REVIEW: Eight Days of Luke by Diana Wynne Jones

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REVIEW: Eight Days of Luke by Diana Wynne JonesEight Days of Luke by Diana Wynne Jones
Published by Greenwillow Books (1973), eBook, 240pg
Filed under: Contemporary Fantasy, Fantasy, Fiction
Got my copy from: Scribd
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There seemed nothing strange about Luke to begin with, except perhaps the snakes. If they were snakes - David wasn't sure. He was just grateful for a companion as agreeable as Luke, who seemed able to twist anyone round his finger, even David's odious relatives. "Just kindle a flame and I'll be with you," Luke said, and he always was - which turned out to be more awkward than useful in the end. For who we're the people who seemed to be looking for Luke: the man with one eye; the massive, malevolent gardener, Mr.Chew; the offensively sprightly Frys; the man with ginger hair? Why were there ravens watching, one in front and one at the back gate? And then of course there was the fire...

There are lots of DWJ books on Scribd that I haven’t read, which is both wonderful and terrible. New DWJ to read! Yay! Less new-to-me DWJ to read once I’ve read these ones. Boo. I’m running out of unread DWJ books and it is VERY UPSETTING.

Anyway, I really liked this one. It reminded me of The Game– ancient gods causing trouble in modern times– but since I’ve read so many other books with Norse gods that I could actually figure out who’s who before the big reveal. I also vaguely knew what the quest was, though not enough to actually remember anything that’d spoil the plot. Just enough to make things exciting! And then…

REVIEW: #GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso

REVIEW: #GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso#Girlboss by Sophia Amoruso
Published by Portfolio (2014), Hardcover, 256pg
Filed under: Business, Memoir, Non-Fiction
Got my copy from: Library
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The founder of Nasty Gal offers a sassy and irreverent manifesto for ambitious young women

At seventeen, Sophia Amoruso decided to forgo continuing education to pursue a life of hitchhiking, dumpster diving, and petty thievery. Now, at twenty-nine, she is the Founder, CEO, and Creative Director of Nasty Gal, a $100+ million e-tailer that draws A-list publicity and rabid fans for its leading-edge fashion and provocative online persona. Her story is extraordinary—and only part of the appeal of #GIRLBOSS.

This aspirational book doesn’t patronize young women the way many business experts do. Amoruso shows readers how to channel their passion and hard work, while keeping their insecurities from getting in the way. She offers straight talk about making your voice heard and doing meaningful work.

She’s proof that you can be a huge success without giving up your spirit of adventure or distinctive style. As she writes, "I have three pieces of advice I want you to remember: Don’t ever grow up. Don’t become a bore. Don’t let The Man get to you. OK? Cool. Then let’s do this.”

I don’t read business books for tips. I read them because I’m interested in the behind-the-scenes stuff! I like stories about people starting up businesses that take off like a rocket. Especially when they have such a great back ground as SA has! She was a freegan/gutter punk/anarchist shoplifter in her youth and now she’s running a huge business and buying expensive cars.

The thing that’s most confusing about business is that a lot of time success comes from a combination of talent and luck. Being the right place at the right time and having the courage to go for it (whatever IT is) can reap huge rewards! SA’s businesses started just as online stores were starting to become big; she had a talent for finding interesting vintage pieces and putting them into outfits. And she had the courage to ride the wave when it came and expanded from an ebay store to something even more fabulous.

It’s a great story, and SA’s voice in #GIRLBOSS is friendly and humorous. It’s a light, funny memoir with some weird motivational stuff mixed in.1 If you like those kinds of books, I recommend picking up #GIRLBOSS.

Read: November 2, 2014

REVIEW: A Stranger in Olondria by Sofia Samatar

REVIEW: A Stranger in Olondria by Sofia SamatarA Stranger in Olondria by Sofia Samatar
Published by Small Beer Press (2013), eBook, 299pg
Filed under: Fantasy, Fiction
Got my copy from: Bought
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Jevick, the pepper merchant's son, has been raised on stories of Olondria, a distant land where books are as common as they are rare in his home. When his father dies and Jevick takes his place on the yearly selling trip to Olondria, Jevick's life is as close to perfect as he can imagine. But just as he revels in Olondria's Rabelaisian Feast of Birds, he is pulled drastically off course and becomes haunted by the ghost of an illiterate young girl.

In desperation, Jevick seeks the aid of Olondrian priests and quickly becomes a pawn in the struggle between the empire's two most powerful cults. Yet even as the country shimmers on the cusp of war, he must face his ghost and learn her story before he has any chance of becoming free by setting her free: an ordeal that challenges his understanding of art and life, home and exile, and the limits of that seductive necromancy, reading.

How did I decide to buy this book? I must have seen a review of it somewhere and added it to my wishlist.1 It’s exactly along the lines of what I like best in a fantasy book: non-European style countries, travel, adventure, and intrigue, with spooky magical things. The only thing that would’ve made it better is if there’d been dragons somewhere and if the protagonist were a woman. And then…