Slowly

May. 28th, 2009 01:50 pm
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I'm a slow reader. I know this, and it saddens me a great deal. I'd like to be as fast as I was when I was younger, but it's just not happening.
Of course I'm not helped by not being able to put down really boring books. I don't have the ability any longer to sit and read for hours and hours on end, and if I'm not inclined to pick up the book in question in the first place... Well. I don't get much read these days.

Now, as I mentioned before, I'm rereading The Dresden Files. I'm helped by the fact that I can almost remember what's going to happen, just enough to know it's coming up to an interesting point or a cool scene, and of course the series can by no means be counted as heavy literature. But still, it makes me really, really happy when I realise that I've just plowed through fifty pages in almost no time at all. I've gotten so used to only read a few pages a day, I'm thrilled at the sudden pace.

That said, I'm still going very slowly. The twelve-year-old me would be disgusted by my apparent lack of enthusiasm.

Onwards

May. 19th, 2009 11:33 am
mathilde: (DW_Munchkin)

Yes, I did kind of disappear, didn't I? Guess I'm not used to this whole updating business yet. I just plain forgot, is the simple truth.

Also, I didn't feel like anything happened worth mentioning. Twilight took forever to finish, it became sort of silly towards the end. The last thirty pages, which I normally feel will swoosh by in any book, just didn't want to get read. My sweetie asked why I bothered, surely I must be able to say that I read all of it if I only had thirty pages left? No. No no no. That's not how it works.

But after that pain of a read I felt the need for something... oh, I don't know. Better? :P And so I picked up The Dresden Files by Jim Butcher. It's been a while and I haven't read the last two in the series yet. So I started at the beginning yesterday, with Storm Front. It's familiar and comfortable, and I really enjoy Harry Dresden's... whatever it's called that he has. :D Huge difference. Now I can't wait for time to spend reading.

...unless it's time spent watching TV, possibly. We have gone through almost all of Futurama in the last couple of weeks. I love it! Quirky and fun and with a not so subtle wish to poke fun at themselves and the scifi genre. We finished the last of the TV episodes on Sunday, hopefully we'll get to the movies this weekend. Weekdays are too busy for moviewatching these days.

Twilight

May. 5th, 2009 05:00 pm
mathilde: (Book)

I was looking for something light to read during my lunch hour. I usually seek out a quiet corner to eat, since my co-workers are nice but kinda loud, and I want something to keep me company. I'd noticed the Twilight craze and thought why not. I prefer some sort of fantastic, supernatural, quality to my reading and when I was younger at least I really enjoyed romance novels.

I must have grown out of it.

Really. I don't understand what everybody who loves the Twilight series is on about. It starts out sooo slow, nothing happens for the first hundered pages, then a few better paced scenes. Then it's back to boring. Sometimes I could scream at my inability to give up on books I've started...
Bella moves in with her father in the quiet little town and then she goes to school. Um. Okay. When she falls in love with the vampire and starts to interact with him we learn that he is perfect in every way. Handsome and strong and clever and yawwwn... His only fault is his strong and perfect love for Bella. Perfectly perfect, I can do without it, thank you.
I guess the romance of the story is just wasted on me. I probably would have enjoyed it more if that aspect had not seemed so uninterestingly executed to me. At least a little bit of struggle, not for the two to simply fall in love and that's that. And if only the whole vampire mythology hadn't been so... Dull. So much can be done with these creatures, I'm surprised Stephanie Meyer opts out of all of it. They're perfect, end of story. Bleh.

I have about a hundered pages left, and I will finish it, but after that I won't look twice at a any more Stephanie Meyer novels.

Back to Koontz maybe, I've been meaning to read the Odd books. Or maybe I'll pick up Abercrombie's The Blade Itself. We'll see.

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