May, 2014

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Small Things and Short Novels

Today on My Pet Blog, I’m returning to a pair of bloghops that I haven’t taken part in in a while. I hate missing out on these things, but occasionally life requires my attention elsewhere. But I always come back eventually. Like a boomerang. A very slow boomerang that’s prone to wandering off and disappearing for weeks at a time.

Anyway…

First up, is VikLit’s Celebrate The Small Things where participants blog about whatever it is they’re celebrating from the past week. (Click on the link for more information and a complete list of participants…)

Here’s what made my list this week:

—My lilacs aren’t dead! I first mentioned my newly-planted lilacs last spring and was amazed that I didn’t kill them. My gardening skills are pretty much non-existent. Unless it’s a weed. I can get those to grow like crazy. Anyway, I was concerned what this monstrous winter might have done to the lilacs, but not only did they survive, they’re flourishing. I think one will even have flowers on it at some point. Maybe not. I don’t know, but I’m thrilled they’re still alive.

—The Red Sox have won four games in a row! That’s so much better than that whole losing ten games in a row thing they were trying out earlier in May. Guys, you know I love you win or lose, but do you have to lose so much all at once? Try to space it out a little. Or, you know, not do it at all. Just a suggestion.

—If all goes well today, I shall be sending Effigy off to the printer and ordering myself some proof copies over which to obsess. I’m not sure I’ve ever been this excited and terrified all at once. Well, except for maybe when I first watched season three of Sherlock. Anyway, this means the formatting is done, the cover is done, the damn blurb is done, and I am running out of reason to not publish my first novel. Hmmm…maybe I’ll have to come up with some more.

 

Today’s second bloghop is The Cephalopod Coffeehouse hosted by the Armchair Squid where participants share the best book they read over the past month. (Again, click on the above link or the picture to the right for more information and a complete list of participants…)

I’m cheating a little bit with my selection this month. I didn’t actually get a lot read during the month of May. I have chronic wrist problems that plague me every now and then, but this past month it was so bad that I had a hard time holding books. Even turning the page on my Kindle was painful, so my reading was reduced to not quite a complete halt, but pretty damn near close.

So the book I’ve chosen to talk about today, I actually read in March. But as I didn’t get to talk about it then, I hope it’ll be all right to talk about it now.

The book is called The Assassin’s Blade and is comprised of five novellas telling the origin tales of Celaena Sardothien, the main character in Sarah J. Maas’s Throne of Glass series.

Here’s the synopsis, courtesy of Goodreads

Celaena Sardothien is Adarlan’s most feared assassin. As part of the Assassin’s Guild, her allegiance is to her master, Arobynn Hamel, yet Celaena listens to no one and trusts only her fellow killer-for-hire, Sam. In these action-packed novellas – together in one edition for the first time – Celaena embarks on five daring missions. They take her from remote islands to hostile deserts, where she fights to liberate slaves and seeks to avenge the tyrannous. But she is acting against Arobynn’s orders and could suffer an unimaginable punishment for such treachery. Will Celaena ever be truly free? Explore the dark underworld of this kick-ass heroine to find out.

Back in January, I read the first two books in this series. The second one blew me away with its awesomeness, and as I waited (and still am waiting…the next book isn’t out until September.) for the third installment, I picked up this book.

I was curious about it because I haven’t always been a fan of the ‘in-between’ stories some authors put out to supplement their series (Janet Evanovich, I’m looking at you.) but as it’s a concept that I’ve been recently toying with doing for my own fantasy series (Mercenary Guy now thinks he needs a spin-off), I considered this book to be research.

It was a good decision. This collection is well done. This collection makes me like the novella supplements because I loved these stories. I really did. I loved getting to know how Celaena Sardothien became the Celaena Sardothien I met in Throne of Glass. I loved getting to know the supporting characters (especially you, Sam Cortland…). It made me want to go back and re-read the entire series again, in order this time, just to see if that changes anything for me. I haven’t had the opportunity to do so just yet, but I’ll get to that eventually.

Maybe in September.

That’s going to do it for me today, kids. Have any celebrations and/or books you care to share with the class? I’d love to hear them.

Thanks for stopping by. I hope y’all have a wonderful weekend…

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