Good afternoon, lovely people!
I just noticed that my last Sunday Snippets goes back to somewhere in the middle of December, so instead of a review I'm writing one of those today.
The winter has finally arrived - with a bit of snow and temperatures that go from -15 to -18 C. Honestly, I try to stick my nose out as little as possible just now, and am waiting for it to drop to -10 or so, because higher minuses combined with winds that we get here by the seaside are not pleasant. So mostly I've been reading, though we've also been watching some Arrested Development with Jan (finished season S2 last night and started with S3). The Bluth family is definitely the most dysfunctional family I've seen on TV (although I do love The Royal Tenenbaums a great deal as well), almost every character is uniquely hilarious - I love this show.
Book-wise, I decided to relax after Bout of Books readathon and finished off some books I had "still in process" - The Coldest Girl in Coldtown (I rated it 3.5 and it's definitely the best newer YA book I've read so far, keeping in mind I've only ever read 4 or so...), The Quantum Thief (I rated it 3, such an overwhelming experience but also very difficult to follow - I blame the GAD) and The Curse of Europa (one of those books that is so bad it's almost good - some awesome ideas, but as long as the author hit the dialogue parts in the story, it became a bit embarrassing). I will be writing about all these books longer as well.
And then I arranged my unread books on Kindle (I have currently about 10 unread books on Kindle, if anyone's interested - not as bad as I thought!) and decided to start The Lies of Locke Lamora. Ugh... what can I say - there is a lot to appreciate about this novel. A lot. And I don't mean only the kind of captivating story that keeps you up at night - I've never been obsessed with fast pace in books, but it's not that I particularly mind it either, and in The Lies of Locke Lamora there are so many other things I enjoy. Also, if you open The Lies... page on Goodreads and start scrolling down people's ratings and reviews, there is a review by Patrick Rothfuss right in the beginning there - I chuckled a bit when reading it, and it solidified my wish to read The Name of the Wind in February - the book has 4.56 average rating on Goodreads, which is pretty jaw-dropping and even more than I hope to like the book, I am merely curious to check out what is behind this almost perfect rating.
I got one book in mail this week, but what a book it is -
I have not yet decided how exactly I am going to be reading this one, but I want to start it some time soon-ish, in spring the latest. I am a bit unsure because I chose Pevear-Volokhonsky translation, and it was only after I had ordered the book that lovely Lucy over at Therapy Through Tolstoy wrote her beautiful posts on why she is not happy with this translation (and she has read War and Peace at least three times if I'm correct), but I'll give it a go anyway and hope the translation does not start annoying me too much. Here are Lucy's posts - part 1 and part 2.