KatSings’ #CBR5 Review #16: The Wise Man’s Fear by Patrick Rothfuss

The Wise Man’s Fear by Patrick Rothfuss

“Knowing your own ignorance is the first step to enlightenment.” 
The quote I’ve chosen for this, the second volume of The Kingkiller Chronicles, Day 2 of Kote’s retelling of his life as Kvothe, is really the overarching theme to this book.  Normally I pick a quote I just really like; sometimes it’s because of how the line applies to the main character.  But here, I feel that this quote really outlines Kvothe’s journey through WMF.  This is a book where Kvothe’s sometimes willing ignorance gets him in to all kind of trouble, but also motivates his journey towards the path to greater enlightenment.  Wow, that sounded pretentious, and it’s totally not, but it’s still true.  Kvothe does some stupid things to start out, but once those kickstart his journey, he ends up learning so many important things he had lacked before.  It’s all setting up a beautiful path to wherever the brilliant Patrick Rothfuss is taking us in the final book.
I love this series and can’t wait for the next book. Pick it up ASAP.

KatSings’ #CBR5 Review #15: People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks

People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks

“A book is more than the sum of its materials. It is an artifact of the human mind and hand.”
This audiobook was like a study in accents.  I’d definitely recommend listening instead of reading it, since it’s fun to hear all the different cultures represented.
If you are a fan of historical fiction, you’ll probably dig this.

KatSings’ #CBR5 Review #14: The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

“It’s like everyone tells a story about themselves inside their own head. Always. All the time. That story makes you what you are. We build ourselves out of that story.” 
This book, and the series thus far (the final day, aka the book The Doors of Stone, is as yet unpublished) ranks among my favorite books of all time.  If you are a fan of fantasy, or even just a fan of good literature, I implore you to run out and buy this book immediately.  Go to Amazon.com and order it for your Kindle.  Go to B&N and pick up a hard copy.  I don’t care what form of media you use, but get it now – you’re only cheating yourself by skipping it.

KatSings’ #CBR5 Review #13: I am a Genius of Unspeakable Evil and I Want to Be Your Class President by Josh Lieb

I am a Genius of Unspeakable Evil and I Want to Be Your Class President by Josh Lieb

“Crime is for poor people. You don’t need to rob the bank if you own it.”
It took me a long time to think of what I wanted to say about this book, and I still don’t really have an answer.  It left me completely apathetic.  It’s not good, it’s not bad – it just is. This book is beige.

KatSings’ #CBR5 Review #10: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

“Friends see most of each other’s flaws. Spouses see every awful last bit.”

I waited on a list for Gone Girl for quite some time, and I was thrilled when my library finally sent me that happy little email that a copy was waiting for me to download.  My friends had been talking about it for months, and now casting rumors are going around for the movie.  I needed to read something this talked about and know what was so shocking and fascinating about it.  I was not disappointed.  Well…at least in general.
There are spoilers in this one, but they are blocked out. You have to highlight the noted text to be able to read them, so you can go read the review safely – just don’t highlight the text unless you want to read things that will absolutely ruin the book for you if you haven’t read it.
It’s the best thriller/mystery that I’ve come across in a long time.

KatSings’ #CBR5 Review #9: Bossypants by Tina Fey

“I was a little excited but mostly blorft. “Blorft” is an adjective I just made up that means ‘Completely overwhelmed but proceeding as if everything is fine and reacting to the stress with the torpor of a possum.’ I have been blorft every day for the past seven years.” 

I listened to this memoir of the fabulous Ms. Fey on audiobook, read by the author herself.  And I loved it.

KatSings’ #CBR5 Review #8: Cinderella’s Secret Diary: Lost by Ron Vitale

In the interest of full disclosure, this is a book I received free from the author (along with its sequel, which I will not be reading/reviewing for this blog).  He was kind enough to send a number of copies of both books to those of us participating in CBR this year, and that is wonderful, and I thank him for his generosity.  I hope more authors continue to do the same, regardless of how we review their works, because it’s such a lovely way to get your material out there and read.  And I imagine other people who happily accepted this offer may have more positive feedback than I’m about to.  It’s hard to be less than glowing about a book someone was nice enough to send you for free, but being anything other than honest defeats the purpose of writing these reviews in the first place.

I wanted to like this book, I really did.  And I didn’t hate it – the writing is good, if stylistically different than what works for me.  Some of the ideas working there are really good ones.  It just didn’t quite hit the mark for me.  I’ll be skipping its sequel, and wishing Ron Vitale well on his future endeavors!

KatSings’ #CBR5 Review #7: The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch

The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch

“Some day, Locke Lamora,” he said, “some day, you’re going to fuck up so magnificently, so ambitiously, so overwhelmingly that the sky will light up and the moons will spin and the gods themselves will shit comets with glee. And I just hope that I’m still around to see it.”
 
This book has everything good fantasy should – magic, mayhem, fabulous characters, a well developed world that is explained to you, heightened stakes, intrigues – everything.  I loved this book so very much, and I was sad to see it end.  I’ll definitely be picking up at least one more book in the series to see how Lynch does with keeping up to the high bar he’s set with this piece.  A must read.