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Compilation of ALS Ice Bucket Challenges Completed by authors

For those who have been living under a rock for the past week or so, the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge is a challenge to dump a bucket of ice on yourself. Once you’ve done so, you nominate three others to take up the challenge themselves. However, it’s not just doing it for the sake of doing it. The intent is to promote awareness for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), and to encourage donations to fund research and support. More information can be found here. (Link leads to ALS US, additional links have been included at the bottom of the post.)

There’s been no shortage of well-known people who have taken up the challenge, such as Sir Patrick Stewart, George Takei, Bill Gates, The Foo Fighters, and dozens of others. However, I’ve decided to round up videos from authors who have accepted the challenge.I know there’s likely quite a few that I’m missing, feel free to let me know of any, and I’ll add them to the post.

Patrick Rothfuss

Tad Williams (not on Youtube, it’s a Facebook video)

George R. R. Martin

Neil Gaiman

Brandon Sanderson

Jim Butcher

Stephen King

Alex Bledsoe

Dan Wells

Chuck Wendig

Hugh Howey

Pierce Brown

What’s been your favourite one so far? Any that I’m missing and need to be added? Let me know!


ALS Global

ALS Canada (English)

ALS Canada (French)

MND Association (England, Wales, Northern Ireland)

MND Scotland (Scotland)

Stichting ALS Nederland (Netherlands)

The ALS League of Belgium/ALS Liga België (Belgium)

Asociación ELA/EMN (Spain)

Asociación Española de Esclerosis Lateral Amiotrófica (ADELA) (Spain)

ALS-Vereinigung (Switzerland)

MND Australia

MNDA (New Zealand)

Associazione Italiana Sclerosci Lterale Amiotrofia (AISLA ONLUS) (Italy)

 


Miles Cameron Name Reveal!

Do you wanna know a secret?

It’s about a Tyrant Red Knight, who, using Poseidon’s Spear, joined with Washington and Ceasar to become King of the Bosporus and killed Alexander: God of War. In the years that followed, he earned many names — Destroyer of Cities, and Killer of Men to name a few. Thus did he become known as the Ill-Made Knight, and in the years that followed, his blade become hearkened as The Fell Sword

Or, wait, no.. Scratch that. That’s definitely not the secret. What I meant to say is that, (if you haven’t already found out via his Facebook pages) I’m honoured with the opportunity to reveal Miles Cameron’s (author of Traitor Son Cycle) identity. Miles Cameron is the pen name for the critically acclaimed historical fiction author, Christian Cameron; author of the Tyrant series. (Not, in fact, his cousin, as he’s been telling fans over on Facebook for the past while.)

Christian Cameron is a Canadian novelist, who was educated and trained as both an historian and a former career officer in the US Navy. His The Traitor Son Cycle, published by Gollancz/Orbit, under the name of Miles Cameron was his first foray into an alternative fantastical setting. Christian is a dedicated reenactor, and historian — both of which he brings into his novels, writing realistic battles, and weaving in his in-depth knowledge of a variety of different historical periods. His latest novel, The Great King was released earlier this year.

His next book, The Fell Sword, which is the sequel to “Miles Cameron’s” The Red Knight is set to be released 30 January, 2014 in the UK, and March 11th in the US. Or, for the impatient reader, the Kindle edition was released January 16th.

The Fell Sword is available for pre-order on Amazon:
UK
US

Find him on Facebook:
Christian G. Cameron’s Author Page
The Red Knight’s Page

On the web:
Christian Cameron: http://www.hippeis.com/
Miles Cameron: http://www.traitorson.com/

Official Reveal from Gollancz


Book spotlight: Wolgast Castle, by Linda Bell Brighton

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SIDONIA Book1 Fcov PROOF

Page Length: 270 pages

Publisher: EIE Publisher, Inc. (July 27, 2013)

Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.

Language: English

ASIN: B00E7ACHVY

Genre: Historical Fantasy

Format: Digital

Linda Bell Brighton writes Renaissance fantasy for adventure seekers who want to dive

into worlds where magic and mythical beings thrive alongside the mundane world.

ABOUT WOLGAST CASTLE

What if witches really existed during the Burning Times?

