Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Through a Lense IV: The Critic

Apologies, folks! I got a little off-schedule with my features, but I'll be back on track Friday :)
So without further ago, here is the Critic from Books and Their Movies. She's also on Goodreads here.

Do you have character crushes? List as many as you want!
Oh my gosh, well Dodge from The Looking Glass Wars was a hottie. So was Kartik from A Great and Terrible Beauty. And yes, my soft spot is Henry in The Luxe series although I probably would not hang out with him if he did exist in real life.

If you could be any book character, who would you be?
Hmm, I'd love to be Gemma in A Great and Terrible Beauty. I just NEED her sense of humor.

If you could live in a fictional world, where would you live?
Please don't ask why, 'cause I don't know myself, but I'd love to live in that Poison Study world. Again, don't ask.

Ever been scared/freaked out by a book villain?
Count Olaf from A Series of Unfortunate Events was creepy enough. I mean, he has an eye. ON HIS FREAKIN' ANKLE!!

Is there a book/series that everyone seems to have read but you?
Oh God, my three main ones are The Clique, Marked and Gossip Girl. Never read them, never want to.

Which book[s] make you cry?
I'm an unemotional animal. I'm not a teary-eyed gal. However, Emile and Karl ALMOST did it for me.

Which book[s] make you laugh?
The whole Great and Terrible Beauty series really had me laughing out loud at times I mean, it's not a funny book, but Gemma and co have some GREAT one liners!

Have you ever been unable to finish a book?
Yeah sadly I hate not finishing books but sometimes ya just can't get into them no matter how hard you try so yes I have.

What book did you like when you were a kid?
I still love A Little Princess, it's such an uplifting story. And Edward Eager's books are brilliant I read every single one of his books and loved them, his worlds are so creative.

Any cool/funny reading habits or quirks?
I yell at characters. Sad, I know, but it's true.

When is your favorite time to read? Favorite place?
My ultimate favorite place is my bed. Personally, sitting up reading is really uncomfortable for me. And I love reading before I go to bed, it calms me down before the big sleep comes.

If you could hang out with an author for a day, who would it be?
Definitely Scott Westerfeld. I mean, the guy can creates amazing worlds from his imagination, he composes music, and he seems REALLY cool.

If you could adapt a book/series into a movie, it would be...
Leviathan. I'd love to figure out how to create the machines, the battle scenes the animals OOOOOOH!!! THAT WOULD BE AN AMAZING MOVIE!!!

What is your favorite word?
"Grannyfy." Random word I found on Dictionary.com, and the word basically gives away the definition. So precious!

What is your favorite book quote?
"It didn't matter in the end how old they had been, or that they were girls, but only that we had loved them, and that they hadn't heard us calling, still do not hear us, up here in the tree house with our thinning hair and soft bellies, calling them out of those rooms where they went to be alone for all time, alone in suicide, which is deeper than death, and where we will never find the pieces to put them back together." - The Virgin Suicides

That book has some of the best writing I've ever read in a long time.

Book blogs AMAZING
Vampires Groan
Science fiction Cool!
Classics Some
Harry Potter Smile
If you could recommend ONE BOOK to everyone, it would be...
One? Just one?? Is that supposed to be an evil question or something???
Just kidding! I would recommend The Musician's Daughter by Susanne Dunlap. It's really an underrated piece of historical fiction.

Isn't she hilarious?! If you would like to be featured on Through a Lens, email me or leave your email address and I'll send you the questions!

Teaser Tuesday: THE IRON KING

As always, Teaser Tuesdays is hosted by MizB @ Should be Reading.Here's how it works: Grab the current book you're reading- Open up to a random page- share a little "teaser" from somewhere on that page.***Make sure your section is spoiler free!!
I just started The Iron King last night and am slowly making progress through it!
Here's my teaser from The Iron King by Julie Kagawa:

"A scream welled in my throat, but I swallowed it down. This...girl?...had just saved my life, even if it meant she wanted to eat me herself. It would be rude if I just shrieked in her face, plus any sudden movements might spark a feeding frenzy."
The Iron King, pg 108

Hahaha, I love Meghan Chase! She's a little...um...lacking in the common sense department, but I still like her :) And her narrative voice is pretty funny, too!

New Rating System

Ever feel like you're splitting hairs over what to rate a book? My rating system was a little too specific, and it's been in need of reform for awhile. I decided to go with a bit of a teacher theme, since that's going to be my career, and so here are my new ratings, as if the books/authors I review are students:

Previously 5-4.5 stars
Means Amazing/Extremely Good-Highly Recommended; hardly any critiques

Previously 4 stars
Means Very Nice - Definitely Recommended; a few critiques & minor issues

Between 4-3.5 stars
Means Pretty Good, Overall Enjoyable - Recommended; moderate critiques/issues

Previously 3 stars
Means Just okay, but not necessarily Recommended; heavy critiques/issues

Between 2.5-3 stars
Means Did not like, and would Not Recommend; heavy critiques/issues

Previously 1-2.5 stars
Means I Really Didn't Like It!

And for those few extra-irksome novels, I bring in savvy Savonarola to do a little epileptic fit. But that doesn't happen much.

So maybe reviewing will be a little clearer, now. Thank you for visiting Imagination in Focus! :)
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