The “Tag” Tag

Rules are important. blah, blah, blah, blah, blah. These seem less draconian than some of the other ridiculous rules I’ve seen floating around.

1: HOW MANY TAGS DO YOU HAVE?

1026. Which, if you divide by two, is 513. All three of those numbers are Prime Numbers. So if you do the math, I’m 6 times as Prime as you. Which makes me Awesome.

2: WHAT TAG HAS THE GREATEST NUMBER?

Fantasy at 814

3: WHAT IS YOUR FIRST & LAST TAG?

#Afro-Samurai & Zones of Thought

4: DO YOU HAVE A TAG THAT YOU HAVE NO IDEA WHY YOU HAVE IT?

Yes. I have one called “C;a”. Not a freaking clue why and considering it has zero posts with it, I’m guessing some sort of accidental button pushing. Or the Monkey Conspiracy is real.

5: WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE TAG?

Extreme Prejudice. I’ve only used it once.

6: WHAT IS YOUR LEAST FAVORITE TAG?

DNF. Because that means the author completely failed me.

7: WOULD YOU REDO YOUR TAG SYSTEM IF A GENIE PROMISED TO DO IT FOR FREE?

You better believe it! I wish I had added the Author and Series tag to each review post right from the get-go.

8: DO YOU EVEN USE TAGS, BRO?

You caught me. I’ve completely lied in every single question before this. My blog is a giant messy mish mash with no organization at all.
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9: DO YOU USE YOUR BLINKER TO MAKE A TURN WHEN DRIVING?

Only evil cannibal barbarian nazi’s don’t use their blinker. And people from Massachusetts.

10: IF YOU HAD TO CHOOSE BETWEEN USING A “POOP PIZZA IS MY FAVORITE” TAG AND A “MY GRANDMA EATS POOP” TAG, WHICH WOULD YOU CHOOSE? (CHOOSE CAREFULLY, DARTH VADER KILLS A KITTEN EVERY TIME YOU LIE ABOUT THIS!)

Ha, I choose neither, you can’t blackmail me!
…… Oh no, Darth, don’t, no, I was just kidding ….
….. meoooowwwwww*sizzle* ……

Well, wasn’t that just a boatload of fun. I love having boatloads of fun. It’s cheaper and more economical.

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“What My Favorite Characters Would Be Doing in Quarantine” Tag

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The inestimable Mrs Mugrage recently tagged me in her own “Favorite Character Quarantine” post.  There were some rules, but I obviously threw them out the window as I always do.

So let’s see what happens when I put some of my favorite fictional characters into illegal lockdown!

 

Kensho Quarantine

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Jerome, now a master swordsman and follower of the Way, would resign his position as head of the Order, strap on his sword, put on his cloak and take a journey.  To New York State where he would behead the Governor, one Andrew Cuomo, for his tyrannical, despotic and illegal actions. He would then be gunned down by a cadre of corrupt New York police officers for “resisting arrest”.

 

Phantom Tollbooth Quarantine

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Milo, from the The Phantom Tollbooth, would simply get in his little car and drive through the tollbooth and enter another land until it was all over.  He’d have some wonderful adventures and come back fully refreshed and ready to take on the world. Lucky guy!

 

Yotsuba Quarantine

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Yotsuba, only being 5, would quickly go crazy and her dad would have to find things for her to do so she wouldn’t drive HIM crazy.  He’d probably have her clean the house, every day!

 

Black Stallion Quarantine

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I think we ALL know what would happen to the Black Stallion …..
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Enchanted Forest Chronicles Quarantine

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Princess Cimorene,  now Queen Cimorene, would tirelessly help out the inhabitants of the Enchanted Forest as they came down with the virus. Sadly, she would succumb herself and die a slow, lingering and agonizing death.  Mendenbarr, her husband and King of the Enchanted Forest with all of its powers at his command becomes unhinged and declares war on the wizards who he blames for the virus. The wizards, being sneaky no-good scum, drag the dragons into things. Mendenbarr destroys the wizards but also hurt the dragons who try to burn down the Enchanted Forest in retaliation. They fail but end up killing Mendenbarr. Because he is crazy from Cimorene’s death he unleashes one final blast of magic that destroys the world as he dies.  Truly tragic.

 

Ahhh, good times! What a great tag.

 

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“Would You Rather” Tag

From Chuckles at Blogspot. I’ve been doing a few more tag style posts than usual in the last couple of months. They’re so easy.

