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Books / Re: What are you reading, part 3
« on: March 02, 2010, 10:56:08 PM »
Reading way too many things at once, but I'm enjoying them all a great deal:

History: Hugh Nibley: A Consecrated Life by Boyd Peterson

Fantasy: Elantris by Brandon Sanderson (audio), The Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle, Shadow Prowler by Alexey Pehov (audio)

Sci-Fi: Diving into the Wreck and The Spires of Denon (novella) by Kristine Kathryn Rusch

Graphic Novels: Agents of Atlas Vol. 1 by Jeff Parker, Amulet by Kazu Kibuishi, Missile Mouse: Star Crusher by Jake Parker, Usagi Yojimbo Vol. 11 by Stan Sakai

Video Games / Re: Too Many March Games
« on: March 02, 2010, 10:45:40 PM »
I can wholeheartedly agree with "Chaos2651" about March, and am feeling the hurt in the wallet a little myself.

I had pre-ordered Final Fantasy XIII (PS3), Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey (DS), Lunar: Harmony of Silver Star (PSP), Infinite Space (DS), Sakura Wars: So Long My Love (PS2) and Resonance of Fate (PS3) which all release in March.

I also had my sights on Borderlands (PS3), but there's no way I can justify all of these in a single month's time so earlier this afternoon I canceled my pre-order for SMT: Strange Journey (which I'll do my best to pick up later), will hold off on Borderlands until *hopefully* next month (where I'll use my amazon 10% off coupon) and will look to trade in a few games at Game Stop taking advantage of their 50% extra trade-in credit offer to add a little more cushion. Infinite Space and a couple of others do release at the very end of the month as well, so they'll actually brunt the hurt a little as it'll be early April before they hit the bank.

Things should slow down dramatically in the months that follow, definitely. Rarely, if ever (Christmas), have I had this many "must owns" coming out in a single month.

Site News / Re: Introduce yourself - right on!
« on: March 02, 2010, 10:23:19 PM »
By way of introductions, "howdy!"

My name is K. McCallister, I hail from Texas and work in the Science and Research field while working towards my History BA (fortunately I'm on the downward slope). I've been a veracious reader all my life, and somehow my interest in reading only seems to grow that much more with each passing year. And while I prefer non-fiction and history the most, I've always had a real soft spot for good fantasy & sci-fi when I could find it, be it in movies, comics, or novels.

My all-time favorite fantasy/sci-fi writers have tended to remain George MacDonald, C.S. Lewis, and J.R.R. Tolkien, but a few more recent favorites include G.R.R. Martin, Robin Hobb, Karen Traviss, Brandon Sanderson (why I'm here) and I find that I'm really enjoying the work of Kristine Kathryn Rusch in her 'Diving' universe in the last month or so. But better stop while I'm ahead.

The Firstborn short story was my first introduction to Brandon Sanderson's work, followed by Elantris which I'm currently enjoying in audio book format on my long commutes to work each day. The book has been an awful lot of fun, and I've already got Warbreaker queued up and ready to go once I finish (which is good because I hear we've got a real epic in The Way of Kings that I'll need to be ready for come August).

Looking forward to meeting y'all and I'll see you at the boards!

Books / Re: Children's Books Recommendations
« on: June 01, 2009, 04:53:08 PM »
You can't go wrong with The Princess and the Goblin and its follow-up The Princess and Curdie by George MacDonald if you're looking for a couple of fantastic fantasy books that'll spark your child's (and your own) imagination.  These stories are reported to have been favorites of Tolkien in his youth and speaking for myself, I enjoyed them a great deal as an adult.  I managed to score a really old copy several years back and the musty smell, combined with the sweet story, still stays with me.

Books / Re: What are you reading, part 3
« on: June 01, 2009, 04:37:18 PM »
Just finished Frankenstein: City of Night by Dean Koontz this morning, which was great fun (if not quite as good as  the first) and has me chomping at the bit for Frankenstein book 3's release in July.  I'm also going back to read the first Odd Thomas novel by Koontz after stumbling upon Brother Odd a couple of months ago and really enjoying the protagonist, the life affirming message and the overall peculiarity.

I'm also reading Gardens of the Moon, Malazan Book of the Fallen by Steven Erickson (awesome) and should be starting Elantris by week's end.  I've got a 12-hour flight to Japan in a couple of weeks and I'm hoping to be able to take advantage of it and catch up on a lot of reading on the plane and return trip. 

Site News / Re: Introduce yourself - right on!
« on: June 01, 2009, 03:58:56 PM »
By way of introductions, "howdy."

My name is K. D. McCallister and I live in Fort Worth, TX, the whereabouts I've lived for most of my God fearing life with the exception of my mission to the Pacific Northwest (where it rained on me an awful lot) and a brief stay in Rexburg, ID as a student at RICKS (where no Texan has any right to be given the freezing 20 below temps).   

I currently work in the Science and Research field, while pursuing a History degree in the hours between work.  I just moved into my first home and am engaged to be married by the end of the year if we can get the preparations taken care of by then.  When I'm not at work, studying, moving or working on wedding plans I love to read, play a video game or two, watch/play sports (need some racquetball time!) and spend time with family, friends and my 2 Corgi's.

I hate to admit it but I'm fairly new to Brandon Sanderson's work, though Elantris should be mine by week's end and I've just recently started on Warbreaker (which is going to be a fun ride, I can tell).  We all have to start somewhere, I suppose, and I can't wait to see where Sanderson's books take me.  I'm sure I'll have more than a few things to talk about as I devour these and begin the Mistborn trilogy.

Anyhow, look forward to meeting you folks and thanks for having me.

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