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text 2017-02-17 15:27
7 Great Fantasy/Urban Fantasy Series
Storm Front - Jim Butcher
Something from the Nightside - Simon R. Green
The Gates (Samuel Johnson, #1) - John Connolly
The Rook - Daniel O'Malley
Moving Pictures - Terry Pratchett
The Name of the Wind (Kingkiller Chronicle, #1) - Patrick Rothfuss
On a Pale Horse - Piers Anthony

At this point, it is no surprise to anyone that I am a fantasy fan, specifically urban fantasy. I like magic, monsters, adventures, etc. I also like revisiting characters and worlds, which means I'm definitely a series guy. I like a good standalone, mind you, but they are rarely as immersive as a long-running series.These are a few of my faves, and why. I am excluding the ones I discovered last year, as I've already discussed them elsewhere.

 

1. Storm Front - Jim Butcher  The Dresden Files - Jim Butcher

 

First Book: Storm Front (2000), ongoing

 

One of my all-time favorites, this series follows Harry Dresden, a professional wizard based in Chicago. It starts out as basically a PI series with magic, but dives much deeper into the lore starting with book 3, Grave Peril. Fast, funny, and exciting, this is the big daddy of modern UF, hitting #1 on the NY Times list a few times. There are 15 books in the series thus far, plus various shorts, novellas, and comics.

 

2. Something from the Nightside - Simon R. Green   The Nightside series - Simon R. Green

 

First book: Something From The Nightside (2003), completed

 

This series takes place in the titular Nightside and follows John Taylor, PI, ne'er-do-well

and prophesied heir to the Nightside, as he solves crimes, learns about his birthright, and challenges the Powers That Be. The writing can be a bit repetitive, and there are a couple lesser books among the twelve (thirteen including a collection, which is fun but inessential), but some of the characters are just flat awesome, especially Walker and "Shotgun" Suzie Shooter. Can get a bit gruesome, but the humor is always spot on.

 

3. The Gates (Samuel Johnson, #1) - John Connolly  Samuel Johnson series - John Connolly

 

First book: The Gates (2009), completed.

 

A very funny combination of demonology and theoretical physics, intended for YA readers. A great trilogy about a young boy whose town is frequently treatened with demonic takeover. I'm not usually a YA guy, but this just flat rocks.

 

4. The Rook - Daniel O'Malley  Checquy series - Daniel O'Malley

 

First book: The Rook (2012), ongoing.

 

Another fun UF series, this one told, thus far, from exclusively female perspectives. There are many people in the world born with strange abilities and, in the UK, it is up to the Checquy to handle them. Very funny, often gory, and occasionally thought-provoking. As the second book, Stiletto, mostly abandons the lead from the first book in favor of two new characters, it will be interesting to see what happens in book 3.

 

5. Moving Pictures - Terry Pratchett  Discworld - Terry Pratchett

 

First book: Color of Magic (1983), completed.

 

Confession time: I've only read six or so of these books and feel no pressig need to complete the series. I will read more of them, and happily, but am in npo rush, nor do I feel any need to read them in any particular order. There are about forty books in various subseries, plus various addenda, and, while there is continuity, flitting around has worked fine for me thus far.

 

6. The Name of the Wind (Kingkiller Chronicle, #1) - Patrick Rothfuss  Kingkiller Chronicles - Patrick Rothfuss

 

First book: The Name of The Wind (2007), ongoing.

 

An epic fantasy in the traditional vein, with great characters, beautiful writing, and interesting magic systems. This series follows Kvothe first as a student, then on various adventures. Stories within stories, an unreliable narrator, a school story, this is as interesting structurally as narratively. Am desperately anxious for book three.

 

7. On a Pale Horse - Piers Anthony  Incarnations of Immortality - Piers Anthony

 

First book: On a Pale Horse (1983), completed.

