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My name is Pat and I live in Florida. My skin will never be smooth again and my hair will never see color. I enjoy collecting autographs and playing in Paint Shop Pro.,along with reading and writing. Sometimes, I enjoy myself by doing volunteer "work" helping celebrities at autograph shows. I love animals and at one time I did volunteer work for Tippi Hedren's Shambala Preserve.

Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Book 2 was a Good One!

Read at least 5 books that fit somewhere within the Once Upon a Time II criteria. They might all be fantasy, or folklore, or fairy tales, or mythology…or your five books might be a combination from the four genres.

Book 2: Sorcerey & Cecelia or The Enchanted Chocolate Pot by: Patricia C Wrede & Caroline Stevermer

Hardcover: 336 pages
ISBN-10: 0152046151

Amazon: Product Description
A great deal is happening in London this season.
For starters, there's the witch who tried to poison Kate at Sir Hilary's induction into the Royal College of Wizards. (Since when does hot chocolate burn a hole straight through one's dress?!)
Then there's Dorothea. Is it a spell that's made her the toast of the town--or could it possibly have something to do with the charm-bag under Oliver's bed?
And speaking of Oliver, just how long can Cecelia and Kate make excuses for him? Ever since he was turned into a tree, he hasn't bothered to tell anyone where he is!
The girls might think it all a magical nightmare . . . if only they weren't having so much fun.

Card catalog description
In 1817 in England, two young cousins, Cecilia living in the country and Kate in London, write letters to keep each other informed of their exploits, which take a sinister turn when they find themselves confronted by evil wizards.

I read someone's review of this and I can't say I am sure what it was about it that made me buy it .. but I did.
What a pleasant surprise this book was!! Totally enjoyed it!
As I began reading I had the feeling I had found personal letters and I was being nosey and reading them ! lol.. then I got hooked! Fast!
There are no real "chapters" in this book.. just these letters that go back and forth between best girlfriends who are cousins.
In the 1800's in England a young lady "comes out" and actively searches for a potential husband. (if you ever read or saw the movie Sense and Sensibility you will get the connection right a way). One cousin is in London and one out in the country as they correspond on how one sister or another is doing in "popularity".
While meeting all these "potential men" they become involved with some magicians and some nasty magic is going on...
It's hysterical that I found I could hardly put this book down lol. You find you have to "readthe next letter to see the response".. and so it goes, back and forth and back and forth, and before you know it.. you've read the whole book!
It's not a big book, and as you can tell.. it's a rather fast read. (especially if you are nosey and just have to read the next letter!)
This was certainly an enjoyable book ! A fun version of coming of age in England in the 1800's plus a bit of a magical mystery involved to keep you on your toes, and it all comes to an exciting ending!
Whenever I enjoy a book I go back and look up the author/ authors to see what else they have written... *smacking m'hed".. sure enough.. there are followup books !
"The Grand Tour: Being a Revelation of Matters of High Confidentiality and Greatest Importance, Including Extracts from the Intimate Diary of a Noblewoman and the Sworn Testimony of a Lady of Quality" ... who could resist a title like that?.. so I sent for it !
and: "The Mislaid Magician or Ten Years After" ..and sent for this.. sheesh. may as well read them all!

Thursday, April 24, 2008

'Splain Somethin' to me Lucy..

So.. some of you know that there are a number of actors I adore... (we all have our share, so don't go chuckling!)
One such person I have written about before... his name is Roy Dotrice.
Many know him from the television series Beauty and the Beast. Or maybe you saw Madigan Men, or maybe a movie or two? (like: The Cutting Edge or Cheech & Chong's Corsican Brothers)
Anyway... I need something explained to me... no, I mean it! .. really ! .. I don't get it!... I know that I'm not the brightest bulb in the package but I truly do not get this at all!
I collect some things on actors I like... mostly their movies, but sometimes they write a book or a book comes out about them etc... In this case, something I would like of Roy's are books that he's narrated.
Simple enough right?
Well, I must be living under a rock, because famous or not, popular or not, I need it explained to me why two such books that Roy narrated are so "freeking" high in price!!
They would be these two of 4 popular books... but... popular, to me doesn't make them worth the prices I am seeing... and the prices listed here are the LOWEST!...
A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1)
Audio Cassette (Audiobook,Unabridged) 5 used & new from $212.38 Roy Dotrice (Reader)

