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James Maxey

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March 02, 1964

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I've been an avid reader since I first picked up a book. Luckily, I was within biking distance of three different libraries growing up. I was a skinny kid. If only I had maintained that link between biking and reading, I might be a skinny adult.

I'm also a writer. I wrote my first book as a kid, an adventure about pirates and ghosts. When I was a teenager, I used to write superhero adventures. Then I went to college and was steered toward writing "literature." It took me several years to shake that off, and today I write the sort of books I devoured by the shelf when I was sixteen, fast-paced fantasy, SF, and superhero adventures, which I use to explore deeper questions about life. My goal is to always be thought-provoking and always be fun
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Average rating: 3.74 · 4,520 ratings · 473 reviews · 38 distinct works · Similar authors
Bitterwood (Dragon Age, #1)
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Dragonforge (Dragon Age, #2)
3.89 of 5 stars 3.89 avg rating — 303 ratings — published 2008 — 9 editions
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Greatshadow (Dragon Apocaly...
3.85 of 5 stars 3.85 avg rating — 232 ratings — published 2012 — 3 editions
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Dragonseed (Dragon Age, #3)
3.91 of 5 stars 3.91 avg rating — 226 ratings — published 2009 — 8 editions
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Hush (Dragon Apocalypse, #2)
3.97 of 5 stars 3.97 avg rating — 86 ratings — published 2012 — 3 editions
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Burn Baby Burn: A Supervill...
3.8 of 5 stars 3.80 avg rating — 113 ratings — published 2011 — 3 editions
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Witchbreaker
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There is No Wheel
4.06 of 5 stars 4.06 avg rating — 18 ratings — published 2011 — 3 editions
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With one final writing session on the last day of April, I bring my first draft to a stopping point. Technically, there are still probably two chapters to write, but at this point all that's left for those are choreography. I know who's fighting who, I know my big last second twist, I know my final scene, even if I'm still not exactly sure what the characters will decide to do in the last sente... Read more of this blog post »
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Bad Wizard by James Maxey
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The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner
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A broad range of styles are used to tell the story. Some times the writing is simple and beautiful, other times it's obscure and unintelligible. I found it more readable than Absalom, Absalom!, but it lacked the sympathetic characters of As I Lay Dyi ...more
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As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner
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Worth reading for the dark humor alone. The final scene, especially, is a wonderful payoff, a punch line building since the first page. Unlike a lot of Faulkner, most of the prose is straightforward. Also, the characters are likable, smaller in scope ...more
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Absalom, Absalom! by William Faulkner
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There's no getting around the fact that this book is a long, hard slog with prose that is purposefully convoluted and dense. At the core there's a big, epic story with Biblical echoes, a story of how the sins of the father winds up dooming an entire ...more
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Consider the Fork by Bee Wilson
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There were parts I found really interesting, like the chapters on refrigeration, or the discussion on what makes a perfect pot. But, there was also a lot of information that just felt too trivial or too obvious.
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The 4 Percent Universe by Richard Panek
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The problem with a book on dark matter and dark energy is that there really isn't enough known about them to fill a book that would be of interest to an average reader. So, most of the book is filled with biographies of the researchers who helped col ...more
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Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert M. Pirsig
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I read Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert Pirsig when I was in college. At the time, it had a big impact of my thinking. I think that, even today, I'm able to see solutions to problems that others get hung up on because of attitudes ...more
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“I decided long ago that life's absurd. If you don't develop a sense of humor, it will drive you mad.”
James Maxey, Dragonforge
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“By the bones!" said Shay. "He has all seven!"

"All seven what?"

"The Potter biographies! The College of Spires only had five of the volumes... four now, since I stole one."

"What's so special about these books?" She picked up one of the fat tomes and flipped it open.

"Potter was a member of a race of wizards who lived in the last days of the human age," said Shay.

Jandra frowned as she flipped through the pages. "Are you certain this isn't fiction?" She asked.”
James Maxey, Dragonseed

“I'm not shooting for happy. I'm aiming for comfortable and fat.”
James Maxey, Greatshadow

25x33 Q&A with James Maxey — 14 members — last activity Oct 22, 2012 01:21PM
...June 26, 2012 to July 26, 2012... Discuss the Dragon Apocalypse series with author James Maxey. The first book, GREATSHADOW, was released in Januar ...more
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88776 Writing About the End of the World — 28 members — last activity Jan 25, 2013 01:36PM
If you’re around to read this in January, it means the Mayan Calendar apocalypse did not happen, so let’s talk about the ins and outs of writing apoca ...more
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ALL GENRE COMMUNITY OF BOOK LOVERS-Perfect for those interested in good books of any genre, film and lively discussion!-(300 PLUS DISCUSSION TOPICS)fr ...more



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James Maxey You're welcome! I should be getting the books mailed out on Monday. Glad to hear you enjoyed Bitterwood as well!


Lucinda James,
Thank you so much for acepting my friendship request! I remember reading 'Bitterwood' a while back and loving it, so it is wonderful to have won a copy (via. GR Giveaway) of 'Nobody gets the girl'. I look forward to reading more of your work.
Kind Regards
Lucinda x


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