ghosts and books

i finished reading the book thief last night. and all i can say is...sigh. this is the kind of book that makes me want to be better, write better, think of new ways to create stories and characters and words...my god the words. markus zuzak (i dig the double k's in his name) is a master, a genius, a true inventor. this story not only clutches you by the throat from the start, but his prose...jesus, mary, and joseph (if you've read it, you'll get that)! i'm not talking flowery prose. oh no...his punches you right between the eyes - a fist thrusting from the page, knuckling the bridge of your nose. the ending was beautifully haunting...so much that zuzak's characters visited me all night long...ghosts coming in and out of my dreams like small gusts of wind. it's the kind of book that leaves me mournful, sad i'll never read another quite as good again and with a pit in my gut for the characters that are no longer a part of my life. read it. read it now.

“Five hundred souls. I carried them in my fingers, like suitcases. Or I'd throw them over my shoulder. It was only the the children I carried in my arms. ” 

“Each night, Liesel would step outside, wipe the door, and watch the sky. Usually it was like spillage - cold and heavy, slippery and gray - but once in a while some stars had the nerve to rise and float, if only for a few minutes. On those nights, she would stay a little longer and wait.

Hello, stars.”

a couple weeks ago i finished reading the chaos walking trilogy by patrick ness, three amazing books that pull you along a journey of self-discovery, moral struggle, friendship, love, and war all wrapped within a fantastically harsh and raw world. patrick ness is an astounding storyteller. somehow without giving much detail into the personal appearances of his characters he has you in their heads as if you've known them for years. the story premise is new and risky, keeping you engaged through to the end. in fact, i read all three books in succession as one long epic tale. he too has a gift for prose, his words gritty yet lovely. another must read.

“But a knife ain't just a thing, is it? It's a choice, it's something you do. A knife says yes or no, cut or not, die or don't. A knife takes a decision out of your hand and puts it in the world and it never goes back again. ” 

“Ah, well, then you've never stood on a beach as the waves came crashing in, the water stretching out from you until it's beyond sight, moving and blue and alive and so much bigger than even the black beyond seems because the ocean hides what it contains.” 



  1. A reader after my own heart.

    I read my library's copy of The Book Thief, then bought it for myself in an indie bookstore while on vacation. It sits on my shelf, all beautiful and beseeching, but I can't bring myself to open it again because it's like being under a most potent spell. For now it's enough to give me strength and inspiration just by being in the same room.

    And you know how I feel about Ness. :)

    1. well, i do have you to thank for recommending chaos walking! also, i didn't comment on them, but have made notes from your best books of 2012 posts ;)and...just cracked open (e-reader style) wizard's first rule!
      i too will need a paper copy of the book thief and i *totally* get you on all of that. again...sigh.

    2. Jessika - I need to read your work!!! Your posts are always so gorgeously written. I too loved the Book Thief. And it makes me cry that I want to be able to write that well. *sigh*

      *makes side eyes and tries subliminal messaging* You need a new CP........

    3. so sweet of you fiona, thank you.

      and, uhhh, if i'm picking on that subliminal message, interestingly, i only have one CP (who is AWESOME!), but i've seriously been thinking that i could use another and, well, i'd LOVE to read your work as well! will email you...

  2. Someone is going to say this about you someday on their blog. Actually I am saying it now. I am in awe of your writing and creativity!!!

    1. i seriously don't even know how to reply to this because it's just so nice and is totally blowing my mind. thank you jamie. <3

    2. heh...that thing (<3) was supposed to be a heart, lol.

  3. Cool, glad you're enjoying what you're reading and thanks for the recommendations.

    I just started Jim Butcher's "Dead Heat" yesterday, from the Dresden Files series. Jim's going to be Guest of Honor at the Ad Astra convention in April, so I kinda want to catch up on the series as much as I can by then! :)

  4. cool, will have to check that one out! thanks so much for stopping by :)