A Clash of Kings (A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 2)
Audio Cassette (Audiobook,Unabridged) 4 used & new from $198.79 Roy Dotrice (Narrated by) compare those to the last two books of the same collection, that Roy DOES NOT narrate!
A Storm of Swords (A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 3)
Audio Cassette (Audiobook,Unabridged) 9 used & new from $48.73

A Feast for Crows (A Song of Ice and Fire)
Audio CD (Audiobook,Unabridged) $65.00 $45.50 John Lee (Narrator)

Ok.. hurry up! Explain it all to me!! I need to know WHY I can't even come close to affording to have these audio books!! (I never collected audio books but I thought it would be great to have the ones Roy did... cha!)
After finding those books I am afraid to even look for any of the others he's narrated!!!... and I do love his voice! *sigh*
Books that Roy Narrated...
  • Watership Down
  • Robin Hood TV series -
  • The Prince and the Pauper
  • Batman - cartoon series
  • Death Gate Cycle Vol. 4: Serpent Mage
  • Three volumes of George RR Martin's "A Song of Ice And Fire" with over 500 different characters! (you can see why I would want this!)
  • Winnie the Pooh *Grammy Award Nomination*
  • The Misadventures of Benjamin Bartholomew Piff
and Disney's...
  • The Little Mermaid
  • The Little Mermaid (Xmas Edition)
  • Pocahontas
  • The Hunting of the Snark
  • The Lion King
  • Beauty and the Beast
  • Beauty and the Beast (Xmas Edition)

I did a dumb thing... I looked on the web anyway...
I AM SCREAMING!!! ARRGHHHH~! I have spent about 2 hours searching the web to see if i can find the audio version of Watership Down read by Roy Dotrice to possibly buy, ...since I know dang well I can't afford The Game of Thrones!
Do you think I can find ANY? *yeahrightsure!*
I found some sort of Download with stuff I don't have on my computer and will not download from some place I don't know...but to buy it? nada.
Not even on ebay!
I found one place that had an ISBN( 0600560589 ) number so I thought, "great! this will help me find it!"... nada..
First it ticked me off... now I am getting downright depressed. *sniffle*sniffle* I love you Roy... but I give up. :o(

All I ask is a chance to prove that money can't make me happy.

Saturday, April 19, 2008

On the Edge of the Dark Sea

Quest the First...

Read at least 5 books that fit somewhere within the Once Upon a Time II criteria. They might all be fantasy, or folklore, or fairy tales, or mythology…or your five books might be a combination from the four genres.
Book 4: On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness by Andrew Peterson

Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: WaterBrook Press (March 18, 2008)
ISBN-10: 1400073847

When the three Igiby siblings find a mysterious map, they embark on an adventure to discover family secrets about the father they never knew and a hidden treasure that many have long desired to find. Leeli, the youngest, can sing with a beauty that captivates dragons; Tink, the middle sibling, has the makings of a king; and Janner, the eldest, possesses a bravery that will protect them all. But the children's curiosity get the entire Igiby family into trouble with the Fangs of Dang—frightening, scaly-skinned, lizard creatures that drip venom—who have ruled the land of Scree since the Great War. Soon, the Igibys are scrambling for their lives. Peterson's style is lighthearted and funny, but following the Igibys' story requires patience and attention to detail and character so as not to get lost. The sheer amount of names, places, creatures and history Peterson invents will frustrate some readers—it is so complicated that he inserts explanatory historical footnotes throughout (though many are amusing).

I think I sent for this book based on two things: the cover (and we know we really shouldn't do that!). And in this case the choice of fonts worked!
And two: this sounded like a very upbeat and fun read, with more than one protagonist, and they aren't even orphaned!
So.... to me (and only me), the beginning was a bit slow and it was overwhelming with odd character and places names to remember. I didn't have a problem remembering them (which in itself is amazing), but it made it seem like a jumbled mess. The beginning seemed to be more about names than story.
I would have liked to known more of the kids personalities than what was shown, although, they did have a good reason for not letting you know about their "father" and even younger years.
Of all the characters in the book it wasn't until maybe the last fourth of the book that a character named, Peet the Sock Man, who was deemed "crazy" and wore socks over his hands and arms, appeared. For whatever reason, I liked this character right off the bat and he did turn into a very interesting "person".
Overall, the book was ok.. good even, but the good came the second half of the book, and even more so the last 1/4 of the book. But because of that the mysteries surrounding the Igiby family became clear before the book ended.
This is book one, with more to come... I'm not sure if I'll go on reading this or not. I might give it one more try.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

A Fairytale...

Quest the First...

