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" Yes! Or whenever the Monday of that week is. The third book will be a month after that in December. "
" Liv is an ultraviolet/yellow bichrome right? "
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling
"I love this book from start to finish. After the events of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, it's nice to settle down to a relatively quiet year a Hogwarts for Harry.

The biggest improvement over OOTP is that Harry is no longer moody and i..." Read more of this review »
Gods of Risk by James S.A. Corey
"This is a short novella set between books 2 and 3 of the expanse series. It follows David Draper, nephew of Bobbie Draper from book 2. David is a promising you chemist who gets caught up with some questionable people, and finds himself trying for..." Read more of this review »
House of Chains by Steven Erikson
"The Malazan freight-train of awesomeness rumbles on.

House of Chains was another epic, ambitious instalment in the Malazan franchise. This was a great read, and while it lacked the emotional impact and sense of grandeur of MoI and the Chain of Dogs..." Read more of this review »
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Patrick Rothfuss
“When we are children we seldom think of the future. This innocence leaves us free to enjoy ourselves as few adults can. The day we fret about the future is the day we leave our childhood behind.”
Patrick Rothfuss, The Name of the Wind

Patrick Rothfuss
“You have to be a bit of a liar to tell a story the right way.”
Patrick Rothfuss, The Name of the Wind

Marcus Tullius Cicero
“A room without books is like a body without a soul.”
Marcus Tullius Cicero

Robin Hobb
“The second thing you have to do to be a writer is to keep on writing. Don't listen to people who tell you that very few people get published and you won't be one of them. Don't listen to your friend who says you are better that Tolkien and don't have to try any more. Keep writing, keep faith in the idea that you have unique stories to tell, and tell them. I meet far too many people who are going to be writers 'someday.' When they are out of high school, when they've finished college, after the wedding, when the kids are older, after I retire . . . That is such a trap You will never have any more free time than you do right now. So, whether you are 12 or 70, you should sit down today and start being a writer if that is what you want to do. You might have to write on a notebook while your kids are playing on the swings or write in your car on your coffee break. That's okay. I think we've all 'been there, done that.' It all starts with the writing. ”
Robin Hobb

George R.R. Martin
“The best fantasy is written in the language of dreams. It is alive as dreams are alive, more real than real ... for a moment at least ... that long magic moment before we wake.

Fantasy is silver and scarlet, indigo and azure, obsidian veined with gold and lapis lazuli. Reality is plywood and plastic, done up in mud brown and olive drab. Fantasy tastes of habaneros and honey, cinnamon and cloves, rare red meat and wines as sweet as summer. Reality is beans and tofu, and ashes at the end. Reality is the strip malls of Burbank, the smokestacks of Cleveland, a parking garage in Newark. Fantasy is the towers of Minas Tirith, the ancient stones of Gormenghast, the halls of Camelot. Fantasy flies on the wings of Icarus, reality on Southwest Airlines. Why do our dreams become so much smaller when they finally come true?

We read fantasy to find the colors again, I think. To taste strong spices and hear the songs the sirens sang. There is something old and true in fantasy that speaks to something deep within us, to the child who dreamt that one day he would hunt the forests of the night, and feast beneath the hollow hills, and find a love to last forever somewhere south of Oz and north of Shangri-La.

They can keep their heaven. When I die, I'd sooner go to middle Earth.”
George R.R. Martin

99675 The Not a Book Club Club — 344 members — last activity 31 minutes ago
Place for random group side reads (i.e. we don't read a monthly pick, just stuff scheduled at a time when people can all read together). This is primar ...more
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Online discussion forum for the Sword and Laser video show, podcast and book club! Subscribe to the audio podcast: ...more
85450 The Robin Hobb Collection — 127 members — last activity Oct 28, 2014 10:18PM
We're buddy reading Robin Hobb in 2013-14. Anyone who wants to join and read along is welcome. Order of books: - Farseer trilogy - read december'12 - Liv ...more
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