 

(Thanks, Mr. Carrol).  I sort of equate short stories and novellas to the B-side tracks of a music album, so unless I’m truly, utterly obsessed with a musician…err… a book series…  I’m likely not going to scour you-tube (um, I mean the bookstore) for the B-sides.

 

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