This Week in Reading: Magicians and Whatnot

Last week was a bit of a whirlwind for me, lots of social events this past weekend and other commitments so my reading has shifted around a bit. I finished Farseer but haven't yet picked up The Song of All. Think I'm going to read a few more lighter books before diving into that one,... Continue Reading →

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This Week in Reading: Finishing up Fitz, Zombies, Fairytale Re-tellings, and Finnish-inspired Epic Fantasy

I'm still finishing up Assassin's Quest but the good news is I only have about 150 pages left, and I'm also really enjoying this one. I finally hit a stride with it late last week into the weekend. I have to say, I like Fitz's character much more in this third book. I do have... Continue Reading →

Homecoming

Good morning and Happy Monday, WTF. Today, I'm stepping back into this joint blogging endeavor and letting my once-briefly-noticed blog Stark Writing Mad fall by the wayside. I realized a while back that I could blog regularly or write novels and stories, and since my various characters have a lot of pull in my head,... Continue Reading →

New Arrivals!

A few new books have been added to my gigantic never-ending to-be-read mountain! The top two are brand new books just published this month. First up is Moonshine by Jasmine Gower. The first thing that struck me with this book was the beautiful cover. (I admit I'm a bit of a sucker for a lovely... Continue Reading →

2014 Book Challenge: Week One Update

The Unicorn Blues

I have not one, but two book challenges that I’m working on in 2014. The first is my own personal resolution to read more books (but specifically to read four a month, or a total of 48 books). Last year I read a grand total of thirteen books (wth???). Or rather thirteen books that were new to me, I also re-read some books but I didn’t count them because they weren’t new experiences.

The second challenge I’m doing (really to help motivate me to finish the first) is the Reading Bingo challenge (brought to my attention by my friends and fellow editors at Way too Fantasy, C.J. Casey and June Faramore). I’m not going to re-post the pic or the rules, you can find out all about it in my post about it from the other day if you want.

The first full week of 2014 has passed…

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The Silence Is Deafening

Will do this for my next publishing project.

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One of the joys associated with e-books is the fact that most are accessible to people with a visual impairment. As a blind book lover who is not able to read print I relish my ability to read e-books either on my Kindle or using the Kindle app on my iPad, via the text to speech facility (on the Kindle) or by Apple’s in-built screen reader, Voiceover on my iPad.

I was disappointed to find that a book recommended to me by an acquaintance (and available in the Kindle store) does not have the text to speech facility enabled thereby rendering my purchase of the title in question pointless as I would be unable to read the work in question.

As an author I can understand the legitimate desire of writers to protect their work from copyright theft. All of my books are Digital Rights Management (DRM) protected rendering them…

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The Phantom Tollbooth

Apparently, they've released a documentary film about the making of The Phantom Tollbooth. My life is more or less complete, now. -- CJKC (Thanks to Boing Boing for the tip.)

Free, Out of Print Pulp Fiction

Now that I have your attention: Munseys is a website that has free, out of print pulp fiction... over 1600 volumes and counting. Granted, most of them seem to be of the soft-core or exploitation variety, but there are some gems buried in here, such as a few works by Algernon Blackwood and Robert E.... Continue Reading →

Karavansara

I've spent this morning reading a new (to me) blog called Karavansara. Written by a 'freelance paleontologist' and fantasy pulp author in Italy, he covers pulp, fantasy, sword and sorcery, and writing. Mi piace questo blog... benvenuti a Way Too Fantasy, Davide... (I apologise for my crappy Italian... I left Italy in 2003 and regretfully... Continue Reading →

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