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Game of Thrones: A Storm of Swords

So I got onto the Game of Thrones bandwagon a little late. My sister read all the books years ago, but I had never heard of it until the TV show came on. Like most everyone else, I got completely sucked into in and couldn’t wait to find out what happened in season 3. Then I remembered that I had the technology to find out! thousands of pages later… I finished the first two books and I am just starting the third. The great thing about this is that I have absolutely ZERO IDEA what happens next. All I know about the third book is that something awful happens to Joffrey (Thank God!). I can’t wait for that part. Don’t read anymore if you don’t want to know what happens in season 3 of the show.

So for this post, I give you my reactions to the book as I read it:

  • Is Theon dead? I hope he is alive so that Bran or Robb can kill him.
  • What is going to happen to poor Sansa!? Life was bad before when she had the little protection that being engaged to Joffrey gave her and Tyrion was the Hand of the King. Now what is she going to do, especially since the Hound and Tyrion can’t help her?!
  • Jaime gets chapters! Awesome! Although creepy how he talks about his sister…
  • I want Brienne on my side when the zombies come.
  • I should care more about Davos, but I don’t.
  • Tyrion, you will survive them ALL! Bwahaha!!!
  • DON’T TRUST ANYONE SANSA! I don’t know what Lady Margaery is playing at, but I am not sure that she isn’t going to stab Sansa in her sleep. I want her grandmother to be my best friend though and invite me over for tea. She should TOTALLY hang out with the Dowager Countess of Grantham over at Downton. PBS & HBO, MAKE THIS A REALITY!
  • I love you Jon Snow. Now save the world from zombies!
  • Seriously though, where are the zombies? I’m like 200 pages in and there are only hints of White Walkers.
  • Oh, Sansa! Don’t let them seduce you with silks and lace! That goes for you too, Shae! They will hang you both!!!
  • Arya, why did you trust strangers?! What is WRONG with everyone? Have they learned nothing?! TRUST NO ONE! Everyone is going to die, I just know it.
  • Don’t turn into a full time wolf, Bran! You will not be able to become human again and then you will die!
  • SAMWELL! He gets his own chapters! Please survive! I would hate for you to have just one chapter.Keep walking, Sam!
  • He SURVIVED HIS CHAPTER AND KILLED ONE OF THE OTHERS! Sam the Slayer 4 Eva! I was worried. No joke.
  • I feel for you Tyrion, really I do.
  • DAMN! Jaimie is going to be PISSED if Cersei gets married off. Can’t wait to see that happen.
  • Poor Sansa. She can’t catch a break. How did Tywin find out?! Was it Littlefinger? I hate him almost as much as I hate Joffrey. You know what, I hate them all. They must all die! Except the imp.
  • Really Catelyn. You fucked shit up. And Robb?! Way to add fuel to the fire! You don’t have to marry a girl just because you have sex with her! How do you think you got your bastard brother Jon Snow?!
  • If Jaimie calles Brienne Wench one more time, she might cut his balls off.
  • Arya! I told you not to trust anyone! You’re never getting to Riverrun now and now everyone knows who you are! The only reason you’re still alive was because no one knew who you were! Except Gendry. He’s pretty awesome.
  • Don’t hire slave puppy killers, Dany! We’ll find another way! And maybe get rid of creepy Jorah. He’s way too old for you. Wait… I just got to her next chapter and she kills EVERYONE! Take that slavers! You didn’t really think that she was going to give you Drogon, did you?
  • SANSA MARRIES TYRION?!?! Now there is something I didn’t expect. I hope she at least learns to be nice to him, because he’s kind of awesome and will keep Joffrey from raping her. He’s a good Lannister, I promise!
  • Run Sam! Keep Running! Omg. The Nights Watch are flipping out and killing everyone! Event the Old Bear is gone! RUN SAM!
  • Don’t care much about Bran’s chapter either. And where is Rickon?! Lost to the world?!

