Faery Tales And Nightmares

Book: Faery Tales And Nightmares by Melissa Marr

Book Info: Published by HarperCollins; 418 pages; Hardcover; Source: library book

Goodreads Summary: Dangerous promises and beguiling threats swirl together in a dozen stories of enchantments dark and light by New York Times bestselling author Melissa Marr. Uncanny and unexpected creatures appear from behind bushes, rise from beneath the seas, or manifest from seasonal storms to pursue the objects of their attention—with amorous or sinister intent—relentlessly. 

From the gentle tones of a storyteller’s cadences to the terror of a blood sacrifice, tales of favorite characters from Marr’s Wicked Lovely novels mix with accounts of new characters for readers to fall in love with…or to fear. 

Lush, seductive, and chilling, Melissa Marr’s stories revel in the unseen magic that infuses the world as we know it. 

I generally don’t read short stories, but this year, it really does feel like I’m reading more of them.

I’m not sure what to think of this collection of short stories, all written by Melissa Marr.  Overall, it was just okay.  Nothing really stood out, and the ones that are related to her Wicked Lovely series were somewhat confusing, and I felt like I was missing things.  As I haven’t read the Wicked Lovely series, it’s no wonder I was confused.  But I’m not really sure if I want to read it now, because if I’m confused reading short stories, how confused would I be if I were to read the series?

The other ones didn’t have a lot of resolution and were either boring or lame.  It was well-written, and she seems to be really good at world-building, but unfortunately, this book didn’t do anything for me.  I wanted to like it, but I couldn’t.

Rating short stories is a little hard, but overall, I would have to give it a 2 out of 5.  I think fans of her Wicked Lovely series might enjoy the book.

Apparently, The T.V. Is Not Gone

Remember last week, when I was talking about how t.v. was going to be gone for a few weeks because of the holidays?

I was wrong.  A few shows went on their break last week, but there were a few that fooled me!  Apparently, they were talking a week off so they could air an episode before signing off for the year.  So I will now be trying to catch up on Revenge and Person Of Interest, and try to find something to watch.

I’ve decided to not do Writing Wednesday.  You know, the day I was supposed to talk about writing?  Well, I’m not writing, and rather than talk about how I’m not working on any of my novels once a week, I’ve decided to temporarily drop it.  If/when I start that up again, it’ll make an appearance, but until then, I’ll be talking about other stuff.  I currently have an astounding 8 books that are either being read, will be read, or are finished, so expect quite a few book reviews.  That’s partly why I’m not talking about writing, because I have too many books to get through!  Although once things settle down, I may have to start doing writing prompts or something.  I’ll definitely have to recap my book reading at some point.

I’m done baking my mom’s cookies and now I just need to finish my grandma’s scarf.  Plus, I need to bake some brownies, more cookies, and some gingerbread men for Christmas.  My multi-tasking will definitely be put to the test!

Thoughts on Books

I’ve read a lot this year- an amazing 98 books.  I’ll definitely hit 100 next month- if I read anyway, which I probably will.  Knowing me, and my obsessively large (495 books and counting) to-read list, I’ll definitely read some number over 100.  I need to start making a dent in that to-read list after all.

A majority of the books I’ve read this year can be classified as either children’s books or young adult books, and there’s something I’ve noticed.

Why does everything seem to have at least a sequel?!  Some books have had a sequel, others are a part of some sort of series.  Some of the “Adult” books I’ve read have been a part of series too, so it’s not just children/young adult arena that’s guilty of this.  But children/young adult being the largest genre I’ve read…that’s probably why I’m noticing it.

*Random, but very important note: From here on out, a series will refer to books that have at least 2 books in it.

How hard is it to come up with an idea that’s contained in one book?  Why is there a need to have so many series?  It’s really overwhelming, especially since a lot of them don’t seem to have some kind of numbering or ordering system.  Like, the Vampire Academy Series or the Pretty Little Liars series.  There doesn’t seem to be any indication on the covers as to which number in the series it is.  At least there’s a “here’s what’s coming next” at the end of each Pretty Little Liars book.  But since I’m requesting a lot of books from other libraries, I’m utterly clueless as to which book is first and second and so on.  I seriously need to have a list of the order right next to me.  Google and Wikipedia help, since I can google the series to figure out the order.  It’s really not that much work, but it’s still frustrating.

But back to why everything I’m reading seems to be part of a series.  Is it because series are just insanely popular, or is it the types of books I’m reading?  I am reading a lot of historical fiction/fantasy/historical fantasy and supernatural/paranormal books.  Do these genres lend themselves to being a part of a series or are young adult authors really unable to wrap up their story in a few hundred pages?  Some of the authors I’ve read or want to read seem to have multiple series.  It’s like their mind works in series, and not in something that stands alone.  A combination of all of these questions seem likely- a mix of reading certain genres, series being popular, storylines that can’t be wrapped up in one book, and quite possibly marketing.  Honestly, I don’t want to think about the role marketing has.

And why is there a lot of title: a novel?  Is adding a novel after the title necessary?  I think not, because I feel like I’m pretty good at figuring what is a novel and isn’t a novel.  Is it a way of distinguishing themselves from all the series out there?  Or is there some other reason?  I just don’t understand!

I think that’s enough ranting and raving for now…I’ll need to save up my ranting and raving energy for November, when I’ll need it the most!