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Reading Update 2: Fantasy Novel is the Best!

I’m on page 299 of Clockwork Angel. Just finished chapter 9 and going to start chapter 10.

My feeling so far: excited. It feels like going home 😀

I’m glad I get to travel the fantasy world again. Where everything is strange yet familiar at the same time. Where you get to understand things while enjoying the world some people found unacceptable.

I love stories and fantasy tells stories in the best way that’s impossible for some other genres to enter. It opens all possibilities. Limitless. Just the way I like it.

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Reading Update

So I start reading the fantasy novel today. My choice fell on The Infernal Devices Series: Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare, which is the prequel of The Mortal Instrument Series.

Like what I’ve mention here, hopefully this would be the door to go back to the reading like crazy world. I will start with 50 pages a day.

What are you reading right now? Feel free to share on the comment section 😀 (please).

 

Liven Up My Reading spirit

I miss reading like crazy, read up to 13 books in a month, enjoying every moment of it.

The 2015 book list stop on May. That means three months without reading any book. The truth is, I actually read some books, I just never finish any of them.

I think I will go to fantasy novel to liven up my reading spirit. It usually makes me ready to read everything else.

What kind of books that you like the most?

The Mortal Instruments

As an answer to this post, yes, I finished “City of Heavenly Fire” first. That means a closure of “The Mortal Instrument Series”, which always left some sense of loss.

I read the first book of the series, “City of Bones”, years after I bought it. You know I have this habit of keep buying books even though I haven’t finished all I’ve bought before. And there’s always so much books I want to have and so little time to read them. This first book seems to keep being overlooked, lost the competition against the never ending list of what I found as more interesting books.

There are time for every book. So one day came the time for the first book to come to my attention. My sister said that it’s an okay book. She doesn’t seems to be interested enough to read the next books of the series. With that low expectation, I start reading the book.

It was not as intriguing as “The Hunger Games” by Suzanne Collins (I know, this one is dystopia, so it might not be an apple to apple comparison) or as enchanting as the legendary “Harry Potter” by J. K. Rowling (but what does, right? And again this is not a YA, so again maybe is not a very fair comparison). But, I think, especially “The Hunger Games” effect, had its contribution on my sister’s less interest on this book.

However, I found the book interesting enough that I want to read the rest of the series. Thankfully, each book keeps getting better.

Clary (the main character of the series), her boyfriend/ brother Jace (you have to read the book to find out), her best friend Simon, The Lightwoods, and other interesting character ini this book, will bring you to another side of New York, where shadowhunters (warriors with angels blood in their vein that protect the world from demons) and the Downworld (with warlocks, vampires, fairies, and werewolves) exist. The side that a regular human being, of course, can not see.

If you’re into romance there’s some dose of it in this series (obviously, since it’s a YA Urban Fantasy).  There are many interesting character in this book and I enjoyed being introduced to each kind of creatures with their unique character and how they interact with each other.

Again I reminded that no one can live by their own. We need the help and cooperation from other people.. or creature. And differences is not to be destroyed, make us feel superior or inferior. It just there so we could learn from each other, to create great things together.

I’m sorry that I made a fantasy novel sounds so serious. It just that I always learn so much from them.

There’s a prequel to this series and another series based on one character in it. It’s in my book-to-buy list. Here are the covers of the sixth books of the series that are published in Indonesia. If you decided to read them, I hope you enjoyed it as much as I do.

The 6th Book Combo

I’m in the middle of reading these two books. Both are the 6th also the last book of the two series I’ve been following.

6th

It took more than a year to wait for the translated version of these books to be published. So once they came out, I don’t wait too long to grab them from the book store. Well, I actually bought them online, like most book purchasing I did in the last few years, so I click the button right away to bought them both (not at the same time though).

“Terminal”, from the Tunnels Series by Roderick Gordon and Brian Williams, were available first. I just start reading it when I bought the second book, “City of Heavenly Fire” from The Mortal Instruments Series by Cassandra Clare. I’m not the type of reader who would read two or more books at one time. I would usually finish one book before start to read another one. Then one day, I left “Terminal” at the office…

I work on flexible hours, which means I only have to go to the office three days a week. The day when I left my precious book is the day before my schedule to work at home for two days. So, what happen next in the underground? And what am I going to do for two days?? (beside of working of course :p).

