Friday, January 20, 2017

The Ultimate Harry Potter Tag

So…if you remember what I said before, upon finishing the books - finally - you're probably wondering why someone who didn't love the series is doing this tag. Well, the fact is, I have very complicated feelings about this series even now . And I wanted to answer some of these questions.

(Prepare yourself for some not-fangirl answers.)

#1 Favorite Book?
The Half-Blood Prince. Honestly, that book missed by a hairsbreadth of getting five stars from me. I just loved it and everything about it.

#2 Least Favorite Book?
The Deathly Hallows. I don't think I've ever read a book that was so incredibly boring before in my life. Followed closely by The Order of the Phoenix because of the teen angst and a Harry that didn't want to do anything.

#3 Favorite Movie?
Either The Chamber of Secrets or The Prisoner of Azkaban. … Or The Goblet of Fire. Probably The Chamber of Secrets though.

#4 Least Favorite Movie?
Okay, bear in mind that I've not yet seen The Deathly Hallows part 2 - and I do want to say part 1 because it did kind of suck in my opinion. But, to me, it didn't really suck any more than the book. What I'm trying to say, in my own way, is that the movie stayed true to the book. Unlike The Half-Blood Prince whose movie was just rubbish,

#5 Favorite Quote?
I don't actually have one. Maybe because I didn't find any of them particularly memorable.

#6 Favorite Weasley?
I know I'm going to have a really, really unpopular opinion here, but… Percy. I got kind of a kick out of him early on, I'll admit, but later in the books, I can't help but think he really came into his own. He did what he thought was right, regardless of what his family said and that had to have taken a lot of courage. Even though he was wrong, and when he realized that, he admitted it. So, I like him.

#7 Favorite Female Character?
I think everyone'll say Hermione and I'm really no different. I liked some of the others, but I think the story lacks in the likable girls department. (Though, honestly, I did like Fleur an awful lot too.)

#8 Favorite Villain?
Voldemort. I'm honestly fascinated by the character and one of the few HP sequels/spinoffs I'd be interested in reading is one about Tom Riddle. Either his time at Hogwarts or how he became Voldemort. I'm really not fussy.

#9 Favorite Male Character?
Draco. I'm not going to explain this any further than to say I've always liked characters like that. Also, I'm quite interested in the whole Malfoy family and would love a story about them - Draco or Narcissa specifically.

#10 Favorite Professor?
Lupin. Or McGonagall because she's awesome.

#11 Would you rather: wash Snape's hair OR spend a day listening to Lockhart rant about himself?
Am I really the only one that thought Lockhart was funny? Because I honestly got a kick out of the guy. A whole day might be pushing it a little, but I'd totally listen to him.

#12 Would you rather: duel an elated Bellatrix OR an angry Molly?
To me, Molly's really not that frightening. I mean, she has one moment that she's more than just a 'hockey mom' (because I'm serious, I'm starting to think that's the perfect definition of her) meanwhile Bellatrix has I'm creepy and I'm conniving and I know it down. So, Molly.

#13 Would you rather: Travel to Hogwarts using the Hogwarts Express OR a flying car?
The flying car. A flying car is only one step down in the awesomeness scale from a self-driving car.

#14 Would you rather: give Voldemort a kiss OR Umbridge a bubble bath?
Whichever I choose, is my life guaranteed to be, you know, not ended? Because if I knew he wouldn't kill me, I'd say kiss Voldemort. (Seriously, all the pink and fluff around Umbridge would give me hives.)

#15 Would you rather: fly a hippogriff OR a Firebolt?
I've never been able to figure out how someone rides on a broom. I mean, I've seen it, but it looks either physically impossible or painful. On the other hand, I think I'd do just fine in a flying car, but an actual flying animal…Heights and I don't usually mesh…Uhhm. I'm gonna take the Firebolt. At least it I'm in control of.

#16 Is there a character you felt differently about in the movies?
Sirius. I grew to kind of strongly dislike him in the books. And, if it's at all possible, I liked Harry even less in the books than I did the movies.

#17 Is there a movie you preferred to the book?
The Goblet of Fire. The movie was so much better than the book. It still had flaws, but at least they were lessened by the entertainment of things like dragons. The Prisoner of Azkaban, too, because there were some moments that just translated better into film. The Order of the Phoenix, also, because the book was blerg and at least I didn't have to spend the entire movie inside Harry's head. Probably The Deathly Hallows once I see part 2, because at least it's shorter than the book.

