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Andrea K. Höst

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Born in Sweden and raised in Australia, Andrea K Höst currently lives in Sydney. She writes fantasy, but wanders occasionally into science fantasy.

Her novel "The Silence of Medair" was a finalist for the 2010 Aurealis Award for best fantasy novel. Her novella "Forfeit" won the 2016 Aurealis Award for Best Fantasy Novella.

She also occasionally publishes romance under the name Karan K Anders.
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Andrea K. Höst It's not something I intend to do (though I've been asked about it before). Cass' crush would have been painfully clear to him, especially at any poin…moreIt's not something I intend to do (though I've been asked about it before). Cass' crush would have been painfully clear to him, especially at any point where he physically touched her. The time he carried her about Kalasa was a mistake on his part (trying to be equable on the cartage) because it would have been like carrying a little bonfire of emotional reaction. He wouldn't get all the nuances of her feelings, but more than enough to erase any tiny doubt he may have been harbouring about just what she wanted to do with him.

He was being very logical and mission-focused in deciding that her enhancement made sleeping together (or too much contact at all) a very bad idea. All Sight/Place Sight talents would have to deal with knowing too much about their partner's current opinion of them, and enhancement makes it all blindingly clear. When he came to visit her to fetch Ghost, he knew very well that she'd had a strong change of feeling for him at some point during or after him rescuing her from near-Earth, and that she was now exceedingly physically conscious of him. [He wouldn't have known it before that encounter because although he'd watched her mission logs, none of them included her current reaction to _him_.]

And then they began a long dance of him quietly discouraging Cass and being perfectly aware of her competing attraction and discouragement, and her being fully aware that he would have to know her feelings, him being aware that she would guess he knows, until they both wound themselves into great states of sleeplessness and met in an elevator. :)(less)
Andrea K. Höst Touchstone started off as a fiction blog. My initial concept was simply to write every day of a person's life, no matter how boring that day was - to …moreTouchstone started off as a fiction blog. My initial concept was simply to write every day of a person's life, no matter how boring that day was - to not skip the things that writers usually elide or compact for the sake of easy reading.

There was no planning whatsoever to start off with, just a girl, and stepping her through a gate and every day I discovered what happened next. This is pretty much how I usually write, for the first chapter or so of my books - I rarely have an ending in mind when I start.

But naturally I think about what could be coming as I write, and usually by chapter three or so I have some idea of some of the major events we're heading for. Often the explanation for all the things going on don't come along until later, though.

With Touchstone particularly, a great deal of what happened revolved around me thinking of something interesting, writing about it, and then when I bored of that, thinking up a new spanner to throw in the works. I didn't know what a Touchstone was actually _for_, for instance, until Lira showed up.(less)
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Stray (Touchstone, #1)

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Lab Rat One (Touchstone, #2)

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Caszandra (Touchstone, #3)

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And All the Stars

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Checking in to say still here, still working on Four Kings!

After coming across a few videos of people using AI art generators, I couldn't resist running some of my book titles through the prompts to see what I got.  I used https://creator.nightcafe.studio/ 

Here's the results!  Comment if you can guess which book titles they are!  [Or hover over the picture for the image name!]

Champion of the Rose
Stained Glass Monsters
And All the Stars
Lab Rat One
The Pyramids of London (used the Steampunk style for this one)
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Stray Lab Rat One Caszandra Gratuitous Epilogue In Arcadia
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Champion of the Rose Bones of the Fair
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Stained Glass Monsters The Sleeping Life
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The Pyramids of London Tangleways
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Siphon by Jay Boyce
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Before picking this up I did a quick scan of reviews and noted a handful that criticised the story for being Mary Sue-ish - the main character being overpowered and having everyone love her.

Being overpowered in a lit rpg is practically a feature of t
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Temple of Sorrow by Carrie  Summers
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Well-written, but couldn't quite get into it (a pity, since it's one of the few female-written female-lead Western litrpgs I could find). I've read a whole bunch of (particularly Chinese web) novels about 'holographic' games - especially ones where p ...more
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How to Defeat a Demon King in Ten Easy Steps by Andrew Rowe
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The first lit rpg (stories that are linked to or use some form of the systems of a roleplaying or computer game) I read was Quag Keep, long before the term came into being. It's become a genre heavily dominated by male writers, with primarily male pr ...more
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Georgette Heyer by Jennifer Kloester
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I found this very interesting, giving a background of authorial life details at the time of writing each of her books. Some fun tidbits too, such as Heyer disliking Ngaio Marsh's Alleyn. [Though, if she'd only read the first couple of Alleyn books th ...more
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Icons of England by Bill Bryson
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Basically a kind of advertisement for England - I'd recommend it for anyone feeling homesick, or perhaps planning a holiday there.