Ok… I read a lot without commenting. Here’s where we are:

  • Sam is SAFE and found Bran! I am so happy! Don’t die!
  • Robb is dead. Not only is he dead, but they cut off his head and then sewed the head of his direwolf onto his dead body. Poor Grey Wind! I think I may be more upset about the wolf than Robb.
  • Lady Catelyn too?! Well she freaked out, clawed her face and then was killed. Will the Starks never catch a break?! I 100% was sure that Robb was going to make it and now he is dead and so is his mom. Why didn’t they listen to the wolf?! WHY?!
  • ARYA! NOOOOOOO!!!! You can’t be dead! Don’t let it be!
  • Kingslayer, you’re getting a bit of a soft side saving Brienne. I kind of like it. Can she be your sworn shield? She *did* help get you back to Cercei’s vagina alive, even if you’re a hand short.
  • While we are discussing the Lannisters, we can’t forget Tywin, who needs to die in all of the fires!!! He orchestrated Robb’s death! He made Sansa marry Tyrion! Who know what else he is going to do!!! ALL THE FIRES!!!
  • No Lord of Light fires though. I don’t trust that guy, or the lady in red or Stannis, and please let Edric Storm live! Someone has to make it out alive!
  • Maybe Dany will. She does have dragons. Team Dany!!! Make it so!
  • So wait… Jorah was informing on her, which I figured out a while ago, but Whitebeard is Ser Barristan?! I have been wondering where he ran off to and feel like an idiot for not seeing it sooner.
  • What the fuck is Lysa doing? I mean really.
  • JOFFRY IS DEAD. Poisoned, and it was GLORIOUS!!! But poor Tyrion is being blamed! Sansa should have taken him with her.  You know, him and Sansa could have been the ultimate power couple. Politically they would have kicked everyone’s ass and Tyrion could keep Shae as his mistress and Sansa could have taken the Lord of Flowers as her consort and everyone would be happy and the Seven kingdoms would be at peace. Can no one else see this?
  • But more importantly, JOFFRY IS DEAD and Sansa is free. Or is she? I DO NOT TRUST LITTLEFINGER. Make it known! He is bad news. What trap has Sansa walked into? Is he going to force her to marry him too?! Can’t Sansa just live in a romantic song?!
  • Arya’s alive!!! Thank God! Someone had to still be alive!
  • You know nothing, Jon Snow! Now take command of Castle Black.
  • Even Bronn has abandoned Tyrion?! If he dies too, I am giving up on these books!!!
  • Do it Red Viper!!! Be his champion! DO IT!
  • Sansa is going to be married to her creepy still breast feeding cousin?! I can’t feel bad enough for this girl. She is going to snap eventually, just you wait and see. It will be bad.
  • Tyrion is saved, and had the satisfaction of killing Tywin! Tywin literally died taking s hit. AMAZING!
  • Is the Hound Dead? I was kind of liking him and Arya as traveling companions. I hope she makes to to the Wall.
  • Stannis saves the day?! Talk about something I never thought I would say! I still don’t like him, but talk about timing!
  • You could be Lord of Winterfell, Jon! Do it!
  • Wait?! Lord Commander of the Nights Watch? Makes more sense… and GHOST IS BACK!!!
  • Damn the Red Woman. I still don’t like her.
  • How sad is it watching Sansa make Winterfell out of snow?!
  • EEEEEEEEEEEWWWWWWWWW!!!!!!!!!!! Littlefinger kissed Sansa!!!!!!! Poor Sansa!!!! Can nothing go right for her?!
  • WHAT?! Lysa killed Jon Arryn?!?! How can so much happen in these books that I don’t predict?!
  • OMG. He threw her out the Moon Door.

Well kudos to George R. R. Martin for having a lot of twists and turns that I did not expect. I will be starting book 4 soon. I won’t even pretend to be prepared for what will happen, but I can’t wait for season three to start! In the meantime, enjoy this video that is more awesome than it has any right to be.


Dune, Treasure Trolls, and the Last Airbender All Walk Into a Bar…

I think it is important you know that a) I read The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson (Greenwillow Books – HarperCollins) in two days because it was so fun and I didn’t want to put it down and b) some of it was unintentionally hysterical.

***Spoilers Below***

Our story opens with our fat heroine being stuffed like a sausage into her wedding dress. No, I am not being mean. That is how they put it. Elisa is fat and has a seriously unhealthy relationship with food. I was actually pretty psyched to have a heroine that wasn’t lithe and athletic off the bat, except that every other paragraph they talk about how fat she is and how she loves sneaking into the kitchen for food. It was kind of beating a dead horse after a while, but I really liked how they explored how different characters reacted to her while she was fat and later skinny. Elisa has gained so much weight in a short amount of time, that she is too big for and rips her wedding dress, for her rush wedding.