Forced to attend the Regent’s celebration at Wolgast Castle, 1560 Germany, Sidonia von Bork,

fears her magical abilities will be discovered and she’ll be burned alive as a witch. When she

discovers she is actually a member of an ancient shape-shifting race and the prophesied Golden

One, she must face her destiny: To save the multiverse from the daemons determined to destroy

all humans and to stay alive in the process.

Wolgast Castle: Book One of the Sidonia the Sorceress Series has received 5-stars from Amazon

readers.

“Based on actual characters and events, but written from the main character’s point of view, one

sees the compassion and motivation in Sidonia’s heart, whereas other accounts by other writers

have always bombasted her actions due to their own limited facts. This is a page-turner with a

fascinating, thrilling enlightening story. The author’s website has lots of information about the

time period as well.” — Charles H. Desimone

ABOUT Wolgast Castle, Book One of the Sidonia The Sorceress Series by Linda Bell

Brighton

Forced to attend Princess Maria regent’s celebration at Wolgast Castle, 1560 Germany,

Sidonia von Bork, fears her magical abilities will be discovered and she’ll be burned alive as a

witch. When she discovers she is actually a member of an ancient shape-shifting race and the

prophesied Golden One, she must face her destiny: to save the multiverse from the daemons

determined to destroy all humans, and stay alive in the process.

Giveaway Info

Linda is giving away prizes, including an e-copy of her book at each blog stop on her tour AND

three Grand Prize Giveaway of one Travel Mug, one T-Shirt and one Custom Jumbo Tote Bag

with your choice of fan art, chosen from here: http://www.zazzle.com/sidonia_the_sorceres ,

shipped to anywhere in the world!

1) To win a book: Leave a comment on this blog post to be entered to win a book. Be sure

to leave your email address in the comments so we can contact you if you’re the lucky

winner. This giveaway ends seven days after the post goes live.

2) To win the Travel Mug or the T-Shirt or the Custom Jumbo Tote Bag with

Linda’s fan art of your choice, click the link to go to Linda’s website here http://

www.lindabellbrighton.com/ and enter the Rafflecopter at the bottom of the page. The

three lucky winners will be selected by October 7, 2013.

(Link to Rafflecopter is here: http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/2a406b9/ — sorry, WordPress doesn’t allow them to be embedded.)

Linda Bell Brighton’s Bio:

Linda Bell Brighton fell in love with myths, magic, and monsters at an early age. On a thunderstorming day in the Keys, her father—in his bass reading voice—brought The Hound of the

Baskerville to too-vivid-life. From that day forward, Greek and Roman myths merged with

Wonder Woman and Super girl. After studying medieval and Renaissance literature in college,

she now combines her loves by writing an alternate history of the Witch Burning Times that she

calls magpunk: real history with myths, magic, monsters—and daemons, too.

Links

Linda Bell Brighton’s website: http://www.lindabellbrighton.com/

Linda Bell Brighton on Twitter: https://twitter.com/LindaBellWriter

Linda Bell Brighton’s Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/lindabell.brighton

Wolgast Castle, Book One of the Sidonia The Sorceress Series Facebook Page: https://

www.facebook.com/WolgastCastle

Wolgast Castle, Book One of the Sidonia The Sorceress Series on Amazon: http://amzn.to/

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A Never After Giveaway

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Most people are well aware that I don’t read YA novels on a regular basis (or rather, almost never; except if published by a friend). However, this past weekend at the Toronto ComiCon, I met with Lesley Livingston, author of the Wondrous Strange trilogy while she was doing a signing of her two most recent books, Every Never After and Once Every Never.

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While YA books aren’t exactly my cup of tea, I picked up a (signed!) copy of each book with you guys in mind. This contest is going to be a bit different than my usual ones; I’m not going to require you to follow me on Twitter, like the Facebook page or any of that (though, it would be much appreciated if you do! And if you share a link to this so your friends can enter as well).

Simply, leave a comment — saying whatever, though spam will be deleted (and ensure you include your email address), and the winner will be randomly selected on Saturday March 16th at noon.

Winner will receive both books, and will have 24 hours to respond to the email with their contact information before it’s passed on to someone else.

Contest is open only to residents of US & Canada.

Edit: Winner chosen 16/03/2013, Monique Koevoets


Bookplate Contest Winners

This past week we had a giveaway running for bookplates and a signed copy of The Warded Man by Peter V. Brett.

Selected winners are listed below, winners have 48 hours to email me (or message on Facebook) with their address before their prize is forfeit to someone else.

