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Sea Glass

Sea Glass
by Maria V. Snyder

This is how I was going to start this post:

ZOMG! WTH!! THE NEXT BOOK ISN’T COMING OUT UNTIL 2011?!?! ARRGGH!!

That is the reaction I had when I finished reading Sea Glass just after midnight and read that the adventure continued in Fall 2011. I was so sleepy when I finished the book that this shock jolted me awake. The first thing I did when I woke up in the morning was search the net and was happy to find THIS statement on the author’s website:

Don’t freak out at the end of the book. There is a major typo. SPY GLASS is scheduled to come out in 2010 NOT 2011.

Apparently Sea Glass was also published without the acknowledgements (which you can find here) and the maps were not credited (Christopher Phillips). Oopses all around.

Ok, that being said… I started reading Sea Glass and had to stop and think because I had completely forgotten about the whole Ulrick/Develin soul switch thing and I was highly confused at the beginning. But I was also happy that Janco was there because Janco and his buddy Ari are some of my favourite characters from the Study Series.

Poor Opal, I think she spends more time in jail cells than anywhere else and none of it is her fault. No one believes her about the soul switch, saying it’s impossible and that she was tricked and therefore she’s in trouble for trying to fix things. No matter what she says no one thinks she’s telling the truth and even the few who do believe her say it’s best they side with those who don’t and she follows through with her punishments. They are scared of her ability to syphon a magician’s power completely and therefore she’s wrapped in a null shield and has a babysitter guard with her at all times. When she does manage to escape she ends up in someone else’s jail cell or someone attempts to kill her.

All of this is the reason for her attitude change and jaded, bitter sarcasm, but wow. I did NOT like Opal in this story at all. In fact, at one point I thought seriously about walking away from the book and deciding if I wanted to continue reading it. But I ploughed through only because I knew her attitude was a result of what was going on and since Maria V. Snyder is an amazing author I knew she wouldn’t let me down. And I was right. I still don’t think I like Opal very much, she’s no Yelena from the Study series, but you can’t have everything. This story was so full of deceit and trickery that it wasn’t quite enchanting it was more mystery meets frustration because the READER knows that Opal is telling the truth and you want to smack everyone else in the story over the head and say “OH MY GAWD! Can you be so foolish as to fall for this?”

And then of course you get to the end and read that you have to wait TWO YEARS for the next book for proper resolution to things and you want to die and tear out the pages and scream and stomp all over the floor. Or, you know, something akin to that.

*deep breath*

I am so happy that I discovered this author this year. I think she’s probably one of my top finds of 2009. And the whole glass magic thing that this series is written around is fantastically original. I think glass blowing itself is very cool, though I would never try it myself. I don’t do well with heat and things that can burn me. 😉

EDIT: I forgot to mention that whereas I would classify the Study series as Fantasy for adults (though readable for teens) this series strikes me MUCH more as YA fantasy. The books have a stronger YA feel than Snyder’s other series. Therefore I have posted it under both Fantasy and YA, though it’s not officially YA.

The Glass Series

  1. Storm Glass
  2. Sea Glass
  3. Spy Glass


Obernewtyn #6

The Stone Key: The Obernewtyn Chronicles 6
by Isobelle Carmody

I refuse to write this review. If I write this review it will mean I have finished reading all 6 of the available books in the Obernewtyn series and it will be over. OVER! And I just can’t have that. I have been so deeply immersed in the world of Obernewtyn that I don’t want to face the world we live in, or even, in another book.

The good news is that book blogger Rhiannon got to meet the author (along with Justine Larbalestier) at an event in Australia AND Isobelle Carmody said that the 7th book – The Sending – will be out in 2010. I am hoping for the early side of 2010 and that it also comes out in North America at the same time and we won’t have to wait until 2011! (This has happened to me before with Kate Forsyth’s Witches of Eileannan series. I didn’t want to wait TWO years for the final book to come out here so I had a friend pick it up for me in Australia and I paid for shipping. Heh. Keep this in mind, Rhiannon. *innocent look*)

But, back to the review I refuse to write…

[NOTE: So I got that far on Tuesday the 25th and was so exhausted I had to stop and now it’s 5 days later and I’m going to try again.]

Elspeth has made it to the West Coast, the same West Coast that has been blocked off  by the Council and Faction and Herders, etc. The Misfits who had been trapped there are living in the ruins where Dragon was discovered a few years ago. Dragon, who appears to be missing again, I guess because she’s dropped off the grid story-wise. Elspeth makes some stupid decisions once more and ends up on a Herder ship trying to sneak onto Herder Isle and the North land. Again she is alone and rescued at the last second by Misfits who just seem to show up.

