Thursday, September 12, 2013

Beowulf, the Seamus Heaney translation

Beouwulf - the Seamus Heaney translation
Pages: 213

So not gonna lie, I read sparknotes for most of this book because I couldn't understand what I was reading. As soon as I read it I would look on sparknotes for the dumbed down translation and I understood what was going on. This is an extremely difficult book to read, especially if you have no experience with old english or translated works. 

The main characters are Beowulf, Grendel, Grendel's Mom, and Hrothgar. Beowulf is our hero, Grendel is our antagonist, a descendant from Cain, Grendel's mom is obviously what her name means, and Hrothgar is the King of where Grendel was rampaging.

The plot was good but they used to many words for something so simple, but I can't really bash that because that's just how things were written back then. This book was written in 1040 if you don't know. So it was super wordy and I found myself falling asleep several times and not remembering what I read and having to go back and reread several pages. 

Other than all of these things the fights were pretty short but visual which was great. It was heartbreaking at the end a little after everything Beowulf did he ended up dying. 

This book is definitely for mature readers. Not because of content, but because I'm in an AP English 12 class and most of my class needed the teachers help with it. If you can understand it without help props to you because I couldn't haha. It really is a good book and NO THE MOVIE IS NOT ANYTHING LIKE THE BOOK. So don't go watching the movie and then thinking you read Beowulf because you saw the movie. NO. Not even close. Think again. This is a very good book to stretch your brain though. If you're ready pick it up and try it. Carry on my wayward readers.

Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare

Clockwork Princess
Pages: 502

So this is the third book in the Infernal Devices series which the spin-off series of the mortal instruments but it was written in the time period of over 100 years before The Mortal Instruments, and it was how everything came to be. This book was amazing. I'll try not to have any spoilers in this but readers beware.

So the main characters are the same as in every book. Will, Tessa, Jem, Charlotte, Henry, and Sophie. They all basically have the same characteristics as they did in the first two books except for the fact that Will is letting his walls come down and it's freaking adorable. I ship Will and Tessa so hard. And for those of you who don't know what that means it just means that that's who I want in a relationship in the book. And in the end it sort of happens and then it sort of doesn't, I really can't explain more without spoilers.

The plot in this book was basically the same. If you read the first book or two you know that they are trying to find Mortamain. Well that plot is still continued but it does end I promise, but the good thing is I was still never bored through the whole book. Even though it still had the same general plot.

It took me like two days to read this book because I absolutely could not put it down. Not gonna lie, I cried, I laughed, I got incredibly angry. This book took me on a mini emotional roller coaster. I wasn't so overcome with emotions, but just enough to make me enjoy the book. Clare did a great job writing this book. I would recommend this series to anyone.

The only thing I didn't like was the sex scene omg. First they were taking off their shoes and then he couldn't figure out how to get her dress off and then it was like "and he moved his body to cover hers." Like seriously? I realize that this is a young adult book but come on can't you give me a little something here? But oh well, I guess a girl can't have everything she wants.

Five stars for this book. Please go out and read this book series. And if you haven't read the Mortal Instruments go read that also. The movie was pretty great. Could've been a smidge closer to the book but it was still great. Go read these two series! Carry on my wayward readers.