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rleslies asked: i'd like a book rec :)

kenderbard:

I recommend Animist by Eve Forward. Animist is kind of an unusual story involving a slave-servant to the animist school where beings learn to bond with animal spirits. The idea is you bond to a particularly useful animal and go on to do great things or, in his hopes, earn a lot of money. Unfortunately, Alex, the main character, winds up bonding to a little mouse. What follows are his tales of misadventure with his unlikely companion.

Young Alex is a slave. But recognized for his potential as an Animist, he is bought by his college and begins rigorous training. Now, Alex must begin his quest for his Anim-the animal with whom he will bond.

Alex hopes it will be an extraordinary creature that will help him earn the money he needs to buy his freedom. Unfortunately, his Anim turns out to be … well, not nearly what he had hoped. But as Alex finds himself caught in one misadventure after another, he will learn-and learn to appreciate-that there is more to his Anim than meets the eye.

Annnd I forgot the link. I apologize! https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/401455.Animist

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rleslies asked: i'd like a book rec :)

I recommend Animist by Eve Forward. Animist is kind of an unusual story involving a slave-servant to the animist school where beings learn to bond with animal spirits. The idea is you bond to a particularly useful animal and go on to do great things or, in his hopes, earn a lot of money. Unfortunately, Alex, the main character, winds up bonding to a little mouse. What follows are his tales of misadventure with his unlikely companion.

Young Alex is a slave. But recognized for his potential as an Animist, he is bought by his college and begins rigorous training. Now, Alex must begin his quest for his Anim-the animal with whom he will bond.

Alex hopes it will be an extraordinary creature that will help him earn the money he needs to buy his freedom. Unfortunately, his Anim turns out to be … well, not nearly what he had hoped. But as Alex finds himself caught in one misadventure after another, he will learn-and learn to appreciate-that there is more to his Anim than meets the eye.

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ofwordsandwaltzes asked: I'd love a book recommendation! I'm having a hard time finding good unique fantasy. Favorites include the Lioness Rampant Quartet, Dresden Files, The Demon Cycle Series (if you haven't read these they should be a priority for any fantasy lover - so unique), the Abhorsen Triology, and the Tamir Triad.

I recommend Sasha by Joel Shepard. Sasha may look like a typical fantasy story with a female heroine on the surface but as you get further in and more invested in the cast of characters you begin to see a whole other story underneath, one of prejudice and doing what is right at all costs.

Sasha turns her back on her regal heritage, forsakes the life she could have as the princess in a rich kingdom, and trains instead to be a powerful warrior, fighting for the good of the people her father commands. Sasha is a princess, the like of which the highland country of Lenayin has never seen before. Spurning her royal heritage to be raised by the great warrior, Kessligh, her exquisite swordplay astonishes all who witness it. But Sasha is still young, untested in battle and often led by her rash temper. In the complex world of Lenayin loyalties, her defiant wilfulness is attracting the wrong kind of attention. Lenayin is a land almost divided by its two faiths: the Verenthane of the ruling classes and the pagan Goeren-yai, amongst whom Sasha now lives. The Goeren-yai worship swordplay and honour and begin to see Sasha as the great spirit—the Synnich—who will unite them. But Sasha is still searching for what she believes and must choose her side carefully. When the Udalyn people—the symbol of Goeren-yai pride and courage—are attacked, Sasha will face her moment of testing. How will she act? Is she ready to lead? Can she be the saviour they need her to be?

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Book Suggestions for All!

Hello friends and followers! I haven’t been posting too much lately and I apologize! It dawned on me though that I have read many, many great books that I’ll never have enough time to review (far too many of them!) but I would be more than happy to recommend them with a little summary. So anyone who’d like a book recommendation from me, just drop me an ask and I will be delighted to. Just keep in mind that I mostly read fantasy but if that’s not your cup of tea, let me know and I will try to dredge up a suggestion from another genre for you.

