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Thursday, November 20, 2014

It's a Bat! It's a Frog! It's a Bat Frog? | Thursday Trivia

I know I haven't done one of these posts in awhile but I saw these articles on Nation Geographic and I could not resist sharing. So instead of a quote this week I'm sharing Bat Frogs! Once again Mother Nature has blessed me with a good old-fashioned belly laugh!

First up we have what looks like some sort of demon toad...

Surprising Photo: Toad Eats Bat | Source : http://voices.nationalgeographic.com/2013/09/25/surprising-photo-toad-eats-bat/
The toad and its bat prey in Cerros de Amotape National Park. Photograph courtesy Yufani Olaya and PeruNature.com
Actually, as strange as this might sound, this is a Cane Toad trying to eat a Free-Tailed Bat. The good news is, the toad eventually had to spit it out. Never could figure out how to solve the problem those wings created. The bat actually survived. (Which is good. I'd hate to have to hurt a little frog. Which only weighs 4lbs. Ummm... Lemme rethink that for a minute...)

Next up is an actual Bat Frog! Named "Dendropsophus ozzyi" in honor of Ozzy Osbourne, who supposedly bit off the head of a bat at a Black Sabbath concert in 1981. 

Ozzy is likely just beside himself with joy. 

Bat Frog | Source: http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2014/11/141108-frogs-new-species-amazon-bats-animals-science-ozzy-osbourne/
PHOTOGRAPH BY PEDRO PELOSO
Told you truth was stranger than fantasy! This little guy makes a high-pitched, batlike call; first frog ever to do so. Well the first one they have discovered. This guy has gone unnoticed in a well explored section of the Amazon and yet was only discovered recently. I'm guessing that pretending to be a bat worked out rather well in his case!

Don't forget to check out the links. I just skimmed the surface. There is more info contained in the original articles.

More celebrity critters: (Discovery News Video)



Personally, I can easily see either one of these critters showing up in a fantasy novel someday. So what about you? Heard or read (or seen) any strange critters lately that you think would fit right into a fantasy world? Inquiring minds want to know!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

The Hero and The Crown (Damar #1) by Robin McKinley | Fantasy Book Review

eBook Release Day Review!



In Robin McKinley’s Newbery Medal–winning novel, an outcast princess must earn her birthright as a hero of the realm

Aerin is an outcast in her own father’s court, daughter of the foreign woman who, it was rumored, was a witch, and enchanted the king to marry her.

She makes friends with her father’s lame, retired warhorse, Talat, and discovers an old, overlooked, and dangerously imprecise recipe for dragon-fire-proof ointment in a dusty corner of her father’s library. Two years, many canter circles to the left to strengthen Talat’s weak leg, and many burnt twigs (and a few fingers) secretly experimenting with the ointment recipe later, Aerin is present when someone comes from an outlying village to report a marauding dragon to the king. Aerin slips off alone to fetch her horse, her sword, and her fireproof ointment . . .

But modern dragons, while formidable opponents fully capable of killing a human being, are small and accounted vermin. There is no honor in killing dragons. The great dragons are a tale out of ancient history.

That is, until the day that the king is riding out at the head of an army. A weary man on an exhausted horse staggers into the courtyard where the king’s troop is assembled: “The Black Dragon has come . . . Maur, who has not been seen for generations, the last of the great dragons, great as a mountain. Maur has awakened.”


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5 Star Review of The Hero and The Crown by Robin McKinley
| Source: Publisher
| Author: Robin McKinley
| Series: Damar (Book 1)
| Genre: Heroic Fantasy
| Content: Dragons, Heroine, Adventure
| ISBN-10: 0441328091
| ISBN-13: 9780441328093
| Publisher: Open Road Media Teen/Tween (November 18, 2014) eBook edition
| Paperback: 244 pages
| Rating: 5/5 Stars
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The Hero and the Crown (Damar, #1)



♥ Mini Review ♥
Imagine a lonely young princess, pariah not because of who she is, but because of who she was born to. Now imagine an old warhorse, favorite of the King, put out to pasture while still in his prime because of an injury. Now combine the two, throw in a war, some dragons, plus an understanding father and you end up with a timeless classic.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Charles de Lint | Weekly Quote 27

“I want to be magic.

I want to touch the heart of the world

and make it smile.

I want to be a friend of elves

and live in a tree.

Or under a hill.

I want to marry a moonbeam and

hear the stars sing.

I don't want to pretend at magic anymore.

I want to be magic.”

-- Charles de Lint --

Quote about magic by Charles de Lint on background designed by Mulluane

About: This is a weekly feature here in the old belfry. The quote is Charles de Lint's. The design, along with any flaws, is mine. 

If you would like to suggest a quote (I prefer it be from a SFF author) let me know in the comments and I'll see what I can do. No promises though. If a quote is too big I may not be able to reproduce it in the space available. I do promise to try though!

Usage: Non-Commercial Fair Use is permitted. The following restrictions apply: Please do not remove or mask the watermark url. Do not sell, print or claim this work as your own and when sharing, pinning, reblogging or posting, a direct link to this post is appreciated. Thanks!

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Robin McKinley | Weekly Quote 26

“Cats were often familiars to workers of magic 

because to anyone used to wrestling with 

self-willed, wayward, devious magic

--which was what all magic was--

it was rather soothing to have all the same qualities wrapped

 up in a small, furry, generally attractive bundle that...might,

 if it were in a good mood, sit on your knee and purr. 

Magic never sat on anybody's knee and purred.”

-- Robin McKinley, Spindle's End --


Quote by Robin McKinley. The background cat line art is by QuincyAllain on DeviantArt. Design by Mulluane

About: This is a weekly feature here in the old belfry. The quote is Robin McKinley's. The background cat line art is by QuincyAllain. (Thank you Quincy for making this free to use!) The remainder of the design, along with any flaws, is mine. 

If you would like to suggest a quote (I prefer it be from a SFF author) let me know in the comments and I'll see what I can do. No promises though. If a quote is too big I may not be able to reproduce it in the space available. I do promise to try though!

Read My Review of: The Hero and The Crown by Robin McKinley

Usage: Non-Commercial Fair Use is permitted. The following restrictions apply: Please do not remove or mask the signature or watermark url. Do not sell, print or claim this work as your own and when sharing, pinning, reblogging or posting, a direct link to this post is appreciated. Thanks!

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