Elisa is to marry King Alejandro of Joya d’Arena. She doesn’t understand why he wants her and not her beautiful and cunning sister… despite the fact that Elisa herself is incredibly smart and educated in her own right (She is a wiz at battle tactics!) and happens to be God’s chosen one and bearer of the Godstone. What it the Godstone you ask? It is a diamond like stone that God put into her navel on her naming day and it means that she is destined for some kind of great service. A new bearer of the Godstone is chosen every 100 years, like the Avatar without the cool bending. So, Yes. Large person with a gem in her belly button = Treasure Troll Avatar. Just go with it. It works really well within the world Carson has created.

Despite her obsession with her weight and food (which, I love food, so I could relate to that. They even put a recipe in the back of the book for Elisa’s favorite food, Honey-Coconut Scones!), I really like Elisa. She is only 16, so she obviously has some growing up to do, but right of the bat, she starts asserting herself in little ways. Her new husband is beautiful beyond words, but she is afraid of her wedding night and asks to wait. He agrees and asks if she would like to talk and get to know each other, which I hadn’t really expected. Alejandro is not a bad guy, but I get the impression that he is weak. Elisa is clearly willing to overlook this because he is so pretty. Don’t judge. We’ve all been there…

The journey from her home to Joya d’Arena is long and arduous. Their caravan  is attacked by Los Piedros, all of her things are burned, her nurse is killed, but she somehow finds the strength to save Alejandro by killing one of their attackers who has cornered him… by stabbing him over and over again. Despite being terrified, she is not just able to survive, but protect those around her. She definitely has a strong emotional reaction after this whole event, but she ends up better for it.

We soon set into her life at court where Alejandro has asked that their marriage be kept a secret for now, along with her Godstone. Lots of secrets, but what is a royal court without secrets? Elisa is at least given the old Queens quarters (the King is widowed with a son) and asked to sit on the council. Long story short, her maid Cosme, who hates her right off the bat, discovers her Godstone, then drugs and kidnaps her, taking her on a month long journey across the desert.

Through the desert and to a hidden city, Elisa gets stronger, loses weight, and begins to learn more about her kidnapper, her people, and the WAR that is happening without anyone in the city knowing about it. Cue Elisa becoming a leader of this tribe, and using her Godstone for guidance. (It gets warm when she prays or someone good is around and goes icy when bad things are approaching). I kept expecting characters to call Elisa, Muad’dib and for her to go into the Litany Against Fear every time she started to pray (which is a lot). At least no one needed Stillsuits.

Elisa really starts to come into her own after she is captured by the enemy army and outsmarts and kills their Animagus (crazy powerful magicians that the enemy has the shoot flames and get their power from blood! Only a few exist), escaping the camp. She becomes the leader of a revolution, but it is not enough to hold back the war that is quickly coming to Joya d’Arena. As a bearer, Elisa is too valuable to be on the front lines and goes back to the castle and king, WHO DOESN’T RECOGNIZE HER… and once he does, he is WAY nicer to her than he was when she was fat.

Throughout all of this, Elisa is trying to figure out her purpose and how to use the Godstone for magic like the Animagus do (withGodstones stolen from dead Bearers). The book culminates in four Animagi cornering Elisa, the King, his son, and Elisa’s protector in room. About to die, Elisa instead CARE BEAR STARES them with her Godstone. For serious. It was hysterical and awesome. Bad guys dead, army flees, king dies and Elisa is Queen Regent until the kings son comes of age.

Honestly, it is a difficult book to describe because there is way more detail and love triangles and world building that happen in this book. It was just so fun to read. Pick it up. Read it (and maybe send me a copy of the second one because I really want to read it).

High Fantasy is a Failed Orgasm, But I Can’t Stop Reading It


No really. There is a reason, that I don’t typically read a lot of high fantasy even though I often end up loving it.

  1. It takes me forever to get into the book. Every time there are new rules and words and beings that exist and you have to figure it out and it takes too long to orient yourself within the world. I started The Lord of the Rings FOUR times before I actually made it far enough in to know what was even happening. This is the same thing that happened with The Way of Kings (Brandon Sanderson, Tor Fantasy, 2011).
  2. No Ending Syndrome. This is a real thing that affects all genres, but is most common within the realm of high fantasy. Everything starts to come together and then it just STOPS and you have to wait YEARS for the next book! If it is the second book, I understand it more, but the first book in a series? How do you think everyone would have felt if Star Wars ended right as the attack on the Death Star Started?!

