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Winter's still not over. See all past entries of winter for a recap. (It was zero yesterday morning when I got up. WHEN WILL IT END???) My husband (university) has spring break, but not the kids, so we can't flee for warmer climes. Besides, we've had various sick kids, but all of them are in school today. *knock on wood* Now I think I'm getting whatever it is.

Anyway. Some reading going on here. Firstly, Kung Pow Chicken, by Cyndi Marko.

Kung Pow Chicken #01: Let's Get Cracking! Cover It's like a graphic...chapter book? My 5YO loved it and ran around yelling Kung! Pow! Chicken every night for several nights. We're looking forward to more in the series.

Second, Words of Radiance, by Brandon Sanderson:

Words of Radiance (Stormlight Archive #2) CoverSecond in a projected 10-book series (The Stormlight Archives; The Way of Kings was the first one). It's the largest book Tor can bind in one volume, apparently. So if you are into extremely epic fantasy, look no further (just do watch you don't drop it on your toes, though--broken toes hurt.) There are a LOT of characters in here to keep straight, but you won't forget the major ones. Jasnah's ward Shallan knows she has to get to the Shattered Plains to give some information to Dalinor, the king's uncle, that will help in the war against the Parshendi. Dalinor isn't the king, but he keeps having visions of a coming disaster (the return of the Voidbringers, who almost destroyed the world in a past age), and is looking to the coming of the Knights Radiant to fight against the Voidbringers. And Kaladin, born low-caste but noble in spirit, is having growing pains over becoming the hero he's meant to be. I actually liked Kaladin's character arc the most. There are some awesome chapters for him towards the end. :) If you don't love Big Fat Fantasy, then this isn't for you--but if you're a Sanderson fan (or haven't tried any but like Big Fat Fantasy, though you should really start with the first one), you'll love it.


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Mar. 17th, 2014 05:53 pm (UTC)
so sorry about the continued winter (enough, already!) -- and no spring break :(

I wish I had a kiddo the right age for Cyndi's books -- they look great! There are no epic fantasy lovers here, I'm afraid. We all veer toward sci fi (though D likes some fantastical ideas -- but I'm thinking this is more than he'll go for, ha). Not that one has to be one-or-the-other :)
Mar. 17th, 2014 06:04 pm (UTC)
I couldn't remember which books I'd mentioned already. We're loving the Lunar Chronicles (scifi) at our house! There isn't as much new scifi out right now as other genres, though (excepting dystopian, which to me is a form of scifi). And yeah, I'm glad we have someone the right age for Arty's books--it's a fleeting age (for reading), but one that needs some good books.

I read a girl scifi recently, too, but I like to uh, be positive, and there was one thing that drove me nuts about it--almost as much as love triangles, actually. If you want to write a strong female protagonist, DON'T have her throw away her own goals in favor of some stupid boy who acts like he luuuuurves her one moment, then hates her the next. And back and forth, with no explanation. I believe in love and loyalty--but that ain't it. Um, yeah. :)

And I'm also reading Ship of Theseus, an adult book that is...strange. It's a made-up book (but the book is a physical copy of said book) that two college students pass back and forth, with their own notes in it. There are multiple storylines and I'm only partway through. It's interesting so far (although hard to read, of course. Plus while it seems to be well handled in this specific book, I confess that I'm also getting tired of the cliche of let's-paint-all-religious-people-evil.) But overall, it's engaging and actually seems to have a plot, which is a big plus when it comes to grownup books. :)

Edited at 2014-03-17 06:37 pm (UTC)
Mar. 17th, 2014 06:41 pm (UTC)
You should definitely check out TANDEM (I just finished it last week). It does have some slower parts, but by midway through, I was racing along, just enjoying the concepts (parallel universes). And no love triangles (yay)! Another series (there are two so far -- though the second one does kind of wrap things up) about parallel universes is UNRAVELING, by Elizabeth Norris.
Mar. 17th, 2014 06:47 pm (UTC)
Ooh, I'll have to check them out. I've seen the cover of Tandem; I think our library may have it. (And yay to no love triangles!!) I don't know Unraveling.

I like sci fi (although dystopia not so much--I think it's the bleakness and also the arbitrariness of the rules). So I'm glad that there is more scifi coming out. Have you read These Broken Stars? That was a straight-up scifi thriller (YA) that felt well put-together to me. No love triangles, anyway. :)
Mar. 17th, 2014 06:54 pm (UTC)
Oh, yay -- I just requested it. :) Like you, I enjoy fairly straightforward (and intriguing) sci-fi ideas (with romance but no love triangles).
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