Read at least 5 books that fit somewhere within the Once Upon a Time II criteria. They might all be fantasy, or folklore, or fairy tales, or mythology…or your five books might be a combination from the four genres.
Book 3: The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale

Hardcover: 300 pages
ISBN-10: 158234843X

Amazon: 16-year-old Princess AnidoriKiladra Talianna Isillee, Crown Princess of Kildenree, is betrayed by Selia, her jealous and evil lady-in-waiting, and takes refuge as a goose girl while plotting how to reclaim her rightful place as the bride-to-be of the Prince of Bayern. Gifted with the ability to speak to animals and talk to the wind, PrincessAnidori–now called Isi–falls in love, makes new friends, and collects allies in her quest to claim her title.

This is my first re-written fairy tale. I was pretty uncertain sending for this book but so many were reading it I thought I would once again go out of that comfort zone and give it a try.
The first 1/3 of the book I can say I was not thrilled with and kept thinking that I wasn't going to finish this book. The whole fairytale aspect just didn't sit well with me... I know, I strange thing to say to someone who reads almost nothing but Fantasy Fiction. You'd think I'd love "fairy tales", but for the most part I can't really think of any fairy tales that I'd care to reread.
I don't remember ever hearing or reading The Goose Girl so I thought that, at least for me, it wouldn't be a "reread" of any sort. That much held true, though as anyone having read this knows, the ending isn't tooooo difficult to figure out. :o)
After that first 1/3 of the book the writing seemed less "fairy tale-ish". And some of the characters were beginning to have personalities and I did wind up enjoying the book. I can't say I'll order any other "retold fairy tales" but this one was enjoyable. I don't have anything to compare to this book to say if it better or worse than any other, but for anyone who's delving into this sort of thing for the first time I'd say this is the book to read. I doubt it would be a disappointment.

Monday, April 14, 2008

The Wood Wife

Quest the First...

Read at least 5 books that fit somewhere within the Once Upon a Time II criteria. They might all be fantasy, or folklore, or fairy tales, or mythology…or your five books might be a combination from the four genres.

Book 2: The Wood Wife by Terri Windling

From Publishers Weekly......
When writer Maggie Black learns that her friend and mentor, poet Davis Cooper, has died and left her his house in the arid hills outside Tucson, Ariz., she travels there intending to write his biography and to investigate the mysterious circumstances of his death. Every detail she uncovers about Cooper's past, however, only seems to raise more questions. When Maggie comes home one evening to find that the house has been ransacked, it becomes clear that she's not the only one looking for answers. To solve the puzzle of Cooper's life and death, Maggie will have to outwit the Trickster and the other powerful quasi-human creatures that roam the desert hills and feed on creative energy. Although at times Windling's humans come off as too sensitive and artistic, her Native American spirits comprise an intriguing blend of human folklore and alien emotion. Her debut novelis richly imaginative, a captivating mix of traditional fantasy and magical realism.

This book was a pleasant surprise. After seeing this book crop up a number of times on the lists of others for Carl's challenge and since I had read the review at amazon, and i do love cowboy and Indian "stuff", I thought I might like this book, so I ordered it from Amazon.
However, while I was waiting for the book to arrive, I read a few reviews of the book and began to doubt that this book would be one I would enjoy...
I am happy to say I was wrong!
It's a mystery.
It's a love story.
It's Indian Lore.
It is a well written, and easily read.....
It's a darn good book!
The Wood Wife was a change from my normally read books, but one that makes you realize that Fantasy Fiction can go in many directions. I don't think those that have this book on their list for the challenge will be disappointed.

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Test of the Twins

Quest the First...

Read at least 5 books that fit somewhere within the Once Upon a Time II criteria. They might all be fantasy, or folklore, or fairy tales, or mythology…or your five books might be a combination from the four genres.
Book 1: Test of the Twins by: Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman

Hardcover: 320 pages
Publisher: Wizards of the Coast (November 11, 2004)
ISBN-10: 0786933887

Amazon Product Description............
Defying the fate that claimed his evil predecessor, Raistlin opens the Portal to the Abyss and passes through. With Crysania at his side, he engages the Queen of Darkness in a battle for the ultimate prize--a seat among the gods.

At the same time, Caramon and Tasslehoff are transported to the future. There they come to understand the consequences of Raistlin’s quest--and Caramon at last realizes the painful sacrifice he must make to prevent his brother’s success. Old friends and strange allies come together to aid him, but Caramon must take the last, greatest step alone.

The step into the Abyss.

