Valerie Rutherford (fireflys_locket) wrote,
Valerie Rutherford

At the End of my Spindle

I'm sick. Just a cold, I think. I probably caught it from my Dad, who was coughing all over the place when he took me to Deathly Hallows Part 1 on Friday. It's funny that it should happen after to seeing my Dad for the first time in nearly 6 months. ~_~; Of all the luck.

So, now, stuck with a sore throat and stuffy nose, I don't feel like doing much of anything. But I finally got through the book I was reading...

I have such mixed feelings on this book. On one hand, I absolutely love the characters.They are really easy to care for. And in general, I love fairytale retellings. (Ella Enchanted and Just Ella are both lovely books.) But everything I like about this book gets lost in all the text around it. There are just too many details. Too many long sentences that start to lose me half-way through. The book is 422 pages, but it might be better with 3/4s of that if not half.

The story (pulled out from all the detail ramblings) is quite good. And I liked the pairings the book creates, though I got a feeling as it went on that I would have preferred Rosie/Peony. Haha. And then, at the end, it is Rosie's kiss which frees Peony! I don't know. It just seemed to work in my mind. HeH. But anyways, I liked the end. The last few chapters seemed mostly focused, making me wish the whole book was like that. I even cried a bit at the end.

So, I did like the book. I'm glad I read it, but the writing style is just not for me, I think. I like intricate emotional detailing over physical detailing, which can start to lose me after a point. I'm wondering if all of Robin McKinley's books are written in this style, because I've been recommended other books by her, and I really do like fairytale retellings, as I said. Also, according to, she doesn't approve of fanfiction of her work, which is... kind of ironic seeing as she's basically writing fanfiction herself. :/ And I want Rosie/Peony fanfiction. *Pouts*

I'd still like to get some writing done this week, but it's not looking promising at this point. I wish I still had Netflix, so I could lie around in bed watching SVU or something. :( Ugh, I know it's just a cold, but I can get emotionally upset so easily with colds. Especially if it starts to mess with my sleep. Let's hope that doesn't happen.

I'd like to get better by this weekend, too. I have Christmas shopping that needs doing.
Tags: books, family, fandom, health, rant, tv shows, writing

  • September 2021 Favorites

    My stress levels have been high, my energy has been low, and yet I somehow have been writing again. Which has been like a breath of fresh autumn air.…

  • Painting with Words

    When I was a teenager, I told my friends I had visions. Because I did. Just not the kind they were thinking of. They didn't believe me. 😅 At…

  • Fireflies of Inspiration

    This week, I've been wrapped up in Book Three for the first time in a while. Reading things over, editing a bit, then finishing up a chapter I…

  • Post a new comment


    default userpic

    Your reply will be screened

    When you submit the form an invisible reCAPTCHA check will be performed.
    You must follow the Privacy Policy and Google Terms of use.