#18 Richard Harris or Michael Gambon as Dumbledore?
Is it bad that, until I heard people talking about it, I didn't even know they changed actors? And then I thought it happened later than it did. So, obviously, don't care.

#19 Your top thing that you wanted in the movie that wasn't there?
About 90% of The Half-Blood Prince because that movie was a nonsensical hatchet job. Besides that, there's a scene late in The Deathly Hallows that, if it's not in the movie, I'm going to be pissed because it was the best thing about the book.

#20 If you could remake any of the Harry Potter movies, which would it be?
I'd love to say The Half-Blood Prince, but I'm really not sure that, given the runtime, anyone could make the movie actually do the book justice. (You know, it's funny, before I read the books, I used to say this was my second favorite of the movies. So it's not a bad movie, it's just a terrible adaptation.)

#21 Which house was your first gut feeling that you'd be a part of?
Ravenclaw. We're talking about back when I first saw The Chamber of Secrets on TV, many, many years ago.

#22 Which house were you actually sorted into on Pottermore?
So I made an account just to take that quiz and, much to no one's surprise, I was sorted into Slytherin. Seriously, that's exactly the one I'd say nowadays that I'd be in. At least I feel quite pleased that I know myself so well.

#23 Which class would be your favorite?
This is the science nerd in me coming out but, Potions. I've loved chemistry and been fascinated by things like alchemy, so Potions would be right up my alley.

#24 What spell do you think would be most useful to learn?
Lumos. No more need for a flashlight!

#25 Which character do you think you'd instantly become friends with?
Uh…Yeah. I'm not one for the whole 'instant' friend thing because I'm not what one would call outgoing - so probably whoever grabbed me and wasn't totally insufferable.

#26 If you could own one of the three Hallows, which would it be?
I don't want any of them. I've learnt. I think they're all more trouble than they're worth. (But, seriously, who doesn't want the most powerful wand ever?)

#27 Is there any aspect of the books you'd want to change?
Oh boy. Harry. Just in general. Also, I'd love the series to be told from more than just his perspective. It would be killer if The Deathly Hallows was at least partially told from someone like Luna or Neville's perspective. Someone, at least, that's closer to the action.

#28 Favorite Marauder?
Remus. I liked him right from the start and at least he wasn't as much of a jackass as the others.

#29 If you could bring one character back to life, which would it be?
Well…there was only one death that hit me particularly hard at all, so…if I go with that, I'd say Dobby. Seriously. The little elf's death got the most emotion from me. Though I deeply, deeply miss Remus and Tonks.

#30 Hallows or Horcruxes?
For what? For me? Neither. Though I find myself somewhat interested in how Horcruxes are made. *shrugs*

So…I actually had a bit of fun with this - and it gave me a chance to put some of my thoughts down about the series. If you're interested in this, and haven't done it yet, I totally tag you.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Review: A-Force: Hypertime by G. Willow Wilson & Kelly Thompson

A-Force: Hypertime by G. Willow Wilson & Kelly Thompson
Series: A-Force #1
Genre: Superhero/Comics/Sci-Fi
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What do you do when a sentient cosmic event rampages through Japan? ASSEMBLE A-FORCE! Marvel's newest hero, SINGULARITY, has escaped Battleworld and found her way to the Marvel Universe! But she didn't make the journey alone. To combat the villainous ANTIMATTER, Singularity will call upon Earth's mightiest team of Avengers. And one thing's for sure: They are A FORCE to be reckoned with!

Collecting: A-Force 1-4, Avengers 83, A-Force 1, material from Avengers 0

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

T5W - Five Favorite 'Polarizing' Books

Top 5 Wednesday is a group on goodreads that you can find here. Every week - or less for some of us ;) - the members get together and post five books that pertain to a specific topic.

I LOVE this topic! I mean, I think it's awesome that some people will love a book and that others will hate it for pretty much the same reasons. And, me? I definitely have a lot of books that I loved that a lot of people didn't. (I also have a lot that I hated that everyone else loved, but that's - sadly - not this topic.)

A Wicked Thing by Rhiannon Thomas

You can't be surprised, can you? I mean, this was one of my favorite books of 2015, I pushed it at everyone and it is still one of my favorite books. Ever. And yet it is cool to hate it. Because the girl isn't a Katniss expy that kicks everyone's ass. Natch.

Ticker by Lisa Mantchen

... Okay, I need to reread this book. Because besides the fact that I came really close to adoring everything about it and it was an awesome steampunk tale - I remember nothing about it. Nothing. But I do know it was awesome. So I need to reread it.

