Books as Projectile Weapons

14 Jan

This post is for the January 2012 Teens Can Write Too! blog chain. This month’s prompt was:

“What are examples of books you’ve thrown across the room with force? Why did you throw them?”

This was a pretty tough prompt for me–to be honest, I’m not much of a book-thrower. I’m really more of set-down-the-book-as-if-it’s-a-bomb-and-start-crying person, and I’ve only done that one or two times. If I had the strength of will, however, to throw a book across the room and risk denting my Doctor Who poster, here are a few volumes that could have had the honor.

  1. Bright Shadow by Avi. I think we can all agree that if we met Avi, we would get down on our knees and worship him. He’s an amazing writer and just as cool as any pop star–he goes by just one name, after all. However, this book severely disappointed me. I probably wouldn’t have hated it so much if I hadn’t expected so much. The plot, characters, everything seemed poorly done. It’s been quite a while since I read this, so I can’t go into much more detail, but I know that this book was the bane of my existence for a few days in middle school. Although I didn’t throw this one myself, I did witness my science teacher throw a copy of it across the room when I told her I hated it. Thanks, Ms. N.
  2. Swordbird by Nancy Yi Fan. I’m just begging for rotten fruit to be thrown at me by including this one on the list. Nancy was 12 years old when this one was published, making her a common teen author idol. The book was good enough–perhaps a high average. I was frustrated by this one because of pure, raw, teen-angsty jealousy. The only reason I did slam this book down when I’d finished and not, for example, Eragon, was because there were some aspects I disliked rather than none at all. I’m ashamed to include this one on the list, but I’m speaking for my past self here.
  3. Thirteenth Child by Patricia C. Wrede. How did I dislike thee? Let me count the ways…oh, this book.  I absolutely detested it. The characters were poorly drawn, the world-building was weak, and the action was so slow that when I got to the end, I hadn’t realized that the climax had already happened. Some folks absolutely adore Wrede’s work, but I won’t be getting another one of her books. When I threw this book down, it was more out of relief that I’d finished than anything.
  4. The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan. I used to be completely and utterly infatuated with Riordan’s work. I still have a soft spot for the PJatO series and the various derivatives, but I haven’t read any more of it since this one. I thought everything was going to be merry and bright when the young demigods made it back to Camp Half-Blood, but no–we have to reveal a horrible truth in the last sentence of the book. Riordan fans, you know what I’m talking about. I said “NO!” about five times before it finally sank in that the book was over on that sour note. I then went into a phase of pseudo-depression for about a week before I got over it.
  5. Mastiff by Tamora Pierce. This book, too, was tossed down on the bed and moped about because of the ending. *SPOILER ALERT* I waited six months for my pre-ordered copy of this series conclusion to come, barely able to wait for Rosto and Beka to finally declare their mutual love. And what do we get? Some random mage dude instead. *END SPOILER ZONE* I really think Pierce could have done better with that. Authors, you can only cross us fangirls so many times before we get upset. Your book might just end up wedged in somebody’s bedroom wall.

Want to follow our blog tour? Here are the participating parties, day by day

January 5 –— From My Head
January 6 – — Comfy Sweaters, Writing and Fish
January 7 – — Laugh A Blog
January 8– — Tay’s Tape
January 9 – — Esther Victoria1996
January 10– — The Word Asylum
January 11– — Kirsten Writes!
January 12– — A Farewell to Sanity
January 13 – — Red Herring Online
January 14– — Here’s To Us
January 15–– The Incessant Droning of a Bored Writer
January 16– –Teens Can Write Too! (We will be announcing the topic for next month’s chain)




Posted by on January 14, 2012 in Book Rambles


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7 responses to “Books as Projectile Weapons

  1. Gwendolyn Copperstone (Lily Jenness)

    January 14, 2012 at 1:38 PM

    Nice post! I read The Song of The Lioness books by Tamora Pierce and was disappointed in them. Mainly because the main character was a floozy. I read your spoiler, and I’m not sure I’ll read any more of her stuff.
    I like Patricia Wrede’s Enchanted Forest Chronicles, but that’s all I’ve read of hers.
    No books, no matter how bad, are worth denting a Doctor Who poster. Best TV show ever!

  2. tomte

    January 14, 2012 at 8:44 PM

    great post!!! I’m a big fan of Rick Riordan, but haven’t read it yet. Now I’m nervous. better check out books 1 and 2 then!!!!

  3. John Hansen

    January 14, 2012 at 11:42 PM

    I only got a few pages into the Lost Hero. I loved Percy Jackson and Tres Navarre, but couldn’t get into the Lost Hero at all. It wasn’t the Riordan I’m used to.
    *throws virtual tomato* Lol, just kidding. I’ve never read Swordbird but feel compelled to since I want to see how a twelve year old can write. 🙂
    Yet again, clever post!

  4. Kirsten

    January 15, 2012 at 8:52 AM

    Sorry to be so late! I haven’t read any of those books, but I believe they were toss-worthy. Actually, no, I’ve read the Lost Hero. I much prefer the sequel.

  5. greatlakessocialist

    January 15, 2012 at 10:23 PM

    Great post! I’ve never heard of Avi though. Sounds like a sort of literary rock star…

    And Dr Who is awesome.

  6. Miriam Joy

    January 16, 2012 at 2:47 PM

    Yay, another non book thrower, glad to hear it.
    Also, loving the Doctor Who references that are becoming more and more frequent with each week that goes past. You’re turning into me.

  7. Pherisphena Ladea

    January 17, 2012 at 9:10 AM

    Sorry for not commenting earlier! The only one of those books I’ve read is The Lost Hero, and I just didn’t like it because of all the Mary Sues and Gary Stus. Hated that part. Other than that, it was okay.


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