So I haven’t posted anything in ages. But I’ve been busy! Since my last post I finished my dissertation (pretty sure that wasn’t done by my last post…), I completed all my exams, I travelled around Europe by train for a few weeks with a friend and I got a job offer (yay!!! I start late July!).
So busy but good.
I tried my hand at a bit of painting today. I like it so far :)
I cannot remember the link to the reference picture but the credit for the composition of this picture is not down to me but some other creative human being. If anyone happens to know who the original photographer was, please let me know :)
My sibling has requested this one so I’m hoping to get it done relatively quickly. Not quite pleased with it just now (the hair has been driving me mad) but hopefully it’ll be better by the time I finish :)
7. The earth is not enough – A book that sets places in another world.
By Ann Leckie
I absolutely loved ‘Ancillary Justice’. Just saying. Loved it. My favourite book of the year so far.
I originally got ‘Ancillary Justice’ because the blurb intrigued me and I thought the title sounded beautiful. I just loved the sound of it. Once I finished the book I loved it even more.
I found ‘Ancillary Justice’ very original and creative. I haven’t read anything like it before. I did not guess the ending, which is wonderful - I love it when books keep you guessing and it always disappoints me when a plot is too predictable.
I loved the characters.
I really love books which are thought provoking and I found the themes and ideas of civilisation, doing the right thing (sound a bit vague but I wasn’t sure what else to call it) and identity really interesting.
I also enjoyed the way Leckie tackled ideas about gender within different cultures. The main character in the novel uses the feminine pronoun for either gender, as is what is done in her/his/it’s (we may never know :p) own culture. It was interesting to read the book in that way, never actually knowing what gender anyone was until someone else pointed it out and sometimes (often?) you never found out what gender people had. I had to remind myself regularly that just because characters were referred to as ‘she’ didn’t necessarily mean that they were female.
My only qualm is that there are some ideas which she touches on, but where I wish she had examined them a bit more, e.g. the idea of justice versus vengeance.
Favourite quote: “If you’re going to make a desperate, hopeless act of defiance you should make it a good one.”