Monthly Archives: June 2014

The Woman Who Rides Like a Man (Song of the Lioness #3) by Tamora Pierce

The Woman Who Rides Like a Man (Song of the Lioness, #3)

 

Based on what I’ve read on Goodreads, the general fan consensus seems to be that this book is the weakest of the quartet. I enjoyed it just as much as the previous two books, but can see why people tend to list it as their least favorite. The story takes place almost entirely in a single location, as Alanna goes to live in the desert after graduating as a knight (and killing Duke Roger) at the end of Book 2. The people she falls in with are the Bazhir, who we met briefly in Book One when she and Jonathon went to the Black City, but the people and their culture is explored in much greater depth here.

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All About All About Eve: The Complete Behind-the-Scenes Story of the Bitchiest Film Ever Made by Sam Staggs

All About All About Eve: The Complete Behind-the-Scenes Story of the Bitchiest Film Ever Made!

Before you can ask: yes, I did buy this book because of the title. Look guys, you can’t just show me a book with the byline, “the complete behind the scenes story of the bitchiest film ever made” and not expect me to buy it immediately. I know who I am. And if that “bitchiest film ever made” can also be described as “the best American film ever made” (FIGHT ME, Citizen Kane and Kubrick fanboys), so much the better.

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In the Hand of the Goddess (Song of the Lioness #2) by Tamora Pierce

In the Hand of the Goddess (Song of the Lioness, #2)

I was looking at the cover of my library copy of this book before I started it, and saw that on my edition, Alanna is pictured with a black cat on her shoulder. Remembering how delightfully full of wish fulfillment the first book was, I thought to myself, “Oh, she gets a cat in this one. I bet it’s a magic cat. I bet it talks.” I was joking. But I was totally right. Alanna not only acquires a talking cat (who also has purple eyes, natch), a deity swoops down to personally give Alanna a magic necklace. At this point, girlfriend is getting really weighted down with magical swag. She’s going to have to start carrying trunks around with her, and I love it.

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