Now, don’t get me wrong, I don’t find the stories repetitive or anything, but I am slightly frustrated by Elspeth’s decisions that only SHE could do something and not ask for help. Ok, sure, so the prophecy she’s following dictates that she can’t tell anyone that she is The Seeker and she seems to have people tell her to go off on her own a lot, but I still don’t think she should be deciding that she shouldn’t discuss the options with others. Afterall, others are punished for making their own fool decisions as well. And inevitably she will be captured, possibly tortured and on the verge of death before someone miraculously appears to get her out of trouble. For someone who should be in her early 20s (?) by this point, I think she behaves rather immaturely.

And you know what I keep thinking through all of this? In one book there is a dog named Darga, who was always with Jik and Elspeth thinks the dog was also killed in the firestorms along with Jik, though she is told through dreams that he survived and would be back to aid her in her quest. And yet, I think 3 books have passed and there is still no Darga. And I don’t know WHY I am so keen on having this dog reappear, but I am. It’s one of the niggly parts of the story that has stayed with me.

I’m also looking forward to more Dragon discoveries and you know, possibly having her return to the story. It’s obvious she has a huge role to play for the end of the story.

I’ve got 2 more books to long for now and I hope I remember all that happened in the first 6 by the time they are published. They are heavy reads and I don’t think I would be able to reread them all again before reading the new ones!

The Obernewtyn Chronicles

  1. Obernewtyn
  2. The Farseekers
  3. Ashling
  4. The Keeping Place
  5. Wavesong
  6. The Stone Key
  7. The Sending – early 2010?? I hope!
  8. The Red Queen – NO CLUE!

august: one billionty ; me: 1

For the love of Pete this month has been rough. And expensive. Very, very, VERY, expensive. I honestly thought the only people who ended up poor in August were those who had kids going back to school. Just because we HAVE to pay school taxes should not mean we should also share in the financial burden of back-t0-school shopping. Between the car, dog, wasps, taxes and regular monthly bills we’re tapped. Knock on us and you’ll find we’re hollow.

Sunday and Monday of this past week saw an increase in waspy activity. We had to time our entering and exiting of the house just right and slam the door and run to get away from them. Our little wasp trap was filling up quickly with the spiteful creatures and yet more were zooming around and looking at us menacingly when we would try to use the front door. So we made a decision and on Monday I phoned the exterminator number that had come in the circulars just that Friday. They told me they would come the next day at 9AM.

And so, after a week of vacation, which followed the week where I wasn’t at work all that much do to August kicking me in the head, I was late for work once more as I waited for the exterminator guy to show up. We had a choice – $75 for him to spray some stuff in the teeny hole and hope it did something – OR – $175 for fumigation which would travel through the wall and have a better chance of killing the queen. Because at this time of year we could have close to 1000 (!!!) wasps in our wall and by the end of September close to 2500. And then they would start eating the walls and would end up IN the house. Also, fumigation was guaranteed so that if we saw more in a couple of weeks they’d come back, do it again and it would be free.

FUMIGATION! we cried.

Close to $200 later (taxes, ugh!) we had a fumigated wasp nest. I of course took photos – all stealthily like through the window so he didn’t see me. heh.

And I freely admit that I was crushing on the exterminator guy. I was too chicken to try and snap a photo without the hat on though. More of a chance he would have noticed. That spray thingme in the second photo shot liquid stuff at the wasp hole for over 5 minutes. It was interesting to watch.

And so the week went on. It was my first week back to 5 days of work, sadly our Summer Fridays are done until next year. I like the 4-day work week, it’s nice to have 3 days to relax before having to get all stressed out again. It was a long week and it didn’t help that my hips and knees seem to have had a flare up and Wednesday was so painful that I couldn’t even speak, it was like all my energy was devoted to just trying to stand upright and walk around. I’ll be happy if this is diagnosed on the 18th of September and they can do something about it. Please let me have a diagnosis that is treatable!!

On Thursday my boss and I went to lunch with a grad student who is leaving us to go teach at the University of Ottawa. Our Big Boss has been her adviser throughout her Masters and now her PhD degrees. She’s a fantastic woman whom I will miss terribly now that she’s finished and starting her teaching career. She’s been such a bright spot in this job. This week she submitted her 7 copies of her thesis and will be back in the Fall for the defence. She gave my boss and I each a token of her appreciation and I swear I nearly burst into tears at the deli when I opened mine.