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Signed copy of The Warded Man:

  1. Shannon Jones

Bookplate Winners

  1. Vinay Thukral
  2. Andy “Ebookwyrm” Angel
  3. Amer Hassounah
  4. Paul Neale
  5. Roger Bellini
  6. Axel

Thank you to everyone who entered! There are more giveaways planned for the future. Follow us, or “Like” us on Facebook for updates on new posts, and announcements.


Giraffes, hipsters and… unicorns? Oh my.

This is probably the strangest thing that will ever be posted on here. A week ago I decided to run a little experiment over on Facebook, giving the first sentence to  a story and seeing what people made of it. What resulted is told below. I’m considering doing something similar to twice a month. I know this doesn’t fit in with fantasy reviews and all that, but I’m of the opinion that something a bit different can’t hurt, if you guys enjoy it,  and it does contain fantastical elements.

Back in the 70’s, giraffes hadn’t been a very common sight. One would think that such creatures would fit in perfectly like New York, where the buildings give off a surreal yet appropriate backdrop to the long-necked animals. But for some reason, despite their stately stride and elegant necks, they had always jarred ones eyes in a way that was, once again, strangely appropriate in its reminiscence to the now-extinct race of hipsters that once populated the area.

It had been a sunny Tuesday afternoon in late July, when one hipster had decided, as hipsters are want to do, to make a spectacle of himself. He had been wandering around aimlessly, searching for the perfect gesture of irony, when he spotted it there in Central Park: a huge, majestic giraffe, munching quietly on an oak.

The hipster exhaled his latte with vehement surprise, and for a moment, he could not speak. He noticed the peculiar patterns traced upon the oak by the teeth of the giraffe and recognized, written in the script of the elves of Middle Earth, the words of Sartre! The words were ominous indeed. Predicting the comeback of female-giraffe only pop bands. He shivered as he recalled those dark days.

Ensnared by the giraffe and mesmerised by its pose, he approached it gingerly — the ginger meaning he had ginger in his hand with a frying pan and the finest of cooling oils. Giraffe burger would make a rather hip meal, the hipster thought.

Suddenly, a vegan hipster burst from the bushes to his left and threw herself at the giraffe, chaining herself to its leg. The giraffe looked curiously at the vegan hipster now chained to its long legs, before deciding the puny hipsters were not worthy of its time. Except for one small taste of each. Vegan definitely tasted better.
It’s funny what goes through your mind when a giraffe is nibbling on you. Why am I here? Why does this not worry me? Oh, the irony. I spend my life saving animals and an animal has chosen me… as dinner. Maybe the giraffe should switch to an all vegan lifestyle, like me. Now imagine what would happen has the giraffe had the ability to use the frying pan and ginger.

These thoughts and many more danced through the brain of Willow Pleck and she dribbled blood on the grass. She was so absorbed in her musings that she didn’t notice the giraffe had stopped chewing and walked off until twenty minutes later.

So, she was standing there lost unto the world, until the giraffe returned with two of its mates.
“We present to you a challenge.” The giraffe said. “If you win, you may have all that your heart desires. If you lose… You must submit yourself as our feast.”

What would you do? Risk it all for the chance to have everything you’ve ever wanted? I dare say it would be enough to make this young vegan’s head spin… but what should I do? Should I submit and risk my own life? Are my dreams worth everything? I just don’t know…
“Yes.” she decided finally, after moments of weary contemplation. For what can you live for — what purpose is there in going on, day after day, if not to follow your dreams? Dizzy from blood loss, Willow knew that death would come to her — if not today, than tomorrow. Who was she, to pass up on the opportunity to risk it all for one thing she desired most, when most people never got the chance?
“I never got to go to Disney World.” Not realizing that the loss of blood was making her giddy and unable to form a coherent reply.
“I would love to be on the cover of Vogue Magazine… have an article published in my favourite Vegan newspaper.” It seemed as though her chances of surviving this encounter were fading before her eyes. If only she knew the clever ruse behind this not-so random encounter. The vegan hipster, the mortal wounds they suffered at the hands of the giraffe and his mates and now this, the impossible challenge.

On the outside it had appeared simple, she would be given a golden spear with a silver laced tip and be tasked with fighting off three magical combatants in open combat. However, when she saw her first opponent, a tall Unicorn with a rainbow coloured horn, she knew her hipster combat skills would be put to the ultimate test. She put on her chainmail jacket — before it was cool — and prepared for the fight to begin.