1) Would you rather be a vampire or a werewolf?

This is a tough one indeed. Well, I’ve always been a morning person and if I couldn’t see the sun anymore, I don’t think I’d want to live. So I guess I’m building myself a cage!

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2) Would you rather use magic or technology for an easier life?

How about both? Can I choose Techno-Mage? Sure I can. I’m the one answering these questions! But to be fair, I won’t choose both again. Call this a one time get out of jail free choice 😉

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3) Would you rather be invisible or able to fly?

A picture is worth 1000 words.

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4) Would you rather have gas or electricity?

Without electricity, no amount of gas in the world will do you any good.  I choose you, turbino! (that’s a very rare pokemon!)

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5) Would you rather read fiction or non fiction?

While truth might be stranger than fiction, fiction is definitely a lot more fun to read!

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6) Would you rather have sweet or savoury snacks?

Man, these questions are killing me! While I love things like smartfood popcorn and cheeto puffs, I think I love icecream more.  And icecream with cherries is the best!

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7) Would you rather have Indian or Italian food?

Spaghetti and sauce with a 1/4lb of grated parmesan cheese, perfecto!

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8) Would you rather have a beachside house or a riverside cabin in the woods?

I’m going with a riverside cabin. Beachfront property sounds popular, with a lot of neighbors and stuff. Not a huge fan of that. A river sounds nice and peaceful too.

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9) Would you rather visit Asia or Africa?

I’d rather visit Asia. Mrs B likes those tikky sticks and we’d buy like a years supply and take them home. Tikky is like giant pocky sticks.

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10) If you could only read one genre for a year, what would it be?

That is an easy one. Fantasy. I already read in that genre so cutting out the extraneous ones for a year wouldn’t be hard at all.

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Well, I enjoyed finding the pictures for all of these. Sometimes I think the pictures are just as fun as the actual answers!


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ps, this is the first post I fully wrote with the new editor and it was enough to drive me to kill someone. While I tried to utilize the classic block, it wouldn’t do what I wanted and kept switching to the paragraph block. If I wasn’t already bald I would have pulled out all of my hair.

Real Neat Blog Award

Lashaan tagged me last month and since my well of inspiration was running dry this month, I figured I’d play along. Plus, after my last abysmal bad attitude tag, it just seemed right to do one wholeheartedly.

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1. IF YOU COULD DO SOMETHING BETTER THAN YOU’RE ALREADY DOING RIGHT NOW, WHAT WOULD IT BE?

Well, my record of getting caught while robbing banks is spotless. I have NEVER been caught while carrying out a bank heist. To improve on that, upon consideration, would be to actually carry out a bank heist. Of course, maybe I need to work on my mystical kung fu skills if I’m going to try this:

No one ever tried to rob the Samurai Bank.

 

2. WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE THIS NEW DECADE (2020-2029) TO BRING TO YOUR LIFE?

The Rapture. Seriously. While I don’t actually believe in the Rapture (being a 7th Day Adventist), it is one of those theological issues I would love to be wrong about.

 

3. IS THERE A SEQUEL TO SOMETHING THAT YOU LOOK FORWARD TO?

The movie John Hobo 2: Chop (Stick) Suey. While the first John Hobo movie I ended up calling a total piece of trash, I think this second movie might be able to pull the franchise out of the gutter and at least into a low income housing strata.

 

4. WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR FAVOURITE STORIES IN ANY MEDIUM (COMICS, BOOKS, SHOWS, MOVIES, VIDEO GAMES, ETC.)?

I think the book Way-Farer has almost all of my favorite storyline tropes in it. Hero Quest, The Chosen One, One Man holding the fate of an entire world in his hands, Training Scenes, a Tragic Love Story. Yep, this book encapsulates them all!

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5. WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR LEAST FAVOURITES STORIES IN ANY MEDIUM (COMICS, BOOKS, SHOWS, MOVIES, VIDEO GAMES, ETC.)?

Deconstructionism. Where the authors take an already existing story, character or idea and destroy it. Is something noble, is something good, is something pure? Let’s twist and bend and break until it stands for everything opposite it was originally meant to. The very idea simply disgusts me and can get me on a soapbox quicker than you can say Jack Sprat.

A good example of this is Frank Miller’s graphic novel Batman: The Dark Knight and his treatment of Superman. You don’t mess with my Superman like that!