Basically, books like this are the equivalent of experiencing a new lover who just leaves you hanging at the end. When things start out, you’re not always sure you’re on the same page or if you even speak the same language. After a bit of foreplay, you start to find a rhythm and you get excited and you’re into it and start to climax and then… he just stops… right before you orgasm. There. I said it. High fantasy is a failed orgasm.

I wish I were joking. That doesn’t mean that I can’t wait for the next book though. I need to know if the ending is as satisfying as I am imagining it. Clearly I am a glutton for punishment.

The Way of Kings really started out slow to me. It started with a battle and weird animals and someone being abandoned somewhere. Then, we flash forward to a crazy ninja with magic powers on a mission to assassinate a king with his sword (called a Shardblade) that doesn’t just kill you, it seems to kill your soul. Then we flash to a completely different character years later. Ok, so maybe it didn’t start out slow, but confusing. Nothing made any sense.

Somewhere along the lines I got sucked in though. I started to understand the world and how everyone fit into it. Each chapter is from a different characters point of view. Often A new chapter would start with a new character and I would be reluctant to move on to someone new, only to be enveloped all over again with a new character, loving it and then excited when I made it back to ones I loved.

The main character, Kaladin, has become a slave, but appears to have mysterious powers that even he doesn’t understand. Dalinar, is an aging prince trying to understand his brothers murder and how to reconcile his past with his future as he is plagued with visions. Last, we have Shallan, who is a scholar and artist who seems on the verge of uncovering a secret that could save (or destroy) those around her.

The world is filled with war and lust for power and soldiers give their lives in the hopes that they can win themselves glory, power, and their own Shardblade. The fighting is fast paced and realistic without being too over the top gruesome and Sanderson throws in lots of twists along with way. Combine that with well done character development and a compelling story and I am committed to all 1,000+ pages!

This is the first of a ten book series. I wish that I had known that from the beginning! Storm you Sanderson! I NEED TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENS!

Seriously. I don’t know if I can take it. I can’t even find a pub date for the next book. Someone else please read this with me so that I have someone to empathize with me and make guesses as to how Kaladin’s world is going to end.


Remember when I read Matched by Ally Condie?  I was okay with it until the very end when it became hella interesting, and then the book was over.  I’ve been anxious to see what happens to Cassia and Ky ever since.  I finally got Crossed from the library last week, and I dove right in.  It’s possible that I was not in the right frame of mind for reading this book.  I don’t really love romance novels, so I should have mentally prepared myself for this before jumping in.  In my defense, I forgot that this was going to be a romance.  I was remembering the part where they are fighting against the Society’s oppression, not the part where Cassia is trying to find Ky because she loves him so.  Or the part where Ky is being brave and sacrificing himself for Cassia’s own good.  I forgot the angsty-ness of it all.  They’ve declared their love and they are teenagers, so they think about each other all the damn time.  They pine, they yearn, they are totally focused on each other.  This is probably appealing to a less cynical person than me.  I don’t have a lot of patience for this.  Cassia wants to write a poem for Ky, but she’s having trouble getting it going, and it’s HEARTBREAKING.  Ky stops to carve her name into a tree while he’s running for his life from the Society.  I’m sure that this is all very romantic to teen readers (the actual target audience of this book), but I find it very tiresome.  Let’s take the moment that they reunite as a little example.  Setup: Ky has been sent to the outer provinces to pose as a farmer until he gets blown to bits by the Enemy, so he runs away when he sees his chance.  Cassia finds herself in a similar situation a few days later, and she goes after him.  They’ve been running for days, and Cassia finally catches up to Ky.  She’s on top of a hill and he’s down in a valley.  Their eyes meet.  They start running towards each other as fast as they can.  They meet and it’s like NO ONE ELSE IN THE WORLD EXISTS.  (Picture this in slo-mo.  There is no way that a screen adaptation of this bit would not be in slo-mo.)  Except that there are other people there, and it has to be awkward for them.  Ky has been traveling with a kid named Eli who reminds him of Cassia’s younger brother, and Cassia has been traveling with another girl from her work camp, Indie.  It’s really not surprising that Indie and Eli would become friends other shortly after this.  No one can watch something this melodramatic and not bond with the other people who are suffering through it, too.

