Sunday, January 13, 2013

"Gwen says you're cooking..."

 I've been able to keep up on my reading - shocking, right? (The real shocking thing? I've been managing to do this in spite of all my writing, editing, publishing planning, and work. I'm talented, my friend.)

 My amazing talents aside though, I thought I'd share with you a list of some of the books I've been reading. (Reviews, only short ones so I can do three at once. *Nods*)

 Fever Crumb:


 I've probably said it before, but if you want to get me to read a book all you have to do is talk about the characters. That is how I came to pick up this book - also, it helped a lot that it was written by one of my favourite authors, Philip Reeve.

 Fever lives in a future London England where the most insulting thing you can say about a person is to call them a blogger. (I'm thinking of using this insult myself now.) Fever has been raised by engineers - think Spock with buddies. They think emotions are bad.

 One day Fever is sent to help an Archaeologist and while with him she begins to remember things - but these memories aren't her own. So she sets out to get answers, and finds ones she doesn't like very much.

 I loved all the characters in this, but especially Fever - I know! A main girl character I can love! - and the Archaeologist, Kit. I also loved his children, they were so cute!

 Unlike most future books, I didn't find this one confusing. It felt a tad rushed in some places but I didn't mind because it felt like a story which needed to be fast paced.

 Fever reminded me so much of Spock and Sherlock I couldn't help loving her.
 (This series is a prequel to Mr. Reeve's popular Mortal Engine Series. It got me very excited to read that series.)

 The Wide-Awake Princess:


 A fun, kid's re-telling of Sleeping Beauty. (As I've said, I like fairy tales when they are re-told.) Also, as I said, this is a kids book so the characters aren't as deep as young adult books. But it is a really fun book - something enjoyable to read when one needs a light hearted story.

 This author has re-written a lot of fairy tales. I plan to read her Frog Princess books if my library ever gets the first one in.

 The Lost Stories:


 The last in the Ranger's Apprentice books. It has a collection of short stories which take place through the other books. (It also has some wedding stories.)
 I think this was a nice way to end Will, though the last story made me sad - our little Ranger has grown up. *Sniff*
 Some of the best stories in this book had both Will and Tug in them. Who knew some of the best banter could take place between Ranger and horse? (Also, I became even more fond of Halt. I especially love the one with Will's speech in it. That is one of the best Ranger stories I've ever read, even more so then The Burning Bridge.)
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  Soon, maybe this week if I get things figured out, I plan to start an introduction on some of The Broken Blade characters. I just need to sit down and plan things out.

 Also, I should have more book two information soon - maybe even some this week. I'm at chapter 11 right now and the re-write has been going well so it should be done in a good amount of time.

 For now that is all my writing related news. And, since I've a slight case of the flu, I'm going to bed with a good book to sleep it off.

 Quote is from Merlin - of which I am on series two.

 Allons-y!

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11 comments :

  1. Fever Crumb has been on my list of books to read... But I need to finish the books I'm currently reading first.

    Re-telling of fairy tales is cool! =)

    I've heard of the Ranger's Apprentice... I don't know too much about it, though. It's a series? Is it good?

    And exciting book news! I look forward to hearing more. Are you going to be publishing Haphazardly Implausible books and Broken Blade books at the same time?

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  2. So many books. So little time.

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  3. I haven't read any of them, but I've been wanting to read Wide-Awake Princess for a long time. (Truth be told, it slightly influenced Sew. If you want to take a guess how, feel free.)

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  4. I do love re-told fairytales! And I just love the cover for Fever Crumb. When I first saw it I thought of little Red Riding Hood. lol.

    I can't believe I still haven't gotten around to watching Merlin... there are a lot of things I need to watch, and a lot of books I need to read. I'll never catch up! *bawls*

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  5. Hope you feel better!
    Great characters are what pulls me into a book.

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  6. so many books so little time. I must READ!!

    We showed Kat "Journeys End" last night. She hated Donna's ending too, and cried. So did I - I cried just as much the 2nd time. Ten had too many sad ending :( And now we will be watchind "End of time" soon. I will cry again - SO HARD! Eleven is happier than Ten was, but now "Angels take Manhattan" is on its way. I DON'T WANT THE PONDS TO LEAVE! :'( I don't want to watch The Doctor get his hearts broken - AGAIN! Hasn't he lost enough companions? Hasn't he been through enough? Why can't he be happy?? dang you Moffat!! *sob*

    https://plus.google.com/u/0/photos/109751383877662795032/albums/5833390943143873425/5833390946838598674

    This is how I feel *Growl* Did I make you cry? *evil laugh*

    I hope you like s2 of Melin!

    God Bless
    Bella

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    1. It takes a lot NOT to cry at the end of Journey's End. I still bawl when it comes on. I think you're right, the Doctor needs at least one happy ending. A companion who won't go away...not that that is possible I suppose. Maybe there is hope with Clara...

      I love series two!! Is this the one where Arthur gets donkey ears? I know Uthur marries a troll in this series, it is the next episode and all the dragon does is laugh. I cannot wait to see that.

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  7. I've read Fever Crumb. First off: LOVE the name. I wish I'd though of it (pity I'm not that clever). The book didn't connect with me, but I did love Fever and her non-emotional-emotions. ;) And Will's speech was hilarious! I love Halt.

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  8. Great reviews! And Fever Crumb sounds so good in particular.

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  9. I'm glad you enjoyed Fever Crumb! Do you plan to read A Web of Air (its sequel) anytime soon? I just finished it and it was just as good.

    I avoid spoilers mostly by not going on the internet before watching a new episode of a show I watch, Since I typically watch shows live or shortly there-after, it's not a big issue. Otherwise, ALWAYS scan for spoiler tags. There typically are tags on stuff like that. If there's not, someone will yell at whoever wrote it. For books, I make sure to hold my friends at book-point and make them swear not to give anything away xD

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