 

6. WHAT DOES BLOGGING BRING TO YOUR LIFE?

A much needed outlet for words. I talked about this very thing in A History of ….. Journaling post a couple of years ago. Blogging also gets me all the socialization I need and can handle. As a misanthropic introvert, the internet gives me just enough space so I deal with everyone and not completely be a hermit.

 

7. IF THERE’S SOMETHING YOU COULD CHANGE OF THE WORLD, WHAT WOULD IT BE?

If former President Obama had Nationalized Subway instead of doing that stupid healthcare thing, I think the world would be a much better place. Just walk in and order a free sub. Imagine how America’s Morale would soar if every American knew that each Friday they could look forward to a free tasty sub. I like a good spicy italian while Mrs B always gets the veggie delight.  We’re happy now, but free subs would make us even happier.

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Make it so, Number One!

 

8. WHAT DO YOU WISH YOU COULD EAT RIGHT NOW?

I’m going to give you ONE guess ….. and caviar is not on the list.

 

9. IF THERE WAS ONE MYTHOLOGICAL CREATURE THAT COULD EVER EXIST IN THE WORLD, WHAT WOULD IT BE?

I was going to go with “An Intelligent Human” but decided I’d try to be more down to earth. No need to go that far astray from reality!

I think that Basilisks would top my list. Here’s an Old School magic the gathering card that portrays it well and gives me nostalgia vibes.

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10. DO YOU THINK THERE’S A CURE FOR STUPIDITY?

You’d think that I’d say “no” because of certain comments I made in the questions above, but the truth of the matter is I do believe there is a cure for stupidity; it’s just not palatable to most people.

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That was good fun. If you ever feel dry feel free to give this to yourself and use Lashaan’s questions. I’m not going to bother making up 10 questions of my own.

 

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Random Tag

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This tag has been sitting in my draft folder for over a year, so it was time to kill it, one way or another.  I don’t even know who tagged me, sigh.  My apologies.

 

#1 Do you believe in ghosts?  Not in the traditional sense, ie, the spirits of dead humans

#2 Have you ever sneaked out of the house to go to a party in your wild teen years?
Does sneaking out of the dorm one night at summer camp count? And even that was just to go for a midnight swim with the other guys. Otherwise, no.

#3 What’s your take on flowery food? (Lavender biscuits, wild flowers in salads, and so on). Yay or nay?
Do I look like a pansy to you?

#4 What’s a book that you thought was kind of trashy but you still enjoyed?
Gugenheimer’s Guided Tour into the Mind of Celebrity
Trash by Dr Bingo Gugenheimer, PhD, MA, MD, BA, CPA, LCP, CC, MHC, LMNOP, XYZ

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#5 Imagine it’s time for a cookie. Do you dip it in milk, sip coffee with it, or munch on it in its dry glory?
If you eat dry cookies, you deserve every bit of misery coming your way.

#6 Would you say you are a morning person?
Absolutely. 5am rolls around and I’m up. Not necessarily awake and ready to go until 6am, but I’m there at 5!

#7 Winter sports. Yay or nay?
Sports in general, nay.


#8 Has it ever happened that you liked a film or series adaptation of a book? If so, which book was it?

You mean somebody might actually like a Book AND a Movie? Say it ain’t so!!!  Of course I’ve like movies based on books *grumps*  But since this supposed happenstance is so rare and mystical (according to the tone of the question), it sounds more like a miracle and I don’t know if you all are worthy of hearing about MY miracles. Saint Bookstooge castigates you!


#9 Do you find house chores (cleaning, dish-washing, etc.) relaxing, or necessary evil?

What about just plain evil?

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#10 Do you chill in your pjs all day when you don’t need to leave the house?
I try not to. I always have a better day when I “do” things, even such small things as getting dressed for the day.


#11 What was the last book that knocked your socks off?

Our dryer’s manual.

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Well, that was stupid.  I suspect it has more to do with my mood than the tag itself.  I make no apologies though. If I have to be in a bad mood, then you have to be a bad mood too. That’s how the internet works you know.

 

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The Wanderlust Book Tag

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The last time I did a tag was back in October, so when Ola and Pio Bushwhacked me and threatened to skin me alive in their Wanderlust Book Tag, I (being the cultured and suave gentleman that I am, known in higher circles as Dr. Lord Bookstooge) acceded to their barbaric demands. Of course, I did draw the line at cannibalism, but every gentleman has a line he won’t cross, even when bushwhacked. So without further ado, lets jump into this hive of scum and villainy!