The sentiment is real. The mug itself is because of a joke we have going about the time she stole my own mug after I had gotten her coffee one day while waiting for Big Boss to return from a lunch meeting. A week later when I had to schedule her another time to meet with him I wrote “Where the heck is my mug, woman!!” to her as it had occurred to me I didn’t have it back on my desk. Now I am used to my Big Boss being negligent about returning mugs, but it is not something he should be teaching his Grad students no matter how much he advises them. Heh. (It was just washed and put on the shelf with his mugs. They are all the same, we got mugs made at work to give out to staff as appreciation gifts and to donors etc for Development gifts. They are nice, but too tiny for my liking and so I just use them for meeting guests.) Anyhow, this really meant a lot to me and makes me miss her even more (who’s going to bribe me with After Eight’s now?).

Also, while I was off last week I redid my hair. The fuchsia is back! It was also all over my bathroom, body and shower downstairs. *ahem* But it stayed in my hair this time! Woohoo! I learned that the success of hair dye is all in how much of everything else in the house gets covered in it.

I need to do something else with my hair though. I don’t know what. Since this photo was taken I have hacked at my bangs, but I’m itching for a bigger change. Oh, hair, why can’t I just have the power to think your changes into being? That would be an awesome superpower!

Out of My Pocket #16 – I am an embarrassment to all booksellers

Due to my book buying addiction I started this  feature on my blog where I post about the book(s) I bought that week. Not something I plan on having every week – though it seems to be turning out that way.  So here’s what I bought this week!

Previous OoMP posts can be found here!

I really suck at not buying books. It’s not even funny.

Dark Visions: The Strange Power; The Possessed; The Passion
by L.J. Smith

Kaitlyn Fairchild has always felt like an outsider in her small hometown. Her haunting eyes and prophetic drawings have earned her a reputation as a witch. But Kait’s not a witch: She’s a psychic. Tired of being shunned, Kait accepts an invitation to attend the Zetes Institute, where she can have a fresh start and study with other psychic teens.

Learning to hone her abilities with four other gifted students, Kait discovers the intensity of her power — and the joy of having true friends. But those friendships quickly become complicated when Kait finds herself torn between two irresistible guys. Rob is kind and athletic, and heals people with his good energy. Gabriel is aggressive and mysterious, a telepath concealing his true nature as a psychic vampire, feeding off of others’ life energy. Together, Rob and Gabriel’s opposing forces threaten the group’s stability.

Then one of the experiments traps the five teens in a psychic link. A link that threatens their sanity and their lives. And Kaitlyn must decide whom to trust…and whom to love.

I didn’t even know this series existed! Once I saw it was coming out I had to get it. I am really hoping that it is better than Night World, which I didn’t like, and more like the Secret Circle trilogy which I worship.

Prophecy of the Sisters
by Michelle Zink

An ancient prophecy divides two sisters-

One good…

One evil…

Who will prevail?

Twin sisters Lia and Alice Milthorpe have just become orphans. They have also become enemies. As they discover their roles in a prophecy that has turned generations of sisters against each other, the girls find themselves entangled in a mystery that involves a tattoo-like mark, their parents’ deaths, a boy, a book, and a lifetime of secrets.

Lia and Alice don’t know whom they can trust.

They just know they can’t trust each other.

I broke my Just say NO! To Hard Covers rule for this one since it was only a dollar more than the trade pb I bought last week by C.E. Murphy. I mean, really, what was the big difference?

Unbound
by Kim Harrison (*swoon*), Vicki Pettersson, Melissa Marr, Jeaniene Frost, Jocelyn Drake

Not all hunters are bound by human laws . . .

Revisiting the paranormal realms they’ve made famous in their wildly popular fiction, New York Times bestselling authors Kim Harrison, Jeaniene Frost, Vicki Pettersson, and Jocelynn Drake—plus New York Times bestselling YA author Melissa Marr with her first adult supernatural thriller—unleash their full arsenal of dark talents, plunging us into the shadows where the supernatural stalk the unsuspecting . . . and every soul is a target.

Get ready for the ride of your life—because the wildest magic has just been unleashed . . . and evil is about to have its day.

Not only does this have a ?Kim Harrison? story in it – these are all authors that are coveted for my bookshelves! I collect each of their books like I need them to breathe. How could I NOT get this the second my store got it in stock?

