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Melissa McShane

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in Portland, Oregon, The United States




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Melissa grew up a nomad, following her family all over the United States, and ended up living in the shadow of the Wasatch Mountains with her husband, four kids, and three very needy cats. Her love of reading was always a constant during those uncertain years, and her love of writing grew out of that. She wrote reviews and critical essays for many years before turning to fiction, and was surprised at how much she liked it. She loves the fantasy genre and how it stretches the imagination.

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Melissa McShane When I'm blocked on one book, I move on and write another. I once wrote an entire novel because I wasn't making progress on a different book.
Average rating: 3.86 · 194 ratings · 58 reviews · 4 distinct works · Similar authors
Servant of the Crown
3.78 of 5 stars 3.78 avg rating — 128 ratings — published 2015 — 3 editions
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The Smoke-Scented Girl
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3 Lennitay, after dinner

So. Eavesdropping. I followed Cederic and Vorantor, keeping behind groups of mages and acting as if I were interested in their discussions. When Cederic and Vorantor left the cavern, I lagged behind them as they moved along the corridor until they were out of sight, but not out of hearing—fortunate they weren’t wearing those sandals. I stayed just close enough to know w...

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Servant of the Crown
The Crown of Tremontane (1 book)
3.7704918032786887 of 5 stars 3.77 avg rating — 122 ratings

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" John Dashwood and his wife infuriate me every single time I read this book. Even knowing what they do in advance, I still react on an emotional level. "
I Shall Wear Midnight by Terry Pratchett
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I realized some ten pages into this book that I'd only ever read it once before, which is unusual for me; I go to Terry Pratchett's books in the times when I can't handle anything else. (This happens often.) It seemed appropriate, given that the US r ...more
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Hellboy by Mike Mignola
Hellboy: The Midnight Circus
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This slim story tells of a young Hellboy's encounter with a mysterious circus and its master. This being a Hellboy story, it's of course not a bright and happy place, but something dark and sinister, and I think it represents the first time Hellboy i ...more
The Doll's House by Rumer Godden
" Terence wrote: "It was usually Ken's stuff, but you get the point. "

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“My people believe bathing weakens you,” Gerrard said. “But my people are well known to be uncivilized.” “Your people don’t believe in drinking coffee. That’s a fair definition of uncivilized.”
Melissa McShane, Emissary

“The guard is under the impression that I am Home Defense’s liaison with this cooperative, which is true except for all the ways in which it is false.”
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“It is useless for the sheep to pass resolutions in favor of vegetarianism, while the wolf remains of a different opinion.”
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“The truth is that the world is full of dragons, and none of us are as powerful or cool as we’d like to be. And that sucks. But when you’re confronted with that fact, you can either crawl into a hole and quit, or you can get out there, take off your shoes, and Bilbo it up.”
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“I meant," said Ipslore bitterly, "what is there in this world that truly makes living worthwhile?"
Death thought about it.
CATS, he said eventually. CATS ARE NICE.”
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