 

1. SECRETS AND LIES: A BOOK SET IN A SLEEPY SMALL TOWN

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I think that The Legend of Sleepy Hollow fits this perfectly! It even has “sleepy” in the title. I told myself I’d read this every year, as it was just a short story and fits into Halloween so perfectly.  Of course, I haven’t read it since 2014!

 

2. SALT AND SAND: A BOOK WITH A BEACH-SIDE COMMUNITY

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Jane Austen’s Persuasion slots in here nicely.  There is a nice dramatic scene where a young lady gives herself a coma while walking along a wall on the beach and it provides some necessary emotional push for one of the side male characters.  Persuasion has always been my favorite Austen book.

 

3. HERE THERE BE DRAGONS: A BOOK WITH A VOYAGE ON THE HIGH SEAS

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Voyage of the Dawn Treader, the 3rd book in the Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis. Not only does the entire book take place on the Dawn Treader, but one of the characters, Eustace Scrubb, gets turned into a dragon for quite some time. Good stuff!

 

4. TREAD LIGHTLY: A BOOK SET DOWN A MURKY RIVER OR A JUNGLE

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My first though was The Heart of Darkness, but since Ola and Pio used that, I wanted to be a bit more original.  Lord of the Isles has the characters tramping all over the place, but one memorable scene has them in a jungle where a hard bitten old warrior mage commits an atrocious act of blood sacrifice (of the remaining soldiers, not himself) to save himself and his young protege.

 

5. FROZEN WASTES: A BOOK WITH A FROST BITTEN ATMOSPHERE

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Icerigger by Alan Dean Foster. Even the cover fits this description perfectly! Then the fact that it takes place on Tran-Ky-Ky, a world covered in ice, well that is just “icing” on the cake *ohohohoho*

 

6. THE BOONIES: A BOOK WITH ROUGH OR ISOLATED TERRAIN

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A Wizard of Earthsea starts out on the island of Gont, an island of mountains, cliffs and fog. Young Ged saves his village from Kargish pirates using just those elements.

 

7. HINTERLANDS AND COWBOYS: A BOOK WITH A WESTERN-ESQUE SETTING

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Three by Jay Posey. Starts out So Western with the whole mysterious gunslinger vibe! The rest of the Duskwalker trilogy was fantastic too. I don’t talk too much about this series in general because it seems that Posey has dropped off the radar after starting, but not continuing, a Mil-SF series 😦

 

8. LOOK LIVELY: A BOOK SET ACROSS SWEEPING DESERT SANDS

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Dune by Frank Herbert. The quintessential Desert book if there ever was one. Being a Chosen One myself, I understand Paul Atreides better than most readers do. We have a bond of responsibility and duty that mere mortals simply cannot comprehend.

 

9. WILD AND UNTAMED: A BOOK SET IN THE HEART OF THE WOODS

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The Tower at Stony Wood by Patricia McKillip. I had to get at least ONE McKillip book onto this list and the fact that it has a Kinuko Craft cover just makes it perfect.  I am not a poetic kind of guy, but McKillip’s book bring out the one drop of poetry my soul possesses.

 

10. WILDEST DREAMS: A WHIMSICAL BOOK SHROUDED IN MAGIC

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Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Jones. While I watched the Miyazaki anime film first, I was glad to read this. Anime is better though 😉

 

And that’s a wrap. I like doing these tags as it allows me to show some of the older books that I’ve read/reviewed that some of you might not have seen from me.  Plus, it helps me organize my blog, which really needs all the help it can get! Feel free to do this yourself if you so desire.

 

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Sunshine Blogger Award – Part Shnayim

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Well oy vey, look at me being so linguistically cultured! I was recently tagged by Mrs Mugrage to do a Sunshine Blogger Award because of my sunshiney personality and happy-go-lucky reviews that are filled with nothing but rainbows and unicorns.  I did this Award about 2 years ago, but it was Dark and Twisty and Pointy, so I wanted to re-do this to restore everyone’s faith in positive vibes and power of believing in yourself. In fact, just this week at Weight Watchers I saw a poster on their wall that said I could do anything if I just believed in myself. So I told Mrs B that I could eat TWO pizzas, because I REALLY believed in myself. Amazing.

