Julia J. Simpson

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Julia J Simpson writes romantic speculative fiction, influenced by her love of historical eras and fondness for imagining life on earth after a blank slate. Favorite authors include Katherine Mansfield, Maggie Stiefvater, Leigh Bardugo, and Philippa Gregory. She is also a fan of George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series, Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series, and all things Jane Austen. Julia lives in Florida with her husband and zoo of rescue animals.

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5 Things I love About HBO’s The Gilded Age (And one thing I’m on the fence about…)

I binge-watched HBO’s The Gilded Age (created by Julian Fellowes of Downton Abbey fame) over the past couple weeks, and I have thoughts: I LOVED IT! Since I’m seeing some mixed feelings about this show from other period drama fans, I thought I’d share what I loved–and the one thing I’m a little weird about.

The Story is Set in America
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Neil Gaiman
“I do not miss childhood, but I miss the way I took pleasure in small things, even as greater things crumbled. I could not control the world I was in, could not walk away from things or people or moments that hurt, but I took joy in the things that made me happy.”
Neil Gaiman, The Ocean at the End of the Lane

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“Lost in a book is a great place to be found.”
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“Some of Bay's fondest memories were of lying under the apple tree in the summer while Claire gardened and the apple tree tossed apples at her like a dog trying to coax its owner into playing catch.”
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“Ah how shameless – the way these mortals blame the gods. From us alone they say come all their miseries yes but they themselves with their own reckless ways compound their pains beyond their proper share.”
Homer, The Odyssey

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Julia Karolina wrote: "Julia, which book of Maggie Stiefvater would you recommend for someone who's into YA fiction (especially fantasy... I'm not so much into vampires and werewolves though *lol*)"

Definitely The Scorpio Races. It's her best book yet. It's a mild fantasy about water horses, and it is a really fascinating story with interesting characters and a rich environment. :)

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Karo Julia, which book of Maggie Stiefvater would you recommend for someone who's into YA fiction (especially fantasy... I'm not so much into vampires and werewolves though *lol*)

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