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To those that would deride women
Whose thoughts drip easily
From their lips;
To those who find it unfashionable
When women drape themselves
In the strength of their convictions,
Perhaps it is you, and not these women –
Bold, resolute, powerful as they are –
Who are out of touch with the times.
via Daily Post: Fashionable
Here we are again, folks. September was a bit quiet as far as completed books – just the one this time around. I did start a couple of others but have not yet finished them. They’ll probably wind up in my October wrap-up.
But for the moment you’ve all been waiting for…
…I finished A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir!
In continuing the Ember in the Ashes series, Tahir maintains her habit of not pulling any punches with her heroes/heroines. As I mentioned in my wrap-up last month, this series feels different compared to a lot of other YA fantasy series in that the decisions the characters make can have game-changing consequences (sometimes brutally, tragically so), which grounds the story in a painful, gritty realism that exponentially raises the stakes of the story. In my experience with the genre, too often the characters find some clever way out of their predicaments, whatever they may be, or are saved at the last minute by some unexpected plot twist/deus ex machina. Not here. The three protagonists of A Torch Against the Night, while clever and capable, must inevitably reap what they have sown and learn to live with the consequences of their actions. If they survive them, that is.
Also, the series is just a well-written, exciting story and I look forward to the third book’s release next year 🙂
…so clear against the black that I’m tempted to reach out, just to see if I can pluck one from the heavens above and hold it in my palm.
I turn to you, and see you gazing upon those same lights, teeming with promise. You catch my eye, a smile tugging at the corner of your lips as you hold out the crystal.
“Where to?” you ask.
I place my hand over yours, the crystalline transport now humming in eager anticipation of our impending departure, and say, “New worlds and foreign skies.”
A 100 word micro-fiction inspired by Daily Post: Planet
In my daydreams you may find me
On the next flight out,
Carried by the four winds
To Destination Anywhere.
You will find me delivered
To foreign lands
Where no one knows my face;
And as I walk, ghost-like,
Through the unfamiliar streets
Of unfamiliar cities,
The call of home is drowned
By the echo of my footsteps
Against the cobblestones.
Though battered and bleeding,
Broken and heartsick;
By winds of fate,
Still you continue.
Still you endure.
Such is your gift.
Never question that strength,
For you are mightier than doubts –
Both those of others
And of your own making.
via Daily Post: Mighty
The cost of love is grief;
and whether you will it or no
the searing anguish of heartbreak
shall one day come
to collect on its debts.
Yet the road of life is long,
and a promise
of many miles and years
lies between then and now.
And so, dear one,
some humble advice
for your frightened, trembling heart:
You might as well earn the pain.
Here we are again. Another month come and gone. Without further ado, here is my (very belated) list of what I read in August:
1) An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir. This novel/series has been on my radar for quite a while and I’m glad I finally started it. Tahir creates a vivid, brutal world inspired by the Roman Empire, yet one in which the magical and mundane exist side-by-side. I will let you find and read the plot synopsis for yourself, but one thing that I appreciated was how Tahir never pulls any punches. Sometimes, when reading young adult fiction, there is a sense that no matter what happens, the protagonist(s) will make it to the end. When the heroes of An Ember in the Ashes throw themselves into danger there is always the worry that they might not all make it out alive. It’s a refreshing and exciting (not to mention stressful) change to what I’ve come to expect from YA books.
2) Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi. I really loved the nods (subtle and not-so-subtle) to Alice’s Adventure’s in Wonderland – not least of which is the fact the protagonist of the story is named Alice. I haven’t read much middle grade (at least not since I was in the target age range for such novels), but I was both charmed by the story’s whimsical nature and moved by it’s moments of gravity.
The hate that spews from your lips,
Reverberating in the dark corners
Of human hearts,
Is an insidious, cancerous thing.
I thought I was immune
To your wrathful blasphemies –
That my own soul would reject
Such abject, naked rancor.
But even as I thought it,
Basking in my foolish surety,
The pain you’ve caused
In spreading your hate,
Has made me hate you
I wish to wake
To something other
Than news of
And of pain,
And the hatred
That it breeds.