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Offline Steve Jackson

I need a break from writing, what should I read?
« on: February 22, 2016, 05:15:25 AM »
I have about three months before I seriously have to start writing again, and I am lost.  I used to belong to three forums and have my literary club, but my work and writing has made a monk of me for the past year. 

I need a book, preferably newly written and maybe small press or indie.  Or better yet, three books that I can read and clear my head before I have to throw myself back into writing.  I would appreciate suggestions.  My preference is not for big authors or older works, chances are I have read them already, but for something smaller and more obscure.

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Re: I need a break from writing, what should I read?
« Reply #1 on: February 22, 2016, 05:56:27 AM »
Three suggestions from indie authors I've gotten to know well that won't break the bank:

The Way of the Black Beast by Stuart Jaffe
Xena meets Mad Max. That's the best summary I can offer.
http://www.stuartjaffe.com/the-books/the-malja-chronicles/the-way-of-the-black-beast/

Iroshi by Cary Osbourne
Psychic ninjas in space. Seriously. What's better? (Iroshi is a reprint of an out-of-print book previously published through traditional press, and well worth reading)
http://www.amazon.com/Iroshi-Trilogy-Book-1-ebook/dp/B00QBOXKUG/

Secrets of the Sands by Leona Wisoker
It's got thieving, intrigue, ancient secrets, and an amazingly well developed world.
http://www.amazon.com/Secrets-Sands-Children-Desert-Book-ebook/dp/B00QGZDR6W/

If you're looking to recharge and you're looking for small or indie press, I can't recommend much better.

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Re: I need a break from writing, what should I read?
« Reply #2 on: February 22, 2016, 08:15:10 AM »
Not knowing what you like, it's hard to recommend something, hehe

But you can try Julia Knight's Duellist series, or G.R. Matthews' Forbidden List series.
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Re: I need a break from writing, what should I read?
« Reply #3 on: February 22, 2016, 08:35:04 AM »
How about one of these ten finalists in the Self-Published fantasy contest? Each has been chosen from nearly 30 others, they all have over half a dozen reviews linked, and many of them are free!

http://mark---lawrence.blogspot.co.uk/2015/08/final-round-self-published-fantasy-blog.html

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Re: I need a break from writing, what should I read?
« Reply #4 on: February 22, 2016, 11:42:23 AM »
I have about three months before I seriously have to start writing again, and I am lost.  I used to belong to three forums and have my literary club, but my work and writing has made a monk of me for the past year. 

I need a book, preferably newly written and maybe small press or indie.  Or better yet, three books that I can read and clear my head before I have to throw myself back into writing.  I would appreciate suggestions.  My preference is not for big authors or older works, chances are I have read them already, but for something smaller and more obscure.

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Offline Davis Ashura

Re: I need a break from writing, what should I read?
« Reply #5 on: February 22, 2016, 12:41:47 PM »
Martha Wells Tales of the Raksura. BTW I'm in the same boat as far as burnout is concerned. I'm not there yet, but I'm close. I'm finishing up what I hope will be the penultimate revision of the third book in my trilogy. But after that, I'm taking a long break from writing.
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Offline Phoenix

Re: I need a break from writing, what should I read?
« Reply #6 on: February 22, 2016, 05:35:57 PM »
A few good ones ive read recently are:
-The Mortal Instruments series by cassandra clare
-The Reckoners Series by Brandon Sanderson
-Wildefire by Karsten Knight
-Winterbirth by Brian Ruckley
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Re: I need a break from writing, what should I read?
« Reply #7 on: February 22, 2016, 06:35:51 PM »
Not knowing what you like, it's hard to recommend something, hehe

But you can try Julia Knight's Duellist series, or G.R. Matthews' Forbidden List series.

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Re: I need a break from writing, what should I read?
« Reply #8 on: February 22, 2016, 07:06:01 PM »
Not knowing what you like, it's hard to recommend something, hehe

But you can try Julia Knight's Duellist series, or G.R. Matthews' Forbidden List series.

Follow Bea's advice :)

Yes Julia Knight is a brilliant author!  ;)
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Re: I need a break from writing, what should I read?
« Reply #9 on: February 22, 2016, 08:10:31 PM »
Not knowing what you like, it's hard to recommend something, hehe

But you can try Julia Knight's Duellist series, or G.R. Matthews' Forbidden List series.

Follow Bea's advice :)

Yes Julia Knight is a brilliant author!  ;)

*cough* git *cough*

Though you are right, she is! She did a great reading at the SRFC in London :)
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Offline Steve Jackson

Re: I need a break from writing, what should I read?
« Reply #10 on: February 22, 2016, 11:59:08 PM »
Jeez, this is great.  To many, but between this and my other forum I think I have a nice collection to sift through.  My brain is completely plastic right now, so a good read is exactly what I need.