Quick Fire Fantasy (Tag)

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Bookstooge IS the Fire!

Joelendil tagged me with this and since it was his first time doing a tag on his blog, I wanted to make sure to actually do this instead of letting it languish in my “saved drafts” like the 3 other tags I currently have sitting in there.  I guess the point of this tag is to just react quickly to the questions with fantasy titles and not think, like a flame of fire racing along dried wood, devouring everything in its path.

Hope you have your s’mores ready!

 

5 STAR BOOK

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The Last Dragon by Jane Yolen. One of the few times that the art overpowered me & one of the few graphic novels that impressed the ever-living daylights out of me.

 

ALWAYS GOING TO RECOMMEND

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Furies of Calderon by Jim Butcher.  This is the first book in the Codex Alera series and the whole series is just fantastic.  Never could get into Dresden and almost gave up on Butcher, until I tried this. Now I am a fan of the author, just not Dresden.

 

OWN IT BUT HAVEN’T READ

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The Warlock Holmes books (to date). I’m saving them to read until the series finishes. That is how I roll, yo, power to the people! #englishlivesmatter

 

WOULD READ IT AGAIN

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Eye of the World by Robert Jordan. Not only WOULD I read this book again, but I WILL be reading this book, and series, again. Hopefully by the end of year if not a little sooner.

 

IN ANOTHER WORLD

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While MOST fantasy does take place on another world already, the book that sprang to mind was Magic Kingdom for Sale – Sold! by Terry Brooks. Ben buys a magic kingdom in a cataloge, thinking it’s a joke. Only to have it turn out to be a Real Magic Kingdom in another world and he is king indeed.

 

BACK ON EARTH

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The Thirteenth Child by Patricia Wrede.  The Frontier Magic trilogy by Wrede takes place in an Alternate American West.  Wrede is one those female writers who doesn’t write warrior women grrrl power books and hence seems to not have caught the wave of social pukeitude sweeping the world. This is middle grade, so while it isn’t deeply complex, neither is it simplistic. Wrede is too good a writer for that!

 

I don’t tag people, just in case you didn’t know. But if you want something quick and easy, this definitely fits the category.  I will leave you now with the words from a song that are very apropos, even if I have nothing good whatsoever to say about the band.

Come on baby, light my fire
Come on baby, light my fire
Try to set the night on fire

 

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An Odd Conversation

Mrs B related the following story to me that she was reading:

Main Character is learning to fly a plane. He learns. Then Side Character says he wants to learn and Main Character puts on a space suit. They end up in space while flying the plane. Side Character teaches Main Character how to survive without breathing and they give the spacesuit to the flight instructor. They promptly crash into the space station, where the flight instructor and an American astronaut get mixed up and the astronaut flies back to Earth with Main Character and Side Character. End of related story.

I was going off about how that made NO SENSE whatsoever and Mrs B says something like “magic” and I replied “yes, stupid writer treating physics and ballistics like magic”. She then says “No, literally magic. Side Character is a magician.”  I end the conversation with “Well, as odd as it sounds, THAT actually makes way more sense.”

Ever have those really weird conversations?

 

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Lord of the Toothpastes

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The Real Lord of the Toothpaste, Revealed at Last!

 

Three Spearmint for the Elven-kings under the sky,
Seven Cinnamints for the Dwarf-lords in their halls of stone,
Nine Silly Strawberry for Mortal Men doomed to die,
One Fennel for the Dark Lord on his dark throne
In the Land of Tom’s of Maine where the Toothbrushes lie.
One Toothpaste to rule them all, One Toothpaste to find them,
One Toothpaste to bring them all, and in the Bathroom bind them,
In the Land of Tom’s of Maine where the Toothbrushes lie

 

A Parody by Bookstooge (or is it?)
*insert X-Files music*

 

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Sandwich Ratings

I was talking with YouKneek over on her thread at LibraryThing (starting about message 275) and we got sidetracked onto what our ratings would be if they were sandwiches.

I through out a whole range off the top of my head but once I was done I realized, this was a subject worthy of a serious blog post. Food is serious business and so is rating books. And considering that I’m Mister Serious, it all fit together, like a toe in a sock in a steel toe’d boot!

So without further ado, I present My Ratings as Sandwiches!

