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Melissa McShane

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in Portland, Oregon, The United States



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July 2008


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 There are eight talents, so I anticipate there being eight books in total. Unless I get ambitious and plan a ninth featuring all the main characters. …moreThere are eight talents, so I anticipate there being eight books in total. Unless I get ambitious and plan a ninth featuring all the main characters. :)(less)
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.…moreWhen 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.(less)
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My 2019 Reading Favorites

I read 79 books in 2019, which is lower than last year. Considering that I read a lot of my own books (either in editing or in preparing to write something new in a series) that number is actually more like 67. In looking at my spreadsheet where I track my reading, I see long weeks where I didn’t read anything at all. That’s the tradeoff for me as a writer–either I’m reading or I’m writing, but I’

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Servant of the Crown Rider of the Crown Agent of the Crown Voyager of the Crown
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3.80 avg rating — 5,018 ratings

Burning Bright Wondering Sight Abounding Might Whispering Twilight
(4 books)
3.96 avg rating — 3,897 ratings

The Book of Secrets The Book of Peril The Book of Mayhem The Book of Lies The Book of Betrayal The Book of Havoc The Book of Harmony
(9 books)
4.17 avg rating — 3,595 ratings

Company of Strangers Stone of Inheritance Mortal Rites Shifting Loyalties Sands of Memory Call of Wizardry
(6 books)
4.11 avg rating — 1,024 ratings

Pretender to the Crown Guardian of the Crown Champion of the Crown
(3 books)
4.09 avg rating — 795 ratings

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Comet Weather by Liz Williams
"Gorgeously written mythic fiction set in contemporary Somerset (quite near where I lived for a while, which made it even more fun on my end! - but that's certainly not necessary context for new readers). The protagonists are four adult sisters, all o" Read more of this review »
Concrete Rose by Angie Thomas
"Beautiful story about growing up, and the decisions that change our futures. Angie Thomas' writing is so spare, yet evocative, that with just a few words she can paint a whole picture of a person, a life, a neighborhood. When I read The Hate U Give, " Read more of this review »
The Two Towers by J.R.R. Tolkien
"Obvs still one of the all time classics. It feels silly to give it a rating.

This time around I was grateful for the movie because the buildup to and battle at Helms Deep was so so boring to read. Whenever there isn't a hobbit in focus, when we're lef" Read more of this review »
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Francesca Forrest is 69% done with The Goblin Emperor: OMG

Well after the first 60 percent of the book THAT was quite the development. It made me more tense, reading, than any other reading experience has made me in some time. Yowsers. Maia was brave and made good tactical moves, plus his innate kindness helped him. V. much liked the interactions with Idra--and Idra's interactions w/his own mother.
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Time of Daughters I by Sherwood Smith
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I can almost exactly place the moment where I fell out of love with epic fantasy. It was in late October of 1998, just after the release of Robert Jordan's book The Path of Daggers. I got to the end of the book, thought about it for a minute, and sai ...more
A Stranger to Command by Sherwood Smith
" Micah wrote: "I agree on this entirity of this review. This is exactly how I felt. Even on the Senelac parts. My new favorite character is now Senrid" ...more "
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The Complete Chi's Sweet Home, Part 2 by Kanata Konami
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The second volume of the complete series picks up right where the first leaves off, with the Yamada family moving to a new apartment. This one is every bit as delightful as the first, with the addition of several new animal characters as Chi gets to ...more
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I picked this up on the recommendation of a friend who is studying Japanese, and then it turned out my kids used to read it as a web comic. So they were thrilled at this bit of the past showing up in their house. It's the truly delightful story of a ...more
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“it’s because you’re a different person, every time you re-read a book, and you learn things your earlier self wouldn’t have noticed or wouldn’t have cared about. Or sometimes it’s just because the story is an old favorite, and it’s a comforting reminder of good things.”
Melissa McShane, Servant of the Crown

“It gives me pleasure to walk through a room full of books and know that one of them might be the next story I fall in love with.”
Melissa McShane, Servant of the Crown

“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.”
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“It struck me as pretty ridiculous to be called Mr. Darcy and to stand on your own looking snooty at a party. It's like being called Heathcliff and insisting on spending the entire evening in the garden, shouting "Cathy" and banging your head against a tree.”
Helen Fielding, Bridget Jones's Diary

“Strength is the capacity to break a Hershey bar into four pieces with your bare hands - and then eat just one of the pieces.”
Judith Viorst, Love & Guilt & The Meaning Of Life, Etc

“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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Cathy Thanks for adding me Melissa. Happy reading to you :)

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