sanalith: (Books - Quote - P&P - "Prefer a Book")

Your result for Which fantasy writer are you?...

Susan Cooper (b. 1935)

17 High-Brow, -5 Violent, -21 Experimental and -3 Cynical!

Congratulations! You are High-Brow, Peaceful, Traditional and Romantic! These concepts are defined below.

Though born in England, Susan Cooper currently lives in the United States. She is most well-known for her The Dark Is Rising sequence, which has received substantial critical acclaim, the second book (also called The Dark Is Rising) in the series winning a Newbury Honor and the fourth book (The Grey King) being awarded the Newbury Medal, one of the world's most prestigious awards for children's literature. The series is one of the finest examples of contemporary fantasy: the kind of fantasy where magic happens in an actually existing place. The Dark Is Rising is set in Britain, where two common themes of fantasy are combined; that of a magic world parallel to ours, which later became so popular with the Harry Potter books and that of ordinary British school-children playing a role in the struggle between Good and Evil, which had earlier been explored by C S Lewis.

Cooper manages to use the idiom of traditional children books to tell a tale of epic proportions, as evil beings from Celtic legends appear on Earth to do battle with the Old Ones, a secret society of people with magic powers. She is also able to combine this rather romantic vision with important messages, the compassion of one of the children being vital to the cause of Good at one point in the story. In Cooper's world, what you think and do matters on a grand scale, a message children and adults alike should take to their hearts.

You are also a lot like Ursula K Le Guin.
If you want some action, try China Miéville.

If you'd like a challenge, try your exact opposite, Lian Hearn.

Read more... )

This really drives home for me that what I like and what I *want* to like in fantasy books are two totally different things.

If you read the more detailed responses under the cut, they're almost spot on. I'm romantic, traditional, peaceful and...well, high-brow. I guess. But when I went to to learn more about Susan Cooper's books, I realized I probably wouldn't like them. The fact that she is compared to Tolkien also made me wary, since (sorry, folks) I've never actually made it through LoTR. *hides* And while I am a fan of Narnia, I don't know if that makes me a fan of C.S. Lewis, with whom she is also compared, because that's all I've ever read by him, and I know he's done a LOT more. So, I went to check out my apparent opposite, Lian Hearn, and guess what she wrote: The Tales of the Ootori series, which I've been meaning to pick up for a while now. Of course, this could be simply coincidence and I might not like her style if it wasn't set in Japan, but the fact remains that the plot didn't turn me off.

Despite all this, I want to like traditional high fantasy. I really do. But I've never been able to stomach it for too long. The closest I've gotten was Robert Jordan and The Wheel of Time, but I always get stuck on book seven and that's that. Based on my interests and world view, I should like high fantasy, I really should. I just...don't.

I know, I know. Just more proof that I'm weird >.>

(x-posted to livejournal)
sanalith: (Default)
I've been wanting more aesthetically pleasing bookshelves (or at least something different from the norm) and my mom was kind enough to buy me this! It's small, but I like it!

Books! )

sanalith: (Twilight - Quote - Bipolar Muppet)
For some reason, this has not been a very good year for me in terms of books. Oh, I’m reading as much as ever – sometimes I feel like I’m reading even more than usual – but the quality of the books I’ve chosen have…not been the best. I’ll take full blame for one of them, as I knew going into it that there was a very large possibility I would dislike it, and I’ll take at least partial responsibility for another. As for the rest…to quote a character from one of my favorite novels, “I am most seriously displeased.”

What follows are the top worst five books I've read this year. They include a lack of plot, a bad plot, horrible editing, a romance book that was not even slightly romantic, and...Twilight.

