Hey guys! Did you miss me?
I’ve honestly really missed this. I never thought I’d be one for the blogging but turns out I was wrong… I really love it!
Things have been a little crazy for me these past several weeks. Summer is a crazy time at the library in general. It was a lot of fun, but left me without much time for reading, reflecting and sharing. Then right as the excitement of summer was dying down I made a huge move. That’s right folks, no longer are you reading the sage words of an Information Assistant at Bathurst Clark. You are now enjoying the verbal stylings of the newest Youth Services Librarian at Civic Centre!!!
If you were here for the TSRC party, you saw me right in the middle of that transition (Literally. The name tag around my neck said Info Assistant but somewhere in the library, hidden away, was a name tag that said YS Librarian). If you’re not sure you saw me there, I was the one in charge of the Dojo room (how do you like me now?). By the way, guys, that night was so much fun! Were you there? Did you enjoy it as much as I did? As Jane Lynch says, if you had half as much fun as I did then I had twice as much fun as you…
So now that we’re all caught up I can tell you what’s actually been on my mind this past week: Maggie Stiefvater’s The Raven Boys.
Have you read this book???
Full disclosure: I only finished it a couple days ago and have yet to really start the sequel, but I am looking forward to it.
Nevertheless, I’m not yet sure if I love this book or if I will love this series. There are parts that I LOVED. There are things that I figured out a page or two before it was revealed and I was so proud of myself. That can be such an ego boost (you may even hear me utter the words: “Ha, I could have written this book”. No, I’m not delusional, I know I couldn’t). But it took me a long time to get into and even once I did, there were times that I found myself losing interest a bit.
Now, because I’m still on the fence about this book but eagerly awaiting the next one (which seems to be all about Ronan.. which is… I mean… okay..), I thought I’d break down some of the things that I loved about it and some of the things that I could have lived without. No spoilers I promise!!
I think first and foremost I could have lived without there being four books. I feel about this the way I feel about Peter Jackson making three Hobbit films.. I don’t think there’s enough story to merit this many books. Even in the first book there were full sections (and possibly chapters) that I felt were not really necessary. One of the cardinal rules of fiction writing is that if something doesn’t serve to move the plot forward (be it with action or necessary context), it gets cut. Do I need a whole 20 minute section about Radagast? Has it given the story anything other than a weird guy with Giant bunnies (those bunnies, though)? Not really, Pete.. Tolkien knew this, that’s why it’s not in the book… (See? No spoilers here.)
I also didn’t love the slow pace. Why does it take FIVE chapters to complete ONE day??? While this is partly due to all the (in mu opinion) unnecessary bits that were added in order to justify four books (I’m being harsh, I know), it’s also a stylistic thing. This is a character driven story, not a plot driven story. So a day will take five chapters because you have five people whose experiences of the day need to be shared. I get that… I just don’t love it. If you do love this type of narrative, you will love this book. Pick it up. Check it out. Read it!
You know, I think that’s mostly it as far as things I didn’t like so much.
Now, for something completely different: that things I loved!
THE PSYCHICS!!!! I love this stuff. True story: When I was 12 I was so into it that my mother either bought me tarot cards or gave me her deck (I can’t remember which). I used to look up different spreads and interpretations. I would sit up in my room and do my own readings, trying to determine the meaning and implications. I would even at times let the cards make my decisions for me. Maura, Persephone and Calla are exactly the kind of psychic I always wanted to be. They are amazing and intuitive and powerful. Ohh I love them so much!! Especially Persephone and Calla…
Gansey (and to a certain extent his crew). Gansey, at this point at least, is maybe the most interesting character in this book. There are so many layers to him. Some are self-imposed and others are placed on him by society or his family or friends. His dedication to his quest is admirable, whatever his reasons are. He has an innocence to him and a goodness that draw you in. I can totally see why Noah, Ronan and Adam have attached themselves so entirely to him. There is so much more that I can say about him… but I think the more I say the more I risk spoilers. I will stop my love letter to Gansey by stating that Gansey and his journal are my OTP!
Cabeswater. All I’m going to say is that it’s spooky and fantastic.
Without giving too much away I think that’s all I can really say… Okay.. on to book 2! Excelsior!