The whole book is in the same vein.  Cassia and Ky spend a lot of time dwelling on how much they love each other and how great their bf/gf is and how they never want to be apart again.  There’s poetry.  There is a little tiff, but it’s resolved pretty quickly and easily an in such a way that they don’t have to separate for all time.  They almost die a few times, but they survive.  The whole thing is fine.  As usual, I’m more interested in the marginal bits than the main storyline. For instance, who is this supposed Enemy that is raining hell down on the Outer Provinces?  Is there really even an Enemy, or is this Society’s convenient way to dispose of Aberrations and Anomalies?  This seems more likely to me since they’re not even giving the kids (no adults out here on the front lines) real guns to fight back.  Nor are they sending actual soldiers.  Also, we find out that there is a rebellion.  How many spies does the Rising have in Society?  How organized are they?  The brief time that we get with the Rising makes me think of the Rebel Alliance of Star Wars fame.  I hope that it turns out that way.  I also want to know what happens to Hunter, the farmer living outside of Society’s iron fist.  Obviously I will have to read the next book in hopes of finding these answers.  Next time I will gird my loins for the teen puppy love first, though.

Return of the Parvo Kids

I just finished Seizure by Kathy Reichs.  Seizure is the second book in the Virals series, which is about a group of kids who accidentally get infected by a mutant strain of parvo while rescuing a wolfdog puppy from a lab and suddenly find themselves in possession of wolf-like senses –  precision hearing, eagle eyesight, etc.  They call themselves Virals, but I like to call them the Parvo Kids.  There is less explanation involved, especially if I’ve already told you what I’m reading.  If this premise wasn’t enough (and it is), I love coastal South Carolina, so the Charleston setting is an added bonus.

I’ve decided that it’s impossible to discuss this book without spoiling the entire plot, so I have added a musical interlude AND a jump to protect those of you who do not want to know how it ends. And so, I present Jimmy Buffett’s Coast of Carolina as a marginally-related excuse for me to listen to it again.  On repeat.

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Playing Dead

Remember when I read In the Woods by  Tana French and it was awesome even if it was kind of a downer?  I took the companion book, The Likeness (Viking 2008), from my parents’ house the same day that I returned In the Woods, but I just now got around to reading it.  I try to space out the depressing since last year’s unfortunate Dragon Tattoo /Hunger Games overload.

The Likeness was even better than In the Woods, and not just because the narrator isn’t on a downward spiral into crazytown.  Cassie Maddox was a major player in the last book as Rob’s partner, and I liked her a lot more than Rob, so I was glad to see her as the main character here.  I was also relieved to see that she came out of the whole Operation Vestal debacle relatively unscathed.  She and Sam are still dating, which made me happy since I love Sam and I want good things for him.  I mean, I like Cassie and all, and I don’t want bad things for her, but if these two had a falling out, I would be on Sam’s side all the way.

So, since the unfortunate incidents of Operation Vestal, Cassie has transferred out of Murder and into the tamer realm of Domestic Violence.  (This sounds terrible, but Cassie explains it pretty well.  DV victims are still alive and there is something that the cops can do to help them.  Not so for murder detectives.)  One morning, Cassie gets a panicked call from the usually unflappable Sam who won’t tell her what is wrong and instead insists that she trek out to a crime scene in a tiny village on the outskirts of Dublin.  Cassie obliges, confused though she is by the cryptic situation.  She arrives to find her old boss from her Undercover days, Frank Mackey, at the scene with Sam.  This kicks everything into a whole new sphere of weird, and still no one will tell Cassie what is going on.  Irksome.  When she finally gets in to see the victim, Cassie is in for a shock.  The dead girl looks JUST LIKE HER.   Also, she’s going by Cassie’s old undercover alias, Lexie Madison.  (That’s right, this girl has stolen a fake identity.  I did not promise you that the premise of this story was very plausible.  It is doppelganger fun.  Roll with it.) This revelation finally explains Frank’s presence at a murder scene;  he didn’t kill off the alias, and he left it flagged with his contact info in the police databases.  He didn’t see any reason to waste a perfectly good alias – they pulled Cassie out of undercover because she got stabbed, not because she got burned – so they just told everyone that Lexie had a nervous breakdown and moved to Canada.  Frank, who has a reputation for being a leetle bit crazy and totally fearless, wants to send Cassie in as Lexie to suss out the murderer.  Sam objects since Lexie’s four roommates are the obvious suspects, and sending his girlfriend in to live with possible killers does not sit well with him.  I can’t say I blame him.  Cassie ends up going in, of course, or the whole premise of the book would be wasted.  She can’t help thinking that the killer may have been after her and got Lexie by mistake due to the uncanny resemblance, and she won”t spend the rest of her life looking over her shoulder to be sure.  I think that’s fair.

