Thursday, September 21, 2017

FrightFall 2017 - Argh!

If there is one genre of fiction that I am guilty of avoiding it is horror. Overactive imagination + horror = terrible nightmares. Once or twice over the years I have taken part in the always-fun Seasons of Reading challenges. This year I am going to take part in Fright Fall over the month of October. The idea is to read at least one horror book over the course of the month.

Have you got any suggestions for a good example of horror fiction for me to read?

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Introducing: Reijko Breeze

Reijko is friends with Rachaya in The Rachaya Series.

Reijko lives in his own, happy world and has a unique perspective on the events around him. He often misinterprets the meaning behind the things other people say, which often diffuses a tense situation.

Hobbies: playing Rune Roar, eating bug candy.

Appearance: Reijko is pint-sized with large grey eyes.

Key qualities: Like most air dragons, Reijko has a strong psychic ability and is on his way towards becoming a talented dreamer.

Elemental type: Air dragon

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Introducing: Aodfin Hill

Aodfin is a loyal supporter of Rachaya in The Rachaya Series.

Aodfin is the son of the earth dragon leader, Ardhan. He has a lot of his father's natural gravitas and dragons tend to follow his lead. He was told by his father to keep an eye on Rachaya, and he does this with deep seriousness.

Hobbies: studying the ancient dragon runes, weaponry.

Appearance: Aodfin is incredibly muscular, like all earth dragons. He is a tall and imposing figure and very rarely smiles.

Key qualities: Aodfin has magical strength. His is loyal and quick-thinking. If he is ever witness to bullying behaviour he puts a stop to it immediately.

Elemental type: Earth dragon

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Introducing: Zeb Stream

Zeb is good friends with Rachaya in The Rachaya Series.

Zeb is a water dragon, and yet it is his greatest wish to be able to fly. He doesn't care if this makes him weird, the thrill of being in the air is worth any jibe that may come his way. Zeb is often the peace-keeper between the more fiery dragons in his friendship group. He is the best friend of Morhol and often keeps him grounded.

Hobbies: dreaming about flying,

Appearance: Like all water dragons, Zeb is rather rotund. He has a large, square face and innocent eyes. He almost always wears a cheerful expression.

Key qualities: Zeb is happy-go-lucky and friendly, always looking at the bright side to any given situation.

Elemental type: Water dragon

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Introducing: Morhol Ash

Morhol is a close friend of Rachaya in The Rachaya Series.

Morhol comes from a some-what disgraced family in Perfero Village. He often has to steal to support his mother, and he knows what it is like to go to bed hungry. He is fiercely loyal to his friends, often placing himself in front of them if he ever perceives any hint of danger.

Hobbies: eating, reading, eating, hanging out with his best friend, Zeb, and eating.

Appearance: Morhol has dark features with rather thick eyebrows. His is of average build.

Key qualities: Morhol will always be the first to join you in a fight and is not afraid to put his body on the line. He is intensely intelligent, and uses this to help his friends.

Elemental type: Fire dragon

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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Introducing: Nazish Cinder

Nazish is the best friend of Rachaya in The Rachaya Series.

Call her Nazish and you can expect a decent sized bruise to appear on your arm. Her name is Naz.

Naz was held back a year at Wyvold the Fierce School for Dragons because she cannot learn to meditate properly. She is also super clumsy and regularly sports a black eye from her weaponry class. She has an annoying little sister called Sunni, who is thankfully too small to attend Wyvolds yet. Naz is sassy and tough and Rachaya's go-to person on all things dragony.

Hobbies: setting things on fire, slogging people on the arm.

Appearance: Naz is very attractive, with wavy black hair and a winning smile. She would be unrecognisable without her usual black eye thanks to her clumsiness.

Key qualities: Naz is confident and not afraid to speak her mind. She is also a loyal friend and will stand up for what is right.

Elemental type: Fire dragon

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Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Book Review: The Name of the Wind, by Patrick Rothfuss

- Rothfuss' writing has an almost musical quality to it. Some sentences are so beautiful you can meditate on them for days.

- The way the story is told deviates from the norm when it comes to fantasy fiction. This is a recount of events past, as told by a man who has become something of a legend. Here he is setting the record straight, for the first time telling his story from start to finish. In a stroke of pure genius, there is a scene at the end where local villagers are recounting stories they have heard of Kvothe, so similar and yet so wrong to the actual events. It was the perfect way to cap off the story.

- Rothfuss has managed to be deliciously ambiguous with so many things, and I keep turning turns of phrase over and over in my mind to figure out what he means. This story truly is a puzzle that I am struggling to solve. For this I am grateful for that rarely happens for me in books anymore.

- There is the most stunning character, a waif-like girl called Auri, in this book that is a quiet treasure. I cannot wait to read The Slow Regard of Silent Things to know more.

- My goal in reading this book was to learn a lot about story telling. I have done that, and feel I have learned from a master craftsman. For that I owe my thanks to Patrick Rothfuss.

- The first half of the book had me hooked. The second half dragged so much I broke my "read a chapter a day" rule and read the last hundred pages or so in one sitting just so I was done. The scenes I found incredibly boring were the scenes with the love interest, Denna. She herself didn't annoy me, but entire chapters were dedicated to Kvothe mooning over her, searching for her, his love unrequited. It stagnated the story and, where previously I had struggled to put the book down, here I struggled to pick it up.

- This is a long read, and yet the story really is only beginning. It's quite a commitment to undertake. Personally, that's what I liked about the story, but I can see how that might be a deal breaker for some, especially since the series is incomplete.

Considering my pros far outweighed my cons, I can unhesitatingly recommend The Name of the Wind as a must-read book of a lifetime.

Notable Quotes:

"It was deadly as a sharp stone beneath swift water."

"'So you went looking for a myth and found a man,' he said without inflection, without looking up."

"'It's safe to say I'll need more time than that. And you'll get none of it tonight. A real story takes time to prepare.'"

"'He's eighty years old, and done two hundred years' worth of living. Five hundred , if you count the lies.'"

"If not for him I would never have become the man I am today. Please do not hold it against him. He meant well."

"He raised an eyebrow. I had kept him busy of the last several months, and he hadn't had the leisure to accidentally burn them off."

"The day we fret about the future is the day we leave our childhood behind."

"It would be wrong to say that I was disappointed with sympathy. But honestly, I *was* disappointed."

"He then proceeded to yell at Alpha and Beta, a sign that he was in a genuine good mood. They took it as calmly as ever, in spite of the fact that he accused them of things I'm sure no donkey has ever willingly done, especially not Beta, who possessed impeccable moral character."

"Ben's training has given me a memory so clean and sharp I have to be careful not to cut myself sometimes."

"You have to be a bit of a liar to tell a story the right way. Too much truth confuses the facts. Too much honesty makes you sound insincere."

"Besides, anger can keep you warm at night, and wounded pride can spur a man to wondrous things."

"There are three things all wise men fear: the sea in storm, a night with no moon, and the anger of a gentle man."