Click if you dare! )

(x-posted to livejournal)

sanalith: (Empress Elisabeth - Coronation Color)
Just as an fyi, in case anyone is interested, I created a Dreamwidth community for discussion of the life of Empress Elisabeth of Austria. You can find it at [community profile] empress_elisabeth. Membership is un-moderated, so please feel free to join, and/or point interested people in the right direction!
sanalith: (Books - Illuminated Pages)
I figured I ought to have an "official" introduction. As of right now, I plan for this journal to remain open, so please feel free to friend me / subscribe to me at any time! If I know you from somewhere else, just drop me a line so I can connect the two names in my mind. This will primarily be a place to review books and movies, and some of my more fandom-esq pursuits may find their way here eventually. Everything about my personal life will remain friend's locked over on livejournal.

If you're interested, you can also find me at:

 - My personal livejournal - Crystal Moon - If you have an lj account and want to friend me there, go for it! Just be warned that it's all about my personal life, work, housing, marriage, etc.

- My fanfiction livejournal - Whispering Muse - Mainly fics from the anime Hikaru no Go and Harry Potter, as well as some Labyrinth thrown in for old time's sake

- The DW community [community profile] empress_elisabeth, dedicated to the discussion of Empress Elisabeth of Austria and her family.

And for those who want to know more, I'll copy and paste some of my bio from lj beneath the cut.

Getting to know you! )

I look forward to meeting lots of few friends!

sanalith: (Books - Reading in Chair)
So far, this year hasn't been the best for me in terms of new books. I don't know if writers are just getting better at writing summaries on the back covers, or if I've just become less discriminatory in my buying habits, but it's just not been working well. Part of the problem might simply be that last year was an extraordinary good year. Not only did I read a lot of enjoyable books, but there were a goodly number of five-star, take-on-a-desert-island finds as well. Gone With the Wind, The Last Unicorn, The Mists of Avalon...these and a fair amount of others really impacted me for the better. So far I've only had one new five-star ranking, and that was for a phenomenal translation of the Tao Te Ching. The thing is, not only have I not been finding new OMG!AMAZING books, not only have a lot of them been simply mediocre, a large handful have been just plain bad. (I'll be saving these for another entry where I can just whine.) So, to counteract all this depression, I've started re-reading.

Project Gutenberg has been invaluable in this respect. I started using it on my lunch break at work, and it's been really enjoyable. I don't like to do nothing when I eat, but I also dislike reading physical books. Not only is it awkward, but I don't want to risk getting sauces or grease on the paper. The computer, obviously, works perfectly. I initially convinced myself it was just a good idea to re-read things, because I would be doing it so choppily (only about 30 minutes a day, five days a week) and it would be hard to get into something new anyway. As it turns out, this is just what I needed. I started out with my second favorite book in existence, Pride and Prejudice. Every time I read it, I realize that I've forgotten how wonderful and funny and just truly enjoyable it is. As much as I love watching the movies and drooling over Colin Firth, there is a charm that never gets fully transmitted from paper to screen. I'm currently working my way through Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, and will probably move directly on to Through the Looking Glass. Alice has always been one of my favorite stories - the madness is so incredibly fascinating! - and anyone who has known me for a while will acknowledge my unadulterated love for the Cheshire Cat.

But without a doubt, my favorite re-read thus far is of a novel I first read in middle school and have dearly loved ever since - a Star Trek novel entitled Time For Yesterday, by A.C. Crispin. This is the second in a duology that spins off an episode where Spock and McCoy are accidentally transported to a planet's past, during its ice age. While there, they meet a woman who was wrongly exiled there, and Spock, who has reverted to a more primative mind-set, falls in love with her. Crispin creates an original character named Zar, who is supposedly the result of this union. Without a doubt, this woman shows an understanding of the Vulcan mind and spirit only second to Leonard Nimoy himself. She allows Spock to care for his son without being overly emotional, to show pride in his accomplishments, and to truly become a father to a boy he once proclaimed an unfortunate accident. By today's standards, Zar might be considered a Gary Stu, but Crispin managed to fit him into the world as seamlessly as if he'd always been there, and my love for him and his relationship with Spock has only grown over the years.