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What kinds of non-fiction are you most likely to read?

Christian Theology and Philosophy. I’m hoping to add some “General Knowledge” books to the pool sometime next year too.

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General Knowledge is pretty much like General Tso’s Chicken, except not as tasty.

 

What is your culture crush? If you are a book blogger, you must have at least one. But please feel free to list more than one.

I had to go look this up on Urban Dictionary and I believe it means what culture do you love.  Being a world traveler, with such exotic places like Massachusetts and even California under my belt, I can state unequivocally, I LOVE AMERICA! Commie pinkos need not apply.

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Bandit Keith is All American, IN AMERICA!

 

What one currently living writer would you most like to have lunch, a beer, or coffee with?  (Pastors count if they have written a good book or two. Bonus points if it’s a pastor you could have a beer with.)

Being a teetoaler, that cuts out beer.  And considering how I feel about authors in general, that cuts out everything else too! So I guess I’d lock them in a room and not let them out until they’ve written the book. Huh, I bet that would make a great story!

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The Bookstooge Crew:  No You Aren’t.

 

What genre do you think is not your favorite, but find yourself picking up again and again?

Franchise Fiction. From Star Wars to D&D to Forgotten Realms to Warhammer, I just can’t seem to kick the sub-genre as a whole.

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Sex scenes: poetic, explicit, or none at all?

None.

27 “You have heard that it was said, ‘You must not commit adultery.’[a] 28 But I tell you that if a man looks at a woman and wants to sin sexually with her, he has already committed that sin with her in his mind.

Matthew 5: 27-28 (Easy to Read Version)

 

Favorite animal protagonist from a book or series?

Grumpy Cat! Now there’s a Cat who knows how to have a good time.

 

Have you ever stopped identifying with the point-of-view character in a novel, and what caused it?

When a character does something incredibly stupid because the author is stupid and uses it as a plot device instead of how the character SHOULD have reacted based on their previous actions.

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Did you then finish the book, or put it down?

I’m trying to think if I ever DNF’d a book JUST because of a stupid character. I don’t think so but that type of thing would definitely be a contributing factor if I did DNF a book.

 

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Dream vehicle from real life or fiction.

In real life, I’d go for some kind of Lamborghini.

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From a fictional universe, nothing but an Executor Class Super Star Destroyer would be grand enough for Lord Bookstooge. Regular Star Destroyers are for losers, like Admiral Piett. He showed he couldn’t even handle a Super Star Destroyer, the plebe!

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If you currently have a Work in Progress (or are pitching a recently finished one out), give us your one-sentence hook for it.

Lord Bookstooge tells ALL!

From my memoirs that I plan on writing (someday).

 

Post a favorite poem or fragment of poetry. If you don’t read poetry, then song lyrics count.

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He stepped in elephant poop

“Well, crap” he remarked

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I don’t tag people, but feel free to do this if you’d like. Put your personal spin on things of course.

 

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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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Seven Heavenly Book Virtues (Tag)

Pio and Ola took the Seven Deadly Book Sins tag and being Good Catholics (ha) have done a tag from the Other Perspective. So without further ado, here is their tag with my answers. Enjoy.

 

CHASTITY: WHICH AUTHOR/BOOK/SERIES YOU WISH YOU HAD NEVER READ?

Man, let me tell you. I wish I had never read the Ware tetralogy by Rucker. I did a “Surviving a Bad Book” post about the 3rd book, Freeware,  and even now, it just grosses me out.

 

TEMPERANCE: WHICH BOOK/SERIES DID YOU FIND SO GOOD, THAT YOU DIDN’T WANT TO READ IT ALL AT ONCE, AND YOU READ IT IN DOSES JUST TO MAKE THE PLEASURE LAST LONGER?

Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin manga.  Of course, it helped that I was reading it from the library and could only check out so many at a time.

 

CHARITY: WHICH BOOK/SERIES/AUTHOR DO YOU TIRELESSLY PUSH TO OTHERS, TELLING THEM ABOUT IT OR EVEN GIVING AWAY SPARE COPIES BOUGHT FOR THAT REASON?

I’m not a real pusher. Probably the book to come closest to this though would be Dune. If someone mentions that they’re going to read it, I’m definitely there in the comments cheering them on. I do love Dune.

 

DILIGENCE: WHICH SERIES/AUTHOR DO YOU FOLLOW NO MATTER WHAT HAPPENS AND HOW LONG YOU HAVE TO WAIT?

