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Thoughts on an unknown book by a favorite writer

That feeling you get when you discover one of your most favorite writers will have a new series out, probably sometime next year.

There is no info, no cover art, no blurb, no short description! There certainly isn’t any excerpt. There is nothing at all!

And yet you know, know, that it will be absolutely fantastic.

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Rereading The Cloud Roads

I was rereading the Raksura book two days ago: The Cloud Roads.cloudrods

It is even more amazing then I remembered.

I missed things the first time I read it and didn’t remember other things. But it held up very well to a rereading, especially after such a long time.

The things I loved the first time – the world-building, the characters, the description, the action – were just as amazing as the first time. Really.

This time I lingered over a quiet scene when it was the two of them, Moon and his queen. Moon has just killed a Fell and learned something that hit him very hard. More, his queen overhead and he really didn’t want her to. Their interaction afterward really is quite touching.

I think I didn’t spend so much time on it before, because I was entranced by the world.

I still am. But I read this first book a long time, and that leaves space to focus on other aspects of the story. And there is plenty to focus on. It is a lot more then the world building – and the world-building is amazing.

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Last Raksura book

In a post on John Scalzi’s blog, Martha Wells announced that The Harbors of the Sun will be the last book the Raksura series.

I can’t begin to express how much that disappoints me. I love the Raksura books. They are original, so creative and so mind-blowingly fantastic. I love the descriptions, the story.

I want to be there half the time, be the main character. One of the characters, anyway.

And now there won’t be anymore.

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List of Favorite Fathers

Today is Father’s Day. Which got me thinking about the fathers in the books I read.

If I had to pick three fathers from the books I have read, what would I pick?

After some thought I came up with these:

  1. Aral Vorkosigan from the Miles Vor series by Lois McMaster Bujold. He has his own book and is the father to one of most amazing characters I’ve read. Fathering Miles has to be a difficult task – he was born disabled and is wilful and is hardly ever as careful as he should be.
  2. Saetan Daemon SaDiablo. He is the father of three main characters in the Black Jewels series by Anne Bishop – one my favorite series ever.
  3. Moon from the Raksura books by Martha Wells. This is one of the most creative series I’ve ever read and well-written, too. The guy had a few kids when the last book starts and they had been trying for the last couple of books. So that was nice. I would have liked to see more interactions with the kids – but I don’t suppose babies and adventures go together very well.

 

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Teaser Tuesday: Stories of the Raksura, Volume 2

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of A Daily Rhythm. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers! 

My Teasers:

“I helped you.” He was surprised, and bitterly angry at himself for it. This is how it always happened, this was what he got for helping groundlings.

– Stories of the Raskura, Volume 2, by Martha Wells.

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First Day of June and New Books

Today is the first day of June. It’s raining outside and really cool for summer. Not that I mind. I don’t.

But tomorrow! Tomorrow is June 2 and I am looking forward to the release of quite a few books.

  1. Shards of Hope by Nalini Singh: June 2, 2015
  2. From a High Tower by Mercedes Lackey: Jun 2, 2015
  3. Dragon in Exile by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller: Jun 2, 2015
  4. The Liar’s Key by Mark Lawrence: Jun 2, 2015
  5. Stories of the Raksura: Volume Two by Martha Wells: Jun 2, 2015

and later in the month: Dead Ice by LKH: June 9, 2015

I especially, especially want Shards of Hope and Stories of the Raksura. I am hoping I will be able to get them, but no guarantees.

The Psy paranormal romance series that Shards of Hope is part of is really good. The world-building gets better with every book, the series arc moves forward and that is why I love this series, because of the world-building. Is that odd? Loving a paranormal romance because of world-building?

And the Raksura series! This is a collection of stories. The last one was fantastic. This is one of the most creative series I have ever read. I have read the excerpt and I don’t think Stories of the Raksura, Vol 2 will disappoint. I have been looking forward to this book for months now. Months. I have managed to reread the last book a couple of times, while waiting for this one to come out.

Plus, the Raksura have the most amazing artwork.

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Teaser Tuesday: Stories of the Raksura, Vol 1

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of A Daily Rhythm. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

I am rereading this week!

My Teasers:

Argent broke off her dive and circled uncertainly above Indigo. Cerise saw her look down at her claws, checking for blood. Below her, Indigo dropped her spines submissively and shouted again, “I yield!”

Stories of the Raksura, Vol 1, by Martha Wells

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Q is for Queens: five favorite queens

It’s a struggle to find Q words to use to start a post. I figured I would list my favorite five queens in the stuff I’ve read.

1) Elyssa Yamato from the Vampire Queen series by Joey W. Hill. These books are hot, the world is really engrossing. Elyssa Yamato is a strong, sane queen ruling over all the vampires in these series. It’s not an easy job. 

2) Ce’Nedra from The Belgariad by David & Leigh Eddings. She’s infuriating, but she also always entertaining.

3) Jade from the Books of the Raksura by Martha Wells. Jade is a sister Queen in this world and the world is beyond amazing.

4) Mara from the  Empire Trilogy by  Raymond E. Feist and Janny Wurts. Not quite a Queen, but a powerful lady anyway. This book blew my away when I first read it and I love it still.

5) Jaenelle from the Black Jewels book by Anne Bishop. This is one my favorite series ever, by one of my favorite writers. Jaenelle is perfect. (And, no, I don’t care she turns into a Mary Sue by the third book. I am going to write a post on that one of these days.)

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Best Books of 2014

The year is almost over and I am once again listing the best books I read this year. Not, mind, the best books that came out this year but the best of the 61 books I’ve read this year. The complete list of the books I’ve read this year is here. Though most of this year’s reads did indeed come out this year.

1) Stories of the Raksura by Martha Wells

Stories of the Raksura is a collection of two novellas set in the same world as the previous three novels (The Serpent Sea, The Siren Depths, The Cloud Roads). It’s been less than two months since I first got it (it came out on October 7 2014. I didn’t get that day, sadly.) but I’ve read and reread both stories a few times since.  I really, truly love this world. It’s delightful, fast-paced and really, really good.

2) Ancillary Justice by  Ann Leckie

Ancillary Justice deserved its Hugo. I haven’t reread this at all – I probably will sometime in the future – but it’s wonderful. Confusing for some people, but still really good. I love the main character. Her gender confusion is amusing. But the end is a little odd.

3) Color of Magic by Terry Pratchett

Color of Magic somehow makes a completely ridiculous concept work. It’s amazing. Really amazing.

4) Point of Dreams by Lisa Barnett and Melissa Scott

Point of Dreams is a charming book, where astrology has real meaning and includes a good mystery. Fantasy and mystery, along with a bit of romance. Nothing too explicit, though. Murder, ghosts and astrology! I love this whole series. I love this series. It’s good enough that I’ve reread bits and pieces of this book several times.

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Happy New Year and Teaser Tuesday

Happy New Year people! Today is the last day of this year! I think I will be glad to see it go.

I like how the 3 is falling away. Bombs away 3!

So today is also Tuesday and this is will be the last teaser Tuesday for this year:

“It’s not going to make a very good story, in the annals of my time as sister queen.” She quoted dryly, ‘Then her consort jumped up and knocked the foreign queen unconscious with a kettle.’

– The Serpent Sea by Martha Wells.

This is a reread. Martha Wells is one of my favorite writers. I’ve reviewed it here.