Finally... or I should say, "Sadly" I have come to the end of the Legends Trilogy. Although this is Book 1 of Quest the First it is Book 3, and the final book of Legends
There's something to be said about going back to favorite books and rereading them. Most especially when it's been over 10 years. (more like 15)
As much as you remember, there is so much you forget !
You forget so many important little things that happen along the way.
You forget just how much the characters mean to you.
And you forget that this is not the first time you have cried over things that happen in the story. (yep.. more crying!)
These books so deserved the fact that after many years of being paperbacks, they decided to reintroduce them in hardback books!
I hate saying goodbye to good friends.. to Caramon and Tika, to Raistlin and Tanis Half-Elf, to Tasslehoff Burrfoot and Fizban, and to Sturm and Kitiara and to all the others. I hope one day to visit you all once again... and laugh at Tas, and cry for Sturm. To once again meet Fizban and to be sure he doesn't loose his hat.
I love these books (like no one noticed!) and I have read a number of other Dragonlance books along the way, but these 6 were the best of the best! I didn't need the Challenge to read them, I would have anyway, but if it made even one person interested in checking them out.. then I'm glad.

Friday, April 11, 2008

War of the Twins

Quest the First...

Read at least 5 books that fit somewhere within the Once Upon a Time II criteria. They might all be fantasy, or folklore, or fairy tales, or mythology…or your five books might be a combination from the four genres.
Book 5: War of the Twins by: Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman

Hardcover: 400 pages
Publisher: Wizards of the Coast (May 1, 2004)
ISBN-10: 0786932171
Raistlin prepares to enter the Abyss and challenge the Dark Queen herself, only to discover that he is caught in a time loop from which there seems to beno escape.
by Christopher Ware:
This book digs even deeper into their personalities and their relationship with each other. We see Caramon coming to terms with who his brother really is and what he represents. We see him wrestling with his love for his brother and his sense of what is right. In Raistlin,Weis and Hickman pull the reader in different directions, never letting them know if Raistlin is pure evil or if there is actually some good in him.
It is the characters that drive this story. Their joys, their pains, their worries are all what give the book it's feeling and it's purpose.

When it comes to the review I always have trouble.. I don't want to say too much and yet too little doesn't give anyone enough information to know if they want to try these books or not.. so I dig around for other descriptions hoping to find the right mix.
The above pretty much tells the story without giving too much away! There is one more book in this series that I will begin reading today, Test of the Twins.
These books are really good ones if you are a character driven person. There's not too much description when it comes to the fights/ wars etc., it's mostly the characters, which is what i like most about a story.
Weis and Hickman give a good balance. They give you background on a character and then some story.. then repeat as they go along. It's great! You don't get overpowered with too much about any one thing before the action moves on.
I can't say I know much about the publishing end of books.. but I found it exceedingly noteful that these 6 books originally came out as paperbacks.. and many years later they have released them in hardback. For me, that's a first! Books that begin as hardback go to paperback after a year.. but I can't say that, aside from these 6 books, have I ever heard of the reverse, where paperbacks were then put out as hardbacks! I think that's a bold statement about these books!
In actuality this completes the second quest, Quest the First, having read and reviewed 5 books, and I also completed The Journey, of one Fantasy Book.
I intend now to go on and REPEAT Quest the First and add 5 more Fantasy reviews.. and if I have time I'll go for a 3rd repeat! :o)

Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Can an Author and a Wizard be Mentioned in the Same Post?

Not to long ago Chris did a post and mentioned an up and coming author of Young Adults named J. Scott Savage.
I took it upon myself to check him out. *grin* I've been reading of his upcoming book release and the trials and tribulations along the way. Veeeerrrrry Interesting!
Recently, I also found out that J. Scott Savage just happened to have (at one point in his life) moved to New Providence NJ where I was born and raised! While he lived there he mentioned using the town library quite a bit and it brought back a rush of memories.
The town was small. The Library was small. But ya know what?.. it was a cool little library!
1) having discovered this young man via Chris,
2) and having interest in his upcoming book,
3) and having found out he even went to MY high school.. how could I not try to help promote this guy??!! So here goes.......

Author: J. Scott Savage
YA Fantasy Fiction
J Scott Savage : is an author of a YA Fantasy Fiction book, called Farworld-Water, published by Shadow Mountain, that will be coming out September of 2008.
J Scott Savage: is also preparing for a blog tour that will run during the summer, July and August.
J Scott Savage: is offering a great deal for anyone who likes YA Fantasy and would like to obtain a FREE ARC,of his book! In payment all you need to do is review it on your blog! (can't ask for a much better deal than that!)
J Scott Savage: has his own blog located HERE.

