Tag: Marissa Meyer

Celebrate April Fool’s Day With 3 Literary Fools

In books, court fools are often looked down upon, usually winding up as the butt of a joke. But their prominence in literature is no coincidence; literary fools are often more important than they first appear, acting as wise or sometimes even prophetic characters. While the Shakespearean fool is the most common type of literary fool, many other works have continued a similar tradition. Whether you’d like to hear some jesters’ jokes this April Fool’s day, or just want to do some good-old literary analysis, these fools are sure to humor you.

1. Fool (King Lear)

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This play follows King Lear, an old king who wants nothing more than to be praised and worshiped by his people. After disowning one daughter, and splitting his kingdom between the other two, King Lear is quick to realize his two daughters were only after his power, and he slowly descends into madness. Throughout the play, Fool, the king’s jester, is one of few to speak frankly to the king, even when that means mocking him. While he often sings playful songs, his wise advice is invaluable. 

In a play focused on the divide between outward appearance and true character, Fool’s blunt honesty and wisdom fit right in. 

2. The Fool (The Farseer Trilogy)

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The Fool in the Farseer Trilogy is first introduced in The Assassin’s Apprentice, but appears in Robin Hobb’s later works as well. The court jester for King Shrewd, The Fool is a playful character who is acrobatic and likes to play jokes on others. However, he is also a prophetic character whose abilities aid the main character, Fitz—an illegitimate royal—throughout the series. This duality of character is common in literary fools; beneath their “foolish” facades, they hold a certain amount of wisdom that other characters lack. Beyond that, The Fool also maintains a layer of mystery as characters struggle to fully pin down his gender. 

With his air of mystery and hidden abilities, this fool isn’t to be underestimated. 

 

3. Jest (Heartless)

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An imagining of the prequel to Alice in Wonderland, Heartless follows Catherine, a baker who dreams of one day opening her own bakery, despite her parents’ hope she might someday become queen. Unlike most literary fools, Jest appears in the book as a romantic figure who Catherine finds herself attracted to, despite being courted by the king. As the king’s joker, Jest is witty and entertaining. But he is also heroic and often tries to protect Catherine, whether that be by stalling Catherine’s engagement or insisting she doesn’t have to perform at Hatta’s tea party. 

Despite standing out from other literary fools, Jest’s mysterious motives and unknown past make him more than a simple court jester.

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Which Lunar Chronicles Couple Are You?

If you’ve read Marissa Meyer’s The Lunar Chronicles, you’ve probably swooned over one or two (or five) of its characters. But which of its couples does your real-life romance match up with? Take this quiz to find out!

 

 

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Three Books About Aliens and #ThingsWeAreNeverMeantToKnow

Alright, so I don’t really think there’s stuff we’re not meant to know – vive la science! – but a lot of people were talking about aliens (and Monty Python – Twitter, never change), so here are some books about aliens to start knowing some things. Maybe. The truth is out there!

Cinder – Marissa Meyer

This is a great start for anyone who likes their sci-fi light and lush, with enough cyborgs, psychics, and space travel to satisfy more die-hard fans. Set in futuristic Beijing, this well wrought fairy tale retelling features plague, sisterhood, and a robot who’ll be your favorite character. What more could you want? Crime? Formal wear? A lost foot? All that and more, plus, your book hangover will be delayed for quite a while, because there are several excellent sequels and a delightful graphic novel companion series. And did I mention Cinder is a mechanic? She’s a mechanic. Heart eyes.

 

These Broken Stars – Amie Kaufman, Meagan Spooner

Quick question – are you ready to suffer? This is a good book, maybe even a great one, but it’s going to break your entire heart and not even be sorry. Two strangers, the only survivors of a massive spaceliner crash, try to find their way across an alien landscape to the ship’s wreckage and hope of rescue. An unlikely pair, an heiress and a former soldier must work together not only to survive harsh conditions on dwindling hope, but to discover the secrets of this planet, long hidden, and more lovely and terrible than they could have imagined. Like I said, this one’ll hurt, but read it anyway. It’s earned.

