Well, maybe I shouldn’t have drunk all that sweet tea, or I wouldn’t still be up at 3am starting to write a blog entry. It was great fuel for WoWing though.
Centered Riding (Sally Swift)- I got bit by the horse bug. Not surprisingly, the most effective way to improve your riding skills is to … practice riding. This is a useful supplement to live instruction. I’m not sure the visualization tricks have really helped me gain better balance in the saddle, but I love the step by step breakdown of proper position and movement and the relationship between horse and rider. Lots of useful pictures.
Never Let Me Go (Kazuo Ishiguro)- Haunting. Still thinking about this one. Sometimes I wonder why the characters didn’t rail more at their fate. Not that it would do any good. It seems like a very human thing to do. But then, they’re not exactly equipped to do anything else in life. This is my first Ishiguro novel.
Lament, Ballad (Maggie Stiefvater)- I’ll have to add James and Nuala to my growing list of favorite fictional people (like Aragorn, Jane Eyre, Elizabeth Bennet, Sara Crewe, Talat… ok, so Talat’s a horse, so what? he steals the spotlight every scene he’s in). I loved the way the author blended folklore, music and faerie together. The Faeries, oh, the Faeries. I loved the way they were so fierce, so inhuman. They live by an entirely different set of rules. I love how the Faeries are attracted to those who are musically gifted. It makes sense. One quibble: I couldn’t quite relate to Dee, who is the focus of the first book Lament, and then she does a 180 and becomes insufferable in the second book Ballad. Its like she took a page out of Bella Swan’s book.