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So yesterday I read The Hunger Games.

Spoilery thoughts! )
OK, going to buy Catching Fire now. BRB.

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Non-spoilery thoughts about The Magician King. Contains information that might be considered generally spoilery for plot twists in the previous book, The Magicians.

The Magician King by Lev Grossman )

NOTE: I would have been happier if I hadn't read the blurb on the back of the book before I read it; the UK edition at least contains a major plot spoiler for Book 1. I understand that once you have read the entire book this doesn't feel like a plot spoiler at all, it's just "what happens in the book" and some people might think I am over reacting but whatever - I personally would have very much preferred the surprise, and to not have read the beginning knowing what was about to happen, so if you are going to read it and can avoid the blurb until you have at least reached Book 2 then I'd suggest you consider keeping at much surprise as possible :)
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Here are my thoughts about A Game of Thrones by George RR Martin. No spoilers but with some oblique references to broad plot directions.

A Game of Thrones by George R R Martin )

Overall, very happy, lots of enjoyment, hope I get the next one soon :D
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I read some books. I had some thoughts about them. I wrote those thoughts down. Ta-daa!

I can't be bothered to post them all at once though, that would be exhausting. Here are spoiler free reviews for Guardian of the Dead by Karen Healey and The Traitor Game by BR Collins, which were for the record, both further steps along the way toward my rehabillitating te first person narrative :P 

Guardian of the Dead by Karen Healey )

The Traitor Game by BR Collins )

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I've tried to write about this book I read like three times now, and it's yet to come out right. But I really want to, because I have ~feelings to express, and also, I've avoided other people's opinions thus far, but I really want to see what other people think, so I should just write something and then I can wander the internet.

It's Spellwright by Blake Charlton - no spoilers )

Mostly, I really liked it. But there were a couple of things that disappointed me. Still no spoilers )

But yeah. Definitely getting the sequel.
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~ This feeling of absolute happiness, serenity, completeness, satisfaction that comes from finishing a (really rather good) book. I can get it from other things too sometimes, but really, it's book feeling. It's perfection. The book I just read is "Dreaming of Amelia" by Jaclyn Moriarty, which is the last in the series of "Feeling Sorry for Celia", "Finding Cassie Crazy" and "Being Bindy Mackenzie". Finding Cassie Crazy is one of my favourite things ever in the world ever ever ever. And this one was pretty damn awesome, though at points it made me rage, and feel sick, and feel heartbroken, as well as thoroughly delight and amuse me.

~ Radio 1's Longest Show Ever With Chris Moyles and Comedy Dave For Comic Relief lasted 52 hours - they started at 6.30am on Wednesday, and didn't stop, didn't sleep, kept broadcasting straight through until 10.30am today, Friday - was amazing, funny, entertaining, compulsive, and raised over £2.4 million pounds for Comic Relief. Today is Red Nose Day, so telethon tonight!

~ That it seems like spring is here. I don't have to wear my coat and scarf everywhere all the time. The tree in our front garden, which spends most of the year kinda purple, is covered in beautiful white blossom. There are daffodils on the lawn.

~ The excellency of the latest episode of Glee, which I expect I will write a separate post on, but first I want to rewatch it because it was really rather awesome and I watched the first time in between blow drying my hair and having breakfast and doing makeup before going into the office on Wednesday because I was not willing to wait until I got home. And I'm glad I didn't, because it put me in such a good mood for the rest of the day.
~ Also, thinking about the very interesting shipping potential in Skins, which is really coming into its own now, as this current series ends. Oh gen 3, you are so much better than gen 2. I love you, Skins. 
~ Making plans. For Easter time, and also, now, I am going to a festival for a weekend in July in France which will be totally fun! 
~ Awesome fic. I saw this on crack_van and I just have to add to it's praise and pass it on, because it's really, really, REALLY good fic. It's The Strange Disappearance of Sally-Anne Perks by Paimpont, and it's very well written Harry Potter gen that takes the name of a character that is sorted in Philosopher's Stone just after Harry and then never heard of again in the series and spins it into a brilliant, beautiful, canon compliant and complimentary story. Seriously, GO READ IT. 
~ And finally, I don't watch Supernatural and don't care much about Misha Collins, but I was browsing Fandom Wank and heard about this rhino puzzle scavenger hunt thing, and I laughed so hard my dad kept asking me what was so funny and THERE WERE NO WORDS that could explain the insanity and bizarreness of Misha trolling his fandom with such careless hilarity.
How is everyone?


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