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Books I Love: Name of the Wind

When I’m not writing, I make sure to spend some quality time with books–because my love of reading is what sparked my love of writing in the first place! Here are some of my favorite gems, originally posted on my review blog.

Name of the Wind (Tale of the Ever Expanding Ego)

by Patrick Rothfuss

So, I’ll fully admit, this book did not have me hooked at the start. First off, I don’t really dig the super egotistical thang. Secondly, the format was a little jarring of the story within a story as well as the third person switch to first person. After finishing the book, I didn’t mind the format and found it rather clever. Kvothe’s story is incredibly fascinating, if only detracted by the blowhardiness of Kvothe himself. I mean, his ego wears a giant flashy hat which is wearing another fancy hat on top of a fez. His ego ends up getting tempered out by the constant rain of shit that happens to him and the entertainment comes from watching his clever ways to maneuver out of problems.

***SPOILER ALERT***
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Books I Love: Dealing with Dragons

When I’m not writing, I make sure to spend some quality time with books–because my love of reading is what sparked my love of writing in the first place! Here are some of my favorite gems, originally posted on my review blog.

Dealing with Dragons (Cherries Jubilee is Making a Comeback)

by Patricia Wrede

This book is a fantastic young adult intro to writers like Terry Pratchett. The whole book pokes ridiculous fun at fantasy tropes all the meanwhile creating a fantastic world with memorable characters. Princess Cimorene is another female lead who was ahead of her time, sarcastic, rebellious and practical.

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Books I Love: Cursor’s Fury

When I’m not writing, I make sure to spend some quality time with books–because my love of reading is what sparked my love of writing in the first place! Here are some of my favorite gems, originally posted on my review blog.

Cursor’s Fury (When Puppies Attack)

by Jim Butcher

Book three of Codex of Alera brings in one of the biggest battles we’ve seen yet with the twist that Tavi is a man now and leading the Legion against the Canim. The Canim you say? Yes, our furry friends are the big bad invaders at this point, coming in midway through the book after Kalare has declared war on Gaius. Of course, the timing was rather impeccable since Kalarus had been corroborating with them. With our plucky friends torn in two different directions, Kalare’s war quickly takes a backseat to this insane Canim invasion. This book was a treat to read though, as it drops more surprise bombs and plot twists than the previous ones, all with panache. As the couples start solidifying through this book, most of the point of view switches centralize on them and it’s easy to follow.

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Books I Love: Academ’s Fury

When I’m not writing, I make sure to spend some quality time with books–because my love of reading is what sparked my love of writing in the first place! Here are some of my favorite gems, originally posted on my review blog.

Academ’s Fury (More Villains in One Book than Spiderman 3)

by Jim Butcher

Book two in the Codex of Alera series finds everyone from Calderon spread across Alera. Tavi is now in the Academy and is Gaius’ own personal page. Of course, things couldn’t be easy, seeing as he has no furies, so he’s mercilessly picked on. Isana’s running the steadholt now and Bernard and Amara are in their new positions. When the vord start stomping on everyone’s picnics, Isana has to go to the Capitol to get help, but also for fancy appearances sake since she’s the first female steadholder. Now, it wouldn’t be a Jim Butcher book without a lot of action, but this book requires at least a dozen different enemies to do so.

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Books I Love: Furies of Calderon

When I’m not writing, I make sure to spend some quality time with books–because my love of reading is what sparked my love of writing in the first place! Here are some of my favorite gems, originally posted on my review blog.

Furies of Calderon (No Furies? No Problem.)

by Jim Butcher

As an avid reader of the Dresden Files, I was antsy to read Jim Butcher’s hand at anything, frankly. He doesn’t disappoint in the Codex of Alera either. The story and world are well crafted, and his trademark action sequences are always enjoyable. This being a very different beast, it had little of Dresden Files snark and humor, but still remained a really fun read. The different races such as the Marat added dimension to the world, as did his unique system of magic called furycrafting.

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Books I Love: Cold Days

When I’m not writing, I make sure to spend some quality time with books–because my love of reading is what sparked my love of writing in the first place! Here are some of my favorite gems, originally posted on my review blog.

