Wednesday, August 30, 2017

In My Mailbox: July/August 2017



In My Mailbox: July/August 2017

Are the dog days over yet?? After moving, I don't feel like I have much to complain about. Here, it's been a fairly mild summer. Between gardening and writing I've been assembling bookcases. And, you know, reading and collecting!

New-ish Releases

I love Kasie West's work, it's so sweet!

So far, one of the funniest romance novels I've read all year.

Very cool scifi/fantasy graphic novel.


New-to-me:










Used:

I feel like it's been two years since I began this series...I remembered it being very comical, so I decided to go ahead and get the whole series used via eBay. One to cross off my manga bucketlist.

Borrowed: 

Doing a spot of research pre-NaNoWriMo ;)

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Top Ten Fav Authors from my School Days



Meg Cabot - A staple of my high school days. I eagerly awaited each of her new releases, rushing to the bookstore (Borders...alas, poor Borders). She was my first author signing, way before book blogging existed.

Stephen King - His work came highly recommended by friends. I remember toting "Carrie" and "The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon" in my backpack.

Shakespeare - I tried to read some of his work in middle school, but some of it was over my head. When it was required reading in high school and I finally got it, I grew to love it completely.

Louisa May Alcott- I connected with Jo's character almost instantly. Her fiery temperament and imagination greatly inspired me.

Bill Watterson -  Now that I think about it, I believe his work was my gateway into reading graphic novels. His work brought a lot of joy to my life after my father's passing.

Anne Rice - Back in the day, I couldn't get enough of her beautiful but dark descriptions and characters.

Richard Adams - Reading "Watership Down" in my school's library was a wonderful escape. Every time I see a rabbit, I recall memories of his novel.

Harper Lee- Classic southern writer who captured small town Southern life perfectly.

Peter S. Beagle- Loving the movie, discovering the novel of "The Last Unicorn" was even better. Extended scenes, events left out of the movie, character feelings, every fan girl's dream.

Erich Seagle - I honestly read "Love Story" one of the only romance novels my mom owned over and over each summer, sitting in the yard, trying to get a tan. Ah, memories.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Ten book recommendations for Star Wars fangirls

Ten book recommendations for Star Wars fangirls


I don't know about you, but I am obsessed with Star Wars, especially TFA, these days. Here's some books to tide us over until The Last Jedi!

Queen Emeraldas - Super wow. Mysterious space pirate chick tough as Captain Phasma but gentle as Padme? I was hooked. The illustrations of this graphic novel are beautiful.

Shatter Me Trilogy - An abandoned young girl with special powers, a new military order complete with a Supreme Leader, and soldiers who love her? Remind you of anything? So good, so thrilling. I couldn't read fast enough.

Shattered Warrior - (no relation to the series above) The.best.graphic.novel.I've.read.in.a.long.time! After her planet's invaded, Colleen works in the alien factory as a means of survival. With the aid of a rival warrior, her and friends start a makeshift resistance. Brief, but revealing, love scenes.

The Giver - If you're into a spiritual master teaching a young person lessons, i.e. Obi-wan/Yoda and Luke, this book was a page-turner for me. The novel is much better than the movie (although the movie wasn't bad, just different), IMO.

Ender's Game - If you're a fan of X-Wings vs. TIE Fighters, this book is all about YA military training and action against an alien race. A scifi classic that doesn't disappoint.

Dune - Hands down, the influence of Dune is clear in Star Wars. Sand. Prophecies. Powers. Strong female characters. A must read. The sleeper must awaken!

Lord of the Rings - Truly paved the way for other "golden fleece" stories like Star Wars. In my mind, droids are a little like hobbits. Now if only Strider had a lightsaber...

The Last DragonWhen Tansy's father goes missing, her town will need a hero and a leader to save them. A young woman destined to follow in her healer father's footsteps.

The Splintered series - A girl goes down the rabbit hole, literally, when she learns she's heir to a mysterious power and magical world. Adventure and romance generations in the making.

The Hunger Games series - Yeah, by now, you've probably already read this one. But with a girl trying to survive against a powerful dictator, its fun to imagine what if this was Rey vs. Snoke.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Review: The Captured: A True Story of Abduction by Indians on the Texas Frontier

The Captured: A True Story of Abduction by Indians on the Texas FrontierThe Captured: A True Story of Abduction by Indians on the Texas Frontier by Scott Zesch
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The book, at its heart, is about the author's step relative who was abducted as a child. From family legends, the author knew that his relative, once returned to his family, had a difficult readjustment to the 'white' society he was born. He never lost the lessons and ways of his one-time native family. Through his research, author Zesch found many examples of other children who felt the same way. They never blamed or hated their adopted families.

Zesch does his best to show both sides of the story. Although, at times, segments were difficult to read. Contains graphic violence against women and infants. One capture and escape in particular seemed like a tall-tale: pregnant woman scalped, shot by arrows, walks miles in the snow at night to her neighbors who tell her BTW not to bled over everything as the flee without her, and she survives (and has the baby if I remember correctly). I smell an old-timey newspaperman who wanted to sell papers over heresay and terror.


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