Every time I see an interesting bookish tag I can’t help but scheduling it for one of my next posts: I encountered this one on the site of fellow blogger Bookstoge, and I immediately liked the comparison between books and weather phenomenons, so here are my answers…
SUNSHINE: A BOOK THAT MADE YOU SMILE
Firefly: The Magnificent Nine by James Lovegrove
Firefly is one of my favorite TV series, and one of the most unfortunate since it was canceled before it had been given the chance to truly fly. Luckily for me, and for the many fans that still care about Serenity and its crew, there is a series of books, now numbering to six and with a seventh expected for later this year, that manage to recapture the adventurous fun mood of the show.
RAIN: A BOOK YOU COULDN’T PUT DOWN
Empire of the Vampire, by Jay Kristoff
Simply mention the word ‘vampire’ and I immediately pay attention: this is one of the horror tropes that most fascinate me. Learning that one of my favorite authors was penning a new series focused on a world dominated by these monsters was a huge incentive for me to read this first book as soon as it became available, and I was more than captivated by its dark, dreary background and by the story’s compelling main character.
WIND: A BOOK THAT BLEW YOU AWAY
The Shadow of the Gods, by John Gwynne
John Gwynn is one of the epic fantasy authors that compel me to read their works without even looking at the blurb, because I know that I will be enthralled by whatever story he chooses to tell. In this particular case we have a Norse mythology-inspired story following the journey/quest of a number of fascinatingly flawed characters in a world where the vestiges of the gods who once ruled are still able to wield great power and are therefore sought with any means. Both gritty and emotional, I believe this is the best Gwynne book so far, and the sequel is almost here!
HURRICANE: A TRAGIC BOOK
The Hunger, by Alma Catsu
This was my first encounter with the tragedy of the Donner Party, which is not so well-known outside of the USA – even though, since then, I happened to find several references to the story. The caravan of hopefuls who tried to travel from Missouri to California in the mid-19th Century, was lost in the inclement weather conditions of the Sierra Nevada, and the few survivors had to resort to eating the flesh of their dead to keep alive. This was both a tragic story and an in-depth examination of human nature under stressful conditions.
BLIZZARD: A BOOK YOU HAD HIGH EXPECTATIONS FOR
Black Sun, by Rebecca Roanhorse
I “met” this author through her Sixth World Series, and I was eager to explore her new work focused on pre-Colombian cultures: Black Sun exceeded even my wildest expectations in depicting a violent but fascinating world imbued with magic, political machinations and family feuds, and peopled with fascinating characters. The second book in the saga is forthcoming and I’m sure that it will meet and surpass my expectations just as its predecessor did.
TORNADO: A BOOK YOU DIDN’T LIKE AT FIRST BUT ENDED UP LOVING
Red Rising, by Pierce Brown
While I enjoy a good tale of vengeance, Red Rising did not seem to be exactly tailored to my tastes, mostly because I struggled to connect with Darrow, the main character who goes against the caste system implemented in this remote future where society is modeled on the ancient Roman Empire. And yet, little by little, he and his quest won me over and I ended up rooting for his fight against such an inhuman system.
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