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  • me: this book brutally ripped out my heart and tore it to shreds then stomped it into the ground as i drowned in a sea of my tears and basked in eternal sorrow
  • me: here read it
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New Scents Added To Gail Potocki’s Fragmented Alice Line & News On Our Social Links

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Bite-Sized Book Reviews: The Magicians

QUICK! What’s it about?! Modern day fantasy revolving around college-aged wizards by Lev Grossman. Think a more grown-up, much more realistic Harry Potter. In fact, I picked up this book because of a post that said that if you liked Harry Potter as a kid, you’d like this book as an adult.

And did you? Yes but I’m going to go a step further and say that this is a book that most likely can only truly be enjoyed in the fullest by people 18+ or so. High schoolers will probably enjoy the characters and the general story (and the sex!) but they probably won’t feel some of the messages as deeply as a more adult reader would.

What kind of messages? There’s a central theme in the book about happiness, trying to find happiness, and having it not meet your expectations when you do. There’s also a bit of existential nihilism thrown in and general, very grown-up questions like, ‘What do I do with my life?’

Heavy stuff. How does it relate to Harry Potter? You follow the protagonist’s story from the point that he first discovers magic is real through his life at the wizarding school (a college) and beyond it as well. There is magic, they do cast spells, you do see plenty of fantastic stuff.

Any criticisms? Two big ones. One, I think that the protagonist can start to become fairly unlikeable but that’s possibly more a matter of personal preference.

Secondly is the ending. I obviously can’t say too much about it lest I spoil anything but the ending has a definite shift in tone from the rest of the book. Much of the book is very realistic and there’s even a bit of grittiness to that realism. “Life sucks sometimes” is a feeling that you’ll get a few times as you read. The ending has a complete tonal shift to something far more… whimsical. Almost cartoonishly so. It feels less like an ending written for the book and more for the potential movie it could become. In fact at first I thought was a satirical ending where you could interpret it however you liked, but then I found out that was untrue and it’s supposed to be taken as is. And that’s really all I can say on the matter without spoilers.

So do you recommend it? Yes. Despite the flaws mentioned, overall it’s a good book and the world that Grossman has created leaves you wanting to poke and prod out all the little details about what makes it tick.

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kellysue:

feminazgul:

kellysue:

geekgirldiva:

Oooh. @kellysue just announced that @bpal will be doing scents for Pretty Deadly. She just linked 2 of 7 scent descriptions. ;-)

(YES! With thanks to neil-gaiman for making the introduction.) 

I’m shitting myself

…well then you are REALLY gonna need some perfume…

If you aren’t reading Kelly Sue DeConnick’s Pretty Deadly, you need to get yer ass out to your local comic book shop right this minute. It’s poignant, it’s soul-clutching, it’s beautiful. It is one of the best goddamn comics out there.

blackphoenixalchemylab:

kellysue:

feminazgul:

kellysue:

geekgirldiva:

Oooh. @kellysue just announced that @bpal will be doing scents for Pretty Deadly. She just linked 2 of 7 scent descriptions. ;-)

(YES! With thanks to neil-gaiman for making the introduction.) 

I’m shitting myself

…well then you are REALLY gonna need some perfume…

If you aren’t reading Kelly Sue DeConnick’s Pretty Deadly, you need to get yer ass out to your local comic book shop right this minute. It’s poignant, it’s soul-clutching, it’s beautiful. It is one of the best goddamn comics out there.

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Bite-Sized Book Reviews: Elantris

QUICK! What’s it about?! Fantasy with a unique magic system and political intrigue, written by Brandon Sanderson.

Didn’t you just do a review on his work? Hey, what can I say? I like the guy’s writing a lot.

What makes the magic system so unique? I can’t go into too many details without revealing spoilers, but let’s just say that while it was functional, it made its wielders living gods. It’s pretty potent stuff.

What do you mean, “while it was functional?” The book starts off after the fall of Elantris, when their magic ceased to function.

So what does the book mostly focus on then? Mostly it focuses on two main characters: Raoden, the crown prince who’s been cursed with the magic of Elantris (which, now that it’s defunct, has more or less turned him into a zombie), and his political betrothed, Sarene, who spends most of her time trying to stabilize the unstable political atmosphere of Kae, where Raoden’s from.

Uh…. The book is kind of hard to describe adequately, but I still highly recommend reading it. There’s a great deal of mystery, romance, a lot of tense moments that will have you on the edge of your seat, and a fantastic plot.

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