Suddenly, out of the blue, jumped in another man. This was the hipster from earlier, the Red haired guy dressed in a casual T-Shirt and jeans. He glanced at her, then threw himself on the Unicorn, impaling it with a knife that he carried in his right hand, and with his free hand, he tore the magnificent Beast’s Horn apart. Using the same horn, he stabbed the Unicorn over and over, again and again, and drank it with glee.

A part of her brain watched the blood flow with sickening delight and her own taste buds began salivating.
Suddenly, her forehead breaks out in sweat as she fights against the transformation. Her face starts to elongate into a muzzle while the bones of her legs start to show their metamorphosis into powerful haunches.

Only with every shred of self-control and will that she possesses is she able to contain her transformation into a werewolf.

She lets out a sigh of relief as she regains control, and any semblance of self-respect. Werewolves, of course, are far too mainstream.
With that first opponent out of the way, and the knowledge that she killed a Unicorn before it was cool, Willow prepared herself for her next opponent: The Bearded Sphinx of Kathmandu!
The trees all around went in a hedonic sing-song. ‘Another one bites the dust’
She looks around nervously, not letting the red-haired hipster out of the corner of her eye. Doesn’t he know that t-shirts and jeans are so passe? He should’ve tried rocking a kurta with those skinnies. Go all Sufi, which would have clashed magnificently with that fiery red on top of his head.

The sing-song voices in the trees are distracting and she barely registers red-head’s sudden movement and spins around to face whatever has him startled.

Before them stands a gargantuan creature with the slanted eyes and this features of a Nepalese woman, but with the addition of a well-kept chin beard. Her body is that of a well-muscled lion, and her claws look ever-so-sharp, not to mention…. manicured.

‘So, like, are you going to be my next prey? Cuz I’m pretty hungry and you don’t look too fattening because I have a party this weekend and Steph’s and I’m trying to get skinny enough to fit into this dress I bought that is SO CUTE because it makes my tail look AMAZING and Tommy is gonna be there and he is SO HOT and I know that slut Shelly is after him, but she better back off because he’s TOH-TALL-EE mine.’
Before she could think of what to do next, the Hipster next to her…well there were no other words for it…he shimmered, his entire form rippled and he veered into a humongous fire-breathing Dragon. His snout itself was bigger than the huge Giraffe who’d bled her earlier, and his body stretched high, as if reaching for the stars above. Covered all in red, glittering scales, dark and shining with a mesmerizing energy, he glanced at her once, a huge eye the size of her entire being winking at her, and then in a flash burned her opponent to a crisp and ate it (or to be precise, burned ‘her’, as it was more like a woman than anything else) and chomped down, in a snarling and hungry manner reminiscent more of wolves than Dragons. Not that she’d ever seen a Dragon before. She was better than one to believe in such myths. Except now one was staring down at her, the size of a huge tower and giving her a sly grin…’She should not have eaten those toadstool mushrooms last night’, this was the last thought she had before darkness took over and she fainted.

She awoke to the taste of kiwi-infused spring water of a fair-trade origin. Slowly blinking her eyes awake and shaking her head, she regained some semblance of her former composure. Her head was gently tilted forward, and the red-headed wannabe-hipster-actually-dragon (heh. hipster-ception?) was looking at her with relief on his face. The sun did wonderful things to his hair, and turned his normally dark green eyes into the color of dazzling emeralds.
‘Thanks for killing the shemale-valley girl-sphinx’
‘No problem. My head would have exploded if I’d heard anymore.’
Friendships have formed on much less than a guy killing a unicorn for a girl, and then turning into a dragon for her. This was love at first sight. Erm, murder. Barbeque. You get it.

So the hipster girl spent the rest of her adolescence teaching the red-headed-wannabe-hipster-dragon that’s ok if he’s just a hipster dragon, and that t-shirts are far too mainstream. She tried to make a vegan of him, but that didn’t quite work. Neither did the relationship, for long, since in all his naiveté, hipster-dragon (Whose name was Romulus, by the way) totally misunderstood when she asked him to ‘make her hot and eat her’.

Things pretty much went downhill after that.

Le Fin.

 

*I made minor edits to the original story, though nothing too big.

