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Eddings Reread: The Ruby Knight (Elenium 2)

Because we just don’t have enough to do, Alex, Joanne and I have decided to re-read The Elenium and The Tamuli trilogies by David (and Leigh) Eddings, and – partly to justify that, partly because it’s fun to compare notes – we’re blogging a conversation about each book. We respond to each other in the post itself, but you can find Alex’s post over here and Jo’s post here if you’d like to read the conversation going on in the comments. Also, there are spoilers!

Our review of The Diamond Throne (Elenium 1) is here.

Ruby_KnightALEX:

Sparhawk starts this book a) immediately after the end of the first one, and b) wanting someone to jump him, so that he can get all violent on some unsuspecting footpad. I don’t think I was really paying attention to that sort of thing when I was a teen. He’s actually not a very nice man a lot of the time, and that makes me sad.

JO:

It is a bit sad isn’t it :( Sparhawk’s most common reaction seems to be violence, and the narrative and tone celebrates that part of him.

TEHANI:

Alex, you say “not a very nice man” but I never read it that way (and still don’t, I guess!) – he’s a product of his culture and his time. They seem to quite happily wreak havoc on people at the drop of a hat, and he IS a knight, trained to battle!

ALEX:

OK, maybe I don’t have to be quite so sad about him – that he’s a product of his time – but still his active desire for violence does act, for me now, against my lionising of him as a teenager. He is flawed, and I’m troubled because Jo is exactly right – the narrative celebrates him and his anger/violent tendencies.

TEHANI:

You’re both completely right. I still choose to read it in the context of the book, AND STICK MY HEAD IN THE SAND. Damn. That’s the problem with rereading with a few more brains behind us, isn’t it?! Continue reading

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Eddings Reread: The Diamond Throne (Elenium 1)

Because we just don’t have enough to do, Alex, Joanne and I have decided to re-read The Elenium and The Tamuli trilogies by David (and Leigh) Eddings, and – partly to justify that, partly because it’s fun to compare notes – we’re blogging a conversation about each book. We respond to each other in the post itself, but you can find Alex’s post over here and Jo’s post here if you’d like to read the conversation going on in the comments. Also, there are spoilers!

Diamond_ThroneTEHANI:

I was feeling a little book-weary yesterday so thought I might as well start my reading for this conversational review series, given it’s usually a soothing experience. Within a single PAGE, I was reaching for Twitter, because SO MUCH of the book cried out to be tweeted! Great one-liners, the introduction of favourite characters, and, sadly, some of the not so awesome bits as well. I was having a grand time pulling out 140 character lines (#EddingsReread if you’re interested), but the response from the ether was amazing! So many people hold these books firmly in their reading history, and it was just lovely to hear their instant nostalgia.

ALEX:

And I read those tweets and everything was SO FAMILIAR that I immediately started reading as well. And finished a day later.

JO:

Ok. A) You people read too quickly! B) Tehani those tweets were enough to start me feeling all nostalgic. I was in the middle of cooking dinner and had to put everything down, run upstairs and dig the books out of their box hidden in the back of the wardrobe. Continue reading

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Cranky Ladies of History

Cranky Ladies logoSo other than my new job, the project keeping me most busy over the past month has been Cranky Ladies of History. This book began last year, when Liz Barr posted a fantastic piece on Tsaritsa Sophia Alekseyevna of Russia, terming her a “cranky lady” – this completely tickled my fancy, and I immediately thought of a bunch of brilliant writers I would love to see write about other cranky ladies of history – and the book was born. With Tansy Rayner Roberts as my co-editor, we have had stories pitched at us from all over the world, and we invited many wonderful writers to be part of the project. We decided we wanted to pay pro rates to the contributors, and to that end, we decided to try a crowd-funding campaign.

Over the course of the process, we realised that March, when we plan to run the campaign, is Women’s History Month, which is just marvellous! During the month we hope to see loads of people talking about THEIR favourite cranky ladies of history, which we will link to over on the FableCroft Blog Tour page. Everyone is welcome to join in the fun! I can’t wait to see the cranky ladies people write about – it’s going to be great!

If you would like to host, post or guest blog about one (or more!) of YOUR favourite Cranky Ladies as part of the official blog tour, please let me know! We want to plaster the internet with cranky women, and the more the merrier!

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2014 Book Cull

The rules are:

1. Every book is $2 plus postage.

2. Books will be posted in Australia Post prepaid satchels (within Australia only, sorry): up to 500g = $8; up to 3kg = $13; up to 5kg = $16

3. First to email me at editormum75@gmail.com that they want a title gets it – I will strike them out here as they are spoken for, but my apologies in advance if you miss out on any you want because of timing.

4. Once you email me your list, I will figure out the weight and give you the total including postage.

5. Payment to be made by Paypal to editormum75@gmail.com within 24 hours or the books will be relisted.

6. I need to get these out of the house ASAP, so looking for super quick sales!

7. Books range from ex-library to well-read to good to excellent condition to completely unread, and are a mixture of paperbacks, trades and hardcovers. All are perfectly readable, no pages missing or the like. Most were collected to sate a completist urge I’m trying to get rid of… :)

And, GO!

