Wednesday, July 6, 2011

#18 The Broken Kingdoms

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The Broken Kingdoms, N.K. Jemisin

Not too sure why people says this book sucks. I find it pretty okay.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

#17 Batman: year One

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Batman: Year One, Frank Miller and David Mazzucchelli

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Can't say I liked this much. It definitely loses out to The Killing Joke.

Monday, July 4, 2011

#16 Batman: Under the Hood

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Batman: Under the Hood, Judd Winick and Doug Mahnke

Somehow different from the animated movie of the same name. There are parts where I definitely like more from the movie and parts that are excellent from the comic.

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Yeah. No Oliver Queen in the movie.

Sunday, July 3, 2011

June

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Once again, nothing to do with the books. Whatever, it tasted good.

16. Batman: Under the Red Hood, Judd Winick (Author) and Doug Mahnke (Illustrator)
17. Batman: Year One, Frank Miller(Author) and David Mazucchelli (Illustrator)
18. The Broken Kingdoms, N.K. Jemisin
19. A Storm of Swords Book One, George R. R. Martin
20. A Storm of swords Book Two, George R. R. Martin
21. The Killing Joke, Alan Moore (author) and Brian Bolland (Illustrator)
22.Teen Titans: Year One, Amy Wolfram (author) and Karl Kerschl (Illustrator)
23. White Cat, Holly Black
24. Behemoth, Scott Westerfeld
25. The Demon's Surrender, Sarah Rees Brennan

Friday, July 1, 2011

#14 Batgirl: Year One

Batgirl: Year One, Scott Beatty, Chuck Dixon, Marcos Martin (Illustrator), Alvaro Lopez (Illustrator)

This is the comic that made me fell in love with DC's Batman universe.

It's definitely not perfect but it's flaws can be overlooked with how kickass Barbara is and the great characterization. One of the better retcons. Although... Dick! Stop flirting with Barbs! >:(

February to May

14. Batgirl: Year One, Scott Beatty and Chuck Dixon
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My pathetic readlist from February to May are both comics.

Thursday, June 30, 2011

#13 The Last Days

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13. The Last Days, Scott Westerfeld

Another series done! Scott Westerfeld writes some rather innovative novels.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

#12 Leviathan

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Leviathan, Scott Westerfeld

Hmm. Nice book. It's.... nice. Guess steampunk isn't quite my thing.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

#10 WE

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WE, John Dickinson

Interesting concept of the future. It's quite possible that our future will end with such technology of networks over networks.

Monday, June 27, 2011

#9 The Game

The Game

The Game, Diana Wynne Jones

Pretty meh to me.

Sunday, June 26, 2011

#8 Charmed Life

Chapter 4

Charmed Life, Diana Wynne Jones

Yes, it's a children book. Yes, it's fantbloodyastic.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Meanwhile, Game of Thrones

I'm really gonna update! Reading Storm of Swords first. If you are a fan of A song of Ice and Fire, you must watch Game of Thrones on HBO demand. It's a good adaption of the first book.

This is HBO. Expect no censorship.

DO NOT CLICK TO GO YOUTUBE UNLESS YOU WISH TO BE SPOILED FOR THE WHOLE SHOW AND THE BOOKS.



LOOK AT THIS BAMF INTRO. DON'T YOU JUST WANT TO WATCH IT AGAIN AND AGAIN?

Friday, June 10, 2011

Yes, I'm back. gonna restart updatesoon. maybe after I take a shower or after I sleep. note to self: bad idea to drink and go for run

Monday, February 14, 2011

January

1. Catching Fire, Susanne Collins (reread)
2. Dealing with Dragons, Patricia C. Wrede
3. Searching for Dragons, Patricia C. Wrede
4. Mairelon the Magician, Patricia C. Wrede
5. Magician's Ward, Patricia C. Wrede
6. The Seventh Tower, Patricia C. Wrede
7. Uglies, Scott Westerfeld
8. Charmed life, Diana Wynne Jones
9. The Game, Diana Wynne Jones
10. WE, John Dickinson
11. Shadow of the Wind, Carlos Ruiz Zafón
12. Leviathan, Scott Westerfeld, Keith Thompson (Illustrator)
13. The Last Days, Scott Westerfeld

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My wonderfully messy table that has nothing to do with the content of this post at all.

Oh look it's valentine day! I'm been so busy with my school work (final semester and thesis oh grief) that no books have been read in February. This will be the case till June but we shall see about that. After all, my new shiny iphone can load ebooks on it. Hmmm.

Monday, January 31, 2011

#11 Shadow of the Wind

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Shadow of the Wind, Carlos Ruiz Zafón

This is the first (out of five attempts) I have completed the book. You can see "What a country of pigs we live in" in the the above photo, which struck me as appropriate back in 2009. The book isn't limited to this of course, there are many much more beautiful sentences and I want to reread the book again.

