The subject for this TTT felt too easy. I want a bit of a challenge at least, something to get creative with. One word titles? How can I riff on that? Where can I take such a simple prompt? Certainly not to Bora Bora or a roller derby game like a couple weeks ago.
Oh well, maybe I should be thankful for an easy topic and move on.
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Becoming, by Michelle Obama: A thoughtful look at what it means to be Black and in American politics (albeit reluctantly), as well as stories from her childhood, her career, and her family. It’s both inspiring and disheartening to read about the challenges she faced and overcame, many of which were born simply from the color of her skin. Obviously an intelligent and compassionate human being, I enjoyed her story a great deal.
Aftermath, by Chuck Wendig: Ah, my space gang. It’s just about time to pick this series up again I think, because I find myself missing Sin, Jas, Norra, and the rest. Chuck Wendig gifted us a rollicking trilogy that felt delightfully Star Wars while presenting us with new worlds and dynamics. The movie trilogy didn’t live up to the brilliant premise presented by Uncle Chuck, but you can read a version of what he would have given us on his blog (here’s Part One, Part Two, and Part Three).
Persuasion, by Jane Austin: Such a beautiful novel, made all the more so with the knowledge that it was her last completed story. It’s easy to think of it as her own wish for a lover to return to her, and the thought adds a melancholy air to the tale. Still, it has its humor and the final revelation between Anne and Wentworth is more beautiful and swoon worthy than anything Darcy does.
Hum, by Jamaal May: My favorite poet, May has a way with words that captures feelings and moments and cities and worlds as if they were birds in gilded cages. I love his writing so much, here’s to hoping we get another collection of his poetry in the near future.
Ilium, by Dan Simmons: Illium is not for the faint of heart- this story gets weird and convoluted, and it’s huge, spanning space and time in ways that only that wacky Dan Simmons (and Space Lords) can do. What is it about? Well… It’s about a historian brought back in time to witness the Trojan War. It’s about two aliens bros in search of answers and Shakespeare references. It’s about a utopian community that may not be so ideal after all. It’s about an abandoned earth. And The Rings. And Setabos. And a dozen other things that all work together amazingly well, but also look like a pile of word vomit when strung together in paragraph form.
Mossflower, by Brain Jacques: How to choose your favorite Redwall book? If you’re anything like me, it’s hard, but Mossflower is certainly a strong contender. It’s THE story, the ones that explains how Redwall Abbey came to be. How Martin and Gonff became creatures of legend. How the forest banded together to overthrow a tyrant. It’s a wonderful, rollicking adventure that I find myself returning to again and again.
Neverwhere, by Neil Gaiman: My first exploration into the fantasy genre of “a city within a city”, Richard, Hunter, Door, and (of course) The Marquis de Carabas are fantastic characters. It’s great fun stumbling through the dangers and mishaps alongside the bewildered Richard, and Gaiman’s imagination is in full force, taking the London we know and making it something more.
Silverthorn, by Raymond E. Feist: Is Silverthorn my favorite Riftwar book? Maybe, though Darkness at Sethanon is a strong contender. I just love Jimmy the Hand, is the thing. The young thief stole my heart years ago and has politely refused to give it back. I love how the relationships between the lead characters is on display here. These guys and girls have been through a lot, and their story is far from over, but here we get to turn our focus to a smaller adventure (even if it has ties to the overall story), and our rewarded by an exciting high fantasy tale.
Sabriel, by Garth Nix: Sabriel is my favorite Abhorsen, and as such, her tale is my favorite out of the Garth Nix stories. I love her intelligence and bravery, as well as her calm and in control demeanor. Plus Mogget. And Touchstone. And the mystery of the world. The later books in the series didn’t sweep me away quiet like this one did. I liked the mystery, the not quiet knowing how the dead were walking and how the living survived in a world like that. And Sabriel is just the best, but I think I mentioned that already.
Coraline, by Neil Gaiman: Two Neil Gaiman books feels like cheating, but he also has quiet a few one word titled stories under his belt, so it shouldn’t be a surprise that he’s on here more than once. Coraline was a wonderful story about growing up and families and having buttons sewed onto your face to replace your eyes. Of course there is A Cat. Plus it was one of those rare occasions where the movie was just as enjoyable as the book.
Happy Tuesday! Hope your week is shaping up to be shiny and rad!