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text 2017-03-16 17:41
Why I love Science Fiction and Fantasy books

Well, I'll jump in on the booklikes "Why I love"  round:

Once upon a time, a child's moving neighbor asked if they wanted any books before donated elsewhere.  Duh.  I was an avid reader of whatever variety of stuff found in school library, borrowed from friends and sporadic yard sales.  These boxes included authors like Lester Del Rey, Andre Norton, Robert A. Heinlein, Alan Dean Foster, Mercedes Lackey, Andrew J. Offutt, John Wyndham, Ron Goulart, J.R.R. Tolkien, Anne McCaffrey ... devoured, never looked back and have been hooked ever since by these greats of SF/Fantasy.


If it can start with "what if," "In a faraway," or "Once Upon a Time," count me in!


Oh, the possibilities.  The potential worldbuilding.  The "what if ..."  The potential "other," diversity or alien-ness for characters.  Societies and sociological switch-ups.  The exploration of furthest reaches of space, science and imagination.  The huge tapestry in which an author can create.  Escapism for me, please, but with a logic inherent to whatever the author has imagined.  Take me along for the ride and for a brief moment let me live in the world you made with your stories and your characters instead of mine,


Moon of Mutiny - Lester del Rey The Stars are Ours - Andre Norton,James J. Campanella,Uvula Audio Stranger in a Strange Land - Robert A. Heinlein  Arrows of the Queen - Mercedes Lackey  


Web Of The Spider - Andrew J. Offutt,Richard K. Lyon  The Day of the Triffids - John Wyndham  The Panchronicon Plot - Ron Goulart  The Hobbit - J.R.R. Tolkien  


Yes, those few unwanted boxes launched nearly 50 years of book love.  No genre beats the scope and elements of an excellent SF/Fantasy book.


Squee!  I'm a dancing fan poodle unable to write a good post about it.


(If you missed the blog post from booklikes, that was at http://blog.booklikes.com/post/1539266/let-s-share-book-love )



Source: blog.booklikes.com/post/1539266/let-s-share-book-love
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review 2016-07-26 00:00
Unlocking Worlds: A Reading Companion for Book Lovers
Unlocking Worlds: A Reading Companion fo... Unlocking Worlds: A Reading Companion for Book Lovers - Sally Allen My Review:
I'm going to have to get this book in paperback now that I have read it in ebook. This is the type of book that I need to be able to scribble in the margins! This would be a fabulous book to use for a book club for book lovers. It would make a wonderful reading list for such a book club!

I haven't read all the books in the book, but I've read at least one in each category, and usually more. I thoroughly enjoyed the author's comments and quotes on books. Not that I agreed with everything she said about every book, but that's why I think it would be so great for a book club. This book was written to start discussions and arguments about books! It's meant to get people engaged about books. And it certainly added to my reading list!

And absolute jewel of a book! Makes me want to get to know the author and be her next best friend! Sit in a shadey garden with a pot of tea and discuss books all day long!

This book was provided to me by Griffins Wharf and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I am not being compensated in any way. All opinions are fully my own.
~ Judi E. Easley
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text 2015-01-19 13:02
Reading like a Writer, by Francine Prose
Reading Like a Writer: A Guide for People Who Love Books and for Those Who Want to Write Them - Francine Prose

Not rating, and DNF'ed in this format, but I have the book in my library queue, and will come back to it.


Fascinating and not pretentious like many of these kind of books are. Unfortunately the narrator of the audiobook has the most awful (to my ears) nasal voice that just ruined it as an audiobook. 

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review 2014-12-31 16:42
The Reading Promise
The Reading Promise: My Father and the Books We Shared - Alice Ozma,Jim Brozina

This was a heartwarming memoir about Alice and her dad and the promise he makes to her to read out loud to her everyday. The promise begins while Alice is in the 4th grade and at first was a goal set for 100 days. Once they break that streak they continue on until she goes away to college. Sometimes challenging they manage to get in a few moments of reading each day even when their schedules are full.


What I loved about this book - her father is a librarian which means he's already sort of a superhero. Also the mention of ALL the books they've read and how occasionally they touch on what she is going through at the moment.


What I wished for the book - that the books Alice and her dad read were discussed. I get this was a book about reading and not a book about books but that's what I'd have preferred.


This was an easy read and a sweet story about a father/daughter relationship.

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text 2014-11-05 16:51

Too often… publishing companies say they would publish more diverse books, but they argue that the market just isn’t there for them. We shouldn’t buy this argument:

“Your ability to imagine that there is a market has to do with your ability to imagine that those people exist,” he says. “And if [you] can’t imagine that people of color actually exist and can buy books, then you can’t imagine selling books to them. That’s not just about a company corporate diversity policy; it’s about actually knowing what’s going on in communities of color.”


Ken Chen, poet and director of the Asian American Writers Workshop, to NPR (“To Achieve Diversity In Publishing, A Difficult Dialogue Beats Silence” by Lynn Neary)

(Source: malindalo)

Source: sinfulfolk.com
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