I think you should visit his blog and consider the chance to get yourself an ARC copy of his book, and even a chance to interview the author!
Did I mention his name is J. Scott Savage? Oh yeah, heh.. guess I sorta did!

Having this happen in the middle of a Fantasy Book Challenge should be a no brainer!!... have at it! Click the link and check him out!

Later: same day..
Remember the old ad that said, "I can't believe I ate the whole thing!"
... I sorta felt that way this morning. Well.. I didn't "eat" anything.. but TNT ran LOTR back to back yesterday.... and I actually watched ALL OF IT! Gads, I can't believe I watched the whole thing!!
It's not like I don't own the LOTR dvd's .. I do! So then why does it (and other movies I own) become so tempting that I have to watch them then and there? Doh.. can you say dingbat? I will never understand why I watch movies on tv (with commercials!) when I have the movie to watch any time I want (without commercials!).

My favorite of the three movies will always be the first one.... more specifically, the scene under the mountain when Gandalf fights the Balrog.

"You shall not pass!"..

Wow! .. Wow!.... Such a great actor!!!
I always find myself thinking the same thing after this scene (and after I finish crying)... as much as I love him, I would not want to be one who has to face a ticked off Gandalf ! lol.

I guess I didn't realize it was time for an Ian McKellan fix.. or a Gandalf fix. But I sure enjoyed the movies back to back like that (even if it did take up my entire day!).

Monday, April 07, 2008

Fantasy Challenge: Book 4

Quest the First...

Read at least 5 books that fit somewhere within the Once Upon a Time II criteria. They might all be fantasy, or folklore, or fairy tales, or mythology…or your five books might be a combination from the four genres.

Book 4: Time of the Twins by: Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman
Hardcover: 400 pages
Publisher: Wizards of the Coast; Hrd edition (March 1, 2004)
ISBN-10: 0786931582

Amazon Product Description.....Sequestered in the blackness of the dreaded Tower of High Sorcery in Palanthas, surrounded by nameless creatures of evil, Raistlin Majere weaves a plan to conquer the darkness--to bring it under his control.

Crysania, a beautiful and devoted cleric of Paladine, tries to use her faith to lead Raistlin from the darkness. She is blind to his shadowed designs, and he draws her slowly into his neatly woven trap.

Made aware of Raistlin’s plan, a distraught Caramon travels back in time to the doomed city of Istar in the days before the Cataclysm. There, together with the ever-present kender Tasslehoff, Caramon will make his stand to save Raistlin’s soul. Or so he believes.

This is the first book of the second trilogy known as Legends.
It begins two years after the War of the Lance that our companions went thru, becoming heroes. Raistlin has become the master of the Tower of High Sorcery and Caramon and Tika were married.
Caramon and Tas find theirselves going back in time to try to save Raistlin,who is there trying to take over all the knowledge of the dark mage Fistandantalis. With them is the beautiful cleric of Paladine, Crysania, who has unwittingly fallen in love with Raistlin.
Raistlin need Crysania for his plans, what he doesn't need is to fall in love. He needs a true cleric to help him fight the Dark Queen and become more than he is... maybe even a God !
I know I keep saying it, but I do love this group of Dragonlance books! You may well find yourself having a "love/ hate" relationship with Raistlin. One time he does something good and the next something horrid; much to Caramon's dismay.
On to book II: War of the Twins

Thursday, April 03, 2008

Dragons of Spring Dawning

Quest the First...

Read at least 5 books that fit somewhere within the Once Upon a Time II criteria. They might all be fantasy, or folklore, or fairy tales, or mythology…or your five books might be a combination from the four genres.
Book 3: Dragons of Spring Dawning by: Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman
Hardcover: 352 pages
Publisher: Wizards of the Coast (September 1, 2003)
ISBN-10: 0786930705

