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Book Recommendation Monday: Warcross

Posted on November 5, 2018 at 6:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Why I Love It: A massive MMO? A joke about Leroy Jenkins? Yeah. I'm on board. I love the world building for the actual Warcross community, the dark web, how the players are viewed, how everything can be seen in the real world and with the Neurolink glasses/lens in. It was a real page turning, I was right there with Emika on her hunt.

Movie Recommendation Monday: A Knight's Tale

Posted on October 29, 2018 at 7:35 PM Comments comments (0)

Why I Love It: Because it's the best movie ever! That's why! I love this movie so much I could write forever about it, but I'll keep it brief. I like rom-com movies and I like jousting and medieval stuff and this movie has all that. And as I've gotten older I realize how not shitty this movie treats its women. Yeah, William can be a little sexist and his squires make some stupid remarks, but Jocelyn decides what she's going to do with herself regardless of what the men around her say. And despite one remark about being a fairy, no one ever questions Kate's right to be a badass blacksmith. This movie also paints the middle ages in a more carefree way. I mean, it wasn't great to be a peasant, but they still partied, it wasn't all Crusades and wars with France. And for a movie that includes David Bowie in the soundtrack there are some period appropriate jokes stuck in there. Gah! I love this movie in all its weird glory.

Book Recommendation Monday: Emotional Thesaurus

Posted on October 22, 2018 at 9:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Why I Love It: The authors of this book have a whole bunch of writer's guides like this and they're all pretty helpful, but I've gotten the most use out of this. It helps to show, not just tell how a character is feeling, including longterm and shortterm effects of emotions, such as prolonged anxiety or the internal sensations of joy. I recommend it to all writers.

Book Recommendation Monday: Three Dark Crowns Series

Posted on October 15, 2018 at 7:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Why I Love It: I enjoyed books one and two, but it's all about the third book. It was amazing. I feel like a lot of my issues with one and two were answered or at least stopped being issues by the third book. But overall, it's an interesting series, with an interesting concept of triplet queens having a battle royale every generation for the throne. The three queen of this generation will make or break their island country and I'm very excited for the conclusion with the fourth book after all the build up and tension of book three.

Book Recommendation: Hourly History

Posted on October 8, 2018 at 7:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Why I Love It: Because I love history, but don't always like to read long, sometimes dry biographies or books about one thing. These are perfect summaries that can be read quickly and generally there's free ones available every day for Kindle. These offer a quick insight into a person or event and most (not all) have a bibliography at the end so you can see what books they used as resource and check them out yourself. I've picked three of the best ones I've read so far.

Book Recommendation: Going Postal

Posted on October 3, 2018 at 8:55 PM Comments comments (0)
Why I Love It: I'll recommend this forever as a great starting point for Discworld. It doesn't rely too heavily on the characters that appear throughout (I.E. Sam Vimes, Granny Weatherwax, Carrot, etc) but it has all the wit, charm, and filth of Discworld. Moist is a conman who has been given a second chance. He has to revitilize the post office and out con another, possibily better swindler. And there's murder and stamps and golems abound!

Book Recommendation: The Gemma Doyle Trilogy

Posted on October 2, 2018 at 8:50 PM Comments comments (0)

Why I Love It: I've referred to this series as brain cheetos before. It's addicting and fun, but there are moments of "why am I doing this to myself?" I love the gothic horror it portrays at times, but I also like how the main characters actually act like teen girls and use their magic to make gems and knights in shining armor. They act like irresponsible teens and I appreciate that, but they do try to step up and get stuff done, even if it backfires sometimes. 

Book Recommendation: Protector of the Small Series

Posted on October 1, 2018 at 3:50 PM Comments comments (0)

Why I Love It: I didn't like First Test and it took me a long time to read the rest of the series after it. It felt too much like Alanna 2.0 with little variation. However, after that first book I fell in love with Kel. She doesn't hide her gender, she refuses to be bullied into quitting her dreams. And unlike the other Pierce heroes,she has no magic, which I loved. Plus lots of jousting, I love me some jousting. I recommend treating this as one book, rather than as four books, because the first two books are more buildup for the last two and this was in the days when Pierce and her publishers kept books much shorter. 

Book Recommendation

Posted on September 30, 2018 at 3:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Why I Loved It: I discovered this book after reading an interview from the author about the difference between arrange and forced marriages. I found her interview so interesting, I bought her book. It's sad, but hopeful. Naila goes through hell at points and breaking away means cutting ties with her family, but through it all, she maintains she'll survive and make it out. I recommend reading Saeed's interview, it helps shed light on Naila's plight of a forced marriage which is a very real problem across the globe. https://bookpage.com/interviews/18032-aisha-saeed" target="_blank">/bookpage.com/interviews/18032-aisha-saeed

Book Recommendation: The Last Unicorn

Posted on September 29, 2018 at 3:15 PM Comments comments (0)

Why I Love It: It's a classic adventure tale, but the unicorn is the hero. I've been watching the cartoon movie for pretty much my entire life and there's a certain sadnes and magic around this story. The unicorn is on a quest to find her lost kind and along the way she learns and experiences things no creature as innocent as a unicorn should know. All the archtypes are there, the dashing hero, the wizard, the wicked king, the damsel in distress, but everything is turned on its head, as they realize they are archtypes, but that it doesn't have to define them.