>i’m not a blogger, i just post a lot.

so first thing’s first, i DID finish The Host and it wasn’t devastatingly disappointing. partly because Stephanie Meyer (or perhaps her editor) came to her senses and didn’t use the word “chagrin” for the rest of the book.

also, while it definitely won’t make it to my top 10 list, it’s not bad. and at the end of the day, it’s a sci-fi book that was aimed at adults. though the “adult” parts could easily be in YA novel, so idk.

speaking of adult parts, i am now reading the A Song of Ice and Fire series. this is because there is a new show called Game of Thrones on HBO which is based on the series, and i don’t want to watch the show without reading the series first. so i’ve already read A Game of Thrones* and am now on the second book, A Clash of Kings. this guy, btw, is big on alliteration. the rest of the series is named as follows: A Storm of Swords, A Feast for Crows, A Dance with Dragons, The Winds of Winter, A Dream of Spring.

now, honestly, though i am all kinds of enthralled with the series here in the second book, i’m wondering why it’s 7 books long. so far it seems like a 4 part series will probably be sufficient. but then, i haven’t gotten there, nor do i know the plot of any of the other books, so i don’t know. plus, there is SO MUCH DRAMA! every single second someone is plotting or fighting or doing something scandalous. this author (George R.R. Martin) definitely doesn’t waste your time with stuff that doesn’t advance the story or reveal something about a character.

i will say this though, it is VIOLENT! there is A LOT of violence and sex. but it is plot advancing violence as sex, so justified. but don’t say i didn’t warn you!

also, sometimes the sex scenes are creepy when you consider that this man wrote them:

i mean, is it just me or does he look… a bit… i dunno, like a creeper! is it just me?

also, 1 1/2 (long) books deep, use of chagrin count: 1

anyway, so because this isn’t just a book blog, but this post has gone on long enough, there will be another post either later today or tomorrow talking about things that have nothing to do with books! 😛

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>there is a name for my animosity toward Stephanie Meyer’s predilection for repetitive verbiage, and that name is “chagrin.”*

seriously, you could play a fucking drinking game to this book. which is really a shame since, with exception of the excessive use of “chagrin,”** it’s really not a bad book.

all the scenes and dialog move the story along. sometimes i think the pacing could be helped. maybe that certain conversations or descriptions run a bit long, but none are pointless.

i’m a little suspicious of my judgement however. ever since City of Masks,*** i’m afraid that anything will pass as good in comparison.

but no. the more i think about it, and rate it against my criteria, the more i think it’s ok. i mean, it’s no HP or Hunger Games or Apathy and Other Small Victories, but it’s definitely not bad. …and doesn’t drag on like Blindsight tended to do. and when i got to the end i really liked Blindsight, but there were moments where i was unsure. also, Blindsight had a character named Chelsea which i just found kind of distracting.

but i was talking about The Host. oh yeah, did i mention we were talking about The Host? we’re talking about The Host. yeah. so far, not bad. but i haven’t gotten to the end yet. it’s still possible it will be devastatingly disappointing. we’ll see.

* i was trying to find the right word for my feeling. more than annoyance. more intense than simple anger. rage would be overboard. i looked to the thesaurus and it suggested “chagrin.” :/

** which is among my list of favorable words. when it’s not grossly overused, of course.

*** which is pretty much the most annoying book ever. ESPECIALLY the ending. ugh! you remember, it’s the one i ranted about. the one that said “dragon eyes” and said something about two hearts beating as one, or some schmaltzy crap like that.

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