This is My Genre (Tag)

I was tagged by Norrie at Reading Under the Blankie.  You can read all the fake rules at her place if you so care. She also credits the creator, so there is no need for me to. Not that I would anyway 😉

I’m busy and tired and some easy to do posts are saving my bacon right now.

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1) What is your favorite genre

Fantasy, pure and simple

 

2) Who is your favorite author within said genre

Man, that is TOUGH! Brent Weeks springs immediately to mind. Ian Esslemont does as well. It probably helps that I’m in the middle of waiting for both of them to wrap up their current series and have been buying them in hardcover as they come out.

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I would kill for a chin like that!

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I think Weeks likes bacon more than I do

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3) What is it about said genre that keeps pulling you back

Escapism. Fun, exciting action, convoluted plots, memorable characters, those all matter but it really comes down to escaping this current world for just 30-60min.

 

4) What is the book that started your love of said genre

I don’t know.  I suspect that the Chronicles of Narnia had something to do with it, as my mom read those to me before I could read for myself. So the idea of books holding the fantastical within their pages has always been a part of my life.  I suspect that by the time I was old enough to realize what genres were, I was already hooked.

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This is the set my mother used

 

I do remember reading an excerpt from a collection of short stories that a friend of mine had borrowed from the library. It was about a young boy who learned some magic from his weird aunt and then saved his town from invaders by calling up fog and leading them astray. Years later I read the full novel, A Wizard of Earthsea, and loved it just as much.

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I love that woodcut style cover

 

 

5) If you had to recommend at least one book from your favourite genre to a non-reader/someone looking to start reading that genre, what book would you choose and why?

If it was a young person, I’d recommend the Hobbit.  It is short, filled with everything you could want in a fantasy book (dragons, dwarves, orcs, wizards, humans, hobbits, etc), tells a fascinating story and has the added luck of being a standalone story that actually ties into a classic trilogy for when they are slightly older.

For a more mature reader, I’d go with either something by Brandon Sanderson or Adrian Tchaikovsky’s Shadow of the Apt series.

 

6) Why do you read

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What a joke. Idiot thinking like this? That’s what’s destroying our world.  You don’t get to be a Ranger or Special Forces or a SEAL because you think you can but because you actually CAN. And I don’t read 150+ books a year because I think I can but because I put in the hours to do so.

 

Because I enjoy it immensely. Not everyone is going to enjoy reading like I do, I understand that.

I also read because I’m an introvert and interacting with people wears me out. Reading helps me to recharge my battery so I don’t stick a fork through someone’s eye.

Reading also allows me to review and get these words out of my system. Unlike, say, Britchy,  I don’t have a vast store of stories to amuse you all with. I have some, but I have to release them like a miser so I don’t run out 🙂  Reviews allow me to remember stories from my past, while creating current stories and it all comes together to be my memory.

 

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So there we go. A nice little tag all wrapped up in a bow. I don’t tag people, as most of you know. I do encourage anyone who reads this to take it for themselves and use it for some of those dry times when writing a review just seems a bit much.

 

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The “I’m Bored so I’m going to make everyone Else suffer too” Tag

Found this over at Britchy’s.  Not a book review site and yet I haven’t stopped following.  The creative juices still aren’t flowing, so I figured I’d try something like this to jumpstart them. We’ll see if it works.
1. Do you like blue cheese? 
Absolutely.  Well, I like blue cheese dressing. The best place for blue cheese is on a burger. A local Mex-American restaurant has a killer bluecheese burger and that is what I get every time we go there.  We’ve been going there, sporadically mind you, for about 5 years and so far, no exploration for this one!

 

2. Coke or Pepsi? 
But diet, I can handle either.  I’m pretty open and accepting that way. Just call me a Soda Justice Warrior.
3. Do you own a gun? 
Two in fact. My first gun was/is a 22 rifle. Great for getting rid of squirrels in the backyard back in the 90’s.
This year I bought my first pistol. A Sig Sauer P938.  It’s a sub-compact,  technically might even be a micro-compact, but it fits my hands perfectly. I can shoot through 50-100 rounds at the range and have zero hand and arm fatigue. That’s the way it should be!
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Sig P938 Combat model with the extended magazine in 9mm.  A dream to handle.

