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James Maxey

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in Roanoke, Virginia, The United States
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 · 5,142 ratings · 504 reviews · 19 distinct works · Similar authors
Bitterwood (Dragon Age, #1)

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Dragonforge (Dragon Age, #2)

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Greatshadow (Dragon Apocaly...

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Dragonseed (Dragon Age, #3)

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Hush (Dragon Apocalypse, #2)

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Burn Baby Burn: A Supervill...

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Witchbreaker

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Dawn of Dragons

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I've got fifteen chapters rewritten. My first draft was only twenty two chapters, so I'm well past the halfway mark even though I'll be adding chapters on this draft. I'm still a little fuzzy on whether or not to add a few scenes, but I expect this will probably wind up being 25 or26 chapters long.

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A Child's Christmas in Wales by Dylan Thomas
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Some nice poetry in the prose, but absolutely nothing in the way of plot, barely any characters, and the only emotional appeal was treacly sentimentality. On the plus side... it's short!
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If on a Winter's Night a Traveller by Italo Calvino
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The structure of the book is designed to prevent it from ever having any forward momentum. As a result, there are little islands of brilliance, but it became hard to get invested in any given chapter knowing that the events of that chapter would be u ...more
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Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
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I confess that this book was a little tedious for about the first half. There's some beautiful writing, but it's mixed with some dialect that's difficult to slog through. More than that, I just had a difficult time feeling much for the protagonist. H ...more
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The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
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One of the most profound novels I've ever read. Dostoyevsky struggles through the book with perhaps the most profound question of his age: Is there a God? Because, if there is a God, he seems excessively cruel in his justice, even bloodthirsty. The a ...more
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The Awakening by Kate Chopin
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Meh. I have a friend who highly recommended the book, and I feel like I went into this novel with every expectation I'd like it. But instead of finding a main character who's struggling to break free of the social shackles that bound her, I encounter ...more
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The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy
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This is the first Hardy novel I'm giving four stars instead of five. It's a pity, because for much of the book, I felt like this was the best Hardy novel I'd yet read. Henchard is a wonderfully complex character, swinging between the influences of hi ...more
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Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy
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Jude is definitely the most complex character Hardy puts into any of his novels (at least, any of his novels I've read to date). A smart, ambitious, hard-working man, Jude's virtues make him a hero you can't help admiring. This makes his long, slow d ...more
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Far from the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy
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This was my introduction to Hardy. My local book club selected it last spring in advance of the release of the movie. I went into the book in complete ignorance, somehow never having read Hardy or even much heard of him. I'm doing all I can now to co ...more
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Tess of the D'Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy
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Tess was the second Thomas Hardy novel I read and probably overall his best. The characters are deeply drawn, with complex motivations. It's a deeply tragic work, but the tragedy seems to flow realistically, arising from the social norms of the day a ...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

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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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