There is when “City of Heavenly Fire” saved my life ;p

Now that I’m back to the office, both books were reunited. I do have a strong feeling which one I’m going to finish first. Feel free to guess, just to make it a bit more interesting ;D

Percy Jackson & the Olympians

I spent last week reading the last three books of Percy Jackson & the Olympians pentalogy written by Rick Riordan. I think I read the first two books of the series about one year ago, then somehow I get distracted that I let the third book left unfinished. Now I wonder why, because ones I started reading the third book again, I can’t stop until the last page of fifth.

So, it’s another fantasy novel. I have a thing for fantasy stories. I just love them! In fantasy there just no limits on imagination. Everything could happen, anything could exist, anywhere, anytime, anyhow, just anything a mind could imagine and beyond. I would also like to write a fantasy novel some day.

Back to the series. If “Harry Potter” was describing the world of wizard and witchcraft, “Percy Jackson & the Olympians” is a story based on Greek mythology.

As a request from his son Haley, Riordan was telling him a bed time stories based on Greek myths, and when ran out of myths had been asked to create new ones. That was when he created a story of Perseus “Percy” Jackson, a demigod who have to deal with his destiny, which includes fighting with monsters, facing God and Goddess and their father (Kronos, the lord of Titan who they destroyed and planning a comeback with vengeance), and dealing with other mythological creatures.

Even among demigods, Percy is special because he is a child of one of the three big God that had promise not to have another descendant, due to a prophecy about the downfall of the Olympians caused by one of their child.

I like the way Riordan put ADHD and dyslexia as characteristic of demigods and explain how their brain that was programmed to read ancient Greek letters and their battle reflects causes all that.  Demigods have better senses than human, they see things human can’t, they see so much it’s hard for them to concentrate. It creates a different point of view of those conditions. Now kids that diagnose with those (like Riordan’s son at the time), could  see it as a special thing and feel better, if not great, about it.

Riordan knowledge about Greek myths that he gets as a Greek mythology teacher in middle school for many years, combine with his good storytelling ability, produce this interesting story that are not just enjoyable but also add some basic knowledge and curiosity about Greek myths.

These are the complete series of “Percy Jackson & the Olympians” :

1. Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief
PJ1>> Percy Jackson just found out what he really is: a demigod. This is the first time he knows that Greek mythology is not actually a myth. He goes to Camp Half-Blood where demigods got their trainings to face the monsters and missions they got from time to time. In this book, Percy gets his first mission: To find and return Zeus’ thunderbolt.

 

 

 

 

2. Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Sea of Monsters
>> CPJ2amp Half-Blood is threaten to be taken over by monsters. The magic tree that protected it all this long is poisoned and keeps getting weak. Percy get his next mission to get the one thing that could save everything. He also have to save his best friend Grover, the satyr from being a cyclops’s bride. To get it all done he has to across the sea of monsters.

 

 

 

 

3. Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Titan’s Curse
PJ3>> Olympian Goddess Artemis is kidnapped. Percy’s best friend Annabeth is also missing. Together with two hunters of Artemis, Grover, and a new found demigod Bianca, he’s on a quest to save both of them. They fought and beat a Titan named Atlas. Then Percy find out a fact about Bianca’s and her brother Nico’s father, that would make a huge change on things.

 

 

 

4. Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Battle of the Labyrinth
PJ4>> Kronos is getting stronger. The war between the olympians and the titans is getting closer. Luke, one of the demigods that now is serving Kronos is planning to lead his army, that consist of monsters and demigods, to attack the Camp Half-Blood. To avoid the magic that protects the camp borders, Luke will going through a labyrinth made long time ago by Daedalus. This labyrinth has entrances everywhere that you can travel fast if you know the way, but it also has so many traps, monsters, dead ends, and illusions. The mission is to find Daedalus and stop Luke from using the labyrinth, even though it means they have to deal with the dangerous of the labyrinth.

 

 

5. Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Last Olympian
PJ5>> Kronos and his army are attacking Olympus, while the Gods and Goddess are busy to fight Typhon, monster sent by Kronos to make them leave Olympus unguarded. Percy, the rest of the demigods and other creatures that’s on the Olympians side are fighting with all their power to protect Olympus. The prophecy becoming a reality. Heroes dies. Whole citizens of New York City puts to sleep. Olympus is falling apart.