Adrian Tchaikovsky.  He had me with his Shadows of the Apt Decalogy. It helps that he’s almost the equal of Brandon Sanderson in terms of output. The man is a machine and just churns out the books year after year.

 

PATIENCE: IS THERE AN AUTHOR/BOOK/SERIES YOU’VE READ THAT IMPROVED WITH TIME THE MOST, STARTING OUT UNPROMISING, BUT ULTIMATELY PROVING REWARDING?

MHI is an urban fantasy series that has definitely improved as the series progressed and the author became more skilled. The first book, Monster Hunter International, I only gave 3 stars to back in ’12 and claimed I’d never re-read it. I’m planning on starting a re-read of the MHI series next year 😀

 

KINDNESS: WHICH FICTITIOUS CHARACTER WOULD YOU CONSIDER YOUR ROLE-MODEL IN THE HASSLE OF EVERYDAY LIFE?

Jerome from Way-Farer.  I can’t begin to describe how I see my younger self in that young man.  The good and the bad.

 

HUMILITY: WHICH BOOK/SERIES/AUTHOR DO YOU FIND MOST UNDER-RATED?

Anything by Patricia McKillip. That woman writes poetry in prose and her books always transport me. Her re-release of The Forgotten Beasts of Eld was a chance for the next generation to get some quality writing into their steady diet of YA pablum. Unfortunately,  they eschewed quality and chose the drivel. I do not see her surviving as a “named author” in 100 years.

 

And that wraps that up. I’d like to thank Pio and Ola for taking the time to create this.  Great job!

 

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The Seven Deadly Book Sins (Tag)

I saw this tag over at Bookforager and she did a fantastic job of filling this tag out. I’d like to thank her for introducing me to this tag.

 

1)  GREED

What is the most expensive book you own? Which is the least expensive?

The most expensive is a hardcover, first edition, signed copy of Icerigger by Alan Dean Foster. Used copies on Amazon are now running close to $400. I didn’t pay that much but I paid enough 😀

The least expensive? Who knows. I’ve got a lot of books I got as freebies or something, so $0?

 

2) GLUTTONY

What book or books have you shamelessly devoured many times?

The Hobbit or Dune take that without even trying. Well, maybe Way-Farer. So since I’m talking about Gluttony, why not add 3 books that I’ve read the most times?

 

3) LUST

What attributes do you find most attractive in your characters?

NOT BEING STUPID IDIOTS. Gahhh, I don’t know how to say this even more. I HATE when authors make their characters stupid or do stupid things simply because the author is too fething lazy, stupid or talentless to actually write a good character.  Hmm, maybe this should have gone in the Wrath category. certainly got me steamed up enough!

 

4) ENVY

What books would you most like to receive as a gift?

Knight of Stars by Tom Lloyd. It’s his latest God Fragments book and I want to read it, now. But I’m not paying $10 for an ebook and buying paper books is almost at a standstill these days with our limited room.

 

5) PRIDE

What book or books do you bring up when you want to sound like an intellectual reader?

Me, be a snob? That is SO easy. You don’t even have to name drop a book. Just make the tone of your voice drip with disgust and complete dismissal when discussing the genre you despise.  But to play along….

War and Peace or any book by most of the Russians actually.  Dropping names like Gogol, Dostoyevsky and then adding something like “Yes, they were fine authors” is usually enough to overawe some rube online for the first time since coming off the turnip farm. Just make sure you actually know what you’re talking about in case you run into another fan.  There is no worse faux pas than talking about Gogol then getting caught out that you’ve never actually read Gogol.

 

6) SLOTH

What book or series have you neglected out of sheer laziness?

Shaman King. Went a whole month not reading that manga. Thankfully, I’m taking care of that particular issue this month (as you know if you’re following me).

 

7) WRATH

What author do you have a love/hate relationship with?

Shouldn’t that be a hate/hate relationship since we’re talking about Wrath, with a capital W? Thankfully, I hate almost all authors, just on general principal, so there is no love to any relationship.

But to pick an author that I especially hate, hmmmmm, I’ll have to think for a couple of seconds. Well, until I read the Holy Sister trilogy and my mind is changed, probably Mark Lawrence.  His Prince of Thorns has scarred me and Jorg has sickened in my mind like a cancerous blot. Lawrence has his legions of supporters but I’m not amongst them.