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Authors I will always read – part 1

As you know, my dear reader, I am an avid consumer of the written word. I have read my entire life. I have read many series and authors. You may have seen through reviews that there are authors I have returned to reading over and over. This post is my first installment of authors I will always read regardless of what it is they write. I also plan on doing a post of authors I will never read again and authors I will re-read (deceased). I hope my dear reader, that you enjoy this post. Without further ado, I will start my list. For this list, I am only including authors I have read at least 3 books they have written. I am also trying to introduce the authors in order of my discovery of them, and not in any particular order of favoritism.

1. Brandon Sanderson
https://brandonsanderson.com

I first discovered Brandon in 2007 after Robert Jordan’s death. When it was announced that he would be completing the series I first started reading in 1994, I decided I had to find out what kind of author he was, and if I would read the final book he was stepping in to write. As we all know, it turned into 3 books. I started with his book Elantris and then the first two books in the Mistborn trilogy. I had to wait a bit for the third but bought it the day it released. I knew after the first two books I read, that Harriet had picked the right author to finish the series. I had also discovered a new favorite author. I am woefully behind on some of his books and trying to catch up, especially with the Mistborn Wax and Wayne books, and some of the shorter stories released with Arcanium Unbound. One of my goals is to finish these series and stories, while also checking out some of his non-Cosmere books (Alcatraz Versus
the Evil Librarians
) as I have heard they are books I would enjoy. As a prolific writer, it may be daunting on where to start with his series. Especially once you find out that most of his series are interconnected via the Cosmere (Brandon’s expanded universe). While his magic systems seem miles apart between series, they are all interconnected. I recommend starting with Elantris, Mistborn: The Final Empire, Warbreaker, or if you feel especially ambitious The Way of Kings (Probably still my favorite book to this day).

2. Kristen Painter
https://kristenpainter.com

Kristen Painter is an author I adore. I discovered her when I found the book Blood Rites at Barnes & Noble and had to buy it because of the cover. To this day, this is the only book I have ever bought just for the cover. Over the past 9 years, I have followed her, and for the past 5 to 6 years, I have been fortunate enough to be one of her advanced readers. While I receive an ebook copy of every release from this author, I also order her paperback copies as soon as they are available on Amazon. She is an amazing author and her ability to weave stories is incredible. If you are interested I recommend starting with Blood Rites (linked above), The Vampire’s Mail Order Bride, The Trouble with Witches, or Suck it Up, Buttercup. If you wonder why I have left out the Jayne Frost* mysteries in this list, I recommend the official reading order for the Nocturne Falls Universe which puts the first Jayne Frost book after book 8 in the Nocturne Falls series.
*See Kristen Painter’s Reading list here.*

3. Amanda Carlson
https://amandacarlson.com

Amanda Carlson is an author I discovered through Kristen Painter by reading her Sin City Collector’s series. Amanda wrote every other book in the collection, and I enjoyed her stories in the collection albeit not as much as Kristen’s stories. It is through her Holly Danger and Phoebe Meadows series that I have come to adore her work. I don’t know how I would classify Amanda as an author as she has Paranormal, Fantasy, and Dystopian works. Amanda is another author I have been lucky enough to become an Advance Reader for, and have received her Phoebe Meadows and Holly Danger ebooks from the author. I have purchased the paperback copies and Audible books of hers. I have yet to read the Jessica McClain series, but it is on my TBR. If you are interested in her Fantasy/Mythology come to life series then I recommend reading Struck, the first book of the Phoebe Meadows series. If you feel Dystopian/Post Apocalyptic is your flavor, then Danger’s Halo is your go-to book. If Paranormal is your dish, Jessica McClain and Full Blooded is the book you want to read.

4. R. A. Salvatore
http://rasalvatore.com/

Known as the creator of Drizzt Do’Urden he is a prolific writer in the Dungeons & Dragons: Forgotten Realms. I own and have read about half of his works and continue to acquire and read these books. I was told to start with Homeland and then go from there. I know that I have read the books out of order, and recently found a suggested reading order that if you want to start with this author, will be helpful in feeling you aren’t missing something in the reading of the series.

5. Daniel Abraham/M.L.N. Hanover
http://www.danielabraham.com/

Daniel Abraham who also writes under the pen names M. L. N. Hanover and James S. A. Corey is an author I found twice. Once as M. L. N. Hanover through his Black Sun’s Daughter series then again as Daniel Abraham with the Coin and the Dagger series. I have yet to read his other series, but they are currently on my TBR list. I highly recommend both series. The Dragon’s Path is the first book of the Dagger and the Coin series. Unclean Spirits is the first book in The Black Sun’s Daughter series. Much like Amanda Carlson, classifying the genre of Daniel Abraham would have to be done more by the name written under than overall as an author. The Black Sun’s Daughter series is what I would classify as Urban Fantasy, while The Dagger and the Coin series are fantasy. He is also the author behind The Expanse and The Long Price Quartet. The Expanse written under James S. A. Corey is Science Fiction where The Long Price Quartet written as Daniel Abraham is another Fantasy series.

