Longest Books I’ve Read

I missed this topic when it originally posted for Top Ten Tuesday (hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl). So since this week was a free topic, I thought I’d take the time to go back to it–after all, as someone who’s read a lot of epic fantasy, it would just be wrong not to participate.

I fully expected epic fantasy to dominate here. And for the most part, that’s exactly what happened, though two historical fiction novels managed to rank alongside them.

I used page and word counts from Kobo, because they don’t have different sized paperback versions to confuse the issue. And because their word count estimates for the two books I’ve listed with them are accurate. So there’s some reason to trust we’re getting an accurate measure to work with (though note that their page counts tend to run long relative to Goodreads or Amazon). For the two books on this list which were out-of-print and therefore not on Kobo, I compared Amazon mass market paperback page counts.

The shadow of a dragon. The text reads, "Now the acclaimed HBO series Game of Thrones, New York Times Bestseller George R.R. Martin, A Storm of Swords."
Image: Bantam

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Top Five Platonic Friendships in Books

The topic for this week’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, is platonic relationships. I thought I’d be able to pick out my selections for this pretty quickly. But to my surprise, I ended up eliminating a few potential choices because the platonic/romantic status of a relationship was left ambiguous.

In no particular order:

  1. Uprooted by Naomi Novik
A woman stands in a window with a rose. There is imagery of trees and plants, along with birds and dragons. The words read "Naomi Novik, Uprooted."
Image: Del Rey

I really wanted to avoid selecting this book, because it came up in my last TTT list as well. But that would be disingenuous, because Uprooted blows most other novels out of the water with its focus on friendship. Agnieszka and Kasia’s friendship is the heart and soul of this book. It’s given the kind of development normally reserved for a romance (while the romance is relegated to a lesser role–which I’m totally happy with, by the way. I think that should be done more often.) Continue reading “Top Five Platonic Friendships in Books”

Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Fantasy Novellas and Short Stories

Haven’t done a Top Ten Tuesday list in a while, but I’m actually really excited by this one.  It’s now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.

In no particular order:

The Jonathan Healy and Francis Brown stories by Seanan McGuire

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Image: Seanan McGuire

Genre: Urban Fantasy/Historical Fantasy

Length: vary in length from 15-60 pages each

Available: Here (most are available for free, but some are collected into anthologies)

I could have filled the entire list with this series of short stories–there are over a dozen of them. In a world where cryptids (folkloric animals) are real and in hiding from the rest of the world, the Healys are a family of battle cryptozoologists who both protect humans from dangerous cryptids and cryptids from extremist humans. Continue reading “Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Fantasy Novellas and Short Stories”

Bookcon 2018: Let Me Recount My Favorite Author Anecdotes

Last weekend was Bookcon, and I got the chance to go to some great panels. Pretty much everyone was interesting, but some of the writers told some seriously memorable anecdotes. I’m going to paraphrase what I remember of them, so keep in mind that memory is a tricky thing, and the following represents whatever managed to lodge itself in mine—which may not be 100% accurate. Continue reading “Bookcon 2018: Let Me Recount My Favorite Author Anecdotes”

Edgedancer, and the Antics of an Irreverent Urchin as She Takes on a Demigod

A symbol over a blue background, the words say "#1 New York Times Bestselling Author Brandon Sanderson, From the Stormlight Archive, Edgedancer"
Image: Tor via Amazon

Genre: Epic fantasy

Synopsis: Lift is a kid with Surgebinder powers, a companion spren who’d really rather be gardening, and a talent for utter wackiness. She’d prefer getting on with her urchin lifestyle, but the demigod wandering around killing people like her has other ideas–and she’s already on his radar. So she could either wait for him to kill again, eventually getting around to her, or she could–do what, exactly? Against a demigod? But either way, a confrontation is coming, with the lives of people like her at stake. Continue reading “Edgedancer, and the Antics of an Irreverent Urchin as She Takes on a Demigod”

Roundup: Shadows for Silence in the Forests of Hell and Critical Role x Kinda Funny: Dungeons & Dragons

Shadows for Silence in the Forests of Hell

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Image: Brandon Sanderson, Artist: Miranda Meeks

Genre: Fantasy

Synopsis: Innkeeper Silence maintains her business in the Forests, where shades and lawbreakers roam. So far, she’d managed to retain independence for herself and her daughters by supplementing her income through more dangerous means. Maintaining an appearance of a surly but harmless hostess, she has managed to remain above suspicion. And alive, and free, along with her two girls. For now. Continue reading “Roundup: Shadows for Silence in the Forests of Hell and Critical Role x Kinda Funny: Dungeons & Dragons”

The Stormlight Archives Redux, As the Series is Two Books In

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Borrowed from brandonsanderson.com

As we’re in the middle of the holiday season, this is a good time for a more rambling post. Earlier this year, I read Brandon Sanderson’s The Way of Kings and Words of Radiance, the first two installments in The Stormlight Archives epic fantasy series. (For those not already familiar with the series, the posts on those books will make far more sense, and this one will contain spoilers.) I loved both books to death, enough that I did for them what I almost never do for any book–I reread them. Continue reading “The Stormlight Archives Redux, As the Series is Two Books In”

Mistborn: The Well of Ascension, and Picking Up the Pieces After the Revolution

Borrowed from brandonsanderson.com

Genre: Epic Fantasy

Synopsis: Former urchin Vin, under the tutelage of a talented Mistborn and partnered with a crew of specialists, played a vital role in the fall of the God-Emperor, though it hadn’t come without a cost. Now, someone has to pick up the pieces of the shattered empire and restore some semblance of order, hopefully a better order than what came before it. Elend seems to be the man for the job–in theory, given his lack of practical expedience. Provided Vin and the crew can keep him alive, and the city safe, long enough for that to materialize. Continue reading “Mistborn: The Well of Ascension, and Picking Up the Pieces After the Revolution”

The Words of Radiance, Featuring the Wild Card of the Stormlight Archives

Borrowed from wp.com

Genre: Epic Fantasy

Synopsis: As some cataclysmic event most don’t even know the nature of threatens, powers long lost to legend are making it back into this world. Among the wielders are Shallan, a young scholar with a surprising talent for intelligence gathering and a hidden past, who must put together the clues about what the world is facing and find a way to put that knowledge to use. Kaladin, an apprentice surgeon-turned-soldier-turned-slave-turned-officer with a hero-complex, who must decide who he is and which battles he’s going to fight. And Dalinar, formerly a vicious warrior who now seeks to become a more just and worthy leader, who must bring his people together to face the oncoming threat. Continue reading “The Words of Radiance, Featuring the Wild Card of the Stormlight Archives”

The Way of Kings, Captivating Epic Fantasy with Endearing Characters

Borrowed from gr-assets.com

Genre: Epic Fantasy

Synopsis: A tenuous apocalyptic event is on the horizon, but few people have any hint that it’s even coming. As events slowly begin to unfold for the worse, Kaladin, a young soldier who’s lost too much, struggles to keep the people he’s chosen to protect safe, while an odd power rises in him. Shallan, a scholar and impoverished noblewoman, brushes against the coming dangers in her struggle to save her family. And Highprince Dalinar tries to make sense of visions that others view as madness, warning him of some great danger, while in the midst of a years long war spearheaded by his nephew, the king. Continue reading “The Way of Kings, Captivating Epic Fantasy with Endearing Characters”