The Spiral Dance: A Rebirth of the Ancient Religions of the Great Goddess
The Spiral Dance: A Rebirth of the Ancient Religions of the Great Goddess by Starhawk
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Usually when I read the Kindle edition of a book, I’m pretty much sorted. I’ve read the thing, I’m good to go. Not this time. Starhawk made me want to reread, refer to the backmatter, and even make notes – none of which are as convenient on Kindle.

Long story short, I bought this book twice…

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Review: Into the Forest

Posted: October 12, 2016 in Random Thoughts

Into the Forest
Into the Forest by Jean Hegland
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I think probably my favourite part of this book is its atmosphere. For me, some books have a sort of mental smell, which I associate with the book in my mind. Heinlein’s books often smell like my father’s garage, all metal and grease. The atmosphere in Into the Forest is so alive it’s breathtaking. You can smell the forest in the pages, the rich loam, the living smells of life and decay. It’s sharply real, while still maintaining a sort of dreamy quality.

I liked Nell as a character. She’s young and kind of silly, but she gets her shit together fairly quickly, which is nice. Her sister is a bit of a tit, though.

All in all a magnificent read, and has only two flaws: it’s too short, and it doesn’t have a sequel.

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Tell the Wind and Fire
Tell the Wind and Fire by Sarah Rees Brennan
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Well, I knew coming in that SRB was going to break my heart, and she didn’t disappoint.

I really enjoyed this book though. I was a little worried about the lack of sass in this story, but felt better as soon as Carwyn arrived. Carwyn is 99% sass, and I felt as though I liked Lucie more when she was with him.

Never really got a feel for Lucie, which disappointed me. She’s a nice enough character and everything, but she didn’t really grab my heartstrings the way Mae or Sin in TDL did, for which I can’t blame her. She’s a much more complicated character than either of them, and while she didn’t immediately appeal, I think with a couple of months to grow on me and another reread or two, I could really come to love her.

I feel as though the book could have been longer, or maybe I’m just reading too fast again, because the story felt complete to me, and I can’t imagine where else it could have ended. Or, for that matter, another way it could have ended (although I hate the ending with the fiery passion of a thousand suns and will never forgive Sarah for breaking my heart like this.)

Bring tissues.

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His Serene Majesty, King Julius Malema

 

Julius Malema, formerly known as the head of the EFF political party, has declared himself King of South Africa.

His Serene Majesty Julius I said in a statement that plans for his coronation on 29 February 2017 are proceeding well.

“Of course it will be a very big affair,” King Julius said. “I plan to ride down Church Street on an elephant. There will be a parade and a spectacle so that all my subjects may admire me.” King Julius also plans to distribute free R100 coins stamped with his likeness during the event.

He expressed his hope that South Africans across the country will embrace the new monarchy and help him in his effort to throw off the shackles of democracy.

“I believe that this is the best possible move for the country as a whole. We need a united, strong leadership which is not chained to political agendas and can move strongly to take South Africa into a shining new future!”

In the same statement, he announced his intention to appoint incumbent president Jacob Zuma as his Minister of Treasury.

“Jacob and I discussed the matter,” King Julius said. “We both believe that it is time for him to step away from the pressures of the presidency and into a more relaxing job. Since the country has no money, no position could possibly be more relaxing than Treasury!”

Political commentators were divided in their opinions on the coming regime change. Those in favour pointed out that monarchy has always been quite a stable form of government, while others pointed out that monarchs themselves have never been known for their stability.

“Haven’t you people read your Shakespeare?” one well-known personality demanded during a brief interview as he was waiting for his flight to board. “Stick a crown on a man and he goes cuckoo-bananapants in a week and then it’s all over bar the shouting and the murder.”

In a later statement, King Julius also announced his intention to free South Africa’s neighbor countries and nations across the world from “the paralyzing shackles and false promises of so-called ‘democracy’” and bring them to a healthier mode of government.

He said that he fully expects to have South African boots on the ground in the United States before the end of 2017, and to have the region pacified by 2018 at the latest.

“Having come to realise that royalty is my destiny, it is my right, no, my duty, to bring the world together under a stable government for the betterment of all,” he said.

We eagerly await further developments.

Review: Strands of Sorrow

Posted: December 17, 2015 in Random Thoughts

Strands of Sorrow
Strands of Sorrow by John Ringo
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A much better finale to the series than the previous book would have been. Brilliant fun to read, especially the last part.

Can’t really say much without spoiling it, but they find some people in D.C who aren’t…let’s say they’re not entirely up to date with the status quo with regard to the shambling undead (who are neither shambling nor undead according to the canon, but fuck it, who cares anyway?)

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Review: Islands of Rage & Hope

Posted: December 17, 2015 in Random Thoughts

Islands of Rage & Hope
Islands of Rage & Hope by John Ringo
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

They save Prince Harry from certain death in the Tower of London. I don’t think I need to say any more, right? I mean, we all get it.

Also I’m pretty sure that one of the guys rescued from St. Barts is supposed to be Harrison Ford, but I could be wrong.

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Review: To Sail a Darkling Sea

Posted: December 17, 2015 in Random Thoughts

To Sail a Darkling Sea
To Sail a Darkling Sea by John Ringo
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

So the start of this book was a bit problematic, what with the ‘split’ officer being forced to give it up to her compartment mates. I must be naïve, it took me quite a while to figure out what the hell a ‘split’ even is. So points for educating me, I guess?

Anyway the rest is pretty cool – blah blah fight zombies epic battles blah. Excellent fun. Really enjoyed it!

Still with the pop culture references, which make my day every time.

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