- Spindle's End, Robin McKinley
- Spindle's End, Robin McKinley
(Galatea 2.2, Richard Powers quoting from Doctor Faustus)
Moments like this are when the trials of non-stop reading [for school] seems completely worthwhile - when life converges into a single line of words, and one is awed by how someone has managed to encapsulate a single instance completely. To see the pattern, paralleling itself and running forward and backwards infinitely.
I spent most of yesterday and all of last night finishing the “Firefly Lane” by Kristin Hannah. I cried… a lot. I think it’s my favorite book of this summer... well, at least one of them (^_^).
The writing style is simple in its own way, beautifully so. It takes advantage of the tone two girls, best friends, would take I think in a way that's honest and yet endlessly complicated. TullyandKate, two girls, best friends forever… They’re like the moon and sun, and yet they complement each other so well. She literally wrote these characters as if they were two parts of a whole, each having something the other lacks. The story is so realistic, and I honestly think: amazingly beautiful. And when I say realistic, I do NOT mean the everyday life sort of realism, but the realism of emotion; it was the emotional quality of this book that pulled me in, and the wonderful and intriguing landscape created in the interactions between two “best friends for life.”
Here’s the book jacket’s summary:
“In the summer of 1974, Kate Mularkey has accepted her place at the bottom of the eighth-grade social food chain. Then, to her amazement, the “coolest girl in the world” moves in across the street and wants to be her friend. Tully Hart seems to have it all - beauty, brains, ambition. On the surface they are as opposite as two people can be: Kate, doomed to be forever uncool, with a loving family who mortifies her at every turn; Tully, steeped in glamour and mystery, but with a secret that is destroying her. They make a pact to be best friends forever; by summer’s end they’ve become TullyandKate. Inseparable.
From the beginning, Tully is desperate to prove her worth to the world. Abandoned by her mother at an early age, she longs to be loved unconditionally. She will follow her own blind ambition to New York and around the globe, finding fame and success… and loneliness.
All Kate really wants is to fall in love and have children and live an ordinary life. In her own quiet way, Kate is as driven as Tully. What she doesn’t know is how being a wife and mother will change her… how she’ll lose sight of who she once was, and what she once wanted. And how much she’ll envy her famous best friend…
For thirty years, Tully and Kate buoy each other through life, weathering the storms of friendship - jealousy, anger, hurt, resentment. They think they’ve survived it all until a single act of betrayal tears them apart… and puts their courage and friendship to the ultimate test.”
And the betrayal was… interesting. It wasn’t what I was expecting at first. I loved the ending however. (^_^) And that’s all I’m saying on that matter. I don’t want to spoil.
So, it’s been a while, and I’ve been busy (sort of). (^_^) I hope everyone else is well (and that amethysth has not commited any mental murder of a certain author yet, LOL).
I’m reading a really good book right now, interspersed between my studying (-_-)”, called “Firefly Lane” by Kristin Hannah. I might post a review when I finally finish.
I finished reading the “Kare Kano” manga (and I refuse to watch the anime since I’m spoiled for the quality in which it ends), which was AMAZING thought the ending was a bit iffy for me. There was a play that the students in the manga wrote and performed concerning human androids, perfection, love, God, madness, and the end of the world that sort of reminded me of BSG…. I wonder why? XD Anyways, The English translation of the manga is called, accurately so, “His and Her Circumstances.” The author is also very into opera and music, and I got an amazing rec from her. It’s a song from the movie “The Piano” by Michael Nyman. It’s called “The Heart Asks Pleasure First,” and I was going to try embedding it again, but I have too many problems when I try to, so here’s a URL to the music video for the song:
Also, there’re these comment-ficcies I did on the F_B community during the BSG hiatus flails on Friday: (The first two are sort of short and fun; the last is sort of sad and Laura-centric and based on the episode “Sacrifice”. As for ratings, I’m pretty sure they’re all safe because I’m unable to write anything higher than T.)
( Jealousy is a fun emotion to play with... Unless you're the green-eyed monster )
( Dig deep. )
( I Miss Billy. )
And finally, a meme from caramelapples11:
Everyone has things they blog about. Everyone has things they don't blog about. Challenge me out of my comfort zone by telling me something I don't blog about, but you'd like to hear about, and I'll write a post about it. Ask for anything: latest movie watched, last book read, favorite type of underwear, life experiences etc. Re-post in your own journal so that we can all learn more about each other.
For MOL V with Prompt: courage
Spoilers: Anything up to and including 'Revelations'
Summary:They love, even in the intertwining boundaries of dream and reality, and it's in the boundaries between love and despair that they find themselves.
I feel as if I should seriously start studying since I said I would only freely enjoy summer vacation only up to the point of my Birthday and then spend the next two months studying for my make-up finals (I wish I didn't miss them... it's really hard going back to those class materials after so long). But... I'm still dawdling. I have books and fics I want to read, a strange need to write, and just... recovering from the basic lack of energy that marked my life two months ago. (--)" But I feel really guilty. *sigh* I guess I should stop complaining and just do everything.
Oh! I ordered and received Two Small Voices from Amazon along with the Fine Frenzy CD and the book The God of Animals (which I'm looking forward to reading ^_^). The movie was amazing (especially with my weakness for medical litigation), and both actresses excelled. The CD is beyond words. I haven't enjoyed music this much (just to sit back and do nothing except listen... I couldn't help it) in a while, and the lead singer... She is amazingly talented. She wrote all the lyrics which are beautiful and composed most of the music.
If there are one or more people on your friends list who make your world a better place just because they exist, and who you would not have met (in real life or not) without the Internet, then post this same sentence in your journal.
The top 106 books most often marked as "unread" by LibraryThing’s users. As in, they sit on the shelf to make you look smart or well-rounded. Bold the ones you've read, underline the ones you read for school, italicize the ones you started but didn't finish.
Basically, everything italicised are books that I started during the school year before I got flooded with work (some are left over from high school) that I need to get back to and read... and because I'm intrigued by this list everthing else with dashes? I need to read. (^_^) It's sort of funny, because I own most of the ones I've dashed. LOL!