Plotwise, the book is good. Although the revealing of the truth at the end is not done well at all.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

#7 Uglies

Uglies, Scott Westerfeld

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Alright. I guess.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

#6 The Seventh Tower

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The Seventh Tower, Patricia C. Wrede
Pretty well developed. The characters, in particular, the villain is not 2d. Enjoyed this far more than Mairelon the Magician. Although the ending fails to impress me.

Monday, January 17, 2011

#5. Magician's Ward

Magician's Ward, Patricia C. Wrede

Second book of the duology. Definitely enjoyed this more than the first book. The book flows better to e here although I am not exactly pleased at the direction the book ended up taking. I wasn't quite expecting that.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

#4 Mairelon the Magician

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Mairelon the Magician, Patricia C. Wrede

Book one of a duology. The book was... alright. Confused at times over certain parts. Author employed use of showing and then telling at the end of the book. Can't say I like it.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

#3 Searching for Dragons


Searching for Dragons, Patricia C. Wrede

Second book of the Enchanted Forest series, it is as good. The King of the Enchanted Forest is is exhausted from ruling his lands and decides to give himself a day off when he discovers a strip of burned land and dragon scales. Characters from the previous book makes an appearance, including the dragon, the witch - who as per the series theme refuses to be categorized into a stereotype - and of course, Princess Cimorene. Can't wait to read the third book!

Sunday, January 9, 2011

#2 Dealing with Dragons

Dealing with Dragons, Patricia C. Wrede

This is another recommendation from someone; I can't remember who. It' perhaps written for people below 12 and not twenties something running into the children's section of the library to forage for books while ignoring the contemptuous glares of Mothers and Fathers.

Back on topic, the plot is simple and clear cut. But what's most interesting is Wrede's worldbuilding in the series. Fairy godmothers(and fathers) and fairytales are part and parcels of life. There's princes who have to embark on quests and princesses who always marries princes. Excellent setting for an excellent heroine. Cimorene is a princess who refuses to be oppressed into the princess stereotypes of fairy tales. She demands to be looked upon as herself and not a princess and so she becomes a Dragon's Princess to escape her fate. Why have I not read any books from this author as a child?!

Saturday, January 8, 2011

#1 Catching Fire

Catching Fire (The Hunger Games #2) by Suzanne Collins

First book of the year! Mark Reads Catching Fire so I thought I might try to read it a chapter a day. As you can see, it was a dismal and failed attempt. Catching Fire still remains to be my favourite book of the series for the characters Collins introduced and built.

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This post is a few days late but better late than never right? Don't answer.

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Random ramen photo

It's been two years since this blog has started and it is time for a some good shakeup if I am to be reading 100 books. After taking into consideration the mess on this blog, I have decided to make a post asap for the books I have read and create a list of books read every month. This should hopefully motivate my lazy arse whenever I am slacking.

Having said that, it is unlikely that I'll be reading anything for pleasure from March to June. I will be having my finals and well, I want to graduate from university. Well, I'll try to make it up from June onwards!

For 2011 I wish to read:

10 non-english books
10 non-fiction books
10 graphic novels
70 fiction books

I also wish to read less Young Adults and fantasy novels, not that it's going to happen but whatever.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

End of 2010


45 / 85 fiction books. 53% done!


5 / 10 non-fiction books. 50% done!


7 / 5 non-english books. 140% done!

My report for 2010 is a measly 57 books. I realized that I tend to read more books during the November to February period. Read more Chinese books (7!!!) although sadly no japanese, (neglected my japanese so much I'm afraid I need to do much revision before I can touch any books).

There are two books, both ghost(?) story, that I did not managed to complete: The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters and 上课不要看小说 by 九把刀. The Little Stranger is so tedious that I just could not read on. Apparently I stopped at the more crucial part of the novel and I should have most certainly tried to read to the end for the shocking last line. Too bad.

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上课不要看小说 is the complete opposite of The Little Stranger. It is too exciting and horrifying that I lost my appetite and could not recover from the graphic description of the extremely unfortunate events that occurred in the 3rd chapter. Ew.

Favorite author award goes to Megan Whalen Turner for the Queen's thief series. The romance is subtle and enhanced the book rather than overwhelming it.

Well that's about the end of 2010.

Monday, January 3, 2011

and the rest

19 The Demon's Covenant, Sarah Rees Brennan
Second book of the the Demon Trilogy. Not quite to my liking. I need to know what happen to the poor characters in the last book.

20. Shades's Children, Garth Nix
Average. Nice to read when you have nothing to do.

21 Graveyard Book, Neil Gaiman
Average. See above.

22 伴君 (internet novel)
LGBT fiction? I liked reading this historical although the last few chapters are terrible. The author even admits that she tried to end the story before it gets even longer.