Amazon Description: The final installment in Weis and Hickman's Chronicles series--Dragonlance's undisputed must-read trilogy--brings on the main event: the Companions vs. the dragons in a knock-down drag-out at the iron works of Pax Tharkas, as the fate of Krynn hangs in the balance. They've mastered the Orbs and picked up the Dragonlance and things are looking pretty good with the return of the good metallic dragons. But the band soon learns they must do battle with their own inner conflicts if they ever hope to defeat the Dark Queen Takhisis.
By the time you get to book 3 of this series, you will find yourself well invested in the characters. Even before now, they are your friends. You want to see them come out on top. You want them to win. You want them to be happy. One thing you don't want is anyone of them to die.
Let me just say that there were parts to book 3 in which I bawled my eyes out. Sigh.. I had, I had let the characters fade in my mind while I waited for so many years to reread these books. I remembered them.. but not as much as I thought I had. They were definitely with me while I read this book. They were back in the forefront of my mind, and back in my heart.
I did cry.
This series surely had good times.. times that made me smile, times that made me laugh.. and like I said times that made me cry.
Another thing... something I absolutely forgot! A whole chapter of the book that I didn't remember at all! The chapter was titled An Old Man and a Dragon. The Old Man the title refers to is a Mage who can't seem to remember his name... Fizban, nor the words to his magic spells (his old dragon is no better off!). Some dialogue that made me smile went like this:
Dialogue: pg 197 (chapter title: An Old Man and a Golden Dragon)
"Wait! " he yelled, coughing and choking, "Wait for me!"
"Who are you that I should wait?" Pyrite roared. The dragon stared through the billowing sand. "Are you my wizard?"
"Yes, yes," the old man called hastily. "I'm-uh- your wizard. Drop your wing a bit so I can climb on. Thanks, there's a good fellow. Now, I... oh! Whoah! I'm not strapped in!... Look out! My hat! Confound it, I didn't tell you to take off yet!"
"We've got to reach the battle in time," Pyrite cried fiercely. "Huma's fighting alone!"
"Huma!" the old man snorted. "Well, you're not going to arrive in time for that battle! Few hundred years late. But that's not the battle I had in mind. It's those four dragons there, to the east. Evil creatures! We've got to stop them.."
"Dragon's ! Ah, yes! I see them!" roared Pyrite, swooping up in hot pursuit of two extremely startled and highly insulted eagles.
"No! No! " yelled the old man, kicking the dragon in the flanks. "East, you ninny! Fly two more points to the east!"
"Are you sure you're my wizard?" Pyrite asked in a deep voice. "My wizard never spoke to me in that tone."
"I'm- ah sorry, old fellow," the old man said quickly, "just a bit nervous. Upcoming conflict and all that."
"By the gods, there are four dragons!" Pyrite said in astonishment, having just caught a blurred glimpse of them.
"Take me in close so I can get a good shot at them," the old man shouted. "I have a really wonderful spell- Fireball. Now," he muttered,"if I can just remember how it goes."
And so, Weis and Hickman do a wonderful job of mixing some humor and sadness into their story. This book ends the Dragonlance Chronicles Trilogy... only to open the next ! The Legends Trilogy. (Time of the Twins, War of the Twins, and Test of the Twins.) And there's more Dragonlance after those if you so choose to read on. Mostly the other books separates and zooms in on one war or one "species" (elves/ dwarfs etc) You could probably read nothing but Dragonlance for an entire year! But of all the Dragonlance books these 6 I am rereading will forever be the cream of the crop!

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

A Giveaway and a Release Date

Jaimie, over at Bell Literary Reflections is celebrating BAFAB week (By a Friend a Book) by giving away 3 books! They are: The Drowning Tree, The Silver Bough and The Enchanted April. If you'd like to get in on the free books you'd better hurry over there!!
I wonder if by any stretch of the imagination, that a book store came up with the BAFAB?!.. heh,.. just a thought ya know?! (but I do love it!)

On another note:
FINALLY ! A release date and a cover for Cornelia Funke's Inkdeath!

(Although Amazon finally is showing it for preorder it's only Barnes and Noble that are showing the cover)
Hardcover: 656 pages
Publisher: The Chicken House (
October 1, 2008)ISBN-10: 0439866286

Book Description (per Amazon)
The Adderhead--his immortality bound in a book by Meggie's father, Mo--has ordered his henchmen to plunder the villages. The peasants' only defense is a band of outlaws led by the Bluejay--Mo's fictitious double, whose identity he has reluctantly adopted. But the Book of Immortality is unraveling, and the Adderhead again fears the White Women of Death. To bring the renegade Bluejay back to repair the book, the Adderhead kidnaps all the children in the kingdom, dooming them to slavery in his silver mines unless Mo surrends. First Dustfinger, now Mo: Can anyone save this cursed story?

Man...... I cannot wait for this release!!! (and yes, I will reread both, Inkheart and Inkspell before I dive into Inkdeath!) Also, the last I heard they had pushed the movie back to a December release.