The Friday Society by Adrienne Kress

Now, this book was so much fun. Awesome, awesome girls that totally own the steampunk setting they're in. And they're great together and a wonderful trio and now I'm hit by the sudden thought that they're like the YA steampunk answer to Charlie's Angels...

Mechanica by Betsy Cornwell

This book reminds me a lot of A Wicked Thing - so of course I loved it. But, you know, it's another steampunk book that isn't well enough loved. Probably because it is a Cinderella retelling that has its own twist on the tale that - I'm guessing - not everyone loved as much as I did.

Warrior by Zoe Archer

This book is such a fun, sexy adventure tale and the only reason I can figure that it's not more popular is because it doesn't just settle into one genre. It's probably got too much adventure for the romance fans and too much romance for the adventure fans. But, it worked super well for me. :)

(Okay, so, admittedly, this turned into a list of books I love that aren't popular. But, really, how the hell do I find a 'polarizing' book?)

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Top Ten Hidden Gem Books I've Read In the Past Year-ish

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish.

I love talking about my 'hidden gem' books because so many of the books (and love!) I read aren't the popular ones that everybody is talking about.

Friday, January 13, 2017

2017 Reading Challenges

Pages of Starlight's Speculative Fiction Challenge
(A challenge created by me for me - though you're welcome to join in!)

#1 A Fairytale Retelling

#2 A Historical Fantasy

#3 A Book From NPR's Top 100 SF/F List

#4 A Non-British/American Steampunk

#5 Crossed With Another Genre (like a sci-fi mystery)

#6 A Manga (or 15)

#7 A Comic Book

#8 An Urban Fantasy

#9 A Classic

#10 About Superheroes

#12 A Western (Space Western or Cattle Punk)

#13 An Earth-Based Sci-Fi

#14 A Sci-Fi With Aliens

#15 Based Around a Non-White Culture

#16 With a POC Main Character

#17 With a LGBTQIA Main Character

#18 With an Aro or Ace Character

#19 Written By a POC Author

#20 Has a M/M Romance

#21 Has a  F/F Romance

#22 Published Last Year

#23 Published Before 2000

#24 A Novella

Pages of Starlights ReRead Challenge
I don't reread enough books. I'm usually so focused on the next new book that I never get back to the books I loved. This year I'd like to change that. I'd like to reread at least 12 books this year.

Title - Author Here

I had so much fun with my challenges from last year, I decided to do them again!

Pages of Starlight's Chunky-Book Challenge
(Adult 400+ YA 500+)
I plan to read 12 chunky books this year - or as many as I can find that sounds good, whichever comes first. (I don't even have 12 chunky books on my TBR!)

Title - Author Here

Pages of Starlight's Finish-the-Series Challenge
My goal is to finish 12 series this year.
I'm also including series I've caught up on if there's no indication when/if it'll be finished.

Series by Author Finished

Pages of Starlight's TBR-Clean-Up Challenge
Read some of those books I've had on my TBR list for over a year.
Not my physical TBR.

Book - Author Here

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Review: The Fire's Stone by Tanya Huff

The Fire's Stone by Tanya Huff
Series: N/A
Genre: Fantasy
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AARON. Clan Heir, he has fled his people when his beloved was slain by his own father's command, abandoning his training, duty and beliefs to become a thief. A master of his trade, he now dared the odds in Ischia, city of the volcano, where the price of being caught was death.

DARVISH. Prince of Ischia, third son of a king who had no intention of giving up his throne. The prince was a drunkard, a lover, and a wastrel, yet was gifted with sword skills and with the ability to charm all around him. But not even his charm could free him from the political marriage now being planned.

CHANDRA. Born a princess, she had chosen to become a Wizard of the Nine, that rarest of beings, able to master all the forms that sorcery could take. Now, promised as Darvish's bride, she undertook a desperate journey to Ischia to convince him they must not wed.

Aaron, Darvish, Chandra--three strangers whose fates were about to become interwined. For someone had stolen The Stone, the magical talisman which stood between Ischia and the volcano's wrath. And unless the three could learn to work together on a quest to find the Stone, Ischia would drown in a sea of lava.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Top Ten 2016 Releases I've Not Read - Yet!

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish.

I always look at the brand new books but, unless it's an author that I love, I usually wait on buying them. And then when I get them, unless everything about the book sounds perfect for me, it takes me forever to read them. Seriously, unread books should not start gathering dust! Anyway, this is just a light sample of the new books I meant to get to last year.