What follows is a pretty interesting look at life undercover – what happens when you get too comfortable, when you enjoy the company of the major suspects, and when you drop your guard.  There’s also a good twist at the end, and the murderer isn’t who you thought it was.  (Maybe.  It’s all down to your point of view.)  I can’t say much more without spoiling the fun, so I will just say highly recommended.

Legend – wait for it – DARY

I just finished Legend (Putnam 2011) by Marie Lu.  It was legendary. 

This was as fun as a book about plague-riddled slums can be.  Day is a stereotypical folk hero much like Robin Hood – no one knows who he is, but he shows up to do things like disable government airplanes and rob banks to fight an oppressive system.  No one knows who he is or even what he looks like [insert your favorite superhero comparison here].  He also has a tendency to mock the soldiers he bests, which really irks those in charge.  June is a military prodigy.  She had a perfect score on her Trial, and she is moving through military school with a quickness.  She’s basically that kid who is getting her  Harvard PhD at 15.  Their worlds collide when June’s older brother Metias is murdered and Day takes the blame.  June is promoted by Metias’ commander so that she can hunt Day down, a job she gladly takes.  Though she has prodigious tracking skills, she actually stumbles on Day by accident when he rescues her from a rioting mob.  It seems that all the elite military training in the world won’t teach you the unspoken rules of a street fight.  When June figures out that the boy who  rescued her is actually Day of all people, she has a hard time reconciling the hardened criminal she’s heard about for years with the boy who bandages her stab wound and takes care of Tess, an orphaned street girl a few years younger than he is.  Nevertheless, after she follows him one night when he goes to check on his family, she reports his location and theirs to her superiors.  She soon finds out that her government isn’t as trustworthy as she thought they were and that her opinion doesn’t matter as much as she thought it did.  After discovering some Deep, Dark  Government Secrets that Metias had uncovered, she changes sides and helps Day escape, though at a significant price.  (Sorry for spoiling anyone who did not see that coming a million miles away.)

This was really good as far as current teen dystopians go, possibly my favorite since The Hunger Games.  It’s not as gripping, but it’s hard to top mandatory televised wholesale murder of children for keeping me on the edge of my seat late into the night, ignoring empty cupboards and the laundry hamper so that I can find out what happens next.  Instead, this government is secretly spreading and curing plague in the poor sectors of town, using the fear of it to keep the less fortunate squarely under its thumb.  They’re also using slum residents as human guinea pigs in labs while pretending that they’re in labor camps. It’s still government-mandated murder, but much more insidious.  The worst offenses also occur off-page, so you lose some of the urgency that HG sports.  Legend leaves itself open to at least one sequel, and I am glad because there are loose ends that I need to follow up on (ahem, Eden).  However, if this is the only book in the series that is ever published, it doesn’t end on a cliffhanger that makes me shake my fist at the heavens in frustration.  I liked that the chapters alternated viewpoints so that we saw both sides of the story, but I did not appreciate Day’s chapters being printed in gold type.  It was difficult to read by the harsh fluorescent lighting in the gym, and it slowed me down.  Frustrating.  Sometimes I needed to read faster than that.  I never really understood why they changed the type color for his sections in the first place – I kept waiting for some revelation that made gold type the obvious choice, and I never saw it (I suppose I could have missed it if it came up during a particularly exciting part where I was exclusively focused on plot, though).  If the designers felt that it was necessary to change the color to help differentiate his sections (already in different fonts and with running headers telling you who is speaking, which seems sufficient to me), why the designers chose such a difficult color is beyond me.  It matches the cover, but I don’t think that’s enough of a reason to strain my eyes.  I’m already blind, people.  In the interest of full disclosure, I should mention that  I read a galley proof, so this may change in the final edition or it may be easier to read on the paper in the hardcover book.  If it’s the same, you’ll need to resign yourself to crows’ feet as you squint at Day’s chapters.  There’s probably an expensive cream made from sheep placenta or something that you can use to fix them later.  This is not to be missed.