4. What flavor of Kool-aid?  
Fruit Punch. Me and the Koolaid Man, busting down those walls, yo.
5. Hot dogs? 
Hebrew National kosher beef dogs. If I’m going to eat the leftovers of a cow, I want to know its the best of the worst 🙂
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6. Favorite TV show? 
Don’t have one.
7. Do you believe in ghosts? 
Demons masquerading as spirits of the deceased yes. Actual deceased people in incorporeal form, no.
8. What do you drink in the morning? 
A Bang Energy drink.  7 days a week.
9. Can you do a push-up? 
I used to do 100 every day back in the day. Then I got “frozen shoulder” in both my shoulders and now not so much.
10. Favorite Jewelry?
My wedding ring. The only piece of jewelry I own.
11. Favorite Hobby? 
Reading, come on!
Then, playing Magic the Gathering.
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12. Do you have ADD? 
No.
13. Do you wear glasses? 
Yes.
14. Favorite cartoon character? 
Nothing springs to mind. Maybe Yugioh if you include anime?
15. Three things you did today? 
Wake up at 0630.
Drink a Pina Colada Bang.
Write this post.
16. Three drinks you drink regularly? 
Water.
Bang.
Water.
17. Current movies?
Antman & the Wasp. Liked it enough that I’ll be putting it on my Christmas wish list this year. It was almost as good as the original Antman and I loved that movie.
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18. Do you believe in magic?
Technically, yes.
19. Favorite place to be? 
On the couch reading.
20. How did you ring in the New Year? 
2300 hits and I’m fast asleep. Forget midnight anymore.
21. Travel? Where would you go?  
That is Mrs B’s department. I’d be happy to never leave my town.
22. Name five people who will most likely read this?  
Ronald Reagan
Larry Correia
You
Beyonce
That squirrel I have sworn blood vengeance against (he likes to know where I am so he can live another day)
23. Favorite movie?  
Die Hard
Matrix
John Wick
24. Favorite color?  
Forest Green
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25. Do you like sleeping on satin sheets?  
In the summer yes. In the winter, it’s flannel all the way!
26. Can you whistle? 
Not even a sleazy wolf whistle 😦
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Mrs B is pretty devastated that I can’t wolf whistle at her. The trials that poor woman has to endure.

27. Where are you now?  
My “Favorite Place”
29. Favorite food?  
It’s a real tossup between homemade chicken potpie and pizza.
Of course, 4 cups of Cap’n Crunch has its own appeal in the summer.
30. Least favorite chore?  
All of them.
31. Best job you can think of?  
Being the lead model for Ultra Sexy Hairy Man dot com.
It’s a dream come true for me.
32. What’s in your pockets?  
Hahahaha, jokes on you.
I’m not wearing any pants so no pockets!
33. Last thing that made you laugh?  
The fact that I didn’t buy a lottery ticket (mega millions) and nobody won last night, so the prize is now 1.6 BILLION (or 900 million cash up front). Obviously, it is a sign that I am the Chosen Won (I am so freaking clever in the morning!), meant to win this prize beyond mortal comprehension.
34. Favorite animal?  
All the dead ones.
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35. What’s your most recent injury? 
Walked through some thorns the other day and scored a 4inch long gash on my hand and forearm. Good times.
36. How many TVs are in your house?  
TV’s are an abomination unto Bookstooge. They are conduits of pure evil and mindless drivel. They destroy brain matter and warp reality itself.
So, we only have one.
37. Worst pain ever?  
When I had the frozen shoulder and was pulling a dead tree out of the way. It snapped, which snapped my arm back and it felt like lightning going through my shoulder.  I just lay on the ground for about 10min until I could think again. That’s when I finally went to the doctors and started in on physical therapy.
38. Do you like to dance? 
No.
39. Are your parents still alive? 
Well, they’re supposed to come up here for Christmas, so I sure hope so. Fighting zombie parents on Christmas is just about the worst ever.
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40. Do you enjoy camping? 
Yes.
Nothing makes me more excited than to sleep on the hard ground, skip a nice warm shower and eat food that is only technically “food”. Oh, and putting up a tent, totally within my skillset as a male model.
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PS
Sorry about the lack of spacing. That is what happens when you copy/paste from a source you don’t know. )Not Britchy by the way)  I’d probably have to redo the whole post to get it right and that’s just not happening.
My apologies.

