Multi-Reading Monday

It’s been a while since I’ve done a multi-reading post, but I blame work for being a murderer of free time and energy. Minimum wage jobs just kill the fun of enjoying life, but that’s aside the real point.

The real point is that I’ve been neglecting my ever increasing to-be-read pile. And the thing is, I’ve found having a MRM really drives me into reading, sort of like an extra bout of encouragement to read. I really wanted to post one last week, but midnight rolled around, and then the title would be misleading. So now, I’m creating a new MRM, and it has a sort of theme to it.

I’ve been interested in broadening my horizons, and want to read books that deal with the idea of parallel universes. I scoured websites to find at least three books that were obtainable that had this idea, and I finally have.

So, without further ado:

The Mirror of Her Dreams

The Mirror of Her Dreams by Stephen R. Donaldson

     The daughter of rich but neglectful parents, Terisa Morgan lives alone in a New York City apartment, a young woman who has grown to doubt her own existence. Surrounded by the flat reassurance of mirrors, she leads an unfulfilled life—until the night a strange man named Geraden comes crashing through one of her mirrors, on a quest to find a champion to save his kingdom of Mordant from a pervasive evil that threatens the land. Terisa is no champion. She wields neither magic nor power. And yet, much to her own surprise, when Geraden begs her to come back with him, she agrees.

Now, in a culture where women are little more than the playthings of powerful men, in a castle honeycombed with secret passages and clever traps, in a kingdom threatened from without and within by enemies able to appear and vanish out of thin air, Terisa must become more than the pale reflection of a person. For the way back to Earth is closed to her. And the enemies of Mordant will stop at nothing to see her dead.

So, I read this post on Tumblr about how amazing this book was, and I decided to get it through Amazon. I’ve tried reading it before this posting, and I’m about two pages into chapter three. So far it’s interesting, but the style is a little out of my comfort zone. But that’s not a bad thing. I’m sure I’ll get through it.

Broken Symmetry

Breaking Symmetry by Dan Rix

     Sixteen-year-old Blaire Adams can walk through mirrors.

It’s called breaking symmetry. To her, a mirror feels like a film of honey. She can reach through it, grab things…even step inside.

On the other side she lives every teenager’s fantasy: a universe all her own, zero consequences. She can kiss the hot guy, break into La Jolla mansions, steal things…even kill. When finished, she just steps back into reality and smashes the mirror—and in an instant erases every stupid thing she did. Gone. It never happened.

But breaking symmetry is also dangerous. First there’s the drug-like rush she gets when passing through the glass, like a shot of adrenaline. She suspects it’s degrading her body, making a new copy of her each time. A reflection of a reflection, each one a little hazier. Then, of course, there’s the risk of getting cut off from reality.

When she narrowly escapes a military quarantine zone with the San Diego Police Department hot on her heels only to discover her escape mirror littering the floor in shards, her worst fear is realized. Now, trapped in a broken reflection, she must flee through a mind-bending maze of mirrors, going deeper into the nightmare as she struggles to grasp a betrayal, uncover the chilling truth about her ability, and somehow find a way out of a dead-end universe that “never happened.”

Somehow, she must find a way home.

I found this book for free through a website called BookBub, and I was interested in the whole mirror hopping thing and how it worked. Hopefully it doesn’t let me down.

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The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman

     Here lives an orphaned ward named Lyra Belacqua, whose carefree life among the scholars at Oxford’s Jordan College is shattered by the arrival of two powerful visitors. First, her fearsome uncle, Lord Asriel, appears with evidence of mystery and danger in the far North, including photographs of a mysterious celestial phenomenon called Dust and the dim outline of a city suspended in the Aurora Borealis that he suspects is part of an alternate universe. He leaves Lyra in the care of Mrs. Coulter, an enigmatic scholar and explorer who offers to give Lyra the attention her uncle has long refused her. In this multilayered narrative, however,nothing is as it seems. Lyra sets out for the top of the world in search of her kidnapped playmate, Roger, bearing a rare truth-telling instrument, the compass of the title. All around her children are disappearing—victims of so-called “Gobblers”—and being used as subjects in terrible experiments that separate humans from their daemons, creatures that reflect each person’s inner being. And somehow, both Lord Asriel and Mrs. Coulter are involved.

So, according to a Wikipedia article I read, only the third book of this series (His Dark Materials) really delves into the parallel universe trope. But, I can’t really read the third book and only the third book of a series. There’s a lot of stuff that happens that would leave me confused and frustrated. And besides, I’ve been wanting to read this book since I saw the movie adaptation years ago, so it’s a sort of win-win scenario.

So, there’s the three books that I have at my disposal to read when it comes to parallel universes. I’m sure there’s more, but I’m just going to stick with these until next week.

(Images were found on GoodReads. All rights belong to respective owners)

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