Contributors:

Mohammad Ali
Julia Nepper
Joe Kawano
Kunal Garg
Muthu Kumaran
Rebecca Lovatt
Ian Martin
Shannon Jones
Roger Bellini
Pritesh Patil
Narah Castling

Want to join in on the randomness? ‘Like’ us on Facebook, depending on what people think of this idea, we may run it again.

What are your thoughts on this idea? (Not specifically on Vegan hipsters vs giraffes), but of the occasional short story? Leave a comment and let us know!


Book of the Day, Week 3

Every day on Facebook we’ll be posting a short description of novels that aren’t very well-known. Be sure you check them out daily on our Facebook page or get the compiled list every Saturday here.

Jan. 17th, 2013

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The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place, by Maryrose Wood. The Incorrigible Children, adopted by Lord Ashton, were raised by wolves, and Penelope Lumly is brought in as their governness. Pretty soon, Penelope starts to discover some rather startling things…Nice characters, with nice writing, and an interesting mystery that’ll keep you interested.

Jan. 16th, 2013

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Except the Dying, by Maureen Jennings. The first book in Jenning’s Detective Murdoch series, Except the Dying is about William Murdoch, a detective in Toronto, 1895. Also very well written and with a good historical perspective, the books would interest any fans of the Murdoch Mysteries television show; the books, instead of portraying Murdoch as the straight-laced tee-totaler his character is on the show, portray him as a bit more worldly and flawed, but still an utterly relatable character.

Jan. 15th, 2013

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The Liberation of Sundrian City, by Ander Louis. “If ignorance were bliss, would you seek truth? In a sheltered city that has locked itself away from the dangers of the outside world, a band of underground rebels, driven by this very question, plan to uncover the truth beyond their impenetrable wall. Meanwhile, as he struggles to bring his own life together by solving the mysterious murder of his parents, thirteen-year-old Linus Smith will come to learn – the hard way – that he is a gifted war elephant rider, and find himself in the most unlikely place – at the crux of a liberation.” This was a fun and fast-paced novel, though laden with action clichés.

Jan. 14th, 2013

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A Morbid Taste for Bones, by Ellis Peters. The first book in the Chronicles of Brother Cadfael, which follow the eponymous monk, living in the 12th century, as he solves crimes. A great book for anyone who loves a good mystery and a historical setting; Peters clearly did her research. There are twenty books in all, so there’s plenty to read.

Jan. 13th, 2013

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The Long Earth, by Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter. Individually, both of those authors are absolutely fantastic;together.. You get something quite different. This is a novel which people seem to absolutely hate, or love. I might write a full review on this at some point, but The Long Earth combines Pratchett’s satirical sense with Baxter’s Science-fiction (though, Baxter has a larger influence than Pratchett in it).

In the Long Earth, Earth is just one of many parallel worlds, and the further away you get, the weirder they become — though, it’s the only one that supports human life.


If you could be any flavour of ice cream…

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If you read the interviews that I’ve been posting, you might notice something they (almost) all have in common. (Well, okay, I’m sure there are multiple things they all share, but still…) I almost always ask the same closing question: If you could be any flavour of ice cream, what flavour would you be?

A couple people have noticed this, and they’ve asked me if there’s any significance to that question. Honestly? No. But, on one hand, it does make for an interesting list to compile after doing a number of interviews (and in some instances finding the authors on Twitter/Facebook and asking them.. with no context.)

So, here’s the list! Now that this list has been posted though, I do think I’ll be switching to a new question. If you have any suggestions, please do let me know!

Authors*

Stephen B. Pearl:
“I guess blueberry, to be specific Hewits Goat Milk Blueberry”

Jeffrey J. Mariotte:
“I’d probably be Neapolitan. I’m kind of a basic guy, nothing fancy or overly complicated. But I can’t settle on any one thing …  I couldn’t be any single flavor. Chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry is probably just about right for me.”

Tad Williams:
“I would be Sublime Ripple, with Cayenne Pepper bits.”

Karen Dales:
“Strawberry, definitely strawberry.”

Timothy Carter:
“Chocolate chip. Best flavour of ice cream ever. Not mint chocolate chip, mind you – I can’t stand mint.”

Myke Cole
“Dried Seaweed.”

Patrick Rothfuss
“Death and thunder flavour ice cream!”