#6degrees – from The Outsiders to His Sombre Rivals

Bookwyrm Knits did this association thing this month and I figured I’d try my hand at it. It was pretty fun making the connections.

 

 

I read the Outsiders, along with Rumblefish, back in my middleschool days. I don’t remember much about the books except thinking what a bunch of sad people the stories revolved around.  The local library, where I volunteered in highschool had several of her books.

The local library was where I found Way-Farer, one of my favorite books of all time and one I still rave about today. That cover, with that sword, that was just pure teen boy magnet. I’ve written quite a few posts on Way-Farer, so no need to go on here.

A sword on the cover leads to the next book, King’s Dragon by Kate Elliott. That was the first of seven in her Crown of Stars series. A 7  books series was not the longest series I had read, nor would it be the last, but it was the one that I realized that a long series isn’t always a good series. I finished it but ended up selling the hardcovers soon afterwards.

The opposite of a long series is not a short series. No, the opposite is the Standalone. A standalone that I really enjoyed in 2006 was Tim Powers’ The Anubis Gates.  Dealing with time travel, history and time paradoxes that aren’t time paradoxes, The Anubis Gates was fun, interesting  and had just enough history to show that Powers was a fan of history but not afraid to play around behind the scenes. He’s writing like history isn’t real.

What is real though, is war. What It Is Like To Go To War by Karl Marlantes was one of the few non-fiction books I read in 2011, if not the ONLY non-fiction book of that year.  Getting a soldier’s perspective is a good thing for civilians, as we just don’t know jack-squat about what they are dealing with. Marlantes being a Rhodes scholar as well as a Vietnam vet upped his credibility in my eyes.

The American Civil War was vastly different from the Vietnam War. His Sombre Rivals by Edward Payson Roe is set during that time.  A bromance where 2 guys both love the same woman but the unsuccessful one doesn’t whine or allow his feelings to destroy the friendship he has with both his friend and the woman. True Manliness. Probably the best book I read in 2015.

 

 

There you have it, 6 book associations from the early 90’s up until 2015.  You can see all the rules and blabberywhatnot the creators/hosters of this association thing put up (seems like almost everyone who starts something like this can’t resist making everyone else goosestep to their tune). I’ll probably check in at the original place every couple of months and see what another starting book is. It is fun to make these links 🙂

 

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Give Me a “B”, Give Me an “O”…

(’cause tags stink)

 

MY BLOG’S NAME IN BOOKS

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How convenient. All accreditation is right on the pix. 

 

 

RULES:

1) Spell out your blog’s name.(this is where you wish your blog’s name was shorter LOL)

2) Find a book from your TBR that begins with each letter. (Note you cannot ADD to your TBR to complete this challenge – the books must already be on your Goodread’s TBR)

 

BOOKSTOOGE PROCLAIMETH:

Goodreads is Evil. There is no getting around that. So, as an Avatar of Justice and Righteousness, with the cleansing flames of destruction roundabout me, I will choose books from my Calibre library that have the TBR tag.

And besides, Piotrek and Olag started the rule breaking FIRST! * points finger * Those cheating scoundrels!

