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Fantasy Novels (not so much stephen king)
January 30, 2015
7:33 pm
CellE2057
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entrappedmind said

CellE2057 said 
If I'm as intelligent as I think I am, I think that means she likes ya, man. 

Grosser than the gif.

Twas clearly a joke. Unless of course you're saying the joke itself was gross. In which case, uh...I'll try better next time. 

January 30, 2015
11:38 pm
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Of course it was obvious it was a joke... As was my playing along... Sheesh! lol.

One obvious one I should have remembered (back on topic) are the various series by Raymond E. Feist. Most people are fanboys of the Magician series, but my personal favorite is the Serpentwar Saga (I think I have the right set in mind, there's quite a few to pick from, and I don't have one in front of me to verify EDIT: just verified lol). Of that series, I find myself re-reading Rise of a Merchant Prince most often. I find the way Feist describes early market trading/speculating/investing to be incredibly fascinating; and beyond that I find Roo to be my favorite character (and his buddy Luis de Savona) of any he created in any of the books. Aside from that one book he stars in, it feels like he gets a little overlooked elsewhere.

My next favorite would be the Riftwar Legacy, as it's the series that got me into Feist in the first place. His best writing, and most fleshed-out characters of any of his books, in my opinion. Particularly the interactions between a young Jimmy the Hand and Prince Arutha, that relationship is one that jumps off the pages.

As much as I enjoy his work, unless you really find you like the early series, avoid the later ones; namely the last two - the Demonwar Saga and the Chaoswar Saga. Maybe I just haven't re-read them enough, but something about them doesn't grab me the way the other do.

 

Let's see... Beyond Feist and the others I mentioned... Piers Anthony, Terry Goodkind, Robin Hobb, Jack Whyte, David Eddings, his wife Leigh Eddings... All I can come up with at the moment.

January 31, 2015
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I don't really read high fantasy, sword and sorcery stuff so this will mostly be supernatural or sci fi type stuff.

 

the Drowning Girl by Caitlin R. Kiernan:

The protagonist of this story, called IMP, is a schizophrenic lesbian who leaves her girlfriend (a trans woman) for a ghost / mermaid / werewolf / something. There's some weird shit in here. It's a bit hard to follow as it is told from the perspective of someone with schizophrenia. It's fantastic and weird. I haven't read the book, only listened to the audio book, and I strongly recommend it as an audio book. That said, I was robotripping the first time I listened and it was impossible to follow. Subsequent listens have been breathtaking though. 

Parable of the sower by Octavia E. Butler:

Butler was one of the first women of color to publish in science fiction in the US. This book is my favorite of all of hers as it deals with a post apocalyptic world. The protagonist is sort of discovering her religion called Earthseed and it's core beliefs. There is a TON of social commentary in this one. Tons of stuff about classism, racism, and the general failures of conservatism, like the devaluing of schools, etc. It's a fantastic work. Very grim. Also, I don't know if she meant to make this as a reference but there are cannibals when the protagonist reaches Sacramento and I always think of brotha lynch when I read it. 

Only Revolutions by Mark Z. Danielewski:

This one is a bit weird. It's from the guy who wrote House of Leaves (that's a good one too). This book is a long form poem about two lovers running through time to escape death. What's really fantastic about it is that you have to keep flipping the book over and reading from the other side as you go (or at least that's how the publishers recommend you read it, you can read it a lot of different ways). I found it a very fun read and it goes from the semi-recent past (late 1800s I think) to the near future. It's not as dark as House of Leaves. I like this one better, myself. Most people stop reading it because they don't understand how to read it but it's well worth reading, IMO.

If you check any of these out, I'd love to hear back from you about what you thought of them.

 

April 4, 2015
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A good book I read was Amity by Micol Ostow. The basis is this: there is a house in New Orleanes you call...Oh forget it

Anydangway, it's like this: there was the burial ground of a shamanistic Native American tribe. They built a house on top of that that was used as a safe house during the Salem witch trials. And then they used that as an insane asylum.

Nice place huh?

The book chronicles two teens 28 day stay in the house, named what the fuck do you think. There's Connor, a kid with sociopathis tendencies who Amity reaches out to. 10 years later, Gwen comes, a girl who has a history of mental health issues that might actually have magic powers. (And for some odd reason, I picture as Toph from Avatar: The Last Airbender).

Ostow really writes the story well, going back on forth between two time periods. Also, there's an obvious Stephen King influence, especially in Gwen's chapters.

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April 4, 2015
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it seemed odd, so i looked it up.  

says new orleans was founded twenty-five years after the salem trials.  

  

  awfully paranoid, arent you?   

April 15, 2015
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scruffy said
it seemed odd, so i looked it up.  

says new orleans was founded twenty-five years after the salem trials.  

  

...It was a joke. Like the song The House of The Rising Sun. And if the house was used during the Salem with trials that would imply that the house was in New England

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