My previous experience with Tamora Pierce consists of her Daughter of the Lioness duet (Trickster’s Choice and Trickster’s Queen) and I truly enjoyed those books. I love Pierce’s ability to weave a story and characters that you just fall in love with.
So far I really enjoy Evvy, or Evumeimei as Luvo calls her. And I ADORE Luvo. Who wouldn’t adore a living, walking, talking heart of a mountain composed of green and purple crystal in the shape of a bear? I love the way that Pierce describes ambient mages like Evvy (stone) and Rosethorn (plants) and their powers. Evvy’s connection with stone and gem is just…for lack of a better word, magical.
Evumeimei is fiesty, distrusting and as hard and hale a character as one could want. Having already gone through gang warfare over her magic and a war proper, being just a teenager, Evumeimei is rightfully somewhat hateful of humanity, preferring the company of her rocks and Luvo. I adore her.
So I am very much looking forward to finishing this story, as well as reading Pierce’s novel that covers the time of the war that Evvy and Rosethorn went through on Gyongxe. Yes, very excited! ^_^
UPDATE, 1/29/2010: Oh, yes! I was right. I adore Evumeimei! She is an awesome, though stubborn, character. Pierce’s descriptions of her ambient power with and within stone are engrossing and beautiful. I never stones could be so fascinating. Her interactions with others are a constant surprise to her, especially when they do something that causes her to respect or even like them. She doesn’t have much use for humans, obviously, so it’s fun to watch her have to admit that some humans are worth the breath in their lungs. Pierce writes Evvy in such a way that you almost agree with her that most human beings just aren’t worth dealing with and you can feel her love for her stones and the care that she gives them. A very well-written character.
I have about a 1/4 or 1/5 of the book left to go. Perhaps I’ll be lucky enough to finish it today. That would be two books finished in a week.
FINISHED, 1/29/2010: I finished the book today and I was rather satisfied with the ending. It felt rather unconventional but it fit in with the story quite well. By the end of the story, you have seen facets to Evumeimei and Luvo that you never expected.
I adored this book! It’s been a few years since I read a Pierce novel and I once again realize why I enjoy her work. I cannot wait for her book on the war in Gyongxe. I need to read Street Magic, the novel where Evumeimei is introduced into Pierce’s world through Briar Moss, another former street rat and “green” mage.
Bravo, Tamora! Another story well-woven!
OK, I know I'm at work, but the children are working in groups on poetry analysis and I'm keeping an eye or ear on them. But I have to purge this out of my system or I will scream. I got told by another Reading/Literature teacher today that "what we read can't be different, Melissa! We have to start reading the same things, that's what expected of us!" because of some writing prompts that we are expected to develop for the coming years. A fine thing to say for someone who, right now, isn't doing everything that's expected of her here at school. I'm working my behind off trying to accomplish everything that administration expects me to do, as well as trying to make what the students are learning interesting, relevant, and carriable into next year, while not boring myself to tears and here she is lecturing me IN FRONT OF OUR PRINCIPAL, when she herself admits that she reinvents the wheel every year.
I probably shouldn't be angry but I am. I felt like I was being told that I'm not doing my job as a Literature/Reading teacher because I am not teaching the same things that she is. I'm the one who's stuck with creating new units because the students have already read some stuff in my textbook because they had seventh grade with her last year. PLUS, I am teaching the honors kids as well, which is a completely different beast.
I feel like screaming, crying, and just being altogether angry. My obssessive self-criticism has kicked in, is making me feel guilty and under-developed, and has already started planning how, between now and the beginning of summer, I am going to sit down and plan out my whole syllabus to read four novels next year AND go through "the whole textbook", as this other teacher purports to do every year.
I hate this. And the day has only JUST begun.
Your result for The Brutally Honest Personality Test...
13% Extraversion, 53% Intuition, 40% Thinking, 67% Judging
Freak's not such a bad word to describe you actually.
You are deep, complex, secretive and extremely difficult to understand. If that doesn't scream "Freak!" I don't know what does. No-one actually knows the REAL you, do they?
You probably have deep interests in creative expression as well as issues of spirituality and human development.
You've probably even been called a "psychic" before, because of your uncanny knack to understand and "read" people without quite knowing how you do it. Don't fret. You're not actually psychic. That would make you special and you'll never accomplish that.
You're also quite possible the most emotional of them all, so don't take this all too hard. Nevertheless you most definitely have the strangest personality type and that's not necessarily a good thing.
If you want to learn more about your personality type in a slightly less negative way, check out this.