*No fireworks of any kind are involved in this blog post.
**Notices are. Yeah, sorry.
Through complications that have arisen Samantha will be rendered unable to blog for the next two weeks... however, we are experimenting with some other blogging ideas that might work, such as a couple little 'About us', Q&A type of posts.
But if you actually read this blog do not be deterred! We'll have lots of fun things this month! Besides the Q&A's which I promis if we actually post them will be amazing. We're doing a swap! I feel awful for posting two boring and yet verbose paragraphs explaining basically we aren't doing anything for a couple weeks, so I'll post the titles and brief pitches of some of the books I'm contemplating swapping.
Feed M. T. Anderson:
Samantha loves dystopian novels, and personally, this is my favorite in the genre or at least on par with the Hunger Games, while it lacks action it's more of the classic oblivious citizens, domineering government scenerio. It follows the story of a wealthy teenage boy named Titus and Violet, who has a dysfunctional feed but is very conscious of politics and aware of the looming war and rapidly deteriorating environment. It's so eye opening and entertaining. I bawled, but that might just be me.
Wuthering Heights Emile Bronte:
Wuthering Heights stands strong ont the edge of the English moors, the moors are without common law, a wild and feral place where a misanthropic boarder of Thrushcross Grange finds himself. Thrushcross Grange is under the control of the mysterious wealthy Gypsy who also reins control over the imposing fortress Wuthering Heights. Upon visiting the Heights he finds the sparse inhabitants harbor hatred and paranoia for their master, Heathcliff. Upon spending the night in the room of the late Catherine Earnshaw, that the Heights, specifically Heathcliff are haunted. The story is told through an elderly maid who grew up with Catherine Earnshaw, her brother, and Heathcliff. It's dark and gothic but really fantastic.
As You Wish Jackson Pearce:
I talked about Jackson Pearce in my fairy tale post, but here it goes again. Viola has had relationship problems, and by that I mean her last boyfriend turned out to be homosexual, and although he's still her best friend she feels that her peers think she's invisible, and as an aspiring artist she paints this invisibility, all the while wishing she were whole or visible again. Jinn a genie or djinn who is supposed to keep an impersonable and respectfull relationship with Viola then falls into her life, but after three wishes are up she will forget she ever met him.
Gone with the Wind Margaret Mitchell:
I talked about Gone with the Wind in another post as well... but a little shorter and more about plot. Scarlett O'Hara is the belle of the county, with the smallest waist and the most beaux she is despised by all of her fellow women, including her sisters. She strings men along, stealing them from dowdy relationships purely for fun but really has eyes only for Ashley Wilkes, who's dreamy looks and artistic mind are unatainable. Then the war starts. It's a story laden with good looking men, beautiful clothes, of poverty and wealth, of the Confederates on their rise and collapse, of reconstruction and marriage, of children and slaves. It's just everything old and a little frayed around the edges, with patches of darkness and sprinkles of light.
The Once and Future King T. H. White:
King Arthur. Merlin. Guinevere. Lancelot. Gawaine. It's all just very old and mythical, and nerdy. A lot nerdy. Arthurian Legend is in my opinion degraded. But how can an old story that has stayed strong through centuries, of faries and wizards, of unicorns and knights... of swords in stones... be degraded? Arthur was hidden as a child, given to a noble family and raised as a second son affectionatly called Art, but destined for virtually nothing great. He dreams of becoming The Black Knight and standing up for chivalry, and he tells this to a man he comes across in a forest, a man who supposedly ages backwards from the end of time to the beginning, named Merlin. From turning into fish to pulling the sword from the stone to the love triangle between his fair wife Guinevere and his most skillfull knight, Lancelot, this book is worth reading.