I've met many people who believe that re-reading is a waste of time. While I do try to limit myself in this, if for no other reason than because there are so many books out there I haven't read and need to, but sometimes I just find myself needing to go home. Hopefully I'll get better at finding good books again soon, but for now, I'm content to curl up with some old friends.

Are there any books you return to over and over again at times like this?

(x-posted to livejournal)


May. 2nd, 2009 03:50 pm
sanalith: (Star Trek - Uhura - Squee)
Just as an FYI for people who may not know, [community profile] thefulcrum (the livejournal one, not the one here on DW) has a wonderful tutorial on how to import Mixit layouts. You can find it here, and it's phenomenal! It looks like a lot, and it sounds complicated, but her explanations (complete with pictures!) are outstanding. I know NOTHING about css and I've already managed to successfully import two layouts. Granted, this only works with the Mixit style, but it will hold us over till the makers over here get more DW-specific styles.

Have fun!

sanalith: (Books - Illuminated Pages)

= Amazing / Desert Island Worthy
= Impressive / Recommended to Interested Friends
= Good / Amusing
= Perhaps Not the Author's Best Work
= RUN AWAY!!!!!!!!!!!

Star graphics stolen from
[profile] genrocks

Books with an asterisk (*) denote re-reads.

Books with a double asterisk (**) denote religious or philosophical texts whose ratings are based on translation and readability, not on doctrine.

Books! )
sanalith: (Sanalith)
I must say that, thus far, I'm rather impressed with Dreamwidth. I'm still fumbling around, trying to figure out exactly how things work, but it's nice. I think what makes it so disconcerting is that it's soooo much like livejournal...but just different enough that I get confused when something isn't where I think it is. And, of course, there's much less customization so far, but it's really kinda cool to be in on it while it's still developing. And the best part is the response that the maintainers have been giving, especially with all the issues yesterday and today. It really feels like they actually care about us and the site, which is nice. I'm thinking more and more that I'll keep my paid account. I just bought one for a month to test it out, and because I wasn't sure if I wanted to pay for two journals, but...yeah, I'm definitely liking it so far. I guess we'll see what happens!

Oh, and I LOVE the kanji mood theme!!!!


Apr. 30th, 2009 10:18 pm
sanalith: (Default)
As you all have no doubt guessed, this is [personal profile] sanalith from livejournal, and I basically wanted to get my foot in the door over here...just in case. At the current moment, I plan on taking a leaf from a lot of other people's books and just cross-post random stuff over here. I'm thinking maybe book and movie reviews. At any rate, feel free to friend me...or subscribe to me...or whatever the heck it's called over here! If you're from LJ and it's not readily apparent who you are, just drop me a note so I know. I plan to keep all my posts public for the time being, but we'll see.

Happy beta-ing!

(note - everything before this entry has been cross-posted from livejournal)

sanalith: (Books - Quote - P&P - "Prefer a Book")
I managed to get through five books this month, along with my daily Bible readings. My reviews got a little long winded this time, so I'm cutting them to save my poor readers.

Book reviews for February )


Jan. 26th, 2009 08:26 pm
sanalith: (Labyrinth - Sarah with Book)
This isn't really a review per say, as it's a kid's book, but I wanted to put it down anyway. I read Chris Van Allsburg's Jumanji about a week ago, which is something I've wanted to do ever since the movie came out (how ever many years ago *that* was). See, I'm a total purist when it comes to movies based on books, wherein I will absolutely NOT watch the movie until I have read the book. The only exception I consciously made was for Lord of the Rings, mainly because I've now tried I think four times to get through Fellowship, and while I get a little further each time, I come nowhere near the end. Or even the middle. Tolkein is just not my friend.

I digress.

Anyway, I can now watch Jumanji with a clear conscious, but what I really wanted to point out here was the style of pictures in the book. For those of you who've read it, did you notice that no human faces are shown in the book except those of the two main children? The parents are cut off at the neck, and all other characters are shown from behind, or from a distance too far to make out any features. I found this so charming, as though it's a way for the illustrator to reinforce that the only characters that matter are those two children. I might even take it one step further to say that perhaps it meant that they were the only two *real* characters in the book, and that everyone else was imaginary or didn't belong in their world. (I can say this about the adults, because they would never believe the story of the game, and adults just generally are seen as apart from a child's imaginary world.)