 

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The Bear and the Serpent

Echoes of the Fall #2

Adrian Tchaikovksy

 

 

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Odysseus Awakening

Odyssey One #6

Evan Currie

 

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Old Tin Sorrows

Garret, P.I. #4

Glen Cook

 

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King of the Dead

Ravenloft #15

Gene DeWeese

 

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Shadow of what was Lost

Licanius Trilogy #1

James Islington

 

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The Terminators

Matt Helm #16

Donald Hamilton

 

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On the Steel Breeze

Poseidon’s Children #2

Alastair Reynolds

 

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cOunt to Infinity

Count to the Eschaton #6

John Wright

 

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The Great Hunt

Wheel of Time #2

Robert Jordan

 

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Escape from Olympus

Falken Chronicles #2

Piers Platt

 

 

Wow, with all those O’s, I feel like I’m a bowl of Cheerios or something!

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As it was, I didn’t have enough actual “O” books so I had to cheat! I hang my head in shame. Piotrek, Olag, can I join you in the “Cheater’s Corner”?

All of these books will be started within the next year or so. And it is wicked good I didn’t have to include my little byline: “Without a Good Book, Life’s Road is Hell”. My goodness, with that,  this post alone would probably push me over the WordPress storage limit with adding pictures for so many words.

Also, I think this might be a new record for me. Two (Tag) posts within 2 weeks? CRAAAAAAZY!

 

 

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JUSTICE LEAGUE TAG

Thanks to The Orangutan Librarian for putting this across my radar.

 

JUSTICE LEAGUE TAG

THE RULES:

I’m Bookstooge, I don’t follow the rules * spoken in gravely Christian Bale voice *

 

BATMAN: YOUR FAVORITE ANTIHERO

Elric of Melnibone. Because nothing says anti-hero like a drug addicted, broody sorcerer who killed his own love interest due to the machinations of his usurper cousin. 

 

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AQUAMAN: A BOOK OR CHARACTER THAT TURNED OUT TO BE BETTER THAN YOU EXPECTED (BECAUSE LET’S BE REAL, WE DID NOT EXPECT KHAL DROGO TO MAKE AQUAMAN COOL)

Edward Cullen.  I thought Twilight was going to be all girly and sappy but my goodness,  sparkly? I did not see that coming!

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WONDER WOMAN: MOST BADASS FEMALE CHARACTER (NOT NECESSARILY IN A PHYSICAL SENSE)

Anne Elliot from Jane Austen’s Persuasion.  When Anne went totally Rambo and geared up with the shotguns, you could have knocked me over with a feather!

(Most googled pictures of a female Rambo were not deemed appropriate for this blog)

 

CYBORG: FAVORITE SCIENCE FICTION NOVEL

Doom. Because the video game from 1993 will NEVER be surpassed.

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THE FLASH: A BOOK YOU SPED THROUGH

War and Peace. That baby only took me 6 months to get through. If that isn’t fast, I don’t know what is!

 

SUPERMAN: SADDEST CHARACTER DEATH (ALTHOUGH WE ALL KNOW THERE’S NO WAY SUPERMAN IS GOING TO STAY DEAD)

Moiraine from the Wheel of Time.  I cried because I knew she was never, ever, ever, EVER coming back. * very sad face *

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THAT WAS A LOT OF FUN- I TAG:

 

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A Random Tag

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A big thanks to Mr & Mrs NavigatingWorlds for tagging me last month. I kind of changed the name of the tag and whatnot, but I DID use their questions, so it’s all good.

 

1 ) You need a team of 3 people to help you overthrow an emperor. Which fictional characters would you recruit and why?

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Sorry guys, maybe next time

 

Superman. Pretty self-explanatory

Tisamon from Adrian Tchaikovsky’s Shadow of the Apt series. Awesome swordsman and willing to kill, where Superman isn’t.

Any character from a Terry Brooks’ Shannara book. They’d be the sacrifice so it didn’t seem as easy as it was.

 

2 ) What is the most surprising twist you have come across in a novel?

