Mothwing
31 May 2014 @ 07:20 pm
Book round-up: May  
36.

Charlton-Trujillo, E.E.: Fat Angie
I adore the voice of the main character Angie, as I shared some of her experiences, but I hated the way she is treated by other characters. Her romance with K. C. Romance seemed a bit over the top, but I liked that she finds love. The book tackles a lot of complex and dangerous issues - abuse, eating disorders, bullying, self-harm, depression, broken families, attempted suicide - and its always in danger of being too much, but it worked for me, and I think it'd probably work for teenagers and does show that people deal with pain in different ways.


35.

Donovan, Anne: Being Emily
I loved this book, though I find it hard to pinpoint why. We watch the heroine Fiona O'Donnell become obsessed with Emily Bronte and grow up until her world is all but shattered by the death of her mother in childbirth. Her father breaks down and turns to drinking, and she has to be the responsible adult in the family. We see her get back to her feet, find love, have her heart broken, and get back to herself as an artist. 
The narrator's beautiful rendition of the Weegie accent made me feel right at home and has a lot to do with why I loved this book.

34.

McKinley, Robin: The Blue Sword.
No huge love plot, no rape, racism, interesting world building. I love the characters in this book. They have motivations and limitations, they have thoughts and agendas and plots. The one thing that I'd have appreciated is a bit more detail on the fancy swordfighting the main character so effortlessly learns, I didn't quite buy that anyone would get so effortlessly good at something as intricate, but this is only a minor gripe.
What I loved especially is the complete absence of sexual violence and the fact that this fantasy book manages to get by without graphic sexual violence, you so rarely see that, and mostly without a love plot, though the main character is female.
What I'm no a big fan of is the colonialism and racism. I'm not sure why we need a saviour with a white background from the coloniser's country.

33.

Zeh, Julie: Corpus Delicti. Ein Prozess.
A very understated and quiet novel with believable main characters (though German authors might want to pick up a dictionary of names and browse anything but the letter "m") in a dystopian society based around hygiene and health, with a government which outlaws all health-threatening behaviours and has something like mandatory sports requirement, the skipping of which is punishable.
Our heroine Mia, a biologist working for the government and in full support of The Method, has to make up her mind about her position in the totalitarian system when her brother is killed for subverting the system and having someone pin the murder and rape of a young girl he was seing on him.

32.

Fforde, Jasper: The Well of Lost Plots
Quick, count on your fingers the number of pregnant heroines. I'm coming up with one, and she's a character in a novel by Terry Pratchett.

31.

Fforde, Jasper: Lost in a Good Book
I really love the Thursday Next series and this book was now exception. The book has it all: strong female characters, interesting plot twists, and excellent world building. It's funny and entertaining and I'm already on to the sequel.
 
 
Mothwing
28 July 2013 @ 09:16 am
Trip photos  
As always I took obscene amounts of photos on our trip, from which I've then chosen the handfulls of presentable ones, but there a still a large number that I wanted to include.

If you want, click on the image and it'll redirect you to a post of the day on which it was taken. I didn't really add a lot of text, because I expect not everybody is interested in Edward I's 13th Century quest for Wales (we did look at an awful lot of castle ruins, be warned).





    

 

 
 
Current Location: Germany, Bremen
Current Mood: okay
 
 
Mothwing
26 July 2013 @ 11:17 pm
Trip Diary - Overview Part II  
Short version: walked, hiked, biked, and went on buses, taxis and trains. Met people from various countries and centuries, got sunburnt, fainted, went back home.

Day 9 - Day 16 )
 
 
Current Mood: happy
Current Location: Germany, Bremen
 
 
Mothwing
23 July 2013 @ 11:26 pm
Day 15 - Viking village in Höllviken  

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Current Location: Sweden, Höllviken
Current Mood: exhausted
 
 
Mothwing
22 July 2013 @ 10:48 pm
Day 14 - Biking through Malmö  

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Current Location: Sweden, Malmö
Current Mood: okay
 
 
Mothwing
20 July 2013 @ 11:20 pm
Day 12 - Stockholm  


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Current Location: Sweden, Stockholm
Current Mood: tired
 
 
Mothwing
19 July 2013 @ 11:13 am
Day 11 - Road trip up to Edinburgh and flight to Stockholm  

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Current Mood: tired
Current Location: United Kingdom, Edinburgh
 
 
Mothwing
18 July 2013 @ 11:03 am
Day 10 - Walk through Denbighshire  

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Current Location: United Kingdom, Llangwyfan
Current Mood: exhausted
 
 
Mothwing
17 July 2013 @ 10:52 am
Day 9 - Denbigh, Abbey Valle Crucis  


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Current Location: United Kingdom, Llangollen
Current Mood: energetic
 
 
Mothwing
16 July 2013 @ 01:05 am
Day 8 - A Walk Through Royal Aber  

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Current Location: United Kingdom, Abergwyngregyn
Current Mood: exhausted
 
 
Mothwing
15 July 2013 @ 12:04 pm
Day 7 - Rhuddlan, Conwy, Beaumaris  

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Current Location: United Kingdom, Conwy
Current Mood: okay
 
 
Mothwing
14 July 2013 @ 10:57 pm
Day 6 - Segontium, Caernarfon  

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Current Location: United Kingdom, Caernarfon
Current Mood: okay
 
 
Mothwing
13 July 2013 @ 09:15 pm
Day 5 - Corris Mines, Rhaeadr Pistyll  


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Current Mood: awake
Current Location: United Kingdom, Tal-y-llyn
 
 
Mothwing
12 July 2013 @ 08:44 pm
Day 4 - Aberystwyth, Dyfi Furnace  
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Current Mood: accomplished
Current Location: United Kingdom, Aberystwyth
 
 
Mothwing
11 July 2013 @ 09:23 pm
Day 3 - Flint Castle, Rhaeadr Dyserth, Beach, Rhuddlan  

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Current Location: United Kingdom, Dyserth
Current Mood: okay
 
 
Mothwing
10 July 2013 @ 07:59 pm
Day 2 - Liverpool, Wales  

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Current Location: United Kingdom, Liverpool
Current Mood: okay
 
 
Mothwing
09 July 2013 @ 06:32 pm
Day 1 - Liverpool  

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Current Location: United Kingdom, Liverpool
Current Mood: okay