DEAN KOONTZ

The Bad Place

From the corner of his eye

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Dragon Tears

Whispers

Phantoms

Intensity

The Mask

Cold Fire

Winter Moon

The Door to December

The Voice of the Night

The Key to Midnight

Life Expectancy

Velocity

Seize the Night

The Taking 

Odd Thomas

False Memory

One Door Away from Heaven

By the Light of the Moon

Dark Rivers of the Heart

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Watchers

The Vision

The Funhouse

Forever Odd

Night Chills

Darkness Comes

Twilight Eyes

Icebound

Strangers

Sole Survivor

Strange Highways

Hideaway

Chase

Ticktock

The Eyes of Darkness

Shattered

Demon Seed

Mr Murder

Fear Nothing

Shadowfires

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The Dean Koontz Companion

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STEPHEN KING

The Dead Zone

Pet Sematary

Omnibus: The Shining, Carrie, Misery

Bag of Bones

Nightmares and Dreamscapes

Everything’s Eventual

Night Shift

Gerald’s Game

The Green Mile (set of six – original publication method)

‘Salem’s Lot

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RAYMOND FEIST

Shadow of a Dark Queen (The Serpentwar Saga 1)

Rise of a Merchant Prince (The Serpentwar Saga 2)

Rage of a Demon King (The Serpentwar Saga 3)

Shards of a Broken Crown (The Serpentwar Saga 4)

A Kingdom Besieged 

MISCELLANEOUS

A Girl Like You by Maureen Lindley

Isaac Asimov’s Camelot

Isaac Asimov’s Vampires

Dogtales! edited by Jack Dann & Gardner Dozois

Bestiary! edited by Jack Dann & Gardner Dozois

Unicorns! edited by Jack Dann & Gardner Dozois

Robots!  edited by Jack Dann & Gardner Dozois

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Death of an Empire by MK Hume

The short second life of Bree Tanner by Stephanie Meyer

The Lord of Lies by Sam Bowring

The Child of Hope by Gary Stowe

The Outcast Blade by Jon Courtenay Grimwood

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White Cat by Holly Black

A hunger like no other by Kresley Cole

Prom Nights from Hell

Hotter than Hell by Jackie Kessler

Dead in the Family by Charlaine Harris

Definitely Dead by Charlaine Harris

Dead and Gone by Charlaine Harris

A touch of dead by Charlaine Harris

Club Dead by Charlaine Harris

Om Shanti Babe by Helen Limon

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Hags, Sirens and Other Bad Girls of Fantasy edited by Denise Little

Familiars edited by Denise Little

Merlin’s Bones by Fred Saberhagen

Maiden, Matron, Crone edited by Kerrie Hughes & Martin H Greenberg

Crime Spells edited by Martin H Greenberg & Loren L Coleman

Other Earths edited by Nick Gevers & Jay Lake

Children of Magic edited by Martin H Greenberg & Kerrie Hughes

Dragon’s Eye edited by Christopher Stasheff

Swordplay edited by Denise Little

Ages of Wonder edited by Julie Czerneda & Rob St Martin

Hotel Andromeda edited by Jack L Chalker

Novel Ideas: Fantasy edited by Brian M Thomson

Magic Tales edited by Martin H Greenberg & Janet Pack

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The Orbit Science Fiction Yearbook 2 edited by David S. Garnett

The Mammoth Book of Comic Fantasy edited by Mike Ashley

Dragons of Light edited by Orson Scott Card

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Tehani’s top books of 2013

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With the disclaimer that I can’t include any of the Australian YA or children’s books I have read as part of the CBCA Book of the Year Awards judging in this list (which means several hundred books are NOT considered, and also that I didn’t read nearly as many OTHER books as I usually would!), AND that I’ve not included FableCroft publications here, which of COURSE are five star (!), here are my favourite books of 2013! (in basically reverse reading order, thanks to Goodreads).

Night of Cake and Puppets by Laini Taylor

Thankless in Death by JD Robb

Once Upon a Time: new fairytales edited by Paula Guran

The Wild Girl by Kate Forsyth

Enchanted by Alethea Kontis

How green this land, how blue this sea by Mira Grant

Cracklescape by Margo Lanagan

Friday Brown by Vikki Wakefield

Chicks Dig Comics edited by Lynne M Thomas & Sigrid Ellis

Parasite by Mira Grant

We are all completely beside ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein

Perfections by Kirstyn McDermott

Caution: contains small parts by Kirstyn McDermott

Asymmetry by Thoraiya Dyer

Glamour in Glass by Mary Robinette Kowal

The Madness Underneath by Maureen Johnson

When We Wake by Karen Healey

Frost Burned by Patricia Briggs

Archie: Married Life (1, 2 & 3) by Paul Kupperberg et al

Hawkeye vol. 1, My life as a weapon by Matt Fraction et al

Blood of Dragons by Robin Hobb

Queen Victoria’s Book of Spells edited by Ellen Datlow & Terri Windling

Let it Snow by John Green, Maureen Johnson & Lauren Myracle

A Trifle Dead by Livia Day

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Written in Red by Anne Bishop

Fables vol. 18, Cubs in Toyland by Bill Willingham et al

Batwoman vol. 2, To drown the world by JH Williams III et al

She Hulk, vol. 1, Single Green Female by Dan Slott et al

Captain Marvel, vol. 1, In pursuit of flight by Kelly Sue DeConnick et al

Girl Genius 1-11 by Phil & Kaja Foglio

Etiquette and Espionage by Gail Carriger

Batgirl vol. 1, The darkest reflection by Gail Simone et al

The Mad Scientist’s Daughter by Cassandra Rose Clarke

Soulless the manga vol. 2 by Gail Carriger et al

The Voyage of the Unquiet Ice by Andrew McGahan

Saga vol. 1 by Brian K Vaughan et al

A Corner of White by Jaclyn Moriarty

Beauty’s Sister by Bradley James

Wow. Imagine if I hadn’t been CBCA reading! There are so many brilliant books! And if you really want to know EVERYTHING I’ve read (if not what I think of them), you can see my 2013 Year of Reading (368, apparently…) here!

 

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