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Doh, I haven’t posted anything since September. >< I’ve been so busy lately, but still manage to read almost every day. I’ve had these books at the house for several years because I heard good things about them when I was living in Louisiana, and her Sookie Stackhouse novels are set in a small town right outside of Shreveport Louisiana.

The world is just like ours except that a few years ago the Japanese invented a blood substitute, which has allowed the vampire community to come out “of the coffin” and announce their prescience to the world since they no longer need to feed on humans to survive.

The books are about a woman in her early 20s who is a telepath, which she refers to as a impairment, since it makes life pretty difficult, and relationships more so. Two years after the vampire’s announcement, Sookie meets her first vampire, Vampire Bill. I lol’d when I read that. XD Anyways, she can’t “read” Bill so she totally falls for him and I don’t blame her. So that’s the start of the first book, and they are a mystery book because she solves crimes by using her ability and Bill’s help.

I haven’t read a mystery book since I was a kid, but I don’t know if Encyclopedia Brown books count… XD I’ve read the first 4 and have the 5th through 7th on the way in the mail. I really enjoyed them; I find the characters very detailed, nicely written, plus when she talks about places in Shreveport I know where most of the places are. ^^ I also think the art for the books is pretty fun.

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He’s well known for writing a series called the Shannara series.  I read about 6 or so from that series so far.  Its good stuff, but I recently started another series by him called the Word & Void.  It’s modern day and is really well written.  I just looked it up on Wikipedia, and it says that this series is actually a prequel to the Shannara books.  That’s pretty interesting, but I haven’t read the book that is supposed to link them, it’s called The Genesis of Shannara.  I do actually have one of his later Shannara books on tape, K and I listened to it on a trip two years ago.  Pretty cool, I liked how he uses ruins of older civilizations as areas in his novels.  I guess that makes sense then that he then merges the current world to a post apocalyptic world with the later fantasy world.

 

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A fun author who’s written several novels, my favorites of which are American Gods, Stardust and the collaborative work with Terry Pratchett’s Good Omens. Good Omens is my favorite out of the three because I like the lightheartedness of it, but American Gods and Stardust are awesome too.

I wasn’t very thrilled with the movie adaptation of Stardust because it felt too rushed to me. I wish they had worked more on the transitions because I understand time constraints but it was just too much to put into 2hrs.

I’ve wanted to get Annasi Boys but haven’t got around to it yet XD It’s a sequel to American Gods. I’ve also read Neverwhere which is a really good read. It makes me want to go explore London :D

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Are a fun young adult series that my husband and I read out loud to each other :D They were written by Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black. It has a dark feel to it but also a loving one because of how much the siblings care for each other. I haven’t seen the movie yet but I hope to soon. The artwork for the books is incredible, which is because it was drawn by Tony DiTerlizzi, who is one of K’s favorite artists.

I love the fey creatures in the book and the attitudes they’re given, especially Thimbletack. And Arthur Spiderwick’s Field Guide to the Fantastical World Around You and The Spiderwick Chronicles: Care and Feeding of Sprites are beautifully drawn. The artwork is immaculately detailed in DiTerlizzi’s wonderful style.

I highly recommend this book not only to younger readers but to everyone!

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Shadowrun is an RPG (Role Playing Game) is heavily influenced by Gibson’s vision of the future, where corporations hire “shadowrunners” who are basically mercenaries for hire who have specialized skills be it hacking, magic, weaponry or sneaking. They then infiltrate rival companies and either sabotage or steal information as requested by their employer.

Very fun campaign system that makes you think on multiple levels at once because the companies have not only physical security systems but also magical/astral and online ones as well. There are also the traditional fantasy humanoids in this game as well, including Elves, Dwarves and Trolls. They are called metahumans and started appearing as magic began to reemerge into the world.

Oo, I was reading over the wiki article and they have a very good breakdown of why the world (alternate future) happened the way it did:

“The emergence of magic, the outbreak of the VITAS plagues (Virally Induced Toxic Allergy Syndrome), the Computer Crash of 2029 (caused by a complex and nearly unstoppable computer virus called “The Crash Entity”), the Euro-Wars, in which the western-European countries once fought off an invasion from neo-communist Russia and then a pan-Islamic invasion like that of 800 years ago, and the fevers for independence of Amerindian tribes, Chinese provinces, etc. left the world’s governments tumbling and falling. With the fall of the existing political structures, mega-corporations emerged as the new superpowers.” - wikipedia, Shadowrun

Very fun game and is just as fun to read up on the history (future?) of it.

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Tanya Huff is another favorite author of mine. She has a witty fun style that you can’t help but lol at. Seriously, I’ll be at the gym on a bike and reading a book of hers and I’ll burst out laughing and everyone just kinda gives me a sideways wth glance XD

The first book of hers I read was Summon the Keeper, and it’s freaking awesome! It’s what you’d call a “Contemporary Fantasy”, meaning that it’s in the modern everyday world, but magical stuff exists for those that believe. So you’re everyday Joe won’t notice it, but if you’re “attuned” to it you see all the extra-worldly stuff.

Well, Summon the Keeper is the first of a series called the “Keeper Chronicles”, all with the same main character, and her awesome cat. Actually, come to think of it I might have bought the book because it had a cat on the cover, then read the back and thought it looked interesting ^^

This is DAW’s blurb on Summon the Keeper:
“Being one of the Earth’s protectors is never easy, but when Claire the Keeper and Austin the cat find themselves in charge of the Elysian Fields Guesthouse Bed and Breakfast, all Hell breaks loose in the form of a gateway residing in the basement!”

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I’ve been working on her Valor Confederation series, which is a sci-fi series based around her main character Staff Sergeant Torin Kerr who leads a platoon of space marines through various situations including a diplomatic mission as envoys to a new species, as well as the exploration of a new alien spacecraft never encountered before. I’ve read the first 2 so far, Valor’s Choice and The Better Part of Valor, but I haven’t read the third one yet The Heart of Valor, but I’ve got it and hopefully will read it next ^^

Valor’s Choice is witty and has a interesting perspective on inter-species diplomacy which I really enjoyed and The Better Part of Valor is just as witty and takes a very in-depth look at what rank is and how its respected.

DAW’s blurb on Valor’s Choice:
“In the distant future, humans and several other races have been granted membership in the Confederation–at a price. They must act as soldier/protectors of the far more civilized races who have long since turned away from war…”

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I also liked her Wizard of the Grove series, it has two books in one, Child of the Grove and The Last Wizard. It’s a wonderful fantasy book, very vivid and cool world with great characters.

DAW’s blurb on Wizard of the Grove:
“Child of the Grove and The Last Wizard form a powerful fantasy duology about the last wizard ever to be born into the world. It is the saga of Crystal, a daughter of Power whose destiny is to put an end to the war between wizards and the mortal world.”
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