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The Mt. Dew for Losers

I can’t remember, honestly. I know there have been several times that a point of view was revealed to be a 180 from what the reader was led to expect, but no specific title springs to mind.

 

3 )You are hunting for a house to buy with your family. The only places available are Northern Westeros (north of the wall), Mordor, and Arrakis. At which location will you purchase a home?

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Another good read to own a condo instead

Arrakis. I’d be a rich water merchant and live in comfort in Arrakeen * wink *

 

4 ) If you had to attend a fictional school of magic, which one would you select?

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♪Oh, oh, it’s Magic♪  (the Gathering, that is!)

I’d take the one on one lessons from Kulgan in Raymond Feist’s Magician series.

 

5 ) You are the likable, but slightly useless, best friend to the main character. What one skill keeps you out of trouble?

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Not being afraid to piss in the woods. Nothing is scarier to Alpha Predators than the ferocious scent of a Bookstooge, especially a slightly useless one.

 

6 ) If you had to read every single book by one author, which author would you pick?

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Dickens, it’s whats for Dinner!

No contest. Dickens. There is a reason the man’s writings are “Classic”.

 

7 ) Which is the best country in the world?

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I didn’t choose the Yurt Life, the Yurt Life chose me

Kyrgyzstan Forever!!! Any country with a “K” and a “Y” AND a “Z” has got to be awesome.  And by the way, I see you, my secret Kyrgyztanian friend, lurking around.

 

8 ) You are on an epic quest to save the world. You can take either a phoenix, a dragon, or an old bearded man. Which do you choose?

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The Quest for the Bearded Kyrgyztanian

Dragon. I can BE the old bearded man.

 

9 ) Wine or beer?

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6 Mt. Dew cans worth of caffeine

Teetotaler here, so I’m going with “Energy Drink”, preferably VPX Bang.

 

10 ) You have struck it lucky and book blogging is your full-time pursuit but you need a co-author for your blog. Who do you choose and why?

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When you are as awesome as me, you’ll understand

 

Nobody. I explain why here:

A SuperSoldier, errr, Reviewer of One

 

 

Now I’m supposed to come up with my own questions and threaten you all with bad luck or something unless you do the tag in 10 days. 257197828688888277_ubpyo0cl_c1

 

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The Unpopular Opinions Book Tag

Feeling VERY contrary this evening. Hence my answers.

 

 

 

A POPULAR BOOK OR BOOK SERIES THAT YOU DIDN’T LIKE:

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Oh yeah? Watch me!

 

 

A POPULAR BOOK OR BOOK SERIES THAT EVERYONE ELSE SEEMS TO HATE BUT YOU LOVE:

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This is TOTALLY popular. Putin tried to have it banned but I read it anyway. I’m a real American Hero!

 

AN OTP THAT YOU DON’T LIKE:

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My feelings in general about such crap like “OTP”. I live in the real world…

 

 

A POPULAR BOOK GENRE THAT YOU HARDLY REACH FOR.:

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Besides “MHI”, Urban Fantasy doesn’t do it for me.

 

 

A POPULAR/BELOVED CHARACTER THAT YOU DO NOT LIKE:

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And I would too, in a heart beat!

 

A POPULAR AUTHOR THAT YOU CAN’T SEEM TO GET INTO:

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No, the Darkness that Comes Before is the shadow of the steamroller I’m driving right before I run this miserable sod over!

 

A POPULAR BOOK TROPE THAT YOU’RE TIRED OF SEEING:

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Do NOT google “Bronies”. Trust me on this one!

 

 

A POPULAR SERIES THAT YOU HAVE NO INTEREST IN READING:

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Because the Hunger Games was nothing but a bloody ripoff of the vastly superior Battle Royale.

 

THE SAYING GOES “THE BOOK IS ALWAYS BETTER THAN THE MOVIE”, BUT WHAT MOVIE OR TV SHOW ADAPTATION DO YOU PREFER MORE THAN THE BOOK:

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Jurassic Toilet!

 

 

THE END

 

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