Saturday, June 16, 2012

Snakes. Why'd it have to be snakes...

...and fish?!?

So, terrible confession time.  I love Sy Fy's original movies, and right now I'm watching something called "Piranhaconda."  That's right, folks - the creature of the week that will inevitably hunt down a bunch of unsuspecting humans is now a reptile and a fish.  Color me excited - this might be the best animal combination since "Sharktopus."  I've taken a break from reading to watch the entertaining ridiculousness that only Sy Fy channel original movies can provide.

I'm only taking a break from reading, though, because I've almost breezed through a whole book in an entire day.  "And what book is that?"  You may be wondering.  Well, dear readers of this blog (I'm pretty sure you're the only one reading this, so I'll call you out - Hi, Ian!), the book that I'm reading is called "Legend," and it's by Marie Lu.  I couldn't resist the chance to live in another dystopian world (because that seems to be all that I read lately) and I'm very glad that I picked this one up.  I'm interested to see where this book is heading, since I'm about 2/3 of the way through it.  Both of the narrators are scrappy, resilient, intelligent, and caring, and I can't wait to read the rest of the story (and am super excited that this will be a series, because it's freaking awesome)!

Since I've already shown love to one dystopian YA book, here are a few other shout-outs, just because I can :)

"The Hunger Games" Trilogy, by Suzanne Collins - what can I say, these books are a pretty big deal.  I cannot put into words all of the goods things that I have to say about Katniss, so I'll leave it at this: She just rocks.  For someone who gets put in a terrible situation (which only snowballs into more levels of terribleness) and is still able to do some of the things she does (trying not to be spoilery!) is a really amazing thing, and I'm glad that younger girls are getting a pretty BA role model.  Plus, Suzanne Collins describes PTSD, criticizes the media, shows the twisted things people do to obey "authority figures," and doesn't glamorize war or killing.  So, yeah, I love these books.

"Divergent" Trilogy, by Veronice Roth - alright, so only the first two books in this trilogy are out, but if you haven't read them yet, you should.  Tris is an awesome heroine that also lives in a pretty messed up society - but this one forces you to choose which of 5 "factions" that you want to live with.  Tris has a secret, and from where the second book left off, all I want to know is how this secret will change things.  "Insurgent," the second book in the series, ends on such a WTF?!? moment that I will still be freaking out about it until I can get my hands on the last book - which won't be until next year.  Ahhhhhhhhhhhhh.

"Incarceron" and "Sapphique" by Catherine Fisher - These books were very different from other YA dystopian novels that I've read, and I can safely say that I've never regretted picking up these books!  Even though I wish there was going to be a third book (sooooooooo many unanswered questions after "Sapphique") I could totally dig everything that happened in these two books, and loved the ambiguity - even if it was a little frustrating sometimes!  These books do pose some interesting questions about what it means to be human, finding (and holding onto) your identity, and delves into the territories of love, betrayal, and the need to escape.  Whether that escape is from someone else, from a prison, or from yourself - is totally your call.  And maybe Incaceron's.

Apologies for the extensive YA praise fest, but these books are near and dear to my heart.  I'm sure I'll gush more about them at a later date, but for now, the Piranhaconda is calling my name.

My advice for the night: Try not to get eaten by any hybrid creatures.

Until next time,

UPDATE:  "Sharktopus" is now playing...right after "Piranhaconda."  This is amazing.

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