For some reason, I just found this really, really interesting.
sanalith: (Clock)
I may be the last person on LJ to see Prince Caspian, but see it I did! There be spoilers under the cut, just in case, but I'll just say that I liked it all right. There were some WTF moments, and some completely unnecessary alterations, but in the grand scheme of things, I'd say they kept things close to the spirit of the book. Plus, Caspian himself was hot.

I liked Reepicheep the best! )


May. 19th, 2008 09:21 pm
sanalith: (Cinderella - Fashion)
Yes, yes, I know I'm late, but I generally always am so deal with it!  =P 

This afternoon, [personal profile] caithion and I went to the dollar theatre to see Enchanted, and now I can finally say that I know what all the hype was about!

Honestly, I don't think I've laughed that hard at a movie in a looooong time! It was just such a wonderful parody! Without a doubt, my two favorite scenes were the "working song," because you can't beat cockroaches and pigeons cleaning a NYC apartment, and Giselle's dancing and singing in Central Park, explaining how you know when someone loves you. I felt an almost instant connection with Giselle when she came to's not normal to have a "happily ever after" mentality in our world, and seeing that represented in her was just so wonderful! It made me feel like it was all right for me to keep my own dreams of romance and fairytales alive (as long as I didn't randomly break into song while doing it!) Of course, the songs are going to be stuck in my head for days on end now   >.>

All I can say, really, is that it's the first time in a long time that I found cliches to work so well. I could predict almost the entire plot, but that was the entire point! That's what made it so spectacular! And I loved that Nancy ended up with Prince Edward at the end. Her kiss was just awesome. I definitely need to get my mom to watch this. She'd fall in love!

Oh, and the cutting of the curtains and bed sheets to make Giselle's dresses? Completely priceless!

And I am vindicated!! I knew I recognized Nathaniel from somewhere else! Hello Wormtail!!
sanalith: (Labyrinth - Jareth Golden)
Warning: This may in fact be the longest post I have ever made. Read at your own risk.

When I was probably around 15, a friend of mine asked me what my favorite movie was. I opened my mouth to reply, and she quickly clarified that I could NOT choose what she considered my silly sci-fi movie series, such as Star Trek and Star Wars. It had to be a stand alone film. I’ll admit that I had to think about this for a while. Eventually, I threw out the name of a movie I loved, but I don’t think I truly believed it was my absolute favorite. It was lovely and haunting and fun, but I was still on my ST and SW kick and really couldn’t believe I would ever come to love anything as much as I did those movies.

The movie I tossed out to her was Labyrinth, and surprisingly enough, I soon discovered that I was right.

In the beginning )

Analysis )

Jareth + Sara = OTP! )

Conclusion )

"Things are not always what they seem in this place, so you can't take anything for granted."
sanalith: (Books - Beauty - Rose)
Everyone who knows me even a little knows that I am a bibliophile. I’ve been reading since before I can remember, and to this day, I can honestly say that it is my favorite pastime. I can never *not* be reading something, and I’m generally reading more than one book at a time. If I do happen to be between books and I can’t seem to figure out what to read next, I inevitably get depressed until I can settle on something. I need books like I need air.

My deep love for books has lead me to read a *ton* over my nearly 27 years of life. Despite that, I’ve never had any trouble answering what ought to be an incredibly difficult question – What’s my favorite book? Ever since I read Beauty, by Robin McKinley, there has never been another answer.