And finally, I have a confession to make. One that shames me to no end and it’s the first time this has ever happened to me. I can hardly bring myself to admit it outloud, but it’s such an epic fail on my part and makes me a disgrace to all former booksellers out there that I have to.

When I finished Karen Marie Moning’s Faefever I was desperate for the next book because of the extreme cliff-hangery way it ended. Trouble was, Dreamfever was coming out in hard cover. I don’t BUY $36 hard covers (unless they happen to be written by ?Kim Harrison?) and because it wouldn’t match my 3 mass market books already on my shelf. But I NEEDED to know what happens. And then Kristi (The Story Siren) was posting her reactions on Twitter as she read it and my suspense just doubled. So when I was in the store on Monday picking up my L.J. Smith book I saw that there was ONE hard cover on the shelf next to the rest of the Fever series. I picked it up, looked at the cover flap and was happy to note that it was *only* $28. So I skipped to the cash (yes, I actually did that) and bought it with my other finds.

I bought the WRONG book!

What I actually purchased was the second book in the series, Bloodfever, which has been in paperback for almost 2 years (I think). And when did I notice this? When I was sitting down to enter my books into LibraryThing and it said “Duplicate ISBN in inventory”. I didn’t see how that would be possible and that’s when I looked at the cover of the book and noticed… oh, crap!

I was so mad at myself! I have never returned a book that *I* have bought in my life. And after 10 years of bookstore experience, I am pretty darn good at books. OH MY GOD! I had to walk back into that store the next day and sheepishly return it. Sadly, they did not yet receive their order of Dreamfever, and sadly it’s $32 but now I have to buy it just to save face. I let my bookstore friends laugh at me and make fun of me as I hid my head in shame while being refunded.

I can’t believe I did that.

True story.

Obernewtyn #5

Wavesong: The Obernewtyn Chronicles 5
by Isobelle Carmody

You know, one of the fun things for me to do while reading this series is try and figure out when, exactly, the cover art will fall within the story. The titles and “animals” on the cover are mentioned briefly many, many pages into each story. In this case, I knew the ship fish (dolphins to us) would appear at some point but when? That was the question. For instance, Ashling (book 3) was mentioned far beyond the middle of the story when it was explained to Elspeth. The entire time I was reading up to that point I had no idea why the book was named as such.

A constant in my mind as I read each of these books is how intricate they all are. Strategic, political, descriptive. My mind boggles as I read the stories and wonder how one person could have all of this in their head and have it so clear on the page. It’s not like these are little books either! 500 pages is a good run!

In Wavesong, Elspeth is captured at one point by the um, extra-rebellious rebel Malik. Malik is one baaaad dude. In fact my hatred for him is so strong that I had this knot in my stomach while reading the part about Elspeth’s capture. I almost had to put the book DOWN as I was starting to feel sick from the hate and anger that he was inspiring inside me. How much do I hate this man? How awesome is it that the author is able to write a character so full of hate and malice (ha! Malik? Malice! I’ll bet that’s not a coincidence!) that I react so violently to him? He’s one of those mega bad dudes who always seems to get away with things, too. Boy does that get my goat! (Bahhh!)

Another thing that I enjoy about the series is the references to the past, our future and how what would be new to us (better computers, worse weapons – stuff that we’re only just creating NOW) is past to them. I have no idea what year this series is to take place, but it is obvious that it is after what we think our future will be. And yet, it’s the computers that were our downfall and life in the Land now is simple like our past was. Confusing? Sort of, but only because I suck at trying to explain it. There are words from our current language that they discover, but are written oddly, as they write it as they hear it. Government, for example, is spelled govamen. It’s interesting the way Carmody breaks down the language and races and world as we know it for those in the far, far future to discover.

I honestly feel I should be discussing and analyzing themes and ideas from these books. I think this would be a cool series to study in school. The entire series in one semester. Of course, perhaps then I would not like them as much as I tended to dislike anything I had to pick apart and analyze in literature.

As I write this post, I have a little less than 150 pages to go in the final book. I am eating it up, but at the same time, procrastinating from reading it so as to not finish it as fast. After all, there is no news of when the next book will be released. Although in this one there are TWO more titles listed at the front of the book – The Sending and The Red Queen. I shall keep my eyes and ears peeled for news of those!

The Obernewtyn Chronicles

  1. Obernewtyn
  2. The Farseekers
  3. Ashling
  4. The Keeping Place
  5. Wavesong
  6. The Stone Key
  7. The Sending – early 2010?? I hope!
  8. The Red Queen – NO CLUE!