6. Naomi Novik
http://www.naominovik.com/

I don’t remember when I first discovered Naomi Novik as an author. I think I ended up getting her first few books fairly closely together. I know they were released closely, but again I can’t say for sure when this occurred. What drew me to her as an author to try was the premise of ‘What would happen if the Napoleonic wars were fought with dragons?’ As someone who grew up reading Anne McCaffery, I couldn’t help but want to read any book that involved dragons. The real history behind the book was another bonus as I’m a history buff, and love alternative history. In His Majesty’s Service, the first book of the Temeraire series was an amazing read. I am woefully behind with her new series outside of the Temeraire series, and really need to re-catchup with her writings.

7. Tad Williams
https://www.tadwilliams.com/

While Tad Williams is probably one of the first authors I read back in the 90s while in High School with his Memory, Sorrow, and The Thorn series, I am adding him as discovered later, as I didn’t remember I had read him before when I discovered the ShadowMarch series. I want to say I discovered this series about the time the second book was released, but I don’t remember exactly. It was only on researching his other books when I finished this series I realized that I had read one of the series while in High School. This is yet another author that while woefully behind on, I continue to purchase his books and try to catch up with.

I will stop here, for now, dear reader. My books are still in boxes as I await the purchase of new bookcases to house my books, and my brain is starting to revolt with a new migraine. I have woefully left you high and dry without many posts this year. I am one of those lucky enough in this new age of COVID-19 to have maintained my job, and work has been busy. I was also contracted by the developers of the mobile game I play to write some stories to give a background to the characters in the game and help round out the characters. This is not an excuse for neglecting you, dear reader, and for this, I apologize. I will be working on once again picking up the reviews you so enjoy. For now, my head is saying that it is time to conclude. I will endeavor to post again soon.

Let me know if you have read any of these authors, and which authors you recommend in the comments. I would love to know which authors you read, as I am always looking for a new author to read.

Thank you for staying and reading, dear reader. I will see you again soon.

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Book Review: Woven with Light by William Golson

Title: Woven with Light
Author: William Golson

So I’ve been contemplating this review for a while.
I have known the author for many years, and am even mentioned by him in the dedication. I encouraged his story writing, read many many many scenes (sometimes multiple times), and sometimes even brought up holes in the story as it was written.

It’s difficult to objectively review a book that you watched being written start to end. That being said, I will endeavor to give a fair review of the story.

My overall rating for the book is 4.5 rounded up to a 5.

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Checking In – December 21, 2019

Hello readers, I know it’s been over a month since my last blog post. Fear not, I haven’t given up. It’s December which means it’s always busy around my life. With outings (Work, Family, Friends) and just the overall Christmas Season, December has always been a month I struggle to blog in.

With that said, I wanted to drop in quickly and just give an update on what is coming.

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TV: Foreign Language: Chinese Drama: Love O2O

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Foreign Language: Chinese
Genre: Romantic Comedy, Fantasy
Episodes: 30

Show on Viki: http://bit.ly/2qYQ7K0

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I’m back!

No, your eyes are not deceiving you. After a year and a half leave of absence, I am ready to return to the blogging sphere. I am excited to return and share with you all the things I love.

A lot has changed for me in the last year and a half, and you will see some changes as to how I do things here. 

First is the sidebar. 

  • I am adding shows I am watching. I tend to binge-watch shows and not really watch live TV, so this makes it easier to update.
  • I am adding additional reading formats to the sidebar.
  • I will be sharing Foreign Language books I read.

Second: Review Format

  • I am going to focus on shifting my review style to a more standardized format. 

Third: Shows

  • Since I have shared reviews of Movies I watched, I will also start sharing with you some of the shows I watch. I will be doing overall show reviews as well as episode recaps. The overall reviews will not have any spoilers. Recaps will.

Things that don’t change:

  • You will still see many of my favorite authors pop up in the reviews. If you have a recommendation or suggestions for me, please reach out through my facebook page, which is linked on the sidebar. 

Thank you for sticking around. I hope it was worth the wait.

Liadan

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The First Lie by Virginia King

The First Lie by Virginia King
Audible Narration by Katherine Littrell

Someone is trying to kill you.

Selkie Moon is a woman on the run. Escaping her abusive husband to start over in Hawaii, she thinks she’s safe at last. Then a voice in a dream warns: Someone is trying to kill you. Not that Selkie’s psychic. No way.

But the messages escalate and the threats mount. Is a ghostly woman stalking her? Tangled in local superstition, the mystery becomes so bizarre and terrifying that Selkie’s instinct is to keep running.

But is she running from her past or her future?

And are these ‘otherworldly’ clues really all they seem?

Cancel a couple of night’s sleep and join Selkie Moon on the roller-coaster ride of her life.

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Exiled by Amanda Carlson

Exiled by Amanda Carlson
Audible

Phoebe having freed her half-brother from prison only to have him die at the hands of the Norns is now on trial for his death. Her arrival in Asgard is met with mixed feelings of intrigue and hostility. She is a novelty to the Asgardian population as the hidden daughter of Odin. The Goddess Frigg is inconsolable over the loss of her son and she holds Phoebe personally responsible even if hers was not the hand that killed him.