 

1)  Anchovies and (your favorite) Cheese on Toast 

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This is a picture of ricotta cheese (not my favorite btw) and anchovies on toast. The mere sight turns my stomach!

 

2) Peanutbutter and Jelly

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I ate this from 2000 until almost 2010 everyday for lunch. It was economical, easy to change up (different jelly every week) and I loved crunch peanutbutter. Now however, I will go hungry rather than eat one of these. I burned myself out on them and I’ve never recovered from it.

 

3) Turkey bologna and cheese

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I use wheat bread instead of white bread (because I’m not a racist!) but this pretty much looks like a bologna sandwich I’d make. Relatively cheap, not for every occasion but giving my body all the fuel it needs during a work day.

 

4) Toasted tomato sandwich

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Toast, mayo, salt and pepper and then sliced up summer tomatoes. Yummmy!

 

5) Reuben on rye but with turkey bacon instead of sauerkraut

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I don’t have a reuben very often. 2-3 times a year at most but I savor them when I do have them. Something about the rye bread just hits my tastebuds square on.

 

I hope you’re hungry now.

 

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What I’m Currently Reading…

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Since I have a reading cycle and it seems to be a bit different than most peoples idea of a TBR, I try to list what series I’m currently reading once or twice a year. Helps tie things together since it can be up to 2 months before cycling through everything. Some are actual series and others are just grouped together by author, whatever is easiest for me to deal with.

So without further ado!

 

The Complete Shakespeare

The Jeeves Omnibuses

Alistair Reynolds

Ravenloft (a Forgotten Realms spinoff)

The Sacketts

Charles Dickens

Piers Platt

Patricia McKillip

The Faithful and the Fallen

Torchship Omnibus

Lord of the Rings (including the Hobbit)

Adrian Tchaikovsky

Kurtherian Gambit

Gaunt’s Ghosts

Drenai Chronicles

The Keiko trilogy

Polity

Non-fiction

Misc (standalones by single authors)

Twilight Reign

Dean Koontz

Garrett PI

 

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Not QUITE that many, but sometimes it feels like it!

Sacketts has only one more book to go and then I’ll be cycling an omnibus edition by Zane Grey into its slot. Gotta keep the westerns going, 6000 pages of “going” in fact!

Faithful and Fallen is on probation and unless book 2 really impresses me, will be replaced with something else. Gwynne made a bad first impression on me and I’m not very forgiving.

Platt has 6 books in a new series I’ll be trying, but unless he ups his game from his Oz books, he’ll be getting the sack too.

Ravenloft I’ll keep reading until I get sick of the puerile, franchise fiction level of writing.

Everything else I’ll probably stay the course.  Because I’m….

Captain Obvious!!!!!!

 

 

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#6degrees – from Fight Club to ….

I’m sick of reading after having 3 books in a row really let me down. I’m taking a break.

After spoiling my last #6degree post (and you all know how much I HATE spoiling things for anyone who reads a post or review of mine), I realized that I wouldn’t put the Final Destination (ha!) into the post title. Just to keep things interesting.  Of course, if a mob forms and demands my head for such a course of action, I will gladly hand over the lackey who thought up such a terrible idea and let him take his justly deserved punishment.

 

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Fight Club. I’ve only ever seen the movie but when I googled for the book cover, there were a bajillion different ones and this one stuck out to me.  That cubist representation look is just so odd.

 

 

 

 

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Kim, on the other hand, has that old time classic look. I chose this version for my calibre library because I just love how it looks. Now, if you didn’t know,  Kim takes place in India when the British Empire was at its height.

 

 

 

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Son of the Black Sword by Larry Correia takes place in a Fantasy India-like place. This is a start of a new series by Correia and book 2 is coming out and book 3 is in production, so no chance of this series not being finished. However, so that I don’t forget the storyline, I’ll be waiting until it is finished to continue on.

 

 

 

 

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A whole series of books that I started but didn’t finish because I forgot about them while waiting for new books, was the Left Behind series by Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins. These books were a fictional account based on what some Protestants believe the Book of Revelation means in regards to the End of the World. The writing was just ok and while I disagree with some of the theology/speculation, I know enough about both men to know they have mapped out why they believe the way they do directly from the Bible.

