February 29th, 2008

sunset samurai

spook the kids!

the last apprentice: night of the soulstealer by joseph delaney.

what is with people & their weird issues with women? i've gone back & forth with this series, & i think i'm pretty much bent towards "misogynist undertones" on this series, though it rallies back & forth at points. really though, lets just look at the count. of the female characters we've had: witch, witch, witch, witch. mysterious mother (possibly witch). martyr mother. witch. adultress (to be fair, paired with the a main character male adulterer). & the anonymous women who go to the necromancer's seance (it is noted that the crowd is mostly women). so...the math there ain't too good, especially when we compare it to the men-- if you wanted to make the argument that the witches are balanced by the spooks (well, you'd be out on account of how the spooks are good guys...) you'd have to contend to the brothers, townsfolk, & such that round out the minor characters. oh, & lets look at the villians. first book: all women (witches). second book not so much-- the bane, a male (demon) & the inquisitor, a male. okay, back on track! & in this one-- sure, morgan & golgoth (demon-god) are both male, but all the genuine scary parts are with meg & marcia (witches). i mean, it isn't damning but it is enough to make me go back & forth.

how do i like the series? well enough. there isn't a lot of variety in the books; i guess when you are trying to appeal to younger readers, the confort of an ongoing series helps with sales? i'd like a little less of an even tone. & okay, tom is only thirteen, but can he & alice kiss or something? i find their interaction a little hollow, though i do like the interaction of tom & the spook. the spook is a much more falliable & interesting character than a lot of adults, while still allowing tom to be the star of the book. anyhow, i felt like i might be done with the series in the middle, but the end of the book had enough of a hook to make me curious about the next one. so we'll see.

i feel like i haven't been reading much! but maybe i haven't been. part of it is maia, which i've been reading on the train. i felt like it is rough going, but that isn't the case: it is just super long. so i have started punctuating it with some other stuff, which should make it easier going.
goblin king

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getting her period means that the slight "we know we aren't, but aren't we?" scare is officially over. i mean, the pregnancy test pretty much killed it, but you know this old warlock only swears by the blood! the blood! still, that is a nice friendly reminder to get my act together. come on, gotham, i need you to unfurl your blossom & hand me a nice little publishing career. you ought to be able to do that for your favorite adopted son, shouldn't you? i walk the circuits & mantras of your streets & bury secrets in your parks, snake about in your iron guts. ain't we mates? this adult life trick is a bit of a rum tucker. you know i'll do it, though: i am already hidden among the gorillas. all this anthropological perspective. i'll click my heels together three time, you bet i will.
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i don't get twitter. i mean, first off, i don't like to segregate myself. i don't want to talk about books one place, & my diary another, & comics on another. all here! i diversify myself by commenting on other people's blog-like sites. thus the "inter" in internet! anyhow, i guess twitter is sort of like a mega-instant message. i'm eating this really eggy sandwich (with turkey & cheese & tabasco sauce) & i just texted a couple of people "eggs." which i guess is LIKE a twitter. what i mean to say is, maybe i just "got" it. of course, then i came over here to talk about it.
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