David Anthony Durham:
” Pistachio. But definitely one that is green. If it’s not green.. It’s not me.”

Brandon Sanderson *new* – February 15th
“I would be Brandon flavoured ice cream.”

*Clicking on their names, in most instances, will take you to the interview where they said it. However, for the few whose answers I got elsewhere, it’ll just take you to their website.

Bloggers

Roger Bellini – A Daily Dose of R&R
“Pineapple coconut chunk ice cream.”

Andy Angel – Ebookwyrm
“Choc. Mint”

ARamone – The Arched Doorway
“I’m not sure.. Probably something sour.”

Why? Because, why not?

If you have any suggestions for silly questions to ask next, please let me know in the comments! (Or, feel free to leave your own answer!)


Book of the Day, Week 2

Every day on Facebook we’ll be posting a short description of novels that aren’t very well-known. Be sure you check them out daily on our Facebook page or get the compiled list every Saturday here. 

Jan. 11th, 2013

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Ahmek, by Patrick Watson. When I was six, my grandparents went on a trip to Brazil. Mama got me this book before hand, and wrote a note at the beginning saying it would keep me company. It did; I loved the book then, and I love it now. Ahmek is a little beaver whose lodge is ruined, and he sets out on his own to start a new one, starting a family along the way. The book has occasional human characters as well, most notably Tom Thompson, honorary member of the Group of Seven, who add to the story without Watson delving into fantasy and having the beavers talk with them. Ahmek is a great story for anyone interested in animals.

Jan. 10th, 2013

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Plain Kate, by Erin Bow. Kate is a carver who’s good — too good. She gets called “witch blade”, not a good name in a land where witches are feared. When a plague sweeps through her country and her town turns on her, Kate trades her shadow to escape, but soon learns this might not have been a good choice. It’s a cute book with a bit of a ghost story to it, heavily inspired by Russian culture, and needs far more love.

Jan. 9th, 2013

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Inside Out Girl, by Tish Cohen. It’s not the sort of book I typically read, but I found it cute nonetheless. It follows Rachel Berman, a single mother of two, who starts dating Len, single father of Olivia, a girl with Non-Verbal Learning Disaborder, a condition similar to autism. Over time, Olivia’s quirks bring her family and Rachel’s together, with self-discovery along the way. The characters go through realistic problems, grow in realistic ways, and delight the reader with their quirks and charms.

Jan. 8th, 2013

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This one is fairly well known, however as today saw the release of the 14th (and final) novel in the series, it seemed fitting.
Eye of the World is the first book in the Wheel of Time series — with a Tolkienesque storyline, it follows the tale of some of the villagers from the Two Rivers as they flee from their homes to escape from an evil that’s hunting them. The Wheel of Time series is an epic one, in every sense of the word… While the size can be daunting, it’s filled with beautiful and poetic descriptions, hundreds of great characters, and many interweaving plots.

Jan. 7th,  2013

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The Hungry Year, by Connie Brummel Cook. This was one of the only books I’ve ever had to read in school that I actually liked. I was nine years old, and we were learning Canadian history. This book follows Kate, a twelve-year-old Loyalist girl, through her first year in Canada during “The Hungry Year”, a time of famine when a particularly hard winter rolled around. Kate has to take care of her twin brothers in the midst of the worst snowstorm they had ever seen while her dad is out hunting, and learns a lot about herself in the process. It makes history fun and gives the reader a perspective on eighteenth century frontier life.

Jan. 6th, 2013

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Ex-heroes by Peter Clines: This is a pretty silly book, picture Joss Whedon’s Avengers meet the Walking Dead. Zombies vs. Superheroes. It was first released back in 2010, however it’s being re-released next month.
It’s kind of cheesy, yes.. Some of the superheroes do parallel familiar ones that we all know, but they do have their own identities as well. It’s fun, action-packed, and pretty well written.


Book of the Day, Week 1

Everyday on Facebook we’ll be posting a short description to novels that aren’t very well known. Be sure you check them out daily on our Facebook page, or get the compiled list every Saturday on here.

Jan. 5th, 2013

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A Matter of Magic, by Patricia C. Wrede – ‘Mairelon the Magician’ and ‘The Magician’s Ward’ together in one volume. Kim is a young street urchin who finds her life turned upside-down when she tries to rob a magician’s cart. Very nice dialogue and engaging characters.

