The Diverse Book Tag
So, Jesse, over at Books at Dawn (his blog is one of my favourites, you should definitely check it out) has tagged me in the Diverse Book Tag. Now, I must admit that I’m slightly daunted by this because I don’t have the most diverse back-history when it comes to reading (shame on me, I know) So I will try my best with this and hope that my A-level in English Literature has done me some good!
A BOOK STARRING A LESBIAN CHARACTER
Sharp Ends by Joe Abercrombie
Sharp Ends is a collection of short stories from the World of the First Law. The character is Shevedieh, the self-styled best thief in Styria. Shev, for short, is a quick-tongued witty character whose sarcasm is a key feature of her personality and of her relationship with Javre, the Lionness of Hoskop. These are a quite brilliant pairing and the humour created by the two is some of the best I’ve read. Shev has one particular view of the male anatomy that had me laughing out loud. Her sexuality is not the focal point of her character and is therefore more ingrained within her.
A BOOK WITH A MUSLIM PROTAGONIST
Othello by William Shakespeare
Ok, so I’ve cheated a little bit here, this isn’t so much a book, but a play. And, to be fair, I have read it so for this purpose, I’m counting it! For the few who have never encountered Othello, it tells the story of a ‘Moorish’ general in the venetian army, and he is married to Desdemona, the daughter of a Venetian Senator, Brabantia. The play deals with jealousy, love, betrayal and race. One famous line is;
‘Zounds, sir, you’re robbed! For shame, put on your gown.
Your heart is burst, you have lost half your soul.
Even now, now, very now, an old black ram
Is tupping your white ewe’ – Iago
The play is just brilliant.
A BOOK SET IN LATIN AMERICA
No Country For Old Men by Cormac McCarthy
Ok, ok, so I’ve stretched this one a little as well – I told you my reading wasn’t very diverse! No Country For Old Men is set on the United States-Mexico border and tells the story of Llewelyn Moss, a Vietnam war veteran who, while hunting, comes across a drug deal that has gone wrong, and ends up making away with over $2 million dollars in cash. Or so he thinks, he is being pursued by an unnkonw man (Anton Chigurh) who is a psychopathic hitman and has been employed to retrieve the money. This ends up in a tense cat-and-mouse chase that leaves many people dead. There is also Sheriff Ed Tom Bell who is investigating the murders and is essentially hunting Chigurh. This is a great book by a great author. I read this after falling in love with The Road.
A BOOK ABOUT A PERSON WITH A DISABILITY
Last Argument of Kings by Joe Abercrombie
Joe Abercrombie again, I know! Now, this book isn’t about the person with a disability per se, but they do play a major part! Colonel Sand dan Glokta is an Inquisitor in the King’s Inquisition. He was formerly a champion swordsman in the King’s Own before he was captured by the Gurkish and tortured to within an inch of his life. Glokta received the most appalling humbling that a person could receive and is now a cynical character whose heart is slowly uncovered throughout the First Law Trilogy. I have chosen the final book in the trilogy because this is where he is at his most awesome. His deviousness is put to good use and his humanity become more present throughout this book.
A SCIENCE-FICTION OR FANTASY BOOK WITH A POC PROTAGONIST
The King Beyond the Gate by David Gemmell
Tenaka Khan is the unifier of the Nadir tribes and would have the features of a Mongol, although with violet eyes. Tenaka Khan is a man of Nadir heritage who is sent to serve with the Dragon, a group of Drenai warriors as a way to pursue peace between the two nations. Tenaka then returns to his land and unifies the many warring tribes there. He the leads them into battle and is victorious. David Gemmell had the unique ability to make his readers turn the page at light speed. He did not sacrifice details or character development but managed to do this with such panache that they become a part of you without you realising it. This is pure fantasy.
A BOOK WRITTEN BY AN INDIGENOUS OR NATIVE AUTHOR
The Uprising by Kachi Ugo
This is on my TBR pile and so, while I can’t give a personal opinion on the book, I certainly can give you a synopsis. This book sounds awesome and I can’t wait to get my teeth into it!
‘Sarah Justice is many good things, including a descent Earth Elemental, a wonderful partner to her man, and a new mother. However, when an extremely powerful Dualist from the future—a man able to wield the magic of two of the Elements—abducts her newborn, she is turned into a cold blooded killer. In a bid to rescue her child, she sparks a rebellion, birthing an organization of young, skilled Elementals, who are immediately branded terrorists, and blithely transgressing every Law known to her kind. And the powers that be—the Global Elemental Authority and its ruthless leader, Commander Thorn, who is infamous for being remarkably vile to offenders—are not in the slightest forgiving. But there are bigger occult entities at play. Sarah may soon realize that her resolve is not enough. Notwithstanding, she has vowed to recover her child, heedless of where it takes her: to death or to victory.’
Those tags I couldn’t complete 😦
A BOOK SET IN SOUTH ASIA
A BOOK WITH A BIRACIAL PROTAGONIST
A BOOK STARRING A TRANSGENDER CHARACTER OR TRANSGENDER ISSUES
So, it’s safe to say that I have failed miserably with this tag! There are some positive to come from it though, I now know that I need to diversify my reading AND I can ask anyone reading this if they have any recommendations of books that fall into the categories of my failed tags. Fantasy is preferred but if there is something else you think I might like, then PLEASE do let me know.