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Have you heard of Michael Scott's Nicholas Flamel series? They're great on the mythology-in-the-modern-day topic as well.

I don't know how I missed this the first time I came through this thread, but...

I've read up through The Sorceress in this series (which, I think leaves me with two more to read? It's been a while since I've looked those up.), and they're so, so good. I may have to go back and read them again, though, eventually; it's been so long since I read them!

Other YA books I've read / will be reading:

Kady of Quid by K. Hutson-Warrington, which is a story about growing up and having the courage to do what's right. My friend Kathy is the author, and she did a fantastic job of creating the world Kady gets whisked away to. I'm going to have a review up on my site for this one, soon.

Graceling by Kristin Cashore was really good; I have a review of that on my site (and here on FF!). I really enjoyed it, and I'm really looking forward to reading the sequel.

Also, while not fantasy, I really enjoyed The Forest of Hands and Teeth, which is a zombie story. I haven't read the rest of that series yet, but I'm hoping to soon.

Also, someone mentioned Cassondra Claire? I always find it funny when I hear how big she's become; I remember when I was reading her Harry Potter fan-fiction!

I really do like Martin, but Martin is to me kind of like planting an apple tree... I will in the near future... one day... eventually reach a conclusion where I get a ton of apples that I can eat. Brett is like walking to the carnival and getting an apple... covered in toffee... Sweet, constant goodness - with no waiting required ;)

I like this. :D Brett being one of my favorite authors, I think this is probably one of the best ways I've heard his stories described.

Please, please let a Terry Goodkind fan find this thread!

Congratulations, a Terry Goodkind fan found this thread.

And I'm not going to argue about why I like the books. Because, quite frankly, I can't argue on the same playing field as everyone else.

My opinion is:
I like them, you don't. I won't waste your time with any more argument than that.

General Discussion / Re: Google +
« on: July 01, 2011, 11:18:30 PM »
I'm on google+ as well. Once they re-open invites I can invite ppl. I added Kit though :)

Ahhhh, that's who that was... [runs away to add you back]

General Discussion / Re: Google +
« on: July 01, 2011, 11:11:11 PM »
If anyone wants to invite me, my email is stevenroy@gmail.com

I would be happy to spend the invitations I get however you like.  Nope, I'm not above bribery.

Can't wait to have a Fantasy Faction circle.

Invite sent!

General Discussion / Re: Google +
« on: July 01, 2011, 10:54:30 PM »
If anyone wants to invite me...

PM me with your email, and I'll hook you up. :)

General Discussion / Re: Google +
« on: July 01, 2011, 05:01:46 PM »

Gods only know, that's probably doesn't allow you to get on my profile, but that's the link I came up with. :P Feel free to add me if you're on there!

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Deadline by Mira Grant
« on: June 20, 2011, 03:28:12 PM »
So, what Shaun just said to Becks... um... ouch.

Yeah, you can't really come back from that one

It uh... Really makes you think. There are a few pointed questions I'd like to ask Miss Grant about this book...

The only book I REMEMBER making me cry is The Road. That was, far and away, the most emotionally trying book I've ever read. Nothing else is even close.

Fantastic book. Didn't make me cry, though; that was one that I felt more emotionally blank over. <shrug> Not sure why.

I just recently started Kushiel's Dart. It's not bad, but it's not as wonderful as I was hoping. I think I'll probably hold out until the end to make a real judgment on it, though.  :-\

I wrote a review on it a few weeks ago if you're at all curious.

Short story - it's really long, the sex is intense, gets exciting at about the 450 page mark, ends about the 900 page mark, then gives you another 120 pages of wrap up and setup for the next book.  It's exhausting.  The good parts are good, the rest is a slog.

In my humble opinion.

hahaha, Well, I suppose that's a good way to put it. I just hit page 275, and I feel like it's starting to get interesting. At least, to the point where I'm wondering who, exactly, is plotting what and how far are they going to go to get it. I'm also intrigued by the introduction of someone who appears to be a new "main" character.

So... It's keeping me entertained, for sure. It's looking like one I may put down for a bit soon, though; I do find that it's taking me a while to get through it, and I have other books to read for reviews!

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Deadline by Mira Grant
« on: June 17, 2011, 10:20:27 PM »
Holy Maker, next May cannot get here soon enough!

I'm thinking we need to make a working time machine and get the book early ;D

Spoiler for Hiden:
Really, I just want to know why Shaun didn't amplify. Some hidden immune response we've never seen?
As for Georgia, I wondered why they hadn't done that in the beginning of the book. When Kelly mentioned full-body clones, I remember thinking, "They could've done that for Georgia." Anyone else have that same thought?

I absolutely had the same thought, Kai.  I thought, "Well I bet that's going to happen, now that it's been mentioned."  Anyone else notice that Mira Grant isn't one for red herrings?

To be honest, this thought never crossed my mind at all. I was more worried about an actual mental break than this, to be sure.

The one book that ever made me laugh until there were tears running down my face wasn't a fantasy or sci-fi novel, but it was "Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging" by Louise Rennison. That book was hilarious.

As for crying, I cried over "FEED" and "DEADLINE", but we all know that. :P

Links, Competitions and 'Stuff' / Re: Birthday Giveaway Contests
« on: June 17, 2011, 05:21:40 PM »
Hey, guys! Just bumping this to let you know that I've added a post to my blog about what it is, exactly, that I'll be giving away next month!

You can find that post here.

If you'd rather not click the link, I've got a few books, some handmade items, photographs, and a blog spot all ready to rock and roll for the contests.

I do hope that you guys will come by.

Also, I'm still looking to take some items from anyone who crafts / writes! I really think that something like this will help get your awesome works out there!

If you're interested, email sisterites[AT]gmail[DOT]com
Thanks again! :D

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Deadline by Mira Grant
« on: June 16, 2011, 06:07:52 PM »
I haven't finished it yet, but really got into it. I'm bound and determined to finish it before I go to sleep tonight. I just finished
Spoiler for Hiden:
the encounter with Dr. Abbey in the lab. I had to put the book down for a few minutes. Georgia was my favorite character from Feed, so finding out she didn't have to die made me wish I could reach in and beat the crap out of Kelly.
I'm guessing I'm not the only one who felt this way once they read this?

I was so pissed. SO PISSED. I think this was definitely one of the bits that made me cry, right up there with the shock at the end.

Holy Maker, next May cannot get here soon enough!

Writers' Corner / Re: Too scared to write it...
« on: June 16, 2011, 06:04:59 PM »
And I come back and kysis has said it perfectly. :D  I would like to add another thing that helps in times where you do freeze up, is having a writer's support group.  When I'm stuck on something I go on twitter or in here and start blubbering about it and then all of my lovely writing buddies kick my butt and tell me to get back to it, in a loving way of course. ;)  So overall, my advice is write (even if it's bad) and get help and/or motivation from your fellow writers when you're stuck.  If you just keep waiting till the right moment or until 'you're ready', you'll never get anything written. :)

This, this, this. I had one of these moments the other, spewed my heart out on Twitter, and came back to find quite a few people telling me not to give up. It's a wonderful feeling to have such a fantastic support group, like we do here.

(Thanks for that, by the way, Overlord. Without you, some of us wouldn't have it.)

My vote is ... Even if you're scared, write something. I don't think that it has to be the story that's been haunting you, but as long as you continue to write and continue to grow in your writing, eventually you'll feel up the task of tackling your story. :)

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