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Reading Robyn

I am a lover of libraries, a reader of everything, a girl easily swayed by pretty pictures, and overall just your average, nerdy fairy princess.

 

2013 is the year I'm finally keeping up a regular reading blog Reading Robyn! There I post extended versions of my GR reviews so be sure to check that out!

 

I always seem to be on the move having lived in seven cities and counting in my nineteen years. I'm not on the run from the law as many have assumed (at least I don't think so), but moving around has given me an appreciation for how places make stories and people make memories. While change is inevitable, books are the friends that I take with me from place to place. They comforted me when I was sick, they push me to continue to learn and grow into myself, and most importantly they opened me up to the possibilities of living in thousands of places all at once.

 

I primarily read YA fiction, as well as a lot of graphic novels and manga. However, I tend to be this combination of odd reads, so expect the unexpected!

 

Cheesy Life Quote: "In this world through which I travel, I am endlessly creating myself." - Frantz Fanon

The Color of Heaven - Kim Dong Hwa, Kim Dong Hwa I hate to say it, but this series ends on such a poor note. In this volume, the author got a little too caught up in his use of language. In the process he completely abandons his storytelling and character development to add more and more and more thoughts on flowers and butterflies. This volume is all about conclusions and reflections, both about the past and about the future. But the way that the author has gone about it is just unfortunate. Although the beautiful art continues in this volume, the text is just mind-numbingly boring. I had to push myself through all the long monologues and asides that just never seem to end. Although I appreciated the use of metaphor in the first book, and accepted its presence in the second, this book goes completely overboard. I don't think a single character says anything that isn't about flowers or butterflies. You just want to tell the characters that it's enough already. We get it! Stop, for the love of all of nature, stoooop!!In the first book the use of metaphor and similes was explored as a way to have frank discussions about sensitive topics which would otherwise be frowned upon. It was used in an interesting and informative nature. But with this book it is used to talk about absolutely everything. Everything relates back to either a flower or a butterfly or a butterfly landing on a flower in the snow! It's really unfortunate how the intent changes with this final book. Also, don't even get me started on that final scene. It was like, and everyone lived happily ever after as they all fucked into the night spewing metaphors for the rest of their lives. Because that's what we were all waiting for, this whole time what we were waiting to see was our little Ehwa finally getting laid. While were at it let's intersplice that with an older couple also getting laid, and lets put this right after we see her mother also get laid. Yay sex! ... It was awful. If you're interested in this series. I would almost suggest you just stick with the first book. In a way it is a contained story that is very worth reading. This on the other hand, not so much.