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#11 - Order of the Stick: Snips, Snails, and Dragon Tales by Rich Burlew

I actually read this a while ago and forgot to type up a record here! *blush* Anyway, "Snips, Snails, and Dragon Tales" is a collection of (totally awesome) Order of the Stick comics, none of which have much bearing on the big plot, but all of which are great fun. It reprints the strips that had been in Dragon magazine, a fun 3.5 versus 4.0 edition war comic, and the various characters telling their favorite stories that get... messed up by the rest of the folk. I think that was my favorite section, especially Roy attempting to retell Hamlet and Belkar totally screwing it us 'cause he thinks it's 'boring'. Lots of fun! Definitely a good purchase to add to the OOtS library

#12 - Ash by Malinda Lo

One of the good things to come out of the epic 2011 sexism wars on RPG.net was a recommendation of this book (and her other novel Huntress) as examples of novels with GLBT protagonists where sexuality isn't a big deal.

Ash is, at it's heart a retelling of Cinderella. With fairies. Basically, Ash was born and raised near The Wood, which is reputed to be the home of the fae. Most people have never seen one though, and most don't really believe the old tales. Her mother did, but she dies at the beginning of the book. Her father remarries, but then dies. Ash's stepmother moves away from the village and back to the city, with Ash and her two daughters. When she discovers Ash's father died deep in debt, she makes Ash work as her servant to pay off the debt.

She escapes the house occasionally and travels into the Woods where she meets a captivating and dangerous Fae man named Sidhean. He seems to be everything she wants but he won't take her away from her life like she wants. And then she meets Kaisa, the king's Huntress. And slowly, the heart she thought she'd lost when her mother died starts to bloom in love.

It's a really neat story that never quite goes the way you expect it to, and manages to make everything make wonderful, beautiful and surreal sense. I highly recommend it, and can't wait to read her other book.
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The Dark Wife by Sarah Deimer (Read on Nook)

I read this one in a day, which should tell you something right there. I mean, I do read insanely fast, but I'm also easily distracted, especially is a book is slow getting started.

The Dark Wife is a YA retelling of the myth of Hades and Persephone, with a genderswaped Hades and a far more consensual romance, all told from Persephone's point of view. And yes, Hades is genderswaped but Persephone is not, so it's a lesbian romance. I'm totally okay with this.

It is a very good book, though I felt the ending was rushed, and I could tell the author was reluctant to put her characters in serious danger. But all in all, it was a well written story, and the romance between Hades and Persephone was really sweet. Then again, I'm a sucker for lesbian romance of the fantasy flavor, so I may be a touch biased.

But it was totally worth the $3.99 download price, and I'd certainly recommend it for some fun, fluffy reading!
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Yay going to Portland means I got books read!

Book #7 Eon by Alison Goodman - Continuing my love of young adult fantasy novels and my love of girls disguising themselves as boys, I picked this one up at Borders months ago, but only started reading it on the flight out to Portland. Finished it in a day, it was that good. It's very Chinese myth-inspired, but the author has really made the world her own and not just "fantasy China". It's a fascinating story, and the main character is very gripping. She makes many mistakes, all while trying to do what she thinks will help, only to have things go more and more awry. I picked up the sequel at Powell's and am looking forward to how this all turns out.

Book #8 - Family Ties & Torn Skies by various authors, including myself - Well, I figured since I've been doing so much shameless self promotion for this, I should read the whole thing myself. I'd read most of the stories on the Torn World site, but it was neat to read them all in a bunch. As with any anthology there are some stories that are stronger than others, but overall it was very good. And I gained a bit more appreciation for the Northerner culture, which thus far hadn't really grabbed me. I still prefer the Empire, but that's a personal thing. It's also kicked back my desire to write more, which is always a good thing.

Normally I don't cross post these, but I'm going to do so for this one because of my review of Family Ties & Torn Skies. If any LJ-folk wanna see what else I've read this year, hop on over to my Dreamwidth and follow the 'read in 2011' tag.
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I've gotten terribly behind on this ;_; So y'all really only gonna get a quick line or two. And so few books! I mean, I read a lot, but it's often spot reading through RPG books. Which totally doesn't count.

Book #4: Basara, vol 1 by Yumi Tamura
I swear this series was written by someone in my head. Girl masquerading as her (dead) twin brother to lead people in rebellion against tyrants? What more do I really need? Especially since the layout's straightforward enough it's one of the few manga I can actually follow without getting a headache. Normally I have a lot of trouble reading manga, both because of the right-to-left-ness, and because panel layout tends to be more... uneven? than western comics. But Basara hits the sweet spot.

Now if it wasn't so damn hard to find ;_;

Book #5: Artesia, vol 1: The First Book of Dooms by Mark S. Smylie (author and artist)
(note: this is a re-read)
I was turned onto this graphic novel series via the RPG of it (shut up), which had gotten recommended to me as a good example of lifepath-style character creation. The art in the game was really neat (done by the same man who does the comic), and the world background sounded facinating. So when [personal profile] everchangingmuse and I were are her comic shop, I had them order me volume one. And now I also has volumes 2 & 3, so I decided to re-read vol. 1. It really is an amazingly fascinating story, with a very strong, sex-positive female main character who totally kicks ass. There's a lot of nudity, but it's not gratuitous or done just for cheesecake purposes. It's something I highly, highly recommend to anyone really.

Also, why did I just now find out volume 4 is out?

Book #6: Penny Arcade: Attack of the Bacon Robots! by, well, the Penny Arcade boys.
And now for something completely different. Picked this up at McKays today and read through it this evening. It's a collection of their webcomic strips from 1998-2000, and it's interesting to see how much better their art is now. Really, Penny Arcade just amuses me.
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So just got home from celebrating Independence Day the way our founding fathers would have - by buying books! Seriously, [personal profile] everchangingmuse and I trekked over the mountain to the Green Valley Book Fair, where once again we both managed to bring home tons of books for (relatively) little money. Here's what I scored (All prices US dollars):

Title Cover Price What I Paid
Hagakure
The Book of the Samurai
$9.00 $3.00
Sputnik Sweetheart $14.00 $3.50
Wizard's Holiday $6.95 $2.50
Wizards at War $6.95 $2.50
DragonArt
Fantasy Characters
$9.99 $4.00
DragonArt
Mythical Monsters
$9.99 $4.00
Not Another Teen
Knitting Book
$14.95 $4.00


Total I would have paid in a normal bookstore: $71.83 + tax
Total I did pay today: $23.50 + tax

I love the Green Valley Book Fair.

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