Phoebe and Fenrir must now navigate their way through their own trials and find a way to survive Helheim and Fenrir’s sister Hel as well as keeping clear of the Norns who still wish for Phoebe’s death while trying to save Baldur.

I loved the book and all of the twists Amanda put into the book. You definitely need to read Struck and Freed before reading Exiled. These stories are thoroughly enjoyable and Amanda’s rewrite of Norse Mythology is believable. If you don’t like any deviation of Norse Mythology you may not enjoy parts of the story as Amanda does take liberties, but her understanding of the Mythology shows even when she deviates from the storyline

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La Belle et la Bete (Beauty & The Beast)

Beauty & The Beast Disney’s newest live action adaptation starring Emma Watson as Belle and Dan Stevens as The Beast has garnered a lot of media attention both good and not so good.

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The Dragon Finds Forever by Kristen Painter

The Dragon Finds Forever
Kristen Painter
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Exiled by Amanda Carlson


Exiled

Amanda Carlson

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Atlas Shrugged: Ayn Rand

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Atlas Shrugged
Writen by Ayn Rand
Narrated by Scott Brick

In a scrap heap within an abandoned factory, the greatest invention in history lies dormant and unused. By what fatal error of judgment has its value gone unrecognized, its brilliant inventor punished rather than rewarded for his efforts?

In defense of those greatest of human qualities that have made civilization possible, one man sets out to show what would happen to the world if all the heroes of innovation and industry went on strike. Is he a destroyer or a liberator? And why does he fight his hardest battle not against his enemies but against the woman he loves?

Tremendous in scope and breathtaking in its suspense, Atlas Shrugged is Ayn Rand’s magnum opus, an electrifying moral defense of capitalism and free enterprise which launched an ideological movement and gained millions of loyal fans around the world.

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Nocturne Falls Universe Part 1

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Kristen Painter’s Nocturne Falls Universe books released yesterday. These were books written by authors she invited to write in Nocturne Falls. I was given a copy of each of these 6 books by the publisher. My reviews were not influenced by this.

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Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

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Friday Rogue One was released. This story is essentially Episode 3.9 in the StarWars franchise. My awesome boss once again rented a theater for the entire company and we got to see the movie on opening day for free! Yes I have the best boss in the entire world. I don’t say this because I think he will read my blog, as I doubt he will ever see this post. I say it because I do have a great boss.

I thoroughly enjoyed Rogue One, and although I am not of the opinion that it is one of the best Star Wars movies, it does rate above the prequels. My favorites are still The Empire Strikes back and Force Awakens. I definitely rank this a Must See movie at 4.5 star rating.

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Yes,  if you continue reading this post will contain spoilers. If you haven’t seen Rogue One, I highly suggest you not read this post further. Additionally, I highly recommend reading Catalyst (or listening on Audible) before seeing the movie as it is episode 3.5/3.7ish in the time line and explains much of what is missing in the movie, and gives you a better insight into some of the choices made by characters such as Galen Erso, Orson Krennic and Jyn Erso. It also gives you a good look at Orson Krennic our bad guy for Rogue One.

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Audible Giveaway: Struck: Amanda Carlson

Would you like a free audible copy of Struck by Amanda Carlson?

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If you would like an Audible copy of Struck by Amanda Carlson you’ve found the right giveaway.

I have 1 copy to give away. You ask what do you need to do to win this giveaway?

Simple. Make a comment with the following 3 items.
1. Your favorite review by me
2.  What book your currently reading or listening to
3. Why you would like to win the copy of Struck from me.

I will select my winner using random.org on November 30th at 5:00 PM Mountain US Time (GMT -7).

Please note that comments are moderated so there may be a delay in your comment posting. I’ve had some problems with inappropriate comments being posted.

Winner is: Belinda Clemons Congratulations.

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Freed (Phoebe Meadows book 2) by Amanda Carlson

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Freed
Amanda Carlson

Phoebe hasn’t had it easy since being struck. She’s been tossed through the 9 realms, and along the way found Fenrir (hunka hunka wolf) her boyfriend and Tyr (her half brother). Life at the Valkyrie Stronghold hasn’t been a cake walk either, although she’s getting stronger and learning to fight. When an old friend comes and tells her that if she doesn’t move quickly all chances of getting her mother back will be lost, yet more adventures come her way.

Phoebe’s ability to inspire loyalty among those she meets is amazing and she has a knack of finding the people she needs to succeed in her tasks. In this book we meet a whage (White Mage), a Milf (Not what you think it is), and Baldur the Norse god of light.

Again Amanda seamlessly wove mythology into our world, and you barely notice the liberties she took. You really have to know your (Norse) mythology to catch the inconsistencies.

You will love the antics Phoebe gets into and I loved the ending.

I do wonder if we meet Hermod in the next book.

Must read. 5 Stars

5 stars

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