Jan. 4th, 2013

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Kingfisher Days by Susan Coyne. This is an interesting little book — a memoir, and a biography; with a magical and imaginative tale. When young Susan Coyne discovers an old overgrown fireplace, she begins her correspondence with a precocious young fairy princess, Nootsie Tah through letters left on the hearth. I first read it 11-12 years ago, and it’s a light read showing the simple pleasures and cherished memories that last a lifetime, with a child’s imagination and innocence.

Jan. 3rd, 2013

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Avalon: Web of Magic series, by Rachel Roberts. Three unsuspecting girls find they have a surprising connection to a magical land and must work to help save it, forming friendships along the way. A nice light read with some cute pictures interspersed throughout the text.

Jan. 2nd, 2013

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Book of the Day: A Whiff of Death by Isaac Asimov. After the death of Ralph Neufeld — a graduate student, Professor Brade must determine if Neufeld’s death was accidental, or if there’s a murderer afoot. Asimov’s A Whiff of Death is a fun read, that’s quite different from his well known Science Fiction stories.

Jan. 1st, 2013

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The Shadow of Malabron, by Thomas Wharton: When Will goes through a portal into the Land of Stories, he finds himself pursued by Malabron, a sorcerer who took over the land decades ago. Now, he needs to get out and back to his family before getting caught. A fun and gripping read.


A Belated Introductory Post

Hello there.

It seems some people weren’t aware there were two of us here. After my review of Princess Academy, for example, RLovatt’s friends teased her for reading a princess book. It’s a bit understandable, as I really haven’t posted much on here, but with RLovatt starting to do reviews part-time for other places, that’s going to change.

So hi. I’m ARamone. I started this up with RLovatt a year ago when she decided she wanted to write a blog dedicated to reviewing books. My reviews are pretty different than RLovatt’s. They tend to be longer, and I include a rating out of 5 at the end. My rating scale is as follows:

1/5 = Horrible. Awful. A disgrace to literature. I haven’t had to rate anything this low, luckily.

1.5/5 = Pretty bad. Not disgraceful, but not anything I’d recommend.

2/5 = Not something I really enjoyed reading all that much, for whatever reason. I may or may not have been able to finish it. A 2.5 would mean I enjoyed some bits, or that it had an interesting idea, but I wasn’t very fond of it.

3/5 = Pretty okay overall. Typically there’ll be one major problem that made me remember it badly. A 3.5 would mean that the one major problem didn’t completely ruin it for me, but it still could have been better. For fans of the genre, I’d recommend it.

4/5 = Most books fall here. They were actually pretty good, and I’d definitely recommend it. A 4.5 was really good and quite enjoyable.

5/5 = Awesome. Amazing. I’d recommend it to anyone, and it was one of my favourites. Definitely check it out.

So yes, that’s me. My contact information is up, so drop me a line with a request (I have a hard time saying no to things). The only things I really won’t do are dystopian futures, but I’ll do just about anything else.

Thanks for reading!


Most anticipated fantasy/sci-fi novels of 2012

2012 is just a couple of days away, and with the new year comes new books.. Here’s some great books to look forward to (in no particular order). I’m sure this list will be updated a bunch over the next few days, so keep on checking back — and please feel free to share what books you’re looking forward to, and they’ll be added to the list!

1) Wheel of Time book 14 – A Memory of Light by Brandon Sanderson and Robert Jordan

The Eye of the World (book 1) was published back in 1990. 22 years later, the series is finally coming to a close. With the Last Battle between good and evil approaching; and  the end of an age, Rand, Mat, Perrin and the rest of the world must unite under a common goal and put their own wars and differences aside to fight the Dark One and the Forsaken, along with their hoards of evil creatures.

A Memory of Light is set to be released in Autumn 2012.

2) The Grigori Legacy book 2 – Sins of the Son by Linda Poitevin

–  Sins of the Angels was the first book I reviewed on here (that review can be found here). With Sins of the Sons, Poitevin continues the adventures of homicide detective Alexander Jarvis. Armaggedon on Earth is fast approaching; and as Alex tries to protect those she cares about; the conflict that arises may push the world into the very chaos they’re trying to avoid.

Sins of the Sons is set to be released March 27th

3) The Lightbringer book 2 – The Blinding Knife by Brent Weeks

Sequel to the Black Prism (my review for which can be found here)… No summary or description is available yet, this will be edited/updated ASAP. — I’ve read some of the excerpt he’s made available though, and it’s sure to be awesome.

