Burn, Rewrite, and Reread Book Tag

By my order, this week is decreed The Week of Blog Tags, in which I shall gift you with a blog tag each day (in an attempt to finish all the ones I have been tagged for). Therefore, I shall not tag anyone, else there be a multitude of tags. If you wish to be tagged, you are! Thus ends the decree.


I was tagged for this fun one by Poppy @ Poppy’s Best of Books (thanks, Poppy!), and I’ve finally gotten around to it! For this one, I just took my 9 most recently read books and used a random number generator to select which ones for each round. (Okay, I couldn’t remember the last two so I just threw in two books I remember reading semi-recently.) It is so sad that I’ve only read one book so far this summer.


THE RULES:

  • Randomly choose 3 books that you have read.
  • For each group, decide which book to burn, re-write and re-read.
  • Repeat until you have completed 3 rounds (or 6 rounds).

ROUND 1:

  • Winter by Marissa Meyer
  • Ender’s Shadow by Orson Scott Card
  • Saving Madeline by Rachel Ann Nunes

Burn: I guess out of these choices I would burn Saving Madeline. I really love some of the other books this author has written, but this one didn’t quite feel up to par, and the romance really wasn’t developed well enough.

Rewrite: I would definitely rewrite Winter. I expected to love it, but in all honesty, the book was hard for me to get through, and I felt like the ending was unrealistic. I’d have to have it rewritten to read it again. (I do love the first three books of this series, though.)

Reread: I know I’m going to reread Ender’s Shadow again at one point (probably at whatever point I ever end up reading the entire Enderverse) because it was amazing. I really connected with the characters and I just love Ender and Bean. It was a great book.


ROUND 2:

  • The Bands of Mourning by Brandon Sanderson
  • Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
  • Xenocide by Orson Scott Card

Burn: I love all of these books, so I’ll just have to choose the one that I loved the least, which was Xenocide. I think this is kind of like when I read Speaker for the Dead a few years back and it was just hard for me to get through, and now after I reread it, it was so good. So I think it’s probably just that it’s not the right book for me at this point in my reading experience. The world building of the Chinese-ish religion was really awesome, though.

Rewrite: Nooo I love these other two too much. How about I just say I rewrite Ender’s Game so that there’s no swearing in it? Let’s just go with that.

Reread: I’ll be rereading The Bands of Mourning. That book was seriously amazing and kept me drawn in from the first page to the end. Seriously, Brandon Sanderson is a magician. I should write a blog post about how amazing his writing is sometime…


ROUND 3:

  • Speaker for the Dead by Orson Scott Card
  • Ender in Exile by Orson Scott Card
  • Fairest by Marissa Meyer

Burn: Definitely burning Fairest. It’s not that the writing was bad–it was beautiful–but the content was so…uggh…that I had to stop reading it. If you’re fine with adult content then you might like this book, but for my innocent young mind it was unnecessary and ruined the book for me.

Rewrite: Rewrite goes to Ender in Exile. It was a good book, but clearly it wasn’t up to par with the other Enderverse books I read because I don’t really remember much of anything that happened in it. So it’d need to be a little more amazing to compare with Speaker for the Dead.

Reread: Which brings me to my last reread, Speaker for the Dead. Like I said in Round 2, when I first read this I found it just as hard to get through as Xenocide is for me now. But reading it over again, I found that it was really awesome and kept me excited throughout the whole thing with plot twists that I’d forgotten about and awesome world building, not to mention cool discoveries about characters and their interactions and choices.


I hope you enjoyed and I definitely do not apologize for the plethora of Enderverse books. Have you read any of these books before, and what did you think of them? Remember, if you want to be tagged, you are! 🙂

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Book Review: Starship Troopers

I’ve81LFWqiZaVL never done a book review before on here before, but as I’m trying to expand my horizons and read more sci-fi and stuff, I decided I might as well start. However, this isn’t exactly a typical book review, as it will involve my analyzation of the author’s style of writing and why the plot/setting/characters work or don’t work, since I think that’ll be more useful to writers.

