June 21st, 2009

avatar - kicking asses = fun


snagged from sleepingfingers :D List 10 of your favorite characters from different fandoms, and ask people to spot patterns in your choices, and if they're so inclined, to draw conclusions about you based on the patterns they've spotted.

  1. Avatar: The Last Airbender: Toph, followed by Zuko
  2. American Idol 8: Allison Iraheta
  3. HP: Draco
  4. FullMetal Alchemist: Edward
  5. Chronicles of Narnia: Edmund Pevensie
  6. Naruto: Naruto followed by Sasuke
  7. X-Men: Rogue
  8. Spider-Man comics: Peter Parker
  9. Gundam Wing: Duo Maxwell
  10. Kare Kano: Yukino Miyazawa
  11. BECK: Koyuki
  12. Ookiku Furikabutte: Mihashi
  13. Discworld series: Death (the Grim Reaper)
  14. Eyeshield 21: Hiruma
  15. The Big Bang Theory: Sheldon
  16. Star Trek: Voyager: Seven of Nine, followed by the Doctor
  17. Star Gate SG-1: Dr. Daniel Jackson, followed by Jack O'Neil
  18. Star Gate Atlantis: Dr. Carson Beckett
  19. Star Trek The Next Generation: Data
  20. Merlin: Morganna
OBV, I CAN'T COUNT. I based it on the idea of who I am most interested in and most willing to read about in fanfics...

anime - amatsuki - smile - summer

Rec: The Greenstone Grail by Amanda Hemmingway


"At last she said: 'I can help you, I know I can, I will. But it is a big task for a small person. Do children in your world usually perform such tasks?'

Nathan thought of all the books he had ever read, of the Pevensies, Colin and Susan, Harry Potter, Lyra Belacqua, and a hundred others. 'All the time,' he said." -- The Greenstone Grail by Amanda Hemingway
This is the first of the Sangreal Trilogy. The thing is, I started reading it and then Demon's Lexicon came out and since I'd been waiting for months for that one, my excitement got the better of me and I started that before finishing this.


I kept thinking about The Greenstone Grail. And Nathan. And kept comparing the storytelling styles. And after a chapter or two, I gave in and returned to Amanda Hemingway's book, which is just so fresh and darn interesting. I love the way the story develops and how its writen.

The lines quoted above were rather unexpected and reading them made me laugh out loud in glee, especially to see Lyra from His Dark Materials listed alongside Harry Potter. I googled Susan and Colin and traced the characters back to The Weirdstone of Brisingamen which I'll probably end up trying sometime now. Oh, and there's also a mention of Star Wars at one point XD

It was the above references that made me realise that on some level, I'd already put Nathan - the main character of The Sangreal Trilogy - in the same box as the Pevensies and Harry and Lyra. They were protagonists of similar mettle in a way.

Not only is Hemingway's writing super easy to keep reading, but its got a great, great way of showing rather than telling, even for the simplest of things.

On some level you're making realisations about scenes and understanding the characters and their psyches, without being told point blank like so many Young Adult Fantasy novels tend to do these days. So while teens most likely find it easy to read, the wealth of information that's left unsaid makes it enjoyable for older readers too and means that there are certain nuances left to be discovered when re-reading the book.

While the editorial review on the Amazon page does draw similarities to Rowling, Gaiman and Lemony Snicket, attention is also drawn to the development of a strong female character, which sets Hemingway's novel apart. Nathan's mother, Annie, holds her own in that regard and seeing the mother-son relationship and their thoughts juxtapositioned in a particular scene is great. 

Then there's Bartlemy - Nathan's uncle of sorts - whose cooking made me run to the kitchen to make soup. And Hoover, who is one seriously cool dog. Seeing the relationship between dog and boy right from the start made me all warm inside :) And as interesting as the characters are, the plot is just as gripping, with a unique blend of fantasy a bit pf science fiction and adventure and mystery and just, well, great story telling.

Still need to get my hands on the second book but I just wanted to rec this out to anyone who might be interested in reading something new :3

You can read the blurb and preview most of the pages of the novel over here on google itself. For me personally, its definitely a keeper :D