Well I know what everyone is wondering... because every time someone saw me reading Ape House they asked the same thing. "Is it as good as Water for Elephants?" I hate to answer this in fear that it will discourage you from reading it. No, it was not as good as Water for Elephants. I am sorry, really I am; but can anything be as good as Water for Elephants? That was a book that comes around every so often and will be a book that lasts forever. With that said, please read Ape House, it really is good. Except the love for animals, it is so very different from Water for Elephants, but worth it.
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Sunday, October 17, 2010
This novel was more action packed than the previous two, with a clear main enemy and ultimate challenge with a new backdrop other than NYC. Clary and the shadowhunter gang find themselves in Idris, the City of Glass and homeland for shadowhunters, soon to be attacked by Valentine who escaped in the previous City of Ashes. Clary is attempting to find a cure to save her mother and is helped by a new friend Sebastian whose attraction to Clary seems strangely wrong. Clary must find a way to use her strong powers to bring shadowhunters and downworlders together to fight off Valentine planing to destroy them all; otherwise, they will never stand a chance. Jace and Clary are still tormented by their relationship and it takes a good 500 pages to get the kiss the readers actually want. With an interesting twist on a spy in the group and a slew of new characters City of Glass is involved and develops quickly. Simon, once locked in jail for being a vampire who can withstand daylight, becomes a main character with a pivotal role to play inorder to save them all. I don't think these are the best written literary works of YA finction; however, they are fairly entertaining, quick reads with interesting twists and a great fantasy world. They are quite addicting, but you never get the romance that the story is building up to. In their defense though, they are YA fiction, so they are written appropriately, which should be commended actually, even though it can be frustrating.
The next book in the series City of Fallen Angels it is going to focus on Simon's development as a character. City of Fallen Angels is set for release in March 2011. This is the released synopsis:
Love, blood, betrayal and revenge — the stakes are higher than ever in City of Fallen Angels. Simon Lewis is having some trouble adjusting to his new life as a vampire, especially now that he hardly sees his best friend Clary, who is caught up in training to be a Shadowhunter—and spending time with her new boyfriend Jace. Not to mention that Simon doesn't quite know how to handle the pressure of not-quite-dating two girls at once. What's a daylight-loving vampire to do? Simon decides he needs a break and heads out of the city—only to discover that sinister events are following him. Realizing that the war they thought they'd won might not yet be over, Simon has to call on his Shadowhunter friends to save the day — if they can put their own splintering relationships on hold long enough to rise to the challenge
Other News: City of Bones is suppose to being made into a movie. Hopefully the plans are to make movies of the series, as it sounds like it will be a franchise. You can read updates about this on Cassandra Clare's Website and Blog here...
Sunday, October 10, 2010
Tuesday, October 5, 2010
Clary an ordinary New York girl, finds out that her life has all been a lie. Her mother and evil father had been shadowhunters, demon killers. Her mother ran away from her husband and erased Clary's mind in order to protect her from the fantasy world. After her mother is kidnapped, Clary has to put the pieces back together and separate out the truth from the lies. She is not alone in her quest however; Simon, her best human friend who is secretly in love with her, and her new shadowhunter friend Jace, who saves Clary's life on more than one occasion, are there to help her. The two battle for Clary's love, as the shadowhunters search for a mortal cup that her mother hid for only Clary to find. Unfortunately the mortal cup falls into the wrong hands and Jace and Clary are left with a strange twist of fate that puts their growing relationship at a standstill.
Something to look forward to...
The Mortal Instruments Series
1.City of Bones
2.City of Ashes
3.City of Glass
4.City of Fallen Angels (out April 11, 2011)
5.City of Lost Souls (out May, 2012)
6.City of Heavenly Fire (out September, 2013)
The Infernal Devices Series
2.Clockwork Prince (out September, 2011)
3.Clockwork Princess (out December, 2012)
Sunday, October 3, 2010
Although Kerouac was on the road for seven years, it took him only three weeks to write the novel. He wrote a continues draft on a type writer taping paper together to make one continuous roll. Truman Capote mocked the writer, "That isn't writing; it's typing." Kerouac was looking to create a new style of writing and indeed it is something very different. As he sought out to accomplish, he writes in a continual train of thought that never stops. It is almost as Kerouac is in the room with you just telling a long story on a Sunday afternoon; it lasts some 300 pages, but it never really feels like there is a place to stop. It took years for Kerouac to be taken as a serious writer and accepted as creating this unique pose style of writing, but now On the Road is considered to be a great American Classic.
The story is very entertaining as Dean and Sal travel back and forth across the US meeting up, separating and starting over again. Dean is a flat out crazy character who is always on the ultimate search for his father, also Dean Moriarty. I loved being able to relate to some of the places they visited. For some reason this is what connected me to the characters the most. Fredericksburg, VA! (I live here), taking 301 to Washington, the Bear Mountain Bridge in NY, West 90s in NYC (I worked there a summer), Notre Dame South Bend Indiana (spent many summers twirling there), Long Island, Hudson Valley NY, Poughkeepsie NY (married there), Blue Ridge Mountains, Stonewall Jackson's Grave, and Denver, Colorado. Just as interesting were the places I had never been; however, Kerouac's writing made you feel like you were there, as if you were "On the Road" with them.