Also greatly appreciate the introduction of the term 'holloway'. A word/concept that just aches to be pivotal in a novel
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The Body by Bill Bryson
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Bryson's an accomplished storyteller, and so can make entertaining a survey of parts of the human body, and the progress of medical science toward vaguely understanding them.

I won't rate it on the science, since it's been a while since I made any stu
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Never Have Your Dog Stuffed by Alan Alda
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Definitely one of the more unusual childhoods I've encountered. Also an admirably happy marriage, which is nice to see. ...more
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Miss Buncle Married by D.E. Stevenson
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On a similar line to the first but (as with John Smith's writing) with more of an awareness of being funny. Though pleasant enough to listen to, not truly compelling. ...more
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Don't Panic by Neil Gaiman
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Interesting for the process of growth and change and evolution of a media property. Feels a little laboured in parts as it tries to echo the humour of the source.
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Vittoria Cottage by D.E. Stevenson
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Gentle village saga. Harriet was fabulous, and I liked Caroline, despite her apparent desire to be a doormat.
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“I blame Doctor Who. Mr Spock. The Scooby Gang: both the ones in the Mystery Machine and the ones with the stakes. I've spent my life with stories of people who don't walk away, who go back for their friends, who make that last stand. I've been brainwashed by Samwise Gamgee.”
Andrea K. Höst, Stray

“I walked into adventure and adventure has given me blisters.”
Andrea K. Höst, Stray

“A metric fuckton of dumb so epically mind-destroyingly beyond a bad idea that there's not a chance they would go there.”
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“Horses are of a breed unique to Fantasyland. They are capable of galloping full-tilt all day without a rest. Sometimes they do not require food or water. They never cast shoes, go lame or put their hooves down holes, except when the Management deems it necessary, as when the forces of the Dark Lord are only half an hour behind. They never otherwise stumble. Nor do they ever make life difficult for Tourists by biting or kicking their riders or one another. They never resist being mounted or blow out so that their girths slip, or do any of the other things that make horses so chancy in this world. For instance, they never shy and seldom whinny or demand sugar at inopportune moments. But for some reason you cannot hold a conversation while riding them. If you want to say anything to another Tourist (or vice versa), both of you will have to rein to a stop and stand staring out over a valley while you talk. Apart from this inexplicable quirk, horses can be used just like bicycles, and usually are. Much research into how these exemplary animals come to exist has resulted in the following: no mare ever comes into season on the Tour and no stallion ever shows an interest in a mare; and few horses are described as geldings. It therefore seems probable that they breed by pollination. This theory seems to account for everything, since it is clear that the creatures do behave more like vegetables than mammals. Nomads appears to have a monopoly on horse-breeding. They alone possess the secret of how to pollinate them.”
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message 8: by Dale (last edited Jul 19, 2014 07:58AM)

Dale Thele Andrea, thank you for accepting my friend request.
I've downloaded and look forward to reading Stray.
Wishing you the very best!


Andrea Taylor wrote: "I ordered the paperback version and it arrived today. I'm so stoked! I can't wait to read it again! I'm talking about And All The Stars."

I hope it works well for you in the re-read. :)


Taylor I ordered the paperback version and it arrived today. I'm so stoked! I can't wait to read it again! I'm talking about And All The Stars.


Andrea Taylor wrote: "I must say that And All the Stars is one of the best books I have ever read."

I'm glad you liked it Taylor. :)


Taylor I must say that And All the Stars is one of the best books I have ever read.


Andrea Louise wrote: "can't wait for the novel to come out down under, And All the Stars sounds exciting."

It's as out as it will be in Australia. Not available in stores except by special order. (Can take around six weeks for it to show up on catalogue listings though.)


Andrea Wendy Darling wrote: "This excites me GREATLY. You have no idea. Thanks for the heads up! Now you'll have to put up with us harassing you about it from now until then, hah.

I'm not sure any amount of harassment could overcome my current Star Wars: The Old Republic addiction. But I am making progress. It'll be a next year release I think.


Wendy Darling Andrea wrote: "Thanks for the friend request, Wendy!

As for the survivalist story...well, it mutated somewhat, but... And All the Stars by Andrea K. Höst

You and Flannery totally derailed me from thebook I was theoretically putting out in March, and I've been working on this ever since. Though have only managed to move the poor girl an inch or two."


This excites me GREATLY. You have no idea. Thanks for the heads up! Now you'll have to put up with us harassing you about it from now until then, hah.

And thank you for accepting! I'm glad to be in touch more regularly. :)


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