Friday, June 18, 2010

just finished reading

Lips Touch Three Times, by Laini Taylor, illustrated by Jim di Bartolo. My review here. Anyone else read it? Any thoughts?

4 comments:

Miriam S. Forster said...

I LOVE the language in that book, especially the first story. If I ever wrote anything that lovely, I'd be very, very happy. In fact, I've been thinking of reading it again...

faye said...

Agreed with Miriam. And I love your review! One of the biggest things that struck me about this book was its overall product... it's such a beautiful book. Even as someone who doesn't have inclinations to write, I have total writer's envy.

Laura said...

A little while ago, you posted up a review about Elvenbane (I think that's the title?). You said something in the review that really resonated with me -- essentially, that when we read as children, we read whole-heartedly, diving completely into the world and story. And for the rest of our lives, we keep searching for that immersive sort of experience.

Well, Laini Taylor (specifically in Lips Touch: Three Times) is the only author I've read in recent memory where I was so completely immersed in the worlds she had created that I could feel the summer heat on my skin and smell rich spices in the air. The last story, that took place in an icy land, I read curled up under two blankets, with multiple sweaters on.

I read a lot of books, by a lot of great authors. Most of the time, no matter how great the writing is, there's a back corner in my mind, clicking away at the why's of it's effectiveness, or where it could be tweaked to improve. This is the only book I've read in years and years where it was pure pleasure and experience.

moonrat said...

wow, look at all these fans on one little blog!

also, if you click through to the review, do you notice that Laini found it and thanked me for it?! classy.