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Books / Re: Did he use my review as a reference?
« on: September 10, 2010, 08:44:44 PM »
It WAS nice to see someone who agreed so in parallel. I'm inclined to agree with you, Steve.

As for being linked on more blogs, it makes me all warm and fuzzy inside. Oh. And did you ever take a look at the 'short' list on the Book Blogger Week website for SF? HAHAHA. All three of them are paranormal/urban fantasy sites! Not a very good representation of the SF review blogs out there (except for Book Smugglers, they still count, cuz they're awesome).

Books / Re: Did he use my review as a reference?
« on: September 10, 2010, 03:16:49 PM »
I think it's kinda cool that he agreed. I've read so many mixed reviews on that book. But, yeah, I was amused and wondered. Then I saw that EBR is on the site's blogroll. So I assumed...

Books / Did he use my review as a reference?
« on: September 09, 2010, 10:05:13 PM »
A couple weeks ago I posted a review of The Last Stormlord by Glenda Larke on the Elitist Book Review site. Today I came across a review on another blog. It seems...echoy. What do you think?



(It's not like I've never read other people's reviews as I'm writing my own, and had it influence me. I'm simply bemused.)

Books / Re: What are you reading, part 3
« on: September 07, 2010, 06:56:20 PM »
Currently reading Simon R. Green's From Hell with Love (slapstick urban fantasy fun) and Suzanne Collins' Mockingjay (YA dystopia book #3).

Now I am listening to books 3-5 of the Naomi Novik Tremaire series. She is a very good writer. I am surprised I like these. As I posted before, I never would have started these books if not for posts on here and Bookstore Guy's review on his website. so thank you guys.

Actually, it was *I* who wrote that one :D I love the Termraire books. Book 6 isn't as strong as 1, 2, 4 & 5, but I imagine it's a good setup for what's to come.

also, isn't Dragonsbane the book that got Brandon into fantasy?


Is that book good for adults or more of a "I would have like it at 13 " type book?

Definitely good for adults.

Books / Re: Fantasy girls, where are you?
« on: September 06, 2010, 07:37:07 AM »
Any more recommendations? :)

I still have a number of books recommended in this thread to chew through, but I thought I'd bump the thread to the top anyway and see if someone recommends something new or perhaps gives opinion on books mentioned previously.

Without bothering to re-read this thread I'll give my own suggestions.

Sunshine by Robin McKinley
Patricia Briggs' Mercedes Thompson series
Paladin of Souls by Lois McMaster Bujold
A Vision of Light by Judith Merkle Riley
Doomsday Book by Connie Willis
Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
Drangonsbane by Barbara Hambly
Codex Alera series by Jim Butcher (while Kitara is not the main character, she plays an important role and she's freaking awesome, and there are two other important main female characters)
The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale or A Book of a Thousand Days (YA)
Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (YA)
Witch World by Andre Norton (old fashioned writing, and not my favorite, but fits your requirements for strong female roles, so you might like it)
Dracula (Mina is just awesome)
Dies the Fire by SM Stirling
Cordelia's Honor by Lois McMaster Bujold (sorry I know it's sci fi, but Cordelia is too awesome to ignore just because it's not fantasy!)

Brandon Sanderson / Re: Signing in St.Louis
« on: September 02, 2010, 05:56:12 AM »
No way...I used to live in Olivette while the hubby was going to SLU. I know that area pretty well. I think my old friends out in Maryland Heights, Creve Coeur, Overland and thereabouts would have laughed if I had asked them to go look for me (as tempted as I was...).

Brandon Sanderson / Re: Way of Kings
« on: September 01, 2010, 02:58:57 PM »
I'm getting pretty irritated now. For some reason, the website where I order all my books doesn't get the concept of pre-ordering. Happened with Gathering Storms, where I didn't have my book four days after release and I made a trip to the other side of the country to get it (two days later, they sent it anyway, so I now have two hardcover copy's of tGS). And it's happening again. Still no WoK. And I want it. I need it. I long for it! *runs around screaming, waving his arms*

Two words: Book Depository

Three more words: Free Worldwide Shipping

The Most Important Word: Reliable

And YES please everyone use **SPOILER** tags in the title if you're going to talk about the book's content with any detail. That would be most appreciated.

Brandon Sanderson / Re: How did you find out about Brandon Sanderson?
« on: August 31, 2010, 09:25:18 PM »
Having registered to these forums today (hi all!), for the sole purpose of talking about Brandon's books, I think it's fitting to start by posting in this topic...

Welcome! Feel free to introduce yourself here and take a look at our other forums.

I didn't go. The last release party I went to was crazy, and I didn't feel like spending hours in line. It looked like things finally wrapped up around 4 am though, if that's any indication.

Rants and Stuff / Re: Grumpiness in New, Seasonal Flavours
« on: August 26, 2010, 03:07:04 PM »
Yeah, I got my hotmail hacked last week, too, sending out a link to viagra adds. Sigh. These guys suck.

Books / Re: What are you reading, part 3
« on: August 25, 2010, 10:13:14 PM »
Just picked up American Gods. Hope it's good.

Just finished it recently. It's a really astounding book. Yet at the same time disturbing. Gaiman has Americans pegged, which was rather disconcerting. The best books are ones not just about their subject, but also go deeper, and American Gods does that because it's not just about Shadow and the things he experiences, it's also about America and what makes it tick.

Books / Re: What are you reading, part 3
« on: August 21, 2010, 07:04:37 AM »
I've also been playing tag with I told them to notify me the next time they have Mr. Monster in stock at least five times, but by the time I see their notification email, the copy's already sold.

Good thing it comes out in the US in only a month, then! If you think you have a better/sooner chance via Amazon.

Books / Re: What are you reading, part 3
« on: August 19, 2010, 10:57:48 PM »
Reading LeGuin's Left Hand of Darkness. Took me a couple chapters to get into it, but I'm there now.

It's not for everyone. But it's definitely a thought-provoking and fascinating book.

Books / Re: What are you reading, part 3
« on: August 18, 2010, 08:37:10 PM »
Reading Ari Marmell's THE CONQUEROR'S SHADOW. He's been a staff writer for Wizards of the Coast writing manuals for games (I think...), but this his his first novel. Pretty good so far, a little different than your standard sword & sorcery. Although after all those manuals one would think his prose could be slightly less cumbersome. Alas.

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