 

Binti – Nnedi Okorafor

Confession; this one’s from my TBR. But it’s at the top of the list! Brutal, large scale war against terrifying aliens, an intergalactic university, and the terrible pull of leaving the Earth behind. Clocking in at under a hundred pages, this is definitely a quick read, but don’t worry about being abandoned – it’s the first of three novellas. Plus, we always, always stan a heroine who’s good at math. Isn’t that the dream? Be good at math, and risk death to go to space school? Don’t boo me, I’m right.

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4 Upcoming Sequels and Where to Start

There are a lot of exciting sequels coming up, and if you’ve left preparation for the last minute, don’t panic: here are four forthcoming books and how you can catch before they come out!

 

-SPOILER FREE-

 

1. When She Reigns – Jodi Meadows

When She Reigns
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Where to start: Before She Ignites and its sequel As She Ascends

A lush fantasy world and slow burn plot that’ll keep you thinking until the final book on September 10th, pick up this book if you want an amazing story that’ll make you feel things. Plus you’ll love the complexity of the characters and their relationships.

 

 

2. Wayward Son – Rainbow Rowell

Wayward Son
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Where to start: Carry On

This series is a great take on wizard school. We start in the last year. Simon Snow’s got a lot of power, but he’s not good at using it. Also he’s pretty sure his roommate is a secret vampire. And something is eating magic in great, horrible swathes. Also, LGBTQAA+.

 

3. Supernova – Marissa Meyer

Supernova
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Where to start: Renegades and its sequel Archenemies

This is a post-Utopian urban fantasy about villainy and revenge. Superpowers, syndicates, and spy craft make this different from other entries into the genre, and you’ll find the characters awfully charming or charmingly awful. Sides are set in stone, and one person’s interests might contradict.

 

 

4. Children of Virtue and Vengeance  – Tomi Adeyemi

Children of Virtue and Vengeance
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Where to start: Children of Blood and Bone

Magic and it’s users were killed off by ruthless invaders, but now there’s one chance to bring it back. To do so will require crossing territory filled with beasts and magic, side by side with an enemy, but the greatest struggle may be controlling the magic that’s left.

 

 

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Do We Deserve Marissa Meyer’s ‘Instant Karma’?

Marissa Meyer is known for her previous series, the Lunar Chronicles, as well as the accompanying graphic novels titled Wires & Nerve, and for the ongoing Renegades Trilogy, the final book of which will be released later this year.

Between the last two, fans of Meyer have hardly been deprived of content, but this week Meyer announced four upcoming books, including something completely new – a contemporary fantasy series.

All Meyers’ previous titles exist along the genre border between science fiction and fantasy. The Lunar Chronicles, for example, has enough space travel to satisfy sci-fi fans, and enough magical power to please fantasy nerds, while building on the foundation of fairy tales to create an epic saga set in a truly imaginative world.

Meyer has announced two future books in this vein, to be published between now and 2023. It’s not clear whether the two will be related, like the Lunar Chronicles, or standalone, like her wonderland adaptation, Heartless. The fairy tales she’ll be adapting haven’t been revealed either. At least we know it’s likely they’ll belong in the fantasy genre, maybe with a sci-fi twist like Cinder.

 

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The most exciting part of the announcement, though, are the two contemporary novels. This is new territory for Meyer. These novels are also scheduled to be released in the next four years, and it’s not clear whether they’ll be related to each other. The first, Instant Karma, is about a girl driven by her disdain for the slackers around her. She gains the power to instantly punish the objects of her judgement. She enjoys her powers, but soon discovers her powers go haywire when used against her classmate. Through trying to navigate her powers and their limits, she finds out that the difference between virtue and sin between herself and the people around her, may be more complex than she thought.

The second book has no details announced, but is expected to be similar in genre.

 

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