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Three items on the agenda

Item the first: If you've signed up to read Hobbit lines for the Halloween audio project, here's your first reminder to record them and send them in. I've gotten a handful so far and am looking forward to stringing the whole thing together.

Item the second: Hey look! I got featured as an "author we love"! Fred LeBaron, who put together this little tribute, is a librarian (and dad) who stumbled upon my books a year or two ago, and decided he liked them. In our correspondence since, he has also proved to be one of the nicest people who ever existed. Thank you, Fred! It's not every day I get called "smexy." (But I hope it will be from now on.)

Item the third: I finished reading the Hunger Games trilogy. They were very well done, but I think I will *not* be writing parodies of books 2 and 3, because then I'd have to spend more time in that grim, grim, grim world. Here are the reviews I left on Goodreads:

Catching Fire: 4.5 stars, that half-star mainly only taken off because this world is so dark and upsetting, I can't entirely say I'd read this for fun. Still, it was so compelling, very much a page-turner, that I do give it more or less full marks. The love triangle actually is believable--either Gale or Peeta would be a decent match for Katniss. And boy do I love Finnick so far. Yum. Way to end on a cliffhanger! Ack. Guess the third book is next on the list, then.

Mockingjay: 4 stars. Just finished it, and my immediate, emotionally drained reaction is, "Well, wasn't THAT the most depressing happy ending ever."

Collins is still a very compelling writer here, and the story put tears in my eyes many times, as with the other volumes. But by now everyone just feels so *damaged*. I suppose I was wishing for a stronger feeling of hope by the end. I see how that isn't realistic--Panem wouldn't inspire hope in anyone sane. So maybe that's my beef with the series as a whole: grim grim grim. Too grim. The Hunger Games = war, and war = horror, and no society should do either. Yes, we got that. Loud and clear.

Similarly, I wanted the legendary District 13 to be more interesting, more unusual. Instead it was more of the same. Bland, humorless. No fun. That's Panem for you: no fun.

I make it sound like I disliked the book. I didn't. Things were tied up nicely, and there was plenty of excitement, and even some romantic moments. But maybe three volumes of this is too much for a sensitive humor-loving temperament like mine.

Or maybe I'm just unhappy about who she killed off in this one. (There are at least two that make me particularly sad, and you can guess which.)

Meeting adjourned. We'll bring cookies next time.

Comments

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avari_maethor
Oct. 16th, 2012 12:14 am (UTC)
But what happened to Cinna?!

We are led to believe that he was killed... but what if he's actually locked away in a dungeon somewhere? Just waiting to be rescued? -pouts- I need closure!

And-and Finnick! -bawls-

-sniff- That's all... other than I was actually upset with the epilogue.
mollyringle
Oct. 16th, 2012 12:18 am (UTC)
SPOILERS, should anyone care.
Agreed on all that.
I really thought Cinna would reappear, since we never got confirmation on what happened to him. But no, just nothin'.

Finnick... *sad face emoticon in the extreme* He deserved his own volume, I say. Presumably his child will be made of awesome, at least.

The epilogue...yeah, I tried to feel cheered up by it, but it was basically too little, too late. I don't take issue with her choice of man--I felt a case could be made either way--but the depression factor was just so huge. Sigh.
avari_maethor
Oct. 16th, 2012 01:40 am (UTC)
Re: SPOILERS, should anyone care.
I knew she would end up with who she did the moment the thing with Prim happened. But I was upset that they had kids. After everything they had been through, neither should have wanted kids. The whole "I just had kids because he wanted them" really rubbed me the wrong way after what they had gone through.
mollyringle
Oct. 16th, 2012 02:31 am (UTC)
Re: SPOILERS, should anyone care.
Yeah, I had to wonder about those "five, ten, fifteen years" when he kept leaning on her to have kids. Doesn't sound entirely pleasant. "This again, dear?" Would've been nice to see her having an actual change of heart about a brighter future, at least.
avari_maethor
Oct. 16th, 2012 01:28 pm (UTC)
Re: SPOILERS, should anyone care.
So, what are you reading next?
mollyringle
Oct. 16th, 2012 05:25 pm (UTC)
Re: SPOILERS, should anyone care.
I recently re-read Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones, which proved a lovely light antidote to Catching Fire, so now I've moved on to the sorta-sequel/companion volume, Castle in the Air. It's doing the trick so far: charming and frivolous.
avari_maethor
Oct. 17th, 2012 03:40 am (UTC)
Re: SPOILERS, should anyone care.
I really missed something with that book... everyone I know loves it and I disliked it, greatly.
mollyringle
Oct. 17th, 2012 06:57 pm (UTC)
Re: SPOILERS, should anyone care.
I don't adore HMC to the extent some do. There isn't enough emotional depth for that; plus the plot is oddly complicated for such a lightweight tone, which actually confused me at times. So far, though, Castle in the Air is easier to follow and a bit more on the romancey side, so I like that.
avari_maethor
Oct. 18th, 2012 01:09 am (UTC)
Re: SPOILERS, should anyone care.
Maybe one day I'll have to pick it up.

I'm currently reading The Inquisitor's Key by Jefferson Bass. It's the newest of the Body Farm novels.
mollyringle
Oct. 19th, 2012 03:23 pm (UTC)
Re: SPOILERS, should anyone care.
*looks it up*
Ooh, forensics--that could add a cool touch. If I'd had more nerve, I might have studied that as an offshoot of my anthropology days...
avari_maethor
Oct. 19th, 2012 08:43 pm (UTC)
Re: SPOILERS, should anyone care.
I find it fascinating... but I could never do it myself. My sense of smell is to sensitive.
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