 

 

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Unfortunately, I can’t say the same thing for The New Age Movement and the Illuminati: 666. This was tinfoil hat, conspiracy theory,  “turn a letter sidewise and it means this…” kind of book. It would have been hilarious except for the fact that a new christian I knew had been given it and she thought it was all as true as the Bible. She came to church in tears one Sabbath, so I borrowed it from her and wrote out about 2 pages of issues just from the intro to help her understand what a piece of garbage this was and how it had nothing to do with the Bible.  It made me pretty angry!

 

 

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Another piece of trash book, that DIDN’T make me angry was Carlton Mellick III’s Warrior Wolf Women of the WastelandI knew I was getting into trash territory just because of the cover, but my goodness, it was bad. Never was tempted to even LOOK at another book by the author.

 

 

 

 

 

So there we go. From Fight Club to Warrior Wolf Women of the Wastelands. No that crazy really, if you think about it.

Cheers!

 

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Book Blogger Insider Tag

Tagged by Lashaan. Feel free to riot and mob, as long as you do it at his place, not mine!

 

1) WHERE DO YOU TYPICALLY WRITE YOUR BLOG POSTS?

Sitting on our couch, looking out at the gray and drab weather! If that view doesn’t cheer you up, you’re obviously not a good enough pessimist.

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2) HOW LONG DOES IT GENERALLY TAKE YOU TO WRITE A BOOK REVIEW?

About an hour, maybe 2 if I get distracted. Either I’ll go down a rabbit trail of blogs or start paying attention to whatever I have playing on the tv in the background.

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The Magic Box told me to put this picture on my blog…

 

3) WHEN DID YOU START YOUR BOOK BLOG?

This particular one I started back in ’13 when Goodreads started hiding or deleting reviews that didn’t meet their intentionally vague and pro-author/pro-selling guidelines, that they introduced without actually telling anyone.

My original book review blog is at Bookstooge.blogspot.com and that was started in 2005. However, even that blog underwent a name change to the Bookstooge brand and honestly, I can’t remember what it USED to be.

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4) WHAT IS THE WORST THING ABOUT HAVING A BOOK BLOG IN YOUR OPINION?

The Invisible Reader. It depresses me more than some jackass writer expecting me to be his editor because I agreed to review his indie book. I simply don’t understand those who follow but won’t interact.

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But they don’t “like” me, whahhhhhhh!

 

5) WHAT IS THE BEST THING ABOUT HAVING A BOOK BLOG IN YOUR OPINION?

The countless horde of followers that I can unleash at a moments notice to wreak havoc across the ENTIRE INTERNET!  Fear me, Internet, you have met your doom.

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Also, a little flattery for your Great Leader goes a long way these days

 

6) WHAT BLOG POST HAVE YOU HAD THE MOST FUN WRITING SO FAR?

Definitely the Bookstooge Confessional and follow up Saint Bookstooge Gives Answer.  How can you resist a post that ends with such a horrifying gif?

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Even now, I shudder at this nightmare inducing visage!

 

 

7) WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE TYPE OF BLOG POST TO WRITE?

Probably my reviews. They aren’t necessarily as fun or exciting to write as Tag posts or the misc posts I manage to spew out, but I couldn’t write misc posts 3 times a week, every week. I just couldn’t do it. This kind of post is icing ON the cake but my review posts are THE cake for me.

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8) WHEN DO YOU TYPICALLY WRITE?

Saturdays and Sundays and whenever inspiration or desire strikes during the week.

 

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Yep, that’s my mind, just exploding with pure awesomesauce!

 

10) HOW DO YOU WRITE YOUR BOOK REVIEWS? WITH A CUP OF COFFEE OR TEA? WITH NETFLIX? CUDDLED WITH YOUR FUR BABY?

Usually with the tv going in the background playing something from Prime. If it’s a Saturday, there will probably be a Bang next to me. Caffeine helps my brain run more efficiently you know.

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Super Creatine means this is a good as medicine, honest.

 

11) WHEN DO YOU WRITE YOUR BOOK REVIEWS? RIGHT AFTER FINISHING THE BOOKS? TWO WEEKS AFTER FINISHING THE BOOK?

Usually within 3 days of finishing the book. It might not post for 2-3 weeks, but if a review isn’t written within 5 days, all the salient details are GONE from my mind, just like the wind.

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12) HOW OFTEN DO YOU POST?

3-5 times a week.  Pretty regularly unless Life happens, then it’s anyone’s guess.

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And that about wraps everything up. Cheers!

 

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