The 512 Streaker

A Streak - A commitment made to do something for 365 days straight. This blog is dedicated to documenting my experience of learning something by completing a streak.

The Discovery of Witches

August 31, 2015 in #Reading_Streak | | | Share on Google+

^My interpretation of the main characters

As you know, I recently read Ready Player One and I loved it! I was singing its praise around to my friends and family and eventually even got my Fiance to read it! Although I had to agree to read one of her books in order to get her to read mine. See folks, compromise is important for relationships. Sadly though, I think I bit off more than I could chew on this one.

My fiances' favorite genre of books is fantasy which doesn't bother me the slightest, I do enjoy reading fantasy books, but she recommended I read a fantasy book that is more romance than I am used to. The Discovery of Witches is known to many as a great piece of literature that explores history as much as it explores the popular forms that fantasy manifests itself in. In this book you can find witches, vampires, and daemons with hidden talents and powers that seem too good to be true.

Because I promised my fiance I would read it, I tried. I made it five chapters in and asked her if I could stop reading it. While after only about 2 weeks she finished Ready Player One. I tried really hard to get into it, but the plot moved slow and the whole concept didn't seem interesting. The biggest pet peeve for me though was the protagonist. It is a young accomplished woman named Diana Bishop who is a witch who represses her powers to be a scholar in biochemistry.

The character quickly meets her love interest, a vampire named Mathew Claremont. And as you imagine a relationship between vampire and witch does not mesh, you the book is in for a long description of how this relationship will never work out. It seemed too much like Twilight to me and I do not enjoying reading books that have lines like, "I found myself trembling when his eyes where on me" or "I felt his icy gaze on the back of my shoulders". We get it, you're weird and he is a vampire and you're not meant to be.

Don't read if you have something better to do. Happily, I am moving on to Ernest Cline's second book Armada next, I will let you all know how it is after I am done.

August 31, 2015 in #Reading_Streak | | | Share on Google+