23 大哥大, 九把刀

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Two urban horror tales. I really enjoyed reading the first story, Shadows, in which an overly puritan catholic is obsessed about removing his shadow and (kind of) meets God. The right mixture of horror and black humor is present in Shadows. The second story was meh to me. My encounter with 九把刀 and certainly not the last.

24 Monsters of men, Patrick Ness
Final book in the trilogy. I supposes it ends well. But wow, so meh to me. i can't even remember what it's about now.

25 巨星,算什么?! (internet novel)
BL. Nice to read when you have plenty of time to spend. A romance story with not much substance.

26 Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Stieg Larsson
This book rotted on my bookshelves for a long time until my friends convinced me to read it with her, 3 chapters a day. It's a great thriller. The plot is predictable though >.>

27 猫尾面包店, 小芸兒
Relaxing book after Girl with Dragon Tattoo. A simple love story about an ordinary girl. I must admit i keep expecting people to die while reading it. Oops? Apparently this was a internet novel that was published.

28 Our Iceberg Is Melting, John Kotter and Holger Rathgeber
Typical management book wrapped and hidden under cute penguins

29 Priestess of the White (age of five book one), Trudi Canavan
Slow cumbersome start. Book could use a good editor to remove all those unnecessary words.

30 Last of the Wilds (age of five book 2), Trudi Canavan
More exciting than the first book. Still suffers from too much words.

31 Superior Saturday (Book 6 of Keys to the Kingdom), Garth Nix
hmmm. i still prefer the fourth book.

32 Lord Sunday (Book 7 of Keys to the Kingdom), Garth Nix
I hate the ending.

33 Mockingjay, Susanne Collins
Last book in the series in which Katniss moan and whine and many people die.

34 Thunder from the east, Nicholas D. Kristof, Sheryl WuDun
While slightly outdated - written in 2000 - it is still quite relevant for issues about Asia. The speculation of the future was cringe worthy and mars what is otherwise a good book. Looking forward to read their latest work.

35 Out of Mao's Shadow
The book does not disguised itself as anything but against the the party's rule. Nevertheless, the book does provide some insights that I had not been aware of. Among some of the topics are SARS, Milk powder, and the horrifying Sun Zhigang incident.

36 月老, 九把刀
Sweet and nice.

37 The Thief (The Queen's Thief, #1), Megan Whalen Turner
Read this on the recommendation of someone, I trusted to have good taste in books. I was mildly disappointed and found the book to be boring at times. HOWEVER, the ending is quite unexpected (although I should have seen it coming, hello, former literature student here) and the subsequent books are fantastic.

38 Fingersmith, Sarah Waters
Similar to Dickens, except far more interesting to read and with exciting plot twists and oh hot lesbians sex.

39 Vampire Academy, Richelle Mead
Typical - is there a plot I see there le gasp - YA Vampire Book with Romance that makes me go hmmm.

40 Her Fearful Symmetry, Audrey Niffenegger
How do you pronounce Niffenegger? The question was on my mind for the entire duration I read this book.

41 Frostbite, Richelle Mead
Next book in the Typical - is there a plot I see there le gasp - YA Vampire series with Romance. I can't stop reading this series.

42 The Magicians, Lev Grossman
There has been fair share of haters and lovers for this book. I am in the Love Love camp. You might hate it if you like Narnia.

43 Artemis Fowl and the Time Paradox, Colfer
Time paradox. woohoo!

44 Resident Tourist 4, Troy Chin
resident tourist
"You will fail!"

45 The Replacement, Brenna Yovanoff
This is actually pretty nice to read.

46 Blur King, Drewscape
Short, really short comics.

47 The Attolia Queen (The Queen's Thief, #2), Megan Whalen Turner
Omg i heart this book so much. The romance is not overdone and the plot!

48 The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, N.K. Jemisin
Checked this book as recommended by booksmugglers. An unexpected good find.

49 Hero
An entertaining LGBT book. Cliche at times, especially at the end when it seems that the author is trying oh so hard to have a happy ending. Why can't authors let dead dogs lie dead?

50 Flood, Stephen Baxter
It was raining when I read this book. It was raining. IT WAS RAINING!!!!!! Panic attack in progress.

51 Ark, Stephen Baxter
What happens 100 years later? I demand to know!

52 Voice of Gods (age of five book three), Trudi Canavan
Last book in the series. Overall, the series is good.

53 King of Attolia (The Queen's Thief, #3), Megan Whalen Turner
My favorite book for this year.

54 Conspiracy Of Kings (The Queen's Thief, #4), Megan Whalen Turner
Good but not as good as King of Attolia.

55 Parasite, Scott Westerfeld
I adore this vampire book to death. It's not a conventional vampire book of the Twilight, Anita Blake veins. Another unexpected good find.

56 Enchanted Glass, Diana Wynne Jones

57 Wonderland, Tommy Kovac and Sonny Liew
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