Love at first sight )

How it changed me )

The rows of books tugged unrepentantly at the edges of my sight. I walked like one bewitched to the nearest shelf. "I didn't know there were so many books in the world," I said caressingly, and the Beast's answer was heard only in my ear and did not register in my brain: "Well, in fact, there aren't," he said..."This library is  - well -"  He paused. "Most of these books haven't been written yet...But don't worry, they will be."
sanalith: (Star Trek - McCoy - Dancing Monkey)
I decided to start with Star Trek because, quite frankly, no other show or book has ever had such a huge impact on my life. Pretty much everyone who knows me knows that I am a Trekkie. At the same time, it’s not something I talk about a whole lot, in the way that I don’t often discuss that I’m female, or that I have ten fingers. It’s something that simply is, rather like the air we breathe.

Before we continue, keep in mind some distinctions. I come from a generation where there was a huge difference between a Trekkie and a Trekker. I consider myself the former, meaning I am a die-hard fan of The Original Series (TOS). I have NOT seen every single solitary episode of every Star Trek ever aired. In fact, I tend not to like Voyager or Enteprise much at all. I HAVE seen every single episode of TOS, and that is where my true love lies. I am NOT a techno Trekkie. I cannot tell you how to build a starship or explain how a phaser works. I did go to several conventions, but I never did any cosplaying. The closest I ever got was buying a replica of a Bajoran earring. I did, however, meet William Shatner (Kirk), John de Lancie (Q), Michael Dorn (Worf), and I hugged James Doohan (Scotty).

And yes, I can speak a few words in Klingon. I own the official dictionary.

How the obsession began )

How it changed me )

Recomendations )

To this day, Star Trek comforts me when nothing else can. When I'm sad or depressed or unhappy, I know I've got a home to go back to, so to speak. I can't ever watch Star Trek and not come out on the other end smiling, and feeling a million times better. I love this show, and I can pretty much promise you that nothing else in the world will ever impact me in the same way.


sanalith: (Books - Imagine)
I've been looking at this and all of Philippa Gregory's books for some time now, and I just generally kept telling myself I would read them when I get the chance. I've heard good reviews of her writing, and I've always been interested in that part of history, so I figured they'd make good reads. About a week ago, Mike mentioned that he'd seen a preview for the movie adaptation of The Other Boleyn Girl, and that he thought it would be really nice for us to go see it. I immediately refused, because I have this Thing where I do not go to see movies based on books without first reading the books. At least, not if I can help it. Sooo, I ran out to the store and grabbed a copy of the book. Annoyingly, though perhaps not unexpectedly, the cheapest copy was the new paperback with Natalie Portman & Co. on the cover, and not the original. (I have a Thing about this as well, you see.) Still, since it was literally half the price of the original, I swallowed my pride, reminded myself that this would allow me to save money for the *other* books, and bought it.

My Thoughts )
sanalith: (Sanalith)
As many of you know, I have been and eternally shall be obsessed with names and their meanings. This is just a part of my personality that has been with me for just about as long as I can remember. I've been collecting baby name books for years, and you can always tell when I'm about to start writing something (either an original story, or a fic that calls for an original character) because I will be sitting on my bed surrounded by ten naming books. I've also been known to learn about the personalities of my friends and co-worker - as well as myself - through the meaning of their names. I'm not into astrology and I could care less what your sign is, but I'm huge on knowing name meanings. Go figure.

Anyway, the latest installment in my collection is the Character Naming Sourcebook by Sherrilyn Kenyon, which is the first name book I've ever seen that specifically deals with how to name story characters rather than your children. Obviously, the vast majority of the book is comprised of names and their meanings, but her introduction was so incredibly interesting that I had to share.

Also of interest is the arrangement of names. Pretty much all of my other name books simply go in alphabetical order from A to Z, with one section for males and another for females. This book is organized by origin, and *then* subdivided alphabetically for men and women. This is to make it easier for authors who know they need a Scottish or African name, and don't have to sort through ever single letter to find them. This is highly interesting for me.

So what else about this book is awesome? )


sanalith: (Default)
Dark Star

June 2009



RSS Atom

Most Popular Tags

Style Credit

Expand Cut Tags

No cut tags
Powered by Dreamwidth Studios