Thursday, 27 December 2012

Struck By Lightning - Chris Colfer (2012)

 3 stars

There wasn't really much chance that I wouldn't read this as soon as I bought it, and my awe for Chris Colfer is still very much intact. I am quite excited for this movie to see how they do it, also for Lauren Lopez who has a tiny, but still legitimate, part in it.

I don't know whether he wrote the book first then turned it into a script or whether it was the other way round but either way I think this will work a lot better as a movie. Because the book is narrated in first person from Carson's perspective the book  has a natural stopping point where you can't really find out any more details which I was really curious about, I hope in the movie it's better explored. I think my favourite character was Malerie, but that may have been because I was picturing Rebel Wilson acting as her whenever she did anything and my love for Rebel Wilson may have influenced that decision. If it wasn't Malerie, my favourite character was probably Carson, maybe because no other likeable characters were explored enough, but I thought his humour made up for his angst and superiority complex. I would recommend this to anyone that wants an easy read, and likes teenage school drama.

Carson's only goal is to get into Northwestern and become an editor and writer, and this book follows his senior year in high school in his hometown of Clover. He will do anything to get into Northwestern which is why when they tell him to make a literary magazine at his school he blackmails his classmates so that he has submissions. He ends up with hilarious gossip on the whole student council and gets many submissions to the magazine however he doesn't get any letters from Northwestern. At the end of the year his Counsellor calls him in to tell him that because he didn't reply to his acceptance letter and his spot has been taken. He learns that his mum threw out his aceptance letter because "it's useless to dream" and on his way home from school the next day he is struck by lightning and killed.

Monday, 24 December 2012

A Storm of Swords - George R.R Martin (2000)

5 stars

This is my favourite book in the series so far. It was very gripping and I finished it in like a week. There are certain events that occur about 200 pages in that nearly made me want to stop reading, but I guess I'm to immersed in the series now to stop. George Martin himself said "The (don't want to spoil it) sequence in the third book... when I reached that chapter, I just couldn't make myself write it. So it was emotionally wrenching for me as a writer just as it is I hope for readers.".  

Daenerys remains my favourite, with Tyrion a close second - and the out-of-nowhere surprise at the end of the book was fantastic. I just like the way George Martin does things. All his twists and cliffhangers seem to come from nowhere, but there was always foreshadowing  and I kick myself a little for not being able to predict or join the dots.

Jaime is a useless member of the Kingsguard without his sword hand. Jon holds the Wall from the wildlings only to be called a turncloak, but ends up being voted Lord Commander. Catelyn is 'killed' at the Red Wedding but turns up alive. Robb is killed for real. Tyrion is blamed for Joffrey's death and is found guilty only to be freed by Jaime. Sansa manages to escape with the promise of home, but Littlefinger whisks her away to the Vale. Arya makes it to the Red Wedding and nearly sees her mother before the Hound stops her, he is then injured badly and Arya leaves him for dead. Bran is helped by the mysterious Coldhands and ventures into the haunted forest with Jojen and Meera. Samwell convinces the Night's watch to have Jon as Lord Commander. Davos convinces Stannis to help the Night's Watch in their war against the wildlings. Daenerys learns Jorah has been informing Varys of her doings and tells him to leave, she also decides to stop raiding and rule Mereen instead. 

Wednesday, 19 December 2012

A Storm of Swords, Part 1: Steel and Snow (2000) - George R.R Martin

4 stars

I love this series. Snapped this book up and part two as soon as I finished A Clash of Kings. There are some really cool editions of the series as well, including some beastly hardback versions with large (well larger) print and full-colour maps. Daenerys is totally my favourite character. She's just awesome and really kick-ass. Her story is separate from all the other characters/stories who are all linked to each other. Sadly, according to my Internet-trawling, her story doesn't link up until A Dance with Dragons, but I really wanna see what she does. I wanted to give this 5 stars, but I've started part 2 and it is so juicy it truly deserved the 5 stars. Stay tuned!

(trying to be brief, because to do it in-depth would be really long)

Jaime is taken to exchange for Sansa and Arya, but instead manages to get his sword hand chopped off (haha poor guy has no other talents). Jon continues to assimilate with the wildlings and breaks his vows with a wildling girl (oooh) but then manages to break free and tries to warn the Night's Watch. Catelyn is kept captive with her dying father. Tyrion and Sansa are forced to marry -  but its yet to be consummated.... Arya is captured by outlaws who want to ransom her. Bran gets weird visions and continues to the Wall with Meera and Jojen. Sam kidnaps one of Craster's pregnant wives and gets her to the Wall only to wake surrounded by wights. Davos is captured and loses his lucky fingerbones - he is also creeped out by Melisandre and tries to advise Stannis. The coolest character ever, Daenerys, buys hundreds of the Unsullied (highly trained eunuch soldiers) and casually frees a couple of slave cities.