 

Both the worst-written and most structurally ambitious of all these series. this deals with mere mortals who, in various ways, become incarnations of various concepts, such as Death, Time, War, etc. Originally intended as a quintet, then extended to eight books. I never bothered with the last three books because the first five tell a complete story. Said story is not told sequentially, as the books take place at around the same times. Instead, we get the same occurrences from different perspectives, slowly deepening context, and a growing sense of the underlying conflict. The writing isn't particularly strong, but the ambition is laudable.

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review 2017-01-11 08:40
Chopsticks J. Anthony & R. Corral
Chopsticks - Jessica Anthony,Rodrigo Corral

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quote 2017-01-02 10:17

Books may look like nothing more than words on a page, but they are actually an infinitely complex imagotransference technology that translates odd, inky squiggles into pictures inside your head.

~ Jasper Fforde; The Well of Lost Plots

Source: bibliophileanon.tumblr.com/post/155272532159/books-may-look-like-nothing-more-than-words-on-a
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text 2016-11-16 20:32
First Published Book
My Life in Motion Pictures: 30 Famous Quotes for Day-to-Day Life - Kelsey E. Mecher,R. L. Wentzloff

Yes.  It is true.  This is MY book.  My first published book.  I wanted to give writing a try and I fell in love with it.  I enjoyed writing this book and I felt like getting it published just to see what people think of it.

 

Here is a synopsis of the book:

My life is surrounded by movie quotes. Everywhere I go, everything I do, I am quoting movies. Movies have had such a huge impact on my life that I want to share it with the world. A writing challenge called NANOWRIMO made that possible. A challenge where you have to write for 30 days in the month of November and you will have the makings of your very own novel. I couldn't think of what to write until someone reminded me of my love of Movie Quotes. That started the madness which is called writing. I took 30 famous quotes from movies of all genres and applied them to my life. How can I use the quote from P.S. I Love You? How does it impact my life? How can it help yours? These are questions that I try to answer with the help of quotes from famous movies said by famous actors and actresses. I hope these quotes help you as they have helped me!

 

Someone left a review of my book on Goodreads and I thought I share it with you on here:

One of the things I love about Goodreads is that it has been a huge help in exposing me to unique books and authors and lifting the curtain on new subjects and genres. My Life in Motion Pictures is a great example of this. A narrative centered on a group of terrific movie quotes is certainly uncommon, to say the least.

The chapters, which revolve around a topic raised by a quote, were written in consecutive days during the entire month of November. That was the first thing that impressed me about this book – it was written in one month. Anyone who has ever written anything of length would agree that such an accomplishment would take a great deal of tenacity and determination.

Following a journal style format, the author covers a wide range of topics, such as: the effects of social media, family interactions and relationships in general, men’s and women’s roles in society, the responsibilities of adulthood, small town life, and, of course, movies.

It was an extremely unique, humorous, and entertaining read. I hope the author sticks with it and produces more!

 

Hope you will take a look and check out my book :)

Source: kmecher.wixsite.com/kmwbooks
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text 2016-10-22 09:32
Gifting Oneself a Present Because of Awesomeness Level

So I finally got a job (Yay go me) and to celebrate I decided to buy myself a beautiful (and possibly complicated) plant, which I hopefully won't kill. I'm usually decent with plants, as long as they don't need watering on a super regular bases or high upkeep, so I should in theory be fine with an orchid. Plus it was like $10 which is an amazing price for them.

 

Orchid

 

On a side note but that's slightly related, my friend has gone to NZ for two weeks (without me the bitch! admittedly she did ask but I'm broke.... you know the whole job thing, lol, anyways....) and asked me to look after her things. Mainly make sure her housemate doesn't kill her animals and garden. So I've been popping in every few days to water the garden and her buds finally bloomed!! I'm super stoked, they are absolutely gorgeous! also great timing because she's back on Wednesday and it'll look like I did an amazing job of not only keeping everything alive but making that shit thrive. Mad gardening skills. anywho.... here are some pictures I quickly took today before it started to rain. Hope you enjoy them - no idea what they are, but they're pretty.

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