Today’s book is Starship Troopers by Robert A. Heinlein. The book follows Juan “Johnnie” Rico as he joins the infantry during “The Bug War”, fighting against alien Bugs. There are a few points I’d like to touch on for this book.

REALISTIC NARRATION

The book was written in first person, from Johnnie’s POV, and I found the narration to be very unique in the fact that it sounded like he was writing his experiences down at a later point rather than it happening right now. The way he wrote fit with autobiographies and journals I’ve read, making the story seem realistic even though it was taking place in an almost completely different world than ours.

Another thing that added to the realism of the narration was that when Johnnie would explain things to the readers, he would only explain things that people of his time period wouldn’t understand, not going into detail about things that the people should know about, even if the readers didn’t, which I thought helped a lot.

INTERESTING PREMISE

In this system of government, to be able to get citizenship and vote, one would have to serve in the military for a term of at least two years, and the military only accepts volunteers, which I found to be a very unique and interesting premise. The idea is that, by choosing to fight for others, you’ll fight for better laws and rights as well.

“Under our system every voter and officeholder is a man who has demonstrated through voluntary and difficult service that he places the welfare of the group ahead of personal advantage.

“…Social responsibility above the level of family, or at most of tribe, requires imagination–devotion, loyalty, all the higher virtues–which a man must develop himself.”

COOL TECHNOLOGY

The most prominent technology used in this book were the powered suits. They work through negative feedback, which I don’t really understand, except that when you move, it moves, it allows you to jump higher and farther, you can communicate with other people, ther’es lots of guns and bombs, and you can do all sorts of other cool things with it. Johnnie describes it as looking like “a big steel gorilla, armed with gorilla-sized weapons”.

The M.I. (the Mobile Infantry) are dropped from spaceships in shells that wear away as they travel through the planet’s atmosphere, letting them land on the ground in their powered suits in order to complete whatever objective they’re ordered to. They’re called “drops” and the first chapter starts out with one of them.

NOT MUCH PLOT

While there is the plot of Johnnie moving through his life in the military and kind of a growing up plotline, there wasn’t a defined big plot to get out of it, like there is in most adventure/fantasy/sci-fi books.

That doesn’t mean the plot was bad, though. It actually fit with the rest of the book, especially with the autobiography-like narration. The style of the plot reminded me of old classics, where it’s about someone’s life, but it’s not arranged in this saving-the-world plot or anything.

I actually thought this added a little bit to the realism of the book (though I do wish there was a bit more of a climax at the end) because in a person’s life it’s not like they normally have that sort of perfectly organized plot line in a lot of books.

STRONG MORALS & THEMES

The reason why this book is considered controversial to many people is because they think Heinlein wrote it simply to add in his own beliefs on how the military and government should work. Maybe he did, but I thought they were really interesting and added to the development of the government and military.

Some of the beliefs I didn’t quite agree with, but some of them I did. The moral that I liked the most out of this novel was the element of loyalty between the soldiers.

But you don’t walk away on another cap trooper, not while there’s a chance he’s still alive–not in Rasczak’s Roughnecks. Not in any outfit of the Mobile Infantry.

WHAT I LEARNED

The main thing that I learned was that a science-fiction novel doesn’t necessarily have to be an adventure-ish novel–it can be just as interesting and popular while using a “classic” style, and I also learned a lot about the life of someone in the lower ranks of military. And other stuff too, but my mind doesn’t want to work right now for some reason.

Overall, I thought this was a great book, and I found it to be a very interesting read. I ended up really liking it, even though it wasn’t what I expected, and I recommend it.


Have you ever read/heard of Starship Troopers? Was this book review helpful or merely interesting (or even uninteresting)? Do you have any advice for future book reviews? I’d like to improve my reviewing skills. And do you have any suggestions of books I should read? I’m mainly focusing on reading science fiction right now, but I love other genres too.