Where Have I Been?

Seriously. Where have I been? I just logged in and I haven’t posted anything since April. There goes that resolution.

Well, let’s see. I’ve been reading and now I’m having book hangover. I bought the eARC of Monster Hunter Siege and read that as fast as I could. I never buy the eARCs but I just couldn’t help myself this time. It’s a darker tale. Kind of left me feeling a bit blue. Part of that is the letdown that always occurs after reading a book by your favorite author (the realization you’re going to have to start the waiting process … again!) and part of it is the content. Not that it’s a letdown, just that it’s not all jolly, jolly. Dark times, my friends. Dark times.

I got a friend of mine into Monster Hunter International. She’s become a complete addict, reading them all back-to-back obsessively. My work is done on that score. Can’t wait until she reads Grimnoir.

I also read Thick as Thieves by Megan Whalen Turner. I’ve been waiting about six years for this book. Whenever she has a new one out I try to savor it. They’re not long books. It’s not like Diana Gabaldon taking six years to put out a giant tome, these are more … tidy. So it might seem like I would be resentful that she takes so long for each installment, but I can’t argue with the results. They’re great stories and I reread them again and again. Right now I’m listening to the new book after having read it a few weeks ago. I try to spread this addiction, but so far I haven’t achieved it. I’ve even bought the books for people and they just don’t follow through. They have no idea what they’re missing.

I read the final two installments of Ilona Andrews’s Hidden Legacy trilogy. Not as good as Kate Daniels or Innkeeper, but definitely better than a lot of things. Some nitpicks and pet peeves will take away some star value, but I wouldn’t turn away more stories in this world.

Okay, that’s it for me tonight. I’m tired. I guess that’s why I never blog. I’m just too freaking tired by the time I have a moment to sit down at the computer. But here I am so I may as well cast something.

Milo from Monster Hunter International:

Yep, that’s Haley Joel Osment. He’s changed a lot, and is probably chunkier than Milo, but he’s awesomely talented and he’s got a good start on the beard.

That’s all for now! Sweet dreams!

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Larry Correia on World Building

Larry Correia — reminder: I’m a true fangirl — has made a blog post about world building. I’ve seen posts by him that describe all that was involved with creating the world for Son of the Black Sword, but they were FB posts so not really anything I could link. Now there’s a nice, long, blog post.

His take on world building is interesting and instructive. I think authors often have an idea, but they don’t follow through to the absolute minutia of the world. The monetary system, the traditions, the laws, the dress and the where and why of it. And so much more. You can see the lack down the line in a series when things go haywire because they haven’t settled those systems.

So here’s the post. I think it will make a good reference tool later on.

Ask Correia 18: World Building

Larry Correia on Writing

Larry Correia is hands down my favorite author right now. I have several that are way up there, but he nudges to the top.

I haven’t reviewed any of his books/series here because it’s just too much right now. I’m such a big fan I want to start fresh and make sure I do it justice.

His series are: Monster Hunter International, Grimnoir Chronicles, Dead Six, Malcontents, Forgotten Warrior. He’s also done a bunch of short fiction that isn’t necessarily part of any of the aforementioned series.

He has a blog where he posts a variety of things including political rants and fiskings, updates on works in progress, and writing advice. His writing advice is excellent and he’s great at laying it out there bluntly and without a bunch of self-aggrandizing falderal.

http://monsterhunternation.com/2011/04/14/ask-correia-12-the-writing-process/

And since I’m talking about Larry Correia, I may as well cast a character from one of his books. Hmmm. Who should it be? I know! Agent Franks. Everyone’s favorite psycho.

Eek! Scary guy. Which is fitting. That’s Nathan Jones who is a WWE wrestler, but who also does some acting. I like to imagine he’s about to respond to Owen Pitt mouthing off to him in this pic. I figure that’s the expression he always wears when he engages with Pitt.

If you like reading action, fantasy and fun, read Larry Correia. He’s a total blast.

On that note: good night. Sweet Dreams!  photo d29c1cc4-c064-4c77-a13d-c4eb4bb55603_zpsxyqt7mxa.jpg