The Blinding Knife is set to be released September 1st

4) Dark Eden by Chris Beckett 

– On the sunless planet of Eden in an enclosed valley, a family of 500 live; their two ancestors had been marooned there over a century ago. Living with the hope of returning to Earth one day, John Redlantern defies the Family’s sacred traditions leads a group of followers across dark, frozen mountains in search of wider lands. With a cost of bloodshed, and division, the price may just be too high..

Dark Eden is set to be  released January 1st

5) House of Shadows by Rachel Neumeier

Two orphan sisters, sweet and innocent Karah, and Nemienne are in search for their fortunes. As they both start to settle into their new lives – Karah, secure in a glamorous Flower House, and Nemienne the apprentice to a mysterious magician – soon find themselves entangled in a plot threatening to upset their lives; and destroy their kingdom.

House of Shadows is set to be released July 10th

6)  Crusade book 3 – Vanquished by Nancy Holder and Debbie Viguié

–  War has come between the Cursed Ones and humanity. With humans laying down their fight; bedazzled by the glamorous vampires, the Cursed Ones have come to rule the night. Only small groups of humans (and the occasional werewolf, and witch) are fighting back. Jenn and the rest of the Hunters must band together and become stronger than ever to fight back — while Antonio and Heather must fight a battle of their own; a battle which may destroy them and the one they love and care about the most. (No summary has actually been released about Vanquished.)

Vanquished is set to be released August 28th

7) The Shadow Saga book 5 –  Shadows in Flight by Orson Scott Card

At the end of Shadow of the Giant, Bean flees to the stars with three of his children–the three who share the engineered genes that gave him both hyper-intelligence and a short, cruel physical life. The time dilation granted by the speed of their travel gives Earth’s scientists generations to seek a cure, to no avail. In time, they are forgotten–a fading ansible signal speaking of events lost to Earth’s history. But the Delphikis are about to make a discovery that will let them save themselves, and perhaps all of humanity in days to come.

For there in space before them lies a derelict Formic colony ship. Aboard it, they will find both death and wonders–the life support that is failing on their own ship, room to grow, and labs in which to explore their own genetic anomaly and the mysterious disease that killed the ship’s colony. – From Amazon

Shadows in Flight is set to be released January 17th

8) The Wards of Faerie by Terry Brooks

Set 100 years after The High Druid of Shannara trilogy; people of the Four Lands have become distrusting of magic after the failure of the Third Council. However, when a druid stumbles upon information on the lost elfstones of faerie, the Ard Rhys of Paranor must decide to undertake this mission to acquire them.

Others–
Demon Cycle book 3 – The Daylight War by Peter V. Brett

– I can’t find an official release date, but I believe it’s supposed to be published late 2012 (September-ish), though there have been some sites reporting February 2013. Either way; it should be a great read.

Humanity is fighting back. Although the night still belongs to the demons that arise as the sun sets, new wards and weapons are giving those willing to fight in the darkness a chance to retaliate against their core-spawned enemies.

But, as humanity is about to learn, not all monsters are confined to the dark.

Civil war ravages the north and south, battles fought between those who should be working together. It is up to Arlen – the Painted Man – and Jardir – the self-proclaimed Shar’Dama Ka, the Deliverer – to put aside their differences and bring their people to terms if they are to have any chance of saving their civilisation from demon-rule.

The Long Earth by Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter  – June 26th
-There really isn’t a description or anything else available for this yet, except for a release date.. We’ll just have to wait and see!

Dark Vegeance vol. 2 – Winter and Spring by Jeff Mariotte – May 1st
– While in most senses I’ve already read this (Witch Season Vol. 2 – Winter and Spring), I do enjoy a good re-read, and when it’s a book that has been edited and had some changes made.. Well, the reread can be all the more enjoyable. Especially, since you get to try and remember and see what has been changed.
Winter – Kerry, no longer the trusting person she used to be, is back on her own searching for the witch Season to avenge Daniel. Now armed with magic and knowledge; she must figure out who she can trust.
Spring – The only one who can end the war; one who has discovered more than she could ever imagine, Kerry is faced with a task that will irrevocably change her life, and the lives of her friends, forever.
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Am I missing any? What books are you looking forward to? Leave a comment!


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