Cold Days (In Which Harry Gets Blue Balls)

by Jim Butcher

The return of Dresden. After reading Ghost Stories, I was really antsy for this one for the sheer question…would I still like Harry? Would he be able to be the Winter Knight and be the same old wise-cracking wizard we all know and love? Where the last book felt more like a transition, this one kicked in the masterful plotting I love reading in a Butcher book. You only get a couple pages without a geek reference smacking you in the face, just the way I like my Dresden Files and same as always, you get a veritable fuckton of action. Including Harry running in fear from tiny faeries. Yes, tiny faeries.

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Books I Love: The Lies of Locke Lamora

When I’m not writing, I make sure to spend some quality time with books–because my love of reading is what sparked my love of writing in the first place! Here are some of my favorite gems, originally posted on my review blog.

The Lies of Locke Lamora (More Costume Changes than FFX-2)

by Scott Lynch

Upon first introduction to the book, you need to look no further than the name of the series: The Gentlemen Bastard Sequence. That about encompasses the entire book and what a brilliant book it is. Scott Lynch juxtaposes levity with hard knocks seamlessly. While you spend half the story delighted at the sheer cleverness of Locke and his group of thieves, the other half is spent in horror at the dark depths the story takes. The landscape is alien and fantastical and you remember the characters long after the novel ends. The Gentlemen Bastards may not be paragons of honor and virtue, but they’re one of the most entertaining groups I’ve seen in a long while.

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Books I Love: Catching Fire

When I’m not writing, I make sure to spend some quality time with books–because my love of reading is what sparked my love of writing in the first place! Here are some of my favorite gems, originally posted on my review blog.

Catching Fire (Requires a Secluded Room for Gasping Out Loud)

by Suzanne Collins

As if the first Hunger Games wasn’t spectacular enough, Suzanne Collins outdid herself on my personal favorite of the trilogy. Catching Fire from start to finish is gripping and near impossible to put down. I was actually glad of a client cancellation for the chance to get through more of this amazing read. Following the racing pace the first book set, this one continues to rise in tempo with all the mounting threats becoming greater and greater until the devastating and simply stated end. This book had me so engaged you’d have to grapple it out of my hands and even then, I might bite you in the arm. My favorite thing about this book though were the constant twists and surprises.

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Books I Love: Hunger Games

When I’m not writing, I make sure to spend some quality time with books–because my love of reading is what sparked my love of writing in the first place! Here are some of my favorite gems, originally posted on my review blog.

The Hunger Games (I volunteer as tribute–to read this book!)

by Suzanne Collins

I’ll start with the first book in this phenomenal trilogy. The second the writing kicks off, you’re drawn into this desolate world of Panem where the Districts starve and slave away while the Capitol feasts and enjoys their rich and fancy life. While District kids starve to death, the Capitol folks watch these kids kill each other for entertainment and also as the government’s reminder to the Citizens that they’re still powerless. #Panemproblems for real. More importantly, we watch all of this horror through the eyes of Katniss, a fiery buttkicking purveyor of awesome. This chick is like the ideal of strong independent teens.

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Books I Love: The Last Unicorn

When I’m not writing, I make sure to spend some quality time with books–because my love of reading is what sparked my love of writing in the first place! Here are some of my favorite gems, originally posted on my review blog.

Last Unicorn (The Childhood Lesson That Life’s Not Fair)

by Peter Beagle

Now, I’ll admit, I saw the movie first as a kid before ever reading the book. But since the movie was written by Peter Beagle as well, it didn’t stray too far. Plus, the book is quite a delight to read with some of the most gorgeous writing I’ve read in a time. The descriptions throughout are so clever and genius that they haunt you long after you’ve finished reading. And the story is one of the few in fantasy that leaves you with a bittersweet taste. Sweet for the goal has been accomplished, but sad because the guy doesn’t get the girl. I mean hell, the unicorn at the end says that she’ll never be like the other unicorns again, for she’s learned regret. Heavy hitting lessons, but no less real.

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